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Comment: Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (Score 1) 1038

by DeBattell (#45994543) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Well that's all fine and good, but not everyone feels as you do. I am NOT willing to accept even a tiny probability of being one of the sacrificial lambs, and more importantly I'm not willing to accept that tiny probably for my children either. Monetary compensation is not a perfect solution, but what you typically see when someone is released after a long stretch of unjust imprisonment is that they are not bitter at all. But the bitterness of the family who has a family member unjustly executed is eternal. The two situations are not comparable at all.

Comment: Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (Score 1) 672

by DeBattell (#39653167) Attached to: Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

I live in Tennessee. I read my 8 year old Dawkin's "Magic of Reality" cover to cover. He's straightening out his class mates. There are a few educated people in Tennessee. The problems come when we get distracted by things like Slashdot and ignore local politics.


Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-perspective-on-an-old-tragedy dept.
longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."
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+ - Bush's veto of Water Projects Bill Overridden

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DeBattell writes "CNN Politics reports that Bush's veto of a new water projects bill, which includes funds for rebuilding in Katrina-devastated New Orleans, has been overridden by a comfortable margin by both the house and senate. Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) was quoted as saying "I don't know why the president chose this bill to try to reassume the mantle of fiscal responsibility, but he picked the wrong bill." The link:"

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