commented on How I Fell in Love with Twitter and Wendy Davis
It was frustrating to get up to date information out of Austin last night. Other than the twitter feed it just didn't exist. Some of the early feeds I had been following through the day suddenly stopped when Davis was challenged that she went off topic. What???? Like it was no longer news worthy at that point?
About the Twitter feed, I too was resistant. How could undisciplined tweets provide an accurate portrayal of what was happening... but somehow that collective crowd gave a great narrative in real time that rivaled anything else out in the ether last night. The major news feeds, including the AP, seemed to be running in circles, snapping up each others little tidbits without any confirmation, but still hesitant to offer any direct observation to what was occurring in that chamber.
commented on I Wish I Could Give a 13-Hour Round of Applause for This
I think the US Senate Democrats can learn something from Texas. Don't short change the process on the mere threat of a filibuster. If the GOP threatens a filibuster then force them to the floor to talk.
BTW Senator Wendy Davis rocks!
commented on Tornadoes are Common in Oklahoma City, Basements Aren't...
There is a lot of mis-information. The LT Governor was incorrect in his statement. The kids at Plaza died when a brick wall collapsed, not by drowning, there was no basement.
The event has been reclassified as an EF5. The EF scale uses multiple indicators, clocked wind speed only being one variable, to determine the strength of the storm . Once wind speed goes over 200 MPH the damage can be at the same as if the speed was 250MPH.
The low pressure engine that drives tornadoes is only about 100 mb from the outside pressure. The lowest pressures recorded during tornado events were around 850 mb. For comparison Denver averages around 835 mb. I think it's safe to say the pressure is not low enough to suffocate, let alone have your blood boil or a bunch of people in Colorado are in danger of exploding.
Death and injury from tornadoes come from the kinetic energy. Protection from that kinetic energy, i.e. in an underground structure would make it survivable.
commented on Elvis Has Left the Building!
I've been watching this one and even though the guy has some obvious issues the probable cause documents were pretty shallow. Because of the toxicity of ricin, testing can zero down to a very few parts per million. If he produced it in a home lab somewhere there would be traces, on his clothes, shoes, etc...So they are back to square one in the investigation.
commented on CNN Shops for Guns
This is the loophole that the NRA is fighting to protect. Very insane indeed!