Wednesday, September 29, 2004
harangue \huh-RANG\, noun:
1. A speech addressed to a large public assembly.
2. A noisy or pompous speech; a rant.
To deliver a harangue to; to address by a harangue.
To make a harangue; to declaim.
Harangue derives from Medieval French arenge, from Old Italian aringa, from aringare, "to speak in public," from aringo, "a public place for horse racing and popular assemblies," ultimately of Germanic origin
See post above this one for my harangue of the day.
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MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A fiberglass statue of Christ that washed up on a sandbar in the Rio Grande three weeks ago is attracting scores of devout pilgrims to a police department lost-and-found and being hailed as a miracle.
Police in Eagle Pass, Texas, said up to 40 people a day are coming to pay homage to the five-foot-tall figurine, known as "The Christ of the Undocumented," which was found by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the river.
"Some come to pray, and some come and just touch it," police lieutenant Daniel Morales said by telephone on Monday. "We have never experienced anything like this before, and interest is growing by the day."
The border city, which lies opposite Piedras Negras in northern Mexico, has a large Mexican community. Many arrived illegally by way of the river, and most are devout Roman Catholics.
Morales said the life-like statuette, which turned up without a crucifix base, would probably be given to a church in the border city if no-one came forward to claim it within 90 days.
Local Catholic Church authorities called the figure's arrival "miraculous" and said they wanted to place it in a specially dedicated chapel in the city.
"Jesus Christ manifests himself in many places, but he showed himself here in the way of an undocumented migrant," said Marta Ramirez, a spokeswoman for the city's Our Lady of Refuge Church.
"We think it's appropriate to place it in a special chapel."
Am I to take it this statue is now a symbol for illegal aliens to step up their efforts to get into the U.S. since a plastic Jesus accomplished the act?
Scientific tests on a range of traditional remedies have shown they have "real benefits", researchers say.
Experts from King's College London said the treatments from around the world had properties which may help treat conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
I like the site so much I've added a link on the left. There's nothing like a new view every morning.
What celestial object emits the lowest frequency note ever detected, far below the low-frequency hum produced by Earth?
A black hole at the center of a galaxy in the Perseus Cluster is currently generating a deep B-flat note that's 57 octaves below a tuned middle C on a piano.
Put another way, the lowest frequency sound a human being can detect is 0.05 hertz, or a frequency of one-twentieth of a second. The Perseus Cluster black hole generates sound with a frequency of 10 million years. This represents the most sub-bass frequency ever detected.
To be precise, the black hole itself is silent, but the stellar gases pulled into the gravitational well of the black hole are not. As the gas falls toward the black hole's event horizon, it accelerates to velocities approaching the speed of light. This acceleration creates turbulence, which in turn generates light, heat, and, within the medium of the gas, sound.
Of course, space being a near total vacuum (and the black hole being 250 million light years away), the sound of the black hole hasn't actually reached Earth. British astronomers discovered it using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory while trying to analyze the formation of galactic clusters such as Perseus.
The black hole in question is unusually energetic, emitting a significant amount of X-ray radiation, which scientists used to model the thermal and kinetic activity of the matter pulled into the black hole.
This modeling revealed the sonic tone induced by the black hole, which could help explain why galactic gas clusters stay warm, rather than cooling and collapsing. Massive celestial objects such as black holes are "ringing" the gas clusters, which keep them energized and hot, leading to some of the specific star formation behavior that scientists had previously been unable to explain. Now that sounds like some great Geek Trivia.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Mouse has become fascinated with the television set. She props her front paws on the screen and just watches and watches. Or she sits on the bookshelf next to the set and stretches her neck out to see the screen. I think what has her so fascinated is the reflection of things in the set. Heru and Rainbow were playing on the back of the sofa, running back and forth, and I could see Mouse tracking something that had nothing to do with the action of whatever was actually on TV. She's just too cute for words.
And the prodigal son called me this morning to tell me Heru has finally discovered the bliss that is rolling in catnip. Until today he'd shown no interest in it, just sniffing at it and walking off whenever the son put some down for the girls. But this morning he pounced on it and sneezed it and rolled in it. He's an even bigger catnip slut than Mouse and Rainbow are. He's too cute for words as well.
Still kind of blah
The company picnic is this Saturday. I will be receiving my 25 year award then. Can you imagine it? 25 years with the same company. Maybe that's why I'm so blah - time catching up with me. Or maybe that should be 'age' catching up with me.
Summary (Sep 27, 2004): In a remarkable series of orbital pictures, the Mars Global Surveyor's cameras have imaged the tracks of the Spirit rover on the surface. Individual debris pieces including the backshell and lander are visible with remarkable clarity using an innovative roll of the satellite.
Monday, September 27, 2004
On being blah
Basically, this is a warning in case I disappear for a day or two since I'm usually such a diligent poster.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Standards, my eye teeth
Mouse all over the house
Thursday, September 23, 2004
And they say women are fickle
Tropical storm warning
Work demons and other natter
I finally picked up my crocheting again last night. I actually finished the first skein of thread and started the second. Even though the lot numbers are the same, there is a slight variation in colour. I doubt it will be very noticeable when the curtain is hanging on the window.
Rainbow and Mouse are still doing well. Mouse has actually started playing with Heru and Rainbow, and she's stopped looking so gaunt since her appetite kicked in again. It won't be much longer before Heru is as big as the girls. I really hope his huge paws aren't an indication of how big he'll be when he stops growing. Now, if he'd just learn what NO yelled at the top of my lungs means. Life would be really good if he did.
And the prodigal son . . . Yesterday he got the front yard mowed before it started to rain and today he stared work on cleaning out the garage and he straightened the living room and started to clean the kitchen. And he opened the windows to air out the house. With the ceiling fans going, it's only about 80F. Not bad for September.
Gosh, life is good today. I'm going to go kick back and enjoy it.
Frozen sugar at centre of Milky Way
ASTRONOMERS have found a cloud of frozen sugar near the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, it was revealed yesterday.
The discovery heightens the possibility of early building blocks of life originating in interstellar space.
Molecules of a simple sugar, glycolaldehyde, were detected in a cloud of gas and dust called Sagittarius B2 about 26,000 light years away.
Observations indicated large quantities of the sugar frozen to a temperature only a few degrees above absolute zero, the point at which all molecular movement stops.
Glycolaldehyde consists of two carbon atoms, two oxygen atoms and four hydrogen atoms.
This type of molecule is known as a two-carbon sugar. Significantly, it can react with a three-carbon sugar to produce the five-carbon sugar ribose - the molecule which forms the backbone of DNA.
The discovery adds to the growing evidence that the foundations of life can be traced to chemical reactions within interstellar clouds.
The clouds, which are often many light years across, provide the raw material from which new stars and planets are formed.
Radio astronomer Dr Jan Hollis, from the American space agency NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Green- belt, Maryland, said: "Many of the interstellar molecules discovered to date are the same kinds detected in laboratory experiments specifically designed to synthesise prebiotic molecules.
"This fact suggests a universal prebiotic chemistry."
Gravitational attraction causes lumps to form in interstellar clouds which eventually condense into stars and planets.
The process generates so much heat that any prebiotic molecules within the planetary lumps would probably be destroyed.
But the new findings show that life’s building blocks could exist in the frozen wastes beyond the planet-building zone of an embryonic solar system, where comets form.
A collision with a comet or a brush with a comet’s tail could then "seed" a young planet with the material needed to kick-start life.
The Green Bank Telescope which was used in the study is the world’s largest fully-steerable radio telescope. Its dish covers more than two acres of signal-collecting area.
Dr Philip Jewell, another member of the Green Bank team, said: "The large diameter and great precision of the telescope made this discovery possible, and also holds the promise of discovering additional new complex interstellar molecules."
"I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry."
"And I'm gonna be blunt and plain, if one ever looks at me like that I'm going to kill him and tell God he died."
"In case anybody doesn't know God calls it an abomination. It's an abomination! It's an abomination!"
..."I'm not knocking the poor homosexual. I'm not. They need salvation just like anybody else.... I'm knocking our pitiful, pathetic lawmakers. And I thank God that President Bush has stated we need a constitutional amendment that states that marriage is between a man and a woman."
And people wonder how I can find the label 'good Christian' offensive and insulting. I have far more respect for my fellow man than any good [fill in reference to the religion of your choice]. I refuse to be told what to think and how to feel. If god had intended me to be a mindless herd animal, I wouldn't have been born with free will and the ability to recognize bullshit when I step in it.
