It’s Wednesday, yo! I’m sure that about three or four of you *wink* noticed that I did not post a positive round-up, yesterday (my Firefox browser updated itself, but didn’t update my add-ons which included an excellent html editor in which I transformed my posts into web worthy postings. Now, I have to do things the round-about way, which means my round-ups may be later on those days when my presence is required away from my computer…like, today, for instance).
Now for today’s Ten (Positive) Post Round-Up.
From Bring It On!:
- The Three Horsemen of Shame Finally Retired:
There are no tears in my eyes with the sudden announcement that the last of the three horseman for President Bush is leaving public service. He is following in the well respected footsteps of our first horsemen of shame, Tom Delay who never saw anything illegal and you or any court can not prove it. Then of course Trent Lott is also following in the footsteps of shame of former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, the second horsemen of shame who pretended that a congressiona l representati ve (Mark Foley) affection for boy pages was nothing to really worry about. Trent Lott was nothing more than a yes man for anything that would benefit the rich in this nation at the expense of the masses. That makes him the end of the Three Horsemen of Shame. Over at the New York Times they have this little diamond on Trent Lott’s retirement from the Senate…
(Dizzy sez: Good news, even if only for a few blissful moments…)
- The Gulabi Gang:
Politics Buzz A large gang of renegade women in India donning bright pink saris have banded together to fight back against the men who have abused them. This inspiring story of pink ladies rising up against their oppressors makes our 9th grade riot grrrl phase feel real silly.
(Dizzy sez: Who can resist a story about sisters doin’ it for themselves…)
- Drinking Sewage:
Science Buzz A “toilet to tap” treatment plant goes online in Orange County. A number of U.S. cities are thinking about getting more drinking water supplies by recycling sewage. It’s a very different take on sewage than those kids making jenkem.
(Dizzy sez: I am all for recycling, butt…)
From The Daily Mail:
- Meet the supermouse bred by genetic scientists that CAN’T get cancer:
Mice resistant to cancer have been created in a breakthrough that could lead to a human treatment free of side-effects.A protein produced by the creatures may hold the key to a future therapy.
It attacks tumour cells, but does not harm healthy tissue in the body.
Scientists hope the gene will one day provide a cancer treatment without painful side effects
Scientists hope it can one day be adapted for use in humans – saving them the pain, nausea and hair loss usually associated with cancer treatments.
From The Huffington Post:
- Google Planning To Invest In Renewable Power:
Google Inc. said it expects to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in efforts to make renewable electricity cheaper than power from coal-fired plants, aiming to hasten the deployment of clean energy and save money for itself and others.Co-founder Larry Page said the Internet company’s goal is to facilitate, through investments in projects and companies, the building of power-generating facilities that can produce about 1,000 megawatts of renewable electricity — as much as one or two conventional power plants — for three cents a kilowatt hour or less. That would be inexpensive enough to compete, without public subsidies, against coal plants.
- Cheney’s Doctors Detect Signs of Heart:
In a stunning development that has confounded medical experts around the world, doctors examining Vice President Dick Cheney said today that they have detected signs of a heart.The vice president was rushed to the hospital over the weekend after complaining of chest pains, but no one in Mr. Cheney’s inner circle suspected that a human heart was the cause.
“We had been operating under the assumption that he didn’t have one,” said chief of staff David Addington, who said that Mr. Cheney also has not had a soul since 1995, when it was purchased by the Halliburton Corporation.
(Dizzy sez: Who knew?)
From The Leaky Cauldron:
- A League of their Own: Quidditch and US Colleges
We have a fun bit of news for you, as the USA Today has a lengthy feature on the rise in popularity of Quidditch at colleges here in the States. Focusing on the team at Middlebury College, the paper notes the college saw an “Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup Fall Festival” complete with “banners, team processions worthy of Olympic opening ceremonies, halftime entertainment and 12 seven-person coed Middlebury teams vying for the chance to play the visiting team from Vassar College.” The outcome ? “Middlebury’s Mollywobbles defeated Vassar for the championship. A bit of a rout, really. Vassar never scored.”While many Harry Potter fans have long played the magical game at conventions, various release parties, even a few schools, the sport is becoming more accepted at more mainstream universities, as Quidditch is now being played at “Bucknell University, Tulane, Oberlin, Washington state’s Whitman College and Vermont’s Marlboro College, where the Golden Snitch is not a human but a toy helicopter. (It has to be caught before it hits the ground.)
(Dizzy sez: The Fundies must really love this!)
From The Mail:
- Honest Man Returns Mistaken $2M Check:
There are probably a million ways Jerry Mika could spend $2 million dollars. Trouble is, he couldn’t cash the check. Expecting a $15 refund from the Utah Department of Commerce, the Draper man opened his mail recently to find a $2,245,342 check.”I kept trying to find a way to make it legitimate so I could cash it,” he said. “I did think about all the things I could do with the money … who wouldn’t?”
Mika returned the check — a mistake that occurred when an employee entered a serial number, not an amount — to state finance offices Wednesday.
(Dizzy sez: I’ll bet the idea of maybe getting charged with a crime was a stronger inducement to returning the check, not to mention paying every last dime back once the state caught up with him. Then again, how many other folks got checks like this and decided to try their luck at cashing it? At least he played it smarter than the idiot who recently tried to cash a $1M bill!)
- Deutsche Grammophon Says ‘Nein’ to DRM:
Deutsche Grammophon, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, plans to launch a DRM-free music store at dgwebshop.com at 7pm eastern standard time.According to CrunchGear, the site will sell 24K classical albums in box sets in the MP3 format, encoded at the maximum standard bitrate, 320 Kbps. Meanwhile, prices will apparently give Americans the edge over Europeans, because tracks will cost 1.29 in both euros and dollars. Album downloads will apparently include album booklets, videos, and tour information.
(Dizzy sez: For Classical music lovers, such as myself…)
From Yahoo News-Canada:
- Poo power from dairy farm lights Ontario homes:
OTTAWA (CBC) – Energy produced from cow manure at an Ottawa Valley dairy farm has been turning heads and generators.The technology developed by farmer and engineer Paul Klaesi and his brother Fritz won a $50,000 innovation award from the Ontario government this year, and now tourists are flocking to their farm in Foresters Falls, about 100 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.
“Every week, one or two tours or groups show up,” Klaesi said as he showed CBC reporter Hallie Cotnam the 300 cows and the machines that together produce enough power for the entire dairy operation and 40 additional homes.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the Klaesi’s power project is the smallest of its kind in Canada and shows that anaerobic digester power technology is feasible on a typical farm.
(Dizzy sez: And when the neighbors complained about the crappy lighting, well, they would be right…)
Once, again, my apologies for the lateness of this positive post, but trying to go back to using old tech after growing so accustomed to using new tech is a drag (How did we get by so many years?!?!).
It’s the afternoon, but still cold enough for another hot cuppa. I think I’ll add some whipped cream. That oughta help my mood, considerably.
Please take care of yourself and what ever is left of your day, make it great!
(Originally Posted at Dizzy Dayz)