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Star Wars Episode VII: Disney estimates a $200 Million Budget

Star Wars Episode VII: Disney estimates a $200 Million Budget

By Reid Joneson  April 23rd, 2014 
Star Wars: Episode VII

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Disney Chairman Alan Horn spoke about the progress on the development of the budget for the film.

We actually don’t even have the completed budget yet, but it will be in that range. These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million, that kind of a number — some are more, some are less. We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties.

$200 Million is a very big budget, one that is higher than the average budget for Disney’s current biggest source of blockbuster income: Marvel Studios. Disney obviously has high faith in the success of this film, and feels safe in using this kind of money on the franchise.

Granted, this is Star Wars which can guarantee even the biggest disaster to be a success, however Disney has made this kind of gamble before with John Carter and still come out on the short end of the stick.

Last week, it was confirmed that parts and scenes were already underway with filming and initial production.

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters next year on December 18th, 2015.


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Freedom of Speech in America


At the end of this discussion I have printed out the so-called “Bill of Rights” which are the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, passed all at once in 1789.  The American constitution is unique in that it is written to limit the government, not the people.  After passage of the initial articles, it was agreed more specificity needed to be added to things the government can’t do.  You see the Constitution says anything not expressly given to the federal government to do, is reserved for the states or the people.  Of course, this increasingly ignored and violated.  You can simply read them below and see what I mean.

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Today though, the First Amendment…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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So do we really have free speech?  If you have a right, it cannot be taken away.  Why say you have a right to free speech?  Because many people don’t want you to say things they disagree with.  In early America, you could be flogged and jailed for saying you disagreed with the King, thought taxes were too high, wanted more representation, or simply refused to toast the King’s health.  Freedoms and rights ONLY matter when what you say is offensive, divisive and unwanted by people in power.

Recent evidence shows the federal government targeted through the IRS groups whose speech it disagreed with.  Reporters who said things that were not popular with the President were investigated, wire-tapped and initially charged with crimes.  A person who did some stupid internet video trashing Islam was jailed and had disappeared without trial.  Now we know from recent emails that the administration knew Benghazi had nothing to do with the video.  Where is the guy?


In France, Brigitte Bardot was jailed for saying there were too many Islamic immigrants in France.  Recently, a candidate for office in England was arrested for quoting Winston Churchill’s early views on Islam in a public setting.  Hate speech, political correctness, racist comments and offensive people are best allowed to spew their hate and receive the consequences.

We can have websites that mock Christianity with the Great Spaghetti monster, but we can’t mention Al Queda on the 911 Memorial even though they took credit for the attacks.  We can have Starbucks criticize the Second Amendment, but we can’t have Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A express their beliefs on homosexuality or abortion.  We can have sex education and explicit books in schools, but not prayer and a kid pulls out a Bible on recess and has it confiscated.

Don’t get me wrong…  When people say things you disagree with, I support YOUR freedom of speech to criticize them, boycott them, etc.  I am not defending racists, homophobes, hateful people, offensive people or any of those.  I am only saying that they should be allowed to spew their thoughts and others should be allowed to react so that they bear the responsibility for their actions.  However, neither the government, nor institutions should be in the business of punishing anyone who disagrees with them.


Recently we have the experience of an 80 year old racist.  He owns the LA Clippers.  A known gold-digger received over $1.8 million in gifts to have sex with him.  She taped over 100 hours of their conversations.  After his wife sued her for return of the gifts, she reveals 15 minutes of him complaining that she, his kept mistress, is posting pictures of black men on Instagram and taking them to the games.  Notably, Magic Johnson and Terrell Owens.  He yells at her that she can like them, have sex with them, or whatever, but it is embarrassing to him for his friends to see her out with them.  Is he racist?  Hell yeah!  Now the freedom of speech does not protect him from the NBA taking action, only the government.


The head of Mozilla was fired for making a political contribution for a man and woman only marriage initiative ten years ago in California.  That proposition passed 2-1 and was the official position of Barrack Obama during his campaign at the same time.  Now, the CEO gets fired for it.  Is he anti-GLBTQ?  There is no evidence of that in his work record.  But he had a different viewpoint, so he has to go.

Universities now stifle the ability of freedom of speech.  Can they do that?  Well, the Courts say since they get federal funding they can’t have religious rules or discriminate, but despite that, they say they are private when it comes to freedom of speech.  Only freedom to repeat what is politically correct at that moment.


