"... Do not let those things which may not in the present be understood weary thy soul, but know that sometime, somewhere, you, too, will understand. Keep the faith." -- Edgar Cayce, Association for Research and Enlightenment
"... massive stars are actually brightest in ultraviolet light, and they have a dominant influence on galaxies. They explode as supernovae, the most dramatic explosions in the universe, leaving behind exotic neutron stars and black holes.... Math and science capability is crucial to making our nation strong in so many ways -- from the military to health care, plus the sciences offer a lot of fulfilling and well-paying career options."
-- Dr. Richard Ignace, ETSU Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study stellar winds and supernova explosions, and conversationally-fluent frequenter of parties past given by John Steele, regionally well-known artist and past Chair of the ETSU Art Department
"[It's] a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.... The show continues to thrill audiences around the world, and with no evidence of its popularity waning, Chicago will certainly continue to slay 'em."
-- opening lines for Chicago The Musical, a drama choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse (All That Jazz) and based on a 1926 true story written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, quoted in The Loafer, 9/2/08
"... The research, performed in a lab at JPL in Pasadena, Calif., tested a system of lasers that would fly aboard the proposed space mission called Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA. The mission's goal is to detect the subtle, whisper-like signals of gravitational waves, which have yet to be directly observed. This is no easy task, and many challenges lie ahead.
The new JPL tests hit one significant milestone, demonstrating for the first time that noise, or random fluctuations, in LISA's laser beams can be hushed enough to hear the sweet sounds of the elusive waves.
'In order to detect gravitational waves, we have to make extremely precise measurements," said Bill Klipstein, a physicist at JPL. "Our lasers are much noisier than what we want to measure, so we have to remove that noise carefully to get a clear signal; it's a little like listening for a feather to drop in the middle of a heavy rainstorm.' Klipstein is a co-author of a paper about the lab tests that appeared in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.
The JPL team is one of many groups working on LISA, a joint European Space Agency and NASA mission proposal, which, if selected, would launch in 2020 or later. In August of this year, LISA was given a high recommendation by the 2010 U.S. National Research Council decadal report on astronomy and astrophysics.
One of LISA's primary goals is to detect gravitational waves directly. Studies of these cosmic waves began in earnest decades ago when, in 1974, researchers discovered a pair of orbiting dead stars -- a type called pulsars -- that were spiraling closer and closer together due to an unexplainable loss of energy. That energy was later shown to be in the form of gravitational waves. This was the first indirect proof of the waves, and ultimately earned the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics.
LISA is expected to not only 'hear' the waves, but also learn more about their sources -- massive objects such as black holes and dead stars, which sing the waves like melodies out to the universe as the objects accelerate through space and time. The mission would be able to detect gravitational waves from massive objects in our Milky Way galaxy as well as distant galaxies, allowing scientists to tune into an entirely new language of our universe...."
"Beyond this point there be dragons."
[But you musn't be afraid of them, if you're to keep universal learning and exploring experiences moving on for the sake of nation, planet, universe, civilization, arts, sciences and humanity.]
-- sign on ancient maps of the known world showing it as flat and warning travelers to keep away from the edges lest they fall off of it
"... The International Space Station has been continuously occupied since 2001, and since 1999 there have been an incredible 231 human visits involving more than 150 spacefliers. It has been a temporary home for people from more than 20 countries. Seventeen two-person Expedition crews have continuously kept the ISS running and expanding.... In three-month intervals, an unmanned [Russian] Progress spaceship filled with food, fuel and equipments lifts off from Baikonur Cosmodrome and two days later docks with the ISS...."
-- The Loafer, 9/2/08
"... Then I looked, and I heard a single eagle crying loudly as it flew through the air, 'Terror, terror, terror to all who belong to this world..."
-- SaintJohn [Revelations 8:13(NLT)]
"We are Legion./
We do not forgive./
We do not forget./
Expect us." -- Anonymous
"...Domestic terrorism is defined by the U.S. Patriot Act as a dangerous action that is intended to intimidate or coerce a 'civilian population,' influence government policy by intimidation or affect a government's actions by 'mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.' Terrorism can be the work of one isolated individual, or a larger network of criminals...." -- Yahoo New August 2012
"What holds the earth up?" a son asked his father.
"It rests on the back of a turtle," Dad said.
The boy thought for a minute. "And what does that turtle rest on?"
His Dad answered, "The back of another turtle, of course."
Stymied conceptually, the boy queried again, "And what does that turtle rest on?"
