What built this country, was innovation. Electricity, cars, railroads, steel, and Doug Coulter thinks he will be able to build the next new energy source:
Of course, he might have to take a bath at some point.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
I have a friend who thinks this is just the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and what’s funny, is that today I was watching a program on the History Channel–and some geneticist scientist, who was splicing different genes from different species to make more or less monsters, said, she just thought it was so ‘cool.’ that she could do that.
Have we come to the point in science that we do stuff just because we can, and it’s cool?
For instance, would you buy this car?
Sure, the way the door go under the car
is cool: But is it practical? Picture that car pulling up to the castle in a heavy downpour. The rain would BLAST into the car, getting the seats, the floor, the dashboard, not to mention everybody sitting in it, soaking wet. When getting out of a car now, only a small space is exposed to the outside and you can hop out in a flash, shut the door quickly, and be off.
But: More importantly, what if you are in a car accident? Your door is jammed. It won’t go down. It won’t go up. You can’t get out. The gas tank explodes.
You’ll more than likely: burn up.
And yet, obviously whomever put the money into making this car thought it was ‘cool’ regardless of its setbacks. And someday, when hybrid humans are walking the planet, and we have members of the species who are abominations to nature, will we all look back and say:
“Look! He has gills! That’s just so cool!”
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I promised uplifting stories on the weekend, and this one is great. 12- year-old Peyton Robertson has a very practical invention and it just goes to show, that while there may be many high IQ’s out there, it’s the extra human spirit of imagination and spirit that makes some stand out from the rest. And Peyton is a real joy to watch.
Hopefully Peyton’s parents can help him get this idea on the market.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
It’s in. Finally, after billions have been spent on trying to prove that women are just the same as men, somebody figured it out. (Although, wisely, these scientist will not reveal their names because of the fear of the feminist backlash.)
Hey, our brains are different. Who knew?
According to this article in The Independent
Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more likely to run from side to side between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
This also explain why men can skate backwards while watching a hockey puck.
Along with that extreme advance in medical science, they gave us a few pictures, where we look deeply into the different brains: The scientists decided to look into this study simply because they couldn’t understand why their wives did not understand why their husbands would rather watch football or play video games than take them shopping. It also explains why the cell phone was invented. Women need to communicate while they’re shopping.
But….there is one finding that this nobody found puzzling:
“Men tend to outperform women involving spatial tasks and motor skills – such as map reading – while women tend to better in memory tests, such as remembering words and faces, and social cognition tests, which try to measure empathy and “emotional intelligence”.
Every man I have ever known could not read a map. Worse…they refuse to read maps, ask directions, or even READ directions. It’s been a problem since Attila the Hun got lost in the Swiss Alps. If only he had listened to his wife, China today, would have found their way to the moon by now, and we would all be speaking Chinese.
Anyway, I don’t know why we are all so excited by this news, because, according to other scientists we have the brains of pigs and monkeys. Nobody Thinks they will soon find out that pigs brains are wired front to back, and chimps brains are wired side to side, because everybody knows, chimps are much better communicators than pigs. And pigs like to eat. Lots.
And that’s why they deserve to be citizens and given Obamaphones.
This was reported on July 30, 2013, by NASA. Nobody suggests that Al Gore might want to redo his hockey stick….Yes Al..there is a bigger ball of gas in the universe than you, and hopefully, it hits you in the head.
Closer scrutiny of radiation left over from the creation of the universe shows the Big Bang took place about 13.8 billion years ago, 100 million years earlier than previous estimates, scientists said on Thursday.
Nobody wants to know where they found this radiation, what kind of box do they have it in, and how SURE are they that the 100 million is the right figure? After all, they don’t even know what all that black dark matter stuff is. They don’t even know how we got Joe Biden as President…
Can we trust this? And more importantly, have they figured out yet who caused that Big Bang?
They also said this:
“We can see the subtle effects of gravitational pulls from literally everything in the universe.”
Yes, I see the subtle effects of gravitational pull every time I look in the mirror. And this guy gets big bucks to say stuff like this?
The good news is: we have another 100 million years to figure it all out.
This morning on the local radio station, there was a discussion on the big problem we have with the low-income students not being able to get help, when a progressive educational public school system cannot seem to teach them anything. Richer people can afford to get Johnny a tutor when he cannot seem to understand fuzzy math, but not the poor kid. I was waiting for the conclusion that “We need to spend MORE money on the poor kids.”
