Wednesday, August 24, 2011

News Roundup

  • From the "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" Department - Fire officials in California are predicting that a tank full of liquid propane that has been on fire will soon explode after seeing signs of melting and cracking.  They worry that when that particular train car blows up, it will take the cars and other gas storage equipment around it along for the ride.  Thousands of homes have been evacuated.  Reminds me that I need to double-check our bug out bags.  Disasters don't just come from Mother Nature. 
  • From the "Right to a Cavity Search" Department - The government has issued a new set of rights that airlines will have to respect when dealing with their passengers.  They include increased allowances for people who get bumped, more transparency about fees on websites, and restrictions on keeping passengers sitting on the tarmac during delays.  No word yet on dignity, personal space, or that pesky 4th Amendment. 
  • From the "That's a Good Thing" Department - David Berkowitz, also known as the "Son of Sam" killer, has decided to not seek parole after 34 years in prison.  He believes that it is unnecessary since forgiveness of his crimes by Jesus Christ has already freed him no matter where he is.  While as a Christian I  believe that divine forgiveness is available to anyone, I don't think parole is in the cards for Mr. Berkowitz, so this is a pretty safe thing for him to say.  Seriously, Mr. Berkowitz, Jesus may love you, but everyone else hopes you die in a fire.
  • From the "Stop Breathing So Deeply" Department - The Russian Progress spacecraft that was ferrying supplies to the International Space Station crashed in Siberia after failing to reach orbit.  I hope that the ISS was built and provisioned by preppers, because it's a long way to Kroger from low earth orbit.  And you thought having a couple of weeks worth of food and water in your basement was a pain in the neck. 


Old NFO said...

Re the last one, they are going to be on short rats for a while...

Lokidude said...

With regards to Son of Sam, forgiveness is available to everyone, this is true. But penance/repentance for his heinous acts is gonna be a bitch.

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