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  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 9:22:44 AM PST · 34 of 89
    Jeff F to Ransomed; Durus; HMS Surprise
    SETI relies upon radio waves which is an incredibly bad technology to use for interstellar communications. For such purposes, it is short ranged, very slow, and quite unnecessary.

    SETI would be incapable of detecting our own radio footprint (with just a very few exceptions) even from the closest of stars. For stars much further, it takes so much time that the sender and likely his civilization is long dead before the signal even arrives. We have only recently begun to develop techniques using specialized telescopes that will allow use to detect signs of metabolic life on other planets. No primitive radio beacons are needed for such detections, so why expect them to be used?

    We have only been able to use radio technology for a little over 100 years. Who can say that we won't discover some other much better long distance communication technology within the next 100 or 1000 years? What arrogance to think that other intelligent life forms, should they exist, would be limited to using our current ways to communicate. It also is quite a leap of faith, if not unwarranted self regard, to assume that any such beings would even want to communicate with us.

  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 8:41:55 AM PST · 20 of 89
    Jeff F to Salvation
    The biggest issue with both the arguments about the uniqueness of life on Earth, and those of people like Carl Sagan is that we really don't have enough data to reasonably speculate about such matters. It is interesting to do so, but really, we don't know. We don't even know yet whether there is current or past life on several planets and moons in our own solar system. What if we should soon discover, say, micro organisms living under the Martian soil? Will that help to undermine the faith of people who make and accept arguments about the divine uniqueness of life on Earth?

    I think that science and religion seek to answer fundamentally different questions, and that to use arguments from the one to address issues in the other is a badly misguided exercise.

  • New Russia Sanctions Bill Will Be Signed by Obama, White House Says

    12/16/2014 1:20:11 PM PST · 54 of 72
    Jeff F to elhombrelibre

    Our reset button. Now isn't that cute...


    Putin's reset button?

  • (Unbelievable) ANOTHER TAPE SURFACES; Obamacare architect calling Americans "stupid"

    11/12/2014 3:01:12 PM PST · 50 of 61
    Jeff F to Din Maker

    The arrogant Mr. Gruber's gets his well deserved end in the movie Die Hard...

  • Ebola May Infect Earth's Entire Population by December 1, 2015; 50-75% Fatal

    10/01/2014 8:31:44 AM PDT · 83 of 151
    Jeff F to Arthur McGowan
    Bill Gates said he’d like to be reincarnated as a virus, so he could reduce earth’s population to 500 million.

    While Gates has said: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” Which expresses his desire to lower birth rates rather than his expressing a desire for mass deaths.

    It was Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh who said: “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.

    Even if it was said as a joke, that is some serious evil.

  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

    08/19/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Jeff F to Blood of Tyrants
    A fair amount of fuel would need to be burned in a fully loaded craft just to reach 35,000 feet. Even worse, the stubby little wings would not be able to lift a lot of weight at the much lower takeoff speeds. If you could defer adding 100,000 pounds or so of LOX until you are at cruising speed, then you gain a proportional amount of payload capacity. Plus you are already traveling near mach 1, seven miles up, and in much thinner air.

    As a comparison, the Space Shuttle burned nearly a fifth of its LH2 and LOX in order to reach 35,000 feet, and that is with the assist of two solid rock boosters.

  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military

    08/19/2014 1:09:32 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    Jeff F to Blood of Tyrants

    Why not takeoff with the hydrogen tank partially filled and the oxygen tank empty, and then fill both tanks via aerial refueling. That should allow for much greater payload to orbit. It probably would require some new tanker technology to handle the low temperature liquids. Even just filling the LOX tank and not the much colder liquid hydrogen tank (should that prove to be too difficult) in the air would give you much better mass to orbit performance.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/19/2014 12:30:22 PM PDT · 68 of 68
    Jeff F to Vendome

    The massive number of Tier 3 documents and files described in the article detail foreign and not domestic targets. These are the ones that Snowden did not reveal to his press contacts, however, he has likely provided the files to the Russians and Chinese. They are the ones that are so damaging. The Tier 3 files described contain exclusively foreign intelligence and thus certainly are not protected by U.S. laws.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/19/2014 7:59:15 AM PDT · 66 of 68
    Jeff F to Vendome
    ...at what point does an American become a traitor when he reveals details of a government acting in direct contravention to the constitution?