A minute later, I picked up the book I was reading (The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan) and read this;
“Science is more than a body of knowledge: it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the United States is a service and information economy: when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries: when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues: when the people have lost the ability to see their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority: when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bite (now down to seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentation on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write this, the number one videocassette rental in America is the move Dumb and Dumber. “Beavis and Butthead” remain popular (and influential ) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning–not just of science, but of anything are avoidable even undesirable.”
Carl makes an excellent point. The reason Obama got elected, was because the majority of our population would rather watch Vampire and Zombie programs then read a book, or delve deeper into Obama’s sound bites: whether they are true or not.
Our schools have shaped our kids to be zombies, listening to sound bites of movie stars and politicians who cannot even add.
Every President says he is going to fix our schools, and no President ever does. And our kids know it. What kind of future can a kid dream of today?
The book was written in 1996. It’s now 2013. Mr. Sagan used science to predict the future.
And he wouldn’t be surprised to know: Zombies are among us now.
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I love this. I have one childhood memory that sticks out from all the rest. I must have been all of three years old, because in the memory, I was sitting in the backseat of my Dad’s car waiting in the dark to pick up my mom at some store. The family moved to Naples, Florida when I was four…so therefore, I had to be three…since it was here in St. Louis.
It was Christmas time, and we were parked in a parking lot, outside a Mall. My father was in the front seat, and my mom seemed to be taking a long time. I remember the backseat seemed as big as a boat, and I was curled up with my favorite blanket and gazing high up into the sky. Minutes before I had heard the, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” on the intercom outside, and asked about it, and I remember looking at my dad, and he told me the story of how all the toys in the Mall came alive and danced, to the music. I don’t know how he knew that, but I believed him, and my mind of course went crazy..picturing all the toys inside the mall…and what if I could locked inside for the night and watch them…oh boy, would mom and dad be mad? And oh boy…that was fun to think about that…and the music was like nothing I had ever heard before, because of course, my parents only listened to Benny Goodman. Dad must have seen it on Lawrence Welk because my grandmother always had that on every week.
It seemed we were there for hours, and I remember gazing up at the sky, and asking my father about the stars. I honestly think it was the first time I had really looked at them, and he must have told me there were millions and they were far away, and right away, I knew that I was the tiniest thing on the planet…no bigger than a grain of sand. It was at that moment that I realized this planet was tiny, I was even tineir…and it was the scariest thing imaginable. Maybe my father told me that…I don’t remember…BUT it put the most horrendous fear of how insignificant I was compared to that vast universe, that I hide under the blanket until mom got to the car. I was powerless. And if you think about it, my ‘Nobody” self is still under that blanket. (LOL!)
My love for music came from that moment I think. I became a musician, a dancer, and a lover of the stars. To this day, “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is one of my favorite songs, and no matter WHERE I am when I hear it, I stop everything and listen to it all the way through.
Tchaikovsky suffered from deep depressions, and committed suicide. And yet, he left us a small universe of music….His star still shines in this little girl’s heart.
Somehow, music and the universe are meant to be one. Music IS math in so many ways.
My liberal friend just sent me an email..he was upset that in Texas they were thinking about teaching the kids about intelligent design along with evolution. Really, he was horrified. (He HAS no children of his own, and probably never will, being as he is 75.)
So I wrote him back and told him Einstein believed in intelligent design. (LOL!) And Einstein would agree, so many IQ’s…are lackig imagination. Without imagination, you are only halfway there.
Wait…Let’s make this complete: Here, close your eyes and picture yourself as that grain of sand in the vast universe and TELL me…this song doesn’t fit. I no longer hide under the blankets.
I just smile. And thankfully, I grew into my ears.
ENJOY! (Thanks to Ant)
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If you have ever wondered what the space station really looks like, go on a really fun tour with Commander Sunny Williams, who is a wonderful tour guide. She explains everything,
Notice, the Russians, don’t wave. Also notice, they still use plain old paper and pens. And unbelievably, they have many different types of toilet paper to choose from. Only a woman would go into such detail.
Nobody Notes: We can’t send our own spaceships into space anymore, but we can supply the mad dog Egyptian Brotherhood with a bunch of F-16′s.
Somebody want to explain that to me? How about explaining it to Sunny? No?
Anyway, I know it’s long but it’s the best one I’ve seen. Sunny is a woman after my own heart.
