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Top 15 Alcohol drinking countries   Leave a comment


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15. United Kingdom

Per capita alcohol consumption: 13.37 liters Recorded consumption: 11.67 liters Unrecorded consumption: 1.70 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 4.93 liters Wine: 3.53 liters Spirits: 2.41 liters Other: 0.67 liters

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14. France

Per capita alcohol consumption: 13.66 liters Recorded consumption: 13.30 liters Unrecorded consumption: 0.36 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 2.31 liters Wine: 8.14 liters Spirits: 2.62 liters Other: 0.17 liters

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13. Ireland

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.41 liters Recorded consumption: 13.41 Unrecorded consumption: 1.00
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 7.04 liters Wine: 2.75 liters Spirits: 2.51 liters Other: 1.09 liters

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12. Portugal

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.55 liters Recorded consumption: 14.55 liters Unrecorded consumption: 2.10 litres
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 3.75 liters Wine: 6.65 liters Spirits: 1.27 liters Other: 0.51 liters

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11. South Korea

Per capita alcohol consumption: 14.80 liters Recorded consumption: 11.80 liters Unrecorded consumption: 3.00 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 2.14 liters Wine: 0.06 liters Spirits: 9.57 liters Other: 0.04 liters

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10. Croatia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.11 liters Recorded consumption: 12.61 liters Unrecorded consumption: 2.50 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 4.66 liters Wine: 5.80 liters Spirits: 1.91 liters Other: 0.14 liters

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9. Belarus

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.13 liters Recorded consumption: 11.22 Unrecorded consumption: 3.91
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 1.84 liters Wine: 0.80 liters Spirits: 4.08 liters Other: 2.67 liters

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8. Romania

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.30 liters Recorded consumption: 11.30 liters Unrecorded consumption: 4.00 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 4.07 liters Wine: 2.33 liters Spirits: 4.14 liters Other: 0.00 liters

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7. Andorra

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.48 liters Recorded consumption: 14.08 liters Unrecorded consumption: 1.40 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 3.93 liters Wine: 5.69 liters Spirits: 3.14 liters Other: 0.00 liters

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6. Estonia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.57 liters Recorded consumption: 13.77 liters Unrecorded consumption: 1.80 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 5.53 liters Wine: 1.09 liters Spirits: 9.19 liters Other: 0.43 liters

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5. Ukraine

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.60 liters Recorded consumption: 8.10 liters Unrecorded consumption: 7.50 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 2.69 liters Wine: 0.58 liters Spirits: 5.21 liters Other: 0.02 liters

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4. Russia

Per capita alcohol consumption: 15.76 liters Recorded consumption: 11.03 liters Unrecorded consumption: 4.73 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 3.65 liters Wine: 0.10 liters Spirits: 6.88 liters Other: 0.34 liters

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3. Hungary

Per capita alcohol consumption: 16.27 liters Recorded consumption: 12.27 liters Unrecorded consumption: 4.00 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 4.42 liters Wine: 4.94 liters Spirits: 3.02 liters Other: 0.14 liters

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2. Czech Republic

Per capita alcohol consumption: 16.45 liters Recorded consumption: 14.97 liters Unrecorded consumption: 1.48 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 8.51 liters Wine: 2.33 liters Spirits: 3.59 liters Other: 0.39 liters

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1. Moldova

Per capita alcohol consumption: 18.22 liters Recorded consumption: 8.22 liters Unrecorded consumption: 10.00 liters
Per capita consumption by type (recorded) Beer: 4.57 liters Wine: 4.67 liters Spirits: 4.42 liters Other: 0.00 liters

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Posted December 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Happy New Year   Leave a comment


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Posted December 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Top Ten Zombie Kills   Leave a comment


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Oh, all I want to know
All I want

With just a touch of my burning hand
I send my astro zombies to rape the land
Prime directive, exterminate
The whole human race

And your face drops in a pile of flesh
And then your heart, heart pounds
Till it pumps in death
Prime directive, exterminate
Whatever stands left

All I wanted to say
And all I gotta do
Who’d I do this for
Hey, me or you

And all I wanted to say
And all I gotta do
Who’d I do this for
Hey, me or you

Oh, all I want to know
All I want

With just a touch of my burning hand
I’m gonna live my life to to destroy your world
Prime directive, exterminate
The whole fuckin’ race

Then your face drops in a pile of flesh
And then your heart, heart pounds
And it pumps in death
Prime directive, exterminate
The whole fuckin’ place well

All I wanted to say
And all I gotta do
Who’d I do this for
Hey, me or you

And all I wanted to say
And all I gotta do
Who’d I do this for
Hey, me or you

Oh, all I want to know
All I want to know
All I want to know
All I want oh
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Posted December 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Islamist suicide bombers blowing themselves up in Russia again   Leave a comment


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Investigators say the attacks on a railway station and trolleybus, which killed at least 31 people, were linked.

