Well Duh!

Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan have concluded through a study that a woman’s happiness is More Crucial than the husbands,  thereby benefiting the relationship.

Fucking Duh!

I respect the need for research, even for subjects that appear to be of trivial consequence. You never know during an investigation what you might find, or develop along the way, such as new ways to observe and gather data. But when you have a subject like this, I really think a comedian with a microphone interviewing people on the street will come to the same undeniable conclusion. ANY man who has spent a reasonable amount of time with a woman, is going to make this simple, universal observation.

http://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/wife%E2%80%99s-happiness-more-crucial-her-husband%E2%80%99s-keeping-marriage-track-rutgers-study-finds/20140911#.VBR0o_ldUUN

…you weren’t really sure I was serious were you?

Next Time You Bait A Hook With a Worm…

Consider this.

http://www.embl.de/aboutus/communication_outreach/media_relations/2014/140911_Heidelberg/

This study suggests that our earlier ancestors, pre fish I assume, may have been from the worm family. So many relevant details in the article, I’d have to darn near copy/paste them all. More efficient to just click the link, I think. If you are inclined that is.

There is a video there, but if there was a narration it was not present for me.

In a nutshell:

  • Notochord (1st vertebrate skeleton) probably evolved from muscle
  • Evolutionary origin of notochord likely older than assumed
  • Marine worm has muscle with same genetic signature, in same place

Notochord

More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

…In the Central African Republic. Muslims and X-ians on murdering sprees, ruthlessly killing and mutilating each other. Every death a tragedy. At this link there is a story of a young lad who escaped his home and hid in the bushes, while his family was murdered. A horrific tale.

http://home.myhughesnet.com/news/read/category/world/article/the_associated_press-ap_more_than_5000_dead_in_c_african_republic-ap-2

If only people could see each other as human, instead of a member of another cult. If only that harbinger of doom, that polarizer of men, that monstrosity that makes people feel as if they were just more special than everyone else would die its deserved death. But no, religion clings to the hearts of those in its bondage and spreads through their children. A plague upon man more deadly than all of the infectious bacteria and virus across the globe.

The sad truth about this story, it is nothing at all new. Men have been murdering in the name of their religions since the first shaman made claim to being in contact with the spirit world, and every death lies at the feet of priests, and kings.

Inspiration Strikes When You Least Expect It

I took up playing guitar when I was 16, have written and composed many songs through the years. Even have been involved in some recordings at a very well equipped studio. Over time you learn to recognize an inspiration when one sneaks up on you.

I was driving this morning, through the rain, on a road I travel frequently and there is this enormous field, must be at least 200 acres. It was a corn year in west Tennessee this year, more corn than I have seen since my last trip through Iowa. Anyway this enormous field had been recently harvested and the memory of the once proud field of corn stood in stark contrast to what the combine left behind, and this hit me.

I promise this won’t happen often :) I doubt this effort would get a C- on a high school English project, at least it is short and sweet,  but here it is:

 

The Harvest

Only recently, so full of life.
Now barren and cold.
The measure of your bounty
counted, and sold.
Now you may slumber
through the dark winter’s cold.
As beside the fire,
tales of men are told.

A Fantastic Resource!

At the suggestion of a noble friend, /waves @ Mak, I started a journey into Robert Ingersoll’s world. Starting at that point where we all tend to, the mighty Wiki I found a link to what is called “The Open Library” Therin a compilation of Ingersolls works of which I hastily gobbled up 40 pages before I realized this resource must be shared. With no further ado:

https://openlibrary.org/ Edit: This next link takes you directly to the series I have been reading and commenting on.

https://archive.org/details/worksofrobertgin01ingeiala

This one is worthy of a bookmark high on the bookmark list! So far there have been no attempts to pry any $ from my pockets, no credit card requirements, I do hope that remains to be the case. Although I already feel a little guilty for taking advantage of the resource. Not so much yet to want to open the wallet, but hey you never know.

Edit: After my initial enthusiasm for this site, in freely reading Ingersolls works, I thought I’d try a search for something more modern, and quickly found its limitations. It appears that only really old stuff is made easily accessible. Or that which has been perhaps released by the author or publisher to hit the free market. Still trying to figure out what’s what here, but it is still promising, at least for a while :)

There are indicators such as “Daisy”, which looks like audio recordings for the deaf. “Borrow”, for books that you can actually borrow for a couple of weeks, and precious few “Read”, which are instantly available.

 EDIT : This post and its comment content are kind of a carry over from the Quote of the Month, so it might be more contextual to take that into consideration. I must apologize for such a post that required so many edits. But when you venture into a new area of study, in a new and strange land, it takes you places you did not see coming.

Quote of the Month

This month let’s visit this quote by the unsung free thinker of his time, Thomas Paine.

“The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.”

As true then as it is today. But the lure of a wisp of justification to support ones belief in the non existant sells many books today. Fills many pews.

This one fact remains regardless. Only those who have bought the magic beans cannot see it.

http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html

We Are Part Of Something Bigger

I don’t mean that in some ass backwards magical woo woo way of thinking. I mean that in a grand cosmic sense. If that makes sense… We are the atoms that make up the matter that makes us. We interact with and manipulate all kinds of other objects and conglomerations of other bits of matter every day. We are material things in a material world (damn I said that?) Our world as we know it is a huge complex and diverse system, where all of the parts make the whole. All that we know is contained on a tiny little planet, in a tiny little solar system, in a tiny little galaxy, in a tiny little galactic cluster, that… whew! Is part of an enormous super cluster.

If you have been around the web in the last couple of days, you have probably seen this video.

That is an amazing video, with some incredible science.

What gets me is, for a long time we suspected a huge gravity well at the core of our galaxy, now we know it is there, (black holes) and we strongly suspect they are at the core of every galaxy, as well as spread out here and there throughout the universe. Now what this finding shows, and it concerns my little mind a little bit, is there is some kind of enormous gravity well that is attracting most of the galaxies in our super cluster. Now what in the heck could be the source of that gravitational attraction? One so large it is pulling much of an entire super cluster of galaxies to its center?

…and the grander question, is this entire scenario a small part of something much much bigger? Where does the infitismal accumulate to the exponential conclusion, that point to where there is no going beyond? Where does it end exactly? What is the end of the line of that always growing place in our understanding, of that which we are such a small part of,  which could be infinite?

I guess if it is infinite, we will never know. But dammit I want to know where it goes from here. :)