Well, you know, if you have to say it, then…...


As Groucho Marx would say:

"Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf's melt does not result from human-driven global warming."

Kongsberg NSM anti-ship missile test

Video by Norway's Kongsberg of a flight test of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM), basis of the Joint Strike Missile under development for the F-35 JSF.  Here, the fire-and-forget missile is launched from land at the Pt Mugu, Calif., test range and is filmed by a chase aircraft as it sea-slims a few feet above the Pacific, flying over an island to acquire and attack a target ship on the otther side.  Kongsberg says this mission profile gave the NSM's imaging-infrared seeker just 1.5 seconds to acquire and identify the ship as its pre-programmed target.

Lehmer sieves - for calculating solutions to Diophantine equations

Lehmer sieves are mechanical devices that implement sieves in number theory. Lehmer sieves are named for Derrick Norman Lehmer and his son Derrick Henry Lehmer. The father was a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley at the time, and his son who followed in his footsteps, as a number theorist and professor at Berkeley.

A sieve in general is intended to find the numbers which are remainders when a set of numbers are divided by a second set. Generally, they are used in finding solutions of diophantine equations or to factor numbers. A Lehmer sieve will signal that such solutions are found in a variety of ways depending on the particular construction.

The first Lehmer sieve in 1926 was made using bicycle chains of varying length, with rods at appropriate points in the chains. As the chains turned, the rods would close electrical switches, and when all the switches were closed simultaneously, creating a complete electrical circuit, a solution had been found. Lehmer sieves were very fast, in one particular case factoring

in 3 seconds.

In the 1930s or thereabouts he was reluctantly going to a fellow professor's house for a cocktail party, to celebrate the return from China of the man's wife.  She greeted him at the door and said "You mathematicians count things, right?  Tell me something about this!" and handed him one of those insanely complicated wooden Chinese puzzles you take apart but probably will never get back together again.

He said, twirling the thing around in his hands, "Well, if you count the number of corners, and subtract all the edges, and then add the faces, you get...let's see now...you get 2!"

"Nobody can count that fast!" she said.  "I assure you it is true, madam" he replied.  She went off in a corner with some tape and a pencil.  Fifteen minutes later she said, in an astonished voice, "It's true!"

He never let on, of course.

Six Trivia Questions: Suprising Answers

Trivia Questions....Surprising Answers:
Read these 6 questions and give your answer. (.......and oh how they hate being associated with the word "socialist")
Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know.  Be honest, it's kinda fun and revealing. If you don't know the answer make your best guess. Answer all the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers.   Happy New Year!

Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Nelson Mandella D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) "(We).....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A.  Nikita  Khrushev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A.  Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

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(1) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton.


(2) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton


(3) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton


(4) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton


(5) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton


(6) E. None of the above.  The statement was made by Hillary Clinton


Want to know something scary? She and "I never had a sexual relationship with that woman" Bill may be the next president if you don't forward this to everyone that you know.