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Vacation time May 24, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes.
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I know I just took a break but the fact is I must leave the state for awhile. I will be dreaming of you while I spend the next 12 or so days in the Allegheny National Forest in northwest Pennsylvania. I will be around Pittsburgh for a couple days too so if I happen to be near a computer I will be certain to drop into the blogosphere to say hello.

So, I will leave you with a couple posts on topic about the Alleghenies and a list of the most popular recent posts for your reading enjoyment while I am gone. I shall return to DeKalb June 7. (more…)

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Dying in America–Part One May 24, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous.
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I have broken this up into a couple parts. Part One is done. Read on. (more…)

Censored for impact May 21, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.
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Censored in cyberspace by antiscience, we have been.

A former French air traffic controller, Eric Julien, who has erroneously predicted that on Thursday May 25 a fragment of comet will slam into the Atlantic Ocean and cause a tsunami is now engaging in censorship of anyone who opposes his “cause” to save lives on May 25. (more…)

Big day, steroids, horses and Pujols May 20, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Sports.
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A couple things, quickly. Wrote a bit about horse slaughter today, a bill passed by the House Thursday could end the sale of wild mustangs for slaughter by the Bureau of Land Management.

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In other notes, big day for professional sports today. (more…)

PR at Dist. 428 and utter hilarity May 19, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in DeKalb.
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So, I am a little post happy this afternoon.

A recent post at City Barbs about Dist. 428 hiring a $100,000 per year PR specialist has spurred some good discussion on that site, check it out. (more…)

Racists, zealots? I call it Fox News May 19, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Politics.
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The immigration debate has not only raised some important questions but also exposed many right wing racist zealots for what they are. (more…)

Star Wars art May 19, 2006

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Here are a couple of Star Wars characters I drew. I am no artist but I thought these were pretty good. (more…)

The cometary split at Exopolitics May 16, 2006

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If you read my blog you might remember a Frenchman named Eric Julien, who predicts that on May 25 fragments of Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 will slam into the Earth causing a massive Atlantic tsunami.

This, of course, is ridiculous, at least in this instance it is.

NASA has publicly stated, numerous times that, “All of the observed fragments in 2006 will pass relatively close to the Earth during the interval May 12 through May 28 but none will pass closer than 5.5 million miles.”

“Bad Astronomer,” Phil Plait has debunked this prediction as well.

But it seems that the story doesn’t end there. (more…)

Horse slaughter page reorganization May 16, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes, Horse Slaughter.
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I have added permalinks for the horse slaughter informational page. Each entry is linked to a date and description in the sidebar on the right of the horses page.

Nuclear emergencies updates May 16, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes, Nuclear Power.
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I have reorganized the nuclear emergencies database, check it out. In addition I have compiled the NRC’s nuclear emergencies for 2001, that leaves only 1999 and 2000 to compile.

Rainbow over DeKalb May 15, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in DeKalb, Science.
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I took a few photos, just minutes ago, of a cool rainbow that appeared over DeKalb this evening.

This weird weather pattern seems to be persisting with rain coming out of the northeast as a result of a huge low pressure centered over eastern Ohio. Anyway check out the photos and the blurb below: (more…)

Spaceports and commercial space travel May 15, 2006

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Browsing through some of the AP stories on space I found this, via MSNBC, ‘States rush to build spaceports–again,’ not a bad story, actually. This, despite the fact that it is woefully incomplete.

The story only really talks about three commercial spaceport sites that the FAA is reviewing, but the FAA tells us far more, here (more…)

IE 7 sucks and what’s up over at ie7.com May 14, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Technology.
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In an attempt to post an entry I had been working on about death and the business in America surrounding death I got into a huge brawl with Internet Explorer.

Like a fool, I have been addicted to IE and downloaded their newest version, IE 7, which incorporates tabbed browsing and other features found on other browsers such as Firefox or Opera. (more…)

Asteroid impact effects May 12, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Asteroids, Space.
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If you saw my last post, Asteroids and comets, and actually read it, you may have noticed that the two small objects I listed were also the two objects, out of the four, which were most likely to impact Earth, albeit that still represents a small chance.

I was interested in what types of effects the impact of a 7 meter wide object (such as 2006 JY26) or a 40 m wide object (such as 2003 SG344) would have on planet Earth. To that end the Department of Planetary Sciences Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona has developed an interesting web based impact effects calculator. (more…)

Asteroids and comets May 12, 2006

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Some Near Earth Asteroid updates:

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Notes on Illinois, Bush and Putin May 12, 2006

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Certainly dumb laws are passed all the time. But the new Illinois law signed by Gov. Blago on Monday will make it a crime for a homeowner to not install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector. (more…)

More fake news May 10, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous.
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I am back, with only the fake news. Heh.

Hiatus May 3, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in BlogNotes.
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Yeah, I haven't posted in a bit. I am taking a break from blogging. I will post again next week. Sorry if you look forward to reading my rants.