Archive for January, 2012

Newt is imploding

January 24, 2012

after the sad revisionistic racist  south Carolinian debate   Newt is caught in his own historical debris: he couldnt possibly survive his history; what a lying megalomaniac, squared headed animal.

UPDATE: he is pissed that Williams asked people not to cheer.They are calling foul play on free speech: cheering a racist megalomaniac could be free speech, but not in my house. good for williams

Atheists are definitely gone

January 23, 2012

Islamophobia is not a ‘racist’ term?

We are not created equal, contrary to founding fathers

January 19, 2012

Stephen Marche at Esquire jan 2012

“There are some truths so hard to face, so ugly and so at odds with how we imagine the world should be, that nobody can accept them. Here’s one: It is obvious that a class system has arrived in America — a recent study of the thirty-four countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that only

esquire jan 2012

Italy and Great Britain have less social mobility. But nobody wants to admit: If your daddy was rich, you’re gonna stay rich, and if your daddy was poor, you’re gonna stay poor. Every instinct in the American gut, every institution, every national symbol, runs on the idea that anybody can make it; the only limits are your own limits. Which is an amazing idea, a gift to the world — just no longer true. Culturally, and in their daily lives, Americans continue to glide through a ghostly land of opportunity they can’t bear to tell themselves isn’t real. It’s the most dangerous lie the country tells itself.”

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/thousand-words-on-culture/american-class-system-0112#ixzz1jv4dkRqT

The Bible of an atheist (not sure) (T. Jefferson)

January 18, 2012

I find it funky, boring  and weird that some take great pains to make a point using somebody else’s work: take AC Grayling in UK for example. He “wrote” Ihe Good book: a humanist bible(?)”, a compilation of wise sacred texts (he unsacres them) of which very little has been heard, thank God. I never read the Good Book, never will and I wonder if Dr GoodHair knows about T Jefferson “bible”  (who doesnt anyways?). He could have saved himself a lot of cut and paste, which TJ did not (unsacring the Bible). In any case, USA people refuses to see Jefferson and founding fathers as inheriting the french enlightenment

The Guardian, typically, pontificates about Jefferson and almost anything else in and out of London: “Mitch Horowitz, editor of the new edition, said: “Ethically, Jefferson was a Christian, but – as he put it – ‘a real Christian,’ who believed in the moral philosophy of Christ rather than the religion later created around Christ, which Jefferson felt would have appalled the man himself.” “Jefferson’s unorthodox approach to Christianity did not go unnoticed at the time, though it might come as a surprise to many on the religious right today, who tend to revere the Founding Fathers. Despite the fact that he would later allow the Capitol building to be used for church services each Sunday, Jefferson was described by preacher John Mason as someone who “writes against the truths of God’s word; who makes not even a profession of Christianity”.

“The author of the declaration of independence had been strongly influenced by the rationalism of enlightenment France, where he served as US ambassador from 1785-1789. Earlier in the century, philosophers such as Voltaire and Rousseau had disparaged the influence of the clergy and Christian institutions and sought to understand Jesus as a man whose teachings had been distorted by later generations.” (read carefully atheists: you are 300 years late)”.

The worst show on Earth

January 18, 2012

Last gop (I refuse to use capitals) debate was a debacle: The dish Sullivan had to take a shower afterwards, was repulsed he was. I took a shower during: so repulsed I was. Now that most aspirants have seppuku,  切腹, themselves almost to death, and Callista is increasing her visibility, while Dems and others (me) grin, widely.

why are these jerks happy?

These gang of racists, liars, ignorant jerks running for president? We deserve it. I would say. But people there mostly was cheerful, booing Juan (Williams), cheering Newt racist and bewildering remarks. Perry claiming Turkey is a terrorist state? Newt accusing Barack of being a Food stamp president? Did Newt attend SNL seminars?

Santiago Chile Metropolitan Region Temperature Gradient

January 17, 2012

Gorgeous work (from La Tercera) Romero and Smith model Santiago,

smith and bell La Tercera Chile

 

Dale Carnegie and the atheists

January 15, 2012

After watching CBS morning news, I would like to suggest atheists read Dale Carnegies’ : “How to win friends and influence people”…..” (million citizens and all over the world take the expensive course!!).

