This was a bit like watching one of those “pre-Christmas” bowl games or a CIT/CBI tournament game.
So how did it go? My take: the winner(s) were Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. There is nothing for these guys to fear from this group.
Carly Fiorina did the best job of not merely repeating tired slogans, though I wouldn’t say that she jumped out as someone who will break into double digits in the polls.
My quick summary: all don’t like President Obama and will “undo” Obamacare, his immigration executive order, undo the Iran deal, defund Planned Parenthood, etc.
Lindsey Graham: attacked both Bill and Hillary Clinton and was the war monger of the group. Back him if you want more US troops in the Middle East.
Rick Perry: TEXAS, TEXAS, I secured the border, poached jobs, and seemed to imply that Donald Trump was relying on mere celebrity.
Rick Santorum: didn’t disappoint. Was unaware that illegal immigrants can’t vote (said Obama wanted them here for votes) and compared the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage to Dred Scott; called the SCOTUS “rogue”.
Bobby Jindal: still couldn’t explain why he trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls in his own home state.
James Gilmore: why was he even there?
George Pataki: tried to impress that he governed a blue state. Don’t know why he thinks that he has a chance.
Carly Fiorina: probably the best spoken of the bunch, but mostly attacked Hillary Clinton and attacked Donald Trump for his support of single payer and his support of the Clintons.
There were a few obligatory comparisons to Ronald Reagan.
Bernie Sanders was mentioned by Bobby Jindal and praised for “at least being honest about being a socialist”…but this was only a foil to attack Hillary Clinton.
I honestly don’t see how any of these candidates will last much longer though perhaps Fiorina can slip into the top 10..and maybe Graham’s war mongering might get him past 1 percent? :-)
short version: weights plus elliptical: elliptical was 30 minutes, much of it on “butt” setting.
weights: did the rotator cuff series and McKenzie set afterward; hip hikes and Achilles during.
pull ups: 5 or 6 sets of 10; lost count.
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170 (more challenging than expected)
military press (dumbbell): 3 x (12 x 50)
upright row (dumbbell): 3 x (10 x 25)
dumbbell curl: 3 x (10 x 30)
pull downs: 3 x (10 x 160)
rows (Hammer): 3 x (10 x 220)
abs: 3 sets of 10: crunch, v. crunch, sit back, twist.
It is still cold (3 F, or -16 C) , and the neighborhood streets are still mostly the type of ice that comes from cars driving over snow. The city plows do just enough to bury the sidewalks in ice but not enough to really plow the streets to pavement. Peoria, IL is a nasty city during wintertime.
But while this is one of the two really bad recent winters, it isn’t out of the ordinary by HISTORICAL standards:
Based on preliminary data, the average temperature statewide is 20.0 degrees. That is 6.3 degrees below average and ranked as the 17th coldest January on record. Of course, if the forecast holds for the rest of January, we would end up colder. Here is a list of the 20 coldest monthly average temperatures in January. The column marked “Temperature” is for the January statewide temperature and the column marked “Departure” is for the departure from the 1981-2010 average of 26.3 degrees.
Surf to the link to see the rest; note that 1994, 2009, 2010 make the list.
And yes, we are hearing “global warming is a hoax”:
(hat tip: Why Evolution is True)
There is a type of shrimp that has eyes with more color receptors (12) than human eyes have (3). But:
It’s tempting to think that with 12 color receptors, mantis shrimp see a rainbow humans can’t even conceive. But Marshall and his colleagues found the opposite. They trained mantis shrimp to associate certain wavelengths of light with food. As the wavelength of light defines its color, this meant that the shrimp saw certain colors as harbingers of treats.
They then showed the shrimp two colored-lights and let them choose the one that would get them treats by grabbing or tapping at it with their claws. By altering the wavelength of the lights, the researchers could figure out how good the shrimp were at telling one hue from another.
As it turned out, the shrimp could differentiate wavelengths that were about 25 nanometers apart, essentially the difference that separates orange and yellow. In comparison, humans can discriminate shades that are as little as 1 nanometer to 4 nanometers apart.
