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Love or hate the Dodgers, but one of the joys of baseball recently has been watching Cuban defector Yasiel Puig light it up. He’s the real deal and does everything but pitch. Last night he completed a feat almost as rare as a 4 homer game. He hit three triples against the Giants…. a feat seen only 48 times since the 1900 in MLB. Added Vin Scully goodness for your baseball pleasure.

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An Alabama sues a hospital for mistakenly amputating the only limb that matters:

Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, for amputating his penis in June after he went in for a circumcision.
In the lawsuit, Banks says he was never warned that the procedure might result in an amputation, and he never gave his consent for an amputation.
“My client is devastated,” said Banks’ attorney John Graves.
Banks, who does not work due to a disability, is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. His wife, Zelda Banks, is also suing for loss of consortium due to the operation.
The lawsuit names in particular Urology Centers of Alabama and Dr. Vincent Michael Bivins, who works at the Baptist Health Center, as well as the Simon-Williamson Clinic and Dr. Alan C. Aikens, who works at that clinic.
Bivins was treating Banks for conditions that led to the circumcision, the suit says, and Aikens was scheduled to perform the procedure.
A statement released by Baptist Health System spokeswoman Kate Darden said the allegations were without merit.
“We intend to defend all counts aggressively,” Kate DeWitt Darden said.
In 2011, a Kentucky man filed a similar lawsuit. In that case, the urologist only cut off the tip of the penis, after finding a potentially deadly cancer during the circumcision. In the end, the jury sided with the doctors, saying they exercised precaution.

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Artist: Howard Chandler Christy, 1917

Artist: Howard Chandler Christy, 1917

Friday Night Fight: B-52 Stratofortress vs. Unnamed Island

From Foxtrot Alpha:

You are looking at 45 surplus M117 750lb general purpose bombs being dropped out of the weapons bay of a B-52H Stratofortress in under two seconds. You can see the impacts seconds later on the island far below.

Last March I asked a B-52 pilot how accurate using the B-52′s radar to deliver dumb bombs is in a day and age of precision guided munitions. The pilot’s response:

“Freakishly accurate. If you need a building destroyed use a PGM (precision guided munition), if you need the sprawling industrial complexes around it gone too, a B-52 laden with dumb bombs is your guy.”

In the words of Filter: “Hey man nice shot!”


A moon plan so crazy it could only be conceived by bureaucrats. Hey Soviets… if we can’t have the Moon… NO ONE CAN or something like that.

In the thralls of the Cold War, the United States and the USSR battled for supremacy in the space exploration arena. Shortly after the Soviets struck first in 1957 with the successful launch of Sputnik I, the United States passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, and NASA began operation.

At the same time, the two countries were embroiled in a fervent nuclear race. With the development of the first nuclear warheads in the early 1940s, the United States sparked the “Atomic Age” and subsequently spent somewhere north of $8.75 trillion to produce 70,000 nuclear missiles. By the early 1950s, an air of nuclear optimism pervaded the U.S. In the same regard that the nuclear bomb had rendered all other explosives obsolete, the nuclear power plant would one-up coal, oil, and other sources of energy. At the Nevada Test Site (the U.S Department of Energy’s primary nuclear bomb testing ground) thousands gathered in folding chairs to watch atomic detonations.

Following a Post-Hiroshima rhetoric, America’s citizens were ready for nuclear technology to be utilized in positive, productive ways. Then, the U.S. Government put a top-secret plan in place to nuke the Moon.


As far back as 1949, Chicago’s Armour Research Institute (known as the IIT Research Institute today) had studied the effects of nuclear explosions on the environment and atmosphere. In 1958, the program was approached by the United States Air Force and asked to determine the hypothetical consequences of a nuclear explosion on the Moon. Sensing that national morale was low after the Soviets launched Sputnik, the U.S. government coined a plan: they’d nuke the Moon, causing an explosion so big that it’d be visible from Earth. They hoped the explosion would not only boost the confidence and approval of Americans, but serve as a show of power to the Soviets.

Led by renowned physicist Leonard Reiffel, a ten-person research team was formed under a rather auspicious project title: “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” (or, “Project A-119″). Immediately, the team began studying “the potential visibility of the explosion, benefits to science, and implications for the lunar surface.” An essential element to ensuring that the explosion would be seen from Earth was determining the mathematical projection of the expansion of the resulting dust cloud in space; Carl Sagan, a young doctoral student at the time, was brought in to help find an answer.

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