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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Callista, Sci Fi Diva

Under Newtonian spending Callista goes to planet Morontia and meets D'argo who teaches her what it is to be a 45 year old woman... meanwhile she changes her hair color and sets up house with the Luxan warrior...

Half the world's richest 1% live in the United States - PART TWO

How have we Organized our Production System?
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 28, 2012  |  Bryan TX

MooPig "Brain Industries Department" suggests spending an hour and a half to watch this one... it will help shake out cobwebs that are hurting your brain, concerning our current economic collapse. "To roll back our current Raw Deal we need to congregate and demand another New Deal." What shape that new deal forms is up to the people. Well, it is Democracy in the workplace; what a new, peculiar, concept!

Wages in the USA do not rise starting in 1978. Thirty years of no wage increase causes Middle Class borrowing binge. The system collapses in 2007. George "W" Bush's government throws trillions of dollars at the lenders, with no deliberations. Obama continues throwing money down the pit, as "incentives to private sectors to create jobs here." The fear of the lender, mostly banks, is not whether the politicians will pay them back -- "lenders own the politicians" -- but rather the fear that the people will not permit the government to pay back its debt.

That is the lender-borrower relationship that made the USA economy collapse in 2008, thirty years after wages were frozen. The gambit failed, what do we do now?
Professor Richard Wolff details the problems of capitalism and urges our recognizing its obsolescence and replacing it with institutions that truly serve the people.
Talk at Church of All Souls in New York City, January 24, 2012. Camera, audio: Joe Friendly

by Richard Wolff.
"W" Bush and Obama have proposed "incentives for the private sectors so that they will provide jobs." But that fails. Professor Wolff says the status quo is "absurd." He says American can do better than Capitalism.

Using parallels comparing now with Roosevelt's days, the professor tells us that "there is money now" ... don't listen to surly mouthed politicians who declare today there is "no money." There is enough money now to pay for the Middle-class to get back a foot hold. The corporations have to pay the bulk of the money needed. The politician has to mediate between the Middle Class and the employer-lenders. The people must act. [pd]


MooPig's Trend Spotter Department :: "Zeeland Traditions being Challenged"

Downtown Zeeland restaurant to sell alcohol | ""I don't know if I'm a trendsetter, just a guy with a dream to open a business," says Grill."

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One other restaurant, Vitale's Pizza, began selling alcohol outside the downtown area several years ago.

"We've had no trouble at all," says Ryan Synder, owner of Vitale's Pizza.

"We don't feel it will cause drastically change the framework in the community. It just gives folks another option," says Timothy Klunder, Zeeland's city manager.

For Grill, construction should come naturally. Afterall, he's used to breaking down walls that stand in his way.

Public is expected to officially open in late spring. Grill hopes other restaurants will soon follow in his footsteps.


MooPig's Piracy Department :: "Pictures Pirated that pay Off"

by Pat Darnell | Jan 27, 2012 | Bryan TX

MooPig "Idiocy Department" recently told the "Piracy Department" that these few pictures, shown below, attract the most viewers. That's right -- a little girl riding an alligator, a Colombian Street Party, I don't know what two clothed people in a modified Lazy Boy, Junior with Senior, Fonzie on ski's -- these pirated photos bring in 88% of the views here at MooPig. What the other 8000 photo's [not all pirated] do we don't know.

MooPig Statistics are provided by Google Blogger Dudes. MooPig has about 800 views per day, and about 26,500 views per month average. For a blog that is sand bagged, has fake third parties, and possibly guilty of piracy on several layers... it remains one of life's mysteries how we get that many views per day!

So all in one place we give you MooPig's Hall of Fame Pictures ::



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

MooPig's Site Review :: "This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow"

This is a Very Cool Blog
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 23, 2012 | Bryan TX

MooPig loves the ridicule of despots, the implosion of bombasts... so apparently does Tom Tomorrow.

