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Sunday, April 29, 2012

NASA Talk -- PLANET (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) Collaboration

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The Milky Way's 100 Billion Planets
This artist's illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. The planets, their orbits and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six-year search that surveyed millions of stars using the microlensing technique concluded that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception. The average number of planets per star is greater than one. This means that there is likely to be a minimum of 1,500 planets within just 50 light-years of Earth.

The results are based on observations taken over six years by the PLANET (Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork) collaboration, which was founded in 1995. The study concludes that there are far more Earth-sized planets than bloated Jupiter-sized worlds. This is based on calibrating a planetary mass function that shows the number of planets increases for lower mass worlds. A rough estimate from this survey would point to the existence of more than 10 billion terrestrial planets across our galaxy.

The results were published in the Jan. 12, 2012, issue of the British science journal Nature.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

MooPig's Report from the Middle: "Depression"

by Pat Darnell | Apr 28, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Depression Symptoms: What’s Behind Europe’s Spike in Suicides | Common Dreams: Still, the data underscores the senselessness of a crisis fueled by the gambling of financiers and Wall Street ballers ... "high on irrational exuberance and a sense of corporate invincibility."

Count your blessings if you have no depression. Some say love of money, the root of all evil, invokes depression on a large scale.
The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left!!
- 9:22am Today
The old saying goes "The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth"...Well by the time the Meek get to inheriting, there wont be much to enjoy..Between the Big Oil Companies and the likes of Monsantos, this old Planet is going in the crapper at a very rapid pace..Don't you just love the nay sayers though? (Submitted by Sassys on April 28, 2012. HERE)
Sassys, aka Sarah Goldston, blogger, goes on to say 'wise up and fly right if you are going to predict doom.'
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EXCERPT  |  " ... A survey documented in the 2010 World of Work Report published by the International Institute for Labour Studies suggests that the crisis has induced an unprecedented global decline in life satisfaction. In concrete terms this has translated into greater pessimism about the quality of life, diminished confidence in the ability of governments to shape brighter and fairer futures, and greater social unrest among other things. (Chen, Michelle. April 28, 2012. HERE)... "
Depression is an old friend of mine. I lived in that tank most of my life. When I was a teen I began the old bit of self-medication. And the rest I would not like to talk about, because I intend to talk about it in my upcoming book.

You know the saying: "When your mother cries, it rains"?  That is the crux of the conditional nature of depression. One who is obeisant to murky dark moods must always check with one's depression before proceeding with any task. It is like every path leads to destruction: it's like awakening one day to realize one's whole life is a fraud.

Depression takes up a lot of time. It must be fed, so curses abound, and derision rules. Only when the veil lifts away does the half-life of a depressed person get some time for living. I don't know if depression is a result of associations in life, or if it is chemical, and then, probably, it is inherited from parents.

In my case I would say depression is genetically inherited, and I have chosen people like me, over the years, to associate with. Choosing then becomes a challenge, to even take another breath can sometimes be a challenge. How to know the origins of this sneaky, devil of a condition, remains the biggest question.

The newest information about depression, and let's add some anxiety in there, hangs around lifestyle management. That includes all the self-help, do-it-yourself, take mega doses of vitamins, advice you can digest. However, anyone who is in the realest sense depressed will tell you that stuff doesn't work.

Therefore, if managing better doesn't work, then there are several pharmaceuticals available. And a combination of the two ideas will probably be the route taken. I have seen the results of depression on all stages of human life. I saw it in my elders, in my siblings, and in my own babies. It has distinct manifestations in behavior, and in perceptions of life.

For all those in range of my words who have some knowledge of this, I cannot help you with it. Let me say if the headlines you read send you into panic attacks, well you might want to get some professional help, if your health insurance covers it.

By moving my family to central Texas, I thought it would provide us with a safe and secure domicile and calmer existence. Living in the Middle has its rewards, yes, and it is a small town atmosphere next to a University. It turns out, depression does not take a holiday, it travels along wherever one perches.

