"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
~ George Carlin
It was Malthus’ notion of too many humans for too little food that galvanized the modern debate. It is a false issue used for political power by a left-wing ideology. Even Paul Ehrlich, who made overpopulation a ticking time bomb with his 1968 book The Population Bomb, says humans actually occupy no more than 3 percent of the earth’s land surface. So his overpopulation concern is invalid from a carrying capacity perspective; it was the activities of a portion of the population that offended his political views. In an April 6, 1990, Associated Press article he said,
Actually, the problem in the world is there is much (sic) too many rich people.Compare his comment, quoted in Dixy Lee Ray’s book Trashing the Planet, that,
We’ve already had too much economic growth in the United States. Economic growth in rich countries like ours is the disease, not the cure.…with Maurice Strong’s comment,
Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?The difference is that Strong acted on his belief by establishing the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and within that, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Paul Ehrlich’s ideas and credibility are totally discredited by the failure of almost all his dire predictions. For example, in his book he wrote,This is Al "Just Call Me Malthus" Gore: "This Programme of Action is a watershed in defining a global approach toward stabilizing the world's population ... "
The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Population control is the only answer.By 1994, his predictions were completely wrong. Yet this did not stop the United Nations, with the enthusiastic support of Al Gore, from holding a population conference in Cairo, Egypt.
|There is a god.|
Tape measure: centimeter ribbon
Shell: snail houses
Wrists: hand ankles
Napkin: face paper
Volcano: fire mountain
Muffin: bread mushroom
GPS: talking map
Ice cubes: very cold water with corners
Bathroom: ceramics department
Mist: tiny rain but lots of themMake sense to me.
Toes: foot fingers
Wreath: holiday door donut with glitters
Reindeer: Christmas llama
|William Kyle Carpenter.|
There is plenty of room to grow. There are about 13 cables in service across the Atlantic, and less than 20% of potential capacity is what we call "lit" or in service right now. There have been no new cables in the Atlantic since 2003, but the use is low because technology is advancing so that that potential capacity is increasing at the same time as use. Operators are constantly equipping the cables to carry more data. They can add more wavelengths which enhances the bit rates. There is no threat of exhaustion.Here's a map of the cables under The Atlantic.
In Europe, the U.S. and Asia people don't have to think "what happens if Internet goes down and I can't send an important email?" That has disappeared. You don't think about it. But if you're in Bangladesh you still worry. Every country is seeking to provide users with high-quality resilient Internet access such that the role of submarine cable fades into the background and you don't think about them. If a cable is cut there are different paths to back it up.I decided to put this to the test. With the help of The Gumbo Blog's crack technical staff, I launched a query into the World Wide Web, and, perhaps using an undersea cable, someone returned this:
"Decide what you want or ought to do with the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble." ~ W.H. Auden
There's not much in common, ritual-wise, between Gustave Flaubert -- who woke at 10 a.m. daily and then hammered on his ceiling to summon his mother to come and sit on his bed for a chat -- and Le Corbusier, up at 6 a.m. for his 45 minutes of daily calisthenics. But they each did what they did with iron regularity. According to legend, Immanuel Kant's neighbours in Königsberg could set their clocks by his 3.30 p.m. walk.
This kind of existence sounds as if it might require intimidating levels of self-discipline, but on closer inspection it often seems to be a kind of safety net: the alternative to a rigid structure is either no artistic creations, for those with day jobs, or the existential terror of no structure at all.The psychologist William James sought to explain the power of routine.
Only by rendering many aspects of daily life automatic and habitual, he argued, could we "free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action." Subsequent findings about "cognitive bandwidth" and the limitations of willpower have largely substantiated James's hunch: if you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you'll impede your capacity to do the work.Enough. It's time for my regularly-scheduled nap.
Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. "We've been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years. If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit."
Buffett compared the climate to previous decades, dismissing claims that weather events have been more unusual. He said "I think that the public has the impression that because there has been so much talk about climate, that events of the last 10 years, from an insured standpoint on climate, have been unusual. The answer is, they haven't."
"From 1910 to 1940 there was an increase in global average temperature of 0.5oC over that 30-year period. Then there was a 30-year “pause” until 1970. This was followed by an increase of 0.57oC during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature. This in itself tends to negate the validity of the computer models, as CO2 emissions have continued to accelerate during this time."And he takes an even longer view:
"Today we remain locked in what is essentially still the Pleistocene Ice Age, with an average global temperature of 14.5oC. This compares with a low of about 12oC during the periods of maximum glaciation in this Ice Age to an average of 22oC during the Greenhouse Ages, which occurred over longer time periods prior to the most recent Ice Age. During the Greenhouse Ages, there was no ice on either pole and all the land was tropical and sub-tropical, from pole to pole. As recently as 5 million years ago the Canadian Arctic islands were completely forested."Oh yeah, I remember now.
|Cruising and bruising.|
The fallacy being flogged by government drones and the legacy media about companies not hiring new employees because it has been cold and snowy during the winter is beyond absurd, except to someone who lives in the cocoon of Washington D.C. or regurgitates words processed on a teleprompter. If you live in the real world, run a business, or manage employees, you understand weather has absolutely nothing to do with your decision to hire an employee. An organization takes weeks or months to hire employees. They don’t stop hiring because it snowed on Wednesday or the temperature was below normal.
