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Archive for November 11th, 2011

S.978 could put Justin Bieber in jail for streaming music online

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is at the center of a hot music streaming controversy. A hilarious new ad campaign protesting bill S.978 claims the YouTube pop star could go to jail.

The campaign is called Free Bieber. It’s a humorous compilation of Photoshopped images of Bieber in jail. One caption says: “From super-stardom to a shared cell with a stainless steel sink/toilet… Bieber thinks ‘How did this happen?'”

Also known as the “Commercial Felony Streaming Act,” the bill makes it a felony to stream copyrighted music online.

Bieber’s rise to fame accomplished with YouTube videos. As a child, his mother posted videos of him singing R&B cover songs. He was eventually discovered by talent manager Scott “Scooter” Braun and became the pop sensation he is now.

How the bill would play out in reality is unknown, but clearly, we need to focus on priorities: Saving Justin Bieber!

America, are we really going to send the Biebs to jail? Wait. Don’t answer that.

via S.978 could put Justin Bieber in jail for streaming music online – Tech Talk – CBS News.

People should protest by listening to only free music on line…. Like mine ;-)

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Ron Paul: I don’t accept the theory of evolution

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

Well, first i thought it was a very inappropriate question, you know, for the presidency to be decided on a scientific matter,” he said. “I think it’s a theory…the theory of evolution and I don’t accept it as a theory. But I think the creator that i know, you know created us, every one of us and created the universe and the precise time and manner and all. I just don’t think we’re at the point where anybody has absolute proof on either side.”

via Ron Paul: I don’t accept the theory of evolution – CBS News.

People just don’t get it. The word “theory” in science does not mean a wild guess with no evidence.

In science a “theory” is a tool to predict and explain observable and observed facts. The theory of evolution (theory of common descent) is the best explanation for the observed facts about life on earth. The facts include transitional fossils, observation of new species being created, breeding experiments, molecular genetics, molecular biology, chemistry, morphology changes in relation to geographic location, etc.

If bank tellers and customers all identify a particular man as a bank robber and he is captured by police while he is holding a gun inside the bank, the THEORY is that he robbed the bank. It is a theory until the trial, and then he is convicted after the evidence is presented. A jury would not find the robber innocent because scientists could not PROVE how fast his heart was beating while he was conducting the robbery. There are always more details to fill in, sometimes big ones, but the jury looks at the most significant evidence.

Someone should obviously take time to show Ron Paul the evidence: like begets like, offspring are slightly different from parents due to genetic mutations and environmental pressures AND over huge amounts of time this results in different species.

What is so hard about that? You are surrounded by evidence.  You aren’t going to find a sudden jump from a single celled organism to a walrus because change is gradual. But you can observe radical change in biology from one form to another:  The little clump of cells you started as, for example, looked NOTHING like you look today. No head, no arms, no legs, nothing! Yet, it grew and divided in a few short years, it evolved from a ball of cells into a full human being.



If you don’t believe in evolution, explain how this microscopic ball of cells becomes a recognizable human being using only your own theory of life. The theory of evolution includes facts about cells and DNA which DO explain how these cells take on a human form and more detail is being added every day.

I can’t find an explanation of this observed fact anywhere in the bible, however. Is there some lost Book of Ron or something that says, “And lo, the Holy Spirit divides the holy blastula into several tiny angels. The two Angels of Arms, the two Angels of Legs, and the Angel of the Head …. ” I think not.


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Rhino subspecies vanishing from the wild

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

The Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct, and two other subspecies of rhinoceros are close to meeting the same fate, a leading conservation group said Thursday.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said a recent reassessment of the Western Black Rhino had led it to declare the species extinct, adding that the Northern White Rhino of central Africa is now “possibly extinct” in the wild and the Javan Rhino is “probably extinct” in Vietnam, after poachers killed the last animal there in 2010.

A small but declining population of the Javan Rhino survives on the Indonesian island of Java, it added.

A lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts in many rhino habitats, international organized crime groups targeting rhinos and increasing illegal demand for rhino horns and commercial poaching are the main threats faced by rhinos,” the group said in a statement accompanying the latest update of its so-called Red List of endangered species.

via Rhino subspecies vanishing from the wild – CBS News.


