According to an article on Y! Tech, Japan is working on a gun that can silence people speaking out of turn and keep them from talking. According to the article the gun absorbs the sound coming from the speaker and plays it back at a rate, that confuses the brains response to the normal brain-to-auditory process. It all sounds like trying to watch a movie where the voice and picture are out of synch to this tech-challenged blogger. I am sure that on normal everyday people this will be very effective in making them look like dullards. I doubt its effectiveness on politicians, professional public speakers and spin doctors – whom close their minds and ears off to the world around them, basking in the glory of their fifteen minutes of pomp and fame upon a public pedestal, while they speak million dollar multi-syllabic words, in lengthy run-on sentences, about subjects they are unknowledgeable about and/or see as merely a headline that will make them sound important to the world. Meanwhile I am sure that Dean Wormer led Super-Secret Star Chambers, like currently operating in Erie, and bumptious power-hungry Mayors such as some indicate rules with his Iron Fist in Davenport, Iowa that seem to prefer faux public meeting surrounded by backslapping disciples sans any uncomfortable opposing views – are cheering the invention and giddy with expectation of the opportunity to point and click a gun to shut up challengers to their status quo. It’s nothing less than a power mad politicians dream weapon.Of course this is just the amateurish opinion of a self-proclaimed scoundrel on the outside looking in. That and a Washington dollar, a Jefferson nickel and two Lincoln pennies might buy you something off the Mickey Dee dollar menu. Strange, it costs more for a 99 cent hamburger than a dollar dance at the local strip club. Of course if Illinois politicians have their way, they will tax those also.
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I see where subsiding for wind power my be on its last leg, under a new budget. I guess that makes it put up or shut up time for those hawking the benefits and savings from wind power. I personally hope that wind power “will” have a future, if we are to ever free ourselves from spending money with countries like Venezuela and Middle Eastern countries that will take much of that money and use it on anti-American propaganda and in some cases fund terrorist groups that will use violence on the US and/or allies. But as much as I hope it has a future, I am not sold it will. The industry faces performance expectation obstacles that includes cost of maintenance financial difficulties, plus NIMBY issues, even from Big National Supporters – like the late Ted “and when I returned – Mary Jo and the car was gone” Kennedy.
It was around four years ago when the little town of Erie, Illinois – about a ½ hour drive Northeast from the Quad Cities – eagerly jumped both feet into wind power, hoping to reap savings for their school system. They also ran into a NIMBY hurdle from a local big shot, whose farm the windmill encroached. The problems were settled and the windmill built. But evidently the expected windfalls for the school system has not happened. Last year, the press reported that Erie was considering selling off its windmill operation as it has underperformed for the town. The last reports I read sounded as if the town was still asking – Where’s the beef? There was supposed to be a board discussion in late September of 2011, but I have yet to see any reports that give a final answer on the subject of staying the course versus selling off the windmill. That new technology underperforms is no big surprise. But if wind power is going to be a part of freeing the world from funding evil empires like Hugo Chavez and Iranian Mullahs, it must learn to stand on its own two legs and operate at nominal expectations. The Erie School experiment has not been very promising. At the very best, it seems that the project is gasping for air.
- Wind power: debunking geographic smoothing (seekerblog.com)
- Panic in the Wind Power lobby? (hotair.com)
- The Dark Side of Wind Power (bigthink.com)
- Wind power plug pulled in Illinois (wattsupwiththat.com)
Caution the following post deals with adult subject of a sexual nature.
An article on Time’s News Feed makes you wonder if the US is behind the times when it comes to protecting the USAmerican human gene pool from accidental incestuous breeding? According to the article tiny Iceland has created an ancestry and genetic website that its citizenry is also using to weed out possible incestuous relationships. The old jokes about hillbilly marriage with their cousins immediately springs to mind. But in the more modern times of US sexual practices the chance for accidental incest is a very real danger. Perhaps one of the biggest dangers comes from the often used modern practice of artificial insemination for biological clock-ticking single professionals, straight and lesbian couples. It is estimated that as many as 60,000 children are born in the US yearly by sperm donors. And though the mothers are asked to report such births to the sperm banks – it evidently only happens 20% to 40% of the time. In one instance noted in an article, one man had fathered 150 children through artificial insemination. A study I read also suggested that of women with two or more children there was a 28% chance the children had multiple fathers. There is also the issue of mothers who refuse to register the name of their baby’s father for personal reasons. That does not take into account children fathered by sexual partners other than the husband, where the husband is automatically registered as the father on birth certificates. There are also cases where members of the male population think it is their duty in life to randomly repopulate the world with Mini-Mes, with as many different women as possible. There is even a growing sexual fetish that includes couples taking part in random partner breeding. While this all may seem incongruous , it certainly increases the likelihood of inadvertent and accidental incestuous relationships. I know this used to be a small concern for adults that were adopted as children, but with the increasing usage of modern reproductive technology and the loosening of sexual mores – how do we balance the rights of personal privacy versus the risks of accidental inbreeding by offspring? Just roll the dice and gamble? It is the way it has been to date. Is the Icelandic model a sign of the times to come? I hope not. Perhaps what worries me even more, is that I can envision Nanny Statists in the Republican and Democrat Parties eventually using this issue as a reason to force a national DNA registry to track genetics of all USAmericans. A perfect foothold for Nanny Statists involved in the philosophy of eugenics.
