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A cautionary tale: A neighbor nearly killed his dog today in a hot truck

Beautiful golden lab, she jumped in the back cab of the truck when my neighbor was getting ready to take the garbage to the collection point at the end of our road and he didn't really register she was in there, he hadn't called her to get in the truck but like a lot of dogs who like to ride she will jump in an open vehicle often and he had left the door open for a moment or two with the engine running while he collected some other refuse from the yard.

When he got back from taking the garbage he had no idea she was in the back seat and pulled the truck up under the trees to park, got out and closed the door, dog never made a sound sitting in the back seat. Neighbor goes off to work with car pool shortly after parking the truck.

About three hours later his wife is calling for the dog loudly and rather upset, I heard, came out and asked what was going on and she told me the dog never goes missing and is always there when she calls. She actually had rested her head on the truck at one point and not realized the dog was in the back seat, it hadn't yet gotten really hot in the car because it was still in the shade of the trees.

Anyway, wife eventually decides to drive around the neighborhood calling the dog and chooses the truck she doesn't normally drive since it's higher and she could maybe see a bit better while searching, that's when she found dog, still OK..

Two minor chances saved the really beloved pet's life today, guy pulls the truck further under the trees than he often does and his wife decided to drive the truck rather than her car.

I realized that I've actually had this happen to me too when I came to think of it but it happened at night, my dog jumped in the car when I had only opened the door to get something out of the door pocket and I didn't notice and just closed the door. Then spent two hours looking in panic only to find her when I went to drive around the neighborhood.

If it's happened to my neighbor and it's happened to me it can and will happen to others. If you have pets that like to jump in the car please be careful if there's any chance they might do so without you noticing.











I hear and I forget, I see and I remember ...

I do and I understand. -Confucius

A friend of mine I argue with on a fairly regular basis is a lurker, mostly other places that talk finance and a side of politics but he lurks a bit on DU in LBN, GD and maybe Science, I don't think he's ever actually posted online on a forum of any sort.

He thinks he's got it all figured out, that he knows the best arguments.

But he never posts, never has his point of view torn to twitching shreds by a pack of merciless jackals who eat it while it's still screaming.

Bless his heart.






Michele B: "He touched the void inside her, pollinating her pink flower like a master bee"

This is awesome on so many levels, starting in the gutter and rapidly descending.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXET2Y6?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00CXET2Y6&linkCode=xm2&tag=slatmaga-20

'Fires of Siberia' is an old-fashioned bodice ripper romance inspired by the life of Tea Party leader and Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Presidential candidate Danielle Powers, full of firebrand pluck and red state sex appeal, has the country in a tizzy. But on an international tour to beef up her foreign policy experience, disaster ensues—her plane explodes over Siberia. Miraculously, Danielle survives, along with one other passenger—a mysterious stranger named Steadman Bass. Trapped in a wilderness of snow and ice, the two begin a journey that pushes Danielle to the brink. There she must confront her deepest self and choose between civilization and a wild, primitive ecstasy. All the while, Steadman harbors a terrible secret that threatens to destroy them both.


Seven hundred and ninety four people were killed by tornadoes in the US in 1925

That is the most of any year on record.

Twelve were killed in 1910, that's the fewest.

And fifteen in 1986.



http://www.norman.noaa.gov/2009/03/us-annual-tornado-death-tolls-1875-present/

If Julian Assange volunteers for the one way Mars colony trip...

Should he be allowed to ride a bicycle when he gets there?

Or would that be too dangerous?



Ground control to Major Tom

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New electric motor technology promises optimum efficiency and power over wide speed range

http://axiflux.com/

The Axiflux® AMFA (pictured) has been in development since 2008 from Melbourne, Australia. The patent pending technology combines a number of significant and disruptive improvements to electrical motor/generator (machine) technology with a wide-ranging suite of applications. Prototype motors are currently being trialled in applications where this technology improvement is most needed.


