Doofus Of The Day #275

Today’s title goes to whoever in Paterson, NJ thought it was a good idea for police officers, on foot, to lasso an escaping bull. A 1,400-pound bull escaped from a northern New Jersey slaughterhouse and dragged officers with a lasso down a street before being captured and sedated. The bull was being unloaded at ENA Meat Packing Inc. when it broke loose just before 8:30 am on Monday, said John DeCando, spokesman for Paterson Police’s animal control division. Police tried to catch the bull by lassoing a rope around the animal’s neck, but it dragged officers down the street instead,

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Moving – Day 2

Ah, the joys of moving house . . . 1. Use the master bathroom for the first time and discover that the toilet, when flushed, leaks water from its base onto the floor. Not good – or hygienic. 2. Use kitchen taps for the first time and find that when you twist the tap to turn the water on, the entire tap turns, not just the handle. 3. Call landlord (a personal friend). Landlord uses rude word (or two, or three, or . . . ). Plumber will be here on Thursday. Until then, please use second bathroom, OK? Pretty

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Moving day

Not much energy to blog tonight, friends. I moved house today, so I’m sitting in a new (rented) place, surrounded by boxes, bags and more boxes, trying to figure out where supper’s coming from (I know it’s in a box somewhere – the question is, which box? In which room?) I’ll try to get back to normal blogging tomorrow, if a heap of boxes doesn’t fall on me and crush me! Peter

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John Stossel on Obamacare

I’ve written in the past about the manifold problems presented by the current Administration’s plans for centralized, subsidized health care. John Stossel, in a piece for ABC’s 20/20 investigative reporting program, puts things into a short but handy perspective. Here it is. I couldn’t agree more! Obamacare is an abomination, at least as currently planned by the Democratic Party and the Administration. Delenda est Obamacare! Peter

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Weekend Wings #34 – Stealth Aircraft: The Old Becomes New Again

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get out another article in the ‘Weekend Wings’ series. Unfortunately, they take a lot of time to research and prepare, and pressure of other work in recent months has meant that I didn’t have the time to do a proper job. I don’t want to publish a half-baked article that isn’t comprehensive enough to satisfy me, let alone my readers! I have a couple more in preparation, and I hope the next one won’t take so long. Last year I published an article about ‘invisible aircraft’, where experts postulated that new technology

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Doofus Of The Day #274

Today’s litigious Doofus is from New York. Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America’s customer service — really, really unhappy. Chiscolm in August sued the largest U.S. bank and its board, demanding that “1,784 billion, trillion dollars” be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $200,164,000, court papers show. Attempts to reach Chiscolm were unsuccessful. A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment. “Incomprehensible,” U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said in a brief order released Thursday in Manhattan federal court. “He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the

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Aerotoxic syndrome: the latest developments

Back in February 2008, in Weekend Wings #7, I examined the topic of aerotoxic syndrome. At the time, I wrote: . . . it appears that engine oil compounds and byproducts are increasingly implicated as pollutants in engine “bleed air”, to the point where they are major contributors to health risks. These threaten not only flight safety, but also the long-term health of those exposed to them. The topic has been of growing concern to a great many people, as outlined in the earlier article. Now, seemingly out of the blue, BAe Systems has teamed with Quest International to produce

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Now that’s an expensive ‘Oops!’

I’m amused to read of an accounting mixup that’s headed to court. The University of Notre Dame mistakenly gave a $29,000 gratuity check to a catering employee. Now it’s suing to get its money back. The South Bend Tribune reports that on April 17, the university made a mistake and sent Sara Gaspar a check for $29,387 when it should have been in the amount of $29.87. The lawsuit alleges that instead of notifying the university about the wrong check, Gaspar spent the big pay day on bills and a new car. Gaspar said she left messages for university officials,

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A piece of maritime history comes ashore

The SS Laurentic was built in 1908 for the White Star Line, later owners of the infamous RMS Titanic. SS Laurentic in 1910 Laurentic and her sister ship, SS Megantic, served the trade between England and Canada. They used different engineering plants as an experiment to determine which would be more suitable for the larger Olympic-class liners that were to follow them: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. According to the Great Ships Web site: Laurentic and her sister Megantic were used by their owner and their builder as an experiment. Although otherwise identical, they were outfitted with different propulsion systems. Megantic

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Doofus Of The Day #273

Today’s award goes to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department in California. A new and expensive mobile law enforcement command center that officials say is critical to emergency response in San Joaquin County is illegal to drive on California roadways, forcing officials to spend more taxpayer dollars to correct the problem. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department said the $500,000 vehicle is designed to coordinate emergency responses in natural disasters and fast-paced criminal investigations, but it cannot be used because it is too heavy. The two-axle vehicle weighs about 2,060 pounds too much under California law, and the manufacturer will

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