Monday, August 31, 2009

Cook Customs
2009 World Championship - Freestyle

Builder - Dave Cook
Location - Milwaukee, WI
Country - USA

Bike Name - Rambler
Year / Model - 2009 Model 43
Engine Make / Size 550cc - "International"
Transmission Type - BMW 4speed R75 gear set in Cook modified BMW R25 3 speed case
Frame Make / Type - Cook Customs rigid
Front End - Cook Banana girder "extreme"
Rake 35 degrees
Wheels - Front Cook Customs 21"
Wheels - Rear Cook Customs 21"
Tires - Front Avon 21"
Tires - Rear Avon 21"
Brakes - Front Cook Perimeter rotors/Jaybrake Caliper
Brakes - Rear Cook Perimeter rotors/Jaybrake Caliper
Painter - Scott Soine

Chroming / Plating - Waukesha Plating (Nickel), Exclusive Metal Finishing (Brass)
Additional Info - Frame, front end, controls, sheet metal, lights, brackets, wheel hubs, all brackets/mounts etc. are one-off Cook fabricated (exceptions, carburetor, wheel rims, spokes, tires, brake calipers and master cylinders).

Entire drive line is a combination of extensively modified Honda, BMW, Yamaha donor parts and Cook one-off components (one-offs include Exhaust, Intake Manifold, Timing Cover and assembly, bell housing and clutch assembly, auxiliary oil reservoir, Oil Regulator, lines, etc.)

Hand and foot controls finished in laminated layered exotic hardwoods. Seat upholstery by Rich Phillips. Frame and Front end polished stainless steel with "yellow silver" brazed joints. All remaining "silver" components are polished stainless or nickel plated.

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Some recent oddness from over at See Mike Draw (some mild NSFW at the link)

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Police: Officer Pretended To Be Twin For Sex
Victim Says She Was Held Down After Realization

MILFORD, Conn. -- An Orange police officer is accused of pretending to be his twin brother in order to engage in a sexual encounter with a woman.

Officer Jared Rohrig, of Milford, was arrested Friday in connection with the sexual assault.

Police said a woman told police that she went to meet Rohrig's twin brother, Joe, whom she was in a relationship with. The woman got into a hot tub with Jared Rohrig, thinking it was his brother, police said.

Police said the hot tub activity moved into one of the home's bedrooms, where the two began having sex.

"During the sexual intercourse, she realized the male she was with did not have a tattoo on his left buttocks. The female victim said she immediately began to cry and asked where his tattoo went," according to the arrest affidavit.

The woman said Joe, whom she had been having a sexual relationship with since March 2009, has a tattoo of a cowboy, according to the affidavit.

Police said when the woman tried to leave after realizing Jared Rohrig was not Joe, Jared Rohrig pushed her down onto the bed, covered her face with a pillow and continued having sex.

Rohrig was charged with sexual assault in the first degree and criminal impersonation. His bond was set at $50,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.

He was put on paid leave from the Orange Police Department.


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Creepy yet cool...3;00

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Friday, August 28, 2009

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European Junior Championships Indoorcycling 2009 Carla Hochdorfer Henriette Hochdorfer Artistic Cycling Juniores Women Pair, European Champions 2009, 2008,


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America's unjust sex laws

An ever harsher approach is doing more harm than good, but it is being copied around the world

IT IS an oft-told story, but it does not get any less horrific on repetition. Fifteen years ago, a paedophile enticed seven-year-old Megan Kanka into his home in New Jersey by offering to show her a puppy. He then raped her, killed her and dumped her body in a nearby park. The murderer, who had recently moved into the house across the street from his victim, had twice before been convicted of sexually assaulting a child. Yet Megan’s parents had no idea of this. Had they known he was a sex offender, they would have told their daughter to stay away from him.

In their grief, the parents started a petition, demanding that families should be told if a sexual predator moves nearby. Hundreds of thousands signed it. In no time at all, lawmakers in New Jersey granted their wish. And before long, “Megan’s laws” had spread to every American state.

