Monday, March 1, 2010

Now THAT'S Power!!!

Chile Quake Shifted Earth's Axis

By David Knowles | AOL News
The massive earthquake that rocked Chile was so powerful that it moved the Earth's axis, NASA scientists say. As a result, the day is now just a little bit shorter.

The business side of book publishing

eBook production continues to confound traditional book publishing

nytlogo.jpgOver the weekend, NY Times reporterMotoko Rich published "Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book," an attempt to calculate the costs of an eBook versus an hardcover book. The article included a chart with this disclaimer: "A composite--and necessarily simplified--look at what it costs to make a book, both in print and digital form. Numbers are based on interviews with several publishers and consultants who work with the publishing industry."

According to the chart, a $26.00 hardcover book generates about $4.05 of profit before overhead costs ("They include staff salaries, electricity and rent"). At the same time, a $12.99 eBook generates between $4.56 and $5.54 before overhead costs are factored into the equation.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and theories for a future post. Go to (GalleyCat) to register your opinion on the subject. Readers have some passionate thoughts on this topic. In addition, Don Linn wrote: "Saying a book costs "X" is about as accurate as saying people are 27 years old. Varies by publisher, title, other factors." Peter Kafka disagreed: "Good primer on ebook pricing, + publishers' (unconvincing) argument for keeping prices up." Read more at eBookNewser.

Seeing a Red Spot...From Paris

My parents live in Escondido, a sleepy gorgeous suburb of San Diego. I was chatting with my mother this past weekend, and she mentioned that a beautiful young HS honor student had gone 'missing' around Lake Hodges. She was last seen jogging on the trail we can easily see from my parents deck. Today my mother reported that this promising young woman's pants and shoes were found in the bushes across from the Lake, near their home. According to my mother, there have been helicopters circling around all day, and they received a personal call from the police department asking them if they had seen this young woman.
An 'animal' was arrested today, linked to the young woman's disappearance. He is a registered sex offender who had been linked to an earlier crime.
A pure, promising life of beauty. 17 years old. Playing the French Horn. Applying to Boston College. Jogging on a mountain trail. Gone.
I'm seeing a red dot, like the killer whale Tilikum did. I can not control my myself now. I'm recommending the registered sex offender, who has been arrested in connection with this young woman's disappearance, be used as 'trainer' for the killer whale exhibit at Sea World. Tilikum will offer the registered sex offender justice.

GW Head Prof keel hauled before Parliament.

Scientists at the heart of the Climategate row were yesterday accused by a leading academic body of undermining science's credibility.

The Institute of Physics said 'worrying implications' had been raised after it was revealed the University of East Anglia had manipulated data on global warming.

Professor Phil Jones

Head of 'Climategate' research unit admits he hid data - because it was 'standard practice'...

In one email, Professor Jones talks about using a 'trick' to massage figures and 'hide the decline'. He admitted withholding data about global temperatures

Pelosi continues to stand by Rangel who continues to write the tax laws.

Charles Rangel

Rangel has taken care of himself as well, using rent-controlled apartments given to him by a Manhattan developer,and failing to pay income tax on a three-bedroom villa in the Dominican Republic (where he’s been pictured napping).

Pelosi became speaker, in fact, by running against the GOP’s “culture of corruption” and promising the “most ethical Congress in history.”

Robert McCall

R.I.P. Robert McCall, The Artist Who Created The Space Age

No artist inspired more love of space exploration and more excitement about our future than Robert McCall, who died Friday. He also painted gorgeous posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and was art director on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

McCall started out doing paintings of space and space travel for Life Magazine in the 1960s, and went on to paint the giant mural "The Space Mural - The Cosmic View" for the National Air And Space Museum in Washington, DC

Probably more trusted.

Study: Internet now a more popular news source than newspapers or radio

The Media continues to attack Tea Partiers. And they continued to be wrong. No wonder they are closing down.

Revealed: Media’s Phony Tea Party Leader Is a Phony Soldier Too. “Even Mother Jones reported in January that Dale Robertson is not and never was a tea party leader and that the mainstream media had ‘lost its edge’ in linking Robertson to the movement. But, that didn’t stop liberal media hacks from repeating the lie that Robertson was a leader in the Tea Party movement.”

