Is it getting hot in here?

June 30th, 2005

Let me begin this story from the end:

“Such a degree of climate change is so far outside the range covered by experience and scientific understanding that we cannot with any confidence predict the consequences for the Earth system,”

Now the beginning:

Global temperatures in the future could be much hotter than scientists have predicted if new computer models on climate change are correct, researchers said on Wednesday.

I already know what Sen. Inhofe will say: “Would someone turn up the air conditioner?”

In any case, it looks like good times for the heat & air business.

Oklahomans shouldn’t be surprised

June 30th, 2005

Any Democrats who are surprised by the Oklahoma state party deficit spending (NewsOK reg) shouldn’t be.

Much of the state Democratic Party’s debt of nearly $500,000 deals with expenses incurred in an unsuccessful U.S. Senate race, a former party official said Wednesday.

“There’s all kinds of finger-pointing out there about who was responsible, but there was some irresponsible budgeting on the part of the (Brad) Carson campaign that caught us in a bind,” said Paul Barby, who did not seek another term as secretary.

Brad Carson’s entire campaign was based on costly promises. Anyone who thought Carson was the kind of guy to operate within fiscal restraints simply wasn’t listening.

Some of the debts according to the Michael McNutt article:

  • $106,217 cell phone bill with Cingular
  • $32,054 telephone bill owed to SBC
  • $13,240 to the Internal Revenue Service for federal unemployment taxes
  • $18,876 to the Oklahoma Tax Commission for state payroll withholding taxes
  • More than 70 part-time unpaid campaign workers
  • $97,515 to Cap Ad Communications

And now that Republicans also hopped on the deficit spending gravy train, such as pushing state expenditures with long-term bonds, none of us Okies should be surprised by what we “owe” to both parties.

Google adds up

June 30th, 2005

My server hosting company offered me a $25 credit towards Google AdWords service. What the heck, why not try it out? So last night I set up an account to post an ad in Google search results for the word “Oklahoma”.

I’m waiting to have it activated. This morning I read this:

Google sued over ‘click fraud’ in Web ads

A seller of online marketing tools said on Wednesday it sued Google Inc., charging that the Web search giant has failed to protect users of its advertising program from “click fraud,” costing them at least $5 million.

I’ll keep you informed.

Catfish!

June 30th, 2005

I haven’t been catfishing for a while now, but this bad boy gets my juices flowing. Nine feet long and 646 lbs.

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Photograph by Suthep Kritsanavarin

Giant Catfish May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish

After a record-breaking Mekong giant catfish died, residents of Hat Khrai, a Thai village on the Mekong River, butchered the fish for its meat.

“Mekong people believe it’s a sacred fish, because it persists on plant matter and ‘meditates'”—in the deep, stony pools of the Mekong River—”somewhat like a Buddhist monk, said Zeb Hogan, a fisheries biologist who studies the largest freshwater fish in the world.

Villagers had tried to keep the environmentally threatened species of fish alive and “throw it back”. Well, not exactly throw it back, but you know what I mean.

For a better ending:

Researchers recently discovered this new species of catfish in southern Mexico, and its traits are so distinct that it represents a whole new family of fish. The Philadelphia-based Academy of Natural Sciences, which took part in the research, announced the discovery on June 24.

“The unexpected discovery of this enigmatic new family of fishes emphasizes how little we know about Mesoamerica’s biotic legacy,” the Academy’s John Lundberg said. “This find reminds us that the most basic scientific inventory of Earth’s biodiversity is woefully incomplete.”

Indeed!

Seeing red in Oklahoma

June 29th, 2005

There’s something especially alarming about red flags in Oklahoma:

The state department of forestry services is issuing a Red Flag Fire Alert for 29 counties in southern and southeastern Oklahoma.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But the forestry department may be pushing the legal limits here.

Oklahoma Statutes Citationized
Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
Chapter 9 – Offenses Related to Flags
Section 374 – Display of Red Flag or Emblem of Disloyalty


There must be a good reason why this law specifically cites a red flag rather than simply any and all emblems of disloyalty. Other than the original Oklahoma flag being so darned ugly.

