Monthly Archives: May 2012

Alternate hypothesis – Chris Christie editio

Lunghu provides an interesting interpretation of a recent headline about the New Jersey Governor.

Although the piece is ostensibly about the many out-of-state speaking engagements that His Hugeness has scheduled during the past year, the headline actually conveys another message –in coded language that only some of the Star-Ledger’s readers understand.  That message, for those of you who didn’t already know, proclaims that Chris Cristie is a freemason operating in the service of the order.

I once asked a mason if they got to wear funny hats and once he said ‘no’ I completely lost interest in the whole organization.  So, all I know about the masons comes from Monty Python:

 

Italy hates America!

We now hear that Italy has decided to express its contempt for America by taking an incredibly hostile stance.  For several decades American ex-pats that had been peacefully living in Italy have been targeted for death or forced sterilization by Italian authorities.

These Italians aren’t even hiding their psychopathy…their sick, genocidal behavior is being conducted in the open.  The effort is being conducted out of an Italian ‘university’.  The leader?

…Andrea Balduzzi, a professor of natural sciences at the University of Genoa. At dawn, the professor and his student troops go after the invaders, armed with traps and cages.

This is what happens when we elect a socialist president who spends all his time apologizing for America and memorizing the Communist Manifesto and the Koran.

Who’s laughing now? Zombies to the left of me…zombies to the right.

As regular TwShiloh readers I’m sure you’ve been sensitized enough to the growing zombie threat to have seen this but as a completest I feel compelled to include it here.  Perhaps future generations of researchers will be able to piece together a narrative of the apocalypse.

So, let’s begin with the story.

A witness says a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man on a downtown highway ramp kept eating and growled at a police officer who fatally shot him to make him stop.

The official story is that this was a psychotic attack caused by a bad drug trip.

Yeah, right.

The police were called and an officer ordered the attacker to stop.  He refused so the officer shot the attacker who continued to eat the face of the victim.  So, the police officer shot him again, killing him (My money is on that being a head shot.)

I will note, for the record, that Florida is home to two facilities officially cleared for biosafety level 3 work.  That’s ‘officially’ cleared.  Who knows what the secret military labs hidden underground are working with.

And don’t think this is an isolated event.  Sweden has been having zombie outbreaks for years now.

In another *ahem* ‘unrelated’ event, Alexis Madrigal writes about a potential zombie infection in Chicago.  The University of Illinois has an automated alert system for events on campus and issued the following tweet:

Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.

It took authorities almost an hour to come up with some weak-ass ‘explanation’ for the tweet.  It was all a mistake…no need to panic…blah, blah, blah.

Get your go-bags ready people.

Skulls!

Mrs. TwShiloh enjoys medical oddities so she was very pleased when I showed her this picture from i09 of a skull of a child where you could see the two rows of teeth quite clearly.  Pretty freaky stuff.

Not nearly as freaky, however, as this…from the Discover magazine blog comes this overview of a grave uncovered from the 16th or 17th century. It’s not a stake through the heart but obviously, somebody wanted to make sure this person wasn’t just really dead but was going to stay that way.

Researchers are hypothesizing that while burying a plague victim, gravediggers noticed that this unfortunate didn’t seem decomposed enough and so they wanted to make sure (s)he stayed in the ground and didn’t spread the plague.  Ergo…the brick in the mouth.

 

Say what?

A few months ago I wrote about (but can’t find in the archives…special TwShiloh bonus points if you can!  In any case, here’s the sourceof that post.) some work done by researchers that looked at phone data in order to see if there were geographic patterns in who talked to who.  They were trying to look beyond political and geographic boundaries and see if there ad hoc communities that exist outside or beyond those borders.  It was pretty cool in that you could see what a United States structured around people’s communication patterns circa the early 21st century might look like.

Well, those researchers are back again, pouring through data and trying to uncover cultural and communication boundaries within the country.  It’d be interesting to do this sort of work in other countries that are threatened with dissolution or civil war and see how splits correlate with initial community boundaries.

But, let’s not deny the opportunity for some whimsy:

One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.

By combining maps using several datasets they begin to see distinct regions.

For example, New England is incontrovertibly a single region, connected by interaction, mobility, and culture. Similarly, certain states such as Texas and Kansas are their own distinctive regions.

On the other hand, New Jersey and California have a distinct bisection that divides them, though not always in the same way or place.

So…when the apocalypse happens and the US breaks apart into distinct countries, you’ll know where you’ll want to be.  I recommend the light green.

It’d be interesting to compare these findings with the old ‘Nine Nations of North America‘ theory.

Kvick Tänkare

Romania has unveiled a statue to commemorate the founding of the Romanian nation.  It’s a statue of the Emporer Trajan holding a wolf.  Or, as one passerby describes it:

“I have never seen anything so grotesque, a wolf with a pitbull’s head, a lizard’s tail and a tumour on its neck, carried by a guy who is visibly embarrassed by his nudity,”…

h/t Rogue Classicalism

What could possibly be better than blimps?  How about blimps armed with missiles?

Upstart Virginia aerospace firm Mav6 is offering to install guided missiles on the massive, robotic spy blimp it’s building for the Air Force…Mav6 and its CEO, a respected retired Air Force general, are also promoting the giant airship for homeland security missions over U.S. soil.

And speaking of blimps (ok, dirigibles…whatever) here’s an account of one of the Hindenburg’s survivors.

Eric Valli has a maddeningly fascinating photo essay about Americans who are living off the grid.  Fascinating in that the photos are amazing and leave you salivating for the long form article that explains it all.  Maddening in that there is no long form article that explains it all.  There’s nothing but the pictures.

I’m not much of a techno/dance guy but there are some days where this would be most excellent.

…in Sweden we have a whole other vibe going. Here, more and more workers are foregoing both leisurely lunches and “al-desko” dining in favor of daytime raves.

Lunch Beat events can be arranged by any individual, group or company anywhere in the world as long as the organizers respect the founders’ Manifesto, a list of 10 rules specifying, for instance, that Lunch Beat discos must be nonprofit events, take place at lunch time, have 60-minute long DJ sets, and include a takeaway meal.

Do it.  After all, you’ve got all day to be a corporate drone…live a little.  Or, if you’re an autocratic robber-baron, what better way to distract your corporate drones than by allowing them to think they have some control over their lives and can be ‘edgy’ during the day?

And to get you in the mood (kinda)

 

Spoiler

The zombie apocalypse happened — and we won.

But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there — and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.

A nice 17 minute film that would be great to expand to a full length feature/mini-series. Lots of interesting story potential that the zombie genre hasn’t tapped yet.