10 out of 10, duh.
One of my most formative moments was walking into a party and this drunk guy with glasses who looked pretty cool was talking about some of his girlfriend troubles. His name was Dale and he ended up knowing some folks who I knew so we got to talking and laughing about chicks and chick stuff and the sandcastles of shit we always seemed to be constructing around our partying lives. We never became friends but that conversation was so great because he justified all of this brilliant idiocy with one phrase, “You know, it’s like, I’m just a dude.” That was it. That’s the reason we could never do anything right, but it was also the reason why we were perfect. It was like I could figure everything out from then on and have an excuse for all of it, too.
Whenever I see Johnny Knoxville and the gang I just think, What a bunch of rad dudes, and it’s like bumping into old friends at a party. Everyone looks a little older (Johnny), fatter (Danger Ehren), richer (Bam), grosser (Chris Pontius) and some people have even stopped partying (Steve-O), but at the heart of it all nothing has changed and dudes will always be dudes.
And I’m always gonna love a movie where it’s a physical experience, whether I’m wincing from sympathy pain or trying not to puke while watching other people puke a la Stand By Me, if a movie can make me actually feel something, like bile in my throat feel something, then I think they did a pretty damn good job.
And yes, 3-D is more expensive… so? It’s like when you pay an extra couple bucks for better weed, you could get the shitty weed and still get high, or you can get the more kinda decent weed that tastes a little better and looks cooler and you can show off to your friends who don’t know your dealer and make them get weed-jealousy boners before they smoke all of your shit and play your video games all night. But for that it’s totally worth it, I mean, it all adds to the experience, right? You are already at the theater and it’s not like your going to pay for any sodas or candy there what with your messenger bag full of PBR and Walgreen’s brand Twizzlers, so since you are already saving money, just schill out the extra $3 instead of seeing whatever the latest Hangover ripoff is.
The beauty of these movies is the range of emotions a bunch of guys beating the crap out of themselves can illicit from an audience. One second shit is flying through the air and in your head you are all, “I bet that shit smells like poop,” and you retch a little at the thought of being around a bunch of smelly shit and the next minute you are worried that someone has a severe spinal cord injury and you really, really hope that they are okay. And then the next second puke is flying out of the screen and in your head you are all, “I bet that puke smells like vomit,” and you start gagging again.
OH! And did I mention the incredible slo-mo things in this movie? I know slo-mo has been around for, like, ever now but there is something so magical about someone getting punched in the mouth in super-slow motion that just makes you feel like a scientist, like, you get all the pleasure of “HA! He look funny! HA” but then you also get to feel like you’re taking notes on some super in depth experiment about bodily harm or maybe coming up with new theories on the Kennedy assassination or something. After all, you are just a dude, but with that comes great responsibility.
MOM! GET ME A FUCKING ANTIMATTER MAKER!
Here's the article via these guys
Yeah, I have no idea what the hell this means either.
Eugenie Samuel Reich
For physicists, a bit of antimatter is a precious gift indeed. By comparing matter to its counterpart, they can test fundamental symmetries that lie at the heart of the standard model of particle physics, and look for hints of new physics beyond. Yet few gifts are as tricky to wrap. Bring a particle of antimatter into contact with its matter counterpart and the two annihilate in a flash of energy.
Now a research collaboration at CERN, Europe's particle-physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland, has managed, 38 times, to confine single antihydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap for more than 170 milliseconds. The group reported the result in Nature online on 17 November1. "We're ecstatic. This is five years of hard work," says Jeffrey Hangst, spokesman for the ALPHA collaboration at CERN.
An antihydrogen atom is made from a negatively charged antiproton and a positively charged positron, the antimatter counterpart of the electron. The objective — both for ALPHA and for a competing CERN experiment called ATRAP — is to compare the energy levels in antihydrogen with those of hydrogen, to confirm that antimatter particles experience the same electromagnetic forces as matter particles, a key premise of the standard model. "The goal is to study antihydrogen and you can't do it without trapping it," says Cliff Surko, an antimatter researcher at the University of California, San Diego. "This is really a big deal."
The ALPHA claim is the first major advance since the creation of thousands of antihydrogen atoms in 2002 by a forerunner experiment called ATHENA2 and by ATRAP3 (see 'A brief history of antimatter'). Both experiments combined decelerated antiprotons with positrons at CERN to produce antihydrogen atoms. But, within several milliseconds, the atoms annihilated with the ordinary matter in the walls of their containers.
