"The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness," Trump said today in a speech given in NH about the death penalty for drug dealers.
Once AGAIN we are attacking a problem via the symptoms of the problem or, in this case, the results.
The answers lie in BETTER MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS in this country-- treat the problems that cause people to turn to drugs, or mass shootings, or even non-money-motivated crimes in general, and you will greatly diminish these incidents!
You can't threaten away the end results of poor mental health, period.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Let's clear this pet peeve of mine up right now, lol:
The word "till" is a gardening or farming term that refers to turning the Earth, planting, sewing, etc.
ie: "We need to till the south forty tomorrow."
However, most people use it as what they think is the contracted form of the word "until."
ie: "I won't see you "till" next week."
The word you're groping for is "'til," as in: "I won't see you "'til" next week." It's a contraction of the word "until."
I know. It's so prevelant that you can look it up and it will tell you that "till" means "until."
It's wrong. Yep. It's wrong.
It's an example of the folks who write up definitions giving in to societal laziness and, ultimately, to incorrect information.
And yes, I am in fact an expert. Lol.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, July 1, 2016
In light of the attention that will be focused skyward over the next couple of weeks with our historic pass of Jupiter via the Juno spacecraft, and also with the sequel to "Independence Day" in theaters, I thought I'd blow the dust off of this old essay I wrote concerning the odds of life on other planets:
(Alien) Life: What Exactly Are the Odds?
It's a romantic notion- alien life- but maybe it's just that- a notion. And here is why I'm starting to think that maybe there really is no life anywhere else in the universe: Pure probability.
A monkey at a typewriter has a one in 15 billion chance in typing the word "banana" in its lifetime. Why so little a chance? Well, let's say a typewriter has 50 keys, and each key has an equal chance of being pressed by our monkey friend. The chance that the first letter typed would be a "B" is 1/50. The chance that the second letter typed would be an "A" is also 1/50, and on and on.
Statistics tell us that the chance of the first six letters spelling "banana" is:
(1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) =
1/15,625,000,000, or roughly a one in 15 billion chance.
And that's for only six things that have to happen just to spell the word "banana."
Now, let's conservatively say that 10 things have to line up out of a 1,000 for life to occur (way, way conservative). That would be:
(1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000) x (1/1,000)= 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or roughly a 1 in one thousand billion billion billionth of a chance.
When I hear someone say that the odds of there NOT being life elsewhere are very minute, I think of the above formula, and I think that it might in fact be the opposite (before you launch into how big the universe is, look at that number above, and think that probably those numbers that need to come together for life to happen are probably more like a hundred thousand things out of a million, as opposed to ten out of a thousand...).
Yes, these are the things that I think of for inspiration. Strangely, they work...