    He becomes a traitor when he reveals far more to his country's two primary adversaries while hiding that fact and those documents from his fellow Americans.

    From what I understand, Snowden had a very large number of stolen documents - far too many for him to review in detail to cull the ones most damaging to his country. He has cherry picked a handful to release to the press while, wittingly or unwittingly, passing on all of the rest to China and Russia, who in turn, will likely share portions with countries such as Iran and North Korea. American lives may well be lost as a result of his treachery.

    Snowden could have released documents proving the NSA's overreach without endangering his fellow countrymen.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · 49 of 68
    Jeff F to COBOL2Java
    I took the time to read the entire article. The fact that he took the Tier 3 data is extremely troubling.

    Glad you read the full article. I assume you have added insight being an IT guy. I also find the details unnerving.

    My gut is that Snowden intended for China and Russia to have the NSA's crown jewels. I suspect he did this out of massive ego and a misguided desire for revenge. He have also been unwittingly manipulated by a Russian operative from within one of his hacker circles.

    My guess is that Snowden ultimately desired to manipulate and misdirect everyone, the NSA, his friends, journalist, the public, and even the Chinese and Russians as some sort of affirmation of his own brilliance. Unfortunately for him, the professionals in the FSB and SVR are much better at these sort of games.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:20:27 PM PDT · 46 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    At that point, it’s too late. We need to give up a little security if we want to keep the smidgen of freedom we have left.

    Since the cat is largely out of the bag at this point, I would like to see a public weighing of the NSA's domestic activities. It may be that the public will decide to accept a form of bulk collection that still provides strong 4th Amendment protections. I actually think that could be done.

    At this point, I am more concerned about the obvious politicization of the IRS and Justice Dept. than the possible politicization of the NSA. I think the former have great power over most people's lives and those violations are happening now.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 3:10:11 PM PDT · 42 of 68
    Jeff F to grania
    An early 1980's book called The Puzzle Palace detailed much of the NSA's very broad collection of communication both foreign and domestic. This has gone on, has and been accelerating since the NSA's founding. On top of that, because of rapidly advancing information technology, it has become incredibly cheap and easy to collect, organize and search this information.

    Because of the above, none of Snowden's revelations were the least bit surprising to me. In fact, I suspect that the collection is much deeper, going beyond metadata to full content. It would not cost all that much more to do so, and it would use the same sort of existing collection points and taps, only well upgraded.

    There may be a legal argument that the mere automated collection of bulk domestic communications is not a violation of the 4th Amendment so long as the constitutionally protected portions are not examined without a warrant. The NSA is probably very unwilling to make such arguments as they would have to fess up to all the bulk collection.

    The NSA and USA probably do this sort of collection best today, but you can bet that every government on earth with an intelligence budget is doing the same, only with fewer protections for their citizens and none for you.

    Certainly Snowden is far more thoroughly spied on today by Russian intelligence than he ever was by the NSA.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · 39 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    ...government no longer serves the citizens and instead enslaves them...

    At this point there is no information that I have seen to point towards the political use of the NSA's domestic spying. It is certainly reasonable to think it could go that way. We have seen the politicization of the Justice Department, IRS, EPA, and many others. Certainly the FBI has been used repeatedly to spy for political purposes ever since it was founded. Still, at this point it appears that the NSA broadly collects, but has not yet weaponized domestic intelligence to be used against the county's citizens. At some point, it may well become irresistible for those in power to use the information against their political enemies.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT · 37 of 68
    Jeff F to grania
    And for this Snowden was declared a traitor by the President and hunted to the corners of the earth. I'm clueless how anyone can take the government's side. Snowden is a hero and a patriot.

