Complex math among ancient indigenous

So complex I can barely follow this 16-minute talk (blog post linking to video with pictures; maximize video if possible to see the pictures), maybe since I only got to Algebra II, junior year of high school!  But fascinating!  Even roots of computer science.

The guy says informing young minorities in the U.S. of this fact improves their performance in math and science.  Very cool!

(I just hope he got that African Native priest’s permission to share with the whole world what he was reluctant to share with him at first on account of its cultural / religious sacredness….)

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Kaopectate ain’t kaopectate anymore

I thought I posted about this a long time ago, but apparently not.  A few years ago the maker of Kaopectate took out the kaolin and pectin that gave the name to this old, effective anti-diarrhea product.  Instead they put in Bismuth salicylate, better known as Pepto-Bismol … but they kept the Kaopectate name!!!  Even my doctor was pee’d!  (I have IBS-Diarrhea, remember.)

On the Web there were suggestions about making your own concoction with clay and chalk, but with all the runs I already get, I wasn’t gonna risk all the little bugs you can get in there!  This in part led me to Paregoric, as I’ve said, which is a huge help, but not perfect.

There oughta be a law against such blatant deception in business / advertising by one of our sovereigns’ (States) corporations.

Dobson: Obama Distorts Bible. But Dobson distorts Obama!

Oh, I see, it’s coming down to a sectarian battle now?!

Fortunately for America, most Christians by definition don’t consider Conservative Evangelical Protestants authoritative on the subject!!!  Only a quarter of Americans belong to these sects, ie, less than half of Protestants.

BTW, when Dobson refers to “the traditional understanding of the Bible” on “Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply,” he means his tradition.  There are other Protestant sects that disagree with him on OT laws!

Obama’s point that people who base their politics on their religion – like me! – need to try to appeal to people who won’t necessarily buy their religion’s interpretations, isn’t persecuting anybody or denying anybody’s rights, it’s simply good advice!  Dobson distorts Obama!!!!!

Is McCain a Christian Zionist like Hagee?

That’s the worry of English journalist Victoria Clark, author of the recent book Allies for Armageddon.

Will McCain try to do what W. has (so far) failed to do, and “bring back Jesus“?!?!?!  (Yes, it’s total heresy – see here for a little info – but that doesn’t stop them from screwing the rest of the world!)

See also “McCain’s Christian Zionist, Subprime Mortgage Pimping Problem” for some more people and more importantly, THINGS HE HAS TO REPUDIATE.

Gas gouging

How come gas prices at the pump seem to react immediately to predicted bad weather in the Gulf of Mexico, uncertainty in the Middle East or Venezuela, even news reports of increases in barrel prices?

What’s wrong with that?  When you hear “price per barrel,” that’s in the oil futures market.  Those prices shouldn’t make it to the consumer for a good part of a year, the time it takes to get bought at that price at the wellhead or wherever, across the oceans, through refining, and transporting to your gas station.  Plus, those futures are 3, 6, 9 months out.  ISTM somebody’s exploiting modern information overload for unfair profit.  I don’t wanna tax their windfalls; I wanna END them!!!!!

As for the other causes, they should have a delayed effect too.  They don’t.  Reminds me of the joke about PBS, “Petroleum’s British Subsidiary”!!  Except now it’s ALL the media!

Mixed-Blood Indigenous

Poignant reflections about being “half-caste” as they call it Down Under (British influence), from a Suite 101 columnist and a big Aussie historian who discovered himself part-Aboriginal.

Overview of Alaska Native Settlement