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July 31, 2008

Power Transmission Lines From Wyoming

map of transmission line routes
TransWest Express Project is a 500 kV power transmission line project to bring wind (and other) power from Wyoming to Las Vegas and Phoenix, from which it could be sent along to Los Angeles
. This site says the project will cost $3 billion.

| permalink | July 31, 2008 at 09:56 PM | Comments (0)

"This is the nirvana of what we've been talking about for years"

There is no shortage of optimism in this article about what is being called "a major discovery with enormous implications for the future prosperity of humankind." I would blow it off as nonsense, but it's coming from People With Names Before Their Names at MIT.

What it is is a technology that overcomes "a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine."

Yes, large scale, cheap, safe storage of power. By day solar power (or, really, any source of electricity) is used to split water (neutral pH water at room temperature) into hydrogen and oxygen which go into a fuel cell, which generates power 24-hours a day.

[Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT Daniel] Nocera hopes that within 10 years, homeowners will be able to power their homes in daylight through photovoltaic cells, while using excess solar energy to produce hydrogen and oxygen to power their own household fuel cell. Electricity-by-wire from a central source could be a thing of the past. [emphasis added]

Filed under Technology | permalink | July 31, 2008 at 06:38 PM | Comments (1)

Need Phone Service?

Daniel Chelland
Young (age 18) Daniel Chellan, pictured above, was subcontracting as a Verizon door-to-door salesman when he was spotted masturbating in public (in Delaware) while watching a woman work in her garden
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| permalink | July 31, 2008 at 04:27 PM | Comments (1)

LAPD Chief Has An Opinion To Share

Speaking on the subject of a proposed crackdown on paparazzi in Los Angeles, Chief William J. Bratton said, "So as far as all this grandstanding and foolishness, waste of city time on this issue -- and the fact that I felt aggravated enough about it to interrupt my workout to come over and set the record straight, LAPD has no intention of participating in this farce"

Elucidating, he went on, "If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody, thank God; and, evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue."

Somebody's looking ahead to a career in politics.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | July 31, 2008 at 04:11 PM | Comments (0)

Judge's Ruling Affects DHS Peaker Plant

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday that the necessary environmental and health analyses had not been completed, throwing a roadblock into the way of constructing 11 gas-fired power plants in the L.A. area, plus the one proposed for Desert Hot Springs and another in Victorville.

This could put yet more pressure on electric providers to build more transmission lines from power plants in clean air areas into the city.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | July 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

Massachusetts Governor Signs Repeal of 1913 Law

Governor Patrick of Massachusetts signed the repeal of the 1913 anti-miscegenation law that prevented non-resident gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts.

The repeal took effect immediately, making Massachusetts the second state after California to allow same-sex couples to marry, regardless of residence. It opened the borders for potentially thousands of nonresident same-sex couples. That includes an estimated 49,000 couples from New York, where Governor David Paterson has instructed state agencies to recognize and grant benefits to gay couples who marry elsewhere, even though the Empire State does not authorize same-sex marriages.

The law specifically barred out-of-state residents from marrying here if the marriage would be considered void in their home state. The origins of the law could be traced to the national backlash over the interracial marriage of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. At the time, 30 of 48 states banned interracial marriage, and many other states, including Massachusetts, enacted provisions that would keep interracial couples from crossing borders to marry in their jurisdiction.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | July 31, 2008 at 10:55 AM | Comments (0)

DHS Police Deal With Troublemaker From Indio

Some guy from Indio came to our otherwise peaceful little town to shoot a gun at a lady on Palm Drive last night.

CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT 
PRESS RELEASE  
 
INCIDENT: ATTEMPTED MURDER 664 / 187 PC 
DATE:    07-31-08 DAY: WEDNESDAY / TIME: 12:22 AM   
LOCATION: 12000 BLOCK OF PALM DRIVE 
 
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:  
On 07-31-08, Officers from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department received a call from a victim who was shot at.  The victim was contacted and stated the following: She was approached by a Black male adult near the "King's Liquor Store."  The subject shot at her one time using a handgun.  The victim was not hit by the gun-fire. The victim described the subject as Black male adult, between 25-30 years of age, medium height, and thin build.  The suspect was last seen leaving the area as a passenger in an older model, 4-door, (mid-size) vehicle, which was silver in color.  The vehicle is possibly a Ford Tempo. 

With the assistance of the Indio Police Department, the suspect (Iyontay Lestish Williams DOB 02-12-82) was able to be identified. The suspect was later located at his home in Indio.  The suspect was placed under arrest for 664 / 187 PC.  The victim positively identified the suspect as the person who shot at her. 

The Desert Hot Springs Police Department would like to especially thank the Indio Police Department for their assistance with the investigation and apprehension of the suspect.  
 
The Desert Hot Springs Police Department would like to remind our citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately by calling "911" or calling the business line (760) 329-2904.      

Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.  Anyone with any information regarding this crime should also contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department and ask to speak with Sergeant R. Ritchie. 
Dispatch Tel: (760) 329-2904

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | July 31, 2008 at 08:32 AM | Comments (1)

July 30, 2008

Quake Videos

Oh, we are gonna work this little quake like Boston's blizzard of '78. Or was it '77?

You all recall how the Loma Prieta quake struck during the World Series and we got dramatic footage from the ball park. Well, here's your Los Angeles footage of yesterday's 5.4.

First, the taping of Judge Judy gets interrupted. Maybe God was sending a message to that cute slimeball who used his girlfriend's ATM card.

Second, the quake strikes the set of Big Brother. Oh, the humanity!