France shows leadership and seems to understand the need to bring the outsiders in. (I like our more open styles much better, last photo)

Five European states back burka ban

As Mr Sarkozy presses ahead with plans to ban the wearing of the burka in public places, the FT’s latest Harris poll shows the move is not just strongly supported in France, but wins enthusiastic backing in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany

Carville on Health Care: Could be Obama’s ‘Waterloo’

On 'GMA' this morning, James Carville wasn't as optimistic as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Not sure that Democrats have the votes to pass the President's plan, Carville is sure that failure will be the "Waterloo" predicted by GOP Senator Jim DeMint.

“If it goes down" Carville said, "it’s gonna be a simple statement: the Democrats can’t govern.  They came in with a majority promising health care and they came away with nothing.”

Give the President a break. Boilerplate medical advice. Personally I wish all presidents drank like Winston Churchill.

MODERATION: “Considering that there is a great deal of research showing that it is a positive health benefit for a man to drink 1 or 2 beers a day, I would think that a 6 foot 1 1/2 inch man like Obama could easily drink 3 or 4 beers a day without there being an actual negative effect of concern to a doctor.”

Great Letter from a Prof of Economics to NPR

All Things Considered
National Public Radio

Dear Ms. Joffe-Walt and Mr. Kestenbaum:

Your excellent February 26, 2010, report on the history of how government officials chose the different methods that Medicare has used over the years to determine doctors’ pay is frightening because…

… in your report, Joe Califano, a chief architect of Medicare, admits that the first method of determining doctors’ pay was chosen for political reasons, namely, to buy doctors’ support for Medicare.

… you report that Mr. Califano, LBJ, and Congress were genuinely surprised by the rapid cost increases sparked by this first method.

… you reveal that much of the treatment that Medicare paid for was previously provided free by physicians; that is, Medicare crowded out a sizable chunk of private-sector philanthropy.

… you tell how attempts to change this first method of paying doctors were deeply influenced by skilled lobbyists working on behalf of doctors.

… in describing the development of the method currently used for determining doctors’ pay, you (perhaps without realizing it) reveal that this current method is the product of a comically childish labor-theory-of-value analysis – the same sort of analysis that is at the foundation of Marxian economics.

… your report ends with the admission that, because the current method isn’t working so well, Uncle Sam – 45 years after Medicare was launched – is still searching for a sound method for determining physicians’ pay.

Given this history, what reason is there to suppose that Obamacare is a good idea?

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

Regular Analgesic Use Increases Hearing Loss in Men, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2010) — In a study published in the March 2010 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers determined that regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the risk of hearing loss in men, particularly in younger men, below age 60.

No idea what a “Blue Peter presenter” is, but 6 weeks to kayak the Amazon is impressive.


Helen Skelton, the 26-year-old Blue Peter presenter, reached the tidal mouth of the Amazon six weeks and one million strokes after she set out alone in a kayak from Nauta, Peru. She braved crocodiles, insects, heatstroke, exhaustion and blisters. Amazing. She set a number of world records, including one for the longest documented solo journey in a kayak.

More on the Austin attack and how some use it, whether it be the NYT or the anti tax crowd.

The Austin Tragedy and the Dangerous Myth of the IRS Out of Control

Last week, a deranged man lit his house aflame with his wife and child inside, drove to a local airfield, and flew his plane into the IRS office building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and one IRS employee, and injuring thirteen others. The man left behind a bizarre, rambling message, in which he complained about a wide range of issues, including a long-running tax problem. Because of the target of his terrorist act, commentary understandably has focused on the tax issues on his list of grievances (as opposed to, say, the anti-capitalist comment at the end of his screed).

It is sadly unsurprising that some on the political fringes would applaud this appalling act. What is surprising, however, is that a great deal of more mainstream commentary has taken this act of domestic terrorism as a platform from which to attack the IRS. These discussions, of course, come phrased in the safe language of disapproval. The message goes essentially like this: "While no one could approve of this man's insane acts, one must admit that taxes are annoying," or, "No one should condone these crimes, but the IRS really is out of control."

Obama pal Warren Buffett: Start over on health care

Warren Buffett is interviewed in New York on Feb. 22.

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is interviewed in New York on Feb. 22. He said Monday that President Barack Obama should start over on health care.
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Somebody will always have a better office (PS, what is the laptop for?)