Stiglitz: the worse is yet to come maybe (Guardian)

January 14, 2012

“……This year is set to be even worse. It is possible, of course, that the United States will solve its political problems and finally adopt the stimulus measures that it needs to bring down unemployment to 6% or 7% (the pre-crisis level of 4% or 5% is too much to hope for). But this is as unlikely as it is that Europe will figure out that austerity alone will not solve its problems. On the contrary, austerity will only exacerbate the economic slowdown. Without growth, the debt crisis – and the euro crisis – will only worsen. And the long crisis that began with the collapse of the housing bubble in 2007 and the subsequent recession will continue. Moreover, the major emerging-market countries,

so sorry for so many people dead in pursuit of happiness RIP

which steered successfully through the storms of 2008 and 2009, may not cope as well with the problems looming on the horizon. Brazil’s growth has already stalled, fueling anxiety among its neighbours in Latin America. Meanwhile, long-term problems – including climate change and other environmental threats, and increasing inequality in most countries around the world – have not gone away. Some have grown more severe. For example, high unemployment has depressed wages and increased poverty….’

BUT

“…..Even without widening the fiscal deficit, such “balanced budget” increases in taxes and spending would lower unemployment and increase output. The worry, however, is that politics and ideology on both sides of the Atlantic, but especially in the US, will not allow any of this to occur. Fixation on the deficit will induce cutbacks in social spending, worsening inequality. Likewise, the enduring attraction of supply-side economics, despite all of the evidence against it (especially in a period in which there is high unemployment), will prevent raising taxes at the top. Even before the crisis, there was a rebalancing of economic power – in fact, a correction of a 200-year historical anomaly, in which Asia’s share of global GDP fell from nearly 50% to, at one point, below 10%. The pragmatic commitment to growth that one sees in Asia and other emerging markets today stands in contrast to the west’s misguided policies, which, driven by a combination of ideology and vested interests, almost seem to reflect a commitment not to grow. As a result, global economic rebalancing is likely to accelerate, almost inevitably giving rise to political tensions. With all of the problems confronting the global economy, we will be lucky if these strains do not begin to manifest themselves within the next 12 months.”

I HOPE HE IS DEAD WRONG. I wouldnt bet on it.

Editing octopii and cold “adaptation” (arghhh)

January 13, 2012

In Science Xpress: “RNA Editing Underlies Temperature Adaptation in K Channels from Polar Octopuses” Sandra Garrett and Joshua J.C. Rosenthal. Fine paper, lots of “field work”, Im surprised though authors dont comment on obvious implications for basic evolutionary mechanisms. To me: in a given species to be another,  everything molecular works by tweaking regulation, duh! It is regulation of translation that “evolves’…..?

The Economist thusly comments: “Dr Rosenthal and Ms Garrett were studying octopuses, looking for differences between those that live in warm, tropical water and those that inhabit the poles. They concentrated on the make-up of the ion channels in the animals’ cell membranes. These channels are cylindrical assemblages of protein molecules which help to control such things as the electrical activity of nerve cells and the release of hormones. The two researchers suspected that the channels found in warm-water species would not work well in the freezing temperatures of cold adapted creatures.

warm water adapted pulpito warmer

That turned out to be correct. What was odd was that the genes for the proteins involved were almost identical in warm- and cold-water animals. This surprised Dr Rosenthal and Ms Garrett, who had expected that natural selection would have changed the DNA, and thus the composition of the resulting protein. Instead, differences in composition between warm-water and cold-water ion channels were the result of a phenomenon called RNA editing, in which special enzymes alter the structure of the RNA messenger, and thus of the final protein. Though RNA editing has been observed before, in animals ranging from humans to nematode worms, this is the first time an edit has been tied to a clear evolutionary difference caused by a feature of the environment—in this case ambient temperature. Of course, it is not strictly a departure from Crick’s dogma. Enzymes, too, are proteins, and so are the transcription factors that regulate their production. Eventually, when the chain of causation is traced in full, the chances are that the underlying difference between polar and tropical octopuses will be in the DNA itself. RNA editing of this sort does, however, provide another way to drive evolution, and may help explain why animals (as opposed to, say, bacteria) are so complex.”

Mitt(e)

January 12, 2012

So now will the real Mitt stand up? (jerk!!!)