God tells me to copy and paste, so you can't stop me. -- Kate

"You know, I could run for governor, but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business ..." -- G.W. Bush

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -- Galileo Galilei

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Selfish Republicans strike again. Science and learning always seem to take a back seat to the Republican's wants.

Scorched Earth

By ROBERT L. PARK Op-Ed Contributor
Published: January 15, 2006
College Park, Md.

NASA has quietly terminated the Deep Space Climate Observatory, citing "competing priorities." The news media took little notice. Few Americans, after all, had even heard of the program. But the entire world may come to mourn its passing.

Earth is growing warmer. Even the most strident global-warming deniers have taken to saying that a little warming is a good thing. If the trend continues, however, it will have catastrophic consequences for life on this planet. Correctly identifying the cause could be the most important problem facing humanity.

Most scientists link global warming to unrestrained burning of fossil fuels, which shrouds Earth in a blanket of carbon dioxide, trapping the Sun's energy. Others, backed by industries that spew pollutants into the atmosphere, insist that greenhouse emissions are not the problem. They prefer to attribute warming to natural variations in solar output. Scientists are skeptical, but they don't deny the possibility. The issue cries out to be resolved.

Even in a world wracked by wars, battles are not fought over scientific disagreements. In science, nature is the sole arbiter. Disputes are resolved only by better experiments.

The better experiment when it comes to global warming was to be the climate observatory, situated in space at the neutral-gravity point between the Sun and Earth. Called Lagrange 1, or L1, this point is about one million miles from Earth. At L1, with a view of the full disk of the Sun in one direction, and a full sunlit Earth in the opposite, the observatory could continuously monitor Earth's energy balance. It was given a poetic name, Triana, after Rodrigo de Triana, the sailor aboard Christopher Columbus's ship who first sighted the New World.

Development began in November 1998 and it was ready for launching three years later. The cost was only about $100 million. For comparison, that is only one-thousandth the cost of the International Space Station, which serves no useful purpose.

Before Triana could be launched, however, there was a presidential election. Many of the industries favored by the new Bush White House were not anxious to have the cause of global warming pinned down. The launching was put on hold.

The disdain of the Bush White House for Triana goes much deeper than just a desire to avoid the truth about global warming. Triana began life in early 1998 as a brainchild of Al Gore, who was then the vice president. Mr. Gore, the story goes, woke up one morning wondering if it would be possible to beam a continuous image of the full Earth back from space to inspire people with the need to care for our planet. The 1972 portrait of the full Earth, taken from the Moon, had inspired millions with the fragile beauty of our blue planet. Why not beam the image live into classrooms, allowing students to view weather systems marching around the globe?

Scientists had dreamed of such an observatory for years. They hoped Mr. Gore's influence would make it happen. Mr. Gore's support would end up destroying it. Those who hated him, hated Triana. His dream of inspiring environmentalists and schoolchildren served only to trivialize the project. It was ridiculed as "Gore's screen saver."

Triana is terminated, but global warming is not. Someday, there will have to be an observatory at L1. Perhaps the most important lesson from our exploration of the solar system is that the most terrible place on Earth is a Garden of Eden compared to the best place anywhere else. We must find out how to keep it that way.

Robert L.Park, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, is the author of "Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud."

Don't you just love how the Repubs turn a serious scientific endeavor into a joke?

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Howdy doo. Just a little end of year note to let you know that I haven't forgotten about my little blog and it's handfull of readers. I've been trying to come up with something good to write about for Christmas but I couldn't and now that Christmas has passed it seems silly to write anything about Christmas.

So here we are, a few hours away from the beginning of the New Year and I still can't come up with something I like. I refuse to not write something, even if it comes out a bit lame.

While this has nothing to do with New Year's I just have to mention it. Little Yappers Attack Officer. On Friday, 30 Dec 2005, a police officer in Fremont Ca was attacked by 5 nasty little rat dogs. I guess they didn't like that their owner was being escorted home by a police officer. Can't help it, this just sounds like the start to a bad joke.

Earlier this week I was going to do another on-line vacation. It was going to be about roller coasters around the world. Seems like this would be a good on-line vacation. Guess what, it really isn't. Looking at pictures of roller coasters and amusement parks really isn't all that interesting. Maybe if I was a roller coaster rider the pictures would make me think of roller coastering fun that I already had. 2-D pictures just don't cut it.

You can check out Google to see what I mean about looking at roller coaster pictures.

The Skyrail roller coaster toy looks like fun though.

The other day when I was going through the pictures there were more links to physics classes relating to coasters. That was kind of neat. Perhaps you would like to Bring Physics to Life with Roller Coaster Physics.

The joy of Googling is that you may find better pictures than I did.

I wanted the last post of the year to be more interesting but that just hasn't happened. In less than six hours the East Coast will be into 2006 and more than likely I will be asleep or pretty darned close to it. That should explain why this last post of 2005 is not something deep or very interesting.