America’s sex-offender laws are the strictest of any rich democracy. Convicted rapists and child-molesters are given long prison sentences. When released, they are put on sex-offender registries. In most states this means that their names, photographs and addresses are published online, so that fearful parents can check whether a child-molester lives nearby. Under the Adam Walsh Act of 2006, another law named after a murdered child, all states will soon be obliged to make their sex-offender registries public. Such rules are extremely popular. Most parents will support any law that promises to keep their children safe. Other countries are following America’s example, either importing Megan’s laws or increasing penalties: after two little girls were murdered by a school caretaker, Britain has imposed multiple conditions on who can visit schools.

Which makes it all the more important to ask whether America’s approach is the right one. In fact its sex-offender laws have grown self-defeatingly harsh (see article). They have been driven by a ratchet effect. Individual American politicians have great latitude to propose new laws. Stricter curbs on paedophiles win votes. And to sound severe, such curbs must be stronger than the laws in place, which in turn were proposed by politicians who wished to appear tough themselves. Few politicians dare to vote against such laws, because if they do, the attack ads practically write themselves.
A whole Wyoming of offenders

In all, 674,000 Americans are on sex-offender registries—more than the population of Vermont, North Dakota or Wyoming. The number keeps growing partly because in several states registration is for life and partly because registries are not confined to the sort of murderer who ensnared Megan Kanka. According to Human Rights Watch, at least five states require registration for people who visit prostitutes, 29 require it for consensual sex between young teenagers and 32 require it for indecent exposure. Some prosecutors are now stretching the definition of “distributing child pornography” to include teens who text half-naked photos of themselves to their friends.

How dangerous are the people on the registries? A state review of one sample in Georgia found that two-thirds of them posed little risk. For example, Janet Allison was found guilty of being “party to the crime of child molestation” because she let her 15-year-old daughter have sex with a boyfriend. The young couple later married. But Ms Allison will spend the rest of her life publicly branded as a sex offender.

Several other countries have sex-offender registries, but these are typically held by the police and are hard to view. In America it takes only seconds to find out about a sex offender: some states have a “click to print” icon on their websites so that concerned citizens can put up posters with the offender’s mugshot on trees near his home. Small wonder most sex offenders report being harassed. A few have been murdered. Many are fired because someone at work has Googled them.

Registration is often just the start. Sometimes sex offenders are barred from living near places where children congregate. In Georgia no sex offender may live or work within 1,000 feet (300 metres) of a school, church, park, skating rink or swimming pool. In Miami an exclusion zone of 2,500 feet has helped create a camp of homeless offenders under a bridge.
Make the punishment fit the crime

There are three main arguments for reform. First, it is unfair to impose harsh penalties for small offences. Perhaps a third of American teenagers have sex before they are legally allowed to, and a staggering number have shared revealing photographs with each other. This is unwise, but hardly a reason for the law to ruin their lives. Second, America’s sex laws often punish not only the offender, but also his family. If a man who once slept with his 15-year-old girlfriend is barred for ever from taking his own children to a playground, those children suffer.

Third, harsh laws often do little to protect the innocent. The police complain that having so many petty sex offenders on registries makes it hard to keep track of the truly dangerous ones. Cash that might be spent on treating sex offenders—which sometimes works—is spent on huge indiscriminate registries. Public registers drive serious offenders underground, which makes them harder to track and more likely to reoffend. And registers give parents a false sense of security: most sex offenders are never even reported, let alone convicted.

It would not be hard to redesign America’s sex laws. Instead of lumping all sex offenders together on the same list for life, states should assess each person individually and include only real threats. Instead of posting everything on the internet, names could be held by the police, who would share them only with those, such as a school, who need to know. Laws that bar sex offenders from living in so many places should be repealed, because there is no evidence that they protect anyone: a predator can always travel. The money that a repeal saves could help pay for monitoring compulsive molesters more intrusively—through ankle bracelets and the like.

