August 2005

31 Aug 2005 10:10 pm

Headline Many More Hurricanes to Come

This article has a “man bites dog” quality to it as it doesn’t spout the normal media global warming propaganda. In fact it quotes scientists who argue that the increase in hurricanes the last few years is the result of natural cycles and not global warming.

Stan Goldenberg, a meteorologist also from AOML, gave a simple analogy: “It’s like if you’re sitting in New York, and in July it hits 95 degrees, and you say ‘My goodness, back only 6 months ago we were 5 below zero, this is clearly a trend, this must be global warming!'”

31 Aug 2005 09:52 pm

Headline AP: Animal Activist Gets 2 Years in Mink Case

30 Aug 2005 12:00 pm

Headline Washington Times: No jive: Java’s good for health

But C is still just average.

29 Aug 2005 10:55 pm

I thought the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory prayers were illegal. Perhaps the Constitution was suspended due to the weather emergency.

Headline Washington Times: Katrina howls at full force

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Katrina yesterday barreled toward New Orleans with 160-mph winds and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge, forcing a mandatory evacuation and prayers for those who remained.

29 Aug 2005 10:42 pm

Headline Telegraph: Coffee ‘gives more antioxidants than fruit and veg’

“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source – nothing else comes close,” said study leader Professor Joe Vinson, from Scranton University in Pennsylvania. He was presenting his findings at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

The findings in the US probably reflect a similar trend in the UK, where people drink about 70 million cups of coffee each day.

28 Aug 2005 04:58 pm

Q.47. What does the first commandment forbid?

A. The first commandment forbids denying God or not worshiping and glorifying Him as the true God and our God. It also forbids giving worship and glory which He alone deserves, to anyone or anything else.

To deny that God exists is a violation of the first commandment. But as we mentioned with last week’s question, we need to do more than assent to God’s existence, we need to worship Him. Failing to worship Him as he should be is a violation of this commandment.

And as the catechism also tells us, this commandment also limits who or what we can worship. If, after we have worshiped the true God, we then worship anything else in addition to God, we are also guilty of violating this commandment.

Joshua makes this last point when he challenges the people to make a choice: serve God or serve the false gods. You can do one or the other, but not both.

Joshua 24:14-15

14 “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

27 Aug 2005 10:56 pm

Tonight I was reading The Princess Bride to my youngest daughter. It is a wonderful book and the movies is one of the few movies that live up to the book.

This evening, we were reading where Inigo fights the man in black at the top of the Cliffs of Insanity. Inigo is losing the battle as they are both fighting left-handed.

Inigo never panicked–never came close. But he decided some things very quickly, because there was no time for long consultations, and what he decided was that although the man in black was slow in reacting to moves behind trees, and not much good at all amidst boulders, when movement was restricted, yet out in the open, where there was space, he was a terror. A left-handed black-masked terror. “You are most excellent,” he said. His rear foot was at the cliff edge. He could retreat no more.

Thank you,” the man in black replied. “I have worked very hard to become so.”

“You are better than I am,” Inigo admitted.

“So it seems. But if that is true, then why are you smiling?”

“Because,” Inigo answered, “I know something you don’t know.”

“And what is that?” asked the man in black.

At this point my oldest daughter, who happened to be listening, cut in: “I’ve just saved a bunch of money by switching to Geico.”

27 Aug 2005 08:40 pm

Headline BBC News: Squirrel helps with mobile calls

There are few things more intrusive than a mobile phone ringtone.

Yet, despite the existence of answer phones and voice mail, a ringing phone remains impossible to ignore.

Whether we are having a private conversation, snowed under with work, or just not in the mood to speak to anyone, the phone keeps ringing.

MIT research student Stefan Marti may have the answer: ditch your mobile phone, and get a squirrel.

Specifically, an animatronic desktop squirrel which deals with your calls for you. The squirrel answers phone calls, works out if you are busy or asleep, evaluates how important the incoming call is and takes messages.

So the squirrel works out when I’m busy or asleep. Seeing as I don’t have much spare time these days, that squirrel is going to be in very good shape.

26 Aug 2005 10:22 pm

We all know that San Francisco has a slightly more relaxed view of morality than a lot of other places. But here’s an astonishing fact that is mentioned in a SFGate article on why the Bay Area isn’t concerned about new Oakland Raider wide receiver Randy Moss’s admission that he occasionally smokes marijuana.

Up until last year, when the city passed legislation that shut down several of the clubs, there were more places in Oakland to buy marijuana than a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. In nearby San Francisco, there are currently more pot clubs (at least 40) in the city limits than the combined total of McDonald’s, Burger King and stand-alone Taco Bell franchises (36).

You haven’t been able to smoke a cigarette in a California bar since 1997 because the second hand smoke is bad for others. As of this year, you can’t smoke a cigarette in a San Francisco public park because it is bad for you.

But this new fact is astounding.

Despite all the evidence of how bad it is for your own body and how much it costs the public in increased health care costs, San Francisco still allows 36 fast food restaurants to openly operate in the city. How much longer until they clamp down on this unrestrained evil in their midst?

25 Aug 2005 10:52 pm

Are you as annoyed as I am at sites (like Drudge – I’m annoyed at him for using those popups and so I won’t include a link to his site) who use a backdoor on Firefox to force a popup window on you even after you have disabled popups? Have you stopped frequenting sites because of their forced popups? Well, here’s a link that shows how to close and lock that back door. No more popups from those bad boys (until they figure out another way to annoy everyone).

Via Digg. (By the way, Digg is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites.)

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