Photo Of The Day

Hoover Dam penstocks and outlet pipes such as this one were fabricated from 45,000 tons of steel and welded into nearly three miles of pipe varying from 8.5-30ft (2.6-9m) in diameter.

Hoover Dam penstocks and outlet pipes such as this one were fabricated from 45,000 tons of steel and welded into nearly three miles of pipe varying from 8.5-30ft (2.6-9m) in diameter.

Construction of the Hoover Dam. 1931-1936

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They fry birds now they are a hazard to aircraft…welcome to green energy

Birds are being fried by the new solar plant in California and now the massive plant is blinding pilots…not sure this green energy malarky is working so well.

Airplane pilots cruising over southern California have been complaining about a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from a massive government-funded solar thermal facility.

The Ivanpah solar energy plant in San Bernardino County is the world’s largest solar thermal plant and has 173,500 large mirrors that reflect sunlight onto boilers in three 459-foot towers. A feat of modern engineering — to green energy advocates, but a flying hazard to pilots.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) got two anonymous complaints in August that mentioned a “blinding glare” coming from the Ivanpah solar facility. One complaint came from a Los Angeles air traffic controller and the other from a small transport plane pilot that took off from an airport in Boulder City, Nevada.

“The FAA is aware of potential glare from solar plants and is exploring how to best alert pilots to the issue,” an FAA spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Read more »

Perhaps Len could change his name


It is generally thought that wankers can’t get elected, but that isn’t stopping one judge in the US from campaigning successfully using her name.

Some people would say judges are wankers but in this case it is true. Judge Kim Wanker from Nye County in Nevada.

This leads me to believe that Len Brown should change his name because this is proof positive that Wankers CAN get elected. Read more »

Nailing Coyotes and other shooting news

This is a great video about coyote hunting:

On this week’s show, we’ve come to America for coyote hunting, world record big game hunting, and the Shot Show 2013, the greatest gun show on the planet. Charlie Jacoby is after coyotes in California, the varmint of choice for the self-respecting American rifleman. We talk to Jason Bruce, star of Headhunter Chronicles on Sportsman Channel, about his world record big game heads. And we are reviewing useful and even useless new kit at the Shot Shot, and getting to try it out on a rifle range deep in the Nevada desert.  Read more »

Didn’t they have billy sticks?

Some minders Harry has, useless the lot of them. Didn’t they have a billy club or a cosh, or a taster or some MMA move designed to take cameras off drunken naked women? The British Secret Service has been covering up royal rooting for generations, and before it became institutionalized there have been “courtiers” who’s job it is to be the mop up men.

Women in Prince Harry’s Las Vegas hotel room were not asked to surrender their phones despite his minders later pleading with them not to take photographs of him naked, it was claimed today.

During the party, believed to have occurred in a three-bedroom suite at the Wynn and Encore hotel complex which costs up to ÂŁ5,000 a night, embarrassing photographs of the Prince naked were taken.

The two pictures, taken on a mobile phone in the suite by a fellow reveller, were sold for an estimated ÂŁ10,000.

The 27-year-old prince is pictured wearing nothing but a watch and a distinctive thin necklace as he embraces a naked young woman who is clutching a pool cue during a game of “strip billiards”.

Royal aides admitted it was the Prince in the pictures, which were first published by TMZ, the American-based gossip website.

Bottom line though is those chicks should be blacklisted from any party ever at Las Vegas. They broke the cardinal rule that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

As I was writing this post someone emailed the tipline with an ad from a local paper in Las Vegas:

Nevada licences driverless cars

ᔥ The Telegraph

Len Brown should be looking at this initiative in Nevada instead of wasting billions on a silly trainset:

Driverless cars are to be allowed on the roads of Nevada, which has become the first state in America to allow the vehicles to licence their use.

Google which has embarked on an extensive testing programme of the cars secured the approval of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

Motor manufacturers have been working on taking human error out of driving for more than a decade with innovations such as lane departure warning, self applying brakes and cars which park themselves.

Google, however, has come up with the ultimate version of cruise control, by removing the driver completely with the help of video cameras, lasers and radar sensors.

It relies on mapping which is created by Google’s own staff who drive the route filling in the location of lane markings and road signs.

Despite being controlled by a computer, two people must sit in the car at all times.

They will be held responsible for the car’s behaviour. As the vehicle will only be able to break the speed limit if the driver takes control, he or she would receive the speeding fine.

But he or she will be able to spend the journey on the phone or even texting without putting other road users at risk.

A test car, which has already been tested in California, has already covered 140,000 miles without any mishap – apart from being nudged from behind at a set of traffic lights.

Easy win for Romney in Nevada

Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucus easily. Nate Silver blogs:

Although the exact margin has yet to be determined, Mitt Romney has been declared the winner in the Nevada caucuses tonight.

It appears that Mr. Romney may slightly outperform some expectations. Exit polls showed him winning about 55 percent of the vote in Nevada, versus hisFiveThirtyEight forecast of 51 percent. So should Representative Ron Paul, who may get closer to 20 percent than the 15 his percent projected by the forecast.