"This man is the textbook definition of patriot. Here's what he gave up:Well, I aint humbled and I aint in awe. But I will take nothing away from his valor. If every American would do what he did i.e., enlist and help fight the war, the war could be won.
Tillman, an unrestricted free agent, traded a $3.6 million, three-year contract with the Cardinals for approximately $18,000 a year in the military. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Tillman was an exceptional student with a 3.84 grade point average through college and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in marketing.
Here's a guy who could have had everything that America has to offer: Money, fame, adulation. Looking at his picture, he could have had 10X his salary in endorsements (and could most likely have dated a supermodel).
But he traded that in to serve his country. I stand humbled and in awe of this man's dedication, purpose, and love of his country.
Rest in peace, Ranger Tillman."
"RE: I received an email with this content: Hey, Just got this from CNN,
Osama Bin Laden has been captured! ............
DON'T TOUCH THAT LINK! ( see below info from news.netcraft )
''Bin Laden Captured' E-mail Downloads Trojan Security
A new e-mail attack bearing the subject 'Osama Bin Laden Captured' downloads a trojan onto the computers of recipients who click on a link promising additional details, according to antivirus vendor Panda Software. The scam spam provides a prime example of social engineering, masquerading as a news bulletin that, if legitimate, would generate click-throughs from a significant number of users.'
'The text of the e-mail:Rook's Rant also states:
Subject: 'Osama Bin Laden Captured',
Message text: 'Hey, Just got this from CNN, Osama Bin Laden
has been captured! Go to the link below to view the pics and
to download the video if you so wish: (Internet address)
'Murderous coward he is.' God bless America!''"
The so called name of the person who sent me this email was Joan Lamb. Gee, a combination of Joan of Arc and a wolf in sheeps clothing. Pretty pathetic.My question is, do you think al Quaida is behind it? No, probably not, but it would make for a sweet ironic cyber attack on their part.
"Please Note: This online application is not savable. Be prepared to complete the application once you begin. You have a maximum of 55 minutes to enter data on each page before your session ends. Once your session ends, you will lose any data you have entered and be required to start over.Or maybe it's an attempt by the HR department to weed out people who can't type fast. I mean, you are provided 55 minutes to complete the application before all data you entered is lost, but the estimated time to complete the Application is 60 minutes!
Estimated total time to complete application: 60 minutes" (bold portions are in the original)
"The court filing says Skilling's blood alcohol level was 0.19 -- more than twice the legal limit for driving in most U.S. states -- when police sent him to the hospital at 4 a.m. on April 9. The case against Skilling does not involve driving, however.Of course there is more. But his behavior would appear to imply he has something to hide. I mean, if the criminal counts against him are false, why is worried if someone might be wearing a wire?
Officers described Skilling as 'uncooperative and intoxicated' and deemed him 'an emotionally disturbed person' because he was accusing bar patrons of being undercover agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
'At one point, Skilling went to the middle of the street, put his hands behind his back and began talking to the sky, asking if FBI cameras were capturing what was happening,' the motion says.
The motion stops short of asking U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake to revoke Skilling's bond, and instead asks for a hearing to discuss changes to his terms of release."
The bar's manager kicked the group out, and once outside, Skilling began trying to remove the front license plate from the married couple's car.Or maybe he just wanted to see some breasts, and claiming he was looking for a wire was the only excuse he could come up with? And do the feds keep their official plates on their cars when they've gone undercover? Me thinks Jeffie Boy has been watching too many movies.
"The defendant did so apparently to gather 'proof' of the true identity," of the couple, the motion says.
Then Skilling tried to lift the woman's blouse to see if she was wearing a hidden microphone, which led to a scuffle with the other two men, it says.
One of them hit Skilling, who then grabbed his wife and accidentally caused her to fall to the ground. Skilling admitted this later at the hospital, the motion says.
At the time of the incident, Skilling's lawyers said "two aggressive men" began questioning Skilling about Enron and his wife was "thrown to the ground."
"The Bush administration Monday formally renounced its obligations as a signatory to the 1998 Rome Statute to establish an International Criminal Court (ICC). Critics say the decision to 'unsign' the treaty will further damage the United States' reputation and isolate it from its allies.Well, okay, but what about the great precedent our fearful leader is setting:
'Driven by unfounded fears of phantom prosecutions, the United States has hit a new nadir of isolationism and exceptionalism,' said William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International's U.S. section (AIUSA).
