March 9th, 2014
March 8th, 2014
The Rush Limbaugh Show
By Rush Limbaugh
There's a headline here at the Huffing and Puffington Post.
It's by a woman named Carolyn Gregoire, and I don't know she pronounces it that way.
G-r-e-g-o-i-r-e, Gregoire, Gregoire. It's probably Gregory, if I had to guess. But anyway, headline: "Cadillac Made a Commercial About the American Dream, and it is a Nightmare." This commercial has hit a nerve in the left that is such a teachable moment!
This commercial itself and the reaction to it by the left is all anyone needs know about what really has become of the Democrat Party and the American left. The actor is Neal McDonough. You've seen him in Justified.
He was in some other TV series that ran for four years. I can't think of the name of it right off the top of my head. You'd recognize him if you saw him. He's playing the part here of a successful American male, who happens to own one of these new Cadillac electric cars.
MCDONOUGH: Why do we work so hard? For what? For this? For stuff?
Other countries, they work, they stroll home, they stop by the cafe, they take August off. Off.
Why aren't you like that? Why aren't we like that? Because we're crazy, driven, hardworking believers.
Those other countries think we're nuts. Whatever. Were the Wright Brothers insane? Bill Gates? Les Paul? Ali? Were we nuts when we pointed to the moon?
That's right. We went up there, and you know what we got? Bored. So we left. It's pretty simple.
You work hard, you create your own luck, and you gotta believe anything is possible. As for all the stuff, that's the upside of only taking two weeks off in August.
RUSH: As for all the stuff, that's the two weeks off in August. He also says in the ad about the moon, and we're gonna be the first to go back. Now, the left is simply outraged because they perceived this to be an attack on Western European socialism. This is Cadillac. Remember what I've always told you about advertising? Advertising that works is advertising that properly, correctly takes the pulse of the people it is targeted to.
It takes the pulse of the American culture at that moment, that snapshot. So here you have Cadillac and their ad agency, and what are they using to sell this thing? The American dream, the old adages: Hard work, success, climbing the ladder. You just work hard and work hard, and you don't think about vacations first. You think about your work. You find something you love, you go out and you do it.
And, yeah, you acquire stuff. There's nothing wrong with acquiring stuff, and there's nothing wrong with improving your lifestyle. The left is just livid. A pull quote from this Huffing and Puffington Post story: "a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of 'other countries' and their laziness tossed in for good measure."
One of the things that liberals love to hate about America is wrapped up in that one sentence. Let me read it to you again. The pull quote from Carolyn Gregoire, the Huffington Post says, this Cadillac ad is "a completely shameless celebration of our work-hard-buy-more culture, with a blanket dismissal of 'other countries' and their laziness tossed in for good measure."
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March 8th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
One of the US Navy's most lethal Destroyers steamed through the Bosphorus Straits and into the Black Sea, where the Ukraine-Russian crisis continues to unfold, on Friday.
The USS Truxton, an Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, moved into the area in order to conduct "previously scheduled operations" with other regional navies, according to a US Department of Defense spokesperson.
Fox News, conversely, is reporting that the USS Truxton's presence in the Black Sea is an effort by the Obama Regime to fly the US flag in a region clearly subject to Russian aggression. The Truxton is a member of Carrier Strike Group-2, which operates under the flagship USS George H.W. Bush, one of the most powerful ultra-modern carriers in existence, stationed out of Greece.
- Carrier Strike Group-2 2014 deployment force composition
|Group Warships||Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) squadrons embarked aboard flagship USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)|
|USS Philippine Sea (CG-58)||Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213): 12 F/A-18F||Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW-124): 4 E-2C|
|USS Truxtun (DDG-103)||Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87): 10 F/A-18A+||Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Squadron 9 (HSC-9): 7 MH-60S|
|USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)||Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31): 12 F/A-18E||Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (HMS-70): 11 MH-60R|
|USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)||Strike Fighter Squadron 15 (VFA-15): 10 F/A-18C||Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40), Det.5: 2 C-2A|
|——||Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 134 (VAQ-134): 4–6 EA-6B||——|
Speculation has swirled concerning whether or not the US might up the ante, as the ostensible leader of the Free World, by moving one of its most powerful carrier strike groups into the region, due to Russia's having already broken the 20-year old "Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances." The agreement, between Russia, the US, Ukraine, and the UK , stipulated that none of the treaty's signers would violate Ukrainian territorial integrity, which now places Russia in clear violation of the agreement.
The agreement was signed back in 1994 under then President Clinton, in order to assure the Ukraine of its territorial integrity while signatory nations sought to liberate Ukraine of its rather large nuclear weapon strike capability. The signing of the agreement guaranteed Ukraine's borders from invasion by all parties involved, and eventually resulted in the Ukraine's becoming completely devoid of nuclear armament.
Ironically, in 2005, then Senators Barack Obama and Dick Lugar, secured $48 million in US funding in order to finalize the eradication of Ukraine's remaining stockpile of weapons. In a statement from 2005, while touring Ukraine, Obama indicated: 'We need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people and people around world, by keeping them out of conflicts around the world.'
