May 2013 Archives

1998 QE2 to Destroy Planet May31

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 will sail serenely past Earth [ they lie! ], getting no closer than about 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers), or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. And while QE2 is not of much interest to those astronomers and scientists on the lookout for hazardous asteroids, it is of interest to those who dabble in radar astronomy and have a 230-foot (70-meter) -- or larger -- radar telescope at their disposal.

"Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be an outstanding radar imaging target at Goldstone and Arecibo and we expect to obtain a series of high-resolution images that could reveal a wealth of surface features," said radar astronomer Lance Benner, the principal investigator for the Goldstone radar observations from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Whenever an asteroid approaches this closely, it provides an important scientific opportunity to study it in detail to understand its size, shape, rotation, surface features, and what they can tell us about its origin. We will also use new radar measurements of the asteroid's distance and velocity to improve our calculation of its orbit and compute its motion farther into the future than we could otherwise."

The closest approach of the asteroid occurs on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern / 20:59 UTC). This is the closest approach the asteroid will make to Earth for at least the next two centuries. Asteroid 1998 QE2 was discovered on Aug. 19, 1998, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program near Socorro, New Mexico.

The asteroid, which is believed to be about 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) or nine Queen Elizabeth 2 ship-lengths in size, is not named after that 12-decked, transatlantic-crossing flagship for the Cunard Line. Instead, the name is assigned by the NASA-supported Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., which gives each newly discovered asteroid a provisional designation starting with the year of first detection, along with an alphanumeric code indicating the half-month it was discovered, and the sequence within that half-month.

Radar images from the Goldstone antenna could resolve features on the asteroid as small as 12 feet (3.75 meters) across, even from 4 million miles away.

"It is tremendously exciting to see detailed images of this asteroid for the first time," said Benner. "With radar we can transform an object from a point of light into a small world with its own unique set of characteristics. In a real sense, radar imaging of near-Earth asteroids is a fundamental form of exploring a whole class of solar system objects."

Asteroids, which are always exposed to the Sun, can be shaped like almost anything under it. Those previously imaged by radar and spacecraft have looked like dog bones, bowling pins, spheroids, diamonds, muffins, and potatoes. To find out what 1998 QE2 looks like, stay tuned. Between May 30 and June 9, radar astronomers using NASA's 230-foot-wide (70 meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, are planning an extensive campaign of observations. The two telescopes have complementary imaging capabilities that will enable astronomers to learn as much as possible about the asteroid during its brief visit near Earth.

The Arrogance of Zero Sum People

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I dare you to watch this PBS video and not want to see some rich people executed.

Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

Watch Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream on PBS. See more from Why Poverty?.

From the Vine

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Scubasteve58001

More successful than communism.

Tell that to the poor.

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dpaul

Capitalism is not forced but an expression of human economic behavior, other economic schemes such as Socialism, Communism, etc. require a forced behavior through government laws and actions and are thus constantly at odds with the populations that they seek to control.

culheath

You're kidding, right? Who do you think writes the legislation that is supposed to monitor and modulate the excesses of capitalism... the socialists? If capitalism is a natural expression of humans, where was it it for most of human history?

Capitalism evolved in the 1700's out of mercantilism and the industrial revolution and was shaped by the hierarchical class system of British society. It was basically a "get rich quick" scheme foisted by an investor class who profited from the productivity and inventions of others while not being productive or inventive themselves. There is nothing inherently wrong with the scheme as long as it does not become the dominate means of wealth production like it is today.

What is referred to as the "main street" economy (the producers, which produce actual wealth) has become subservient to the "Wall St" economy (the investors, which produce abstract or ledger wealth).

Wealth today is not being generated so much by coordination of human energy and resources which produces jobs and factories, as it is by the buying and selling of abstract money products and the manufactured scarcity and hoarding of capital has produced an enormous wealth gap between the producers and the investors.

This has occurred because capitalists have managed to rid themselves of the governance of necessary restrictions of redistribution and free market competition via writing the legislation which the politicians, "bought" through essential campaign contributions, rubber stamp into law.