(Thanks to J.R. )
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If you’re like me, whenever I hear the threat of sunspot activity, I tend to think of my father’s acne. Just a tiny blimp on the surface of a bumpy face. But…this email puts the sunspot in perspective. These spots could swallow us! Aimed at JUST the right angle, we would be toast. The Democrats are working on spin at this very moment to blame any damage caused from AR 1654, the sunspot, on George Bush. And as usual, George Bush will make no comment, thinking wrongly, that nobody will believe the spin of the democrats, proving as fact, that George Bush has in fact, already been hit by AR 1652. (Thanks to amfortas)
Like an enormous cannon that is slowly turning its barrel toward us, the latest giant sunspot region AR1654 is steadily moving into position to face Earth, loaded with plenty of magnetic energy to create M-class flares — moderate-sized outbursts of solar energy that have the potential to cause brief radio blackouts on Earth and, at the very least, spark bright aurorae around the upper latitudes.
Do you remember what you were doing when America put the first man on the moon? Okay, so you were three. That’s no excuse.
It was just the biggest deal in America, and it was all because the Russians put a dog and then a man up in space, and JFK just couldn’t take that. So we went to the moon. (Okay, some say it was faked…I have no clue.)
And then the rest of our lives…we heard not another word about Russia and its space program…unless of course you happened to read the National Geographic issue of October 1986:
“Behind this bold undertaking (The Russians were going up to fix their space station) is the accumulated experience of a space faring nation second to none. Soviet Space pioneers and passengers have carried aloft from 11 other lands, have logged 12 years of space travel amassing a record of solid achievements and spectacular firsts. By contrast the United States in 55 manned missions has accumulated less than five years of space experience.”
Remember: This was 1986.
As you remember, after the Shuttle blew up during Reagan’s term in office, we slowly seemed to lose interest. Not the Russians. They have been steady, and relentless. I hate to seem ignorant on having even thought about this until now, but I got mad last night, because some American scientist who was getting really excited —talking about going back to Titan and other Moons around Saturn and then he said that he hoped Obama got reelected, and gets a boost from some of the things being planned—well–that comment simply floored me.
Our space program was closed down by Obama. Russia now charges us for passage to space. So WHY again would this scientist want Obama to be President?
The Russians have done some remarkable things: Here’s a bit from Wikipedia in case, like me, you missed it:
Over its sixty-year history, this primarily classified military program was responsible for a number of pioneering accomplishments in space flight, including the first intercontinental ballistic missile (1957), first satellite (Sputnik-1), first animal in space (the dog Laika on Sputnik 2), first human in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1), first woman in space and Earth orbit (cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6), first spacewalk (cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on Voskhod 2), first Moon impact (Luna 2), first image of the far side of the moon (Luna 3) and unmanned lunar soft landing (Luna 9), first space rover, first space station, and first interplanetary probe.
Most Americans knows it’s reported that our debt is $16 trillion…but having said that, not many have any concept of just how big that is:
Here’s some help: Our debt is as big as 16 galaxies.
A giant spiral of gas dust and stars, Messier 101 spans 170,000 light-years and contains more than a trillion stars. Astronomers have uncovered a surprising trend in galaxy evolution where galaxies like M101 and the Milky Way Galaxy continued to develop into settled disk galaxies long after previously thought. Credit: NASA/ESA Hubble
Also, since Nobody Cares that I just love “star” pictures, here one taken of the upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower. Wow.
It’s not rocket science: When Obama and his green buddies decided to throw “stimulus” into GM to make electric cars, anybody who had any sense would have said—-Uh…Thomas Edison tried to make a battery driven car: Been there, done that. You remember Thomas Edison don’t you? The progressives want you to forget him because he was the quintessential entrepreneur…He only lit up the world as we know it, and because he invented the motion picture, we get to see Obama and Michelle this week on the View!
If Thomas Edison thought it wasn’t worth the effort, what makes you think Obama could do it? After all, in my 50-year old house, I cannot turn on my computer if my printer is on. And god forbid someone decide to vacuum the rug on Christmas Eve…all the outside Christmas lights blow out.
A Chevy Volt plugged into my garage would blow out my whole neighborhood. I’d have to buy a new house to just plug the Volt into….and it’s been known to blow up a few houses.
Hey…didn’t that brilliant mind of Obama’s job Czar Jeffery Immelt–didn’t he realize we’d have to rewire millions of homes to use these worthless electric cars? NO…all he saw was big electric bills coming his way. That’s what’s your suppose to do when you’re CEO of General Electric. Build everything in China, and get our government to fund electric cars.
Obama insisted on making those electric cars..so he doled out the money….
Washington agreed to provide $25Bn in cheap loans to the companies who make electric cars. So far, $8.4Bn has been committed. The rest of the money will be doled out before 2019. The money is being lent by the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). Because the loans are guaranteed by DOE, there is no risk of repayment to FFB. As a result, the loans are excluded from the calculation of the debt limit. The 25 ‘large’ is all “off balance sheet”. A very neat trick indeed!
