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Comment: Knight Rider theme at Phenix City, AL (Score 1) 335

by Minute Work (#21350917) Attached to: Japan's Melody Roads Play Music as You Drive
At an interchange on Highway 80 at Phenix City, Alabama there are a series of speed bumps warning you to slow down.

The speed bumps are in a series of 1 speed bump, space, 1 speed bump, space, 3 speed bumps.

When you drive over them in your car, it sounds just like the theme song to Knight Rider.

Duh duh.... duh duh.... duh duh, duh duh, duh duh.
The Almighty Buck

Massachusetts Makes Health Insurance Mandatory 779

Posted by kdawson
from the no-sickos-here dept.
Iron Condor writes "Massachusetts is the first state to require its residents to secure health insurance, a plan designed to get as close as practically possible to statewide universal health care. Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney originally introduced the idea in 2004. Effective July 1, 2007, the law, which uses federal and state tax dollars, is aimed at making health insurance affordable to all residents of the state, including low-income populations. Those who fall below the federal poverty line may be eligible for health care at no cost."
The Internet

W3C Bars Public From Public Conference 169

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the tricky-word-speak dept.
xk0der writes "Danny Weitzner, one of the W3C's policy directors and event co-chair, repeatedly claimed in a follow up telephone conversation that, by "public," the W3C actually means "closed to the public." Weitzner was the person who personally barred my colleague from entering the conference." The story is worth a read- it's very strange. Personally I think this guy is just vying to replace Tony Snow at the White House.
Software

Documents Reveal US Incompetence with Word, Iraq 419

Posted by Zonk
from the see-there's-this-thing-called-covering-your-tracks dept.
notNeilCasey writes "The U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, which formerly governed Iraq, accidentally published Microsoft Word documents containing information never meant for the public, according to an article in Salon. By viewing the documents using the Track Changes feature in Word (.doc), the author has been able to reconstruct internal discussions from 2004 which reflect the optimism, isolation and incompetence of the American occupation. Download the author's source document or look for more yourself. 'Presumably, staffers at the CPA's Information Management Unit, which produced the weekly reports, were cutting and pasting large sections of text into the reports and then eliminating all but the few short passages they needed. Much of the material they were cribbing seems to have come from the kind of sensitive, security-related documents that were never meant to be available to the public. In fact, about half of the 20 improperly redacted documents I downloaded, including the March 28 report, contain deleted portions that all seem to come from one single, 1,000-word security memo. The editors kept pulling text from a document titled "Why Are the Attacks Down in Al-Anbar Province -- Several Theories." (The security memo and the last page of the March 28 report can be seen here, along with several other CPA documents that can be downloaded.)'"

26 Common Climate Myths Debunked 998

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the poking-holes-in-the-holes dept.
holy_calamity writes to mention that New Scientist is revealing the truth behind the '26 most common climate myths' used to muddy the waters in this ongoing heated debate. "Our planet's climate is anything but simple. All kinds of factors influence it, from massive events on the Sun to the growth of microscopic creatures in the oceans, and there are subtle interactions between many of these factors. Yet despite all the complexities, a firm and ever-growing body of evidence points to a clear picture: the world is warming, this warming is due to human activity increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and if emissions continue unabated the warming will too, with increasingly serious consequences."

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