In the coming months, this blog-site will present novel and unconventional editorial views, and continued historical meanderings of Editor George Brown. Contributions will also be welcomed from all other seekers of truth,--in this world, and any others. Some levels of alternative health information will be offered to to readers; along with photos, poems, puzzles, found to be spiritually beneficial. WELCOME TO ALL; WE COME IN PEACE. GB

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Gasoline prices, Petroleum Refinery Stocks, and real estate options in flooded out nabes in Mississippi, and Louisiana are bullish right now!

Naturally, low-cost gasoline futures are also selling well-- as any of economics teacher would present,-- in the classical “selling-short” paradigm.

Of course, some exotic personalities vilify this kind of thing,-- as a kharmically spooky way to make money.

But it also appears that some kharmically gray monarchs, from Autocratic Sand Dunes, are “donating” reduced priced crude to America,--allegedly to benefit U.S. market integrity. Some other arcane personality types, and some of the same ones, tell us that these actions are thoughtful and humanitarian.

But then why are our domestic gas station prices are still climbing; and why are these rhetorically glib Kings, Emirs, and Sultans, still talking progressive national advancement, while more American “consultants” than qualified locals continue punching time-clocks in their countries?

But of course this is where this debate generally ends. Time for dessert! This is 2005! Nobody really cares about thoughtful anyway-- not to even mention HUMANITARIAN!

After all, don’t we all give money to typhoon, flood, and earthquake relief.

WARS, naturally-- and the fortunes of war-lords, are powered by the sale of petroleum. But isn’t it nice that coffee, and tomatoes, are reasonably priced again this week-- even though watermelon costs $3.50 a pound? Besides, politics is not just brutal in the World Financial Capitals.

Last week a twelve foot long Python, of very enterprising character, tried to eat a seventeen foot long Alligator, in the Miami Everglades.

Clearly thinking about a fantastic meal, possible Guiness book aclaim, and maybe a celebrity stint on Collins Avenue, this bullish snake got whacked. First the Python threw open his double jointed jaw, and gulped down as much of the big lizard as he could reach.

More survival-oriented than his rival, however, the unchewed Crocodilian, whose tail was still reported to be sticking out of his rival's mouth, bit and clawed his way out of the bantam-weight serpent's gut, --and thus ended this absurdly unequal bout.

All this was accomplished before the First Round bell,-- and well before digestion became a serious issue!

But on the other hand, our brave new universe is finally ushering a new level of academic participation in economically relevant technology.

According to October 10, 2005 Associated Press Internet news information, All rights reserved:

“ In PRIMM, Nevada,” - “Four robotic vehicles finished a Pentagon-sponsored race across the Mojave desert, and achieved a technological milestone by conquering steep drop-offs, obstacles, and tunnels, over a rugged 132-mile (212-kilometer) course-- without a single human command.”

“The vehicles, guided by sophisticated software, gave scientists hope that robots could one day wage battles without endangering soldiers.”


Stanford University's customized Volkswagen crossed the finish line first on Saturday.
Students cheered, hoisting Sebastian Thrun, their Professor, atop their shoulders. A converted red Hummer named Highlander and a Humvee called Sandstorm were the 2nd and 3rd h place entries, which were tech projects from Carnegie Mellon University.


The Stanford robot dubbed "Stanley," overtook the top-seeded H1ghlander at the 102-mile (164-kilometer) mark, although Carnegie Mellon robotics professor William "Red" Whittaker, dismissed this upset victory, claiming a mechanical glitch allowed Stanley to pass his racer.

The sentimental favorite, a Ford Escape Hybrid, designed by students in Metairie, Louisiana, was the fourth vehicle to finish Saturday. This team, it was reported, “lost about a week of practice, and some lost their homes, when Hurricane Katrina blew into the Gulf Coast.”

SO, it would appear that college science scholars are now heart-warmingly excited about getting real-life business incentives for their homework projects.

In conclusion, the AP feature reported, “The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, plans to award $2 million to the fastest vehicle to cover the race in less than 10 hours. The taxpayer-funded race was intended to spur development of robots that could be used on the battlefield without remote controls. According to the Pentagon, the so-called Grand Challenge race is part of its effort to cut the risk of casualties by fulfilling a congressional mandate to have a third of all military ground vehicles unmanned by 2015.”

Of course all this seems like such good news it’s hard to refrain from jumping on the furniture.

Somehow, though, SHAMAN is also thinking that Python was feeling the same way about eating his first really big Alligator.

e-SHAMAN, 10/10/05


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