Well, Happy End of 2005 and Happy 2006!
Hope the New Year's ups and downs are fun and don't make you puke! :-)

Friday, December 16, 2005

You know, if so many people are really worried about the sanctity of marriage then maybe they should go after nitwits like these first.


Another South Carolina deputy had a lapse of judgment, too, but his was of the matrimonial variety. Sumter County sheriff's deputy Jay Follin was fired for being married to two women at the same time. Follin, 27, was separated from his first wife when he married his second, according to a department investigation. His second wife, the investigation revealed, was already married to another man at the time. Everything became known when the husband of Follin's second wife filed a complaint with the sheriff's department. The couple was separated at the time.
Maybe the sanctity of marriage folks figure that if they can’t make the straight couples tow the proper marriage line how will they ever control the homosexuals.

Friday, December 02, 2005

It’s been some time since we went on an on-line vacation. Today, I’ve decided that Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is the place to go.

Hidden far into the Middle East, neighboring such countries as Saudi Arabia and Oman there lies a young and prosperous country called the United Arab Emirates. It was all desert 40 years ago, but someone discovered oil there. A lot of oil. Now, the country has more money than it knows what to do with. Dubai is a city in the UAE and it's being made into a very, very, VERY amazing place. The tallest hotel in the world, the tallest building in the world, the largest mall in the world... all in one city! All are scheduled to be reality in the next few years.
So let’s start and remember to wander around and enjoy your vacation.

Hey! Let’s start by skiing Dubai! According to BBC World, it’s the largest indoor ski slope and it’s connected to a mall. They provide everything you need to ski with including a ski coat. I only costs $35 to enjoy the slopes. (Volume warning! Turn down your volume before clicking on the link, on my computer it’s pretty loud.)

Before going to ski, make sure to reserve a spot for the breakfast buffet with Santa.

It gets hot in Dubai , so be sure to make time to go to the Wild Wadiwater park. Heck of a waterslide.

Afterwards we can head over to Mall of the Emirates and meet up with a couple of guys that we don’t know. Here’s a pretty picture you can buy. You can get it in malls anywhere but with this you can say you bought it in Dubai.

If money is no object then you can stay at the Burj al Arab Hotel in the Royal Suite. Since you are traveling via the internet you can afford to visit all you like.

You can get a room during the middle of March for approx. $1,89.20

Or maybe you’d rather stay in this suite, which has many more sqare feet then my house, for approx. $1906.11
Room Type: KG BED-225-315SQM-SEAVIEW-DINING FOR 4-JACUZZI DVD-PLASMA TV-LAPTOP-LIVING AREA-WORK DESK (This room is more that twice the size of my house, it's over 2,400 sq ft. The smaller suite is bigger than anywhere I've ever lived.)

If you get into trouble here’s the US Embassy in the UAE but somehow I don’t think you’ll need any government help during your armchair travel abroad.

Well, lunch is done so no more travelling, I have to go back to work. More travelling another day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You know, I just don’t know how I learned anything without the internet.

In the news today is an artricle about American Heart Association changes for performing CPR. So, I looked up “new cpr”on Google so I could find an article that I could easily copy and paste from. (Yahoo news gives me such a hard time.) Among the results was this article from 2003.

The new CPR: flip the patient
By Ben Wyld June 28 2003

Flipping a patient over and performing heart massage on their back could be a better way of restoring blood flow than the standard resuscitation method, according to research that may challenge decades-old orthodoxy.

A study of reverse cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on six critically ill intensive care patients found significant increases in their blood pressure. The patients' hearts had stopped and they had failed to respond to standard resuscitation

After 45 minutes of standard CPR without response, doctors at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre turned the patients on to their stomachs and gave them a further 15 minutes of CPR applied to their backs. They found the systolic blood pressure improved dramatically, compared to that measured in the final 15 minutes of the standard technique. Blood flow through the arteries also increased.

None of the patients survived, but the researchers claim the results demonstrate, for the first time, that CPR applied to the back may have distinct benefits. The technique is already used when patients suffer an arrest while they are face down for surgery. But it has never been directly compared to standard CPR.
. . .

Dr Weisfeldt believes the technique allows for firmer compression of the heart muscle. This is because the spine is less easily damaged than the sternum and ribcage.
Thinking about it, it makes sense that there would be more pressure applied to the heart by doing CPR on the back. The spine is meant to flex so it would be easier to press the spine and put more pressure on the heart easier. The breastbone and the ribs aren’t really supposed to move that much. Seems to me too that as long as they can flip the victim over safely then a weaker person would be able to do the compressions.

Now after finding the above article in the Google results I then found this article on MSNBC from earlier this year. Dr. Gorden Ewy, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona says that there is a better way to do CPR. He’s convinced city of Tucson, Ariz., the fire department and the paramedics that his was the right way to do CPR. Dr. Ewy’s way is to skip the rescue breathing entirely and do 100 chest compressions per minute.
Ewy says the big problem with CPR as it is currently practiced is those breaths to the mouth, which interrupt chest compressions. During that interruption, he says, the critical flow of blood to the brain also gets interrupted.

