Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I am often wrong but seldom in doubt

Hollywood trash talk:  does anyone get a sense of something awry with George Clooney's wedding?  He's an actor but doesn't give off "love" vibes like you'd think.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

them old boys ain't poor



There be millionaires...yeah multi millionaires being made damn nearly daily in the back woods from gas/oil on their small farms. In West Virginia too!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

West Virginia, A Snap-shoot?

WVa:
  • the second highest rate of smoking at 28.2%
  • the 3rd highest obesity rates in the US, recently increased from 32.4% to 33.8 percent% of adults,
  • the second highest rate of physical inactivity at 31.0 percent of the adult population,
  • half the state is not immunized.
  • a recent low birth-weight increase of 14% from 8.3 to 9.6% of births.
  • the 28th best high school graduation rate, 74% of 9th graders graduate
  • 29% of its children living in poverty, half the children of single parents living in poverty
  • 54% of its population with high school diplomas or less from an educational system ranked 50th in the country, with a quality rating of D-
  • a life expectancy of 75.16, lowest of any state.
  • Walmart as the largest private employer in the state
  • rank last or next to last in economic surveys, including business climate and potential, work place education, high tech jobs, numbers of engineers
  • ranked last on national well being survey,  and  emotional health index.


but take heart, the WVa has one of the lowest national binge drinking rates ------  cause we be drinking all the time.

Bill Murray tweet

You haven’t truly won an argument until the other person says “whatever.”

Saturday, September 27, 2014

how to be a western star

john wayne in "Horse Soldiers"
not so easy it seems

Friday, September 26, 2014

femto-photography

nano laser pulse

scientists are now able to take high-speed video at a trillion frames per second. 

http://www.ted.com/talks/ramesh_raskar_a_camera_that_takes_one_trillion_frames_per_second?language=en


Shazzam Bat Boy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

when I fish..this be my choice


jpr: I likes to wade up stream with small light rod. Jar full of insects ifn you can handle em or some artificial stuff. Them pools can be good fishing ifn you gets up clear from homesteads. See a lot of nature as well including snakes in the trees overhead. Lots of fun when i could get the boys along. My bad knee don't let me climb than steep banks now days.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Another Irish Clergy Abuse.

Magdalene Laundry, Ireland. Courtesy of Frances Finnegan, author of Do Penance or Perish: A study of Magdalen Asylums in Ireland
My grandfather, the most important man in my childhood, was a devout Catholic, but cautioned me at 5 about the clergy.  They were not to be trusted, respected yes, but not trusted.  And here's another reason.  For years  Irish nuns ran commercial laundries staffed by children entrusted to their 'care.' Clients included hotels, the airports, and commercial establishments. Records show children were held in slave labor conditions for an average of 8 years, many longer.  The Irish government is about to pay millions in compensation. Grandad was right, and its tuff to be a Catholic in light of the every increasing revelations of clergy abuse. 

living in a car



JPR: In the 1980s job boom in Houston Tx. There was a housing shortage. Some workers lived in their car under bridges. Summer temps run 105/99 F. There is no cool running water in such heat as water lines run just under the surface  Flash forward to the Marcelus Shale job explosion in Appalachia. .Low home prices have doubled over the past several years. There is a housing shortage now with multibillon dollar chemical plants soon to be built there.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Primitive India

Longwa, Myanmar, Konyak Naga tribe

One of India’s last primitive tribes,  the Konyaks were fierce headhunters until the practice was supposedly banned in the 1940’s. Killing and severing an enemy’s head was considered a rite of passage for young boys, and success was rewarded with a prestigious facial tattoo. With the last headhunting case in Nagaland reported in 1969, older tribesmen like Pangshong belong to the last generation with these striking facial tattoos. 9

Do not follow this link!!!