This Modern World:
January 22, 2012
Tom Tomorrow:  Scenes from the class war
EXCERPT  |  " ... I would have assumed that the rich get certain amenities in hospitals — larger, private rooms, more attentive doctors, etc. But this would never have occurred to me:
The bed linens were by Frette, Italian purveyors of high-thread-count sheets to popes and princes. The bathroom gleamed with polished marble. Huge windows displayed panoramic East River views. And in the hush of her $2,400 suite, a man in a black vest and tie proffered an elaborate menu and told her, “I’ll be your butler.”(NINA BERNSTEIN. Published: January 21, 2012. HERE)
The punchline, buried deep in the article, comes after an anecdote about the Saudi King taking up an entire floor at another hospital:
The hospital said in a statement: “NewYork-Presbyterian is dedicated to providing a single standard of high quality care to all of our patients.”
But never mind the absurd disparity between first class hospital accommodations and what the rest of us are likely to experience back in steerage. Here’s the bit that’s likely to go viral in the wingnut zombie-lie media:
But even the rainmakers — doctors who bring in such patients — can sometimes resent the tilt toward luxury.

“The one misgiving is patients with Medicare, which pays physicians almost nothing,” said Dr. Brian Katz, 59, a laparoscopic surgeon in scrubs who took a break in the same library later. “Yet those patients will come up here and pay to enjoy five-star comfort.”
The doctor is complaining that rich patients on Medicare can pay for the accommodations while he himself makes no profit. But watch for that to be distorted by Sean Hannity et al. into a story about welfare patients receiving luxury treatment on your tax dollars.
And speaking of the gilded age, here’s a fascinating little article about our plutocrat overlords, and how they behave when they think no one is watching. ... "

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 10:21 AM
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Romney's Talk Radio :: (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Etc.)

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 23, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Etc.):

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The deal in which Bain Capital became one of the owners of Clear Channel was initiated just a short time before Mitt Romney's first run for president. The following comes from Wikipedia....
On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced plans to go private, being bought out by two private-equity firms, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners for $18.7 billion, which is just under a 10 percent premium above its closing price of $35.36 a share on November 16 (the deal values Clear Channel at $37.60 per share).

The deal was finalized in 2008. Today, Bain Capital is still one of the primary owners of Clear Channel.

One of the subsidiaries of Clear Channel is Premiere Radio Networks.

And yes, Mitt Romney is still bringing in lots of money from Bain Capital. The following comes from a Wikipedia article about Mitt Romney....
At the time of his departure, Romney negotiated an agreement with Bain Capital that allowed him to receive a passive profit share as a retired partner in some Bain Capital entities, including buyout and investment funds.[62][57] With the private equity business continuing to thrive, this deal would bring him millions of dollars in income each year.[57] As a result of his business career, by 2007 Romney and his wife had a net worth of between $190 and $250 million, most of it held in blind trusts.[62] An additional blind trust existed in the name of the Romneys' children and grandchildren that was valued at between $70 and $100 million as of 2007.[63] The couple's net worth remained in the same range as of 2011, and was still held in blind trusts.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Layoffs at Proctor and Gamble 2012 ?

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 22, 2012 | Bryan TX

Rumor has it that the Proctor and Gamble is laying off from 2,000 to 20,000 workers. Chilling to consider; what is the fallout? We shall see as it develops. Here below is a testament of one of the victims.

Layoffs in 2010 at Proctor and Gamble catch officials off guard: "“pursuant to organizational and operational changes.” (Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer March 24, 2010)"

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Layoffs 2012 are apparently catching workers off Guard
EXCERPT  |  [Testimony]  " ... While a being a dedicated P and G Rm (as we were not supposed to work for other companies-or our competition) I know many P and G Rm's that also worked for other companies. Some received same pay, some would be in the stores doing P and G workorders and also 3rd party work-for P and G- and getting paid $2.00 more than what P and G Rm's got paid. And don't be surprised if you go to one of the companies suggested and you have an ex-P and G Rm for you supervisior.
P and G did not want to pay any benefits, that's why they kept us down to a certain yearly hours we could work. They had alot of work all these years, 3rd partied out P and G work because we had to stay under the yearly hours so they didn't have to pay benefits.
I am also a stockholder. The stockholder's they are concerned with are corporate not the little working people like the aveage Joe or their peon's, grunt workers, P and G little Rm's. The Rm's that have store and customer contact.
Corporate can sell to the stores, but it's the Rm's that get the product sold to the customer so the stores will order more P and G product. Otherwise as corporate sells product to stores and it sits on shelf and does not sell, stores will not order more of a product that does not sell.
How funny it is that we the grunt workers held P and G higher in standards than they show for their employees.

In all, I have met many good, hard working people and made many friendships.

I do not know what I will decided to do after all this is over with, as I have become acustom
to eating and paying bills. I will have to work at some point.