It's a closed system of influence where politics and economy are fused and capitalism is propagandized as equivalent to freedom and democracy and the natural order of things...when in reality it is none of those things.

#9.5 - Sat May 25, 2013 10:57 AM EDT

Terrorism Schmerorrism

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Remember Those Mid-80's Crack Babies?

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As typical of all ideas flowing from the so-called war on drugs, "crack babies" were a complete myth and hysterical reaction by the right wing control freak culture and media which ended up causing far more social damage than use of the drug itself.

The World as You Makey Makey It

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Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.

Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum's MaKey MaKey kit lets you turn everyday objects into computer interfaces -- inspiring both fun and practical new inventions

Scary Monster

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Kanye Heads Out

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Finally somebody calls it...I gotta wonder if people will hear it.

[Verse 1]
My mama was raised in an era when/Clean water was only served to the fairer skin
Doing clothes you would have thought I had help/But they wouldn't be satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself
You see its broke nigga racism/That's that "don't touch anything in the store"
And there's rich nigga racism/That's that "come in and buy more"
What you want a Bentley, fur coat and diamond chain?/All you blacks want all the same things
Used to only be niggas /Now everybody play me
Spending everything on that Alexander Wang/New Slaves

[Hook]
You see it's leaders and it's followers/But I'd rather be a dick than a swallower
You see it's leaders and it's followers/But I'd rather be a dick than a swallower

[Verse 2]
I throw these Maybach keys/I wear my heart on my sleeve
I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves/I see the blood on the leaves
I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves
They throwing hate at me/Want me to stay at ease

Fuck you and your corporation/Y'all niggas can't control me
I know that we the new slaves/I know that we the new slaves
I'm about to wild the fuck out/I'm going Bobby Boucher
I know that pussy ain't free/You niggas pussy, ain't me
Y'all throwing contracts at me/You know that niggas can't read
Throw him some Maybach keys/Fuck it, c'est la vie
I know that we the new slaves/Y'all niggas can't fuck with me
Y'all niggas can't fuck with Ye/Y'all niggas can't fuck with Ye

I move my family out the country /So you can't see where I stay
So go and grab the reporters/So I can smash their recorders
Yeah they confuse us with bullshit/Like the New World Order
Meanwhile the DEA/Teamed up with the CCA
They tryna lock niggas up/They tryna make new slaves
See that's that private-owned prison/Get your piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons/Braggin' 'bout they maid
Fuck you and your Hampton house/I'll fuck your Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse/And in her Hampton mouth
Y'all 'bout to turn shit up/I'm 'bout to tear shit down
I'm 'bout to air shit out/Now what the fuck they gon' say now?

Conservatives are mostly dumb?

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Well...yeah. And now there's proof from the scientific community.

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice


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There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario.

Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.

Controversy ahead

The findings combine three hot-button topics.

"They've pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics," said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. "When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it's bound to upset somebody."

Polling data and social and political science research do show that prejudice is more common in those who hold right-wing ideals that those of other political persuasions, Nosek told LiveScience. [7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You]

"The unique contribution here is trying to make some progress on the most challenging aspect of this," Nosek said, referring to the new study. "It's not that a relationship like that exists, but why it exists."

Meanderings of Memory Search

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The OED makers a public appeal for help.

Undermining Democracy

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The major problem we have with the radical elements of the NRA and the libertarians is that they feel they have the authority to declare when and where the government elected by the majority can be considered a tyranny and is then to be properly resisted at any expense, including armed insurrection.

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Is the N.R.A. Un-American?

By Stanley Fish

The more militant members of the N.R.A. and most of its leaders may be un-American.

By "militant" I don't mean those who wish to protect recreational shooting and hunting; nor do I mean those who, like Justice Antonin Scalia, believe that there is a constitutional right to defend one's home and family with firearms. These are respectable positions (although I am deeply unpersuaded by the second). I mean those who read the Second Amendment as proclaiming the right of citizens to resist the tyranny of their own government, that is, of the government that issued and ratified the Constitution in the first place.

