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Monday, August 14, 2006

The Abyss

~ The Abyss - Faces of Drama (1986 - Video 2006)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Puppet of the Religious Right

Behind closed doors ....
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill

*sigh* What a tool he is...

Thought Experiment: There is a fire at a fertility clinic and you, the reader, are inside. On one side of the room is a cooler with 100's of blastocysts, on the other is a 2 year old baby. You only have time to save one.
What do you do? What do you save?
Living baby? or 100's of snowflakes?

......a hint via Darksyde

One more time for those in the back row: On the left is a blastocyst from which embryonic stem cell lines are made. It's ten times smaller than the dot at the end of this sentence and contains roughly 100 cells. On the right is a human baby, one of many who's life might someday be saved or greatly enhanced by treatments developed from ESC research. Any questions?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rove's November Laundry List

Ø - Fags - Amendment on same sex marriage
Ø - Flags - Amendment on flag burning
Ø - Mexicans - Immigration bill
Ø - Dead white males - Estate Tax
± - Media - House condemnation of NY Times
Ø - Blacks - cancelled due to Katrina
± - Abortion - ? ? ?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"Full Liquid Jacket"

The Iraq Mis-Adventure has cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers with thousands more severly wounded. Today's body armour and protective head gear works very well, keeping the death rate at about 2 soliders a day - despite "the level of violence that we’ve encountered". But the protection is limited and as such has left thousands with out their limbs. One product may soon help with the extreme loss of extremities.

Liquid Armor

A new "liquid armor" could be the solution for protecting the parts of the body that aren't currently covered by standard-issue ballistic vests – arms and legs, where many of these devastating and life-threatening injuries occur. Co-developed by two research teams – one led by Norman Wagner at the University of Delaware, and the other led by Eric Wetzel at the U.S. Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, MD – the liquid technology will soon lead to light, flexible full-body armor.
The liquid - called 'shear thickening fluid' is actually a mixture of hard nanoparticles and nonevaporating liquid. It flows normally under low-energy conditions, but when agitated or hit with an impact it stiffens and behaves like a solid. This temporary stiffening occurs less than a millisecond after impact, and is caused by the nanoparticles forming tiny clusters inside the fluid. "The particles jam up forming a log jam structure that prevents things from penetrating through them," Wagner explains.

Very cool and very very necessary.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Eyes Have It

On June 16th 2001 Bush said about Russian Federation President Putin

I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul;...

And just last week June 2006

President Bush flew to Baghdad last week to size up Iraq's new leader. "I have come not only to thank you," he told American troops gathered in the Green Zone on Tuesday, "but to look Prime Minister Maliki in the eyes -- to determine whether or not he is as dedicated to a free Iraq as you are."

The presidential determination? "I believe he is," Bush said.

And this past week again - June 2006.

President Bush To Legally Blind Reporter: ‘Are You Going to Ask That Question with Shades On?’