A simple three-sentence letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan formally ended U.S. participation in an agreement to create the world's first permanent tribunal to prosecute war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity. In the letter, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John Bolton, asserted that Washington 'does not intend to become a party to the (Rome Statute of the ICC)' and that it 'has no legal obligations arising from its signature (to the treaty) on December 31, 2000.'
The ICC treaty - which was signed by President Bill Clinton - has been signed by almost 140 countries and ratified by 66 and takes formal effect July 1."
"This unprecedented action suggests to the world that the signature of a U.S. president lacks enduring meaning," said Mark Epstein, the director of the World Federalist Association. "At the very time, the U.S. seeks signatures and ratifications of anti-terrorist treaties, an 'unsigning' by the Bush administration will undermine the power of the international treaty system."Well, I guess it could be worse, Baby Bush could get re-elected. Anyway, like many international treaties, once there are enough signatories it goes into effect globally and without regard to whether an individual country has signed it, so this looks more like a case of self-abuse on his part, then actually accomplishing anything. On the other hand...
And worse, it may encourage others to follow the U.S. lead.
"Other countries might well use this precedent to justify backing out of international commitments that are important to the U.S.," noted Michael Posner, director of the New York-based Lawyers Committee on Human Rights.
Tech Central Station is supported by sponsoring corporations that share our faith in technology and its ability to improve modern life. Smart application of technology - combined with pro free market, science-based public policy - has the ability to help us solve many of the world's problems, and so we are grateful to AT&T, ExxonMobil, General Motors Corporation, Intel, McDonalds, Microsoft, Nasdaq, National Semiconductor, PhRMA, and Qualcomm for their support. All of these corporations are industry leaders that have made great strides in using technology for our betterment, and we are proud to have them as sponsors. However, the opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of the writers and not necessarily of any corporation or other organization.Which I find pretty bizarre, especially that 'faith in technology part'. And to use 'faith' and 'science-based' in the same paragraph in support of each other, well, surely this is a mockery of both terms. But then they throw in 'pro free markets' while proudly listing AT&T, Microsoft, ExxonMobile and GM among their sponsors. Don't all of these companies have a history of manipulating markets? And hell, at one time AT&T was the largest monopoly outside of Soviet control. I have bashed these people before for their lunatic rantings. (See "What is Sonia Arrison saying?").
"IPCC scenarios are based on the assumption that increasing levels of carbon dioxide will eventually turn the Earth into a tropical greenhouse. But Ian Castles, an Australian statistician, and David Henderson, a British economist, revealed that the IPCC's estimates of future carbon dioxide emissions take off from flawed and vastly overstated economic projections.So there you have it. A couple of economists have demonstrated that the model used by the IPCC used faulty economic projections which means global warming will not happen. Huh?? I'm not even going to debate the validity of the projections, their methods or any of the rest of this clap trap. I will make a quick point and say that regardless of the projections, if everyone in China wants a car w/in the next twenty years, there won't be enough carbon based fuels on the planet to support the production of that many vehicles, much less running the cars once they are produced w/ out radical changes in technologies and fuels (like zero point energy, or cold fusion, or...).
As it turns out, over the years the IPCC has based its climate change models on simplistic estimates of GDP growth in various countries. Essentially, panel scientists have gotten away with using currency exchange rates -- a value in U.S. dollars -- to predict and total a projected output for the world's disparate economies.
Of course, this produces results which favor the panel's perhaps preordained conclusions. But the researchers point out that the slight-of-hand substitution is invalid. Serious scientific economists use 'purchasing power parity' (PPP) to compare and project national economies.
PPP is the accepted method used by the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations. But by ignoring purchasing power parity, the IPCC was able to project hyper-inflated levels of economic growth -- and consequently carbon emissions -- in the developing world."
"logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off her head"
"If Howard Stern, the Regular Guys, Bubba the Love Monster and all the others like them are wondering why their employers aren't fighting to protect their 1st amendment rights like they should, then they need only to look no further than the press release from the NAB on Friday.It's the long way around for a pretty good post, but than that's the nature of the internet today. Of course, I expect this administration to maintain its reputation for high integrity, and total disdainment of attempts by powerful corporate interests to influence its policy discussions. I also expect the St. Patrick's Day Snake to finally deliver my Saint Paddy's Day basket of beer and viagra, tomorrow, a week late. You know the Irish...Never on time.
>:"U.S. radio broadcasters have asked federal regulators to bar rival satellite radio services from offering content tailored to local markets."