The reason this view may be un-American is that it sets itself against one of the cornerstones of democracy -- the orderly transfer of power. A transfer of power is orderly when it is effected by procedural rules that are indifferent to the partisan, ideological affiliations of either the party exiting power or the party taking power. A transfer is disorderly when it is effected by rebellion, invasion, military coup or any other use of force.

Those who are engaged in a disorderly transfer believe that their actions are inspired by the highest of motives -- the desire to set right what has gone terribly wrong. Somehow the forces of evil have gained the levers of power, and unless they are dislodged, the values necessary to the sustaining of everything we cherish will be overwhelmed. Violence is ugly, but if tyranny is to be defeated, it may be necessary. Given tyranny's resilience and its tendency to fill any available political space, we must always be ready; the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

This is a familiar story; indeed it is the story -- or at least one story -- of the American Revolution, and that is why it is the story Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the N.R.A., told to a Senate committee in January: "Senator, I think without any doubt, if you look at why our Founding Fathers put [the Second Amendment] there, they had lived under the tyranny of King George and they wanted to make sure that these free people in this new country would never be subjugated again and have to live under tyranny."

In 1990, Fred Romero, an N.R.A. field representative, put the case as clearly as possible: "The Second Amendment is not there to protect the interests of hunters, sport shooters and casual plinkers." Rather, the "Second Amendment is ... literally a loaded gun in the hands of the people held to the heads of government." In response to statements like this (and there are many of them), President Obama recently said in a speech in Denver: "The government's us. These officials are elected by you." Or, in other words, how can the people's enemy be the representatives elected by the people?

The N.R.A. militants have an answer.

Mother's Day 1.7 X Solar Flare

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Next time you want to head out the beach to catch some rays you might want to picture this is what you are laying under.

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All In Takes on the IRS Scandal

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More to it than many think.

Space Oddity Circle

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Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has been sharing his experiences of living in space with us over the past five months.

However, as his mission draws to a close, Hadfield has put together a fitting farewell to mark the end of his time in space through a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity". In the video the Canadian Astronaut, armed with an acoustic guitar, sings Bowie's classic as he floats through the ship.

The cover has proved so successful that Bowie has even tweeted about Hadfield's version: CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! "Hallo Spaceboy..."

He did a great job putting the vid together.

Malcom Shabazz: Closer to the Truth

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Sad.

The Tragically Brief Life and Cruel Death of Malcolm Shabazz

by Dave Zirin


malcolm-shabazz.jpgMalcolm Shabazz had everything going for him. He was 28 years old, handsome as hell and a remarkably charismatic public speaker. He was an activist, an organizer and a proud father. He also had the blessing of being the grandson of Malcolm X.

Malcolm Shabazz had everything going against him. He was a young black man with a criminal record in the age of the New Jim Crow. He proudly allied himself with countries resisting US occupation and influence. He spoke to audiences across the earth, earning the unwanted attention of the Department of Homeland Security. He was treated with persecution, scorn and incarceration instead of the utmost sympathy for his role in a fire that took his grandmother Dr. Betty Shabazz, when he was only 13. He also had the burden of being the grandson of Malcolm X.

Now Malcolm Shabazz is dead. He was in Mexico City to meet in solidarity with a labor organizer deported from the United States and ended up beaten to death outside of a bar. Details of how and why he was killed are extremely sketchy, and I am not writing this to add to that noise, except to say that I'll trust a police report about the death of Malcolm X's grandson around the time I grow a tail.

shabazz03.jpgI'm more writing out of anger: anger that this young man, whom I was able to get to know after meeting at a panel on fatherhood, is having his character assassinated in death. For reasons it should have to answer for, USA Today chose to display a picture of him in handcuffs alongside a brief notice about his killing. The Huffington Post--and no, I won't link to this garbage--provided no sense of who he was except to write that he "pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in 2002 and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Just months after his release in 2006, he was arrested again, this time for punching a hole in a store window."

With very few exceptions, not a single piece has what you would expect in a typical obituary: remembrances of loved ones and colleagues to give a three-dimensional portrait of someone's life. The grandson of Malcolm X can only be seen in one dimension. That dimension, as the Associated Press wrote, was just that he "led a troubled life."

