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Friday, February 27, 2015

Net Neutrality Explained In One Minute!

Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003 as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier. For those who are linguistically impaired, here is a video explaination.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Parody: Remarks by the President to the National Governors Association | February 23, 2015


Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you.

Thank you so much..especially you democrats. It really is about me, isn’t it. Everybody, please get off your knees, have a seat and look up here. Welcome to my...I mean the White House once again.  The only thing more glamorous than a black-tie dinner with Hall and Oates is a Q&A with Osama Bin Laden.  (Laughter.) Why are you laughing. That wasn’t one of my jokes. Wait a minute, yes it was. Sorry, you can laugh. So we save the best for last.  I know you guys are excited. Um...I mean that in the gender neutral sense. Women, I know that you are just as excited as the men. We can all be excited together.

I want to thank everybody for being here, especially the three of you who came voluntarily. I’m going to be very brief….Just kidding. Whoops, for a second I almost forgot, words really do mean things. We all know that brief means not very long, right? Now as Joe said...by the way, he’s your vice-president. As president, I get to call him whatever I want….last year was a breakthrough year for the United States. It’s written right here, so it must be true.  Last year, the economy, without the aid of human intervention, created more than three million new jobs. We rounded up since Joe really likes the number three. Then we added a few zeros just for kicks. That’s the best job growth in any single year since the 1990s….the late 90’s. That was Hillary’s husband, right?   The same was true for manufacturing growth.  In fact….’cause I only deal in facts, people…..manufacturing jobs grew even faster than the overall economy. And they are great low wage jobs too. Heck, machines do most of the work now anyway.  But I promised you jobs and I delivered. After we fudged the numbers, we are now able to say that the deficit was cut by two-thirds. Tomorrow, different story. Energy production is at an all-time high. So is California and Colorado, by the way. But not because of oil. It’s all because of Solyndra…..What’s that? Solyndra is out of business?....Well, then it must be because of all them windmills. I prayed real hard and god answered by sending all kinds of tornados and freaky weather. The earth just can’t seem to decide whether it’s cooling or warming. All told, businesses have now created over 12 million jobs over the last five years. Um, that means I’ll have to amend my earlier statement when I said the economy created three million new jobs. C’mon folks, we know it wasn’t the Republicans. And the best news of all -- wages have started to go up. Yup, after I fired those secret service agents who were acting stupidly, I was able to give my staff a few extra dollars a year in their paychecks. It’s just the right thing to do.

So America is as well-positioned as we’ve been in a very long time. God did a great job when he allowed evolution to fix some of his mistakes, don’t you think? And the question is, what kind of choices do we now make together to make sure that that momentum is sustained. Everybody who thinks correctly feels the momentum. I have talked about it before but some of you watch too much Fox News to understand it. I want to emphasize again during our conversations, the belief that middle-class economics is what works -- I’m not just saying that because you make up the largest voting base either. -- the idea that not only do we want the country as a whole to prosper, but we want to make sure that every single person in this country has opportunity; that if they work hard, stop playing so much golf and stop eating fast food, they can get ahead. But not all of you ok. We want to keep some of those hamburger flippers employed. You never know when I might come to your town and need a fix. But that prosperity is broadly shared, especially when it’s spread around. I told you so.  And not only is everybody sharing in that prosperity, but everybody is contributing to that prosperity. Everybody is paying their fair share. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what that is. I can assure you, it’s more than you can afford. But hey, government is in debt just like you. We’re all in this together. We got to make sure that everybody has got a fair shot, that everybody does their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules. I’ll be talking to Putin about this in the weeks to come.  We’ve got to make sure that anybody out there, including those who happened to be undocumented, those who is scrimping, pimping and saving, and trying to figure out how to send their kids to college, and worrying about retirement, that they’ve got some sense of security and some sense that they can make it. Let me share my sense with you. As you can hear, I’ve got a lot of it. Damn, this would make a great campaign speech.

…….blah, blah, blah…….

So I’m in the fourth quarter of my presidency, or as some of you might call it -- the kickoff for your campaign season.  (Laughter.) Wow, you laughed so hard that I lost my place. Here’s what I think. I think there’s still a lot that we can get done together. I mean, look how far America has come in just six years under my dictat….I mean leadership. Look how much better off you are all. I think we can build an America that is creating more opportunities for hardworking folks. I would have been working on this for the past six years, but I had my own agenda. Now it’s your turn. I think we can make sure that the future for the next generation is even brighter than the one that we enjoyed…...That was a joke. How come nobody laughed?  Anyway, I look forward to making progress together at the federal and state levels or my middle name isn’t Barack Bipartisan Obama.

Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Discovery Lab Demos Telebot Prototype for Miami PD!

In two years, Miami might be home to the first on-duty robocops. FIU Discovery Lab engineers demonstrate the capabilities of their telebot prototype, designed to aid disabled police officers. Standing six feet tall and weighing about 80 pounds, TeleBot is equipped with a 360-degree camera that allows it to collect and transmit live data to the controller, or TeleOperator. This input is received through an Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset that gamers commonly use in their homes.
To learn more about TeleBot, visit discoverylab.cis.

Keanu Reeves gives up his seat on NYC Subway!

Keanu Reeves proves he's a gentleman by giving up his seat to a young lady during a subway ride. It appears as though she did not recognize him. Video footage captured several years ago during Matrix filming.

Valentine's Roses Falling From the Sky in Luxembourg!

Just to add a romantic touch, a drone wanders into town and strategically deposits roses near bystanders. Love is in the air in Western Europe! 


Video courtesy: http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/

Monday, February 16, 2015

Boston Blizzard 2015 Snowlapse!

A time lapse of the 2015 Boston blizzard from 3 pm on January 26 to 8 am on January 28, 2015.

The video was created from 5,000 images, recorded at 30-second intervals on a GoPro.

The snowlapse was recorded on a roof in Back Bay Boston. For reference, the tall building on the far left is the Hancock Tower. The building in the distance in the middle is the Westin Copley Plaza and the illuminated "The" is from the roof of The Lenox Hotel.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Boston Snow Turning Neighbor Against Neighbor!

BOSTON (CBS) — In Boston, the never-ending snow is turning neighbor against neighbor. More than 5,600 complaints over snow removal have been filed in the city about people who have not done their due diligence when it comes to shoveling. There are complaints about neighbors, businesses and even the city for leaving roads and sidewalks snow-covered. “I think everybody should do their part,” said one Boston resident who lives on a street with many unshoveled areas. “As you can see, it’s like a ski resort.” (Video boston.cbslocal.com)

The Rise of the Megadrought!

Originally published on Sep 4, 2014: After reviewing computer weather models, the researchers forewarned that the chance of a decade-long drought in the U.S. is as likely as the flip of a coin. "For the southwestern U.S. Potential Megadrought would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look meager in comparison....

Yesterday, CBS Sacramento published a story entitled: 
Megadroughts: A Future Reality For Much Of Western United States 
SAN JOSE, California (AP) – As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming – and they’re bound to last for decades.... http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/02/12/study-megadroughts-a-future-reality-for-much-of-western-united-states/

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Obama Time-Lapse (2009-2014)!

Obama Time-Lapse (2009-2014)
Beta Testing, Vruden Jakov | Stephen Mears @knewscript
Musical track by The Secession

Using video fragments from every weekly address Obama delivered from January 2009 to August 2014, this remix tracks his facial transformation over the last 6 years.

The Conflated Lies Of Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton • Hannity • 2/10/15!

February 10th, 2015 • Sean Hannity examines the similarities between the lies of NBC anchor Brian Williams and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with Sharyl Attkisson, Brent Bozell, and Noah Rothman.

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Google's Boston Dynamics unveils smaller, lighter robotic dog named Spot!

Full Story:
Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google, has unveiled a new robot dog named Spot on YouTube that is going as viral as its quadraped forebearers. The four-legged robot runs on an electric motor that powers a series of hydraulic actuators - the motors responsible for controlling the movement of a mechanical system. Spot can be seen walking indoors, walking through various outdoor terrains, climbing stairs and running. The video also shows Spot being kicked, presumably to demonstrate its use of a sensor that helps it navigate and walk. Spot weighs approximately 160 lbs. Spot is the leanest and most agile in a long line of canine robots from Boston Dynamics. Earlier iterations were larger and developed to carry heavy loads; Spot has been built for search and rescue or scouting. Boston Dynamics, which is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, was purchased by Google for an undisclosed amount in December 2013. Boston Dynamics has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance, run at cheetah-like speeds faster than the fastest humans and jump 30 feet. The company has also designed mobile research robots for the U.S. Department of Defense.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Rachel Maddow By The Numbers!

The current ratings for the Rachel Maddow show according to tvbythenumbers continue to be dismal to say the least.....

Megyn Kelly's viewership is roughly three times greater on average than Ms. Maddows. Now just for fun, I tuned into MSNBC the other night in the off chance I would actually hear news devoid of reckless opinion. Sadly, it was not to be. Ms. Maddow is hardly magnanimous towards anyone she happens to disagree with. Most of the "personalities" who host a segment on MSNBC tout the accepted left-leaning progressive agenda; show in and show out. To be fair, the hosts on Fox News are generally right leaning by their own admission. Both networks claim to be more or less fair and balanced. Both also claim that the opinions they offer are within the parameters of the "mainstream". Yet MSNBC faces a perpetual conundrum of anemic ratings, month after month, year after year. To coin a Vulcan phrase, logic would dictate that either the messenger is not clearly communicating the message or the message itself is flawed and unpalatable. 

