Fear The Turtle – And Listen To The Radio.

After a horrible loss to North Carolina last week – a game which the Terps should have and could have won – they are back on the field today at noon, EDT to take on the number 2 ranked Wahoos of the University of Virginia.

Virginia is coming off a loss to Johns Hopkins which knocked them out of the top ranking, so both teams should be trying to get back onto the winning track. Add to game that this is a conference game, and you have all the makings of a barn burner.

You can catch the game on ESPNU, or if you are in the area of College Park, stop by the game and watch it live.

After the game, tune your radios, laptops, tablets, cellphones or computer to AM 1300 WMEL to catch us on the Steve Bussey Radio Experience from 2 – 4 PM. The show should be interesting as we have been following the Trayvon Martin story heavily and have some thoughts on that. We’ll probably discuss the Obamacare hearing in front of the Supreme Court this past week, and whatever else comes up.

Today should be interesting because Steve is actually out of town for a wedding, so he will literally be phoning the show in via Skype while the rest of the motley crew will still be live in the studio.

Who knows what can happen in that situation. We could have a malfunction on the board and then you’d get to listen to us more. (Please pray there are no technical issues.)

Either way, take a load off your feet and listen to the show. If you want to comment on a topic, start a topic, or give us your thoughts on anything, give us a call at 321-621-1300.

Fear the Turtle!

San Francisco Subways Say “We Can’t Afford To Sell Footlongs.”

You have probably seen the ads for the Subway chain of food and sandwich stores advertising “any footlong sub for $5.”

If you like Subway and like their food, it is a great deal. If you don’t like Subway, it still is a good deal anytime you don’t feel like cooking or something like that.

However, Subway stores in San Francisco are no longer selling footlong subs for a five dollars.

The reason?

They cannot afford to.

In most cases, a store will put something on sale to drive traffic into the location. The theory is that a company will make less per sale item sold, but because the store is selling more, the overall profit is good.

Unless you have a store in San Francisco, where the voters passed a law raising the minimum wage yearly to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The result is the minimum wage in San Francisco is now a whopping $10.24 per hour.

When you pile the increased wages on top of the heavy regulations and fees San Francisco pounds businesses with, stores cannot make a profit selling $5.00 subs.

If You Aren’t, You Should.

One of our favorite sites in the entire internet world is one that covers the Decorah Eagles. A group called the “Raptor Resource” has set up a camera that watches a nest of bald eagles. The nest itself is some 4 feet by 6 feet and is 80 feet high in the air. The camera has the capability to see at night so you can watch the eagles 24 hours a day.

The second of three eggs has just hatched and in the coming months, like last year, it is fascinating to watch mom and dad feed the hatchlings, and watch them grow into birds that take aloft on their own.

You can catch a quick view of the live streaming video below, and then head on over to the UStream site and watch them. They are amazing and beautiful creatures.

The video below is of one of the babies hatching.

Maryland Enters The Wind Farm Business

The state of Maryland’s “e-Panel” passed a recommendation onto to the House of Representatives to build a wind farm off the Maryland coastline. The plan is to allow a private developer to build a 40 wind turbine farm that would generate “clean” electricity for the state.

It sounds like a great idea until you start to get into the numbers of the plan.

First, the generated electricity will cost more than that generated by fossil fuels and nuclear plants. This is a problem as Maryland law requires the utility company to produce or purchase electricity at the lowest rate.

Without being the lowest rate, the company building the wind farm cannot compete in the market.

No problem. Help is on the way in two forms.

First, the EPA – those pesky, un-elected bureaucrats who are actively trying to mandate what Congress has denied, are looking to increase regulations on coal fired electric plants. The result is the closing of over 300 electricity producing coal fired boilers. While America is rich in coal, the Obama administration and special interest groups have targeted coal plants on environmental concerns. The EPA has passed burdensome regulations that coal plants have started to implement, only to have the regulations overturned by lawsuits from environmental groups leading to more regulations. The result is an ever changing landscape of rules and regulations that are passed by non-elected officials.

However, the practice of going around elected officials is within the plans of the Obama administration who, after having such bills as “Cap and Trade” go down in defeat, has simply said they will bypass Congress.

