Mark Krombholz had to look twice at his new calf, Lucy — one time for each nose. “I didn’t notice anything too different about her until I got her in the barn,” Krombholz said, “and all of a sudden I went to feed her a bottle of milk, and I thought maybe she’d been kicked in the nose and there were two noses there.”
The second, smaller nose sits on top of the first.
“It’s a functioning nose because the middle of her second nose, the flap would go in and out when she drank out of the bottle like that,” Krombholz said. “It was kind of funny.”
And how does she smell? Badly!
The CBS affiliate here in Kansas City (KCTV) just did an investigation into airport security, and proved that it doesn’t matter what kind of ID you show when you try to board a plane, as long as the ID looks kind of real. So while people test the system and try to fly without an ID at all, I think the bigger story is that requiring an ID at all is a total sham security measure. The TV station made an ID from scratch and the screeners accepted it with no questions asked. They even have an interactive display on their website showing how they created it and all of the crazy stuff they included on it. Kind of funny and scary at the same time.
Feel safer yet?
Not even 24 hours after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty resigns a miracle happens: Gonzalez suddenly remembers who is responsible for the whole attorneygate scandal:
Back in this country, Attorney General Gonzales said today his departing deputy was the central figure in firing eight U.S. attorneys. Paul McNulty announced yesterday he is resigning as the number-two official in the Justice Department. Today, Gonzales said McNulty supervised all federal prosecutors and knew the most about the firing list.
Not one to be outdone by the Attorney General, today Wolfowitz
threw his girlfriend under the bus. What a bunch of swell guys!
President Bush intervened in March 2004 to avert a crisis over the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program after Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director Robert S. Mueller III of the F.B.I. and other senior Justice Department aides all threatened to resign, a former deputy attorney general testified Tuesday.
Mr. Bush quelled the revolt over the program’s legality by allowing it to continue without Justice Department approval, also directing department officials to take the necessary steps to bring it into compliance with the law, according to Congressional testimony by the former deputy attorney general, James B. Comey.
Mr. Comey, the former No. 2 official in the Justice Department, said the crisis began when he refused to sign a presidential order reauthorizing the program, which allowed monitoring of international telephone calls and e-mail of people inside the United States who were suspected of having terrorist ties. He said he made his decision after the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, based on an extensive review, concluded that the program did not comply with the law. At the time, Mr. Comey was acting attorney general because Mr. Ashcroft had been hospitalized for emergency gall bladder surgery.
Mr. Comey said that on the evening of March 10, 2004, Mr. Gonzales and Andrew H. Card Jr., then Mr. Bush’s chief of staff, tried to bypass him by secretly visiting Mr. Ashcroft. Mr. Ashcroft was extremely ill and disoriented, Mr. Comey said, and his wife had forbidden any visitors.
The President authorized the program to continue in light of Comey’s and the Justice Department’s insistence that the program, as written, had no legal basis.
What are the legalities of trying to obtain a signature on an official document from an ill man that is no longer in the chain of command, circumventing the official, acting Attorney General?
If a blowjob is impeachment-worthy, this sure is as well..
Jonathan Schwartz, head hocho for Sun, has some excellent advice for Microsoft on his weblog…
And Novell responds as well
Een klimaatbudget moet consumenten tot een lager energieverbruik verleiden. Wie zuiniger is, verdient geld; extra verbruik wordt heel duur.
Steeds meer deskundigen zijn het erover eens: er moet een rem komen op het almaar groeiende verbruik van energie in huis en in het particuliere autoverkeer. De consument blijkt echter lastig tot zuiniger gedrag te bewegen. Een forse financiële prikkel, in de vorm van een klimaatbudget, bedacht door milieuorganisaties en vakbonden, moet daar verandering in brengen.
Bij het klimaatbudget krijgen consumenten een bepaalde hoeveelheid gas, elektra en benzine toegewezen. Bovenop de prijs van die energie gaat hij opcenten betalen voor de uitstoot van het broeikasgas CO2. In stapjes wordt het klimaatbudget verlaagd (de consument krijgt steeds minder energie toegewezen) en worden de opcenten verhoogd totdat de consumentenprijs van fossiele brandstoffen even hoog is als die van duurzaam opgewekte energie. Die worden dan uitwisselbaar.
