Monday, December 27, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
"As soon as CMS announced the winning bidders Nov. 3, Invacare began analyzing them. While the results are still preliminary, Bachenheimer said she's 'comfortable' saying that 40% of the winners fall into one or more of the following categories: they have credit limits of less than $10,000; they are on credit hold; they have no homecare account with Invacare; or they are so far behind on their payments that their accounts have been turned over to collections.
'We are the largest (HME) manufacturer, and if we haven't heard of them or they don't have an account with us, some of them are new companies spun out of nowhere, and that doesn't bode well for financial viability,' she said."
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the go-ahead for the controversial transplant of embryonic stem cells into the eyes of patients with Stargardt's macular degeneration, where the light-sensitive retina cells at the back of eye are destroyed.
The announcement follows the first injection of embryonic stem cells into a patient in the US who is partially paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury. Last October, a US biotechnology company, Geron, announced the start of the first clinical trial of embryonic stem cells with the hope of repairing damaged nerves."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today Gravity is unveiling its plans to be an information filtering service. The idea is to combine social and semantic understanding of users to identify content they are likely to be interested in.
Watch Germany's WW2 expansion at the end of the 5 minute video.
Tina Fey rips Palin to shreds, PBS says the the show was running long. Weak excuse, why didn't they cut the bland stuff?
"And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women—except, of course, those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape kit 'n' stuff. But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years—whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know—actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
"'The plain language of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not allow collectors to contact friends, neighbors or relatives except to obtain contact information for debtors,' NCLC debt collection expert and attorney Robert Hobbs said. 'This proposed rule could open the door for collectors to seek money by prodding and misleading grieving relatives and friends into thinking they have obligations that they don't.'"
"“Many homeowners end up facing foreclosure solely on the basis of the arrears accumulated during a trial modification,” Julia Gordon, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending told Congress, according to Bloomberg. “One incomplete payment or one accounting mistake can land you on an apparently unstoppable conveyor belt to eviction.”
So far, HAMP has approved fewer than 467,000 borrowers for permanent loan modifications, the report said."
Thursday, November 04, 2010
One commenter said the accomodations reminded him of jail.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
The reasons to expect this about-face are partly ideological: People like Larry Fink at BlackRock, Jamie Dimon at J.P. Morgan Chase, Brian Moynihan at Bank of America, and Lloyd Blankfein and Gary Cohn at Goldman Sachs are all social liberals who largely support the president's agenda on health care, taxes and the environment. That's why they like Mr. Bloomberg so much—he's Mr. Obama without the rhetoric of class warfare.
But backing the president is also good business. Wall Street leaders know that despite the public chastising and name-calling ("fat-cat bankers," etc.), and July's signing into law of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, they've benefited disproportionately from Mr. Obama's policies.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Read this for some amazing examples of internet detective work.
Monday, November 01, 2010
"The country of more than 1.1 billion people already imports nearly 80 percent of its crude oil to fuel an economy that is expected to grow 8.5 percent this year and at least nine percent next year.
Demand for hydrocarbons -- petroleum, coal, natural gas -- 'over the next 10 years will increase by over 40 percent,' Singh told an energy conference in New Delhi."
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Breitbart’s Participation in ABC News Digital Town Hall Event Draws Fire - ABC News' Press Room: "Mr. Breitbart is not an ABC News analyst.
He is not an ABC News consultant.
He is not, in any way, affiliated with ABC News.
He is not being paid by ABC News.
He has not been asked to analyze the results of the election for ABC News."
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
"The Mozilo case probably will be settled. History is the best measure of future events. The SEC decided long ago that settlements are a quick and efficient route to push cases off of its desks. But, in Mozilo’s case, the infractions were so severe that the taxpayers who put money into bank bailouts and Countrywide shareholders and customers, should be allowed to see Mozilo hanged."
"24/7 Wall St. talked spoke with experts at real estate research firms, Zillow.com and RealtyTrac to find the best way to sell a home. We also interviewed management from the National Association of Realtors, a number of real estate brokers, banks managers and elected officials in affluent communities. What emerged from these conversations and our research is the following: successful home sellers often do the same small number of things correctly. Often, these tactics are often the difference between finding a buyer and not."
Friday, October 15, 2010
"Mozillo, who was charged along with Countrywide's COO and CFO, was also charged with insider trading for selling his Countrywide stock, worth $140 million, based on non-public information. The former CEO settled those charges too, agreeing to $45 million in disgorgement of ill-gotten gains. Mozillo was also permanently barred from serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded company. That brings Mozilo's payments up to a total of $67.5 million."
Monday, October 11, 2010
"The next time you pull up to an ATM, take a closer look at the machine. Does it look a little clunkier than usual?