In conclusion I wish to mention a few things that have gotten me into darkest moods since living here: After we moved in to our new home two, hundred-year-old oaks, both perished leaving big holes in our attractive surroundings.

When I got here, I had three 401K's  which turned out to be useless as the paper they were written on. I came to the conclusion that the whole Wall Street carnival is eat up. Then comes Geo W Bush, who is my age, as president of our country, and that eight years depressed me into derision.

Now the Republicans have waged war on we the people and are holding our "human rights" hostage in their blinking stone walling, and ridiculous, straggling foot dragging policies. Depresses me.

Yes, to all my acquaintances over the years, I have been carrying a suitcase of issues along with me, in hopes to one day sort it all out. I apologize if you got caught in my nets.

The statistics reveal the unnerving question underlying our collective struggle to make sense of systemic tragedy: Who really pulls the trigger? (Chen, Michelle. April 28, 2012. HERE)

That's the MooPig Report from the Middle: where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are all above average.

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MooPig's Famous Last Words Department :: "What is a BAKKIE?"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Apr 28, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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Man lives after sinkhole crash - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News |
EXCERPT  | " ... What was meant to be a Durban man’s quick trip to the dentist turned into an eight-hour ordeal at the hospital when he crashed his bakkie into a sinkhole, submerging almost the entire vehicle in water. (April 18 2012. 01:27pm. Laea Medley) ... "
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MooPig's Baseball Minute

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What is it? It's a trove of arcane information about a sport that has always attracted fans with a special fondness for such minutiae.
In a room in St. Petersburg, 70,000 cards detail minor league baseball players' careers - Tampa Bay Times:
EXCERPT | " ... Inside the main building is a fireproof room, its walls stacked with cinder blocks and stuffed with fiberglass. And inside that room are 11 filing cabinets that stretch from the door to the back wall, propped on blocks of wood, some nearly a century old and weighing more than a metric ton. ... "
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" ... They are records of careers started, bonuses received, service time earned, promotions enjoyed, trades endured, releases mourned, careers ended. Very simply, player record cards served as a way to keep track of players and roster sizes during a time when some minor league teams failed to keep accurate records of their own and information was far more difficult to find. ... "
Stan the Man
" ... So what good are the cards? Why hold on to them?

Because they tell us that Lou Piniella signed his first contract on June 9, 1962, for $650 a month. That the Red Sox formally added Ted Williams to their roster again on Jan. 21, 1946, after he spent more than three seasons away from baseball helping his country win a war. That Stan Musial was, in fact, suspended three times during the 1938 and 1939 seasons, though it most likely was not for disciplinary reasons but rather so that the high schooler could play in amateur games. ... "

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Ahmed Elseyofi's 'Chlorophyll' Skyscraper Imitates Plant Life (PHOTOS): "According to Sustainable Sources, an Austin-based green building web site, commercial technology for passive solar heating is more developed than that of passive solar cooling. However, this disparity has not stopped the ideas from becoming part of the mainstream design dialogue."

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Between what and how is something today called architecture. Who ever goes craziest with their computer aided drafting and design software's is the winner. Questions arise like "Will this building withstand a 747 crashing into it?" and "What is it's ability to withstand seismic amplitudes of 9.0?"

Also, "Does it come in pink?" The new architecture is actually just old architecture that has come to pass due to unraveling complex proportion structures not made of brick.

Like everything else -- this too shall pass.


NASA Talk -- Bon Voyage Discovery

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | April 24, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Space Shuttle Discovery Flown Over the U.S. Capitol
Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is seen as it flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

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NASA Talk -- Bon Voyage Discovery

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | April 24, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Space Shuttle Discovery Readied for Demate
NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Discovery mated on top rolls into position for demating at Washington Dulles International Airport, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Sterling, VA. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Page Last Updated: April 19, 2012
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NASA Official: Brian Dunbar

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Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy
Space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va.

image Credit: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Catholic League threatens to ‘mobilize’ boycott against Jon Stewart | The Raw Story

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

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Catholic League threatens to ‘mobilize’ boycott against Jon Stewart | The Raw Story:

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At MooPig, in our adolescence, we called this the Big WAHOO!!!! Until Jon Stewart mentioned on air once that he is Jewish, I had thought he was Catholic. But no matter the denomination, this one takes the ribbon, Vagina Mangers to protect our women from invasive procedures... Maybe next the Republicans will require clitoris circumcisions ... YIKES!!!

