17 July 2009, jd2020 @ 10:22 pm

Its been high time that weapons are allowed to fend off pirates on the high seas. How about a laser mounted on a ship so as to blast would-be punks out of the water?

Laser for oceanic pirates

Northrop Grumman came away with the $98-million contract for the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) in early July. Next up: installing a prototype of the laser on a ship and testing it on a remote-controlled small boat within the next 18 months.

The same laser can first identify potentially threatening watercraft, and then use illumination to warn the intruder away from Navy warships. As a last resort, the laser can dial up to high-power mode and strike either the craft’s motor or hull. Bring it on, I think its a much better answer than forever litigation and longterm care.
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25 May 2009, jd2020 @ 10:17 pm

turn it in for reuseRecycle! check out Earth911.com
Recycling info for many different items. Household, auto, electronic…

  • In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each but only recycled an average of 23 percent.
  • That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills.
  • Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon, and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, the lid and the label.
  • Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste.
  • Plastic bottles can take up to 1000 years before they begin to decompose once buried.
  • If everyone in NYC gave up water bottles for one week, they would save 24 million bottles from being landfilled. One month on the same plan would save 112 million bottles, and one year would save 1.328 billion bottles from going into the landfill.

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1 April 2009, jd2020 @ 4:05 pm

In the year 1, the world population is estmated at 200,000.

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old world

Nina Fedoroff has been the science and technology advisor to the US secretary of state since 2007, initially working with Condoleezza Rice. Under the new Obama administration, she now advises Hillary Clinton.

“We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can’t support many more people,” Dr Fedoroff said, stressing the need for humans to become much better at managing “wild lands”, and in particular water supplies.

Current world population – 6.8 billion

Net growth per day – 218,030

Mortality rate per day – 150,000 (approximation based on CIA – World Factbook )

Forecast made for 2040 – 9 billion


China – 1.33 billion
India – 1.16 billion
USA – 306 million
Indonesia – 230 million
Brazil – 191 million

U.S. Population Growth

United States population fact figures

In 1915, immigrant citizens came mostly from Germany; in 1967 from Italy; and in 2006 mostly from Mexico

The average US family had 4.5 people in 1915, 3.3 in 1967 and 2.6 in 2006

Some 45.9% of Americans were property owners in 1915. That grew to 63.6% in 1967 and reached 68.9% in 2006

There were 4.5 million people aged 65 and older in 1915, or 4.5%; 19.1 million in 1967 (9.5%) and 36.8 million in 2006 (12.4%)

Life expectancy was 54.5 years in 1915, 70.5 years in 1967 and 77.8 years in 2006

About 23% of women were in the work force in 1915, compared to 41% in 1967 and 58% in 2006

There were 2.5 million cars in 1915, 98.9 million in 1967 and 237.2 million in 2006

2007 – U.S. Cities Population

New York, N.Y.  –  8,274,527

Los Angeles, CA.  –  3,834,340

Chicago, Ill.   –  2,836,658

Houston, Tx.  –  2,208,180

Philadelphia, Pa.  –  1,449,634

Phoenix, Az.  –  1,552,259

San Antonio, Tx.  –  1,328,984

San Diego, CA.  –  1,266,731

Dallas, Tx.   –  1,240,499

San Jose, Ca.   –  939,899


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20 August 2008, jd2020 @ 1:21 am

Roman Emperor Theodosius I coin

The Olympic Games were founded by Heracles (the Roman Hercules), a son of Zeus. The first Olympic Games for which there are written records were held in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC (though it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years already). The Games grew and continued to be played every four years (an Olympiad) for nearly 1200 years until The Romans, who conquered Greece, viewed the Olympics as a pagan festival. Dude!!!

So, in AD 393, Roman Emperor Theodosius I banned the Ancient Olympics in part to institute Christianity as a state religion. The Olympics was no more … until it was revived 1,500 years later in 1896. More interesting facts about The Ancient Olympic Games

4 July 2008, jd2020 @ 3:57 pm

United States Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… read more

If you were a member of the Second Continental Congress in 1776, you were a rebel and considered a traitor by the King of England. You knew that a reward had been posted for the capture of certain prominent rebel leaders and signing your name to the Declaration meant that you pledged your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to the cause of freedom. more facts

last sentence of the declaration:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Would you have signed after acknowledging that last sentence? Happy Forf of July!

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was about 2.5 million. Check out this population clock from the U.S. Census Bureau for current figures.

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