A House (including P and G Corporate House) is only as good as it's foundation (Rm's)
Once you start chipping away at the foundation, the house will start to fall.

Even though we are all shocked and surprised (which is a normal reaction after being slapped in the face) I wish all Rm's well and much, much success.  (Today, 09:58 AM. by Anonymous. Re: Layoffs in 2012? LINK) ... "


MooPig Site Review :: "Igorot Warrior Headhunters of the Cordilleras"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 22, 2012  |  Bryan TX

How does modern man -- who is concerned about taxes, and whether there is life on Mars -- exist in a world where still exist head-hunters? Are there still regions on earth in 2012 that have tribes of headhunters?

Why have we embarked on a world-wide quest to not understand the roots of global inequality? The last will be first and the first will be last.

The following article gives a good account, and great photos, of the headhunter life.
EXCERPT |  " ... The Cordilleras is a chain of mountains, located in Norhtern Luzon, Philippines.The inhabitants of these mountain ranges are called "Igorots" which mean "people of the mountains". They are the people who build one of the eight wonders of the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces.They were also headhunters. ...
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Igorot Warrior Headhunters of the Cordilleras: "In the Igorot head hunting practice, most heads of their enemies were cut off with a battle-axe even before the wounded man was dead. If one warrior at the scene had never taken a head, he would be allowed to cut this one from the body and thus be entitled to the head taker's distinct tattoo (Chaklag)."

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" ... Head hunting was for religious purposes and the acquisition of magical powers.Reasons include the desire for abundant harvests of cultivated products,the desire to be considered brave and manly.The desire for exaltation in the minds of descendants,to increase wealth, to secure abundance of wild game and fish, to secure general health and favor at the hands of the women, and to promote fertility in women. (By SilentReed. no date) ... "


MooPig Site Review :: Escapism "FFFF" internal bleeding

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Are you Sick of the Status Quo?
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 22, 2012 | Bryan TX

Are we tired of Government junkets, bailouts, Obamacare, Patriot Act, tax increases, and foreign wars? Are we ever!

We need our escapes. And we need them without delay. So we look deeper into the curvy avenues of our Internet. We find electronic mash ups; and fakery to indulge in. Say yes to Escapism.

MooPig floats through the Internet with an eye for escape routes, like many others do. We are setting standards for strategic principles that drive quality and effectiveness. Yes, and, looking for that structure that supports our own message, and developments.

We want desperately to be COOL! Even if we have to be mopish, dole, or fiendish and raunchy. Or, our name is not Bill Due.

Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters - review and pictures | Internal Bleeding: "What do you get when you cross an Indonesian women’s wrestling movie, Troma Entertainment, and an action star who talks like Elvis? You get one of the funniest redubs in film history… Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters! FFFF is the story of Bambi, an exceptional Greco-roman wrestler on her way to the top. Unfortunately her brother has come down with a fatal case of dickosis, a made-up ailment where a buildup of semen goes straight to your brain. The only remedy is surgery, or oral release by a hooker. It’s a shame, but I guess there aren’t any 10 year old prostitutes in the Philippines… I had heard differently!"

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Monkeyface: If I was going to write a college thesis on the subject of low budget action flicks this would be my closing argument! I mean come on, you would have to include Indonesian cinema, Cynthia Rothrock, and Peter O’Brian. This movie just screams bad story, worse acting, big explosions, and a ton of off the wall fight scenes. It's just all about entertainment and ridiculous stunts, something I love! 


MooPig's Trend Spotter Department :: "Cruise Ship Passenger Blow-Back"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 22, 2012  |  Bryan TX

Large International Corporations display the most bombastic attitudes when they are caught in their games of negligence, malpractice, and murder on the high seas.

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" ... Lawyers plan to sue both in the US and in Italy, with more than 100 passengers already reported to have joined a class action that is to be lodged in Miami this week.
Each is reported to be demanding between £100,000 and £1 million in compensation.
A spokesman for Costa Cruises said: "The company is trying to do everything they can for those passengers directly affected.
"The company is not only going to refund everybody but they will offer a 30 per cent discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company." (Claire Duffin, Robert Mendick, Nick Squires in Giglio and Victoria Ward in Meta di Sorrento. 21 Jan 2012) ... "
Costa Concordia: 'insulting' cruise offer to survivors - Telegraph:
EXCERPT  |  " ... Costa's chief executive, Pier Luigi Foschi, who estimated that the impact of the disaster on his firm was £60 million, had expressed confidence that the group would be able to "find a solution that, in the material sense, would satisfy" the passengers.

