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Monday, December 31, 2012

MooPig Moment of Science Department :: "2012 Highlights"

Welcome to the Age of Trans-humanism
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 31, 2012  |   Bryan TX

Business Insider has made a beautiful slide show for this year's best moments in science. If we could just put it all together, shake out all the old gray matter, and apply these discoveries, we might survive the next hundred years.

Humanity is a blip on the radar screen, in the overall scope of earth's history. Yet, already we are stumbling into trans-humanism, augmented human action using technology, implants and thought capturing sensors.

And was that the God particle after all? The good thing about science is that most of the time you can be assured that people are telling the truth.

Science's 2012 Breakthroughs Of The Year - Business Insider:

The discovery of the Higgs boson confirms mainstream physics theories.
On July 4, scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, in Geneva announced with near certainty that they had found a Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is a big deal because it provides proof of an invisible field that gives mass to matter. The theory "explains how particles interact via electromagnetic forces, weak nuclear forces and strong nuclear forces in order to make up matter in the universe," writes Science.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover lands on Mars.
A special "sky crane" landing system placed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars on Aug. 5. The complicated landing maneuver was famously dubbed the "seven minutes of terror" by NASA engineers because that's how long it took Curiosity to get from the top of the Martian atmosphere down to the surface of the Red Planet. The mission control team had no contact with the one-ton robot during those critical minutes.
Curiosity survived the landing with 100 percent working parts, and is going strong five months into her two-year mission on Mars, sending back new photos and crucial data for future space travel each day.

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Scientists created eggs from mice stem cells for the first time.
Japanese researchers showed that embryonic stem cells from mice could be made into viable egg cells, that could be fertilized and result in healthy babies. The healthy mouse pups shown here were bred from the eggs they created. The experiment only involved mice, but may one day be used to treat infertility in humans.

Scientists discovered the structure of a protein involved in the transmission of African sleeping sickness.
Membrane proteins span the outer shell of each and every cell in our bodies, sending signals and shuttling stuff between the inside of the cell and the outside. These proteins play a role in almost everything the cells do, and their involvement is critical in the transmission of diseases and disease-fighting drugs, so understanding their structure is important for developing new drugs to target the disease.
Researchers used an X-ray laser a billion times brighter than traditional X-ray sources to provide a detailed structure of one of these membrane proteins, which plays an important role in the transmission of the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, a disease that kills around 30,000 people each year. This finding
The enzyme is shown spiking out of the insect's cell membrane below.

Sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos are caught changing from one type to another.
Some nuclear reactions, including those that take place inside the sun, create neutrinos. Neutrinos and their corresponding antineutrinos come in three basic “flavors": electron, muon and tau.
Measurements from the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment in China revealed how electron antineutrinos transform into different flavors — either muon or tau — as they travel at the near-speed of light.
The results could help explain why the universe contains so much more matter than antimatter.

Researchers sequenced the genome of the Denisovians, a group of ancient humans that lived 41,000 years ago in Siberia.
Along with the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, researchers also sequenced the genome of the group of ancient humans named the Denisovians, who lived 41,000 years ago in Siberia.
They isolated DNA from a bone fragment, a finger bone that belonged to a girl with brown eyes, brown hair and brown skin who died in Siberia between 74,000 and 82,000 years ago.
By comparing the genetic sequences of these ancient hominins to modern humans and our primate relatives, researchers learn more about how these ancient species lived, acted, and evolved. The DNA even informed us that humans possibly interbred with both of these species, since we can find some of their DNA in the genome of some modern humans.

Physicists detect particles, known as Majorana fermions, that act as their own antiparticle.
An antiparticle is a subatomic particle that has the same mass as a given particle, but opposite electric or magnetic charge.
A group of physicists from the Netherlands provided the first evidence that the Majorana Fermion, a particle that has the unique property of being its own antiparticle, exists.
Scientists think "quantum bits" made of these mysterious particles could be more efficient at storing and processing data than the bits currently used in digital computers.

The ENCODE project revealed a ton of data to help us understand our genomes better.
The results of a gigantic biology project — called ENCODE — were released in early September. The project covered ten years of effort by over 400 scientists and has culminated in 30 scientific papers published today.
The data from the project is still being analyzed, but it will help us understand our own genomes, not just based on the sequence of letters in the DNA code, but how this DNA interacts with proteins and other strands of DNA and RNA. These interactions happen in the non-coding regions of the genome, which are kind of like the "dark matter" of our genome — they don't get turned into proteins (only about 1.5 percent of your DNA does), so researchers were unsure what roles they played.
They think they've found the functions of about 80 percent of these non-coding regions with the ENCODE survey.

