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April 01, 2011

Sadly, this is no April Foolishness hoax

Child Bankrupts Make-A-Wish Foundation With Wish For Unlimited Wishes Child...

March 26, 2011

FACT: OMG!!1!

Brow Beat : How Did "Muffin Top," "LOL" and "OMG"...

March 25, 2011

Handy!

A handy link--Calculate Your Radiation Dose | Radiation Protection |...

March 24, 2011

Graph: On the danger of nuclear power

Death Rate per Watts Produced info graphic out of context | clusterflock

March 20, 2011

Multiracial America growing far faster than expected

Mixed-Race Growth in Mississippi Signals a Shift in Attitudes - NYTimes.com
In the first comprehensive accounting of multiracial Americans since statistics were first collected about them in 2000, reporting from the 2010 census, made public in recent days, shows that the nation’s mixed-race population is growing far more quickly than many demographers had estimated, particularly in the South and parts of the Midwest. That conclusion is based on the bureau’s analysis of 42 states; the data from the remaining eight states will be released this week. In North Carolina, the mixed-race population doubled. In Georgia, it expanded by more than 80 percent, and by nearly as much in Kentucky and Tennessee. In Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota, the multiracial population increased by about 70 percent. “Anything over 50 percent is impressive,” said William H. Frey, a sociologist and demographer at the Brookings Institution. “The fact that even states like Mississippi were able to see a large explosion of residents identifying as both black and white tells us something that people would not have predicted 10 or 20 years ago.” Census officials were expecting a national multiracial growth rate of about 35 percent since 2000, when seven million people — 2.4 percent of the population — chose more than one race. Officials have not yet announced a national growth rate, but it seems sure to be closer to 50 percent. The contour and the shade of the change are not uniform. In states like California, Hawaii and Oklahoma, where people of mixed race already made up a significant percentage of the total, the increases were smaller than in places like Mississippi, where there were far fewer mixed-race people to start with. In Hawaii, for instance — where the multiracial group accounts for 23 percent of the population, highest of any state — the growth since 2000 was 23.6 percent.

Such a waste--imagine all the *other* weapons we could get with that $1 trillion!

(or healthcare and education systems, or Ferrari Italias for every man, woman, and child in Kentucky*, or you know, basically whatever) The F-35: A Weapon That Costs More Than Australia - Dominic Tierney - National - The Atlantic
The F-35 is the most expensive defense program in history, and reveals massive cost overruns, a lack of clear strategic thought, and a culture in Washington that encourages incredible waste. Money is pouring into the F-35 vortex. In 2010, Pentagon officials found that the cost of each plane had soared by over 50 percent above the original projections. The program has fallen years behind schedule, causing billions of dollars of additional expense, and won’t be ready until 2016. An internal Pentagon report concluded that: “affordability is no longer embraced as a core pillar.” In January 2011, even Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a champion of the aircraft,voiced his frustration: “The culture of endless money that has taken hold must be replaced by a culture of restraint.”
(* Yeah, I'm a nerd and did the math: with $1 trillion, you really could buy every one of KY's 4,339,367 citizens a 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia)

March 11, 2011

Morgan: Watch Out! Tsunami at 8:08AM

A Tsunami just hit Hawaii and Japan. Is headed for...