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  • AP Poll Shows Clinton Beating Trump at Everything

    04/11/2016 12:54:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 130 replies ^ | April 11, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press is out with new polling pitting Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump. Clinton beats Trump in every category among the general electorate, including on the questions of who is best to create jobs, who is better on international trade and who can "Make America Great Again," which of course is Trump's campaign slogan. First, the criteria:
  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 1:30:21 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/29/16 | Robert H. Gray
    Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect--potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates. The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist anywhere, because they would inevitably colonize the Galaxy by star travel--and since we don't see any obvious signs of aliens here, searching for their signals is pointless. The Drake Equation is perfectly genuine: it was created by astronomer...
  • Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

    01/09/2016 2:33:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/8/16 | Seth Fletcher
    Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger The Harvard string theorist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Penrose diagram for a semiclassical evaporating black hole, as presented in "Soft Hair on Black Holes." CREDIT: Prahar Mitra In the mid 1970s, Stephen Hawking made a string of unnerving discoveries about black holes—that they could evaporate, even explode, and destroy all information about what had fallen in. Physicists spent the next 40 years sorting through the wreckage. Then last year, at a...
  • The Fermi Paradox

    10/24/2015 1:45:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Tim Urban
    The Fermi Paradox By Tim Urban Facebook275k Twitter0 Google+0 Pinterest0 Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old “existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour.” But everyone feels something.Physicist Enrico Fermi felt something too—”Where is everybody?”________________A really starry sky seems vast—but all we’re looking at is our very local neighborhood. On the very...
  • Mysteries and Paradoxes of Evangelization – A Meditation on a Passage from the Gospel of Mark

    02/04/2015 8:17:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mysteries and Paradoxes of Evangelization – A Meditation on a Passage from the Gospel of Mark By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Church throughout the world today, we are rightly more focused on evangelization. It is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matt 28:18-20).However, even as we become more serious and practical about effective ways of evangelization, we must also remember the...
  • Cane Creek Shale Keeping Utah in Energy Mix

    06/04/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Industry interest and activity in shale reservoirs continues to escalate. The big headline-makers, such as the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, comprise only some chapters of the big story. The less familiar names also are beginning to make their mark. Count the Cane Creek shale in the Pennsylvanian-age Paradox formation in the Paradox Basin in southeast Utah among those receiving considerable attention. "The Cane Creek is a transgressive-regressive sequence in the lower portion of the Paradox," said AAPG member Stephanie Carney, geologist at the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). "It's tens of feet to nearly 200 feet thick, over-and underlain by salt beds,"...
  • Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory (article)

    10/23/2013 12:46:38 PM PDT · by fishtank · 34 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 | Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D.
    Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory by Tim Clarey, Ph.D. * Scientists previously uncovered fossil algae in Archean rocks—evidence of life in a period that evolutionists date from 3.0 to 3.5 billion years ago.1 At that supposed time, the sun would have been 70 percent less luminous compared to today, making Earth's surface icy and uninhabitable. But if those rocks are truly 3.0 to 3.5 billion years old, the meager solar energy delivered by the younger sun at that time would have prevented algae or any other life form from growing. Attempting to come up with something to counter the...
  • Silence in the sky—but why?

    08/26/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 170 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/25/13
    ( —Scientists as eminent as Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have long believed that humans will one day colonise the universe. But how easy would it be, why would we want to, and why haven't we seen any evidence of other life forms making their own bids for universal domination? A new paper by Dr Stuart Armstrong and Dr Anders Sandberg from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) attempts to answer these questions. To be published in the August/September edition of the journal Acta Astronautica, the paper takes as its starting point the Fermi paradox – the discrepancy between...
  • [Second] Best Statistics Question Ever

    11/07/2011 9:23:36 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 48 replies
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  • The Perry Paradox: Things are better in Texas, but not necessarily because of him.

