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Wednesday, 23 December 2009 21:00

Here's a proof that 2 = 1

Say x = y

Then x2 = xy (because x = y, right?)

So, x2 - y2 = xy - y2 (just subtracting y2 from both sides)

Next (x + y)(x - y) = y(x - y)  (a simple algebraic expansion)

so, (x + y) = y  (just divided across by x - y)

then, y + y = y (remember that x = y)

so, 2y = y (now divide across by y to reach the stunning conclusion)

therefore, 2 = 1

It just has to be wrong, right? Can you spot an error?

 
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Thursday, 10 December 2009 00:00

On December 12th, 1998, John Hume, leader of the SDLP, received the Nobel Peace Prize.  He shared the prize with this Unionist colleague, David Trimble.  John Hume was a tireless crusader for human rights and justice in Northern Ireland.  He eschewed violence and adopted the techniques of his hero, US civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  He was a leading light in nationalist politics, a voice of reason and sanity in the darkest moments of the Troubles.  On the next page you'll find the lecture that John Hume gave in Oslo upon accepting the prize.

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Monday, 30 November 2009 19:57

Enjoy Snapple and read the caps; just look under the cap for some interesting information.  Here's a collection of Snapple wisdom.  As I drink, I write.

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Sunday, 15 November 2009 21:15
November 14, 2009: Enid Blyton, the British children's writer who died in 1968, was effectively banned by the BBC for thirty years.  An internal BBC memo, written in 1938, was recently uncovered that showed the BBC did not consider Blyton a serious writer.  Enid Blyton sold millions of copies of series such as Noddy, the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.  She is the fifth most translated author in the world selling over 600 million copies: just ahead of Lenin, but behind Shakespeare.
 
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Saturday, 07 November 2009 21:11

November 7, 2009: In case you haven't been following too closely, the Democratic Unionist Party, DUP, is a splinter group from the Official Unionist, OUP–it split because the members didn't agree with how the OUP was handling the Catholic issue.  The Traditional Unionist Party, the TUV, split from the DUP, because the members didn't agree with how the DUP was handling the Catholic issue.  It's how things are done in Ireland. In fact, there are, or have been, at least a dozen flavors of unionists.  Staying in some sort of union isn't their strong suit.  Of course, nationalists enjoy splintering too.

Back to the TUV: they're currently all over the media in Ireland because the vice-chairman of the party said that Irish is a "leprechaun language."  They've back-tracked, apologizing for what they now say was a childish mistake.  I don't think the apology is the story.  I think that the big story here is that vice-chairman of the TUV must believe that leprechauns are real–worse, he apparently knows the language they speak.

 
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Saturday, 31 October 2009 08:40

Updates Resume on Well Beyond the Pale

After a long hiatus, punctuated by a change in jobs which had me commuting from LAX to JFK each week, I am back updating Well Beyond the Pale.  There is a backlog of over 500 articles that have not yet been published; they've been prepared over the past twelve months.  I am proof reading them and will program them to appear in one big bolus.

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Stimulus bill saves 640,000 jobs? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 October 2009 20:05

Right.  What nonsense.  As you dig into the claims made by the White House, you find out that the figure of 640,000 is a fiction.  The methodology to determined "saved jobs" is flawed: it's basically the aggregation of personal opinions.  Of course, the figure is pretty scary if $159 billion in cash saved only 640,000 jobs.  Why?  Well that figure works out to be about a quarter of a million dollars per job–hardly value for money.

Well, I wouldn't dispute the fact that a stimulus package will create jobs.  After all, a tax hike has a negative impact on the economy, so putting money in should be stimulative.  However, it might have made more sense to give a tax rebate rather than what looks to be very poor value for money.

 
Finland regards Little House on the Prairie as adult an only show PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 13:15
Interesting idea that the hit TV drama, Little House on the Prairie, adapted from the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which aired on NBC from September 1974 to May 1982 is considered as an adult-themed show in Finland.  DVDs of the show have a special sticker warning people that the material should be viewed by people eighteen years of age or older.  It could be that moral standards in Finland are extremely high: people are shocked that sometimes a lady's ankle can be seen.  Of course it could also be that Universal Studios elected not to fork over $30,000 to the Finnish government to review the series, thus causing it to fall into the default category of adults only.  You decide!
 
John Regan of Old Rossorry Road passes away peacefully PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00
September 24, 2009: Mr. John Regan of Old Rossorry Road passed away peacefully in his home on September 9; he was 96.  He was born near Ballymoate in County Sligo on December 20, 1912.
 
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