Some Early Monday Morning Commentary:

Jamel Elizabeth Jackson The Catholic church has been taken over by Nazis. They find issues to take our focus off their pedophile problem!
31 minutes ago · Unlike · 4
Kathy StillObama Driver Exactly. Nah-uh, we will NOT forget!
30 minutes ago · Unlike · 3
Johnny Bryla Oh wow, Jon may lose several viewers due to this "mobilization". But at the same time probably gain tens of thousands.
12 minutes ago · Like · 2
Johnny Bryla And if there are some warm, unoccupied vagina mangers out there, let me know, Little Johnny always needs a place to stay for the night during his travels.
11 minutes ago · Like · 1
Johnny Bryla LOL!!! Did I really just type that? SHIT, 6:15 A.M. on a Monday and I'm already on a roll.
10 minutes ago · Like · 1
Kathy StillObama Driver Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

MooPig's Birthplace -- "Marthasville, MO" Man Charged in Wal-Mart Lot Assault

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

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Marthasville Man Charged in Wal-Mart Lot Assault - The Missourian: Washington News: "Washington Police said the incident was caught on surveillance video." (February 13, 2012.

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The population of Marthasville, Missouri, the birthplace of MooPig, is 861, reported around Jul 2009 according to Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Another census report HERE shows the town to have 861 residents which are mostly white demographic 96% persons, mostly of German descent. Male \ female numbers are about equal.

Most residents have to go 9 miles across the Missouri River to Washington, MO, to shop at the Super Wal-Mart there. If a domestic crime were committed in Marthasville, there might be no account of it, since there is no on duty police force there.

MooPig left Marthasville after its contract ended and the factory shut down. Since then there has been little to none news from its birthplace. Until just this morning this story from February 2012, about a Marthasville man caught our attention during an early morning perusal through the Net.

While the suspect is from Marthasville, the crime took place in Washington, MO. So far no one at MooPig Enterprises recognizes the named perpetrator.
" ... Police said warrants were issued charging Christopher E. Vanesler, 50, of Marthasville, with second-degree domestic assault and leaving the scene of an accident, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of assault and animal abuse. He was being held on a $70,000 cash-only bond. Vanesler is accused of assaulting a woman who had lived with him at Marthasville, throwing the woman's small dog onto the parking lot, striking three parked vehicles while trying to flee the scene and with punching a bystander who tried to stop him. The incident occurred shortly after noon Friday, Feb. 10. ... "
That is all; for now.

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MooPig's Liberalism :: "Yellow Dogs are a liberal's best friend..."

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

St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Date: Nov 12, 2003
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What's the difference in a "Blue Dog" and a "Yellow Dog" Democrat? A lot!

We "yellow dogs" are quite liberal socially and economically. Blue Dogs are conservative. Bill Maxwell from the St Petersburg Times explains...

Yellow Dogs are a liberal's best friend Series: : EXCERPT  |  " ... Besides being Southerners, the main characteristic of Yellow Dog Democrats is their liberalism, which knocks out the likes of Sen. Joe Lieberman, who supported many of George W. Bush's un-American policies, including his overthrow of a sovereign nation. Yellow Dogs still believe that liberalism is nature's greatest creation - after sex and the grapes from which red wine is made.

" ... Devotion to liberty - as expressed in Ben Franklin's famous words - is always in the middle of the Yellow Dog's feeding dish: "They who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Obviously, then, Yellow Dogs have nothing but contempt for the current administration in the White House, an administration whose attorney general's idea of liberty is the FBI's unfettered right to wiretap the homes of those with whom he disagrees."

