Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Study shows that mistakes may be predicted

BBC News

The national academy of sciences has found that they can predict mistakes up to 30 seconds in advance by predicting patterns in our brain activity.

The team is hoping to design an early Warning system that can be used for pilots and others in "critical situations".
"We can measure the signaling give feedback to the user that your brain is in the state where decisions are not going to be the right one… We see a reduction in activity in the prefrontal cortex. At the same time, we see an increase in activity in an area which is more active in states of rest, known as the default mode network (DMN)."
This event begins about 30 seconds prior to mistake being made therefore, it should be possible to design an early warning system that would alert people to be more focused or more careful.

OK, let's see if I have this straight… If we could predict a mistake within 30 seconds before the mistake happens and correct the mistake, then that would mean that there wasn't any mistakes made.

So if the event was not a mistake at all then that would mean that it was intentional, but how could it be intentional if it was really a mistake?

("Everything I say is a lie. I am lying" Am I a liar or not?)
"You lie, but if everything you say is a lie then you must be telling the truth, but you cannot be telling the truth because everything you say is a lie... you lie, you tell the truth, you–"
{Star Trek-I,Mudd (Memory Alpha)}

My head hurts!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mass exodus do to new reporting law

Statesman journal

A recent adoption of An Oregon ethics law house bill 2595 which was signed into law a July 31 requiring a statement of economic interest to be filed with the Oregon government ethics commission by public officials has resulted in as many as 100 members of various commissions and governments statewide to resign their positions.
In Elgin, the entire planning commission walked out, Umatilla saw two planning commissioners and one city councilor leave, and Irrigon saw its mayor, a city councilor and three planning commission members depart. Enterprise and Maupin saw the majority of their planning commission members resign.

Items which are to be included in the report include the name of businesses in which a interest is held,
sources of income only, not the amount
Names of relatives only
... just to name a few.
I will admit that it does seem rather extreme… However, so is having a large number of people resign their positions in protest.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ted "tax-and-gouge-me" Kulongoski wants to add TOLLS that will VARY in price

the Oregonian

Despite the high cost of fuel, it may cost you more to drive depending on the time of day, location and/or congestion level on the freeway if Ted Kulongoski has his way.

Kulongoski, in his war on global warming says "this is the largest, most strategic, and GREENEST plan in Oregon history."
"We cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking transportation and climate change are conflicting policy priorities," says Kulongoski

Kulongoski admits that a new source of funding must be found, that's where tollbooths or congestion pricing comes in or are charging drivers how many miles they drive e.g. installing a GPS system in your vehicle, and charging increased vehicle registration fees.

while Teddy hasn't noticed, with gasoline and diesel prices being as such, people are starting to drive a lot less which has at least according to CNBC, force the price of oil to come down a little bit.

Of course isn't it interesting that when they talk about global warming, green, etc. that it always winds up costing us, the general public, more money in the long run while at the same time putting more money in to the general fund.

Perhaps we have a different idea of a "GREEN".

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston died at 84

BBC News
Heston died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. His wife Lydia, whom he married in 1944, was at his side.

2003, Heston stepped down from the National Rifle Association citing ill-health.

He had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease the year before.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No money for roads...
no money for police...
200 public employees may lose their jobs...
what are we going to do?

how about build a $2.5 million bike bridge!


The local biking community is all excited as ODOT and construction crews are bringing Eugene and Springfield together with a new one-of-a-kind structure that resembles the Golden gate Bridge.

The bridge, rising between Harlow Road and the I5 beltline flyover is part of the $72 million state package.
ODOT Regional spokesman, Joe Harwood, says, "Not only is it going to be a beautiful bridge, but it's going to tie the bike path network of both cities together."

oh, isn't that sweet...

The bridge... is something that will be remembered by people going to Seattle or to San Francisco because it will be a one-of-a-kind bridge which also reinforces the local areas can an event to multi-modal transportation, according to Joe Harwood.

WOW! I wonder if we can get federal funding for... oh I don't know... services that will protect our streets like maybe police...

Oh wait, I almost forgot... they [the police] do get federal funding or grants...

... to make sure that you're wearing your seatbelt.