Scientists And Sulfur Don’t Mix

Filed under:Science,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 7/28/2006 @ 12:24 am

In a recent article on global warming some scientists think we should dispense excess sulfur into the atmosphere to halt global warming. Sometimes the stupidity of scientists, no matter what field, astounds me. I wonder how will we come by the sulfer: extracting it from the earth using fossil fuel machines or producing it in factories that run off fossil fuels? There is one very simple way, grow more plants! Using sulfer does not take the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Plants on the other hand use carbon dioxide like humans use oxygen. It simply blows my mind.

“The simplest explanation is usually the best.” – Occam’s Razor

SWAT Being Overused

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 7/19/2006 @ 11:22 pm

From: NewsMax.com

According to a new study by the Cato Institute’s Radley Balko SWAT teams are increasingly being used to take down small time drug offenders. These take downs are resulting in incidents of violence that don’t need to take place.

Cato is one of my favorite organizations, because they truly stand for all things libertarian.

Check out a review of Radley Balko’s book concerning the same subject, Overkill.

Canada sets sights on dismantling gun registry

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Shooting Sports — posted by 3wire on 7/12/2006 @ 11:20 pm

From: The Seattle Times
By Maggie Farley
Los Angeles Times

TORONTO — Police began kicking down doors before dawn on a chilly May morning while gang members in Toronto’s Jamestown neighborhood still slept. By lunchtime, officers had made 106 arrests, collected 33 guns and announced they had broken an international gun ring run by the notorious Jamestown Crew

The raid was a shot across the bow from newly elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who says his Conservative Party government is going to spend its money on crime control, not gun control.

…”If you want a gun, you can get one in a day, a couple of hours maybe,” said Andrew Bacchus, 30, the founder of Toronto’s Vice Lords gang, who is now working with Breaking the Cycle, a gang-exiting program. “The gun registry hasn’t made any difference on that.”
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To ABC’s Surprise, Katrina Victims Praise Bush and Blame Nagin

Filed under:General — posted by 3wire on 7/11/2006 @ 6:30 pm

This story is nearly a year old now but bears revisiting.

From: News Busters

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To ABC’s Surprise, Katrina Victims Praise Bush and Blame Nagin

Posted by Brent Baker on September 16, 2005 – 00:50.

ABC News producers probably didn’t hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome’s parking lot to get reaction to President Bush’s speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: “Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?” She rejected the premise: “No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people.”

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Why can’t we be friends?

Filed under:Technology — posted by Maverick on 7/10/2006 @ 10:49 am

Blu-ray/HD-DVD Consolidation

Ricoh Technologies announced over the weekend that it has developed a device that will allow all forms of disc media to be written and read by one device. Hopefully this will lead to consumer and manufacturer choice with a seemless integration of the two high definition disc formats.

Unpleasant Realties

Filed under:Bill of Rights,General,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 7/2/2006 @ 3:36 am

Quote from: State of Fear by Michael Crichton

“He felt as if he had been physically moved—as if someone had picked him up and shifted him ten feet to one side. He was no longer standing in the same place. But he had also been changed internally. He felt a kind of solid impassivity he had not known before. There were unpleasant realties in the world, and previously he had averted his eyes from them, or changed the subject, or made excuses for what had occurred. He imagined that this was an acceptable strategy in life—in fact, that it was a more humane strategy. He no longer believed that.

If someone tried to kill you, you did not have the option of averting your eyes or changing the subject. You were forced to deal with that person’s behavior. The experience was, in the end, a loss of certain illusions.

The world was not how you wanted it to be.

The world was how it was.

There were bad people in the world. They had to be stopped.”

Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 7/1/2006 @ 11:57 pm

From:The Australian News

ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.

The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.

It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza. Hamas’s Gaza-based political leaders, including Mr Haniyeh, had already gone into hiding.

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