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  • Planned 'Day of Rage' protests fail to materialize, with some exceptions

    07/15/2016 9:23:08 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 57 replies
    Police departments nationwide anticipated “Day of Rage” protests, following the announcement by an account claiming to represent the hacker group Anonymous. It called for 36 cities to participate in response to killings of civilians by police. Despite the passion and compassion shown in recent days and weeks by people taking to the streets over killings of and by police, the hyped “Day of Rage” protests largely failed to materialize on Friday. Instead, a #BashBack contingent of protesters, LGBT activists, took to the streets of New York City in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, at one point chanting, “Stonewall was a riot, queers...
  • A psychology professor reviewed decades of research about having kids ...

    05/12/2016 12:13:03 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 7, 2016 | Matthew D. Johnson
    Lots of women look forward to motherhood — getting to know a tiny baby, raising a growing child, developing a relationship with a maturing son or daughter. All over the world, people believe that parenting is the most rewarding part of life. And it’s good that so many mothers treasure that bond with their child, because the transition to parenthood causes profound changes in a woman’s marriage and her overall happiness … and not for the better. Families usually welcome a baby to the mix with great expectations. But as a mother’s bond with a child grows, it’s likely that...
  • He Said He Was 17, but High School Basketball Player May Be Closer to 30

    04/29/2016 11:22:52 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 30, 2016 | Christopher Mele
    A South Sudan immigrant and standout basketball player at a Catholic high school in Canada has been arrested after it was revealed that his true age is not 17, but closer to 29, the authorities said.
  • Barbershop: San Bernardino, Chicago And The Yellow Brick Road (NPR)

    12/06/2015 11:52:36 AM PST · by AZLiberty
    NPR ^ | December 5, 2015 | Lynn Neary, Moderator
    In the Barbershop, Arsalan Iftikhar, Bridget Johnson and Jimi Izrael discuss the San Bernardino shootings, the shakeups in the Chicago Police Department, and NBC's live production of The Wiz. LYNN NEARY, HOST: Time now for a visit to the Barbershop - that's where we gather some interesting folks to hear about what's on their minds and what's in the news. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup today are Bridget Johnson. She is Washington bureau chief of PJ Media. That's a conservative-libertarian news and commentary site. Attorney Arsalan Iftikhar - he serves as senior editor for The Islamic Monthly magazine...
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    11/19/2015 8:56:16 AM PST · by AZLiberty · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • Why Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, and others are betting on fusion

    10/06/2015 9:04:02 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 16 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 28, 2015 | Brian Dumain
    The energy source has been long on promise and short on reality. Now private companies think they can succeed where the government has failed. For more than half a century governments around the world have been trying to solve the challenge of nuclear fusion. In theory it could provide a cheap, clean, and almost boundless source of energy. Consider this: One tablespoon of liquid hydrogen fuel—a mix of deuterium and tritium—would produce the same energy as 28 tons of coal. But smashing two hydrogen atoms together at 100 million degrees centigrade to create a fusion reaction has proved to be...
  • This investor is chasing a new kind of fusion

    10/06/2015 8:56:26 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 42 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 27, 2015 | Brian Dumaine
    A prominent North Carolina investor is backing a new kind of fusion that operates at much lower temperatures than thought possible, which would make it easier to commercialize. So far the early results show promise. Tom Darden, the founder and CEO of the $2.2 billion private equity fund Cherokee Investment Partners, made his mark by acquiring and cleaning up hundreds of environmentally contaminated sites. Today he is also an early stage investor in clean technology, having put his own money into dozens of companies in areas ranging from smart grid to renewable energy, and prefab green buildings. More recently he’s...
  • A fourth-generation farmer on leaving, then returning to the family farm

    09/07/2014 3:05:49 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 8 replies
    The Splendid Table ^ | September 7, 2014 | Francis Lam
    Fifty-eight years old. That was the average age of principal farm operators in the U.S. in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture. Over the past 30 years, the average age of principal farm operators in the U.S. has increased as fewer young people have taken up farming. For many farmers' children, leaving home means leaving the business. Nikiko Masumoto grew up working the peach harvest every year on the Masumoto Family Farm in California. Though she was a fourth-generation farmer in the making, when she went to college, she thought she was leaving the farm...
  • ... world's first hydrogen reactor for reduction of unlimited hydrogen ...