A new tool helps researchers manipulate our genes.
In 2012 researchers created a remarkable protein that they can use to change a cell's genes on the fly. Known as TALENs, which stands for "transcription activator-like effector nucleases," gave researchers the ability to alter or inactivate specific genes in zebrafish, toads, livestock and other animals — even cells from patients with disease.
These TALENs can be customized to seek out and edit any DNA sequence, so it's very specific. It can be used to chop out a bad gene and replace it for a treatment, or can be used in research to understand what specific DNA stretches do in healthy and diseased individuals.

Paralyzed patients use their mind to move a robotic arm.
A sensor implanted in the brain's cortex and used to monitor brain signals was able to control a robotic arm. The prosthetic limb shown below responded when the user simply thought about moving his arm or hand.

Relive one of the greatest science stories of the year.
Red Bull Content Pool via National Geographic

Felix Baumgartner Breaks The Sound Barrier In A 24-Mile Plunge To Earth >

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MooPig FWD Email :: I don't Need No Stinkin' Fiscal Cliff

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Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 31, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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Costa Concordia UPDATE :: Salvage Scheme

Captured by Pat Darnell | Dec 31, 2012 | Bryan TX

60 Minutes ran a story on the salvage of the cruise ship disaster, Costa Concordia, grounded and listing on the rocks of Giglio, Italy, since January 14, 2012.


  • Lessons learned in Concordia disaster have brought changes to cruise industry safety
  • Disaster cast shadow on industry that maintains it is one of the safest modes of transport
  • Sen. Rockefeller says cruise lines getting free ride on backs of U.S. taxpayers
  • Industry group says members pay required taxes and plenty of port and other fees

 Plan To Salvage Costa Concordia Wreck - Business Insider: "Because the Costa Concordia is in a nationally protected marine park and coral reef, it must be removed from the area before it can be dismantled, posing countless difficulties. In a report on the efforts to remove the wreck, 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl visited the site and recounted the remarkable salvage operation, which has a $400 million price tag."

The-plan-is-to-rotate-the-ship-upright-and-onto-an-underwater-platform. The-steel-that-makes-it-up-weighs-three-times-as-much-as-the-eiffel-tower-it-will-be-embedded-in-the-seafloor

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MooPig Celebrity Department :: Crooner and Miss Gomez

Willie Nelson Sightings. Where is Willie Nelson right now? Pictures and Maps.:   Just go to this LINK and peruse for your Favorite celebrities.

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Want to follow around your favorite celebrities? I know we do. Where is Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber's girlfriend?

I hope they are together... WOW, they are, they are! [LINK]

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at Salt Lake City Airport

7 days ago

  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Place: Salt Lake City airport
  • Event: kissing
  • Sites reporting:

" ... The Canadian crooner was spotted wrapping his arms around the 20-year-old starlet at an airport in Salt Lake City. ... "



NASA Talk :: "Curiosity Self Portrait"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 31, 2012  |  Bryan TX

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Curiosity Self-Portrait, Wide View
On the 84th and 85th Martian days of the NASA Mars rover Curiosity's mission on Mars (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture dozens of high-resolution images to be combined into self-portrait images of the rover.

The mosaic shows the rover at "Rocknest," the spot in Gale Crater where the mission's first scoop sampling took place. Four scoop scars can be seen in the regolith in front of the rover. A fifth scoop was collected later.

Self-portraits like this one document the state of the rover and allow mission engineers to track changes over time, such as dust accumulation and wheel wear. Due to its location on the end of the robotic arm, only MAHLI (among the rover's 17 cameras) is able to image some parts of the craft, including the port-side wheels.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Page Last Updated: December 27, 2012
Page Editor: Sarah Loff
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar


NASA Talk :: "Ion Thruster"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Dec 31, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Ion Thruster Sets World Record
While the Dawn spacecraft is visiting the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, NASA Glenn has been developing the next generation of ion thrusters for future missions. NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has developed a 7-kilowatt ion thruster that can provide the capabilities needed in the future.

An ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, but does so at higher specific impulse (or higher exhaust velocities), which means that an ion thruster has a fuel efficiency of 10-12 times greater than a chemical thruster. The higher the rocket's specific impulse (fuel efficiency), the farther the spacecraft can go with a given amount of fuel. Given that an ion thruster produces small levels of thrust relative to chemical thrusters, it needs to operate in excess of 10,000 hours to slowly accelerate the spacecraft to speeds necessary to reach the asteroid belt or beyond.

The NEXT ion thruster has been operated for over 43,000 hours, which for rocket scientists means that the thruster has processed over 770 kilograms of xenon propellant and can provide 30 million-newton-seconds of total impulse to the spacecraft. This demonstrated performance permits future science spacecraft to travel to varied destinations, such as extended tours of multi-asteroids, comets, and outer planets and their moons.