However, Brian Page, 63, a retired accountant from Southampton, who survived by sliding from one side of the deck to another to find a lifeboat, said: "It is a ridiculous and insulting offer. I'm very disappointed in them.
"They are not accepting their responsibilities at all. Our only back-up is separate legal action." ... "

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[Picture LINK] They did live up to their advertizing. Costa Concordia promised a "cruise vacation you will never forget."


MooPig's Trend Spotter Department :: "Lots of Sinking Ships Lately"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 22, 2012 | Bryan TX
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2 cargo ships sink in Philippines; 32 aboard saved | Inquirer News: "MANILA, Philippines—A cargo ship loaded with cement sank in central Philippines on Sunday and another vessel carrying iron ore went down off the country’s eastern coast, the coast guard said. All 32 crewmen from both ships were rescued."

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Vietnamese seamen can't get help from Philippines
By EGYolk on January 9, 2012
Tuguegarao City (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The lack of a search and rescue ship has stopped Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel stationed at the northern tip of Luzon from coming to the aid of 22 crew members of a Vietnamese ship, which sank in the Pacific Ocean on Christmas Day.

Though coast guard officials immediately deployed three ships and a helicopter for a search and rescue, it was a Philippine cargo ship and a fishing boat that saved the crew of 12 Indonesians and two Koreans, who had abandoned the ship, coast guard Admiral Ramon Liwag said.

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NOTE: This disaster is from Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Amver ship Bright Ruby sinks in South China Sea
The Bright Ruby was reportedly on a voyage from Malaysia to China when it encountered heavy seas. 14 crewmen have been rescued. Seven crewmen remain missing.

You may remember the Bright Ruby was hijacked by pirates for 37 days back in 2008.

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15 January 2012 :: Three die in South Korean ship explosion

"The explosion took place far below the sea border with North Korea. We see very little possibility (of attacks by the North)," a coastguard spokesman told the AFP news agency.

The ship's owners said that the explosion could have been caused by gases leaking from the ship's oil tanks.

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11 January 2012 Last updated at 00:16 ET Three believed dead in S Korean boat fire in Antarctic
The 167-foot fishing vessel Jeong Woo 2 caught fire about 370 miles north-northeast of the U.S. Antarctic McMurdo Research Base and 2,000 miles south of Christchurch, New Zealand. Maritime New Zealand, similar to the U.S. Coast Guard, reports that the fire killed 3 crewmen. Thirty uninjured survivors were transferred to the stricken vessel’s sister ship, the Jeong Woo 3, which will bring them to the Korean icebreaker Araon for transport to Lyttleton, New Zealand.

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Italian cruise ship sinking: rescue suspended on ship with 500,000 gallons oil, January 22, 2012
One more body has been taken out from the ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. Rescue has been suspended on the sinking ship with 500,000 gallons oil ...

Once again officials in Italian coast guard have suspended the search for the missing people in the huge cruise ship Costa Concordia that sank in the sea on 13th of this month. So far 12 people have been confirmed dead with 20 people still missing.
INTERVIEW  |  " ... So there is very close connection between governments and cruise ships. They make an incredible amount of money. They have very huge lobbies. And that's here in the U.S. So, in places like Italy, I would not be surprised if things don't turn out the way we would want them to and are not as crystal clear as they would be if the investigation was done here. (RICHARD ALSINA. Interview. Jan 16, 2012. HERE) ... "

MooPig FWD Email :: Massive Texas Drinking Water Radiation Cover-Up

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 22, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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Massive Texas Drinking Water Radiation Cover-Up Exposed: Top Gov Officials Knew All Along And Kept Silent :: "The emails that were ordered to be released by the state attorney general reveal radiation tests of public drinking water were falsified to prevent Federal violations that would have required the local water systems to be cleaned up.

