Doofus Of The Day #512

I’m seeing red at this report in the Salt Lake Tribune. Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like. The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party

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Friends, food, firearms and fun!

Miss D. and I had a busy (read: exhausting!) day, with a great deal of fun and enjoyment. We started with breakfast at our hotel’s restaurant with Old NFO this morning. Large quantities of eggs, toast, bacon (BACON!!!), sausage, orange juice, coffee and laughter followed before we headed out to the gun show. We spent a couple of hours of walking the serried ranks of tables, ogling much assorted ironmongery in one form or another. One dealer had a few Colt revolvers in the magnificent Royal Blue finish, which Miss D. had never seen before. Old NFO and I pointed

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There are no words . . .

I was infuriated to read, two years ago, of the arrest of Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley in 2009 on literally hundreds of charges of child abuse. I’ve just learned that he’s been sentenced to 14 life terms plus 164 years in prison, without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, his state doesn’t have the death penalty any longer . . . but for those of you who think he should die for his crimes, take heart. As a former prison chaplain, I can assure you that child abusers lead very ‘interesting’ lives behind bars (in the Chinese curse sense of the

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Still on the road

Miss D. and I have been enjoying our run through parts of the Midwest. We spent the last couple of days in Ohio with members of her family, taking care of some business matters and catching up on family news. This morning we accompanied her brother, his wife and their two young daughters to the USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. It’s a new experience for me to have to discourage an excited child from climbing into the open bomb bay of a Douglas B-18 Bolo patrol bomber, and to hear her contemptuously dismiss the depth charges displayed in front of

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Not a fisherman’s friends!

This video clip shows a fisherman trying to carry a box of fish from his boat to a waiting truck . . . through a cloud of hungry seabirds! I wonder how much of the fish made it from ship to shore? And why don’t the fishermen simply cover the boxes? They must lose an awful lot of money to hungry birds . . . Peter

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Of lagers, laagers and fungus

I had a very interesting wander through the Internet the other day, sparked by a BBC news report. The workhorse of brewing, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is used worldwide to ferment fruit and grains to make wine, cider and ale. Lager, which is fermented more slowly and at lower temperatures than ale, is presumed to be a later invention, and was likely stumbled upon when Bavarian monks moved their beer barrels into caves for storage. In those caves, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which prefers to grow just above room temperature, is presumed to have been outcompeted in the fermenting beer by a

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A network of lightbulbs?

It seems that lightbulbs might power the next generation of computer networks. The Daily Mail reports: Professor Hass, of the school of engineering at Edinburgh University in the UK, said that currently we use radio waves to transmit data which are inefficient. With mobile phones there are 1.4 million base stations boosting the signal but most of the energy is used to cool it, making it only five per cent efficient. By comparison there are 40 billion light bulbs in use across the world which are far more efficient. By replacing old fashioned incandescent models with LED bulbs he claimed

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Driving in Asia

I thought I’d encountered the worst drivers in the world in various African countries (not to mention Rome in Italy!), but this video clip of driving in various Asian countries and cities has me goggling. After seeing that, I think I’ll stick to the relatively sane, safe roads of the USA for a while! Peter

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