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The USA Unveils a New $100 Bill

American money has been transforming its look for years towards a Monopoly money appearance. Check out the new $100 bill and the rest of the new American bills at NewMoney.gov, judge for yourself.

Thanks to No Agenda episode 193 (subscribe here) for reporting on this.

Enjoy

Dany

April 25, 2010 1:43 pm Posted by | DC, economy, technology, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

This Week in The Daily Show – April 25th 2010

It’s been a quiet week, there were not that many funny and interesting clips from The Daily Show, but here are the choice topics I came across.

Enjoy

Dany

Goldman Sachs is being sued by the government and Jon Stewart tries to find a cable news broadcast that can easily explain why along with showing the Republican party‘s response to the new legislation being created to regulate the financial industry after the biggest meltdown since The Great Depression and for good measure, there’s also a great dig at Jim Cramer.
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Representative John Dingell is interviewed about healthcare, financial reform and government protests. He is one of the first politicians I have seen that answers yes/no questions with an actual yes or no instead of political double speak that doesn’t answer the question.
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John O’Hara comes on The Daily Show to promote his new book on the Tea Party movement called A New American Tea Party (buy it here) in a 2 part interview, he is an interesting person who seems to have been one of the earliest organizers who is mad at both Democrats AND Republicans currently in office.
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April 25, 2010 1:10 pm Posted by | books, clips, DC, economy, health, Law, medicine, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Daily Show Roundup for the week of April 16th, 2010

I enjoy The Daily Show, but I don’t always agree with it. This week started off with a story that makes fun of a group of people who openly carry around firearms legally around their town on a daily basis. The main representative may have sounded silly in how he compared the way he feels he’s treated because he openly carries a gun, but I don’t find any problem with anyone legally carrying a pistol, just as everyone has within limits to legal free speech in the 1st amendment, so should people have similar rights afforded by the 2nd amendment.
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It is interesting to hear the justifications of Glenn Beck on cable news as to who should pay federal taxes.
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Jon Stewart tries to show the Tea Party movement why they should distance themselves from some of the crazier aspects of the Republican party.
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Rachel Maddow comes on to promote her new special 2 hour documentary of the 30+ hours of Timothy McVeigh interviews, confessions and reasons for perpetuating the largest act of domestic terrorism on US soil, called The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist. At the same time she talks about what she feels should be the limits of public rhetoric in political speech: 1. Don’t lie or expect to be called out when you lie and 2. Don’t threaten to shoot people.
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With the Catholic church and the current Pope coming under more intense public scrutiny over priest abuse of children of the clergy, John Hodgman has a few solutions in his You’re Welcome segment.
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I’m happy to find out that the Obama administration aren’t scary secret muslims, just nerds… it’s too bad so much time on Fox News was devoted to talking about flags and symbols instead of the actual goings on from the 47 country Nuclear Security Summit that President Obama held.
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Former diplomat and negotiator of the original nuclear arms START treaty Richard Burt talks about the current iteration of the New START treaty and his organization Global Zero.
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From the Richard Burt interview above, I am glad to find out that President Obama and Russian President Medvedev have seemed to forge a good close relationship, but I am not a huge fan of President Medvedev coming to our country with veiled insults for our former leaders, we don’t go over to Russia and make fun of former President Putin or Gorbechov when interviewed, just like we don’t go over to foreign soil and make fun of America either.
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On the lighter side, Tracy Morgan lights it up with another hilarious guest spot, it’s insane and gut busting as usual.
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Enjoy

Dany

April 16, 2010 5:46 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, crazy celebs, DC, economy, guns, Law, movies, politics, Religion, science, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

The Immortal Jellyfish – Turritopsis nutricula

I have heard TED talks about the science of humans potentially living for 1000 years (video below) from Aubrey de Grey (subscribe to TED talks here), but this is the first story I have seen where we have actually found a species on Earth that we think has managed to do what our science has been striving for, everlasting life. The Turritopsis nutricula seems to start as a sexually immature polyp form then transdifferentiates into a sexually mature form. For most creatures, that is just about the end of their major transformations until death, but the Turritopsis nutricula transdifferentiates again, this time back into its immature form again, it will then just repeat this cycle ad infinitum.

Sadly, as of now, us humans are not very good at this quite yet, transdifferentiation is a specific type of metaplasia and as all you medical folks know, when human cells go into metaplasia, that’s not always a good sign. Just think about Barrett’s esophagus metaplasia, which has a high risk of becoming cancerous.

Here is the original research article the story came from.

Thanks to Katrina for sharing this link and thanks to 14bikeco’s Blog for the images!

Enjoy

Dany

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April 15, 2010 3:23 pm Posted by | clips, lectures, medicine, nature, photography, podcasts, science | 1 Comment

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine Video

The band OK GO burst onto the music video scene with Here It Goes Again performed on treadmills (video below). Now, their latest bit of insanity has them going through a giant Rube Goldberg machine with This Too Shall Pass. There isn’t much to say, other than the fact that it took them over 80 takes, completing the entire sequence 3 times to put this video together (TWIT Special 14 [subscribe] video creator interview and Net@Night 145 [subscribe] band interview). This band definitely has some flair.

Here’s there official site and here is the Amazon.com OK GO page if you want any of their work.

Thanks to the lovely Lucy for turning me on to this most recent video.