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" ... Which gets me to another point: Who are these Yellow Dog Democrats anyway? My own guesswork tells me that far fewer white males count themselves as Yellow Dogs than just 10 years ago. Jews, too, who used to be a stable bloc, are increasingly deserting the party. The same is true of Hispanics, and not just Castro-hating South Florida Cubans. Many Chicanos in California, Central Florida and elsewhere now vote Republican. A large number of Arabs, who once shunned the GOP, voted for Bush. Go figure. ... " (Maxwell, Bill. 2003/11/12. LINKED)


Saturday, April 21, 2012

MooPig Trivia Minute :: "Quizzes at CSMonitor"

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Quizzes -
At Christian Science Monitor we found these quizzes:
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  April 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX
  • Fenway Park: 10 questions about baseball's 100-year-old park. Take our quiz
  • Do you know the facts behind Arizona's immigration law? Take our quiz. 
  • Are you a Helicopter Parent? Take our quiz
  • Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? Take our quiz
  • ... and more ...
Here are some examples of questions and answers...

Fenway Park -- it has the smallest foul territory in the big leagues. Its two foul poles are named for players... Carlton Fisk and Johnny Pesky.

Arizona Zoning -- The federal government has placed signs in lawless border areas of Arizona that say: "“Danger. Public Warning. Travel Not Recommended.”" What happened to "Have Gun: Will Travel?"

And -- Who do you think made this statement: "Who made the following statement on April 23, 2010? “Surely we can all agree that when 11 million people in our country are living here illegally outside the system, that’s unacceptable.… Government has a responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders.” ?? Yes, Barry said that.

Your 4-year-old gets into an altercation with other kids at the playground and is getting whupped. You: "Do nothing. You don't even realize it's happening since you're busy doing some work on your phone on the quiet side of the playground. ... !"

The Soviet Union didn't choose to back Kim Il-sung arbitrarily; he was already prominent in Korea. What was he known for? [Can you believe this?] ... for Being a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese!

AND -- Once in power, Kim Il-sung began building a cult of personality for himself. Which of the following was a legend about himself that he promoted? Answer:  He could turn pine cones into bullets.  He cut down a tree with a single swing of his sword.  He walked on water. YIKES!

The new supreme leader Kim Il-un is following in his grandfather's footsteps. What will he do to ascend to the height? Maybe he will shit gold nuggets!!!

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MooPig's Parenting Department :: Quizzes

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Are you a Helicopter Parent? "Have kids: Will HOver"
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  April 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX  | HERE

Parenting is a double edged sword tested in fire. Yes, you can be blamed for every mishap, trial, and error your child encounters. But there is no right answer ... ever ... none, zilch, bupkiss, nada! MooPig dislikes pushy parents, but it turns out we might be over the edge a bit ourselves.

Results:   "You are airborn but not licensed Congratulations! You're ascending to full helicopter parenting, but don't feel you need to hover over your children's every life decision."
 These are the 50 Questions :: Followed by MooPig's Responses

When your baby drops a cookie on the floor, you:
 Let the dog and baby vie for it.

When your 12-year-old needs to create a science project and diorama for school, you: Encourage him come to you when he needs supplies and a bit of guidance, but otherwise let him figure it out on his own. 

You buy your teen a new cellphone. Your plan includes the option to sign up for GPS tracking that allows you to know your teen's location at any moment. You decide to:
 Get the GPS tracking, tell him and give him the option of turning it off.

When your preschoolers go to a neighborhood Easter egg hunt you: Let them do it on their own, but watch carefully, and if they're not finding any, you give a few hints.

You put your toddler to bed, but the stalling calls – “Mommy I need a drink,” “Daddy, read me another story” – won't stop. So you: Give it 3 minutes before giving in.

Before purchasing a toy, you: Look for the types of toys you had growing up.

 You notice that your son’s dorm is, well, disgusting. You: Bring your son a basket of cleaning supplies and his own supply of 2-ply.

 When it’s 50 degrees outside, what does your child wear? A down jacket and a sweater.