Look too at what's around you: Are there mirrors? Is there a brochure holder over your shoulder? Does it look like there might be a false panel or an extra light bar attached to the machine?"
Thursday, October 07, 2010
* Sees Q4 rev at upper end of prior view of $250-$260 mln
* Sees Q1 2011 rev "significantly below" Q4
* Shrs down 9 pct after market
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"'They obviously don't go out and talk to the people who do actually need those programs,' he told HuffPost. 'How could anyone could look a disabled person in the face and say, 'You should be working?' I was born with this disease, I didn't ask for it. I didn't smoke for 30 years. This is a genetic condition. It just seems really out of touch with reality to say we're gonna cut these things.'"
Sunday, September 26, 2010
"And now we're seeing the agricultural raw cost commodities like wool, hides, rubber, timber and cotton begin to break out to new ten year highs, see the below monthly chart going back to 2000:"
Friday, September 24, 2010
"Banking — Investment banks became “trading machines instead of investment banks [leading to] encroachment on the territory of commercial banks, and commercial banks encroached on the territory of others in a way that couldn’t easily be managed by the old supervisory system.”
Financial system — “The financial system is broken. We can use that term in late 2008, and I think it’s fair to still use the term unfortunately. We know that parts of it are absolutely broken, like the mortgage market which only happens to be the most important part of our capital markets [and has] become a subsidiary of the U.S. government.”"
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 - February 22, 2002) was one of the great figures of Hollywood's Golden Age, creating perfect films, all about six minutes long. They were called Looney Tones, or Merrie Melodies, or cartoons, but when the three on this page were placed in the National Movie Registry, they were also called masterpieces.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
"The built-in mike and speaker make the Touch a Wi-Fi cellphone. Apps like Skype or Line2 let you make free or cheap phone calls whenever you’re in a Wi-Fi hot spot. (The speaker’s on the bottom, so you can’t really hold it to your ear, but the speakerphone or Apple’s $30 earbuds work fine.) And using a free app like TextFree, you can send all the text messages you like without paying the phone company anything."
Friday, September 10, 2010
"Save money by buying expensive paint. It may sound goofy, but as Tom Kraeutler, WalletPopper and host of the syndicated radio program, The Money Pit Home Improvement Show, insists, 'Always buy good quality paint, even if it costs a little more. Cheap paint doesn't last, and since most of the work is labor, your cost-per-year is a lot less if you buy better paint.'"
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
"The important question is whether growth is fast enough to bring down sky-high unemployment. We need about 2.5 percent growth just to keep unemployment from rising, and much faster growth to bring it significantly down. Yet growth is currently running somewhere between 1 and 2 percent, with a good chance that it will slow even further in the months ahead. Will the economy actually enter a double dip, with G.D.P. shrinking? Who cares? If unemployment rises for the rest of this year, which seems likely, it won’t matter whether the G.D.P. numbers are slightly positive or slightly negative."
"Take a look at Tuesday night’s box score in the baseball game between New York and Toronto. The Yankees won, 11-5. Now look at the weather summary, showing a high of 71 for New York. The score and temperature are not subject to debate.
Yet a president’s birthday or whether he was even in the White House on the day TARP was passed are apparently open questions. A growing segment of the party poised to take control of Congress has bought into denial of the basic truths of Barack Obama’s life. What’s more, this astonishing level of willful ignorance has come about largely by design, and has been aided by a press afraid to call out the primary architects of the lies."
Saturday, August 28, 2010
"The company’s marketing materials say that its “primary purpose is to image vehicles and their contents,” and that “the system cannot be used to identify an individual, or the race, sex or age of the person.”"
Look at the sample image in this article and you can tell right away the driver of the truck is a man.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Grammy Award Winner Steve Earle Drops Diet Dr Pepper From His Contract Requirements to Support RWDSU Mott's Strikers | Earth Times News
Monday, August 16, 2010
"'Flash Cookies' are not affected when users try to remove traditional cookies with their browser's privacy controls.
'What's even sneakier,' Wired.com reporter Ryan Singel wrote then, is 'several services even use the surreptitious data storage to reinstate traditional cookies that a user deleted, which is called 're-spawning,'' This means that a user may kill a cookie, but some technologies will bring it back to life by assigning that cookie's unique ID to a new cookie."