The other fallacy being pontificated by retail executives in denial, cheerleaders on CNBC and the rest of the propaganda press is weather is to blame for terrible retail sales over the last quarter. Again, this argument is specious in its conception. The retail executives use weather as an excuse for their failure in execution, hubris in over-expanding, and arrogance in pursuit of quarterly earnings per share and bonuses.Done here. Have to go out and not shovel the walk.
|Don't try this at home.|
|They give each other medals.|
|Studies her own rare disease.|
|I am the walrus whale.|
|There. See it?|
|Often chooses nothing.|
Though it may sound like a small change, the research proves that given an additional option of doing absolutely nothing can make all the difference in the world. Having the choice of not doing something can actually transform people’s likelihood of accomplishing their goals.
“It sounds counterintuitive because we assume that the option of doing nothing reduces persistence,” Wharton marketing professor Rom Y. Schrift points out. “However, if I choose something, I learn about my preferences. Just knowing that fact helps us persist longer when there’s adversity or hardship.”
“The intuition is we don’t want to give them the option,” Jeffrey R. Parker, a marketing professor at Georgia State University, notes. “‘Not doing whatever’ may sound like giving up. But what people decide for themselves is, ‘I didn’t have to do it and I decided to do it, so I’ll stick with it for a longer period of time. ‘”I have personally put this to a test. I was lying on the sofa the other afternoon, watching a rerun of NCIS, which I've seen a number of times, but which I like.
My view is that the president, has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system. I want to emphasize, of course, this problem didn’t begin with President Obama, I was critical of his predecessor President Bush as well, but the rate at which executive power has been concentrated in our system is accelerating. And frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power.Is anyone alarmed?
What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority.
The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing it is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system. And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.
|Bigger than a bread box.|
My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like "This little piggy went to market" might become "tlpWENT2m". That nine-character password won't be in anyone's dictionary. Of course, don't use this one, because I've written about it. Choose your own sentence -- something personal.Read the rest of the article to learn how the password crackers do it.
Here are some examples:
WIw7,mstmsritt... = When I was seven, my sister threw my stuffed rabbit in the toilet.
Wow...doestcst = Wow, does that couch smell terrible.
Ltime@go-inag~faaa! = Long time ago in a galaxy not far away at all.
uTVM,TPw55:utvm,tpwstillsecure = Until this very moment, these passwords were still secure.
You get the idea. Combine a personally memorable sentence with some personally memorable tricks to modify that sentence into a password to create a lengthy password. Of course, the site has to accept all of those non-alpha-numeric characters and an arbitrarily long password. Otherwise, it's much harder.
Unpublished Government research suggests the plastic carrier may not be an eco villain after all – but, whisper it, an unsung hero. A draft report by the Environment Agency, obtained by the Independent, has found that ordinary high density polythene (HDPE) bags used by shops are actually greener than supposedly low impact choices.
HDPE bags are, for each use, almost 200 times less damaging to the climate than cotton hold-alls favoured by environmentalists, and have less than one third of the Co2 emissions than paper bags which are given out by retailers.A cotton bag would need to reused every day for a year before it offset the environmental impact of one plastic bag. A canvas tote bag? 171 reuses to break even.
Humans, like all mammals and birds (including flamingos), are warm blooded, and tend to be hotter than their surrounding environment. If you place an object like a warm-blooded creature in water, however, they lose their body heat 25 times faster than they do in air, and you lose that heat proportional to the amount of surface area in contact with it.
For a human, if you put just one foot in water up to your ankle (about 4% of your body’s surface area), you’ll lose as much heat through that one foot as you will through the entire rest of your body, assuming it’s exposed to air of an equal temperature. (Although, over time, your blood vessels in the water will constrict, slowing that heat loss a little bit, with other consequences.)
So for a flamingo? That one leg that’s in the water is losing body heat quickly, and given the large surface area of its foot, it could even comprise the majority of a flamingo’s body heat loss.
A flamingo that never learned to stand on one leg, that spent most of its time in the water with both legs immersed, would lose somewhere around 40-70% more body heat than a flamingo that did learn this behavior.
That means it’s free to spend more time in the water, more time feeding, and enables it to have more chances for success at being a flamingo, just by standing on one leg. No wonder it’s a behavior that gets passed down from flamingo-to-flamingo across the generations!No need to thank me.
|Just stick it somewhere.|
|Heart imaging chip.|