In America it may take years to unpick this. However practical and just the case for reform, it must overcome political cowardice, the tabloid media and parents’ understandable fears. Other countries, though, have no excuse for committing the same error. Sensible sex laws are better than vengeful ones.


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Police: Texting, talking NY trucker hits car, pool

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Police say a western New York tow truck driver was texting on one cell phone while talking on another when he slammed into a car and crashed into a swimming pool.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies say 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car Wednesday morning in Lockport, which is outside Buffalo.

The truck then crashed through a fence and sideswiped a house before rolling into an in-ground pool.

Police say the 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was in good condition. Her 8-year-old niece suffered minor injuries.

Sparks was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone and following too closely. It couldn't be determined Thursday whether he has a lawyer.


Please hang up and drive. Everybody. Please.


A single malt Scotch whisky is to go on sale for £10,000 a bottle, its distiller has announced.

The Glenfiddich Distillery described the 50-year-old single malt as "the pinnacle of our whisky-making excellence".

It will release just 50 bottles every year for the next decade.

They will be sold in selected airports across the world for the next few months, before being made available through a small number of retailers.

The whisky has been kept in two casks in the Banffshire distillery's warehouse for 50 years.

Each hand-blown, numbered bottle will be decorated in Scottish silver and presented in a hand-stitched, leather-bound case.

The bottles will be accompanied by a leather-bound book which details the history of the whisky. It will also have pages for the owner to make their own tasting notes.

Buyers will receive a certificate signed by four of the distillery's long-serving craftsmen.

Peter Gordon, chairman of Glenfiddich distillery owner William Grant & Sons, said the whisky was "flawless".

Mr Gordon, the great-great-grandson of distillery founder William Grant, said: "We're happy to wait as long as we need to - up to 50 years in this instance - to produce the perfect whisky.

"The Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is the pinnacle of our whisky-making excellence and epitomises my great-great grandfather's vision of creating the very 'best dram in the valley'.

"Every new year is important when it comes to making exceptional whisky - and Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is the ultimate expression of this pioneering foresight."


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How much is a song worth? A dollar? Nope, apparently it has a value of $22,500.

Joel Tenenbaum has lost his trial against the RIAA and was ordered to pay $22,500 for each of the 30 songs he shared via Kazaa. Tenenbaum, who pleaded guilty to downloading and sharing files earlier this week, will be left paying off the $675,000 to the music labels for the rest of his life.

Tenenbaum, a graduate student from Boston admitted to downloading and sharing 30 songs in 2004, faced a fine up to $4.5 million – $150,000 per infringement. After a week long trial the jury eventually decided to award the RIAA $22,500 per song based on “willful infringement” mounting up to a total fine of $675,000 for Tenenbaum.

From the start it was clear that the only thing that the jury had to decide on would be the the size of the fine. The fair use defense was thrown out a few hours before the trial started, which shut down the only escape route left.

Tenenbaum’s defense team, headed by Harvard Professor Charles Nesson and his law students, were left powerless. “Undoubtedly, we were a creative and nontraditional legal team. But going into trial, we were stripped of all our attempts to mitigate Joel’s liability, so today’s outcome has been in the cards all week,” student Debbie Rosenbaum wrote.

This is the second win in little over a month for the RIAA. In June, Jammie Thomas-Rasset lost her retrial against the RIAA and was ordered to pay $1.92 million for the 24 songs she shared via Kazaa.

RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy told TorrentFreak that the ‘damages’ will not go to any of the artists, but to more anti-piracy campaigns. “Any funds recouped are re-invested into our ongoing education and anti-piracy programs,” he said.

In total, the RIAA has spent over a million dollars on this case alone, to set an example to the millions of people who share files every day. Time will tell whether or not the verdict will have any impact at all, aside from ruining a student’s life and alienating a few million music fans.