Friday, August 13, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Kinda like the end of McSorley's
Friday, July 23, 2010
"But lesson learned: when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. My short sale dream turned into an unexpected nightmare because I believed the Realtors when they told me everything was going OK. But they never gave me any proof, and when things fell apart, I wasn't in control and I couldn't get things moving again. Once I took charge, though, things were resolved pretty quickly. Next time, I'll be in control from the beginning.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Perhaps "the political class" isn't doing anything to stop the construction of an Islamic community center because the Constitution forbids it. Even worse, the advertisement I've mentioned engages in just the sort of religious bigotry that the First Amendment is meant to guard against.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Later Maddow explained why the concept of the GOP as fiscally responsible is not based in reality, “Well, you end, you end up with the situation which again you’re back to choice vs. referendum because Republicans, like great strategists like Mr. Gillespie, can argue about how it’s all about spending, it’s all about debt. But it’s not just talking about the past to say, “When Republicans have had the reins, this is what they’ve done: two wars not paid for, prescription drug benefit not paid for, two tax cuts that mostly benefited the rich not paid for. They put all that stuff on the deficit, $1.3 trillion sitting there as–in a deficit when Obama took over, after the previous Democratic president had handed him a surplus. If you talk about–if Republicans want to run as this fiscally responsible party, it’s neat, but it’s novel. It’s not how they’ve actually governed.”
Friday, July 09, 2010
The Baker campaign tells FOX25 that the web ad is just a tongue-and-cheek attempt to highlight the governor's position on taxes and was not meant to be deceptive, but Patrick’s campaign said this in a statement:
“Like much of Charlie Baker's campaign, this juvenile ad is based on a lie. Unfortunately, technical difficulties acknowledged by FOX25 made it impossible for the governor to hear the questions from the anchor.”
Monday, July 05, 2010
Is a Massive Head and Shoulders Pattern Completing ... Just Like On the Eve of the Second Wave Down in the Great Depression? | zero hedge
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Arshile Gorky was an essential pivot in Modern abstract art -- a critical hinge between rarefied European aesthetics before World War II and a more muscular, thoroughly American variety that emerged after, in the late 1940s and 1950s.
From SchaeffersResearch.comMarket Recap: DJIA Drops 115 Points, Led by Bank of America:
>>and today's Quote of the Day comes from Anthony Fry, senior managing director at Evercore Partners. In a visit to CNBC's studios today, Fry voiced his emphatically bearish view of the market. Simply put, says Fry: "'I don't want to scare anyone, but I am considering investing in barbed wire and guns.'"
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tony Hayward of BP acts like he owns the beach. 3 minute video.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Told in comic book form but don't let that stop you from reading it. It's clear, concise and very well done.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Walking talking pig fuck Mark Williams opens his mouth and garbage falls out.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Bloggasm � How a law student used Twitter to pressure dozens of Glenn Beck’s advertisers into dropping their support
His methodology is relatively straight forward: Compile a list of Beck’s advertisers and approach them (usually on Twitter) one-by-one to point out the host’s more outlandish statements, and then encourage other Twitter users to do the same. Rather than going after all the brands at once, Carusone told me he’d usually pick one or two a day and focus entirely on them. “I don’t want to make it about politics, I just highlight the indecent remarks that he makes,” he said. “The sexism, the preying on racial anxieties, some of his more willful distortions, the ones that have dangerous consequences, and I ask if they’re comfortable associating their brand with that. And by and large, many of the advertisers say no, and they modify their advertising agreements accordingly.” Because he typically warns the companies privately before he begins the campaign, sometimes they say they’ll pull their advertising before he even publicly targets them.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
"The Post reports that lending institutions would be paid well for handling loan modifications. The amount would almost double what the government pays financial firms for the service now. The FHA would be asked to help underwater borrowers as well according to the Post. The balance of the details about how the program will work are not available, or, more probably, have not been worked out. The one thing that is clear about the White House plan is that it will be funded from the TARP facility, the same $700 billion program that saved the financial industry as the credit crisis grew.
The fight over the program will be bitter, but not nearly as bitter as the fight over who will have access to reduced mortgage payments, especially if the monthly obligation can go to zero."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Ignorance and superstition on the march.Lawmaker: Disabled kids a god's punishment - wtop.com:
"Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.
He made that statement last Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican."
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Took forever but the cops did the right thing. See ya later Mr. Barrett.Boston officer fired for racist e-mail about Harvard professor - The Boston Globe:
"The Boston police officer who sent an e-mail that included a racial slur to describe Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was fired from the force yesterday."
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
"While the mechanical modifications ran about five months behind schedule, the final touches have been made and Congress’s only paraplegic member, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), is looking forward to presiding over the House for the first time, possibly next month."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
O'Keefe's three alleged accomplices: Conservative activists Dai, Basel and Flanagan | Media Matters for America
Yesterday, conservative activist James O'Keefe was arrested for allegedly plotting "to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans." O'Keefe was arrested along with Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan. Here's a look at who O'Keefe's alleged accomplices appear to be: