twitterization of our culture, designer colors wallpaper, mike huckabee’s foreign policy visions

I Can’t Think! , The Twitterization of our culture or how constant input gives many of us a techno brain freeze

So much for the ideal of making well-informed decisions. For earlier generations, that mean simply the due diligence of looking things up in a reference book. Today, with Twitter and Facebook and countless apps fed into our smart phones, the flow of facts and opinion never stops. That can be a good thing, as when information empowers workers and consumers, not to mention whistle-blowers and revolutionaries. You can find out a used car’s accident history, a doctor’s malpractice record, a restaurant’s health-inspection results. Yet research like Dimoka’s is showing that a surfeit of information is changing the way we think, not always for the better. Maybe you consulted scores of travel websites to pick a vacation spot—only to be so overwhelmed with information that you opted for a staycation. Maybe you were this close to choosing a college, when suddenly older friends swamped your inbox with all the reasons to go somewhere else—which made you completely forget why you’d chosen the other school. Maybe you had the Date From Hell after being so inundated with information on “matches” that you chose at random. If so, then you are a victim of info-paralysis.

The problem has been creeping up on us for a long time. In the 17th century Leibniz bemoaned the “horrible mass of books which keeps on growing,” and in 1729 Alexander Pope warned of “a deluge of authors cover[ing] the land,” as James Gleick describes in his new book, The Information.

I was around and was very aware of decision-making, and the responsibility of gathering information and making decisions, before Twitter or texting came along. It did not seem much easier back then, than it does now. I confess I’ll shut down any distraction from e-mails to coworkers, if it all starts to get on my nerves. Most people think there will be consequences. You’re friends will stop liking you. Some are even concerned complete strangers will not like them. There are ways to take an instant mental retreat without seeming rude. Establish the necessity for such breaks as part of your personality – having lots of people establish this rule makes it the new culture. Intrusions or actually unrealistic expectations of immediate response to every text are rude. Maybe even needy in non-emergencies. The expectations of the Twitter generation are destined for a backlash. Not all of everyone’s moments belong to others. Don’t intrude on my day dreams. Day dreams are underrated as relaxation, a way to recharge and a way to tap into new ideas. Not everything that happens  requires that someone else has an opinion. Does anyone really want the opinion of someone who is always connected, but never reflective .

The books analogy seems a stretch. If you read a book that you really take an interests in you have to digest it. Turn around the thoughts, actions, emotions, characters, philosophy and loads of details in your mind, than you can discuss it. If you can find someone who is willing to listen.

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designer colors wallpaper

I don’t like to write about Israeli-Palestinian issues. There are other bloggers and magazine writers who cover the subject much better than I could. There being an exception to every rule this post about the current leader among potential Republicans presidential candidates caught my eye. Sure, Democrats and Republicans frequently only give lip service to the two state solution, but in theory it is a reasonable solution. Not for Mike Huckabee,   Rev. Mike Huckabee-Style Foreign Policy

He says that Jews have the right to rule “the place that God gave them,” and that the Muslim world ought to find some other spot for squatters on the Chosen People’s land. “The Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.” What’s more, in true God expert style, he vilified everyone who disagrees with him as racist: “To tell Jewish people, ‘You cannot live here, you cannot raise your children here,’ this is the true racism, this is apartheid,” said Huckabee. “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”

The place that a god gave them? That requires a little knowledge of ancient and modern geography. As the writer of this article notes it is best not to dismiss Huckabee’s opinions on religious matters as pandering to certain right-leaning fundamentalists. Huckabee has been fairly consistent in acting on his beliefs when he could as governor.

There are many concepts in the Bible that are a little vague or ambiguous, but the borders of Israel isn’t one of them. Genesis explicitly states that:

In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

There can’t be much doubt that the river of Egypt is the Nile. As shown on the map, the territory from there to the Euphrates would encompass all of today’s Syria and Jordan, and huge chunks of Egypt and Iraq as well – including most of the Iraqi oil fields, which must be why God placed them there. What this particular mapmaker overlooked, though, was the list of peoples God put under Jewish control. We don’t know much today about the Perizzites, but we know a lot about the Hittites, and what we know tells us that God gave the Jews control over lands extending all the way north into central Turkey.

Does Rev. Huckabee really mean to expand Israel’s borders from Cairo to Basra to Ankara?

Unfortunately there are people who are ready for a U.S. foreign policy which includes executing, in whatever ways Huckabee would decree – endless war and squandering even more American financial resources, to create an Israel with the geographic borders defined. Why? Not because right-wing fundamentalists in the U.S. have suddenly discovered a love of Jews ( theologically most still believe Jews are doomed to eternal damnation), but because the territory of Israel is the launching pad for the end-times. You can’t have the launch pad occupied by Muslims.

Horse sculpture by Doug Owen. You can visit Mr. Owen’s site here. It’s in flash with a book you can flip through as he takes you through the process of finding the discarded metal he uses to make his horses.



bubble gum wallpaper, evolution and man’s penile spines, abstracted jet wallpaper

bubble gum wallpaper

The wallpaper is cute, but actual gum popping is generally considered rude. How to Chew Gum Politely.

The History of Chewing Gum and Bubble Gum

The ancient Greeks chewed mastiche – a chewing gum made from the resin of the mastic tree.

In 1848, John B. Curtis made and sold the first commercial chewing gum called the State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.


Saturday school may also be assigned for simple infractions which are continuously repeated offenses such as chewing gum, tardiness, and hall violations.

Chewing gum and helium experiment

Using the law of hydrostatics, the driving force must be at least equal (as can be seen in a certain part of the video) to the weight of the man with the balloon..

Video does not always tell the whole story.

This is not a misguided feminist rant against men, How man ‘lost his penile spines’

Scientists believe men once had small spines on their genitalia such as those found in chimpanzees, cats and mice.

Analysis of the genomes of humans, chimpanzees and macaques indicates that a DNA sequence thought to play a role in the production of these spines have been deleted in humans, but has been preserved in other primates.

It suggests another genetic deletion may have led to the expansion of specific regions of the human brain.

The penile spine may have evolved to remove “mating plugs”. These plugs are deposited by some the male of some species to displace material other males have placed in the female genital tract. A strategy evolved to prevent other males from fertilizing the female they had already mated with. The spines have their positive and negative attributes. Evolution is not a race towards perfection but rather, in this case, a race for the best reproductive strategies. Why don’t human males have penal spines anymore. Their assignment to the evolutionary dust bin may have coincided with our cultural evolution. Which brings us to the scientific debate about culture and psychology’s effects on physical adaptations. Y’all can discuss that among yourselves, because I’m not going to dive into that can of coelomates today. Not having a spine makes the male less sensitive thus lasting longer before copulation. There is not much practical reason to delay copulation in terms of procreation, but there is a cultural incentive to do so. Delay increases the time of physical intimacy and may have played a role in creating or promoting stronger emotional bonds between male and female humans.

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abstracted jet wallpaper

Stopping collective bargaining in and of itself would not save Wisconsin or any other state money – unless elected officials are afflicted with some disease which renders them incapable of saying no. On the other hand gaming parliamentary rules will lead to court challenges which will cost the state money. Wisconsin GOP Anti-Union Vote Violates State’s Open Meetings Law

Last night, Wisconsin GOP lawmakers called a surprise conference committee meeting and then rammed an anti-union bill through the state senate. Yet, by forcing the bill through without legally required public notice, the senators may have ensured that the bill will be declared void.

If the courts do not declare the legislation void, it is my understanding pro labor legislators and unions will challenge the law in court. Like all Republicans Gov. Walker is obviously a genius when it comes to priorities. Maybe he can get his buddies, the Koch brothers to pay the state’s legal bills.