“They’re definitely not seeing the world of color in as much detail as other animals,” Marshall said of the shrimp.
So why keep the 12-receptor system? Marshall and his colleagues aren’t sure how it works yet, but they suspect the shrimps process color very quickly by setting up patterns of receptor excitation that correspond to certain colors. Imagine, for example, that every receptor is an empty bucket. If a couple of buckets on one end of the spectrum appear full, the shrimp knows it’s seeing red. On the other end of the spectrum, the buckets represent blue.
In other words, mantis shrimp might not so much process colors in the brain as recognize them in the eye, a technique that could help the animals quickly pick out colors in their brilliant reef environment.
Note: some internet memes get this wrong. Surprised?
Speaking of coloring: this blog post discusses an aspect of knot theory and, by mathematics standards, is very readable. So if you want a glimpse of what I think about from time to time, surf there.
Now on the opposite end of the intellectual scale
The Republicans had a governor candidates debate last night; it was 90 minutes and I saw about 65 minutes of it.
The line up: treasurer (Rutherford) (won his race when Gov. Quinn got reelected), political novice BUT A BUSINESSMAN (Rauner) (and the leader in the polls ..), the state senator that Gov. Quinn beat last time (Brady, a creationist) and another double chinned state lawmaker (Dillard).
From my point of view, this was the quote of the day:
In one of the few barbs during the debate, Rutherford pledged he wouldn’t have need “training wheels” to start running the state — a veiled shot at Rauner, who has never run for political office.
“I’m a reasonable Republican. I’m not a Republican with a horn and a tail,” Rutherford said.
But Rauner didn’t back down, proudly portraying himself as a government outsider.
“I’m the only one who hasn’t been in Springfield for decades,” he said.
Since Rutherford stressed his reasonableness and openly said that diversity (racial, religious and cultural) is a good thing, and stressed that knowing what one is doing is a good thing, he has no chance in the GOP primary.
Most of the debate: “Chicago sucks, marijuana is bad, we need more educational funding but lower taxes”, etc.
Before too long, this race might devolve into “which candidate will execute more witches”.
If that remark seems too snarky, you might be underestimating how dumb the Republicans in Illinois are.
Susanne Atanus, one of two Republicans taking aim at U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s seat representing Illinois’ 9th congressional district covering Chicago’s Far North Side and the North Shore suburbs, spoke out about the incumbent’s liberal reputation during an interview with the Daily Herald this week.
“I am not in favor of abortions, I am not in favor of gay rights,” Atanus, who has staged two previous unsuccessful runs for Congress, said during a videotaped portion of the interview, before going into more detail with the paper.
“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she added, blaming natural disasters like tornadoes and diseases including autism and dementia on recent advances in the LGBT movement. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”
David Earl Williams III, Atanus’ primary opponent, can be seen smirking through much of Atanus’ statements in the Herald video and said he was offended by her comments, though he also does not support marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Yes, these remarks have drawn rebukes from some Republican leaders, but they are not that far off what many of the GOP primary voters believe.
This is the Ryan-Romney campaign staff photo.
Good lord…if I went to one of their rallies they’d probably call INS on me.
Yoga (crowded class; saw Lynn and T was wearing her usual tight spandex…)
Then 32 minute warm up jog (3 miles), 9 goose loop laps (29:45; 9:37/10:13/9:55) .5 on, .22 off, then one hard .36, then 2 miles of jogging.
The day was pretty, I felt fine but I didn’t have that extra “umpf”; 13 seconds slower than last week.
Note: the weather has cooled off a bit. But my previous strategy of doing my slow running outside (in the heat) and my faster (ok, less glacial) running inside (treadmill/indoor track) wasn’t all crazy.
Class starts tomorrow; department meeting today.
What is more likely: Bronze Age people living in a planet in a galaxy that is like millions of other galaxies got it right (when they got almost nothing else right) or they were just making stuff up?
