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2008 October 06 — Why Now?
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Right On Cue

It’s October in a Presidential election year, so the Hedgemony issues a terrorist warning.

Five-year-old, non-specific information dealing with a guy who is dead, telling us to “be afraid”.

Let us hope they never get any real information about a real target, because at this point no one will believe them.

October 6, 2008   16 Comments

The Conservation of Digits

I noticed the Dow-Jones Industrial Average gave up its most significant digit today… so it could be used for the National Debt.

October 6, 2008   2 Comments

The Book Is Closed

Today was the last day for registration to vote in the November general election in Florida.  If you missed it, you have to stop complaining and take your lumps.  If you don’t vote, don’t expect to be taken seriously.

The people I vote for rarely win, but I at least announce that there are people who oppose the stupidity.

Even if you can’t stand the candidates there are always ballot initiatives to oppose.

October 6, 2008   7 Comments

Because I Saw It

While it is five months until Susan Butcher Day and the start of the next race, MSNBC ran this article that I have been meaning to post: Why Iditarod sled dogs are super dogs

Alaskan huskies that participate in the grueling Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race must run 1,100 miles while enduring heavy blizzards, temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and winds up to 60 miles per hour, all of which earn the hearty canines status as the world’s premier ultra-endurance animal athletes.

How do they do it? New research suggests the canines are superior to most other mammals, including humans, in at least three key areas: They are unusually adept at adapting to exercise, they have superior aerobic capacity and are unusually efficient in using food as fuel.

These dogs have evolved into the nearly perfect endurance athletes, although the article is mistaken in identifying them as “Alaskan huskies” as the sled dogs tend to be the result of a mix of several different breeds.

October 6, 2008   9 Comments

Tropical Storm Marco

Tropical Storm MarcoPosition: 19.8 N 95.4 W [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 7 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [105 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 30 miles [45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 998 mb.

It is 65 miles [105 km] Northeast of Veracruz, Mexico in the Bay of Campeche.

At 4 PM CDT…2100 UTC…the government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Gulf Coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo southward to Veracruz. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area…in this case within the next 24 hours.

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October 6, 2008   2 Comments