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The Most Eco-Friendly Governments in Texas
The following governments spend the greatest amounts on environmental issues. This may not always be reflected in the quality of that nation's environment.
As a region, Texas is ranked 2,924th in the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
|1.||The Serene Compassionate Utopia of Safj||Left-wing Utopia||“Live Life How You Choose; Live It Well.”|
|2.||The Concordium of Independent Planets||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Freedom above all”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Furry Felines||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Prrrrrrrr - Send Bacon!”|
|4.||The Empire of ElectronicDataSystems||New York Times Democracy||“An Empire built on Computers”|
|5.||The Galactic Empire of Gig em Aggies||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Hullabaloo Caneck Caneck”|
|6.||The March Madness of Indian Empire||Democratic Socialists||“Kentucky 75, Texas Tech 68”|
|7.||The Paradise of Republika Slovenija||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Republika Slovenija”|
|8.||The Watchmen of Rorschach||Democratic Socialists||“Who watches the Watchmen?”|
|9.||The Equatorial Republic of Tishanda||Democratic Socialists||“Pagpalain nawa ng Panginoon ang ating lupain”|
|10.||The Free Land of Palindream||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Take it easy”|
Regional Poll • Best Snack Food (Chips Crackers)
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Saturday – 23rd March, 2019
National Near Miss Day:
A massive asteroid (4581 Asclepius) nearly hit the earth in 1989. This day is commemorated annually on March 23 as people across the nation celebrate National Near Miss Day.
On March 22-23, 1989, a mountain-sized asteroid came within 500,000 miles of colliding with the earth. “On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call,” said Dr. Henry Holt. Geophysicists estimate that collision with Asclepius would release energy comparable to the explosion of a 600 megaton atomic bomb. On March 31, 1989, nine days after its closest approach to Earth, the asteroid was discovered.
A collision would have had catastrophic effects on our planet.
There have been other “near misses” that have happened on an infrequent basis.
Other National Days Today:
National Chia Day:
The Registrar of National Day Calendar® has designated March 23rd of each year as National Chia Day. This day recognizes the tiny, yet powerful chia seed that has earned its reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Revered by the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, chia seeds have become a trusted staple for people around the world and can be enjoyed in many foods and beverages!
High in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile.
* 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
Add chia to your diet on this day (and every day) to enjoy the strength and vitality that these seeds bring to your life. Start your day with chia granola, power through the day with chia bars, and enjoy chia beverages anytime.
Submitted by Mamma Chia in February 2016 by the policies set forth to designate a National Observation Day, this proclamation has been certified by the Registrar at National Day Calendar®.
National Chip And Dip Day:
National Chip And Dip Day, an annual favorite food holiday, is observed every March 23rd. It celebrates a perfect combination loved by many across the country. Chips and dip are a popular party dish as it is not only favored by most but also quick and easy to prepare.
Just a few days earlier on March 14, we celebrate National Potato Chip Day, and now we add a partner, the dip. People have been dipping their food for centuries. Hummus-like recipes date back to the 13th century. These are some of the first “dip” recipes found.
Potato chips are not the only mode of celebrating the day. There are tortilla chips, corn chips, pretzel chips and even popcorn chips to name a few. After you have chosen your chips, there are dozens of dips to partner with them. There are a variety of dips usually made with sour cream, cheeses, salsas, and seasonings. The combinations are endless. Don’t hesitate to mix up your favorite or try something new!
National Corn Dog Day:
In March every year, a popular food of sports fans, concert and fairgoers alike are enjoyed with ketchup, mustard or even plain. It’s National Corn Dog Day.
The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep fried. Fairgoers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.
The convenience of the corn dog and other fried foods on a stick continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.
Created in 1992 by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball.
National Melba Toast Day:
March 23rd recognizes Melba Toast Day, a food holiday. Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is sometimes served with salad or soup or may be eaten plain or with a topping.
Melba toast was named after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of the Australian opera singer, Helen Porter Mitchell. The singer was quite popular with chef Auguste Escoffier of the Savoy. It is believed he created not just this “diet” toast for Ms. Melba, but a famous dessert as well.