    11/03/2011 9:18:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/03/2011 | Daniel Henninger
    Rick Perry says Texas is the most successful state in America. He's right. Texan economic output exceeds Mexico's and Australia's and rivals India's. Rick Perry has been governor of Texas for nearly 11 years. Does the logic of politics lead us to conclude that the governor of the nation's most successful state, ipso facto, is the best man to be president of the economically gasping United States? We are about to find out. Getting lost, however, among the governor's adventures in the lovely hamlets of New Hampshire is that Texas, with or without him, has a story the rest of...
  • The Job Openings Paradox (Help wanted ads on the rise, but little actual hires)

    12/15/2010 7:09:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Mandel on Innovation and Growth ^ | 12/15/2010 | Mike Mandel
    One of the great oddities of the current job market is that job openings (as reported by the BLS) and help-wanted online ads (as reported by the Conference Board) have both been on the rise over the past year. These are usually signs of good labor demand.However, actual new hires and employment growth have only edged up mildly. In other words, good labor demand has not translated into actual hires.We can see this most clearly in the business and professional services sector (advertising, law, computer programming, etc). The chart below plots the rate of new hires against the rate...
  • The Two-Envelope Problem Solution: Part I

    07/19/2010 6:11:38 AM PDT · by mattstat · 28 replies
    Another probability “paradox”, the two-envelope problem1, goes like this: Before you are two envelopes, A and B. One of them contains $X and the other $2X (which is equivalent to $Y/2 and $Y). You pick one envelope and are (1) asked if you would like to keep it or switch, or (2) open it, view its contents, and then asked if you would like to keep it or switch. Which strategy, keeping or switching, is likeliest to win you the big bucks? No peeking solution The traditional paradoxical solution to (1) is to argue this. Suppose you pick A, which...
  • Singer Murdered After Denying He Was Dead

    06/30/2010 11:35:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Belinda Goldsmith
    Mexican singer Sergio Vega was murdered while on a national tour at the weekend, just hours after denying reports of his death, local media reported. The 40-year-old singer, known as El Shaka, was driving his red Cadillac to a concert in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa on Saturday when his car was intercepted by unidentified shooters in a truck, reports said. His murder came just hours after he told entertainment website La Oreja that online reports of his death were wrong. "It's happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I've been killed,...
  • Obama's Surgeon General Zero Dollar available - use in your fight against Obamacare

    10/30/2009 12:47:08 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 9 replies · 394+ views
    self | 10/30/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Obama's surgeon general pick - a doctor who's supposed to be a health role model (if nothing else, I mean what the hell else does the Surgeon General do besides PSA's about 'do this, don't do that) and she's obese. It's more a statement about Obama than her, in reality. THis whole administration and the people working in it. Up is down. Good is bad. Left is right. 36,000 jobs saved/created for 1 trillion in stimulus tax money, but 3.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office. A tax cheat for Treasury Secretary. A huge pro-abort for Health and Human...
  • How to play the stock market blind and still make money

    08/17/2009 6:58:09 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 670+ views
    Times Online ^ | 05 Aug 2009 | Hannah Devlin
    The announcement of record profits for Barclays Capital on Monday was greeted with a bigger dose of resentment than of relief that the financial crisis has not proved absolutely terminal.There remains a deep sense of unease about investment banks and the techniques they use to make money. In my view, this is due in part to the veil of mystery that shrouds their operations. There's a lingering suggestion that money is being generated out of thin air and that this shouldn't be possible. It's unlikely that any hedge fund or investment bank will open their doors and say "look guys, here's how...
  • Noah's Ark - Fact Not Fiction

    08/22/2008 9:59:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 81 replies · 1,784+ views
    In 1943 during WW2, an army Sgt., Ed Davis, was working in Iran near the Turkish border, in charge of locals hired by our army to build a road through Iran to the Soviet border, which would carry supplies to the Soviets instead of flying them in. In short, Ed did a tremendous favor for a little Kurdish village near Ararat. His workers were mostly Kurds and the chief of the village came to Ed and asked if he would like to see Noah's Ark. He said the summer on the mountain had been hottest in many years and the...
  • Noonan, Buckley & the Paradox of Privilege

