Sunday, October 24, 2010

Of Royal Beaus and Crazy Chapeaus...From Paris

Kate Middleton is gorgeous, and worthy of her royal beau, but seriously, what is with the crazy hats?

Hats seems so '80's. 

So true, save for Lisa

MBAs More Uncouth Than JDs
The Careerist, MBAs More Uncouth than J.D.s?, by Vivia Chen:

Lawyers can't help comparing themselves to their MBA counterparts. For starters, it irks them that those B-schoolers are making a lot more dough, even though everyone knows that law schools demand more intellectual firepower. But J.D.s also fear deep down that MBAs are more socially astute, slicker, and maybe better-looking. How else to explain why MBAs are masters of the universe, while J.D.s are their hired help?

Well, J.D.s, feel inferior no more. It turns out MBAs are not only socially inept, but smelly to boot. The investment banking club at Columbia Business School was so alarmed by students' interview style that it sent out this memo (via DealBreaker):

It has come to our attention . . . that some of you may not have followed personal hygiene basics during recruiting events. We understand that it is an incredibly intense recruiting period, and is very hard to find time for yourself, but this is a friendly reminder on some dress code and personal hygiene basics.

The memo then goes on to say: "Brush your teeth regularly, or have a mint/mouth refreshers before going to recruiting events (avoid chewing gums)," and "Carry antiperspirant with you if you are worried about sweating. Don’t wear too much cologne/perfume."

Drew Barrymore Isn't Gertie From ET Anymore...From Paris

October 2010 Harper's Bazaar.

You can’t make this stuff up

Why Men With Big Bellies Make Better Lovers

big belly man better lover grabbing love handle

A recent study proves more is more in bed. Are big-bellied men really better lovers?

Hey ladies: take a break from chasing that six-packed Adonis and instead divert your gaze to the oft-overlooked Homer Simpson doppelganger. You may thank us for it.

A recent study out of Turkey concluded that overweight men with obvious bellies last longer in bed than their thinner counterparts. These heroic researchers (dedicated to finding answers to life's big problems) studied the BMI and sexual performance of 100 men seeking help for sexual dysfunctions contrasted against 100 men who reported no problems.

The result? Men with a higher BMI and, yes, unsightly guts, lasted an average of 7.3 minutes where the slimmer of the group could barely hold on for 2 minutes. Ouch, right? A five-minute difference is pretty significant. As in three times as long kind of significant. In fact, they found skinnier guys more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation, too.

At first blush this might seem counterintuitive. The penis if often referred to as the dipstick of a man's health, so wouldn't those at a healthier weight be able to last longer? Not exactly. Scientists say it's more complicated then that. More belly fat, they say, means the man in question is housing more of the female sex hormone estradiol, which helps to inhibit orgasm. The researchers even went so far as to say that men with less masculine bodies have the upper hand in holding out than a guy who are buff, like, say, a Ryan Reynolds body double. People Want Tall, Slim—Settle For Short, Stocky

Sigh. This must be yet another one of life's cruel practical jokes—and the silver lining if your man's two biggest hobbies are beer and nachos.

Remember This Little Cutie?...From Paris

Whales, Bears and a great job

A mother humpback whale and her calf breach in this picture captured by British tourist Ian Keenleyside in Moreton Bay, just off the coast of Brisbane in Australia

A mother humpback whale and her calf breach in this picture captured by British tourist Ian Keenleyside in Moreton Bay, just off the coast of Brisbane in Australia

Two brown bears walk on a street in Shari in Hokkaido, northern Japan. A total of three bears were spotted by children in a forest near a primary school and the two  bears seen here strolled around the town centre for about 40 minutes before being shot by a local hunter. The last bear has not yet been found

Two brown bears walk on a street in Shari in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

Ashley Robertson with Qiqi, a giant panda she looks after at Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Ashley won a global competition to serve as a 'Pambassador', looking after giant pandas. Her first job is to look after a panda named Qiqi at the Chengdu Panda Base. Qiqi was one year old and was so named because its birth weight was only 77 grams, a number which sounds like as 'qiqi' in Chinese. Every day, Ashley cleans Qiqi's enclosure, prepares bamboo, and observes and records her behaviour...