For a moment remember the words of Don Corleone to Bonasera
'Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But uh, until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.'
Howard, Bubba , Larry and Eric ( The Regular Guys), if you don't know it by now ; you were Lowry May's gift to George Bush. And in return you got the same thing that daughter did on her wedding night.
"Definition of:Definitely not my definition of literacy. My definition of literacy includes being given a transcript of a Baby Bush speech, and possessing the mental acuity to realize that it says nothing. You know, read the whole speech, and know that it was just a string of words, without content or meaning. In fact, I'll bet that 50% of Americans can't read and comprehend at the 10th grade level. That's probably third year for you Europeons to put it in context. See, America is populated by third graders.
literacy/illiteracy [code 187]
A person is literate who can with understanding both read and write a short simple statement on his everyday life. A person is illiterate who cannot with understanding both read and write a short simple statement on his everyday life."
"Is that a high school class ring you're wearing?"Alright, since you aren't necessarily familiar with the internal geography of the US, let me say that Kentucky bears the same relationship with Virginia, that France does with Germany. They share a friggin' border, for christsake!
"No, this is my college class ring."
"Oh, really! What college did you go to?"
"The University of Richmond."
"In Richmond, Virginia."
"Stuart Benjamin has a good look at some of the latest developments. Here's a thought from me. The problem with having people say 'shit' on television is, or so I hear, that it's 'bad for the children.' But what's bad about well? Well, I suppose that if children hear people saying 'shit' all the time on TV that might encourage them to go around saying 'shit' more often. And that would be bad, because it's often inappropriate to say 'shit.' But if everyone said 'shit' regularly, then there would be nothing inappropriate about saying it. The word's inappropriateness is a matter of pure convention, not a magical intrinsic attribute of the syllable. So if we heard 'shit' on TV all the time, people might start saying 'shit' all the time and there wouldn't be a problem with hearing 'shit' on TV. See what I mean?But, that wasn't what got my attention. It was his comments on 'fuck', that caused me to think I might have something to muddy the waters on the entire question:
Now the depiction of sexually explicit content raises a different set of issues, and I suppose you might think of 'fuck' as presenting more of a sex issue than a profanity issue, per se. I'm a little unclear on what, exactly, the social value of trying to 'protect' children from sex is supposed to be, but the sentiment is near-universally shared by parents and I'm open to the possibility that folks with actual child-rearing experience may know something on this score that I'm missing."So, here is where I throw some dirt into the waters, and stir. Does any rational human being think that children, raised in a single room cabin on the frontier, were not familiar with the act of procreation? I mean really. Do you think adults threw their children out of the cabin into a raging blizzard so they could consummate their love? Or, perhaps people believe that the frontier was populated via immaculate conception?
...and no, it wasn't the obscenity of commercials he was commenting on...I just saw a commercial for 'Deli Select', a seller of cold cuts, I guess. I say seller, because I have no idea what involvement they have besides packaging and selling meat, and as far as I know, the packaging could well be outsourced.
"What Would Krugman Drink?What a fun blog! None of that dreary real world analysis, just sharp, pithy jabs.
Do you like advertising and product placement? Sure you do! Well you will love this because as it turns out marketing agencies are pushing print magazines 'to open the text of their editorial pages to product placements.' Yknow this is somethin I have always wanted! I am sick and tired of reading Fareed Zakaria go on and on about what we must do to create a free and stable Iraq while having no idea what kind of SUV he drives. Television and movies tell me what to buy all the time. Why cant my newspaper?
Just imagine this!
'Hi, I'm Paul Krugman. As I sat down at my computer to write up a scathing rebuke of the Bush administration's fiscal policy, I opened up a scathing, bubbling, fresh A&W Cream Soda. Ahhhh... now that's liberally refreshing!'
See just reading that makes me want to guzzle down a cool cold A&W and thats not even the real Paul Krugman. Which is why I want the real Paul Krugman to endorse products! Maybe he doesnt drink A&W. Maybe he drinks Mountain Dew! Although that would be so strange. It would totally make me rethink Paul Krugman if he were a Mountain Dew drinker. Or maybe it would make me rethink Mountain Dew! Perhaps it would acquire a more learned, fiscally sound gravitas, a more respectable and mature tone I usually associate with Schweppes. The possibilities are endless! Or at least endful, but in a cheap, briefly kinda-interesting way."
