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Comment: Re:Pollution (Score 0) 303

by Zorbane (#30676596) Attached to: Minnesota Introduces World's First Carbon Tariff
Minnesota has 13 coal power plants while North Dakota has 6. Those westerlies you speak of must carry Minnesotan pollution off to somewhere else as well. I may not be qualified to give a lecture of the dynamics here...my guess (no offense) is that you are not either. However, considering that Minnesota has abt 9 times the population of North Dakota, I think it is safe to surmise there is not some disparity in the size or output of those plants in minnesota's favor. But surely, to take umbrage, and imply that Minnesotans and others take harm without adding their share of pollution as well is just silly.

Comment: SHEESH (Score 0) 199

by Zorbane (#26454547) Attached to: US Senate & House Create YouTube Channels
You know, I came across this video a few days back. It does quite a nice job at giving me the urge to wish we could have nation wide elections on the pay and days worked by our oh so lovely representatives.

They can spend an whole day pontificating/blabbering/eulogizing a fellow member or figure....push for new federal boxing oversight (I am looking at you McCain), and tons of other wastes of time, yet they cannot, as pointed out, even be bothered to read the bills they pass, and worse, dont bother to look at what earmarks might have been stuffed in out of the selfish fear that their own earmarks might get cut if they threw a fuss. Disgusting!

On another note, with regard to the parents sig...I would offer this:
In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit. - Charles Krauthammer
With all due respect to FDR, I think this one is closer to the truth concerning the political clown car that is congress.

PS. Apologies to all the decent representitives, may God help you all.
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Dead Goldfish Offered The Vote In Illinois 216 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the Mr.-Limpet dept.
Election officials in northern Chicago want to know why voter registration material was sent to Princess, a dead goldfish. "I am just stunned at the level of people compromising the integrity of the voting process," said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, a Republican, who said she has spotted problems with nearly 1,000 voter registrations this year. Beth Nudelman, who owned Princess, said the fish may have got on a mailing list because the family once filled in her name when they got a second phone line for a computer. When will we recognize a goldfish's right to vote?

Comment: Re:Crows, for one (Score 1, Funny) 591

by Zorbane (#24674255) Attached to: Magpies Are Self-Aware
A friend and I always heard stories of hypnotizing chickens, and once we decided to experiment on his parents rooster. We went the "hold head and draw X's"route. It did indeed hypnotize the rooster, but when it had not snapped out of it 10 minutes later, we were panicking. We were rolling the thing over, throwing it up in the air (we had to catch it, it was lost in La-La-land and did not try and stop its descent), and tossing it back and forth between us. Finally around the 12 minute mark, it woke up and ran off, much to our relief.
The Courts

+ - Parents not allowed to educate their children->

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Jim Purcey
Jim Purcey writes "A Judge in California, threatening parents and saying, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children." Justice H. Walter Croskey 2nd District Court of Appeal. More than 166,000 children are being home educated in California. Pure nonsense and more proof that it is time Americans wake up and realize the 'Contracts" they have signed with government. The real story here is the parents and their right to teach their children! That's right, imagine free Americans being dictated to by their government and told what is best for their children and if they don't comply they will be locked up. "Noncompliance could lead to criminal complaints against the parents," Croskey said. How did the government get this authority and control in a country that claims freedom, with a Constitution that provides for, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The "marriage license" is the vehicle that empowers the government to have the authority to make demands and threats to parents who have chosen to educate their children at home. Think about this; the definition of "license" is to grant someone the privilege to do what would otherwise be unlawful. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law defines "license" as " a right or permission granted by a competent authority (as of a government or business) to engage in some business or occupation, do some act, or engage in some transaction, which would be unlawful without such permission; also: a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted." "Permission" Do we our governments permission to be married? I don't think so! No we do not need a license to be married. Do we give up or lose certain Constitutional Rights if we do sign a license? Yes we do, and the proof is in the court declaring parents can not educate their children at home or at any institution no approved by government. In my book," Am I The Only American Who Thinks Way?" http://www.americaindistress.com/ I write about these contracts Americans have been duped into signing with government. I hope this will be a topic for more discussion in splash dot."
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+ - Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling-> 1

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Senecalp
Senecalp writes "All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down."
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NASA

+ - The Earth is Cooling: Look at the Data->

Submitted by Advocate123
Advocate123 (1144841) writes "Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down."
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Engadget: Video: FlyTunes brings internet radio to iPhone->

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Filed under: Cellphones, CES, Wireless

Interested in hitting up internet radio on your iPhone with a sleek interface? For those with unmodified iPhones that are already turning away sheepishly, come on back. FlyTunes is simply a web application accessible via Safari, which allows users to customize stations on their PC / Mac and then login and listen from the phone. Also of note, it can queue up to a half hour of music should you want to listen for awhile after leaving an EDGE / WiFi-covered area, and if you're wondering how much coinage you'll have to lay down to get in on this, you'll be stoked to hear it's free. Onward, to the video!

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Math

+ - Surfer Creates Grand Unified Theory->

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surferGuy
surferGuy writes ""A surfer dude with no fixed address may be this century's Einstein. A. Garrett Lisi, a physicist who divides his time between surfing in Maui and teaching snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, has come up with what may be the Grand Unified Theory. That's the "holy grail" of physics that scientists have been searching for ever since Albert Einstein presented his General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago. Even more remarkable is that Lisi, who has a Ph.D. but no permanent university affiliation, solves the problem without resorting to exotic dimensions, string theory or exceptionally complex mathematics." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311952,00.html"
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Tim Schafer Confirms No Psychonauts Sequel Likely 30

Posted by Zonk
from the un-awesome dept.
Via Game|Life comes an interview with Tim Schafer of Psychonauts, Day of the Tentacle fame in which he states there will likely be no sequels in the near future for those of us who loved his past works. "I would love to go back and spend time with the characters from any game I've worked on, and I would love to make a sequel to any of them. But I also want to make something new. If there were five of me I might make sequels, but there's always some new idea I want to explore." The interview is a part of Playboy's Geniuses at Play feature. It features discussions with folks like David Jaffe, Phil Harrison, and Clive Barker, the whole of which is worth reading. The subsite for the interviews is safe for work as of this posting.
Privacy

+ - EU wants air passenger data collected, too

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BBC is telling us that EU commission wants flight passenger data to be preserved in databases for 10 years after the flight. BBC says:"The measures would not apply to flights within the EU." This is part of "anti-terrorism proposals" which also include tighter laws to control hate speech and bomb-making instructions."
Privacy

+ - Time to encrypt all P2P traffic? 3

Submitted by VORNAN-20
VORNAN-20 (318139) writes "Yesterday's item here about Comcast screwing around with P2P traffic brings up an idea. Is it time to change the P2P standard to encrypt all traffic? I think that almost any current PC would have no problem handling the extra load, and really, Comcast or any ISP has no business knowing what you are sending in the first place. I am not a network guy but I think that this is doable. If azureus, ktorrent, etc were all to come out with an "encrypt all packets using " option maybe this could be managed quickly and cleanly. It would be best to move quickly before all of the ISPs catch on to this. Come on developers, liberate us from the network meanies!!"

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