 When your toddler takes a tumble, you: Glance to see if there’s no blood; wait for a howling cry, otherwise don’t acknowledge.

 Your toddler takes his shoes off while playing outside. You: Vicariously glory in the feeling of grass between the toes.

 When your baby starts to crawl, you: Assay his play areas and buy some outlet covers and install them yourself and lock up the most dangerous cabinet filled with cleaning supplies.

 Your 3-year-old is on the toilet wiping herself in a circular motion around the mid-back. You: See it as a teaching moment and give her a lesson in the proper way to fold the toilet paper.

 Your soon-to-be college graduate interviews for a prestigious internship but does not get the position. You: Offer to go over her résumé and help her send out more applications.

 Your adult daughter gets a job across the country. You: Promise to visit when she’s settled in. You do your teen-aged son’s laundry Every day or so; whites and colored clothes separate.

 The “smart limits” on your 12-year-old’s cellphone are set at: Off.

 Your 10-year-old son is allowed to ride his bike: Anywhere he wants to, as long as he stays in the neighborhood.

 When your 9-year-old tells you he'd like to ride the subway alone from school to your apartment, you: Realize he's mature and might be ready, talk to him carefully about the routes and what to do if there's a problem, give him a cell phone and some money, and let him do it.

 Your toddler starts climbing up anything and everything. You: Let her climb on some of the safer things at home and at the playground, spot her as she gets higher than her own height, and let her know that furniture is not generally for climbing.

 Your 4-year-old gets into an altercation with other kids at the playground and is getting whupped. You: Run over and intervene immediately, separating them, letting certain ones know which behavior isn't acceptable, and vowing to yourself your child won’t be playing with these kids again.

 Your child is a freshman at college, how often do you communicate with him (by cellphone, instant message, text message, e-mail)? More than once a day

 How many of these professionals do you have on speed dial – Sylvan Learning Center, school guidance counselor, first-grade teacher? None

 You helped your child with her college admission essay by: Discussing it at the dinner table as she conceptualizes it, and editing it for her.

 How strict are your movie standards for your under-10 child? I watch all movies with my child and explain anything inappropriate.

 What makes you contact your middle-schooler’s teachers: If my child brings home a D on a test.

 Do you use a Kinderkord (leash) when you go places with your toddler? I always hold my child’s hand in public places.

 Your high school sophomore moans that she has an assignment due next week. Your response is: Discuss aspects of the report with her and why it’s important to know about it; hand her a library card and point her toward the public library website.

 Your 7-year-old is invited to a birthday party. She doesn't usually eat sweets because you don't think they're healthy. So you: Let her eat what she wants – it’s a birthday party, for goodness sake.

 Your teenage son makes the varsity basketball team. But he isn’t getting much game time. You: Offer to shoot hoops with him on the weekend, if he wants to practice.

 Your daughter, who recently graduated from college, gets a new car. You: Review her insurance policy and make sure it’s comprehensive enough; make note of the maintenance schedule so you can call to remind her to change the oil; and insist on putting emergency first aid and repair kits in the trunk.

 Your 5th-grader is sad because she was not invited to a birthday party. You: Talk with her about her feelings, cliques, friendships, and the reasons some people might have to limit a guest list. And then have a special Mom/Dad-daughter outing.

 The jungle gym at the neighborhood playground is: Somewhat worrying, but OK because you’re always there to supervise closely.

 You let your 18-month-old walk: Anywhere.

 You plan your child’s day: As appropriate around your own schedule.

 Your child’s birthday is around the corner, so you: Search frantically for the nicely wrapped gift you bought three weeks ago and hope Dad remembered to pick-up the cake from the grocery store.

 Your child’s elementary-school PTA is looking for volunteers. You: Take whatever volunteer opportunities the PTA offers you, even if it means doing fundraising that has no direct fun with your child – you believe doing your civic duty is a good model for your child.

 Your freshman college student is selecting courses for the coming semester and calls you. You: Take her phone call for help, offer general suggestions.