The problem with all this is that by suppressing speech and punishing those you disagree with, bad things happen.  1) you won’t know the racists and assholes because they will go underground; 2) political donations will go undercover to protect donors; 3) one day it will be you that has an unpopular idea; 4) do you want a world where you can be fired at any time in the future because of any opinion you expressed anywhere in your past?  The point of freedom of speech is to protect people who say stupid, outrageous and offensive things.  No one limits people from saying “groupthink.”

We should all hesitate before inflicting restrictions on others when we may very well be next.  It is the same with the other rights below.  Why tell the government we have the right to bear arms?  Because governments don’t want the populace armed.  Unarmed people can’t fight back against government exceeding its authority and violating their rights.  At that time, it meant having weapons for the express purpose of being capable to overthrow a corrupt government.  Our Declaration of Independence says we have a responsibility to overthrow government that ceases to represent the people.  It does not mean a national guard, or shotguns, or registration.  It means a right, a freedom.  Don’t like it?  Then repeal the amendment, don’t ignore it.


What about the 10th Amendment?  Why do we have national healthcare, national education standards, national drug laws, etc.?  Those were never given to the federal government, they are for the states or the people.  Each day your rights are being eroded and just like the frog cooking in the pot, if you turn up the heat slowly, it will boil to death and never jump out.  The hard part is to defend the rights of your fellow citizens to do things you completely hate and disagree with, so that you can live your life with liberty as well.

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The Bill of Rights: A Transcription

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues

More pictures of cute dogs to help start your week off with a smile…

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Book Review – Mac & June – Love in the Time of Oil

This is a book review I completed for a magazine, but with their ongoing permission I also post some reviews here on my own blog site.  This book is so awesome that I recommend all of you go out and buy it.  You will not be disappointed. (following the review is the Amazon Link to buy it online).

Mac & June – Love in the Time of Oil

By James David Nicol

 Book Review by Michael Bradley

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Mac & June – Love in the Time of Oil is one of the best slice of life books I’ve read in my lifetime.  Written by James David Nicol, it details the love story between Mac, an America sent over to Scotland in 1974 during the North Sea Oil boom, and June, a local Aberdeen woman with a uniquely Scottish fisherman family.  Nicol is himself a native of Scotland, though he has since lived in such exotic places as Hong Kong, Australia, and now Phoenix, Arizona.

There is so much to love about this story it is hard to know where to start.  The overall story line is similar to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which an American deals with the culture clash and interesting characters of his love interest’s Greek family.  It is also reminiscent of Polish Wedding, starring Claire Danes and Gabriel Byrne and Lena Olin which gives similar insight into the Polish traditions.  In Mac and June, you will definitely learn about family and life in seventies’ Scotland.

The language, the humor, the pathos and the challenges are all laid out smoothly and as a reader you grow to love each and every character.  The Grandpa of June really steals the show though and his parts of the story alone are worth the price of the book and the time to read it.  As a first novel, James David Nicol shows a mastery of prose and fiction rarely seen even in much more experienced authors.

Nostalgia fans will also appreciate the 1970s references including language, music and other trends.  Mac and June is similar to American Graffiti in its use of time and locale to tell the story of ordinary people facing situations men and women have faced throughout time.

I give my highest recommendation to read this novel.  The two notes I must make is that the book is so good you might read through it all at once and be left wanting more.  My understanding is that Nicol is working on a sequel, so let’s hope that is not to far out to wait.  Second, the salty language and adult situations of real people living in Scotland in a blue collar town may be too much for a younger audience.  As a result, this is probably a book for those eighteen and above.  Neither the situations nor the language are inappropriate to the story, but a realistic part of it.

James David Nicol

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Interview with Cosplayer Sara Moni

My Interview with awesome Sara Moni, coming up in an upcoming issue of The WOD Magazine.  If you need a cosplayer at your upcoming con, or a great model, you can’t beat having Sara Moni.  Please, no creeps, or I will find and will Liam Neeson your butt!  She is a professional and sweetheart.

Sara Moni Interview

MB: Today our interview is with Sara Moni, an outstanding young cosplayer. How long have you been into cosplay now, and what got you started?

SM:  I started really cosplaying in 2010, but I was making costumes and T-shirts before that. I’ve always liked superheroes and sci-fi and I love dressing up in costumes. It was inevitable.