Dit idee maakt deel uit van een ambitieus plan om de uitstoot van CO2 tot 2030 te halveren. Dit alomvattend energieplan, Green4Sure gedoopt, is ingestoken door vier grote milieuorganisaties (Natuur & Milieu, Greenpeace, Wereld Natuurfonds en Milieudefensie), de FNV en de AbvaKabo. De ideeën zijn doorgerekend door het milieu-adviesbureau CE Delft.
Een gemiddeld huishouden gaat er volgens Green4Sure al met al 600 euro per jaar op achteruit. Maar de welvaartstijging tot 2030 zal hoger zijn dan de stijging van de energiekosten, denken de initiatiefnemers.
En als je dat gelooft, heb ik nog een mooie brug voor je te koop. Het is gewoon een ordinaire belastingverhoging. Bij het rekeningrijden wordt dat inmiddels gewoon toegegeven. Dat wil zeggen, de nieuwe minister van Verkeer en Waterstaat, Camiel Urlings, heeft gezegd dat het “rekeningrijden” geen filebestrijdingmaatregel is, maar een eerlijkere belasting.
Overigens, er is al eerder geprobeerd in nederland met rantsoenen te werken…
“Bubba” Ludwig can’t walk, talk or open the refrigerator door — but he does have his very own Illinois gun permit.
The 10-month-old, whose given name is Howard David Ludwig, was issued a firearm owner’s identification card after his father, Howard Ludwig, paid the $5 fee and filled out the application, not expecting to actually get one.
The card lists the baby’s height (2 feet, 3 inches), weight (20 pounds) and has a scribble where the signature should be.
With some exceptions, the cards are required of any Illinois residents purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition within the state. There are no age restrictions on the cards, an official said.
More than 800 Hong Kong residents have called on authorities to reclassify the Bible as “indecent” due to its sexual and violent content, following an uproar over a sex column in a university student journal.
A spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Television and Entertainment Licensing authority (TELA) said it had received 838 complaints about the Bible by noon on Wednesday.
The complaints follow the launch of an anonymous website – www.truthbible.net – which said the holy book “made one tremble” given its sexual and violent content, including rape and incest.
The website said the Bible’s sexual content “far exceeds” that of a recent sex column published in the Chinese University’s “Student Press” magazine, which had asked readers whether they’d ever fantasised about incest or bestiality.
That column was later deemed “indecent” by the Obscene Articles Tribunal, sparking a storm of debate about social morality and freedom of speech. Student editors of the journal defended it, saying open sexual debate was a basic right.
If the Bible is similarly classified as “indecent” by authorities, only those over 18 could buy the holy book and it would need to be sealed in a wrapper with a statutory warning notice.
I’ve changed my sidebar a bit – there’s a few new things in it, but the least visible change is probably also the most interesting: the search box is now a live-search. Just type a word you’re looking for in my old posts, and before you manage to click “search” the top hits are already listed!
The physicists, wearing hardhats, kneepads and safety harnesses, are scrambling like Spiderman over this assembly, appropriately named Atlas, ducking under waterfalls of cables and tubes and crawling into hidden room-size cavities stuffed with electronics.
They are getting ready to see the universe born again.
Again and again and again — 30 million times a second, in fact.
Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux kernel, has a sharp retort to Microsoft executives’ statements in a Fortune magazine article that Linux and other open-source code violate 235 Microsoft patents.
“It’s certainly a lot more likely that Microsoft violates patents than Linux does,” said Torvalds, holder of the Linux trademark. If the source code for Windows could be subjected to the same critical review that Linux has been, Microsoft would find itself in violation of patents held by other companies, said Torvalds.
“Basic operating system theory was pretty much done by the end of the 1960s. IBM probably owned thousands of really ‘fundamental’ patents,” Torvalds said in a response to questions submitted by InformationWeek. But he doesn’t like any form of patent saber rattling. “The fundamental stuff was done about half a century ago and has long, long since lost any patent protection,” he wrote.
Microsoft should name the patents that it claims have been violated so the claims can be tested in court or so open-source developers can rewrite code to avoid the violation, Torvalds wrote.
“Naming them would make it either clear that Linux isn’t infringing at all (which is quite possible, especially if the patents are bad), or would make it possible to avoid infringing by coding around whatever silly thing they claim,” he said.
“So the whole, ‘We have a list and we’re not telling you,’ itself should tell you something,” Torvalds said of Microsoft’s stance in the Fortune story. And for good measure, he added: “Don’t you think that if Microsoft actually had some really foolproof patent, they’d just tell us and go, ‘nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!’”