Orange glorp washes ashore at remote Alaskan village – UPDATED

The sudden appearance of orange goo at an Inuit village in northwest Alaska has left experts baffled.

The substance first washed up on the shores of Kivalina, about 625 miles northwest of Anchorage, on Wednesday. It covered most of the harbour, attracting crowds of bemused residents.

On Thursday residents found the orange matter floating on top of the rain buckets they use to collect drinking water.

By Friday, the orange substance in the harbour had dissipated or washed out to sea, and what was left on ground had dried to a powdery substance.

Samples of the orange matter were collected in canning jars and sent to a lab in Anchorage for analysis. Until results are known, Kivalina’s 374 residents will likely continue to wonder just what exactly happened in their village…

Villagers have never seen anything like this before, and elders have never heard any stories passed down from earlier generations about an orange-coloured substance coming into town…

The Coast Guard already has ruled out that the orange material, which some people described as having a semi-solid feel to it, was man-made or a petroleum product.

That leaves algae as the best guess, said village administrator Janet Mitchell.

The concern is if it’s somehow harmful. What will it do to fish, which villagers will soon start catching to stock up for winter, or the caribou currently being hunted, or the berries..?

The village is also about 40 miles from the Red Dog zinc mine, but officials there assured the village the substance didn’t come from them.

Anyone looking for a reincarnation of Rod Serling?

UPDATE: Turns out to be a fungus among us. Perfectly natural.

Tim’s prototype hypertext editor for the NeXT – Web’s 1st website

Twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee announces his modest project. The World Wide Web isn’t “dead media” yet, but it sure obliterated a lot of the once-thriving Internet features that preceded it.

3. Tim Berners-Lee
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In article kan…@ardor.enet.dec.com (Nari
Kannan) writes:

> Is anyone reading this newsgroup aware of research or development efforts
in
> the
> following areas:
> 1. Hypertext links enabling retrieval from multiple heterogeneous sources
of
> information?

The WorldWideWeb (WWW) project aims to allow links to be made to any
information anywhere. The address format includes an access method
(=namespace), and for most name spaces a hostname and some sort of path.
We have a prototype hypertext editor for the NeXT, and a browser for line mode
terminals which runs on almost anything. These can access files either locally,
NFS mounted, or via anonymous FTP.

They can also go out using a simple protocol
(HTTP) to a server which interprets some other data and returns equivalent
hypertext files. For example, we have a server running on our mainframe
(http://cernvm.cern.ch/FIND in WWW syntax) which makes all the CERN computer
center documentation available. The HTTP protocol allows for a keyword search
on an index, which generates a list of matching documents as annother virtual
hypertext document.

If you’re interested in using the code, mail me. It’s very prototype, but
available by anonymous FTP from info.cern.ch. It’s copyright CERN but free
distribution and use is not normally a problem.

It continues for a spell. Click the link to read the complete transcript. It isn’t cluttered up with too many boring parenthetical comments from 2011.

I recall discussions of this “publication” on the Internet. I had been online – in New England, then the Southwest when this hit the ether – for eight-and-a-half years. I wondered if it would catch on. 🙂

The old “blame the horse” ploy

Horse and trap driver John Mulvenna told police his horse Fred went through a red light because he was colour blind. But John Mulvenna’s explanation did not fool officers and he ended up in court for being drunk in charge of a horse and carriage…

Mulvenna, who was represented at Barnsley Magistrates Court by solicitor John Dobbin, was arrested in the town centre on his way home.

The horse and trap had earlier been seen going the wrong way up a one-way street.

Prosecutor Jayne Ormrod said Mulvenna had been drinking and the horse was rearing up. The driver used a whip to bring the animal under control and Fred seemed distressed.

Mrs Ormrod said: “The defendant was struggling to control the horse and trap. he was shouting and had slurred speech. “His eyes were red and watery and he smelt of drink. He was also staggering around.

“When asked why the horse and carriage had gone through the traffic lights he said the horse was colour blind.”

The incident lasted ten or 15 minutes. Mulvenna told officers he was “merry” but not drunk.

I worry more about the horse than the drunk. They should take away his whip.

Americans think the debt ceiling deal sucks!

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken hours after the Senate passed and President Obama signed the deal, 46% disapprove of the agreement; 39% approve. Only one in five see it as a step forward in addressing the federal debt…

“Most people assume that whatever came out of this horrible process was pretty crappy,” says Joseph White, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland who studies budget policy…

In the survey, 41% say the deal will make the economy worse; 17% say it will make it better. A third predict it won’t have much effect.