Image Credit: NASA
Page Last Updated: December 26, 2012
Page Editor: Steve Fox
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar


MooPig We Love Maps Department :: "Election maps"

The 2012 Election :: Maps to Gander
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 31, 2012  |  Bryan TX
[Map LINK] Blue is Obama, Red is Republican ...

Election maps: What can we learn from Maps? Cartography is not dead? Maybe. The captions from the web page say this:
" ... The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election.

We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population (ibid.)... "
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As you can see, the states have been stretched and squashed, some of them substantially, to give them the appropriate sizes, though it's done in such a way as to preserve the general appearance of the map, so far as that's possible. On this map there is now clearly more blue than red.


MooPig Reconstruction Review :: "Haiti after Three Years"

The NYT won't like me snagging this Slide Show... but ...
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 31, 2012  |  Bryan TX

I have seen both sides of human survival now. I have seen the Mitt Romney nouveau riche bunch, where nouveau riche describes rich people who acquired their wealth within their own generations ... the equivalent English term is the new rich; ... and I might have seen some of the worst poverty stricken masses.

Whenever I traveled I tried to at least see what is going on in the community I stayed. In Mexico I stayed with my family in a pretty nice hotel, but from the window I could see naked children running and playing soccer in the woods behind the building. If I opened the window they would run up and ask for money.

In Osaka, Japan, I saw no poverty. Associates there took me to the "bad parts" of town, and it looked like "One Mag Mile" of Chicago. In Chicago, I would walk on one side of a street, like Lake Shore Drive, and it was swank high-rise apartment/condo -- while just across the street was high urban density bric-a-brac ...

Here in Haiti, after so much western countries pledging billions to reconstruct post earthquake conditions, there are many projects not even started after three years.

Here in Bryan Texas, the Lutherans threw up a solid brick, buttressed hexagonal, 'cathedral' church in just a few months. Now it sits on a busy road, with its moving message sign flickering about its services. I am a skeptic, because a good builder a minister does not make. Maybe the wrong people are in charge over there in Haiti?

This, the Haiti earthquake aftermath, is a carbuncle on the face of humanity, that such boastful pledging goes without follow up. Eh? We don't like bombast, for an other-wise great cause, here at MooPig Enterprises. We scorn it.
" ... A boy rested on the edge of a construction site in Cabaret, outside Port-au-Prince. The American government had promised to complete 156 houses there, but earlier this month only about a dozen had been completed, and they lacked doors and windows. (ibid. NYT) ... "

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Despite Billions in Aid, Reconstruction in Haiti Stalls - Slide Show -
Nearly three years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, uncleared rubble and ruined buildings remain in downtown Port-au-Prince. Vegetable vendors worked amid the debris.

A vegetable vendor sold her goods on top of piles of earthquake rubble in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Agricultural crops like corn and millet are being grown and harvested in the vacant lots left behind after destroyed buildings were cleared away in the capital.
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A woman used piles of earthquake rubble as a platform to sell toys in a market.

A man offered a knife-sharpening service amid the ruins and garbage of destroyed buildings in Port-au-Prince.

This thick tangle of iron rebar is all that remains of the shattered National Palace that was finally demolished earlier this year.

A boy rested on the edge of a construction site in Cabaret, outside Port-au-Prince. The American government had promised to complete 156 houses there, but earlier this month only about a dozen had been completed, and they lacked doors and windows.

Long rows of homes in the Zoranje development outside Port-au-Prince. It is the only big, new housing project completed and occupied, but the houses are still not connected to water.

Women bring buckets of water back to their homes in the new Zoranje development.

In the mountain town of Furcy, Haiti, some 480 students cram into two small, makeshift schools planted in the heart of a construction site for their new school. Construction was halted on this and 20 other school sites when inspectors discovered construction error and design flaws indicating they would not be safe during earthquakes.

While construction on their new school is stalled, students attended classes in a makeshift structure without electricity.

Sixth-graders in their temporary classroom, lighted only by the natural light that seeps through the gaps between partial walls and tin roofs.

A partly demolished section of the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince that is still being used as a holding area for patients being prepped for surgery. A $70 million reconstruction of the hospital by the American, French and Haitian governments, announced in September 2010, has yet to begin.

The emergency room of a newly finished teaching hospital in Mirebalais, outside the disaster zone. The hospital, built by the nonprofit Partners in Health, which plans to run it jointly with the Haitian government, has not yet secured its first-year operating budget.

Dieudonne Zidor, a local elected leader who represents the Campeche neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. “As you can see, conditions are calamitous,’’ she said.

Nadain Janvier, 29, repaired a leaking roof with tarp material on his makeshift home in the Campeche neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Mr. Janvier has lived here since his home on this site was destroyed almost three years ago in the earthquake.

Charles Frantz, 46, and his family live in the Campeche neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, a jumble of tents, half-destroyed buildings and makeshift shacks. Campeche has been the focus of millions of dollars in reconstruction aid but has seen little progress.

Makeshift tents along the signature steep, red-dirt roadway of the Tapis Rouge (Red Carpet) camp in the Campeche neighborhood.


NASA Talk :: "Chandra"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Dec 31, 2012 | Bryan TX

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627
The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope (yellow). The inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.

A search using archival data from previous Chandra observations of a sample of 62 nearby galaxies has shown that 37 of the galaxies, including NGC 3627, contain X-ray sources in their centers. Most of these sources are likely powered by central supermassive black holes. The survey, which also used data from the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, found that seven of the 37 sources are new supermassive black hole candidates.

Confirming previous Chandra results, this study finds the fraction of galaxies found to be hosting supermassive black holes is much higher than found with optical searches. This shows the ability of X-ray observations to find black holes in galaxies where relatively low-level black hole activity has either been hidden by obscuring material or washed out by the bright optical light of the galaxy.

Credits: NASA/CXC/Ohio State Univ./C.Grier et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI, ESO/WFI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Page Last Updated: December 28, 2012
Page Editor: Rebecca Goodman
NASA Official: Brian Dunbar


MooPig Solutions Department :: "2008 Copenhagen Consensus"

Review of World's Best Solutions 2008
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Dec 30, 2012 | Bryan TX

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The Top Ten Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems - "Copenhagen, May 30, 2008 Ronald Bailey — " ... Where in the world can we do the most good? Supplying the micronutrients vitamin A and zinc to 80 percent of the 140 million children who lack them in developing countries is ranked as the highest priority by the expert panel at the Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Conference. The cost is $60 million per year, yielding benefits in health and cognitive development of over $1 billion."

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The tasks of solving problems requires developing economies of developing countries to play leap frog. For instance, " ... proposals to reduce outdoor air pollution in developing country cities by installing technologies to cut the emissions of particulates from diesel vehicles. Other ... solutions included a tobacco tax, improved stoves to reduce indoor air pollution, and extending microfinance. ... "

The leap frog tactic would allow developing economies to start with 'state-of-the-art' technologies at the beginning of their development, thus leap frog over the existing problematic carbon spewing technologies. China could start building low emission automobiles from the start, and bypass wasteful years of making carbon cannon cars.

Those are lofty installations. In most installations of new technology, the cost is recovered over twenty to ninety years in returns on investing in the welfare of developing countries. In other words, each solution is evaluated on its initial cost, usually in billions, and its return on investment.
" ... In fact, the climate change analysis presented to the panel found that spending $800 billion until 2100 would yield just $685 billion in climate change benefits. (Ronald Bailey | May 30, 2008. HERE) ... "
Whereas, " ... [e]ight leading economists, including five Nobelists, were asked to prioritize 30 different proposed solutions to ten of the world's biggest problems... " this included problems with balanced distribution of the world's remaining resources. (ibid.)

Each solution, or opportunity, posted in the chart above could be historically a reason for war. Epidemics, migrations, trade deficits, regional catastrophe, and starvation all have caused war in our first 12,000 years of recorded history. What makes this era different? [Chart Source LINK]

Also, we still have a thousand year history of boom/bust cycles in economy. It is still going on. Japan has been in a bust cycle now for twenty-five years, although they say it is just a recession. Our USA has ceased being a developing economy, and now is in a twenty year period of "stagflation;" a term used in economics to describe a situation where an inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows down, and unemployment remains steadily high. (wiki)

Hopefully the developing economies can 'leap frog' over and past those hurdles we 'developed' economies now wallow in.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

MooPig Department of MEME's Report :: Best Memes Of 2012

Snagged by Pat Darnell and the Herd  |  Dec 30, 2012  |  Bryan TX

If you are looking for an analysis of MEME's that were most popular last year, well, MooPig Department of MEME has no such statement. In fact we are just catching on to the whole idea. This coming to light by way of one of our editor's sixteen year old son's habit of resolving issues through MEME's.

MEME's are not very well defined, but they are like "Google images." You can page through them for hours and giggle. How any one Meme migrates to a billion views, again that is mysterious. It is not Darwinian, nor Freudian, and plainly not stereotypical.

As a teaching tool, if teachers could harness the MEME, and not be the subject of one their selves, one could influence the minds of millions.

Of course it will eventually have to become an advertising tool, and that will pay someone's bills. At present it is in its peak of creepy, clandestine, surreal Internet stuff for your viewing pleasure. It is a mind map of some degree of alpha wave secularism.

What, me worry?

Best Memes Of 2012 - Business Insider: "As the only YouTube video to ever reach 1 billion views, Psy's "Gangnam Style" is easily the best meme of 2012. Everyone learned how to do the "Gangnam Style" dance and it became a football celebration."

