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King David-Era Palace Found in Israel, Archaeologists Say

King David-Era Palace Found in Israel, Archaeologists Say

Archaeologists say they've uncovered two royal buildings from Israel's biblical past, including a palace suspected to have belonged to King David.

The findings at Khirbet Qeiyafa — a fortified hilltop city about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Jerusalem — indicate that David, who defeated Goliath in the Bible, ruled a kingdom with a great political organization, the excavators say.

"This is unequivocal evidence of a kingdom's existence, which knew to establish administrative centers at strategic points," read a statement from archaeologists Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

There is a distinct political implication in this discovery. There has been considerable speculation among archeologists that the Kingdom of David did not exist, that it was mythical. This discovery has cause developers to stop the development of a housing complex while awaiting for the site to be declared a national park, probably like Masada, another site of important national interest.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Jul 22, 2013, 05:56 PM (1 replies)

If Zimmerman is convicted, will conservative, gun wielding, white people riot?

I've seen the question and concern asked the other way around. So I am wondering, with all the concern that Zimmerman was just standing h is ground, will white people concerned that candy wielding hoodie wearing black kids run rampant in their neighborhood riot to show their anger at the injustice of profiling and killing an unarmed teenager.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Jul 12, 2013, 05:56 PM (81 replies)

Tis a sad celebration, a dark celebration of an important event in labor history, when Pinks attack

Beginning on July 6, the Homesteaders strike
From the Daily Bleed
1892 -- US: State militia move in to break 12-day strike
against Carnegie Steel Corp. in Homestead, PA. Strikers,
protesting wage cuts of 18-26%, suffered seven deaths
in attacks on them by the Pinks ( Pinkerton detectives).

Ending on July 23rd.
Three Pinker ton men and eleven strikers and spectators died. Where are we today?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Jul 12, 2013, 04:03 PM (0 replies)

Is it time to push to change the Bill of Rights to cover all humans on earth everywhere?

European governments are upset that the U.S. is running a massive spy system on every non-American.

The folk at Gitmo are foreign citizens on foreign territory so they don't enjoy all the rights in the Bill of Rights.

We were upset when a drone took out an American Citizen on the rather expanded notion of where the battlefield is. (Apparently everywhere but the United States.)

I know that changing the Constitution is a tall order.

But since the U.S. like to fly hither and yon and blame everyone else for denying people their human rights, it is time that we changed our Constitution to recognize that human rights are everyone's rights under U.S. law, and whether a person is a citizen born in Washington DC or Mombasa Kenya, we recognize certain inalienable rights specifically those applicable or implied to individuals under the Bill of Rights.

Agree or disagree?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Jun 11, 2013, 08:40 PM (11 replies)

Network Solutions is undergoing a Distributed Denial of Service Attack

I use Network Solutions and have had problems reaching my website and can not even log on to Manage my account. Their phone support technician explained that they are undergoing a Distributed Denial of Service Attack and that they are doing all they can to fix the problem.

I am so relieved.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 04:04 PM (0 replies)

There are 1,931 private companies working on intelligence, counterterrorism, or

or homeland security in the country (http://www.businessinsider.com/booz-allen-confirms-edward-snowden-as-employee-2013-6#ixzz2VmKbPJPi)

Is is possible that number might be a little high?

Considering that our government is dysfunctional, incapable of finding solutions to problems that as many as 80% of American's support (taxing the rich for instance), how can they solve a problem that stretches through every branch. They can not provide the necessary oversight for so many private corporations when they fail completely at providing oversight on Government bureaus.

Both Democrats and Republican Senators and Congressmen knew about these programs and never questioned them. It is their job to provide oversight of the Federal government. But they failed at that.

Our government is dysfunctional. It has allied itself with a corporations whose vested interest is to see that these huge, expensive, and possibly unconstitutional programs continue. I question whether there is anyone in our government that we can trust to do anything about it. The Judicial Branch can not act outside the courts and can not investigate on their own. The Congress has the power of oversight of the federal government. What they do with that power is run endless trumped up investigations of nonexistent scandals when there is a real scandal running that they know about and are part of.

I do not see anyone we can trust in our government to act in the peoples interest instead of serving the interest of their own power.

Do you?

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Jun 9, 2013, 11:29 PM (11 replies)

Edison will shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant for good

Edison will shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant for good
Edison will shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant for good
Southern California Edison announced Friday it would shut down the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The move comes 17 months after the San Onofre plant was closed because of problems in steam generator systems. The plant powered about 1.4 million households in Southern California before the outage.

Until now, Edison had vowed to restart the plant. But the company released a statement Friday saying it would stop the process to fire up the plant.


"We have concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors, or the need to plan for our region’s long-term electricity needs," said Ted Craver, chairman and chief executive of Edison International, parent company of SCE.