    08/25/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 92 replies
    Kochari ^ | July 22, so14 | Solar Hydrogen Trends
    Solar Hydrogen Trends, Inc., developer of innovative breakthrough technology with the world’s first hydrogen reactor for production of unlimited hydrogen, conducts final series of control tests on technology PR NewswireMENLO PARK, Calif., July 22, 2014 MENLO PARK, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —  American company, Menlo Park based technology firm Solar Hydrogen Trends, Inc. ( today announced that it has conducted a final series of control tests on hydrogen reactor Symphony 7A.Photo – follow-up series of tests was required due to the fact that the two previous series of tests had shown such incredible production of hydrogen in reactor...
  • Announcing Completion of the Flyspeck Project

    08/10/2014 8:04:15 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 5 replies
    The Flyspeck Project ^ | August 10, 2014 | Thomas Hales
    We are pleased to announce the completion of the Flyspeck project, which has constructed a formal proof of the Kepler conjecture. The Kepler conjecture asserts that no packing of congruent balls in Euclidean 3-space has density greater than the face-centered cubic packing. It is the oldest problem in discrete geometry. The proof of the Kepler conjecture was first obtained by Ferguson and Hales in 1998. The proof relies on about 300 pages of text and on a large number of computer calculations.
  • End of sincerity? Is the constitution of the NBA to trump the Constitution of the United States?

    04/30/2014 12:30:12 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 58 replies
    The Peripatetic Philosopher ^ | April 30, 2014 | Dr. James R. Fisher
    From a blogging friend of mine: END OF SINCERITY? IS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NBA TO TRUMP THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES? James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D. © April 30, 2014 When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, after a physics lecture, Rex Jamison invited me to have coffee with him. Rex was valedictorian of his high school class at Story City, Iowa. He was also number one in my class at Iowa as well. He would go on to become a Rhodes Scholar at Cambridge in Great Britain, and subsequently to graduate from Harvard...
  • Patriotic Educational Christmas Gifts for Kids 6-12?

    11/27/2013 8:19:18 AM PST · by AZLiberty · 12 replies
    Shameless Vanity | November 27, 2013 | AZLiberty
    Going into the shopping season, any ideas for Christmas gifts that inspire patriotism -- for kids 6-12 years?
  • Unclean at Any Speed

    07/25/2013 1:27:37 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 16 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | June 30, 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • Who's Minding the Schools?

    06/13/2013 11:53:54 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies
    New York Times Sunday Review: Opinion Pages ^ | June 8, 2013 | Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreyfus
    Money quote: For Diane Ravitch, a historian of education and former assistant education secretary, the program is predicated on “the idea that you can’t trust teachers.” If we want our children taught from standardized scripts, she told us, let’s say so and accept the consequences. For our part, we’re tired of seeing teachers cast as scapegoats, of all the carping over unions and tenure. It is time teachers are as revered in society as doctors or scientists, and allowed to work professionally without being bound by reams of rules.
  • Femen Stages a 'Topless Jihad'

    04/04/2013 11:52:14 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 4, 2013 | Alan Taylor
    Earlier today, members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged protests across Europe as they called for a "topless jihad." The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked images of herself online, with the words "I own my body; it's not the source of anyone's honor" written on her bare chest. The head of Tunisia's "Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice," reportedly called for Tyler to be stoned to death for her putatively obscene actions, lest they lead to an epidemic. Tyler has since gone quiet, leading...
  • What are the top five facts everyone should know about oil exploration? (from