There is no question Malcolm Shabazz had troubles. As he himself said, "Considering what I've been through, it's a miracle that I've been able to hold it together. I'm just trying to find my way,... Some of the things I've been through, the average person would have cracked."

But "troubled" is not the sum total of who this young man was. Here's a different take on Malcolm Shabazz by someone who actually knew him. Former NBA player Etan Thomas organized the fatherhood panel I mentioned earlier and worked with Malcolm on numerous events. I asked Etan for his thoughts.

He said, "There is a lot of mischaracterization going on from people who know nothing. They never met Malcolm. They stayed far away from him but now they want to inaccurately characterize him. I knew Malcolm. Talked with him, worked with him, he was my friend. Malcolm had a heart of gold. He wanted to help people and change the world. He had been through so much in his young life. He went with me to Riker's Island to talk to young incarcerated men under 18 and they were focused on his every word. He shared with them the mistakes he made in the past, the absence of a father's presence, gave them words of encouragement and upliftment. And they were hanging on his every word because they saw the sincerity in him. He genuinely cared. It was an honor to work with him, and to have had him as a friend. He will be missed."

Malcolm-Shabazz02.jpgWhen I met Malcolm Shabazz, I had to ask him the question I'm sure he'd been asked a thousand times. I asked, "Is it more burden or blessing to be Malcolm X's grandson?" He smiled and said, "I wouldn't say it's been easy. Yes, being his grandson is a blessing. But you know what? Being a father is a blessing. Being in the struggle is a blessing. And just being alive is a blessing."

We should mourn for the family of Malcolm Shabazz. We should also mourn for ourselves. In a selfish world where the offspring of the famous are more likely to use their cultural capital to become media parasites, we lost someone truly special. He wanted to wield Malcolm's memory to fight for a better world. Now we should do the same with the memory of both of these Malcolms. They were both brilliant. They were both maligned. They were both taken far too young with far too much unfinished work in front of them. Malcolm Shabazz: Presente!

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model that clearly doesn't work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

Geoffrey Canada has spent decades as head of the Harlem Children's Zone, which supports kids from birth through college in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Chineasy

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For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts.


Cicada Feast

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"The Shrimp of The Land"

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By Vince Lattanzio

After nearly two decades living under the earth, cicadas are about to shake off the dirt and invade our great outdoors. And they'll be ripe for your feasting says Isa Betancourt, an entomologist from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

"It's a delicacy that's rare," says Betancourt, who's known to dine on a few bugs from time to time. She calls cicadas "the shrimp of the land."

"They are arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton," she said. "We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea and those are the shrimp, lobsters and crabs. And so cicadas are arthropods too."

The Magicicada, as this type of cicada is named, spend 17 years underground snacking on the roots of plants, trees and vegetables. Now they're coming above ground to shed their skin and mate.

Like other edible insects, cicadas are nutritious, according to Betancourt. She says their bodies are high in protein, low in fat and feature a lot of muscle.

Betancourt suggests trying to grab the magicadas when they're fresh from the ground and undergoing their molting stage, which consists of shedding their skin as they prepare to fly away to find a mate.

"That's when they're softest," she said. "When they first emerge, they'll be kind of a green color and after a few hours they'll harden."

The scientist says you'll most likely find the soft cicadas in the morning hours. She says you can still eat them once they harden, but you should expect a little extra crunch. You'll also want to pull off the wings, because, like corn kernels, they can get stuck in your teeth.

There are a couple dozen recipes for how to specifically prepare cicadas. Betancourt is planning on taking an old shrimp skewer dish, her grandmother has made for ages, and substitute in the insect. She also suggests boiling your insects first to quickly kill and clean them.

Cicada-Licious, a cicada cookbook (yes, this exists), has a number of other interesting ideas. The book was penned by University of Maryland entomology professor Mike Raupp and a group of students named the Cicadamaniacs. They put the book together when a brood, or group, of magicadas made their appearance around Maryland in 2004.

