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Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque

Posted by nonanswers on September 28, 2008

Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque After “Obsession” DVD Hits Ohio
via dailykos

On Friday, September 26, the end of a week in which thousands of copies of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West — the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim documentary being distributed by the millions in swing states via DVDs inserted in major newspapers and through the U.S. mail — were distributed by mail in Ohio, a “chemical irritant” was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers. This, apparently, is what the scare tactic political campaigning of John McCain’s supporters has led to — Americans perpetrating a terrorist attack against innocent children on American soil.

Full Article Here


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McCain’s Obama Problem

Posted by nonanswers on September 27, 2008

Did McCain look at Obamam even once during and post debate?

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Economics and Annoying Smart Guys

Posted by nonanswers on September 24, 2008

Economics and Annoying Smart Guys

America, Its time to pick the nerd for President.

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Subprime Primer

Posted by nonanswers on September 18, 2008

The Subprime Mess in easy to to understand hand drawings

Subprime Primer

A more through well referenced post is coming.

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Confronting the Economic Crisis

Posted by nonanswers on September 16, 2008

Barack Obama on Confronting the Economic Crisis-

Barack gave a speech detailing his plans for repairing America’s struggling economy in Golden, CO on September 16th, 2008.

Also more on Obama’s Economic Policy by NYTimes. It’s a comprehensive look at his economic philosophy.
How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy

I recommend both.

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awesome Cat

Posted by nonanswers on September 15, 2008

something lighthearted and awesome !

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Posted by nonanswers on September 14, 2008

Large Hadron Collider.

I decided to pool some easy to understand resources on LHC; what it may mean for scientific discovery and human survival.

What is LHC? in rap form.

Can we die from LHC creating Black Holes? Well it was turned on recently and nothing happened. Watch Michio Kaku, famed Physicist and author of “Physics of the Impossible” explains why the Large Hadron Collider will not create “killer Black Holes”

So if not Black holes that will destroy earth, what do scientists expect to find using LHC? Sean Carroll the physicist from California Institute of Technology breaks it down for us plebeians. Here are some of my favorites

1.Supersymmetry: 60%. Of all the proposals for physics beyond the Standard Model, supersymmetry is the most popular, and the most likely to show up at the LHC. But that doesn’t make it really likely. We’ve been theorizing about SUSY for so long that a lot of people tend to act like it’s already been discovered — but it hasn’t. On the contrary, the allowed parameter space has been considerably whittled down by a variety of experiments. String theory predicts SUSY, but from that point of view there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be hidden up at the Planck scale, which is 1015 times higher in energy than what the LHC will reach. On the other hand, SUSY can help explain why the Higgs scale is so much lower than the Planck scale — the hierarchy problem — if and only if it is broken at a low enough scale to be detectable at the LHC. But there are no guarantees, so I’m remaining cautious.

2.Dark Matter: 15%. A remarkable feature of dark matter is that you can relate the strength of its interactions to the abundance it has today — and to get the right abundance, the interaction strength should be right there at the electroweak scale, where the LHC will be looking. (At least, if the dark matter is thermally produced, and a dozen other caveats.) But even if it’s there, it might not be easy to find — by construction, the dark matter is electrically neutral and doesn’t interact very much. So we have a chance, but it will be difficult to say for sure that we’ve discovered dark matter at the LHC even if the accelerator produces it.

3.Something that Has Never Been Predicted: 50%. Here is my favorite thing to root for. Particle theorists have been coming up with new models for so long without being surprised by new experimental results, some of them have forgotten what it’s like. Nature has a way of throwing us curve balls — which is not only something to be anticipated, it’s something to be very grateful for. Surprises are how we learn things

4.Stable Black Holes That Eat Up the Earth, Destroying All Living Organisms in the Process: 10-25%. So you’re saying there’s a chance?

5.God: 10-20%. More likely than stable black holes, but still a long shot.

More at link


Additional NY TIMES article


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Palin on SNL

Posted by nonanswers on September 14, 2008

and Hillary too!

But seriously a lengthy critical look at Sarah Palin’s Career by

choice quotes —

1.While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a “personal device” like a BlackBerry “would be confidential and not subject to subpoena.

2.As Ms. Palin’s star ascends, the McCain campaign, as often happens in national races, is controlling the words of those who know her well. Her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has been asked not to speak to reporters, and aides sit in on interviews with old friends.

more at link

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Mccain on SNL

Posted by nonanswers on September 11, 2008

McCain playing a stalker husband on SNL. He is very good. HE should look into a carrer as an actor if this election thing does not work out.

another gem

yet another gem- this time Sarah Palin with Charlie Gibbson on the Bush Doctrine and tactical strikes in Pakistan.– I am speechless.

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Chris Matthews on the Lipstick-gate

Posted by nonanswers on September 10, 2008

Chris Matthews on the Lipstick-gate

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