Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stuff around the blogs

Persian paradox has a post about the traditionalist reformers trying to peacefully change the government via elections without having that country slip into a civil war.

Milgram revisited: If you are handed a screaming baby, what would you do?

Related item:first they came for the babies, now they pressure the cripples who need tube feeding due to a stomach problem, telling them to accept the alternative,'s about cost control, of course...but no one except the BMJ wants to admit it.

Related item: an editorial on the "five minutes of hate" against the autistic
caused by the Sandy Hook shootings.

A small US ship got caught on a reef off of Palawan and was finally removed last week.
But now a Chinese "fishing boat" got caught on the reef, meaning they were poaching...or maybe spying.

Margaret Thatcher helped invent soft serve ice cream.

By the way, "we" won the Iraq war...even the Iraqi Prime minister writing in the WAPost says so.

more HERE.
The Anchoress points out Jesus did define marriage

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Uncle Orson asks the real question on whether or not to ban violent video games:

Do we ban the games that may contribute to violent tendencies in our socially-rejected kids? Or should we start by banning the games played by the socially-powerful kids -- the hazers and the bullies -- whose aggressive and violent attitudes turn those geeky kids into social outcasts, and make their lives a living hell every single day?
related item: How to end bullying? Talk about it...a lot.

Ancient standard has an article on the Cedars of Lebanon 
The size and strength of the cedars were what made these trees valued above any other tree wood in antiquity—it smelled great, grew straight (perfect for building things with!) and its strength was unmat.ched. If you think West coast redwoods are tall and strong, they have nothing on the cedars of Lebanon.
It’s thought by many historians that access to this critical resource is what helped put the Phoenicians “on the map”, so to speak, of ancient history. Demand for this particular cedar wood grew very rapidly once others learned about it, especially from Egypt and Mesopotamia where—let’s face it—there were very few trees at all.
Don't blame me: I was born that way:

Coach potatoes can't help it: i'ts in their DNA

Latest pseudo science: Potato chips are addictive.

Yeah. That's why  we have an epidemic of violent fat ladies robbing stores to get money to feed their habit.

The Franklin expedition to find the North West passage resulted in a disaster...some said it was scurvy, others claimed they died from hypervitaminosis A from eating polar bear liver, and still others blamed it on the high lead content of the newfangled canned goods they carried.

Archeology now reports:
Martin says that the lead levels in the bones were too high to blame on the expedition’s stores. “The lead distribution is essentially uniform as might be expected from lifetime lead ingestion. There is no evidence for a sudden massive increase in lead during the latter part of any individual’s life,” he said.
Related item: a discussion of Franklin, and the similarly disastrous Jeannette expedition.


Does ESPN cover this, or is it on the Sci Fi channel?

The Quidditch World Cup

more HERE.


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