Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ramesh Ponnoru mentioned this anecdote which was related to him:
"McCain stood in the middle of the GOP cloakroom and yelled at several of his Senate colleagues because they deigned to have a vote — to have a vote — on Inhofe's "English As the National Language" amendment to the 2006 immigration bill. He accused conservatives of being "divisive" and "insulting" Latinos for suggesting that immigrants ought to learn this language. He was nasty and unhinged. About 10 staffers witnessed this. He delighted in telling the conservative senators there that they were destroying the party with these efforts. This is what Santorum is talking about. He had antipathy for social and cultural conservatives' efforts."
'Take bisphenol A. It's a basic constituent of the polycarbonate plastics found in many baby bottles, sippy cups and juice bottles. A highly versatile compound, it is also found in dental sealants, CDs, DVDs and the resin linings of food and beverage containers, including many cans and takeout cartons. But most scientists say small amounts can leach out—and ultimately find their way into our bodies—when the plastics start to break down under high heat or wear and tear. The CDC has found BPA in 92 percent of Americans age 6 and older who were tested. But the chemical industry says it's safe—and the Food and Drug Administration agrees. "It's not possible to contact harmful levels of it," says Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council, which represents the major chemical companies.
Reproductive biologists aren't so sure. Patricia Hunt of Washington State University was alerted to possible dangers of BPA in 1999 when her mouse study on an unrelated topic suddenly went haywire, with dozens of female mice unexpectedly developing chromosomal abnormalities in the eggs they carried in their ovaries. As it turned out, a lab worker had used the wrong detergent to clean the animals' cages—one that caused BPA to leach out of the plastic cages and feeding bottles. Hunt tried washing brand-new cages with the same detergent to confirm the source of the problem. She then began studying BPA exposures in unborn rodents, which she followed into adulthood. The results were striking. Almost half the eggs of female mice exposed to low doses of BPA during gestation carried extra copies of chromosomes or were missing chromosomes. No one has replicated the findings.
There are other potential effects. Hundreds of animal and test-tube studies suggest that low-dose exposures, particularly during gestation, may later lead to breast and prostate cancer, abnormalities in the reproductive tract and behavioral problems, among other things. But there is disagreement about the implications for human health. Two groups convened by the National Institutes of Health have reached opposite conclusions. In 2007, advisers to the government's National Toxicology Program found "minimal" cause for concern. Meanwhile, another scientific panel produced a consensus statement saying that, based on animal data, common levels of exposure could pose a problem and that further study was needed. "We can't say there are conclusive data in humans," says Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri, who headed the second panel. "But given the fact that we're seeing irreparable damage in animals, for heaven's sake, let's get this out of products our babies are coming in contact with."'
Endocrine disruption.Bpa disrupts young brains.
Hermaphrodite fish and the pill etc...
Who knows the links go on and on, we are certainly all going to die!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I would go to the wax musuem.
"The Snake" in that collection featured "Doc," a character based on Steinbeck's friend Ed Ricketts, though to what degree depends on what you read. Here is a link to a 2003 NPR piece on Mr. Ricketts. A 360 panorama of the Ricketts Memorial.
N351X or N352X Photo Shep Johnson
(another Hughes article)
I like Air and Space Magazine.
Chuck Aaron is an amazing Helicopter Pilot who flies exhibitions for Red Bull.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I wonder what is true.
A lot of material out there is inextricable from 9-11 crackpottery.
Sadly you would have to be a fool to have confidence in the established media's competence or mere desire to root out facts.
The images are credited to Skyscrapercity
Wikipedia of Largest buildings.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It led me to this NRA "Black List" of organizations and even celebrities who are anti-gun, or, rather, pro-victim-disarmament. It was near the NRA-ILA widget on the side, and, as you can imagine, the list would have been shorter had they concentrated on pro 2nd Am. celebrities.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
On the other hand I used to think the FBI had more important monkeys to chase.