Using my real name:
|Your Boobies' Names Are: Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding|
Using the name of the alter ego who holds this domain:
|Your Boobies' Names Are: Bert and Ernie|
Using the name of the alter ego who holds my Glynn Garthold domain:
|Your Boobies' Names Are: Siegfried and Roy|
Humorously frightening, isn't it?
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
I read an interview with Lucas where he explained why he couldn't care less about the fans that made him what he is by supporting Star Wars and another that listed the enhanced enhancements he made to integrate the new trilogy into this, but I'm not at home so I don't have access to them to quote or link. However, I will try to remember to update this entry after I get home to include that information.
UPDATE: I'm at home and I've found the two articles I mentioned earlier. The first can be found here: CNN.com - Why Lucas tinkered with 'Star Wars' - Sep 20, 2004.
Q: Why not release both the originals and special editions on DVD?
LUCAS: The special edition, that's the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it's on VHS, if anybody wants it. ...
I'm not going to spend the, we're talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn't really exist anymore. It's like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I'm sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it. But I want it to be the way I want it to be.
It's nice to know the generation of viewers who made the franchise what it was in the beginning aren't worth the money to give us what was, quite probably, the seminal movie experience of our generation. It's nice to know that those of us who PAID to see the original movies 10, 20, 30, 40 times aren't worth a few dollars to get the version of the films that have meaning for us.
You know, George, if you'd released both versions of the films on DVD, you could have had your cake and eaten it too.
The second article can be found here: CNN.com - Five major changes in the 'Star Wars' DVD - Sep 20, 2004.
But the most noticeable change -- and perhaps one some "Star Wars" diehards will have a tough time stomaching -- is Hayden Christensen (who plays young Anakin in the prequel trilogy) now appearing in the scene where the "force ghosts" of Anakin, Obi Wan, and Yoda smile at Luke.
Since I used the word 'offal' to describe the current trilogy, do I really need to say anything about this?
Monday, September 20, 2004
Epilogue Artist - Michelle Parker : Shining Light
Epilogue Artist - Michelle Parker : The comfort of Danu
Pictures of my obnoxious monsters
And here is the Muggle Monster taking a respite on the afghan my former step-daughter made me for Christmas in 2002. All the kittens like to snuggle on it, in it, and under it.
And here's a two for one shot of Mouse and the prodigal son sitting by the open back door. The two of them were fixing to get smoochy.
This is one of those wonderful trick shots you can get with a digital camera when everyone decides to move before the camera has actually finished snapping. This is actually the first shot I tried to take of my son and Mouse smooching by the back door.
I took all these pictures today after I got home from work. As you can see, Rainbow and Mouse are doing OK after their trip back to the vet. He said the incisions were healing nicely despite having only been stitched shut a couple of days. He wants us to keep a closer eye on the incision site and we definitely need to keep the three little monsters from doing any serious rough-housing for a week or so. I'm happy to report that Mouse engaged in some mild play with the prodigal son although she still doesn't feel much like playing with the other two hellions. I've already had to break up one wrestling match between Heru and Rainbow since I've been home.
Those obnoxious little monsters
The prodigal son is scheduled to take both of them in at 2 p.m. so our vet, Dr. Smith, can look them over. Dr. Smith doesn't know that Rainbow is coming as well. The appointment was only for Mouse since she was the only one who'd yanked out her stitches when I called the vet's office this morning.
Dare I hope for improvement?
I'm hopeful she's on the road to being herself again.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Rainbow, on the other hand, has to be reminded she's just had surgery and that major wrestling matches between herself and Heru are still verboten. I've had to break up some serious play between the two of them several times.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
The girls are back
And poor Heru doesn't know what to make of them because they are both short tempered and swat at him when he wants to play. Not only that, but the humans yell at him when he gets rambunctious around his playmates. But he's been pretty good for the most part.
I finally finished the book. I wish I could say something good about it, but I can't. It is a Tolkien derivative fantasy complete with elves and orcs and dwarves and spider worshipping Drow. It read much like someone's D&D adventure. As much as I've like Elizabeth Moon's other books that I've read, I didn't really care for this one. It was just too predictable. Nothing was a surprise.
Friday, September 17, 2004
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My poor babies
I'm anxious about them. They are both much younger than I would have liked them to be to get fixed. If the prodigal son hadn't brought Heru into the house, my little furry monsters wouldn't have been spayed until they were a year old. But Heru, young and immature as he is, has begun developing an interest in Mouse that isn't exactly brotherly. As much as I love all five of my little furry monsters, five is the limit. This house can't bear anymore and, knowing myself as well as I do, I couldn't bear to part with any furry little monsters my furry little monsters might have brought into the world.
And now I'm bored. I don't feel like reading. I don't feel like crocheting. And TV at 8:30 a.m. leaves a lot to be desired. Oh, well. I think I'll go annoy the cats some more.
Father Abdou Abu Kasm, president of Lebanon's Catholic Information Centre, said the contents of the book were "insulting".
"There are paragraphs that touch the very roots of the Christian religion... they say Jesus Christ had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene, that they had children," he said.
"Those things are difficult for us to accept, even if it's supposed to be fiction.
"Christianity is not about forgiveness to the point of insulting Jesus Christ."
There is only one valid response to this:
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Clean bill of health
I didn't go to work this morning because I woke up almost as exhausted as when I fell asleep last night. I guess these three days at work really did take it out of me. I barely got up in time to shower before going to the doctor this afternoon.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Too pooped to 'puter
I'm still almost finished with the first roll of thread for the curtain. I did work on it during lunch, but I doubt I'll pick it up again tonight.
Anyway, I'm off to be a couch potato for a bit before I hit the sack.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
I just finished the book. It took me about three hours to read it. Since it was published in 2002, it is fairly out of date. All things considered, if I didn't have a clue about anything web related, this would be the book to peruse to get started blogging. Unfortunately, I had a clue so it took me about five minutes to figure out blogging and buying this book was basically a waste of money for me.
Bizzy, bizzy, bizzy
Spent another full day at work. Well, almost. I had to duck out a little early so I could make it to the insurance office to pay my flood insurance premium the notice for which the insurance company sent to my mortgage company instead of me despite the fact the flood insurance wasn't set up to be part of escrow. It dawned on me yesterday that I hadn't received a renewal notice and that my insurance must have expired. I called my local agent this morning and found out they'd billed the mortgage company which hadn't paid yet. I also found out that if I paid the premium myself ASAP my coverage wouldn't suffer any lapse. So at 4:30 p.m. my prodigal son picked me up and ran me over to AllState to pay. Insurance companies, hmph!
I don't live in a flood zone, but neither am I stupid. I live on the Texas Gulf coast where hurricanes and tropical storms routinely visit and things flood when they're not supposed to. We're also nestled between a couple of rivers that leave their banks whenever there is really severe rain between here and Dallas. We had a 100 year flood about 10 or so years ago and the house I'm in managed to stay dry. Still, there is some little comfort in knowing you have flood insurance.
I worked on the curtain for the window in the door during lunch. I've almost used up one roll of thread. Based on how long the curtain is compared to the length of the window, I'll need four more rolls of thread to finish it. I bought two to start off with. I hope I can find more in the same color lot. If not, I'll have to do something seriously creative.
Anyway, it's been a busy two days at work. I'm still catching up from missing a week for class and then missing another week almost immediately for the surgery. But I enjoy being busy. I like work when I'm actually working.
longueur \long-GUR\, noun:
A dull and tedious passage in a book, play, musical composition, or the like.
Longueur is from French (where it means "length"), ultimately deriving from Latin longus, "long," which is also the source of English long.
I've read entire novels that suffered from longueur. The only play I've ever seen for which I believe the word had to have been coined is The Man of La Mancha. That is the dullest thing I've ever seen performed live. I was hard pressed to stay awake during the performance.
(There may be no real studies to indicate that IQs drop after having children, but something certainly happens. Between baby talk and having to use smaller, simpler words to convery very complex ideas, you sometimes feel like you've lost the ability to communicate on an adult level. I still suffer from that feeling every once in a while - especially when I have to explain something technological to a person who can't program a VCR.)
Monday, September 13, 2004
Shark Tank: Someday My Prints Will Come
Corporate help desk pilot fish gets a call from the manager at one of
the company's retail stores. The printer is giving an error message: Close back door. "I checked the back door, and it was shut," manager says. Try opening the back door and shutting it again, fish suggests. "If I open the back door, the fire alarm will go off," user protests, "and mall security will have to come to the store to shut it off." No, sighs fish -- please close the back door of the PRINTER.
(It's nice to know people like this exist everywhere.)
A sailor from a sunken ship belonging to Oliver Cromwell's navy had the upper body of a trapeze artist but bowed legs, his recovered skeleton shows.
(Politics? Still? Just because Cromwell is mentioned?)
Sunday, September 12, 2004
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The window in the door
I'm still not very enamored of the curtain, either the color or the way the pattern is shaping up, but the thought of adding another piece of white to the room or introducing that cream or taupe color just suited me even less. I live in a town where WalMart and Hobby Lobby are the only places that carry yarn and their selections leave a lot to be desired.
The infamous prodigal son
Sat Sep 11, 1:26 PM ET AP
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, right, take part in a moment of silence, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, on the South Lawn of the White House to mark the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Second left is former Solicitor General Ted Olson, with his granddaughters Jillian, left, and Kirstin Olson, right. Olson lost his wife Barbara in the plane that hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Back to work and other stuff
I've decided I'm tired of the window in my back door being uncovered so I've begun crocheting a curtain for it. I'm using a variegated cotton thread that matches the colors of my sofa. It's a very simple net pattern. I'm not overly fond of how it's turning out, but I'm less fond of having the window uncovered.
I am so totally bored with being house bound. Isn't it an interesting facet of human nature that when you have all the opportunity to go and do, all you really want to do is sit at home, but when you're required by circumstance to sit at home, all you really want to do is go out? Argh!
Astronomers working in Chile think they may have taken the first direct image of a planet circling another star.
The star, called 2M1207, is 230 light-years away and is very much smaller and fainter than our own Sun.
The pictured companion is 100 times fainter still and tested the technical limits of the Yepun telescope.
A fossil find from China provides new support for the idea that dinosaurs were devoted parents. A report published today in the journal Nature describes a specimen that includes the remains of an adult skeleton surrounded by 34 juvenile ones. “It's one more piece to further support that parental care occurred among dinosaurs,” remarks study co-author David J. Varricchio of the University of Montana.
A new poll in 35 countries suggests that people around the world would prefer Democratic challenger John Kerry as US president over George W Bush.
Global research company GlobeScan Inc and the University of Maryland found clear leads for Mr Kerry among those polled in 30 of the countries.
Only Filipino, Polish and Nigerian respondents clearly backed Mr Bush.
Most said Mr Bush's foreign policy had made them feel worse about the US since his election in 2000.
UK scientists using the Cassini probe have found a new ring and one, possibly two, new objects orbiting Saturn.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
The gruesome details
I'm perfectly fine and almost completely normally mobile with the same ravenous appetite and appreciation for food I've always had. I just can't quite fit into my clothes just yet. I own nothing but slacks and they button right where the hole in my belly button is so wearing them is still uncomfortable. Since I have a desk job, there's no reason I can't go back to work . . . except the clothes issue. I just don't think anyone would really appreciate me walking around the office with my pants unbuttoned and unzipped. It might cause talk.
Now I'm sure those of you who've known people with peckish gall bladders are probably wondering why I had emergency surgery since most people have all sorts of lovely symptoms to indicate they have a problem and they schedule their surgery at their convenience. Well, that's because I've never been most people. Until the agony struck Wednesday morning, I had not a single symptom. I left work around 11:30 a.m. and went home to rest. I had my son take me to the emergency room at about 1:30 p.m. The pain I felt was right up there with labor.
They checked me in, ran blood work, a urine analysis, an ultrasound, and scheduled surgery for Thursday morning. Wham bam, thank you, ma'am.
Thursday afternoon, after the surgery, the surgeon came to see me. He told me my gall bladder was in such bad shape that if I'd waited another day or two it would have been gangrenous. I don't think he believed me when I told him I hadn't had nausea or vomiting and that there hadn't been any pain until Wednesday morning. Oh, well. The nasty little beggar is gone and I'm all set to get back to normal . . . once I fit into my slacks again.
You would think the poor things had been starved to death. Mouse and Heru are such little piggies. Every time they hear the rattle of the dry food bag or the swoosh of a can being opened, it's like it's the first time they've ever had food and are on the verge of perishing from hunger. I have to give my son credit for being able to photograph the kittens while he holds a can of food for them to attack.
