Environmentally Friendly BOMB!

To make safer, more environmentally friendly explosives, scientists in Germany turned to a recently explored class of materials called tetrazoles. These derive most of their explosive energy from nitrogen instead of carbon as TNT and others do… (source)

Here is a video of an experiment of this new “Environmentally Friendly BOMB”.

Lets say that again – “Environmentally Friendly” + “BOMB”

This could well be the oxymoron of the year.

I wonder what drove this group of scientists to develop this kinda bomb, but it did give me a good laugh when I read about the article. Who in the right mind considers the environment, when he/she decides to bomb and destroy people/home/country? I just cannot see how does destruction of people/home/country somehow equate to Environmentally Friendliiness.

Try imagining environmentalist protesting against the use of traditional bombs in the event that this Environmentally Friendly Bomb is commercialized and coutries go to war. This could well happen some day in the future!

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Amatuer Golf Part 2

Oscar Pistorius – The Fastest Man on No LEGS!

I blogged about Porter Ellett, the one arm basketball player not too long ago. And here is another extraordinary story of a man living his dreams despite disability.

Known as the “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs”, Oscar Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs

Oscar’s dream is to compete in the Beijing Olympics 400m race. After being ruled out of the competition, on the grounds that his “legs” are deviced to give an advantage over other atheletes, this decision was overturned.

And as the famous saying goes,

You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.

This will definitely be an event to look out for in the Beijing Olympics this year. My best wishes to you, and Fight On Man!

Re-visiting Forest Gump

The classic – “Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you gonna get!”

Even though I have watched this movie a few times, I cant help but to watch it again on TV today. There is something very captivating of this movie. The story of a “mentally disabled” man – how he perceived the world, see-ing the world through his own lens, and how he live his extraordinary life.

Maybe his “dumbness” gave him his undying honesty & integrity. Like the way he gave Baba’s family his share of the fortune he made – Unbelievable!

Maybe his “dumb obedience” gave him his capacity to love others. Like the way he accepts (disabled) Lt. Dan’s innitial ungrateful treatment, but ended up inspiring him to live a great life despite his disability. Like the way he accepts Jenny’s “screwed up” life, and even started a family with her, living a decent family life towards the end.

Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.

That was the last part of the movie. Very sad part indeed. But it did make me think a little. Is life like a box of chocolates? Do I just eat it, and most importantly enjoy it, no matter what chocolate I get? Or is there a destiny? And what is it?

There is a seemingly mass-systematic imprintment of people’s lives today, mostly in the middle class. I have discussed this with my friends numerous times. What are we going to do about it?

Should I learn to enjoy my chocolates that i have, or is my little box of chocolate blocking my sight from “my destiny” – the bigger better bacon-chocolate-cheese elsewhere?

The perennial dilemma, which hopefully does make life more interesting!

What is Superdelegates!

With regards to the US Elections, some of the common questions are:

“You mean The US Primary Election is still going on? What is taking them so long?”

“Superdelegates? What is that?” There is a cartoon here which explains:

Are we like this?

comic taken from http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php 

 

Elizaberth Warren – The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

This is a pretty long video. But it did give me a perspective on whats going on to the American Society today. A video that I would recommend to spend an hour of your time watching.

The lecture compares two families – Parents with 2 kids in the 1970s vs Parents with 2 kids in the 2000s.

In the 1970s, most families have only one working parent, but now most families have 2 working parents. Hence, household income increased from ~$40K to ~$65K (all numbers are inflation adjusted). Common sense would tell us that today’s family will be wealthier than the same family a generation ago – more savings, no debt. But, contrary to common sense, this is not the case. The average household in America today is actually spending more than they are earning. – no savings, loads of debt!

I was not surprised when I heard the above from her, as people today are consuming so much more on goods and services than a generation ago – Zara shirts, Levis Jeans, LV Bags, Nike shoes, Classy Restaurants, Organic Food, iPhone, Movies, Wii, etc. But what really shocked me is this:

We are now actually spending less (inflation adjusted money) in clothing, food & appliances compared to the 1970s. Below are some statistics provided in her presentation:

  • Clothing – 32% less
  • Food – 18% less
  • Appliances – 52% less
  • Car – 24% less

So where did all the extra income go?

  • Housing Mortgage – 76% more
  • Health Insurance – 74% more
  • Cars- 52% more
  • Taxes – 25% more

Elizaberth concludes that, the median family today is actually spending less on the “luxurious stuff” than a generation ago. And the Middle Class today is in debt today, largely due to spending more on the “necessity stuffs” like Home, Car, Health Insurance, etc.

So, with a weakened (or collapsing) Middle Class, what are the implications?

  • Less support from the Middle Class to the Low Class Earners
  • Possible shift from Big Bulk Middle Class America to a 2 Class society
  • Threatens the stability of American Society 

I would also like to add that, in todays 2 household income families, where both parents are working, parents spend less time with the family. And this could lead to social problems like Juvenile delinquency.

So, if you are a median income earner, would you rather live in the 1970s era or the 2000s era? 

And if we are politicians today, how do we fix this?