Chocolate Bars and Happy Dreams

A British Canoeist was arrested, jailed and had his DNA sample taken for the crime of paddling down a river. Hmmm, no beating from the cops that might have bruised the hippy’s organic granola bars, but apart from that, it seems tough but fair. Apparently in Britain some people actually believe in ownership of a stretch of river and require you to pay for a sail on it.

And you thought airline travel was bad in this country. An Air India flight soared past its Mumbai destination on June 4 as its pilots allegedly dozed off in the cockpit, The Times of India reported this week. The napping pilots flew 359 miles past the airport and were still at cruising altitude when nervous air traffic controllers woke them up.

Air India officials vehemently denied the report, saying the plane lost radio contact with air traffic control for some time, and only flew 14 miles off course. “We emphatically deny the report. No such incident took place. We’ve checked our records,” Some pilots and air traffic controllers argue Air India is trying to cover up for the pilots’ mistake.

Jeeze, do you think so?

Harnessing the power of a volcano yeah this is gonna be a barn burner for sure. They are talking about drilling into active volcano’s in Alaska as a source of geothermal power … This sounds like modern science to me, take something that is very powerful, awfully hot, really unpredictable, and drill a hole it and pi** it off even more.

Man, this one isn’t going to end well at all; the handwriting is on the wall for this fiasco for sure.

Honk if you love Hispanics, this one is lame. A Hispanic-tag proposal is being reviewed by Florida highway officials. It proudly proclaims that “Hispanics Discovered Florida.”  It also has the support of state Sen. Gary Siplin a Democrat in a district with many Hispanic residents. The favorite television show in his district is called, “The Little House On The Chevy.”

We have a new novelty tag this year too. It reads: Where In The World Is Oklahoma? That was for all my friends over at the retirement home in Arkansas.

Your tax dollars at work. IBM is working with candy maker Mars Inc. and the U.S. government to study the genetic code of cocoa trees to safeguard the world’s chocolate supply. Closely held Mars, the maker of M&M candies and Snickers bars, and the U.S. Agriculture Department will sequence the entire cocoa genome, deciphering the plant’s biological map. IBM will analyze the results using Blue Gene, the world’s second- fastest supercomputer, the company said today in a statement.

Political unrest and plant diseases in Africa, home to two- thirds of cocoa production, have driven up prices more than 50 percent in the past year. Cocoa trees in Africa and Asia have become increasingly stunted from fungus, insects and drought, triggering supply shortfalls.

“Mars is trying to improve the reliability of the cocoa supply and IBM is looking for new ways to market its Blue Gene supercomputer power,” said Lora Cecere, an analyst for AMR Research in Boston. IBM can apply the same tools to other food staples falling short of demand, such as corn, she said

After that, who knows?  Maybe what causes zits on a 14 year old, or why they have “Happy Dreams” at night? When it comes to U.S. Government grant money … The sky is the limit these days.

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