Monday, September 30, 2013

Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed

Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.”
A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years.
“I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

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5 ways to make "beer" money or supplement your retirement income.

"I'm hungry.  I wish they'd hurry up."
1.  Sell TIME, literally. Here's how:  go to a popular casual family dining place on days when it is likely to be crowded and a line of folks are waiting to get a table.  It needs to be a place that gives you an electronic coaster that lights up when your name reaches the top of the list for serving.  Go to the place just as the queue begins to grow.  Place your name as a party of four with the hostess and get a coaster.  After about 10 minutes and the queue is now at least 20 minutes before being called, find a family about halfway down the line - look for an impatient looking patriarch - then offer them your placeholder in exchange for theirs AND a tip or a small fee (say, five dollars or more if its particularly crowded or prom night). They will be glad to pay for the 15 or 20 minutes you save them in wait.  Then you wait ten minutes and repeat with the device you traded for.  Keep repeating until you make enough $ or the line gets too short.  There are several ways to work this job.  It's best if there are 4 or 5 different places to choose from; then you can work them on a rotation so as not to draw too much attention to yourself.   I made $300 over the weekend for about 7 hours of my time.  Oh, eat before you start because while your name is in queue, you don't have to actually eat there.

Cleopatra and sister

Forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Cleopatra’s younger sister, murdered more than 2,000 years ago. The remains of Princess Arsinöe, put to death in 41BC on the orders of Cleopatra and her Roman lover Mark Antony are the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified. The breakthrough, by an Austrian team, has provided pointers to Cleopatra’s true ethnicity.. Evidence obtained by studying the dimensions of Arsinöe’s skull shows she had some of the characteristics of white Europeans, ancient Egyptians and black Africans, indicating that Cleopatra was probably of mixed race, too.

Cleopatra Reconstruction from Coins and Sculpture

Sunday, September 29, 2013

song most often sung

The song "Happy Birthday", the most well known and most frequently sung song in the English language was written in 1893 by two Louisville, Ky., schoolteachers, Mildred and Patty Hill.

       jpr: To any and all, particularly those to whom my wish is late.                                   

Saturday, September 28, 2013

coyote pack

jpr: No dog or pair of dogs will survive a pack attack. Indeed a human will need plenty of fire power!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Climate report by UN international panel says warming 'extremely likely' man-made

Hot Dog, a Panel has spoken.  What's important in this headline is the word "panel" which refers to the BS nature of this "finding".  No Science Here!.  And for the record, while reports like this one predict a linear increase in CO2 absorption in the atmosphere and a correspondingly linear increase in Temperature,  and a similar linear rise in sea levels; they completely overlook the fact that the RATES of increase decline elliptically, rather than stay the same, i.e. as more CO2 enters the atmosphere it reaches a point where additional CO2 has less and less effect so that even if man-made climate change is real (which i don't believe it is), the effect will never become DISASTROUS due to natural limiting factors.  Oh BTW there is no evidence of Global rise in sea levels.

coyotes attacking a dog

jpr:I walk my dog in woods on a leash...yeah I'm armed.  A coyote visited my pup at noon in an open field.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Naked Girls

are not on this site!

Moses, St. Paul, Joan d'arc and the 'sacred disease.'

A stained glass window showing Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

Some 2,500 years ago Hippocrates wrote the first text on epilepsy, the ‘Sacred Disease.’  The ancients called it so believing  that sufferers were blessed with divine messages and visions. Hippocrates description is now known as temporal lobe epilepsy.

Symptoms include specific visual and auditory hallucinations and frequently religious hallucinations, the sense of  ‘something greater in the universe,’ and strong religious feelings.  Researchers find evidence of ‘epilepsy like’ phenomena in descriptions of some charismatic religious figures, including Joan of Arc, St. Paul, and Muhammad.   Ellen White, the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists and a religious visionary, clearly suffered symptoms of epilepsy.  Likewise, historical descriptions of Joseph Smith (Mormon visionary)  suggest he suffered from it as well.  The director of the epilepsy center at New York University suspects when Moses saw the burning bush, it might have been God — but more likely a temporal lobe seizure.

heavenly humor

After many years of marriage, the wife passes on leaving her husband behind.
As the woman stands before the Pearly Gates, St Peter states.
 “To enter you must answer a simple question.”
The woman nods in understanding.
“Spell the word love.” St Peter instructs.
“L-O-V-E” The lady answers.
“Enter” declares St Peter.