They struck just over a month before the Winter Olympics begin.

Volgograd was also targeted in October, when a suspected female suicide bomber killed six people in an attack on a bus.

It is being widely assumed in Russia that the people who carried out the Volgograd bombings were involved in the Islamist-inspired insurgency against Russian rule in the Caucasus republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, and that the target was the Games, says the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford.

In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry did not blame any particular group but likened the attacks to acts by militants in the United States, Syria and elsewhere.

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For most Russians, these attacks came as a huge shock. Despite public assurances that the troubles in the Caucasus were coming under control, clashes between extremists and government troops, and some small-scale attacks, have continued.

More disturbingly, extremism has recently started to flare up further north, in some of Russia’s central regions, much closer to Volgograd.

This industrial and transport hub is of huge symbolic importance to most Russians. The attacks there, just weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics, have created unease across Russia. Many are now asking why the country’s powerful security services failed to stop the bombers, accusing them of complacency and unprofessionalism.

The threat to the Games in Sochi may not be so great: there are hundreds of police officers and military personnel deployed around the area. But the fear is that the bombers may strike elsewhere.

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Posted December 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Mandelbrot Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension   Leave a comment


Dangerous Minds

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It was in January OF 1944 that Benoit Mandelbrot fell in love with geometry, “in its most concrete and sensual form.”

”That part of geometry in which mathematics and the eye meet.”

During a math class, when Mandelbrot was nineteen years of age, at the Lycee du Parc in Lyon, young Benoit realized he could visualize algebra as geometric images. The class professor had been discussing a mathematical problem when Mandelbrot became instantly aware that he had the ability to change algebra into pictures. He then realized that once you can see pictures, the answer to a problem is obvious.

In 1958, Mandelbrot left France and joined IBM in America. It was here that Mandelbrot’s knowledge of visualizing problems was to prove very important.

Engineers at IBM had found an issue with transmitting computer information over telephone lines. Mandelbrot graphed the noise data, and noticed something that surprised him—no matter the time scale the graph looked similar, whether over one day, one hour, or one minute, or one second, the pattern remained constant. This reminded Mandelbrot of the Cantor Set, where a line is broken down into infinite recurring sets, and Helge von Koch’s “Snowflake,” where an iteration of a triangle creates an infinite length. Koch’s “Snowflake” is the earliest form of fractal.

Bringing these elements together, Mandelbrot developed a “theory of roughness” which he used to show that another dimension existed between 2-D and 3-D, this suggested there was a mathematical order to the seeming mess/chaos of the natural world. With the use of IBM computers, Mandelbrot proved his theory by producing a set of fractals in 1979.

Mandelbrot set images are made by sampling complex numbers and determining for each whether the result tends towards infinity when a particular mathematical operation is iterated on it. Treating the real and imaginary parts of each number as image coordinates, pixels are colored according to how rapidly the sequence diverges, if at all.  Did you get that?

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Posted December 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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International make-up of hockey teams   Leave a comment


 

Canadians play for the Americans, and Americans play for the Canadiens.  The Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League have mainly Canadian players and the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL have six Americans. Confusing? Such is the reality of hockey globalization.

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While I’m at it, check out the international make-up of our Winnipeg Jets.

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Above-Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien are American citizens.

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Posted December 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Jets win: put fans through tense, worrying, frightening, harrowing, gut-wrenching pressure   Leave a comment


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The Jets never make it easy for their fans as I have mentioned before. Tonight was no exception.  The Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche in a nail-biter. It was tied 1-1 with a few seconds left in the overtime period, Byfuglien and Scheifele pushed the puck towards the Avs goal and Blake Wheeler scored. There was one second left. 

When the Jets play anti-stress medication is the order of the day. Colorado almost scored with 15 seconds left in overtime.  But such is the luck of the draw.  The double blue uniformed Jets pull off a clutch win to get back to 500 as the season reaches the halfway point. Go Jets!

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Posted December 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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