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    Powered Grace, JekyllnHyde, Trix, annieli

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:07:25 PM PST

  •  A teacher affects eternity (2+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, a2nite

    a reflection on the famous saying by Henry Adams on the anniversary of his birth, in this diary to which I invite your attention.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:17:14 PM PST

  •  From last evening: (1+ / 0-)
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  •  and also this (0+ / 0-)

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:29:51 PM PST

  •  will read after watching Mark Kelly (0+ / 0-)

    on MTP

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:32:41 PM PST

  •  In the Spanish class I teach (0+ / 0-)

    we sometimes touch on human sacrifice in Mesoamerica, especially among the Aztecs -- usually to debunk the idea they believed sacrifice was necessary to make the sun rise.

    We never really talk about the number of victims annually in the Aztec empire, though it was impressive -- perhaps as many as thousands of victims every year.  (If you ever read Marvin Harris in a college anthro class, forget what you learned there -- his cannibalism argument has been thoroughly discredited.)  

    The next time this comes up,  I think I need to work in a comparison to the 30,000 annual victims the United States sacrifices to a false reading of the Second Amendment...

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:50:05 PM PST

  •  Science Channel Special on Russian Meteor Tonight (1+ / 0-)
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    One hour I think, and as I recall the stated time was 8 PM.

    Probably want to check on the hour thru the evening.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:50:23 PM PST

  •  The cost of the second amendment (0+ / 0-)

    Would we accept it if the gun manufacturers were to go through town, choose twenty first graders at random, take them to Hawaii and march them up the side of the volcano and throw them in? Would the preservation of the irrational practices the NRA claims is demanded in the name of the second amendment be justified at that price?

    I don't think so. But that's what Newtown, Aurora, and Chicago all amount to. It's the gun-casualty lottery.

    That's the sacrifice demanded by frightened conservatives to allow them to keep the useless security fetishes the gun manufactures are selling to them since the military already has more small arms than they need.

    The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

    by Rick B on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 04:51:55 PM PST

  •  Pistorius family, per guardian-uk: (0+ / 0-)

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:00:17 PM PST

  •  Wisconsin gov replacing W - DNR with (0+ / 0-)

    a new and improved DNR.

    After long discussions with NRA representatives, ALEC agents, members of Freedom Works, and staffers of several 2012 GOP presidential campaigns, Scott Walker announced plans to shut down the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

    "In our ever-ending quest to cut taxes, protect the rights of individuals, and allow businesses to thrive in our state, while slashing job-killing regulations, laws and impediments to full employment in our State, we decided to shut down the Department of Natural Resources as of April 1, 2013.

    "Because the rights of gun owners, hunters, and self-sufficient christian families have been under attack by socialist forces in Washington, the State of Wisconsin has decided to lead the war against Washington encrotchment  on our natural rights and assets.

    "As of April 2, 2013, we are creating the new and improved Wisconsin DNR - Do Not Resuscitate  - meaning that when a hunter has reached the last bullet or shell in his or her ammo pack, magazine or boxes of bullets and shells they may have with them, any shot at an appropriate target, be it deer, squirrel, elk, Democrat, or any fowl,  our state authorities will provide all the support necessary to allow that hunter achieve his and her goal - retrieval of the injured or killed animal. So, if you hit an animal, especially any of those ones I just mentioned, the State of Wisconsin will be there to make sure that you get credit for the kill, and you get the dressed meat pretty darn quick after your shot."

    "Questions, anyone?"

    "Mr. Governor, you mentioned DEMOCRATS?"

    "Sure did. Any feral animal is covered by our new DNR."

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:09:06 PM PST

  •  the guy who slapped the 2 year old on the plane (0+ / 0-)

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    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:34:26 PM PST

  •  Ran a little experiment. (0+ / 0-)

    There's a diary stating that 1.7% of North Dakotans self-identify as LGBT.  The margin of error given for small states by the report is 3%.  The problem is that 1.7% - 3.0% = -1.3%, and no degree of self-closeting or repression can bring the proportion of self-declared GLBT below 0.0%  

    For fun, I had Excel generate some binomial probability distributions, and asked "between what values would a sample of a population that is actually 1.7% GLBT be reported, 95% of the time, if 615 people were sampled.  

    It turned out that if a population that is 1.7% GLBT (or any other descriptor:  Norwegian, red-haired, etc.) were sampled and the sample size was 615, that 95% of the results would fall between 5 and 16 individuals inclusive (the expected value being 10.2, due to rounding)  That would represent 0.8% to 2.6% of the population.

    This went against my (informal!) expectation that the margin would be right-skewed, that is, the distance between the low end and the median would be less than the distance between the high end and the median.  This skew becomes apparent when margins of error are raised to 99% (3 - 19 individuals) and beyond.  

    For 615 people sampled of a large population that is 50% (fill-in-the-blank), responses would fall between 46% and 54% on 95% of samples taken.  

    One problem:  if 615 people were sampled and 10 self-identified as LGBT, that would make 1.62%.  If 11 self-identified as LGBT, that would make 1.79%.  The survey reported 1.7%.  

    Link to survey

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:15:24 AM PST

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