- Freelance sperm donor brings many risks (mysanantonio.com)
- Honey…It Seems I May Have Fathered At Least 74 Kids… (sperm donor junkie say what?!) (maggiebarneswriter.wordpress.com)
- Virgin sperm donor fathers 14 children (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- You: Spouse with GID to sue for recognition as boy’s legal father (japantimes.co.jp)
After first killing any return space travel to the moon, while eviscerating the manned space travel budget of NASA — Barack Obama has now turned around and boldly projected that the US will explore Mars in our lifetime. Using my almost psychic remote-viewing abilities I was able to tap into the minds of Obama advisers and glean the new Obama reduced cost strategy for his planned expedition to the planet Mars. The following superduper top secret image was picked from the brain of an unknown unconfirmed adviser of Team Obama —>
Media sources are reporting that tobacco could become the next source in the search for a viable bio-fuel energy resource. Evidently it seems to hold a lot of promise. It sounds as if it could turn the tobacco plant back into a favorable crop and help fix the negative public image created by the tobacco products industry. It was also reported that the final product created for fuel does not generate the same dangers of smoking tobacco products. Still, for some reason–> I cannot get this picture out of my head of heavy smokers chasing down moving vehicles trying to inhale the exhaust.
Is the life of free Network Television dying an expensive death? There are many sources predicting the death of free TV by as soon as 2011. Maybe the demise could hold off until 2012, which would be kind of ominous, maybe even ironic to those that claim television as a blight on our culture. It is not as crazy as it may sound to those whom have never considered paying – for the costs of cable and/or satellite television signals.
As an AP article points out network television is bleeding greenbacks and not showing the quality profits as cable/satellite stations. Plus some cable/satellite stations like HBO, Showtime, USA Network, SYFY Network, Lifetime, MTV etc. have began to create their own original programming and movies. With the prodigious procreation of new cable/satellite only stations with a considerable amount of quality original programming- the available advertising dollars are spread thin. And cable/satellite stations are more creative in their selection of advertisers. I can remember 1-800 phone-sex advertising was common in the early 90’s on cable shows like the USA Up All Night with Rhonda Shear late night movie programming. Cable/satellite has also progressed (regressed?) to numerous 24 hour and late-night home-shopping programs; some even consist of selling adult themed sex toys. Trust me there is something a little unnerving, when you fall asleep in your La-z-boy rocker/recliner watching a family oriented television show and wake up to two hot babes selling forearm sized dildos on your 48″ HDTV. The cable/satellite channels have many more advertising sources to create revenue than are possible for standard broadcast television stations.
It was just about nine years ago when I got into a heated discussion over HDTV versus Standard Broadcasting TV signals, with an individual whom preached that broadcast television would always be available in standard format. I said at the time HDTV was a mandated signal switch by the Government and that stations would only broadcast in non-HDTV format as long as it was profitable. Many people told me – that I was talking crazy talk. I was talking reality that has now come to fruition. So when I read an article like the above AP story, where it claims that free network television may be going the way of the dinosaur, I tend to believe them. Companies need profit to operate and as sources of advertising revenue grow thinner – the weaker stations will die off. I suppose they could all apply for a government bailout or for endangered species protection from Obama.
Be very Afraid!
Well tonight there will be many people turn off their lights for an hour celebrating Earth Hour. Earth Hour is global alarmists way of attempting to push the Kyoto treaty and Al Goracle’s fear mongering Global Warming theology. Many people will be doing it for any different reasons. There will be many that actually buy into the Global Warming hype just as many of us bit into the Global cooling hype many years back. Been there done that- no thanks for a repeat showing. There will be many people that will be joining because like Al Goracle, they will have figured a way to make a buck off the promotion. No thanks I will donate my money when and where I choose. There will be many who join looking for a false badge of honor to wear on their chest. Sorry I am not into pretentious and grandiose ego trips. Many women will be joining in because they feel better about themselves when they have a big group hug. Good for them I actually think group hugs are a good thing for most people – just not my style. There will be a huge amount of guys that will join with them in the group hug – not because they are particularly into the Global Warming Cult – but because they are guys and hope by joining all the ladies in a big hug they might get lucky and get laid. I will pass on that reasoning also- I am mature enough to know there are better and more successful gender connections options available. No I say all this -not because I do not think we could be all be better shepherds of the planet. In fact I think we are terrible shepherds of the planet. I think there are lots of things we could do to make this planet better to live on. But this idea is just another fad where a handful of people want to look important, as they pretend to themselves and others how proactive they are at fixing the problems of the world. They will claim that dissenters from their global warming religion have buried their heads in the sand. Maybe – maybe not. Global warming is a theory that has many experts both pro and con about the theories. Plus turning off your lights to save energy is a lot like forced carpooling if you believe in the peak oil theory. It solves nothing! It merely strings out the inevitable. If you want to stave off starvation -fix the problem– don’t starve the mind and the body. Instead find alternative food sources. As to the infamous Kyoto treaty – I am sure it would make a good substitute for the now defunct Monkey Wards catalog in the outhouse. I have said this before and I will say it again – I live in the USA and not the NWO of the UN– I do not offer the United Nations any say in how I live my life. If that offends anyone -so be it! So as Earth Hour approaches, in honor of all those Goracle disciples, in all those different time zones that will be turning off their lights for an hour tonight – I plan on running my lights, televisions and radios for the next 24 hours straight. My house will be the bright spot visible from the sky tonight!