    I hope you have or will read the article. The implication is that Snowden's design may have been to use the details released to his press contacts as a cover for his actual acts of espionage that involved a vastly greater trove of information that deeply damaging to national security. This information has noting to do with domestic spying and is only useful for America's enemies. If this is the case, then Snowden's supporters have been duped.

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 2:27:14 PM PDT · 34 of 68
    Jeff F to freedomfiter2
    Only illegitimate governments lie to and keep secrets from it’s citizens.

    Can anyone name any government at any point in time that has not kept secrets? Certainly no government in existence today, nor any known form of government in the past including those here before, during, and after our revolution. Snowden keeps secrets, so does Julian Assange, so does Wikileaks, so does every company both public and private.

    Do you disagree or is it your view that all government are illegitimate?

  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 1:40:28 PM PDT · 16 of 68
    Jeff F to SeekAndFind
    Snowden reportedly had a multiple laptops and drives with him when he absconded to Hong Kong. He would not have been able to prevent officials there from duplicating the hard drives. On the other hand, it may have been intention all along to see to it that both China and Russia obtained full duplicates.

    Snowden also reportedly used TrueCrypt encryption to protect his stolen files. This software has since been discontinued and the company has acknowledged unfixed security issues - in other words, it provides little if any protection against major intelligence services such as those of the Chinese and Russians.

    The NSA must assume all the information he stole is now in the hands of America's two primary adversaries, and that portions of it are available for trade to enemies such as North Korea and Iran.

    At this point, it really matters little what Snowden's intentions were - the end results are the same. This may be the most consequential loss of secrets since the theft of the nuclear secrets from the Manhattan project. Wars can be won or lost on the basis of such a catastrophic intelligence loss.

    Some hero Snowden is.

  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    Jeff F to CodeToad
    You really should watch the video before commenting upon what it demonstrates. There are other sensible questions about when and whether the automated swapping facilities will be widely available and what the real costs will be.

    Given Musk's and Telsa's track record so far, I tend to believe that we really will see a fair numbers of these in the next few years.

  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 9:04:39 AM PDT · 63 of 105
    Jeff F to morphing libertarian
    I agree. Until they can charge the car in 10 minutes, cross county would be a real time drag.

    Check out the video below to see the Model S battery swapped in less than 1/2 the time needed to refill a gas tank. Roll-out of this is said to being in a few months.

    www.teslamotors.com/batteryswap

  • "Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong" (Salon)

    07/15/2014 3:47:42 PM PDT · 19 of 121
    Jeff F to Faith Presses On
    One reason is that the Bible actually gives two different sets of Ten Commandments, and they don’t match. In Exodus 20, Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with a set of stone tablets. (This is the most popular version.) Then he gets mad and smashes them and has to go back up and get another set. And God says, “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” (Exodus 34:1). But then, apparently, God can’t resist tweaking them a little. Ok, a lot.

    The author gets this completely wrong. Here is Exodus 34:27 go on to say:

    And the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."

    So the second set of tablets were inscribed by God and contained the exact same words as those on the original smashed ones just as Exodus 34:1 states. The additional commandments that the author thinks were on the second pair of tablets were, in fact, additional commandments passed on for Moses to record separately which he does in Exodus.

    The author's own risible version of his 10 commandments are utter tripe, devoid of wisdom, typical of this age, and all but meaningless to any other time or culture.

  • Amelia Earhart 2.0 to fly same trip as predecessor

    06/27/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT · 18 of 27
    Jeff F to re_tail20
    Perhaps this will be next on the list to recreate:

  • 1964: The New York World's Fair (Photos)

    06/03/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · 30 of 47
    Jeff F to Prospero
    Great trip as a 5 year old to NYC and the Worlds Fair in '64. I remember the Swiss Sky Ride, G.E. Progressland, Video Phones, Atomsville USA, Animatronic Abe, the many dioramas, and Disney's It's a Small World (why how could I forget!).