To prevent that from happening, the ALPHA team formed antihydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap. Although not electrically charged like antiprotons and positrons, antihydrogen — like hydrogen — has a more subtle magnetic character that arises from the spins of its constituent particles. The ALPHA researchers used an octupole magnet, produced by the current flowing in eight wires, to create a magnetic field that was strongest near the walls of the trap, falling to a minimum at the centre, causing the atoms to collect there. To trap just 38 atoms, the group had to run the experiment 335 times. "This was ten thousand times more difficult" than creating untrapped antihydrogen atoms, says Hangst — ATHENA made an estimated 50,000 of them in one go in 2002. To do spectroscopic measurements, Surko estimates that up to 100 antihydrogen atoms may need to be trapped at once.
ATRAP still hopes to reach that goal first. In a paper due out in Physical Review Letters, the collaboration reports that it has efficiently separated antiprotons from the cold electrons that are used to cool them down, a step towards creating slower-moving antihydrogen atoms that might stay trapped for longer. "Rather than trying to demonstrate that we can confine 38 antihydrogen atoms for a small fraction of a second, we are working on new methods to produce and trap much larger numbers of colder atoms," says Gerald Gabrielse, ATRAP's spokesman. "We shall see which approach is more fruitful."
Two other collaborations aim to study antihydrogen. In 2003, the international ASACUSA experiment at CERN proposed a scheme to create a beam of antihydrogen atoms4. Yasunori Yamazaki, an atomic physicist at the Advanced Science Institute in Saitama, part of Japan's RIKEN network of research labs, now says the group has produced such a beam and may be able to use it to study the energy levels in antihydrogen without needing to trap the atoms. Another CERN experiment called AEgIS is starting to compare the effect of gravity on antihydrogen with that on ordinary hydrogen. Antimatter is almost certain to fall at the same rate as normal matter, but if it doesn't the results could help scientists to distinguish between alternative approaches to unifying quantum theory with general relativity.
1) The Homeless - Nobody gives a fuck about them. They are mentally ill and have drug problems (which is another form of mental illness, if you didn't know). They will never get any help if we cant even get functioning people healthcare. Basically the same as what you have heard is the "untouchables" caste in India.
2) Minimum Wage Earners/Menial Laborers - Basically this is indentured servitude. You work for nothing, you can't own anything and the only thing you can be is a supplementary income to another income. You will never have anything except maybe an XBox and maybe, maybe a computer. You are an hour and a half away from being homeless except that you probably have a wide network of family who have some form of communal living situation where aunts and uncles live with mothers and fathers, and cousins and grandparents share the same households. Many problems but also a strong network to break. This is humanity at its most basic and most honest.
The upside is that you qualify as "poor" so you get help from government bodies and imposed systems, which kind of makes you the smartest and most resilient of the caste. You do what you need to meet the minimum requirements for living and then the systems in place rush out to help you (as they should, that's what systems being in place are supposed to do), and you still have "family" and "community," whatever those words mean to you.
These people don't give a fuck at work because they don't have to. And why should you expect them to care? They get paid nothing and are treated like dogshit at their jobs. When you get to a place like Target or the grocery store or Radio Shack and wonder why everyone is so rude, you are the one who looks stupid and impolite for questioning them. Just be happy that the shelves are stocked (sorta). They work hard enough and do just what they need to, don't ask them to care because that is asking too much. Care costs a lot more than $5.75/hour. They are not part of capitalism yet because they are not rewarded for anything. They show up and whether they bust their asses or sit in the back smoking cigarettes they get the same pay. There is no risk unless they are trying to become the next category where they can be an assistant manager or other such terrible titles, but if they don't want to proceed further in this world of getting paid as little as legally possible, then there will always be another job where someone will be willing to pay them the capitalism equivalent of nothing.
Those people in the unemployment lines that they love to show on the news are not working jobs like this. Those are skilled and/or college educated people who have too much pride to work these jobs no matter how dire the situation because these jobs are always available.
3) Collective Slavery - This is the worst category to be in (this is where I fall). Skilled workers without "education" (not that this word means anything anymore, when college has replaced high school as a must have credential, and the "educated" are about as smart and innovative as a box of Coco Crisp. A numbers game where Adderall and rote memory help professors acquire grants for their selfish experiments to achieve tenure and the students are left with nothing but being able to bark orders back to unquestioned scholastic authority. Universities are the number one unchecked institution in the US, places that make their own economy and leave a world in debt to help keep the top at the top).
This group includes service industry people, repairmen, anyone who works for a commission, managers of minimum wage earners, etc. This is the snakepit of capitalism. As opposed to the above strata where nobody gives a fuck because all you have to do is show up, this is where the dog eat dog world of capitalistic competitiveness begins. Those who "hustle" get the money. And those who just want an easy job and to make a little more money than minimum wage are being thrown into the gears by people who scheme and connive to break the Plexiglas ceiling.