Because Melba toast was such a firm toast, it was often given to infants as teething biscuits.
Special Quote of the Day:
Regular Quote of the Day: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Question of the day: Did everyone have fun goofing off on National Goof Off Day yesterday?
Special Recognition Months:
Texas History Month - Texas Government Code § 662.102:
(A) In honor of those Texans who helped shape the history of the State of Texas and in recognition of events throughout Texas' History
Women's History Month - By Presidential Proclamation:
(A) I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women.
On This Day In History:
2018 A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand
Today I discovered that the site I used as a source of info for the National Days (nationaldaycalendar.com) has changed their listing information for National Puppy Day to today, the 23rd March. This National Day was accidentally listed under March 22nd on the site yesterday. I have already listed it as one of yesterday’s National Days. Please note that National Puppy Day has been moved to today, 23rd March, 2019. My apologies.
My youngest son, it fills my heart with great joy to discover that I am that important to you. <<Hugs son>>
Thank you, my son. Greatly appreciated.
Alrighty then! Brick me again, son!
Aeroflot Flight 593: 23 March 1994 Russian Airbus A-310 crashes in Siberia
The plane that crashed was the Aeroflot Flight 593 and as an Aviation Enthusiast, Armchair/Flight Simulator Pilot and Armchair Accident Investigator, I will never forget this particular plane crash because the reason why this plane crashed was incredibly asinine. The relief pilot was Yaroslav Vladimirovich Kudrinsky. Relief pilot Kudrinsky was taking his two children Eldar and Yana on their first international flight, and they were brought to the cockpit while he was on duty. He should not have allowed them to handle the controls but he did. His son Eldar caused the autopilot to partially disengage and that was what caused the crash.
What Happened To Aeroflot Flight 593:
On 23 March 1994, the jet aircraft was en route from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow to Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong with 75 occupants aboard, of whom 63 were passengers. Most of the passengers were businessmen from Hong Kong and Taiwan who were looking for economic opportunities in Russia.
The captain of Flight 593 was Andrey Viktorovich Danilov, 40, who was hired by Aeroflot in November 1992. He had accrued over 9,675 hours of flight time, including 950 hours in the A310, of which 895 hours were as captain. The first officer was Igor Vasilyevich Piskaryov, 33, hired by Aeroflot in October 1993, who had 5,885 hours of flight time, including 440 hours in the A310. The relief pilot was Yaroslav Vladimirovich Kudrinsky, 39, who was hired by Aeroflot in November 1992; he had over 8,940 flying hours, including 907 hours in the A310. Kudrinsky also had experience in the Yakovlev Yak-40, Antonov An-12, and Ilyushin Il-76. There were nine flight attendants on board the plane.
With the autopilot active, Kudrinsky, against regulations, let the children sit at the controls. First, his daughter Yana took the pilot's left front seat. Kudrinsky adjusted the autopilot's heading to give her the impression that she was turning the plane, though she actually had no control of the aircraft. Shortly thereafter, Kudrinsky's son Eldar occupied the pilot's seat. Unlike his sister, Eldar applied enough force to the control column to contradict the autopilot for 30 seconds. This caused the flight computer to switch the plane's ailerons to manual control while maintaining control over the other flight systems. A silent indicator light came on to alert the pilots to this partial disengagement. The pilots, who had previously flown Russian-designed planes which had audible warning signals, apparently failed to notice it.