 Your son/daughter joins the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts. You: Joyfully drop him/her off at meetings and camp outs, knowing that your absence fosters independence and leadership skills.

 You take your early elementary school aged child to a restaurant. You Scour the menu for something healthy.

 Your middle school son gets detention at school. You: Talk to the teacher and see if her story reconciles with your son's. And, in any case, you tell your son he better shape up.

 When your kindergartner is coloring, you: Get some work done nearby with occasional appraisals of your little Picasso's work.

 Your first-grader’s elementary school is a quarter-mile from your home in a quiet tract. You: Walk every day with her.

 Your college freshman daughter’s roommate regularly asks your daughter to go to the library so she can have privacy with her boyfriend.

 You: Figure that you have this information because your child is using you as a sounding board, and you mostly listen, and offer some suggestions for how to approach the roommate to ease up on exclusive use of the room.

 When your grade-schooler has a field trip you: sign the permission slip and say, "have fun."

 When your 10-year-old wants to meet friends at the mall, you: tell her 10 is pretty young to go to the mall with friends; but the next time you go to the mall you'll let her invite a friend.

 It's prom time; your daughter needs a dress, so you: offer to take her on a shopping trip with a friend so you can exercise veto power over the inappropriate.

 You enroll your kindergartner in a Sunday School class and you: ask the teacher to give you a lesson plan ahead of time so you can prepare your child.

 When your 6th grader is asked a question by an adult, you: hope he remembers all the manners you’ve taught him – eye contact, full-sentence answers spoken, not grunted.

 When your son graduates from college and starts job hunting you hope he gets a job and invites you to the “take your parents to work day.”

 Your son is 15 1/2 – old enough for a driver's permit. You: you pay for driver training and the permit, but tell him he won't get his actual license until he's proven maturity with the permit.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

MooPig's Who Would Win in a Bar Fight #9 -- Stick to your day jobs! Failed businesses of the stars - NY Daily News

HEIDI MONTAG, 'DREAMS COME TRUE' - Stick to your day jobs! Failed businesses of the stars - NY Daily News: "HEIDI MONTAG, 'DREAMS COME TRUE'
For some celebrities, once they get a taste of success, they think everything they touch will turn to gold. Yeah, not so much for these stars ... Heidi Montag made a name for herself as Lauren Conrad plastic surgery-loving frenemy on MTV's 'The Hills,' but while she's been dreaming of pop stardom, the music world doesn't seem to be dreaming of her. The fame-hungry blond is back with her second heavily-autotuned album, ironically named 'Dreams Come True,' which will surely be just as much of a disaster as her last album ...

Heidi Montag
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Ann Coulter

Conservative media personality Ann Coulter has managed to offend every black person in America in a matter of 58 seconds. Coulter delivered a speech where she compared President Obama to Flavor Flav. Ann Coulter mused, “Voters with forty years of politically correct education are ecstatic to have the first Black president. They just love the idea even if we did get Flavor Flav instead of Thomas Sowell.”

Bar Fight is an invention of

Monday, April 16, 2012

NASA Talk -- Astronaut Training

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Apr 5, 2012 | Bryan TX

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T-38 Aircraft Fly Over Washington
A NASA T-38 training jet is seen as it flies over Washington, DC, Thursday, April 5, 2012. NASA, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, conducted training and photographic flights over the DC metropolitan area. T-38 aircraft have been used for astronaut training for more than 30 years as they allow pilots and mission specialists to think quickly in changing situations, experiences astronauts say are critical to practicing for the rigors of spaceflight.

Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz
Page Last Updated: April 9, 2012
Page Editor: Yvette Smith
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar


NASA Talk -- Stardust

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Apr 15, 2012  | Bryan TX
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Chaos in Orion
Baby stars are creating chaos 1,500 light-years away in the cosmic cloud of the Orion Nebula. Four massive stars make up the bright yellow area in the center of this false-color image for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Green indicates hydrogen and sulfur gas in the nebula, which is a cocoon of gas and dust. Red and orange indicate carbon-rich molecules. Infant stars appear as yellow dots embedded in the nebula.

Image Credit: NASA
Page Last Updated: April 10, 2012
Page Editor: Yvette Smith
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar


Sunday, April 15, 2012

MooPig Site Reviews :: "LISTS"

NEWS is Cyclic
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Apr 15, 2012 | Bryan TX

NEWS is cyclic, as cyclic as oleanders. NEWS has a repeating life cycle that after a while becomes nauseating. Like eating too much cake, NEWS can make one binge and purge. This writer, Robert Sobel of the Orlando Liberal Examiner finds these 50 NEWS outlets to be the worst sources for today's information.

We don't know for sure what makes a NEWS organization the worst. Fortunately, MooPig Wisdom is not chosen for this austere reward, yet.

1. Fox News
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2. Rush Limbaugh

3. Glenn Beck

4. Michael Savage

5. Alex Jones

6. The Heritage Foundation

7. The Wall Street Journal

8. Neal Boortz

9. Sean Hannity

10. Bill O'Reily


12. National Review

13. Mark Levin

14. The Weekly Standard

15. Washington Times

16. The American Conservative

17. The Drudge Report

18. The Cato Institute

19. Media Research Center


21. Red State

22. Andew Breitbart's Big Government

23. The American Cause

24. Christian Coalition

25. The John Birch Society

26. Citizens United

27. Freedom Works

28. Tea Party Express

29. Tea Party Patriots

30. No Left Turns

31. News Busters

32. News Max

33. The New York Post

34. Conservative HQ

35. Sirius radio "Patriot"

36. Conservative American News

37. Conservative Daily News

38. Judicial Watch

39. The Source Daily

40. Republican National Committee

41. American Spectator

42, Reason Magazine

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43. Where Freedom Rings

44. Conservapedia

45. The Right Side of the Web

46. CNS News

47. Michael Reagan

48. Family Research Council

49. Conservative Underground

50. Hugh Hewitt

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MooPig Storm Tracking Department :: Hurricane Name, IRENE, Removed from List

[Picture AFP\GETTY LINK] Cut off: Damaged power lines burn in Nags Head on Saturday as Hurricane Irene hits the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina 28 August 2011.

Do You Remember Irene?
by Pat Darnell | Apr 15, 2012 | Bryan TX

I didn't; because it didn't affect the Gulf Coast. But till this morning I also didn't know that namer's of storms often retire certain storm names. And that is the report today. "Irene" is retired. According to AP "... -- Irene is being retired from the list of storm names because the 2011 hurricane killed 49 people and caused more than $15 billion in damage ..." (AP, Miami. Apr 13, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT. LINK)

Irene was the hurricane that skated along the Eastern seaboard last year. Report on some of it can be found HERE: MooPig's Own Irene Watch ... that is from August 28, 2011.  It was an unusual storm because it hit the Carolina coasts and regions up through southern New England with torrential rain and strong winds. Those regions seldom get hurricanes. See the maps HERE.

See: also, : The Associated Press:

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[Picture LINK] Scary: A tree smashed through a vehicle in West Hempstead, New York, after being blown down by the winds of Hurricane Irene August 2011.


Saturday, April 07, 2012

MooPig Re-Run :: from 9/19/09 " ... Ted Nugent Answers all your GREEN Questions"

Click HERE --where this discussion started.:
Ted Nugent versus Joe Perry vs PETA
Captured by Pat Darnell and Onorp Derf

Narrator: “Motor Town Mad Man living in Waco with a spiritual erection…. ”

Anthony Bourdain: "Curiously satisfying..."

Sans Direction: "Joe Perry, he’s got it right. He said, first in the Joe Perry Project then on Done WIth Mirrors, the post-comeback, pre-sobriety Aerosmith album, “Let The Music Do The Talking”. Joe Perry FTW."