"Authoritarian leaders especially in Uzbekistan, the main player, continue to ignore pleas for change in their human rights practices. They are misreading - sometimes willfully - the signals sent by the United States that political reform is important, too, and continuing in the belief that as valued partners they can do pretty much as they like.
America continues to be a major donor of programmes to promote democracy and civil rights in Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and to a limited extent Turkmenistan. Officials argue they are doing a lot to encourage change in places like Uzbekistan.
But many analysts argue that these positive initiatives have now been so overshadowed by the military agenda, where a readiness to provide air bases and other facilities is key to improving relations, that regional governments feel empowered to ignore them and continue with poor policies that threaten to alienate their populations."
As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the ominous news with matter-of-fact optimism. According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Iraqi uprisings in half a dozen cities, accompanied by the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in the month of April alone, is something to be viewed in the context of "good days and bad days," merely "a moment in Iraq's path towards a free and democratic system." More recently, the president himself asserted, "Our coalition is standing with responsible Iraqi leaders as they establish growing authority in their country."
But according to a closely held Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo written in early March, the reality isn't so rosy. Iraq's chances of seeing democracy succeed, according to the memo's author?a U.S. government official detailed to the CPA, who wrote this summation of observations he'd made in the field for a senior CPA director?have been severely imperiled by a year's worth of serious errors on the part of the Pentagon and the CPA, the U.S.-led multinational agency administering Iraq. Far from facilitating democracy and security, the memo's author fears, U.S. efforts have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war.
Provided to this reporter by a Western intelligence official, the memo was partially redacted to protect the writer's identity and to "avoid inflaming an already volatile situation" by revealing the names of certain Iraqi figures. A wide-ranging and often acerbic critique of the CPA, covering topics ranging from policy, personalities, and press operations to on-the-ground realities such as electricity, the document is not only notable for its candidly troubled assessment of Iraq's future. It is also significant, according to the intelligence official, because its author has been a steadfast advocate of "transforming" the Middle East, beginning with "regime change" in Iraq.
"Developing this theme, the memo asserts that the U.S. 'share[s] culpability in the eyes of ordinary Iraqis' for engendering Iraq's currently cronyistic state; since 'we appointed the Governing Council members . . . their corruption is our corruption.' The author then notes that two individuals - names again redacte - have successfully worked to exclude certain strains of Shia from obtaining ministerial-level positions, and that for this 'Iraqis blame Bremer, especially because the [CPA] Governance Group had assured Iraqis that exclusion from the Governing Council did not mean an exclusion from the process. As it turns out, we lied. People from Kut [a city south of Baghdad recently besieged by Shiite forces loyal to Muqtada al Sadr], for example, see that they have no representation on the Governing Council, and many predict civil war since they doubt that the Governing Council will really allow elections.'I really like the 'Godfather' analogy. I wonder who winds up being Michael? Oh, and thanks to The Agonist--Fast Paced, Progressive News And Commentary From Around The World for directing me to this one.
Fanning the embers of distrust is the U.S.'s failure to acknowledge that the constituencies of key Governing Council members 'are not based on ideology, but rather on the muscle of their respective personal militias and the patronage which we allow them to bestow,' according to the memo's author. Using the Kurds as an example, he reveals that 'we have bestowed approximately $600 million upon the Kurdish leadership, in addition to the salaries we pay, in addition to the USAID projects, in addition to the taxes which we have allowed them to collect illegally.' To underscore the point, the author adds that he recently spent an evening with a Kurdish contact watching The Godfather trilogy, and notes that 'the entire evening was spent discussing which Iraqi Kurdish politicians represented which [Godfather] character.'
Okay, I'll admit up front that my view of Baby Bush is colored by the fact that I wouldn't trust him to bring back the correct deposit on a keg return following a party. I don't expect him to steal the money, I just think he's an idiot (in the nicest sense of being an complete idiot and in charge of the most powerful country in the history of the planet at the same time).And, after reviewing my comments in the cold clarity of another beer, I think I'll stand by them.
In fact, if you substitute Baby Bush for 'Rooster' at the following site, you will have my opinion of Baby Bush in its entirety: Rooster Management.
But, let me direct you to this piece: 9-11 Cover-ups Summary.
Now as I said, I don't think Baby Bush is smart enough to plan something like this, I just think he's more inept than I am. But, look through the list, and decide for yourself which articles are incorrect. My personal favorite are the cites for the period covering July 4-14, 2001. They don't list the La Monde (owned by the Carlyle Group) article, but it was the first I'd seen of this story.
