Daily archives: April 13, 2005

Happy Finish

According to McCoy’s Street Plan For Men, Manchester is the UK’s massage parlour capital.

the book’s Staffordshire-based author, George McCoy, said that his guide – which also lists saunas, adult cinemas and lapdancing clubs – sought only to provide better information on an already existing trade.

He said: “Manchester is the UK capital for massage parlours. There is a refreshing honesty in Manchester about this. You don’t get the hoohah that you do in London about it, probably because people are a bit more down to earth.”

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Six of one, half a dozen the other

With Chloroflourocarbons phased out the ozone layer may be safer, but the replacement chemicals are proving to be greenhouse gases.

“Initially, it was thought these were an ideal solution — obviously that was not the case if they were contributing to another problem.”

While CFCs contribute more per unit to global warming, the rapid increase in the use of replacement chemicals makes them now the greater threat to climate stability, Metz told the AP in a telephone interview.

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Enter the Matrix

Matrix is the latest clever weapon for the US Army, allowing soldiers to remotely detonate mines and claymores from a touch screen laptop.

Users of the system will be able to choose between blasting their enemies with Claymores, which spit out hundreds of steel balls propelled by plastic explosives, or with the M5 Modular Crowd Control Munition, a non-lethal take on the Claymore that sprays rubber balls instead of steel.

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Turkey Guts

I was very excited by Thermal Conversion (then referred to as Thermal Depolymerisation) when I first heard about it two years ago. After ten years of development the first Thermal Conversion Process plant has gone live. However, it may not be able to fulfill its promise because of technicalities in the renewable energy funding process.

According to the company, CWT is unable to expand its U.S. operations due to limitations on the tax credit definition created by the Jobs Bill of 2004. Wording in the bill promotes development of biodiesel fuel from specific feedstocks, Appel said, but to the exclusion of other renewable energy sources such as oil produced by TCP. The Jobs Bill grants a tax credit of 50 cents to the dollar per gallon of biodiesel specifically derived from virgin soybeans and used cooking oils. CWT’s TCP-derived fuel, which meets the universal definition of biodiesel as a liquid fuel produced from biomass and utilizes animal waste from nearby poultry processing facilities as its feedstock, is excluded from the tax credit.

Also see Cycling on the Pavement: USS Blowjob for a fictional take of TCP/TDP use.

via Sustainablog

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