"The back of another turtle," his Dad replied. "There's no getting around it, son. It's just turtles all the way down."
"There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god."
"I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected--even children in the third and fourth generations."
"This is what the LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Change the way you live and act, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust the words of this saying, 'This is the LORD's temple, the LORD's temple, the LORD's temple!' It's a lie. 'Suppose you really change the way you live and act and you really treat each other fairly. Suppose you do not oppress foreigners, orphans, and widows, or kill anyone in this place. And suppose you do not follow other gods that lead you to your own destruction. Then I will let you live in this place, in the land that I gave permanently to your ancestors long ago.
'You are trusting the words of a saying. It's a lie that cannot help you. You steal, murder, commit adultery, lie when you take oaths, burn incense as an offering to Baal, and run after other gods that you do not know. Then you stand in my presence in the house that is called by my name. You think that you're safe to do all these disgusting things. The house that is called by my name has become a gathering place for thieves.... 'I have seen what you are doing,' declares the LORD. 'They aren't really provoking me,' declares the LORD. 'But they are [harming] themselves to their own shame. This is what the Almighty LORD says: My anger and fury will be poured out on this place, on humans and animals, and on trees and crops. My anger and fury will burn and not be put out.... But I did tell them this, 'Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Live the way I told you to live so that things will go well for you.' But they didn't obey me or pay attention to me. They followed their own plans and their stubborn, evil ways. They went backward and not forward."
"--Jeremiah 7: 3-11, 19, 23-24(GWT)
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
--Thessalonians 5:21 (King James Version)
"... In the pride of your heart
you say, 'I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas.'
But you are a man and not a god,
though you think you are as wise as a god.
Are you wiser than Daniela?
Is no secret hidden from you?
By your wisdom and understanding
you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
in your treasuries.
By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud.
'Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
'Because you think you are wise,
as wise as a god,
I am going to bring foreigners against you,
the most ruthless of nations;
they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
and pierce your shining splendor.
They will bring you down to the pit,
and you will die a violent death
in the heart of the seas.
Will you then say, 'I am a god,'
in the presence of those who kill you?
You will be but a man, not a god,
in the hands of those who slay you.
You will die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners...."
"That no person shall be deprived of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law impairing the obligation of contracts, nor any law whereby private property shall be taken or damaged for public uses, without just compensation, the term "public uses" to be defined by the General Assembly; and that the right to be free from any governmental discrimination upon the basis of religious conviction, race, color, sex, or national origin shall not be abridged, except that the mere separation of the sexes shall not be considered discrimination...." -- Constitution of Virginia (revised 7/1/1971), Article 1, Section 11
"There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; because the very definition of a republic is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.'... [and, just prior to death] My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind." -- John Adams, second President of the United States of America
"'A government of laws and not of men.' ... Adams published articles in 1774 in the Boston, Massachusetts, Gazette using the pseudonym “Novanglus.” In this paper he credited James Harrington with expressing the idea this way. Harrington described government as “the empire of laws and not of men” in his 1656 work, The Commonwealth of Oceana, p. 35 (1771). The phrase gained wider currency when Adams used it in the Massachusetts Constitution, Bill of Rights, article 30 (1780).—Works, vol. 4, p. 230." -- Bartleby
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws...." -- Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment XIV, Section 1
"... Psychopathy... is a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct, masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.... researcher Robert Hare, whose Hare Psychopathy Checklist is widely used, describes psychopaths as 'intraspecies predators' as does R.I. Simon. Elsewhere Hare and others write that psychopaths 'use charisma, manipulation, intimidation, sexual intercourse and violence' to control others and to satisfy their own needs. Hare states that: 'Lacking in conscience and empathy, they take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without guilt or remorse'. He previously stated that: 'What is missing, in other words, are the very qualities that allow a human being to live in social harmony'... The prototypical psychopath has deficits or deviances in several areas: interpersonal relationships, emotion, and self-control. Psychopaths gain satisfaction through antisocial behavior, and do not experience shame, guilt, or remorse for their actions. Psychopaths lack a sense of guilt or remorse for any harm they may have caused others, instead rationalizing the behavior, blaming someone else, or denying it outright. Psychopaths also lack empathy towards others in general, resulting in tactlessness, insensitivity, and contemptuousness. All of this belies their tendency to make a good, likable first impression. Psychopaths have a superficial charm about them, enabled by a willingness to say anything without concern for accuracy or truth. Shallow affect also describes the psychopath's tendency for genuine emotion to be short lived and egocentric with an overall cold demeanor...." -- Wikipedia/Psychopathy
"Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD or APD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as '...a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.'... People having antisocial personality disorder are sometimes referred to as 'sociopaths' and 'psychopaths'...." -- Wikipedia/Sociopath
"This is what the Lord says to Jerusalem:
'I will be your lawyer to plead your case,
and I will avenge you.'"
