Wednesday, September 30, 2009
She stood there, in her green silk pantsuit and obligatory safe pearl necklace, trying to escape the obvious. She pretended not to care when his name was mentioned. She looked as comfortable as a fish on a bicycle.
She'd seen photos of him, happy and content without her. He had moved on.
Everyone noticed Nancy Pelosi at the U2 concert last evening, when Bono saluted George Bush for his work in Africa. Nancy clapped stiffly, and sniffed the cool evening air, pretending his name had not been mentioned, and he meant nothing to her.
U2? Even an evening with Nancy couldn't diminish the experience for me. It takes 4 days to construct the stage referred to as the "Claw". The concert noted to create "moments of musical transcendence." My moment of transcendence? 'Mysterious Ways', with the stage throbbing.
Nancy? You're 'Stuck in a moment' you'll regret.
Sen. Barbara Boxer’s climate bill set to be released today contains a provision that will compensate General Electric quite nicely for its lobbying and media efforts promoting climate legislation.
Section 821(c) requires that, by December 12, 2012, the EPA set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from “new aircraft and new engines used in new aircraft.”
So the Boxer bill would compel airlines and the military, when purchasing new aircraft and new aircraft engines, to purchase more expensive “green” engines made by GE, according to standards set by the current and GE-lobbied Obama administration.
A SATISFYING sex life keeps women in tip-top health, medics revealed last night.
Females who are fulfilled in the bedroom have more energy and suffer fewer illnesses.
Those who rate their sex lives highly have more vitality and a better psychological outlook than those who have sex less than twice a month.
A team from the Women's Health programme in Australia analysed the sex lives of almost 300 females aged from 20 to 65.
Those who regularly had orgasms were less likely to fall ill and reported feeling more energetic than women who were left wanting more after romps.
In rude health ... study found that it was not the amount of sex women have that matters, but the quality
45,000 hours per week of non-production.
During his speech to Congress, Barack Obama derided the notion that ObamaCare would pay for abortions and for health insurance for illegal immigrants as “false”, a “misunderstanding” spread by opponents.
Hatch offered an amendment to the Baucus plan in the Senate Finance Committee that would have required that no plan receiving federal funding pay for abortions. It failed, 10-13, on almost a party-line vote
Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for health insurance or tax credits under healthcare reform.
Grassley’s amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.
In Tuesday's New York Post, Charles Gasparino reports that, although they will not admit anything of the sort in public, people like Morgan Stanley's John Mack, BlackRock's Larry Fink, Greg Fleming (once at Merrill Lynch), JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon, and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, who backed Obama at the time of the financial crisis last Fall, are now, in private, expressing grave misgivings.
Even more to the point, he reports,
I'm told that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers have both complained to senior Wall Street execs that they have almost no say in major policy decisions. Obama economic counselor Paul Volcker, the former Fed chairman, is barely consulted at all on just about anything -- not even issues involving the banking system, of which he is among the world's leading authorities.
At most, the economic people and their staffs get asked to do cost analyses of Obama's initiatives for the White House political people -- who then ignore their advice.
Taking on a major new constitutional dispute over gun rights, the Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether to apply the Second Amendment to state, county and city government laws. In another major case among ten new grants, the Court said it will rule on the constitutionality of one of the government’s most-used legal weapons in the “war on terrorism” — a law that outlaws “material support” to terrorist groups.
Men And Women Both Care More About Pretty Faces Than Hot Bodies
I’ll save you all the nitty-gritty, scientific-y details and just give you the good news. Forget about your diet and focus on your face cream if you’re in the market for a long-term mate. A new study by Dr. Currie at Royal Society University in London confirmed that men and women approach long-term relationships in a similar way—both genders pay way more attention to gorgeous faces than hot bodies. When it comes to short-term relationships ... well, women were more likely to go for face over body while the dudes placed much more importance on the body than the face. Shocker. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “butter face.”
200 Starlings Hitting Aircraft Engine on Take OffSee those black bits scattered around this Boeing? It's just part of a massive flock of starlings hitting its fuselage and engine as it was taking off at 200mph. About two hundred birds were sucked into the turbine.
According to the photographer, Juergen Kienast, the sound of the engine as it sucked the birds was defeaning:
The pitch of the engine said it all. It was like sticking a bit of metal pipe into a blender.
NASA Can Now Create Objects Using Electron BeamsInstead of using traditional 3D manufacturing, NASA has developed an electron beam fabrication system capable of creating any object. And hey, if it uses electron beams that means it's awesome, no matter what.
The new method, called Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3), uses the electron beam to melt raw material inside a vacuum. The beam can create any mechanical part you want for a small fraction of the cost of previous methods
NY Times: “In five or six or seven years,” said Christoph Westphal, Sirtris co-founder [Sirtis was bought by GlaxoSmithKline for $720 million], “there will be drugs that prolong longevity.” [H/T Michael Annisimov, Accelerating Future]
SRT-501, the company’s special formulation of resveratrol, is being tested against two cancers, multiple myeloma and colon cancer that has spread to the liver. A chemical mimic of resveratrol, known as SRT-2104, is in a Phase 2 trial for Type 2 diabetes, and in a Phase 1 trial in elderly patients. (Phase 1 trials test for safety, Phase 2 for efficacy.)
Dr. Gallagher said that unpublished tests in mice showed that another chemical mimic, SRT-1720, increased both health and lifespan; after two years, twice as many mice taking the drug were alive compared with the undosed animals. Resveratrol itself has not been shown to increase lifespan in normal mice, although it does so in obese mice, laboratory roundworms and flies.
Sirtris has so far been doubly fortunate. No severe side effects have yet emerged from the clinical trials. The company has also been lucky in having apparently picked the right horse, or at least a good one, in a fast-developing field.
Sirtuins may not be the most important genes for longevity, Dr. Sinclair conceded at the conference, because the pathways controlled by the sirtuins, TOR and the others “all talk to each other, often by feedback loops.”
Many theories of aging attribute senescence to the inexorable buildup of mutations in a person’s DNA. Dr. Sinclair said that in his view “aging can be reversed” because the DNA mutations did not directly cause aging.