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April 18th, 2003 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Apr. 18th, 2003

12:33 am - How to Secure the Homeland Without Leaving the House

Via Instapundit

http://www.reason.com/rauch/041503.shtml

Home Defense
How to Secure the Homeland Without Leaving the House

By Jonathan Rauch



The homeland-security worry of the month is chemical plants, and with good reason. More than 7,700 of them, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, are located in places where a thousand or more people could be injured in an accident or attack. Earlier this month, the Bush administration promised legislation.

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12:51 am - Un-erotic Tales

Via Erosblog

Three Unerotic Tales

Here's an excerpt from "Too Scientific":

...His penis slid into her vagina and she secreted more vagnial discharge. Luckily the discharge was not irritating or blood-stained, nor did it have an unpleasant odour, the cause of which is usually foreign bodies, cervical erosion or cervical polyp.

Luckily, too, she was on the pill, a type which built a wall between the cervix and fallopian tube that prevented sperm from entering her uterus and impregnating her ovum upon ejaculation.

She was simply having sex with him for the pleasure of it, having successfully passed through her oral and anal phase of psychosexual development to fully centre upon exploration of her genetalia....

02:01 pm - Free State Project

Okay, This American Life will definitely air the episode containing the Free State Project segment this weekend. "This American Life" airs at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday according to WUNC's schedule. The episode will also likely be available on their website sometime next week in RealAudio format.

02:11 pm - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I'm going to see the 8:30 p.m. showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets tomorrow at the Carmike Blue Ridge 14 Cinema. I'm planning to get there at 7:45, as I hear it fills up quickly. If any of you would like to go with me, let me know. Tickets cost a $1.50.

02:39 pm - Penn and Teller's Bullshit...

...is now a great new show on Showtime. They debunk everything from faith healing to fad diets.

11:09 pm - Passenger-Carrying Spaceship Makes Desert Debut

An inspiring example of the power of prizes to incent groundbreaking research.

Via Slashdot

http://space.com/businesstechnology/technology/rutan_scaled_0304187.html

Passenger-Carrying Spaceship Makes Desert Debut
By Leonard David
Senior Space Writer
posted: 07:35 pm ET
18 April 2003

story first posted 1 p.m., EDT, April 18, 2003

MOJAVE, Calif. -- What has been billed as the "First Private Manned Space Program" and a new, never-seen spaceship, was unveiled today by noted design wizard Burt Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, Inc.

Aggressive work on a passenger-carrying sub-orbital craft has been active and hidden from public view for two years.

Labeled as the SpaceShipOne Project, the unveiling took place here about 80 miles north of Los Angeles before a large crowd of journalists and invited guests.

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Labeled as the SpaceShipOne Project, Scaled Composites, Inc. has worked aggressively on a passenger-carrying sub-orbital craft for two years. CREDIT: Scaled Composites


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