Eldar was the first to notice a problem, when he observed that the plane was banking right. Shortly after, the flight path indicator changed to show the new flight path of the aircraft as it turned. Since the turn was continuous, the resulting predicted flight path drawn on screen was a 180-degree turn. This indication is similar to those shown when in a holding pattern, where a 180-degree turn is required to remain in a stable position. This confused the pilots for nine seconds, during which time the plane banked past a 45-degree angle to almost 90 degrees, steeper than the design allowed. The A310 cannot turn this steeply while maintaining height, and the plane started to lose altitude quickly. The increased g-forces on the pilots and crew made it extremely difficult for them to regain control. The autopilot, which no longer controlled the ailerons, used its other controls in order to compensate, pitching the nose up and increasing thrust; as a result the plane began to stall; the autopilot, unable to cope, disengaged completely. A second, louder indicator light came on to alert the pilots of the complete disengagement, and this time they did notice it. At the same time, the autopilot's display screen went blank. To recover from the stall, an automatic system lowered the nose and put the plane into a nosedive. The reduced g-forces enabled Kudrinsky to re-take his seat. Piskaryov then managed to pull out of the dive, but over-corrected, putting the plane in an almost vertical ascent, again stalling the plane, which fell out of the sky into a corkscrew dive. Although Kudrinsky and Piskaryov regained control and leveled out the wings, they did not know how far they had descended during the crisis and their altitude by then was too low to recover. The plane crashed at high vertical speed, estimated at 70 m/s (14,000 ft/min). All 75 occupants died from the impact.
The aircraft crashed with its landing gear up, and all passengers had been prepared for an emergency, as they were strapped into their seats. No distress calls were made prior to the crash. Despite the struggles of both pilots to save the aircraft, it was later concluded that if they had just let go of the control column, the autopilot would have automatically taken action to prevent stalling, thus avoiding the accident.
The wreckage was located on a remote hillside in the Kuznetsk Alatau mountain chain, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia; the flight data recorders were found on the second day of searching. Families of western victims placed flowers on the crash site, while families of Chinese victims scattered pieces of paper with messages written on them around the crash site.
The events of Flight 593 were featured in "Kid in the Cockpit", a Season 3 (2005) episode of the Canadian TV series Mayday (called Air Emergency and Air Disasters in the U.S. and Air Crash Investigation in the UK and elsewhere around the world). The flight was also included in a Mayday Season 6 (2007) Science of Disaster special titled "Who's Flying the Plane?"
Short Investigation Video:
Investigation / Findings:
2 Hours after the crash the search was begun to locate the crash of Flight 593. It was soon clear there were no survivors of the crash putting the total of fatalities to 75 people. Initial speculation was that it was a form of terrorist act, but was soon ruled out after the analysis of the cockpit voice recorder. The Russian government authorities conducted the investigation and determined that the main cause of the crash was due to pilot error.
-The poor decision made by the Captain to allow his children to be at the controls and manipulate the aircraft even though the aircraft was on autopilot was a key factor that leads to the crash.
-The lack of authority shown when the aircraft was beginning to lose its direction was another element that should have been addressed.
-Complacency with the condition of the flight as well as not following protocols in the situation experienced further doomed the flight.
-The crew’s unfamiliarity with the foreign built Airbus A310, the crew of Flight 593 was not aware of an aspect to the aircraft, that when force was enforced on the controls that the auto pilot will partially disengage, without a warning sound.
Morals of the Story/Lessons from this Incident:
1. Children do not belong in the cockpit of an aircraft and should therefore not be allowed to be there.
In Memory of Aeroflot Flight 593:
1. Wikipedia. Aeroflot Flight 593. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_593
2. Aviation Safety Network. ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A310-304 F-OGQS Mezhduretshensk. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19940323-0&lang=en
3. The Seattle Times. Tape Reveals Kids Got Flying Lesson Before Crash. Retrieved from http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940928&slug=1933132
Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!
Live Long And Prosper Everyone And May The Force Be With You Always.
Texas State Parks BINGO:
Saturday – 23rd March, 2019
In honor of National Near Miss Day when we nearly suffered a catastrophic Extinction Event like the dinosaurs, today's location to strike off is: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!
Live Long And Prosper Everyone And May The Force Be With You Always.
To determine which snack food goes up against which, we're doing a preliminary round of voting to determine placement. At the moment this is round 1 of 2, if we get more suggestions we can do a 3rd preliminary round.
Maybe I missed this. Or it's on the group chat page I don't participate in.....
The Poll is below the census report. I am keeping track of the votes and will reveal the tallies at the end. Popcorn is already on the list as are Ritz. I will add Trail Mix and Cheetos Puffs. Maybe another time we can do a poll of the various nuts.
Hostess Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes.
Hostess/Little Debbies will be the next poll once we're through with the snack foods. So sometime in April.