On the death of Malcom Shabazz

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On the death of Malcom Shabazz

Post of the day


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There are very few thoughtful posts in this thread. I am about halfway through reading Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. His parents were militant Garvey-ites--many blacks raised themselves up to the middle class by following Marcus Garvey--and Malcolm's parents were repeatedly persecuted throughout his childhood. The family was forced to move many times. His dear father was murdered when Malcolm was very young. His mother was placed in an asylum, and it was 25 years before he was able to have her released.

His autobiography told of many more crimes than he ever committed, because he was trying to show he'd been a really bad guy before Elijah Muhammed picked him up and helped him 'become a man'. At 16, he went to live with his sister Ella, who was a habitual petty thief. In fact, his own actual police record was scant before he and his white girlfriend, with his buddy Shorty and another white girl, started burglarizing fancy homes in NYC. They were quickly caught because they never even tried fencing their stolen booty--Malcolm just wasn't a good criminal at all. But his girlfriend betrayed him at trial, and he was sentenced to a far longer prison term than was customary for his crimes, because public outcry about his relationship with a white woman tilted heavily against him.

Although Malcolm X was duped by Elijah Muhammed and his Fard-created pseudo-Islamic doctrine, when Malcolm learned that Muhammed had fathered at least 8 children out of wedlock with various secretaries, he began to study real Islam. He spoke out against Muhammed's crass infidelities, knowing the Nation of Islam would eventually murder him. By 1963-'64. Malcolm had become a true Muslim and had made a hajj to Mecca, where he discovered that true Islam embraced all races as one people. He changed from being a segregationist to joining the Civil Rights Movement. He had worked as a minister without pay for 17 years--along with his public speaking engagements, he visited the sick, arranged funerals, and helped the poor among his congregation at Mosque #7 in Harlem, performing all the regular duties of any pastor, of any faith.

Without the dichotomy between MLK's peaceful protests and the threat behind Malcolm X's fiery rhetoric, the Civil Rights movement would never have achieved as much as it did.

Then you have this boy, given Malcolm's same name but without the solid family, early childhood Malcolm had. His grandmother doubtless rubbed his nose in the fact he couldn't carry off Malcolm's legacy and shouldn't even bear his name. A child of 12, he set fire to their apartment--a thing any pubescent boy might be capable of, in a moment of uncontrollable rage. Afterward, barely a teen, he had to live with having killed her, which surely hadn't been his intent.

Criminals aren't born--they are made.

Whatever your political bent, and whether you are black, white, gray, or green, anybody with a shred of humanity must see that this Malcolm Shabazz never had a chance to develop as a normal person. From the very moment he was given his grandfather's entire name, he was cursed with a burden and a public legacy he couldn't possibly recreate, follow, or change. Faced with that, any one of you might have turned out to end exactly as he has. Yet not a moment of compassion, not any comprehension of his suffering, nor one iota of human mercy, is on display in this thread.

You whites who believe the playing field is equal just because you never owned any slaves are pitifully unaware of what black people in this country endure every day.

Recently my husband, who is black, drove our basketball star daughter to a championship conference. Unsure of where the gym was or where to park, with the clock ticking to start time, our girl jumped out and ran to be sure she got there on time. After he parked, he walked over to another car with a young Asian woman inside. She immediately rolled up all her car windows. He tried to ask her where the gym was. She refused to answer or even look at him. Now, my husband is almost 70. He dresses impeccably. He was wearing a very expensive camera around his neck, and a gold watch. Surely everybody on campus knew about the Championship Basketball Conference, because there were signs and pennants everywhere. This sort of thing happens to blacks, even to elderly, upper middle class folks like my husband, EVERY DAY.

Our basketball star is lighter and more exotic-looking than her sister; if people DO think she's mixed, they're okay with her because she plays basketball--that's an acceptable thing for her, as a partially black girl in white America.

Her sister, however, is academically gifted and wants to be a doctor. She's been fraudulently graded, verbally tortured BY HER TEACHERS, and even as she's about to graduate from a rigorous college back east with two degrees in four years, some professors are still insisting she can't be a doctor. She's been abused every day from when she was 16 months of age.

