Before Christmas fades away, check out the Big Friendly Jazz Orchestra taking a whack at Jingle Bells. Cool! Thanks to Rugosa of Wild Roses for sending me this link.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
According to the newspaper, “the device allowed the engine to run every half hour, automatically charging the car battery and indirectly supplying the required power.”"
Monday, December 22, 2008
"The appeal to history is false, in the first, for the reason that all appeals to history are false. For thousands of years the dominant form of government in the world was a dictatorship--and then we 'redefined government' to make democracy. Was that wrong? But more than that it's false on the the actual facts--historically, marriage has not always been one man, one woman. It's been one man and fifty women. It's been one man and--what we would consider today--one child. One man and five children. One woman and five men. And so on...
No, the objection here is to gays, in particular, which brings me to Obama and Warren. I want to be absolutely clear here. Obama hasn't betrayed anything or anyone. On this issue, he is what I thought he was. One of the first blog posts ever wrote noted the amazing hypocrisy in Obama lecturing black people on homophobia, while himself, holding a position on arguably the most important civil rights issue of our time, which was essentially bigoted. It's my job to say things like that, to, at once, not just carp, but still not simply fall in line."
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Right wing talk jocks - Aneurisms on the rise as Caroline Kennedy Expresses Support for Gay Marriage
I hope they all pop a blood vessel. And good for Kennedy, it's the right thing to do.
""Kennedy left no doubt, though, about her support for gay marriage, staking a position that is contrary to that of President-elect Barack Obama.
She 'supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples,' her spokesman wrote. Obama supports civil unions for gay couples, but not marriage rights."
Caroline Kennedy Expresses Support for Gay Marriage - FOXNews.com Transition Tracker:
No more bending to greed and superstition, I hope!
"The president-elect warned that promoting science is "about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology," an apparent reference to the Bush administration's response to research on global warming."
AFP: Obama signals break with Bush in new science team
I can go to an auction house website, and get dozens of high-quality photos of all sorts of antiques, along with measurements and a little provenance, and it doesn't cost a penny to look. The auctioneers aren't doing it out of the goodness of their heart. But Adam Smith will tell you it doesn't matter why it happens. The SPNEA website wants to show me a dreadful slideshow using the execrable RealPlayer plugin. No thanks.
Sippican Cottage: Hitting Rockbottom With Wallace Nutting
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The best thing to happen to string bands since Martin, Bogan and Armstrong.
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Daily Traveler Travel Blog: Travel Tips, Vacation Ideas, and Breaking News from the Editors of Cond�Nast Traveler
The Daily Traveler Travel Blog: Travel Tips, Vacation Ideas, and Breaking News from the Editors of Cond�Nast Traveler:
"According to the WTO, some 2.5 billion people, or 40 percent of the world population, lack basic sanitation. And of the billion or so people lucky enough to have sewerage systems, only about 30 percent have their sewage 'treated in an environmentally acceptable way.' The rest flows straight into gutters, rivers, or lakes."
AIG's life-insurance units used the $19.8 billion along with available cash and $5.1 billion from AIG in the form of capital contributions to settle outstanding securities-lending transactions under its U.S. securities-lending program.
That settlement ended AIG's securities-lending transactions with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York under an agreement announced in October, which totaled about $20.5 billion as of Friday. As a result of these transactions, AIG's October securities-lending agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank and AIG's U.S. securities-lending program have been terminated."
Monday, December 08, 2008
"The central insight he appreciates from his philosophical masters, the Russian, [Dostoyevsky], and French, [Camus], apostles of existentialism, is the rule for living that “life is absurd but one cannot succumb to the absurdity of it.”"
Thursday, December 04, 2008
* View a list of our Board of Directors
* Frances Beinecke, Natural Resources Defense Council
* Pete Cartwright, Former Calpine CEO
* Karen Florini, Environmental Defense
* David Foster, Blue-Green Alliance
* Michel Gelobter, Cooler, Inc.
* KC Golden, Climate Solutions
* Paul Gorman, National Religious Partnership for the Environment
* Jonathan Lash, World Resources Institute
* Bill Mitchell, Flatcoat Consulting
* Billy Parish, Ashoka Fellow
* Carl Pope, Sierra Club
* Jerome Ringo, Apollo Alliance
* Rob Sargent, Environment America
* Read Smith, Smith Farms
* Stephen Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"A representative for Flemish public television VRT said Belgian journalist Tom Van de Weghe and several of his crew members were attacked by a dozen men while filming their HIV awareness footage, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.
The unidentified representative alleged the men behind Thursday's attack were recruited by Chinese authorities in the province.
The media incident comes months after a CBS '60 Minutes' crew was attacked in the South China city of Shenzhen while gathering footage of toxic waste processing plant."
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
"Gunn and about a dozen other retired generals and admirals, who are scheduled to meet Obama's team in Washington, said they plan to offer a list of anti-torture principles, including some that could be implemented immediately.
They include making the Army Field Manual the single standard for all U.S. interrogators. The manual requires humane treatment and forbids practices such as waterboarding -- a form of simulated drowning widely condemned as torture.
Other immediate steps Obama could take are revoking presidential orders allowing the CIA to use harsh treatment, giving the International Red Cross access to all prisoners held by intelligence agencies and declaring a moratorium on taking prisoners to a third country for harsh interrogations."