And more important, surveys show most people won't blow into a stranger's mouth.
. . .

"The paramedics in the field are reporting that it's an easier way to resuscitate code arrests and they are seeing a lot better response from the patients," says Joe Gulotta, deputy chief of the Tucson Fire Department.
And from this article, New CPR method improves results 500%
Dr. Arthur Sanders from the Sarver Heart Center, says "We improved survival from 13% for people receiving ventilation and compression, to 80% survival rate where they were getting continuous chest compressions."
. . .

Richard White from the Southern Arizona Red Cross says, "They are learning [at Red Cross classes] tried and true tested techniques internationaly respected that have been saving lives for more than 50 years."
Funny thing about what Richard White says, it’s completely opposite from information I’ve gotten from various CPR teachers. In fact my last CPR teacher pretty much said “most people stay dead when you do CPR” but it’s better than doing nothing. Look at the statistics, 13% saved the conventional way or 80% saved with the continuous chest compressions. Perhaps it’s time to change things a bit?

I think one of the important things about the new CPR guidelines is that they say it can be taught in about 20 minutes instead of the 4 hour class.
The study found that just five minutes of training on defibrillator use and 20 minutes of instruction in CPR was as effective as the standard four-hour course.
I think the Red Cross will miss some of the money the 4 hour classes brought in but if they can teach more people faster in a way that can be remembered then that’s a good thing. The last CPR class I was in took about 4 hours but only about an hour was used to teach the important part, the CPR. The CPR portion, including using the defibrillator, was taught at the end of the class when everyone was tired and bored. I can’t help but think that more was forgotten that day then was remembered.

Now if they can come up with an automated external defibrillator (AED) that can be used with clothes on. That’s my problem with using it. You have to cut off the top and bra, if you’re working on a woman, to use it correctly. I’m just not comfortable with stripping someone in public, even if it is for a good cause. If there’s ever a need, I hope I can get over it

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"The rejection of ballot measures in three states that would have rolled back taxes or limited spending may indicate a cooling of American voters' ardor for tax cuts."
Taxpayers love their tax cuts. Maybe the difference here is that politicians are trying to cut programs that the voters think should be paid for with their tax money. Head Start. I’ll help pay for that. Social Security. I’ll put in my share. Clean air and water. No problem, I’ll pony up my portion. There are lots of things that taxpayers will be happy to pay for.

Washington voters succumbed to warnings that roads and bridges were crumbling and that the gas tax was needed to avert disaster.
. . .

. . . for the past several years voters had been willing to increase taxes or approve bond issues when they were designated for tangible improvements.

On Tuesday, voters in Maine, New York and Ohio approved bond issues totaling nearly $5 billion to pay for transportation projects, water systems, college buildings and research programs.
If I had my choice I’d stop paying for corporate welfare and that high-tech bridge in Alaska among other things.

Why can’t lawmakers just shift the wasted money to projects that taxpayers approve of?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Drunk Death Row Escapee Captured in La.

”You know who I am,” Thompson told officers when asked his name. Asked again, he identified himself as Charles Thompson, Martin said. Police said Thompson was too drunk to be interrogated Sunday night.

Cleaves Acquitted of Rape Charges

Prosecutors claimed Neal, 21, and Cleaves, 23, raped the visiting University of New Haven player, who was finishing a one-week stint as a La Salle basketball camp counselor, as she vomited in a sink after drinking eight shots of high-proof alcohol.

Here we have a drunk who had already been found guilty of murdering two people and even though he’s drunk, he’s quick enough to say “You know who I am.” The police can’t interrogate him; he’s under the influence. Next we have a 19 year-old student, vomiting into a sink after multiple drinks and the guys who had sex with her claim that she wanted to have sex with them, while she was vomiting. SAY WHAT??

The worst part of this is that a majority of the jury went along with the consensual sex claim.

Now really, think about it. The last time you were puking up your guts, did it make you want to have sex? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some kind of puking fetish out there but I’d lay odds against it being widely practiced.

All I can figure is that the majority of the jury decided to blame the victim. You know how stupid people can be, she was dumb enough to drink with strangers so she must have been asking for it. This just doesn’t make sense.

I have a co-worker who was on the jury and didn’t go with the majority. I really don’t want to bring up my coworker’s gender since so many people decide that gender is the deciding factor on how people will view this kind of case. My co-worker said this case “put women’s safety back 50 years. It’ll make more girls afraid to standup for themselves.”

All I know is that there is something really wrong when a drunken convicted double murderer gets more consideration than a drunken innocent student

I don’t like Philadelphia quite as much as I used to. Oh, and the La Salle Brothers need to teach more ethics.

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