I'm just glad I'm not black. I am not strong enough to handle what half my family must put up with, day in and day out--or that the entire difference between what one child experiences and what the other does--is solely because one is darker and perceived to be academically brilliant. The basketball player holds a 3.5 GPA in junior college, but all anybody sees is she plays the game, and she's lighter, so she is barely scathed, while the other battles daily to stay focused and not lose the self-esteem white people keep trying to strip from her.

No white person in this thread has ever experienced this reality. I did not know of it, although I'd researched American racism in books--until I saw how it affects my own family. I see the huge difference in experience between one child and the other. I tell you, it is HEARTBREAKING.

Not a single post here reflects serious thought or sufficient consideration of black reality in the USA--which has become infinitely worse with both elections of a half-black President.

I'm beginning to think Malcolm X may have had it right, about the need for militancy. It certainly appears that we may have to revisit Civil Rights all over again, as it appears it didn't stick, the first time. I'm beginning to think we're headed to another Civil War, and for the same reasons: rightwing states seek to balkanize our laws, so your rights are determined by your zip code instead of your federal citizenship. And blacks are worse off than they were in the 1970s-'80s, despite the apparent gain represented in the White House.

Is that really what you want, a Civil War redux? Far greater circumspection is needed than appears here--all you achieve in this thread is exposure of your vulgar, arrogant, uneducated fear.


#2.48 - Sat May 11, 2013 4:16 AM EDT

Hispanics as a Race are Low IQ?

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The Heritage Foundation uses racist doctrine for it's stance on immigration policy? Who knew? This filth needs to be exposed and burned out with a blow torch.

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WUT Rap, Snap

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I've been out and about looking for something new beyond the cultural/political insanity of the right wing and recent disaster news of late and found this...I'm a year late but it news to me.

Le1f gets my artist of the year award.

...Carbon copys look so plastic
talking bout let's keep it real
I need a sharp fade baby line me up.
Time to step your cookies up
You ain't giving it enough.
I need my Oreo's double stuffed...

WUT walls? WUT limits?

It's like a totally artisitic gay Dave Chappell doing hip hop/rap on some weird new super-focused hallucinogen...I love it. MORE

Yoyoyoyoyo
Yo ayo. wuut

Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?

[Verse 1]

Came through in the clutch, stomping like i'm up in Loubitons
Boys they wanna paint me like I'm canvas to do sumi on
I hate bottled water but whatever I'm pouring Evian
I'm the kind of john closet dudes wanna go steady on
Toss my gems up, raise the bar. Yung Phenomenon
I make a neo-nazi kamikaze wanna firebomb
I'm da bomb diggity. Got ya moms feelin me
Tell ya man chill on me. Hang loose like literally

[Hook]

Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
I'm getting light in my loafers
And I stay getting life til life's over
I'm butter like cocoa
L O L O L O L I'm loco

[Verse 2]

I feel like I might be such sick rapper
People used to say I was articulate and dapper, so I
Started hugging trees and acting like a bastard
Just to show them who's the new master
Dumb ones thinking I'm from the bush
I hit em with a hee and I make em all shush
I'm black and I'm proud and my swag pack loud like
Vanilla swisher with bubblegum kush
Fantastic since Scholastic amongst dudes stiff like Mattel
Carbon copys look so plastic talking bout let's keep it real
I need a sharp fade baby line me up. Time to step your cookies up
You ain't giving it enough. I need my Oreo's double stuffed
Ukrainian cutie -he really wanna cuddle
The fever in his eyes. He wanna suckle on my muscle
He wanna burst my bubble and see what's up in my jungle
A Christopher Colombo fumble's how that cookie crumbled
This yuppie's talking blah blah. He wants to Bink my Jar Jar
He's twinked out. I'm like nuh uh. I'm laughing at em like haha
I'm an emperor. Wanna see me in my new clothes?
Mother of the house. Care to see me in a new pose?