NSFW or for little children or those allergic to scatological remarks or to those sensitive to vitriol or to those opposed to cursing, cussing, swearing, or four letter words, or to those in favor of censorship, good taste, and discrete dialogue. Posted nonetheless b/c I think it funny as can be but pardon me if offended and pardon you if you censor me.
Newscaster quits on air with drama.

a little rain



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NitBpJaom5k

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.  
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




Sunday, September 21, 2014

World Climate Summit, September 23.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore will be there for sure.  However, many world leaders have chosen not to attend the event - including China, Australia, Canada, Germany, India and many more.  Hmmm.

Carla Laemmle


Carla Laemmle, a dancer and actress whose screen career began in the silent era and ended with new found celebrity in the Internet age, died on June 12 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 104. 
She made her first screen appearance in “The Phantom of the Opera,” the 1925 Lon Chaney silent. After the coming of sound, she uttered the opening line of the 1931 “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi. After a six-decade career hiatus, rose from the dead at the dawn of the 21st century, with credits including the web series “Broken Dreams Blvd.”

jpr: I'll be!




Saturday, September 20, 2014

joke from 1600 BC

royal egyptains

A 1600 BC gag about a pharaoh, said to be King Snofru,  -- "How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Who Knew?



A team of researchers at Ohio State and France who found that people think they are more attractive when drinking alcohol, have scooped an Ig Nobel prize for their work at ceremonies held at Harvard.  The Ig Nobel awards are a humorous spoof-like version of their more sober cousins, the Nobel prizes.  The same effect was also found for those who only thought they had been drinking alcohol when in fact it was a non-alcoholic placebo drink. Been there, done that.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sister Cristina Scuccia



Sister Cristina Scuccia (also known as suor Cristina, Italian for "Sister Christina") is an Italian Ursuline nun who won the 2014 season of The Voice of Italy.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6113762/singing-nun-cristina-scuccia-wins-italy-voice-video-2014


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

microsculptures

on the head of a pin










It began when I was five years old,” says Willard. “I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”
Willard Wign’s micro-sculptures are now so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head. The personal sacrifices involved in creating such wondrous, yet scarcely believable pieces are inconceivable to most. Willard enters a meditative state in which his heartbeat is slowed, allowing him to reduce hand tremors and sculpt between pulse beats. Even the reverberation caused by outside traffic can affect Willard’s work. Consequently, he often works through the night when there is minimal disruption.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

country roads


Country roads won't be taking folks home in WVa much longer.Planned extensions for I-68 will put many on 4 lane express ways thanks to the $$ from gas and oil revenues.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Northern Lights

Dunluce Castle northern lightsRecent sunspot activity has increased the vibrancy of the Northern Lights, here seen on the coast of Northern Ireland this week.

irish funeral song




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA-jgxUNDSc

jpr; Its so grand!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

conspiracy theory nuts

The Federal Reserve is a very powerful institution affecting the economy of the country (and unofficially affecting governmental policy, laws, alliances, and activities), including the setting of interest rates, the lending of money to the US Gov't, and the issuing of money.  The Federal Reserve is a Privately owned institution and not operated nor controlled by the US Gov't.  The US Government operates with funds borrowed from the Federal Reserve, at interest.  It is controlled by very wealthy and powerful bankers.  In June 1963 JFK issued an executive order (11110) that ended the Federal Reserve's relationship with the US Gov't.  The US Treasury would take over these functions.*  Before the Executive Order took effect Kennedy was assassinated.  The Executive Order was never implemented.

*several presidents before Kennedy recommended divorcing the Federal Reserve.

a skeleton walks

a skeleton walks into a bar and says "I'll have a beer, and a mop"

Friday, September 12, 2014

irish laughter




DUBLIN DRIVERS

Paddy was driving down the motorway between Naas and Dublin, 
Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, 
"Paddy , I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on M1. P
"Hell," said Paddy , "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!" 






