HOT TOPICS QUEUE




12/1/17

Anti-vaxxers can strike anywhere, even in the most advanced nations ...

like Japan

That story sounded like it came straight out of the U.S., didn't it?

It proves that idiocy knows no racial, gender, or national boundaries.

Battle Stations!


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11/30/17

In a series of flip-flopping analyses, the sea sponge is once again crowned ...

the oldest animal

Stand by for the next round.
This back-and-forth between sea sponges and comb jellies
has been going on for almost 10 years now.


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1/11/17

Our molecular machines (6:20)




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11/19/17

Reduce alcohol consumption or face an increased ...

cancer risk


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1/8/16

What type of cell makes up most of the human body?

It all depends on how you measure them: by number or by mass

The average human body contains between 40-74% bacterial cells with an average of around 57%.
That means that some people do have more bacterial cells than human cells, while many do not.

I am absolutely ... almost certain ... that I fall within that second group.


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11/3/17

Here is an example showing why you should always be skeptical;
even of things that seem obvious and don't raise red flags ...

Simpson's Paradox (4:39)


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11/3/17

Unwanted thoughts. We've all had them (I think).

Scientists learn more about the cause

If you aren't blessed with a healthy prefrontal cortex and hippocampus
you still have one last line of defense ... will power.


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11/1/17

Marijuana farming hurts the environment

As if all the personal drawbacks weren't enough
now we can add societal drawbacks to the habit.


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10/26/17

Scientists hunt down and find the volcano responsible ...

for the largest eruption in recorded history (54:02)


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10/22/17

Seismologists study the architecture of buildings
from The Forbidden City in Beijing
built in the early 15th  century
to learn why they seem impervious to earthquakes




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10/19/17

History - from the future

Humans are causing the Earth's 6th extinction event.
Nothing is safe from us; not even ...

the insects

Combine this story with the one about half the ocean's fish being gone
and it should become obvious that humanity is racing at top speed ...

toward the edge of the cliff


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10/11/17

Why reaching Absolute Zero is impossible (10:40)




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9/26/17

You had better think twice before calling someone a "Bird Brain"

Pigeons are as fast, and sometimes faster than humans at multitasking

While their brains are smaller, that disadvantage is offset
by the fact that their neurons are packed more tightly.


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9/26/17

Does the Earth orbit the Sun?

Better think carefully before answering that one

Is anything not sacred anymore?
So what else were we misled on?

Better set down for this one ...

Is the Earth flat?
It all depends on how you define "flat"

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9/21/17

Scientists are still hunting for the source of cosmic rays

But they are pretty sure they come from outside our Milky Way galaxy


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9/18/17

Scientists may have discovered what caused The Great Oxygenation Event
and initiated plate tectonics around 2.5 billion years ago.
The story revolves around the most abundant element in the Earth's mantle ...

olivine


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9/13/17

How did scientists first figure out the speed of light?

They were able to calculate it, pretty accurately,
by using the discrepancy between the time it took light to arrive from Jupiter's moons.

Feynman can explain it far better than I can ...

(the explanation begins at 3:33 into the video - which runs 5:29)


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8/24/17

Amazing discovery:
The Babylonians beat the Greeks to the discovery of trigonometry by about ...

1,500 years



Time to rewrite the history books boys.


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8/2/17

Researchers discovered that unaffected neighbor cells
are not helplessly awaiting invasion of cancer cells
but rather, helping to fight the cancer cells.




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8/1/17

New underwear can help reduce back stress




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8/1/17

The Mediterranean Diet works great ...

but only if you are rich or well-educated

In other words: it isn't the diet.


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7/20/17

Classic Emails (1 page)

Some particles are their own anti-particle?

No, I did not receive a reply.
And my eternal quest to make friends ... continues.


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7/14/17

Adaptive evolution in action: spiders walk like ants to avoid predators




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7/11/17

The least generous people in America are, by far, Conservatives.
In fact, that is one of the main ways you can spot one.
Whether denying health care to the sick,
or cutting benefits to the poor and the elderly,
it is easy to spot a Conservative American.

Generous people are happier

So their reward for their stinginess and greed is that they are miserable.

Maybe there is some justice in this world after all?


