Every video meme ever has been packed into 1 convenient video and the guys have actually made the transition in the songs really smooth so it doesn’t sound like too big a mash-up. Anyway I’m going to shut up and let you watch it.

So ya, the updated internet fad of 2011/2012. Also I should’ve posted this a few posts back but new pony ep announced a few days back.

 

 

New Pony Ep

There’s also apparently a felt design contest, should be up there next to the word “new”.

Let me move onto the news.


Miniature donkey caught after running wild

DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR (KPTV) –

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a runaway miniature donkey.

The donkey, temporarily nicknamed “Shrek,” is being cared for at the Deschutes County Livestock Rescue and Shelter.

Shrek was found wandering in the NE Bend area last weekend.

Deputies say the animal was once cared for, but might have been on the run for a long time.

Anyone with information on a possible owner of this animal is asked to contact Corporal Neil Mackey at 541-617-3325. Potential owners will be asked for additional descriptive information on the animal.

 

And then there’s the government’s secret experiments with moths.

 

Safe sex for bugs: Semi-secret Phoenix factory churns out 22 million sterilized moths a day

 

Sometimes, when the government workers leave the Phoenix factory at the end of the day, their skin feels crawly — maybe there’s a tickle on the tummy, an itch on the arm — and they’re not sure whether it’s the real thing or the suggestion of a paranoid mind.

Always, they shake out the cuffs of their pants before they head out, put their lab coats in the factory laundry room to be cleaned, and fetch their Tupperware from the break room where the sign in the hall says, “Notice: Keep this door closed.”

But once in a while, workers will get home, start to undress, pulling off pants or shirt or socks or bra or boxers, and it happens.

Things fly around.

And when it happens, workers probably shouldn’t shriek or shiver or swat or scratch — though they do — because when they interviewed to work at the moth factory, it was implied that being an insect production worker meant they weren’t afraid of bugs.

In one of those gray, who-knows warehouses that surround Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, there exists a government-owned project of the creepiest kind: a Phoenix moth-breeding factory that churns out 22 million bugs per day.

Yes, moths — trays and trays of specially treated Department of Agriculture-official moths that exist to save the cotton crops of the American West. Think organic pest control.

The daily moth crop is released via airplane above fields in Arizona, California and Mexico every morning of cotton season: bug showers from April to October.

And the project is semi-secret — but only because people don’t really know it’s there.

The factory isn’t labeled. The front door stays locked. A sign says, “Please ring bell for service.”

Let’s go inside.

You will want to wear closed-toe shoes. You will want those shoes to cover your ankles.

Floors crunch when you walk through dark rooms during a tour.

Things on the floor are moving.

 

Oh and this one had me in stitches.


 

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

Growing threat to United States

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.

Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.

Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said.

“The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said.

“China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth resources, weather, and intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance, in addition to manned space and space exploration missions,” he said.

“China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” he said. “A prerequisite for ASAT attacks, China’s ability to track and identify satellites is enhanced by technologies from China’s manned and lunar programs as well as technologies and methods developed to detect and track space debris.”

China’s January 2007 anti-satellite missile test involved a modified DF-21 missile that destroyed a Chinese weather satellite. The blast created a debris field in space of some 10,000 pieces of space junk that could damage both manned and unmanned spacecraft.

For the U.S. military, the successful 2007 ASAT test represented a new strategic capability for China. Analysts estimate that with as many as two-dozen ASAT missiles, China could severely disrupt U.S. military operations through attacks on satellites.

Burgess said China rarely admits that its space program has direct military uses and refers to nearly all satellite launches as scientific or civil.

Additionally, Burgess said Chinese state-run enterprises “continue to proliferate space and counter-space related capabilities,” including some with direct military applications.

For example, China’s Beidou global positioning system satellites will be available for regional users this year and globally by 2020, he said.

The satellites will provide foreign militaries with precision targeting capabilities through purchases of Chinese Beidou receivers and services.

The system will provide foreign militaries with “greater redundancy and independence in a conflict scenario that employs space assets,” he said.

The Chinese, as well as the Russians, are also developing space capabilities that interfere with or disable U.S. space-based navigation, communications, and intelligence satellites.

Moreover, North Korea has demonstrated its ability to disrupt U.S. navigational capabilities through Soviet-made electronic jammers placed on vehicles near the North-South demarcation line that, when activated, were able to disrupt U.S. Global Positioning System signals up to 62 miles away.

 

And then CNN told me women well…Biologists say women are attracted to male traits *flexes* that are largely useless *throws football* and impractical *gestures towards crotch*

(quote courtesy of fark.com)


Are women turned off by stressed-out men?