Anyway, there is enough stuff in the various stories in the media, that even if you don't believe a single one of them, together, they make for interesting ponderings. I believe that there is always an opposing faction operating in secrecy to overthrow any government. Historically this has been the case a convincing 100% of the time.
So, in my highest regard for the current usurper, I think he's a dupe. And, possibly Cheney is the acting Prince Regent.
An excellent paper on the Organic/Free Range Chicken Industry (couldn't copy from the text).If any readers have any suggestions, knowledge or experience in this area, please let us know.
Organic Grass Farm, a potential provider.
Wholesome Harvest Organic Meats, another potential provider which also carries beef: Wholesome Harvest, and the Wife's comments bear repeating on this find: "Here's the list of what you'd get per month for your 101 bucks. Wish they'd give some poundage. 2 rib eyes. 2 what sized rib eyes? Seems like not much meat for your 101 bucks. (PLUS shipping) OK, found it......click on "PRODUCTS". It gives some descriptions. And where is the rest of the cow going? They must sell to NYC's finest restaurants. This seems a little like leftovers." and, after reviewing the info, I think she may be right in her assessment.
And it's always nice to get a chuckle while doing research, Rooster Management.
"The Mogadishu debacle of 1993, when neighborhood militias inflicted 60% casualties on elite Army Rangers, forced U.S. strategists to rethink what is known in Pentagonese as MOUT: 'Militarized Operations on Urbanized Terrain.' Ultimately, a National Defense Panel review in December 1997 castigated the Army as unprepared for protracted combat in the near impassable, maze-like streets of the poverty-stricken cities of the Third World.As usual, I am utterly amazed that we are learning the failed tactics used by another country to fight urban terrorism. If the Israeli anti-terrorist tactics are so good, why haven't the terrorist been defeated over the past 30 - 40 years?
As a result, the four armed services, coordinated by the Joint Staff Urban Working Group, launched crash programs to master street-fighting under realistic third-world conditions. 'The future of warfare,' the journal of the Army War College declared, 'lies in the streets, sewers, high-rise buildings, and sprawl of houses that form the broken cities of the world.'
Israeli advisors were quietly brought in to teach Marines, Rangers, and Navy Seals the state-of-the-art tactics -- especially the sophisticated coordination of sniper and demolition teams with heavy armor and overwhelming airpower -- so ruthlessly used by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza and the West Bank...
...This tactical "Israelization" of U.S. combat doctrine has been accompanied by what might be called a "Sharonization" of the Pentagon's worldview. Military theorists are now deeply involved in imagining how the evolving capacity of high-tech warfare can contain, if not destroy, chronic "terrorist" insurgencies rooted in the desperation of growing megaslums."
"Since then, Dr. Crick has been a tireless champion of the brain. In a 1979 editorial in Scientific American, he argued that the time had come for science to take on the previously forbidden subject of consciousness.
In his 1994 book 'The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul,' he went further. 'You,' he wrote, 'your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.' He outlined an empirical approach focusing on visual consciousness.
His ideas have formed the inspiration for Dr. Koch's research at Caltech: the goal is to find 'the neural correlates of consciousness,' or N.C.C.'s � the neuronal states and processes associated with conscious awareness. Dr. Koch and his graduate students are finally gaining experimental evidence for what Dr. Crick had termed the 'awareness neurons' that enable us to see...
...One potential application, he says, is some kind of instrument for measuring its intensity, perhaps a "consciousometer." Anesthesiologists might use it to determine when a patient under sedation is truly out. But in his book, Dr. Koch also raises the possibility of more troubling uses, including measuring the awareness levels of severely retarded children and elderly patients with dementia.
Or, he asks, "How do we know that a newborn baby is conscious?" Perhaps consciousness is something that doesn't begin at birth, he said, but gradually emerges.
"This research is going to pose enormous legal and ethical questions," Dr. Koch acknowledged in the recent interview.
"I'm not convinced that people want to know how consciousness works," he said. "They feel cast out of the world of meaning."
Having solved one of the basic mysteries of life here on Earth, Dr. Crick seems happy to skewer any notions of a life beyond. For him, the most profound implication of an operational understanding of consciousness is that "it will lead to the death of the soul."
"The view of ourselves as `persons' is just as erroneous as the view that the Sun goes around the Earth," he said. He predicted that "this sort of language will disappear in a few hundred years."
