Politics, aptly summed up

In this election season, the photograph below (received via e-mail from Fred – thanks, buddy!) says it all. Click for a larger view. I think it was Churchill who once spoke about ‘the politics of the sewer’. I think he’d approve! Peter

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How do you make prehistoric buffalo wings?

First, you catch your Tyrannosaurus Rex! I’m delighted to read of a study by Dr. John Asara and his colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dinosaurs may have been more closely related to chickens than reptiles, according to a report released on Thursday. . . . Molecular analysis, or genetic sequencing, of a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex protein from the dinosaur’s femur confirms that T. rex shares a common ancestry with chickens, ostriches, and to a lesser extent, alligators, scientists said. “Last year we just made a very loose connection based on (protein)

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Prove dat mumbo-jumbo, man!

I love it! LONDON (Reuters) – Fortune-tellers, mediums and spiritual healers marched on the home of the British prime minister at Downing Street on Friday to protest against new laws they fear will lead to them being “persecuted and prosecuted”. Organizers say that replacing the Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951 with new consumer protection rules will remove key legal protection for “genuine” mediums. They think skeptics might bring malicious prosecutions to force spiritualists to prove in court that they can heal people, see into the future or talk to the dead. Psychics also fear they will have to give disclaimers

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A hunk of burning love – literally?

I’ve already mentioned the perhaps over-enthusiastic use of the Taser by police. There’s one guy in Canada who might have a whole new reason to dislike the thing. A Hamilton man Tasered by police is in hospital after the stun gun ignited a “flammable object” in his pants, burning him. The incident is under review by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes all police-related deaths and serious injuries. According to the SIU, police were called to a Queenston Road apartment in Hamilton’s east end around 9 p.m. Thursday. “Three officers went there in response to a disturbance call,” said SIU

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A new entry for my ‘Must Buy’ list

I’m an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and used to be far more involved with the field than I am today. Back in the 1970’s I used an Olympus OM-1 system, and graduated to a Nikon SLR system in the 1980’s. Today, in the digital age, I use the Pentax digital SLR series. We take all this equipment and technology for granted – but in the early days of photography, things were very different. Experimentation and adaptation were the order of the day. Take the beginning of color photography, for example. It was not until 1907 that autochrome – the process through

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It’s true – when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!

That phrase is hated and derided by the anti-gun lobby, but it’s starkly and undeniably true. Further evidence of that truth has just come to light in Britain, where the Home Office’s British Crime Survey has released its latest figures. Sixty people a week are being wounded as gun crime continues to rise, Home Office figures have revealed. Firearms incidents rose by four per cent last year to just under 10,000 – meaning that guns are now featuring in almost 30 offences every day. The number of people killed or wounded rose to 3,048. . . . The four per

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Darwin strikes again

I was saddened to read of the death of Stephan Miller. Saddened – and bloody angry! You see, Mr. Miller was bitten to death by a five-year-old grizzly bear known as Rocky, who starred in the film “Semi-Pro”. Three experienced handlers were working with the grizzly Tuesday at the Predators in Action wild animal training center when the bear attacked Stephan Miller, 39, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers. Stephan Miller is the cousin of training center owner Randy Miller, she said. Pepper spray was used to subdue and contain the bear, and there were no other injuries,

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The perils of Web-based computing

This isn’t going to be a technical discussion, don’t worry. Microsoft has just announced its Live Mesh initiative. This will seamlessly integrate data and applications on your computer and the Web, and you’ll be able to store your data in a central location where you can retrieve it from any computer. It’s Microsoft’s answer to Adobe’s AIR and Google Gears, both of which address the same issue. The field is often called “cloud computing“, which isn’t a bad description – everything’s up in a cloud of computers. Somewhere. These sound fine and dandy, but there are three issues that the

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I’ve had it with damnfool fashions!

Would someone please tell me why some women insist on dressing like tarts, floozies, prostitutes, hookers, sluts – call it what you will? (I specifically exempt ladies from this criticism. Ladies are women who have some sense of self-respect. Regrettably there are far fewer ladies around today than there used to be. For those of my readers who fit this definition, a heartfelt Thank You!) The latest outrage is this. Yes, it’s an ultra-low-cut pair of jeans with a semi-bikini (if I can dignify those scraps of material with that name) above it. For anyone tempted to wear one of

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Insane car chase

I’ve seen plenty of car chases on TV, as I’m sure you have, but this one is really hair-raising! It took place in the Netherlands. The driver of the stolen car behaves more recklessly and dangerously than anything I’ve seen in US videos. How no-one got killed is beyond me! Peter

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