Cool history and goofy global warming comments

Alpine Melt Reveals ancient life

It all started at the end of the long hot summer of 2003, when a Swiss couple, hiking across a melting Schnidejoch, came across a piece of wood that aroused their curiosity.
They took it down with them, and gave it to canton Berne’s archaeological department, where careful examination and carbon dating revealed the piece of wood to be an arrow quiver made of birch bark, dating from about 3000 BC.

All right. New archaeological finds. Ancient stuff.

“We now have the complete bow equipment, quiver and arrows,” says Mr Hafner “And we have, surprisingly, a lot of organic material like leather, parts of shoes and a trouser leg, that we wouldn’t normally find.”

And the finds are not confined to 3000 BC. Some of the leather found, and a fragment of a wooden bowl, date from 4500 BC, older even than Oetzi, making them the oldest objects ever found in the Alps.

I love that… clothes, shoes, hunting material, a bowl.

At these times, historians now speculate, the high mountain regions became accessible to humans.

You think?

“The fact that we still find these 5,000-year-old pieces of leather tells us they were protected by the ice all this time, and that the glaciers have never been smaller than in the year 2003 and the years following.”

says Grosjean, completely ignoring the fact that they had to be smaller in 4500 BC and 3000 BC.

So did humans cause global waring then?

No. Back then it was the earth that did it.

What fascinates scientists about the age of the finds is that they correspond to times when climate specialists have already calculated the Earth was going through an especially warm period, caused by fluctuations in the orbital pattern of the Earth in relation to the Sun.

But now of course it is because of humans.

Stupid people

When folks tell me that my office will be free all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I plan on using it. I had my first assignment predicated on being there for students. However, now they’ve changed the room assignments and someone else will be there T/Th.

I am growing very irritated with the people from this job. I hope it improves or else I will not be working there much longer. It is a part-time position, but there were indications it could become full-time.

Personal growth: How to make your life better with one easy change

I originally posted this as “Journaling for Personal Growth.” However, I’m not sure that won’t turn people off, because it is writing. And some people are afraid of writing. But I think the writing is pretty minimal, maybe a few sentences. Also, there’s no audience. You are the only one who reads your significance journal.


Personal Growth And The Significance Journal from Ron Davis on Vimeo.

This is an interesting video. Of course, I like writing. So this talks to me particularly.

Disclosure: I know the speaker.

What to do about poor relationships?

People often keep repeating the same mistakes in relationships over and over again.

A wise friend recommended these books for another friend of mine (and my sisters):

Getting the love you want ; author: Hendrix

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert; author: Gottman

Spice cake biscotti recipe

Scribal terror has a biscotti recipe using the spice cake mix and pecans or oatmeal.

The original came off cooks.com:

1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
1 large egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M’S® etc. (anything you like in cookies)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Beat until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredient (s).

Drop by teaspoon about 1 inch apart onto greased cooke sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done.

Makes about 4 dozen. Yummy!

Submitted by: Jan White

Then change it up a bit:

using Betty Crocker Spice Cake mix and… a cup of pecans. Nice and puffy. Lots of nutmeg flavor….

Next, cool them and put them on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 275 for 40 minutes, with the last ten minutes turned over on their tops. Cool, then and crunch or dunk. These are good. Think I’ll call them “Cakemix Biscotti.”

I’d love to make that and take some to Angie.

Kyle for Obama

Blackfive has the post (and the picture).

But what I don’t get is why everyone ignored his reason for being in the Navy in the first place. “because of a lack of jobs in IT in the St. Louis area.”

So he joins the NAVY to stay in St. Louis?

And I went to monster and within a half hour’s drive there are 12 jobs that are IT, not even knowing what this guy’s field is.

So he’s not telling the truth on that either.

He (or someone named Kyle) did actually run in 2006. I looked it up. But I couldn’t find out if he really lost by only 14% and how many votes that meant.

For Blackfive, though, another issue is the gay-ness of the pose. I heard the same issue yesterday on the radio, when Walter and Johnson were talking about the Michael Phelps picture. Folks, just because the photo looks gay doesn’t mean the person getting their picture taken is gay. Maybe it means the photographer is gay. People pay money for photographers to take their pictures and then they assume that those are good pictures.

Just because you look gay in a picture, even one you posted yourself, doesn’t mean you are.

Tax “fairness”

Obama has declared that he is for tax fairness.

The Common Room had a great story on tax fairness.

Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

* The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
* The fifth would pay $1.
* The sixth would pay $3.
* The seventh $7.
* The eighth $12.
* The ninth $18.
* The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20.”

So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share’?

The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being ‘PAID’ to eat their meal.

So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

* The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
* The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
* The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
* The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
* The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
* The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man “but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than me!”

“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should
he get $10 back when I
got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in Europe and the Caribbean.

Her version has an author, but according to Truth or Fiction that author denies writing it.

I’m guessing that whoever wrote it is a wonderous story teller and, even if not an economist, gets it.

A lefty is spammed

for saying what she believes. Read all about it at Advice Goddess

Just a teaser:

The worst thing about this for me is learning how naive I’ve been in pooh-poohing right-wingers when they tell me how the real fascists are on the left. Again, I take people as individuals, but I’ve learned that there are a whole lot of people who call themselves “progressives” and “liberals” who see speech they disagree with not as a reason to speak out themselves, but as a reason to work very hard to intimidate the person who’s spoken from speaking their mind again.