Monday, May 17, 2010
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih was a contestant in a stripping contest sponsored by a Detroit radio station, MyFOXDC.com is reporting.
I have been arguing this for years. It is a law of economics. There is only so much that people will pay.
Our Tax System Can't Collect More Than 20% of GDP in TaxesWall Street Journal op-ed, The Revenue Limits of Tax and Spend: Whether Rates Are High or Low, Evidence Shows Our Tax System Won't Collect More Than 20% of GDP, by David Ransom:
The nearby chart shows how tax revenue has grown over the past eight decades along with the size of the economy. It illustrates the empirical relationship first introduced on this page 20 years ago by the Hoover Institution's W. Kurt Hauser—a close proportionality between revenue and GDP since World War II, despite big changes in marginal tax rates in both directions. "Hauser's Law," as I call this formula, reveals a kind of capacity ceiling for federal tax receipts at about 19% of GDP.
Mobile Phone Use and Brain Cancer Risk: Inconclusive Results from International Study
ScienceDaily (May 17, 2010) — A large international study of the risk of brain cancer from cell phone use has yielded inconclusive results. Although the study provides no definitive evidence of increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phones, observations at the highest level of cumulative call time and the changing patterns of mobile phone use, particularly among young people, warrant further investigation, researchers said.
This is Thomas Salme, a maintenance engineer who became a Boeing 737 pilot by flying a few nights in a flight simulator and printing a fake airliner pilot license. Amazingly enough, he flew passengers for thirteen years without any incidents.
Thirteen years of back and forth from Sweden to everywhere else in Europe. Nobody noticed until a couple of months ago, when Salme was caught by the police as he was getting ready for take off. He was in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, with 101 passengers at Amsterdam's Schipol airport. He admits that it was all a crazy idea:
Swordfish, Three Other Stocks Rebuilt to Healthy Levels, NOAA Reports
ScienceDaily (May 16, 2010) — Four fisheries stocks, including Atlantic swordfish, have now been rebuilt to healthy levels, according to a report to Congress from NOAA's Fisheries Service.
In Status of U.S. Fisheries, NOAA scientists reported that 85 percent of the stocks examined (212 of 250 stocks) were free from overfishing, or not fished at too high a level.
The report shows a continuing trend of year-over-year national improvements. This year's report matches last year's for the most stocks reported rebuilt -- Atlantic scup, Atlantic black sea bass, and St. Matthew's Island, Alaska, blue king crab and Atlantic swordfish. Four more stocks -- Winter skate and sailfish in the Atlantic, and bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish in the Pacific -- had populations at an overfished level in 2008, but began rebuilding in 2009.
How to read such reports. The report is measuring households. If we measure households with both husband and wife present you will find the gap narrowing.
U.S. Racial Wealth Gap Quadrupled Since Mid-1980s, New Study Finds
ScienceDaily (May 17, 2010) — The wealth gap between white and African-American families increased more than four times between 1984-2007
PC shoots down another beauty queen? (Here is an idea, lets leave politics out of these things. Lets not ask judges who they sleep with. A little civility)
An unhappy crowd booed Miss USA judge Cesar Nunez when he asked Miss Oklahoma a question about Arizona’s immigration law on Sunday night’s pageant.
Now some are wondering if Woolard's answer cost her the crown.
The "The Office" star asked Woolard if she supported Arizona’s law, which requires police to verify a person's immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally.
Woolard said she supports the law, saying she is against illegal immigration, but is also against racial profiling.
Andrew Sullivan is obsessed with homosexuality, both his own and that of others. He now demands to know whether Elena Kagan is a lesbian. I may be wrong, but my guess is that it is about as likely Ms. Kagan is a lesbian as it is that Sarah Palin is the mother of Trig, another deep question that Sullivan continues to ride into what should be his well deserved oblivion.
I would prefer not to know about Kagan's sexuality. If she chooses to keep her sexuality to herself, she has my support.
Sullivan raises the question regarding Kagan in his column "Answer the lesbian question, Ms. Legal Eagle."
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas police wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Sunday before knocking the buildings down with bulldozers, residents said.
Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers said the homes were built illegally on government land. Newly homeless residents were furious over Palestinians on bulldozers razing Palestinian homes.
For years, Palestinians have criticized Israel for destroying houses, mostly because they were built without permits issued by the military. Now, Rafah residents complained, their own government, run by the Islamic militant Hamas that seized power in Gaza in July 2007, has done the same.
“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Apologizing for Arizona. “This is unfreakingbelievable, even for the Obama administration.”
By JEFF ZELENYTuesday’s primaries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Arkansas will help frame the debate in the remaining six months of the midterm election season.