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## FWD: Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

> Why did the chicken cross the road?
>>
>> BARACK OBAMA:The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a
>> CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!
>>
>> JOHN MC CAIN:My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he
>> recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all
>> the
>> chickens on the other side of the road.
>>
>> HILLARY CLINTON:When I was First Lady, I personally helped that
>> little
>> chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely
>> qualified
>> to ensure — right from Day One! — that every chicken in this
>> country
>> gets the chance it deserves to cross the road.  But then, this really
>>
>> DR. PHIL:The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize
>> that he must first deal with the problem on ‘THIS’ side of the road
>> before it goes after the problem on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ of the road.
>> What
>> we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not
>> taking
>> on his ‘CURRENT’ problems before adding ‘NEW’ problems.
>>
>> OPRAH:Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems,
>> which is
>> chicken
>> learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m
>> going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the
>> road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
>>
>> GEORGE W. BUSH:We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the
>> just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or
>> not. The
>> chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground
>> here.
>>
>> COLIN POWELL:Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the
>> satellite image of the chicken crossing the road…
>>
>> ANDERSON COOPER – CNN:We have reason to believe there is a
>> chicken, but
>> we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the
>>
>> JOHN KERRY:Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I
>> am now
>> against it!  It was wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the
>> chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against
>> it.
>>
>> NANCY GRACE:That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You
>> can
>> see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
>>
>> PAT BUCHANAN:To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
>>
>> MARTHA STEWART:No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was
>> going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs
>> when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any
>> insider information.
>>
>> DR SEUSS:Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad?
>> Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been
>> told.
>>
>> ERNEST HEMINGWAY:To die in the rain. Alone.
>>
>> JERRY FALWELL:Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the
>> plain truth? ‘That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my
>> friends,
>> that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay
>> too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination
>> that the liberal media white washes with seemingly harmless
>> phrases like
>> ‘the other side.’ That chicken should not be crossing the road.
>> It’s as
>> plain and as simple as that.
>>
>> GRANDPA:In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road.
>> Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good
>> enough.
>>
>> BARBARA WALTERS:Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be
>> listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming
>> story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to
>> accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
>>
>> ARISTOTLE:It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
>>
>> JOHN LENNON:Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads
>> together, in peace.
>>
>> BILL GATES:I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only
>> cross
>> roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance
>> your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken.
>> This newplatform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C%
>> ………reboot.
>>
>> ALBERT EINSTEIN:Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the
>> move beneath the chicken?
>>
>> BILL CLINTON:I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your
>> definition of chicken?
>>
>> AL GORE:I invented the chicken!
>>
>> COLONEL SANDERS:Did I miss one?
>>
>> DICK CHENEY:Where’s my gun?
>>
>> AL SHARPTON:Why are all the chickens white? We need some black
>> chickens.
>>
>>
>>
>> I still think the best one is:  To show the opossum it could be done!
>

Nathan D George
www.math.berkeley.edu/~natedawg

## Subduing My ADD and Learning the Law of Cosines – Maths

Hello Hello! Just an update on my personal life:  I’m working for a software company in Virginia and they haven’t fired me [yet] so I guess that means I get to stay and keep working…

I’m interested in math, science and technology, but being raised by a single mother self-described as ‘hypomanic’ and as a dissident of reality, I had other things to take care of first before I could focus on the *technical* aspects of life, such as attempting to keep my world from spinning out of control…

Hopefully, someone will read this and latch on, provide some input or insight and help feed my intellectual curiosity. I’d very much like to study intellectual property law and help fight the good fight against corporate monopolies in the market of creative enterprise (yes I’m left-wing when it comes to this debate).

This is something (forgive me if this either burdens you or insults your intelligence) I’ve always wanted to get: Trig. I could never hang on and pay attention: cosign, tangent, etc. So anyway, this is exciting! Listen to this – Cosine is just a generalization of Pythagorus’ theorem, which only pertains to RIGHT triangles. So we can find the length of the missing side of a triangle even if that triangle has no 90 degree angle and as long as we have at least one angle inside the triangle. Brilliant! (We can also find the angles inside the triangle if we know the lengths of the sides.)

