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Is This the Perfect Face? April 21, 2012

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The Brits claim that Florence Colgate has a perfect face:

The 18-year-old student is blessed with what is described as the perfect face. It matches an international blueprint for the optimum ratio between eyes, mouth, forehead and chin, endowing her with flawless proportions.

And what does it take to have a perfect face?

A woman’s face is said to be most attractive when the space between her pupils is just under half the width of her face from ear to ear. Florence scores a 44 per cent ratio. Experts also believe the relative distance between eyes and mouth should be just over a third of the measurement from hairline to chin. Florence’s ratio is 32.8 per cent.

*Packs tape measure for next meetup*

The President’s Window-Peering Gravitas Undermined April 21, 2012

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Kind of funny, though I suspect the AoSHQ/IB/Hostages crew could do far better:

President Obama Pensively Peering Out Windows

Mulling Over the Implications of the Protect Act April 21, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.
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I was reading a couple of articles about the Secret Service scandal in Colombia, and was surprised by this quote:

Issa stressed that it was a crime to sleep with minors abroad – although there is no suggestion that any of the men who have been named did.

‘U.S. laws passed in 2003 and 2006 were designed to prevent sex vacations causing harm to underage women,’ the Republican Representative added.

I had never heard that. So I looked up the legislation, and it turns out that the Protect Act of 2003 says exactly that:

Under the PROTECT Act of April 2003, it is a crime, prosecutable in the United States, for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, to engage in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country with a person under the age of 18, whether or not the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien intended to engage in such illicit sexual conduct prior to going abroad. For purposes of the PROTECT Act, illicit sexual conduct includes any commercial sex act in a foreign country with a person under the age of 18. The law defines a commercial sex act as any sex act, on account of which anything of value is given to or received by a person under the age of 18.

This isn’t going to change my vacation plans or anything, but doesn’t this seem fundamentally wrong? First, commercial sex acts are legal in many places, including, obviously, some counties in Nevada. Second, the age of sexual consent varies from country to country: 18 is the highest anywhere, and is much higher than most countries. And finally, how does it work that the law is now derived from citizenship rather than the jurisdiction?

Am I misunderstanding the implications of this? Isn’t this a precedent for other federal laws following US citizen anywhere in the world? So there’s no escape from the long arm of the US government, and you’ll be subject to two sets of laws wherever you go?

I understand the motivation to try to eliminate the exploitation of minors abroad, but this seems like a dangerous way to do it.

Friday Creativity Thread – The Environment April 20, 2012

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Missed this little gem from a couple of days ago:

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking denizens of Planet Earth to submit six-word essays about said planet for a taxpayer-funded project aiming to “celebrate the environment.”

Well, whaddaya waiting for?

Nancy Pelosi Continues to Boycott the Truth April 20, 2012

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Nancy Pelosi tells a whopper:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters at her Thursday briefing that President Barack Obama “has been so respectful of the Republicans in Congress.”

“The fact is this president has been so respectful of the Republicans in Congress,” Pelosi said. “He has given them every opportunity for the executive and the legislative branch to work together, to have a solution that has bi-partisan support. He’s been criticized by some for taking the time that it takes to find out that they’re never going to give him a break, which is a compromise.”

So I picked a search phrase at random and went a’Googlin’. Here’s what you get if you search for “Obama Hammers GOP,” which seemed to me to be the sort of phrase that doesn’t reflect a lot of respect or compromise:

  • Obama Hammers GOP Budget Plan (4/4/2012)
  • Obama Hammers GOP Over “Radical Vision” (4/3/2012)
  • Obama Hammers GOP on Gas Prices Rhetoric (3/15/2012)
  • President Obama Hammers a “Faction of Republicans” for Scuttling Tax Break Deal (12/20/2011)
  • Obama Hammers GOP on Jobs (10/5/2011)
  • Obama Hammers Republicans on Debt Deal (6/30/2011)
  • Obama Hammers GOP For Stalling Campaign Finance Bill (9/18/2010)
  • Obama Hammers GOP on Stalling Unemployment Benefits for Jobless (7/19/2010)

I have to say, President Obama and many of his fellow Dems have outdone themselves with bald-face lies and revisionist histories. I fully expect them to tell us that Stimulus spending and Obamacare are entirely the fault of the GOP.