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One thing I've learned from my Er time is

Stay away from people named "Some Guy" or "This One Dude", because they for whatever reason, just punch someone in the face or hit them with a crowbar and run off. If I see them on the street, I cross the street to get away from them.


Seattle’s deep dig

The Tunnel: Massive machine will burrow underground to create a replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Picture this: Washington’s jumbo ferry, the MV Tacoma, runs aground in downtown Seattle between Safeco and Qwest fields, hangs a left onto First Avenue and then starts burrowing underground and disappears.

Got that?

If you do, then you have a pretty good picture of the size and operation of the machine that will be used to drill a deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, said Ron Paananen of the state Department of Transportation.

Paananen is in charge of the overall $4.24 billion project to replace the viaduct with a 1.7-mile deep-bore tunnel, rebuild parts of the seawall and improve the Alaskan Way surface street with a promenade, as well as build a new surface street in the footprint of the viaduct after the structure is removed.

His main focus these days is the $1.9 billion tunnel and the machine that will dig it.

The tunnel boring machine will weigh 5,000 tons, about the same as a jumbo ferry, Paananen said. Its power plant will be 400 to 500 feet long, about the same length as a jumbo ferry. The diameter of the “drill bit” will be almost 55 feet.

Industry experts say it will take 18 months to two years to build that machine, at a cost well over $50 million.

“It would be one of the biggest machines ever made,” said Craig Bournes, product manager for Lovat Inc., a Toronto-based firm that manufactures tunnel boring machines. Lovat built two of the machines for King County’s Brightwater, a project that eventually will carry sewage in underground pipes from an inland treatment plant to a discharge point in north Puget Sound. Those machines are much smaller – less than 19 feet in diameter.

Lovat, which is now owned by Caterpillar, is one of several international firms interested in building the tunnel boring machine for whichever design-build team wins the contract to build the tunnel. Herrenknecht AG of Germany, The Robbins Co. of Ohio, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shield Tunneling Association of Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and WIRTH in Germany are others.


When the project is finished, the tunnel is expected to carry 85,000 vehicles a day. An additional 25,000 vehicles will be using the Alaskan Way surface street. The viaduct currently carries about 110,000 vehicles a day.

The tunnel boring machine for the Alaskan Way project will have to dig a single tunnel that is large enough for four lanes of traffic – two lanes stacked on top of two other lanes, each pair carrying traffic in opposite directions.

That single tunnel idea is relatively new. Originally, the DOT was going to build two tunnels – one for each direction of travel. But the technology has advanced to allow four lanes in a single tunnel, and that chops about $600 million off the cost, Paananen said.

This scale of tunnel is not unprecedented. For example, Interstate 80 in the San Francisco Bay area goes through a 1,700-foot long, double-deck tunnel through Yerba Buena Island.

Over the past few weeks, work crews in Seattle have been drilling holes every 100 to 400 feet along the eventual route of the tunnel to see what kind of soil the tunnel boring machine will encounter. The tunnel will be 1.7 miles long and will be as deep as 200 feet in some places, which means most of it will be below sea level. The tunnel has to be deep enough to get underneath a 60-foot-deep railroad tunnel that carries freight trains under downtown Seattle. There also are sewer lines closer to the surface.

Paananen said so far the soil samples show native glacial deposits of sand and gravel along most of the route, but there is fill material at the southern end of the tunnel.

Unlike an earlier proposal for a cut-and-cover tunnel that would have been built under Alaskan Way, the single deep-bore tunnel will be about 500 to 600 feet farther inland, farther away from the shoreline. The southern tunnel entrance will be at King Street and will follow under First Avenue until it gets about one block past the Pike Place Market. At Stewart Street it will veer further to the east and resurface at Denny Way onto Aurora Avenue North, also known as Highway 99.

That means the Battery Street Tunnel probably will be closed and filled in, Paananen said. Its fate lies with Seattle city officials, he said.


