The premise is sound, but it seems you have to use potatoes, not corn, for Idaho.
Like he says, we spend a tiny amount on foreign aid. And a vast majority of the kids world wide under age 5 die of things that are easily preventable. So there is hope for the future and for more people than you can imagine, things are getting better.
A long, long time ago, when I was young and stupid, I visited a guy in Florida who raised wild animals that performed in television shows and movies. So, as part of the story I was writing, I went into a cage with a lion and with a tiger.
The thing I learned was to make sure the animals had already been fed, and to keep the guy who owned the animals between me and the “pet” at all times.
With that in mind, I still think the guy in this video does not want to be out and about in the wild on a day when these animals are hungry.
Does it matter? I don’t want to bother with “selfie gate.”
Because this is who the woman was:
It’s a world leader. They’re sitting at a memorial service that took about four hours in which people were dancing and singing and had a good time.
So are they supposed to put on a “serious face” when everybody else was having a good time.
Well, except for Michelle. (She kind of did look pissed in all the photos I saw during this sequence. And hubby and wife did swap seats, eventually.)
- Media reaction to the Obama-Cameron-Thorning Schmidt ‘selfie’ was immature and sexist | Kayla Epstein (theguardian.com)
- Photographer: Mrs. Obama not upset over selfie (usatoday.com)
- About that Obama selfie nonsense (washingtonpost.com)
Here’s another interesting map fact that’s been my obsession for the day:
So if these southern hemisphere continents are so big, how come they look so small on every map I look at?
Well, it was explained years ago on “The West Wing.”
Here’s the map that freaked C.J. out (click to enlarge):
Technically, there is no reason why this map is unacceptable. There is no up or down in space (I learned that in “Ender’s Game“). Had the first exploration maps come from the southern hemisphere, this is how they would have been drawn. The North here is pretty squished. The South has plenty of room.
It’s an interesting perspective.
- Incredible NASA “Wind Map” Says Southern Hemisphere Safe from Fukushima Fallout (b4inmain.wordpress.com)
- 11 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World (businessinsider.com)
- Map Overlays Show How Big Countries Are Compared to One Another (laughingsquid.com)
- Every World Map You’ve Ever Looked At Is Wrong (buzzfeed.com)
New York Times correspondents remember Nelson Mandela:
And Mandela speaks:
- Remembering Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). Rest in Peace, Madiba! (wholewomannetwork.org)
- Honoring Nelson Mandela (thlibrary.wordpress.com)
- News: RIP Nelson Mandela 1918-2013. How the World’s Press are Covering the Passing. (afansviews.wordpress.com)
- Remembering an icon in Nelson Mandela (fiwebelize.com)
- Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 (boingboing.net)
- Nelson Mandela, ‘The Epicenter of Our Time,’ Has Died (thewire.com)
- Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 (fastcompany.com)
- Former South African President Nelson Mandela Has Died (subzinfo.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, And His Legacy (wnyc.org)
… Since who else would know more about the foibles of the founding fathers?
There’s a whole series of these on YouTube. Here’s another one:
I’ll go out on a limb here and say when she really did this for a living (a slave re-enactor), she was at Mount Vernon. And the sad thing is, these are really questions she was asked.
These definitely aren’t the answers she gave on the job.
It only appears to be activated by the color black (from the Texas Tribune):
When Democrat Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Republican voter Christina Katok of Walden said she believed he was ineligible for the job.
She reasoned that he was born in Kenya and therefore wasn’t a “natural born” American — one of a handful of constitutional requirements for the job. (Obama’s birth certificate shows that he was born in Hawaii, but some critics do not accept that as fact.)
Fast forward six years and another freshman U.S. senator, Canadian-born Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz of Texas, is being mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. But Katok, who would vote for Cruz in a heartbeat, doesn’t have any concerns about his eligibility.
“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she said. Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,” the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race.
Maybe it’s some kind of medical condition. These are seemingly normal functioning people who just have an issue when seeing black and white. That’s why they have a problem with a mixed race guy who was born in the United States and whose father was born in Kenya, but have no problem with a white guy born in Canada whose father was born in Cuba and fought on the side of Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution.
This Sacramento Bee cartoon pretty much captures birther logic:
- How to Think like a Birther (politicalirony.com)
- Birther: ‘Canada Is Not Really Foreign Soil’ (drudge.com)
- How the birthers can reconcile the Cruz-Canadian problem (trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com)
- Tea partier at Ted Cruz town hall: ‘Canada is not really foreign soil’ (syndicatednewsservices.com)
- Tea Party lady: Ted Cruz is eligible because “Canada is not really foreign soil” (freakoutnation.com)
- You Know, Because They’re White and Everything (juanitajean.com)
The XKCD.com illustration at the right isn’t what I have a hard time with on Geoguessr.
But I seem to spend a good percentage of my time stuck somewhere in Russia and China bombarded with signs that I can’t translate.
Here’s what I do. I land. I do a 360 degree turn. I look for clues: street address, road markers, phone numbers on trucks and buses, business signs.
Eventually, I’ll find something that’s helpful. Then, do a little Internet cross checking, pull up Google maps, figure out how close you can get to the place in the photo using the street view and mark your location on Geoguessr. I can do this almost everywhere in the world.
Except for Russia and China.
Really. I can find my way around a tiny remote island without a problem. The Marshall Islands, the Canary Islands. Anything that has streets off the African coast. Every country seems to include Roman letters in their signage. Even Japan uses various forms of spelling: characters, its own alphabet and Roman letters. It takes a while longer to figure out where you are, but eventually, you can hit the mark.
And, I guess knowing any Romance language will help. If you can read signs in French, you can figure out signs in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. But it’s not essential. I don’t know any Nordic language, but I still can mark where I am.
At least with the Greeks, the letters are close enough that you can work out in your head what the corresponding Roman letter is.
But the Russians and the Chinese rarely provide those clues. Maybe twice, when I’ve found my way to a Russian highway, I see a sign with Roman letters, and then, even when it’s an odd spelling, I’ll figure it out. But that’s rare.
Minutes before I saw the above cartoon, I was on a roll. I zipped through a town in Iowa, a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco and not far from Stockholm, and got more than 6,000 points on each.
Then I hit Russia. Twice. Game over.
Here the link: http://geoguessr.com/. Give it a shot and see where you end up.
- Geoguessr: The Internet’s Newest Educational Time Waster (gadling.com)
- GeoGuessr: how well do you know the world? (lostateminor.com)
- Traveling the World with GeoGuessr (persephonemagazine.com)
- GeoGuessr Is The Most Addictive Map Game Ever Of All Time Forever (jalopnik.com)
- There Goes Your Entire Day: GeoGuessr (rockpapershotgun.com)