Monday, December 01, 2008
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Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Kass: The Smart Guys Continue to Lose | Page 1 of 2 | Investing | Financial Articles & Investments News | TheStreet.com
Back in January, I wrote that smart guys were losing their shirts, a sign for us mere mortals that the going was getting tough this year and next.
Below are some examples that I cited 10 months ago of large investment boners made by some smartypants, even before the credit market disaster spilled over and doomed equities (with updates in parentheses):"
The union estimated there are close to 2,500 PCAs in the SouthCoast region.
They perform a wide range of tasks for disabled or MassHealth-eligible clients, such as helping people shower and get from wheelchairs to beds.
They also help with tasks such as shopping, cleaning and food preparation."
As convenient as online shopping is for consumers, you can't exactly try out or try on what you're buying. Which means a lot of returns — a fact many e-tailers seem to ignore. Sending back opened electronics, for example, can often mean paying additional shipping and restocking fees, which can run anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of the purchase price— no small amount if we're talking about a $4,000 flat-screen TV. Repeat returners can even get banned in some cases — Amazon will cancel your account if it sees what it considers an excessive amount of returns for your account. (The company says the decision to close customer accounts is never taken lightly and can be appealed.)
Happily, some e-tailers offer easy, postage-paid returns. For instance, you can buy three pairs of the same shoe in various sizes from Zappos.com and send back the two that don't fit free of charge. But despite their popularity with consumers, a survey by Forrester Research suggests that postage-paid returns aren't being embraced by retailers across the board; only 31 percent of those surveyed currently offer it. 'There's a fear it could be really expensive,' says Mulpuru."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"E-commerce giants like Amazon.com, which offers free shipping on orders over $25 and eliminates even that minimum for customers who pay a flat annual fee, can easily absorb shipping costs. But small online vendors struggle. Powell’s Books, a bookstore in Portland, Ore. with a site that competes for customers with Amazon.com, offers free shipping on orders over $50."
As Household Budgets Shrink, Associated Content Puts Money in 80,000 Pockets - MarketWatch: "An online content network and publishing site that enables everyday people to earn money by sharing their personal perspectives and expertise on any subject, AssociatedContent.com received an all-time high of 8.2 million unique visitors in October per Comscore. As more people look to supplement their incomes by publishing through Associated Content's platform, October's record page-view total translated directly into increased earnings for everyone published on the site."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
FOXNews.com - Stone Age Temple May Be Birthplace of Civilization - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
"It's more than twice as old as the Pyramids, or even the written word. When it was built, saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths still roamed, and the Ice Age had just ended.
The elaborate temple at Gobelki Tepe in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, is staggeringly ancient: 11,500 years old, from a time just before humans learned to farm grains and domesticate animals."
For more on executive responsibility and Corporate Governance check out Carl Icahn's blog 'The Icahn Report'. Mr Icahn also has a group, called 'United Shareholders of America', to promote his views on those topics. Membership is free.
'We felt we were well on the road to turning around the North American business,' said Wagoner. 'Since then, the industry and the economy has been hit hard by the global financial crisis. It threatens the turnaround and GM's financial survival.'"
Dump the rotten monarchy of Wagoner, Mulally and Nardelli, cut lobbying efforts by 75%, stop saying "Oh, we didn't see the world economic crisis coming and we would have been fine except for that." It's not believable. Do all this and more and maybe you can have the $25 billion.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
"Another factor, said Wolin, is that Everday Health—in keeping with its name—has constructed a portfolio of products that focus on daily health usage. “Our products, content and tools encourage visitors to come back daily—to check a pregnancy calendar, or to use a diet tool or diabetes tool, for example,” he said."
This guy, I don't know him personally, sends this kind of stuff out on a regular basis. Time to shine a light on this cockroach and the filth he tracks across the floor.
Here's the latest from GocatsBob. By the way, it seems he got this one from this address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
"An Historic Event"..that's all I keep
hearing. I don't see what the BIG deal is! It
happens every day..... When January 20, 2009 rolls
around, it'll just be another black family moving
into government housing."
I find this objectionable. If you agree why don't you write GocatsBob@aol.com and his buddy email@example.com and tell them so. Stay tuned for more.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yes, every single blog posting and every single Web comment you've ever made. Think you could catalog all that info? And would there be anything -- say, an off-the-cuff comment you left on an ex's profile, or an angry remark you made on a blog -- that might make you look less than honorable? We won't even get into why you used to post under the handle "BigPoppa68."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Is Romney the early favorite to lead the Republicans in 2012? If the economy is still a hot topic he will be.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Some liberal Democrats fear that Mr Emanuel - a moderate - will drag Mr Obama to the political centre.
Republican opponents are complaining that Mr Emanuel's partisan style will jar with Mr Obama's campaign promises to change the tone in Washington."
I think Obama wants to be more centrist. Emanuel isn't going to drag him anywhere and the Republicans are not going to cow him. He has his own mind and his will be the dominant hand as events proceed.
I have lots of issues with Sarah Palin, that's why I was reading this article, but the paragraph below is what really caught my attention because it seems to be doing what the authors are accusing Palin of doing.
Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean.” | The LA Progressive:
"No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the Republican Convention went wild for Sarah: They adore the type, it’s in their genetic code. So much for McCain’s pledge of a “high road” campaign; Palin is incapable of being part of one."
