RoundUp: how to do it wrong

So there’s this — Californian — woman suing Monsanto over RoundUp giving her cancer.

Lawsuit accuses Monsanto of manipulating research to hide Roundup dangers
Mendoza blames glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, which she used on her lawn every weekend.

Every. Weekend.

Yeah; with that level of exposure, pretty much any weed killer could have negative effects. I have a little professional experience with weed killers. You know how often I applied it to my sites?

Once. (Per year, that is.)

You know often Monsanto says to use it?

ONCE. And you can find that same one-time application advice on plenty of non-Monsanto web sites (I did).

Maybe this woman should have used the product in accordance with the instructions, instead of some 52 times the recommended amount.

Sitting on the sidelines, watching the show

I didn’t vote for Clinton, Trump, Johnson or any of the other excuses for… well, there’s no excuse for ’em. But I went with the Extinction Level Event. Possibly my candidate is winning, albeit a little after the fact.

Residents of the Lefty disreality bubble UC Berkeley are smashing and burning their own “safe space” to protest…

A gay foreign transvestite.

Alleged comedienne Silverman (decorative, but has she ever been humorous in public?) and a former Obama staffer are calling for a thoroughly unconstitutional military coup to oust the duly elected President.

Delaware prison inmates (probably repeat Chicago voters) are rioting and killing to protest Trump.

The lefty world is going insane over an immigration executive order that may actually be the first outright legal and constitutional thing an American President has done in years.*

North Dakota Sioux, protesting the as-yet nonexistent extension to the extensive oil pipeline system, are trying to evict their co-protestors from their reservation. So far unsuccessfully.

Yeah. Those pipeline protestors. The consciencous environmentalists.

More popcorn!

* I admit it; given what I expected of Trump, “legal and constitutional” surprised the hell out of me.

Fortunately, there’s no possible way that…




Tesla driver stranded in the desert after smartphone app failure
A Tesla driver was stranded in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas after the car’s keyless control app suddenly stopped working.

Interested in testing a feature that lets Tesla owners unlock and power their car using their smartphone, Ryan Negri decided to leave his keys at home when he went for a drive around the canyon yesterday.

Nope. Not an app failure. Put the blame where it belongs: primarily with the idiot for using it, and then not realizing that a communication app would need… comm to reach the car. Secondarily with Tesla for making the “feature” available.

Not being in the Tesla set, I had no idea the company had done something as monumentally stpid as…

The keyless smartphone feature, which is available through Tesla’s iPhone and Android apps, lets users remotely monitor and control their Tesla Model S without their key. One of the main features of the app is the ability to “unlock and drive Model S without your key”.

I haven’t researched this, so I’m guessing and giving Tesla benefit of the doubt. You have to know the car’s phone number. It should only accept commands from the owner’s phone number. It’s probably an SMS system that sends a PIN code.

So now car thieves just need to figure out what number blocks Tesla uses in an area, look up the an owner’s phone number, and text random numbers until the car unlocks and starts. Is any other company doing this?

I fully expect to start getting weird text messages on my phone containg random strings and Tesla commands as folks start war-dialing for cars.

Gotta be a Ford publicity stunt

Oklahoma speeder caught at 208 mph
Nineteen-year-old Hector Fraire first tripped a radar gun doing 84 mph on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City, before speeding away as police tried to pull him over.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fraire’s 2011 Ford Mustang was then clocked doing 176 mph and 208 mph, and tried to elude the chase vehicle by turning off his headlights and brake lights.

I guess the Mustang debacle of the late ’70s/early ’80s is well behind them. I recall racing against a ’79 model with a VW Rabbit. I beat him in acceleration and top speed (don’t ask; I don’t know statute of limitations).

Polar Ocean Challenge: Oh. Dear. Bog.

I’ve been following the Polar Ocean Challenge in morbid fascination. They’re attempting to circumnavigate the Arctic to prove global warming is melting all the ice. They’ve made it about 20% of the way and have iced-in at least twice (and currently are). They’ve also faced… other challenges of intelligence and competence.

They set out in a leaking boat with inoperable bilge pumps. Their stove didn’t work. Their generator didn’t work. Their electrical system didn’t work. They got their food stolen while iced-in at Murmansk.

But this “crew log” entry…

The welders gas bottle produces a huge jet of flame from the hob. So now making a cup of tea is one of the most exciting things to do on the boat.
Now for some reason or other this bottle was not fitted with a regulator for a gas cooker, but for a welding torch. This means that the gas is supplied at a greater speed, I think, than would be normal, so when we turn the stove on we get a huge explosive jet of flame from the hob before it all calms down again. So now making a cup of tea is one of the most exciting things to do on the boat.

I should probably post a comment on their blog that a cylinder with welding fittings is likely full of acetylene, not propane. Propane burns around 1,995°C. Acetylene burns around 3,300°C.

I should tell them. But this too good to miss. If that’s acetylene, they’re going to melt down their stove, and likely blow up the boat, putting them out of their misery. To think they’ve been complaining that the Arctic is cold. (Apparently they really believed that global warming garbage.)

We just may get a boom today. Cross your fingers.

Those who fail to learn from the past

…are doomed to stupid, pointless stunts. But what the hell; it’s his life.

Skydiver Becomes First Person to Jump and Land Without Chute
42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to survive a leap without a parachute. After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins flipped onto his back at the last second and landed dead center into a 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley in California.

Nope. Not the first. Not even the second. Shoot, not even the third, fourth, or fifth. And they didn’t have nets.