Theme of the day: The North and South Poles

None of the Santa nonsense though - just howling blizzards, ice, bitter cold, and willpower. (No hot showers either - lol).

ACROSS

1. An American who reached both Poles by plane (North, 1926; South, 1929)

3. This Kiwi bagged both Poles and climbed Mount Everest too

8. Nobel Peace Prize laureate who crossed Greenland on skis and also reached the North Pole

9. Two attempts in the South, but using ponies not sled dogs led to his defeat

10. Reached the South Pole, ascended Mount Erebus, and survived Elephant Island with his team

DOWN

2. First to recognize Antarctica as a Continent (not as a collection of islands)

4. Contender in Races North and South; beaten in the North, victorious in the South

5. From Japan, the lesser-known third participant in the Race to the South Pole (1911)

6. An Aussie on ice, with a passion for geology

7. Modern times - solo walking voyages to both Poles; 34-day record in the South

To courage and adventure!

And next time - quant finance by the fireside.

Statistics: Posted by trackstar — Yesterday, 11:01 pm

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For those interested in hearing it (and with a helpful transcript so you can know who's speaking):

Oral arguments: Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health

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Statistics: Posted by Collector — Yesterday, 9:55 pm

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Get vaccinated or we:

Shrug (Florida)

Keep you out of concerts and sporting events (Los Angeles county)

Lock you out of your own country (Australia)

Make your life a living hell (Greece, Austria)

Statistics: Posted by Alan — Yesterday, 9:30 pm

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I must be imagining things again!

I was listening to Bob Marley as I was typing earlier and the auditory influence was overwhelming. : )Here are

and while we're at it...

Romanes Eunt Domus! No, no no....!

Statistics: Posted by trackstar — Yesterday, 9:10 pm

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Indian Tribe May Open Abortion Clinic on Its Land

Looking at Texas, I see only a few Indian lands, and of course they would have to be interested -- but, if so,

perhaps a potential in-state solution.

Statistics: Posted by Alan — Yesterday, 8:59 pm

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I only knew the Boney M version. Did Bob M do a version? The internet seems undecided. (Ok, after 30 seconds 'research') Originally The Melodians.

Statistics: Posted by Paul — Yesterday, 8:51 pm

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The answer to the Riddle posted on December 1: "What has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks, and has a bank but no money?"

A river.

The solutions to the Calendar Crossword puzzle:

ACROSS

4. The oldest calendar (maybe) - Sumerian

5. Calendar of the People of the Book - Hebrew

6. Pallas time - Athenian

8. Universal time - Cosmic

9. All Hail, Caesar! - Julian

10. Iranian cosmology - Zorastrian - (should have also mentioned Persia, as obviously Iran did not exist as such in those days.)

12. Runic and trollic time - Icelandic

14. By the Rivers of... - Babylon (know your Reggae!)

DOWN

1. Vegetarian/vegan inspiration calandar - Hindu

2. Pere Ubu's Day Runner - Pataphysical

3. Monastic chants (time and chance) - Gregorian

7. Time and Not Time - Buddhist

11. Ite domum! - Roman (know your Monty Python!)

13. Popol Vu(h) - Mayan (Also an atmospheric/ambient band from the 1970s/80s)

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Statistics: Posted by trackstar — Yesterday, 8:24 pm

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"Harsh treatment of the non-vaccinated

the vax fines introduced in Greece and Austria are harsh discrimination against the poor and the middle class!

Statistics: Posted by Collector — Yesterday, 8:24 pm

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"Austrians who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccines will face fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) once mandatory inoculations kick in next year."

"There will also be fines, of up to 1,500 euros, for refusal to take a booster shot"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-22/vaccine-holdouts-face-4-000-fine-in-austria-s-virus-crackdown

"There will also be fines, of up to 1,500 euros, for refusal to take a booster shot"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-22/vaccine-holdouts-face-4-000-fine-in-austria-s-virus-crackdown

Armistice (Westworld) refusing to take a booster shot:

Statistics: Posted by Alan — Yesterday, 7:26 pm

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This is totally ignored by health authorities and almost all politicians

Why not D vit passports, if below 50 ng/mL stay the F**g home and take your boosters! D vit booster!!

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/10/3596.

Statistics: Posted by Collector — Yesterday, 10:36 am

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[$]w(t_1)=\mu(w(t_0)) + w(t_0)[$]

given that

[$]w(t_0)=a_0 \,+ a_1 \, Z + a_2 \, Z^2 + a_3 \, Z^3 + a_4 \, Z^4 +\, ... [$]

[$]\mu(w(t_0))=b_0 \,+ b_1 \, Z + b_2 \, Z^2 + b_3 \, Z^3 + b_4 \, Z^4 +\, ... [$]

[$]w(t_1)=c_0 \,+ c_1 \, Z + c_2 \, Z^2 + c_3 \, Z^3 + c_4 \, Z^4 +\, ... [$]

We have to find c's the coefficients associated with [$]w(t_1)[$] given the known a's and b's that are coefficients of [$]w(t_0)[$] and [$]\mu(w(t_0))[$]

Though we have found the series solution at Z=0, nowhere do we apply this zero value of Z(while calculating evolution equation to find c's), we simply do arithmetic on coefficients of the series.

so for the leading coefficient

[$]c_0=b_0 \, + \, a_0[$]

and coefficient of nth power of the resulting series

[$]c_n=b_n \, + \, a_n[$]

relating this to my matlab program where the convention is that leading coefficients have a variable name followed by a 0 and higher coefficients are stored in arrays with nth element of the array representing coefficient of nth power of Z.

So in the program we simply do series addition by adding leading coefficients resulting in leading coefficient of the new series. And then arrays containing higher coefficients are added to give the array whose nth element is coefficient of nth power of Z.

Throughout these calculations to get the coefficients of resulting series, we do arithmetic on series coefficients and never apply the value Z=0.

Statistics: Posted by Amin — Yesterday, 3:05 am

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"New York’s School of American Ballet informed parents via email on Nov. 4 that all students—the school enrolls children as young as 6—must receive a Covid vaccine by January." your town, are u attending Ballet bearish? or u also need some stretching first ?

"While parents may choose to vaccinate their own children, these mandates are unethical and unlawful. Advocates of mandating Covid vaccines equate them with standard childhood shots against polio, chickenpox, TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). But those decades-old vaccine have gone through the full FDA testing regime. The covid vaccine has received only emergency-use authorisation for this age group."

Forced Covid Vaccination for Kids Is Unlawful WSJ

It makes perfect sense that the WSJ thinks so. My body type (and probably my mind type) is not suited to ballet, but both of our kids spent some time at Ballet Academy East in NYC. Some years ago. At this stage, I don’t think I would have sent them to such a place if they were not requiring participants (and teachers) to be vaccinated."While parents may choose to vaccinate their own children, these mandates are unethical and unlawful. Advocates of mandating Covid vaccines equate them with standard childhood shots against polio, chickenpox, TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). But those decades-old vaccine have gone through the full FDA testing regime. The covid vaccine has received only emergency-use authorisation for this age group."

Forced Covid Vaccination for Kids Is Unlawful WSJ

Statistics: Posted by bearish — Yesterday, 1:56 am

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