Random things that I find interesting.
About Johnny Football
When news broke eight days ago that reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel faces an NCAA investigation into whether he sold autographs, the college football world reacted with either confusion or outright skepticism. After all, the press had created an image of the Manziel family that suggested something out of TV's Dallas. Wright Thompson's recent ESPN The Magazine feature alluded to the "Texas oil fortune" that "still funds the family." As Manziel's father, Paul, told Thompson, "It's not Garth Brooks money, but it's a lot of money." If Johnny Football's so rich, the thinking went, why would he stoop to selling autographs for pocket change?
There's no hard evidence yet, but scientists say they have discovered a substance that may represent a whole new category of solids.
Dubbed q-glass, the newly observed substance seems to fall into neither of two familiar categories of solids--conventional crystals or glasses. Nor does it seem to belong to a more esoteric family of solids that physicists call quasicrystals.
"Strangest material I ever saw," one of the researchers behind the discovery, Dr. Lyle Levine of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md., said in a written statement. "It's amazing. Everything you can think about this thing behaves like a crystal, except it isn't."
General Pershing I believe "Black Jack" found another way to demonstrate the "Twist in the Wind" idea. Every one who sees passes the word on. Very effective -- even if the ACLU did not approve.
General "Black Jack" Pershing was born September 13th, 1860, Died July 15th, 1948 in Washington, D.C.Read more: General Pershing
This marks yet another encrypted email service to bite the dust.
Another encrypted email service has gone offline.
In a blog post this morning, Silent Circle founder Jon Callas abruptly announced the closing of Silent Mail, the company's encrypted email service that allows people to send messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read them.Read more: Silent Circle...
Monsanto has been removed and banned by:
Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France & Switzerland.
Why is it still operating in the USA?
It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand.
Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries
World Wide March against Monsanto was widely censored by mainstream media
Farmers begin suing Monsanto over genetic pollution of wheat crops
Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries rallied against Monsanto, GMOs
Europe rejects GMO crops; kinder gentler America seeks labeling
South Korea joins Japanese ban on U.S. wheat imports after shocking GMO contamination announcement by USDA
Monsanto hires infamous mercenary firm Blackwater to track activists around the world
Lavabit, the privacy-conscious email service famously thought to have been used by Edward Snowden, abruptly shut down on Thursday as the company prepares to go to court against the U.S. government.
In a message posted on Lavabit's website, founder and owner Ladar Levison wrote that after "significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations."
"I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot," Levison wrote. "I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this."Read more: Lavabit, Edward...
This is a great e-mail... hats off to Charlie Daniels... at least he has the courage to speak his mind!!!
I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but to me I think Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations.Read more: Charlie Daniels...
The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph.
The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The rider's reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.Read more: Honda Sport Bike...
Two Giant Underwater Crystal Pyramids Discovered in the Center of the Bermuda Triangle
With the use of sonar, oceanographer Dr. Meyer Verlag discovered giant glass pyramids at a depth of two-thousand meters. The use of other devices have allowed scientists to determine that these glass giants are both made of a crystal-like substance, and are nearly 3 times bigger than the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.Read more: Crystal Pyramids