Who bears the most responsibility for this crap deal?

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll…A record 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job — the most since The Times first began asking the question in 1977…

More than four out of five people surveyed said that the recent debt-ceiling debate was more about gaining political advantage than about doing what is best for the country. Nearly three-quarters said that the debate had harmed the image of the United States in the world.

Republicans in Congress shoulder more of the blame for the difficulties in reaching a debt-ceiling agreement than President Obama and the Democrats, the poll found…All told, 72 percent disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the negotiations, while 66 percent disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress handled negotiations.

The public was more evenly divided about how Mr. Obama handled the debt ceiling negotiations: 47 percent disapproved and 46 percent approved…and by a ratio of more than two to one, Americans said that creating jobs should be a higher priority than spending cuts.

Sixty-three percent of those polled said that they supported raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year, as Mr. Obama has sought to do — including majorities of Democrats (80 percent), independents (61 percent) and Republicans (52 percent).

A oouple of informative polls. Especially if you feel surrounded by idiots from the Kool Aid Party who rant day-and-night about constitutional imperatives. Crap they all decide inside their dementia.

The last thing they’re about to do is look around and listen to what the rest of the country thinks. They’ve already decided what you are required to think and believe.

WWJN? – Who Would Jesus Nuke?

To the men and women burdened with the ultimate responsibility of launching America’s nuclear missiles it was known as the “Jesus loves nukes” lesson.

For 20 years the course on “Christian Just War Theory” was taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to those who would turn the key should World War III break out.

The training, which used passages from the Bible and religious imagery to demonstrate the moral justification for atomic warfare, has now been suspended after the launch officers, themselves mostly Christians, complained…

…Officers were also told that in Judges, God is “motivating judges to fight and deliver Israel from foreign oppressors,” and that there was “no pacifistic sentiment in mainstream Jewish history…”

The course was stopped after 31 nuclear missile launch officers complained to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that campaigns for the separation of church and state.

Its founder Mikey Weinstein said the officers, who were Protestants and Roman Catholics, were being told that “under fundamentalist Christian doctrine, war is a good thing”.

He said the officers found that “disgusting.” Mr Weinstein said: “The United States Air Force was promoting a particular brand of right wing fundamentalist Christianity.

“The main essence was that war is a natural part of the human experience and it’s something that is favoured by this particular perspective of the New Testament.”

Fundamentalist Christians time and again warp the foundations of their religion to support the most reactionary politics, invoking war and murder.

Please, if you have religious convictions that profess to be Christian understand why – after a half century of fighting for civil rights and justice, supporting peoples and nations around the world defending themselves from the armed might of “Godly” armies – I have a negative view of the results of Christian teaching.

The disconnect is deadly for millions of innocent people from Auschwitz to My Lai, Kandahar to Baghdad.

New Orleans killer cops convicted

Five current or former police officers have been found guilty on a combined 25 counts of civil rights violations tied to fatal shootings on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Jurors reached a verdict in the closely watched trial after three days of deliberations.

The shootings occurred on Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, six days after much of New Orleans went underwater after the powerful hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast.

Prosecutors contend the officers opened fire on an unarmed family, killing 17-year-old James Brissette and wounding four others. Minutes later, one of the officers shot and killed Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man described by Justice officials as having severe mental disabilities.

Madison was trying to flee the scene when he was shot, according to a Justice Department statement. One of the officers allegedly “stomped and kicked” Madison before he died, the statement noted.

Officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso were convicted in the shootings along with a fifth defendant, former detective Arthur Kaufman.

The five men are scheduled to be sentenced on December 14. Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso are facing potential multiple life sentences, as well as additional penalties for charges tied to a conspiracy to cover up what happened on the bridge. Kaufman faces a maximum penalty of 120 years in prison.

Today’s verdict by these jurors sends a powerful, a powerful, unmistakable message to public servants, to law enforcement officers and to the citizens we serve and indeed to the world,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said. “That message is that public officials and especially law enforcement officers will be held accountable for their acts, and that any abuse of power, especially that power that violates the rights and the civil liberties of our citizens, will have serious consequences.”

“The citizens of this country will not, should not, and we intend that they will never have to fear the individuals who are called upon to protect them,” Letten declared.

Overdue.

RTFA if you need your memory jogged. Local officials could have taken care of this – and didn’t. The police department could have come down on the side of justice and didn’t. Federal efforts on behalf of abused civil rights are still needed for justice in many of these United States.