Thursday, April 30, 2009

Was this the worst?

What, we didn't boil anybody?
The deaths at Bagram AFB.
What about murders in NYC?

Abdul Wahed died in the American special forces bases at Gereshk in southern Afghanistan in November 2003. etc.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Upper Utopia

Independent Lens

Sen Jeremiah Denton

True Believer.
"We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America."
Proud having served in Vietnam,
and (proud?) supporter of the contras.
David Belavia, deja vu.
There is a way that seems right to a man

Saturday, April 25, 2009

No room for the hopeless sinner

Who would hurt mankind, just to save his own

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quang Tri, Vietnam

A superfund site. Or should be.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

46th mersenne prime number

has 13-million digits, the article says.
Does it?
The "46th" mersenne prime number is (2**43,112,609)-1

1 + log base 10 of a number is the number of digits in a number:
log base 10 of 10 is 1; of 100 is 2; of 1000 is 3.

log base 10 of 2 is 0.301029996, from google

(2 ** 43,112,609) = (10 ** .301029996 ** 43,112,609)

(.30103 * 43,112,609) = (12,978,188)

12,978,189 digits is less than 13 million.

The approximation of 2**10 = 1,000
is useful for estimating powers of 2.

For example, (2**60) = (2**10**6) = (1,000**6)
1,000**6 is six commas or a quintillion.

Applying that approximation to this question,
2**43,112,609 has 4,311,260 commas or 12,933,782 digits

The sick man of europe

For some reason, these new birds did not seem as interested in William's bird seed.
When an empire collapses, the squabbles start.

Torture 1967

Tossing the highest ranking VC out of a helicopter served
to loosen the tongue of the rest of the detainees.
As in Winter Soldier, but with purpose.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Precious

Invisibility. State secrets. My Precious.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Pick up your cross

and follow Me.
How far? I mean, I thought he died for us? No?
Not exactly

The Blind

leading the blind. So far so good.