Quote:"Elfstrom's girlfriend was tagged for $108 — the state-mandated $25 fine for a first-time offender, plus the $75 the law allows as a petty-misdemeanor surcharge fee — repeat after me: this is not a tax, it's a fee — that goes into the state general fund. The remaining $8 — repeat again: it's not a tax, it's a fee — goes to fund law libraries. "
// It's nice to see the government has ways of making money, even in a recession. (Also, the studies mentioned in the article do not take into account behavior, which are very important in discussing seat belt laws. People who buckle up are more likely to take risks in motor vehicles than those unbuckled.)
Quote:"Some say the military is always fighting the last war. That is not my impression. Our armed services do a better job of learning from their mistakes than any other large organization I know. I wish that the rest of government, and scientific establishments, could learn with similar speed. We are far from mastering the new kind of urban war in which we do battle in the midst of innocents and demand extremely low collateral damage. We are learning as we go. Our strength is enormous — but, just as in biological evolution, it is often more important to be adaptable than to be strong."
// Great read on Iraq War, via Kevin Ecker.
Choose the oldest age by which you want to get married, for example 39. Call this number 'n.’
Decide the earliest age at which you'll start to consider women as potential wives, for example, from 20 onwards. This number becomes 'p'.
Subtract 'p' from 'n' (20 from 39) then multiply the result by 0.368.
This gives you 6.992, which you should add to your minimum age (20).
The result of 27 (more or less) is your Optimal Proposal Age."
Quote:""There is a lack of consensus," said Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, on why global temperatures have not matched a peak set in 1998, or in 2005 according to one U.S. analysis. For a table of world temperatures: [ID:nLDE6050Y5]
Part of the explanation could be a failure to account for rapid warming in parts of the Arctic, where sea ice had melted, and where there were fewer monitoring stations, he said."
// It doesn't matter anymore. Read SuperFreakonomics, we have a $100 million answer to global warming. So relax, if things get to hot, will spill some SO2 into the stratosphere.
// Wonderful digital photography
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