    04/03/2013 12:30:25 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 2 replies ^ | March 31, 2013 | Ryan Carlyle
    My top 5 oil industry facts: 1) Oil is important. Shockingly, sometimes horrifically important. The world economy has been developing with oil as its lifeblood for over a hundred years. Oil is directly responsible for about 2.5% of world GDP [1], but accounts for 1/3rd of humanity's primary energy supply (>5 terawatts out of 15 terawatts total) [2]. It's over half if you include natural gas. World Energy Consumption by Source, in Terawatts World energy consumption Oil/gas powers 100% of all transportation, within a few significant figures of rounding error. Transportation, in turn, directly accounted for 1/6th of world GDP...
  • What InfusionSoft Has In Common with Apple

    03/29/2013 11:48:32 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 28, 2013 | Eric T. Wagner
    Perched high above the Arizona desert in my hotel room — it’s another perfect day in Scottsdale, Arizona. Below I watch hundreds of entrepreneurs scurrying about as they make their way to the annual InfusionCon conference held by InfusionSoft, a maker of CRM and marketing automation software geared toward small business owners.
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/07/2012 12:30:53 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 10 replies
    HBR Blogs ^ | December 7, 2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • America 3.0

    12/01/2012 7:10:03 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 5 replies
    America 3.0 ^ | November 28, 2012 | James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus
    James C. Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), and Michael J. Lotus (who blogs at as “Lexington Green”), are proud to announce the signing of a contract with Encounter Books of New York to publish their forthcoming book America 3.0.America 3.0 gives readers the real historical foundations of our liberty, free enterprise, and family life.  Based on a new understanding of our past, and on little known modern scholarship, America 3.0 offers long-term strategies to restore and strengthen American liberty, prosperity and security in the years ahead.America 3.0 shows that our country was founded as...
  • New Stansberry video ad: Gas/oil boom will expand Obama's power, leading to a third term

    11/09/2012 11:41:17 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 40 replies
    Drudge Ad for Stansberry's Investment Advisory ^ | November 9, 2012 | Porter Stansberry
    This ad from Stansberry just appeared on Drudge, predicting that the economy will boom in Obama's second term, giving him the leeway to expand his power so far as to enable a third and maybe fourth term. To save you the trouble of watching/listening to the whole video, here's a summary: Obama is in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the forthcoming oil and gas boom due to fracking and horizontal drilling technology. Spindletop (1901) made possible the expansion of presidential power under Teddy Roosevelt. The East Texas field exploited by H.L. Hunt (1934) led...
  • Obama, Romney Tie in Dixville Notch, NH

    11/05/2012 11:07:31 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 31 replies
    WGME TV ^ | November 6, 2012 | N/A
    In a sign that the 2012 presidential election is likely to be a close race, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney each received 5 votes in the town of Dixville Notch, NH. The votes are the first official votes tallied in the 2012 Presidential race. In 2008, President Obama defeated GOP nominee John McCain 16-5 in Dixville Notch, en route to a convincing electoral win.
  • Rossi Gives Third-Party Test Results from Hot Cat [Cold Fusion]

    09/09/2012 4:09:13 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 45 replies -- Pure Energy Systems News ^ | September 9, 2012 | Sterling D. Allan
    Short article from Sterling D. Allan from Last night, Andrea Rossi read and explained the third party tests that were done in July on his hot cat technology. The results evince outputs that approach nuclear in their power density and peak output levels. I'm presently attending the conference, so I'm not able to compose a report on this excellent E-Cat conference. That will come later. But for now, I thought you would like to see the video I shot last night. Here's the video I took of last night's presentation that Andrea Rossi gave at the E-Cat conference in...
  • The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine

    07/17/2012 9:17:15 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2012 | Andrew Kessler
    Did Mitt Romney and Bain Capital help office-supply retailer Staples create 88,000 jobs? 43,000? 252? Actually, Staples probably destroyed 100,000 jobs while creating millions of new ones. Since 1986, Staples has opened 2,000 stores, eliminating the jobs of distributors and brokers who charged nasty markups for paper and office supplies. But it enabled hundreds of thousands of small (and not so small) businesses to stock themselves cheaply and conveniently and expand their operations.
  • The Lights in the Tunnel

    07/16/2012 10:19:19 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 6 replies ^ | 2009 | Martin Ford
    Martin Ford, from the book's introduction: Like most people, I have been giving a lot of thought to the economic situation as the most serious crisis since the Great Depression has continued to unfold. Since I develop software and run a high tech business, I also spend a great deal of time thinking about computer technology, and so I began to focus on how economics and technology intertwine. The current crisis has been perceived as primarily financial in origin, but is it possible that ever advancing technology is an unseen force that has contributed significantly to the severity of the...
  • Parker Bros, Poker and the Myth

    10/05/2011 10:14:33 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 6 replies
    Stories of Global Transformation Blog ^ | October 4, 2011 | Dr. James W. Jackson
    Parker Brothers made millions of dollars marketing the table game Monopoly. It takes two to three hours to play a round of the game. Its history can be traced back to 1904 where it was developed as a teaching tool to explain the single tax theory. Poker is a game where betting begins with some form of forced bet by one of the players. Each player is betting that the hand he has will be the highest ranked. Each of the other players must either match the maximum previous bet or fold. Both games include one striking similarity . ....
  • Steve Jobs 1955-2011

    10/05/2011 5:33:51 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 35 replies
    Apple ^ | October 5, 2011 | Apple
    Steve Jobs 1955-2011
  • Off with his head, she replied [Tucson school board president ousted over "ethnic studies"]

    08/30/2011 2:45:17 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 26 replies
    Tucson Examiner ^ | August 24, 2011 | William Heuisler
    TUSD [Tucson Unified School District] swiftly punishes “incorrect” speech. According to Adelita Grijalva, criticizing the radical politicization of students is forbidden. Last week Mark Stegeman said Mexican American Studies reminded him of a “cult”. Last night Mark Stegeman, was purged for his politically incorrect words. Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Governing Board President, Mark Stegeman was ousted from his seat as Board President and replaced by fellow Board Member Miguel Cuevas at last night’s Board meeting. Board member, Adelita Grijalva, called for the ouster, which passed 3-2 with Stegeman and Michael Hicks voting no. [Excerpted as required by source. Click...
  • Dashed Hopes: How Obama Disappointed the World

    08/09/2011 12:25:07 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 69 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 9, 2011 | Mark Hujer
    As America's first black president, Barack Obama electrified an entire nation. But now that the nation is in crisis, he seems unable to connect with the people. He wanted to change America and restore its reputation in the world. But now his opponents are dictating the country's political course.
  • The 2011 Cold Fusion/Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Reactions Colloquium at MIT -- Part 1

    07/12/2011 11:13:21 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 12 replies
    Jet Energy ^ | July 17, 2009 | Staff of Jet Energy
    The 2011 Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Reactions/Cold Fusion Colloquium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) was held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2011. The meeting focused on the science and technology of cold fusion and lattice assisted nuclear reactions (LANR). This year, there were 23 presentations. LANR nanomaterials headlined the talks, only to be surpassed by patent issues, Rossi's contribution and recent high technologic developments in LANR.
  • 'My failings as a father': Obama reveals how he regrets not spending enough time with his children

    06/08/2011 10:44:53 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Mail Online ^ | June 8, 2011 | John Stevens
    Barack Obama has spoken about how he has failed to spend enough time with his daughters, despite pledging to learn from his father who left him when he was two years old. The President revealed how he regrets how his work has stopped him spending more time with his daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, as they grow up. Mr Obama told how growing up without a dad made him want to be the best parent he could, but admitted that he had not been a ‘perfect dad’. Father-in-chief: Barack Obama said he regretted not being able to spend more...
  • Turkey's Dream