Ashley Robertson with Qiqi, a giant panda she looks after at Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Ashley won a global competition to serve as a 'Pambassador', looking after giant pandas. Her first job is to look after a panda named Qiqi at the Chengdu Panda Base. Qiqi was one year old and was so named because its birth weight was only 77 grams, a number which sounds like as 'qiqi' in Chinese. Every day,

"Not worth a pitcher of warm spit?" Glad we can count on NPR to keep it classy!..From Paris

..." and I was simply astounded by how out of touch, clueless, and condescending both Fresh Air host Terry Gross and her guest, Princeton professor Sean Wilentz were towards Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, and the American people." (posted by The JerseyNut, full post below)  

NPR's Terry Gross can say THIS on NPR: "It's a version of history that is beyond skewed. One history professor said that, you know, it's not worth a pitcher of warm spit. But of course, that's what Beck expects us to say. He lives in a kind of, you know, Alice in Wonderland world.."

I'm sorry.  Did Juan say he felt like spitting on a particular type of passenger or did he compare a group of people to a 'pitcher of warm spit'?    

The Border

Mexico: 13 Dead in Massacre at Ciudad Juarez Party

Oct. 22, 2010: Mexican federal police officers stand outside a home after the exterior gate was covered with a plastic tarp in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. At least 13 people were shot dead and 15 wounded in an attack on this house during a party in Ciudad Juarez, the second such massacre in less than a week in the violent border city.

AP

Oct. 22, 2010: Mexican federal police officers stand outside a home after the exterior gate was covered with a plastic tarp in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. At least 13 people were shot dead and 15 wounded in an attack on this house during a party in Ciudad Juarez, the second such massacre in less than a week in the violent border city.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico –  Gunmen stormed two homes and massacred 13 young partygoers in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments.

Attackers in two vehicles pulled up to the houses in a lower-middle-class neighborhood late Friday and opened fire on about three dozen youths attending a party. The dead identified so far were 16 to 25 years old, the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said Saturday in a statement. Fifteen were wounded, including a 9-year-old boy.

Political Cartoon by Steve Kelley

The inevitable result of socialized medicine. Think OCare in 20 years.

Since the Coalition scrapped targets the number of people waiting months for an MRI scan has doubled

Since the Coalition scrapped targets the number of people waiting months for an MRI scan has doubled Photo: ALAMY

Numbers waiting months for cancer tests have doubled

Latest data show more than 5,700 people waiting in excess of six weeks for MRI scans, ultrasounds and other tests.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8082923/Numbers-waiting-months-for-cancer-tests-have-doubled-since-NHS-targets-scrapped.html

Jordan once had her sights set on this guy…

Prince William and his long-term girlfriend, Kate Middleton, shared a joke as they arrived yesterday at the wedding of their friends Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford

The look of love as Prince William and Kate Middleton attend friends' wedding

Corruption. Yesterday Minnesota, today Kentucky. Why? Because Elites, being entitled to govern, see this as a right that inalienably belongs to them and hence their ability to dispense “justice”.

Jack Conway may have tipped brother off about drug investigation. “Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general of Kentucky who is running for U.S. Senate, says he was not involved in a recent criminal investigation involving his brother and drug trafficking. But it appears he — along with other law enforcement officials — tipped his brother off about the investigation.”

Not an election. It's a restraining order...From Paris

(P.J.O'Rourke continued) "This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. Power has been trapped, abused and exploited by Democrats. Go to the ballot box and put an end to this abusive relationship. And let’s not hear any nonsense about letting the Democrats off if they promise to get counseling."

Moore’s Law before Moore. Before NASA. When Americans Knew What We Were Capable Of.

WAS MOORE’S LAW INEVITABLE? “They could not believe their eyes. The curve said they could have machines that attained orbital speed… within four years. And they could get their payload right out of Earth’s immediate gravity well just a little later. They could have satellites almost at once, the curve insinuated, and if they wished — if they wanted to spend the money, and do the research and the engineering — they could go to the Moon quite soon after that. . . . It is important to remember that in 1953 none of the technology for these futuristic journeys existed. No one knew how to do go that fast and survive. Even the most optimistic die-hard visionaries did not expect a lunar landing any sooner than the proverbial ‘Year 2000.’ The only voice telling them they could do it was a curve on a piece of paper. But the curve was right. Just not politically correct. In 1957 the USSR launched Sputnik, right on schedule. Then US rockets zipped to the Moon 12 years later.”