Red list here: http://www.iucnredlist.org

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Did solar system sacrifice a planet during birth

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

“We have all sorts of clues about the early evolution of the solar system,” says author Dr. David Nesvorny of the Southwest Research Institute. “They come from the analysis of the trans-Neptunian population of small bodies known as the Kuiper Belt, and from the lunar cratering record.”

These clues suggest that the orbits of giant planets were affected by a dynamical instability when the solar system was only about 600 million years old. As a result, the giant planets and smaller bodies scattered away from each other.

Some small bodies moved into the Kuiper Belt and others traveled inward, producing impacts on the terrestrial planets and the Moon. The giant planets moved as well. Jupiter, for example, scattered most small bodies outward and moved inward.

This scenario presents a problem, however. Slow changes in Jupiter’s orbit, such as the ones expected from interaction with small bodies, would have conveyed too much momentum to the orbits of the terrestrial planets. Stirring up or disrupting the inner solar system and possibly causing Earth to collide with Mars or Venus.

“Colleagues suggested a clever way around this problem,” says Nesvorny. “They proposed that Jupiter’s orbit quickly changed when Jupiter scattered off of Uranus or Neptune during the dynamical instability in the outer solar system.” The “jumping-Jupiter” theory, as it is known, is less harmful to the inner solar system, because the orbital coupling between the terrestrial planets and Jupiter is weak if Jupiter jumps.

Nesvorny conducted thousands of computer simulations of the early solar system to test the jumping-Jupiter theory. He found that, as hoped for, Jupiter did in fact jump by scattering from Uranus or Neptune. When it jumped, however, Uranus or Neptune was knocked out of the solar system. “Something was clearly wrong,” he says.

Motivated by these results, Nesvorny wondered whether the early solar system could have had five giant planets instead of four. By running the simulations with an additional giant planet with mass similar to that of Uranus or Neptune, things suddenly fell in place. One planet was ejected from the solar system by Jupiter, leaving four giant planets behind, and Jupiter jumped, leaving the terrestrial planets undisturbed.

“The possibility that the solar system had more than four giant planets initially, and ejected some, appears to be conceivable in view of the recent discovery of a large number of free-floating planets in interstellar space, indicating the planet ejection process could be a common occurrence,” says Nesvorny. …

via ScienceDaily

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Monday night weird weather in Oklahoma: drought, flash-flood, earthquake, then 6 tornadoes

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

After one of the strangest local weather days in memory, an Oklahoma woman with a sense of humor asked on Twitter earlier this week:

“Wanna experience the apocalypse before it happens? Visit Oklahoma!”

She posted that on Monday night shortly after a 4.7-magnitude aftershock earthquake shook the state. The temblor occurred not long after six tornadoes ripped through southwest Oklahoma, which was preceded by flash-flooding in an area that’s been plagued by a historic drought.

“Seriously, WHAT’S GOING ON?” someone else tweeted that night.

The answers vary. Global warning? Coincidence? Bad luck? Bad timing? End of time?

There’s agreement on only one thing: It’s been weird all year.

“Even for Oklahoma, this is crazy,” said Rick Smith, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman. “Since January, we’ve been setting records. People are just kind of amazed and shocked.”

State records set this year have ranged from the lowest temperature (31 degrees below zero in Nowata in northeast Oklahoma) to snowfall in a 24-hour period (27 inches, also in Nowata) to the largest hail stone (a spiky, six-inch piece recovered in Gotebo, in southwest Oklahoma).

This year also produced the state’s highest-ever-recorded surface wind speed (151 miles per hour near El Reno, outside of Oklahoma City) and biggest known earthquake (5.6 magnitude, breaking the 1956 record).

On Wednesday, Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 20 counties because of earthquakes, tornadoes and severe storms.


“It’s been a tough year for Oklahoma when it comes to weather and natural disasters, but we’re doing everything we can to help,” Fallin said in a statement announcing the declaration.