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7/10/17

Sea Spiders don't use their hearts to supply oxygen to their bodies. They use ...

their guts




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7/7/17

Drinking while pregnant can not only affect your offspring ...

but their offspring as well


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7/7/17

The chances of finding life on Mars ...

just took a big hit


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6/30/17

Brain damage has been reversed in a young child who was a drowning victim.




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6/28/17

Bacteria isn't the only thing on our skin

Sometimes I wonder if I just might be happier ... by staying dumb.


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6/2/17

Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth's middle mantle




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5/26/17

As any bodybuilder can tell you,
the ubiquitous BMI score (body mass index)
is not a very accurate way to judge obesity.
To learn about a better measurement for determining obesity,
click on this selfie that I took the other night ...




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5/17/17

Radio waves provide protection from space radiation




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5/17/17

This is just one of the things that humans have lost through the ages:

The Antikythera mechanism (4:01)






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5/17/17

The mechanics of mantle convection get updated




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5/16/17

Humans rely more on 'inferred' visual objects than 'real' ones

The author's surprise at this result demonstrates a poor understanding of biology.
When you have eyes that see the world upside down (as humans do), which is better:
1) to trust your eyes?     Or ...
2) the image that has been inverted by your brain?


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5/8/17

Here's a report out of Israel that shows promise
for actually being able to reverse dementia.

THC reverses cognitive decline in rats

This study seems to contradict previous work on the topic of cannabis.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see which side screwed up.
One thing is for sure ... they can't both be right.


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5/3/17

Think it's okay to smoke socially as long as you don't do it every day?

Think again


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5/1/17

Over-doing sun exposure can lead to many serious problems, but ...

you do need to get some sun


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11/17/17

The Second Amendment's "Right to bear arms"



Their argument is dead. There is no escape from the logic in that essay.

early pseudo "auto" guns included:

volley guns (15th century)

Puckle Guns (1718)

Girandoni air rifles (1779)

Here is a legal discussion explaining the Heller Decision ...

District of Columbia v. Heller, 2008

That excellent review of the case demonstrates why our attempts
to reduce the gun violence that plagues American society
must focus on the intent of the Founding Fathers;
an intent that could not possibly have included things ...

which did not yet exist


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11/14/17

The 1% now control more than half of the world's wealth



And they don't show any signs of slowing down.
In their world, you can never have ... too much.


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10/30/17

CO2  at highest level in the last ...

800,000 years


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8/14/08

It turns out that not everything we learned in school and on TV westerns was accurate.
In fact, the truth is the exact opposite of what we have been led to believe.



Didn't reading that, just make you feel so proud to be an American?

Those REAL Americans were nearly exterminated by invading hordes of Christians.
Where were all those 10 Commandment monuments with the rule "Thou shalt not kill?"

However, to be fair, they weren't murdered for religious reasons;
true Americans were slaughtered by millions of invading Christians ...

mainly because of greed


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10/28/17

Plutocrats are pure evil.
As evidence for that claim, I give you ... Sam Walton



I have nothing to add. That story speaks for itself.


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7/22/17

This is why we call them "sheep"

I can point to hundreds of examples that prove humans are exactly like sheep.
We allow the 0.1% to destroy the planet because we have never figured out ...

how to defend ourselves from them


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10/24/17

As I have been warning for quite some time now,
all over the world Fascism continues to rear its ugly head
as Plutocrats prep the ignorant masses for war ...

Now you can add China to the list

This would not be happening if war wasn't incredibly lucrative ... for them.


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10/20/17

What was the leading worldwide killer in 2015?

Pollution



It's a good thing that Trump is getting rid of all those pesky regulations that stifle profits;
otherwise we would have to contend with an insurmountable overpopulation problem.
We are so lucky to have someone who is always lookin' out for us.


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10/12/17

Gun deaths in America, just since 1968, outnumber the deaths ...

in ALL of America's wars combined

That one is true ... and incredibly sad


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10/6/17

Conservatives are always screaming "Capitalism!" and "Down with Socialism!"

While the Big Oil companies reach for all those government handouts

Don't let their army of zombies get away with that crap.
Everywhere you find them pulling that crap ...

Beat the snot out of them (verbally, of course)


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10/3/17

Australian government bought back 650,000 guns. So what happened?

Murder and suicide rates plummetted


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9/30/17

Here is a popular email that was recently circulating

And here is Snopes investigation of the email

I'm not particularly interested in the issues Snopes was investigating.
What is important though, is that the points brought up
in the email about Social Security were true;
and they make a devastating rebuttal to Fox News morons
when they spout their misleading propaganda.
To better prepare yourself for the lies that Conservatives will attempt to bury you with ...