(Health.com) — Scientists have been trying to confirm what Hollywood has known for decades: Women are often attracted to men with chiseled cheekbones and lantern jaws.

These and other masculine facial features are associated with high testosterone levels, and women seem to know this fact intuitively. Studies suggest that women are especially drawn to rugged-looking guys when they’re in the mood to mate (i.e., when they’re ovulating), while at other times, when they’re more interested in companionship, they tend to prefer a softer, more delicate look—think Ryan Gosling versus Burt Lancaster.

It’s not entirely clear why testosterone-fuelled features are attractive, but some experts have proposed that they’re a sign of a healthy immune system. Testosterone dampens immune function, so a man with high testosterone who’s still standing, the theory goes, is likely to have a stronger-than-average constitution. And he’ll pass those hardy genes on to his offspring, making him an attractive mate choice.

A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, provides the strongest evidence yet to support this theory. It also adds a new wrinkle: stress.

In the study, men with higher testosterone levels tended to have stronger immune systems and faces that were more attractive to women. This relationship, however, was especially pronounced in men with low levels of cortisol, a stress hormone involved in the so-called fight-or-flight response.

This finding, researchers say, suggests that a man’s stress levels may play a key role in whether his testosterone is free to work its magic on women. Cortisol may even have a direct impact on a man’s facial features, although it’s much too soon to say if that’s the case or not, says Benedict Jones, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, who researches the influence of hormones on attractiveness.

“The important thing here is that…we’re seeing evidence that the relationship between men’s facial attractiveness and their hormone levels is probably much more complex than we once thought it was,” says Jones, who was not involved in the new study. “The interplay between cortisol and testosterone seems to be more important than the effects of any one hormone.”

Why is testosterone so sexy and cortisol, apparently, such a turnoff? The answer may lie in something called the “handicap hypothesis.”

Biologists who study mate choice across species have suggested that attention-getting male features—such as the peacock’s tail, or the deer’s antlers—are attractive to females because they’re largely useless and impractical. They’re often a disadvantage in areas of life besides attracting a mate, but they signal to females that a male is healthy enough to divert some energy away from surviving and put it towards looking good.

“The very fact that you’re able to stay alive with this handicap means that the female choosing you is getting a high-quality mate,” says Anthony Little, Ph.D., a research fellow at the University of Stirling, in the United Kingdom, who did not participate in the new research but has studied how human faces communicate information.

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Rugged features aren’t exactly seen as a handicap in humans, but a similar dynamic nevertheless may be at work, Little says. “Humans don’t have colorful feathers, but we pay lots of attention to things like facial appearance and body appearance.”

The handicap hypothesis has been around since 1975, but the new study is the first to provide concrete evidence for a link between high testosterone levels, good immune system function, and attractiveness in humans.

In the study, researchers asked a large group of female college students in Latvia to look at photographs of 74 male students and rate their facial attractiveness. Meanwhile, the researchers tested the men’s testosterone and cortisol levels and gauged their immune-system function by measuring their antibody response to the hepatitis B vaccine.

The men with the strongest immune systems—those with the most antibodies—generally got the highest marks on looks. “Women seem to be able to detect the men who’ve got the strongest immune response, and they seem to find them the most attractive,” says study coauthor Fhionna R. Moore, Ph.D., a psychology lecturer of Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland.

A stronger immune system was also linked to higher testosterone levels, but all of these links were weaker in men who also had high cortisol levels. It’s as though cortisol, which tends to suppress the immune system, interferes in the conversation between testosterone, immune response, and attractiveness.

Cortisol isn’t a perfect marker for stress, Little notes. It’s not clear from one test, for instance, whether high cortisol levels are due to a momentary spike in stress or to chronic stress that keeps cortisol persistently elevated.

Still, he says, the fact that cortisol appears to come between testosterone and facial attractiveness suggests there’s something about stress that women find unattractive.

Once again, Hollywood seems to have beaten science to the punch: It’s no secret that there’s something attractive about a man who seems relaxed and cool under pressure.

 

And lastly a hit from the east.

 

Bleach Anime Ends – “Finally!”

Author: Artefact

Bleach is to finally end – although only the anime version, the manga original still apparently having a few decades left before finally drawing to an end.

The final episode is scheduled for the 27th of March, entitled “Changing History, Unchanging Heart”.

Jubilation abounds online:

“Finally!”

“Another page in the disastrous history of Jump anime…”

“Continuing any further would have been a disaster.”

“It’s pretty tragic  that they dragged it out this much.”

“Well, they used up their stock of the original so it was bound to happen. They did spectacularly well to drag it out over 7 years, who’d have thought!”

“They caught up to the original, can’t be helped.”

“It’s over…”

 

That’s all the news for today, I’ll see you guys again next time.