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Thursday, March 8. 2012
Photo is a delivery truck, Nashville
Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us - One hundred years after the ocean liner struck an iceberg and sank, the tragedy still looms large in the popular psyche
Having faith in the invisible hand of Purim - The image of an invisible hand can enable us to bridge the gap between those with merely a faith in God and those with merely a faith in man.
Otzi the Iceman Was Lactose Intolerant
We're dealing with savages in Afghanistan: It's time to threaten them hellfire and get our troops home NOW
Fade to Darkness? No, the Republican Party isn't doomed.
Super Tuesday: How Mitt Romney won and why that worries Obama
Government Spends $11 Million to Clothe Two People
A Year Later, Mysterious Space Plane Is Still in Orbit
The myth of crippling sanctions - Tehran will get nukes if the world doesn’t get serious fast
Iran trying to build nuclear missiles capable of hitting London, Cameron warns MPs
It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region
Tracked: Mar 08, 07:16
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BD you missed one: Headline news:Solar flare on Tuesday will lead to earth being bombarded on Thursday!
The worst it's been(since the last one.)! The sky is falling. Make your calls and get off that airplane before the whole system comes to a standstill.
I wonder how many burgers have to be sold to pay for that paint job?
That's a "vehicle wrap" of printed vinyl, rather than paint. One vendor suggests online that $2,200 to $2,700 would cover that sort of installation.
At resale it can just be peeled off.
Otzi the Iceman, despite not being overweight and also getting plenty of exercise, had arteriosclerosis and was headed for a heart attack. Unless his Lyme Disease killed him first. Or a spear.
So a mere 68 years after the Germanic nazis rained down the V2 on London, the Persian nazis are trying to follow suit? I'd say, it's no wonder Mohammed so loved the sword --
The eagle cam is up and running at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, complete with sound as of yesterday and just in time to witness a huge confrontation between the resident eagles and an intruder.
No eggs yet, so there is much anticipation. http://www.wvec.com/eaglecam
I believe BD originally clued us into this wonderful site.
re Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us -
From my point of view, the fascinating thing about the Titanic sinking is that so many things had to go wrong for the event to occur.
If there had been enough lifeboats
If the Californian had come to the rescue
If the lookouts had possessed binoculars
If the ship had been travelling a few knots slower
If the ship's course had been an iota different than what it was
Had any of these variables changed, the scale of the tragedy could have been greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.
A veteran ship's captain on his final voyage
The gliterati aboard
The Press hype about a brand new ship being unsinkable
The ship taking hours and not minutes to sink
The lifeboats being loaded with women and children and not being filled to capacity
The little string ensemble playing to the end
The new wireless sending the SOS distress call for the first time
And the improbable survival of Second Officer Lightoller and the men on the overturned collapsible.
Added together it makes an intriguing and compelling story.
We should keep an eye on t his wind project. It is suppose to go online at the end of the month.
Camden Hills Students Say They Were Told There Would Be No Math
Students raised the $500,000 needed to purchase and install the turbine, following eight years of research, speaking at public hearings, planning, addressing the public’s concerns and obtaining the required permits. According to the Windplanners web page (www.fivetowns.net/subsites/windplanners), the turbine is expected to save an estimated $18,000 per year in energy costs for taxpayers in the five-town community school district, and the turbine’s cost will “pay for itself within its 20-year design life,” although those numbers don’t quite add up
$500,000 raised over eight years to produce a savings of $18,000/year with a two-year warranty on the equipment. Hmmm. And the students got sucked into this?
"purchase and install"
That's nice, what about maintenance? The thousands of dead and abandoned wind turbines in Hawaii, Calif. and elsewhere (built with billions in Federal subsidies) are a warning that stuffing all that state of the art power generating components into a compact housing and sticking it on top of a lightning rod that no one wants to climb on top of, might cost more than the original installation costs over its lifetime.
Remember, if our billions of dollars and decades of attempts have taught us nothing (it seems) it's that wind power isn't free.
"See, "Cost of Ignorance - I'll Prepared Students a Burden for Colleges":" Let's start right here: "I'll" is a contraction of "I will"; :"Ill" means, in this case, "poorly prepared".
"Elites Loot Africa While Foreign Debt Mounts " It's what kleptocracies do.
I think the Obama=gay story is a satire on the Hermain Cain accursers. Please ck. I am no Obama fan, but I think this is false and you know how things can get out of hand.
--could be a counteroffensive against Sheriff Joe's legit results. Obama operatives, formal or otherwise, beckon the oppo into a media ambush --?
Crazy Vet story... let's not forget that Laura Ingels Wilder included a story involving an uncle who reportedly had gone a bit crazy in the war. She decided she liked him (and he never did anything crazy in the book) so maybe she was trying to debunk the myth of her time. Nevertheless, the legend long predates the current broadcast media.
I'm afraid the Obama gay sexual harassment story is pure BS. You need to pull that one.
It's still a story --the story of the theme meme war, how effort is being made to entrap --to weld fictive narrative to a sort of useable form of truth.
"Nevermind Obama's policies, what about that right-wing smear job?"
If wind were a reliable source of power, all the naval ships of the world would still be driven by sail instead of by oil and by the atom. The science is settled. Case closed.
Also, it was "only" part of the $11 million ($148.000 IIRC) that found to have benefited two people. A slight wording change may be in order.
Seems to me that the rest of the $ was used to hire and set up an office.
Bird Dog ... In case your devoted maggiesfarmers haven't heard yet, Neptunus Lex, one of the best military bloggers on the internet, was killed two days ago in a crash of the Israeli-designed aircraft which he was testing. His real name was Captain [Ret.] Carroll LeFon, and he was almost without peer in his writing ability, his erudition about politics [he had majored in political science at Annapolis], the military, and the Navy in general. He had been a Top Gun instructor, and had served on several Naval ships in various high-ranking responsible positions during his career. But his first love, besides his family, was always flying.
The two blogs I have always read faithfully since I discovered them are maggiesfarm and Neptunus Lex. Between the two of you, you have kept me informed and anchored in reality, which is no small thing to do for old folks with almost full internal hard discs.
So, say a prayer for a good man who lost his life this week. He had defended all of us with his whole career.
Re windmills generating electricity.
A few years ago I saw a study by the Royal Instution of Engineers, prepared for the British parliment, on the cost of generating electricity. According to the study generating electricity with windmills cost 2-3 times as much as generating it using coal, hydro, gas or nuclear power. I haven't seen any later study contradicting that. Generating electricity with windmills is expensive.
--here and there in the 'sphere there's appreciative mention of Neptunus Lex' stand-alone piece (okay, it's not a book, diary, report, story, fictional, autobio, so it's a 'piece' --?) on carrier flight ops.