    03/30/2011 11:03:05 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 5 replies
    The Day Weekly Digest (Kiev) ^ | March 31, 2011 | F. Stephen Larrabee
    WASHINGTON – The dramatic revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya have acted as a catalyst for a broader Arab awakening that has fundamentally shaken the Middle East’s political order, which has been in place since the late 1970’s. While it is too early to predict the final outcomes, several important regional implications are already beginning to emerge. First, the revolts are a double-edged sword for Iran. The Iranian regime may benefit from the ouster or weakening of pro-Western Arab leaders and regimes in Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, but Iran’s initial encouragement of the democratic uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt...
  • Why WikiLeaks Matters More (And Less) than You Think

    12/08/2010 11:58:05 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 18 replies
    HBR Blogs ^ | December 8, 2010 | Umair Haque
    Rather than seeing WikiLeaks through the lens of morality or national security, let's look at it through an institutional lens. To those of you who've been reading this blog for a while, that may be second nature. But to the newcomers, let me explain what I mean. Perhaps the most basic economic institution is GDP. And unfortunately, it's also one of the most in need of radical institutional innovation. So at the Cancun climate talks, one country has already committed to updating it for the 21st century — by including the costs of environmental damage to make the numbers a...
  • There are no secrets anymore!

    12/07/2010 12:42:38 AM PST · by AZLiberty · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Peripatetic Philosopher (blog) ^ | December 6, 2010 | James R. Fisher, Jr.
    Long before WikiLeaks exposed the supercilious rag tag chitchat of diplomats in the U.S. State Department with foreign leaders who are inclined to talk out of both sides of their mouths, leaks at every level in every institution were not only common but also pervasive. There is almost a mania to disclose secrets. It starts when we are kids, using it as power over each other, only to have it reach a crescendo when we grow up and handle documents marked “top secret.” I experienced it in industry and as an educator, finding it amusing when my barber knew as...
  • New York state manufacturing plunges: NY Fed

    11/15/2010 2:50:27 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 17 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 15, 2010 | Unknown
    New York state manufacturing unexpectedly plunged in November, the first contraction since July 2009 when the US economy exited recession, official data showed Monday. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported its manufacturing activity index dropped to minus 11.1 points in November, from a positive 15.7 points in the previous month. The Empire State Manufacturing Survey index is considered a bellwether of the manufacturing sector which has been a key strength in the economic recovery. It was the first time the index fell below zero since July 2009, the month after the worst recession in decades was officially declared...
  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    11/13/2010 9:20:29 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 2 replies · 4+ views
    Amazon ^ | November 2, 2010 | Matt Taibbi
    I was intrigued by this recent seven-minute NPR interview with Matt Taibbi, the author of Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America. The Griftopia link to takes you to a Google preview of the book, which includes this (written before the most recent election): Voters who throw their emotional weight into elections they know deep down inside won't produce real change in their lives are also indulging in a kind of fantasy. That's why voters still dream of politicians whose primary goal is to effectively govern and maintain a thriving first world society with...
  • How to Spend $1.25 Trillion

    08/26/2010 11:38:29 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 4 replies ^ | August 26, 2010 | David Kestenbaum and Chana Joffe-Walt
    03:00 pm August 26, 2010 E-mail Share Print Comments (52) Recommend (13) by DAVID KESTENBAUM and CHANA JOFFE-WALT Listen to the Story All Things Considered [5 min 10 sec] Add to Playlist Download Transcript David Kestenbaum/NPR Julie Remache and Nathaniel Wuerffel, in front of the room where they spent $1.25 trillion. That's the table-tennis trophy in the background. In the face of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve decided to buy $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed bonds as part of its effort to prop up the economy. It was a huge departure from ordinary policy — such an extraordinary departure, in...
  • It’s Time to Keep America From Becoming Just Another Banana Republic

