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28 April 2011

The Social Poets: Iran: Gotcha Government Systems With The Stars Virus


The Social Poets: Iran: Gotcha Government Systems With The Stars Virus: "From Denny: The Iranian version of Chicken Little is running around screaming that their government systems were targeted again by the West. Read that as 'It's America's and Israel's fault. We have been wronged by the Big Bad Bullies of the West.'

Iran claims it is the Stars Virus, sent by vicious Western cyberattackers, has infected their computer systems. As usual for this clownish regime, they have not verified any of this to be true - other than the infection."

24 April 2011

Video: Viewing The Awesome Milky Way


From Denny: Talk about beautiful. A Norwegian photographer, Terje Sorgjerd, decided to hop on over to an island off Spain to film the Milky Way for this video. He says this area is the best place to observe the sky for the best views of the Milky Way Galaxy. It's definitely poetry in the sky. After viewing these incredible scenes I'm inclined to agree with him. Book me on the next flight to Spain! :) Happy Easter, everyone!

21 April 2011

The Social Poets: Funny 1917 CIA Spy Technology Docs Released: Invisible Writing


The Social Poets: Funny 1917 CIA Spy Technology Docs Released: Invisible Writing: "From Denny:  Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows I grew up in the CIA. Yes, it was one weird childhood living with such paranoid uptight and often humorless people. Whenever the CIA releases ancient documents molding down in their deep dark spy basement it always gives me a grin.

When I was a kid we spent a lot of time figuring out codes since Dad had been a code breaker in WWII - among other things. One of our other childhood past times was to figure out intriguing ways to pass messages and, yes, write in invisible ink. Even Dad joined in the fun. My mother just shook her head and thought we were all a bunch of looney tunes. Knowing Dad he was probably using his baby geniuses to do his research on the cheap. Who said you can't take your work home with you?

Anyway, it is with great pleasure I present to you Rachel Maddow's cheeky report about Dear Ol' Dad's creepy CIA. This week, The New CIA under Director Leon Panetta, and a lot less creepy, odious and just plain obnoxious, released some 1917 technology for public viewing, er, laughter."

19 April 2011

The Social Poets: BP Oil Spill Disaster: One Year Later Economy Slammed, Recovered At 30 Percent


The Social Poets: BP Oil Spill Disaster: One Year Later Economy Slammed, Recovered At 30 Percent: "Currently, BP pays the fawning scumbag attorney, Ken Feinberg, an astounding $1 million a month to administer the so-called BP Claims Fund. Feinberg is out doing the usual political damage control by going on all the media outlets for lying interviews. He justifies his pay from BP by claiming a Bush official signed off on it as a fair price."

18 April 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Tax Season: Cartoons and Late Nite Jokes


The Social Poets: Funny Tax Season: Cartoons and Late Nite Jokes: "General Electric did not pay any taxes at all last year. Of course that’s because G.E. reported its sale of NBC as a charitable donation. – Conan O'Brien

President Obama wants to raise taxes on the country's richest people. And you thought Donald Trump hated him before. – Jay Leno

Obama called on Americans to have more grandchildren. Probably so there's more of them to pay off our debt. – Jay Leno

In the wake of record losses, the U.S. Postal Service announced it is cutting 7,500 jobs. But a spokesman for the post office said those positions could be restored if this whole email thing turns out to be nothing but a fad. – Jay Leno"

17 April 2011

Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 17 April 2011


Dennys: News Politics Comedy Science Arts & Food: Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 17 April 2011: "While the Japanese nuclear crisis continues unabated, the rest of the world has moved on, dreading the inevitable. At the moment the world community has pressured Japan to come up with a plan to contain or deal with the crisis over a nine month period.

Why the same people are in charge of this mess that created the mess is a mystery. It's as foolish as it was to trust BP to clean up the oil spill disaster in my own Gulf of Mexico. Serious hardships still exist as a result of President Obama and BP refusing to do what it takes to make things right, especially in Louisiana.

At the very least the President could do is refuse to allow BP access to any of America's oil fields on or off shore. The company has simply not earned the right to drill for oil on American soil or in our oceans."

10 April 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Videos: Jon Stewart Mocks Glenn Beck FOX News Departure

Glenn Beck by Gage SkidmoreGlenn Beck - Image via Wikipedia

The Social Poets: Funny Videos: Jon Stewart Mocks Glenn Beck FOX News Departure: "Did any of us think the long rambling weird reign of foul-mouthed Glenn Beck would ever stop? Well, even FOX News has had enough and told him last week his show was canceled. He will depart the end of the year when his contract ends. Well, it never was real news, just imagined news.

For months comics have lampooned Beck's messianic Hitler style attitude and declarations. Well, even Beck's fans began to evaporate. Turns out in January his fan base began dwindling. Originally, at the height of his nightly viewership was clocked at about three million."

09 April 2011

Funny Crazy Technology and Social Media Cartoons

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 07: A CES attendee takes ...Chevy Volt Image by Getty Images via @daylife
From Denny: Check out the silly funnies I found this week!


So, let us begin at the beginning when man first invented technology. OK, man has not changed much in several thousand years. He still loves his wheels to look good for the babes in the neighborhood...


Speed Bump


08 April 2011

Why Is The Arctic Warming Faster Than Rest Of Our Planet?

Polar bears on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean...Polar bears in the Arctic near the North Pole with the USS Honolulu - Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: At what rate is the Arctic currently warming than the rest of the planet? Try twice as fast. And everyone in the scientific community has been trying to figure out why.

Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide warm up the climate while some aerosols like sulfate, from fossil fuel combustion, are a cooling influence on global warming, acting as a counterbalance.

Energy balance on Earth affected by aerosols and clouds

Arctic clouds and aerosols are thought to influence the loss of sea ice, carving out a niche as important roles in the energy balance on Earth. We all know what a cloud is but do you know what an aerosol is?

01 April 2011

The Social Poets: 12 Best of The Web Funny April Fools Day: Pranked, Spoofed and Trashed



The Social Poets: 12 Best of The Web Funny April Fools Day: Pranked, Spoofed and Trashed: "There are those among us - of a cheeky bent - who look forward to this one day a year when people forgive us for pranking them. Today the web was full of April Fool's Day fun from every angle, a real bumper crop of craziness!

1 - First up: Google leads the fun with their prank about their new feature of 'motion-controlled' email. After all, typing on a keyboard is 'so last century,' right? And Google says it's also 'outdated' and 'inefficient.'

'To open a message make a movement as if you were opening an envelope. To reply, simply point backward with your thumb,' Google says in a video demonstration. More instructions? 'To reply all, use both hands. To send a message, lick a stamp and place it down.'

Well, you too can look like a complete fool by believing this satire and standing up in your office cubicle on Freaky Friday and get elected Fool Of The Day by using various body language to instruct your computer. It's like using cat body language to write an email. Hey, whatever floats your boat."
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