Update your knowledge of the Social Security system


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9/30/17

After California passed a law legalizing euthanasia
one of the sore losers wrote a despicable article complaining about the law.

Here is his article ... and my replies to it (6 pages)

I emailed that to over 50 people in addition to Mattlin ...
and not one had the guts to reply.


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9/30/17

The "Regressive Left" has been resorting to violence
in an attempt to shut down free speech.

They are called the "Regressive Left"
because they betray the very principles they claim to stand for.
(see the definition of the word "hypocrite")

A lawyer tried to defend them with this article ...

That was a huge mistake (4 pages)

I included a dozen people from his law firm when I sent out my reply.
Not one came to his defense ... not even the writer himself.


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9/21/17

The NRA gets out its checkbook and voila! ...

things get done

Of all the people who should be strongly against a Wild West society
you would think it would be the police, wouldn't you?
So what explains this apparent contradiction?

Political ideology is stronger, even than religion
(as evidenced by the overwhelming support for Trump by Evangelicals).
Police officers are overwhelmingly Conservative.
So we have yet another item to consider when researching the question ...

Why do people vote against their own self-interests?


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9/19/17

So ... what have the Plutocrats been up to lately?

See for yourself

To free the masses from the Matrix
we must find a way to convince them
to develop rational thinking skills.

UPDATE

The Plutocrats are asserting their control worldwide


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8/22/17

Best and Worst states for women's rights

The "Red States" (Republican Party):
serving the interests of overweight, well-to-do, entitled white men ...

for almost 200 years now


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8/7/17

I have a question for the Koch Brothers and the rest of the Plutocrats:

"You claim to be the biggest supporters of God and Country.
At all Republican gatherings we can count on seeing 2 things:
American flags flying all over the place
and Bibles tucked under every armpit.
So here is my question:

"Why do you ship millions of American jobs
(of which, at least 70% are held by Christians)
overseas to Communist China
where there is barely a Christian to be found?"

If I had to hazard a guess, I would say
that it is to increase your profits and avoid paying taxes.

You don't worship Christians nor do you cherish America.
Money is your God ... and it commands your total loyalty.
You only play Christians and Nationalists like violins
so you can keep the money flowing into your offshore bank accounts.


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8/3/17

People in some American states and foreign countries
are finally beginning to fight back against parents
who put their children, and everyone else's, at risk ...

because they are too stupid and arrogant to get their kids vaccinated

If it were me, I would throw their asses in jail.


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7/24/17

Permanent Arctic Sea ice in summer ...

will soon be gone


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7/20/17

The pros and cons regarding the concept of a "basic income"

UPDATE - 9/20/17

The bad news for opponents of a basic income
is that it has already been tested in the real world.

It did not cause inflation in Mexico as some had predicted


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7/1/17

The Trump administration (specifically Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education)
with the assistance of the Supreme Court, continues the attack on America's

public education system

"To control the people ... keep them stupid."

That strategy works just as well for Fascists today
as it has for thousands of years.


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1/29/07

The two videos below provide a perfect analogy to the human condition.
In the first video, 30 hornets kill 30,000 bees in only 3 hours.
It reminded me of bad karate movies
where villains attack the hero ... one at a time.
In the second video, hornets encounter a different species of bee.
This species has evolved a defense against the much larger hornets.
They work together to encase the intruder,
and using their vibrating wings ... they cook it to death.

See the analogy?

For 10,000 years humans have been preyed upon by predators (Plutocrats)
who get them to die by the millions in wars so that Plutocrats can enrich themselves.
The Plutocrats control the resources and wealth, and therefore, dictate living conditions.
Humans are like the bees in this first video ... sitting ducks (4:19)



But someday, hopefully before it is too late,
we will discover how to work together (Socialism)
and rid ourselves of the predators who have been making this world ...
a living hell (3:42)




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1991

Here is a method I developed for computing square roots
(click on picture)



I guess God is still mad at me
for all the mean things I said about Him in my book,
so He snuck a vulnerability into my method
(it affects about 10% of the numbers)

Fortunately for me, I discovered this vulnerability
and constructed the following tables
to help me correct for those numbers when they appear.

Square Root Variation Tables


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