Saturday, November 14, 2009
From the Daily Mail:
More than half the population does not believe climate change has been caused by humans.
In a poll published just weeks before the global climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, it has been revealed only 41% of British people accept as a scientific fact that the situation is largely man-made.
The Populus research shows while 28% believed climate change was "far and away" the most serious problem facing Britain and another 51% agreed it was a serious concern, many remained unconvinced of the role humans played.
Yipes: British nuclear expert mysteriously thrown to his death off UN building.
Lame: Afghanistan insurgency has grown 10-fold.
D'oh: Civilian in jet joyride accidentally ejects himself.
Aww: Cop shoots teen in groin after Halloween prank gone awry.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
A bird dropping a piece of bread onto outdoor machinery has been blamed for a technical fault at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week which saw significant overheating in sections of the mighty particle-punisher's subterranean 27-km supercooled magnetic doughnut.
According to scientists at the project, had the LHC been operational - it is scheduled to recommence beaming later this month - the snag would have caused it to fail safe and shut down automatically. This would put the mighty machine out of action for a few days while it was restarted, but there would be no repeat of the catastrophic damage suffered last September. On that occasion, an electrical connection in the circuit itself failed violently, causing a massive liquid-helium leak and knock-on damage along hundreds of metres of magnets.
CNN should replace him with a day laborer. From the NY Post:
CNN's Lou Dobbs abruptly resigned last night, astounding viewers with a vague explanation that he'd be devoting more time to "constructive problem solving."
Eight minutes into "Lou Dobbs Tonight," the veteran anchor, who joined the cable network when it was founded by Ted Turner in 1980, announced his departure without saying exactly where he's going.
"Over the past six months, it's become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us," said Dobbs.
"And some leaders of media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day."
Dobbs' anti-immigration rhetoric has made him one of the most divisive figures in TV news.
Fox Business News had reportedly sought to lure Dobbs, 64, from CNN. He met with Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes in September, but a Fox representative said last night the network hasn't had serious talks with Dobbs.
"We have had not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for Fox News or Fox Business," a network spokeswoman said moments after Dobbs' dramatic on-air resignation.
Dobbs -- who had a contract with CNN through 2011 -- told viewers he and the network's president, Jonathan Klein, amicably agreed the pact could end immediately.
"I'm considering a number of options and directions, and I assure you I will let you know when I set course," Dobbs said.
JenK sent this one in. We're doooooomed!! From TreeHugger.com:
You could say it was the jellyfish, or you could say it was the overzealous fishermen on board. While trying to haul in a catch of several dozen giant Nomura's jellyfish - one of the largest in the world - a Japanese fishing trawler tipped right over.
According to the Telegraph, "The crew of the fishing boat was thrown into the sea when the vessel capsized, but the three men were rescued by another trawler, according to the Mainichi newspaper. The local Coast Guard office reported that the weather was clear and the sea was calm at the time of the accident."
It's no wonder only a few dozen could capsize a boat. Each jellyfish can weigh as much as 450 pounds. This year has seen a big spike in the numbers of these giant jellies, with a similar population boom not occurring since 2005, when the large numbers of jellyfish and their stinging tentacles ruined fishing nets and made catches of fish inedible. Both ideal weather conditions and a smaller number of predators, such as sea turtles and certain fish species have helped the jelly populations grow this year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found no evidence of mechanical causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, which has resulted in fatalities and Toyota's largest-ever recall, one of the company's top marketing executives said Monday.
"NHTSA recently closed another study finding that the only cause of unintended acceleration was an out-of-position or inappropriate floor mat," said Bob Carter, Toyota division group vice president. "There simply is no evidence of any other cause."
Toyota, which is asking owners of 3.8 million of its Camry, Avalon, Prius, Tacoma and Tundra models to remove or replace the mats, also characterized the problem of floor mat interference as an industry safety issue.NHTSA received reports of 102 incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck on certain Toyotas. The agency has not said how many of those incidents involved crashes. But an August accident near San Diego killed a California Highway Patrol officer and three family members when the Lexus ES350 he was driving barreled out of control. In a 911 call, someone in the vehicle reported the accelerator was stuck and the driver couldn't stop the vehicle.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Nah, I broke my wrist. It's put a real dent in everything from my blogging life to my sex life. I'll try to post one-handed when I can, but I'll be back in action, 110%, no foolin', by the time of our country's annual turkey massacre. See you then! gobble gobble