People aren’t stupid—So, it came as no surprise this week when two companies who had been trying to force electric cars onto the market have decided to take their losses and call it quits. Guess what? Nobody is buying them. What are Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks going to do when they want to trade in their old Prius’?
Yes, after all the taxpayer’s good money…GM is dumping the Chevy Volt. Buy one now, and get a big discount…
GM’s discounts on the Volt are more than four times the industry’s per-vehicle average, according to TrueCar estimates. Edmunds.com and J.D. Power and Associates say they’re about three times the average. Discounts include low-interest financing, cash discounts to buyers, sales bonuses to dealers, and subsidized leases.
And Toyota is right behind. They are getting rid of their electric cars:
“The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge,” said, Uchiyamada, who spearheaded Toyota’s development of the Prius hybrid in the 1990s.
How do you like that? It took those two companies THIS long to figure that nobody was going to buy a car that had to be charged every 50 miles, and plugged in?
What? The Japanese are just as stupid as GM?
I don’t know which company is more lame. Toyota didn’t need an electric car, and it doesn’t make me feel any better that these great minds running the world are such idiots.
Nevertheless…don’t think they’ve given up. Remember…they passed Obamacare, which now means that our government can force us to buy anything, according to the Supreme Court.
I expect that IF Obama is kept in office, we will see….
Nissan aims to offer its electric cars globally by 2012, in its long-term plan.
Nobody plans to put my mandated electric car on top of my house at Christmas time, with a Big Santa Claus sitting in the seat, decorated and lit up with my finest Christmas bulbs…
And then…I plan to vacuum.
Have you noticed? Global warming has sort of gone away. What happened to Al Gore? Funny isn’t it? We had the worst summer in recent weather history this year: Drop dead temperatures, and fire, after fire, after fire, and they didn’t get much notice. They did talk about the price of corn.
Nobody even suggested that this drought was caused by global warming. Don’t you find that–weird?
Last night I was listening to Coast to Coast, which I do every night, because I fall asleep to it, and they had an MIT guy on named, Mat Stein. This guy was worried. He got me worried. Just a few days ago the sun let out some huge solar flares, and we were lucky..They were on the surface of the sun that doesn’t face us..and according to Mat, we are overdue for a big event. After all, he says the US has been hit with two big ones in their history, but the only thing that happened was the telegraph wires were fried.
That was back in 1859. Before the Civil War. BA…Before Apple.
But now, if we had one hit us, like the new Cable program just released, “Revolution” (It shows the US shutting down after a EMP strike) it would wipe out everything, and everyone would be without pretty much everything for at least 3 years.
And that’s not the worst of it. We have 104 nuclear reactors here in the States, and they can only go 3 weeks without backup before exploding. The backup runs on electricity. So you may be stocked up with food and water, but what good will it do you if you are 50 miles from one?
And here’s the kicker. Mat says they HAVE the technology to protect our electrical gird…but..it would cost around a billion dollars to protect them all….the generators and the nuclear plants. He couldn’t understand why this wasn’t right up on top of National Security urgency. Because after all…Bernanke and the stimulus have been what…now…800 billion and counting?
Instead of sending billions to the Middle East, filled with men who want us dead, maybe now would be a good time to spend that money right here and protect us all from the horrors of an EMP. After all, Putin’s submarines are scouting around our waters…all it takes is one big one shot from a sub.
Mat wanted everyone to call their Senators to make this a high priority, because…he thinks they don’t know. I thought it funny he should say this, because I guess he missed that big CNN 2- hour special put on by Homeland Security—where they “war gamed” the whole EMP attack by sun or foreign attack scenario for the American people. Oh yes, all the big wigs were there.
Yes, they know. And they played that war game out on TV to cover their own butts should something happen, because it was all about:” We can’t do a thing!” We are helpless! We the government will just have to watch people die!” ” We might never know who attacked us so we can’t retaliate!”
We are as safe from EMP as the citizens of Pompeii, were from being smothered by Mt. Vesuvius.
Except that happened in A.D. 79.
This is 2012.
When a President can’t even protect a simple ambassador, what make you think he can protect any of us? What makes you think that THIS President even cares if we get hit? He will just become President forever and go into his ginormous bunker with all this friends, and Beyoncé. And while the world is screaming “Death to America!” don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, they should get to work on this?
And what bothers me more than anything is ALL the movies that have been coming out about the world ending, as if they are trying to socially engineer us all to expect it.
And now you know why I didn’t post yesterday.