Monday, April 27, 2015

Weird News

News of the Weird:

-- Raising Our Most Delicate Generation: In preparation for the National Union of Students Women's Conference in Solihull, England, in March some attendees requested that clapping for any of the speakers be discouraged, but that approval from the audience be expressed by "jazz hands" -- open hands, palm directed to the stage, and the fingers extended wildly. Using "jazz hands" would show compassion for attendees who have anxiety and other disorders, and for speakers who might be distracted by the din of approval. [BBC News, 3-24-2015]

Thursday, April 23, 2015

President Hillary

Hillary wants to improve the lives of the 99%. Sure she does.

And to do this she'll have to topple the 1%. But wait, aren't the Clintons part of the 1%? Well, yes, but they're not capitalist exploiters. They didn't get their money through providing goods, or jobs, or paying taxes. (like those filthy capitalists) No, selling out the country isn't the same as selling goods or services.

From the NYT, for goodness sake:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show....

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ponder Ponder Ponder

Someone had to ask the question that threw me into infinite loops back in school: What would happen if I dug straight down, at a speed of 1 foot per second? What would kill me first?

Well not that question in particular threw me into brain disharmony, but what happens to air pressure at the center of the earth. Not just me either -- from Scientific American circa 1920:

Googling only makes the confusion worse, but it's comforting to know that many people have thought about this question.

My best guess is that enlightenment may be down the path of analyzing the forces that at on a molecule of gas at the center of the earth, then on a molecule 50 feet "up" then one 50 feet further... all the way to the surface.

But it's all too much for right now, I have a tax extension to get in the mail.

Question, what forces are acting on that envelope? The pressure question is pulling it away from the mailbox even though the question has no mass or gravity.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Bees Disrupt Presidential Storytelling

Sure, you delight in the ruination of the event. But you have no appreciation for the hard work that I put into training those bees.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize for John Kerry?

His boss got a Nobel for perfect attendance in his first week as president so John Kerry thinks anyone can get one. Maybe he's right.

But the only way I'd give John Kerry the Nobel Peace prize is if it turns out that he's the one been beating up Harry Reid.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Indiana Wants Me, Lord, I Can't Go Back There

What I can't understand is why anyone would want a wedding photographer who was morally opposed to their wedding.  And if you could get the state to force them into accommodating you, wouldn't we need legislation to prevent them from giving everyone red-eye and maliciously cropping at the forehead? Call it the Gay Forehead Protection Act.

I like Jonah Goldberg's take on the situation. And I think Gay Patriot has found the origin of the outrage:

Isn’t it interesting how the ginned-up outrage over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law has completely driven coverage of Hillary’s email scandal and Obama’s “Neville Chamberlain Goes to Teheran” Act out of the news?