Enjoy

Dany

Here It Goes Again

April 14, 2010 9:55 pm Posted by | clips, crazy celebs, music, music videos, podcasts | Leave a comment

‘Elite’ AIDS Patients Boost Vaccine Research Efforts

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Here is an interesting segment on the current research into HIV and AIDS research efforts worldwide brought to us by the PBS NewsHour (subscribe here). They are studying the ~10% of HIV patients whose viral load has been able to be kept in check and their CD4+ T cell count has remained high (labeled Elite AIDS patients)just by the efficiency of their own immune system without any antiretroviral medication in hopes of finally creating an effective vaccine.

Enjoy

Dany

April 10, 2010 2:43 pm Posted by | clips, medicine, podcasts, science, technology, tv | Leave a comment

This Daily Show Roundup and the DEKA Prosthetic Luke Arm on Stephen Colbert for the week of April 8th, 2010

Just about a year ago 60 Minutes did a story on the DEKA Arm, this week I found out from Engadget that Dean Kamen appeared on The Colbert Report.
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The Obama health care bill is less than a month old and insurance companies are already finding their loop holes, let’s see how well that works out for them…
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I think the longer any politician is in office, the more they change their views, but I just wish that John McCain had remained true to his words from around the year 2000, but it’s difficult when he has a Republican primary challenger, J. D. Hayworth,  who is running more conservative than he has ever been.
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Lastly, the biggest story of the week probably came out of the Vatican. The Pope got in trouble when some details about his past while he was in charge of investigating child molestation charges against church officials hit the news. The news doesn’t quite make him the worst Pope in history, but he seems to be going in the wrong direction.
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Enjoy

Dany

April 10, 2010 2:21 am Posted by | clips, health, Law, medicine, politics, Religion, robots, science, technology, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Photo Contests, The US Census and The Daily Show Roundup for the Week of April 2nd, 2010

This week I found a bit more than just some Daily Show highlights. First, I want to present some of my favorite Worth1000 photo retouching contest submissions. The above image is the winning entry from a contest of If Vampires Ruled. So, if you enjoy retouching photos or even creating your own images from scratch, you should be aware of Worth1000, where you can win money from all sorts of contests. Also, The Fire Wire has put together a nice bunch of images of artist renditions of how cartoon characters would look in the real world, very similar, but even more extensive than when I last reported on the topic. Here is my favorite from the page of everybody’s favorite sailor man, Popeye:

Here is an interesting take on the reporting around the violence since the passage of the US health care bill (here is the entire bill and here are the final changes to that bill)
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On a lighter, but maybe scarier note, Don “Moose” Lewis wants to popularize an all white male pro basketball league, although he does admit the reason for this is that white men are not as good at basketball than top black athletes, so is this racism a push?
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Politics always seems to be a hypocritical game, both parties are to blame, but for right now, the latest scandal hits the GOP‘s Chairman Michael Steele and how some of the donated funds to the Republican party may have gone to paying for expensive outings at a bondage themed strip club. I wonder how happy conservative Republican donors are going to be to see this:
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Senator John McCain looks to have a rocky Republican primary contest as he is being challenged by J.D. Hayworth, someone running as a more conservative voice to represent Arizona in the Senate, so McCain has started to elicit the campaign help of his former VP candidate Sarah Palin, the problem is similar to Nixon‘s problem against JFK in the first televised presidential debate, Palin just outshines him and he doesn’t end up looking good during this interview.
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Robin Williams gets interviewed by Jon Stewart to promote his new Weapons of Self Destruction (buy it here), but at the same time has some comments of his own regarding recent political scandals
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I love a good political protest by any group, but do we really need scary cops? Maybe we do if protesters are throwing eggs… not exactly peaceful protesting
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It is interesting that now that a health care bill has been signed into law, President Obama has been an extremely busy bee with everything from Russian nuclear diplomacy to NCAA March Madness tournament picks
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Roxana Saberi, is interviewed while promoting her book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran (buy it here), where she was arrested and charged as a spy
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Why is CNN hiring an incendiary right wing blogger as part of their on-air group of political blogger analysts? Also, are they vetting his most incendiary comments live, on-air, just to avoid a scandal of those old posts leaking later or are they unsure of their decision to even hire Erick Erickson.
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Here is an interesting story regarding the US Census of the population. Some are opposed to the questions being asked on current census forms, there are some good and some bad arguments for this, but most interesting of the whole story is comparing what questions were asked on the original US Census compared to the questions being asked today. After this final video, I will post the original 1790 Census compared to the current 2010 version.
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The original 1790 census collected 6 questions sorted by every county/city in the US asking for 1. the Name of the Head of the Family, the number of 2. Free White males of 16 years and upward, 3. Free White males under 16 years, 4. Free White females, 5. All other free persons and 6. Slaves. Thanks to Ancestry.com for the scanned census:

The 2010 census by comparison asks 10 questions on 6 pages. 1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? 2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1? 3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent? 4. What is your telephone number? 5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name? 6. What is Person 1’s sex? 7. What is Person 1’s age and Date of Birth? 8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin? 9. What is Person 1’s race? 10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else? Here is a copy of the 2010 form (pdf version).

Enjoy

Dany

April 5, 2010 4:52 pm Posted by | art, books, clips, crazy celebs, DC, dvd, health, Law, medicine, photography, politics, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment