"Because my mother told me.”--The late Yale philosopher Paul Holmer answering how he, a professional philosopher, could believe in Christianity.
In 2011, the United States federal government spent $460 billion on Medicaid. With the passage of the ACA and an increasing number of states accepting the Medicaid expansion, state spending could increase by an additional $76 billion and the federal spending by up to an additional $952 billion over the course of 2013-2022. That potentially results in an additional $1,029 billion spent on the Medicaid expansion, which would round out the 2013-2022 decade’s total Medicaid spending to $7,368 billion.
Contrary to popular perceptions that playing video games causes psychological and emotional problems in children, a study of 5-year-olds in the United Kingdom found no correlation between electronic gaming and behavioral issues. Good. A pre-testosterone study on aggression.
Robert Bolger, in his review of God in Proof by Nathan Schneider, summarizes the philosophy of proofs presented in God in Proof by turning Einstein's famous saying that “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” to "one may say that religious proofs without a religious life are lame, a religious life without religious proofs is, well, still a religious life." The judge-less postmodern world allows for a lot.
ex·i·gen·cy n. pl.ex·i·gen·cies; The state or quality of requiring much effort or immediate action; A pressing or urgent situation. Crisis; Urgent requirements; pressing needs. Often used in the plural. ety: 1580s, from M.Fr. exigence, from L.L. exigentia "urgency," from L. exigentem (nom. exigens), from exigere "to demand" (see "exact").
Lake Baikal in southern Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake on Earth, reaching as far down as 5,387 feet (1,642 meters). With a surface area of 12,248 square miles (31,722 square kilometers) it is also, by volume, the world’s biggest freshwater lake. 20 percent of the planet’s unfrozen fresh water – and 90 percent of Russia’s – is to be found in Lake Baikal. If all the other water on Earth dried up, there would still be enough in Baikal for all of us to drink for half a century. At 25 million years old, it is also the world’s most ancient lake.
In excess of 330 rivers and other tributaries flow into the lake, although it is drained by only one, the Angara River.
Who was....Ellen Rometsch?
A Canadian study of ethnic groups in Toronto concluded that people of Japanese ancestry in that city were the most "privileged" group there, because they had the highest average income. These are the same people interned in Canadian camps during the Second World War and they are now "privileged" because we now think that that is a synonym for "success." Grotesque.
The proportion of slaves seldom dropped below 30 per cent of the population in early states, reaching 50 per cent in early South-East Asia and, in Athens and Sparta, as much as 70 and 86 per cent. What agrarian states needed above all else was manpower to cultivate their fields, build their monuments, man their armies and bear and raise their children.
243 million of the 320 million Americans live in 3 percent of the country's land.
Matthew D. Lieberman has a book out touting the "default network," the area of thinking our brains go when not otherwise engaged. This network is the social network, our relationship with others. And it sounds like more of a cause of our interest than an effect: Even newborns, who have no real input to react to, have a very high activity the the "default network" area of the brain.
The creating and breaking of habits is a provocative field and studies give some warning: It appears that self-control is extremely energy demanding and, over a day, is finite. You can run out of it over the time of the day.
When Reagan was running for reelection he had done poorly in a debate. Some questions began to be raised about his fitness for office; he was 73 and would be the oldest elected president if reelected. In the next debate, the moderator asked him if age was a concern in the election. Reagan replied, 'I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience.' Mondale, not exactly a spring chicken at fifty-six, later commented that he knew at that very moment he had lost the campaign.
Stratasys’ RedEye 3-D printing factory in Eden Prairie has built a car body with a 3-D printer. Computers read the design software and “printed” each car part layer by layer. A plastic bumper was born, then a hood and so on. While 3-D printing has long been used to make gears, grilles, tools, parts and prototypes for other manufacturers, it had never been used to build the entire body of a car.
Traditional prototyping takes years of altering designs, tooling and materials. With 3-D printing, designers can tweak details on a computer and click the Print icon.
Half of the roughly 250 Australian languages are extinct, one third of the hundreds of Native American languages spoken in 1492 have disappeared and another third are unlikely to survive another generation.
The wisdom of Charlie Munger: "The best way to get what you want in life is to deserve what you want. "
AAAAAAnnnnnnnddddd.....a picture of the sunrise at Lake Baikal