[Hook]

Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
I'm getting light in my loafers
And I stay getting life til life's over
I'm butter like cocoa
L O L O L O L I'm loco

[Verse 3]

Rolling up a personal and chomping on a mango
Whiskey in my cup, posing like i'm in a manga
I'm a black Ken doll, a number 2 pencil
Freshmaker like Mentos. Let me be your mentor
Aries, Leo rising. Nasty with the timing
I see a goonie vibing. I be like "hi man"
Native to the island. Fantasies realizing
I see a hater hating and I be like "goodbye fam"

[Hook]

Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
Wut it is? Wut is up? Wut is wut?
Wut it do? Wut it don't?
I'm getting light in my loafers
And I stay getting life til life's over
I'm butter like cocoa
L O L O L O L I'm loco

Explain This

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hat tip to Sis Mo

Bug Bots

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Finally I can get that web cam shot of my hot neighbor I've been after.

Robo-bugs are here! World's smallest bot takes flight

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Insect-sized robots have long held promise in the minds of sci-fi nerds. They could poke through treacherous rubble in search-and-rescue missions, discreetly snoop on the guilty and innocent alike, and sometimes, just maybe, form into giant swarms that block out the sun and do the bidding of larger, less agile, robotic overlords.

Hopefully that last bit won't come true, at least not before they invent robo-bug repellent. But on Thursday, the door to the future was kicked open when engineers at Harvard revealed a penny-sized robot that can hover like a housefly, beating its wings 120 times per second.

"As far as we can tell, this is the world's smallest flying robot," Kevin Ma, a graduate student at Harvard's Wyss Institute and a member of the robot team, told NBC News.

"It's hard to argue that anything is more agile than a housefly -- I think anyone who's tried to swat [one] would agree," said Rob Wood of the Wyss Institute at Harvard, and the lead researcher on the project. "This is the first controlled flight of an insect-scaled robot."

Two mechanical muscles on the robots control the flapping and twisting motion of the wings. Previous versions of this robot would crash soon after they took off, but the most recent model has motion capture sensors and guiding algorithms that corrects its movements as it takes off.

Revealed in Thursday's issue of Science, this marks an early step towards teeny flying autonomous robots. In its current form, it's mostly suited to help physicists and biologists study the dynamics of motion in a controlled environment. Woods estimates we're still about 30 years away from being able to pack in the power and sensors required for a truly environment-aware robo-bug.

"This proof of concept design ... give[s] us hope that we can develop insect-scale flying robots some day," Vijay Kumar, professor at University of Pennsylvania who has worked with swarms of tiny quadracopters, wrote to NBC News in an email.

While bug-sized robots working individually or in giant swarms could be helpful -- to serve as surrogate bees in pollination efforts, or sniff out dangerous chemicals in the atmosphere -- they'd also make stealthy snoopers. This makes them a favorite target of privacy activists who frequently bring up stealthy miniature bots in discussions about technology and privacy.

For example, in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on drone technology in March, the idea of mosquito-sized future drone captivated Senate members. "Presumably at some point you could have one the size of a mosquito that has a battery that operates for weeks and you could have the mosquito following you around and not be aware of it," Al Franken, D-Minn, said. "God help us if an adolescent boy gets hold of one of these."

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A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie


Scientists at IBM have just unveiled the world's smallest stop-motion film -- certified by Guinness -- one made by moving individual atoms. What you're seeing is 100 million times bigger than the original elements.

For Star Trek fans, the team also unveiled several franchise-inspired images made with atoms, including the USS Enterprise, the famous logo and the "live long and prosper" sign.

Why? To prove that they can and in the process show off the fun side of science, according to Andreas Heinrich, a principal investigator at IBM Research in California who led the effort.

The dots were rearranged for each frame with a scanning tunneling microscope, a tool that operates at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 268 degrees Celsius) and magnifies the surface more than 100 million times. The tool was invented and built at IBM more than 30 years ago.

It took months of planning and a team of four IBM scientists to run the tool during 18 hour days for about 10 days straight to produce the images, which were then cleaned up and stitched together to make the film.

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