From Wikipedia:

Note:

a  =   alpha;

=   beta;

=   gamma

(These are just symbols to represent the angles as opposed to the lines or segments.)

Law of cosines

In trigonometry, the law of cosines (also known as Al-Kashi law or the cosine formula or cosine rule) is a statement about a general triangle which relates the lengths of its sides to the cosine of one of its angles. Using notation as in Fig. 1, the law of cosines states that

$c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2ab\cos(\gamma) , \,$

or, equivalently:

$b^2 = c^2 + a^2 - 2ca\cos(\beta) , \,$
$a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bc\cos(\alpha) . \,$

Note that c is the side opposite of angle γ, and that a and b are the two sides enclosing γ. All three of the identities above say the same thing; they are listed separately only because in solving triangles with three given sides one may apply the identity three times with the roles of the three sides permuted*.

The law of cosines generalizes the Pythagorean theorem, which holds only in right triangles: if the angle γ is a right angle (of measure 90° or $\scriptstyle\pi/2$ radians), then $\scriptstyle\cos(\gamma)\, =\, 0$, and thus the law of cosines reduces to

$c^2 = a^2 + b^2 \,$

which is the Pythagorean theorem.

The law of cosines is useful for computing the third side of a triangle when two sides and their enclosed angle are known, and in computing the angles of a triangle if all three sides are known.

*permuted. Changed; these formulas are interchangeable.

P.S. Verily verily the pen is mightier than the sword (but we need both -i.e., pens and swords — or rather, virtual paper and ballistic missiles!).

## HOW MOSES GOT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS (Joke)

God went to the Arabs and said, ‘I have Commandments  for you that will make your lives  better.’

The Arabs asked, ‘What are Commandments?’
And the  Lord said, ‘They are rules for living.’

‘Can you give us an  example?’

‘Thou shall not kill.’
‘Not kill? We’re not  interested.’

So  He went to the Blacks and said, ‘I have Commandments.’
The  Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said,
‘Honor thy Father and  Mother.’

‘Father? We don’t know who our fathers are. We’re  not interested.’
Then  He went to the Mexicans and said,
‘I have  Commandments.’
The  Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said ‘Thou shall not  steal.’

‘Not steal? We’re not interested.’

Then  He went to the French and said,

‘I have Commandments.’

The  French too wanted an example and the Lord said,

‘Not commit adultery? We’re not  interested.’
Finally,  He went to the Jews and said,

‘I have  Commandments.’

‘Commandments?’ They said, ‘How much are  they?’

‘They’re free.’

‘We’ll take 10.’

## ‘Boring’ Couple Files Interesting Lawsuit Against Google (WSJ Lawblog)

The Law Blog had never heard of Google Street Views until we came across this Smoking Gun story about Aaron and Christine Boring. To be honest, we’re a bit unhappy with Google “Street Views” because we can’t seem to find our home using the program. The Borings are unhappy because they can.

The Borings, a Pittsburgh couple, are suing Google for “intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion” of privacy because Google’s “Street View” feature has made their home viewable on the Internet.

According to the suit, filed this week in Allegheny County’s Court of Common Pleas and viewable on the Smoking Gun, the Borings bought their house (complete with two garages and a swimming pool) in 2006 “for a considerable sum of money” ($163,000, reports the Smoking Gun). The Borings note that a “major component of their purchase decision was a desire for privacy,” demonstrated by a sign on their street that reads ‘Private Road.’” But when Pittsburgh was added to the cities covered by Google’s “Street View” feature, the Borings allege, their “private information” became known “to the public at large with the commensurate risks that this entails,” causing them “mental suffering” and diminishing the value of their home. The Borings request$25,000 in damages.
According to the Smoking Gun, the Boring property (pictured) is now even easier to locate via Google Maps because the Borings included their home address on the lawsuit’s first page.

## IBD/TIPP Poll: America Stands Taller Due To Petraeus’ Surge (Or Is It Obama’s?)

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:30 PM PT

After hitting a new low a year ago, opinions about America’s status as a world leader six months into the future have climbed to a 17-month high. The IBD/TIPP Standing in the World Index is still below the 50 mark that separates optimism from pessimism, but the success of the surge in Iraq led by Gen. David Petraeus no doubt has had something to do with the improvement. Most of the gain, however, has come among Democrats who hope a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton presidency will refurbish what they say is a tattered U.S. reputation in the world.

