Sep. 25th, 2007

I'm in a LOT less pain today. It is nice.

Parallel universes exist - study
Actually, all that's been developed is a mathematical way to test the "many worlds" hypothesis - and thus far it is proving it. VERY interesting :)

The write-up is actually pretty amateurish. There are some interesting possibilities to do with probabilities though....

Murder Mystery Solved
It was a murder mystery playing out in major cities across the country and perplexing scientists. Thousands of people were dying from strokes and heart attacks within 24 hours of a spike in microscopic pollution -- tiny particles that spew from the exhaust of diesel trucks, buses and coal-burning factories.
This - however - is a lot more interesting and a lot more professional (even with the title and opening). This may have something to do with why my reactions are so severe as well - so I'll be testing out some remedies and seeing if they help.
(namingly: Asperine or related. I've been put on it by doctor anyway, so might as well see if there's any other benefits)

One of the comics I enjoy reading (21st Century Fox) had an amusing comment on psycholygy yesterday:
Psychology really hasn't had it's Einstein yet. Well, actually I don't think they've had their Newton yet either. Or Galileo. (I'm not even sure about Aristotle).
I kind of get the impression that their basic model of the mind exists on the back of a giant turtle in a bowl of water, supported by 4 giant elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle...
...and most of their research goes into finding out what colour the elephants paint their toenails...


Personally I think of Jung as kind of like Aristotle - but Freud is definitely one of the toenail paint dudes. Am I biased? Yep!

on Islam:
Malaysian Astronaut won't ignore faith
After months of discussion and two international conferences, the Islamic National Fatwa Council came up with guidelines as to how Muslim astronauts should observe daily rituals. The rules were published in 12-page booklet titled ''Muslim Obligations in the International Space Station.''
This is actually really cool - as it opens up space to the more conservative Islamic world. It will also hopefully help inspire children in that world to go beyond in education...
There have been many problems with education in many parts of the Islamic world. The only real way to solve that is inspiration - positive change.
(another link here: http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2716)

There's no excuse for disrespect but this story (Violence over Bangladesh cartoon) - shows that there's no excuse for being overly sensitive either.
BOTH sides are in the wrong here. I would wager to say though that those who insult the faith of another however - are more wrong.

or to bring it "home" to our neighbours to the south:
US marks 1957 integration crisis
Ex-US President Bill Clinton is in his home state of Arkansas to mark the 50th anniversary of the integration crisis at Little Rock Central High School.
Things have come a LONG way over here. The rest of the world's got a ways to go. (actually the whole world's got a ways to go judging from other stuff seen in various parts)

Back to space.
Trip to outer space makes nasty bacteria nastier
Space flight can increase the virulence of disease-causing microbes such as Salmonella typhimurium, the main bacterial culprit in food poisoning, say U.S. researchers.
This one might be of interest to folks interested in biology. (it describes some of the methods used for testing too).

Oh yes:
Baird hails 'historic' deal to fight ozone-destroying chemicals
The governments of 191 countries have reached a "historic" agreement to eliminate the production and use of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) 10 years ahead of schedule, Environment Minister John Baird said Saturday.

Another big success. Perhaps slower than some would want - but it's HAPPENING!

And a random tangent:
Needles 'are best for back pain'
Acupuncture - real or sham - is more effective at treating back pain than conventional therapies, research suggests.
Yes it's an interesting bit of research...
Quick links:
(unsafe link, possibly triggering - it's a bit too detailed)
Polygamist leader Jeffs found guilty (tags: poly, justice) - it has begun.
"Everyone should now know that no one is above the law, religion is not an excuse for abuse and every victim has a right to be heard," said Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
-> this is a step toward dealing with certain issues that must be tackled before any Canadian ruling on poly-lifestyles can be made.
(while it's a US case - the guilty party had been hiding out in Canada a while and there are similar cases on the move here)

Nuclear issue officially over, Iran's president tells UN
(it's up to the International Atomic Energy commission now)
There are some interesting points in this link... as it shows a number of the issues Iran feels is key. (some are accurate, some are out to lunch - and some ... need to be paid attention to)

*shrug*
Punk needs to come back in some places. Some folks need a good swift kick.
*self* wonders what the MAFIAA and media cartels in NA would do after they got a good swift kick... but they're not the only ones oh no.

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