    03/01/2008 8:05:28 AM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 147+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    Thank heavens for Peggy Noonan who so often manages, so elegantly, to articulate the meandering germs running through my brain but remaining unexpressed due to my lack of skill.In appreciating William F. Buckley today she writes: …When Jackie Onassis died, a friend of mine who knew her called me and said, with such woe, “Oh, we are losing her kind.” He meant the elegant, the cultivated, the refined. I thought of this with Bill’s passing, that we are losing his kind–people who were deeply, broadly educated in great universities when they taught deeply and broadly, who held deep views of...
  • A Deist Among The Mormons

    01/28/2008 3:00:26 PM PST · by Daryl L.Hunter · 459 replies · 220+ views
    Upper Valley Free Press ^ | 01-28-2008 | Daryl L. Hunter
    I live in a beautiful rural valley of 700 people in eastern Idaho and after I came to live here I found out that Utah isn’t the only place that is fifty percent Mormon. As a compulsively inquisitive geo-political junkie I decided to look through the Book of Mormon so I could learn a little about the belief of my neighbors. As with any outsider looking into another’s faith, I found many outlandish passages that would require faith to swallow, however, this is a characteristic that all religions share. What I have learned of my Mormon neighbors in the years...
  • Researchers may have solved information loss paradox to find black holes do not form

    06/20/2007 4:12:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies · 1,132+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 6/20/07
    "Nothing there," is what Case Western Reserve University physicists concluded about black holes after spending a year working on complex formulas to calculate the formation of new black holes. In nearly 13 printed pages with a host of calculations, the research may solve the information loss paradox that has perplexed physicists for the past 40 years.Case physicists Tanmay Vachaspati, Dejan Stojkovic and Lawrence M. Krauss report in the article, "Observation of Incipient Black Holes and the Information Loss Problem,” that has been accepted for publication by Physical Review D. "It's complicated and very complex," noted the researchers, regarding both the...
  • Analysis: Clinton's big paradox

    04/06/2007 9:29:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,315+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/07 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    NEW YORK - Call it the Clinton contradiction. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a political trailblazer, pursuing the precedent-setting achievement of becoming the first female candidate to win the presidency. How, then, did she also become the candidate of the Democratic Party establishment — a title historically attached to less-than-scintillating contenders like John Kerry, Al Gore and Walter Mondale? It's a curious paradox for Clinton, a presidential hopeful who calls herself a feminist and touts her experience as a woman and a "mom." But her long career in Washington, army of political consultants and marriage to a former president have all...
  • Study Explains Explains Why We're Not All Beautiful

    04/04/2007 1:06:34 PM PDT · by blam · 175 replies · 4,878+ views
    Live Science ^ | 3-28-2007 | Andrea Thompson
    Study Explains Why We're Not All Beautiful By Andrea Thompson LiveScience Staff Writer posted: 28 March 2007 09:47 am ET A new study explains why we aren't all born with Brad Pitt’s perfectly chiseled features or Angelina Jolie’s pouty lips. A long-standing thorn in the side of biologists has been the difficulty in accounting for the enormous variation between individuals when sexual selection by females for the most attractive mates should quickly spread the “best” genes through a population. “It is a major problem for evolutionary biology,” said study team leader Marion Petrie of Newcastle University. The lek paradox For...
  • CA: Sex offender proposition a paradox - Prop 83

    10/15/2006 10:39:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,178+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/15/06 | John Simerman
    His friends, the folks at his church in San Jose -- they know what "Alan" did in 1999 to that 11-year-old boy. The boy had a troubled home life. Alan, then in his 40s, became a father figure. Then came the oral sex, a confession and five years at a men's colony. That they know doesn't bother him, he said. It shields him. "That's my best defense. I'm being held accountable. Where am I going to go without anybody knowing about it?" said Alan, who insisted on anonymity. "Let's say I've got to move to Morgan Hill. My social circle...
  • CA: Budget paradox

