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DITTOS RUSH! Contemporary media musings with an emphasis on fighting truth decay.

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/

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/

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!


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


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