A short time passes on earth.
The same woman is standing in for St Peter at the Gate of Heaven.
She notices her husband approaching.
“What are you doing here?” She exclaims.
“I pined away for wanting to be with you.” He declares.
“To enter you must answer a simple question.” She declares.
The man nods in understanding.

“Spell the word Chrysanthemum.” 

Are Humans hard-wired, physiologically to believe in a God? Recent evidence for the SPIRIT molecule!

DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a molecule found abundantly in living things, including plants, animals and humans. No one knows why it exists so commonly nearly everywhere.  Under the right conditions the Spirit Molecule (dmt) reliably induces hallucinations of a spiritual and/or religious nature - visions, mystical states, and direct communication with cosmic beings.  It is believed that the source of the chemical in humans is in the Pineal Gland. Putting this information together might tempt one to believe that if our biochemistry leads us to believe in spiritual and/or religious ideas, then perhaps one might reason that this is evidence that there is a Supreme Deity - else what purpose would the DMT serve?  How can we dispute that?
Well, let's more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Arrives in Alaska

Nature and God—I neither knew
Yet Both so well knew me
They startled, like Executors
Of My identity.

Yet Neither told—that I could learn—
My Secret as secure
As Herschel's private interest
Or Mercury's affair— 
Is there any greater proof of the existence of God?

Simon Michael Schama, CBE

The son of Jewish parents with roots in LithuaniaRomania, and Turkey, Schama was born in London. In the mid-1940's, the family moved to Southend-on-Sea in Essex.

The year 2000 Schama was commissioned by the BBC to produce a series of television documentary programs on British history as part of their Millennium celebrations, under the title A History of Britain. Also he has the Story of the Jews documentary series on BBC television.

jpr: Simon is a proud Britain and a proud Jew. One wonders if this is altogether the easiest of mix. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

extra dimensions

In  everyday life, we experience three spatial dimensions, and a fourth dimension of time. How could there be more? Einstein’s general theory of relativity tells us that space can expand, contract, and bend. Now if one dimension were to contract to a size smaller than an atom, it would be hidden from our view. If we could look on a small enough scale, that hidden dimension might become visible again. 
CERN research center in Geneva, Switzerland 

Well, it turns out that we do not really know yet how many dimensions our world has.One way of revealing extra dimensions would be through the production of “microscopic black holes” in a super accelerator eg CERN.

Monday, September 23, 2013

More Absurd Road signs


Chinese have decorated their nails  since  3000 BC.

jpr: Kinda like a tattoo that goes away naturally!

 I cannot dance upon my Toes
I cannot dance upon my Toes—
No Man instructed me—
But oftentimes, among my mind,
A Glee possesseth me,
.............................................Emily Dickinson

Sunday, September 22, 2013

caves in appalachian mountains

Such caverns are now very much a part of present day geologic exploration
A sample of geolgy

“Seven years in the land (underground) of the Sidhe—the fairies—is one year in ‘human’ land.” Irish saying.

Friday, September 20, 2013


  • Where were you going when I saw you coming back?
  • I ran after you, but when I caught up to you you'd gone.
  • 'How far is it to the next village?' asked the American tourist. 'It's about seven miles,' guessed the farmer. 'But it's only five if you run!'
  • 'I'm the unluckiest person in the whole world,' moaned Betty McGrath. 'I bought a non-stick pan and can't get the label off.'
  • 'I'd like some nails,' Mick requested of the travelling tinker. 'How long would you like them?' asked the man. 'Forever, if that's all right with you,' said Mick.
  • 'The baby is just like his father,' said Mary Quinn. 'But at least he's got his health!'
  • 'I was going to give him a nasty look but he already had one.
  • 'You three are a right pair if ever I saw one!'
  • 'Spread out in a bunch.'
  • ‘Pat and Murphy, saw sign saying "Tree fellers" wanted. Murphy said to Pat, If only Seamus had been with us we'd have got that job.'

bus humor

Nasty Case of Arthritis

A man flops down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie is stained, his face is smeared with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin is sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opens a newspaper and begins reading.
After a few minutes the guy turns to the priest and asks, 'Say, Father, what causes arthritis?' Loose living; cheap, wicked woman; too much alcohol; and contempt for your fellow man, 'answers the priest.' I'll be damned, 'the drunk mutters, returning to his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he said, nudges the man and apologises.' I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to be so harsh. How long have you had arthritis?'
'Oh, I don't have it, Father. But it says here that the Pope does.'

