Thursday, December 17, 2009

A good pun Derek, Banks bad – bacon good, Cancer and Sherlock Holmes, and then the Obama Section

(Fox News)
King Henry II's mistress may have died from consuming too much gold. That's Auful

Morgan Stanley to walk away from five San Francisco office buildings bought at peak for $6.5 billion in 2007 because they've lost more than 50% of their value. Looks like abandonment's not just for homeowners anymore (

(The Consumerist)
Researchers have finally found something that's recession-proof: Bacon

Scientists decipher the entire genetic code of skin and lung cancer. Still no cure, but it can't be far off now

If you were worried that the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" movie wasn't going to be gay enough, don't be

(Wall Street Journal)
Obama warns that if Congress doesn't pass Obamacare, the nation's going to go bankrupt. What he didn't mention is that if we don't reduce the deficit and cut spending it's going to go bankrupt regardless

(The Raw Story)
White House slams Howard Dean, says "no rational person" would oppose the current healthcare bill, obviously haven't been paying attention to Howard Dean

(Washington Post)
"Liberals are turning against President Obama with an energy that until now has been reserved for Fox News viewers..."

(The Hill)
Dick Durbin (D-uh), Senate Majority Whip, third highest ranking Democrat in the Senate: I'm completely in the dark on what's in the health care reform bill

Paris: Jessica’s face is very, very good. The rest is not bad either.

Ten best cars in 2009

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Surfs up


Video: Surfing Huge Waves at Jaws In Canon 5d Mark II Slow Motion

Last week we saw some big wave activity in the Pacific. Some said the storms would develop some of the biggest waves in decades.* Here's some footage of nut jobs surfing said waves on Jaws, in Maui. More »

Eruption soon


The Telltale Signs Of A Volcano Preparing To Erupt

The Mayon volcano in the Philippines has erupted nearly 40 times in 400 years, and it looks primed to go off again. This NASA satellite image shows a small plume of ash or steam blowing west from its summit

Looks similar, the 787. Nose is a bit different and the back of the engines are scalloped. Also the wing/fuselage point looks more like the Airbus than other Boeings

Boeing's first 787 Dreamliner soars into the gray skies over the Pacific Northwest.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Finally Gets Off the Ground

Copenhagen. It will not work, even if you belive.

Leaked document: Emission targets at Copenhagen could still produce “catastrophic” global warming

Plus: “Deafening applause” as Chavez denounces capitalism.

Geometrical Jessica...from Paris

According to the 'Golden Ratio' rule, Jessica Simpson has the perfect face proportion. The length of her nose; the position of her eyes; the length of her chin, all conform to some aspect of the ratio, measuring equal distances. Jessica has her beauty measured to a mathematical certainty.
A flawless face.
Now. If Jessica could only have a little more of an intellectual 'ratio', she'd be the whole package!

The Math in Beauty...From Paris

For the record, I didn't find the "mathematically" gifted computerized women attractive in any way. I do appreciate that proportion and symmetry are pleasing to the eye.
According to the 'Golden Ratio', this mask of the human face is based on proportion. In his article "The Math Behind Beauty", M. Bourne states "Attractiveness increases if there is symmetry and proportion."
Beauty. More than skin deep. But boys beware. If you say to a women "I find your face very mathematically attractive", you're not going to get a "positive" response.

Picture of the day

The numbers 'one' and 'zero' arrive in Times Square via pedicabs driven by Peter Netzer (l.) and Gregg Zukowski to be installed for the New Year's Eve ball drop in New York City on Wednesday.

You are what you read

There is a site which explains how to judge people by what they read, here is a sample of some…

Stephenie Meyer
People who type like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3.
Ayn Rand
Workaholics seeking validation.
David Foster Wallace
Confirmed 90’s literati.
Jane Austen (or Bronte Sisters)
Girls who made out with other girls in college when they were going through a “phase”.
Charles Dickens
Ninth graders who think they’re going to be authors someday but end up in marketing.
Mark Twain
James Patterson
Men who score a 153 on their LSAT exam.
David Baldacci
No one. Even the police say Clancy before they’ll say Baldacci.
Michael Crichton
Doctors who went to third-tier medical schools.
John Grisham
Doctors who went to medical schools in the Dominican Republic.

….and the list goes on here (Via Book Ninja)

36 and 46 are the key numbers

New 'Golden Ratios' for Female Facial Beauty

ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2009) — Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder but also in the relationship of the eyes and mouth of the beholden.

Example of faces with different length and width ratios; faces with an average length or width ratio are framed in black

They discovered two "golden ratios," one for length and one for width. Female faces were judged more attractive when the vertical distance between their eyes and the mouth was approximately 36 percent of the face's length, and the horizontal distance between their eyes was approximately 46 percent of the face's width.


Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming...

Climate change is not the fault of man. It's Mother Nature's way. And sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is too limited a solution. We have to be prepared for fire or ice, for fry or freeze. We have to be prepared for change.

