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Monday, September 28, 2009

On Top of Old Smokey

Not something that's a huge issue in the area I live, as most our energy in hydraulic, but in the areas that are effected, I think it's interesting that we went from a country that went into the mountains for our coal to a country that that removes the mountain to get to the coal. Progress??

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Just something to think about next time you throw trash out the window, start up your SUV, or accidently get pregnant with that 5th child. There are currently over 5,000 animals on the endangered species list. And the only major contribution to that number going down is most are moved from the endangered list to the extinct list.

The last time animals species were exterminated at the same rate was the dinosaurs: Most likely caused by a comet or asteroid hitting the planet. Now instead of a natural disaster or nature taking it's toll; the two legged, thumbed, walking locust is the cause.

Here's just a few:

  • Sumatran Orangutan (Indonesia)
  • Sumatran Tiger (Indonesia)
  • Lear’s Macaw (Brazil)
  • Brown Spider Monkey (Colombia, Venezuela)
  • Rancho Grande Harlequin Frog (Venezuela)
  • Panamanian Golden Frog (Panama)
  • Pygmy Three-toed Sloth (Panama)
  • Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Indonesia)
  • Golden-bellied Capuchin (Brazil)
  • Elegant Frog (Australia)
  • Orinoco Crocodile (Colombia, Venezuela)
  • Mountain Gorilla (Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Golden Mantella (Madagascar)
  • Eastern Red Colobus (Kenya)
  • Javan Rhinoceros (Indonesia, Vietnam)
  • Bonobo (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Bornean Orangutan (Indonesia, Malaysia)
  • Common Chimpanzee (Eastern and Central Africa)
  • Golden Poison Frog (Colombia)
  • Hyacinth Macaw (South America)
  • Great Green Macaw (Central America)
  • Maned Three-toed Sloth (Brazil)
  • Diana Monkey (West Africa)
  • Indian Wild Dog (Dhole) (South Asia)
  • Aye-Aye (Madagascar)
  • Indian Elephant (India and South East Asia)
  • Golden Lion Tamarin (Brazil)
  • Red Slender Loris (Sri Lanka)
  • Proboscis Monkey (Indonesia)
  • Javan Langur (Indonesia)
  • Diademed Sifaka (Madagascar)
  • Mahogany Glider (Australia)
  • Giant Otter (South America)
  • Bengal Tiger (South East Asia)
  • Mountain Tapir and Baird’s Tapir (South America)
  • Blue Poison Frog (Suriname)
  • Giant Armadillo (South America)
  • Jaguar (Central and South America)
  • Harpy Eagle (Central and South America)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Police Raid for a WII

In further proof that they earn the wages we pay them, police in Polk County Florida raided the house of a drug dealer. Upon entering the house, a few officers notice a WII game sitting next to the television. So, while some members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force searched the premises, others bowled. According to the story some members played the video game at various times during the day, for a total of a little over an hour of playing time, and charging tax payers around $4,000 for the raid. Maybe the few people actually searching for evidence should have looked a little harder, because if the had, maybe they would have seen the internet camera that had been left on and pointing right at the police force jumping and clapping hands at each strike.


Full story on 2.tbo.com

Monday, September 21, 2009

E-Waste in Ghana

The nice thing about living in America is that we don't have to watch or deal with the results of the waste we through away. Check out this video on e-waste from PBS. Well worth the length.

Friday, September 18, 2009

An Egregious Violation of Men's Room Etiquette

Walked into the men's room yesterday and there was a guy standing there like he was waiting for a urinal, except for there were available ones, and only one was being used. I quickly realized what was going on, as the two guys where having a conversation. Yes, one guy was actually staring at the other guys back while he was taking a piss and they were actually having a conversation. As if what they had to say really couldn't wait that long.