Interestingly, while the shaking on the Judge Judy set was quite obvious, you don't see any movement on the Big Brother set...except in their mouths. All the participants start yapping and dashing about. One guy appears in nothing but a towel, and another pulls off his shirt. Really, you couldn't tell it was any different from any other part of a typical reality shows.

Filed under California | permalink | July 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM | Comments (2)

Gamble House In The Quake

USC School of Architecture students tell what it was like during yesterday's earthquake inside Pasadena's famous Gamble House which was built 2 years after the 1906 quake.

Gamble House (4639)

Filed under Architecture | permalink | July 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

Democracy vs. The Constitution

Orson Scott Card, science fiction author, makes the case for raw, untrammeled democracy and the abandonment of Constitutional protections in Mormon Times. He would prefer a country ruled by his interpretation of his holy scriptures.

I don't believe he's given adequate consideration to where his church (LDS) would be today if the U.S. were indeed a nation with no protection for minority rights.

Filed under Gay Issues,Religion | permalink | July 30, 2008 at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

Jollyfilter Test Video

Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, shows off his newly developed "Jollyfilter" in this 5m 32s YouTube video. Totally SFW, headphones help.

Filed under Film/Movies | permalink | July 30, 2008 at 07:37 AM | Comments (0)

Searching For Good Lawyers?

Daniel W. Drezner has been good enough to highlight the search string used by Monica Goodling on Nexis to help with personnel decisions at the Department of Justice. Here it is:

[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!

It can be found on page 26 of the official report of the investigation [PDF].

| permalink | July 30, 2008 at 07:17 AM | Comments (0)

Minneapolis Police Honored For Botched Raid

Last December eight Minneapolis police officers entered the wrong house, expecting to find a wanted gang member. Instead, they found a couple and their six children. Vang Khang, the homeowner, thought he was being robbed and fired through a bedroom door at the police.

Since then, the city has apologized to the family for the mistake. On Monday this week the eight police officers were awarded medals for valor by the police department. Justification for the awards was given by Police Chief Tim Dolan: "we've never not recognized an officer shot in the line of duty."

"Three officers received shrapnel damage to body armor and their ballistic helmets, Palmer said."

| permalink | July 30, 2008 at 06:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 29, 2008

Earthquake!

coins blurred by earthquake
Caveman 92223 just happened to be taking a 20-second expsure of these coins when the earthquake hit earlier today. Note the blur.

Filed under California,Photography | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 07:48 PM | Comments (0)

Quick Crime Resolution in DHS

PRESS RELEASE
    
INCIDENT: BURGLARY IN PROGRESS  
DATE: 07/29/2008    DAY: TUESDAY    TIME:  1429 HOURS
LOCATION:  13700 BLOCK OF RAMONA DRIVE, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
 
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
 
On 07/29/2008, at 2:29 PM, officers from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department responded to a Burglary in progress at the above listed location.
 
Upon arrival, officers checked the victim's residence and discovered that the front door had been kicked opened. They checked the interior of the house for suspects and no one was found. Officers contacted the witness, who told officers that he saw two male Hispanics at the location. The witness said he saw one of the suspects kick open the front door of the victim's house. Both suspects entered the residence and were seen walking out carrying electronic equipment.
 
The suspects placed the items from the house in a black Chevy vehicle with an out of state license plate and left the location south bound on Ramona Blvd then left on Ironwood Drive.
 
Officers began checking the area for suspects and vehicle. About 41 minutes later, (3:10 PM), officers saw a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle being driven by the suspects. It was south bound on Palm Drive from Hacienda Blvd. The vehicle was occupied by two male Hispanics that also matched the description of the suspects.
 
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the occupants. Officers contacted the witness, who positively identified the suspects as the same suspects he saw kicking open the door of the residence and taking the victim's property. He also identified the vehicle they were in as the same vehicle.
 
All of the victim's property was recovered except for his computer.  
 
The suspects, who were identified as juveniles were arrested for residential burglary. They were being processed to be transported to juvenile hall.   
  
Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.  Anyone with any information regarding this crime should also contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department (760) 329-2904.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 07:30 PM | Comments (0)

Lookalikes

You can make your own at www.myheritage.com/celebrity-collage.

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The facial recognition at the site is a bit weird. It rejected some good, clear portraits saying it couldn't identify a face. I think it may need shoulders to help it out.

Filed under Photography | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 06:42 PM | Comments (2)

Bob Barr Interview

I'd forgotten that Bob Barr, Libertarian Party candidate for President, was recorded in this celebrity interview a few years ago when he was just a "former congressman."

Filed under Libertarianism | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 05:41 PM | Comments (0)

More Weird Real Estate Photography

interior real estate photo
What the hell is going on in the seventh photo of this house for sale?

Filed under Photography | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 01:18 PM | Comments (2)

I felt this one!

A 5.8 5.4 quake about 20 minutes ago, epicentered southwest of Chino, southeast of Diamond Bar, northwest of Yorba Linda. I was seated, talking on the phone. Didn't actually feel it, but the whole house creaked around me the way it does in a very high wind...only, of course, there was no wind blowing. Confirmation was that after the creaking ended, all the open interior doors were rocking on their hinges.

Filed under California | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

Prop 8 Excitement

The opponents of gay marriage in California have got themselves up in a tizzy over a decision by Attorney General Jerry Brown. He has changed the wording in the title and summary of Proposition 8, the question that would amend the California constitution to ban gay marriage. The petitions that were circulated to put Prop 8 on the ballot said, in part, that the proposition is "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

The attorney general has revised that to say that Prop 8 woulod "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry." This is the text that will appear in the voter handbook that gets mailed out and on the ballot itself in November.

Prop 8 supporters say they will sue.

Filed under California,Gay Issues | permalink | July 29, 2008 at 08:27 AM | Comments (1)