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1 Mar 2010
Thought it would be about time to discuss the health care bill that our President is currently trying to shove down our throats. I am admittedly nervous about what the Democrats are about to do, and am afraid that most Americans don't realize what's going on. They are going to circumvent the established order of passing legislation in order to accomplish what they want, irregardless of the fact that the majority of Americans don't want it. Pelosi's call to battle yesterday didn't sound like a public servant doing what we pay them to do, it was,"this is what we want, so this is what we are going to do."

Listen up folks before it's too late. This isn't about better health care, it's about the government gaining more control in our lives.
29 Jan 2010
He has officially decided to call it quits. A great player, and an even better man.

12 Jun 2009
What do you think? Is this unique enough to qualify as a new category?

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Iowa woman's photo sparks push for new cloud type


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Looking out the 11th floor window of her law office, Jane Wiggins did a double take and grabbed her camera. The dark, undulating clouds hovering outside were unlike anything she'd seen before.

"It looked like Armageddon," said Wiggins, a paralegal and amateur photographer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "The shadows of the clouds, the lights and the darks, and the greenish-yellow backdrop. They seemed to change."

They dissipated within 15 minutes, but the photo Wiggins captured in June 2006 intrigued — and stumped — a group of dedicated weather watchers who now are pushing weather authorities to create a new cloud category, something that hasn't been done since 1951.

Breaking into the cloud family would require surviving layers of skeptical international review. Still, Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his England-based Cloud Appreciation Society are determined to establish a new variety. They've given Wiggins' photo and similar pictures taken in different parts of the world to experts in England, and are discussing the subject fervently online.

"They (the clouds) were the first ones that I noted of this type and I was unsure which category to put them under," said Pretor-Pinney, author of "The Cloudspotter's Guide." "When we put pictures up online we list the category, and I wasn't sure how to categorize it."

Some scientists are skeptical. They argue that researchers who have long watched the sky haven't seen anything distinctly new for decades.

There are three main groups of clouds: cumulous, cirrus and stratus. Each has various sub-classifications built on other details of the formation.

Brant Foote, a longtime scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., said the clouds photographed by Wiggins already fit into the existing cumulous classification.

But Pretor-Pinney, who never studied meteorology, believes the clouds merit their own cumulus sub-classification. He proposes they be called altocumulus undulatus asperatus. The last word — Latin for roughen or agitate — is a reference to the clouds' undulating surface.

"Not necessarily gentle or steady, but quite violent-looking, turbulent, almost twisted in its appearance," he said.

The group has compiled several photographs documenting the formations from the billowy, rolling clouds shot by Wiggins in Iowa to ones from New Zealand that were much more menacing, hanging lava-like in the sky.

Foote said it would be "very unusual" for such a formation to be recognized as a new variety of cloud.

"People have been looking at clouds for hundreds of years and the general cloud classification is well defined," Foote said. "It's not as if someone discovered a new plant in the Amazon. It's what you've seen every day. There was no atmospheric condition that caused a new kind of cloud to form."

Pretor-Pinney is working with the Royal Meteorological Society in Reading, England, to prepare his case. If that group signs off, the proposal will go to the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization in Geneva.

Society executive director Paul Hardaker said a small panel within the society is gathering evidence to review. Their efforts include talking with those who took the submitted photos to determinine when, where and amid what weather they were taken. Hardaker said meteorologists tend to be skeptical of such proposals.

"We like to believe that just about everything that can be seen has been, but you do get caught once in a while with the odd, new, interesting thing," Hardaker said. "By this stage we think it's sufficiently interesting to explore it further and we're optimistic about the information we've got."
22 Apr 2009
Ford is going to try to drive 1000 miles in a new Fusion hybrid over this weekend, on one tank of regular fuel!

Here's the full article for anybody who's firewalled:

"How far can you get your car to go on a tank of gas if you really baby it? We've all done it, even if it was just to make it to the gas station without running out. Think you could do 1000 miles on a tank? Ford is going to use their new Fusion Hybrid to try.

On Saturday morning, a team of Ford engineers will be joined by NASCAR star and Fusion Hybrid owner Carl Edwards and hypermiling expert Wayne Gerdes as they try to drive 1000 miles in a new Ford Fusion Hybrid on a single tank of gas. Ford has calculated that it will take the team 43 hours of continuous driving at an average of 57 mpg to pull it off. The Fusion Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The team isn't worried, though. They've managed 70 mpg over short distances in practice.

Why would they do this? Ford, of course, wants show off the impressive capabilities of the Fusion Hybrid and raise awareness for their Eco Driving program, which shows drivers how to save gas by changing the way they drive. This isn't just some publicity stunt, though. The team will also be raising awareness and money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The team will leave Mount Vernon, Virginia, around 8 a.m. Saturday and will drive on a carefully planned route that will cover 1,000 miles and eventually return them to Washington, D.C. Along the way, the team plans to stop only to change drivers and to allow drivers to rest so that no one will be driving unsafely. Each driver will take two- to three-hour shifts behind the wheel and will have to put in at least three shifts.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid the team will be driving is a bone-stock, factory-built model straight off the assembly line with no special preparation and will run on 87 octane. To hit the necessary 57 mpg average, the team will employ a number of mileage-increasing techniques including coasting to stops, minimizing heater and A/C use, anticipating traffic to minimize speed changes, using smooth and gradual acceleration and braking inputs and more.

If the team pulls it off, they should roll across the finish line some time Monday morning. While achieving fuel economy significantly higher than the EPA rating is relatively easy to do over short distances, maintaining it over 1000 miles should be a serious challenge. Do you think they'll make it?"
26 Feb 2009
Hey football fans! Thought I'd add a topic to talk about the latest happenings in Pro Football. Free agency starts tomorrow, this is always interesting to follow to see if your team lands "the player" that will dramatically improve the team. The biggest story will be where Albert Haynesworth will land. My guess is he'll shop around, and then come back to Tennessee.

I'm a die-hard Packer fan, and every year I wait for our GM to sign a big-name player, and every year I'm disappointed. Thompson doesn't work that way, he prefers to build through the draft. But you never know! wink.gif
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Congrats btw I just saw your 1000 miles post very nice never knew you could go that far but sorry driving at 30mph at all times does not sound fun ;)
8 Mar 2010 - 21:51
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you as well! :D
The tradition lives on... ;)
28 Dec 2009 - 0:58
Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!! :)
26 Dec 2009 - 10:16
Might as well respond with a Waz upi bro!!
2 Oct 2009 - 23:06
Hi Sweetie!
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