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Callahan is toe cheese and Dennis is the odor coming off it. Neither one has an ounce of integrity. If Callahan were to run for public office it would be as a member of the Pro Prison Rape Party. Nice guy!!!Gerry Callahan and John Dennis joke that election postponed - BostonHerald.com
Second place would be the "slide show' I saw on Huffington Post. The pictures showed polling places and voters across America. I particularly liked the pics from rural locations and I think the one from Rabbit Hash, Kentucky may have been my favorite.
Friday, October 31, 2008
The session is over but the transcript is there. Best advice, bring a book or an iPod. Make sure you have a good ID and keep your political buttons and clothing under cover while you're at the polling place. And dress warm, you may be there for a while. Oh yeah, if you're challenged there's a phone number you can call. It's 1-800-OUR-VOTE - 1-800-687-8683. Bring that with you too and don't walk away without voting. If you're registered you have a RIGHT to vote. Use it!!!
Election 2008: What to Expect at the Polls - washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"Sarah Palin, small-town hockey mom and everywoman? More like Sarah Palin, pampered princess. Jeanne Cummings at Politico reports that the RNC’s monthly financial disclosure reports reveal that the Republican National Committee has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the vice presidential candidate's wardrobe and accessories since she was nominated, including $150,000 in September alone."
Take the money and gun, eh Sarah?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"I don’t want to suggest that everyone would be better off under the Obama tax plan. Joe the plumber would almost certainly be better off, but Richie the hedge fund manager would take a serious hit."
Monday, October 20, 2008
"I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo-essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in you can see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Karim Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American, he was born in New Jersey, he was 14 at the time of 9/11 and he waited until he can go serve his counrty and he gave his life."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
According to the writeup they have snob appeal.
"He gathers credibility with a dignified accent, like a Brit working on US soil. Instead of West End/Oxbridge London, he spews an impeccably hewn Kentucky gentry meets Boston Brahmin with a glaze of Vanderbilt Sigma Nu.
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Questions abound about this woman who makes vicious attacks on her pollitical opponents but seems afraid to talk to anyone but her supporters. Who is Sarah Palin with her ties to seccessionists, lack of ethics, and her fear of confrontation? Sarah Palin: America can't afford a sleazy coward in the White House.Commentary: Time for Palin to answer tough questions - CNN.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
They're calling for one or two billion. I want to predict six billion right now. And four or five years overdue.Silver Line Tunnel: Next Big Dig? - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston:
"'We're doing everything we can to stabilize this in terms of best financial planning,' Brennan said."
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Some analysts now believe that with the death of Mr Haider, there may be attempts to reunite the two parties of the far right in Austria - a move that could considerable strengthen their political power."
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Three former AIG executives were summoned to appear before the hearing. One of them, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg — who ran AIG for 38 years until 2005 — canceled his appearance citing illness but submitted prepared testimony. In it, he blamed the company's financial woes on his successors, former CEOs Martin Sullivan and Robert Willumstad.
"When I left AIG, the company operated in 130 countries and employed approximately 92,000 people," Greenberg said. "Today, the company we built up over almost four decades has been virtually destroyed."
Sullivan and Willumstad, in turn, cast much of the blame on accounting rules that forced AIG to take tens of billions of dollars in losses stemming from exposure to toxic mortgage-related securities.
Lawmakers also upbraided Sullivan, who ran the firm from 2005 until June of this year, for urging AIG's board of directors to waive pay guidelines to win a $5 million bonus for 2007 — even as the company lost $5 billion in the 4th quarter of that year. Sullivan countered that he was mainly concerned with helping other senior executives.
Sullivan also came under fire for reassuring shareholders about the health of the company last December, just days after its auditor, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, warned of him that AIG was displaying "material weakness" in its huge exposure to potential losses from insuring mortgage-related securities.
Jerome Corsi of Swift Boat fame and more recently author of an anti Obama screed was deported from Kenya just about as soon as he arrived. The government said he failed to obtain a temporary work permit and maybe that's technically true.American anti-Obama author arrested before Nairobi book launch | World news | The Guardian
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Who knew? I knew the Smoot story but I thought it dated back to the early 1900's. Not so, 1958 was the the year MIT fraternity members used their 'brother' to measure the Mass. Ave. bridge and in the process they established a new unit of measurement. They did it by laying him end to end, so to speak. It's even available in the Google calculator. Dorothy Parker comments. "If all the young ladies who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, no one would be the least surprised."Ceremony honors Smoot, the man who became a measurement - Local News Updates - The Boston Globe
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Retirement fund becoming smaller and smaller? About to lose your job? Can't pay your mortgage? Cheer up. Austria is swinging to the far right, again. And so are a lot of other European countries.
Austria in crisis as far right win 29% of vote | World news | The Guardian:
"Strache calls himself a true patriot, declaring his ambition to be chancellor or interior minister. He hopes to fashion a coalition with Flemish separatists, France's National Front, Bulgarian extreme nationalists and anyone else who will join in a 'European Patriotic party'.
'Thirty percent for people who portray national socialism as innocuous,' wrote the commentator Hans Rauscher yesterday, 'Who crawl around in forests with neo-Nazi mates, who are surrounded by skinheads; who campaign against foreigners; make common cause with the European extreme right; toy with antisemitism; campaign against Muslims, and develop contacts with the Serbian Radical party whose leader, Vojislav Seselj, is in the dock at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Austria is tops in Europe again.'"
Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Under the legislation Treasury will be granted $700 billion in phases to acquire bad mortgage assets from financial institutions at a price it determines or through auction with a market price. If the Treasury decides to take the first option it will have some authority to determine the executive compensation structure of the firm.
