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Apr. 22nd, 2016

Earth Day 2016!

Today, over one billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect our shared environment. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect our planet. This year, in a rare and special event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited every world leader to the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement reached this past December. It is no coincidence that the agreement is being opened for signatures on April 22nd, Earth Day.

Across the world, millions of schoolchildren and their teachers will take part in education, civic, and outdoor programs that will teach them about the importance of clean air and water, how to begin a lifelong practice of civic participation, and experience the wonders of nature. In almost every country on Earth, citizens will be making demands of their governments to take action to address the climate crises, starting with the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is Earth Day’s legacy – the largest and most active citizen engagement campaign on Earth.


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Apr. 21st, 2016

He'll be truly missed...


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Apr. 15th, 2016

'Starshot'

The tiny robotic spacecraft that Stephen Hawking and his colleagues plan to send between the stars could also revolutionize the hunt for alien life in Earth's own solar system. Hawking, several other scientists and billionaire investor Yuri Milner announced Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million initiative to develop the technology required to accelerate postage-stamp-size, sail-equipped "nanocraft" to 20 percent the speed of light using powerful ground-based lasers. The Starshot team hopes flotillas of such miniprobes eventually explore Alpha Centauri and other nearby star systems, studying the planets in those systems up close and searching for signs of life. But the nanocraft will first cut their teeth much closer to home.

Avi Loeb, who chairs Harvard University's astronomy department and the Breakthrough Starshot advisory committee, said during a news conference. Loeb cited Saturn's moon Enceladus, which harbors an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy shell, as a good target for Starshot probes. Geysers erupt continuously from Enceladus' south polar region, blasting material from the hidden ocean far out into space. "One can imagine flying such a small spacecraft through the plume and detecting molecules that might be indicative of life, fingerprints of life," Loeb said.


A laser-blasted nanoprobe traveling at 20 percent the speed of light would reach Pluto in just three days!


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Apr. 4th, 2016

Gallieno Ferri

An immensely sad weekend for all the Zagor fans worldwide... On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the legendary visual creator and the artist of Zagor, who drew Zagor continuously for 55 years, including over 650 covers and thousands and thousands of comic book pages, Gallieno Ferri passed away in his 87th year of life.


RIP maestro and thank you for all the memories...


Kemo D. 7

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Apr. 3rd, 2016

WrestleMania 32

What a great show! I've been enjoying every minute of it.


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Mar. 22nd, 2016

A Culture of Terrorism

Terrorism is small scale war usually employed by small cultural groups who are, or believe they are, threatened by a larger cultural group. War is caused by cultural differences. Multiculturalism emphasizes cultural differences. Multiculturalism leads inevitably to war. Human instincts demand it. From the time of Homo habilis to less than 10,000 years ago, a period of more than two million years, the human was a hunter/gatherer living in small tribes. There was fierce competition between tribes for the best hunting grounds. The strongest, best organized, most cunning and most vicious gained the best grounds and tended to survive better.

Early in the history of the human, ethnic and racial differences signaled danger. A new group coming over the hill to make their home in your valley might have different colored skins, or speak a different language, or dress differently. These were signals of trouble ahead. With two million years of history, and starting long before the big brain developed, racial and ethnic bigotry is normal (instinctive) in the human.

Tribalism to the point of war is normal (instinctive) in the human. Genocide, the driving off or killing off of a particular racial or ethnic group is normal (instinctive) in the human. Terrorist acts started millions of years ago when tribes raided each other's camps or the lone hunter in the forest was ambushed. Terrorist acts, too, are normal (instinctive) in the human.

War, terrorism and genocide are normal (instinctive) in the human and will remain so until the human redesigns the human. The only methods available in the meanwhile to curtail these instincts are training (behavior by enforced edict) and education (behavior chosen by the individual in response to learning truth and fact). As with any other social (instinctive) drive, training is by far the most successful method for obtaining consistent and uniform control of social behavior.

Tribal disputes over foraging territories are as old as man. Tribalism is a basic instinct in the human species, one that was developed over a period of 4 million years or longer. A different language, appearance, apparel, behavior, etc. is instinctively a danger sign, with instant distrust and apprehension. Since the behavior is instinctive it may not be educated. Intellectual control over the instinct (training) is required instead. The species must establish strong rules concerning hostilities and strictly enforce them.


In the final analysis, every conflict is fought over cultural differences. Integration of the species into one culture would be a giant step toward ending wars.

My thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the acts of terror in Brussels...


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love this song!


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Mar. 20th, 2016

#we do not give up


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Mar. 14th, 2016

:)

Mar. 8th, 2016

Meet Tara Houska

Feb. 28th, 2016

#bestactor

Leonardo DiCaprio is the best actor of my generation and I would like to congratulate him on winning the oscar. Keep up the great work Leo!


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Feb. 24th, 2016

:)

Go Bernie!


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Feb. 23rd, 2016

Breaking Down Walls

Feb. 9th, 2016

Game of the Month

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Feb. 2nd, 2016

Bernie for President!

