Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Why Kim Jong Il is the Most Demanding Birthday Boy in the World

 you thought Kate and Williams' royal wedding was going to be the most extravagant celebration of 2011, think again. Kim Jong Il, North Korea's authoritarian leader, is going all out for his 69th Wednesday. Kim's birthday (known as Kimjongilia Festival) gives American Christmas traditions a run for their money -- everyone celebrates and if you've been good, you get a gift from
the "great leader" himself. So get ready for synchronized swimmers and Rolex party favors, because this dictator sure knows how to throw himself a bash.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tyche, Giant Hidden Planet, May Exist In Our Solar System

...and there may be 7 winged space monkeys with an extra leg that is full of a special propellant that allows them to travel at the speed of light. 
Come on, can anyone just think of something and it becomes news.  Apparently so.

Tyche Hidden Planet
The Huffington Post:  We may have lost Pluto, but it looks like we might be getting Tyche.
Scientists may soon be able to prove the existence of the gas giant, which could be four times the size of Jupiter, according to astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The two first proposed Tyche's existence in order to explain a change in path of comets entering the solar system, according to The Independent.
From the The Independent:
Tyche will almost certainly be made up mostly of hydrogen and helium and will probably have an atmosphere much like Jupiter's, with colourful spots and bands and clouds, Professor Whitmire said. "You'd also expect it to have moons. All the outer planets have them," he added.
For a graphical representation of Tyche, click here.
So how could we have missed such a massive planet in our own solar system?
Well, it's 15,000 times further from the sun than Earth, according to Gizmodo. Tyche (if it does exist) lies in the Oort cloud, the outer shell of asteroids in our solar system.
Despite what the scientists believe they will find in the data (which will be released in April and was collected by NASA Wise space telescope), there is at least one flaw in their theory. Theoretically, a planet of Tyche's size should seriously disturb comets in the inner Oort Cloud, but that effect is yet to have been observed, according to The Independent.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Michelle to Barack: You better support my program!

Is it any surprise that one of the largest increases in the Presidents budget is to the Food and Nutrition Service by more than 17% and VA benefits took a 2% loss.

By the way Feb 9th was the one year anniversary of the Let's Move campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Does anyone really believe Lady Gaga was born this way?

Lady Gaga Premieres 'Born This Way'

Seriously, if you have seen a picture of her you'd know instantly she wasn't born that way.

Free Computers!!!

Obama wants 98-percent of Americans to have 4G-speed wireless in 5 years

Speaking at Northern Michigan University today, President Obama discussed the importance of offering high-speed wireless connections in rural parts of the country. He said he wants 98 percent of Americans to have access to a wireless network with 4G-speeds within the next five years, CNET is reporting.
"Every American deserves access to the world's information. Every American deserves access to the global economy. We have promised this for 15 years. It's time we delivered on that promise," Obama said.

Does this mean 98% will have a computer?  Who is going to pay for the computers?  Can anyone say the US government.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

iPhone Confessions, a mere $1.99

Smartphone Sins: Catholic Bishop Approves iPhone Confession App

A Catholic bishop has approved Confession: A Roman Catholic App, for use among churchgoers and lapsed Catholics alike. Patrick Leinen, of Little iApps, the company that created Confession, claims it has already helped one person come back to the church after 20 years away.
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Protected by a password, the app invites users to examine their consciences and confess to their sins. But it won't replace the old-school booth. The app, which costs $1.99, just goes through the motions of confession, but churchgoers must see a priest for absolution.
The Vatican has made major steps to embrace the 21st century. Just last month, Pope Benedict XVI gave his blessing to social networking, declaring, "I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible." But will iPhone-toting Catholics access Confession as much as Angry Birds? (via Reuters)

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