A study published in Nature shows that the city of New Orleans had been sinking -- in some areas more than an inch a year -- over the three years prior to Katrina. The areas of greatest subsidence correspond with some of the sites of levee failure.
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“The Mr. Coffee machine that every Texas legislator has near his desk
has three violations of the law [against personal possession of lab equipment that could be used to manufacture methamphetamines] built into it: a filter funnel, a Pyrex
beaker, and a heating element." --Shawn Carlson, qtd in Wired
Is it OK to deal in MAMMOTH ivory? Conversely, is it any OKer to pass laws that would put people in jail or confiscate their money or property just for dealing in mammoth ivory? (Mammoths, BTW, are not endangered; they're extinct.)
Detectives say it's an act of local terrorism. An adult bookstore is
cleaning up after a chemical attack by a homemade device that
investigators are calling a "weapon of mass destruction." . . .
The device, discovered Sunday morning, was made of two gallon-size
sports drink jugs connected by hoses. Someone set it on top of the
store's window air conditioning unit.
Detectives say that person
then strung one hose from a water spigot on the outside of the
building, and pushed another hose into the building through a gap above
the air conditioner.
"That water hose would churn it up, mix it
up in the gallon jug, and enter it into the building," said Alachua
County Sheriff's Sergeant Keith Faulk. Investigators say one of the
jugs had a harmful substance inside that flowed into the store along
with the water.
"We haven't identified what was actually in the
bottle, in the system that delivered it into the building. We do know
that it was caustic, it was corrosive, it had a high pH level," Faulk
said. . . .
Under state law, by the book, deputies say the device is a weapon of mass destruction.
"They're looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, and... 30 years in jail," Faulk said.
trying to hurt people. You're trying to change their ideas or instill
fear. And that's exactly what the terrorists do. So this person is a
local terrorist," he said.