Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sad Ending to the Best Named Satellite Ever

It's really the truth. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory was brilliantly named. It was designed to measure the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The acronmym is OCO. Not only is that CO2, but it's the line formula O=C=O.

Too bad the launch failed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This is a Must Read - OK Must Hear

Go over to Beers with Demo and read the article, but most of all, take the time to hear Gov Jindal.

There's a man who makes sense.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sometimes I Hate It When I'm Right

In a post back on Jan 18, the Maximum Leader posted about how the handouts would have to end in California due to the budget disaster (here).

I commented that that was not going to happen, as the legislature would not tighten their belts, they'd raise taxes and make us tighten ours.

Well, here's the latest from Bloomberg:
Lawmakers have a “common framework” in place... Under consideration are proposals to raise the state’s sales tax rate to 8.25 percent from 7.25 percent; increase the vehicle license fee to 1.15 percent from 0.65 percent of the value of the automobile; a 12-cent per-gallon excise tax on gasoline and a 0.25 percent surcharge on income taxes, according to a lawmaker briefed by party leaders who asked not to be identified because the presentation was confidential.
Like I said, sometimes I hate it when I'm right.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ohioans Are Not All That Stupid

I'm sure you've seen the story about the man who died today, because while he was out ice fishing on Lake Erie the ice broke up, stranding him and about 150 other people. Back when I lived in Ohio, it seemed that there was a story about rescue of ice fishermen every year.

I always thought that when someone got caught out there they probably got caught because they really didn't pay attention to the obvious, and must have been a bit careless, bordering on stupid. But it seems that here, someone actually used pallets to build a "bridge" from the ice attached to the shore to another section that was separated by water.

Are you kidding me? They built a bridge to get to the part of the ice breaking away?

I think I have to agree with the local sheriff who is quoted as saying, "I have no problem with people ice fishing, but these idiots should realize that when you see open water, you should not build a bridge and cross it... It's a shame you can't arrest people for stupidity."

While I'm on the topic of Ohioans, if you wonder if you could pass as an Ohioan go to the survey below.

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