In Italy, a group of scientists was found guilty of manslaughter for failing to predict a devastating earthquake. I’m sorry. I must have missed the major headline. Since when did earthquake-prediction become an exact science? In this case, following some preliminary tremors, an Italian scientist was asked if said tremors were the prelude to a much bigger quake. He said it seemed unlikely. And so, because an earthquake DID strike and he was proven (sort of) wrong, he and his team were found guilty of manslaughter. Conversely, if he had answered: “It seemed likely.” and an earthquake DIDN’T strike, would he have been charged for inciting panic and charged the costs of the evacuation? From Galileo to the L’Aquila earthquake: Italian science on trial
You’re alone at night, closing up shop, when some armed men burst into your place of work. You have an opportunity to escape out an open window. What do you do? Save your life? Apparently, that sort of behavior if frowned upon at Arby’s. Arby’s Employee Fired After Fleeing Armed Robbery: ‘I’m Not Going to Die in Arby’s Tonight’
Robo-squirrels, Moroccan pottery classes, and talking urinal cakes. Your tax dollars at work: Wastebook
One more reason real books are better than digital books: Woman’s Kindle account closed Apparently, even though you’re paying full price for the digital version, you don’t own it. You’re only renting.
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Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular, Debra. Condolences on your loss.