Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Real Reason Why the Ten Commandments Can't Be Displayed...

Via my mom:
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Congress is this – you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal', 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery', and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... 'cause it creates a hostile work environment. 

Revenge of the Wife...

Via my mom:
A police officer pulls over a speeding car.

The officer says, ' I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir.'

The driver says, 'Christ, officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating.'

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: 'Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control.'

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, 'Can't you keep your mouth shut for once?'

The wife smiles demurely and says, ! 'You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did.'

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, '**** it, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?'

The officer frowns and says, 'And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic 75 fine.'

The driver says, 'Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket.'

The wife says, 'Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving.'

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks, 'WHY DON'T You shut the **** up??'

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, 'Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?'

(I love this part....)

'Only when he's drunk.'

ClimateGate: the British Media is on the Case...

The liberal Guardian is all over the CRU's Phil Jones for hiding data not supportive the the AGW hypothesis.  The word is that Phil Jones is toast – his temporary suspension is about to become permanent...

ClimateGate: the Emails Were on a Single Server...

The AGW proponents have been floating the notion that stealing the ClimateGate emails had to be the result of an incredibly sophisticated effort that only a state-sponsored organization could pull off.  In other words, they're saying it had to be spies.  The main reason they say this is because they believe the emails had to have been collected from numerous email servers.

Oops.  The emails were all on one server.  A server that students could easily have hacked into.

Coulda been almost anyone.

Do It Yourself Sous-Vide Cooking...

Sous-vide cooking sure sounds good – hi-tech cooking!  I just might have to try it...

ClimateGate: McIntyre is Amused...

Steve McIntyre is amused because one of the sources for the IPCC's WG2 report was a boot cleaning manual.  Yes, really.

The First Killer Nano-Product?

Liquid glass - put an easy-to-clean, anti-bacterial coating on anything.

A Trillion Dollars...

The Obama administration throws around quantities of trillions of dollars the way LBJ used to do with millions.  But how much money is a trillion dollars?  It's really hard to wrap your brain around it, as a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is not a number we often run into.

So I came up with a couple of mind exercises to more intuitively understand it.

First, imagine you were going to buy some cars for $25,000 each – enough cars to use the entire trillion dollars.  Further suppose that you bought one car every minute (wow!).  How long would it take for you to spend that trillion dollars?  The answer: just over 76 years.

Ok, that's a lot of money.  But how big a pile would it make?  Suppose you got your trillion dollars in $100 bills - in that case the pile, packed as tightly as you could, would occupy just over 450,000 cubic feet.  That would be a pile 100 feet long on each side, and 45 feet high – the size of a block full of large houses.  The pile would weigh a little over 10,000 tons.

That's a lot of money.

When Obama talks about a budget running a $1.8 trillion dollar deficit, that's the kind of debt he's obligating the American people to pay off...