slight problem with LED traffic lights:
Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.
This is something I probably wouldn't have thought of, but then I'm not a traffic engineer; it appears this is one of those little things that kind of snuck up on people.
From Insty, it appears the Yellowstone reservoir and magma plume is a lot bigger than thought: which means that if it goes WE'RE ALL GONNA BE DEADER!! Or something. Please note that there was strong disagreement on the size of this, and actual research was done and tested to find the answer: the way science is supposed to be done.
Over at Samizdata:
I agree with Johnathan Pearce in the previous posting that the old-school media are definitely, albeit belatedly and with much embarrassment and confusion, starting to notice all this. You can feel that most crucial of propaganda processes happening with Climategate: the reversing of the burden of proof. Unfair to all the fraud detectives (Watts, McIntyre, and the rest of them, including Monkton himself) though it undoubtedly was, those noble toilers, until the Climategate revelations erupted, had to prove everything, in defiance of the default position. Their every tiny blemish was jumped upon. Their major claims were ignored. Now the default position is slowly mutating into: It's all made-up nonsense. And the burden of proof is shifting onto the shoulders of all those who want to go on believing in such ever more discredited alarmism. In short, our side is winning this argument, big time.
I damn well hope so. This seems to be one more case where at least some people in the major media are starting to feel both embarrassed and worried about being so far behind on a major story, and scared to death of what that means for their future. And they should be.
Big-time televangelist Oral Roberts died the other day. He's one of those who I couldn't decide about: was he straight con-man, did he actually believe what came out of his mouth, or a mix? I've known a lot of devout people who came as close to hating him as they ever did anyone short of Hitler or Stalin types for the crap he pulled.
From Insty: you expect Schumer to follow the rules? He's a SENATOR, don't you forget!
My first thought: this is the first step of "If you air cargo carriers ship cargo we don't like, we'll go after you!"
Yes, our AG Holder is a man who wants to get to the bottom of things. Just only the things he controls and the administration benefits from.
The Justice Department has told the federal attorneys who filed a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party for disrupting a Philadelphia polling place last year not to cooperate with an investigation of the incident by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
The commission last week subpoenaed at least two Justice Department lawyers and sought documents from the department to explain why the complaint was dismissed just as a federal judge was about to punish the New Black Panther Party and three of its members for intimidating voters.
This is a big load of steaming crap. But what do you expect to come from Holder & Co.?
"I've never seen so many attractive domestic terrorists in all my life!" Armey yelled at the adoring crowd. "It's so nice to be here again together, isn't it?...You mean you actually came to town on your own terms? To say what you wanted to say? And to be heard? Sounds pretty much like terrorists to me."
And to DHS; anyone watching for Napolitano flunkies sneaking pictures?
And now I'm off: laundry to do, gunpowder residue to wash away, groceries to buy.