Update: Mountie Killer Caught

October 12, 2007

As an update to my post of a couple of days ago. The accused killer of Constable Worden was captured Friday October 12 in a low-income housing complex in Edmonton, Alberta. He was apprehended without incident and appeared unharmed as he was taken away in a police cruiser.

Now if the justice system will only work.

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The U.S Does Not Torture. Right!

October 12, 2007

President Bush recently made a public statement that the United States does not torture captive terrorists. Forgive me for being just a little bit sceptical.

Think about this scenario for a second. The CIA captures a terrorist. They have reliable information that he has just planted a 20 megaton nuclear warhead in downtown Manhattan. Now obviously this person is not going to voluntarily devulge the location of the bomb. Hell he’s planning on going to his “paradise” along with the other 5 or 6 million Americans he will kill.

Do we resort to any means necessary to get the info out of him? I say morals be damned in this case. Millions of innocent lives are at stake. You bet we torture him and with all means possible to extract the location of that bomb. I bet President Bush would not want to answer later that “yes we had the ability to get the info, but gee we were afraid to hurt the poor guy by torturing him, and yes some bleeding-heart liberals might not have approved.”

I leave it to you the reader to think about that scenario. Hopefully we will never have to face it. Never say never. Torture is not something we like to see as a democratic society, but the greater good must come first.


Titan: Not on my list of places to visit

October 12, 2007

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Above: NASA photo of Titan

Titan the largest moon of Saturn was one of the places I wanted to visit before I died.  Yesterday after reading an article on CNN and MSNBC about the local climate I am definitely erasing it from my list.

It is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found. Titan was the first known moon of Saturn, discovered in 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens.

The Cassini–Huygens spacecraft reached Saturn on July 1, 2004. Since then it has been mapping the moon. A landing probe was released and descended to the surface. Scientists thought that the surface consisted of liquid methane, but guess what the probe landed in a sea of solid mud.

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Above: Artist’s conception of the landing (NASA photo)

Most days on Titan begin with a cool temperature of nearly 300 degrees below zero. Next comes a steady drizzle of methane. On earth this is an explosive gas, but on Titan is chilled into a liquid. Scientists believe that Titan has weather patterns similar to Earth.

We thought the weather was bad here. By the way when it warms up later in the day, the methane drizzle likely turns into ground mist. I think I will head for more moderate climes when I travel. Titan may be interesting to scientists, but this tourist will take a pass.

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Science: http://www.sciencemag.org


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