MB: What are some of your favorite characters to cosplay?

SM:  I play so many that I love, but if I had to name two favorites, it would be Wasp and Sailor Pluto.

MB:  Do your cosplay choices match those you read and watch, or are there some differences?

SM:  Every character I cosplay I am a fan of, or the series that they came from. I never pick costumes just based on how they look.  Every time I dress up it’s as a fan.

MB:  I know you started as a Marvel girl. Are you all Marvel, or you like them all now?

SM:  I love Batman like everybody else LOL, but I just find that Marvel has more intriguing characters that I like and identify with. I’m starting to read more DC now though. I also like some Image and Dark Horse comics.

MB:  How many cons and events/photo shoots are you doing per year?

SM:  About ten or so cons and even more shoots!

MB:  What are some of your favorite events or locations?

SM:  Phoenix will always be number one!

MB: Do you make all your outfits and make-up or do you have some preferred helpers?

SM:  Yes I make it all, unless otherwise specified as a collaboration, and I do all my own make-up as well.

MB: You have a very exotic look. Does it help that you can pull off so many different looks?

SM:  Absolutely.  It helps being able to pull off whatever I need. It’s nice being a ringer for a character, but it’s in even more fun challenge to tackle something that is totally different, like my female frost giant.

MB: What are some of your best cosplay moments?

SM:  There are so many. My most recent was in Salt Lake City where a girl with autism said that I inspired her to cosplay. It almost made me cry!

MB: Do you cosplay just for fun, or do you have a store and blog site we can plug for you?

SM:  I definitely think you can do both as long as the fun dominates. My prints are at and all of the proceeds from that go right back into my costumes. You can also find me on Facebook at Sara Moni Cosplay.

MB: I see you have worked with charities. Do you have a particular memorable experience from helping others?

SM:  I am an active member of the Arizona Avengers and when we have events for foster children or sick children there is nothing that can top seeing them smile.

MB: How safe do you feel at cons now? Is it safe to walk from parking lots in costume? Are the bigger crowds bringing out “touchy” people who break barriers they shouldn’t?

SM:  I feel very safe. I don’t put myself in sketchy situations in or out of costume. I always walk in a group and I do carry physical deterrents with me! Ha that’s the nice way of putting it.

MB: What advice do you have for people starting out?

SM:  Always remember why you started and don’t forget. When it stops being fun, it’s time to stop.

MB: Who would you like to give a shout out for being someone who helped you get started and friends you look forward to seeing at cons?

SM:  So many! The Arizona Avengers of course – my friends from high school that were cosplayers and any new people I meet that share the same fandoms that I do!

MB: Any upcoming projects or events we can see you at?

SM:  On Free Comic Book Day I will be at Drawn to Comics – and I am scheduled for several upcoming conventions.

MB: I saw a tweet from Nathon Fillion (Captain Malcom “Mal” Reynolds from Firefly) commending you on your cosplay of Inara Serra, his love interest on the show , was that an awesome moment? Are you planning to get a photo with him at Phoenix Comic Con?

SM:  It’s still surreal and I’ll still get twitter alerts from it now! I saw him at FanX but wasn’t able to talk to him. Hopefully at Phoenix I will!

NOTE:  Blog link to Inara Serra cosplay article on Sara Moni –


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How does a $50 3D-printed hand match up to $42G prosthetic?

How does a $50 3D-printed hand match up to $42G prosthetic?

Published April 23, 2014·

Jose Delgado, Jr., 53, was born without most of his left hand and has been using prosthetic devices for decades. His current device, a myoelectric prosthesis, is valued at around $42,000.

Due to the high cost of prosthetics, groups like e-NABLE, comprised of a global community of volunteers, have been formed with the goal of providing free 3D-printed devices and parts for people in need.

Jeremy Simon, an e-NABLE volunteer and founder of 3D Universe, had an idea: make a 3D-printed mechanical hand using $50 worth of materials and see how it compares to the $42,000 prosthetic. The results were shocking.

“Certainly we’re not making an apples to apples comparison — these are entirely different kinds of devices — but the comparison I was trying to draw with Jose was strictly in terms of day-to-day functionality what’s more useful,” Simon told “It turned out [the 3D-printed] one was.”

Delgado Jr., who tested the device, told Simon the grip of the 3D-printed hand made it more functional in many cases than the more expensive prosthetic.

