2012 December 12

originally posted on facebook

“his brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides” - New Zealand

Wikipedia

2012 December 01

originally posted on facebook

“On Feb. 8, 2011, just as the Arab Spring was reaching a crescendo, the government in Damascus suddenly reversed a long-standing ban on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the Arabic version of Wikipedia. […] Users who tried to access Facebook in Syria were presented with a fake security certificate that triggered a warning on most browsers. People who ignored it and logged in would be giving up their user name and password, and with them, their private messages and contacts.”

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/82480-the-hackers-of-damascus

2012 December 01

originally posted on facebook

A unique perspective.. “I supported George W. Bush in 2000, and many close friends served in high-level administration positions. I was especially close to the Council of Economic Advisers and often wrote columns based on input and suggestions from its chairmen, all of whom were friends of mine. Once I even briefed Vice President Dick Cheney on the economy. But as the Bush 43 administration progressed, I developed an increasingly uneasy feeling about its direction. Its tax policy was incoherent, and it had an extremely lackadaisical attitude toward spending. In November 2003, I had an intellectual crisis.”

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revenge-of-the-reality-based-community/

2012 November 29

originally posted on facebook

“Beijing even funded the non-existent party’s newspaper, De Kommunist, which was written entirely by Dutch secret service agents.”

The Guardian

2012 November 26

originally posted on facebook

Apparently x-rays are visible to the naked eye.

Wikipedia

2012 November 22

originally posted on facebook

https://grist.org/news/if-youre-27-or-younger-youve-never-experienced-a-colder-than-average-month/

2012 November 19

originally posted on facebook

“Robert Grubbs, an American who shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005, says he eats chocolate whenever possible. […] Grubbs’ countryman, Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, told Reuters: ‘I attribute essentially all my success to the very large amount of chocolate that I consume.’”

BBC

2012 November 09

originally posted on facebook

http://www.deepseanews.com/2012/06/how-presidential-elections-are-impacted-by-a-100-million-year-old-coastline/

2012 September 17

originally posted on facebook

“‘I think all political philosophies can be rated on (1) How stupid they are and (2) How evil they are,’ said celebrated economist C.B. Francois, who headed the panel of experts responsible for the chart. […] The core assumption of the Stupid/Evil Chart is that good, intelligent people have no role in politics.”

http://belarius.newsvine.com/_news/2007/08/23/915439-two-axis-stupidevil-political-chart-represents-major-advance-in-two-axis-political-chart-technology

2012 September 03

originally posted on facebook

"There is even an early disagreement over the question of what type of warning - if any - the guards would give before firing their weapons.

The guards, who follow the inspectors everywhere, are real Norwegian soldiers but armed with non-lethal weapons, similar to paintball guns."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8154029.stm

2012 August 29

originally posted on facebook

Just arrived in Nottingham! Pop quiz, which one of the following can /not/ be found on my tourist map of Nottinghamshire: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Attenborough, Gallstone, Gotham, Melbourne, North Leverton with Habblesthorpe, Papplewick, Robin Hood Aiport, or Willoughby-on-the-Wolds?

2012 July 07

originally posted on facebook

Penn. House Majority Leader admits that increased regulations on abortion facilities are intended to decrease availability of abortion services and that voter ID laws in PA are intended to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

http://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/

2012 June 01

originally posted on facebook

A remarkable collection of unique chess problems (with solutions). Problems 3, 4, 6, and 10 are easier.

https://www.janko.at/Retros/PedagogicalCollection.htm

2012 May 08

originally posted on facebook

"In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads, ‘Every minute dies a man, Every minute one is born;’ I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world’s population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows:

‘Every moment dies a man, And one and a sixteenth is born.’

I may add that the exact figures are 1.067, but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre." - Charles Babbage to Tennyson

http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-the-origin-2/

2012 April 14

originally posted on facebook

There is at least one true sentence in this puzzle, and the last such is sentence 2. The number of true sentences in this puzzle is even if and only if you index from 0. There is more than one consistent solution to this puzzle.

2012 March 31

originally posted on facebook

This is still under investigation, so the full story is as yet unclear and not all the pieces have been verified.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/dutch-castration-scandal-how-journalists-broke-the-story

More: “…the man accused of abusing Mr. Heithuis was investigated but not prosecuted. He was transferred to Nova Scotia, where he started a home for boys.”

NYT

“Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed. The documents also reveal that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved.” The Telegraph

2012 March 10

originally posted on facebook

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