-- Jeremiah 51:36 (NLT)
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
"Republicans don't challenge ideology. They stomp on your head (when they can gang up on you and if you're a petite woman---otherwise they retreat to their blogs and assassinate your character)." -- Dr. Jonathan Farley
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for the salvation of everyone who believes, of the Jew first and of the Greek as well. For in the gospel God's righteousness is being revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, 'The righteous will live by faith.'
For God's wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God himself has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been understood and observed by what he made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him. Instead, their thoughts turned to worthless things, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Though claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that looked like mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
For this reason, God delivered them to sexual impurity as they followed the lusts of their hearts and dishonored their bodies with one another. They exchanged God's truth for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen." -- (Saint Paul) Romans 1:16-25,ISV
"...In a world of crushing bureaucratic failure, it’s refreshing to see a grassroots organization of individuals standing on principle and outwitting both multi-billion dollar organizations and sovereign governments."--Alex Moore in Operation Payback Back on Twitter Under New Handle
“As a nation we’re founded on the belief that all of us are equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness; to make the most of our talents; to speak our minds; to not fit in; most of all, to be true to ourselves. That’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about. And every day, it gets better.”--President Barack Hussein Obama, The White House, 10/23/10
"For you shall go out in joy/ and be led back in peace./ the mountains and hills before you/ shall burst into song./ and all the trees of the field shall/ clap their hands."
-- Isaiah 55:12
"May you feel welcome in this place of healing.
May God grant you peace, rest and renewal while we care to your needs.
May the medical condition that brought you our way be attended with compassion and competence.
May your stay with us be healing for you and comforting to those who know and love you. Amen.
We respect all faith traditions and seek to meet your needs.Our chaplains are here: to listen to care to support"--
Mountain States Health Alliance bookmark prayer
"Five-year-old Kierran was happy to see the Power Board trucks pulling up to his house Wednesday evening, after he and his family had been living without electricity since Monday morning. "I do not want to sleep in the dark,' said Kiernan, hiding behind his brother. 'I always think an alien is going to come out and bite my head off.'" -- Chelsea Farnum,Johnson City TNPress,10/28/10
"Today marks a global milestone—10 years of human presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to the 10-year achievement, last week saw the ISS become the longest continuously inhabited spacecraft by exceeding the Mir space station’s record of 3,644 days. Mir was deorbited in March 2001.
With this milestone under their (asteroid) belts, NASA and its international partners are looking ahead to the next 10 years.
Under President Obama’s plan for NASA and the recent passage of the NASA Authorization bill, the ISS—which had been due to be scuttled halfway through the next decade—is now set to serve as an orbiting workspace and gravity-free domicile until at least 2020...." --White House Science and Technology blog, 11/2/10
"Tennessee ranks as the second-best state in terms of providing a good business climate for corporate moves, according to Site Selection magazine, a publication read closely by company executives considering expansions.
Only North Carolina was ahead of Tennessee in the 2010 rankings of states based on their attractiveness for corporate investment and job creation, the magazine says in its November issue.
The state's 2010 ranking was up three spots from last year's, when Tennessee was in fifth place among all the states.
It's the sixth time in the past eight years the state has finished among the top five for its business-friendly attributes..."--TheTennessean,11/2/10
conservative:"1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
4. ( often initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
5. ( initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
6. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative.
7. Mathematics . (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar....."( dictiononary.com)
liberal:"1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. ( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation
11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman..." ( dictionary.com)
"... With an estimated crowd of 4,000, organizers of Survive Johnson City, the name given to the elaborate game of zombie tag, were pleased with a successful event that brought many people to the streets of downtown Johnson City last week.
While Johnson City may have beaten the world record held in the United Kingdom, organizers say they weren’t prepared for the number of people who showed up for the event. The game started at 8 p.m., and within minutes zombies and humans alike spread throughout downtown Johnson City like wildfire...." --
Johnson City[TN] Press, 4/4/11
Life ain't a dress rehearsal.It's The Show." -- unttributed
"Beat that, Jay Leno." --Vince Gill and fellow musicians mutually concluding Nashville Flood Relief Concert with his choral "Go Rest High on that Mountain"