The old expression “They’re pissing on your shoes and telling you it’s raining” comes to mind.

TSA Brings Groping Nearer to Thee April 19, 2012

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Great news – you don’t have to fly or even ride a train to get pawed and treated like a POW. In a determined effort to kill off public transportation while violating as many people’s constitutional liberties as possible, the TSA is now conducting random searches on buses in Houston:

The TSA will help undercover police perform random bag searches and other security activities in a new program on the METRO bus system, marking the maligned federal agency’s latest foray out of airports and into other forms of mass transit.

Spearheaded by U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D), “Bus Safe” is a collaboration between the TSA, METRO, and Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 7, according to KPRC 2 News.

“Patrons riding METRO on Friday, April 13, or any given day, may be sitting next to an undercover MPD officer,” states a press release on the METRO website.

The TSA has already made flying incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable. Now they’re spreading to trains and buses. At this rate they’ll be conducting random searches of our cars within a few years.

In the case of buses, my only hope is that someone will decide to play the race card, pointing out that they’re essentially singling out poor minorities for scrutiny. It’s about time somebody used the race card for good and not evil.

Get In Mah Belly!!! April 18, 2012

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UPDATE:

(original photos from AP)

How Racist is the US? April 18, 2012

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Dennis Prager wrote a column a week ago called “Still the Least Racist Country in the World,” where he claimed:

The United States is the least racist and least xenophobic country in the world. Foreigners of every race, ethnicity, and religion know this. Most Americans suspect this. Most black Americans and the entire left deny this.

He provided some anecdotal evidence to support his point, but didn’t really follow up with real data. So I was curious – is the US really that highly ranked in terms of racial tolerance?

Fortunately some people did a survey of 54 countries, where they asked whether the respondent would object to having a neighbor of a different race. Here are the results (click on it for a legible version):


I took the liberty of highlighting the US result in red to make it easier to find. As you can see, we’re tied with Norway for 6th place as one of the most tolerant countries in the world.

So Prager may be exaggerating a bit, but his basic point holds: the constant clamor over racism in the United States has much more to do with politics and the media than actual racism.

The “Uniqueness of Healthcare” Argument April 17, 2012

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The constitutionality of Obamacare rests largely on the argument that health care is a unique commodity:
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Zimmerman Facts April 17, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Law.
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I can’t figure out how to embed this video but it’s worth watching.

zimmermanfacts.mp4

 

Part 3 April 17, 2012

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Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

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Deep in the bowels of the hospital, far below the eye ward, under the main floor mezzanine, and the laboratory complex was carved into the rocks of the hill on which Chieti Alto was built.  If anyone alive knew that the original builders had burrowed into a catacomb used by ancient Greek pagans, they certainly didn’t talk about it, and probably didn’t care.  Whatever the Greeks had done in their caves was no more or less mysterious, to the casual observer, than the inexplicable hybrid of experimentation and administration that reigned there now.  No patients ever came down here, the administrators avoided it as much as possible, and not one of the few scientists and lab techs who dwelt there like shades in Hades knew the nature of all of the research currently in progress (or, just as often, abandoned long ago), or indeed the names of all the personnel who worked there.  It was an idea workplace for someone who doesn’t like to be bothered.

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Quantum Theory April 15, 2012

Posted by Michael in Science.
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Did you ever wonder what quantum theory was about?

Yeah, I don’t care either, but it’s actually kind of fundamental to our existence. You can watch this video to get an inkling of what those quantum theory geeks are talking about. It’s an autotune, so at least you can enjoy the music.

What we are doing, as human beings, is trying to understand the mind of God. We will fail, but we can wonder at the glory of His creation.

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