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30 April, 2011

I think I just found my Presidential candidate

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 15:41

It’s Herman Cain FTW.

Watch the video all the way to the EPA punch line. He gets it. And I would pay money to watch a debate between him and Obama.

Did I say debate? I meant rhetorical slaughter.

26 April, 2011

There’s nothing like watching a master at work

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 10:05

And Ricky Jay is a master.

25 April, 2011

What if somebody dropped a bombshell and nobody noticed?

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 12:46

Because the IMF just dropped one.

According to the IMF forecast, whomever is elected U.S. president next year — Obama? Mitt Romney? Donald Trump? — will be the last to preside over the world’s largest economy.

Symmetry

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:16

Do not miss this brilliant video from Radiolab.

You may want to have a hanky ready for the ending.

20 April, 2011

The Mormon Church and Illegal Immigration

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:19

If I hadn’t left religion altogether years ago, this probably would have pushed me out. The paper, published by CIS, is written by  by Ronald W. Mortensen, PhD, a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, retired career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and member of the LDS Church.

Once the Church recognized that it was walking a fine legal line with its don’t ask don’t tell policy, and as illegal aliens joined the Church in ever-greater numbers, the Church, as noted earlier, had U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett covertly amend the U.S. immigration act in 2005 to protect it from possible violations of U.S. immigration law. Under Bennett’s amendment, churches were given legal immunity from immigration laws that make it a crime to house, transport, and provide stipends to illegal aliens.

So I guess Harry Reid has official cover from Salt Lake. Shameful.

14 April, 2011

16 Tons

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 16:36

Sleep tight, everybody.

11 April, 2011

How to Tell if Your Neighbor is a Bombmaker

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 16:26

A few hints from Stratfor.

It is important to recognize that when we say an explosive mixture or an explosive device is “improvised,” the improvised nature of that mixture or device does not automatically mean that the end product is going to be ineffective or amateurish. Like an improvised John Coltrane saxophone solo, some improvised explosive devices can be highly-crafted and very deadly works of art. Now, that said, even proficient bombmakers are going to conduct certain activities that will allow their intent to be discerned by an outside observer — and amateurish bombmakers are even easier to spot if one knows what to look for.

6 April, 2011

All the Gold in the World

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 13:42

Today’s moment of clarity brought to you from the back of Dr. Lane Molpus’ envelope.

  • All the gold ever mined in the world throughout history, if gathered into one place, would form a cube about 60 feet on each side [1].
  • (60 foot x 12 inch/foot x 2.54 cm/inch)^3 = (1828.8 cm)^3. That works out to be about 6,116,438,900 cubic centimeters of gold in the world.
  • Gold weighs 19.32 gram/cc [2]. The spot price of gold right now is $46.95/gram [3].
  • Thus, all the gold in the world is worth: 6,116,438,900 cc x 19.32 gram/cc x $46.95/gram = $5.54 x 10^12, or $5.54 trillion.
  • The U.S. National debt [4] is 14.2 trillion = $14.2 x 10^12.

The bottom line? All the gold in the world could only pay off 39% (5.54/14.2) of our national debt.

[1] Theodore Gray’s book “The Elements”, page 181.
[2] www.lenntech.com/periodic-chart-elements/density.htm
[3] goldprice.org/gold-price-per-gram.html
[4] www.brillig.com/debt_clock

 

Craig here: I found another estimate of 1.656 x 10^11 grams total gold ever mined, which still adds up to only $7.75 trillion, or about half the national debt.

 

Sleep tight.

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