    Back in Manhattan, it was being held up high enough to get my head through the safety mesh at the top of the Empire State Building mouth agape; the huge multistory FOA Schwarz toy store, and walking out with a very cool radio controlled wooden speed boat; listening to police sirens echoing all night long from high up in the co-op off 5th avenue.

    I also went to Hemisphere '68 where I nailed the red centers of three Lucky Strike logos with three consecutive dart throws and won an awesome reel to reel tape recorder only to have the carney wiggle one dart out of the target thereby demoting me to an ridiculously over sized stuffed bear.

    We rode the monorail just before leaving. I lobbied hard, though unsuccessfully, for one more ride. As we were walking out, a string of emergency vehicles tore by - one monorail train had just crashed into the other derailing 11 cars which smashed into the concrete about 15 feet below. Good times...

  • US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel

    04/07/2014 10:13:12 AM PDT · 16 of 26
    Jeff F to hattend
    Jet A fuel is in the $6 range currently so this process would be comparable or better.

    Naturally, the article and claims are mostly air without any details about the processes used and a link to some test results.

    Perhaps they are using the CO2 produced by the ship engines along with hydrogen obtained through electrolysis or high temperature dissociation to feed some variation of the Fischer-Tropsch process to yield liquids. That does not sound like a more efficient substitute for simply carrying Jet A on board.

    Now if you add a nuclear reactor to provide the needed energy (electrical and/or heat), then you may be able to see the claimed results. That might make sense for a flattop but would not have much use in a submarine. All the U.S. nuclear cruisers have long been retired, so I can't see where it would work for turbine or diesel craft.

  • Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

    03/10/2014 9:34:50 AM PDT · 48 of 85
    Jeff F to montag813

    While the Catholic Church certainly persecuted Galileo for supporting Copernican theory, it was mostly after he had gone out of his way to insult Pope Urban VIII in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Prior to that, he had the support of the Jesuits and had permission from both the Pope and the Inquisition to make his arguments in Dialogue. Effectively calling Pope Urban VIII simple minded was not an effective way to further Galileo’s views on cosmology.

  • Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

    03/10/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT · 39 of 85
    Jeff F to ZULU
    Giordano Bruno's Cosmology was a relatively minor part of the charges against him which included blasphemy, immoral conduct, and heresy in theology of the Trinity, divinity of Christ, virginity of Mary, Mass, and beliefs in magic.

    His defense strategy involved acquiescing to Church dogma while holding onto his views on cosmology. The Inquisitor would not accept less than a full recantation of all beliefs. Bruno at length refused which led to the sentence of death. He was burned at the stake by Roman secular officials.

    As with Galileo, his persecution by the church likely had more to do with his abrasive personality and obnoxious tactics than his cosmology. Contrast these two with Copernicus who published similarly radical ideas about the cosmos 30+ years before his death (the Commentariolus) without suffering imprisonment or similar persecution.

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 7:13:29 PM PST · 37 of 38
    Jeff F to Neidermeyer

    I’ll take the BD-5J from the opening sequence of Octopussy. The Siai-Marchetti SF-260TP turboprop fighter from Quantum of Solace is a close second.

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 2:40:41 PM PST · 33 of 38
    Jeff F to Neidermeyer
    The flying boat in “golden gun” is almost certainly a model..

    I think it is a very real Republic RC-3 Seabee. The flying AMC Matador, however, now that was a model. Britt Ekland (Mi6 agent Goodnight) - not a model but is Swedish, while Maud Adams was a model and Swedish!

  • IBM to combine Solar Thermal with Photovoltaic. Result. Power for Under 10 cents per KwH

    03/06/2014 11:24:50 AM PST · 19 of 38
    Jeff F to ckilmer
    HCPVT uses a parabolic dish of mirror facets and a sun tracking system to concentrate power on a collection of liquid-cooled photovoltaic chips.

    The Solex Agitator for The Man with the Golden Gun?

    If so, be sure to keep your nifty float plane well clear of Scaramanga's toys...

  • This energy source could solve all of our problems — so why is no one talking about it?

