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Water on Enceladus

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2005

A tiny moon of Saturn appears to be venting water, likely from a liquid source in its interior. The wonders of Cassini just keep pouring in.

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Football Roundup (The Ones I Care About)

Posted by zaphriel on September 18, 2005

Browns 26, Packers 24

That just about says it all, the browns won, they looked good enough to beat a disheveled, disorganized and frustrated Green Bay Packers. I gotta say this one looked as if it was a gimme, all the lines called it close, with Cleveland at a disadvantage, but despite the score, it really never was close, Cleveland just got tired. I actually felt sorry for Brett Favre, for such a great career, he doesn’t deserve to go out like this, but that’s what happens when you go one year too long.

In other news, my bucks looked great yesterday.

No. 9 Ohio State 27, San Diego State 6

After one bad play, No. 9 Ohio State showed no sign of a Texas hangover.

With Santonio Holmes’ punt returns setting up two touchdown runs by Troy Smith, and the defense swarming from the second play on, the Buckeyes rolled over San Diego State 27-6 on Saturday.

“After the first play of the game, our defense dominated,” said coach Jim Tressel, whose team was coming off a 25-22 loss to No. 2 Texas. “After we were startled a little bit … our defense decided no more of that and shut them down.” – source

Awesome, there is hope yet, even in their one loss to Texas, they really didn’t look bad at all, but given the screwed up way the BCS calculates things, Ohio State may never have a chance at the title…time shall tell.

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The Next Pandemic

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2005

When President Bush spoke to the United Nations this week, most of the coverage focused on terrorism. But Mr. Bush spoke about a coming crisis that may make 9/11 look like a picnic:

“We must also remain on the offensive against new threats to public health, such as the Avian influenza,” Bush said in his speech to world leaders. “If left unchallenged, the virus could become the first pandemic of the 21st century.”

His warning should serve as a reminder of what happened almost a hundred years ago. The Spanish Flu killed millions worldwide, and then simply disappeared. We see the results of that plague in cemeteries across the country. Just look in an old cemetery at the number of death dates ending in 1918 or 1919. You will be surprised.

It is entirely possible that an influenza virus very much like Spanish Flue could sweep the planet, killing an estimated billion people, and bringing the economies of the world crashing. Hopefully, the world can mobilize in time to stop it in time.

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The Next Pandemic

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2005

When President Bush spoke to the United Nations this week, most of the coverage focused on terrorism. But Mr. Bush spoke about a coming crisis that may make 9/11 look like a picnic:

“We must also remain on the offensive against new threats to public health, such as the Avian influenza,” Bush said in his speech to world leaders. “If left unchallenged, the virus could become the first pandemic of the 21st century.”

His warning should serve as a reminder of what happened almost a hundred years ago. The Spanish Flu killed millions worldwide, and then simply disappeared. We see the results of that plague in cemeteries across the country. Just look in an old cemetery at the number of death dates ending in 1918 or 1919. You will be surprised.

It is entirely possible that an influenza virus very much like Spanish Flue could sweep the planet, killing an estimated billion people, and bringing the economies of the world crashing. Hopefully, the world can mobilize in time to stop it in time.

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Standing on the Shore

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2005

Of Titan. The right side of the picture is likely a shallow sea of liquid hydrocarbons. The left the shoreline, with bays, and even rivers feeding into the ocean. Not exactly a vacation spot, but safer from hurricanes than the Gulf Coast….

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Donna Brazille: Standing With The President

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2005

Good for Donna Brazille! At times one of the most partisan of Democrat partisans, she puts party aside to stand with the President’s initiative:

I know, maybe better than anyone, that there are times when it seems that our nation is too divided ever to heal. There are times when we feel so different from each other that we can hardly believe that we are all part of the same family. But we are one nation. We are a family. And this is what we do. When the president asked us to pitch in Thursday night, he wasn’t really asking us to do anything spectacular. He was asking us to be Americans, and to do what Americans always do.

The president has set a national goal and defined a national purpose. This is something I believe with all my heart: When we are united, nothing can stop us. We will not waver, we will not tire, and we will not stop until the streets are clean, every last brick has been replaced and every last family has its home back.

Bush talked about how we bury our family and friends. We grieve and mourn. We march to a solemn song and then we rejoice and step out and form the second line. That line is now open to every American to join us in rebuilding a great region of this country. New Orleans will rise again. My hometown is down but not out, and with the help of every American, it will be back on its feet, bigger and brighter than ever.

Mr. President, I am ready for duty. I am ready to stir those old pots again. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Here’s hoping her fellow Democrats follow her example.

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