What the Voter Doesn’t Know

As I was driving along a rural road yesterday near Lake Erie, farmers were harvesting their beans and corn in the bright October sun. As I entered Erie county, suddenly there was a plethora of campaign signs everywhere. Apparently there is a hot battle there for a judgeship as there were an equal amount of signs Bruce Winter and his opponent Lorraine Crow.

I don’t know either, but it was easy to ID their political party by the other political signs clustered together alongside of them.

Many orange signs had the word Latta- that’s the 9th Ohio congressional district’s current congressman. Although I live in Bob Latta’s district, I have never seen one of his rather ugly signs. In fact, there are very few political signs this year.


Getting back to the rural road, I wonder whether the folks who planted the Latta signs really know the congressman’s agenda. Better yet, they probably don’t know his major political doners. These houses, mainly tiny and in need of paint, clearly do not house people of means; that was clear. Yet, Latta’s big campaign doners are the fossil fuel giants, the pharmaceutical industry, electric and telecommunication industries, health insurance industry, the TV and cable industry and bankers association.

How’s that money impacting the folks along route 163? Everything hunky-dorrie? Bob initiated (well, it was brought to his attention by one of his generous political doners) H.R.1919: Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act of 2013. What does a farm boy from rural western Ohio know about the pharmaceutical industry? Hmm.

How much influence does $64,000 buy? That’s what Big Pharm contributed to Bob’s campaigns. For what purpose other than to influence him to sponsor their bill-a bill that protects the industry from outside competition. It does nothing to ’safeguard’ us but, in fact, cuts down on their competition from bulk providers.

But the man who stuck the Latta sign in his front yard along Rt. 163 doesn’t know that. And Bob is thankful that he doesn’t.

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App Does Math Homework with Phone Camera

Launched earlier this week at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in London, PhotoMath is already shooting to the top of the app charts. The software uses optical character recognition technology to read printed equations on a page, then pops up an augmented-reality display that works through captured equations in real time.

One can point your phone at a problem and PhotoMath can solve it for you, most of the time. (The character recognition only works with printed materials — no handwriting.)

But that’s just the baseline tech. Where PhotoMath gets genuinely awesome is in the image capture options. Once you’ve captured a particular equation, PhotoMath can save the image, then generate detailed instructions on how you actually solve the math problem. In other words, with PhotoMath, you can show your work.


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Bill Moyers: The Three Most Pressing Problems we Face

Bill Moyers: 1. We have to figure out how to have a morally-based conversation about politics and economics. If it’s all about money and return on investment and stock shares and all that, instead of what kind of society works best for those who don’t have such “goods”, we’re finished as a democracy, because some people will be able to buy anything they want and vast numbers of others will be unable to afford what they need. 2. The corruption of power and money is so pervasive and systemic that we have to take it on at every level, which requires that (3) There has to be a broad-based movement for democracy that mirrors and exceeds what Bill McKibben, 350.org and kindred spirits like Naomi Klein have built to reverse global warming.
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Oldest Sex Act 385,000,000 Years Ago

The first sex on Earth looked like square dancing — if fish could square dance, of course.

That is the finding of a new study of 385-million-year-old fossils that reveal that the oldest jawed fish on Earth were the first to reproduce by copulation. Later fish would revert to spawning — releasing eggs and sperm into the water to meet — but some have since re-evolved the ability to have coupled-up sex.

The oldest known sex act took place when tiny fish called Microbrachius hooked their jointed arms side by side and linked bony genital claspers with bony genital plates to transfer sperm from male to female.


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Slumbering Lions win Wildlife Photo of the Year


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Threats to Americans, ranked

…and NOT by media hype

1. (tie) cancer & heart disease
2. traffic accidents
3. guns
4. climate change
5. War in the Balkans
6. The flu

Note that ISIS and Ebola are not yet mentioned, yet the media and politicians hype them above all others.

Your health ranks well above the hyped stories, but the ‘fear factor’ puts us all on edge. In fact, household accidents ranks higher than Ebola.

What does this show us? The two largest cable news networks, CNN and FOX enjoy scaring the hell out of us and it sells advertising time. It’s all about the money for CNN and it’s about feeding the base for Fox.


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Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Flip Within a Lifetime

A pilot looking down at her plane controls and realizing magnetic north is hovering somewhere over Antarctica may sound like a scene from a science-fiction movie, but new research suggests the idea isn’t so far-fetched in the relatively near future.

A magnetic field shift is old news. Around 800,000 years ago, magnetic north hovered over Antarctica and reindeer lived in magnetic south. The poles have flipped several times throughout Earth’s history. Scientists have estimated that a flip cycle starts with the magnetic field weakening over the span of a few thousand years, then the poles flip and the field springs back up to full strength again. However, a new study shows that the last time the Earth’s poles flipped, it only took 100 years for the reversal to happen.

The Earth’s magnetic field is in a weakening stage right now. Data collected this summer by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite suggests the field is weakening 10 times faster than scientists originally thought. They predicted a flip could come within the next couple thousand years. It turns out that might be a very liberal estimate, scientists now say.


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