Ladies and gentlemen, I have found what I believe to be one of the best acts of trolling the interwebs have ever seen.
Environmental activists have set their sights on Shell, and they are trolling hard. The website ArticReady.com has been set up as a fake Shell website complete with photos like the one you see above. They even set up at matching Twitter account called @ShellisPrepared. The site is incredibly detailed and looks very professional. If it wasn’t for all of the text and images lampooning Shell, it would pass as the real deal. They even have their own Let’s Go campaign. It reminds me of the fake Veridian Dynamics commercials that play during Better Off Ted.
I’m a big proponent of trolling as a form of protest, so hopefully we’ll see lots more of this in the future.
A team of scientists from NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory have published the results of an experiment designed to measure the impact of last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan. The report shows highly contaminated water making its way across the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast in as little as five years.
When ten years have gone by, the Pacific could have twice the radiation it did before the meltdown at Fukushima following the 2011 tsunami.
As humans we’ve never managed to create a perpetual motion machine. Nature, on the other hand, seems to be a bit better at that sort of thing, given that the ocean is essentially a perpetual motion machine. The waters of our planet are a beautiful, interconnected system that’s always moving. Please, no references to Southland Tales.
In a video created by NASA we can see the ocean’s movements as we follow its currents around the world. It’s worth noting that eventually the waters move along all coastlines, reminding us of yet another way that we’re all connected. You can see the video after the jump.
Once in a while you wake up to news that reminds you of just how small the world really is. I got a reminder like that this morning when I heard that Iodine 131 has been found in the kelp forests just off the coast of my home state. Traces of the isotope had been found in blades of kelp and species of fish that feed on the kelp. The radiation is supposedly fallout from Fukushima that was pulled out of the air and put in to the ocean by the recent rains. This particular kind of radiation has been harmless to humans in small doses, but its long-term impact on the ecosystem has yet to be determined.
South Korean and Russian scientists are teaming up to clone a woolly mammoth, essentially resurrecting the species after tens of thousands of years of extinction. They intend to do this by replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with nuclei from a mammoth’s somatic cells. The new mammoth DNA embryos would then be planted into elephant wombs for delivery.
On the surface, this seems feasible, but a little digging raises doubts. Lead South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk has a history of faking research. In 2009 he was found guilty of embezzlement and bioethical violations relating to research he had carried out that deals with stem cells.
So will the woolly mammoth make a return to the realm of the living? Will we be eating mammoth cheese like the giants do on the plains of Skyrim? I guess, like with all things, only time will tell.
After a leak was detected in a steam tube that’s part of San Onofre nuclear power plant’s three steam generators, that generator was shut down. Some radiation escaped, but not enough to endanger anyone. Since January 31, tubes in the Unit 3 steam generator have been undergoing pressure tests to make sure the plant is safe. Normally, this kind of thing would make me feel safer, but apparently the tubes show unusual wear, and pipes are failing the tests. Three failed Wednesday, and four more failed yesterday. These aren’t old pipes, either. They were installed in the last few years.
Please tell me there are a real life equivalents to Rad-X and RadAway.
We all know I’m not a fan of Daylight Savings Time. I’d go over it again, but I already lost an hour today.
My question now is: how does Daylight Savings Time still exist in California? Several other states have freed themselves from the bondage of arbitrary time changes, so why can’t we? We’ve used voter initiatives for far dumber things. We’re the state that used voter initiatives to prove we could be just as bigoted and insecure as the flyover states and to bend over for energy companies. Surely we can get a voter initiative together that would do away with the semiannual exercise in surrendering so much power to government that they can control our clocks. Plus, the world is now more than 50% urbanized, so on top of just being stupid, Daylight Savings Time costs more in energy.
I am a big supporter of the legalization of marijuana. I think it should be taxed and regulated in the same way that we tax and regulate tobacco and alcohol. Right now, you can buy any drug in any city in America on the black market. It’s obvious that the Drug War has failed. Its lone accomplishment seems to have been making the cartels rich. There are hard drugs that we should work to keep off the streets, but marijuana isn’t one of them. Keeping marijuana illegal carries too big of a cost. Our prisons are full, and resources that could be used elsewhere are being wasted on a drug that can’t kill you. People across the country are incarcerated for being pot smokers and come out as hardened ex-convicts.
Now, I’m sure it’s not shocking to anyone that I feel this way, but I got the surprise of my life on Wednesday when I heard that Pat Robertson agrees with me. Granted, we have very different thoughts on how things got this bad, but we agree on the solution.
Legalizing marijuana would also lift the DEA’s ban on industrial hemp production, the effect of which could revolutionize American energy policy and revitalize the economy. Hemp is the world’s strongest natural fiber and produces an oil that can replace petroleum in a wide variety of applications. The first Model-T relied heavily on hemp. Its panels were made from a hemp-derived plastic that was said to be 10 times stronger than their steel equivalent. Hemp works as fuel, too. Interestingly enough, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, designed his engine to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp, not the petroleum based “diesel” we buy today. If refined to produce methanol, it produces ten times more than corn.
Watch a clip that feels like something out of the Twilight Zone after the break.