This guy was caught with monkeys in his pants.
All Fark, that.
Reminds me of ferret legging.
'"...could be electrocuted. I could be hanged. I could be given any other punishment," the 37-year-old Blahyi said in a weekend interview following his truth commission appearance last week. "But I think forgiveness and reconciliation is the right way to go.
The civil war, which killed an estimated 250,000 people in this nation of 3 million, was characterized by the eating of human hearts and soccer matches played with human skulls. Drugged fighters waltzed into battle wearing women's wigs, flowing gowns and carrying dainty purses stolen from civilians.
The sacrifice was typically "the killing of an innocent child and plucking out the heart which was divided into pieces for us to eat," he told The Associated Press on Saturday. He appeared before the commission Jan. 15 _ and put a figure to his killing spree for the first time.'
Sheesh, those far away places with such compelling cultures never disappoint.
Semtex and cheese, both dangerous in the wrong hands...
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Coast also links to this Smithsonian article on Absolute Zero efforts up at MIT, and a lengthy WapoMag piece examining that crazy Morgellons fiber disease which may or may not exist. "Depends on who you ask," as Dunlap may say.
Finally they link to this "Supernote" counterfeit article which is interesting.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Only 19.6 % could agree that they believe all or most new media reporting.
Wow...The media have no dog in any fight, they are just there to convey facts so we may decide on any matter...what could account for this perception...hmmmmm....I'm stumped. Or maybe I just don't feel like ferreting out all of the links to the biased idiocies which complete the picture of how filthy and traitorous the media has become as the term "self-evident" comes to mind. I like Iowahawk's timeline.
Also very dry and funny Bic pen reviews on Amazon here, and simulated color blindness here, with interesting comments. Always go to Haha.
Lastly from Haha they have a video on Wally Wallington, who moves incredibly heavy objects through ingenuity and not heavy machinery. I have seen him before but hadn't thought of it in a long time. Very impressive. Dare I say that space aliens may not be behind Stonehenge and the Pyramids? On the other hand, Jesus displayed some startling abilities.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Molly's French Onion looks tasty:
Yield: 6 servings
My friend Molly Stevens is a great cook, so it makes sense that she's a food writer and cookbook author, too. But she also has an intuitive palate and a breadth of culinary knowledge that knocks me on my ear every time she pulls an arcane fact out of her head or whips up a beautiful meal (which she often does). And she shares. And she learned to cook in France. This recipe is a personal favorite. "Although slicing onions by hand gives you the most consistent and best results," Molly says, "I admit to using a food processor to get through the heaps needed to make this soup." Two more tidbits of advice: "It may seem that you have far too many onions, but don't worry -- they'll cook down to about a quarter of their original volume ... You want the toasts to cover almost all of the surface of the soup, but don't overlap the slices too far or you'll have too much bread."
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 3 to 3-1/2 pounds (about 6 large) yellow onions, thinly sliced
- Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 8 cups beef or chicken stock (homemade or low-sodium store-bought)
- 1 parsley sprig
- 1 thyme sprig
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
- 1-1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) shredded GruyÃ¨re cheese
In a large, wide soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook gently, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and have begun to turn a deep blond shade, about 40 minutes. (It's important to avoid browning them.) Stir in flour and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour in wine and increase heat to medium-high, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any caramelized juices. Cook until liquid is almost completely reduced. Add stock.
Tie herbs together with string or place inside a piece of cheesecloth. Add herb bundle and bring to a simmer. Season lightly with salt and pepper and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Onions should be soft but not falling apart. (You may make this soup ahead to this point if you like, and hold it for several hours or even a few days before serving.) Just before serving, heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange baguette slices on oven rack. Toast lightly, 7 to 10 minutes, and set aside. Increase temperature to 450 degrees. Set six ovenproof crocks on a heavy baking sheet, and ladle hot soup into them. (Discard herb bundles.) Float toasts on soup and top each with a handful (1/4 cup) of GruyÃ¨re.