Moore's Law for Intel Processors

We've all heard of "Moore's Law"; not a real law, but an observation by Gordon Moore of Intel that the number of chip transistors per dollar was doubling every year. Here it's shown for Intel's own processors, from the 4004 that went into the first calculators, past the 8086 that made the IBM PC run, through the 80386 that they called a "mainframe on a chip", and now to the latest generation that touches on a billion transistors per chip. The circuit elements are now 45nm across, meaning you could fit 300 of them onto the top of a human blood cell.

UPDATE: Reader Eric Schubert writes:

You see the parallel between the conclusion in the hyperlinked paper about the power of self-organization and the acceleration of change in transportation, and the current situation with the self-organizing Tea Party movement and the acceleration of political change, don’t you? Can we call it “Santelli’s Law?”

P.J.O'Rourke...From Paris

Perhaps you’re having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican. Take heart. And take the House and the Senate. Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP’s crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two, a hint of gold buggery, and Christine O’Donnell announcing that she’s not a witch. (I ask you, has Hillary Clinton ever cleared this up?) Fret not over Republican peccadilloes such as the Tea Party finding the single, solitary person in Nevada who couldn’t poll ten to one against Harry Reid. Better to have a few cockeyed mutts running the dog pound than Michael Vick.

They Hate Everyone

P. J. O'Rourke is the funniest person, and one of the nicest guys, in the world of punditry. He diagnoses the Democrats' loathing for their fellow citizens:

They don't just hate our Republican, conservative, libertarian, strict constructionist, family values guts. They hate everybody's guts. And they hate everybody who has any. Democrats hate men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, the rich, the poor, and the middle class.

Democrats hate Democrats most of all. Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility. Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.

DOJ does not “protect white voters”. As I blog yesterday, this fight started in the early 80s. Most of DOJ Voting Section did not believe in protecting white voters. It has gotten worse.

Here are a few excerpts from the Post's story:


Interviews and government documents reviewed by The Washington Post show that the case tapped into deep divisions within the Justice Department that persist today over whether the agency should focus on protecting historically oppressed minorities or enforce laws without regard to race.

Those divisions have become quite well known through the efforts of Chris Adams and others.

Before the New Black Panther controversy, another case had inflamed those passions. Ike Brown, an African American political boss in rural Mississippi, was accused by the Justice Department in 2005 of discriminating against the county's white minority. It was the first time the 1965 Voting Rights Act was used against minorities and to protect whites.

Coates and Adams later told the civil rights commission that the decision to bring the Brown case caused bitter divisions in the voting section and opposition from civil rights groups.

Three Justice Department lawyers, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from their supervisors, described the same tensions, among career lawyers as well as political appointees. Employees who worked on the Brown case were harassed by colleagues, they said, and some department lawyers anonymously went on legal blogs "absolutely tearing apart anybody who was involved in that case," said one lawyer.

"There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the voting section's job to protect white voters," the lawyer said. "The environment is that you better toe the line of traditional civil rights ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized."

Barone on the Tea Party

Michael Barone made the very important point that quite a few of the novice candidates associated with the tea party movement have turned out to have sharp political instincts:

One of the constant refrains of the so-called mainstream media is that Tea Party candidates are blithering incompetents and weird wackos. They may do well this year, the refrain goes, but when voters come to their senses, the Republican party will pay a big price for embracing them. ...

As on so many points, I think the mainstream media have gotten it nearly upside-down. What strikes me about so-called Tea Party candidates -- those with little or no political experience who have won Republican nominations by opposing the Obama Democrats' vast expansion of government -- is not that some of them are bumblers but that so many of them seem to have terrific political instincts.

Consider the performance of Nevada Republican Sharron Angle in her single public debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Longtime Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, no admirer of Angle, said that Angle clearly won. Reid, wrote Ralston, "looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust."

If Angle could do better than Reid, first elected to statewide office 40 years ago and a veteran of 28 years in Congress, the Senate Democratic leader for six years, maybe she isn't such a dog after all.

Would not this mean that all GW “models” are wrong by @ 1/3rd? (Trouble with models, only as good as the assumptions going in.)

Poplars, aspens, other trees provide extensive "ecosystem services."

Plants Play Larger Role Than Thought in Cleaning Up Air Pollution, Research Shows

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010) — Vegetation plays an unexpectedly large role in cleansing the atmosphere, a new study finds.

The research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., uses observations, gene expression studies, and computer modeling to show that deciduous plants absorb about a third more of a common class of air-polluting chemicals than previously thought.

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