    07/08/2006 11:07:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 398+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/8/06 | Editorial
    If California's spendthrifts will not balance the state's budget in a good financial year, will they ever do so? The Legislature passed a $131 billion budget last month with comfortable bipartisan support. But Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislators missed a chance to put the state's finances on more solid footing by closing the existing budget gap and taking steps to avoid future deficits. The fiscal year 2006-2007 budget is, in the words of state Sen. Tom McClintock, "a paradox." "We've enjoyed astounding revenue growth ... And the economy has blossomed," McClintock said in a June 27 debate. "But if you adopt...
  • The Stockdale Paradox and the modern Left

    09/25/2005 6:46:31 AM PDT · by directorblue · 3 replies · 908+ views
    Doug Ross Weblog ^ | 9/25/2005 | Doug Ross
    While reading [about the Stockdale Paradox], I had what could only be termed an epiphany. The modern Left are precisely analagous to Stockdale's "Optimists." Their philosophy: if we ignore the global war on terror, the problem will simply go away. Consider, if you will, just a few recent events on the world stage...
  • Iranian Lessons - Must Read!

    07/19/2005 4:10:40 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 793+ views ^ | July 17, 2005 | Michael Ignatieff
    In south Tehran there is a huge walled cemetery dedicated to the martyrs, the young men who died fighting in the 1979 revolution and the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988. This vast city of the dead, complete with its own subway station and shops, does not share Arlington National Cemetery's sublimely stoic aesthetic of identical tombstones, row upon row. In Tehran's war cemetery, each of the fallen is remembered individually with his own martyr's shrine, a sealed glass cabinet on a stand. The cabinets are filled with faded photos of men forever young, some in helmets or red bandannas, some carrying...
  • No paradox for time travellers

    06/20/2005 9:35:37 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 72 replies · 1,754+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6/18/05 | Mark Buchanan
    THE laws of physics seem to permit time travel, and with it, paradoxical situations such as the possibility that people could go back in time to prevent their own birth. But it turns out that such paradoxes may be ruled out by the weirdness inherent in laws of quantum physics. Some solutions to the equations of Einstein's general theory of relativity lead to situations in which space-time curves back on itself, theoretically allowing travellers to loop back in time and meet younger versions of themselves. Because such time travel sets up paradoxes, many researchers suspect that some physical constraints must...
  • New model 'permits time travel'

    06/17/2005 12:06:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 177 replies · 3,318+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/17/05 | Julianna Kettlewell
    If you went back in time and met your teenage parents, you could not split them up and prevent your birth - even if you wanted to, a new quantum model has stated.Researchers speculate that time travel can occur within a kind of feedback loop where backwards movement is possible, but only in a way that is "complementary" to the present. In other words, you can pop back in time and have a look around, but you cannot do anything that will alter the present you left behind. The new model, which uses the laws of quantum mechanics, gets...
  • The Paradox of George F. Kennan

    03/21/2005 8:24:33 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 470+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2005 | Richard Holbrooke
    George F. Kennan, who died last week at 101, was a unique figure in American history. I greatly admired him but disagreed with him profoundly on many critical issues, and, in the 35 years I knew him, I often reflected on this strange paradox. His extraordinary memoirs had made the idea of a life in the Foreign Service seem both exciting and intellectually stimulating to me. He had watched Joseph Stalin at close hand, and sent Washington an analysis of Russia that became the most famous telegram in U.S. diplomatic history. This was followed closely by the most influential article...
  • Dead babies

    12/07/2004 2:22:10 PM PST · by mft112345 · 37 replies · 1,423+ views
    Crocodile and the Baby Paradox A crocodile swipes a baby, but he tells the mother he will return it if the mother is able to correctly answer a single question: "Am I going to return your baby?" The mother says, "No, you will not." How can her answer be correct, though? If he returns the baby because her prediction was accurate, then her prediction wasn't accurate after all, and by the set up of the problem, he must keep the baby. If he keeps the baby because her prediction was inaccurate, then her prediction was correct and he must return...
  • China censors online video games