Instead the Texas bureaucrats went along with the ploy to cover up the levels of radiation in water to protect their fascist corporate puppet masters and poisoned the public over the last 20 years causing an untold number of cancers and other illnesses." ( Higgins, Alexander. May 20, 2011. HERE)

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They need to get together with the think tanks and the spin doctors and come up with an excuse for why this cover up was allowed to go on for 20 years while people were poisoned with cancer and murdered by lying crooked politicians and government bureaucrats.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

MooPig's Who WON this "Cage Match" #1 :: Pit Bulls vs. A Bull

CAUTION: Today's BLOG Post may be offensive to more Sensitive Persons ... 
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX

Often a Cage Match reveals the champion, and shows rewards that come with holding that distinction. We cannot say really who might win or lose, but this series of photos tells a story. In nature we find that there are no morals -- only Balance and Imbalance. That is what we see in this photo essay.

MooPig doesn't know the source of the testament photos, but because of our belief in the structure of nature, we forward them. We don't think these photos are doctored ... but you know how it often goes on the Internet ...
Pit Bulls vs. A Bull: The Eternal Struggle Told in Pictures | World Oddities:

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"Cage Match" title and terminology is an invention of


FCC Officially Kills 'Fair and Balanced' Broadcast Rules | News & Opinion |

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 21, 2012 | Bryan TX

[visit Picture LINK] The "Fairness Doctrine" would require equal time on every station to present the opposite point of view; for instance, a radio show that talks about the horrors of partial birth abortion would have to also equally discuss the benefits of partial birth abortion on the air.

FCC Officially Kills 'Fair and Balanced' Broadcast Rules | News and Opinion |
EXCERPT   |  " ... "Although the Fairness Doctrine is now officially purged, it had essentially been off the books for decades, as it had been deemed unconstitutional in 1987, and irrelevant in the age of cable news and the Internet. Genachowski had said in June, however, that would pledge to get rid of the Fairness Doctrine as part of an executive order, issued by President Obama, to get rid of outdated regulations." (Hachman, Mark. AUG 22, 2011. HERE ) ... "

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"The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction," Genachowski said in a statement. "As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead. The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books." ... "


MooPig Site Review :: "Is Your Social Media Experience Being Controlled? | Wake Up World"

[Visit Picture LINK] This picture is not what this article is about, but we like the pun-iliciousness of it.

As the World Turns, enters CrowdSurfing 
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 8 - 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX

EXCERPT  |  " ... This could very well incarnate in politicians, political parties, or special interest groups hiring tens of thousands of crowdsourcers to create a false impression of popular support for an issue, candidate, or whatever they might want to promote.
" ... Sandaha is a younger player in this crowdturfing industry but they still process tens of thousands of dollars every month in transactions.

“This industry is millions of dollars per year already and [shows] roughly exponential growth,” Zhao said.

“I think we’re still in the early stages of this phenomenon,” he added.

This is hardly a reassuring assessment, and I think Zhao is quite right given that the entire globe is experiencing economic turmoil and many will jump at the opportunity to make money from the comfort of their home and in the more impoverished nations they will do so for nearly nothing. (Ruppert, Madison. 18 Jan 2012. HERE) ... "
If the industry continues at this rate of growth, the potential profits very well might become so lucrative that they justify larger, more sophisticated startups which focus on creating realistic internet personas, communities, and dialogues just by paying people ten cents or so for each task.

Is Your Social Media Experience Being Controlled? | Wake Up World:

What's 'the next big thing' you may ask? (Pribek, J. December 3, 2011. HERE)

Using the old idea of sharing files, one creative person could provide employment for the entire cell phone, Kindle, or iPad owning public, worldwide. For example, my best friend does her whole work day on a cell phone. She is a merchandiser in grocery stores. She reports all her activities by controlled questioning on a company supplied cellular. Eh?

For example what if an American blues guitar player cuts a new album, and needs a cheaper method of advertising his accomplishment? He could seek out a person in China to translate the TEXT or BLURB of his album to Chinese via cell phone. Then he would seek out a  crowdsurfing group or crowdturfing He then taps into a 1,348,950,000 person Chinese market. That would become a good base for anymore of his future albums.

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Just today, Jan 21st, I have noticed that my favorite News Clearing House Site, is offline. I don't know if it is permanently gone, but I certainly hope not. You see, many sites that provide large amounts of LINKS as the function of their existence, whether they advertise or not, have been told cease and desist... Other examples of site shut-downs are sites such as those that provide LINKS to copyrighted properties, like movies and music.

We have to draw our each own conclusions about this control method by government agency. It is the basic principle of the Internet to share files of information alongside the spam generators, and viral piracy's of our day. It is the state of the art for now. But is targeting web sites part of controlling our Internet, if we in fact can claim it as ours?


