Monday, November 23, 2009

An Evening With Great Gray Haired Geezers. From Paris

Steely Dan.

Donald Fagan and Walter Becker.

How did they look? Old

How did they sound? Great.

Donald Fagan slump waddled out on stage wearing a burgundy flannel shirt, old man-mommy jeans (high under his armpits) and tennis shoes. He clawed the keyboard and thrashed his head around. His bluesy jazz voice and perfect timing made for a transcendent evening.

Walter Becker wore an ill fitting navy blazer, mommy jeans (same unfortunate armpit fit) and tennis shoes. He can still play a wicked guitar.

The audience? Filled with gray haired geezers (a few wearing Members Only jackets).

Yes. I am in fact a gray haired geezer. My hairdresser has helped me cheat the gray truth out of my hair and singing the words from music that spans 40 years made me feel ...oh dear...they've been around for 40 years? old does that make me feel? Would you believe me if I said it made me feel ...6?

Atom smasher smashing once again

Particle beams are once again circulating in the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, after more than a year of repairs.

The world's largest atom smasher made another leap forward Monday by circulating beams of protons in opposite directions at the same time in the $10 billion machine after more than a year of repairs, organizers said.

New discoveries on the makeup of universe and its tiniest particles are unlikely before next year, but the Large Hadron Collider has been advancing faster than expected in its startup phase that began Friday night, said Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Proton collisions could possibly begin within the next 10 days, officials said Monday.

"It went much faster than foreseen," said Fabiola Gianotti, who speaks for the Atlas experiment, one of four major detectors in rooms the size of cathedrals about 300 feet underground. "We're all very happy."

Adam Lambert shocks, no awes

Adam Lambert certainly knows how to get people talking. His AMA performance could have just been his post-'Idol' breakout show, but instead it's become one of those "did he take it too far?" moments of awards show folklore that has everyone taking sides (Watch the Video Here!) and caused thousands of complaints, according to ABC.

Dow: 10,450

NEW YORK -The stock market ended a three-day losing streak Monday, closing broadly higher as a weaker dollar and upbeat home sales numbers encouraged investors to take on more risk.

Major stock indexes ...More

Our house is a very very very fine house ...


The nearly year-long positive trend in the U.S. housing sector is continuing. Existing home sales surged 10.1% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.1 million units, the National Association of Realtorsannounced Monday. That's the highest level for existing home sales in more than two years.

The consensus of economists surveyed byBloomberg News had been for October existing home sales to come in at a 5.7 million unit annualized rate. The annualized existing sales number for September was revised to a 5.54 million units, and for August to 5.1 million units. Existing home sales are also up 23.5% in the past 12 months.

AA faces a rough landing...

American Airlines fires worker responding to a customer complaint.

Dobbs looking for a new home?

Lou Dobbs told Washington's WTOP Monday morning that he is not ruling out a presidential run, and, according toPolitico's Glenn Thrush,that he will leave the final decision up to his wife. Asked by an anchor if rumors about his presidential ambitions were crazy talk, Dobbs repsonded, "What's so crazy about that?"

"For the first time I'm actually listening to [people who want him to run for office], " Dobbs said. "I don't think I have the nature for it . . . But we've got to do something for this country." He said a run for president was "one of the conversations we're having" and that he would receive "the best advice" about whether it was a good idea.

Dobbs recently left his position as an opinion anchor at CNN to pursue an activist role in politics.


Amid Calif. Attorney General Investigation, ACORN San Diego office dumps 20k docs in dumpster...

The 'Real' Jobless Rate: 17.5% Of Workers Are Unemployed...

'Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution'...

The real cost of Reid’s ObamaCare bill: $1.8 trillion

GW Scientist “cook” the data. The Times here is the London Times (NYT has not reported the story yet)

Global warming emails updated

It gets worse.

From the Times -

Astonishingly, what appears, at least at first blush, to have emerged is that (a) the scientists have been manipulating the raw temperature figures to show a relentlessly rising global warming trend; (b) they have consistently refused outsiders access to the raw data; (c) the scientists have been trying to avoid freedom of information requests; and (d) they have been discussing ways to prevent papers by dissenting scientists being published in learned journals.

Conservative by birth


Pure Corruption. Nothing more than a bribe

BLOOMBERG: Cuomo Took Campaign Cash From Lawyers With Matters Before Him.

Making Sense of Cuomo’s ...

Politicians are not usually suicidal. So why?

Cartoon_ObamaCare.jpgRASMUSSEN: Support for Health Care Plan Falls to New Low. 56% against, only 38% for.

Falling for the lie

Our distinguished editor Derek fell for one of the old “scientific traps with his post on Antarctica’s ice melting raising sea level 15


Antarctica is the World's fifth-largest continent measuring approximately 14 million km², covering approximately 8.9% of the Earth's land and 2.7% of the Earth's surface.

To raise the sea level one foot 25 feet of Antarctic's ice would have to melt over 14 million Km2.  This is not going to happen (mean temperature difference between the coast and interior is close to 40 degrees) or if it did we would not matter to us.  (That much heat would mean we are all ready dead.)