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The owner of this water tower, which stands south of Highway 40 off of East 50 Road near Big Springs

Ha! Making fun of people whose homes aren't as nice as yours is great!
You guys are hilarious!!!

October 26, 2011 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Occupy Wall Street vs. the tea party

"....., significant numbers of those in each camp are against the corporate bailouts. "

Good point.

And I'm not sure if you meant me as the 'previous post', but, if so, I wasn't trying to say that the two movement had nothing in common, but that an attempt to disparage one group by comparing to the other is intellectually dishonest, and a dodge of the issues at hand. I shouldn't have said "the similarity ends there" since, as you pointed out, it doesn't.

October 13, 2011 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Occupy Wall Street vs. the tea party

Funny, I haven't heard any of those "demands posted in OWS name" that Will mentions from the OWS people, and I have a lot of people each posting 20 + items a day about the movement on my social media feeds, including some in New York. Forgive me if I don't trust you, Mr. Will, to tell me what their goals are in an unbiased way. I'll get it from the source, thank you. Everything I've read from them about the goals of the movement seems to suggest that their only main goal is to start a dialogue in our society about the issues of corporate involvement in government.

The hilarious overreactions to a little civil disobediance by Will, the talking heads (on both sides), and screeching commenters above only prove that it's working. They should all be very proud, because their screaming and whining has given the OWS movement more credibility than it ever could have gathered on it's own.

The Tea Party and OWS both exist because in this country we are allowed to assemble and voice our grievances if we are not happy about something. Period. I think it's awesome that we live in a country where both positions can exist and have a public presence, but the similarity ends there, and any further comparison is asanine, and is an obvious attempt at obfuscation. If someone wants to denigrate OWS because they're not 'grassroots' enough, well, that's a convenient way to keep from talking about the issues, isn't it?

Also, it seems a little ironic for the modern tea partiers to whine about the civil disobediance associated with this movement. What, exactly, was the Tea Party (the original)? Didn't it show us that a little civil disobediance can go a long way? Seems a little hypocritical to me.

October 13, 2011 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Speedy neutrino upsets scientific absolutes

An interesting this about the speed of light, is that it is an asymptotic limit. As such, it can be approached from below, or above. We have just never seen an example of approach from above until now, and this would seem to have little effect on concept of mass as a fixed entity. Of course, I make no claim to know more than any CERN worker. I'm sure they have read all their physics books, too!

And you're correct, though, that this could be a huge game-changer at some point. I really hope that it is. My main point was that speculating on what huge changes MIGHT happen because of this is an exercise in speculation only, at this point, and does not serve as an indictment of the scientific process. I look forward to the new era of knowledge that we are entering.

October 8, 2011 at 5:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Speedy neutrino upsets scientific absolutes

As a premise, the scientific process assumes that man's knowledge is incomplete and flawed, or else it would stop. After all, why bother asking questions if you already think you know everything.

The fact that the scientists immediately requested to have their results replicated is not shocking either, nor does it demonstrate that the scientists thought "this can't be possible". This is how science works. A result is replicated and reviewed by critical peers.

Finally, the reason this didn't make headline news is that it really isn't a big deal. It is not a huge upset in the universe, it is simply new knowledge. It doesn't mean einstein and all science based on it was wrong. We don't need all new physics, just updated physics. A good analogy is how einstein and quantum mechanics really screwed with Newton's calculus. The weird things that happen on the quantum scale don't prove Newton was wrong, just that his findings were incomplete, and nonabsolute. It's times like this, when findings like this are made, that the weakminded screech about how this represents some flaw in the scientific process, as a longheld "truth" is overturned, but it's actually moments like this that show us how awesome the scientific process works as a self-correcting mechanism of objective knowledge. Awesome to see in action, and we all benefit.-

October 8, 2011 at 4:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

FBI: Search for KC baby leads to Shawnee landfill

I believe an earlier story said that one of the phones taken was not working, or was an old phone.

October 7, 2011 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leawood man sues Facebook over privacy issues

"The only safe way to conduct business is in person."

Because no one was ever scammed, cheated, swindled or robbed in the pre-internet world during a personal business transaction? No one has ever had their credit card # lifted by a server? Door to door salesmen are completely honest, and their products are worth every penny?

I never knew!!

October 7, 2011 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leawood man sues Facebook over privacy issues

"The only safe way to conduct business is in person."

Because no one was ever scammed, cheated, swindled or robbed in the pre-internet world during a personal business transaction? No one has ever had their credit card # lifted by a server? Door to door salesmen are completely honest, and their products are worth every penny?

I never knew!!

October 7, 2011 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mom of missing tot says she took lie detector test

Agreed, lots of fishy things about the case, but that's why I'm not commenting about the case here, just the polygraphs.

About the baseline, you are correct, the polygraph will successfully detect any response that differs a lot from the baseline. That's why the trick is to have your body give a 'lie' (stressed) response during the control question (2 + 2 = 4), then that goes down as your baseline and the rest of your answers will be meaningless. You can screw up the baseline by flexing one particular muscle as you answer the baseline question. This action causes the contraction of a large vein that spikes your blood pressure and pulse rate as you answer the question. Then, as you answer the first non-control question, you relax this muscle.

What is this wonderful muscle? Well, let's just say you can beat a polygraph by talking out of your a$$.

October 7, 2011 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mom of missing tot says she took lie detector test

I don't want to be president, as I'm not Cthulhu.

Please feel free to research the polygraph for yourself, and let me know if I've made any mistakes. I can tell you how to beat it, if you want.

October 7, 2011 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )