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Men have difficulty “hearin” women:

The Daily Mail, quoting findings published in the specialist magazine

NeuroImage, said researchers at Sheffield university in northern England discovered startling differences in the way the brain responds to male and female sounds.

Men deciphered female voices using the auditory part of the brain that processes music, while male voices engaged a simpler mechanism, it said.

The Mail quoted researcher Michael Hunter as saying, “The female voice is actually more complex than the male voice, due to differences in the size and shape of the vocal cords and larynx between men and women, and also due to women having greater natural ‘melody’ in their voices.

“This causes a more complex range of sound frequencies than in a male voice.”

Hilarious, science is awesome.


Your Summer Ride is a Jeep

For you, summer is all about having no responsibilities.
You prefer to hang with old friends – and make some new ones.

Radio Show from 1-3 today

Go to http://www.racetotheright.com or http://www.1450knsi.com

My Family and The Bomb

I’ll have to get a clarification from Captain Bogs on this, but I’d like to offer an anecdote about the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

My Grandfather had a storied career in the Military during WWII. He was in the OSS as a translator, and served in the Army Corps of Engineers. He was a seargent (I have his stripes), and he was serving in the Pacific when “The Bomb” was dropped.

As I recall, and this story was told to me in 1997, my grandfather (Americo Andrade) was doing training excercises for an amphibious assualt on mainland Japan. Being an engineer, he would’ve been in the first wave of soldiers ashore. The engineers would be tasked with blowing up obstacles and mines.

If you’re interested, in Normandy, engineers took high casualites. Very high casualties. And the life expectancy of a senior noncom on Omaha Beach were pretty low (basically minutes). Had my grandfather made this landing, there was probably an 80-90% chance he’d have died on that beach.

Dropping the bomb and forcing the Japanese surrender saved his life and countless other American lives. In fact, I heard this on Dennis Prager, the predicted casualties for the Japanese for strategic, non nuclear bombing was 900,000 people.

The bomb saved lives, and continues to save lives. A ground war with the Soviet Bloc would have been a slaughter. In fact, the bomb is the single greatest keeper of the peace ever invented. We found a weapon so scary no one wanted to waste the lives of their people against it (this was the claim of the inventor of the machine gun, that it would make war so horrific that peace would have to follow).

Three cheers I say.

Andy’s Garage

Initial assessment is a thumbs up.