Supercell forms in Wyoming – video

I generally stay out of the global warming debate. I'm not a scientist and I wouldn't try to argue science or research with people smarter than I am. But when I saw this video today I had to share a thought: I get that the temperature of the earth is changing. I get that climates shift geographically. I get that weather patterns go wonky every few or hundred or thousand years. What I don't get? The notion that man is so powerful that he can cause it to happen. Check out this video of … [Read more...]

Does self-driving car take away opportunities to be nice?

The Google driverless car is just one of the self-driving cars predicted to become the automotive norm.

Technology will make a giant leap from fiction to reality if self-driving cars hit the road within a few years, as predicted in this story in the Los Angeles Times. As expected, the big concern about the vehicle is safety ... I feel like I should add a "duh" here. If there's no one behind the wheel, the big question is obviously, "How does the car know where to go?" But there's one aspect of this science fiction achievement that no one has brought up: the self-driving car further isolates … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Easter bunnies and child slavery

The first step in making cocoa is to harvest the cocoa pods, open them up and remove the beans. This is how it happens. (Screenshot from "The Dark Side of Chocolate")

I went to lunch with a friend last week and we stopped in at a local gourmet chocolate shop. The place was mobbed with people stocking up on the upcoming Easter holiday but all I wanted to do was ask the owners if they knew where their cocoa came from. Chances were quite good that the cocoa they used to make their sweet goodies was harvested by child slaves. I wondered if the people filling their shopping baskets knew that 42% of the world's cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast, where children … [Read more...]

Tragedy visited Webster, NY but we move on – together

west webster patch

Early on the morning of Christmas Eve, tragedy visited the small town of Webster, NY, when a madman set fire to a house and a car, luring first responders to the scene and then gunning them down in cold blood. What ensued were hours of confusion and chaos as SWAT teams descended on the small spit of land, a two lane road bordered on one side by Irondequoit Bay and the other by Lake Ontario, chasing the gunman, evacuating neighbors, and retrieving the bodies of shooting victims. Firefighters, … [Read more...]


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