“It’s useful for carrying boxes,” Delgado Jr. said. “These are more grip and won’t let go of much.”

Simon found the design for the 3D-printed via e-NABLE.

“We’re talking about 3D designers, university professors, occupational therapists, medical professionals, all sorts of people are in this community and they all give completely freely of their time and efforts,” Simon said.

Simon hopes the 3D printing movement will continue to grow, and hopes philanthropic efforts like those of e-NABLE will thrive.

“As long as there’s still people willing to do this kind of work, the technology is going to continue to get more accessible and more affordable,” Simon said.

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday

Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday enjoyment!

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The Horrors of VA Medical Care


My Own Story With the VA – I don’t often talk about it, but I am a disabled veteran.  I developed a service related disability while serving in the United States Air Force.  My military medical file was about eight inches thick.  I was paid $860 per month while serving as an E-5 in Hawaii with a family of four.  Our rent was $800 for a small two bedroom apartment.  My wife had to work for us to have food, clothing and transportation.  When I got out, July 4th, 1989 – oddly enough Independence Day, I filed for my disability claim as encouraged.  Although I had never taken food stamps or other subsidies I was qualified for while serving actively, I wanted to do right by family if my condition worsened.


After eight months and paying three times for medical records to be copied and lost, I was told they lost the originals too.  I could not get an appointment at the Phoenix VA Hospital.  I drove to Palo Alto, California, some nine hours away and waited for two days in the waiting room to be seen and told I had to go back to Arizona.  The military said they lost my DD-214 and records.  I was  a decorated veteran with several medals, awards and accommodations and they acted like I was a pest and didn’t exist.

I was going to give up completely, but my boss at the time happened to hear my tale of woe.  His brother was a high ranking attorney with the VA.  The same week, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) called to help me.  Finally, I got an appointment at the hospital in Phoenix to be evaluated.


I waited for five hours from the time of my appointment before I was seen.  The room was full of older veterans, obviously sick, and many had sat there for a day or more.  One was having severe PTSD and had been brought in a day and a half before by the police for trying to commit suicide.  They had still not seen him.  Growing hungry, he took his last money to the strip bar across the street to eat.  They made him buy two drinks, which led to another attempt to kill himself.  He sat next to me.

The bathroom had at least half an inch of tar like goo on it as if it had not seen a mop since the building was constructed.  The place stank.  Finally, someone who looked 18 came out and she condescendingly led away the older men to get “group counseling” from her.  What could she possibly know about these men?

Another hour passed and I was led to what looked like a closet, but turned out to be my “examination room”.  It had no medical equipment, just a movable bed.  The light was dim and in walked a man who looked Dr. Mengele, the German Prison camp experimenter.  He must have been in his eighties.  He could barely hear a word I said as I tried to catalog my list of medical history to him.  After ten minutes of mumbling, stumbling about, looking in my ears, throat and ears.  He wrote some notes and left.


I waited, trying to find anyone, couldn’t and finally left.  I was approved for my disability and received $94 per month.  I could get all my related medical care from the VA, including pharmacy.  Instead, I bought my own healthcare coverage and pay more in co-pays for medicine than I receive for disability.  In theory, if I get worse, my disability amount could go up to 100%, that is if I could see anyone.  I was afraid to receive care from the VA.  I was afraid they would mess up my medicine and poison me.  I have never gone back to the VA and never will.

When I bought my first house being “compensably disabled” saved me some financing fees, like around $800.  The second house, maybe $1,200.  If I ever want a federal job, I am told my disabled vet status will give me points towards hiring determinations.  No thanks.


Another Story with the VA – My late father-in-law had a great friend that we met a few times.  He was a nuclear engineer and developed early Alzheimers.  Unable to work, his family, wife and kids all, left him.  My father-in-law tried to help him and look after him, but being in the nuclear industry himself, he had to move around a lot.  Finally, this man, in his early fifties, was brought incoherent to a VA hospital.  As a retired veteran, they were to look after him.  He died soon after in the hospital.

The horrifying fact is that he died of dehydration and starvation because because the staff at the hospital forgot he was there.  They never fed him or changed his IV bags.  They stumbled across his body, dead on his VA hospital bed, a day or two after he had died of neglect.


