How much is 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas?

Sounds like a helluva lot to me.

That is the amount of recoverable natural gas that has been declared “off-limits” by a bill which just cleared the Senate.

But don’t worry, America.

The Senate is now holding hearings on how college football teams are chosen to compete in the BCS.

Don’t you feel better now?

I thought you might.

Now, back to sleep.

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Cigarette tax increase fails

It must come as a big disappointment to our friends at the Enterprise Journal, but the cigarette tax increase is officially dead for the 2009 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature.

However, as we have leaned from past experience, no bill is truly dead in the Legislature until it is dead, dead, dead. I never understood exactly what that meant, but Bert Case said it, so it must be true.

DCA: Is this the cure for cancer?

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The key word here, though, is “probably.”

Two years ago, I blogged about a promising new drug that held out hope for a major breakthrough in the treatment of many forms of cancer. It’s called dichloroacetate, or DCA for short. Two trials have been completed at the University of Alberta. Also, clinical trials in patients with solid tumors that have failed standard therapies, as well as in patients with malignant brain tumors have begun.

Desperate people, however, can not and will not wait for the formal clinical trials to be completed, published, reviewed, and submitted to governmental authorities for approval. They don’t have the luxury of time. And, thanks to the miracle of the internet, people are finding out about DCA, and are self-administering their own treatment programs.

Forums, blogs, and journals have sprung up across the web to bring the needed information to families who are willing to grasp at any available hope. Normally, I would suspect these people would be ripe prey for a con artist, and a healthy skepticism of generally anecdotal evidence would be called for. But, what impresses me the most is that these folks who are blogging their experience are not doing so to make money. They are offering no advertising, nor selling a product. They seem to be motivated only by their desire to share their experience, and to pass along any helpful information that they discover.

I don’t know how long it will take before the FDA will approve DCA for use in cancer treatment. At this point, however, it really doesn’t seem to matter. People are taking the matter into their own hands, and their reported results are truly remarkable.

In this blogger’s humble opinion, this is what the internet is all about.

People-powered news indeed.

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This is the original news story from two years ago: “New Scientist”

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Curing Cancer: The DCA Story

The DCA Site

Pure DCA

DCA: Is this the answer?

University of Alberta, DCA Research Information

Top Twenty Jarvis Varnado Facts

SEC Mississippi St Tennessee BasketballAll-SEC Center Jarvis Varnado has set a new standard for defensive prowess, breaking Shaquille O’neal’s single season record for blocked shots. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by UW Husky Nation. Here are some other facts they uncovered in their pre-game research …

1) When the boogeyman goes to sleep at night, he checks his closet for Jarvis Varnado.

2) Jarvis Varnado once roundhouse kicked someone so hard that his foot broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

3) Jarvis Varnado is the reason that Waldo is hiding.

4) Outer space exists because it is afraid to be on the same planet as Jarvis Varnado.

5) There are no disabled people. Only people who have met Jarvis Varnado.

6) Jarvis Varnado does not hunt because the word hunting implies the possibility of failure. Jarvis Varnado goes killing.

7) Chuck Norris wears Jarvis Varnado pajamas.

8) When Jarvis Varnado falls in water, Jarvis Varnado doesn’t get wet. Water gets Jarvis Varnado.

9) Jarvis Varnado can kill 2 stones with 1 bird.

10) “Varnado is a cross between a volcano and a tornado.. we are so screwed”.

11) Jarvis Varnado’s calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd, no one fools Jarvis Varnado.

12) Superman’s only weakness is Kryptonite. Jarvis Varnado laughs at Superman for having a weakness.

13) There’s Jarvis Varnado, then there’s 64 other teams he lets into his tournament

14) Jarvis Varnado’s tears can cure cancer. But Jarvis Varnado has never cried.

15) If you have five dollars and Jarvis Varnado has five dollars, Varnado has more money than you do.

16) Jarvis Varnado is suing MySpace for taking the name of what he calls the area around the basket.

17) 2/3 of the earth is covered by water. The other 1/3 is covered by Jarvis Varnado.

18) Latest News Report from NASA … Last week NASA discovered a giant asteroid headed directly for earth. Jarvis Varnado swatted it and saved the planet. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

19) Jarvis Varnado could strangle you with a cordless phone.

20) President Obama has decided to rescind his stimulus plan b/c he knows Jarvis’s SWAT’s will be so powerful the ripple effects will jumpstart the economy.