Silly Unanswered Question Of The Week.

As what has been described as one of the most crucial cases before the Supreme Court in the history of the country is taking place (The Affordable Care Act), can anyone tell us why a live video and audio feed of this should not be broadcast to the entire country?

It is not as if the arguments are going to be held in private. Instead, the Supreme Court does not allow people – regular people – to actually see what happens in a case.

In this day and age, that is ridiculous.

Michigan High School Athletic Association Tells Kid With Down Syndrome He Is Too Old To Play Basketball.

Eric Dompierre is a 19 year old with Downs Syndrome. As a junior at Ishpeming High School, Dompierre loves basketball and plays on the team. His teammates and coaches love him being on the team and consider him a “perfect teammate.”

Except for one problem – Dompierre is no longer allowed to play on the team.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has decided to uphold a rule that says those participating in a high school sport must be 18 years of age or younger.

As we noted, Dompierre is 19. Because of the Down Syndrome, Dompierre got a late start in school. Yet here the kid is getting an education and participating in a sport.

Good for him.

We are usually against rules that cut out special provisions for the disabled if there is a great cost or if the provision is overly burdensome. In the case of Dompierre, there is no cost and there is no burden to the school or other schools. This is a win win for everyone. You end up with a kid that is actually part of a team and learns what that means, and a school that can be proud of the fact it is not shoving the kid in a corner for being different and or “disabled.”

Despite 23 other states having rules on the books that allow disabled children like Dompierre to compete in sports at the high school level, the MHSAA said:

Musical Tesla Coils. How Cool Is This?

These are two gigantic solid state musical Tesla Coils. A Tesla Coil is a special type of transformer invented by Nikola Tesla that is able to generating extremely large voltages using a phenomenon known as electrical resonance. Each coil in this video is capable of generating a 13 foot spark. This equates to about 500,000 volts of electricity.

The primary drive system for the coils consists of high power semiconductors arranged into an H-Bridge switching configuration. During a spark event, the coil is pulsed on for a few hundred millionths of a second. During this short time, thousands of amps circulate within the primary tank circuit and the energy is coupled into the secondary resonator through magnetism.

So what appears to be a continuous burst of sparks is actually a specific number of sparks generated per second. By modulating the number of sparks that emit from the coil each second, different tones can be produced by the coils.

Different coils, different song.

Obviously in both videos there is some additional music added, but still……. how cool is that?

People Looking Out For Others.

Much has been written and said concerning the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman encounter that left 17 year old Martin dead and Zimmerman the target of death threats and bounties.

One of the key points of discussions in the case is Trayvon Martin’s right to walk down a street unmolested. Hopefully running parallel to that is the right of people – including Martin – to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. Towards that end, neighborhood watch groups were formed.

Based on the concept of people looking out for each other, watch programs have helped prevent crimes and tried to help take streets back from thugs and criminals.

It is hard to believe that we need such groups. By that we mean “have we really come that far from looking out for our fellow man that we need to have organized groups to be on the look out for suspicious activity?” Looking out for some one who lived in your area was something neighbors did. Now it seems we have people who simply live next door and who don’t want to “get involved.”

Some people have laid this apparent lack of concern partially at the feet of “privacy fences.” After all, if you can’t see the people who live next to you and they can’t see you, why should you care about each other?

As an example, we spotted a story today coming out of Cary, North Carolina. Cary is a town of roughly 135,000 people who are employed in various industries, including software development companies.

The town is also home to 12 year old Nolan Turner. Turner is in fifth grade and is wheelchair bound. He also plays competitive wheelchair basketball. His friends at school kept asking him what is was like to play wheelchair basketball, so Turner got the idea of showing them; he would bring the game to his school.

The costs to do something like this surprised us. Turner was told it would cost $250 to rent the chairs and gear, plus pay for the insurance needed to have his friends participate in the sport he loves. Not satisfied with just his friends and classmates playing, Turner wanted the entire school to experience the sport. The costs went up to $1000. The school could not or would not pay for the event, so Turner decided to raise funds on his own.

Turner started selling bottled water in his neighborhood. Just that simple. People would stop by, get some water, and leave some money for the fund.

At some point, events took a turn for the worse.

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