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Archives for October, 2007

This won’t happen, but I think it should.  Television media should not be allowed to participate, other than to do the broadcast.  The media performance in the 10/30/07 Democratic debate shows that MSM do not know how to conduct a useful debate.   Find a good media company, say Seed Media, and have them host…

Pico Projector

This is a pico-projector from Texas Instruments.  The idea is to have a device that can project an image onto a screen, using a very small device such as a PDA.  Right now the usable image size is about 15 to 20 inches.  They hope to scale it up to 40 inches. I suspect that…

It was kind of depressing to see the post on Effect Measure (Chemical plants: internal dangers, external costs) about the half-measures being taken to safeguard chemical plants and facilities. The chemical security problem is as urgent as it is obvious. Chemical plants are potentially static weapons of mass destruction: large volumes of ammonia, chlorine, highly…

Nov. 5 event at U-M will feature top experts discussing alternatives to “criminalization” of America’s mentally ill ANN ARBOR, MI – Across America, prisons serve as an unofficial holding system for the mentally ill. Families desperate to get treatment for their loved ones’ psychiatric issues instead wind up retrieving them from the police station. And…

Flickr Pic(kr) 5

This is a macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus).  Photo by Jungleboy, on Flickr.   

Smarter People Get Demenia Faster

Medscape has an article about a study that shows a relationship between the amount of eduction a person has, and how rapidly memory loss occurs when they get senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT).  The more education a person has, the faster the memory loss occurs. (Higher Education Delays Dementia Onset but Is Linked…

A guy was sitting at a stoplight, minding his own business, when a wrecking ball crashed into the trunk.  The man was not seriously injured. The wrecking ball was being used in demolition, but apparently had a defective cable. HT: DNA Lounge. Meadville mishap defines wrecking ball One breaks loose, goes on tear near college…

Blazing Stupidity

I don’t think I am being unduly harsh in saying that this was an incredibly stupid thing to do: U.S. Forest Service investigators were on campus last week to question Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members about an Oct. 11 incident at the Lower Gallinas Campground in which a tree was cut down and burned along…

Eisenhower Was Right

When he said: We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.     –Dwight D. Eisenhower (source)

More on Gerberding, Testimony Part II

Today I watched the C-Span broadcast (link to Real Player file, 80 minutes) of Dr. Gerberding’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The topic: The potential effects of climate change on public health. After seeing it, I have to agree that she was able to make many good points, and the…