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Saturday, August 3. 2013
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Now here's a real jaw-dropper:
Thunderstorms Pose A Threat In Battling Calif. Blaze
Because, if there's one thing you don't want a lot of while fighting a blazing forest fire, it's rain.
Now here's a marvelously — if inadvertently — incredibly true headline:
Military Works To Change Culture To Combat Rape
If you're trying to reduce the incidence of rape of military women, importing a bunch of gays sounds like just the ticket! And that, friends, is culture change.
In the 'Scratching Head' department, we have this:
Private Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon
And you think, gosh, if only we had some kind of "space station" or "orbiting telescope" or something where we could already do this!
And here's one of those confusing philosophical issues:
Stop Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners on Hunger Strikes
So, just to get this straight, the winner gets death?
By the way, speaking of your probably-eminent death, in case you've been worried about that MERS virus that's sweeping the globe and is about a week away from stopping by your neighborhood, these two articles should clear things right up:
MERS Virus May Be Deadlier Than SARS, Study Finds
MERS Is Not The New SARS, Study Finds
So at least we can put that little worry to rest.
And Glenn Reynolds of PJ Media has shed a little light on the subject of armed domestic drones and how we should view them.
I think we can safely infer that "Hmm" to mean he doesn't really trust their word.
But on the same page:
So, if I'm reading this right, armed drones are cool as long as the grown-ups aren't allowed to use them?
All of which brings us to the question on everyone's lips:
Do Scientists Mind Being Called Boffins?
Uh, buddy, if those scientists had the slightest idea of the names we usually call them, they'd fall to their knees in gratitude for only being called boffins.
Finally, turning to the horrific side of life, a drawbridge wouldn't open the other day, stranding drivers for, as the article states, "almost 45 minutes." When this kind of horror strikes an innocent populace, you can just bet that heads will roll.
Mother Nature Blamed For Failures With Woodrow Wilson Bridge Gates
And look how they zero right in on the exact problem:
And you think, gosh, if only there was some kind of modern science, like maybe the kind of advanced technology we'll have when we finally put a man on the moon some day, that could be used to prevent such tragedies in the future.
I hear that new-fangled "insulated wire" looks promising. And that new "silicone sealant" isn't being called "the wonder glue of the 70's" for no reason.
Students Sign Petition To Legalize Abortion After Childbirth
Kids today, huh? Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:00 | Comments (16) | Trackback (1)
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I gotta confess - I like 'bizarre' headlines more than any other type. These were great! (still thinking about the Gitmo one)
I actually support abortion after birth, too. I have a list if you're interested.
(I'm still working on that Gitmo one too)
And I remember seeing that Glenn Reynolds ad and thinking the same thing. He gives a "Hmm" to the FBI's use of those evil, vile drones, only to turn around two articles later and promotes them!
+10 for "Bye Bye Birdie" reference!
(man, are we old!)
"+10 for "Bye Bye Birdie" reference!"
You're right, we ARE old!
If you didn't get the 'Bye Bye Birdie' reference, then you're what we call a 'young'un', although I prefer the word 'whippersnapper'.
Well actually I haven't seen "Bye Bye Birdie", have no idea what it is about and thus wouldn't catch a reference from that movie/theater stage if you paid me.
However I do like the "Mary Poppins" cultural reference you snuck in - very clever.
#126.96.36.199.1 Tom Francis on 2013-08-03 15:02 (Reply)
I still tell my kids that their mother and I signed an "opt-in" agreement form when we got our marriage license, and one of the items gave us the right to "chose" up until the end of the sixty-eighth trimester of each child.
It's fun to see them still quickly screw up their faces to do the math each time.
The reason why you don't want thunderstorms is lightning which also starts fires. Plus you can't fight a stubborn fire in the rain and lightning. Nor can you fly to drop retardant. And a real hot fire, rain won't even get to the ground and in some cases will spread the fire faster by creating a zone of super heated air at low altitude that will move sideways. Rain will not extinguish a heavy fire state, it might diminish it, but it will not put it out and when the rains end, you're pretty much back where you started.
What rain will do is reduce the threat of fire, but once the fire starts, you will still have to fight it - in particular if it's a big blaze and very hot.
Absolutely. In dry South Texas, thunderstorms are when most of our brush fire calls comes in. The wind and lightning do a lot more harm than the rain suppresses.
You two are exactly why I specifically used the term "a lot of" in the post. You two are arguing that even a lot of rain would be a bad thing.
Good luck with that. :)
While you're throwing out all the math problems, I still can't understand why we can't take all the people in the U.S. who were considered uninsured, pay their catastrophic care premium ($10,000?) and add another $5000 for a medical insurance gimme to cover annual routine care and prescriptions, which could be rolled over for elderly care and come out much better than the billions being spent for the PR, consulting groups, IRS, parttime vs. fulltime workers, redoing all the blinking accounting, spending money for those too lazy to give up a Starbucks for contraception and Viagra, legal consults on who's eligible, etc. etc. etc.
Amazing!!! We have become frigging idiots.
Bridges: Controls, and the things controlled, need better waterproofing; it's not a new problem, so should be standard engineering.
Hillsdale: Heretics must be killed.
To the good Dr...
What did you do to the site? My computer (W7-AMD quad 8g Firefox22) running latest updates locks up while loading. Firefox takes 50% of cpu cycles for 2 min.
Different than yesterday....
Well, nothin' different. Handful of pics, couple o' vids, small flurry of posts. Have you rebooted to flush things out? If Flash and Firefox are involved, they get the first look of suspicion. Those two never have played nicely together.
The reference to thunderstorms is because the large majority of forest fires and brush fires are caused by lightning strikes, not human activity. It's actually part of the cycle of nature. Unfortunately, humans have now built a lot of things where they shouldn't be.
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