Tunnel boring machines move at a pace of about 2 meters (6 feet) an hour and are guided by laser. The face of the machine chews up the soil and rock to that 6-foot distance and seals off a chamber at the front of the machine.

Rails will be laid behind the machine. The ground-up dirt, rock and other materials are turned into a slurry and are either piped out behind the machine or are carried out on conveyor belts or rail cars for disposal, Bournes said.

Thereafter, prefabricated concrete sections are bolted into place to form a ring around the circumference of the tunnel. That takes about two hours, although once the work gets under way it could take less time, he said. Then, the machine moves forward to grind up the next 6-foot segment.

It takes about a dozen workers to operate the boring machine, but there are many more workers providing support.

The machine will inch forward underground for all 9,000 feet, emerging at the north portal near Seattle Center like a giant sandworm.

After the tunnel is built, the double-decked traffic lanes will be built.

Paananen said it will take four or five months just to assemble the tunnel boring machine on the lots that have been cleared at the south end of the project to serve as a staging area for construction work.

The state will be buying property and getting easements from each of the property owners so the state can tunnel under their properties.


Work on the Alaskan Way project already is well under way. Two Seattle City Light electrical transmission lines that are attached to the viaduct are being relocated. Most people don’t realize that an earthquake that is severe enough to bring down the elevated structure would disrupt much more than traffic. Two-thirds of downtown Seattle would lose power if the viaduct were to collapse.

“It’s not just transportation that’s vulnerable,” Paananen said.

New power lines are being buried in a trench to the east of the viaduct and the switch-over will take place this fall. Other utility lines also are being moved.

A tunnel is better able to withstand an earthquake than an elevated structure, but regardless of which alternative was built, it will have to meet current seismic resistant standards.

The DOT also plans to seek contractors, probably in October, to tear down the southern end of the viaduct, the portion between Holgate and King streets. That is an estimated $300 million job.

It will be nearly two years – mid-2011 – until actual construction work begins on the deep-bore tunnel, but the legislative green light has set in motion more preparatory work.

In September, the DOT will send out a request for qualifications, which is basically a call for engineering firms and contractors to show that they can team up and have the wherewithal to design and build the tunnel.

“We know there are teams of engineers and contractors forming already,” Paananen said.

By the end of October, the DOT expects to announce which three or four teams have been chosen to proceed to the next phase of the project, and compete for a contract that could pay them between $800 million and $1.3 billion, he said.

Each of the finalists will be paid to further refine their proposals, and that will take the better part of a year, Paananen said. The winner of the contract probably won’t be chosen until September 2010.

During the legislative session that ended in late April, DOT officials told lawmakers they needed approval for the deep-bore tunnel concept because they needed to order a tunnel boring machine as soon as possible so they could get on a yearlong waiting list.

However, DOT officials have now decided to leave the purchase of the machine to the private design-build team that wins the contract, Paananen said.


Anybody remember the monorail proposal? You know, where our vehicle tabs went from $80/yr to over $400 that year to finance the new train? And that it got voted out, but no money was ever returned to anyone. Still no train. Yeah, like that.

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A Boxer-Engine Motorcycle by Harley-Davidson?

Back in the early 1940s, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a next-generation military motorcycle. The company was already producing the WLA, based on its traditional 45-degree V-twin. But the Army wanted a bike with one feature the WLA didn’t have: shaft drive. For its target, Harley chose another well-developed military bike -- BMW’s R71, then in use by the German Army. Harley’s version, the XA, was a near duplicate, right down to the flat-twin engine.

The Army ordered a test batch of 1,000 XAs. At the same time, the military also asked Indian to make a 750cc shaft-drive twin, and it came up with a 90-degree V-twin design much like recent Moto Guzzis. The idea was to put both new machines through their paces, and award a lucrative military contract to the winner.