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Jan. 24th, 2016

Don't miss it!

Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Premieres Sunday 10ET/7PT Jan 24.


This was my favorite show growing up!


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Jan. 16th, 2016

Star KIC8462852

While the prospect of aliens was first launched by Penn State astronomer Jason Wright, almost everyone in the astronomy community agreed that the chances that this was the case were "very low." Now, the latest investigations into this strange star by Louisiana State University astronomer Bradley Schaefer have reignited the alien theory, New Scientist reported. What makes this star, KIC8462852, so bizarre is the drastic changes in light we see from it over time. Many stars experience temporary fluctuations in brightness, increasing and decreasing in luminosity over time, but KIC8462852's changes are severe by comparison. Between 2009 and 2013, astronomers using the Kepler space telescope discovered that it would sometimes lose up to 20% of its brightness. What's more, the changes didn't follow any obvious pattern.

"The comet-family idea was reasonably put forth as the best of the proposals, even while acknowledging that they all were a poor lot," Schaefer told New Scientist. "But now we have a refutation of the idea, and indeed, of all published ideas." To make his discovery, Schaefer had to dig deep down into the astronomy archives at Harvard. It turns out, astronomers have data on KIC8462852 dating back as far as 1890. By analyzing over 1,200 measurements of this star's brightness taken from 1890 through 1989, Schaefer found that the irregular dimming of KIC8462852 has been going on for over 100 years. What's more, he explains in his paper that this "century-long dimming trend requires an estimated 648,000 giant comets (each with 200 km diameter) all orchestrated to pass in front of the star within the last century," which he said is "completely implausible."


One thing's certain for Schaefer: The bizarre dimmings are probably caused by a single, physical mechanism that's undergoing some type of ongoing change.


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Movie of the Month

I just came back from a screening of The Revenant and I highly recommend it! DiCaprio delivered a great performance.


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Jan. 4th, 2016

A Solution to the World's Wars

It has been said that if a million monkeys pounded on a million typewriters, they would, in time, produce the works of Shakespeare. If, as they produced garbage, fragments of Shakespeare that appeared were saved as the basis for work from that moment on, the monkey process would be quite similar to evolution. That is precisely how the human species was produced. It took four billion years. That is also how the human brain was developed. The human brain, the very one that we are so proud of (arrogant about), is a result of this idiot process. It contains enough ability so that the human has survived (so far). It has slip-shod and highly selective memory. It has the reasoning mechanism of a predator and enough intellect for a primitive social order in a small tribe.

Diversity, a darling doctrine of the academic elite (PC), is partially the result of the degenerative collection of alleles in the human genome resulting from an evolution crippled by human intervention and partially from tribal isolation when the human population was much smaller and transportation more primitive. It results from DNA divergence (variable allele collections in the genome). The result of this divergence is a large spread in form characteristics in the species. Such things as height, weight, color of eyes, color of skin, texture of hair, etc., vary widely across the species. That same divergence exists in the neural mechanisms. The same bell curve that describes the distribution of IQ in the human species also exists in all of the other cultural instinctive characteristics (parental love, compassion, aggression, cooperation, anxiety, tribal loyalty, sexual drive, etc.).

Variations in social characteristics are so wide that the overall species must be protected with armies, police, court systems and a prison system that can hold a significant portion of the species.

So if things are this bad, how do we get by? The answer is simple. We have a marvelous reactive neural system for killing tigers (or each other) and solving the day to day survival problems, the tenacity for surviving harsh environments (be they social or climate) and enough of us have enough kids to more than make up for the losses (the excess children being another human idiocy). An intellectual creature by nature? To sum it up: the human is a survival creature with a very weak intellect and a very strong set of instincts. And that's why we have wars, poverty, hunger, neural disease, bigotry, terrorists, criminals, greedy self-centered leaders, and the list is endless. As a species, we'd like to get rid of this stuff. To do so can't be business as usual. The first thing we must do is to recognize the frailty of the mechanism that we must use.

Anyone who believes for an instant that any human is capable of creating truth in its own mind without reference to reality is a dangerous fool.

It has been said that it is a poor worker who blames the sharpness of his tools. So how does an artisan use a defective and inadequate tool? The answer is: very carefully. It is a duty of the education system to teach a child the proper pronunciation of his spoken thought elements, for it is that pronunciation which is cross-referenced to the proper thought. It is sheer idiocy to expect a child to learn a written word that it does not already know both the meaning and the proper pronunciation. The key is that the child must know the pronunciation and meaning of a word before it is allowed to tackle the written equivalent. War, terrorism and genocide are normal (instinctive) in the human and will remain so until the human redesigns the human.


The only methods available in the meanwhile to curtail these instincts are training (behavior by enforced edict) and education (behavior chosen by the individual in response to learning truth and fact). As with any other social (instinctive) drive, training is by far the most successful method for obtaining consistent and uniform control of social behavior.


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