We've been deceived by a stroke of luck. In the two million years during which we climbed from stone-tool wielding Homo erectus with sloping brows to high-foreheaded Homo urbanis, man the inventor of the city, we underwent 60 glaciations, 60 ice ages. And in the 120,000 years since we emerged in our current physiological shape as Homo sapiens, we've lived through 20 sudden global warmings. In most of those, temperatures have shot up by as much as 18 degrees within a mere 20 years.

All this took place without smokestacks and tailpipes. All this took place without the desecration of nature by modern man.

Katie, row the boat ashore, hallelujah

American the youngest to try to row boat across Atlantic

CLEVELAND — This winter, Katie Spotz plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean without a sail or a motor. Through 50-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the only thing propelling her tiny yellow boat will be Spotz’s arms pulling against two black oars.

In the small but growing sport of ocean rowing, even the smallest sail is considered cheating. So Spotz, 22, will row at least 2,500 miles without even a tarp to protect herself from the sun, lest she be tempted to use it to catch the wind.

“I never thought I could do something like this,” said Spotz, whose attempt will raise money for Blue Planet Run, a foundation that finances clean drinking water projects around the world.

“But it’s not like a rowing machine in a gym,” she said. “You just pace yourself.”

It's the fun time of the year -- Day 4

A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls. One day, his supply of the birds ran out so he had to go out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road. Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them. Immediately, he was arrested and charged with ... transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.

Interesting: GW as a matter of faith

Our opinion

Global warming enthusiasts often accuse those who doubt man-made global warming of being flat-earthers. If you don't mind our saying so, it seems clear that belief in global warming is a faith which is based on a lack of scientific enquiry and a blind acceptance of propaganda created by an establishment which wants to control how we live.

Very Interesting: Caiaphas and Annas

DNA of Jesus-Era Shrouded Man in Jerusalem Reveals Earliest Case of Leprosy

ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2009) — The DNA of a first-century shrouded man found in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem has revealed the earliest proven case of leprosy.

This is a sample of the shroud which shows the simple two-way weave used for burial shrouds in 1st century C.E. Jerusalem.

The burial cave, which is known as the Tomb of the Shroud, is located in the lower Hinnom Valley and is part of a 1st century C.E. cemetery known as Akeldama or 'Field of Blood' (Matthew 27:3-8; Acts 1:19) -- next to the area where Judas is said to have committed suicide. The tomb of the shrouded man is located next to the tomb of Annas, the high priest (6-15 C.E.), who was the father in law of Caiaphas, the high priest who was said to have betrayed Jesus to the Romans. It is thus thought that this shrouded man was either a priest or a member of the aristocracy. According to Prof. Gibson, the view from the tomb would have looked directly toward the Jewish Temple.

“Capitalism is the road to hell”

What Are They Doing In Copenhagen?

... Hugo Chávez , Venezuela

Don't fall for the pretense that the international "green" movement is about anything other than anti-free enterprise and anti-American ideology. That was demonstrated once again in Copenhagen, where, after other speakers received luke-warm welcomes, Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez was given an ecstatic reception:

Then President Chavez brought the house down.

When he said the process in Copenhagen was "not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn't that the reality of our world, the world is really and imperial dictatorship...down with imperial dictatorships" he got a rousing round of applause.

When he said there was a "silent and terrible ghost in the room" and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was deafening.

But then he wound up to his grand conclusion - 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ - "our revolution seeks to help all people...socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that's the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell....let's fight against capitalism and make it obey us." He won a standing ovation.

Chávez: de ''negro negrito ...

Now News You Can Use: Swedes Attack Apple

Swedes Camping Outside Apple HQ Asking Steve Jobs to Approve Their AppThis is absolutely crazy. There's a Swedish invasion at the Apple Campus in Cupertino, waiting for Steve Jobs to come. They are employees of the SVT TV channel—the Svenska equivalent to the BBC—broadcasting live to Sweden

Ask yourself Why? He is the 5th largest producer of Oil. So why are they applauding? It is not about GW.

Climate summit erupts in 'deafening applause' for Hugo Chavez...

Today’s Scare Headline! Florida, which has been above sea level for 100s of millions of years, is doomed, based on the “cooked and now destroyed” IPCC database and “Novel” statistical approach as another computer model sinks the planet. Good Grief

Breakup of the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf (which it does every spring)

Earth's Polar Ice Sheets Vulnerable to Even Moderate Global Warming; New Orleans, Much of Southern Florida, Expected to Be Permanently Submerged

ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2009) — A new analysis of the geological record of the Earth's sea level, carried out by scientists at Princeton and Harvard universities and published in the Dec. 16 issue of Nature, employs a novel statistical approach that reveals the planet's polar ice sheets are vulnerable to large-scale melting even under moderate global warming scenarios. Such melting would lead to a large and relatively rapid rise in global sea level. (Let me translate: If the temperature stays above 32 degrees all year long the ice melts.  With that assumption the computer said the sea level would rise)

Maybe with it.

Union pulls back on supporting Dem health care bill...

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