If firms sell more than $300 million in assets in the auction, they will lose the ability to deduct the salaries of their top five individuals that have exceeded $500,000. For participating firms there will also be a surtax of 20% on retirement packages of top executives who are involuntarily terminated from their firms, or lose their jobs as a result of the firm's failure."
Sobering quote from Judd Gregg at the end.
"Walking back to his office early Sunday, Gregg told reporters, "Nobody's excited about doing this, but everybody recognizes the alternative to not doing it is so horrific that action needs to be taken." Will it work? We'll see. "
comScore, Inc. (SCOR:
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The next fastest-growing competitors, Market Probe Inc. and Direction Research Inc., posted growth rates of 154 percent and 116 percent, respectively. The average growth rate for all firms listed was 57 percent during the five year span, or approximately 9 percent on an annualized basis. comScore's compound annual growth rate for the period was 41 percent per year."
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Technorati: Discussion about “Link Roundup: So Much Economic News, So Little Time Before the Depression”
Hey John McCain! Campaign not going too well? Try grandstanding instead.
He's already said his strength is not the economy* and he's not on any committee directly related to the 'bailout' but here he is heading back to Washington to come up with a plan. And he wants Obama to go with him so they can work on it together. It's bizarre. Does he want to pick Obama's brain? Would he like to be Obama's Veep? lol If he has something to add to all of this he should just speak up.
*He proved it too when he said last week that the economy was fundamentally sound and then suggested a commission to study the problem, like we have years to deal with this.Technorati: Discussion about “Link Roundup: So Much Economic News, So Little Time Before the Depression”
"meanwhile warren buffett is working his magic on wall street, propping up goldman sachs with some mouthwatering terms for berkshire/hathaway.
yes, this is the same warren buffett who is the richest man in the world (when bill gates isn’t), who decries gratuitous ceo salaries, who warned of the sneaky and dastardly nature of the derivatives market waaaayyyyy back in 2002, and who currently advises obama on economic policy, having met with the candidate regularly over the last several years. (mccain can only fantasize about regular meetings with buffett.)"
Sunday, September 21, 2008
She does know how to deliver a punch line though.Palin's first Fla. campaign stop a safe one - Yahoo! News:
"After some jokes about the difference between golfing in Florida and Alaska, her remarks hit most of the same points she's made since McCain chose her as the first woman to run as a Republican vice presidential nominee. She did, however, update the stump speech to reflect last week's turmoil in the financial markets."
Friday, September 19, 2008
McCain campaign indulges in more distortion and exaggeration per Washington Post Fact Checker.
Obama's Fannie Mae 'Connection' - Fact Checker
"So what evidence does the McCain campaign have for the supposed Obama-Raines connection? It is pretty flimsy, but it is not made up completely out of whole cloth. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers points to three items in the Washington Post in July and August. It turns out that the three items (including an editorial) all rely on the same single conversation, between Raines and a Washington Post business reporter, Anita Huslin, who wrote a profile of the discredited Fannie Mae boss that appeared on July 16. The profile reported that Raines, who retired from Fannie Mae four years ago, had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."
Since this has now become a campaign issue, I asked Huslin to provide the exact circumstances of the quote. She explained that she was chatting with Raines during the photo shoot, and asked "if he was engaged at all with the Democrats' quest for the White House. He said that he had gotten a couple of calls from the Obama campaign. I asked him about what, and he said 'oh, general housing, economy issues.' ('Not mortgage/foreclosure meltdown or Fannie-specific,' I asked, and he said 'no.')"
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"Government has a clear responsibility to act in defense of the public interest, and that's exactly what I intend to do," a fiery McCain said at a rally in Tampa yesterday. "In my administration, we're going to hold people on Wall Street responsible. And we're going to enact and enforce reforms to make sure that these outrages never happen in the first place."
Wow, and what about the US Senator who enabled Wall Street in the first place? What are you going to do to him?
McCain Embraces Regulation After Many Years of Opposition - washingtonpost.com: "'Government has a clear responsibility to act in defense of the public interest, and that's exactly what I intend to do,' a fiery McCain said at a rally in Tampa yesterday. 'In my administration, we're going to hold people on Wall Street responsible. And we're going to enact and enforce reforms to make sure that these outrages never happen in the first place.'"
McCain says, I was against it before I was for it.
McCain says, Seemed like a good idea at the time.
McCain says, My advisers were wrong to talk me into supporting financial industry deregulation ten years ago. It's clear now that regulation is the correct course. Now how should we do this? Okay, we'll advocate setting up a commission. Give them a couple of years to pass their recommendations to Congress and then let them chew on it for awhile. Oh yeah, mention the strength of the American worker too, talk them up, people like that inspirational stuff. McCain Embraces Regulation After Many Years of Opposition - washingtonpost.com
Yahoo!! I'll just use this free internet email for the stuff I don't want on the Official Government Record. Better tell the first dude too. Let him know what's on and what's off the list. Let's see, click 'new', enter the address....
Hi dude, xoxox
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The Corner on National Review Online: "Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by 'extraordinary.' The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):
>>McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.<<
Ever hear of adaptive devices? There are people far more disabled than John McCain who use computers and send e-mail every day. I’m one of them. Stephen Hawking comes to mind as another but there are lots of others. Some are using voice recognition software, some hold a stylus in their mouth but whatever, ultimately there are as many ways to adapt as there are individual disabilities. All you have to do is consider the situation and then engage in a little trial and error. So don’t say he just plain can’t use a computer because he can. I know he received barbaric treatment at the hands of the North Vietnamese but I’ve seen him and he’s not so bad off that he couldn’t use a computer if he tried. My guess is that he just hasn’t tried and considering computers and the internet and the digital age are the biggest things to come along since the industrial revolution that doesn’t say much for John McCain.
