A Little Hidden History: Rick Osmon on “Expanded Perspectives” A recent podcast about hidden history and some hypothesis regarding precolumbian transatlantic commerce and colonization. Rick Osmon appeared on “Expanded Perspectives” to discuss his research into who might have left behind various ancient works in North America (and a few other places). Also, why is
Featured image: Landsat GlacierBay 01aug99.jpg, Wikimedia Commons, freely licensed media file The Alaskan glaciers are retreating, so it must all be our fault. Right? Well, maybe not. Dr Bruce Molnia works with the US Geological Survey and has spent the last 40 years studying glaciers in Alaska. In 2008 he published “Glaciers of Alaska”, a hugely comprehensive
Birds do it, Too Recovering, storing and releasing energy based on a natural model Its jumping mechanism enables the kangaroo to increase its speed without using more energy in doing so. With every bounce it can store energy from the landing phase and use it again for the next jump. The Achilles tendon assumes
Mexico confirms confrontation with Border Patrol agents Image: Wikipedia Commons; File:US Navy 090317-N-5253T-016 Two men scale the border fence into Mexico a few hundred yards away from where Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 133 and NMCB-14 are building a 1,500 foot-long concrete-lined dr. U.S. officials characterized the incident as one of the most
Family claims grandmother was frozen alive in hospital morgue Will this be the new norm? LOS ANGELES (KCBS/CNN) – It’s a case that sounds like the plot of a horror movie. A family claims a woman was prematurely declared dead at a hospital, and woke up in a body bag, only to die in a
Just when I was thinking of doing a “Robot Roundup” post encapsulating some of the wide variety of the stories we’ve covered in that area of regard, I ran across this presentation. Although it’s not exactly an in-depth treatment. it hits most of the high robotics spots we’ve covered over the past few months Robots
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The anti-gun propaganda aimed at out kids by the “free” government school system continues. It’s time to return the control of educating our children back to their local districts. Get the federal government out of our schools and return that control to our local and state school systems. . EDITOR
10-year-old suspended from school for pointing finger as gun
Published on Mar 4, 2014
NRO –A fifth-grade boy was suspended for three days from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, for making his hand into the shape of a gun and pointing it at another student . . . From description published with video.
Little 5 Year Old Boy Suspended For Making “Lego Gun” At School
Published on Jan 30, 2013
A boy playing in a Massachusetts after school program found himself in hot water this week after creating an allegedly threatening object using LEGO blocks.
10-year-old accused of bringing replica gun to school
Published on Feb 5, 2013
A 10-year-old is facing charges in Alexandria after he allegedly brought a toy gun to school. http://wj.la/12qAiHQ
Father Arrested After 4 Year Old Daughter Draws Picture of Gun
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Man shocked by arrest after daughter draws picture of gun at school . . . From description published with video.
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With the new laws in effect in Colorado, major sports organizations are looking for ways to cash in on the newest legal cash crop in the state.
Sources are reporting that Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies plan to sell food items which contain marijuana at concession stands during games next season.
The first item on the list? Pot Brownies.
An inside source with the organization said that it appears that the strain of marijuana that will be used in the making of the marijuana brownies will be Durango Bango which is considered to be the very best weed in the Rocky Mountain State.
Editor’s Note: I am not a fan of professional sports, not since Larry Bird was playing anyway. Nor am I a fan of municipalities taxing citizens to build sports stadiums. However, if I recall my ancient history, Rome debated the sale or distribution of inebriating substances at the gladiatorial games in order to appease overtaxed Roman citizens. Rome still fell apart and it nothing at all to do with the citizens being too stoned to function, rather, the leaders were too greedy to be good managers of public resources.
If a beer is eight or ten bucks at the ballpark, how much will pot brownies cost?
Greenpeace Co-Founder: ‘No Scientific Proof’ of Manmade Global Warming
In Senate Testimony, 25 February, 2014
In eye-opening testimony before a Senate subcommittee, the co-founder of the environmental activist group Greenpeace refuted assertions that carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are responsible for global warming.“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.”
You can read Dr Moore’s testimony in its entirety HERE, including his some fifty pages of supporting data excerpted from his work,
Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout:
The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist
Patrick Moore, Ph.D. Published 2013
You can order the full book HERE
EDITOR”S NOTE: While I agree with most of what Dr Moore said in his testimony, there is a far more intriguing question that should be considered: If the Earth (and all other bodies in the solar system) are in getting warmer – and they are – and no human actions are causing it, what is?
.My hypothesis that follows that posit is that all the solar system bodies are creating new heat energy (and maybe many, many more spectra of energy) and new matter all the time, connected to a universal background source of immense energy, a backbone, in the terms that networkers like to use. For a little more full (there’s pun in that) explanation, see the slideshow “Physics of Hollow Earth Theory” in the right column >>>
More Lego Coolness – This Time Talking to A Cell Phone and Setting Records for Real World motion: Solving Rubik’s CubeFrom Electronic Products
At LEGO World 2014 in Copenhagen, the third edition of the CubeStormer robot was unveiled, solving the Rubik’s Cube at a lightning pace.