There are times in life that I wish we could still give a swirly to someone, as I think the guy who walked in after me would have helped wet these two guys down. He wasn't impressed by the men's room etiquette violation either.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hitler's Kanye West Response

Since Kanye West has been in the celebrity news lately with his outburst at the VMA's (which I didn't watch), and I've always thought he was kind of a douche-bag anyway, I thought it would be worth adding a video that even Hitler is no longer a fan.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Confront a Judge and Go to Jail

Further proof that the freedom of speech isn't so free in America. A Texas man, confronted a judge in the men's room, who ruled against him. The man didn't assault or threaten to assault the judge, all the man did was call him a fool. And in the intolerant way most conservative states deal with people, the judge put the man in jail.

Read more on MSNBC

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I.B.W.T.T.M.D.A.C

This last weekend I went to a concert. It wasn't a local show and at a pretty decent outdoor venue. It's also the kind of musician that isn't cheep to see. The girl I went with, I will refer to as irritating bitch who talks to much during a concert (ibwttmdac). With her was other irritating bitch who talks to much during a concert (oibwttmdac). And with oibwttmdac was some dude who I didn't talk to all that much (dwidttatm).

We were all talking and having a good time before the show started, and I thought once the show started they would quite down a bit. During an occasional song they did quite down. But for the most part, they talked almost through the whole thing. And it's not like they were having a discussion that couldn't wait, or even really needed to happen at all. At one point ibwttmdac tried to bring me into the conversation. A conversation, at that moment, that consisted of see if we could do the Vulcan (two fingers to one side, two to the other) greeting. Then when proving I could do it with one hand, she asked me to do it with the other. After showing her that, the discussion was around who could do it the best and with which hand. The only real respite I got from the inane chatter was when they both went to the bathroom, and luckily took a while. Unfortunately upon returning they continued whatever conversation it was that they were having in the ladies room.

The only saving grace through the experience was that she somehow managed to keep her phone in her purse for the majority of the show, unlike some other attendees who spent a large amount of time texting others. What the hell is the point of going to see a show, spending money on tickets/booze/dinner/whatever, if all you are going to do it talk inanely throughout the whole thing, basically using the show as background noise?

Friday, September 04, 2009

Asian Drivers

Driving in to work this morning and before I get on to the interstate I have to take a back road near my house, the entire length of the road I'm stuck behind some car that is driving 5 miles per hour below the speed limit. When I get to the turnoff for the interstate, I look and notice it's an old Asian lady.

After getting off the interstate, I'm on another arterial. This time, I'm behind a car that keeps hitting it's breaks- even though there is no car in front of it. When we make a turn and I get a chance to pass the car, I notice it's another Asian lady.

My workout buddy and good friend is Thai. And we used to take turns driving to the gym, but it got to the point that it was irritating and embarrassing to ride in the car with him, so that now I've just decided to be the designated driver.

I'm far from being a racist, but I do believe in stereotyping and Asians fit the stereotype. Here's the thing I don't get; I've been to south-east Asia, and I've seen the way they drive there. They drive like maniacs. Weaving in and out, racing along, so forth and so on. So how is it that in Asia they drive like they are trying to get somewhere, and in America Asians drive like they are 107 years old and blind on one eye.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Panda Stats

There are only about 1,590 pandas left in the wild in China.



giant panda adults eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo per day




panda's habitat in China is being destroyed and divided into smaller patches (mostly be highways and roads), pandas are having a hard time finding mates, threatening to reduce their gene pool under what is genetically viable to sustain the species.




Human activity - logging, animal grazing, and agriculture - are the major sources of habitat destruction.



Pandas used to be found everywhere on the mountains in central and south China, and in Myanmar and Vietnam. However, their living space has shrunk markedly and they are on the verge of extinction due to the climatic changes and human activities.





Today, pandas are found in six isolated forest areas in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces in China.




With just over 1.3 billion people (1,330,044,605 as of mid-2008), China is the world's largest and most populous country.




The Giant Panda is an endangered species, threatened by continued habitat loss and by a very low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity.



Giant pandas are poached for sale of the fur, and also fall victims of traps that are laid down for other animals.




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