"If he focuses voters on the 2008 McCain, the Palin question will take care of itself."Op-Ed Columnist - The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
I'll try not to break my arm patting myself on the back but it's seems obvious enough. Crack McCain and Palin will go with him.
Friday, September 12, 2008
But, on Monday, the Interior Department was praised for 'developing a dynamic laminated Ethics Guide for employees' that was a 'polished, professional guide' with 'colorful pictures and prints which demand employees' attention.' The guide, the award noted, was small enough for employees to carry. Interior also was lauded for having held a four-day seminar for its ethics advisors nationwide."
Laugh out loud funny. I heard one guy used his to balance a tippy bar stool.
From the comments section: hartal quotes Norman Ornstein.SFGate: Politics Blog : Does Palin Really Know What the Bush Doctrine Is? (VIDEO):
"Criticism from Norman Ornstein, a permanent fellow at the very conservative American Enterprise Institute:
'She had me at hello Charley-- had me scared to death. Not a single doubt that she is ready to be president-- everyone, no matter how experienced, should have doubts about the ability to take that job. A combination of utter inexperience and utter arrogance is about the worst possible combination I can imagine. Not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is would be bad enough, but saying unequivocally that Georgia should be in NATO-- meaning we would now perhaps be in a state of war with Russia-- and then without a beat saying that military action should be the last resort-- shows a series of knowledge and logic gaps that ought to shake every foreign policy specialist, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, to his or her roots. Maybe they can force feed her enough facts to skate through a debate, and maybe her self-confidence will still play well with many voters, but this first cut performance underscores our worst fears.'
Posted By: hartal | September 11 2008 at 10:06 PM"
I thought she looked like she was reciting some of it and didn't look like she was completely familiar with the material.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
McCain Praises Palin’s National Security Record � FOX Embeds � FOXNews.com: "“He was wrong on Iraq, he was wrong on Iran, and he was wrong when he made a moral equivocation between Russia and Georgia when Russia invaded. My friends, he’s wrong on national security, and he has a record,” McCain said. “This person is right on national security and she’s been right. She understands these issues. I am proud of her.”"
"Before the ceremony, his friends and family gathered in the reception area, drinking coffee and exchanging stories. Warren Mitchell was in a wheelchair and Peter Cheeseman, former diector of the Stoke-on-Trent theatre where Campbell had a special association in his early days, and now suffering and shaking dreadfully from Parkinson’s disease, was surrounded by well-wishers.
We had a concert of reminiscence. Campbell’s voice spewed out his own material, one speech reminding us that “funeral” was an anagram of “real fun.” Which is what ensued. His first Road Show colleagues Bob Hoskins, Jane Wood, Andy Andrews and Dave Hill recounted Ken’s arguments for not banishing the Lord Chamberlain and stopping all Arts Council grants for five years."
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Biden asks a good question and the McCain campaign accuses him of playing politics. Not true, ask it again Joe. A lot of people will suffer needlessly because of religious resistance to legitimate scientific research. And the longer the resistance lasts the more people will suffer. I don't know how they can have it on their conscience.
They also called him 'desperate' for the second day in a row. I think I'm sensing a branding effort. Keep saying it and maybe it will be so. Right boys?
Biden's comments on special needs kids called 'new low' - CNN.com: "'Well, guess what, folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?' asked Biden, the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama."
The comparison is thin but I'm going with it anyway. In this case McCain with his snow white hair will play the title role and instead of all the nice dwarves who go off to work in the forest, McCain's has helpers who toiled in the halls of Congress as high powered corporate lobbyists. One of them even used to represent a couple of dictators over in Africa. No blood on that money, I'm sure.
Some apology, the problem wasn't saying it or believing it, the problem was saying it in public.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Russ Neumeier writes: "I held off and held off but finally installed the new version of iTunes (v7.7.1) - the invasiveness of this application (for those readers living in the southern US, I liken it to kudzu) is starting to make me think twice about another iPod…and I love my iPod...our family loves their iPods (we have four in a family of six), but I’m growing weary of iTunes.
It started a version or two ago, but reared its head this update. I run WinPatrol to alert me to any new services or auto-runs in Windows. It took me nearly 20 minutes (and a reboot) to rid myself of unwanted Apple stuff...here are the reasons I'm ignoring the next Apple iTunes update:"
Friday, September 05, 2008
Despite the existence of the Do Not Call list, many telemarketers have continued automated calls whether you're on the list or not, arguing that these types of calls are not specifically addressed by the DNC. The new FTC rules closes any loophole that might have existed, without the headache of endless legal challenges.
The bad news: The rule doesn't go into effect for over a year, which means that all the robots calling my house to offer help with "my payroll needs" or offering to sell toner for my army of photocopiers have another 12 months to continue to bug the hell out of me. Sigh.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
How can you complain about styrofoam columns when you're using a photographic backdrop. And what the heck is that? A large white building fronted by a large expanse of neatly kept green lawn. Is it the White House? And now they've switched to a field. Well at least it's not printed slogans for the inarticulate George W. Bush.
