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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
You need to go for it in a major way today.
Ask for that promotion or pursue that new client with all the zeal you can muster -- which is quite a lot, of course!
Your enthusiasm may be so infectious that you inadvertently inspire a group of supporters who are swept away by your can-do spirit.
Still, it's important to sort out who's genuinely loyal.
Some of our readers today have been in:
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Graz, Steiermark, Austria
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Coffs Harbor, New South Wales, Australia
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
London, England, United Kingdom
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

as well as Brazil, and the United States in such cities as Moncton, Metairie, Medford, Miami and more

Today is Tuesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2010.
There are 192 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
There are none.

It is Perigan Spring Tides though.

Just how old is the internet

Find out exactly how old the Internet is right here.

World Cup Soccer

The president is alarmed, sponsors pull out, and the media's in a tizzy over the French soccer team.
The French soccer team is abruptly sent home coach-class after an embarrassing spectacle in South Africa.
Even Ronaldo has to chuckle about the juggling act he performed en route to an unlikely World Cup goal.
Why didn't they bench him from the beginning!
A notable name is missing from the World Cup's new list of officiating assignments.  
Charges are dropped against the Dutch women who wore orange minidresses to the World Cup.

Is cheerleading a sport?

In a word ... NO!
Volleyball players sue their college for eliminating their team in favor of the cheering squad.  

The State Of The Nation

The State Of The Nation
Many states say they can't afford promised pensions and are cutting once-sacrosanct benefits.  

Local Hospitality

Local Hospitality
No more loud whistling as you walk down the streets in one South Carolina coastal town.
No singing, either.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Sullivans Island Town Council approved an ordinance last week that added singing, whistling, hooting and hollering on public streets to a list of possible disturbing noises.
The proposal could get final approval next month.
It would make loud noises on public streets illegal late at night or at any time or place if it's annoying people nearby.
Sullivans Island town administrator Andy Benke says the wording comes from North Charleston, where annoying singing already is illegal. North Charleston police spokesman says he can't recall the city fining anyone for singing.

Beautiful And Strange Trees

Want to find your mind?

From New Scientist (painting by Salvador DalĂ­):
 Wikipedia En D Df Dream Caused By The Flight Of A Bumblebee 
Around A Pomegranate A Second Before Awakening In 1992, Gerald Edelman at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, proposed that there are two possible states of consciousness, which he called primary and secondary consciousness. Primary consciousness is the simple subjective experience of sensory perception and emotions, which could be applied to most animals. It's a state of "just being, feeling, floating", according to Ursula Voss at the University of Frankfurt in Germany... The mental life of your common or garden human, however, is a lot more complicated. That's because we are "aware of being aware". This allows us to reflect upon ourselves and our feelings and, in an ideal world, make insightful decisions and judgements. This state, dubbed secondary consciousness, is thought to be unique to humans.
With their increased self-awareness, lucid dreams share certain aspects of secondary consciousness, so researchers are now vying to observe what happens in the brain when someone "wakes up" within their dream, and whether they exhibit any further signatures of consciousness. "It's a very interesting leap because it can show you exactly what occurs if you jump from limited consciousness to very high consciousness," says Victor Spoormaker of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. "This should be one of the main themes of lucid dream research."

Scientific Minds Want To Know

Scientific Minds Want To Know
California middle-schoolers stumble upon an unusual feature of the red planet by accident.  
Discovered in northern Siberia last year, "Khoma" is thought to be more than 50,000 years old.  
Messier 51 (SDSS)
Astronomers have made the most accurate measurement yet of the mass of a mysterious neutrino or "ghost particle".
Most of the natural depressions in the U.S. are potholes compared to Egypt's claim to fame.  

Lucy's 'great-grandfather' found

http://www.newsvine.com/_vine/images/users/nws/boyle/4539786.jpgAnthropologists say they have discovered the 3.6 million-year-old partial skeleton of a creature that came from the same species as Lucy, but was 400,000 years older and at least as good at walking upright. Their analysis suggests that upright walking, the trademark trait for humans and their extinct kin, goes back further in time than some might have assumed.

The Ancient Atapuerca Caves In Spain

The Atapuerca Mountains is an ancient karstic region of Spain, in the province of Burgos and near the town of the same name and Ibeas de Juarros. It contains several caves, where fossils and stone tools of the earliest known Hominians in West Europe have been found.

In the late 19th century, a railway cutting driven through the Atapuerca Mountains led to the discovery of the ancient limestone caves. After several excavations during the 20th century, a student made a startling discovery. A human jawbone buried neatly in the caves gave way to the significance of Atapuerca.

Research Shows Ocean Chemistry Delayed Evolution by 1 Billion Years

sea shell photo
Photo via mickeymox
Researchers from Newcastle University have published a new study in Nature Geoscience illustrating that the chemical make-up of our early oceans may have delayed the evolution of life on our planet by as much as 1 billion years. Their research shows for the first time a chemical "layering" in the oceans that kept oxygen from reaching the deep ocean. That lack of oxygen may explain the long wait for development of life, and the sudden boom of animal life later on.