- link

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Today is the day to turn your amp up to 11

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

The year 1984 gave the world popular movies like “Ghostbusters,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”

It also introduced “This Is Spinal Tap,” a mockumentary about an unsuccessful American tour by the fictional British band Spinal Tap featuring actors Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, who played guitarist Nigel Tufnel, bassist Derek Smalls and lead singer David St. Hubbins, respectively.

The other films made a lot more money than “Spinal Tap,” but the band that would be a heavy metal legend lives on as a cult movie classic.

Now, 27 years later, Spinal Tap is being honored with its own holiday: “Nigel Tufnel Day,” which takes place one day only: Nov. 11, 2011 — or 11/11/11.

Not familiar with the film or the reference to 11? Well, at one moment of the movie, the very dimwitted Tufnel shows off his amps and their dials that are numbered up to 11, a notch higher than typical 1-to-10 amps. They’re superior because, after all, “11 is one louder than 10,” Tufnel said.

The “holidate” is the brainchild of former musician and Spinal Tap fan Michael Fennelly, who decided last year that Nov. 11, 2011, should honor his favorite flick. …



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11:11 on 11/11/2011

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

What will you or did you do to celebrate?


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Young Women Nabbed In Bloody Satanic Sex Ritual

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011

The police investigation began Sunday night after cops responded to a report of a possible stabbing. Officers found the Arizona man “bleeding from the neck, arms and back.” He told cops that after arriving at the home of a woman he met online, he “was bound and was stabbed numerous times over a timeframe of what he described as ‘two days.’”

The man was transported to a local hospital, where medical personnel “estimated the number of wounds to be in excess of 300,” according to a search warrant affidavit sworn by Detective Michael Walisiciwicz. “He suffered multiple puncture wounds as well as lacerations and slash wounds to his back, face, arms, legs and neck,” noted Walisiciwicz.

Officers responding to the reported stabbing discovered “bloody duct tape, which was fashioned in a manner that appeared to be a restraint, as well as a bloody length of rope” in the area where the victim was found.

A blood trail led police to Apartment 9 on the third floor of 918 East Knapp Street. Inside, cops spotted a “large amount of blood on the floor and on bedding in a bedroom.” They also saw “duct tape, which was fashioned in a manner that appeared to be a restraint.”

While at the apartment building, police were approached by Rebecca Chandler, 22, who stated, “I think you are here looking for me.” Chandler told cops that she had engaged in sexual relations with the Arizona man “and that the cutting was consensual but that it got quickly out of hand.”

Chandler claimed that her roommate–whom she identified only as “Scarlett”–was “the one who did the majority of the cutting” during the incident. Chandler, police reported, “also made reference to ‘Scarlett’ possibly being involved in satanic or occult activities.”

Chandler was placed in custody at the scene. During a subsequent search of the apartment, investigators seized copies of “The Necromantic Ritual Book” …

via Young Women Nabbed In Bloody Satanic Sex Ritual | The Smoking Gun.

… Medieval practitioners believed they could accomplish three things with necromancy: will manipulation, illusions, and knowledge. Will manipulation affects the mind and will of another person, animal, or spirit. Demons are summoned to cause various afflictions on others “to drive them mad, to inflame them to love or hatred, to gain their favor, or to constrain them to do or not do some deed.”Illusions involve reanimation of the dead, food and entertainment, or conjuring a mode of transportation. Knowledge is discovered through demons. Demons provide information on various things including identifying a criminal, finding items, or revealing future events.

The act of performing medieval necromancy usually involved magic circles, conjurations, and sacrifices such as those shown in the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic. Circles were usually traced on the ground, though cloth and parchment were sometimes implemented. Various objects, shapes, symbols, and letters may be drawn or placed within that represent a mixture of Christian and occult ideas. Circles were believed to empower and protect what was contained within, including protecting the necromancer from the conjured demons. Conjuration is the method of communicating with the demons to enter the physical world. It usually employs the power of special words and stances to call out the demons and often incorporated the use of Christian prayers or biblical verses. These conjurations may be repeated in succession or repeated to different directions until the summoning is complete. Sacrifice was the payment for summoning. Though it may involve the flesh of a human being or animal, it could sometimes be as simple as offering a certain object. Instructions for obtaining these items were usually specific. The time, location, and method of gathering items for sacrifice could also play an important role in the ritual.