    03/05/2014 2:40:30 PM PST · 13 of 38
    Jeff F to kingattax
    There are several promising emerging nuclear technologies that don't share the safety problems with current generation reactors and that have a number of other advantages. These include Thorium, Molten Salt Reactors (e.g. Transatomic Power Corporation), Micro Nuclear (TerraPower, Hyperion, and many others). There are even several long shots include various forms of Fusion from inertial, toroidal, and even the very long shot of aneutronic (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics and others).

    Any sane national energy policy would direct resource towards advancing a portfolio of these technologies rather than wind, solar, and other currently fashionable but otherwise inefficient and environmentally dubious approaches.

    If we don't innovate, other countries surely will.

  • A Complete Curmudgeon's Guide To 'The Sound Of Music'

    11/12/2013 5:49:44 PM PST · 25 of 67
    Jeff F to Cloverfarm
    From Hotel Golden Hirsch in Salzburg (est. 1407):
  • New Mexico Court Tells Christians to Compromise

    08/26/2013 1:36:24 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    Jeff F to AnalogReigns
    Thank you for your detailed responses. Your outlining of the "suspect classes" legal theory is particularly helpful.

    I tend to agree that few, if any courts would grant standing to religious plaintiffs against gay defendants for refusal of service. That would expose any Judge brave or foolish enough to hear the case to massive assault in every available forum.

    Perhaps that is one reason I have not heard of any such case being attempted. Another may be that traditional religious rights groups may reasonably think that by losing such a case, they would only have established precedence for future rulings that would even further curtail their religious liberty.

  • New Mexico Court Tells Christians to Compromise

    08/26/2013 12:10:45 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    Jeff F to yoe
    I imagine there are many gay owned photographers and bakers. Do they have the right to refuse service to religious couples who openly hold homosexual relations to be sinful?

    Just as gay rights groups expand their power through contrived cases such as this New Mexico one, could not a religious liberty group use the same tactic?

    Do the gay rights and protections upheld in the New Mexico case also apply to the religious or are gays now considered to be a superior class? If so, on what basis? Is it that homosexuals are thought to be born gay and that it is unlawful to discriminate based upon an innate trait?

    Are not many religious people also born with heightened religious inclinations, and does not this group vastly outnumber LGBTs? Are religious inclinations and practices now fully subordinate under law to sexual orientation and practices?

  • Pro-Zimmerman, Pro-Trayvon Martin groups meet in tense standoff in Houston

    07/23/2013 10:44:00 AM PDT · 17 of 38
    Jeff F to bgill
    Neither group looks very large.

    The protestors were outnumbered by the many locals who came to watch the very entertaining street theater. In many ways, the atmosphere was more like a silly parade than an angry protest. There were lots of intentionally goofy signs and other unrelated wacky posters. A mandolin strummer and ram's horn blower that added to absurdity of the event. It was fitting that the climatic intersection where the opposing protesters merged contains no fewer than three Starbucks! The onlookers comfortably mingled with the protestors and many brought their dogs and even very young kids in strollers. Many of the bemused black onlookers appeared to be there just to watch the fun and not to take sides.

    The Houston Police Department handled the event very professionally and should be commended. Houston is known for being a large city that still has good racial relations in spite of malefactors like Mr. X. This lame protest seemed like an event that might have worked elsewhere, but here, it was largely a joke.

  • Bill Ayers: Try Obama for War Crimes (Terrorist accuses all US presidents of terrorism)

    06/18/2013 8:22:27 AM PDT · 20 of 38
    Jeff F to Seizethecarp
    Ayers says Barry is curious and reads books

    In his myopia, Ayers is probably unaware that George W. has long been a voracious reader, and likely reads circles around the ever so "curious" Barack. While taking the position that Obama should be tried for war crimes, it is clear Ayers is still very much in this president's camp.

    Should he ever become more disaffected with the President, then it will be a good time to ask him again about his contributions to "Dreams from My Father". Ayers might actually address the question with something more candid than a smart ass punk response he provided the last time. Then again, the one time bomber may not be so brave as to risk the attention of an audit or perhaps a bullet.

