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So here is an interview with a member of the OPERA collaboration who did not sign the preprint that caused the media furore:

All of it is relevant, but this part in particular:

QuoteHagner also says that the statistical analysis (matching the proton spectrum with that of the neutrinos) should have been redone by different techniques and that this is currently under way. She further points out that the results are only from one of two detection methods that OPERA has, the scintillation-tracker. Another detector, the spectrometer, should yield an independent measurement that could be compared to the first, but that would take about 2 months.
Techmology and Scientism / Re: FIREFOX ?
September 26, 2011, 11:25:17 PM
If you go into the options menu, under the "privacy" tab, you can tell it not to remember history at all.

These are apparently Dinosaur feathers, also trapped in amber. Which, I guess, should put that debate to rest.

Moar here.
Follow-up article says No, It Was Probably Dark Energy All Along:

QuoteNow a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia has compared new data with the predictions of various void models and standard dark energy models. Post-doctoral fellows Jim Zibin and Adam Moss, along with Professor Douglas Scott, studied supernova, cosmic microwave background, and baryon acoustic data from the early universe, and found that altogether the data fits standard dark energy models much more closely than void models. Their study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.

(This one is from 2009)
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Perry: Government you can TRUST.
September 13, 2011, 01:52:29 PM

Those disclaimers should be put on everything!
Would anyone like to see a video of her shouting "Who likes white people?!" at a crowd?

Apparently the warmup band were called White People Soul Band, but somehow that doesn't make it better.
Conservative author "stunned to discover" that his book was cited by Breivik. (And his named mentioned 22 times in the manifesto).

Book is called While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within.

Here is more information about it:

It is very cool that you guys found a translation.
If you want a hard sceptical point of view...

We can divide the ordeal into your wife's subjective experiences of the event, and the objective facts that she relayed to this man.
The subjective experience, her feelings of this vision, can be dismissed as "the mind is weird, and sometimes wires get crossed". Nothing supernatural necessary here.

This leaves us with the objective facts, which seem to be:
A bird and a cat
The number seven
When life gives you lemons..
A description of a fairly generic grandmother

All of these, it has to be said, are pretty common things that anyone is going to see/hear any day of the week. This guy was in a pretty suggestible state and thus very willing to make "deep" connections with these things.

All in all, I don't think anything supernatural happened.

But I'm not sure whether this is important. If your wife wants to take meaning from this, if it makes her happier or more peaceful, it can't hurt to take that.
Boingboing pointed out that this may make her unavailable to attend her scheduled public grilling in parliament.
Which is convenient, I suppose.
Oh, and this pic might or might not be in the image gallery associated with the patent:

Ironically, I can't see the image gallery directly because I don't have Apple Quicktime. :lulz: