uh, you meant on a clear SUMMER night, right?
He has taken every single one of GWB's radical policies, and cemented them as the new normal.
Which is why I find it infuriatingly ironic when I see these ignorant bumper stickers railing against the "hope and change" campaign. There was no change, and now, even less hope.
"Serial rapist upset at having his identity revealed, and activities detailed in the press; dejected that the President won't come and visit him and tell him he's doing a great job."
Let's suppose you're the fund manager and you want to maximize impact of your dollars. But there are too many researchers applying for grant. What do you do? You divest rather than invest, and hope that one of the projects will churn out useful outcome.
By and large, true. In our current (overall) deflationary environment.
I don't know. Global Warming is based on some fairly common sense.
This is why people migrate from one region to another, and have done so for millions of years of human history and pre-history.
You hang out in one place for a while, and the population builds up, and the piles of shit and garbage become unmanageable. So you go someplace new. When there's enough people, and nowhere else to go, because you've covered the entire face of the fininte sphere that is the earth, you know you have to start managing your pollution. Thomas Malthus came up with a theory that many people thought was common sense at the time. Ultimately, he was right, even though he didn't forsee things like the Haber Bosch process giving us an extra century and a half of food production and geometric population growth. But in-fact, our industrial waste was already beginning to change the climate of the entire planet.
It is not common sense to believe that you can infinitely fill a finite container. It is "magical thinking", at best. Selfish opportunism at worst.
Only a complete moron would judge quality based on quantity.
. . . or an MBA.
As an amateur singer, I think that MOST people who believe that they "can't sing" - - can very likely develop their voice far beyond what they imagine, with some hard work, dedication, and practice, (and some professional instruction). Many, many common vocal flaws can be overcome with proper training, and practice.
Will that overcome a deficit of "talent"; maybe not. But I think that probably about 80% of people out there who believe they "can't sing" - have a lot more hidden potential than they know.
In the case of autotune - in my opinion, it's a useful tool to give a voice a certain "sound" but it is in no way a worthwhile substitute for a properly trained voice, or good vocal talent. It can easily be a substitute for "making money" in pop music production. But frankly, who gives a shit about that? Unwashed masses be unwashed masses, and the scammers out there in ANY industry are going to find ways to take advantage of that, and bet money off of them.
If this NSA kerfluffle has amounted to anything, it is a validation of the idea that "Security through obscurity" is as invalid as we've all been told - since the 1980's.
When the maximum number of bitcoins has been mined - who is going to have an incentive to run miners? At that point, nobody's going to compute hashes, and transaction chains won't be verified any longer. It works great as long as all those people out there dedicate their clock cycles to pounding out hashes. But without an incentive, it's all going to evaporate.
The US dollar is backed by the full faith and credit of the US government.
Cool story, bro~!
The whole thing is quite bemusing.
. . . yeah, it's all fun and games until you invade the wrong country, sparking an ethnic conflict that kills and displaces 10s of millions, and the cost of the war throws the world's economy into a tailspin.
You can probably unload it on Silk Road.
Goiana was Cesium-137.
There have been several incidents with Cobalt-60 sources, including one in 2010 in Dehli, India, and another in 2000, in Thailand. And in some cases, the radioactive material has ended up being recycled into new products; for example - incidents which actually happened: water-dishes for pets, and belt-buckles sold from discount websites. In these cases, the radioactivity was detected by random spot-checks. There are probably products out there that have incorporated recycled radioactive substances, which made it through spot-checks and are sitting in people's homes, making them sick - and there is no way for us to know.
With regard to the cobalt 60 source: Wikipedia says it was 111 Tbq.
"Example: a 60Co source with an activity of 2.8 GBq, which is equivalent to 60 g of pure 60Co, generates a dose of 1 mSv at one meter distance within one hour."
A 1 Sv dose in 1 hour, is lethal.
Extrapolating 111 TBq to 2.8 GBq; (111,000/2.8 = 39,642
If they took it out of it's casing, they'd receive a lethal dose of radiation in less than 2 minutes. (depending on how close they stayed, and how long they stayed near it). Staying at least 400 cm away, would mitigate much of the beta particles, but not the gamma rays. Gamma rays are attenuated by the inverse square law, like any radiant energy. So distance is also your friend, but better still, an inch or so of lead.
They would not start feeling symptoms, until an hour or two later. Dizzyness, headache, nausea, vomiting. Later - worse symptoms appear. It will probably take a few days for them to die, and they may seek medical treatment, which may save them, depending on how long they were in close proximity to the unshielded source.
Simple fix. Raise the international standards for contamination thresholds. Oh wait - they did that.
Oh, I'm sorry, you wanted to buy access to ALL of the Internet? You only bought basic Internet.
. . . not unlike Cable's approach to selling channel packages.