  • How to Make Light Go Faster

    05/14/2013 9:23:27 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    Jeff F to InterceptPoint
    You can't hold that against me.

    Oh, you can't event decide if you are a wave or a particle. Besides, I bet you are white light. Don't think that wouldn't be held against you, you, you massless photonic phasist!

  • Microbus with a Minigun (NRA Convention)

    05/07/2013 6:18:04 AM PDT · 8 of 28
    Jeff F to varmintman

    Great Scott Marty!

  • The Secrets of Princeton

    04/08/2013 6:54:06 AM PDT · 17 of 22
    Jeff F to 9YearLurker
    It is only at that very top tier where there are plenty of equally or better qualified boys, so not a ‘boy bias’

    True enough - Harvard has something like a 51% to 49% female to male student ratio so that is basically a level playing field. However, in recent years there have been considerably more qualified female candidates to the elite schools than male. So while the highest achieving male applicants in the STEM fields may tend to outperform the female applicants, as a whole it is the female applicants who face the greatest competition against members of their own gender for the available 1/2 of the student body.

    This reality along with the imperatives of Title IX has resulted in an absolute explosion of female focused athletics everywhere from club level sports to the college preparatory private high schools. The young ladies are looking for an edge.

  • The Secrets of Princeton

    04/08/2013 6:24:38 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    Jeff F to 9YearLurker

    It is also worth noting that the admissions officers of the most elite schools are keenly aware of their role of controlling the gateway into membership of what Angelo M. Codevilla terms the ruling class. They are loath to admit students who might seriously ruffle the highly uniform campus culture, and they certainly do not want to be responsible for empowering anyone who might threaten the prerogatives and power of the ruling classes in the future.

    This makes it quite difficult for candidates who allow themselves to be recognized as, for instance, strong traditional Christians, or committed conservatives to gain entry. An admissions officers might allow such a candidate entry if they believe that the child can be molded to reject the core of their current convictions, and in their place, embrace the convictions of the elite ruling class.

    It is acceptable, possibly even desirable, for a student to retain the outward form of their prior beliefs, so long as their true allegiance is to the class, and that their highest purpose is to sustain and grow the influence and power of the elite.

  • The Secrets of Princeton

    04/07/2013 11:14:04 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    Jeff F to Bratch

    There are four main avenues into the ivy’s:

    1) Alumni status.
    2) Being in racially desirable group.
    3) Athletic desirability.
    4) Academic, board scores, and extracurricular achievements.

    The last item does not so much facilitate entry as it does prevent the possibility of entry for substandard candidates. Naturally, the standards are significantly different for the candidates who are members of one or more of the first three categories.

    Athletics has become a major means for the children of wealthy parents to gain entry to elite schools. This is particularly the case with Caucasian girls who otherwise have the greatest hurtles to gain entry (other perhaps Asian candidates). This is because both groups are overrepresented on campuses. White girls can use Title IX to their advantage, however.

    Prep schools now place as much emphasis on sports as they do on academics. The results is a boom of such relatively obscure sports such as field hockey and lacrosse. Such sports are today’s way to game the system for wealthy white kids of both sexes.

    While many elite universities still place academic demands upon their students (e.g. MIT, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Amherst), many such as Brown and Harvard notoriously inflate grades.

  • My Dinner with Calvin [Coolidge]

    02/22/2013 7:04:46 AM PST · 4 of 7
    Jeff F to statestreet

    President Coolidge autographing a sap bucket.

    From left to right: Harvey Firestone, President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Russell Firestone, Mrs. Grace Coolidge, John Coolidge at the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont, August 19, 1924.

  • Redheaded Tocharian Mummies of the Uyghir Area, China

    12/06/2012 3:47:28 PM PST · 6 of 40
    Jeff F to TigersEye

    Pretty good, although with that pun, you still deserve to be beaten like one.

  • Why Jews don't believe in Jesus

    12/06/2012 7:34:52 AM PST · 46 of 130
    Jeff F to wesagain
    Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city...

