Enjoy the rest of August....
On Tuesday, Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said he has not spoken toWhat's really sad is that these guys could do it all again in 2 years, and I suspect they'd get just as much attention then as they got now.
Whitton but processed paperwork to fire him.
"Once he perpetrated a fraud, that goes into his credibility and integrity," Turner said. "He has violated the duty of a police officer."
It's a long tale - and the longest posting I think I've ever written and piecing it together from the individual CA postings has been a long, hard but fascinating struggle.Therefore it seems it must have an inherent bias. You just can't reply on a single source and expect to uncover the truth.
It's not very impressive, and intends, it seems, mostly to string anyone along. Most improbably is the claim that they found the body in early June -- who in their right mind would sit on a "discovery" like this for 2 months. They say they have it in a freezer. The last, least talkative guy, talked about filling the freezer up with water. That's how how you freeze something in a freezer. Tom Biscardi cuts in to correct/clarify.
What's their angle--profiteering off the documentary Biscardi says he's making?
PS: These guys have been caught in more than one lie in recent months....
2.15 cm/s per light-year
The amount of corn that it takes to produce a 20 gallon tank of ethanol could feed one person for an entire year,” Reason magazine Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey says.I suspect he means 20 gallons of straight ethanol, but of course it's blended with gasoline in a ratio of 1 to 4-10.
The presence of a bunch of adults dedicated to abstaining from alcohol and drugs might seem like an unusual source of blight -- but some Los Angeles City Council members say that it poses a real threat to the quality of life in many neighborhoods.Come on. This is talking about second-hand smoke in an outdoor environmen, subject to considerable wafts. But it's simple common sense that no outdoor area is going to be so inundated with 2nd-hand smoke as to render its use impossible. You don't even need meters to measure this -- it's prima facie absurd.
An influx of sober-living homes has so affected some areas, city officials say, that children can't play outside in the evening because of second-hand smoke from recovering addicts' cigarettes and the adult nature of their 12-step conversations in backyards.
"My own feeling is that if we get to a 4 degree rise it is quite possible that we would begin to see a runaway increase."
“The fog you see is based on the basis of humidity and heat. It does not mean to say that this fog is the same as pollution. It can be pollution, but the fog doesn’t mean necessarily that it is pollution. Of course, we prefer clean skies, but the most important thing is the health of the athletes being protected.”Baghad Bob could not have done better.
Key results are that the linear trend in the April 1 Cascade Mountain snowpack during the period 1930‐2007 was found to be ‐23%, although this trend does not quite meet a statistical significance threshold because of large interannual and interdecadal variability. The trend during the period 1950‐1997 (used by previous investigators) was found to be a statistically significant ‐48%. However, this trend is reduced to a statistically insignificant ‐14% when the part of the snowpack time series that correlates with an index of natural decadal variability of the north Pacific Ocean is removed. The observed Cascade snowpack actually shows a slight positive trend during the most recent 3 decades of rapid global warming, though this result does not achieve statistical significance due to the large annual variability in snowpack.The paper is not yet peer-reviewed, but submitted to the Journal of Climate. Of course, it is already being politicized, with right wingers claiming (again) this is a disproof of anthropogenic global warming. It is not, as the authors make clear in their paper (p. 25).
"I agree with the American Automobile Association. We should all inflate our tires."Next up: should the government recommend you wear shoes when walking on broken glass?
"Happiness does not heal, but happiness protects against falling ill. As a result, happy people live longer. The size of the effect on longevity is comparable to that of smoking or not. This is concluded from an analysis of 30 follow-up studies published in the latest issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies (September 2008)."The journal is peer-reviewed. I suppose the reviewers must be pre-screened as happy.
The illegal ivory trade is being carried out mostly by large crime syndicates, Wasser believes, and is being driven by growing markets in China and Japan, where ivory is in demand for carvings and signature stamps called hankos.
In addition, in the last few years demand has risen sharply in the United States, where much of the ivory is used to make knife handles and gun grips. In fact, a May report from the Care for the Wild International, a not-for-profit British natural protection organization, ranks the U.S. second behind China as a marketplace for illegal ivory.
There is something about an extinction of elephants that seems like a watershed event. Yes, I know we are in an age of anthropogenic extinction, and species are dying out every day. But elephants...that seems a little different somehow. They're not like some shy vole or uncommon butterfly. They're elephants. We love seeing them. They're beautiful and fascinating and obviously social and smart, and yet we can't even seem to find it among ourselves to halt and reverse their extinction. And if we can't do it for elephants, what would we possibly do it for?
Via: The Portland Mercury