Here are the top MEME's for the year; if you can put them in a category... good luck with that:

Call Me Maybe
McKayla Maroney is not impressed
Grumpy Cat
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
"Gangnam Style became a global hit, despite its language barrier, mainly because of the music video, particularly the horse dance and the dress code that hardly need a lot of explanation," Know Your Meme editor Brad Kim tells us.

Read more:

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Dangling Boris Johnson
Badass Hillary Clinton
Angelina's Right Leg
Mario Balotellis Goal Celebration
Overly attached Girlfriend
Josh Romney Evil Eye at debates.*

There you go folks, let's call that one more page view for the MEME's of 2012!

*all the MEME sources are unknown, and moot.

MooPig FWD faceBook Comments :: DFW Correspondent

Today's meme... tomorrow's past; I hope.
by Sylvia Caffery and Pat Darnell | Dec 30, 2012

Sylvia Caffery It is a matter of interest. I hear a lot of the time that all knowledge does not interest all people. People chose to know what they are interested in. Much of the information available is not interesting to many people. It is a drippy drag much of ...See More
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Patrick Darnell You are right. Lots of people are not interested in the cerebral activity of information gathering. I never could stand reading newspapers, for instance, but when the information highway came along, I developed a voracious appetite ... what I am finding is answers to mysteries of my own life, that correlate with others' searches... sort of a revelation of self-validation.

I think those who wake up everyday as if it is their first day to live most attract me since I sort of fall into that category. However, I stay melancholy in my life, as if I am constantly conflicted with bitter sweet mood swings and subsets of connectivity from swirling stimuli.

I would feel better about things if I didn't have to be so sedentary these days. But it is true that happiness is a choice we make.

What will be interesting to me is the empirical knowledge that will emerge from our interactions in here with cyber highway. It will define the future for sure, and help many of us who are making choices as we go.

The trouble with ignorance is that we have an "elite ruling group" foisted upon us that is from a progressive thinking American's view, unbearable. The only way to rid ourselves from this group of mad men, liars, and power brokers is through critical thinking, and enlightenment. We must "choose" to not be ignorant.
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Sylvia Caffery Mostly the "elite information seeking group" votes from "enlightenment." The rest of voting is influenced by superficial political performances. Who can put on the best act to dupe the most people. How simple is it to look at a candidate's record from any political stance, and see that he is not fit to lead; ie. Bush, and others, etc. They lie, they steal, they hate, they serve themselves, not the people. However, people vote from utter stupidity; how the guy looks, or how mean he can be to the opponent; utterly meaningless stuff. Most competent leaders now days do not want to be involved in politics. We have few worthy leaders available to chose from. We now have accepted and rewarded the dummying down of America on all levels, not only in the schools, even though as you say, information is more readily available than ever before.

My point here was selfish in that I was frustrated that I have never been able to motivate other people through information, although I am interested in being informed myself. I find that people are interested in whatever makes them happy at the time. And somehow they live that way, happily ever after, never seeking knowledge that contradicts their happiness. This is something I cannot grasp, but there is only one set of information that I truly do not want to be ignorant of, and I can say that particular knowledge is a source of sustenance and that intermittently-elusive happiness that we seek for health and life.

Can you put this on MooPig; would be better to have the whole thing from the beginning on MooPig than on facebook where it will fall off. Sorry to be ignorant on methods.

MooPig Cage Match :: Matt Smith vs Pauley Perrette

WHO meets NCIS
Retrieved by Pat Darnell   |  Dec 30, 2012  |  Bryan TX

Matt Smith

-- vs-

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette | "  Despite her Goth-babe character on the mega-hit NCIS, Pauley is not attracted to a place like this because of morbid Hollywood lore. No, she digs it because the bungalows are dog-friendly—complete with little doggie snack bags for the canine visitors.     She’s red-hot passionate about animal rescue.

Several years ago, she read a story about a puppy-breeding ranch that was abusing dogs. When the authorities moved in, it was suggested that the dogs be euthanize  Animal rescuers tried to find good homes for the abused pups. Pauley got on the organization’s website and read about their efforts, and ended up having a dream about a white-faced dog named Joker. That next weekend, she was volunteering for the cause."

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Matt Smith on Graham Norton
There are some big names appearing on the Christmas episode of The Graham Norton Show. Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman will be joined by the comedian's comedian Billy Connolly and fellow comic Jennifer Saunders. But for Doctor Who fans, Matt Smith will be the one to watch (and listen carefully to). Smith will take to the sofa on Friday 21 December to discuss Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen, which airs four days later on BBC1. Will he reveal any new details about the episode? Quite possibly not. Will he help ramp up the excitement? Definitely.

Matt Smith heads to Hollywood
HE’S best known for travelling through time as Doctor Who, but actor Matt Smith is planning a new journey – to Hollywood.

