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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Janis Joplin would have been 68 - Summertime MUSIC VIDEO

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Janis Joplin
Background information
Birth name Janis Lyn Joplin
Born January 19, 1943(1943-01-19)
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Died October 4, 1970(1970-10-04) (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Blues-rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues
Occupations Singer, songwriter, arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1962–1970
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Big Brother & the Holding Company
Kozmic Blues Band
Full Tilt Boogie Band
Website http://www.officialjanis.com/
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Summertime - Janis Joplin

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SCIENTISTS: Climate Change Study had 'Significant Errors'


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Climate change study had 'significant error': experts

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by Kerry Sheridan Kerry Sheridan Wed Jan 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said Wednesday.
The study was posted on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was written about by numerous international news agencies, including AFP.
But AAAS later retracted the study as experts cited numerous errors in its approach.
"A reporter with The Guardian alerted us yesterday to concerns about the news release submitted by Hoffman & Hoffman public relations," said AAAS spokeswoman Ginger Pinholster in an email to AFP.
"We immediately contacted a climate change expert, who confirmed that the information raised many questions in his mind, too. We swiftly removed the news release from our Web site and contacted the submitting organization."
Scientist Osvaldo Canziani, who was part of the 2007 Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was listed as the scientific advisor to the report.
The IPCC, whose figures were cited as the basis for the study's projections, and Al Gore jointly won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007 "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change," the prize committee said at the time.
Canziani's spokesman said Tuesday he was ill and was unavailable for interviews.
The study cited the UN group's figures for its projections, combined with "the business-as-usual path the world is currently following," said lead author Liliana Hisas of the Universal Ecological Fund (UEF), a non-profit group headquartered in Argentina.
But climate scientist Rey Weymann told AFP that the "study contains a significant error in that it confuses 'equilibrium' temperature rise with 'transient temperature rise.'"
He also noted that study author Hisas was told of the problems in advance of the report's release.
"The author of the study was told by several of us about this error but she said it was too late to change it," said Weymann.
Scientist Scott Mandia forwarded to AFP an email he said he sent to Hisas ahead of publication explaining why her figures did not add up, and noting that it would take "quite a few decades" to reach a warming level of 2.4 degrees Celsius.
"Even if we assume the higher end of the current warming rate, we should only be 0.2C warmer by 2020 than today," Mandia wrote.
"To get to +2.4C the current trend would have to immediately increase almost ten-fold."
Mandia described the mishap as an "honest and common mistake," but said the matter would certainly give fuel to skeptics of humans' role in climate change.
"More alarmism," said Mandia. "Don't get me wrong. We are headed to 2.4, it is just not going to happen in 2020."
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Missouri Nuclear Plant Debate Heats Up, Bipartisan Senate Support vs Opposition Robocalls and 30-Second TV Ad

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Nuclear plant debate heats up

Legislation has bipartisan support; foes’ robo calls, advertisements begin


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Sen. Mike Kehoe’s first piece of legislation is facing a barrage of television and radio ads, and robocalls, opposing the bill to help pave the way for a second nuclear plant in Missouri.
The freshman Republican seems unfazed: “I’ve met with those folks and certainly I want to keep an open discussion,” Kehoe said, adding he’s willing to consider changes suggested by the opponents.
Already, the bill and the plan for a second plant have gained some bipartisan support, including backing from Gov. Jay Nixon. “The sooner the process is started, the sooner our state will reap the rewards,” the governor said in November.
The proposed legislation is being pushed by a Missouri energy consortium that includes Ameren Missouri. Ameren spokesman Mike Cleary said the company believes that the current location of its Callaway nuclear plant is “a very desirable location for another plant.”
The Fair Energy Rate Action Fund (FERAF) has opposed the bill with robocalls and a 30-second television ad that has appeared across Ameren Missouri’s customer base. “Big energy is at it again in Jeff City,” the ad starts. “Their nuclear permit? The facts: You pay for it now, even though they may never build a plant.”
Kehoe’s bill, SB50, would let an electric company recover expenses for getting an early site permit from the federal government. Customers would see the cost reflected in their bills after the permit is given, but before the plant is built.
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Callaway Nuclear Generating Station

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Callaway Plant
Callaway Nuclear Generating Station is located in Missouri
Location of Callaway Plant
Country United States
Locale Fulton, Missouri
Coordinates 38°45.7′N 91°46.8′W / 38.7617°N 91.78°W / 38.7617; -91.78Coordinates: 38°45.7′N 91°46.8′W / 38.7617°N 91.78°W / 38.7617; -91.78
Status Operational
Commission date December 19, 1984
Licence expiration October 18, 2024
Operator(s) AmerenUE
Architect(s) Bechtel Corporation

Power station information
Generation units 1 General Electric

Power generation information
Annual generation 9,372 GW·h
Website
Callaway Plant website
As of 2008-11-14
The Callaway Plant is a nuclear power plant located on a 5,228-acre (21 km²) site in Callaway County, Missouri, near Fulton, Missouri. It began operating on December 19, 1984. The plant, which is the state's only commercial nuclear unit, has one 1,190-megawatt Westinghouse four-loop pressurized water reactor and a General Electric turbine-generator. It is owned by the Ameren Corporation and operated by AmerenUE.

