“Campus cops used to be such jokes that my university didn't allow them to carry weapons. Mostly, the cops spent the night patrolling near the girls dorms and the days catching students parked on campus without parking permits. None of that exactly required heavy artillery.
The "no weapons" rule was instituted after one of the campus cops shot himself in the foot.”
“We should put cameras on members of Congress. Maybe there is a single kit that would, also, include a breathalyzer, GPS locator and an illegal drug monitor.
Next, we make all of their financial information public in real time. Anybody can log into their bank accounts, investment accounts and campaign funds to watch the money go in and out. Shocking, to be sure.”
authorized-user on Dec 9, 2013 at 14:03:46
These guys would never allow any oversight on them or their 1% constituents.”
OurSaySo on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:45:49
“We can use those yellow helmets with the flashing lights that they used to sell at Radio Shack (maybe, they still do?) and attach said monitoring equipment to it.”
“How else would you describe the modern response to another "War of Northern Aggression"?
It isn't just racism, it is Yankees getting bossy with Southerners all over again.”
artistinresidence on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:22:29
“People in the south who think this is a yankee invasion aren't quite getting the point.
It's about health care for all..it's about compassion.
The "war of northern aggression", as you call it, was about compassion. Time to think.”
sillylittleme on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:18:25
“You lost one war, and if there was another you'd lose that too. We are one nation. If you don't like it, I hear Somalia is nice this time of year.”
“You are correct and your description of Mitchell is on the money. I think the sinking of the Ostfriesland was responsible for Mitchell's abrasiveness. He discovered a way around the top brass through the press and increasingly, used that power as his megaphone.”
salty07 on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:55:48
“Wasn't he quite a bit older as well? That could have explained his impatience and the IDGAF attitude.”
“Interesting that Billy Mitchell accurately predicted so much about the attack 15 years before December 7, 1941. He predicted:
>the attacker would be Japan
>the attack would be on the naval base at Pearl Harbor
>the attack would be on some quiet Sunday morning
>the attack would be by carrier based aircraft
>there would be no warning ("Japan never warns before it attacks.")
>the loss of life and ships would be devastating
>the attacker would get away mostly unscathed
For these predictions, and other comments, Mitchell was court martialed.”
salty07 on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:28:04
“He was smart, but he was a jerk. And if you have been in any organization of any type then you know guys like that. Ultimatly everyone will want to get rid of them because they always have better ideas, know more than you, and can't shut up. Interestingly many of the other visionaries in the interwar period had a reputation for being abrasive (Guderian, Douhet, Fuller, Liddel Hart), but Mitchell was in a class of his own in practicallly begging to get fired. At some point nobody will get your message when you spend most of your time pissing everyone off.”
“I'll give you a great mystery about chameleons and I dare you to solve it. I've observed it twice in two years, so I know it isn't a fluke.
I turned on my back porch light late at night and saw a chameleon on the railing. The railing is a sort of reddish-brown AND SO WAS THE CHAMELEON. Bear in mind that it was totally dark prior to my turning on the light, so how did the chameleon know what color to use as camouflage? It was such a perfect match that I would never have seen the critter had it not moved slightly, startled by the sudden flash of light.
Can chameleons see in total darkness? Do they have some other way to sense color than simple eyesight? Is there some sort of biochemical reaction between colors and chameleons that we don't understand? Can they change color in a nanosecond?
Foe my money, this one is right up there with Einstein's "spooky action at a distance" description of quantum entanglement..”
Classical Guitarist on Dec 8, 2013 at 18:24:51
“Why do you think light was absent? B/c you couldn't see?”
NevaforLeadership on Dec 8, 2013 at 18:00:28
“Did you know there is no color in the world. Just pigments and different light waves. Our brains transform the different light wave lengths reflected from different pigments into color. So color all happens only in our minds.
The change of color in chameleons is produced by hormones triggered by their nervous systems. The hormones react with pigment layers in their skin, producing different colors. Remember, only our brains perceive the color.
The sounds we hear are a variation on the same kind of theme. There is no sound in the world; only in our minds, produced by our brain's interpretation of the different sound waves. When a tree falls in a forest, if there is no one around to interpret the sound waves, there is no sound.”
morepecker on Dec 8, 2013 at 17:51:46
“You must remember they have one of the most advanced eyes in the animal kingdom.”
slinkybro on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:43:09
“Or maybe the are brown on wood and green when among the leaves.”
slinkybro on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:42:32
“Maybe default to brown in the dark.”
Tomh63 on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:31:18
“Chameleons can't change their color to match their surroundings. That is a myth, but they can probably change their colors according to light intensity, so since it was dark outside the dark color of the chameleon superficially blended in with your railing.
“There is a two minute video of "Cuttlefish: Chameleons of the Sea " that demonstrates the ability to mimic the color and texture of the background. As for your chameleon, it may have been hiding on or under the railing during the daytime or maybe it can see in the dark when you can't. :-)”
maigesheng on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:11:37
“Very cool. But the question is not only can they see at night. But... How do they "know" what color to be, when there is no color absent from light???”
“Republicans are trying to hide behind the fiction that these new jobs are all from temporary, holiday hiring. They seem unable to understand the words "seasonally adjusted" whereby the BLS takes out holiday jobs and only reports permanent jobs, eliminating the holiday effect.
That being true, some GOP politicians are falling back on the unproved assertion that the BLS is simply lying about the numbers.”
Mr Miami cool on Dec 6, 2013 at 09:57:10
“They say that every month, even in the middle of the summer. Their talking points never change.”
“Nuke Iran? For people who grew up during the Cold War, the rank ignorance some people today have about nuclear weapons is appalling. Doesn't he realize that the fallout from a "massive aerial bombardment" of Iran would be all over his home district in California in a matter of days?”
tiredofthesameoldstuff on Dec 4, 2013 at 21:22:09
“No fallout wouldn't travel that far. It would decimate nearby countries though.”
“San Antonio's number will be up no matter how you hold with global warming. The city is 99% dependent on the underground Edwards aquifer for its water, yet it continues to grow at double digit rates every year. The San Antonio river is of little use due to its small size and low flow. Even when Spain owned the place, in the 1700s, periodic water shortages were caused by the river drying up and well running dry.”
“The era of his performances in pron was a time when the Mafia ran the business from top to bottom. Mob money fueled pron from production to distribution to actual ownership of the theaters. Besides, what a golden opportunity to launder money; dirty money that was run through the theater box office was clean when it came out the other side. Nobody was matching reported receipts with ticket stubs, you know.”