Thursday, January 2, 2014

How Many Murders Were Committed Today?



Would you like to know how many births there were in the world today? How many deaths? How many births there were this year? How many deaths this year?

You can find such things at a website called worldometer. And you can discover a lot more statistics concerning many other subjects, such as Current World Population, Public Healthcare Expenditure Today, Public Education Expenditure Today, Public Military Expenditure Today... and much, much more. And it's updated instantly




Yesterday I read that an estimated 3,520 people have been killed by American drones since 2002, and that 457 of those killed were civilians. Anyway, that's what is reported by the PBS NEWSHOUR.

I tell myself that I have to believe such seemingly senseless slaughter is necessary. After all, it's a matter of Self Defense. Isn't it?  President Obama seems to think so. He is the one who issues orders for the killing to be done.


Did You Know . . .?

The United States one-dollar bill is the most common denomination of US currency, totaling 45% of all bills ($1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100) produced. There are about 2 billion $1 bills in circulation.



On this day in 1897, American writer Stephen Crane survived the sinking of The Commodore off the coast of Florida. He turned the harrowing adventure into his classic short story "The Open Boat" (1897). The 25-year-old writer had gained international fame with the publication of his novel The Red Badge of Courage in 1896. A Civil War story told from the soldier's point of view, the novel originally appeared as a syndicated newspaper series.

Crane contracted tuberculosis in his late 1920s. Cora Howard Taylor nursed him while he wrote furiously in an attempt to pay off his debts. He exhausted himself and exacerbated his condition. He died in June 1900, at the age of 28.



1. The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
2. A means or method of defending or protecting.
3. An argument in support or justification of something.
4. The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
5. The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.



(Jan 2, 1920 - Apr 6, 1992)
Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in nine out of ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series.

(born January 2, 1967)
Tia Carrere is an American actress, model, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She is most widely known for her roles as Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2, as Nani in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, as Queen Tyr'ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and as Sydney Fox in the syndicated television series Relic Hunter, and for her participations as a contestant in the second season of the United States version of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

(born January 2, 1968)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire.

(born January 2, 1952)
Wendy Phillips is an American actress, noted for playing David Selby's last wife, Lauren Daniels, during the final season of Falcon Crest and for playing Gerald McRaney's wife, Claire Greene, on both Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. Other television series in which she has been a featured player have included A Year in the Life, Homefront, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Among her movie works, there is a role in Airplane II: The Sequel and also on Bugsy.


He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
--Albert Einstein



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