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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Morning News: Zombies, Batman, and Thou

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

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Oh Noooooooo: A local teacher was arrested on suspicion of child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes after the Tacoma Police Department received an anonymous tip.

Obama Nominates Openly Gay Federal Judge: If approved, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Darrin Gayles will be the first openly gay black man to hold the post.

Leno Finally Quits the Tonight Show, Maybe Even For Good This Time: It sounds like the whole affair was an exercise in mediocrity, but he thanked his union employees so that was really nice.

The House of Representatives Gave Itself a Raise: Well, they increased their daily stipend by $30, but it still counts.

It's Been a Good Run, Top Of the Food Chain: An Oregon State University study finds that salmon use the earth's magnetic field as a built-in GPS system.

One Stolen Car Too Far: A 41-year old man being pursued by the police for driving a stolen car ups the ante by also stealing the police car. Go big or go home!

Calm The Fuck Down, Marketers: Someone thought it would be cool to hide zombies in a subway grate in New York City to promote the mid-season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead on Sunday.

Puyallup Man Sentenced For Killing His Children: Michael League was sentenced to five years for each murder, and will serve the sentences concurrently.

To the Bat-Meme!: A former New Orleans mayor said his office had a "Batman-type phone," and the internet jumped to action. Good job, team!

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space: The Curiosity rover took this picture of Earth from 100 million miles away to remind you that we're all just infinitesimal specks in the tapestry of life.

 

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JonnoN 1
"It sounds like the whole affair was an exercise in mediocrity"

You mean his entire 22 year run? (rim shot)

Team Coco forever!
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on February 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM · Report this
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I wonder how Salmon can use the magnetic field to define the ranges of their habitat (as an ancient species... like 10s of millions of years old) considering the magnetic field is not all that constant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomagnetic…
an excursion does not permanently change the large-scale orientation of the field, but rather represents a dramatic, typically short-lived decrease in field intensity, with a variation in pole orientation of up to 45 degrees from the previous position. These events, which typically last a few thousand to a few tens of thousands of years, often involve declines in field strength to between 0 and 20% of normal. Excursions, unlike reversals, are generally not recorded across the entire globe.
Posted by ChefJoe on February 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Big Matt G 3
@3) The difference between Geologic time (on the order of 10,000 years) v. Ecologic time (on the order of 100 years). Maybe the changes in the Geomag field are slow and gradual enough that the salmon can "update their maps," as it were.
Posted by Big Matt G on February 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
So it's not a stretch to think this is a method by which birds and insects migrate as well.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
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A Simple Question


Every other month, for the last twelve years, either Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan Chase has been under investigation for some form of financial fraud or other.

If America was really a "land of laws" would a criminal organization like that still have any credit rating?

If America was really a "land of laws" would the US Department of the Treasury be primarily filled with personnel from JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs?

Would any legitimate enterprise hire anyone from those two disreputable criminal organizations?

Negative. . . .

[Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are concurrently under investigation for forex rates manipulation and precious metals market manipulation.]
Posted by sgt_doom on February 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM · Report this
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About the zombie thing.... What would happen if someone totally freaked out and started stomping on the actors' hands? Or had a gun and started shooting?

Seriously, the marketers just aren't that bright.
Posted by TechBear on February 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 7
High school students count as "children" for the purposes of "child rape"?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on February 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM · Report this

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