    06/02/2004 3:24:59 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 108+ views
    BBC ^ | 1 June, 2004 | N/A
    China is tightening controls on online video games. It has set up a censorship committee to monitor games following the banning of a Swedish game called Hearts of Iron, which portrayed Manchuria, Tibet and Xinjiang as independent nations. A previous Norwegian game, Project IGI2: Covert Strike, incensed officials for its portrayal of the Chinese army. The committee is charged with banning content that "could threaten national unity", said the state press. Future imports "Online games with content threatening state security, damaging the nation's glory, disturbing social order and infringing on other's legitimate rights will also be prohibited," said a Chinese...
  • Anti-family social programs ! The devil beyond the mirror ? ©

    05/02/2004 10:45:58 AM PDT · by csquitti · 5 replies · 98+ views
    May 3, 2004 | Caesar J. B. Squitti
    The devil beyond the mirror ? © One must realize that the depth, the reality of the image in a mirror is false, merely a reflection that hides the reality behind it. Call it a cancer, call it an error of philosophy, call it the work of the devil. But social programs dealing with family violence and abuse are creating social programs, in a paradoxical effect. in Truth can lie ! Stop violence by women? A missing truth, among others...! Back in 1987, it was noted that the programs dealing with abuse in North America had been seriously manipulated...
  • Time Trip - questions and answers (How widely accepted is the theory that we can travel in time?)

    12/25/2003 8:12:15 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 91 replies · 2,512+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, December 26, 2003 | BBC
    The Future According to Professor Paul Davies "Scientists have no doubt whatever that it is possible to build a time machine to visit the future". Since the publication of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, few, if any, scientists would dispute that time travel to the future is perfectly possible. According to this theory, time runs slower for a moving person than for someone who is stationary. This has been proven by experiments using very accurate atomic clocks. In theory, a traveller on a super high-speed rocket ship could fly far out into the Universe and then come back...
  • Black boys see little to encourage education

    08/15/2003 7:50:16 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 102 replies · 2,492+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/17/03 | NATHAN McCALL
    Nathan McCall, author of the best seller "Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America," teaches journalism at Emory University. He is a former reporter at The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Related: • Why African-American boys often fail in school • How mentoring can help African-American boys succeed Some years ago, when I was a young boy, I decided that the gritty streets were far more promising than a good education.I was in junior high -- right around the time experts say young black males tend to disengage from school -- and I was fairly...
  • Assessing Latino political paradox

    08/15/2003 9:51:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 218+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/15/03 | Joe Rodriguez - Opinion
    <p>Another political poll arrived the other day to remind us that Latinos are walking contradictions. Thank you, very much.</p> <p>The New York Times and CBS poll said Latinos back big government and President George W. Bush, who is famously in favor of little government. It said Latinos want more government services and lower taxes. But tax cuts mean service cuts.</p>
  • A happy paradox

    04/17/2003 4:37:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 230+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-17-03 | Julia Gorin
    In my American jubilation over the long-awaited scenes from last week's liberation of Baghdad-which will hopefully plant the seed for an eventual domino effect throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds-I forgot that Iraqis might not like Jews. As an American, I would classify such ponderings at this point as immaterial, premature and in poor taste. But being irreparably Jewish at the same time, I can't contain my curiosity--that is, my Jewish complex. With a nod to those whose dual-loyalty radars may be going off right now, I must point out that the subject did surface last week when the decision...
  • A Chinese puzzle as everyone's a winner

    02/07/2003 12:00:56 AM PST · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 273+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 7, 2003 | Richard Spencer
    The puzzling nature of Chinese economics has been highlighted by a study showing that all 31 provinces beat the national average growth rate last year. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China posted an impressive eight per cent growth in gross domestic product, hailed as a beacon of hope in a world dogged by fears of recession. But official returns from local governments, monitored by the financial services agency Bloomberg, show that every one, from Tibet in the south-west to Tianjin in the north-east, beat even that impressive figure. The reliability of Chinese statistics has long been debated by...