Irish Confessional

An Irishman goes into the confessional box after
years of being away from the Church. 
There's a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap.
On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest 
cigars and chocolates. 
Then the priest comes in. "Father, forgive me, for
it's been a very long time since I've been to confession,
but I must first admit that the confessional box is much 
more inviting than it used to be."
The priest replies: "Get out. You're on my side." 


jpr: see http://www.irisheyesofva.com/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

us oil production

90% of the new oil produced in the world is in the USA!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Made in the UK; Vincent Black Lightning

Fastest in the World at the time (circa 1948)

More on Clostridium novyi NT

 Many different bacterial species have been studied as either a vector to deliver the tumoricidal medicine into the tumor or as live genetically modified bacteria designed to replicate inside the tumor and kill it. Although many of the different approaches have proven successful and look very promising, they still need to be investigated slightly more before they can be applied conventionally. 
The bacteria eats the tumor from inside out!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

And That's A Fine Looking Lad


The Scottish kilt first appeared near the end of the 1500’s and may be older. The first, called the great kilt was a full length garment of a single fabric whose upper half could be worn draped over the shoulder, or brought up over head as a cloak.  The modern kilt, basically the bottom half of the great kilt, developed in the late 1600’s and is commonly worn as formal wear in Scotland today.   The word derives from the Norse for a similar garment worn in Scandinavia.  The kilt has become a sign of Celtic identity and pride. Adopted by Irish Nationalists in the early 1900 (arguments that the Irish wore them earlier are unsubstantiated)  the practice has spread to other Celtic countries including Cornwall, Walls and Britney.

Our Mary and Pet Zucchine

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Mary (McDonald) Murtha has her great grandfather's touch for 'the garden.'  Here she captured a zucchine she now keeps as a pet.  Oh what joy.

novyi Nt bacteria


Bacteria found in soil called Clostridium novyi (C. novyi) is known to cause tissue-damaging infections. Researchers from John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a modified version that triggers an anti-tumor response in rats, dogs and humans. The breakthrough could complement existing methods to provide better targeted treatment of cancerous growths.


Hurrah!

Monday, September 8, 2014

lego, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".

i've been a big fan since my kids were little.  The Hawking lego reminded me of this pet snail from the movie "Mary and Max (voiced by Seymour Hoffman)".  Max has three snails, all named after famous scientists.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

super hair braiding

jpr: Saw me a good one in church this A.M. Takes a mother!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

stock gains



The value of stock as its grown over thirty days with trading. The little bumps on far right are profits in a few hundreds of dollars.

jpr: In a thousand years the boy and I will own Trump Enterprises...or maybe not! Some good fun shared though!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers

Thanks Joan

jpr: I remember her best in black and white (tv).  My favorite joke
 "My husband is always yelling at me when the laundry is done and one of his socks is missing.
 I said What do you think I'm keeping a one legged man?"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hey!

Need to know the weed...
from a few feet away..
close up
 do you know what these are?  they seem to encompass a green plant or clump of grass.  very fine strands or lines of fragile purple, almost like a web.

more stock stuff



jpr: My guide for buy/sell stocks. Find a link that gives stock volume & stock price that updates in real time.Volume peaks can drive the  stock $$ up or down. If there are more spikes up over time  then over stock $$ is up and vice versa for  stock  prices  falling. When the number of spikes up equal (ruffly) the number of spikes down the stock price is stable as is the case for the bottom of a dip or  top of a run up in $$ value.I buy/sell appropriately on the stable price. Its not the only guide but it is a sound guide.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

a shiny spoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCHMkzzPV6I

jpr:These are the things children should learn!

Monday, September 1, 2014

conspiracy wackos...

here's a good film to check out:  zeitgeist the movie
I am reluctant to admit it but I believe 9/11 was what is called a "false flag" created by the highest level of US Gov't.  I was right about Tiger Woods (body falling apart from too much torque for the Mikeyhuman body); right about oil shortage (being untrue); right about overly armed small town police (ref: Ferguson);  

why my dog stays outside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoUUldIU1Ow

yeah he comes inside during extremes of heat and cold.