Friday, March 07, 2008

Fore!, Weapons of Choice, -and- Never Too Young

Fore! - pro golfer kills hawk with golf ball, faces charges
Weapons of Choice - Oklahoma bill would lower concealed-gun age to 18
Never Too Young - Brazilian boy, 8, passes law school entrance exam

On this day in history: March 7, 1990 - The CIA stages a fake satellite explosion of a KH-11 spy satellite code named Misty which was in low earth orbit. Both American and Russian sources reported Misty's destruction, but amateur astronomers have shown that this was a deception to allow it to achieve a higher, less detectable orbit.

Born on this day in history: March 7, 1942 - Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner (1942-2007) Born in International Falls, MN, televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker met and married Jim Bakker at college in Minneapolis. In the mid-1970s, the couple launched a Christian television network, which reached 13 million viewers, funding an opulent lifestyle for the Bakkers. Evidence of Jim Bakker's sexual escapades unraveled the empire, and, in 1992, the two divorced. In 1996, Bakker published her autobiography, T"ammy: Telling It My Way."

Scripture of the Day: But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, ... - Philippians 3:7-8

Video of the Day: How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (DST; also summer time in British English) is the convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1907 by William Willett. Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally.

The practice is controversial. Adding daylight to afternoons benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but causes problems for farming, entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Extra afternoon daylight reduces traffic fatalities; its effect on health and crime is less clear. An early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity; modern heating and cooling usage patterns can cause DST to increase electricity consumption.

DST's clock shifts can serve as fire safety reminders, but they complicate timekeeping and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, and heavy equipment. Many computer-based systems can adjust their clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when DST rules change.