Matt, the current eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord who is adored by the sci-fi show’s millions of fans, has revealed he is hoping to make his mark in the movies.

“I’m going over to Los Angeles this week to dip my head in the pond,” Matt reveals. “I am going to be having loads of meetings with film people and that sort of stuff.

“I have a lot of ambitions. I would like one day to direct and I just want to keep doing quality work. LA is kinda groovy – I really like it out there.”

Matt, 28, will discuss potential scripts and audition for roles which could make him a global star.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dan Froomkin - Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress

We're going to go out on a Limb, but, 'Dubya' Bush was a Sneaky Bast*rd
Not PC, Re-framed by Pat Darnell | Dec 29, 2012 | Bryan TX
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Dan Froomkin - Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress:
In 2008 the Democrats controlled the House, and 'Dubya' Bush thumbed his nose at them. He conveniently abused his power to ignore certain protocols of legislation that were put in place to balance powers of Houses and Executive, especially in spending for military bases and for declarations of war.
" ... It's about as basic as it gets: Congress has the power of the purse. And Section 1222 of the massive defense appropriation bill enacted this week [Wednesday, January 30, 2008] asserts that power. It reads, in its entirety:

"No funds appropriated pursuant to an authorization of appropriations in this Act may be obligated or expended for a purpose as follows:

"(1) To establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.

"(2) To exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq."  ( Dan Froomkin. washington post. Wednesday, January 30, 2008; HERE) ... "
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What Dubya did was to not veto any bills from the Democratic led Congress. He signed all the bills and invited all the authors to a grandiose signing photo op ... then afterwards he made Executive Notes called: "signing statements" on those bills. He did not intend to follow much of those bills. What a ruse, eh?
" ... But it's Bush's cavalier dismissal of the ban on funding for permanent military bases that really speaks volumes -- not just about his view of the role of the legislative branch, but also about his intentions for Iraq. ... " (ibid.)
All we at MooPig Political Round Ball Department can figure is that 'Dubya' Bush wanted it to look like he was actually working, when in fact " ... Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days — than any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other President in history. (Lauren Victoria Burke. May 08, 2012. HERE)... "

Bush's surreptitious scheme to "quietly assert his right to ignore legislation passed by Congress – including its ban on torture – first came to light in January [2006] due to some aggressive reporting by Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage. (Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | January 4, 2006)"
" ... January 4, 2006

WASHINGTON -- When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief. (ibid.) ... "
'Dubya' Bush set precedence that others will surely follow. He was a lazy, anti-democracy, evil-doer, bully, who was raised in Washington, DC environment by his "public servant" dad.

MooPig is sorry that it could not break the codes of the past better while it parlayed through the Bush lame duck years.

We failed you, our faithful reader.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

MooPig Report from the Middle :: "MooPig's Favorite Tags"

Graphics that Attract -- REDDIT
by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 28, 2012  |  Bryan TX
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MooPig has reached another mile post, it has published its 3000th rewilding article. That is -- the day of reckoning will emerge one day in the future. On that day all the 'un-cited' or erroneously 'LINK-ed' articles will be purged from the pages of MooPig.

Then MooPig will be reduced to a few articles that don't pirate, or misquote the contributors of news items and other catchy stuff. Maybe it will help those who are constantly confused as to whether the thing they just read, or saw, is fact or fiction. Eh?

Here's the question of the year: "Just what group best epitomizes those who are confused about what they just read, or saw, on the Internet?"

I give you intro to REDDIT ... and the generation of "the front page of the Internet." You can set up your own login, and then search REDDIT for what ever on earth you are searching for. It is the fully indexed summation of 12,000 years history of mankind.

First off we search for MooPig... and HERE you are... MooPig is a USER and it isn't me. So do we call foul? Do we hit that USER with cease and desist? You bet we don't!

Just let it go. Best laid plans are mostly eat up with a dumbass. And on the Internet, it is best to be skeptical.

For instance, where do we go to find out if this statement is false or fiction?
" ... A whopping 464 banks with combined assets of $680.3 billion have ALREADY failed. That’s in the U.S. alone, since 2008. But according to my colleagues at Weiss Ratings, ANOTHER 202 global banks — with assets of a whopping $43.6 trillion — are at risk, with ratings in the two lowest tiers. (Mike Larson. via Today Dec 28, 2012)... "
It is a late breaking email alert from Weiss Research, just received by me. "Bank failure" search in REDDIT gives 1179 LINKS for lots of reading. Legit, or, false? You be the judge.

