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Comment Re:Renton, Ahead of the Curve (Score 1) 327

As I understand it the guy who designed the S curve committed suicide shortly after it was done. It will always be a traffic jam because the State lacks the foresight to put in enough road to handle the load and growth that they allow. They want us all in a bus using the HOT lane or waisting gas (tax revenue for them) sitting in traffic!

Comment Home Sweet Home (Score 1) 327

Here Washington is a very Blue State (Liberal Progressive Democrat for YEARS now) and this kind of abuse of power is very prevalent. Heck even our State Governor (Queen Cristine) will not disclose information under our Freedom of Information Act based on "Executive Privilege" even tho the exemptions for disclosure under the LAW does not include "Executive Privilege" as a reason to deny a request for information from the State. Yet nothing is done..... We can not trust our cops in some cases to follow the laws, we can not trust or Courts to enforce the law and we can not trust or politicians to tell us the truth. Our Rights crumble as fast as the Dollar and our Citizens just want more cake and circus. Somewhere in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range a fiddler plays......

Comment Re:Solar Furnace FTW, (Score 1) 552

I was thinking the same thing. I remember reading about some guy who took a bunch of the disco ball mirrors and glued them to the dish and put a steam generator (coil of copper pipe basically) where the antenna was. He used the pressure to drive a steam turbine or engine and got a few KW of power, as long as the sun was shining and he continued to "steer" the dish to point at the sun all day. If I remember correctly he used a fluid that evaporated at a lower temp than water to help get more power from the heat.... but that was a while back and I have a memory leakage issue. Or do what we did and bury it for the base of a fountain/water feature. It made for a nice round dish to put the fountain in the middle of, but ours was an old solid style and not the mesh kind. Good luck!
The Courts

Submission + - A Sham Election in Russia (

reporter writes: "As the sham election on December 2 in Russia approaches, the stories about the farce are being published in newspapers across the West. A report by the "Guardian Unlimited" offers particular insight. "As the Guardian reports today, thousands of local officials have to report for work on their day off to inflate the pro-Putin vote. Both opposition and independent sources say that local governors have been given quotas of votes that have to be cast for United Russia, Mr Putin's party. Public-sector workers, including doctors, teachers and university deans, have been told to vote for the party or face the sack and loss of bonuses. Tutors have told their students to photograph their ballot paper alongside their passport in the voting booth with their mobile phones. If they refuse they may not make the grade in their examinations. Even the country's 4 million homeless people are being conscripted into service — for the price of a free meal. If none of this works, the central election commission's computer is on hand to finesse the results."

Did Yahoo! programmers set up that computer for the central election commission?"

The Media

Submission + - Hurricane Expert Calls Gore Theory "Ridiculous ( 5

DrWho520 writes: ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".
Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth.


Submission + - Two Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional

buswolley writes: Judge Ann Aiken in Federal court ruled two key provisions of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. According to the ruling, the Patriot Act provisions unconstitutionally circumvented the 4th Amendment, and removed the checks and balances provided for by our Constitution. This is a great victory for the people of the United States, and demonstrates the inherent strength of our system of government.

Submission + - Jack Hansen and Politicization of Science

An anonymous reader writes: When Jack Hansen bashed the Bush administration over the politicization of science and being censored, perhaps he wasn't the unbiased scientist he presented himself to be. At a blog of the Daily Tech, Michael Asher points out that Open Society Institute, a George Soros supported organization, secretly funded Hansen's media campaign bashing Bush and NASA to the tune of $720,000. Jack Hansen also received a $250,000 from the Heinz Foundation (run by Kerry's wife), after which Hansen endorsed Kerry for President.

Submission + - Global Warming debunked by By Orson Scott Card

Var1abl3 writes: Man-made global warming or natural cycles?

I found this interesting article and thought that the /.ers may be interested.

From the article

Science isn't done by consensus. It's done by rigorous testing. When a hypothesis — or a computer model — fails to correspond to the actual real-world data, you throw them out

That's what the real climate scientists are doing. They have found, in recent years, a very close correspondence between global climate and variations in the amount of radiation the Earth receives from the Sun.

The light and heat we get varies depending on the distance and position of the Earth and the amount of radiation the Sun puts out. The Earth's distance and position seem to determine the big cycles — the Ice Ages — and the Sun's variations seem to determine the smaller climate cycles.

We have historical data indicating several global warm periods. There was one during the heyday of the Roman Empire; then there was a global cooling during the Dark Ages (beginning about 600 A.D.) The Medieval Warming kicked in about 950, followed by the Little Ice Age beginning about 1300.

The Little Ice Age ended in about 1860. You'll notice that most reports on our modern Global Warming set that as their base point, and leave out all prior warmings.

But those warm periods are real, as are the cool periods. Ice core samples from various places around the world back it up, as do ocean floor samples. In fact, the predictions based on the 1500-year (approximately) solar cycle are borne out everywhere.
I am interested in what you think of TFA. Check it out and leave your thoughts. All in a Good Cause By Orson Scott Card

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