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Risky Assessments

Let’s see, gasoline and propane tanks are a terrorist problem, even if they are in Britain, but apparently finding tons of stuff on Staten Island is not a problem: N.Y. chemicals were to be resold on Internet, police say

NEW YORK (CNN) — A man who stored nearly 1,500 pounds of potassium nitrate and other chemicals in his Staten Island home and a nearby storage facility was charged with reckless endangerment Friday, according to the New York City Police Department.

Police said Miguel Serrano, 57, had bought the chemicals in bulk from an Ohio-based dealer and was intending to resell them in smaller quantities on the Internet. It was the dealer who tipped off the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Serrano had ordered 5,000 pounds of potassium nitrate, according to a police report.

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July 1, 2007   13 Comments

Movie Reviews

If you would like to read a real review of the movie, ‘Noz gives his take on Sicko.

CNN deals with it as a political statement: Analysis: ‘Sicko’ numbers mostly accurate; more context needed

(CNN) — Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” which opened nationwide Friday, is filled with horror stories of people who are deprived of medical service because they can’t afford it or haven’t been able to navigate the murky waters of managed care in the United States.

It compares American health care with the universal coverage systems in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Cuba.

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July 1, 2007   9 Comments

Dumber Than Dirt

The Hedgemony in action: Security heightened at US airports

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States is boosting security at airports across the country in light of the terrorism scares in Britain in the past two days, officials said.

The heightened security is a precautionary measure, officials said. No indication of any threat has been received.

This is the equivalent of the California Highway Patrol declaring a Sig Alert on the I-405 because of an accident on the Major Deegan. What are they going to do, ban vehicles containing gasoline from airports? I’m pretty sure you can’t carry gas cans or propane cylinders onto aircraft under the current rules, well you certainly can’t carry more than three ounces on board.

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July 1, 2007   2 Comments

Happy Canada Day

La fête du


Thank you for not yet building a fence along your southern or western border, and for brewing great beer.

Schedule of Ottawa events and some background.

July 1, 2007   6 Comments

Passing the Plate

Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

July 1, 2007   2 Comments