Tsunami Destroys City

The most-viewed video clip on YouTube Japan today is a clip that shows how the March 11th tsunami engulfed and destroyed the city of Kesennuma in a few short minutes:

Social security flaw leaves way open for cyber-theft

Think you’re safe from identity theft because you are careful with your personal information? If you have a US social security number (SSN), think again – because that personal identifier can be guessed from publicly available information

An SSN consists of nine digits, the first five of which are assigned by established criteria based in part on the zip code in which someone was born.

For 8.5 per cent people born between 1989 and 2003, the researchers were able to identify the complete SSN within less than 1000 attempts.

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The math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce is:

The math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce is:
After 5 years of marriage, he paid her $49 million.

Assuming he banged her every night during their 5 year relationship (and being married men, we all know THAT doesn’t happen), it ends up costing him $26,849 per lay, not counting attorney’s fees and court costs.

On the other hand, Elliot Spitzer’s call girl Kristen charges $4,000 an hour. Crazy, right?


Had Paul McCartney employed Kristen for 5 years, he would’ve paid $7.3 million for an hour of sex every night for 5 years (a savings of $41+million).

Value-added benefits are: a 22 year old hot babe, no begging, no coaxing, never a headache, wide open menu, ability to put BOTH legs around you, no bitching and complaining or ‘to do’ lists. Best of all, she leaves when you’re done, and comes back the next day, ready for another round. All at 1/7th the cost, with no legal fees.* *

Honda rolls out new zero-emission car

TAKANEZAWA, Japan – Honda’s new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to Southern California, where Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring.

The FCX Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, emits only water and none of the noxious fumes believed to induce global warming. It is also two times more energy efficient than a gas-electric hybrid and three times that of a standard gasoline-powered car, the company says.

Japan’s third biggest automaker expects to lease out a “few dozen” units this year and about 200 units within three years. In California, a three-year lease will run $600 a month, which includes maintenance and collision coverage.

Among the first customers are actress Jamie Lee Curtis and filmmaker husband Christopher Guest, actress Laura Harris, film producer Ron Yerxa, as well as businessmen Jon Spallino and Jim Salomon.

“It’s so smooth,” said Harris, who played villainness Marie Warner on the hit TV show “24” and was flown over by Honda for the ceremony. “It’s like a future machine, but it’s not.”

Nurse Pulled Cops Out of Burning Car, Got 10 Months in Jail For It

Rachelle Jackson, a trained nurse, pulled two policemen out of their burning squad car … and rather than being thanked for her heroic effort, she was arrested on charges that she robbed, battered and disarmed a peace officer and jailed for 10 months!

Jackson sued the city and several Chicago police officers, and a federal jury had just awarded her almost $8 million for false arrest, malicious prosecution, coercive questioning, and intentional infliction of emotional distress:

The case began in November 2002, when a car ran a stop sign in Jackson’s neighborhood, slamming into the squad car. Jackson was walking nearby and rushed to the scene. When she arrived, the officer behind the wheel was unconscious and the passenger, Officer Kelly Brogan, was dazed.

She pulled Brogan from the wreckage and helped her to a nearby stoop. Soon after, police approached Jackson and told her that the driver’s weapon had been stolen. When she was asked to go to the police station for questioning, she thought it was as a witness to the accident.

Instead, Jackson was accused of the theft. She was held for two days with little food and water and was threatened with violence until she agreed to sign a statement police had prepared for her. She was then charged and spent more than 10 months in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial.

Chicago Tribune

Proposed 300mph maglev train from Disneyland to Vegas receives government funding

Could a 300mph train from Disneyland to Las Vegas be on the way? A transportation bill just signed into law chips in $45 million to study the idea, which has a maglev (magnetic levitation) train similar to the Shanghai SMT in the picture above making the 260-mile run from fantasyland to sleazetown in just under two hours. If you’ve ever driven this 4-hour+ route across the desert, you know how long and monotonous that trek can seem, so this double-quick passage would be warmly welcomed.

Let’s not bet on this just yet, though. That $45 million grant is a drop in the bucket compared to the enormous cost of these high-speed maglev trains. In fact, that amount of funding would be enough for about 1.5 miles of track. Nevertheless, the $45 million is a good start for environmental studies, and it’s great news that trains such as this and the 220mph California Bullet Train are even being discussed in the train-dumb United States.

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