    Seventy "Weeks" is written as Seventy "Sevens". This is alternately interpreted as being either 70 weeks as you quote, or as 70 x 7 biblical years of 360 days. The later translation leads though some abstruse calendar math roughly to the time period of March/April of AD 32 or 33. That coincides with Jesus' entrance riding on a donkey into Jerusalem - the moment at which he revealed himself to be the Messiah.

    There is enough fuzziness in the language and math that I don't know if this interpretation can unequivocally be claimed as confirmed prophesy, however it certainly is interesting.

  • Why Jews don't believe in Jesus

    12/06/2012 7:07:27 AM PST · 44 of 130
    Jeff F to RoosterRedux; Truth2012
    ...The Disciples were Jewish...

    Might be nit picking your phrasing, but it also worth pointing out that Paul was not one of the original 12 Disciples of Jesus, nor even one of the original 12 Apostles, but rather an "apostle of the Gentiles" as he himself phrased it. He only encountered Jesus after the crucifixion on the road to Damascus.

    While I feel confident you know these details, the terms Disciple and Apostle are often conflated (even within the Gospel of John) so this might be helpful for others.

  • Authorities Looking For Person Who Tied Turtle To Balloons

    08/23/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT · 28 of 61
    Jeff F to Jack Hammer
    ... strictly speaking, isn’t a turtle an amphibian rather than a reptile?

    Clearly the turtle is an aviator.

  • Book bombshell: Obama canceled Bin Laden ‘kill’ raid three times at Jarrett’s urging

    07/29/2012 9:39:06 PM PDT · 12 of 56
    Jeff F to Hotlanta Mike

    Richard Miniter’s account of this lines up almost exactly with what was reported over a year ago in The Ulterman Report’s White House Insider posting.

  • New Support for Alleged Noah’s Ark Discovery

    12/08/2011 3:40:19 PM PST · 14 of 21
    Jeff F to PlateOfShrimp

    64 fingers.

    Cubit, four bit, six bit, a dollar...

  • New Support for Alleged Noah’s Ark Discovery

    12/08/2011 3:01:12 PM PST · 10 of 21
    Jeff F to Quality_Not_Quantity
    The surface scatter of the wood above the large structure is 121.1 meters in length and 23.8 meters in width.

    The length of the ark was 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits". This is equivalent to a length of 137.2 meters, a breadth of 22.9 meters and a height of 13.7 meters (assuming an 18" cubit); or 152.4m, 25.4m and 15.2m (if the 20" Egyptian cubit was used). (per Wikipedia).

    The dimensions of the remains provided in the article are quite close to those of Noah's Ark.

  • Woman keeps 'alien' in fridge for two years after it crash-lands outside her home

    11/16/2011 7:30:45 AM PST · 38 of 84
    Jeff F to Daffynition

    Art Bell's frozen alien burrito is not amused.

  • Young Mangy Moose Lets Photographer Into His Personal Space

    10/26/2011 6:59:54 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    Jeff F to nickcarraway

    Ok - my Yellowstone moose is a little older but I think I like him even better.

  • SpaceX says 'reusable rocket' could help colonize Mars

    09/29/2011 3:16:55 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    Jeff F to BenLurkin

    If SpaceX can pull this off it will be the first fundamental innovation in deployed rocket technology since the first Space Shuttle was launched in 1981. Unlike the horrifically expensive Shuttle, this approach could actually reduce the cost to low earth orbit by a very significant amount. Even if the system is not able to achieve Elon Musk’s goal of being man rated, it could still provide the cheapest way to loft inanimate payload to LEO. Perhaps total launch costs per pound of payload could be cut down to something like 1/5th of the current amount.

  • Dennis Miller Endorses Herman Cain: ‘Can I Tell You How Jazzed I Am About This Cat?’

    09/27/2011 2:59:18 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    Jeff F to Designer
    That can't be considered anything but racist.

    Miller uses the term "cat" a dozen times a day on his show. It is part of his stock lingo and carries no racial baggage.