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2009 August 23 — Why Now?
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Badtux Baby Pic?

funny pictures of cats with captions

August 23, 2009   12 Comments


The whole “60 votes to invoke cloture” is a Senate rule.

It only requires 51 votes to change the rules in the Senate. That was what Frist was going to do; that’s what the “nuclear option” means – change the Senate rules.

I don’t want to hear the excuses about what it takes to get something through the Senate.

August 23, 2009   Comments Off on FYI

National Medical Establishment

Front of Union Bank of Switzerland building

Army Medical Branch insignia, EMT Star of Life, AF Med Tech badge

The top picture is the entrance to the headquarters of UBS, which once stood for the Union Bank of Switzerland. Above the door is a bust of Hermes flanked by two carvings of his herald’s staff, the Caduceus. All very logical, as Hermes was the Greek god of commerce, as well as the messenger/herald of the gods of Olympus to men.

The group of symbols below that, from left to right, are the branch insignia of the Army Medical Corps, the “Star of Life” used by EMTs, and the Air Force Medical Technicians badge. You will note that the Army uses the Caduceus as a symbol, while the EMTs and Air Force use the similar Rod of Asclepius, which is the symbol of the Greek founder of medicine.

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August 23, 2009   2 Comments

Hurricane Bill Cat 1 Day 9

Hurricane BillPosition: 47.1 N 55.5 W [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 40 mph [65 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [145 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 975 mb ↑.

It is 115 miles [190 km] West-Southwest of Cape Race Newfoundland. Bill is a Category 1 storm.

Bill has grazed Nova Scotia with near hurricane winds and is on its way to Newfoundland.

The Atlantic Coast from Florida to Newfoundland will be receiving major increases in wave height related to Bill. If you go to the beach expect rip currents.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

August 23, 2009   Comments Off on Hurricane Bill Cat 1 Day 9