We all do it – and that includes the cops who spend their days giving us tickets for doing it. Of course, they enjoy legal impunity to speed as much as they like, as often as they like. “Speed” only “kills,” it seems, when one is not wearing a special costume.
At any rate, since we all drive faster than the posted speed limit, at least occasionally – even Clovers – it seems right and proper that we do what we can to avoid being dunned for doing it. And feel no moral guilt about practicing such avoidance. Our ancestors felt no moral guilt about doing their damnedest to ignore the Volstead Act – and avoid the clutches of the “Prohees” (Prohibition enforcers) and today almost everyone agrees it was the right thing to do. The idea of cuffing and stuffing someone for having a beer seems both clownish and evil at the same time. Someday, hopefully, issuing speeding tickets (while speeding all day yourself, in official costume) will be regarded with equal contempt.
Meanwhile, we must do what we can
via Rules For Successful Speeding – EPautos.
Volcanoes may have cooled the Earth by 0.05°C to 0.12°C since 2000
Scientists had overlooked the role of aerosols from small eruptions
The aerosols accumulate between the stratosphere and troposphere
This layer of the atmosphere is difficult to study as clouds obscure it
Eruptions through 1990s and 2000s have contributed to warming ‘pause’
Global temperatures plateaued since 1998 after rapid warming in 1990s
The findings mean models predicting climate change need to be revised
via Volcanoes ARE cooling Earth and have reduced temperatures and tropical rainfall | Daily Mail Online.
TAXPAYERS buying commercial software to prepare and electronically file their 2014 income tax returns should double-check that the version they are purchasing fits their needs.
TurboTax, the tax software from Intuit, drew ire from consumers when they learned that its “deluxe” desktop offering, available by download or on CD, had curtailed functions for some tax schedules that previously had been included. To get the program’s full question-and-answer help to complete the schedules, users must upgrade within the program to a version with an extra cost of $30 to $40.
via Users Say TurboTax Deluxe Is Less Deluxe Than It Used to Be – NYTimes.com.
The bodies haven’t been buried and the killers are on the loose, but that didn’t prevent anti-Islam politicians across Europe from seizing on yesterday’s massacre in Paris.
The rhetoric varied in intensity across the European Union’s 28 countries, each with its own religious and social phobias, many gripped by an economic recession that makes convenient scapegoats out of immigrants — especially those with veils, turbans and non-white skin.
“I wish my daughter will be free tomorrow to go around without a veil and without any fears,” Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League, said on Twitter. Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, spoke on LBC radio of a “Fifth Column” gnawing away at Britain and “a really rather gross policy of multi-culturalism.” Geert Wilders, head of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, said it is time to “de-Islamize our country.
via Europe’s Islam Debate Erupts as Paris Killers at Large – Businessweek.
Wait?! This applies to us too?!
WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.
The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?
via Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard – NYTimes.com.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We are well aware that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a Dallas Cowboys fan, so his opinion of Philadelphia fans is par for the course.
Christie has been getting crushed for publicly rooting for the Cowboys during the past few weeks. It all started when Christie was seen in Jerry Jones’ suite during the Cowboys’ Week 15 win over the Eagles.
On Tuesday, Michael Barbaro of the New York Times wrote about some things he overheard Christie saying during the Eagles-Cowboys rematch on December 14th.
“These Philadelphia fans, they are the worst in America,” Mr. Christie was heard saying.
via Chris Christie: ‘Philadelphia Fans Worst In America’ « CBS Philly.
To most Americans, Sunday is a fairly relaxing day. Not so for 31-year-old Chris Sweeney. He’s one of the millions who has dumped television and the cable set-top box for an Apple laptop and Netflix — and so lacks a reliable way to watch live sports. So come NFL Sunday, Sweeney scrambles.
He scours Reddit chat rooms for any mention of some bootlegged streaming service. Or he gets reacquainted with something called RojaDirecta, which promises sports that are “gratis y en vivo” — free and live. “Yeah, I’m pretty deep into trying to figure out what to do,” Sweeney, a Boston-based science writer, told The Washington Post. “I end up watching a lot of games in Spanish.”
via The ESPN streaming deal and how TV is becoming entertainment for old people – The Washington Post.