It’s hard to know from news reports whether Mr. Sanders in fact resisted arrest and whether the Park ranger was justified in tasing and arresting him. But it’s clear to me that the encounter would never have been precipitated in the first place if 3 inch flying toys were not considered “unmanned aircraft” subject to manned aircraft rules. It seems high time to me for Congress to step in and enact reasonable rules for the operation of unmanned aircraft, including not considering toys below a certain size to fall within the definition of aircraft. It might look to what other aviation safety agencies are proposing. For example, the European Aviation Safety Agency is proposing to exclude flying toys under 500 grams from its regulatory scheme.
Ranger Rick: “I don’t take no lip, with this cannon on my hip.”
By Paul Homewood
It’s amazing what you find from the 1990 IPCC Report when you look. These were the days, of course, before the IPCC became fully politicised.
In their section on sea temperatures, they discuss the big cooling of the Atlantic in the 1960’s and 70’s.
What they are talking about is the immense heat storing capacity of the oceans, and how changes in circulation patterns can have a significant effect on climate, maybe decades or even centuries later.
The ability of CO2 to affect ocean temperatures is tiny in comparison.
Unfortunately, many scientists today find it easier, and more profitable, to blame all changes on CO2 and ignore all of the natural processes taking place.
Honda upstaged the New York Auto Show on Wednesday with a sharp new redesign of its Civic and vows to take its popular compact car back to its performance roots.
“This is the return of the sporty Civic,” says John Mendel, Honda’s executive vice president in the U.S. The company also announced a new turbocharged engine and more variants of the design — including a performance version and hatchback — than ever before.
A Swedish girl who says she was raped by a 27-year-old man when she was just 13 has lost her appeal against his acquittal after a court ruled that the man could not have known she was under age because of her “well-developed” body.
The girl – who has not been named in the Swedish media – said she was raped while on the run from her foster home. She said she had travelled to Västerås, just outside Stockholm, but did not have any money, a mobile phone or a place to stay when she got talking to the older man at a playground near his home.
According to her police statements, he invited her in for a drink after explaining that she was hungry and thirsty and police secured evidence that the pair later had sex.
The man initially denied that the girl had been in his home but later admitted it after police found some of his sperm on her underwear.
Under Swedish law, having intercourse with someone under the age of 15 is classified as ‘child rape’, but both Västmanland District Court and Sweden’s Court of Appeal have now thrown out the girl’s case, because the legislation also states that a defendant must “know” or have “reasonable grounds to believe” that the child is under age.
After viewing video evidence including the girl’s interview with police, both courts decided that the 13-year-old’s body was so “well-developed” that the suspect could not have known that she was under the legal age for having sex in Sweden.
Related: Swedish judge admits, “I’d tap that.”
News of the court judgments sent Sweden’s social media into a frenzy on Tuesday, with Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet’s version of the story the second most read news article in the country according to social news site socialanyheter.se.
More of this, Hollywood
Good deeds, well done.
Col. Paul L. Green, one of the Tuskegee Airmen — the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II — has died in a Southern California senior care home. He was 91.
Hat Tip Instapundit. In her WaPo article Why don’t dads complain about parenthood like moms do? Samantha Rodman describes what she calls an alarming trend:
It seems like women are being publicly applauded for complaining about parenthood. And dads, well, aren’t. At all.
Rodman is delighted that women now feel freer than ever to complain. But she is deeply troubled that while men are taking on more and more of the responsibilities feminist women have shunned, men aren’t doing it right. Specifically, men are not complaining about these responsibilities like women do:
Imagine being at a play date and hearing someone say, “God, I needed a drink all day today. The kids were behaving terribly, I couldn’t deal.” You’re picturing a mom, right?
However, what if the speaker is a dad? The question is moot because I have yet to hear a dad complain this openly and honestly about his kids…
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William Mattson’s mugshot clearly shows the result of what happened to him early Thursday morning before officers with the Conway Police Department came to the scene around 12:57 a.m.
Police found the mangled Mattson, 52, at the Highway 905 residence with the victim claiming the sexual assault.
Investigators stopped short of saying who exactly beat Mattson, but said the person was “acting in defense for the victim.”
Mattson was then arrested and taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
A 10.0 Fisking.
Fisking the Guardian:
Somebody sent this to me on Twitter this morning and asked my opinion on it. My quick response was that it was more Social Justice Warrior nonsense and their never ending search for perpetual victimhood, but then I decided that because the ideas in it are so poisonous to the very people it is supposedly is trying to help, it deserves an actual fisking.
Basically I’m taking the time to write this because if you have to stamp out another artist’s existence in order to justify your own art, you are not helping art.
If you don’t feel like giving the Guardian any clicks, I’ve reproduced the entire article here. However in the interest of fairness, here is the original: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/09/move-over-hp-lovecraft-black-fantasy-writers-are-coming-through?CMP=share_btn_tw
As usual the original article is in italics and my responding comments are in bold.
Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are coming through.
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I recently concluded a contract with the National Bank of Kazakhstan to provide technical assistance in their effort to develop inflation-targeting capacity. I am working together with an American and a Czech econometrician, and thus decided it would be best to incorporate as a Limited Liability Company.
I live in Maryland and thus went to the Maryland government’s website and within half an hour had not only filled in the required application and paid the required fee, but had actually received (via email) the official, signed registration and Articles of Organization document for my company “Economic Consulting, LLC.” Sorry about the unimaginative name, I will give it more thought the next time.
Kazakhstan is a signatory of a tax treaty with the United States that requires it to deduct 20% from any payments to me under our contract unless I have provided a number of specific documents. In addition to…
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