Personally, I have always thought Rachael has the potential to be an interesting person to hang out with ideologically. She is reasonably intelligent and has a attractiveness about her that lies dormant within a outer shell of unrelenting, condescending opinion. The average person should accept the fact that she, like the rest of us mere mortals, has her own point of view. This is really not the issue for me. In fact, opposing points of view can be of great benefit in the endless decision making opportunities we contend with every day. I'm afraid what really disturbs me is the patronizing superiority exhibited whenever she discusses matters of political/ ideological opinion. It's almost as though she is cryptically disseminating information that, if the rest of us were smart enough, would allow us to realize that what she is telling us is already common knowledge within the minds of the enlightened. We simply need to accept it without question.

What I believe draws abundantly more people to Fox News, rather than to MSNBC (other than Megyn Kelly's mesmerizing eyes, that is) is the confidence in knowing that the average viewer will experience multiple opinions from pundits and elected officials from all political persuasions. In fact, very often the same panel of guests discuss, debate, and argue over the very opinions which MSNBC refuses to even marginally engage, for whatever reason. Perhaps rather than perusing a thought provoking conversation, it's simply easier for MSNBC hosts to voice their uninterrupted opinions, without fear of rebuttal or correction. Most people would either appreciate a qualified, balanced opinion or a simple reading of the news. Sadly, Rachel's detached opinions are simply not cutting it.   

It is the very definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing repeatedly only to expect the same result after continued attempts, over and over, without end. My suggestion to Rachel is this: Terminate your contract with the rapidly sinking MSNBC, repent of your condescending ways, embrace opposing opinions, return to the days of being an attractive, charming blonde and maybe, just maybe Fox will hire you on as a panel guest. Just to be sexually inclusive, Anderson Cooper is blonde but he's a guy and unfortunately for him, possesses significantly less mental acumen as his ratings reflect. Therefore it's appropriate for him to stay with MSNBC.

Close this deal Rachel and everyone wins!


Farewell to Radio Shack: 1939 to 2015!

How It All Began:
Although The Radio Shack, "New England's Oldest Amateur Distributor", had been in business since 1921, they did not release their first catalog until 1939. This wholesale distributor catalog contained radio & electronic equipment, amateur radio & communication supplies, sound systems and service parts. RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, February 6, 2015. SOME KEY DATES FOR RADIO SHACK:
1960: Tandy Corporation is established and begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
1963: Tandy buys the RadioShack chain.
1977: RadioShack begins selling Tandy personal computers.
1985: Scott-McDuff and Video Concepts Electronics stores are acquired.
1988: GRiD Systems Corporation is acquired.
1991: Computer City chain is launched. 1992: Incredible Universe retail concept debuts.
1993: RadioShack sells most of its manufacturing operations.
1995: Video Concepts is closed down.
1997: McDuff's and Incredible Universe chains are closed; RadioShack forms alliance with Sprint. 1998: Computer City chain is sold to CompUSA; RadioShack forms alliance with Compaq.
1999: RadioShack forms alliances with Thomson Multimedia/RCA and Microsoft.
2000: Tandy Corporation changes its name to RadioShack Corporation.

Info courtesy:  http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The World According To Americans!

With the possible exception of the "AIDS" label that's covering half of Africa, some of these American stereotypes of the rest of world are surprisingly lacking in wickedness. I would have expected less superficial ignorance, and more low blows from the country that claims to be the best at everything. I mean, even my grandma had an arsenal of colorful words to describe Japan, and all of them were way better than "Toyota". Alaska is "Hockey Moms," not "Evolution Stopped Here"? India is just "Curry," instead of "Curry-Scented American Jobs"? Greece is "Democracy," over "Please enter at rear"? Could we maybe get a Trey Parker and Matt Stone revision of this map? Source

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Gasoline Tax Map that Explains a Lot!

The American Petroleum Institute just updated their map showing the combined local, state and federal tax rate in each state as of Jan. 1, when new taxes took effect.

The federal gasoline tax is the same from coast-to-coast –18.4 cents a gallon – which means any variations have been implemented by state and local governments.

The highest gasoline tax in the country is in California, where it now exceeds 70 cents a gallon. Combined with California-specific fuel-blending regulations that drive up refining costs, these taxes help make Golden State gasoline prices the most expensive in the country.

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