    08/21/2010 9:01:13 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies
    Money Morning ^ | August 6, 2010 | Shah Gilani
    The great American tradition of individualism, entrepreneurship and revolution is being systematically undermined by a cadre of financial strongmen bent on turning us into just another "banana republic" - where a subdued and apathetic population is subjugated by a ruling class of wealthy oligarchs. The gross irony is that the same capitalist system that molded America into the strongest, most productive and richest nation in history, has been transformed into a mostly private moneymaking enterprise whose beneficiaries are those who actually produce nothing but paper profits. The story of America's transformation from great experiment to another banana republic is one...
  • Arizona Responds to Los Angeles Threat of Boycott

    05/19/2010 12:30:37 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 6 replies · 1,020+ views
    Conservative Papers ^ | May 18, 2010 | alpineski
    Dear Mayor Villaraigosa I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona-based companies-a vote you strongly supported-to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act.) You explained your support for the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the state of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our collars- or the withholding of our dollars- to...
  • The Perennial Conundum -- The Reluctance of Institutions to Listen

    05/11/2010 12:44:30 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 5 replies · 123+ views
    The Peripatetic Philosopher ^ | May 9, 2010 | Dr. James R. Fisher, Jr.
    WILLIAM L. LIVINGSTON, IV’s DESIGN FOR PREVENTION – AND THE OILRIG DISASTER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D. © May 9, 2010 “The Design for Prevention is the engineering process. The engineering process is the assault on complexity. Any method, to be a method, is defined apriority (i.e., presumed), before deployment. A goal-seeking method is composed of tasks; each task goal-seeking as well. What goes in is specified as well as what is to take place. What comes out to feed and trigger the on following task meets specifications. The D4P is a fundamental problem-solving strategy,...
  • Ever heard a North Korean joke?

    05/01/2010 2:24:50 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 17 replies · 1,378+ views
    TVNZ ^ | April 12, 2010 | Unattributed
    A comedy show on North Korean TV has the distinction of being one of the longest-running in the world, although there's very little that's actually funny in it. Following are some jokes from North Korean defectors compiled by Radio Free Asia, a US-government affiliated broadcaster for the region: - An Englishman, a Frenchman, and a North Korean are having a chat. The Englishman says: "I feel happiest when I'm at home, my wool pants on, sitting in front of the fireplace." The Frenchman, a ladies' man, says: "You English people are so conventional. I feel happiest when I go to...
  • Autopsy: Billy Mays Used Cocaine Days Before His Death

    08/07/2009 3:37:50 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 28 replies · 2,343+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 7, 2009 | Dan harris
    Cocaine was a contributing factor to the death by heart disease of TV pitchman Billy Mays, according to a toxicology report released today by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office. For More Coverage, Visit ABC News Affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Fla. The report concluded that the 50-year-old had used cocaine a few days before his death. Test results also discovered traces of the narcotic painkillers Oxycodone, hydrocodone and tramadol in his bloodstream.
  • Sarah Palin on next steps (Twitter)

    07/17/2009 12:53:04 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 30 replies · 1,511+ views
    Twitter ^ | July 17, 2009 | Sarah Palin
    AKGovSarahPalin Planning inauguration w/LtGov in 10 days, Frbanks. W/same cabinet, same positive pro-AK agenda it's all good, consistent success bc everyone ... AKGovSarahPalin ...elected is replaceable;Ak WILL progress! + side benefit=10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site
  • Havana Geography [Shameless Vanity]

    04/19/2009 10:18:06 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Google Maps ^ | April 19, 2009 | Google Maps
    Some place in Havana I just happened to be touring Havana via Google Maps, and came across this strange grey area. Zooming in as far as I can go, I can't figure out what this is. There's a big monument in the center that seems to surrounded by teeny little buildings.
  • How Chris Hughes Helped Launch Facebook and the Barack Obama Campaign

    03/21/2009 4:14:07 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 17 replies · 1,352+ views
    Fast Company ^ | March 17, 2009 | Ellen McGirt
    Chris Hughes is having a philosophical moment. "I don't really know what 'community' means. And I never use that word." We are in Washington, D.C., just three days before his most recent boss, Barack Obama, will take office. It is so bone-jarringly cold that even nestled over coffee inside a Starbucks, we can see our breath. I resist the urge to pat his nearly whiskerless cheek, or reach over to tighten his jacket against the frigid air. Such a baby face. But at the age of 25, Hughes has helped create two of the most successful startups in modern history,...
  • Carnage for Dubai’s Creative Class

