30 April 2010
29 April 2010
Socialism, planned-community style. Spending $40K on banners.
•A hiatus on the city-sponsored Sizzlin' Summer Concerts, the annual Pacific Symphony concert and the Joyful Jingles concerts, which is expected to save the city $42,000.
•A hiatus on the patriotic and holiday banners placed along city streets, which is expected to save the city $41,000.
•A reduction in overlapping free swim hours at the Northwood and William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Centers, consolidating winter and spring camps and after-school programs to fewer locations, and combining pre-teen and teen camp services at Heritage Park, which is collectively expected to save $187,000.
•Reducing the city's financial support of the Irvine Barclay Theater from $925,000 this fiscal year to $750,000.
The city would also hold off on planning for construction of new city facilities, including a new police headquarters adjacent to the Great Park and the expansion of the animal-care facility.
Taking $14 million from city reserves would leave a little less than $8 million in "rainy day funds." Despite the cutbacks, the city would still move forward with several high profile projects – including the construction on Jeffrey Road, planned work on Sand Canyon Avenue, and a renovation of the community center at Northwood Community Park – which are being financed separate from the city's general fund.
Even with the cut, Councilwoman Beth Krom noted that the city will still provide support to numerous community partners, including the Barclay Theater, the Legal Aid Society, the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the Discovery Science Center and millions worth of support for local schools.
"I don't want our pursuit of saving every last penny to alter our commitment to this theme of working in partnership with the community," Councilwoman Beth Krom said.
Others worried that city revenue may not bounce back as quickly as expected in city projections.
"I don't want to be a naysayer and say the sky is falling, but the sky is drizzling a lot," Councilwoman Christina Shea said.
26 April 2010
20 April 2010
In a 8-1 ruling, the justices overturned the conviction of a Virginia man who sold dog-fighting videos.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., speaking for the court, said the First Amendment does not allow the government to criminalize whole categories of speech and expression that are deemed undesirable.
Roberts also said the law was too broad and could allow prosecutions for selling photos of out-of-season hunting, for example.
19 April 2010
18 April 2010
16 April 2010
Federal judge: National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional
14 April 2010
13 April 2010
U.S. military playing expanded role in Pakistan
12 April 2010
"Conservatives spend money on different things. They like embassies, and they like occupation. They like the empire. They like to be in 135 countries and 700 bases.
"Don’t you think it’s rather conservative to say, ‘Oh it’s good to follow the Constitution. Oh, except for war. Let the President go to war anytime they want.’
International man of mystery
06 April 2010
A "memorial" to the US military who have died in the (ongoing as of 2010) Iraq and Afghan/Pakistan wars is planned for 2010.  This would be the only known memorial to an ongoing (or perpetual) war in the US, constructed before the war is over by any standard (legal (eg WWII) or logistic (eg Korea)). It will have spaces for about 8K names; to date (early 2010) about 5K US military deaths in Iraq and 1K in Afghanistan/Pakistan have accumulated. Note that only US military deaths will be included (although not all US military are US citizens). Irvine City Council members have no published basis for the estimated body count  though there is provision to provide more space on other facets of its pillars.
05 April 2010
04 April 2010
"We've always been told that the government's policy was to let us smoke too much hash, as it makes us pacifists and not bothered with many things, including politics. That's why I find it strange they're fighting its traffic so hard now," said another hashish smoker.
Hashish in Egypt is normally weighed by piaster, a unit that equals around 20 grams and typically sold for 120 Egyptian pounds, or about $22. But the current "crisis" has prices rising.
02 April 2010
01 April 2010
Detonation Performance of TATP/AN-Based Explosives
|Robert Matyá 1, Svatopluk Zeman 1 *, Waldemar Trzciski 2, Stanisaw Cudzio 2|
|1Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentska 95, CZ-532 10 Pardubice (Czech Republic)|
2Institute of Chemistry, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, PL-00 908 Warsaw (Poland)
|email: Svatopluk Zeman (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
*Correspondence to Svatopluk Zeman, 1Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentska 95, CZ-532 10 Pardubice (Czech Republic)
|Cylinder Test • Detonation Velocity • Gurney Energy • TATP • Triacetone Triperoxide|
|The detonation velocity and performance were determined for four mixtures of triacetone triperoxide (3,3,6,6,9,9-hexamethyl-1,2,4,5,7,8-hexoxonane, TATP), ammonium nitrate (AN) and water (W) by cylinder expansion tests. The composition of these mixtures varied in the following ranges: 21-31% TATP, 37-54% AN and 19-32% W. The obtained results were compared with those of powdery 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), AN-fuel oil explosive (ANFO) and emulsion explosive. It was found that the tested TATP/AN/W mixtures represent typical non-ideal explosives with relatively low critical diameter and with high sensitivity to initiation despite the high content of water due to the presence of the primary explosive (TATP). The detonation velocity is comparable to that of powdery TNT (at similar density). However, the acceleration ability is significantly lower than that of powdery TNT.|
Also found an article that compared DADP to TATP yields with different acid catalysts, ratios, and sequences.
Sulphuric is best for the tri-yield. They used 30%. With 90% you can turn sawdust into an explosive.