The XA prototypes ... had a few significant developments beyond the copied engine. Breaking with H-D tradition, the throttle was on the left end of the bars and the hand clutch on the right, as specified by the Army. A massive rear rack would carry a then-lightweight 40-pound radio. And, starting in 1943, the XA also sported the company’s first telescopic fork. Mechanically, the large cooling fins stuck straight out in the breeze, reportedly keeping the XA’s oil temperature 100 degrees cooler than a standard Harley 45. At 4,600 rpm, the side-valve engine put out a claimed 23 horsepower.

The Army dragged its feet on picking a winner between the Harley and the Indian, the H-D factory looked for other potential uses for the XA motor, including sidecar rigs, snowmobiles, and even powering a 1,000-pound mini version of the Jeep called the Peep. None of the projects worked out.

Eventually, the Army finished its testing, and decided that neither new bike would be built. Instead, they bought several thousand more Harley WLAs. Mostly, though, the U.S. military decided to hitch its hopes to a vehicle that could go through anything, didn’t tip over, and required very little training to operate -- the Jeep.

The XA motor, despite its workable design, fizzled. Thus ended the Harley XA project -- and the idea of a tactical military motorcycle.


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SPCA exec's dog dies after being left in hot car

RICHMOND, Virginia - An executive for an anti-animal cruelty group says her 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after she accidentally left him in her hot car for four hours.

Robin Starr, the CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says she didn't realize "Louie" was in the car until noon. Starr's husband, Ed, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he put the dog in her car as she got ready for work Aug. 19. She often took the dog to work with her.

Robin Starr took the dog to two clinics, but he died of kidney failure.


Thanks to aagro for the heads up.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Some shots Of a recent group ride up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington....

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Six Years of Pictures and Over 100 GBs of Music, Gone

From as long as I can remember I’ve been told to back up my data. I thought I was covered with an external hard dive…

Several weeks ago as I was waking up my computer I heard the sound of my external hard drive spinning up like normal. But, before the desktop finished loading, I heard one of the worst sounds you can hear coming from the external hard drive enclosure. The two hard drives were spinning non-stop, for no reason. I shut down the computer and then shut off the external hard drive.

I waited 10 seconds and turned on the computer. This time the hard drives didn’t spin up at all. I was staring at two solid red LEDs on the front. When the external drives are working, you should see two green LEDs blinking as the data is being synced.

My heart fell into my stomach. I have over six years and 24 Gigabytes of pictures and hours and hours and well over 100 Gigabytes of music stored on the drive. After I bought the device, I made sure I formatted the drives to mirror the data. This halved the usable data on the device, but ensured I’d have two copies of my files.

I began to freak out. I’ve never restored a raid before. Worst case scenarios started going through my mind. I could only imagine how much money it would cost for a data recovery software, or god forbid a data recovery service. It would cost two or three times more than the drives, not to mention if the data was even recoverable.

Since the hard drives in the enclosure used the SATA interface, I drove to my local Microcenter. Thank god for Microcenter… I was able to find an external SATA hard drive cradle that could connect to computer with USB. I also picked up two new hard drives, just in case.

As soon as I got home, I labeled the two drives as I removed them. I then put the first drive into the cradle. I crossed my fingers and connected the USB cable to my computer. Nothing. I couldn’t even mount the drive or see any data at all. Crap.

I swapped the second drive into the cradle and connected it to my computer. No dice. I then open the Disk Utility application and hit refresh. The application found the drive and mounted it. I crossed my fingers again double clicked on the folder icon.

All my data was there. My pictures, music and movies.

Now that I had my data intact, I installed the two new drives into the external enclosure. I didn’t want to take any chances. I then used the same Disk Utility application to create a new mirrored raid drive and then began to copy my data. It felt like it took forever to move the data to the new drives, but I was thankful the data was still there…

I learned a lesson. While an external drive is good, I’m going to make it a practice to back up my pictures onto DVDs every 3 months. I’d rather lose a few months of pictures than worry about all my pictures. I’m even considering dropping off the DVDs in our safe deposit box.