This group makes just enough money to have "too much money" to receive government handouts, yet actually can't even fix a broken tooth with the money they make. This is the group that the wealthier groups piss on whenever they can. Insurance is never available and a taking a day off can mean being irrevocably terminated from your position. There are no such things as sick days, personal days or paid time-off.
4) "Educated" - These people have desk jobs. They are not sure exactly what they do and can't explain it to you in under 45 minutes. Their job titles are equally ambiguous and confounding, things like, "Regional Assitant Director," and, "Observational Data Supervisor," things like that. They work during the day and have no ambitions and no creative drive other than the next place they will go on vacation. They went to college for God knows what and love to talk about their time there and all the magnificent things they did or learned about even though they exist in a world where everything they learned is totally inapplicable and useless and their jobs are irrelevant in two years time.
They make a couple thousand more dollars per year than the Collective Slavery group but are adrift in a world where everything is okay until about the age of 35 when they realize that all was for naught and they have been laidoff because their jobs don't exist anymore. They are the Prozac-munching, primetime-TV-watching losers who are perfectly content to be nothing, contribute nothing and think nothing. They have insurance and make around $30 - 40,000 a year, allowing them to travel and think that they are living the American Dream or whatever it is that makes people like this feel accomplished until they are inevitably laidoff and completely blindsided by the harsh world they thought they had circumvented by graduating college.
5) Personal Slavery - The only true middle class that is left in this country. These people make an exorbitant amount of money doing very easy things. They have some kind of formal education which qualifies them for these ridiculous and extraneous vocations. The job titles for this group are anything with the word PERSONAL in front of it. Personal trainer, personal chef, and things that are entirely proprietary to one person or one family or just a couple of families, like bodyguards, tutors, life coaches, nannies, etc.
The jobs seem easy and the money is good but the catch is that you are at the beck and call of the top two castes because they are the only people who can afford what basically amounts to either a human willpower replacement. If you for some reason do not want to be at the mercy of these vampiric assholes you are fired and replaced, no matter how much "a part of the family" they once said you were.
The middle class has been replaced by people who are once again COMPLETELY AT THE MERCY of the top two castes and can no longer depend on itself to stay afloat.
6) Doctors, Lawyers, CPAs - These people have doctorates and they make a lot of money for jobs that should be free services provided by the government. A doctor should not be that rich.
These are dynastic type families that come from long lines of people following in Daddy's footsteps. These are some of the people who own the Personal Slaves yet still try to retain some form of human behavior, mostly in the form of knowing that they are scum but pretending to be "good people," whatever that means.
7) Dynasty - These people have had money since money has been around. They are the top 1% that you hear about in news reports, as in, "The top 1% makes 17% of the money in the US." They should be pulled into the street and shot, no questions asked. They own everybody and their wealth grows exponentially every year.
I always think of sex when I see these rad deep space pics. They look totally pornagraphic to me, like I should put a NSFW tag on it or something.
This is the youngest blackhole close to us near the supernova site of something called SN 1979C, which happened 30 Earth years ago and is a hop, skip and a jump away at 50,000,000 light-years in the galaxy M100 (tell me this stuff isn't fucking SEXY).
It just ate something about the size of Earth... later losers!
I can't wait to watch everything crumble. I am going to eat popcorn and wear shorts and find a roof and watch it from a fucking lawnchair. Here's the assholes getting worse.
from The Huffington Post
By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman
Binyamin Appelbaum is a reporter with The New York Times; Ben Hallman is a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. This article is a collaboration between the Center and The Times.
Large banks, hedge funds and private investors hungry for new and lucrative opportunities are bankrolling other people's lawsuits, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into medical malpractice claims, divorce battles and class actions against corporations -- all in the hope of sharing in the potential winnings.
The loans are propelling large and prominent cases. Lenders including Counsel Financial, a Buffalo company financed by Citigroup, provided $35 million for the lawsuits brought by ground zero workers that were settled tentatively in June for $712.5 million. The lenders earned about $11 million.
Most investments are in the smaller cases that fill court dockets. Ardec Funding, a New York lender backed by a hedge fund, lent $45,000 in June to a Manhattan lawyer hired by the parents of a baby brain-damaged at birth. The lawyer hired two doctors, a physical therapist and an economist to testify at a July trial. The jury awarded the baby $510,000. Ardec is collecting interest at an annual rate of 24 percent, or $900 a month, until the award is paid.