Saturday, February 13, 2010
According to the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Investment Act has been spent on wind power. The goal was to further energy independence while creating American jobs. It has done neither.
Of the money spent, according to the report, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. ...
I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs (but job-hunting every day), I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble, help them with their own money.
I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor;" of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers;" of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery;" of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls, all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Sharia law tells them to.
What sickens me the most is that according to the story, the Harvard-educated shooter, Amy Bishop, obviously suspected that she was going to be denied tenure, and brought the gun into the meeting to kill those peers who told her she wasn't as good as she thought. Pathetic.
Private school pupils 'being rejected from university'
Private school pupils with straight-A grades are being rejected from elite universities in unprecedented numbers,
Entry at Oxbridge is especially hard this year
Headmasters are blaming a shortage of university places caused by funding cuts, combined with the effect of Labour’s “social engineering” drive that prioritises bright children from under-performing comprehensives.
Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc - The first of two “Three buck Chucks” in the tasting, this is a Sauvignon Blanc cranked to 11, and not always in a good way. Charles Shaw wines are found only at the Trader Joe's grocery store chain and they are the standard bearer of the cheap wine movement. This particular bottle of white is incredibly crisp, acidic and, for lack of a better term, “green.” It tastes unripe, almost as if it was bottled before its time. That said, the wine's acidic tang make it a decent picnic wine if paired with strongly flavored food. BBQ or fried chicken would be solid choices. You could do a lot worse for three bucks.
Charles Shaw Shiraz - Smelling strongly of rose, the second Charles Shaw bottle pours a deep plum in the glass. Tasting of licorice and raisins, with jam flavors coming out more strongly as you drink, the wine has a slightly bitter medicinal aftertaste and a mouth-puckering tannin level. An acceptable wine to have hanging around the house to pop open for a movie, and a great value at $3, but definitely not the nectar of the gods Trader Joe's fans make it out to be.
Gazela Vinho Verde - Vinho Verde is a Portuguese style of wine that gained a serious following in the last few years. Named “green” for its youth rather than its color, it's a wine that's meant to be drunk within a year of being bottled. And at $4, Gazela is a solid example of the type. A pale golden straw color in the glass, ginger, grass and orange juice flavors dominate every sip. It's lightly fizzy and should definitely be chilled in order to mask the distinctly noticeable funk that hits on the swallow. Sort of the John Mayer of wines – it’s kind of offensive, but for some strange reason people still like it.
Yellowtail Shiraz-Grenache - One of the most common wine brands in the country, this blend can be found for as little as $5, and pours a dark purple. Reeking of raisins and pepper, and offering only a hint of oaky tannins, this is an extremely easy-drinking fruit-forward wine. The slightly leathery aftertaste is quickly washed away by its gentle alcoholic warmth. At this price, you couldn't ask for a better wine to share over pizza - first date wine at its finest.
Barefoot Wines Merlot - Generally available for $6, Barefoot Wines makes non-vintage wine, blending it for a consistent flavor in each bottle. The result is a merlot with tons of plummy sweetness, blackberry flavors, and soft tannins, but little of anything that could be called interesting or exceptional. Of course, sometimes you don't want interesting or exceptional. Sometimes you're looking for reliably enjoyable. So while Barefoot Wines probably didn't set out to deliver the “Happy Gilmore” of wines, it's not such a bad thing it did.
The EPA would like to have a word with Louisiana officials, whose solution to de-icing river bridges is to just pour antifreeze everywhere
Scientists at Cal Berkeley are working on piezoelectric smart-clothes which will generate power through body movement.
Airborne Laser successfully shoots down missile during test. Obama is killing the program.
Obama's new economic policy: keep people from knowing how bad things are.
And then there was this form Yahoo News
Thanks to CribNoteGate, we can finally say it out loud: Sarah Palin is stupid. But where does that leave Barack Obama?
Let's set aside the fiction that public officials care about the country.
Let's accept an assumption that everyone else can get behind: Politicians are skilled at looking out for themselves.
