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H.L. Mencken Speaks. A rare gem.

The interview features Mencken telling us about interesting topics such as:

The american libido for the ugly, the disadvantage of having a rich father, vacciations, the advantage of not going to college and the experience of being a young reporter.

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A mushroom once told Terence Mckenna that nature loves courage

True story.

Derivative exposure by american banks and other beautiful infographics by http://demonocracy.info/

Here, demonocracy gives some idea as to how large american banks derivative exposure really is and does a great job contextualising it. Remember, when these bets start going bad, bailing them bankers out means someone has to fork out (print) these amounts of money.

Also, see this one for the human and material cost of the two US led wars still ongoing in the lands of the moslems. Neat graphics.

Man Tries to help the TSA, gets busted.

Well ill be damned!  This man tried helping the TSA agent with their strip search and got busted for it. I guess being an outstanding citizen is harder than it seems these days.

From The Daily Mail:

Police reports said the 50-year-old ‘disrobed completely naked’ last night night while going through a security screening area.

Staff and security, called ‘screeners’ at US airports, asked him ‘numerous times’ to put his clothes back on – reports said. Brennan was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

He later told authorities that he was a regular flyer and had removed his clothes because he was angry at the way he was searched.

A police report said: ‘He said he disrobed as a form of protest against TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screeners he felt were harassing him.’

‘Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2131456/Naked-man-Portland-airport.html

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No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

The very funny story of how Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 12, 1970.

From Wikipedia:

I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher’s) glove, but I didn’t hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters, and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes, I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn’t hit hard and never reached me.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_Ellis

A train of thoughts on prediction that arose from finding a book in a puddle.

I found a book on medieval philosophy lying in a mud puddle when I went for a walk in London. That is a true story. I opened the pages randomly and the first thing I read was about astrology, a perfectly respectable science at in those days. It then dawned on me that there are basically three ways of dealing with the human future: 1. The astrological way, meaning you look for signs. 2. The “so called” rational way, where the objective truth about the future can be calculated using statistical reasoning. 3. And the one that holds that you cannot do anything but guess. Assuming that the world is not deterministic, 1 and 2 must be wrong. However they are the the most widely used. Most fields of research in the humane sciences that claim some level predictability do so using either signs or statistics. I am in favour of reconsigning the uncertain way. In fact, I would say it as strongly as this: In the humane sciences there is no proof of such thing as a permanent pattern, scientific constancy or intrinsic correlations. There is only a neural network of biased perceptions seeking coherence, fuelling loops of action and reaction into the very future it seeks to predict. This can be observed clearly in political history, but even more clearly in financial markets, which in many respects is a branch of the former.

Said differently, when trying to predict in fields like history, economics and sociology, guessing is as good as anything.

The man who believed he killed Kennedy

Interesting people. Today Kerry Wendell Thornley aka Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. Read all about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Wendell_Thornley.

 

More death = better presidents. The regression model proves it!

Presidents are more popular when they kill more it seems. So much for hope.

 

http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/presidents-who-kill-people-are-popular/

Judas van der Berg exhibition at Premiss in Bergen

 

 

What?! Judas van der Berg is having an exhibition in Bergen, Norway with world famous artist Anja Carr ( http://anjacarr.com/ ). Bergen is know for being the ultimate city of sin and unhindered sexuality.

http://www.prmss.no/post/20817368210/anja-carr-new-premises-same-shit-but-wait-a-minute

 

Robert Anton Wilson explains quantum physics.

My first post. Hail me.