A woman just stormed to the front of the audience looking somewhat crazed and really fired up. I think she was pro McCain but I'm not sure. McCain smiled and laughed a bit.
McCain just said he doesn't work for a party. Huh? So that's why Carl Rove is working so hard to get him elected? Is that why Fox News openly campaigns for him? Fair and Balanced you say? Get a clue.
Now he's attacking judges legislating from the bench. And here I was thinking they were settling legal disputes. Question: What's the difference between an activist judge and a judge handing down a decision? Answer: Your view of the decision.
"'We are certain that there's no link between autism and the MMR,' Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Mailman School of Public Health Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, said at a Wednesday teleconference.
Not everyone is convinced, however, that the vaccine does not play a role in causing gastrointestinal problems that can precede the onset of autism.
'We found no evidence that the [gastrointestinal] pathology consistently preceded autism, and we also found that the MMR didn't consistently precede either autism or GI pathology,' he added.
Not everyone is convinced, however, that the vaccine does not play a role in causing gastrointestinal problems that can precede the onset of autism."
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Republican support for the ADA? Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"The story of the Coveney family in America begins with Joseph, who arrived in New York at the age of 20 in 1825. He seems to have been destitute and without financial assistance from anyone, because his name appears on the Bond Registers for the New York City Almshouse, for June 18, 1825, about a month after his arrival. Joseph Coveney may have lacked money and friendship in his early days in America, but he certainly did not lack ambition. He learned and later mastered the carpentry trade. It was also during his early life in America that he was reading newspaper articles by Thomas Paine, which would later influence his views on religion.
When the California Gold Rush occurred, Joseph went west and earned good money working as a carpenter there. When living in Buchanan, Michigan, he bought a good deal of real estate and became a prosperous farmer. He was well-known and respected in Buchanan for his generosity in providing additional financial support to the public school, but he was most known for his freethinking ideals."
In Ireland Joseph had been an Episcopalian, but he became an atheist after reading the works of Paine and Voltaire. He openly expressed his views to anyone at anytime and his tombstone in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan is a tribute to his freethinking ideals. The ornate tombstone has become something of a tourist attraction because of its bold and irreverent statements. A few examples are as follows: “Nature is the true God. Science the true religion. The more religion, the more lying. The more Saints, The more Hypocrites.” There was even an article on his death in the New York Times with the headline “Death of an Infidel: Last Words of Joseph Coveney of Michigan were ‘Die as I lived.’”
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Biden's Aggressive Approach - The Fix: "I actually see a better 2009 than the last decade...
for the first time in a long time.
Obama, Biden, Gore, (Hillary) Clinton, Hagel, Specter, Lugar, Kerry, Powell, Gates, Dodd,
the A team."
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The BRAD BLOG : Exclusive: Death Threats Against Obama and 'Traitorous Liberals' Posted On Rightwing O'Reilly Contributor's Website
Friday, August 15, 2008
The "author" I'm talking about is a man named Jerome Corsi. In a book published last year, "The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada," Corsi claimed that George W. Bush was at the heart of a secret conspiracy to subsume the United States into a post-national, one-worldish North American Union. Corsi's writings on far-right blogs have been even more paranoid and delusional. He has written that pedophilia, for which he used a more graphic term, "is OK with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press." He has referred to Muslims as "ragheads."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The Permission Problem: Financial Page: The New Yorker: "The commons leads to overuse and destruction; the anticommons leads to underuse and waste. In the cultural sphere, ever tighter restrictions on copyright and fair use limit artists’ abilities to sample and build on older works of art. In biotechnology, the explosion of patenting over the past twenty-five years—particularly efforts to patent things like gene fragments—may be retarding drug development, by making it hard to create a new drug without licensing myriad previous patents. Even divided land ownership can have unforeseen consequences. Wind power, for instance, could reliably supply up to twenty per cent of America’s energy needs—but only if new transmission lines were built, allowing the efficient movement of power from the places where it’s generated to the places where it’s consumed. Don’t count on that happening anytime soon. Most of the land that the grid would pass through is owned by individuals, and nobody wants power lines running through his back yard."
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Cramer calls a bottom. Cites five factors.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"Because specific intent is an element of the offense, the absence of specific intent negates the charge of torture," Jay Bybee, then the assistant attorney general, wrote in the memo.Previously secret torture memo released - CNN.com
So what does this mean? No matter how much 'severe pain or suffering' is going on it's not torture as long as it's not intended to be. ?? You're not torturing as long as you don't specifically intend to?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The alleged war criminal is a source of pride to some. Luda Kuca patrons talk about the man they saw.War crimes arrest: The night Karadzic rocked the Madhouse | World news | The Guardian
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"As with the earlier model, no internal fan is apparent and heat dissipation is absolutely critical to the longevity of any hard drive. Some manufacturers have skimped on this, such as Seagate with their FreeAgent series which has had a high failure rate, but v1.0 Western Digital My Book drives have also historically not fared well either. Consumers want these devices to be nearly silent, and the tradeoff is product design that omits what is often the single most important component to guarantee a longer drive life - a cooling fan.
Although both series of drives seemed to get equally warm to the touch (but not uncomfortably hot), the single most important concern I have about Western Digital's entire My Book product line is drive longevity and data integrity. The last version of this product had scores of complaints about drive failures, almost always resulting in partial or total loss of your data. Most seemed to either fail during the first week of use or right around the first anniversary of purchase."
