Archive for April, 2013

The public Internet turns 20

You have this man to thank for the ability to read this awesome news blog. (CERN, 1994)

You have this man to thank for the ability to read this awesome news blog. (CERN, 1994)

April 30, 2013:

  • The World Wide Web turns 20 today. In one more year it can have a drink. Until then, let’s raise a toast to Tim Berners-Lee, who in 1989 developed the technology that enabled collaboration between scientists around the world. One April 30, 1993, the European science agency CERN, where Berners-Lee worked, made the first web browser public domain. “I was lucky enough to invent the Web at the time when the Internet already existed,” said Berners-Lee. The first website is still online. The Internet, a network of interconnected computing devices, was first created with financing by the U.S. government.
  • A government panel is encouraging Facebook and Google to intercept online communications in real time, reports The Washington Post. A government task force proposes fining the Internet giants that fail to heed wiretap orders. Both companies have been “resistant” …

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Study: Roundup linked to diseases

Monsanto's genetically modified seeds, which are resitant to Roundup, are used to grow corn and other crops all over the world, including DeKalb County, Illinois.

Monsanto's genetically modified seeds, which are resitant to Roundup, are used to grow corn and other crops all over the world, including some other DeKalb County.

April 29, 2013:

  • An herbicide sprayed on millions of acres of food has been linked to multiple health problems and diseases. The ubiquitous weed-killer Roundup, developed by agricultural biotech giant Monsanto, is said to leave “glyphosate” in food, which “can disrupt normal body functions and induce disease,” according the report. The chemical is absorbed by plants and can’t simply be washed off. Since glyphosate is linked to Parkinson’s and cancer, the EPA is jumping right on this one. The federal agency has set a 2015 deadline for determining if use of the chemical should be limited.
  • A British mother forced her 14-year-old daughter to artificially inseminate herself so she could adopt the baby as her fourth child, according to an article in The Guardian. The woman, who is serving five years for cruelty to …

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Pollen on the attack in Georgia

Atlantan Selena Gilreath wears a mask while working on Northside Drive. The mask will match her vest by afternoon. (John Spink/AJC)

Atlantan Selena Gilreath wears a mask while working on Northside Drive. The mask will match her vest by afternoon. (John Spink/AJC)

“If I’d wanted a yellow truck, you’d have bought one,” I said to the wife while I hosed pollen off her red GMC Jimmy.

We were headed to Athens Wednesday to pick up our fourth boat (it is a sickness) and I wanted to give the rarely used vehicle some love and maybe save an ounce of gas.

“It will be yellow again by the time we get back. You’re wasting water.”

She was right. Somewhere along Ga. 10 a smoke-like haze enveloped us. “Is my eyesight failing or is something on fire?” I asked.

A mile or two down the road we figured it out. It was pollen, aka nature’s middle finger. Trees alongside the road were emanating opaque cocoons of airborne plant sperm and there wasn’t anything we could do about it except keep the windows rolled up. And be happy we weren’t sneezing.

The pollen this morning is about as bad as it gets.

The AJC’s Mike Morris reports

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Report: ‘Torrents’ of porn in Vatican City

Pollen attacks a helpless vehicle in DeKalb County. (Photo courtesy of wife)

Pollen attacks a helpless vehicle in DeKalb County. (Photo courtesy of wife)

April 10, 2013:

  • Thou shalt not uTorrent: Someone in Vatican City  is downloading porn, according to file sharing experts. TorrentFreak.com, perhaps not the most reliable source, alleges to have analyzed what the good folks in the tiny, pope-ruled nation are downloading and some of it is copyrighted porn. The IP addresses resolve to “Holy See (Vatican City State)” and some of the more spicy titles, such as “RS77_Episode01,” are confirmed to be naughty, say TorrentFreak editors. There’s only 800 or so people living in Vatican City, but there’s no way to know exactly who is responsible for the downloads. It could be a randy tourist or  multi-gigabyte misclick. Porn is popular everywhere, but like Cubism in the early 20th Century, that doesn’t make it right. A Religious Institute survey of clergy suggests 20 percent of religious leaders have visited a sexually explicit website, probably for …