Thursday, September 19, 2013


He speaks English well, though he speaks with a distinct lisp. I assume this applies also to his native Arabic.  He is trained as a Physician.
He grew up somewhat shy and uninterested in politics.
His hot wife, Asma al-Assad.  Degrees
in Computer Science and French.   

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Van Gogh has a rational moment.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.


This morning I had me a peanut butter and banana on toast sandwich.  Yesterday I introduced my son to cinnamon sugar on toast with a thick slab of melting butter.  For lunch I have a ‘grandpa’ looking farm grown tomato that I intend to eat on my back steps with a large shaker of salt, just like eat’en an apple.  Dessert, rolled oats cookies sit’en in the fridge.  And I ‘m working up the courage for ‘tuna noodle wiggle.’  Guess its fall and I’m a tad home sick.

Vatican pondering Celibacy Stance

Monday, September 16, 2013

Richard Dawkins' Press Release - No Miraculous Event Here!

We have completed our studies and conclude that "Miracle Whip" can be easily explained by human-initiated processes involving manipulation of well-established and documented materials and laws of agriculture, horticulture, biochemistry, physics, and engineering.  QED!

let it begin (again)!

Brown Penny
I WHISPERED, 'I am too young,'
And then, 'I am old enough';
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
'Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.'
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Police/Fire Bagpipe Funeral Tradition.

In traditional Celtic cultures, including the Irish and Scottish, bagpipes were an important part of a traditional funeral. After the Great Potato Famine Irish immigrants came to the United States in huge numbers. Due primarily to racism, Irish people were allowed only the most dangerous and difficult jobs, including the jobs of firefighter and police officer. Work-related deaths for firemen and cops were common and the Irish community would hold a traditional Irish funeral, including the mournful bagpipes. Over the years, this tradition spread to firefighters and police officers who were not of Irish descent.  Scottish highland bagpipes are used almost exclusively because they are significantly louder than the traditional Irish pipes. Fire and police departments in most major cities have a special brigade, usually as a division of an Irish fraternal group called The Emerald Society, who learn to play bagpipes and drums for the very purpose of honoring their fallen comrades. In some places, civilians may be members of the pipe and drum band, but generally, the members are active or retired firefighters and police officers.  The demand for pipers during the hundreds of 9-11 funerals was so great that high school and civilian pipe bands, as well as Emerald Societies from as far away as Chicago, had to be drafted into service.

voyager spacecraft

The Voyager 1 was launched from earth 36 years ago. Since 1977, the spacecraft has been on a journey and recently it reached its destination. The probe is about 12 billion miles from the sun.

It has a 8-track data recorder and a 23 watt transmitter
 (the power of a refrigerator light bulb)  and a nuclear battery! Mission controllers receive data from Voyager daily!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

latest pictures by voyager

The Neptune orbits at a distance of 4.5 billion km from the Sun. 

Pluto takes 248 years to complete one full orbit around the Sun. During this journey, the orbit of Pluto ranges in distance from the Sun following an elliptical orbit. At its closest point, it can be 30 astronomical units from the Sun (1 AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun). At its furthest point, Pluto is 39 AU from the Sun.

Voyager is now outside the solar system. Look out for the photos to come!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Slow and Steady, until You're Ready.

Many guys think they can take a weekend to get into shape.

