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Sunrise in the west

Posted on October 17th, 2010 at 14:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


Q: Where and when on Earth can the Sun rise in the west?

A: Near one of the poles in spring, since the earth’s motion round the sun is then more significant than its rotation.

Let T be the angle of tilt of the earth’s axis (about 0.4 radians), and let R be its radius (about 6.4e6 m). Suppose for the moment that the earth isn’t rotating on its axis, and consider a small region around one of the poles. As the earth moves round the sun then in spring the night-day terminator will move across this region with speed 2 pi R sin T / year, and if we stand in the appropriate part of the region we will call the direction in which the sun appears to be rising west.

Now suppose the earth is rotating on its axis. Then we will be carried from west to east, ie in the same direction as the terminator. However, suppose we are so close to the pole that we are moving slower than the terminator – then the terminator will pass us in the same direction as before, and we will still see the sun rise (slowly) in the west. If our latitude is pi/2 – L then our speed due to the rotation is 2 pi R sin L / day. Thus – assuming that L is small relative to T so that the terminator’s speed is constant throughout the region – we must have

2 pi R sin L / day < 2 pi R sin T / year, ie sin L < sin T day/year.

Our distance from the pole is RL. With the above values of T and R we can therefore be up to 6.9 km from the pole.

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Barbara Billingsley Dies

Posted on October 17th, 2010 at 14:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Jive man don’t got no brains anyhow…

Newborn Baby With Pre-Existing Condition?

Posted on October 17th, 2010 at 11:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


New mother Kelly Barnes is heartbroken and angry.

She’s heartbroken because she has endured what no mother should have to endure. While pregnant with twins, she lost one of them at 30 weeks. The other baby, Kinsleigh, was born with serious heart problems.

But Barnes is angry because her insurance company, Aetna, held up paying thousands of dollars in medical charges. The reason? The insurance company said the newborn might have been suffering from a pre-existing condition.

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  1. 1. Aetna believes in reincarnation? Who knew.

    2. Didn’t Obamacare fix this pre-existing condition B.S.?

  2. 1. Like all corporations, Aetna believes in the almighty dollar, and if they see an opportunity not to have an expense, they’ll take it.
    2. Not until next year.

‘Officer Bubbles’ sues YouTube and users over cartoons

Posted on October 17th, 2010 at 11:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


When he first saw a video of a Toronto constable threatening to arrest a G20 protester for blowing bubbles, one YouTube user was so livid, he couldn’t stop writing comments.

In fact, the man, who uses the alias “theforcebewithme,” can’t even remember writing the specific comment that now has him defending a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit launched by Toronto’s now notorious “Officer Bubbles.”

Const. Adam Josephs seeks to compel the Google-owned YouTube to reveal the identity of the person who created and posted the videos as well as any information it has on the 24 other users who made allegedly defamatory remarks.


In the clip, the 52 Division officer sternly tells the woman protesting on Queen St. W: “If the bubble touches me, you’re going to be arrested for assault.”

One of the YouTube users being sued said that by launching the suit, Josephs is only reinforcing the image that he over-reacted to the bubble blowing.

“I think they’re trying to control the situation and, in reality, it’s just making it worse for the guy,” said the man, who also refused to give his real name.

Officer Adam Josephs, AKA Officer Bubbles: This frivolous suit only serves to worsen the image you have already made for yourself as a pathetic, power-addled, hobnailed-jackboot of the State. Prove yourself to be a better man than the video made yourself out to be, or accept that you’re every bit as pathetic as it suggests. The choice is up to you.

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  1. That bubble could put out an eye. Self defense if the cops decide to shoot back. This is conservative Amerika. Not the old liberal Republic.

  2. “conservative Amerika”??

    I always thought Canada was one of the Americas more liberal countries.

  3. The War On Bubbles. It can’t be stopped. For Freedom and Democracy we must destroy all bubbles..

  4. This man needs help. He probably played the Bubble Game too often, got stuck in his mental growth at the age of about 4, and now thinks that when bubbles touch him it’s going to be ‘game over’ for him. He really needs help – and a different job. I know one that’ll be therapeutic: cleaning a ball crawl.

Blackwater’s Black Ops

Posted on October 17th, 2010 at 8:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation. Blackwater’s work for corporations and government agencies was contracted using two companies owned by Blackwater’s owner and founder, Erik Prince: Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). Prince is listed as the chairman of both companies in internal company documents, which show how the web of companies functions as a highly coordinated operation. Officials from Total Intelligence, TRC and Blackwater (which now calls itself Xe Services) did not respond to numerous requests for comment for this article.

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