You really don’t worry about backing up your data until it’s gone. At that point it may be too late or an expensive ordeal. Don’t wait, back up your photos and personal information today!


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Police reject candidate for being too intelligent

A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for scoring too high on an intelligence test.

Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the New London police, in Connecticut, in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125.

But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Mr Jordan launched a federal lawsuit against the city, but lost.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court's decision that the city did not discriminate against Mr Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

He said: "This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class. I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else."

He said he does not plan to take any further legal action and has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.

The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.


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"Nice parking, Bud...." 0:23

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You're doing it wrong...

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Biker killed in freeway road-rage clash

CAMARILLO, Calif. - A motor home struck and killed a motorcyclist, dragging his body about 75 feet on U.S. Highway 101 in a bloody conclusion to a Ventura County road-rage encounter.

The motorcycle was impaled on the motor home.

Witnesses and motor home driver Michael Antoine told the California Highway Patrol the biker made obscene hand gestures and pulled in front of the motor home before braking suddenly Monday afternoon.

CHP Officer Terry Uhrich says the 68-year-old motor home driver was traveling about 55 mph in the southbound lanes in Camarillo and couldn't avoid slamming into the bike.

The 57-year-old Ventura biker, whose name is being withheld, was thrown under the motor home and dragged about 75 feet before coming loose in travel lanes.


Doesn't matter how "bad" you are, a motorhome will win everytime.

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Perched on the brink of a 186ft drop, this was the moment when Tyler Bradt probably felt the urge to start frantically paddling backwards.

Less than four seconds later, he was celebrating a world record for kayak descents.

The 22-year-old American touched 100mph as he plummeted over Palouse Falls in eastern Washington.

Amid an eerie stillness he fell 186ft in just 3.7 seconds as he touched speeds of 100mph in the terrifying descent.

After disappearing under the water at the base of the torrent, he emerged with a broken paddle. His only physical damage was a sprained wrist.

The amazing feat was captured on film and saw Brant set a new world record for kayak descents.

The previous record had been set only weeks earlier by Pedro Olivia as he plunged 127ft over the Salto Bello falls in Brazil.

Bradt admitted after his record breaking plunge he had risked his life with water rushing at 2,000 cubic feet over the falls.

'There was a stillness,' he said.

'Then an acceleration, speed, and impact unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I wasn’t sure if I was hurt or not. My body was just in shock.'

Bradt, from Montana, had prepared for the attempt by plunging over 70-80ft high waterfalls in Oregon.

His previous best attempt was 107ft down Alexandra Falls along the Hay River in Canada's Northwest Territories in 2007.

He was spurred on to conquer Palouse Falls by Olivia's 127ft fall in the Amazon.

In preparation Bradt visited Palouse Falls several times to observe the water and to see if it was humanly possible to survive the descent.

The first time I saw the Palouse, I knew it was runnable,' he said.

'There’s a smooth green tongue of water that carries about a third of the way down the falls. That was my route.'

As rescue teams waited at the base of the falls Bradt calmly steered his fiberglass kayak into the raging water.

After disappearing under the water he emerged within six seconds with his broken paddle and sprained wrist.

'Considering the waterfall, the injuries were pretty minor,' he said.

Bradt said he wanted to attempt the plunge not to set a record but to show what humans are capable of achieving.

The motivating factor for all this was just that I thought it was possible. I wanted to do it, I guess, because I can.

'It was a calculated risk, no doubt dangerous but also one of the most amazing days of my life.

'It’s a personal thing and nothing exterior, especially negativity, affects that.'

Bradt has faced criticism that his stunt will encourage others to try the extreme sport of kayak free-falling.

But he dismissed the suggestions, saying: 'I hope it encourages people not to run huge waterfalls but to understand that the only limits that exist are the ones you create, no matter what you are doing.'


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