Hatthera Pose for my lower back, almost got it.

the halasana pose
Sharon, my physical therapist, upper photo, encourages me to follow her example for my lower back.  As you can see in my photo, it has been very helpful, hardly feel anything at all.

yoga for bad back lower

Sleep is the best meditation. –Dalai Lama

jpr: I does yoga for my lower back.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The pipes

(13th century Spain)
Bagpipes are a class of musical instrument called aerophones, using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. Though the Scottish Highland Bagpipe and Irish uilleann pipes have the greatest international visibility with paintings and literary references  from the 1300’s, (referenced in Canterbury Tales) bagpipes have been played for centuries throughout large parts of Europe, the Caucasus, around the Persian Gulf and in Northern Africa. The term "bagpipe" is the common term, Scots and the Irish more commonly refer to them as pipes.
The evidence for Roman and pre-Roman era bagpipes is not clear but several clues suggest a much earlier history for the ‘pipes.’  A sculpture of bagpipes has been found on a slab in the Middle East dated to 1000 BC.  Suetonius described the Roman Emperor Nero as a player of the tibia utricularis  (Latin for reed pipes) in the second century BC.   A 1st century Roman historian wrote of a contemporary sovereign who could play a pipe with his mouth as well as with his "armpit".  Evidence of the world wide use of bagpipes, contemporary and historical is found in the fact that Pakistan is the world leader in bagpipe production.  
The contemporary bagpipe can be found in everything from classical to contemporary music.  (  My love of the pipes stems from my belief that it is the sound of the wailing mothers of the lost, even God’s wailing at the loss of the innocent.   I have buried too many colleagues to the sound of the pipes, and as I listened to them today, while the names of the sons of several of my mates were called out at 9-11 remembrances, I am reminded of my mortality and of man’s responsibility to his fellow man.  I drink myself to sleep tonight to the ‘sound of the pipes’ and to the voices of my fallen.

Unemployment - Officially 7.3%; Truthfully 23.5%

Thousands seeking new placement.

As in previous months new jobs in the economy provide lower wages and no benefits.  Factoring in those who have quit looking for work, and those who are underemployed or employed less than full time, the Shadow UI rate continues to exceed 20%. Sidebar: given lower wages and increasing productivity, American workers have become as competitive economically as overseas workers, though business still goes abroad.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scottish bagpipe

Bagpipes could be heard up to 10 miles away in the Scottish  Highlands and they were perfect for sending tonal messages from one end of a battlefield to the other. Because of the importance of the bagpipes to any Highland army, they were aimed upon by the British forces during the Highland uprising in the 1700s. After England defeated Scotland's Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, kilts and bagpipes were outlawed, the pipes being classified as "instruments of war". To play them would warrant an execution.

The Scottish regiments earned strong reputations as some of the bravest and fiercest in battles from Waterloo where Napoleon was defeated to the Boer Wars in South Africa to the defeats of the independent rajahs of India. But where ever they went, the Scottish regiments brought bagpipes with them. By then using modern weapons of the British army, the soldiers continued to be inspired by their highland bagpipe on the battlefield.

 A bit of everything :

 I understand that the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equaled the purity of sound achieved by the pig.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Personal Update

I've been trying to slowly and carefully get back into jogging.  I've been working this for a year.  Every time I start to make progress i encounter a setback or a good movie on TV.  One problem is my back.  Like everyone over 40 the spine degenerates and pain ensues.  I normally have sciatica when I have problems and I can work through that with some yoga.  Lately its been a general lower back pain, not ache, but pain with every step.  I've tried to run through it but to no avail.  SOOOO I decided to get into a serious regular yoga routine and strengthen and flex all my strength and flexopods.  Once done I will begin jogging anew.  I've got my routines all mapped out, using info from experienced yogurts.

I'm not sure how well it's working.  I've done two days of yoga, a routine specific to lower back, a beginners regime.  Something's not right.  All my muscles hurt now.  My back's ok but my shoulders, triceps, biceps, thighs, buttocks, neck -  all hurt like I got the flu.  What'd I do wrong?  

Vlad Putin counsels Mr Peabody - "Try This"

and if that don't work, try shooting a bear and get a picture taken. BTW, is your wife at home?

Wimpiest-looking Evil Dictator Ever - Mr Peabody?

wait, that's not peabody! don't try that wispy mustache again either.
Hot wifey though!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Danny Bhoy

“If you’re good at what you do, you shouldn’t have a gimmicky stage name.” Danny Bhoy