So much for ‘non-polluting’ electric cars!

It looks like being a bad week for environmentalists, following Sunday’s report that ‘eco-friendly’ reusable shopping bags aren’t nearly as environmentally friendly as first thought. Now, Which? UK has found that electric cars produce as much pollution indirectly as diesel-powered cars do directly. The Daily Mail reports: Electric cars are a lot more expensive to buy – though they are generally cheaper to run as they plug in for their power from the domestic mains, say experts at Which? The amount of carbon dioxide – the so-called ‘greenhouse gas’ blamed by scientists for global warming – created to generate the

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Pray for New Zealand in her hour of need

I’m sure most of my readers are aware of the earthquake that hit New Zealand yesterday. The death toll stands at 75 at the time of writing, but is almost certain to rise to between 300 and 400, according to the latest reports. You have to look at those numbers in perspective. New Zealand has a total population of about 4 million people – less than many cities in this country. The population of the USA exceeds 300 million people. To gauge the impact of the death toll on New Zealand, multiply the likely death toll by 75 and apply

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Marko hits one out of the park

My blogging buddy Marko puts in his $0.02 worth about New Hampshire Republicans. (Language alert: Marko swears from time to time. In this case, I think he has good reason to do so.) In a spectacular display of Not Getting It, some of the Republicans in the Live Free Or Die State are getting cocky about having a supermajority in the NH House and Senate again . . . and they’re trying to use it to roll back the gay marriage law. Of all the issues on the table, they make gay cooties a priority once again. In past elections,

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Just what the heck is this???

The video clip below is allegedly from some Japanese movie. It involves what looks like a schoolgirl, who transforms into what looks like a pink armadillo, and performs a violent act on an innocent truck driver. Can anyone identify the movie from which this clip comes? For that matter, why was it made in the first place??? Peter

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You’d better be hungry to try this!

I’ve heard of – even seen – some of the monster dinners offered by a few US restaurants. Typical is the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, offering its 72-ounce (4½ pound) steak, which is free if you eat the whole thing (including side dishes) within one hour, in accordance with the rules. The speed record for eating this monster steak is held by “a 500-pound Bengal Tiger owned by Benjamin Heiple of Florida. His meal was limited to the steak only and he dined in the front of the building. The technique was the simplest we’ve ever seen:

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Unions, politicians, and the people

I’m growing more and more frustrated by the stupidity of the current conflict between trades unions and several State governments. It seems to me that both sides are adopting intransigent positions, refusing to look reality in the face. Wisconsin is the bellwether state in this matter. I don’t think the unions there have a leg to stand on, quite frankly. The present Republican majority and the new Governor actively campaigned – and were elected – on a promise to rein in union benefits and contracts, and prevent the unions from dictating terms to the State in future. They’re doing precisely

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson again

We’ve encountered Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson here before, speaking about UFO’s, aliens, and the end of the world (not!) in 2012. He’s one of my favorite ‘characters’ on the Internet, and I’d love to hear him speak in person one day. His sense of humor tickles my funny-bone! I came across this video clip of him answering 10 questions from readers of Time magazine. I found it fascinating, and thought you might enjoy it too. What an interesting man! Definitely someone I want to meet one day. Peter

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Has another World War II atrocity been uncovered?

The Guardian reports: Authorities in Japan have begun excavating the former site of a medical school that may contain the remains of victims of the country’s wartime biological warfare programme. The school has links to Unit 731, a branch of the imperial Japanese army that conducted lethal experiments on prisoners as part of efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. Memorial plaque at site of Unit 731 facilities in Harbin, China(image courtesy of Wikipedia) . . . Experts believe that if the excavation yields physical evidence that Japan conducted experiments on live humans, the government would face pressure to discuss

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Another very interesting look at the music industry

Last month I cited an English study, and concluded, ‘Methinks the music industry doth protest too much!‘ Now a Business Insider study of the US music industry makes me wonder whether they get it at all. Here’s a short excerpt. Turns out that, somewhat unsurprisingly, the recording industry makes almost all their money from full-length albums. Equally unsurprising, no one is buying full albums any more. That’s just over 1 album per person per year now, and only 0.25 downloaded albums per year. . . . What Does The Future Hold? Let’s dig deeper into those precious few newer sources

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I can hear Big Brother’s footsteps coming down the hall again . . .

I’m infuriated by this news report from England. At the age of three, most children will want to grow up to be a train driver, astronaut or princess. But according to scientists, some toddlers are already destined for a life of crime. Disturbing evidence has emerged that the psychological seeds of a criminal career can be seen before they even reach nursery school. Abnormalities in the parts of the brain that handle emotions, guilt and fear are far more common in criminals than in law-abiding members of society, it shows. It is unclear whether these abnormalities are genetic, the result

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