Culinary DeLites

Culinary DeLites
A "world-class penny pincher" says many of the healthiest foods to eat happen to cost the least.  
This adaptation of the classic Mexican fajita dish is loaded with succulent shrimp and scallops.  
Adding nutrient-rich nuts lets you ditch the croutons without losing the crunch. 
These meals are loaded with bacon, cheese, and two days' worth of fat and sodium.
One is over 2,000 calories 

In Matters Of Health

In Matters Of Health
Dietary experts advising the government have new guidelines on how much meat and seafood to eat.  


Ziggy *****

Saharan Bees Survive 10,000 Year Isolation

honey bee flower photo
Image credit: cygnus921/Flickr
Around the world, honeybee populations are shrinking. Some colonies suffer from infestations of parasitic mites, others, the widespread use of pesticides, and some struggle to cope with changing climatic conditions.
But deep in the Sahara desert, one colony of bees lives on in blissful isolation, as it has for as many as 10,000 years.

It's Tornado season, too, you know

A twister barrels through a Billings stadium, sending debris spinning through the air. 

The Secrets of hole-punch clouds

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What causes the bizarre "hole-punch" clouds like the one seen above? The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has just published a scientific paper addressing this wonder of nature. During certain conditions, flying airplanes can sometimes "seed" clouds, resulting in brief and highly-localized snow or rain falls. According to the NCAR, air is rapidly cooled behind the propellers of prop planes or as the wings of jets cut through the clouds. Water droplets in the cloud freeze and then fall to Earth, leaving the telltale hole in the cloud.

From the National Science Foundation:
Precipitation from planes may be particularly common in regions such as the Pacific Northwest and western Europe because of the frequent occurrence of cloud layers with supercooled droplets, Heymsfield says... Researchers have proposed a number of possible aviation-related causes, from acoustic shock waves produced by jets, to local warming of the air along a jet's path, to the formation of ice along jet contrails. Indeed, the earliest observations implicated jet aircraft, but not propeller aircraft, as producing the holes.
Researchers in the 1980s observed that propeller aircraft could transform supercooled droplets into ice crystals, and experiments were launched in the 1990s to characterize the phenomenon.
But scientists had not previously observed snow as it fell to the ground as a result of aircraft until Heymsfield and his colleagues happened to fly through some falling snow west of Denver International Airport with an array of instruments.

Rio on fire

rio de janeiro fire photo 
Photo via Global Voices
Rio de Janeiro is a city known for its spirited festivities and all-night celebrations, but part of those revelries are being blamed for inadvertently setting a blaze on one of the city's hillside national parks over the weekend, which added an ominous glow to Rio's iconic natural skyline. Fortunately for residents, many of whom make their homes perched along city's forested peaks, the fire's destruction was limited to just 10 acres of vegetation, though the park was rich in wildlife. Firefighters suspect the blaze was caused after a fire-laden balloon was released into the sky by partygoers--a practice considered an environmental crime that carries with it a heavy fine and jail time.



It's The Economy Stupid

It's The Economy Stupid
It's quite possible to be a victim of fraud even when you still have the physical card.  

Two hundred million to zero in 5.3 seconds

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk once had $200 million, but now says he has zero cash.

On The Job

On The Job
Many employees don't feel free to share with a manager what's on their minds, but if they did...  
Taken to the extreme, even some positive traits can look bad at the office.  

There's a catch

A Florida palace nicknamed "Versailles" has 23 bathrooms and 3 pools, but it's missing a few basics.  

Attempted NYC bombing suspect's plea

Pakistani-born citizen Faisal Shahzad tells the judge he wants to "plead guilty and 100 times more."

Padding the books

Several prominent law schools are deliberately inflating students' GPAs. 

Bad Cops

Bad Cops


The Edgar Winter group  

Judge blocks Obama's offshore drilling ban

From the "That's Bullshit!" Department:
The judge owns oil company stock ...
A federal judge says the 6-month moratorium on new drilling is based on faulty reasoning.  

Wizard of Id

Wizard of Id

It's Only The Environment After All

It's Only The Environment After All
As drilling crews race to build relief wells, Gulf residents fight to keep the oil from their shores.  
It's Not Like We Don't Have Another One

Real Worst-Case Scenario For Gulf Of Mexico: Double Exploding Methane Trigggered Tsunamis, and more

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Image credit:mi2g.com
If one faction of the deepwater drilling debate continues to deny any serious risk of more exploratory drilling - an example of this denial would be the court injunction, just now successfully obtained by oil industry attorneys, overturning the Federal exploratory drilling moratorium in the deepwater Gulf - it is fair and appropriate to state the ultimate potential danger of expanded drilling. And this is one serious worst case.
From the Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance, viaMi2g.com, a work-in-progress worst-case risk description concludes with this paragraph: "The danger of loss of buoyancy and cascading tsunamis in the Gulf of Mexico -- caused by the release of the massive methane and poisonous gas bubble -- has been a much lower probability in the early period of the crisis, which began on April 20th. However, as time goes by and the risk increases, this low probability high impact scenario ought not to be ignored, given that the safety and security of the personnel involved remains paramount. Could this be how nature eventually seals the hole created by the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher?"

