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Blew My Mind!
A study appearing today in the journal Science reports that the hunter-gatherers seem to be the only group of humans known to have no concept of numbering and counting.
Not only that, but adult Piraha apparently can't learn to count or understand the concept of numbers or numerals, even when they asked anthropologists to teach them and have been given basic math lessons for months at a time.
So Newsweek magazine has the results of a phone survey that people took over this last week. They have published the results here with (and this is the important part) the "correct" answers in bold.
See, right there, CORRECT ANSWER IS IN BOLD. So what are the "correct" answers to some of the questions?
It may be tough to tell from my screen shots but the "correct answer" to the question:
From what you know about the situation, do you think the United States is losing the fight against al-Qaeda or radical Islamic terrorism?
and the "correct" answer to the question:
Do you think Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was directly involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001?
Is "DON'T KNOW"
The correct answer is "DID IT EVER END"
Yeah, cause who would know the answer to that?
Investment capital flowing into renewable energies such as wind power climbed from $80 billion in 2005 to a record $100 billion in 2006, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme, UNEP. The trend analysis cites climate change concerns, increasing government support, and high oil prices as reasons for the boom.
The trend continues in 2007 with experts predicting investments of $85 billion this year. "The renewable energy sector’s growth "although still volatile ... is showing no sign of abating," the report states.[snip]
This is a picture of the rear end of a dog. I see what appears to be a picture in it due to the human capacity for pattern recognition.
I am not saying that this is a picture of anything in particular. You will note that I am not describing the pattern that I see. Therefore, IF you see the same pattern that I see then that is also due to pattern recognition and nothing to do with me.
Let the stupid hate mail begin. (Again, I did not say what I saw - if you see it, then that's your fault not mine)
It is not too often that I find myself agreeing with Murry Mandryk but in his column today he made some interesting points about the Saskatchewan Party Candidate Christine Tell.
Here are some tidbits:
So it very much comes down to an ethical decision. And Tell -- who, if elected to a Brad Wall government would stand a pretty good chance as a woman and a Regina MLA of making cabinet -- has made some questionable ethical decisions.
By blaming Johnston, Tell added to the bad judgment she already demonstrated by deciding not to take a leave of absence.
And such bad judgment calls are sometimes a lot more harmful to a candidate than anything else.
hat tip daily kos
Paul Craig Roberts said that the US government is in the hands of dangerous psychopaths who are a disgrace to the human race and who should be arrested as war criminals and turned over the the Hague.
I disagree with Ed Stelmach (The Premier of Alberta) on policy issues, but no one can say that the guy has a thin skin:
Hat tip calgary grit
Tory candidate Heninger said he, too, is somewhat upset with the direction the government is going. According to reports, he told a constituent at the door he would like to "choke" Stelmach. The premier said that kind of enthusiasm is exactly what he wants in his MLAs.
Usually I am the one complaining about how we as a society spend too much time talking about celebrity gossip and not enough time talking about real issues.
The two have now converged.
I assume that most people have heard about the whole 'Paris goes to jail but gets sick so it let out" story by now. If not, here is the recap
The judge said she'd get no breaks. The sheriff said she'd do her time. Even Paris Hilton said she was ready to face her sentence.
But on Thursday, three days into a 23-day jail sentence, Hilton was fitted with an electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet and released to the comforts of her 2,700-square-foot Hollywood Hills home due to a mysterious and unspecified medical condition.
Luckily, Ms. Hilton acted like any other inmate would:
Paris Hilton's early release has sparked potential legal issues, with the judge who sentenced her demanding an explanation, while lawyers and politicians are seeking to milk maximum mileage out of the event.
Socialite Paris Hilton has released a statement thanking jail staff for treating her "fairly and professionally."
"I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes."
The problem here is that there is a medical issue and it isn’t wise to keep a person in jail with her problem over an extended period of time and let the problem get worse.
I wonder what was different about this case?
A 27-year-old quadriplegic man sentenced to serve ten days in a Washington, DC jail on charges that he possessed a minor amount of marijuana died while in custody last week due to inadequate health care, including prison officials' failure to provide him with a ventilator.
This list is far from complete and if you have a blog that fits the bill or know of a blog that fits the bill let me know and I will add it.