The rare confessions of those accused of Necromancy suggest that there was a range of spell casting and the related magical experimentation. It is difficult to determine if these details were due to their practices, as opposed to the whims of their interrogators. John of Salisbury is one of the first examples related by Richard Kieckhefer, but as a Parisian ecclesiastical court record of 1323 shows, a “group who were plotting to invoke the demon Berich from inside a circle made from strips of cat skin,” were obviously participating in the church’s definition of “necromancy”.

Herbert Stanley Redgrove claims that necromancy was one of three chief branches of medieval ceremonial magic, the others being black magic and white magic. This does not correspond to contemporary classifications, which use nigromancy and black arts synonymously.

via Wikipedia

Let’s not be hasty. Now… if they weigh the same as a duck… only then… will you know … that they are … a witch!

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Mystery of moon’s lost magnetism solved?

Posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2011


One of the abiding mysteries of our moon is why it apparently once had a magnetic field. Now two teams of scientists have offered two separate, but potentially complementary, explanations.

When Apollo astronauts brought back samples of moon rocks from their lunar landing missions in the 1960s and ’70s, some of them shocked scientists by being magnetic. That means that individual rocks might have a magnetic north and south pole and a small magnetic field of their own.

This can happen to rocks with the right minerals inside them, if they cool in the presence of a magnetic field. The problem is, scientists had no idea that the moon had ever had a magnetic field, and were at a loss to explain how that might have happened.

A magnetic field is generated by what’s called a dynamo, which is caused by the fluid motion of a conducting material, such as liquid iron. In the case of the Earth’s magnetic field, this motion occurs in the planet’s outer core, and is caused by the convection of heat.

But the moon isn’t large enough for convection to take place. Scientists were at a loss to explain what else might generate the required liquid motion of iron inside the moon, until now.

In one new proposal, Christina Dwyer of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her colleagues suggest that the moon’s solid-rock middle layer, called its mantle, stirs up its liquid iron core. The researchers think this happens because the moon’s core and its mantle rotate around slightly different axes, and the boundary between them is not quite spherical, so their relative motion causes the fluid to mix around.

The strength of this stirring is determined by the angle between the core and the mantle, and the distance between the Earth and the moon, because the tidal gravitational tug from the Earth causes the moon’s mantle to rotate differently than the core.

This model would explain why the moon used to have a magnetic field, but no longer does. That’s because the angle between the mantle and the core has narrowed over time, while the distance between the moon and the Earth has widened, causing the tidal forces to steadily decrease. While these forces used to be enough to generate a dynamo inside the moon, they aren’t anymore.

Based on their calculations, the researchers estimate the lunar magnetic field might have lasted for about a billion years, somewhere between around 2.7 billion and 4.2 billion years ago.

“Based on what we know about stirring, and everything we know about fluid motion, we can find no reason that this would not work,” Dwyer told Space.com. “All the flags are go, and now this needs to be taken to the next level to get tested.” …

In the same issue of Nature, Michael Le Bars of the French National Center for Scientific Research and the Université Aix-Marseille in France, along with his colleagues, propose another explanation for the ancient lunar magnetic field.

Le Bars’ team also suggests that the moon’s mantle might have stirred up the liquid in its core. However, they offer a different impetus for this stirring. Instead of tidal interactions between the Earth and the moon, the researchers posit that impacts by large space rocks slamming into the moon have changed its rotation rate, causing differential motion between the mantle and the core.

While the first scenario would cause steady stirring while the Earth and moon were the right distance apart, the second picture would induce brief periods of especially strong stirring of the core, creating spikes of a magnetic field on the moon.

While either option may be correct, it’s also possible that both mechanisms played a role in causing an ancient magnetic field on the moon. …

via Mystery of moon’s lost magnetism solved? – Technology & science – Space – Space.com – msnbc.com.

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