Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Random Notes

As If You Were Not Scared Enough Already

Here is not so comforting news from the man supposed to keep us safe, the director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff…

"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," he said of al-Qaeda. "We do worry
that they are rebuilding their activities."Still, Chertoff said there are not
enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the current threat levels
nationwide. And he indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling"
formed by past seasonal patterns of terrorist attacks, recent al-Qaeda
statements, and intelligence he did not disclose.

So we are now relying on gut feeling, that’s what our billions of dollars are getting us, not to mention that the main bad guys behind 911 are still free thanks this incompetent administration.
But the NYTimes’s Maureen Dowd said it best with
her inimitable snark.


“Summertime seems to be appealing to them,” he said, sounding more like a
meteorologist than the man charged with keeping us safe.


Flatulence And Global Warming..

No seriously.. This is true. But the kind of err.. emissions that we are talking about are the ones of a bovine and sheep origin. It is a fact that methane which cows emit via mostly belching and flatulence is about 23 times more potent as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide.

While we do tend to focus on the human activity that causes global warming, scientists have also been looking at ways to cut down on methane that cows and sheep produce. As per this BBC story “The average dairy cow is capable of producing up to 500 litres of the gas every day, mostly through belching.” And these bovine emissions may account for up to 3% of Britain’s greenhouse gases.

The methane is a byproduct of the digestion process and is the handiwork of normal bacteria that exist in the digestive tract. Among the various things being tried to cut down on methane production, the thing that seemed to work was garlic extract.
But initial results from the start of the three-year study show that feed
containing garlic could cut the amount of gas produced by up to 50%.

"Garlic directly attacks the organisms in the gut that produce
methane."
He added that tests were also being carried out to see if the
garlic gave the animals bad breath and more specifically if it could taint milk
or meat.
Cue in your jokes about “complaints about bovine garlic breath”.
I just found this funny and interesting.


Is this hand soap creepy or what?
Link

16 comments:

Diana said...

While I'm a big fan of garlic, I'm wondering what the milk would taste like?

I'm not sure about garlic-flavored Cheerios in the morning.

meno said...

Another reason to eat less meat.

That hand soap is creepy.

Carrie said...

All 3 are creepy. lol

Lotus Reads said...
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Lotus Reads said...

Great post, Sanjay!

Question is, what does Gore propose to do about these cows and goats? Arrange for them to see a free screening of "An Inconvenient Truth"? ;)

Love Maureen Dowd...I always add a pinch of her op-ed in my milk to curdle it for cottage cheese! ;)

Sanjay said...

@Diana..good Q abt the taste of the milk! lol@ garlic flavored cheerios, who knows that may be loved by some folks.

@Meno.. Agreed :)

@Carrie. :) I found the soap creepy the others were more funny.

Sanjay said...

@Lotus...Thank you for your comment. That made me completely crack up! Would the cows moo and the sheep bleat their opinions? ;)

LOL @ Maureen Dowd's opinion being acidic enough curdle milk. That was very nicely put.. in a very snarky and funny manner too. I loved it. :)

Sugarlips said...

Hand soaps are cute :)
I love garlic and would love to try garlicy milk and cheerios :)

LOL @ Maureen Dowd's

@Lotus you made me laugh :)

Stay Beautiful..!!

Sai said...

For some reason the cow story reminds me of Kramer, George's in-laws to be and the horse episode from Seinfeld.

That hand soap is creepy....it might get creepier when say a finger or two will get dissolved in water.

Aditi said...

so very creepy!!

MONA said...

Yes the adiministration needs to do some serious homework there. I thought the CIA was so efficient , until 9/11.

I heard about Bovine methane too.

That is soap??? NO!!! REALLY?

Beach Bum said...

"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," he said of al-Qaeda. "We do worry
that they are rebuilding their activities."Still, Chertoff said there are not
enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the current threat levels
nationwide. And he indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling"
formed by past seasonal patterns of terrorist attacks, recent al-Qaeda
statements, and intelligence he did not disclose


Not to be cynical but funny how the same old boogeyman pops up whenever Bush and co has bad political news at home to face.

paris parfait said...

The hand soap is not half as creepy as the incompetent administration and the so-called director of Homeland Security.

Id it is said...

I had a problem with having a a Homeland Security Dept to begin with! Now given that we have it, and that we pay enormous amounts of EXTRA money in taxes for running it, do we really need to know how(poorly/naively)they function! The whole business of the 'red' and 'orange' alert levels was yet another moronic invention of the dept.! Now these words coming from the "Homeland Security Chief...!!!!

ML said...

Nice picture of the cow, Sanjay :) I wrote about that very subject in my blog a few months ago. Interesting, huh? I also wrote about these people in Wales harvesting sheep poo and turning it into paper. Recycling and whatnot.

moegirl said...

Hand soaps way creepy. Do you think cows would eat bean-o?