That's the report from the Middle, where men are good looking, women are strong, and the children are above average.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

MooPig Tech Coroner :: "Cable TV"


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

MooPig Solutions Department :: "Personal Lifestyle Changes"

MooPigsters Everywhere taking up Lifestyle Changes, a Perspective
by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 23, 2012  |  Bryan TX

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MooPig is at its 3000th post since 2006 when it began. The writers are way beyond the "want to be cutey"  stage, and are starting to find other firewalls to demolish.

Many of the MooPigster writers are moving to Washington state, and Colorado to grow their own. This is okay since we rely heavily on do-it-yourself-ers... we can publish remotely, and still have plenty of fun.

MooPig Editors sent out a new message to the departments 'that it is a good time to find some solutions to the problems we have been posting for 6 years.'

Now that we have the Google Statistics rolling for us, MooPig has a responsibility to not dodge its mission to provide its reader with the most recent, and accurate, blarney out there.

Also in the works, MooPig Recruitment Department is looking for correspondents in India, Arctic, Great Britain, Singapore, and Russia. Google Stats reveals that these regions look in on MooPig more than other regions except of course the USA.

The world could so use some better controls on 'Prophecy of Doom" ... maybe some lifestyle changes will produce better self control among all the MooPigsters out there.

Meanwhile, MooPig is looking forward to its quasiquicentennial celebration when it is found out that it was instrumental in saving the world. This has been confirmed by the MooPig Time Travel Department, who went 119 years ahead and scanned the archives.

For instance did you know:
" ... India's mathematical heritage extends far beyond Ramanujan's time. The nation is considered home of the concept of zero. Babylonians had used a space as a placeholder (similar to the role of "0" in the number 101), but this space could not stand alone or at the end of a number. (In our number system, as in theirs, this could be problematic; imagine trying to tell the difference between the numbers 1 and 10 by context alone.) In India, however, zero was treated as a number like any other. India is also the home of our decimal numeral system.(Evelyn Lamb. December 22, 2012. HERE) ... "
That inclusion in MooPig Posts is straight up references to mathematical educational programs designed to acquaint teachers with new topics and pedagogical ideas to be part of the attempt to nurture mathematical interest at all levels, boosting development of our new 'paradigm?'

Yes, we did.

Now let's get off the fossil fuels:

  10 Solutions for Climate Change: Scientific American: "Forego Fossil Fuels—The first challenge is eliminating the burning of coal, oil and, eventually, natural gas. This is perhaps the most daunting challenge as denizens of richer nations literally eat, wear, work, play and even sleep on the products made from such fossilized sunshine. And citizens of developing nations want and arguably deserve the same comforts, which are largely thanks to the energy stored in such fuels."

In Coming Weeks ::  Nine More Solutions to our Problems ...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

MooPig 12 Days of Doom Prep :: DAY ZERO "It's HERE ..."

I would Resign, but Then there would be no one to Blame!
by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 21, 2012  |  Bryan TX

MooPig Enterprise will be held over for another year. We, I, will continue the quest of the witless and half-baked. We, I, will lambaste the bombast. The younger generation keeps distancing itself from us, me. But, that will not dissuade us, me. We, I, will carry on in our pilfering, pirating, ways. We have resigned ourselves to this end.


It's 4 AM and the "thing" is all but over. What ever that "thing" was, it attracted a tenth of the world's attention. I wonder how many people resigned last year because of the fruitlessness of it all, thinking it was ending anyway?

" ... I RESIGN: In June, Peter Doyle resigned from the European Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. "After twenty years of service," he wrote, "I am ashamed to have had any association with the Fund at all."
(June 12, 2012. Peter Doyle. ) ... "

-- OR --

" ... In July, an employee of a Chinese auto parts maker submitted a resignation letter that went viral. His reason for quitting:

"The factory is small and the women are few. It's too difficult to land a girlfriend here."

In the space on the form for the boss to sign off, his supervisor wrote:

"Don't blame others when you don't have game. It's your own fault you can't get a girl."

Chinese journalists debated the resignation letter's authenticity. (Adam Taylor | Jul. 18, 2012. HERE)... "

-- AND, SADLY --

" ... In November, a New York Jets fan known as "Fireman Ed" resigned, returning to his full-time role as a New York City firefighter. In a letter to the public at large, he explained:

"The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll -- which is an outright lie -- have made these confrontations [with other Jets fans] more frequent. Whether it's in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis. Although I can 'hold my own,' I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed."
In closing:

"I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed." (Fireman Ed. November 25, 2012. HERE)... "


Thursday, December 20, 2012

MooPig 12 Days of Doom Prep :: DAY Twelve "Eve of the end of the world as we know it ..."

Rock ~ Paper ~ Scissors ~ [...] ~ Truth 
by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  Bryan TX

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Let's begin where we left off: it begs repeating --
" ... The 2012 Mayan Prophecy has been readily distorted and misunderstood. The End of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012 has nothing to do with the “End of the World”.