MooPig Site Review :: "Sunflower Design Enhances Solar Energy Prospects | Wake Up World"

Any Way you Mash it Up, we Need Feasible Alternative Energy
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 8 - 21, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Sunflower Design Enhances Solar Energy Prospects | Wake Up World: "There are only a few solar concentrator plants in the world, mainly because these multi-mirrored solar power production facilities require giant chunks of land and hefty investments. A new design developed at MIT could make these plants more feasible."

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MooPig's Famous Last Words Department

[PHOTO LINK]  Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign today for president. (Drudge Report. Jan 19, 2012)

In other News :: Mad man !
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 8 thru 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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You, Dave Darnell and Jenna Marie Hughes like this.

Matt Van Vleet Is he? I thought all Texans would be behind him for sure.
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Patrick Darnell Rick P is a Putz... but many are blind foollowers of his.. yes. Good morning Matt, full moon last night or almost. Hope you have a GREAT SUNDAY!
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Dave Darnell Truly a schlemiel disguised as a putz.
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Patrick Darnell In Yiddish and Judeo-English parlance, a schmuck is not haplessly inept like a schlemiel, an inveterate blunderer like a schlimazel or a pathetic sad sack like a schmendrik — all types one feels sorry for without being tempted to help them, since un-helpability is one of their salient traits.

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Etiquette for Schmucks, Schlemiels, Schlimazels and Schmendriks
Last week’s column, a reply to a reader’s query about the Yiddish word mentsh, i...See More
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Patrick Darnell Truly a resounding hit of the nail on the head.
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Dave Darnell My Yiddish is of the Tex-Meh variety. In my earlier tea sippin' days I would have been inclined to chalk it all up to being an Aggie. However, since my real life experience actually has been to call some of my closest associate Aggies that common four letter word, boss, one never knows which way the wind blows.
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Dave Darnell TAO wanted a new, cutting edge replacement term for "dumbing down". How'za 'bout "Perry's cranial paresis"?
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Patrick Darnell Patrick Darnell @Paula :: Did you know that Karl Rove convinced Rick Perry early on to change from TX Democrat to Republican and run against Jim Hightower for TX commissioner of Agriculture?
Karl Rove has a semi for Rick Perry.... who served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms ... back when Dubya was fooling around in the oil fields and running for Congress... oh, well.
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Bush's Brain - A Documentary About Karl Rove
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NASA Talk :: Saturn's Rings

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  Bryan TX

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Welcome Disruption
The line of Saturn's rings disrupts the Cassini spacecraft's view of the moons Tethys and Titan.

Larger Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) is on the left. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across) is near the center of the image. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing sides of Tethys and Titan. The angle also shows the northern, sunlit side of the rings from less than one degree above the ring plane. The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 7, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles (2.2 million kilometers) from Tethys and 1.9 million miles (3.1 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 8 miles (13 kilometers) per pixel on Tethys and 12 miles (19 kilometers) on Titan.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two on-board cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Page Last Updated: January 13, 2012
Page Editor: Rebecca Goodman
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar

MooPig's Forwarded Email Department :: "Wake Up World"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  Bryan TX

Wake Up World via
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Fifteen Healthy Foods for 2012

Victory for Internet Freedom: US Congress Shelves SOPA Bill.

The Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act have generated intense opposition
because of their crackdown on Internet freedom–and that opposition just won
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Is Your Social Media Experience Being Controlled?

There is a little known industry lurking in the dark recesses of the corners of
the internet, especially in the United States and China, called
Crowdturfing, coined by associate professor of computer science at the
University of California Santa Barbara Ben Zhao, is a combination of the terms
“crowdsourcing” and “astroturfing.”
Crowdsourcing means to outsource (hence the sourcing) relatively easy tasks to a
large work force (hence the crowd).
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Sunflower Design Enhances Solar Energy Prospects.

There are only a few solar concentrator plants in the world, mainly because
these multi-mirrored solar power production facilities require giant chunks of
land and hefty investments. A new design developed at MIT could make these
plants more feasible.
Using sunflowers as their inspiration, MIT researchers, led by assistant
professor of mechanical engineering Alexander Mitsos, came up with a biomimetic
design — a design that mimics nature — that better arranges the mirrors.
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Homeowner Takes on BOA for Foreclosure and Mortgage-Backed Security Fraud.