Sunday, July 20, 2008
"If Citigroup (C) chairman Win Bischoff is right, then his bank and the US economy are going to be cornered by a deepening recession for the next two years. According to Reuters, the Citi chair "has warned that house prices in Britain and the United States are likely to keep falling for another two years."
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Point well made in this WSJ piece. Oil speculators are being blamed for everything. Anybody ever hear of China, India and Russia? That's three or four billion people creating a demand for oil that didn't exist as much as ten or fifteen years ago.
"I now know that it was conniving commodity traders who have been losing my bags for the past two decades. Hey, you know what? It was probably some stressed-out oil jockey who in the late 1990s "relieved" my bag of that fifth of bourbon my parents gave me. Thieving, drunken futures traders, the lot of them!"
Wouldn't want a collection of jobless layabouts and whiners messing up the scenery.
"At least two petitioners are thought to have died as Beijing authorities intensify their campaign to “clean up” the capital for the Olympics, with busloads of people taken away each evening. Petitioners contacted by telephone told The Epoch Times that on the evening of July 13, five busloads of people were seized and taken away, with another busload taken the following evening."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
FT.com / Business education - Apple fails BlackBerry test: "
"Despite these drawbacks, the 3G iPhone will undoubtedly be a success for Apple and its network operator partners including AT&T. Personally, I am still not ready to ditch my BlackBerry Curve and am looking forward to reviewing the 3G BlackBerry Bold. But the gap is closing.""
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tufts OTR: Missed Connections; Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Creepy Guys On The Subway
Monday, July 14, 2008
"The 68-year-old Wang is well known in Chinese space flight industry. Even before sending the first Chinese astronaut into space with Shenzhou V in October 2003, Wang and his team had already started working on Shenzhou VI."
"Changchun, which has the same latitude with Detroit, is known as China's Motown. The first truck and the first car of the people's republic had been made in this city. During the torch relay, so many citizens came to the street to watch and hail the torchbearers."
Olympic flame illuminates China's "Motown" Changchun_English_Xinhua
Saturday, July 12, 2008
F.C.C. Chief Backs Sanctions Against Comcast Over Blocking - NYTimes.com: "“The normative message is that it is wrong to block the Internet,” said Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School who is the chairman of Free Press, an advocacy group that filed the complaint about Comcast for which Mr. Martin is proposing a resolution.
“The deeper message he’s sending here is that users are sovereign. If two people want to send a file between each other, the carriers are not to get in the way.”
Professor Wu said the issues at stake go back to the common-law concept of a common carrier, which defined certain businesses — from blacksmiths to ferries — as so essential to commerce that their owners could not discriminate against any paying customer."
Thursday, July 10, 2008
French Word-A-Day: lexique: "A_day_in_a_french_life
Monsieur Farjon talks about plants as some talk about humans. They have their relations, c'est-la-dire,* they have families, 'ancestors'. They reproduce. They are 'born': some as bastards, others with silver spoons in their botanical bouches.* Speaking of mouths, they even have body parts, such as 'armpits' (aisselles), from which thirsty French birds drink a la 'cabaret des oiseaux'.*"
Monday, July 07, 2008
Boston to ban boaters from harbor dumping -The Green Blog - A Boston Globe blog on living Green in Boston
Boston to ban boaters from harbor dumping -The Green Blog - A Boston Globe blog on living Green in Boston: "Boston today will become the largest urban area in the country to prohibit boaters from dumping out their toilets in the harbor, city and federal officials said."
The Media Equation - When Fox News Is the Story - NYTimes.com: "Part of me — the Irish, tribal part — admires Fox News’s ferocious defense of its guys. I work at a place where editors can make easy sport of teasing apart your flawed copy until it collapses in a steaming pile, but Lord help those outsiders who make an unwarranted or unfounded attack on me or my work. Our tactics may be different, but we, too, are strong for our posse.
Media reporting about other media’s approach to producing media is pretty confusing business to begin with. Feelings, which are always raw for people who make their mistakes in public, will be bruised. But that does not fully explain the scorched earth between Fox News and those who cover it.
Fox News found a huge runway and enormous success by setting aside the conventions of bloodless objectivity, but along the way, it altered the rules of engagement between reporters and the media organizations they cover. Under its chief executive, Roger Ailes, Fox News and its public relations apparatus have waged a permanent campaign on behalf of the channel that borrows its methodology from his days as a senior political adviser to Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush."
Breaking news: Now, Jim Webb takes himself off Obama's VP list | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times:
"Jim Webb, the Virginia senator and former Republican who packs his own heat most places, has withdrawn himself from consideration as Barack Obama's Democratic vice presidential running mate.
In a statement released moments ago, Webb said: 'Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and thVirginia Sen Jim Webb listens to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a June rally in Virginia. Webb takes himself out of VP consideration with Obama July 7, 2008is country."
Friday, July 04, 2008
It's showing again this Sunday morning at 9. Check it out.
FOXNews.com - Flat-Screen TV Gas 'a Climate Time Bomb' - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
FOXNews.com - Flat-Screen TV Gas 'a Climate Time Bomb' - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News: "Booming demand for flat-screen televisions could have a greater impact on global warming than the world's largest coal-fired power stations, scientists warn.
A greenhouse gas called nitrogen trifluoride, used to make the TVs, is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, said Michael Prather, director of the environment institute at the University of California, Irvine."
"Air Products, (APD) which produces the gas for the electronics industry, told New Scientist that very little nitrogen trifluoride is released into the atmosphere.