The Phoenix VA Hospital – Now it comes out that at least forty people have died recently because our VA hospital won’t see them.  One was urinating blood.  He died two months later never having even seen a doctor once, despite showing up constantly asking for help.  Apparently, they kept two lists.  You type in your information in the computer, but they print it and don’t save it.  They only enter it in the “official list” if you get an appointment.  Over 1,600 people think they are waiting for appointments and are not even entered.  This according to a doctor whistle-blower.  I can’t begin to express my anger and hatred towards people who bragged earlier this year about their great wait times for care and received bonuses while letting my fellow veterans die.


Throughout history, countries celebrate “their” victories in battle while shunning their troops as outcasts.  Our own Department of Homeland Security calls them domestic terrorist risks.  They go into war torn areas and risk life and limb, but are not allowed to carry weapons and defend themselves on our own bases.  The VA put out a book on how older veterans should consider if they want to extend their lives and be a burden on their family or refuse care and let themselves die.  Veterans are great off fighting wars, but societies do not welcome them back.

It’s time for it to stop.  Our veterans risked all for virtually no compensation.  They gave the best earning years of their lives, sometimes their lives or pieces of their bodies to protect you.  All of us are volunteers.  We did this for you.  Don’t let this happen to our veterans.  Join me in contacting your Senators and Congressman.  If they can waste billions spying on Americans, taking cattle, wire tapping allies and flying the First Family on vacations, just where does basic medical care for our veterans rank?  We can spend trillions on the Affordable Health Care Act but nothing to serve our veterans’ needs?


I was told while I was active duty that I would only get good care while active.  Once retired I was told, they had no use for me and not to count on getting the medical benefits they promised.  The old-timers were certainly right.



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Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US


Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US


This is an aeromagnetic map of the eastern margin of North America showing, among other things, Brunswick magnetic anomaly (BMA) and East Coast magnetic anomaly (ECMA).COURTESY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Geoscientists have identified a chunk of Africa stuck onto the southeastern United States.

A long mysterious zone of unusual magnetism that stretches from Alabama through Georgia and offshore to the North Carolina coast appears to be the suture between ancient rocks that formed when parts of Africa and North America were pressed together 250 million years ago. If so, Africa could have left a lot more behind in the American southeast when the conjoined continents rifted apart and formed the Atlantic Ocean.

“There are some large faults in the magnetic data,” said geologist Robert Hatcher of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, regarding what is called the Brunswick Magnetic Anomaly and other magnetic features in the region. “They have not been active for a very long time. They are strike-slip faults like the San Andreas today. But there’s also younger fall with opposite direction.”

The faults appear to be the remains of the collision and then messy divorce of Africa and North America.

“There was an attempt to rip away Florida and southern Georgia,” said Hatcher. “So you have a failed rift there. We know there’s a suture there between African crust and newer crust from the Appalachians. There are pieces of crust that started in Africa.”

A rift is what happens when the crust is pulled apart. When that happened 200 million years ago, 50 million years after African and North America collided, it appears to have started near the old collision zone, but then shifted to weaker crust to the east.

That rift zone split open and caused volcanic eruptions which created new oceanic crust — what is today the crust of the Earth under the Atlantic Ocean. The rifting continues today at what’s called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

“The age of the suture zone is believed to be about 250 million years old, but that’s not very well constrained,” said geologist Elias Parker, Jr., of the University of Georgia in Athens. He published a paper reviewing what’s known about the Brunswick Magnetic Anomaly in the latest issue of GSA Today.

The big challenge in sorting out the history of the southeast U.S. is that there are intriguing magnetic signals, as well as gravimetric measurements, but there is not enough deep borehole studies or seismic data to confirm the faults and the proposed scenarios.

“There are deeper faults and more shallow features,” said Parker. “It makes the interpretation really challenging.”

Among the seismic projects that could help increase the resolution of the structures, said Parker, is the Southeastern Suture of the Appalachian Margin Experiment (SESAME) and the Suwanee Suture and Georgia Rift Basin Experiment.

“This is just the start to understanding the structure of the southeast U.S.,” said Parker. “What I’m trying to do is come up with a simple explanation for this.”

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Psychological Life Hacks That Successful People Use

Brilliant Psychological Life Hacks That Successful People Have Been Using Forever

These 24 psychological life hacks have been practiced by successful people for years, and it’s time you took advantage of these mind tricks that can vastly improve your life. These small shifts will give you greater control of potentially important outcomes, from everyday situations to stressful job interviews. I’ve adapted these awesome pieces of advice from an AskReddit thread on the topic.