Can Bank of America foreclose on a homeowner without showing any evidence that
their client actually owns the promissory note?
Can a Mortgage-Backed Security sue for damages after they have already been made
whole through credit default swaps and a negotiated settlement with the
originator of the security?
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The Power of Meditation.

Right now in the world the old fear based reality has become unstable and is
beginning to fracture. It’s what science calls the movement of disordering
free entropy. But wherever you have that destructive energy breaking things
down, the miraculous thing is, re-constructive energies take shape immediately
the parts of the old consciousness fragment. It is a reordering energy science
calls ‘neg-entropy‘ and the Awakening Movement knows much more appropriately
as unconditional love! It’s drawing us into a higher paradigm of greater
energetic harmony. Meditation has the power to do this. We become channels of
consciousness for the new energies to flow in. Not only is meditation powerfully
healing for us, but the whole of life on our planet.
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US Government Attempting to Censor Scientific Journals.

Two of the world’s foremost scientific journals, Nature and Science, have been
asked to censor information on a man-made bird flu variant, claiming that it
could fall into the wrong hands.
The United States’ National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)
requested that Nature and Science only publish redacted versions of the studies
amid fears it might be used as a bioweapon.
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Zero Deaths in 38 Years From This Raw Food – So Why is it Condemned?

There are two entirely different types of raw milk. Milk from grain-fed cows
raised in large confined animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) is rendered safe
for consumption through pasteurization, while the milk from grass-fed cows
raised on smaller, clean farms can nearly always be safely consumed without
being pasteurized
Most of the actual nutrition found in milk is destroyed during pasteurization.
The process also alters the milk molecule and as a result, pasteurized milk tops
the list of allergenic foods.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Beyonce inspires scientists to rename rare fly | KGET TV 17

Re-framed by Pat Darnell | Jan 16, 2012 | Bryan TX
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Beyonce inspires scientists to rename rare fly | KGET TV 17: "The creature, which was first discovered in the year of the star's birth, 1981, will now be called Scaptia (Plinthina) Beyonceae.

Scientists claim they decided on the name after the insect's golden hair reminded them of Beyonce."
Bryan Lessard, from Australia's science agency CSIRO, says, "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in honor of the performer Beyonce as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy - the naming of species."


Space: SETI: The Drake Equation --the Number of Communicating ET's

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 15, 2012 | Bryan TX

Space: SETI: The Drake Equation:
The Drake Equation was developed by Frank Drake in 1961 as a way to focus on the factors which determine how many intelligent, communicating civilizations there are in our galaxy. The Drake Equation is:

N = N* fp ne fl fi fc fL

N* represents the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Question: How many stars are in the Milky Way Galaxy?
  • Answer: Current estimates are 100 billion.

fp is the fraction of stars that have planets around them
  • Question: What percentage of stars have planetary systems?
  • Answer: Current estimates range from 20% to 50%.

ne is the number of planets per star that are capable of sustaining life
  • Question: For each star that does have a planetary system, how many planets are capable of sustaining life?
  • Answer: Current estimates range from 1 to 5.

fl is the fraction of planets in ne where life evolves
  • Question: On what percentage of the planets that are capable of sustaining life does life actually evolve?
  • Answer: Current estimates range from 100% (where life can evolve it will) down to close to 0%.

fi is the fraction of fl where intelligent life evolves
  • Question: On the planets where life does evolve, what percentage evolves intelligent life?
  • Answer: Estimates range from 100% (intelligence is such a survival advantage that it will certainly evolve) down to near 0%.

fc is the fraction of fi that communicate
  • Question: What percentage of intelligent races have the means and the desire to communicate?
  • Answer: 10% to 20%

fL is fraction of the planet's life during which the communicating civilizations live
  • Question: For each civilization that does communicate, for what fraction of the planet's life does the civilization survive?
  • Answer: This is the toughest of the questions. If we take Earth as an example, the expected lifetime of our Sun and the Earth is roughly 10 billion years. So far we've been communicating with radio waves for less than 100 years. How long will our civilization survive? Will we destroy ourselves in a few years like some predict or will we overcome our problems and survive for millennia? If we were destroyed tomorrow the answer to this question would be 1/100,000,000th. If we survive for 10,000 years the answer will be 1/1,000,000th.
When all of these variables are multiplied together when come up with: N, the number of communicating civilizations in the galaxy.