Monday, June 30, 2008
That said, I don't support him. But it doesn't have anything to do with his military service or his dedication to his country. I disagree with his policies.
Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?: "It's not 'nice' to ask the question, but it's actually a pretty good question. Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won't let you forget). A lot of people don't know, however, that McCain made a propaganda tape for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain's military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief?"
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Investigation launched into death of Celtics fan - Boston.com: "Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the Boston Police Homicide Unit and the Boston Police Internal Affairs Division are investigating the circumstances of Woodman's death, police said."
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
HaloScan.com - Comments: "First Harvey Korman, now George Carlin. Sheesh!
At least we've still got Dane Cook. (rolls eyes)
1-20-2009 | 06.23.08 - 4:58 pm | #"
A similar thing happened when John Belushi died and we were left with Jim Belushi.
And now George can have the last word.
A: I like Bill, by the way. If there were only one cherry pie in the world, and Bill Clinton owned it, I might get a piece of it. If Bush or Reagan owned it, you'd have to kill them to get a piece of pie. That's my feeling about Bill. And Bill's a good bullshitter. America likes a good bullshitter. That's one of the reasons he was re-elected. Honesty has no place in politics. It would throw everything off.
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News Hounds has some nice words about him.
Rest In Peace George
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Gloucester Mayor "Kirk says Sullivan has told city officials he can't remember his source of information."
This is as bizarre as the original story. How do you go to a major magazine, tell them all about goings on at the school you run and then later forget where you got your information? This doesn't even begin to make sense.
The Associated Press: Mayor: No support for claims of pregnancy pact
Saturday, June 21, 2008
News Hounds: Bill Richardson Lets On He’s Under VP Consideration: "In a nice change of pace for the show, a Democrat got a segment to himself for a discussion about offshore drilling. Richardson, the former Secretary of Energy in the Clinton administration, advocated drilling elsewhere other than off the coast of Florida or California along with “a bipartisan, comprehensive energy strategy” that includes increased fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, clean coal, natural gas and even “keeping the nuclear option.” You can watch the entire interview here."
Wind Turbines Being Erected All Over Rural Ontario - Destroying Lives and Property Values � Blowing Our Tax Dollars on Wind Farms:
>>"Bigger setbacks are required.
I’ve been told by a reliable source, that a councilor who voted for the wind farm in Ripley and has at least one on her property is now living in Kincardine at her parents home.
The stray voltage is so bad that when she goes to the farm she suffers nose bleeds and headaches."<<
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
"Board members will discuss possible replacements for Sullivan, including AIG's chairman, Robert Willumstad, who could take over as the top executive on either a temporary or permanent basis, the report said."AIG Board Meets Sunday on CEO: Report - TheStreet.com
Thursday, June 12, 2008
From an AP Story: The Associated Press: Obama campaign: Wife never used the word 'Whitey': "The rumor that Michelle Obama railed against 'whitey' in a diatribe at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The rumor included claims of a videotape of the speech that would be used to bring down Obama's candidacy this fall.
'No such tape exists,' the campaign responds on the site, http://www.fightthesmears.com. 'Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.'
The site is a response to the realities of a brave new world, where information travels 24 hours a day on blogs and voters are increasingly turning to the Internet for information. It's a particular problem for Obama, a relative newcomer to national politics who is still unknown to many voters and has been the target of persistent misinformation campaigns online."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Feds: We Lack Stamps For Digital TV Converters: "McGuire-Rivera told the subcommittee that only 42 percent of the converter coupons are being redeemed by consumers before they expire; each coupon has a 90-day expiration and consumers now can not apply for a new one if the first one expires."
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
'The one thing I didn't want to happen, the last thing I wanted, was for Max to go today,' Ecclestone said. 'Up until now, I've asked him a million times to stand down at the end of November. But today he got what he wanted. He is still there and that's it.'
Van Woerkom said most of Mosley's support came from smaller clubs — which held equal sway in terms of voting power to the national federations — because of the money they received after FIA last year gave Formula One team McLaren a $100-million fine for possessing sensitive documents belonging to rival Ferrari. The FIA and its members received $60 million of that sum."
Friday, May 23, 2008
Trucking Regulators Warn on Use of Chantix - WSJ.com: "The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a warning Thursday on the anti-smoking drug Chantix, advising medical examiners 'to not qualify anyone currently using this medication for commercial motor vehicle licenses.'
The FMCSA oversees the interstate trucking and bus industry. Chantix, made by Pfizer, Inc., was attacked in a study by a non-profit group on Wednesday for possible links to seizures, dizziness, heart irregularity, diabetes and more than 100 accidents."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Influenced by high oil prices in the international market, the diesel wholesale price in some areas rose to 7500 Yuan per ton last week."
Court says money discriminates against blind people - Yahoo! News: "The U.S. acknowledges the design hinders blind people but it argued that blind people have adapted. Some relied on store clerks to help them, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish between bills.
The court ruled 2-1 that such adaptations were insufficient. "The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible*, the court said."
Monday, May 19, 2008
From the ABC News story: "One of the wives of the sect's jailed leader said she was eager to comply with any psychological testing so she could be reunited with her son, a boy born with a birth defect who has been given a new prosthetic leg while in foster care."
Judge Thomas Gossett
*The link to the Church information goes to Wikipedia. It is provided without my endorsement of the contents. Make of it what you will.
ABC News: Polygamy Moms at Custody Crossroads