22 December 2012

Understanding Engineers

This may be news to non-Engineers, but Engineers ought to find it hilarious:

Understanding Engineers One:
Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want." The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."
Understanding Engineers Two:
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Understanding Engineers Three:
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!" The priest said, "Here comes the greens-keeper. Let's have a word with him." He said, "Hello George, what's wrong with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens-keeper replied, "Oh, yes. That's a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime." The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight." The doctor said, "Good idea. I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything he can do for them." The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"
Understanding Engineers Four:
What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.
Understanding Engineers Five:
The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"
Understanding Engineers Six:
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body. One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints." Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections." The last one said, "No, actually it must have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"
Understanding Engineers Seven:
Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.
Understanding Engineers Eight:
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do ANYTHING you want." Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool.

01 December 2012

Justice for Dunkin

I just read about and watched a radio announcer taking the call from a woman with MS who was pulled over, for no apparent reason, by the AZ State Police and was abused, handcuffed too tightly, put in a patrol car with the windows closed and no a/c.

They had approached her with at least one shotgun cocked and aimed at her and, later, approached her sleeping service dog, Dunkin, opened the door and chased the dog until he was killed in an unspecified manner.  I believe they chased him into traffic, but I couldn't find any clearer explanation than that.  The cops would not let her whistle or call out to Dunkin to come back and continued to chase him instead.  In fact, they threatened to gag her if she persisted in trying to save her little Dunkin.

They never apologized, nor compensated her for her loss and she is now suffering MS symptoms worse than before; as they were in remission to some degree before this traumatic event.

That's it in a nutshell.  This was two or three years ago, but the issue is still on the web and there is a movement afoot to create a "Dunkin's Law" which will educate police agencies and hopefully prevent other service dogs and their charges from being harassed by police in violation of the ADA.

I've seen too many of these cases where cops are so frightened of even the smallest of dogs, they shoot them because they're barking and/or protecting their charges.  They don't even attempt to harmlessly restrain the dogs or disable them in a more humane manner.  These cops are bullies and we can do without their "services," thank you.   In fact, they should at least be fired, but I think jail time would be more appropriate.

I write this because my main  passion is for animal rights, for the prosecution of anyone who harms, injured, tortures or otherwise abuses animals, whether wild or domestic.  My Facebook Wall is full of such issues, both upsetting and heartwarming, the latter usually the aftermath of the former.  Also, I often list dogs and cats that are about to be put down by various kill shelters in the hopes that, amongst others, we might locate someone who would be willing to donate to the care of the animals, offer foster care, adopt them and/or donate moneys for their transport to their new forever homes.

When I saw all the  posts from all over the country from rescue groups - some actually overseas - I thought I should find out if there are rescue groups where I live, in Ft. Lauderdale, and there are:  Cats Exclusive (at which I had one cat fixed,  years back, for a much reduced price than my vet would have charged) and GetALifeDogRescue. 

I was also impressed with Petco after asking them where they got their kittens and puppies to sell.  I discovered that they showcase animals from the two rescue groups mentioned above and for only short periods of time and they are rotated, as well.  Petco does not profit from these adoptions because the entire transaction, including the vetting of potential adopters, is done by the rescue groups themselves.

I'm now Following the Justice for Dunkin blog in the hopes of seeing justice done for this girl and her one-time service dog, Dunkin.    The woman's blog may be found at  Justice for Dunkin