And this is why I hesitate before visiting JMBzine.com.

Getting to the point

June 29th, 2005

Toyota commercials are more expressive outside the U.S.
– EXPIRED –
(Windows Media Video 872KB – Rated PG)
Available for a limited time only.

Travel trip

June 28th, 2005

Here’s one to get you thinking…

What mode of public transportation has never had a death attributed to it?

Clues:
It began in 1880 and is still in use today.
A fare is required, but it is subsidized by the U.S. government.

– Via Ronnie Kaye on KOMA.
(The question went unanswered for two hours today.)

Answer in Comment #5

I love my acid

June 28th, 2005

I’ve been a big Vitamin C fan for many years now and swear it helps my immune system. So I had to check this out:

Vitamin C pretty useless when it comes to colds

Excerpts from the report:

We sought to discover whether vitamin C in doses of 200 mg or more daily (Figure 1) reduces the incidence, duration, or severity of the common cold when used either as continuous prophylaxis or after the onset of cold symptoms.

I take about 1100 mg per day.

Incidence was not altered in the subgroup of 23 community studies where prophylactic doses as high as 2 g daily were used. But a subgroup of six studies of marathon runners, skiers, and soldiers exposed to significant cold and/or physical stress experienced, on average, 50% reduction in common cold incidence.

Duration of cold episodes that occurred during prophylaxis was significantly reduced in both children and adults.

The clinical significance of the minor reduction in duration of common cold episodes experienced during prophylaxis is questionable, although the consistency of these findings points to a genuine biological effect.

Future work on this topic should explore the value of high dose therapy—in particular, in children—and the mechanisms underlying the observed prophylaxis benefits in those exposed to substantial physical and/or cold stress.

My personal experiment with large doses of Vitamin C began almost 30 years ago after being exposed to the writings of Linus Pauling, in my mind one of the greatest 20th century scientists. Though I never used the massive doses Pauling (and his wife) experimented with – greater than 5000 mg – I’ve found over the years that 1000 mg gives me positive results of increased immunity to common communicable diseases.

An important point in the study is the fact that it seemed to help people under stressful conditions, which normally reduces a person’s immune system to begin with. Most folks will testify that they get sick easier when stressed.

While I concur with the review that taking extra large doses of Vitamin C after the onset of symptoms is pretty useless, no group of scientists can convince me that taking 10-20 times the recommended minimum dose of 60 mg per day will not provide positive results in your immune system. You may be pissing some of it out as your body can only use so much, but ascorbic acid is fairly cheap. Now whether high doses contribute to the formation of kidney stones is one reason why I don’t approach dosage levels used by Pauling.

Finally, if you take Vitamin C, take it religiously. I’ve found that if you stop taking it for a while, your resistance to illness seems to weaken considerably.

Oh, one more thing; I am not a doctor.

Linky dink

June 28th, 2005

Boy, did the Truth Laid Bear’s Ecosystem ever lower its standards. Okiedoke has been labeled a Marauding Marsupial for quite a while. I check today and now it’s listed with the Large Mammals.

I realize it’s easy to pad your rating by joining a blogger community and sharing links, but if 136 links makes you a Large Mammal ( I’m only 6′ 4″), and gets a rank of #1460 out of 31055 blogs, I’d say blogging is going down the tubes.

Now if I could only find a blogging community that would accept me. And also get rid of those damn links to Okiedokie.com.

Everyone needs a firm Fanny

June 27th, 2005

Claremore’s code enforcement officer doesn’t need a gun to get the job done:

A crew of sign installers got the message real quick when Fanny Campbell flipped off the hydraulic switch to their bucket leaving them stranded mid-air.

Campbell, Claremore’s code enforcement officer, found them installing a sign without a city permit. On top of that they ignored her requests to cease the work and come down.

“YOU ARE coming down but now you have to shinny down” (the bucket’s shaft).

Even though I’m more of a leg man, I like Fanny.