1. Primacy and recency: people most remember the first and last things to occur, and barely the middle.

When scheduling an interview, ask what times the employer is interviewing and try to be first or last.RLLRRR

2. If you work in a bar or in customer service of any kind…

…Put a mirror behind you at the counter. This way angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chances of them behaving irrationally lowers significantly.iHave1PenisAMA

3. Once you make the sales pitch, don’t say anything else.

This works in sales, but it can also be applied in other ways. My boss at an old job was training me and just giving me pointers. I was working at a gym trying to sell memberships. He told me that once I got all the small talk out of the way and presented the prices, that the first person to talk will lose. It didn’t seem like a big deal but it actually worked. Often there were long periods of awkward silence as the person tried to come up with some excuse, but usually they bought. The Dude K Smooth

5. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait.

If you stay silent and keep eye contact they will usually continue talking.Drink4Pink

6. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous like public speaking or bungee jumping.

If we are eating, something in our brain reasons ‘I would not be eating if I were danger. So I’m not in danger’. Has helped calm me a few times.Xcellardoor

8. People will remember not what you said but how you made them feel.

Also most people like talking about themselves so ask lots of questions about them.LibbyLibbyLibby

9. When you’re learning something new, teach a friend about it. Let them ask questions.

If you’re able to teach something well, you understand it.MoreWhiskeyPls

10. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.

It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen next time.Captain Capybara


11. The physical affects of stress – breathing rate and heart rate – are almost identical to the physical affects of courage.

When your feeling stress from any situation immediately reframe it: your body is getting ready to be courageous, it is NOT feeling stress.EdrawDe

12. Pay attention to people’s feet.

If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation. Similarly if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.-eDgAR-

13. Fake it till you make it; confidence is more important than knowledge.

Don’t be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.

14. If you pretend to be something for long enough, you will eventually become it.

15. Not to be creepy, but if you want to stare at someone unashamedly, look directly past them and wait for them to try and meet your eyes.

When they fail to do that, they’ll look around (usually nervously for a second) they won’t look at you again for some time. This is your chance to straight up stare at this person for at least 45 seconds.Yorpel_Chinderbapple

16. Build a network.

Become their information source, and let them be yours. Even grabbing a beer with a former colleague once a year will keep you in the loop at the old office. Former coworkers might have gotten a new position in that office you always wanted to work in, great! Go to them for a beer, and ask about the office. It’s all about connections and information.FRIENDLY_CANADIAN

17. If you are angry at the person in front of you driving like a grandmother…

Pretend it is your grandmother, it will significantly reduce your road rage

19. Stand up straight

No slouching, hands out of pockets, and head held up high. It’s not just a cliche — you literally feel better and people around you feel more confident in you.FoolTarot

20. Avoid saying “I think,” and “I believe” unless absolutely necessary.

These are phrases that do not evoke confidence, and will literally do you no good.FoolTarot

21. When feeling anxious, clean up your home or work space.
You will feel happier and more accomplished than before.FoolTarot

23. Always buy the first pitcher or round of drinks.

You’d be surprised how long you can drink on the phrase “I bought the first one.”

24. Going into an interview…be interested in your interviewers.

If you focus on learning about them you seem more interesting and dynamic. (Again, people love to talk about themselves.)Mackin37

25. Pay Attention Parents: Always give your kid a choice that makes them think they are in control.

For instance when I want him to put his shoes on I will say ,”do you want to put your star wars shoes on or your shark shoes on?”

Pro-tip: In some cases, this works on adults. MasterLogician

27. Your action affect your attitudes more than your attitudes affect your actions.

As my former teacher said “you can jump and dance FOR joy, but you can also jump and dance yourself joyful.”Buddhainhair

28. When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.

29. If you want to build rapport or gain someone’s trust quickly, match their body posture and position.

If someone is sitting with her legs crossed cross your legs. If they’re leaning away from you mean away from them. If they’re leaning towards you, lean towards them. Mirroring and matching body position is a subconscious way to tell if someone trusts you or is comfortable with you. If you’re sitting with your arms crossed and you notice someone else is sitting with her arms crossed, that is a good indicator that you have/are successfully built/building rapport with that person.Chesstarian

Did I miss anything? Leave psychological life hacks you’d recommend in the comments and I’ll be sure to add them. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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