Bake until cheese is melted, bubbly, and barely golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately when cheese is gooey and crocks are hot.
Would that it were true, but we haven't seen anything yet. What's down the road will render these days as warm and fuzzy and logical by comparison. Considering this "extreme" is fanciful optimism.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"It was in the quenching many believed it acquired magical properties. According to Dr. Helmut Nickel, curator of the Arms and Armor Division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, legend had it that the best blades were quenched in ''dragon blood.'' In a recent letter to the museum a Pakistani told of a sword held in his family for many generations, quenched by its Afghan makers in donkey urine. Some medieval smiths recommended the urine of redheaded boys or that from a ''three-year-old goat fed only ferns for three days.'"
Well they go on to suggest quenching the material in the blood of a human as well...and on into the science.
But the goats seem to have become a theme...
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yes, it costs more and more and more...with no end in sight. Why, they've raised state income taxes nearby despite a surplus in tax revenues. Those were the necessary and temporary income taxes that surely will also be repealed.
Look for the illegals to be given driver's licenses very soon in that now wretched state which once rang out the shot heard round the world.
Samizdata also links to Ezra's site in the above post and to this interesting quote regarding change in the music business.
via American Digest
Previous post on Dino Tracks
American Digest also links to this article suggesting that Damascus swords had carbon nanotubes.
For a last American Digest link they send us to this two part essay on relativism containing this great General Charles James Napier quote:
You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
He also says "One of the things social scientists do is create math models to prove our theories." I find the wording revealing.
The Times also has this article on fever mitigating autism symptoms.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Zombies (don't know why that second post pops up under the search) and more Zombies!!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
New Hampshire, a giant eight foot mystery monkey and September 11 make a lot of food for thought on a day like today.
"Unemployed to Sterilize Monkeys"--alas this is from India upon closer inspection. I was almost encouraged for a moment.
That last via DaveBarry
Monday, January 7, 2008
Deep freeze: this mammoth calf, standing 4ft 3in tall and weighing
110lb (7st 8lb), still had some tufts of her woolly coat attached when she was
unearthed in Siberia
People have found a fantastically preserved baby Woolly Mammoth. What surprised me was the reference to Wrangel Island. I had always thought that Mammoths died out 10,000 years ago, but they were alive as recently as 2000 b.c., or 1700 if you believe the Wiki reference.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I have been having trouble trying to embed the video dangit!!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
first link Drudge
Friday, January 4, 2008
Ken Alibek wrote a book called Biohazard which was very interesting and he mentioned peptides and emotional reactions viz a viz Soviet research in a chilling second hand fashion...
Bill Patrick is interesting, though this shouldn't have become a bioweapon post...
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wikipedia American Chestnut link.
http://www2.volstate.edu/jschibig/resurrectingthechestnut.htm -- many links.
American Chestnut Foundation--they give away seedlings on an annual basis I believe but you can order them here any time.
Growing Chestnuts found in Ga.
This Live Science article has a recent date but it seems like this NPR report from longer ago. Must have been very cool for that fellow.
He also has a link to this video of a startling tiger attack upon a riding mahout. For the squeamish here is a link to the story, the individuals are attempting to sedate the beast. Jungle Trader is an excellent stop. This is impressive:
“It all happened in a few seconds and before we knew what both Bodo and the guard had fallen down,” Dr Choudhary narrated. What now happened was even more amazing. As the tigress landed on the ground Joymala quickly pinned her down with her left fore foot and tried to control it with its trunk. The tigress struggled under this weight for at least half a minute roaring, as other people in the vicinity shouted and fired shots in the air. In this commotion another attempt was made to dart it, but even this shot was off the mark. The tigress finally struggled loose and ran away."
Also instapundit links to this spot which makes reference to Kipling living in Vermont. I had no idea he wrote The Jungle Books while in New England!! (Obligatory Twain/Hartford link here.)