Power Output

According to Ameren, Callaway produces about 19 percent of AmerenUE's power.[1] In 2001, Callaway set a plant record for capacity utilization, producing 101.1 percent of its rated electrical output, ranking it among the world's top reactors, according to the Energy Information Administration.[2] The plant produces 1,190 megawatts of net power,[3] and has run continuously for over 500 days between refuelings. Callaway is one of 26 nuclear power plants in the United States to achieve a continuous run of over 500 days.
On November 19, 2005, its workers completed the replacement of all four steam generators in 63 days, 13 hours, setting a world record for a four-loop plant.[4]

[edit] Cooling Tower

The cooling tower at Callaway is 553 feet tall, 77 feet shorter than the St Louis Gateway Arch. It is 430 feet wide at the base, and is constructed from reinforced concrete. It cools approximately 585,000 gallons of water per minute when the plant is operating at full capacity, and about 15,000 gallons of water are lost out the top from evaporation.[5] Another 5,000 gallons of water are sent to the Missouri River as "blowdown" to flush solids from the cooling tower basin. All water lost through evaporation or blowdown is replaced with water from the river, located five miles from the plant.[6] The temperature of the water going into the cooling tower is 125° Fahrenheit, and the tower cools it to 95°.

[edit] Unit 2

On July 28, 2008, AmerenUE submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), seeking a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for a potential second unit. According to Thomas R. Voss, president and chief executive officer of AmerenUE, "Given projections for a nearly 30 percent increase in demand for power in Missouri in the next two decades, we believe we will need to build a large generating plant to be on line in the 2018–2020 timeframe."[1] AmerenUE is considering building a 1,600-MW Areva Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR).[7]
In April 2009, AmerenUE canceled plans to build a second reactor at its mid-Missouri nuclear power plant. A key stumbling block was a law barring utilities from charging customers the costs of a new power plant before it starts producing electricity. The new nuclear plant would have cost at least $6 billion.[8][9]
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Wildwood Missouri Ski Resort Inner Tube Attraction Raises Safety Questions VIDEOS

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Local ski resort inner tube attraction raises safety questions

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 KMOV.com
Posted on January 18, 2011


Hidden Valley ski resort in Wildwood opened a new inner tube attraction in January, and it’s raising questions of safety.

Instead of skiing down a hill, on the “Polar Plunge”, guests lie down on a special inner tube and slide down the hill.

Hidden Valley says there is risk involved, but says there have only been 18 injuries among the 4,000 riders it’s had since the attraction opened January 3. None of the injuries have been serious.
The resort has 120 ski patrollers – some paid and some volunteer. There are a minimum of four ski patrollers staffed at the Polar Plunge.
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NFL Player Arrested, Released, Charges Dropped, in St Louis Missouri - Normandy High School Standout

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NFL player arrested in St. Louis Monday night

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January 18, 2011
KMOV.com

A NFL player and former local high school standout has been arrested by St. Louis police.
Laurence Maroney, 25, was held on unlawful weapons charges and drug charges.  Maroney was released from jail early Tuesday morning.
News 4 confirms he and five other men in their mid-twenties were in a vehicle pulled over by officers late Monday night near Chaifetz Arena.  Maroney and his friends had three guns on them.
Maroney is a back-up running back for the Denver Broncos.  He was traded at the beginning of the 2010 season by the New England Patriots who drafted Maroney in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft.  Maroney lettered for the Normandy High School Vikings in football, baseball, basketball and track.  Click here for a link to his NFL profile page.
Maroney's publicist Jane Higgins told News 4 that Maroney was not with the car involved in the high speed chase. He just happened to be behind the car, ‘by pure coincidence.’  He has a permit for the gun, but the permit was in a wallet that wasn't on him. He believes the police made a mistake in arresting him.
Here is Higgins' written statement:
"Mr. Maroney was unlawfully arrested for possession of weapons. He holds a permit to carry a concealed weapon and he had his permit on his person when he was arrested. He was not arrested for any drugs nor was he involved in a high speed chase. He was released without being charged with any offense and we do not anticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."
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Rooster - Alice In Chains MUSIC VIDEO Studio Version Album 'Dirt'

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ROOSTER
Single by Alice in Chains
from the album Dirt
Released 1993
Format CD, cassette, vinyl
Recorded March–May 1992 at Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, California; London Bridge Studio, Seattle, Washington; One on One Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Grunge, heavy metal, alternative metal
Length 6:15
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Jerry Cantrell
Producer Alice in Chains, Dave Jerden
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It was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who served in the Vietnam War. His nickname was "Rooster."  The nickname most likely originated from men who used machine guns (see the second verse, first line), the tracers of which make a pattern reminiscent of a rooster's tail, but it also may have been in relation to the 101st Airborne Division, in which Cantrell's father served. The 101st Airborne wore patches on their arms featuring a bald eagle. There are no bald eagles in Vietnam, so the closest thing to which the Vietnamese could reference them was the chicken. They referred to them as "chicken men."

In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song:

It was the start of the healing process between my Dad and I from all that damage that Vietnam caused. This was all my perception of his experiences out there. The first time I ever heard him talk about it was when we made the video and he did a 45-minute interview with Mark Pellington and I was amazed he did it. He was totally cool, totally calm, accepted it all and had a good time doing it. It even brought him to the point of tears. It was beautiful. He said it was a weird experience, a sad experience and he hoped that nobody else had to go through it.

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Alice in Chains Rooster

Ain't Found A Way To
Kill Me Yet
Eyes Burn With Stinging
Sweat
Seems Every Path Leads Me To
Nowhere
Wife And Kids And Household Pet
Army Green Was No Safe Bet
The Bullets Scream To Me From Somewhere

Here They Come To Snuff The Rooster
Yeah Here Come The Rooster
You Know He Ain't Gonna Die

Walkin' Tall Machine Gun Man
They Spit On Me In My Homeland
Gloria Sent Me Pictures
Of My Boy
Got My Pills 'Gainst
Mosquito Death
My Buddy's Breathin'
His Dyin' Breath
Oh God Please Won't You Help
Me Make It Through
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