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Monday, September 27, 2010
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The Recession is over, and there shouldn't be a double-dip. However, there will be another recession earlier than usual. And employment is unlikely to get better in between. But it won't be a double dip. So that's good
Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck highest rated amongst cable talkers for having "positive impact on the political debate" while 55% don't even know who Rachel Maddow is, 42% couldn't pick Keith Olbermann out of a lineup
I am not surprised. This prosecution was faulty from day one. There is a lesson here about prosecutors
Prosecutor in Ted Stevens case commits suicide
Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, committed suicide on Sunday, two years after being part of the Justice Department team that convicted Stevens on corruption charges that were eventually thrown out. Marsh's suicide was confirmed by his lawyer, Robert Luskin.
Small-town mayor stoned to death in western Mexico
The mayor of a small town in western Mexico was found on Monday stoned to death in the third attack on a public official in the country in less than a week, local authorities said.
The bodies of Gustavo Sanchez, mayor of Tancitaro in Michoacan state, and an aide were found, officials said.
"It appears they stoned them to death," a source from the local prosecutor's office said on condition of anonymity.
Local media reported that the bodies were found in the back of a flat-bed truck.
There was no immediate indication whether the killings were related to drug violence. More than 29,000 people have been killed in violence between rival drug cartels and between cartels and state security forces since President Felipe Calderon launched his offensive on cartels in 2006.
Choice Hotel's Undercover Boss Sweats the Hospitality Business
Steve Joyce is by no means a mama's boy, but he couldn't help thinking of his mother when the CEO of Choice Hotels International went undercover. "Mom spent her entire life helping other people, both personally and professionally, and she taught me to do the same" he said. "When I worked with some of our employees, saw what they'd been through and what they were still doing for others, I realized I wasn't living up to the standards my mother set for me."
And so begins the second season of the Emmy-nominated 'Undercover Boss,' The story employees were told this season was that Joyce and another contestant were competing for the same job for a reality TV show. To hide his identity, Joyce shaved the mustache he'd had since he was a teenager, moussed his hair, wore strange clothes selected for him by a dress-down wardrobe specialist, and tried his hand at some of the most grueling tasks in the hotel industry. He admits it wasn't pretty. "I sweat a lot," he confessed.
The tea party candidates are real. They have had real jobs. They did not want to be in politics. It is not a career. They use experience and common sense, not theory. The Ruling Class will not understand.
Off shore wind farms cost twice as much to produce electricity as gas and coal powered stations and will need subsidies for at least 20 years, a major report warns
A LITTLE aspirin might just go as far as a lot when it comes to preventing bowel cancer - with fewer side effects.
So says a five-year retrospective study led by Malcolm Dunlop of the University of Edinburgh, UK, that compared the aspirin habits of 2800 people with cancer and 3000 without. The team found that the risk of getting cancer was 25 per cent lower in those who had been taking 75 milligrams of the drug daily compared with those who had not
As of noon, Weather.com reported that downtown L.A. was broiling at 109 degrees; Santa Monica hit 106, West Hollywood was at 111 and Long Beach was at 107. [Updated at 12:52 p.m.: As of 12:50 p.m.: downtown L.A. had hit 113 degrees, a record high. Stuart Seto, a forecaster for the National Weather Service, said that's the hottest temperature recorded at the downtown station since record-keeping began in 1877
Stones and glass houses.
Employer health costs to rise in 2011: report
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers can expect to pay nearly 9 percent more for health care costs for their workers in 2011, the highest level in five years, according to a forecast released on Monday.
The Christiane Amanpour as "This Week" host experiment so far is a huge failure for ABC as ratings have plummeted since she took over the Sunday political talk show.
Last Sunday's program attracted 29 percent less viewers than the same day a year ago.
Making matters worse for ABC executives is the fact that Amanpour's numbers are far worse than interim host Jake Tapper's who did most of the anchoring after George Stephanopoulos left for "Good Morning America."
As Steve Krakauer reported Monday, the decision to bring Amanpour over from CNN is so far not looking like a good one:
CNN, Economists: Extend Bush Tax Cuts for Everyone:
[A] majority of a panel of leading economists surveyed by CNNMoney.com said that the tax cuts should be renewed for everyone.
Early Reproduction Retains Fertility in Cheetah Females
ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2010) — Reproduction in free-ranging female cheetah in Namibia is far better than expected. Their reproductive organs are healthy and approximately 80 percent of their young reach adulthood. With these findings, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin have overturned the established dogma that cheetahs generally reproduce badly due to their low genetic diversity. The scientists demonstrated that female fertility critically depended on the age at which they conceived their first litter.
The world's largest population of cheetahs inhabits Namibian farmland. Although some farmers persecute and eliminate cheetahs, the cheetahs' main predators, lions and hyenas, are absent. "In contrast to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania where almost 80 percent of cheetah cubs are killed by lions and hyenas, the majority of young cheetahs in Namibia reach adulthood," explains Dr Bettina Wachter from the IZW
Castle a non-factor.
The sportier "R" variant of the tiny Austrian X-BOW is coming, with an up-tuned version of its 2.0-liter Audi TSFI engine putting down 300 hp in a car, we must remember, that only weighs about 1,700 pounds. It'll get even lower to the ground and feature a new engine mount designed to help improve overall handling.
Census. Observation: people vote with their feet. Almost every state that has lost population is Democratic and has been so for a long time.
Based on the tentative Census data, Texas is expected to gain four House seats and Florida two. New York and Ohio likely will lose two seats.
According to the EDS estimate, six other states each would gain one seat: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. Eight states would each lose one seat: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The importance of the Rosetta stone can’t be overstated: It enabled the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics, a skill which had been lost for more than a thousand years. It is a stele, or commemorative slab, announcing a cult of Ptolemy V, who was to be seen as divine.
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The Daily Caller notes that the debate turned into stand-up comedy (er, perhaps sit-down comedy) when Carnahan tries to claim that he rescued a stable system with no problems from the clutches of Bush’s reformers when he first got to Congress. It’s left to Martin to then remind everyone that Carnahan and Nancy Pelosi then continued to raid the Social Security fund to pay for the massive spending of the last two Democratic Congresses
In typical hotel euphemism-speak, the spokesperson for the hotel chain which owns Vdara played down the poorly-designed hotel, which reflects sunlight from its curved shiny windows straight down to the swimming pool, as nothing more than "solar convergence." A hotel employee, speaking somewhat more honestly, said it was like "a magnifying glass that shines down."
Patrick Poole reports that a known Hamas operative and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history - Kifah Mustapha - was recently escorted into the top-secret National Counterterrorism Center and other secure government facilities, including the FBI's training center at Quantico, during a six-week "Citizen's Academy" hosted by the FBI as part of its "outreach" to the Muslim Community. The group was accompanied by reporter Ben Bradley of WLS-Chicago (ABC), who filed a report on the trip yesterday. Poole quotes Bradley:
Sheik Kifah Mustapha, who runs the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, asked some of the most pointed questions during the six week FBI Citizens' Academy and trip to Washington. He pushed agents to fully explain everything from the bureau's use of deadly force policy to racial and ethnic profiling. "I saw a very interesting side of what the FBI does and I wanted to know more," Sheik Mustapha explained after returning from D.C. He hopes the FBI's outreach runs deeper than positive public relations.