What the hell is wrong with Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker?

A 17-year old boy has consensual oral sex with a 15-year old girl and is charged with aggravated child molestation and given a 10 year prison sentence, of which he has served 2 already.

A judge “threw out Wilson’s 10-year sentence and amended it to misdemeanor aggravated child molestation with a 12-month term, plus credit for time served, and he would not be required to register as a sex offender.”

But the Attorney General doesn’t like it:

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Monday afternoon that he had filed notice of appeal, arguing that Georgia law does not give a judge authority to reduce or modify the sentence imposed by the trial court. He said he would seek an expedited ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court.

Maybe Mr. Thurbert needs some consensual oral sex.

What the hell is wrong with Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker?

The physics of auto accidents

8 highway deaths mar Memorial weekend

One type of energy that physicists like to keep track of is kinetic energy, which is the energy associated with movement. A body in motion has more energy than the same body at rest.

Kinetic energy is generally proportional to the square of the velocity (from the equation E=(1/2)mv^2). So you have twice as much energy when you are going 70 mph as when are you going 50 mph.

Force, in physics, is generally thought of as the ability to change the velocity of something over time. So it takes more force to slow something down quickly and less force to slow something down slowly.

If you get in a car accident, what you hope is that your kinetic energy will be a) dissipated by something other than you and b) dissipated over as much time as possible.

Letter ‘a’ above is why we have airbags and crash zones in cars. They absorb energy. It’s also why we have seat belts. If you get ejected from the car, you may slow down a bit slower (b), but you absorb all the energy yourself. This is the functional equivalent of jumping off of a building.

Letter ‘b’ is why it is often a good thing if you roll a car, because the energy dissipates more slowly. You have to be in a seat belt to take advantage of this, though. Rolling a car converts some of the energy to rotational kinetic energy. People are routinely hurled unceremoniously through windshields and side windows of cars only to be slammed into the ground at 50 mph.

So rather obviously, head-on collisions are by far the worst. The energy gets dissipated much too quickly and a ton of force is applied to you, the occupant. So stay sober and stay between the damn lines because crossing the center line kills people dead.

But most importantly, wear your seat belt. Your odds of surviving go way, way up if you stay in the car. When you leave the car you almost always die, due to both ‘a’ and ‘b’ above.

If you are wearing your seat belt and you have to make a quick decision whether to run into a wall or roll the car, roll the car.

The physics of auto accidents


Here is my first widget, for Mac’s Dashboard, VizWidget. It does one very simple thing: it searches VizieR for anything within 1 arc minute of the object or position entered. It returns 1 row of every catalog that has an entry. It calls the web browser to do this and does not display the data in the widget itself.

Download VizWidget (Macintosh OS 10.4.3 or greater)

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. If you’re using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you’re using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it.


Pawlenty Sucks Ass

Tim Pawlenty, the governor or Minnesota, is a complete tool.

Here he is, where the buck stops, the top dog, explaining why it happened:

“When complaints come about provisions lost as a result of this veto, I would encourage people to contact DFL leaders,” Pawlenty said in a statement.

Here is a man who said he would work in bipartisanship after he narrowly won his job back. What that means is you have to take some of the good with some of the bad. You have to compromise. That is what the people of Minnesota asked for. He vetoed it, I hear, for mainly one reason: “he was adamantly opposed to a policy change it contained that would have required including inflation in the state’s budget forecasts.”

He vetoed it because of some math stuff.

Th Tool-in-Chief also threatened to veto a medical marijuana bill that “would have allowed patients with specified chronic debilitating conditions to possess … marijuana.” Now who in their right might vetoes bills which effect only people with chronic debilitating conditions? How much of a zombie ideologue do you have to be to not let doctors help very sick people in any way possible? Republican Steve Sviggum, who I disagree with on absolutely everything, cosponsored this bill!

We all know what is going on. Pawlenty is eying national politics. He’d rather look like a good Republican lap-dog who veteos taxes than let the people of Minnesota spend their own money on the things they think are important.


Pawlenty Sucks Ass