Here are a few of the more interesting stories that have come across GrumbleButt’s news desk this week.
Baltic Sea Mystery
Shipwreck hunters on the Baltic Sea have found something very interesting. They just don’t know what it is. The leader of the Swedish treasure hunting team, Peter Lindberg, said, “”I have been doing this for nearly 20 years so I have a seen a few objects on the bottom, but nothing like this.”
Using side-scan sonar, the team found a 60-meter diameter cylinder-shaped object, with a rigid tail 400 meters long. The imaging technique involves pulling a sonar “towfish” — that essentially looks sideways underwater – behind a boat, where it creates sound echoes to map the sea floor below. On another pass over the object, the sonar showed a second disc-like shape 200 meters away. Lindberg’s team believe they are too big to have fallen off a ship or be part of a wreck, but it’s anyone’s guess what could be down there. “We’ve heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas’s spaceship — the Millennium Falcon — to ‘it’s some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something. But we won’t know until we have been down there,” said Lindberg. The team plans to return in May for a closer examination of the object.
A Match.Com survey has found that although self-described conservative Republicans have far less sex than the average American, they report having reached climax nearly every time they do. The survey was anonymous, which led the surveyors to question why they would lie about it. It leads me to ask why WOULDN’T they lie about it. Could it be that the GOP Reality Distortion Field extends to the bedroom as well? I’m also left to wonder if their partners report the same incidence of orgasm. Is this a one-sided phenomena? I’m also wondering if their partners are actually their spouses. The survey also found that men are the one’s who really want to settle down and have a family more than women, that bad sex is a deal-breaker for most women, and that gay men are the true romantics. Yeah…I’m not to sure about the accuracy of this survey.
Anonymous is at it again. This time they have hacked into the web sites of neo-Nazis and found some interesting information. It seems that Ron Paul, who has been forced to deny being a racist despite his incredibly racially offensive newsletters on the 1990s, has some strong connections to white supremacists and the neo-Nazi movement. The web sites are owned by Jamie Kelso, a former John Birch Society member, assistant to David Duke and moderator for the white supremacist website, Stormfront.
“Anonymous” claims to have recovered emails from Kelso that prove that Ron Paul has regularly met with members of Jamie Kelso’s neo-Nazi political party American Third Position and even was on several conference calls with their board of directors. Here is a statement from “Anonymous” from one of the neo-Nazi websites they shut down: “In addition to finding the usual racist rants and interactions with other white power groups, we also found a disturbingly high amount of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul. According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors. Ron Paul’s racist politics and affiliations are already well known, being viciously anti-immigrant, anti-abortion and against gay marriage — not to mention having authored the racist “Ron Paul Papers” and receiving financial support from other white power groups (pictured with Don Black from stormfront.org). Hard to believe Ron Paul draws some support from the left and the occupation movements, especially now that it is confirmed Ron Paul hangs out with straight up racist hate groups. We put extra effort in ruining the life of A3P webmaster Jamie Kelso. On top of being on the board of directors of A3P, former $cientologist, and high ranking Ron Paul organizer, he also is the account owner of German Nazi forums and store nsl-forum.org, rhs-versand.com.” Jamie Kelso, a notorious white supremacist has bragged about being a Ron Paul organizer and has several pictures from Ron Paul events posted on his website “White News Now.” With friends like these…
No-Fly Double Down
A U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says the government’s list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to and within the U.S. has doubled in the past year. The no-fly list has swelled from 10,000 to 21,000 names over the past year. The official says much of the increase is due to changes President Barack Obama called for after an attempted terror attack on Christmas 2009. The official says that at the time, a person had to be considered a threat to aviation to be placed on the list. But now a person can be on the list if he or she is also considered a threat to domestic or international security or has attended a terror training camp. I suspect you can get yourself on the No-Fly list just for pissing off the right people…that’s how Ted Kennedy found himself unable to fly shortly before he took ill. Do you feel safe? Do you feel free?
Brain Wave Surfing
Researchers have figured out how to look at a person’s brain waves and determine exactly what they are listening to. “This is huge for patients who have damage to their speech mechanisms because of a stroke or Lou Gehrig’s disease and can’t speak,” UC Berkeley professor and study co-author Robert Knight said in prepared remarks. “If you could eventually reconstruct imagined conversations from brain activity, thousands of people could benefit.” The study, conducted by researchers at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco, University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University, was published in the Jan. 31 edition of the journal PLoS Biology. It’s a brave, new world…
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