Dancin’ dawgs! State nips Vols to claim SEC crown

After four victories in four days, Mississippi State earned their way to the NCAA field of 65 with a hard-fought 64-61 victory over eastern division champs Tennessee in Tampa, Florida.

kodi-augustusState started quickly, jumping out to a 9-2 lead, as Jarvis Varnado had two quick inside baskets before Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl decided to put big body Brian Williams in the game to provide a physical presence. It was only the first of several coaching moves by Pearl and MSU coach Rick Stansbury in a defensive chess match that saw numerous ties and lead changes.

A turnover by Barry Stewart, and a three pointer at the buzzer by UT’s Tyler Smith tied the game at 36 at the end of the first half.

The second half devolved into a tight defensive struggle, marked by runouts and jump shots, as neither team was able to solve the opposing defense. A three-point bucket by Phil Turner with 1:40 left gave the Dogs the lead for good, as the game ended on a series of bizarre inbounds plays and turnovers by both squads. Two more free throws by Turner with 8 seconds left provided the final margin, as a desperation 3 by Tennessee missed as time expired.

This is the second year in a row that the SEC Tournament has been won by a lower seed playing 4 games in 4 days, as last year’s champion, Georgia, made an improbable run in the tornado-wracked tournament in Atlanta.

Phil Turner led 4 Bulldogs in double figures with 12 points. Barry Stewart and Ravern Johnson each added 12, and big Jarvis Varnado added 10, to go along with 7 boards, 6 blocks, and numerous altered shots. Tennessee was led by Wayne Chism with 15 points, JP Prince with 14, and Tyler Smith with 12. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but that had as much to do with the tight defense played by both clubs.

With the victory, State earns their second consecutive trip to the NCAA’s.

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State reaches finals with 67-57 victory over LSU

SEC semi-final action in Tampa saw Mississippi State defeat regular season champion LSU 67-57 to advance to tommorow’s final against the winner of this afternoon’s Tennessee-Auburn matchup.

State jumped out to an early lead over a Tiger team that appeared a half-step slower throughout much of the day. After taking a two point halftime lead, the Bullies made a key defensive change midway through the 2nd half, when Jarvis “Swat” Varnardo and Phil Turner switched defensive responsibilities on forward Tasmin Mitchell. Mitchell went for 41 points in LSU’s mid-season double overtime victory over the Dogs. Swat absolutely smothered Mitchell who managed 15 points on the day.

POY Marcus Thornton was held to 14 points, 0-6 from the 3 point line. State was led by Varnardo’s 19 point, 7 block, 7 rebound effort, and Barry Stewart’s 17 points, including 10 of 12 from the line. The State bench contributed 13 points, 7 from super-sub Kodi Augustus, whose late season heroics have provided the x-factor sparkle that has changed State from a good team to an excellent one.

The victory was MSU’s fifth straight. No doubt, the Bulldogs are playing their best ball of the year.

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cross-posted at Nuke’s

State takes Carolina at SEC quarters

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Barry Stewart scored 21 points, most of them from 3-point range, and Mississippi State beat South Carolina 82-68 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Dee Bost added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-12), who won their fourth straight and might have eliminated the Gamecocks from consideration for the NCAA tournament.

South Carolina (21-9) has lost three of four down the stretch, a skid that could offset the team’s strong RPI (No. 49) during the NCAA’s selection process.

The Gamecocks felt like they let this one get away. They had a double-digit lead early and a four-point advantage at halftime.

But they were outplayed in the second half. Stewart did a big chunk of the damage, hitting consecutive 3s that put Mississippi State ahead for good.

Zam Fredrick led the Gamecocks with 20 points.

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State is playing their best basketball of the year. Coach Stansbury said the same in the post-game interview after yesterday’s 19-point victory over Georgia.

Today’s key performance was turned in by Barry Stewart, whose clutch 3-pointers tied the game at 55, and then put the Dogs ahead for keeps with just over 7 minutes to play. Late season X-factor Kodi Augustus, who reminds me of Donte Jones on the ’96 Final Four Squad, had another solid performance, as the State bench provided the difference in these two otherwise evenly matched teams.

Tomorrow’s semi-final is against LSU, a 67-58 winner over Kentucky in today’s early game. Here’s hoping the third time’s the charm for State.