June 11th, 2009

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"The Blue Faction consists of the Universalist Progressive (formerly Protestant) power centers: Most of the bureaucracy (but especially the State Department), the Education and University System, Mainstream Journalism (give Walter Lippman a go sometime, it's eye-opening), and the NGOs....essentially, the Clerisy.

The Red Faction consists of the more conservative power centers: the Military/Pentagon (the real source of actual US sovereignty, which, because of its usual alignment with the Red Faction is actually the only thing which keeps the Red Faction politically viable in the power struggle), Revivalist (Pentacostal, et al.) Churches, the remnants of the traditional bourgeosie, and an assortment of old-timers and other traditionalists.

Wall Street switches sides opportunistically, but has traditionally been aligned more strongly with the Blue Faction, since that's where the easy money is. The Blue Faction, as the Inner Party, wins most conflicts between the two...but not always. The history of the USA is the tale of the ascendency of the Blue Faction. Sometimes the Red Faction wins a battle or two (such as when Reagan drove a stake through the heart of the Soviet Union...the mother of all Blue Faction client states), but that's typically the exception.

At the moment, however, we're seeing all the major vertices of the Blue Faction power structure failing under the stress of their own success in the face of a cold, hard reality and numerous subversive work-arounds (IntarWebz, anyone?), and that's very interesting. It'll be curious to see if, as we face the ultimate results and failure of our ossified Brezhnevian politico-economic order, whether we get our own Gorbachev (and ultimately, Putin), or fall into chaos, or something else entirely."



** There are abandoned cities in the Mayan jungle from pre-Columbian days.




** Suppose by hard work, clean living, and wise voting, the citizens of a country raise their standard of living 10% higher than the world average. Lots of people will want to move there, and with open borders, they'll be able to. The new immigrants will enjoy the benefits for a short time, but they won't contribute to the effort. (If they were that type, they could have raised their own country up instead of just moving.) They'll just drag the standard of living back down.

genetic potential

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The limitations imposed by the genetic constitution (genotype) of a person.


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A person's characteristics are determined by an interplay between genes (the carriers of inherited information) and environment. Genetic endowment predisposes a person to exhibit certain behaviours, inclines a person to put on or lose weight, and sets the ultimate limit to physical and intellectual potential. Genetic endowment is believed to be the most important single factor in determining fitness potential: the type of muscle fibre, capacity to respond to training; and physical traits, such as heart size, are all largely determined by inheritance. However, this is not a recipe for complacency if you are genetically well endowed, or despondency if you have a poor inheritance. Very few individuals achieve their full physical potential; realization of that potential depends on what each individual does during his or her life. People with a low genetic potential for fitness may become fitter than those who are well endowed, by training harder; people with a genetic predisposition to obesity may still maintain a healthy body weight by sensible eating, but they may have to work harder to achieve their goals.

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The genes a person inherits from parents. Genes affect physical and physiological characteristics such as body build, cardiovascular traits, the proportion of different types of muscle fibre, and the capacity to improve physical fitness with training. It has been estimated that genetic factors account for 94% of the variance in physical characteristics and maximum aerobic capacity.

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Improving health by helping people achieve their genetic potential through nutrition.

Athletic records are broken year after year, and the limits of human performance continue to be debated. Just as soon as we think something can’t be done, someone comes along and shows us that it indeed can be done. There was a time when no one thought a human could run a four-minute mile

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 Most physiologists agree that the current limits have to do with our genetics – specifically genes that regulate our cardiovascular endurance and muscle fiber type, but some factors are much more variable. Things like nutrition, motivation, environment and advances in equipment (running shoes, swim suits, skis, bicycles) all allow for dramatic improvements in athletic performance. 





One reporter attempted to ask Willis about his opinion on current events but was interrupted by Willis in mid-sentence:

I'm sick of answering this fucking question. I'm a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop shitting on my money and your money and tax dollars that we give 50 percent of... every year. I want them to be fiscally responsible and I want these goddamn lobbyists out of Washington. Do that and I'll say I'm a Republican... I hate the government, OK? I'm apolitical. Write that down. I'm not a Republican.[47]

Mac OS-X and Java Vulnerabilities

sonoluminescence

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As it collapses, the cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (5,273.15 degree Celsius).[10] A quick comparison: the surface temperature of the sun is estimated to be around 5,778 K. The light is of lower intensity than the light produced by typical sonoluminescence and is not visible to the naked eye. It is most likely a by-product of the shock wave with no biological significance. However, it was the first known instance of an animal producing light by this effect. It has subsequently been discovered that another group of crustaceans, the mantis shrimp, contains species whose club-like forelimbs can strike so quickly and with such force as to induce sonoluminescent cavitation bubbles upon impact.[11]