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Friday, July 6, 2012

More people went on disability than got a job in June

Also, the total number of people who've dropped out of the labor force entirely has increased by 7.3 million since June 2009.

Friday links

Lanister vs. Stark with Light Sabers.

Full moon names.

Predictors of 3-D Breast Kinematics during Bare-Breasted Running.

Lifesize LEGO bridge.

11 Most Insane Restaurants in the World.

Infographics from 1917: the future of aviation.

ZeroHedge: The Real-World Middle Class Tax Rate: 75%

defining "taxes" as any fee that is mandated by law or legal necessity. In other words, taxes are what is not optional.

How to bake cookies on your dashboard

Making good use of the heat wave.

The Obama Derecho

Exotic, vaguely menacing, and evoking senseless, abrupt calamity, “derecho” is an especially apt description of America in the age of Obama.

We will be picking up after Obama’s debt and regulations and taxes for a long time to come.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ship Models Made From Human Bones by POWs

French soldiers taken captive during the Napoleonic Wars.

What happens if states turn down the Medicaid expansion money

and decline to set up the health-insurance exchanges? Links and comments at Althouse.

Sports headline du jour

Adidas gives Andy Murray new shorts after balls pop out.

OK, tennis balls, but still an excellent headline.

The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers

Celebrating the men who had the guts to commit treason against the world's most powerful empire.

Thursday links

Cathedral licking tour of England.

The Physics of Toilets.

Chickens dressed as historical figures.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here: Dante’s Circles of Hell Created in LEGO.  Sort of related, minifig anatomy and a schematic.

Contagious yawning in humans and dogs.

Famous Pictures Recreated With Star Wars Figures.

ObamaCare's Lost Tribe: Doctors

Will your doctor even want to keep you, rather than quit medicine?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cartoon explaining Higgs Boson

On Vimeo.  via GeekPress.

View of DC's massive power outages from space

Before-and-after images.

Next - the G spot

Second most elusive thing in the universe, the Higgs boson, has been found.

When in the Course of human events...

Full text of the Declaration:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. 

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The amazing number of people who know nothing about Obamacare ruling

WaPo reporting on a Pew poll.

Happy Independence Day!

Excellent speeches from Coolidge (1926) and Reagan (1986).  Video of the Reagan speech is here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Strangely Mesmerizing

Mushroom-Sorting Video.

Man broke into the graves of Johann Strauss Jr. and Brahms

and took their teeth.

Read more here:

No Vote Fraud? Tell it to Rangel’s Opponent.

"anyone who assumes Rangel or any other entrenched officeholder will not stoop to twist, bend or otherwise mutilate the results in order to hang on knows nothing about American political history or politicians."

University Sues Overachieving Student for Lost Income

He finished too soon, so they didn't get all their tuition.

Why Obamacare isn’t going to happen the way Obama thinks it is

The nightmare of implementation.

Midwest ranchers, lawmakers protest EPA flyovers

Big Brother looking for regulatory violations.

Will we ever learn to speak dolphin?

Dolphin Rosetta Stone?

Israel: Lots more natgas and oil discovered offshore

Israel’s Epic Oil and Gas Boom.

CO2 Is Greening The Planet

African Savannahs Getting a Makeover to Forests.

Colorado fires could have been avoided

By intelligent thinning, consistently blocked by environmentalists.

Tuesday links

Video: cracking an egg 60 feet underwater.

Calculator: how many Legos would it take to build your bouse?

Tick bite can turn you into a vegetarian.

100 Guitar Riffs: A Brief History of Rock N' Roll.

Flatulence could cure high blood pressure.

The Actual Girl From Ipanema.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Letter to Reagan from 7th grader: Mom declared my bedroom a disaster area

And Reagan's response.

Roberts switched views to uphold health care law

Interesting inside stuff.

1950's ad - Stay Young the Vampire Way

Powdered, concentrated fresh-squeezed blood.

Must read: Another MD Squeezed by O'Care

Dr. Paul Hsieh re a colleague rethinking his career in the wake of the SCOTUS ObamaCare decision.

God particle is found?

Scientists at Cern expected to announce Higgs boson particle has been discovered.

FBI's 10 Most Wanted list

Past and present.

RFK Jr. cut off late wife’'s credit

Before she hanged herself - he practiced a “scorched-earth litigation approach” that left her cut off from a court-approved credit card, leaving her unable to buy groceries, gas or medical care.

Obama Campaign Celebrates July 4 with Fundraiser in Paris

At the Arc de Capitulation, perhaps?

Interesting weather forecast

350 degrees in Virginia this weekend.

Man Plagued by Porn-Induced Headaches

Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I do this.

Doctor: Stop doing that.