The LEGO Mindstormes kit bricks are intelligent and programmable, powered by AA batteries. It runs a Linux operating system on an ARM-centered processor. The screen on the blocks is a monochrome LCD. There is an added SD card slot on all Mindstormes to expand the memory capacity and a USB port to add Wi-Fi connectivity.
Editor’s Note: What is basically a child’s toy manipulating a another child’s toy and solving a puzzle that most humans (adults) can’t solve at all. I had a really tough time deciding which category describes this story, Robotics, Distractions, or Sorry to Hear that, the latter category usually being reserved for stories of situations detrimental to society or the loss of a notable person. In this case, all apply, the notable person being the American worker.
As things tend to happen around here, my other half was editing pictures of a grandchild’s birthday party earlier today to post to Facebook. One of the children at the party, a particularly photogenic girl of almost 3, happens to have her own Facebook account and Brenda “tagged her” for the photos of her. Well, in the same photo album on Facebook is another photo that was taken in the early twenties and showing a women and three girls aged about 2, 4, and 6. It was posted by Brenda (my other half) to try to identify some of people in it, possibly relatives since the print was in her mothers photos. Facebook picked up on the youngest child in this nearly century old photo and wanted to tag the account of the current almost 3 year old. And, by golly, there is a bit of a resemblance, at least enough to make the Facebot image system notice it. Then, we realized there is at least an even chance the birthday party girl is related the “old” girl. All of which adds both a haunting feeling for how strong genetics can be and a haunted feeling that Facebook can make that kind of a connection. They aren’t perfect at recognizing faces, though, it also wanted to tag one of the teenagers as the fuel oil tank. So another category is being added, Serendipistickity, where somebody drew a good conclusion based on really bad science..
At the same time, a PBS documentary was running in the background about the The New York shirtwaist strike of 1909 also known as “The Uprising of the 20,000″. Workers, mostly Jewish women, led by Clara Lemlich and supported by the National Women’s Trade Union League of America (NWTUL), the strike began in November 1909. In February 1910, the NWTUL settled with the factory owners, gaining improved wages, working conditions, and hours. The end of the strike was followed only a year later by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which exposed the plight of immigrant women working in dangerous and difficult conditions. Hence, now that ecen toy robots can solve complex movement tasks at lightning speed, garment workers can begin their traing as robot maintenance personnel, and a few will even still work. Watch the video and tell me this thing can’t be taught to make shirts 24/7.
Legos are much more than just toys; now they can help the visually impaired.
Image:The toy company has supplied the world with more than 600 billion tiny plastic bricks—about 80 for each inhabitant of the Earth. Used under terms of “Fair Use“
Shubham Banerjee, a seventh-grade student from California, has developed a low-cost fully functional Braille printer using Lego Mindstoms EV3. It is essentially a Lego robot built to let sight impaired folks to benefit from computer technology at a reasonable price.
Best of all, this young man intends to make his invention freely accessible (open source) to all.
Read the rest of this Hearst Electronic Products (R) story HERE
I recently became acquainted with a young man named Austin Hughey and I’m impressed. “All instruments”, “self produced”, “self-harmonies” are all usually a recipe for disaster. Not with this guy. His talent overrides my usual disdain for techno remixes. Plus – and this is a HUGE PLUS — he is polite and unassuming, a set of qualities I hope he can retain. Add a dash of professionalism and he may go far.
Give it a listen and if you enjoy it, go to his Youtube channel for some more
My personal favorite is his redux of an old TV theme
Despite California Statehouse Mandates for “green energy” production, LA County is going after folks living off the grid in Antelope Valley. Is this a “Blazing Saddles” land grab? Municipal power and water monopoly? Or just plain heavy handed version of “We don’t want your kind here!”
Since when do SWAT Teams deliver *alleged* code violations?
Read the original story in its entirety HERE
Published on Feb 4, 2014
The deputy director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy admitted Tuesday that marijuana was less deadly than alcohol, but insisted that pot was not a benign drug.
At a House Oversight Committee hearing, the drug czar’s second-in-command, Michael Botticelli, received a stern questioning from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) about the harms of marijuana in light of President Barack Obama recent comments on the subject.
“How many people die from marijuana overdoses every year?” Connolly asked.
“I don’t know that I know. It is very rare,” Botticelli replied.
Read the rest of this HERE
New robot cops tackle traffic congestion
Bots are being used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
See full article HERE
Well, I guess we can file this story under the “Didn’t see that coming” category: Two new robot cops have been put in place along the intersection of Boulevard Triomphal and Huileries Avenue in Kinshasa, part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the sole purpose of easing traffic congestion.