Of course, the paps of Southern California Edison will still be there for a good while, because decommissioning takes a long time, and because they will have to store Nuclear Material there until a permanent storage solution is found, which will be seven days after the Twelfth of Never what with all the NIMBYISM in this country. But it won't be operating. According to NPR, they have 90% of the 2 billion dollars necessary to decommission the place in a fund. Most of the people working there will be joining the ranks of the unemployed.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sat Jun 8, 2013, 05:41 PM (3 replies)

Study: A Little Forethought Can Cure the Urge Toward "Mindless Accumulation"

Study: A Little Forethought Can Cure the Urge Toward "Mindless Accumulation"
At the beginning of the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes made a bold but logical prediction (pdf): In the long run, humanity was solving its economic problems, so that by 2030, in "progressive countries," a 15-hour work week would be the norm. Now, 17 years short of 2030, the world seems to have fulfilled Keynes' prophecy that we would be eight times better off economically than they were when he was writing. So where is the leisure he foresaw? Why are we all still working like fiends? In this paper, Christopher K. Hsee and his co-authors suggest that at least part of the explanation is psychological. Where rational economic creatures would work until they had earned enough to satisfy their needs, Homo sapiens has a propensity for "mindless accumulation": Working until you can't work any more, thereby earning way more than you need. In a series of lab experiments, the researchers write, they've isolated this tendency to "overearning" and found hints of a possible cure.

In their first experiment, 29 women and 26 men were each put in front of a computer monitor with a headset, on which pleasant piano music would play. For the next five minutes, the volunteer had a choice: Keep listening (ie, enjoy a bit of leisure time), or push a key and hear an irritating sound for a fifth of a second. For this annoying task (ie, work), they would be rewarded with a miniature Dove bar. Half the group was told it would take 20 noises to earn one chocolate; the other half got a much lower wage: 120 noises for one chocolate. In the second half of the experiment, the volunteers got their "pay" and could eat as much of it as they pleased. But, as in life, they couldn't take any chocolate with them when they left. So the volunteers had a clear incentive to "work" for as much chocolate as they could enjoy in the lab, and no reason to work for more.

Nonetheless, those in the high-wage group (one chocolate for 20 noises) "overearned" by a wide margin: As a whole, they worked enough to get nearly 11 Dove candies per person, even though they actually ate less than five per person. (There was an outlier—one hungry loon who earned 50 chocolates and ate 28 of them—which created some odd statistics but didn't alter the overall results.) Meanwhile, the low-wage people (one chocolate for 120 noises) earned only an average of two and a half Dove bars each. This was, nonetheless, more than they wanted to eat; they too left some chocolate on the table.

So, the experimenters write, they've shown that their volunteers will work earn more than they need, piling up chocolate that they'll never eat. And this tendency was much more pronounced in the "high-wage" group.

This fascinating study found what appears to be a drive in modern populations to earn more than they will ever need, even though it doesn't make them happy. Read it through and you will find that they also found that, with proper framing, people can be convinced to stop earning once they've earned enough and be happy.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri May 24, 2013, 04:41 PM (0 replies)

Where's all the money gone?

Where's all the money gone?]
Outside the United States, the Pentagon controls a collection of military bases unprecedented in history. With US troops gone from Iraq and the withdrawal from Afghanistan underway, it's easy to forget that we probably still have about 1,000 military bases in other peoples' lands. This giant collection of bases receives remarkably little media attention, costs a fortune, and even when cost cutting is the subject du jour, it still seems to get a free ride.

With so much money pouring into the Pentagon's base world, the question is: Who's benefiting?

Some of the money clearly pays for things like salaries, health care, and other benefits for around one million military and Defense Department personnel and their families overseas. But after an extensive examination of government spending data and contracts, I estimate that the Pentagon has dispersed around US$385 billion to private companies for work done outside the US since late 2001, mainly in that baseworld. That's nearly double the entire State Department budget over the same period, and because Pentagon and government accounting practices are so poor, the true total may be significantly higher.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to such contracts and given our recent wars, the top two countries into which taxpayer dollars flowed were Afghanistan and Iraq (around US$160 billion). Next comes Kuwait ($37.2 billion), where the military has had a significant presence since the first Gulf War of 1990-1991, followed by Germany ($27.8 billion), South Korea ($18.2 billion), Japan ($15.2 billion), and Britain ($14.7 billion).

With Republicans hyperventilating about overspending, when they are not making up scandals on the fly, that is certainly a chunk of change poured down the rat hole of the big business of national defense. It is way past time we packed up and brought the boys home.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue May 21, 2013, 12:05 AM (3 replies)

The Extinction Protocol Weird Smelly Mystery Foam Oozes Through Cracks

The Extinction Protocol Weird Smelly Mystery Foam Oozes Through Cracks
May 14, 2013 – CHINA – Something very strange started oozing out of the streets in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Saturday night. Generally, when weird things start erupting from the ground in Asian countries it’s in the form of a giant b-movie monster, but this invasion was a whole lot realer, and a whole lot smellier. At around 9PM, pedestrians began to notice the pavement at the Wende Baiyun Lane cross intersection started to crack and split open, and before long, a foamy white substance was spewing from the cracks, brimming with it a foul-smelling stench. Within a short time, the foam had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.

China continues to suffer the consequences of runaway industrial development. Today, Godzilla Poop, tomorrow, who knows?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu May 16, 2013, 11:59 AM (5 replies)
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