Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
- Guess who(m?) I'm quoting.
- "As a matter of fact, I know relations between our governments is good."
- "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."
- "It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way."
- "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
- "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."
- "Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"
- "I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question." Council to turn off street lights at night A Yorkshire council has come up with a radical new way to save money - turning off the street lamps at night. The idea is part of a 'sustainable street lighting strategy' to be considered by City of York Council's ruling executive, says the York Press. Paul Thackray, the council's head of highway infrastructure, says it would minimise the use of natural resources, cut the energy used to power lights, and reduce light pollution. His report says Essex County Council last year agreed a similar scheme to turn off many street lights between midnight and 5am. That move had been criticised, but much of the opposition was "ill-informed", according to Mr Thackray. Opposition Labour group leader David Scott said: "We have to approach with some caution. If I lived in a street where the lights went off, I do not think I would be particularly happy with that." And Jane Mowat, of the Safer York Partnership, added: "Anything that impacted on that feeling of safety, we would be concerned about." But council leader Steve Galloway vowed the executive would not support anything that would reduce public safety. He said: "I know that members will sympathise with the thrust of the report which is aimed at reducing costs and the adverse environmental impacts of the lighting system."
Some facts (I think most of them are true):
1. China has close to 25% of the world's population.
2. Christmas became a national holiday in the US in 1890.
3. Cows sweat through their noses.
4. Deer sleep only 5 minutes a day.
5. Despite a population of well over one billion people, there are only an estimated 250 million televisions in use in China.
6. Dogs can't decipher size. That's why little dogs are mean.
7. Cleveland law forbids you to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in another person's lap.
8. Dave Matthews relocated to the United States to avoid service in the South African Military.
9. Don't even think about having sex while in a moving ambulance in Tremonton, Utah as it is extremely illegal. Of course, a stationary ambulance is another story.
10. Dentists have recommended that toothbrushes be kept at least six feet from toilets to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
11. Dolphins can look in different directions with each eye. They can sleep with one eye open.
12. Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.
13. Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.
14. Did you know that 85.7% of statistics are made up?
15. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
16. During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
17. China was the first country to use paper money.
18. During the average human life, you will consume 70 assorted bugs as well as 10 spiders as you sleep.
19. Did you know that crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live?
20. Death Valley, California, has a point that is 280 feet below sea level. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Blogged without comment:
Now, another large animal whose methane emissions are warming the planet is under attack. This time, Scandinavian moose are the culprit—they are burping and, er, blowing too much of that other hot air. Norwegian researchers blame their national animal for producing 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide each per year. By comparison, you would have to travel nearly 8,100 miles by car to emit that much carbon dioxide. Global-warming alarmists and PETA lunatics will undoubtedly butt antlers on this one. Hunting season is coming up in Norway and an estimated 35,000 moose (out of a total population of 120,000) will be killed. Meanwhile, Albert Gore and his gaggle of Gorons continue to prep his ‘08 presidential primary launch pad, but a new peer-reviewed study that challenges his global-warming assumptions was released this week. According to astronomer Ian Wilson, “Heat Capacity, Time Constant, and Sensitivity of Earth’s Climate System” (authored by Brookhaven National lab scientist Stephen Schwartz), concludes “that the global economy will spend trillions of dollars trying to avoid a warming of (about) 1.0 K by 2100 A.D. Previously, I have indicated that the widely accepted values for temperature increase associated with a double of CO2 were far too high, i.e. 2-4.5 Kelvin. This new peer-reviewed paper claims a value of 1.1 +/- 0.5 K increase.” Furthermore, Robert Giegengack, chairman of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science, said this week that he does not consider global warming to be even among the top ten environmental problems. “In terms of [global warming’s] capacity to cause the human species harm, I don’t think it makes it into the top ten,” says Giegengack. “Gore’s claims that temperature increases solely because more CO2 in the atmosphere traps the sun’s heat—that’s just wrong. It’s a natural interplay. As temperature rises, CO2 rises, and vice versa. It’s hard for us to say CO2 drives temperature. It’s easier to say temperature drives CO2.”