Daily Archives: July 11, 2002

It turns out that Larry Simon is a Norse God. Who…

It turns out that Larry Simon is a Norse God. Who knew?

Another ecological invasion story… Big Asian …

Another ecological invasion story…

Big Asian Carp Said to Threaten Great Lakes

While “Big Asian Carp” would be a good name for a band, I don’t think this is nearly as neat as the Dreaded Chinese Snakehead Walking Fish of Maryland.

Water shortage due to less rain: DJB – The Times o…

Water shortage due to less rain: DJB – The Times of India

Well, yeah.

NASA report calls for reorganization An advisor…

NASA report calls for reorganization

An advisory panel wants the agency to focus more on research and “cutting edge” science. In particular, they shouldn’t cut the research budget when the space station goes over budget. Again.

CNN.com – China Post offers email… sort of – Jul…

CNN.com – China Post offers email… sort of – July 11, 2002

The Chinese post office is going to hand-deliver email. This has to be a joke, right? They’re just trying to get back at us for that Onion thing. Has to be.

Snakehead Fish Were Dumped Into Pond, Officials Sa…

Snakehead Fish Were Dumped Into Pond, Officials Say (washingtonpost.com)

It turns out that some guy dumped the Dreaded Chinese Snakeheaded Walking Fish of Maryland into the pond in which they’ve been caught. (They “got too big for the aquarium”.) Of course, it turned out one was male and one female, and voila, ecological crisis. And the statute of limitations has expired (it was two years) so no punishment is forthcoming. It seems to me that this particular SoL is perfectly designed so that by the time we find out a foreign species has established itself nobody can be punished.

AP Wire | 07/11/2002 | Italy’s Male Royals May Ret…

AP Wire | 07/11/2002 | Italy’s Male Royals May Return

The Italian Parliament has lifted the ban on the House of Savoy and will let them return to the country. Great, now maybe they could get to work on overturning their blasphemy laws and otherwise generally getting with the 19th Century while the 21st is still in its infancy.

Nepotism in the White House! West Wing star Mar…

Nepotism in the White House!


West Wing star Martin Sheen is to earn more than £2 million for the next series of the White House drama… His deal with US network NBC also includes guaranteed days off every week during filming, an office suite on set and a role for his daughter Renee Estevez, the New York Post reported.

Renee’s been hanging around the show, but she never gets any lines to speak of. Guess that’s going to change.

New type of water is said to be better than regula…

New type of water is said to be better than regular water

Hey, pseudoscience in my hometown!


Penta water [is] produced in California by Bio-Hydration Research Lab Inc., and Energy Water [is] produced in Northport by a local chiropractor.

In its literature, Penta claims that its technology reduces water to its purest state by reducing the size of the H20 molecule clusters in water so they can move more rapidly through the body. According to Penta, the body can absorb the water faster and more completely than regular water.

I don’t understand why claims like this are legal. What is the FDA for?

UPDATE: JC sends me to this James Randi commentary that deals in part with the Penta water people. (Second item.) Randi is great, of course. These quacks are not, and I reiterate, why are they allowed to sell this stuff?

Another ecological invasion story…

Big Asian Carp Said to Threaten Great Lakes

While “Big Asian Carp” would be a good name for a band, I don’t think this is nearly as neat as the Dreaded Chinese Snakehead Walking Fish of Maryland.