40-Display Home Office or Secret Missile Launching Facility

Be careful; some things are not what they appear to be

Two men comparing inches.

This takes quite a dose of cojones

Karadzic calls war 'just and holy'
Ex-Bosnian Serb leader defends his actions as genocide trial resumes in The Hague.
Crunch time for Karadzic
Karadzic's delay tactics
The Rageh Omaar Report
Interview: Radovan Karadzic
The charges against Karadzic
Man of many identities
A national hero?
My brother Radovan Karadzic

Corky, the little brown mouse

This one of 10 featured at the greener gadgets conference.

Where to begin with this one

FBI anthrax suspect was cross-dresser obsessed with bondage. Feared Cheney, once exclaimed, 'I'm voting for Obama!'...

News about News

REPORT: ABCNEWS plans to close all of its physical bureaus except DC Halve number of correspondents...


IPCC “science” on hurricanes no longer settled, either

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, anthropogenic global warming (AGW) activists insisted that the stronger storm systems resulted from the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, making hurricanes increasingly more severe.  These claims made their way into the UN’s IPCC report and have been a staple of AGW arguments for immediate and drastic action to limit energy production as part of the “settled science” attempt to shut down debate. Unfortunately for the hysterics, new peer-reviewed research published in Nature Geoscience concludes that hurricane strength has little to do with global warming:

Looking to the future, it also draws on computer modelling to predict that the most likely impact of global warming will be to decrease the frequency of tropical storms, by up to 34% by 2100.

NYT calls for Rangel to be removed from Ways and Means. Well Done.

Congressman Charles Rangel was far from humbled after the ethics committee admonished him for taking corporate-paid Caribbean junkets in violation of the House ethics code. Rather, the New York Democrat berated the panel’s leaders on the House floor.

The moment was characteristic of Mr. Rangel’s arrogance throughout the investigation, which continues into more serious allegations about his official behavior. It is one more reason why Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who championed ethics reform — should stop protecting him and relieve him of his crucial role as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

NYT’s Rich makes up stuff

Rich admits that "Stack was a lone madman, and it would be both glib and inaccurate to call him a card-carrying Tea Partier or a 'Tea Party terrorist.'" No kidding: Stack had zero connection to the Tea Party movement. None. So why would it occur to anyone to refer to him as a "Tea Party terrorist"? This is not guilt by association, this is guilt despite a complete lack of association. Rich suggests that the answer lies in Stack's online political screed:

“But he did leave behind a manifesto whose frothing anti-government, anti-tax rage overlaps with some of those marching under the Tea Party banner. “

No, it doesn't. Stack's essay is left-wing, not right-wing; it ends with a denunciation of capitalism and a quote from the Communist Manifesto. The Tea Party is a highly diverse movement, but you will find very few Communists in it.

Buzz and Bullets: Gun Fans Cheer


Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas.

Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating political confrontations with gun owners. But Starbucks, the largest chain targeted, has refused to take the bait, saying in a statement this month that it follows state and local laws and has its own safety measures in its stores.

Hope and Change

HOW BAD HAS IT GOTTEN? Soros criticizes Obama’s bailouts.

Democrats’ Obama Bounce in California Disappearing. “Even Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, widely viewed just six weeks ago as a shoo-in for re-election to a fourth term, now faces the toughest race in her 28 years representing California in Congress.”

Nevada voters now less likely to vote for Reid after Obama’s visit

Global Warming Errors

Nobel Intent:Day by Day Cartoon

Sorry, Al Gore, but those climate science errors weren’t trivial

The emerging errors of the IPCC's 2007 report are not incidental but fundamental, says Christopher Booker

The chief defence offered by the warmists to all those revelations centred on the IPCC's last 2007 report is that they were only a few marginal mistakes scattered through a vast, 3,000-page document. OK, they say, it might have been wrong to predict that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035; that global warming was about to destroy 40 per cent of the Amazon rainforest and cut African crop yields by 50 per cent; that sea levels were rising dangerously; that hurricanes, droughts and other "extreme weather events" were getting worse. These were a handful of isolated errors in a massive report; behind them the mighty edifice of global warming orthodoxy remains unscathed.

But this completely misses the point. Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga