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Pope Peabrain 3
I can't believe the driver of that car was able to stay on the road after being hit by what must be a thousand pounds of airplane tire. In fact, they both managed to stay on the road and pull over. Now that's terror!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 4
Well, it's nice that the troll has a new cause, isn't it? People in highly structured environments need some variety in their life.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Posted by pragmatic on December 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
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A largely unused industrial site in Bridgeport is being prepared for construction of the largest fuel cell power plant in North America, giving a possible boost to the alternative fuel and economic development in Connecticut's largest city.


http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/ar…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM · Report this
WFM 8
Why are all these dashboard videos coming out of Russia? Does every vehicle in Russia have a dash cam running all the time? WTF?
Posted by WFM on December 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
TVDinner 9
@8: I read somewhere that Russian insurance companies won't pay out unless you have proof that the other numbskull caused the accident, which is why nearly everyone has a dash cam there. Sure makes for some amazing footage.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 10
Ha @ item 3. "Breaking: Wind". Well played, intern. Well played.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on December 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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@7 So, natural gas burned to produce huge amount of electricity, some of which is stored in batteries of novel design.
Posted by tiktok on December 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
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Speaking of gun violence.

My son was playing the PC version of Call of Duty 3: Black Ops. I hadn't used it for quite a while and it really helps to have Steam update it for you automatically. (Also nice was that he figured out how to get the Logitech Rumble Pad 2 to work so he didn't have to fiddle with a wireless keyboard and mouse. I don't have a console, but I built my own gaming PC and hooked it up to the HDMI port on the TV).

What I saw though disturbed me a bit. The scenario (and this was one being played on many many servers by hundreds or thousands of people) was a playing field called Nuketown. Basically teams of 10 players, having low ranking military credentials, shoot it out. Nuketown is based on one of those model suburban towns they built in the Los Alamos desert to test the effect of an atom bomb blast. It's all done up in High 1950s style. Other than the players/soldiers, there are all these mannequins standing around, like a wife in a dress in the kitchen or kids playing outside, people walking to a movie theater. There is also a yellow schoolbus in the street (used for cover when shooting).

So there you have it. Nuketown. Newtown. Shooter in a suburban house, with a Mom in the kitchen and a schoolbus. For someone playing in a darkened basement, 16 hours a day non-stop and little or no human contact, "could" (as Giorgio Tsoukalos would say) this have been an educator for Mr. Lanza's spree once he make a psychotic break from reality and entered the virtual world inside his own mind?

Here's an even crazier and more paranoid take along the same lines:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpGSHC4DH…

More...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
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Interesting....

http://www.privacysos.org/node/911

Secret Service contracts out its Internet surveillance work to "British firm," QinetiQ (actually a cross between the CIA's Q-In-Tel and Booz-Allen).

Steve Carbone is with QinetiQ North America (some type of lobbyist, no doubt). It was Carbone, when he was Rumsfeld's head of the Pentagon's CIFA (CounterIntelligence Field Activity, a domestic intel unit set up during the Bush administration, now supposedly dissolved) which awarded a major contract to QinetiQ before leaving for a position with that private intel agency.

http://www.cyveillance.com/web/solutions…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinetiq

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/qinet…

http://www.spoke.com/info/pYHRsMo/SteveC…
Posted by sgt_doom on December 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Sandiai 17
An influential neuroscientist and personal hero of mine, Rita Levi-Montalcini, has died:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-2…
Posted by Sandiai on December 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
Sandiai 18
@13, you should register. Otherwise people here will think you're a troll and won't read you.
Posted by Sandiai on December 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
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1 and 2 are spot on. I posted a similar comment a few days ago and it was removed. I noticed the Stranger is more likely to publish stories on crimes that happen half way around the world then 3 blocks from the Stranger's office. A few months ago Charles Mudede published several stories about incidents of Jewish Isrealis targetting Arabs and black immigrants for violent crime. Yet none of those incidents were any worse then black on white and black on Asian crimes that have been epidemic in Seattle for years. In fact, none of the incidents reported in Isreal even were murder or attacks on vulnerable people- unlike James Parlone, Tuba Man, Danny Vega, the multiply attacks on people in wheelchairs, pregnant woman and elderly blind man assaulted and robbed on the bus, in Seattle, . Yet Charles made it a point of pointing out the perps were Jewish and the victims black or Arab. Has the Stranger ever done that with any black on white or black on Asian crime in Seattle? Hell, no! Odd that a Jewish on black or Jewish on Muslim crime that occurs half way around the world is more likely to be published in our "hometown" paper then similar or worse crimes that occur frequently on Cap Hill or in King Co. And God forbid if anyone suggests they are targetting people because of race. Yeah, people come from the Rainier Valley to Cap Hill and rob or attack white people. Not racial. Whites go into Rainier Valley and rob or attack blacks=hate crime. Jews rob or attack blacks or Arab in another country=hate crime. Noticing when blacks do it here=racist!
Posted by Andrew S. on December 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 21
Man, if they start putting handguns or rifles in the classroom, we need to start wearing loincloths and change the name of this country to Thunderdome. I'm thinking that the NRA and others are using a negotiating ploy: ask for something beyond the pale and outrageous so that you can settle on what you really want making it look as though you gave in. What these people really want is an armed guard - and boy-oh-boy is that ever a stupid idea as well.

