31 May 2010

Amazing Card Trick

Teh Flag

 

THE AMERICAN (HERO) WAY


                   Worth Repeating... Pass It On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


 

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg -- probably didn’t
make much news back then.

Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy , Van T. Barfoot,
who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun
positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced
through a minefield, took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned
with 17 prisoners of war.

If that wasn’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three
German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it
did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after also serving in Korea and
Vietnam , a Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make news last week was a neighborhood association’s quibble with
how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban
Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be flown on a house-mounted
bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were
unsuitable.


He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and was facing court
action if he didn’t take it down. Since the story made national TV, the
neighborhood association has rethought its position and agreed to indulge this
old hero who dwells among them.


“In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag without
interference,” Barfoot told The Associated Press.

As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to
read his Medal of Honor citation.
It indicates he’s not real good at backing down.

Van T. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation: 
   

This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor
Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond
the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano , Italy . With his platoon heavily
engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding
ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled
to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand
grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German
defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun
killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew
then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving
the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions
in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to
17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly
captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at
his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed
position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75
yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it,
while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled
tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued
onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German
fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his
platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts,
assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety.
Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and
aggressive determination in the face of point blank fire are a perpetual
inspiration to his fellow soldiers.”

 

 


 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

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26 May 2010

Children in Sports, a Breaking Point

Troubling review of our excess in sports four children that is leading to far to many injuries and burn out. As in all things moderation

>>>>Too many young athletes are being pushed too hard by parents or coaches, risking their physical, and sometimes emotional, health.

http://nyti.ms/dvPPp3

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21 May 2010

4 wicked videos

Worst Case Thinking

Brilliant essay on the problem we face wit the current trend of "Worst Case Thinking" by Bruce Schneier
As he puts it:

My nightmare scenario is that people keep talking about their nightmare scenarios

Quite!

Worst-case thinking leads to bad decisions, bad systems design, and bad security. And we all have direct experience with its effects: airline security and the TSA, which we make fun of when we're not appalled that they're harassing 93-year-old women or keeping first graders off airplanes. You can't be too careful!

And this is the current circumstance we are in - we play directly into the terrorists hands. We need to be alert and vigilant but not reactive

Frank Furedi, a sociology professor at the University of Kent, writes: "Worst-case thinking encourages society to adopt fear as one of the dominant principles around which the public, the government and institutions should organize their life. It institutionalizes insecurity and fosters a mood of confusion and powerlessness. Through popularizing the belief that worst cases are normal, it incites people to feel defenseless and vulnerable to a wide range of future threats."


Refuse to be terrorized, understand the risks and apply logic and data to decisions without emotional over tones

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19 May 2010

Lateral thinking

This puzzle is called Lateral Thinking. 
Scroll down slowly and be honest with yourself. 

       man  
1. ------------  

      
board  

       

       

       

      


Ans. = man overboard  

   


Okay, let's see if you've got the hang of it.   

       

      stand  
2. ------------  

          
 i  

       

       
  

   

   
Ans. = I understand  

       

   

OK .     Got the drift ?  

       

   
Let's try a few now and see 
  how you fare ?  

   

3. /r/e/a/d/i/n/g/  

       
  


Ans. = reading between the lines  

       

   


4.    r  
     
road  
      
a  
      
d  
  

Ans. = cross road  

       

   

Not having a good day now, are you ?  

Redeem yourself. 
  

       

5. cycle  
    
cycle  
    
cycle  

       
  

Ans. = tricycle  

       

   

Not easy to figure out ha!  

       



          
0  
6. ------------  

       
M.D.  
       
Ph.D.  

      

 

 

 

 

 

Ans. = two degrees below zero  

       

C'mon give it a little thought!   

       



      
  
7.  knee  
     light  

       
  

 

 

 


Ans. = neon light   
( knee - on - light )  

       

   

U can prove ur smart by getting this one.   

       



            
ground  
8.  
     ---------------  
feet feet feet feet feet feet  

       
   

 

 

 


 

Ans. = six feet underground  

       

Oh no, not again ! !  

       

 

 

9. he's X himself  

       
 


Ans. = he's by himself  

       

Now u messing up big time.  

       

10. ecnalg  

       
  


Ans. = backward glance  

       

   

Not even close ! !  

       

11. death ... life  

       
  

 

 

Ans. = life after death  

       

   

Okay last chance ...  

12. THINK  

       
  

Ans. = think big ! !  

       

And the last one is real fundoo - - -  



13. abababababababababababababababababababab

 

 

 

 

Ans. = Long time no C

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18 May 2010

Twisted Physics - Mind Blowing Findings

Twisted Physics: 7 Recent Mind-Blowing Findings

An artistic representation of two entangled mechanical oscillators made up of two pairs of trapped ions. The arrows denote the internal state of two of the ions. The mist between the two mechanical oscillators is used to represent the entanglement. Credit: John Jost and Jason Amini

Spooky Entanglement

One of the strangest predictions of the theory of quantum mechanics is that particles can become "entangled" so that even after they are separated in space, when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately.