However, there are millions who think that the Bronze Age people got it right….one of them is Hike Huckabee:
Why is everybody so down on rape? This is what Mike Huckabee wanted to know today, on his radio program, which also featured Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin as a guest. For instance, did you know that Ethel Waters was conceived when her mother got raped? Do you know what a world without rape would look like? A world without Ethel Waters, that’s what.
This is what Mike Huckabee said today, as transcribed by the Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey, about the upside of being raped and then getting pregnant:
“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” Huckabee said of the late American gospel singer. One-time presidential candidate Huckabee added: “I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
Anyway, stop being so racist against rape-babies, everyone.
Yep….Hiroshima and Tokyo were nicely rebuilt after being a-bombed and firebombed respectively. This clown is just completely tone deaf.
I wonder if this represents a split in the Republican Party between the religious clowns that the “money first” types. Yes, I got a private message from one of the religious types saying that I am misreading things. I don’t think that I am; I really don’t think that religious conservatism has a long term future in the industrialized world. My guess is that in 1-2 more generations, religion will be as dead here as it is in Western Europe. We’ll still have conservatives but they won’t be religious ones.
Note: I disagree with this article slightly. Yes, more Republicans are creationists, but many Democrats embrace woo and new-age nonsense. The difference, as I see it, is scope. We might have someone like Senator Tom Harkin trying to get “alternative medicine” (aka “quackery”) into the health care bills. But that doesn’t compare, in scope, to the scores of creationists in Congress, state legislatures and school boards who are trying to ruin science and science education.
Note: ironically, I don’t see religion as being a left/right thing. Many in the Democratic coalition are religious (example: African Americans). This has an interesting effect on President Obama’s reelection strategy and it is NOT the obvious one.
My take: if Rick Santorum can get his people to the polls (church goers, households making 100K or less per year, downstate voters), he might beat his poll numbers again and win Illinois. In any event, he should clean up on delegates downstate.
The local downticket elections are boring, at least on the Democratic side, though the Illinois Supreme Court (Cook County) has an interesting race and some Illinois Congressional primary races might be competitive.
There is an IL-17 race, but Cheri Bustos has the backing of the party heavyweights and should win easily.
Yesterday I ran 6 miles; 4 with Matt and then I had to retreat a bit; I finished 6 miles on the Rock Island Trail in 57:50. The last two miles were roughly in the 10 mpm range. That got me out of breath.
Today: weights and 2200 swimming; the swim was 500 of fist/free, 500 of back/free, 500 of drill/free (3g, then 5g), 5 x 100 (25 fly, 75 free) on the 2:10 (mostly 1:54-55, with last in 1:50), 200 in 3:36.
Weights: C1: pulley rotator cuff, Hammer Rows (12 x 180, 10 x 230, 7 x 250), curls (3 sets of 10 x 30 lb. dumbbell), pull downs (3 sets of 10 x 160)
C2: sit ups and bench: 10 x 135, 9 x 165, 4 x 175, 4 x 175
C3: sit ups and incline: 2 sets of 8 x 135
C4: sit ups, (get to 8 x 20), dumbbell rotator cuff, 4 x 10 pull ups
C5: dumbbell rotator cuff, 2 x 15 x 45 lb. military dumbbell, 10 x 35 exercise ball dumbbell military.
Trail notes from yesterday: a woman clad in shiny spandex tights (spray painted on) bent over to clean up after her dog; it looked like two black shiny sand dunes staring at me. Pity I didn’t have a camera.
Republicans: not especially enthusiastic about Mitt Romney.
Ann Coulter: refers to people like Sarah Palin as “charlatans”. Pot, meet Kettle.
Illinois: Santorum vs. Romney. Nate Silver has an excellent article about how Illinois is divided politically and socially. It is basically Chicago vs. “everything else”; the “everything else” may as well be a southern state….sort of. Overall, it isn’t as religious as the deep south.
Republicans: lying their asses off about the new CBO report; it is the old “apples to oranges” comparison.
Science Antibiotic bacteria are evolving rapidly; we may well have to re-fight all of the old anti-infection wars. That is: medicine may well be going backwards. There are many reasons for this.
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