Well, Rainbow, Mouse and Heru went to the vet last Friday. Rainbow and Mouse for their last checkup and round of shots until next year and Heru for his first of four or five visits. Rainbow weighs in at a skeletal 5.2 pounds while Mouse is an emaciated 4.9 pounds. Heru, being the youngest, weights in at a meager 3.4 pounds. Given how not well we suspect Heru was taken care of, the only bad effects from his prior home is a case of hookworm for which he is being treated. Neither of the other kittens have gotten the worms, and I suspect neither have the older two cats, since all of them are on Revolution.
It's been a week and a day since Heru joined the household and I have to say that he integrated himself rather well. I'd say it took him all of 10 or 12 seconds before he made it known that he wanted to play and he wasn't going to take no for an answer. Other than the first night when we kept him separated because we weren't sure what would happen, he's had the run of the house - and yes, I do mean that literally. He chases Rainbow, she chases him. He chases Mouse, she chases him. He is not the least bit put off by Mouse who must play with him even when she doesn't want to play anymore. Miss Muggles, on the other hand, has managed to get the upper hand. When she's done playing, Heru leaves her alone . . . and goes after Mouse.
It has been a really interesting experience having three kittens running around the house. Between the two of them, Mouse and Heru share one brain cell and it's sometimes difficult to tell which is in possession of it. The Muggle Monster has all the rest of the brain cells so she's far too clever for her own good. She knows when she's done wrong and she always looks so guilty while the other two just look confused.
A capsule from the Genesis probe, which has been gathering particles blown off the Sun, has crashed back to Earth.
The capsule entered the atmosphere as planned at 1554GMT (1654BST) but its drogue parachute failed to open.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
We know how the Bush administration has handled the war: It fouled up royally. First, it had bad intelligence. Second, administration members shut their eyes and their minds to all advice, to all of the caveats from the intelligence community, that didn't justify going to war. Third, the administration disregarded sound military advice that a lot more troops would be needed than it was sending. Fourth, by not giving the U.N. weapons inspectors time to finish their job, the Bush administration lost the support of France, Germany, Russia and most of the rest of the world. Fifth, it did not stop the looting. Sixth, it did not anticipate and prepare for the resistance. Seventh, its occupation has been nothing but a cluster-blunder. And eighth, it has overextended the U.S. military but stubbornly refuses to admit it.
By William Saletan
I'm no huge fan of John Kerry. He sees two sides of every one-sided issue, and four sides of every two-sided issue. But the alternative is a president who sees one side of every issue, no matter how many sides it has. Given how many sides there usually are, and given how little effort Bush makes to learn about each issue, the odds are that, on average, he'll pick the wrong side. The record of the last four years shows that he has done precisely that. But because Bush refuses to "waver," as Schwarzenegger charitably puts it, we keep going in the wrong direction. The only way to stop such a president is to vote him out of office. Fortunately, an election is coming.
US astronomers say they have found two more Neptune-sized planets orbiting stars beyond our Solar System.
They say their discovery of the smallest worlds yet seen circling other stars is a breakthrough in the search for other Earths and for life in space.
They are only about 15 times more massive than the Earth. Previously known worlds were Jupiter-class, some 318 times more massive than the Earth.
One of the new planets is in the first four-planet system ever discovered.
Scientists have manufactured the world's smallest atomic clock, with inner machinery about the size of a grain of rice. Requiring very little power to run, the device loses only one second every 300 years and could one day provide precise timekeeping for portable applications such as wireless communication devices and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.
From the Bush mouth
Monday, September 06, 2004
I'm back - sort of
The god of reason
Accomplishing the impossible
The brain is a wonderful organ
Welcome to America
The 10 big stories the national news media ignore.
1. Wealth inequality in 21st century threatens economy and democracy
2. Ashcroft versus human rights law that holds corporations accountable
3. Bush administration manipulates science and censors scientists
4. High uranium levels found in troops and civilians
5. Wholesale giveaway of our natural resources
6. Sale of electoral politics
7. Conservative organization drives judicial appointments
8. Secrets of Cheney's energy task force come to light
9. Widow brings RICO case against U.S. government for 9/11
10. New nuke plants: taxpayers support, industry profits