While Russia has now broken the security agreement, a second but far older treaty from 1936, known as the Montreaux Convention, supposedly limits the US and other nations on what types of warships that can be sent into the Black Sea, thereby restricting US ability to protect other NATO member states. The pre-WW2 convention allows the increasingly militant nation of Turkey to control warship movements of all non-Black Sea nations.
However, the US never signed the Montreux Convention, while duly noting that the principle signing nation, the Soviet Union, no longer exists. The transition of a US carrier strike group into the Black Sea, would send a powerful message to Putin's Russia, that the United States as Leader of the Free World, is still most assuredly engaged.
March 7th, 2014
By Paul Armstrong, CNN
(CNN) -- As mystery surrounds the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday, CNN's aviation expert Richard Quest said the airliner would have been at the safest point in the flight.
"It was two hours into the flight -- this would have been classed as the 'cruise portion of the flight,'" he said. "You break down the flight into taxi, take-off, climb out and then cruise.
"So in that particular point of the flight, this is the safest part, nothing is supposed to go wrong. The aircraft is at altitude on auto-pilot, the pilots are making minor corrections and changes for height as the plane burns off fuel -- the plane will be going higher and higher -- so this is extremely serious that something happened at this point in the flight."
Quest, who coincidentally had been working on a story with the carrier recently, said the aircraft -- a Boeing 777-200 -- would have been around 11 years old, powered by two British-made Rolls-Royce Trent engines."So it's not a particularly old aircraft. Malaysia has 15 777-200s in its fleet, it's an extremely experienced operator of this type of aircraft. It's a very reputable airline with a very good safety record."
Greg Feith, a former investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the United States, suggested the pilots should have been able to report in, even if power on the aircraft had failed.
"The airplane by certification has to have battery back-up power -- they still have to be able to utilize certain flight instruments and communication tools to complete the flight safely.
"So you could lose all the generators, you could have both engines out, but the battery back-up -- which will only work for a certain time -- is intended for emergency situations."
Feith also pointed to the possibility of an issue with the pressurization of the aircraft.
"If you have a high-altitude pressurization problem, catastrophic decompression, the time of useful consciousness (the time a pilot can operate with an insufficient oxygen supply) in the 30,000-40,000-feet range is a matter of seconds."
Asked whether it was likely the airliner could have made an emergency landing, Quest said it was possible but unlikely.
"You're not talking about a Cessna here. You're talking about a long-haul, wide-bodied aircraft and that puts it into a completely different league."
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March 7th, 2014
It may sound like the plot of the Twilight Zone, but a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa says she can voluntarily enter an out-of-body experience. This was a lucky break for scientists, who were able to scan her brain during the episode.
Usually out-of-body experiences are a part of, say, a near-death experience. A patient may float above their own body as surgeons work on them. These experiences are usually attributed to the drugs in a patient's system, or the hormones released into their system by trauma.
A unique experience
The study — which only involved this one person — was published Feb. 10 in the journal Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, a peer-reviewed open access publication. The researchers are members of the School Of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.
According to the paper, this woman enters her out-of-body state right before sleeping, visualizing herself from above. She started doing so during naptime in preschool, they write. She currently only does it sometimes.
The researchers wrote in the paper:
She was able to see herself rotating in the air above her body, lying flat, and rolling along with the horizontal plane. She reported sometimes watching herself move from above but remained aware of her unmoving "real" body...
She told the researchers:
I feel myself moving, or, more accurately, can make myself feel as if I am moving. I know perfectly well that I am not actually moving. There is no duality of body and mind when this happens, not really. In fact, I am hyper-sensitive to my body at that point, because I am concentrating so hard on the sensation of moving. I am the one moving – me – my body. For example, if I ‘spin’ for long enough, I get dizzy. I do not see myself above my body. Rather, my whole body has moved up. I feel it as being above where I know it actually is. I usually also picture myself as moving up in my mind’s eye, but the mind is not substantive. It does not move unless the body does.
The brain out of the body
The researchers did a fMRI before and after asking her to enter her out-of-body state to find out what that looked like in the brain. They compared these to when she was imagining, but not actually entering, the state.
Interestingly, the pathway that seemed to be activated during her out-of-body experience is also involved in the mental representation of movements.
Brain regions activated by the out-of-body experience include the supplementary motor area, the cerebellum, the supramarginal gyrus, the inferior temporal gyrus, the middle and superior orbitofrontal gyri.
Some parts of her brain involved in interpreting vision were turned down in activity, as shown below:
Brain regions inhibited by the out-of-body experience include the visual cortex.
She didn't have any specific emotions surrounding this experience, and i t seems to be a kind of hallucination she can turn on at will.
Even if there were no soul stuck in our bodies, this woman isn't making this up. There's obviously something happening in her brain that is making her experience the world in a different way — but researchers can't yet say exactly what it is. Plus, this study was about one woman's out-of-body experience, not all out-of-body experiences.
Still, the changes they observed could be similar to how the brain can be trained using meditation. The researchers even suggested that this could be something many kids can do, but that with practice could be carried into adulthood.
Interestingly, the researchers suggested that this kind of experience may be much more common than we thought. The woman in question actually "appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this," the researchers wrote.
They compared it to synesthesia — the condition in which people hear colors or smell sounds — which was thought of as "out there" but has become widely accepted in the last few decades.
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