    03/12/2009 10:50:18 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 23 replies · 1,561+ views ^ | February 19, 2009 | Thomas Frey
    Cars are being abandoned in record numbers at Dubai International Airport. The dust-covered Mercedes and BMW’s at the Dubai International Airport is a tell-tale reminder of what is happening there. The number of deserted cars crested the 3,000 mark in recent months, according to a Times Online article. What is happening is the over-extended are making a mass exodus of possibly Biblical proportions. The cause has a lot to do with the draconian Sharia, a code of Islamic law that has gained reputation among smugglers of tiny amounts of illicit contraband. Under Sharia, the punishment for defaulting on a debt...
  • The John Galt Effect

    02/27/2009 6:24:36 AM PST · by AZLiberty · 128 replies · 3,789+ views
    Human Events ^ | February 19, 2009 | Dr. Arthur Robinson
    A hidden effect of the November 4 elections and the national events that preceded them during this past year is perhaps best called the “John Galt Effect” in honor of Ayn Rand’s famous character in Atlas Shrugged.  It is occurring to a very significant extent. Our technological civilization stands upon the shoulders of many generations of free Americans and the great accomplishments that they bequeathed to us. Among those Americans and their counterparts in other countries have been a small special group of people whose unusual genius, work ethic, and love for their specialties were especially outstanding. These men,...
  • As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

    12/28/2008 11:19:03 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 76 replies · 2,933+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 29, 2008 | Andrew Osborn
    MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media. "There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more...
  • Chu, Browner, Holdren, Lubchenco: the Climate Superfriends [Scary Stuff]

    12/28/2008 9:44:04 AM PST · by AZLiberty · 13 replies · 745+ views
    World Changing ^ | December 26, 2008 | Alex Steffen
    I had an OMG experience when I clicked on this. The Obama administration really intends to act in a big way on this climate change bull stuff. Don't miss Obama's video (you'll have to click through to the article.) Obama's caveat about there being only one president seem hollow here.-- AZLiberty We need strong U.S. leadership on climate change, especially as we head into next year's COP-15 talks. President-elect Obama has already spoken more boldly (by far) on climate change than almost any other American elected official:Obama on YouTube There is often, however, a large gap between words and...
  • Apocalypse how? Revealing the next catastrophic threat to our world

    11/27/2008 9:16:01 PM PST · by AZLiberty · 17 replies · 848+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2008 | None
    The article is about a Channel 4 (UK) documentary series called Catastrophe. I found the following excerpt particularly interesting. I don't remember ever hearing about the 1783 toxic cloud over Britain, and now wonder whether this had any influence on early British-American relations, or any long-lasting historical impact. Toxic Cloud Over Britain In 1783 in Laki, Iceland, a volcanic eruption occurred, spewing out gas and lava for eight months and covering an area of 200sq miles in molten rock. The Laki eruption produced huge quantities of sulphur dioxide, burning people’s eyeballs, scorching the skin off livestock and killing plants. The...
  • Primetime Buy Represents Quite a Deal for Barack Obama

    10/12/2008 11:45:30 AM PDT · by AZLiberty · 21 replies · 883+ views
    eFluxMedia ^ | October 11, 2008 | Rebecca Brody
    What wouldn’t presidential candidates do for media hype? Tough question. What they would surely do, however, is get big bucks out of their pockets and buy network primetime. At least this is what the Democratic presidential nominee did. The Barack Obama campaign will pay NBC and CBS just under $1 million each so as to air the ad-program it will create for the first 30 minutes of primetime on October 29, according to documents released by the two networks. The established prices are far from reaching the standard fees an usual advertiser would be required to pay for a half-hour...