The development of the AMFA began with the recognition that the electrical machine is the cornerstone of modern life and the facilitator of nearly everything in 21st century society. From generating electrical energy at our power stations to starting our cars in the morning, the humble electric motor/generator has changed relatively little over the past 100 years. The electrical machine generates over 90% of the world’s electricity and uses over 45% of it.

Traditional electric motors are efficient at particular speeds
and power requirements. As the speed or power is varied, the efficiency of the electric motor drops. To ensure that the device keeps operating at high efficiency, most are either run at particular speeds even when less will suffice (wasting energy), or are coupled to heavy and expensive gear boxes to help run the device at its peak efficiency. 90% of installed industrial motors run continuously at full speed and use mechanical systems to regulate (retard) output.

The key difference between the Axiflux® machine and its traditional counterpart is that the AMFA’s multiple coils can be controlled independently and intelligently by computer software that is able to use real-time optimization, artificial intelligence and neural network processing in order to respond to operating conditions. Depending on the operational requirements, a motor may be optimized for efficiency or power, at any time and for any speed. This compares to the traditional electric motor where the efficiency optimization was performed by engineers for a particular speed and built into the control system at the time of manufacture.


Considerably more information at the link.


Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression

A remarkably perceptive piece about depression, well worth reading the whole thing.

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html

Some people have a legitimate reason to feel depressed, but not me. I just woke up one day feeling sad and helpless for absolutely no reason.



It's disappointing to feel sad for no reason. Sadness can be almost pleasantly indulgent when you have a way to justify it - you can listen to sad music and imagine yourself as the protagonist in a dramatic movie. You can gaze out the window while you're crying and think "This is so sad. I can't even believe how sad this whole situation is. I bet even a reenactment of my sadness could bring an entire theater audience to tears."

But my sadness didn't have a purpose. Listening to sad music and imagining that my life was a movie just made me feel kind of weird because I couldn't really get behind the idea of a movie where the character is sad for no reason.



Essentially, I was being robbed of my right to feel self pity, which is the only redeeming part of sadness.

Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression

A remarkably perceptive piece about depression, well worth reading the whole thing.

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html

Some people have a legitimate reason to feel depressed, but not me. I just woke up one day feeling sad and helpless for absolutely no reason.



It's disappointing to feel sad for no reason. Sadness can be almost pleasantly indulgent when you have a way to justify it - you can listen to sad music and imagine yourself as the protagonist in a dramatic movie. You can gaze out the window while you're crying and think "This is so sad. I can't even believe how sad this whole situation is. I bet even a reenactment of my sadness could bring an entire theater audience to tears."

But my sadness didn't have a purpose. Listening to sad music and imagining that my life was a movie just made me feel kind of weird because I couldn't really get behind the idea of a movie where the character is sad for no reason.



Essentially, I was being robbed of my right to feel self pity, which is the only redeeming part of sadness.

"If Leni Riefenstahl were alive today, she’d spit on the floor as she walked out of these movies"



http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/05/07/who-is-john-galts-mother-and-is-this-her-ugly-bracelet/





The fools who paid for the Atlas Shrugged movie are making jewelry, just in time for Mothers’ Day. (via). This grotesque artifact is made of anodized aluminum, the stuff dreams are made of, if you dream on the cheap, though it’s called “Rearden Metal”, which I thought was only reserved for cock rings in the Randian world.

I’ve just seen clips of the Shrugfest films, but they all look like they were produced by Stalin’s favorite pornographer. This bracelet in particular looks like something Trotsky would have sent home to his babushka to memorialize the sacrifice of the noble workers in the Siberian bauxite mines.

I’d call the Hollywood Galtians’ aesthetic “fascist”, but that would be an insult to Hitler and Mussolini, who actually had a bit of flair and style. If Leni Riefenstahl were alive today, she’d spit on the floor as she walked out of these movies.
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