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NTM: Women like men with big …

Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London. (AP)

Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London. (AP)

April 9, 2013:

  • A new study reveals women like tall men with a large [bleep]. For those unwilling to click the link, just know the word represented by bleep is NOT wallet. The study, which showed “3D computer-generated male bodies” to 105 women, found “[bleep] size affected a man’s sexual attractiveness, but height was equally important, with taller men considered more attractive.” Dr. Wong, whose name I did not just make up, said, “There is always much debate on the subject and we wanted to address the notion of whether size matters using a valid scientific approach.”
  • It looks like Maryland will be the next state to allow medical marijuana. The state Senate has approved the measure 42-4 and the governor said he would likely sign the measure into law. I don’t smoke marijuana, and never have, but it seems that many more states will be following …

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News To Me: Dogs in pantyhose and other mysteries

There's something wrong with people. (Photo from sharpdaily.hk)

Signs of the Apocalypse are increasing in frequency and intensity. You have been warned. (Photo from sharpdaily.hk)

After a weekend dominated by sports (Final Four, Braves sweep), I feel the need to share with intelligent readers of this blog the sort of news that reveals not only the depth of human suffering, but humanity’s unyielding sense of dignity and nobility.

But it’s easier to just show these pictures of dogs wearing pantyhose.

Clearly, the good people of Hong Kong must be stopped ere the appellation “man’s best friend” is lost forever.

Why do such a thing to a pet? I’m not sure, but the English word “sexy” in the URL is clear cause for concern.

Hopefully PETA is on this.

Meanwhile, in other news:

  • A North Carolina doctor has located a 6-inch extraterrestrial baby in Chile. Instead of presenting the facts in a scientific journal he will be making his case in a movie. Since a circus freak show tent was not available, this seems perfectly reasonable.
  • Beyonce and Jay-Z …

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Georgia full of guns and mosquitoes

#FAIL (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

#FAIL (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

News tidbits for April 4, 2013:

  • Atlanta is the third “roachiest” city in America, according to Orkin, which probably knows a thing or two about bugs. OK, they never used the word “roachiest” but they should have. Chicago, surprisingly, had the most pest control treatments for four kinds of pests, ants, rodents, spiders and bed bugs. Atlanta’s most troublesome bug was mosquitoes. Los Angeles, No. 2, was actually the “roachiest.”
  • North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack on the United States, which sounds scarier that it probably is. Why are they upset? Maybe because the hacker group Anonymous hacked the country’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts? The hackers are said to have posted a pic of Kim Jong Un with a pig nose and a drawing of Mickey Mouse (his fave!) on his chest. The text read “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”
  • Georgia is ranked 10th in gun …

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News to You, maybe

The banana and clove flavors of Munich's famed hefeweizens have not assuaged the misery of Justin Bieber's stranded monkey. (AP)

The banana and clove flavors of Munich's famed hefeweizens have not assuaged the misery of Justin Bieber's stranded monkey. (AP)

Part of my job is keeping up with the news. In olden days, news editors read other printed publications, checked the news wire and listened to reporters (and neighbors) to stay on top of what was going on.

Things have changed.

Now we also get to follow Twitter, read dozens of online news sites, blogs, feeds and otherwise click things repeatedly. I even get news tips from my friends’ Facebook posts.

It can get messy, but the end result is “more news.”

Today I’m going to summarize a few of the things I find interesting in my daily search. Hopefully some of what I mention will be interesting to you as well. To liven it up, I will throw a little mirth into the mix. Don’t take it too seriously; it’s all in fun.

If you have run across something interesting online, please share it here.

April 3, 2013:

  • The Associated Press Style Book (not sure if that is …

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