The real value of the Drake Equation is not in the answer itself, but the questions that are prompted when attempting to come up with an answer. Obviously there is a tremendous amount of guess work involved when filling in the variables. As we learn more from astronomy, biology, and other sciences, we'll be able to better estimate the answers to the above questions. Many of these questions will be addressed in depth in future issues of Enigma.
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Frank Drake :: In 1963 Drake took a short-lived position at the Jet Propulsion Lab and later that year he took a position at Cornell's Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Two years later he accepted the directorship of the Cornell run Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Drake and his family returned to Cornell in 1968.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MooPig's Abused Terminology Department :: "Derivatives: Some Explanations from the Arts, Please."

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State of the Art :: Derivatives
Re-Framed by Pat Darnell | Jan 15, 2012 | Bryan TX

Today while the TEXANS cogitate in the locker room during half time of their playoff game at Baltimore... I am decidedly anxious to find the root of a certain terminology that has been vastly abused: Derivatives.

Last week I re-watched a 2009 documentary -- "Capitalism: A Love Story" -- produced by Michael Moore. At one point Moore asks people going in a out of the CHASE bank building if they knew what a Derivative is. It perked me up, and soon I wanted to know what a Derivative is.
" ... His [Moore's] study of the meltdown leads him to the puzzling matter of "derivatives," the mysterious financial instruments involved in the bank collapses. In the film, Moore asks three "experts" to explain a derivative to him. They can't. (Ebert, Roger. Sep 27, 2009. LINK) ... "
-- [Half-Time is over; second half, TEXANS still losing] --

Go to that LINK. My referenced blog post from repeats a good story from the film. Bank directors don't even know what derivatives are.

A Google search of Moore, Michael, derivatives, movie ... produced a few interesting explanatory bits; but nothing to placate my uneasiness about this subject.

One blogger (Powell, Tom. Oct 7, 2009. LINK) said about the derivatives gamblers "... Eventually, the government stepped in to save them by creating a bailout package that was funded by tax payers from states where gambling is prohibited. ... "

Searching "Clinton, derivatives," ... (Zumbrun, Joshua. April 18, 2010. LINK) " ... Former President Bill Clinton said his Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers were wrong in the advice they gave him about regulating derivatives when he was in office. ... "
EXCERPT | " ... Their argument was that derivatives didn’t need transparency because they were “expensive and sophisticated and only a handful of people will buy them and they don’t need any extra protection,” Clinton said. “The flaw in that argument was that first of all, sometimes people with a lot of money make stupid decisions and make it without transparency.”
“Even if less than 1 percent of the total investment community is involved in derivative exchanges, so much money was involved that if they went bad, they could affect 100 percent of the investments,” Clinton said. (Ibid. LINK) ... "
At the Article  " ... Summers, director of Obama’s National Economic Council, said in a Bloomberg Television interview last week that the Obama administration supports “the principles that derivatives need to be traded in the sunshine, that there needs to be centralized clearing.” (ibid.)... "

But then a small bit of enlightening information shines: there are 'standardized derivatives' and 'customized derivatives' out there, Rubin said in his "April 8 testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission." But remember Rubin is the guy Clinton said led financial trustworthiness astray.

I remember the first derivatives I ever saw were in the appendix of a Calculus book. Is that the origin of this worldwide derision about derivatives? It depends on how well you understand, and have kept up with Calculus... ? YIKES!!!!!! No wonder nobody has a clue what they are.

Foreclosed? Advice you can use from the helpful Michael Moore :: :: People:   "So these derivatives are essentially bets on bets."

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-- [TEXANS just made a Goal Line stand] --

Where do we go from here? Every large and established business has a customized derivative of its financial system. Every Institution, Government branch, and Holding Company it is the same. Some groups have standardized derivatives, that any mathematics graduate can maybe decipher.

But for the general population, you have to suck it up. Like in this drawing below: the apple is falling and can be measured in its progress using a standard velocity derivative, right?

But the ground is falling, while spinning too -- and the tree is falling and spinning with that model as well ... and while it is measureable ... your standard derivative has just become customized and infinitely complicated.
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NEXT WEEK: Who wishes the American Financial System gets a Lobotomy?

-- [TEXANS lose 20 to 13 ...] --


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