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What They Used to Teach in Schools July 10, 2016

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Politics.
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Back 100 years ago.

Read it and weep:

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Saturday Afternoon Diversions: Spot the Phone July 9, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.
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They say this is a viral image that’s driving the internet crazy, so why should you guys be left out? Here you go: spot the mobile phone in this image.

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The answer is here.

Airing Out the Pits July 9, 2016

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I don’t know how we can live with ourselves, falling so badly behind the Japanese in hygiene and comfort products. And in particular, I don’t how we could have lived for so long without . . . the Japanese Armpit Fan!!

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Although the picture on the lower right makes it look like it’s trying to cure cancer.

Black Lives Matter Petition July 8, 2016

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Update -probably best to let this one slip by. While I think the BLM movement is divisive, destructive, and irrational, the movement doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with the shootings (though I’d be stunned if no one at the protest knew about it beforehand). I’ll wait and see how the facts play out…

In case you feel strongly about the Dallas shootings (and everybody should), I should point out that there’s a petition asking the White House to formally recognize the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization. Oddly enough the petition was started the day before the shootings. While not written very well, and a little messed up (I think the State Department is in charge of designating terror groups, not the Pentagon), it seems like a worthy cause. Here’s the text of the petition:

terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. Black Lives Matter has earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even at a Bernie Sanders rally, as well as all over the United States and Canada. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare Black Lives Matter a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.

If a better one comes along, let me know.

July 2016 Employment Situation July 8, 2016

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Boring Employment Situation Report from the BLS today: the media is celebrating the 287K jobs they say were added, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t amount to much. Just a little uptick in the employment chart:

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Then you’ve got the manufacturing jobs. Or, rather, you don’t. Because with a mere 3 months to go to keep the president’s promise to add 1 million manufacturing jobs, he’s 654K short. And the trend has been negative over the past 6 months:

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It was a stupid promise for a president to make, but having made it, he totally owns this spectacular failure.

The July 2016 Exports Data July 7, 2016

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Since it’s early in the month, I know you’re all itching for the latest employment and exports info. Well, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the employment update, but the exports data was released yesterday, so voila!

ExportsRealityvsObamaJul2016

You see that tall rainbow-colored bar at the January 2015 point? That’s what the president promised to do. And those depressing short grey bars? That’s what really happened. So we’re sucking some major wind, exports-wise.

In the end, I think President Obama will have the worst exports growth performance of any president ever in the history of man on the planet (I’ll plot that up and see if it’s true). But if history serves, he’ll simply say that he did wonderful things with exports, and his fans will nod their heads in unison and call us racists.

The Secret Life of Pets July 6, 2016

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I’m not much for movie reviewing, but I got a chance to see it early and thought I’d pass on my opinion. On Tuesday night my daughter and I went to a preview show provided by Universal and the local newspaper. There were a lot of kids of course, but not as many as I thought since most of them were there from tickets they won from some radio station. We got to sit in the high end seats by ourselves. I felt like a celebrity.

Anyway this is one of the few movies I really looked forward to seeing this summer. My daughter was pretty pumped about seeing it too. That might have been part of the problem because we both went home disappointed. The script is extremely uneven. While parts of it were absolutely hysterical, especially those involving Tiberius the hawk (or maybe he was a falcon) and Gidget the Pomeranian (who is overly trustful of the big bird surrounded by little skeletons), while the white rabbit called Snowball’s character was so grating I was hoping the obvious rabbit meets bird of prey scenario would happen. The rabbit is pushed as some kind of amazingly funny character in the commercials and he’s the most annoying character in the movie.

Kids will like this movie. Judging by the response in our audience they might love this movie. The rest of us will probably start checking our watches around the 1 hour mark. I normally enjoy animated movies. I really liked Zootopia and even Frozen when I finally got around to seeing it. I could see watching those again willingly, but I can’t imagine ever being so bored that I’d sit through another showing of TSLoP again.

I give it a 6 out of 10. Most of the good parts were pretty funny, there’s a great idea involving what happens to abandoned pets that I felt like they mishandled (mostly) and there’s a lot of annoying bunny having a tantrum scenes that got old really fast.

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Independence Day July 4, 2016

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Riley Independence Day

We live in the closest suburb to Oklahoma City that has legal fireworks sales so everybody comes here to celebrate. It’s like a war zone outside when this picture was taken. She’s not impressed.

Physics Question July 3, 2016

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So here’s the Slow Mo Guys, smashing open spraypaint cans in super slow motion because they can (and because they’re really cool).

Obviously that’s just pure awesome.  But here’s my question.  If you go to 1:40, Dan shoots a red spraypaint can with a pellet gun, and you can see (very clearly, if you pause at the 1:43 mark) that the paint is not coming out uniformly, but rather in a wave pattern.  That’s my physics question – what causes the wave-like nature of the spray, rather than a more uniform effect?  My first thought, when I watched some of the other explosions, was that the paint is affected by Brownian motion, but that wouldn’t explain wave patterns.

The next thing I thought was this reminded me of an astrophysicist’s explanation for the arms of a spiral galaxy.  The arms are kept separate by pressure waves.  I assume there are pressure waves involved here, but I can’t think of what the source would be, either in the case of the paint or the galaxy.

Independence Day – Brexit style July 3, 2016

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Always excellent, Bill Whittle.

Take it from Me July 2, 2016

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Clever and funny video. Made me smile.

A Feel Good Story July 1, 2016

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matt imhof

Matt Imhof, proof that not all millennials are pussies.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/phillies/Phillies-prospect-Matt-Imhof-loses-his-right-eye.html

No, I’m not some kind of sick, sadistic creep that feels good about this young man getting hurt. The feel good story is his attitude about his injury. When most people would probably feel pretty depressed about the disaster life just handed them, he comes across as genuinely grateful for his current situation. Clearly he’s not happy about being blind in one eye, but he’s thankful for not being blind in both eyes and he’s thankful that he didn’t suffer brain damage like Harry Reid.

The quotes that matter:

“Although this injury has been tough, it could have been much worse. I’m lucky to still have vision in my left eye. I’m lucky that I didn’t have brain damage. And I’m lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world,” Imhof wrote.

“I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I’m not dead. I’m going to be alright, I’m going to persevere, and I’m going to succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support.”

and

“crushed like a grape.”

OK, maybe I added that Harry Reid part in there about being brain damaged. Reid was brain damaged long before his accident.