In fact, the Mayan calendar does not end on December 21st, 2012. Rather December 21 marks the beginning of a new “Long Cycle” in the Mayan calendar system. (See Washington’s Blog, End of the World: Hear the 2012 Prophecy … Direct from the Mouths of the Mayan Priests, Global Research, December 13, 2012)

The End of the World concept is a falsehood and misinterpretation of Mayan thought. What is at stake is a renewal, the unfolding of a new era. For the Mayans, December 21, 2012 marks the beginning of a new long cycle (Ibid).

Meanwhile, “End of the World” stories and commentary are plastered on the news tabloids. While the Western media readily refutes the Mayan prophesy, the apocalypse narrative, when repeated ad nausea  serves as a distraction and distortion. ( Prof Michel Chossudovsky. Global Research, December 19, 2012. HERE) ... "
Ten percent of the world's population believe that “The Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world”. That is about 700 million persons. Now shall we add some metaphorical stuff?

ROCK ~ Media Disinformation

PAPER ~ Economic Medicine

SCISSORS ~ Criminalization of the Banking System

Yes, folks, it is all a game.
  • Scissors cuts paper
  • Paper covers rock
  • Rock crushes lizard
  • Lizard poisons Spock
  • Spock smashes scissors
  • Scissors decapitates lizard
  • Lizard eats paper
  • Paper disproves Spock
  • Spock vaporizes rock
  • and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors
TRUTH ~ The Government has no solutions to problems. All they know how to do is to 'spend money.' The quantity of money is controlled by a banking cartel, the Federal Reserve, which is neither Federal nor a Reserve, but a privately owned bank, by bunch of greedy bastards.
" ... [T]he FOMC decided to extend its asset purchases in 2013 as Operation Twist expires. Get Ready For QE4: Fed To Buy $870B More Through 2013, Barclays Says.

The Fed will therefore accelerate its rate of balance sheet expansion, easing monetary conditions further. While Operation Twist had been sterilized, which means the Fed sold assets at the same rate as it was gobbling them up, the new program will consist purely of Treasury purchases. Combined with QE3, the Fed will be taking $85 billion in bonds, both Treasuries and MBS, out of the market. The FOMC also decided to begin rolling over its maturing Treasuries as of January. (Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes Staff. 12/12/2012. HERE)... "
Go ahead bang your fists into your hands... then slap yourself in the forehead ... gobbled up T-bills at same rate as selling T-bills ... as a balance sheet monetary 'easing?'

After all, it turns out, the 700 million believers are right. It is the end of the world as we have known it.


MooPig 12 Days of Doom Prep :: DAY Eleven "China"

Meanwhile in China
Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Dec 20, 2012 | Bryan TX
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China cracks down on 'Doomsday cult' - "(CNN) -- Members of a fringe Christian group in China have been rounded up for spreading rumors of an impending apocalypse, pegged to the Mayan calendar. Known as the "Almighty God" cult, the group latched on to the Mayan doomsday scenario to predict the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning on December 21, an official with the Department of Public Security in the northwest province of Qinghai told CNN."
[Picture LINK] Man spend $195K for Bunker Ball to ride out Doomsday --The Mayan 2012  Prophecy: The Orwellian “End of the World” Doomsday is “Made in America” ... Global Warfare and the Economic and Social Crisis are "Man Made" (HERE)

'via Blog this'

Nov 7, 2008 ::   Back Story
China currently faces internal strife, a growing disparity between the rich and poor, overbuilding, environmental crises, inflation, a collapsed stock market, bad milk, and a dramatic decrease in the amount of time citizens can spend in Macau, all of which clearly fall under the category of things that are "not awesome."

Things are so bad in China that its gross domestic product growth rate may fall from double digits to the dowdy level of 8%. Eight percent, by the way, is a level at which the United States is unlikely to ever grow again. It can't. Our economy is simply fully developed. Thus the sobriquet "developed economy." I know, not exactly catchy.

China, on the other hand, has returned to world prominence through a 30-year economic boom whose speed and breadth is unparalleled in the history of mankind. China went from global economic irrelevance in 1980 to the country to which the United States is most vulnerable during this economic crisis, for the small reason that China holds $580 billion in U.S. Treasuries.
" ... Ironically, in sharp contrast to the Mayan prophesy of “renewal, the real World we live in at the outset of the 21st Century is marked by a formidable economic and social crisis which is impoverishing millions of people, literally destroying people’s lives.

In the figurative sense, we are in the midst of an unfolding “doomsday scenario” of a complex political, social and economic nature: it’s man made, it’s “Made in America”; it is the consequence of the fracture of the judicial system, the evolving Homeland Security apparatus, the fraudulent deregulation of financial markets, the mismanagement of the real economy. (Prof Michel Chossudovsky. Global Research, December 19, 2012. HERE) ... "


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