Nice to see university hierarchy irked at something. It's total revenge. I was constantly irked in school. Irk by the $8 half-sandwich and cup of soup in the cafeteria. Irked by ever-changing textbooks costing $90 and up. Irked by every raise in the amount of student loan money available met with a same amount rise in tuition. Irked by less than stellar professors.

Is Katt Williams going to have a career left?
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 30, 2012 at 2:41 PM · Report this
rob! 22
Sandiai @17, thanks for that link. I share your admiration for her. She is evidence for the notion that maintaining intellectual engagement and adhering to principle are contributing factors to a long, rewarding life.

(I believe she's related—aunt or great-aunt?—to the Apple Macintosh shareware author Alessandro Levi Montalcini, but I can't find confirmation at the moment.)
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on December 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Sandiai 23
@17 thanks rob! That's interesting about Alessandro Levi Montalcini. Biographies of scientists are sort of a hobby of mine. None of Rita's sisters are in the Wikipedia or the Google, so it's hard to find info on her relatives. Here's an interesting picture though:
http://www.myspace.com/antonellacostanzo…

My favorite family of related geniuses (artistic or scientific) are the Baron-Cohens. I had been reading articles by Simon Baron-Cohen for years before I made the connection with Sasha (well, Sasha doesn't hyphenate his name).
Posted by Sandiai on December 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Sandiai 24
Obviously, that was for @21.
Posted by Sandiai on December 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 25
Why should The Stranger be responsible for reporting on local crime? That's what the The Times, the PI, and the local TV stations live for, in loving, gory detail. Comment on one of those sites if you feel the need to be outraged. You'll have plenty of company,
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 28
Oh troll, there's no need to feel inadequate about being from Bellevue. I'm sure there are some lovely neighborhoods over there.

And while crime is "scary", you are probably very safe. This was Just One Of Those Things.

In the meantime, I'm sure the Journal-American or Eastside Week will have an article that is very pleasing to your worldview.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM · Report this
seatackled 29
Gratuitious? What would be a prudent use of the N-word?
Posted by seatackled on December 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM · Report this
sperifera 31
Thanks for covering the Antarctic lakes news, unpaid intern. It's an issue that is more important than the coverage that the world press has given it. Its kind of the equivalent of the explorers bringing smallpox to all the world's societies that didn't have it centuries ago. We never learn...
Posted by sperifera on December 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 32
Troll love, I haven't lived on Capitol Hill since 2000. I'm a Beacon Hill housewife.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 33
....and, by the way, just how did we get on the topic of the relative whiteness of Seattle and Bellevue?

I worry about you, troll. You better believe I keep a candle burning for you over by St. Peter's. It's the least I can do.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on December 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 34
Funny how Andrew S. @20 says the same thing nearly word for word as unregistered @19 "Kelly H". How many more sock puppets do you have Andrew?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on December 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this
smade 35
Am I to understand that Mr. Williams checked with all of bitchdom and got his pass from someone to use the word "bitch" as gratuitously often as possible?
Posted by smade on December 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM · Report this
seatackled 36
@34

Damn you for making me look!

But since I did, I noticed that they even have the same misspellings.
Posted by seatackled on December 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM · Report this
Pick1 37
@8 Yeah cops are so easily bribed that official reports were useless for insurance claims so dashcams became pretty much factory standard in Russia.
Posted by Pick1 on December 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM · Report this

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