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## U.S. Slowdown May Not Quell Global Inflation

By DAVID IGNATIUS | Posted Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:30 PM PT

You may have missed the front-page article in the New York Times last Saturday, with the one-column headline written in clipped newspaperese: “High Rice Cost Creating Fears of Asia Unrest.” But this little story could be an early warning of another big economic problem that’s sneaking up on us.

The new danger is global inflation — most worryingly in food prices, but also in prices for commodities, raw materials and products that require petroleum energy, which includes almost everything.

Prices for these goods have been skyrocketing in international markets — at the same time the Federal Reserve and other central banks have been hosing the world with new money in their efforts to avoid a financial crisis.

That’s an explosive mixture. It risks a kind of inflation that would trigger panic buying, hoarding and fears of mass political protest.

Actually, this is already happening in Asia, according to the Times.

The price of rice in global markets has nearly doubled in the last three months, reports the Times’ Keith Bradsher. Fearing shortages, some major rice producers — including Vietnam, India, Egypt and Cambodia — have sharply limited their rice exports so they can be sure they can feed their own people.

Food Riots

Bradsher summarizes the evidence that food shortages and inflation are fueling political unrest:

“Since January, thousands of troops have been deployed in Pakistan to guard trucks carrying wheat and flour. Protests have erupted in Indonesia over soybean shortages, and China has put price controls on cooking oil, grain, meat, milk and eggs. Food riots have erupted in recent months in Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen.”

World Bank President Robert Zoellick rang the alarm bell in a speech a week ago. He noted that since 2005, the prices of staples have risen 80%. The real price of rice rose to a 19-year record last month, he said, while the real price of wheat hit a 28-year high.

Zoellick warned that this inflation is having political repercussions: “The World Bank Group estimates that 33 countries around the world face potential political and social unrest because of the acute hike in food and energy prices.”

To cope with the topsy-turvy economy, Zoellick made an innovative proposal that countries running a surplus, such as Saudi Arabia and China, devote 1% of their “sovereign wealth” funds to investment in Africa’s poor countries. That could yield up to \$30 billion in development spending.

Now, cut to the Federal Reserve. At a time when global inflation is raging, you might expect that the central bank’s first priority would be to dampen inflationary expectations in the U.S. But because of its worries about a financial meltdown, the Fed has been doing the opposite — drastically cutting interest rates in an effort to unclog the financial markets.

The cheap money didn’t stop the Wall Street bank run — it was the Fed’s bold plan to absorb subprime debt that did that — but it may well add fuel to the inflation fire.

I spoke this week to Richard W. Fisher, the president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and the leading inflation hawk on the Fed’s Open Market Committee. He opposed the last two rate cuts, arguing that they could boost inflation without easing the financial mess.

Demand-Pull Inflation

Fisher sees the booming Asian economies creating a classic “demand-pull” inflation that is propelled by 3 billion new participants in the global economy who, he says, “want to eat like you, dress like you, live like you.”

“We cannot accommodate inflation,” argues Fisher. “Once it takes a grip, it changes people’s behavior. It’s bad for investors, for workers, for savers, for people on fixed incomes.”

Yet this global inflation is already beginning to feed into the U.S. economy.

Including food and energy, Fisher warns, the Fed’s measure of consumer prices was up an “alarming” 3.7% for the 12 months ending in January. And the latest figures from the European Union show that inflation there rose to a 3.5% annual rate in March, the highest level since the index was created in 1997.

“You cannot think in a purely domestic context about the pricing of oil or steel or pulp or shoes or clothing,” Fisher said in a speech last month in London. For that reason, he continued, “We cannot, in my opinion, confidently assume that slower U.S. economic growth will quell U.S. inflation and, more important, keep inflationary expectations anchored.”

Pennsylvania truck drivers went on strike this week to protest high fuel prices. What do they have in common with rice consumers in Vietnam and soybean buyers in Indonesia and pasta aficionados in Italy? More than they probably think.

© 2008 Washington Post Writers Group

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