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Pothole Pageant

From the City of Lawrence:

Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406

1) Citys pothole patching total up to 2,368

(Lawrence, Ks.) The City of Lawrence street division continued their assault on potholes this week. Since Monday, Jan. 11, a total of 594 potholes were reported through the citys online and telephone reporting systems. These notifications, and surveys by city crews, have resulted in a total of 2,368 potholes patched throughout the community over a two-week period. 85.5 tons of asphalt has been used to patch potholes throughout the community.

We have had three, four-person crews working each day to fill potholes,said Mark Thiel, assistant director of public works. At times, crews are patching the same potholes each day because of high traffic volumes.

One area that crews are patching on a daily basis is the area near the 2nd and Locust intersection. This area sees high traffic volumes daily and, due to construction, is the only access point into the city from north Lawrence. The roadway in this area is scheduled for maintenance in summer 2010.


From Gnome: 594 potholes reported.
2368 total potholes fixed!

Should we do something special for the 5000th pothole?

More snow is coming this winter. Should that winning pothole get a special decoration? Do the pothole patching crews sign their work?

In this blog, you can name your worst pothole of this season and tell why its the mother of all potholes.

public works reporting on the web is at: www.lawrenceks.org/public_works

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Study shows “true character” of Greenies—more added

Greenies apparently really lie, cheat, steal, lack altruism, according to a well operated study with good experimental design.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5h7Dfq54tFVb0RNXErzMP1FwxlUDA

Probably not much difference between Canadian greenies and American greenies, locally such as Merrill.

"Green shoppers" displayed some serious deficits in ethics across the tsks involved in this University of Toronto study.

and yes, global warming is now totally debunked because of the "hide the decline" e-mails, data showing that warming didn't occur in the past ten years, and the Russian IEA says that its climate data was cherry picked.

But then, these folks will lie cheat and steal, so what will they do next to maintain the myth of global warming?

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Human Trials of H1N1/novel flu? … waiting, anyone?

In looking at many news sources tonight I learned some things about the H1N1/novel flu vaccine. I already knew that human trials had started in Australia in July, and here in the U.S. in August.

I am one who will not get the H1N1 vaccine until the human trials are done. Yes I know how vaccines work and I routinely get the seasonal vaccine. I am in at least two priority groups for the H1N1 vaccine. However, in 1976 the 'swine flu vaccine' resulted in deaths totaling far beyond what that 'swine flu virus' might have caused.

Many countries, including Taiwan and India, have not completed their human trials. Some have had trouble with the stability of the vaccine's virus material.

I find some people in the U.S. saying that this vaccine has "been tested" and "is the most tested" vaccine. Some of these apparently have M.D. after their names but seem to be more functioning as Public Information Officers than medical professionals. The human trials in Australia apparently went off without serious problems, but all I could find was vague generalities in the Australian press.

So, what I did was a lot of looking with Yahoo-news and Google-news along with searching the CDC's website. I would expect that if U.S. trials in humans were complete that our government leaders would make big PR out of that, advising us to build confidence in the current H1N1/novel flu vaccine. Well, mum's the word it seems.

Oh, by the way, Mrs. Gnome is very sick just today with a flu-like illness.

So, if somebody has information on the U.S. human trials' outcome, or details on the australian trials, please post it here. I'd sure like to see it.

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Vanuatu, 7.8 quake. Anybody have any experience with this Pacific Island nation?

The third pacific massive quake and Tsunami in two weeks has just hit:

http://www.ksbw.com/weather/21232878/detail.html?treets=mty&tml=mty_natlbreak&ts=T&tmi=mty_natlbreak_1_06200110072009

7.8 Quake Strikes Off Vanuatu A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked the South Pacific near the Vanuatu archipelago, the U.S. Geological Survey reports, triggering a regional tsunami alert.

---Any readers have any experience with this island nation? There isn't anything very high there, so any Tsunami could cause massive death and distruction.

Was just wondering if there are any Lawrence connections.

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Help Lawrence: hit the gas for God’s Sake!-North Lawrence detour/By Gnome

There's a problem at the North Lawrence detour, but you can't blame this on the officials, the road workers, or the people of North Lawrence.

I was by the detour for a while this afternoon and observed something funny. Drivers are flowing off the bridge onto Elm like water through a Funnel. This part is working swimmingly.

But there's a serious problem causing a lot of backup on that first block of Elm. A few drivers pull up to N. 3rd, and they just sit there! Apparently incapable of applying gas to their motors.

I observed two drivers at different times pull up, and sit for two ... three ... four minutes. In both cases they could have turned left according to the posted detour and continued on N. 3rd. Or, they could have driven east on Elm at that moment.

So, do these drivers have trouble with the concept of a detour? Are they pulling out their pocket dictionaries and looking it up?

Would you introspective types please just help Lawrence and give your car the gas for God's sake!

Are these drivers experiencing some existential crisis as they sit at n. 3rd and Elm? Does the thought of being in a North Lawrence neighborhood require a little mental adaptation? Anybody got any ideas about what's going through their minds at that point in their lives?

/gnome

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“Barack was a community organizer, like Jesus was.” Really?

Spoken by Democrat Representative Steve Cohen, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during the week of 9-11-08. This offensive statement is being printed on bumper stickers and campaign buttons; and is being repeated by Democrat party strategists. Well? Was Barack Obama a community organizer, like Jesus was? I'm not a pastor, minister, or evangelist. I simply ride a pew on Sunday mornings, in a church where we still sing "His truth is marching on." And if you feel as I do, please forward this on to others. ______"Barack was a community organizer, like Jesus was."Jesus started his community organizing after the work of John the Baptist.Barack started his community organizing after the work of Reverend Wright. John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, surviving on locusts and honeycombs.Reverend Wright lives in a sumptuous mansion, in a gated community. John the Baptist preached that people could find peace with God, have their sins forgiven. Reverend Wright taught his people they are victims, and to "kill the white oppressor." Before his community organizing, Jesus was tested and tempted for forty days in the desert, confronting the Devil. Before his community organizing, Barack went to Columbia University, then to Harvard. He won't release his grades. During His community organizing, Jesus said, "suffer the little children to come unto me."During his community organizing, Barack protected the "right" of women to kill their babies, before, during, and after birth. During His community organizing, Jesus taught people to avoid hell and take the redemption God offered.During his community organizing, Barack cared little for his peoples' eternal souls, promoting Marxism and good-works. Jesus wept, when confronted by unbelief. Barack led his people to fight instead. Jesus said "and thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength" is the first commandment. Barack thinks this is the first commandment: "what you have done unto the least of these, you have done unto me." Jesus said, "go forth, and sin no more."Barack sought to make people comfortable in their sin. Jesus performed miracles. Barack says he will reverse the waters, and "global warming." When Jesus confronted evil, he cast it out, defeated it.When Barack confronts evil, he prefers a conversation. When Jesus died, he made a way for us to reach God. Barack has made no such sacrifice. When Jesus was done with His community organizing, many people knew the peace that passes all understanding. When Barack was done with his community organizing, people's hearts weren't changed. After Jesus left, people remembered that a man who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. After Barack left, murder and violent crime increased dramatically in South Chicago. "Barack was a community organizer, like Jesus was." If you want to learn more about the Tennessee Representative who said that, take the link below. May God bless America. http://cohen.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=4

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