Jack Pribek: "Best case scenario; all PETA execs are duct taped to folding chairs at a neutral location somewhere between Waco and Boston, preferably in a V.F.W. hall to witness a jam between Ted and Joe while Rachel and Anthony grill deer steaks and cook 15 bean wild bore soup that is served by PETA ad models and Hooter’s girls."

Ted Nugent: [3:16] “Anthony, I planted 100,000 trees myself …”


StratoBlogster: "Joe Perry is a great guitar player but back in the day Nuge was over the top. I watched him climb the lighting tower sections in ‘79 at the LA Colosseum. To imagine him being the only drug-free person there is beyond human comprehension.

I go for Ted because he’ll never bore ya!"

Thursday, April 05, 2012

BBC News - Japan tsunami 'ghost ship' drifting to Canada

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Old flip flops, plastic toys, bags, children's pacifiers, toothbrushes, tons of plastic bottles and even whole yachts are just some of the rubbish floating in the so-called 'great pacific garbage patch'.
You can see the garbage's shipping schedule in the above map, which is color-coded by year. It was created by a NOAA researcher named (no joke) J. Churnside using a modeling program called the Ocean Surface Current Simulator. FYI, if you're ever out sailing or walking the beach and happen to spot some ocean-faring debris, there's an app you can use to report it to government scientists. It's fun for the whole family!
BBC News - Japan tsunami 'ghost ship' drifting to Canada:
The tsunami last March generated more than 25 million tonnes of debris, say researchers at the University of Hawaii. Between four and eight million tonnes were washed into the ocean, with one to two million tonnes still floating on the surface.
A Japanese fishing boat lost in the Pacific Ocean after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was sighted March 20, 2012 drifting 150 nautical miles off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii near British Columbia, Canada by the crew of an aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol. (AP Photo/Canadian Department of National Defence via The Canadian Press)
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But even more grisly are the predictions of U.S. oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who is expecting human feet, still in their shoes, to wash up on the West Coast within three years.
'I'm expecting parts of houses, whole boats and feet in sneakers to wash up,' Mr Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam, told MailOnline.
Several thousand bodies were washed out to sea following the disaster and while most of the limbs will come apart and break down in the water, feet encased in shoes will float, Mr Ebbesmeyer said.
'I'm expecting the unexpected,' he added.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

MooPig's Vacation like a Kennedy :: "Taking a Tour?"

Ghost Hunters DC
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Apr 3, 2012 | Bryan TX

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First lady, Google announce White House digital tours -

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Interesting things we learned:

The White House has a bowling lane, a tennis court, a basketball court, a putting green, a jogging track, a swimming pool, 132 rooms, 4 dining rooms, 1 dentist office, 28 fireplaces, 12 chimneys, 3 elevators, 4 floors, and 2 basements.

Members of the first family and their guests use the rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. There are 16 family and guest bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a sunny family room, a kitchen, and a dining room. Special guests stay in the Queens' Bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.

In 1835, Andrew Jackson received a strange gift: a huge wheel of cheddar cheese, 4 feet round and 2 feet thick, weighing 1,400 pounds. It sat in the Entrance Hall for two years while it cured. Jackson invited the public to visit and eat the cheese on Washington's Birthday, 1837. Within two hours, the cheese was gone but the smell remained.

The President's salary is $400,000.

We liked reading all about the various White House pets.

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

MooPig's Art History Nano-Second :: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, oil on canvas, 1767

Rococo; Fragonard's The Swing - Smarthistory:
EXCERPT  |  " ... Lets take a close look at a typical Rococo painting, Fragonard's The Swing also known as The Happy Accidents of the Swing. As with most Rococo paintings, the subject is not very complicated! Two lovers have conspired to get this older fellow to push the youg lady in the swing while her lover hides in the bushes. (Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. April 1, 2012. LINK)  ... "
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" ... If you look really closely you can see the loose brushstrokes in the pink silk dress, and as she opens her legs, we get a glimpse of her garter belt. It was precisely this kind of painting that the philosophers of the Enlightenment were soon to condemn. They demanded a new style of art, one that showed an example of moral behavior, of human beings at their most noble. ..."


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