By this low standard, Obama is dumber than dumb. We're not talking Dubya dumb. We're not even talking Sarahcuda dumb.
We're talking pulling-off-your-mask-so-the-clerk-of-the-bank-you're-robbing-can-hear-you dumb.
“In a contest between the elite media and the tea-party protesters for control of the message, I’m betting on the latter. For one thing, the tea-party activists’ numbers are increasing while the elite media is shrinking. That should tell you something about their relative health.”
What is happening to our culture? It used to be, if your pants were falling down, you'd better be preparing to get a shot in your butt. Now? Casual Friday means your pants are falling down. Super bowl ads mock men wearing no pants at all. College students arrive for job interviews wearing flip flops.
February 13, 2010: A U.S. court sentenced Dongfan "Greg" Chung, an engineer for Boeing, on charges of collecting large quantities of classified data on the space shuttle, and planning to give it to China. Chung worked in the military aerospace industry since 1973 and had a high level security clearance, was caught with over 200,000 pages of classified documents in his home. Chung also had $3 million he couldn’t account for
“And I can make a firm pledge: under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.
Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000.
The President's Economic Report predicts that the unemployment rate will be 8.2 percent in 2012. A year ago, the Obama economic team predicted that unemployment would peak at about that rate if Congress passed the stimulus package.
The truth is that no one has any clear idea what the unemployment rate will be in 2012.
(This Chart shows that before any of “Stimulus” money was spent the economy had already started to recover.)
This reflects inflation-adjusted home prices. I didn't see anything like it in the mid-2000's; if I had, it would have been obvious to me that the housing bubble was out of control and was about to burst. With hindsight, it is hard to see how this could have eluded anyone in Congress.
Alabama Prof Kills Three at Faculty Meeting After Being Denied Tenure. “Amy Bishop, a biology professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, allegedly shot and killed two biology professors and a staff person during a faculty meeting this afternoon in which she learned she was denied tenure.” Of course, maybe this is why we always have the Dean deliver the good or bad news after the meeting has ended . . . .
UPDATE: From Ratemyprofessors.com: “This class was great. Bishop makes the class interesting by talking about her research and her friends research. That speaker she had for class was hard to understand but smart. And she is a socalist but she only talks about it after class.”
Dr. Phil Jones, the man at the center of the Climategate scandal, has for the first time admitted that the Medieval Warm Period could have been warmer than the present day, flying directly in the face of the Hockeystick Graph that caused so much of the Climate panic.
The “famous” chart
BBC report, titled “Climate data ‘not well organised“:
Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.
He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.
But Professor Jones said he had not cheated the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.
He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made.
But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 13, 2010) — Yale University scientists have streamlined the process for synthesizing a family of compounds with the potential to kill cancer and other diseased cells, and have found that they represent a unique category of anti-cancer agents. Their discovery appears in this week's online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
The team studied a family of compounds known as the kinamycins, which are naturally produced by bacteria during metabolism and are known for their potent toxicity
In federal racial harassment cases, one study (PDF) found that plaintiffs lost just 54 percent of the time when the judge handling the case was an African-American. Yet plaintiffs lost 81 percent of the time when the judge was Hispanic, 79 percent when the judge was white, and 67 percent of the time when the judge was Asian American.
The comprehensive study, by professors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, examined a random assortment of 40 percent of all reported racial harassment cases from six federal circuits between 1981 and 2003.
Collapse of the euro is 'inevitable': Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says FRENCH banking chief
The European single currency is facing an 'inevitable break-up' a leading French bank claimed yesterday.
Strategists at Paris-based Société Générale said that any bailout of the stricken Greek economy would only provide 'sticking plasters' to cover the deep- seated flaws in the eurozone bloc.
The stark warning came as the euro slipped further on the currency markets and dire growth figures raised the prospect of a 'double-dip' recession in the embattled zone.
The bailout of Greece will only act as a 'sticking plaster' for the Euro crisis, the bank warned yesterday