In June 2009 scientists announced they had measured entanglement in a new kind of system - two separated pairs of vibrating particles. Previous experiments had entangled the internal properties of particles, such as spin states, but this was the first time scientists had entangled the particles' pattern of motion, which is a system that resembles the larger, everyday world.

By reflecting a laser beam from a specially designed hologram (shown here as the colored circle), physicists created knots of dark filaments (represented by the colored knot). Credit: Mark Dennis.

Knots of Light

Light may seem to travel a straight line, but sometimes it gets twisted into knots. In January 2010 researchers reported using a computer-controlled hologram to twist beams of laser light into pretzel shapes. The holograms, which direct the flow of light, were specially created to send light in certain directions and shapes.

The researchers used a field of mathematics known as knot theory to study the resulting loops. These swirls of light, called optical vortices, could have implications for future laser devices, the physicists said.

The antimatter particle was created at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

A New Antimatter Particle Created

By smashing particles together at close to light speed inside an atom smasher, scientists created a never-before-seen type of matter: an anti-hypertriton.

This particle is weird in many ways. First, it's not normal matter, but its eerie opposite, called antimatter, which annihilates whenever it comes into contact with regular mass. Second, the anti-hypertriton is what's called a "strange" particle, meaning it contains a rare building block called a strange quark, which isn't present in the protons and neutrons that make up regular atoms.

The experiment was conducted at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. The results were announced in March 2010.

The Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX) reactor is housed inside a 16-foot-diameter steel structure in a building on the MIT campus that also houses MIT's other fusion reactor, a tokamak called Alcator C-mod.Credit: LDX team

Levitating Magnet Points to Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion - the melding of atomic nuclei that happens inside stars - is a long-sought goal on Earth. If scientists can achieve it, it could offer a powerful source of energy with few negative environmental consequences.

Scientists took a step closer to this goal in January 2010 when they announced they'd built a levitating magnet that created some of the conditions thought to be necessary for fusion. By suspending a giant donut-shaped magnet in midair, researchers were able to control the motion of an extremely hot gas of charged particles contained within the magnet's outer chamber. The density of this gas was close to what's needed for nuclear fusion, the researchers said.

Twisted Physics: 7 Recent Mind-Blowing Findings

After 72 hours of exposure to ambient light, strands ofnanoparticles twisted and bunched together. Credit: Nicholas Kotov

Light Bends Matter

While it's easy to see matter bending light - just look through a prism - it's rare to find light bending matter. But scientists saw just that in an experiment reported in March 2010. Researchers assembled flat ribbons of nanoparticles - tiny bits of matter only billionths of a meter long - in a darkened laboratory.

Then when the ribbons were exposed to light, they curled up into spirals. The results could help engineers design new types of optics and electronics.

The Borromean rings, a symbol dating back to the second century, were recreated with lithium atoms. Credit: Wikipedia

Amazing Particle Triplets

Using lithium atoms, scientists recreated an ancient mathematical symbol that had been seen as far back as the second century in Afghan Buddhist art. The symbol, called the Borromean rings, depicts three rings linked together. If any ring were removed, they would all come apart.

Physicists predicted that particles should be able to form this same arrangement, but no one had been able to achieve it until now. The final realization, announced in December 2009, came 40 years after the prediction.

Computer simulations of the lab work, clockwise from top left: Gluons and quarks; gold ions about to collide; just after the collision; the resulting perfect liquid. Credit: RHIC

Quark-gluon Soup

Another amazing feat of physics came out of Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider this year. In February 2010 scientists announced they'd created a "quark-gluon soup" where protons and neutrons had broken up into their constituent building blocks - quarks and gluons.

It took extremely powerful collisions of gold atoms in the accelerator to achieve the temperatures necessary - about 7 trillion degrees Fahrenheit (4 trillion degrees Celsius). These conditions are 250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun and similar to temperatures seen just after the birth of the universe. They were the hottest temperatures ever reached on Earth.

From LiveScience

http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/twisted-physics-top-findings-100401-1.html

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17 May 2010

Funniest Freeze Frames

Laugh out loud Freeze Frame Moments from the 24 hour TV Coverage

From the Hugffington Post

>>>

The news is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all over the world. It's really no wonder some crazy, crazy stuff pops up from time to time. But who can blame them? 24/7 is a lot of time to fill. Like, if you ran out of news, who knows what your stories would be about. Big cats, the pantsless, and hurricane bears? No? Well, here are some screen grabs from the actual news to inspire you. Be sure to vote for your favorites!

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16 May 2010

It happens to us all

It happens to us all.............. 


Val Kilmer


Mickey Rourke


Brendan Fraser


Russel Crowe


Alec Baldwin


Richard Gere


Roger Moore


Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

 

Pierce Brosnan

 

Clint Eastwood


Rod Stewart

                                          

 

ARE YOU FEELING BETTER NOW???

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