Is BP Burning Endangered Sea Turtles Alive?

kemps ridley turtle photo
A lucky Kemp's Ridley sea turtle that didn't get burned.
Photo: Wikipedia, public domain.
Destroying the Evidence?
Kemp's Ridley is a critically endangered species of sea turtle that can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Mike Ellis (see the video interview below), BP has been keeping rescue teams from getting to the turtles and has even been burning them alive, along with other animals. Because Kemp's Ridleys are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, killing or harming them can bring civil liability and even criminal charges. Is BP trying to "destroy the evidence" by burning it?
Article continues: WTF? Is BP Burning Endangered Sea Turtles Alive? (Videos)

DOJ to file suit against Arizona immigration law next week

At first look, this is great.

But what is worrisome is that the Latinos are being played.
Rather than pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, as promised, the administration is weighing in on a high-profile case that, heinous as it is, only affects one state.
It's an easy to way score points on immigration without doing the heavy lifting of trying to pass real national reform.
Had the administration gotten real reform passed, this suit would be welcomed.
But without national reform, the suit is a sorry substitute.

Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe
When dealing with wingnuts ... Remember the rule: 
If they accuse someone of something, then they're already guilty of it.
Liars and Fools

What an idiot

Faux's Sean Hannity lies: that Obama is sabotaging BP Gulf gusher cleanup.
No, that would be BP doing that itself

Well, 'lie' is not entirely correct ... there are 'actual revolutionaries' in Washington - they're called repugicans, however that is not who the idiot is ranting about.

No, that plan was the shrub's and the cabal's and it was stopped cold and the wingnuts don't like it.

Dimbulb blasts repugicans for backing off criticism of BP escrow account
The leader of the repugican party has spoken. The round of apologies won't be far behind. 

From CNN:
Wingnut hate-radio host Lush Dimbulb is taking aim at repugican leaders for rushing to demand  Joe Barton retract his controversial apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward during last week's congressional hearing.

On his radio show Monday, Dimbulb suggested the repugican leadership likely agrees with Barton's sentiments, but are driven by recent national polls which suggest the majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's push for BP to set aside $20 billion for future liability claims.

"It was a shakedown pure and simple," said Dimbulb, echoing the words for which Barton later apologized. "And somebody had the audacity to call it what it was and now everybody's running for the hills."

Fascists and Nazis the Fremont, Nebraska

Fremont, Nebraska, is the latest battleground for the national immigration debate.  



NYC's Naked Cowboy tells Naked Cowgirl to stop stealing his trademark, sign franchise deal

 Robert Burck, also known as The Naked Cowboy

Here's the bad news ... you have no trademark and unless the Naked Cowgirl starts billing herself as a Naked CowBOY you're going to have to accept it.

You've heard of police decoy whores ... well what about decoy jews

John Aravosis writes:

Sad. Cops in Amsterdam are having to use undercover officers disguised as Jews to stop anti-Semitic violence.
Secret tv recordings by the Jewish broadcasting company Joodse Omroep broadcast on Sunday showed young men shouting and making Nazi salutes at a rabbi when he visited different areas of the city.

Goldilocks burglar discovered by New Zealand home-owner

A Goldilocks-style burglar was arrested when her victim came home to find her asleep in bed. Vanessa Joy Long, 39, who has long blonde hair tied back in a pony tail, proved an easy arrest after she broke into a house on Hills Road in Christchurch, about 11.40pm on June 5.

Finding her asleep, the homeowner phoned police, an option the three bears in the Goldilocks fable failed to exercise. She went in through an unlocked back door, raided the fridge, ate the food, drank some alcohol, went to the bedroom, tried on clothes, then climbed into the victim's bed.

She pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court today, telling the court she had blacked out and no idea what had happened. Judge Stephen Erber bailed her for sentence on September 1.

He ordered a probation report, a report on Long's suitability for home detention, and a reparation report. He needed to know if she could pay, because this fairy tale was not going to have a happy ending. Long soiled the bedding and mattress while she was in bed, and the cost of the food, drink, and damage amounted to $1,500.

Family dies while poisoning rats with car exhaust fumes

Three residents of a small settlement in Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk region died from exhaust fumes of their own Zaporozhets vehicle. The head of the family, a 71-year-old man, decided to exterminate rats in the house with the help of his old car.

The man attached a hose to the exhaust pipe of the ZAZ-968 “Zaporozhets” car and put the other end of the hose into the basement of the house. He started the engine and went upstairs.

Some time later, the man decided to see what was happening in the basement. As soon as the man entered the basement, he lost consciousness because of the high concentration of exhaust fumes.

His wife, a 77-year-old woman, started worrying about her husband when he did not come back. She went downstairs to see what was happening in the basement and fainted too. The same happened with their 29-year-old granddaughter. Their other granddaughter found the bodies two hours later and was lucky to stay alive. However, her three relatives died.

'Gringo chief' leads South American tribe

Randy Borman speaks their language flawlessly and is a crack shot with a blowgun.