Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Forty years after Picasso’s largest painting,, Le Train Bleu, was sold, a museum finally has the space to show it. The 33-foot-by-33-foot canvas will be the centerpiece of an autumn exposition at the Victoria & Albert Museum about Serge Diaghilev, the Russian man who reinvented ballet in the early 20th century. Picasso helped design nine of Diaghilev’s company’s ballets; Picasso’s Le Train Bleu, which he painted in 1924, features two women and was the front-cloth for a ballet of the same name. It was purchased in 1968 by collectors who never had the space to show it; except for a handful of fundraisers and a weekend fair, it hasn’t been on show since its purchase. The V & A acquired the painting in 2007; the Diaghilev exhibit with Le Train Bleu opens in London September 25.
COLA-DRINKING can lower sperm counts. “A Danish study suggests drinking a lot of cola regularly could men’s lower sperm count by almost 30 percent. The culprit does not appear to be caffeine, since coffee did not have the same effect, even though it contains even more caffeine than cola.”
Apple's German iPad Demand 3.5 Times Higher Than ExpectedIn Europe, each Apple country orders products from the mothership according to their marketing experience and expectations. According to a reliable source, Apple Germany had ordered only 75,000 iPads. Against all their predictions, they got 250,000 orders.
So what are these “surprising and little-noticed provisions”?
- A new federal mandate on businesses of 51 or more employees to provide a private area (not a bathroom) for nursing mothers to pump breast milk for up to a year after giving birth. This means that businesses have to plan for mainly unused floor space in every facility, or face federal sanctions.
- Tanning salons now have to charge a 10% excise tax on their services. That should help the local economies!
- W-2s must now declare “informationally” the value of health-care benefits. This means that W-2s will become even more complicated and will cost businesses billions each year in extra accounting and reporting, which will hit smaller businesses most.
How To Drive 260 MPH Without Going To Jail This weekend I watched a VW Golf race to 200 MPH, a 250 MPH Lamborghini with a parachute and a diesel-powered Ford Mustang. I also saw police officers nodding their heads in approval. It's not heaven, it's the Texas Mile.
The World's Fastest Bandit Trans Am
We love nothing more than a Bandit Trans Am and there was no mistaking the big black screamin' chicken owned by Dick and Gail Jurkowski. There's no forced induction or nitrous here. It's all motor — just not a Pontiac motor. Behind the stock-looking graphics is a big-block 496 c.i. Chevy V8. We saw him cross the 195 MPH threshold, but he thinks hell crest 200 MPH before long.
A 170 MPH Scirocco, A 206 MPH Mk III Golf
The HPA Scirocco was a hit at the mile, and not just among the VeeDub faithful impressed they spent the money to import one. It's gorgeous in white, a virginal bride hiding a 550 HP twin-turbo V6. The only distraction was a relatively tame looking Mk III Golf GTI going 206 MPH. Seriously, someone found their fast.
Oh-So-Many Ford GTs
This Hennessey Ford GT wasn't the fastest GT at the mile this weekend, but the Joe Dirt theme and Mullet license plate made it a favorite. The fastest was none other than a Heffner GT laying down a ridiculous 249.7 MPH.
Scientists Cleared -- After One-Day Probe
A first investigation into e-mails leaked from one of the world's leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved -- although it was based on just a single day of testimony.
Professor Phil Jones asked a colleague to delete e-mails relating to a report by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Senators Demand Explanation of NASA's Flawed Climate Data
Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have written a letter to NASA chief Charles Bolden demanding answers to questions surrounding newly uncovered irregularities in the space agency's climate data.
NASA / Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Maps from NASA's GISS reveal temperatures where no data exists.
By: Michael Barone
Senior Political Analyst
March 31, 2010
Over the past 14 months, our political debate has been transformed into an argument between the heirs of two fundamental schools of political thought, the Founders and the Progressives. The Founders stood for the expansion of liberty and the Progressives for the expansion of government
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Tea-partiers-embrace-liberty-not-big-government-89556562.html#ixzz0jmJkCjV0