The economy is still tanking and even loyal Democrat supporters are jumping on Obama’s case about his handling of the economy. Obama’s answer to the problem seems to be to wag the dog. Obama has decided to use a series of Blame Bush speeches and high-profile Bush policy reversals in an attempt distract people that he is just spinning his wheels while pretending to fix an economy with a pork laden stimulus bill that wastes billions of dollars. One of the latest dog wagging events involved Obama’s decision to reverse Bush’s policy against embryonic stem cell funding. There is a great idea – throw millions upon millions of dollars towards a research that has failed to produce results since its launch. Not!
Despite years of World Wide extensive research there has never been any actual successful treatment created with embryonic stem cells.
There have been severe problems associated with and at least one horrific event connected to attempt at embryonic stem cell treatments.
In the mean time Adult Stem Cell research has already proven to be successful in use for medical treatments:
But then the Obama decision to reverse the Bush Policy against funding embryonic stem cell research was not about scientific exploration. It was a completely political decision designed to distract voters from his flailing about while he pretends to fix the economy. It was a political fan the anti-Bush flames and satiate the rabid leftwing screaming for more embryonic stem cell research – despites its continued failures. And Obama is willing to do this because it does distract from his current financial and leaderships failures even though it will steal funding and efforts from the progress adult stem cell research has pioneered, in favor of directing funds towards the failed fantasies of embryonic stem cell studies. Obama is more than willing to wag this dog at the cost of research success in order to play party politics. President Barack Obama – Media Selected – Jim Baker’s charm – Messiah wannabe- but still no agent of change!
The other day I was listening to the newscasters spouting their normal rhetoric that Obama was using his Bully Pulpit of the White House -which is basically the ability to stampede the various media outlets- where he could reach out to the public for support for his economic stimulus bill. However under the Obama Administration we are now seeing a newer form of the Bully Pulpit. Obama is attempting to drive his Bully Pulpit stampede with the newest media technology and format that helped get him elected – the Internet. Obama just bypassed the normal media outlets, which fawn all over him, to go direct to the public. Using the Internet to promote his Messianic False Prophet messages should be a strong Bully Pulpit for Obama as his discipleship is large in that media format. At Obama’s first televised press conference he snubbed some of the more traditional journalists during the question segment –> by instead taking questions from Internet media sources. It is a form of media that his main opposition in the Republican Party is still spinning their wheels trying to play catch-up with understanding its usage. The Republican Party is already losing the media battle in print and television. The Democrat party is doing their best to find a way to censor Conservative Radio Talk Show hosts – the only media that Conservatives and Republicans still dominate- through efforts such as reinventing the fairness doctrine. However, in the modern media world if political parties want to compete – they would do well to learn from Obama’s manipulation of the Internet as the new and powerful Bully Pulpit.
Another interesting opinion on the Obama economic stimulus package at the following link: The $13 a week stimulus. (I also love the picture accompanying the post.)
In what is a surely a world-wide judicial first, a judge used results from a brain scan as proof of guilt in a murder trial. Advocates of the technology claim that the brain scan is the ultimate in lie-detecting equipment and will soon rival DNA testing as the next big criminal investigation tool. The test is supposedly able to detect brain activity that points to the suspect’s guilt depending on how the individual’s brain reacts when confronted with information about the crime. The technology has been being used in trials in India and was recently used by an Indian judge as explicit proof of guilt in a murder trial. A NY Times article by Anand Giridharadas explained the technological system used as follows:
The software tries to detect whether, when the crime’s details are recited, the brain lights up in specific regions — the areas that, according to the technology’s inventors, show measurable changes when experiences are relived, their smells and sounds summoned back to consciousness. The inventors of the technology claim the system can distinguish between people’s memories of events they witnessed and between deeds they committed.
Personally- It sounds like a long stretch of the imagination to accept the information generated by the process as incontrovertible and valid enough to convict someone of a crime, especially murder. I do not put much faith in trusting a third party to read brain waves in order to tell me what is in someone else’s mind. But then, what evidence and information used in trials can really be claimed as indisputable? One of the biggest conundrums about trials is the importance put on eyewitnesses to crimes, which are also highly unreliable evidence to expose the real facts. I suppose if brain scans were added to other evidence it could help build a preponderance of the evidence of guilt. Still I do not see this catching on here in the USA. I just don’t think the technology as explained could withstand the scrutiny of high-priced defense lawyers or judges afraid of losing guilty verdicts on appeal. I am not sure if I was sitting in a jury box that I could even accept the scans as credible evidence. It has the appearance of a technology more Science Fiction than Science Fact that could easily be abused, either accidentally or intentionally.