Saturday, July 2, 2011

Back again

Sorry, been off doing other stuff for awhile. :)

Meanwhile, the nuclear plants in NE haven't melted down, although I still suspect the situation was more dangerous than the US media was telling anyone. The US Army still has its occupation troops in Germany, Japan, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. And probably lots of other places that I don't think of off the top of my head. For that matter, I grew up in the South, and there are a lot of permanent military bases there a 150 years after that war ended.

Meanwhile, the tour de chemists is beginning in France. There's a strange situation where last year's winner, who as per TDF tradition of late failed a drug test during the race, being allowed to race in this year's race while he appeals the decision stripping him of last year's title and suspending him from the sport. The question is, who are the chemists backing this year. If you do a quick google search, you'll find the 2007 winner, Floyd Landis was stripped of his title as well. As did 2006 winner Jan Ulrich. Every year, more cyclists are banned from the sport for failing drug tests. And of course, the most famous American cyclist, Lance Armstrong has been accused of taking banned drugs as well. Most notably by another top level American cyclist, Tyler Hamilton, who failed is own drug tests in his day. Alberto Contador in just the latest in the long, long line of people who decide that riding bycycles up the alps isn't a normal thing to do and that they need some help to accomplish these super-human feets.

So, anyone want to start a pool? Who will be banned for failed drug tests this year? Or, maybe just pick a date on the calendar when this year's super human is caught doing the things that make him super-human?

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