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calendar   Monday - January 03, 2005

I Agree With The Town On This

A woman wants to open a home business in her neighborhood.  The city council says, ‘NO!”

She is fighting City Hall attempting to buttress her argument for the license by saying massage houses or dermatology businesses are currently allowed in residential areas.

Why am I in support of City Hall?  Becasue if I lived in that neighborhood I would not want to see signs saying, “get you colon flushed here!” or something to that effect.  Plus it would be a bit unsettling watching the folks parading in and out of her home after having gotten the hydro roto-rooter performed on them.  Visions of:

“Hey, there’s the mayor!”

“Look at that, the School Superintendent has been here every day for the past month!”

“Grandma?!?!?!”

Call me weird.  Call me wacky.  But I draw the line at that one.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 01/03/2005 at 12:28 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 29, 2004

Another Mis-Reported News Story

OK, these forons in the news media have finally encroached into my turf. For days now, I’ve heard how there is no warning system around the US to give us advance notice of undersea earthquakes or approaching tsunamis. Some newscasters have grudgingly admitted that there is a small system in the Pacific to warn of tsunamis on the West Coast.

All Bunk!

There is a complex system of thousands of data buoys all around the US, in the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Gulf Of Mexico and it is linked in with data buoys off the coast of Europe operated by our friends, the Brits. The system is operated and monitored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the National Data Buoy Center at the NASA Stennis Space Center in southen Mississippi. That’s where NASA builds and tests the engines for the Space Shuttle too.

How does the system work? These buoys are either floating or anchored in position. On board are countless measuring devices which monitor all manner of meteorlogical information, including wave height (hint, hint). These buoys communicate through a satellite uplink directly bouncing this information off of several NOAA-operated satellites down to a huge satellite farm at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The signal data is cleansed and sent down a wide pipe to the NDBC Center, where it is stored in real-time databases for instant analysis by quality specialists. The database is HUGE and is constantly updated by the stream of real-time data. What is done with this data? It is published on the NDBC web site and is also available by phone link to a voice report of conditions anywhere along our coast. The US Navy, the Coast Guard and nearly all commercial fishermen know of this system and take advantage of it daily.

How do I know all this? For two and a half years I was database administrator for this system. It was my responsibility to keep the data flowing in and out to the analysts and to the web sites and dial-up lines. On several occasions, I had to “camp out” in my office there during hurricane alerts to make sure the data kept flowing (where the hell do you think the Weather Channel gets its information from?). FYI, the NASA Stennis Space Center is just down the road from Keesler AFB where the hurricane hunters fly out of.

So there you have it. Go visit the NDBC web site. There is a lot of good information there about coastal conditions all around the US. Tell ‘em Allan sent ya!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/29/2004 at 10:36 PM   
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