"In the fullness of time," he continued, "educated people will believe there is no soul independent of the body, and hence no life after death."
"A US geophysicist has set the scientific world ablaze by claiming to have cracked a holy grail: accurate earthquake prediction, and warning that a big one will hit southern California by Sept 5.Why do people keep trying to find a finite universe? Used to be they were all excited about a 'torgue' shaped universe, then a 'soccor ball', and now a horn of plenty:
Russian-born University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Vladimir Keilis-Borok says he can foresee major quakes by tracking minor temblors and historical patterns in seismic hotspots that could indicate more violent shaking is on the way.
And he has made a chilling prediction that a quake measuring at least 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale will hit a 31,200-square-kilometre area of southern California by September 5.
The team at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics accurately predicted a 6.5-magnitude quake in central California last December as well as an 8.1-magnitude temblor that struck the Japanese island of Hokkaido in September.
'Earthquake prediction is called the Holy Grail of earthquake science, and has been considered impossible by many scientists,' said Keilis-Borok, 82."
"Could the Universe be shaped like a medieval horn? It may sound like a surrealist's dream, but according to Frank Steiner at the University of Ulm in Germany, recent observations hint that the cosmos is stretched out into a long funnel, with a narrow tube at one end flaring out into a bell. It would also mean that space is finite.Space exploration and Ray Bradbury (what else is there to say?):
Adopting such an apparently outlandish model could explain two puzzling observations. The first is the pattern of hot and cold spots in the cosmic microwave background radiation, which shows what the Universe looked like just 380,000 years after the Big Bang."...
...In the model, technically called a Picard topology, the Universe curves in a strange way. One end is infinitely long, but so narrow that it has a finite volume. At the other end, the horn flares out, but not for ever - if you could fly towards the flared end in a spaceship, at some point you would find yourself flying back in on the other side of the horn (see Diagram)...
...And the idea has another advantage. In the flat space of conventional cosmology, the smallest blobs on microwave sky maps ought to be round. But they are not. "If you look at the small structures, they look like little ellipses," says Steiner. The curve of the horn-shaped universe could be just right to explain this. If you look at any little piece of the horn, it is saddle-shaped like a Pringles potato chip - curving down in one direction and up in the perpendicular one. This "negatively curved" space would act like a warped lens, distorting the image of round primordial blobs in a way that makes them look elliptical to us. Mathematicians can construct an infinite number of different kinds of negatively curved space, most of them with one or more horns, and many of which might fit the data, but the Picard topology is one of the simplest.
"Human exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond will move humanity past terror and war, much like earlier voyages found a new world for Europeans mired in conflict 500 years ago, science fiction author Ray Bradbury told a presidential commission Thursday.First it was face recognition systems, now we get building recognition systems:
Bradbury, who wrote about the human colonization of Mars in 'The Martian Chronicles,' praised President Bush's initiative that would return humans to the moon by 2020 and to the Red Planet after that. He said such a program would inspire children and adults.
The legendary writer, still starry-eyed and looking to the future at 83, was met with skeptical questions by some on the commission that will later this year report on strategies for implementing the president's plan.
Commissioner Paul Spudis, a visiting scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, said Americans tend to be very practical and pragmatic. He asked how space exploration could be sold to the 'practical side' of the American public.
'If you sell it on the basis of a new freedom, a new movement away from the politics and horror and terror on Earth, I think people will recognize how (important) that is,' Bradbury said via a satellite link from Los Angeles."
"For a small fee, photo recognition software on a remote server works out precisely where you are, and sends back directions that will get you to your destination.
You are lost in a foreign city, you don't speak the language and you are late for your meeting. What do you do? Take out your cellphone, photograph the nearest building and press send.
For a small fee, photo recognition software on a remote server works out precisely where you are, and sends back directions that will get you to your destination. That, at least, is what two researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK hope their software will one day be used for.
Roberto Cipolla and Duncan Robertson have developed a program that can match a photograph of a building to a database of images. The database contains a three-dimensional representation of the real-life street, so the software can work out where the user is standing to within one metre."
"I'd just like to point out that less than three years after our war in Afghanistan (Iraq version 0.7), we've managed to stake out unprecedented economic growth there. For all those naysayers, Afghanistan is producing record numbers of one of its most profitable exports.Those who have been reading this site, will recoginize this as just a re-affirmation of previous posts. But it is nice to have someone else point to the facts.
Unfortunately, that export is opium."