Agricultural driving?

Yes, it’s another rally clip – this one of highlights from the 2011 season.  There appear to be a large number of farm drivers in these cars, judging from their agricultural off-road excursions . . .  It’s worth watching in full-screen mode. Peter

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Oh, no, Peter Jackson!

I’m extremely disappointed to hear that Peter Jackson and the companies involved have decided to release three, not two, instalments of the movie version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.  I can’t think of a single valid reason for this move other than particularly crass hucksterism.  Others appear to have similar views (see, for example, this comment in the Los Angeles Times). I absolutely don’t believe Mr. Jackson’s protestations that: We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will

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Doofus Of The Day #626

Courtesy of a link provided by Australian reader Snoggeramus, we learn of today’s winner. A MAN who suffered serious burns when friends lit a firecracker in his bum says he was just showing his visiting mates a Territory good time. Alex Bowden, 23, of Wagaman, Darwin, put a spinning “flying bee” winged firework in his butt crack during a party at a rented house on Rossiter St, Rapid Creek on Saturday night. . . . “It didn’t burn my balls or my back,” the fitter and turner said. “Just my fingers and my arse. “It was a pretty loose one,

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Fred Reed hits another one out of the park

I’m sure many readers are familiar with the iconoclastic, biting columns of Fred Reed.  He’s just penned one on the demagogues he calls ‘Race Hucksters‘. I read, with the joy that I usually reserve for recurrent migraines, that Precedent Obama will establish an Office of African-American Education, thus furthering the racial Balkanization of the country, providing makework jobs for useless bureaucrats and, predictably, accomplishing nothing. . . . Racial discrimination pervades American society, apparently ineradicably, rising over window sills, clogging storm drains—and all of it in favor of blacks. Try: Head Start, the federal Department of Education, NCLB, forced integration,

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TV ratings – the best that bribes can fix?

There’s an interesting lawsuit in New York concerning TV rating problems in India.  It may reveal a great deal about how TV programs and channels are rated in the USA as well.  The Hollywood Reporter informs us: In a 194-page lawsuit filed in New York court late last week, [New Delhi Television Limited] accuses Nielsen of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by manipulating viewership data in favor of channels that are willing to provide bribes to its officials. . . . Tampering with data is said to have been a known problem since 2004 and discussed in industrywide public

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What your phone company knows about you

This highly informative (and very worrying) talk was given by Malte Spitz, a German politician of the Green Party, at a recent TED conference.  It’s well worth your time to watch it. You can read more about the problem, including viewing an animation of how much his phone company knew about Mr. Spitz, by clicking here. I knew that all sorts of people, companies and agencies were watching almost everyone . . . but I never knew their information about us was so detailed and intrusive.  The question is, how can it be reversed – if at all? Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #625

Today’s award goes to the security personnel at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Three peace activists — including an 82-year-old nun — infiltrated the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in a predawn protest Saturday, reportedly evading guards and cutting through three or four fences in order to spray-paint messages, hang banners and pour human blood at the site where warhead parts are manufactured and the nation’s stockpile of bomb-grade uranium is stored. It was an unprecedented security breach at the Oak Ridge plant, which enriched the uranium for the atomic bomb dropped on

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The littlest room – in space?

Courtesy of a link at Dark Roasted Blend, I was amused to come across an article titled ‘6 Incredible Toilets in Space‘.  I must admit, the mechanics of a No. 1 or a No. 2 in weightlessness hadn’t weighed heavily upon my mind (or anything else) . . . but I’m now enlightened!  Here’s an example. This, we’re reliably informed, is the toilet that went up with the Soyuz rocket circa 1967. Thankfully, technology has moved on since the inception of this thing, but even so, it shows that removing waste has been a puzzle for astrophysicists since the dawn

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That’s one way to cadge a quick meal!

I was amazed to come across this video clip of whale sharks feeding from fishermens’ nets in Cenderawasih Bay on the coast of West Papua.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald: The whales are resident in the region and the local fishermen have established a relationship with them … The locals view the whale shark as a good luck omen. Whale sharks eat a diverse array of zooplankton, including small crustaceans, jelly fish and coral spawn – and easy feeds of fish when they can get them. There’s more at the link. Here’s the video clip.  I recommend watching it

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