Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ah-ah child way you shake that thing,
Gon' make you burn, gon' make you sting.
Hey hey baby when you walk that way, Watch your heartache drip, can't keep away.
....I gotta roll, can't stand still,
Got a flamin' -MEG WHITMAN-
Can't get my fill..."
(Led Zeppelin: Classic fun!)
Modern art was CIA 'weapon'
Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War
Billionaire Proves He Was Not in NYC 2 Days, Saves $47m in Taxes & InterestForbes, Billionaire Julian Robertson Notches Tax Win For New York City Non-Residents, by Janet Novack:
A divided three-member New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal has upheld an administrative judge’s finding that billionaire hedge fund pioneer Julian H. Robertson Jr. wasn’t a resident of New York City in 2000, saving him $27 million in tax. [In re Robertson, DTA No. 82204 (N.Y. Tax App. Sept. 30, 2010).]
In a dissent, Tax Commissioner Carroll R. Jenkins said he feared the decision would create “confusion and mischief in future cases” by improperly shifting the burden onto tax collectors to prove Robertson was in the city on certain days, rather than requiring Robertson to “demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that he was not within the City.”
The appeals decision and the $27 million hinged on Robertson’s whereabouts on just two days. According to the previously unreported 62-page decision issued last month, before taking an apartment in the city in 1996, Robertson was warned by advisors not to spend more than 183 days in the city, or he’d be taxed as a city resident—even though his legal domicile was a 10 acre estate in Locust Valley, Long Island. Being a resident would make all his worldwide income subject to the city’s stiff levy, now 3.88%. Robertson assigned his long time executive assistant to track his days and warn him when he was using up days too quickly or nearing the 183-day limit.
The world's ten best mountain restaurants
Prices are per person, for three courses including wine.
CHEZ VRONY, ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
In a hamlet of timeless wooden chalets, Vrony's looks cow-bell traditional and something of a Swiss cliché until you step inside. The interior is more Hoxton than Heidi, with blocky modern furniture upholstered in black leather, cylindrical vases filled with pine cones and chandeliers made from old copper piping – the work of Heinz Julen, a local designer and brother of Vrony Cotting-Julen, who runs the place with her husband Max. Food purists, they keep their own cattle, and slaughter and butcher them to make the air-dried beef seen hanging from the rafters; in the basement, they make cheese.
Start with a platter of both, drizzled in olive oil and dotted with red peppercorns, then choose from risotto with venison sausage, ravioli filled with mountain cheeses or pan-fried foie gras with apple, pear and berries.
- From £65
The world's ten best mountain restaurants
GAME CREEK RESTAURANT, VAIL, UNITED STATES
Located in the scenic Game Creek Bowl above Vail, this mountain restaurant is a cut above the rest – and it should be. You can only have lunch here if you are a member, a privilege restricted to 395 people and for which there is a waiting list. However, the restaurant is open to the public for dinner, when you will arrive not on skis but on the gondola that docks at Eagle's Nest, before being escorted by snowcat to the chalet. On the prix fixe menu, start with hamachi (amberjack sushi) with avocado pudding, radish and grey sea salt, followed by beef short rib with shrimp potatoes, morels and pinot truffle honey. Two tasting menus feature such dishes as sea bass with shrimp, kabayaki (sweet soy sauce), shiitake and miso broth, or truffle ravioli with romaine and parmesan.
- From £80
Now public employees are herding the mentally incapacitated to the polls. From the state that allowed Al Franken to cheat his way into the Senate:
On Friday, October 29th, 2010, a member of the Minnesota Freedom Council witnessed apparent voter fraud occurring at the Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd, Minnesota. Upwards of 100 residents from a local group home for mentally disadvantaged individuals were brought into the County Courthouse to cast absentee ballots. The witness reported that supervisors were telling voters to cast a straight Democrat ticket. There was even a report of a voter prematurely leaving the voting both and a supervisor casting the ballot for the voter.
In a dramatic breakthrough that rewrites the medical textbooks, scientists have discovered a new immune defense, which could cure the common cold.
Researchers in Cambridge, England, found that viruses can be destroyed by the immune system even after they have invaded human cells.
Previously it had been thought that antibodies could only kill viruses outside the cell.
The discovery raises the possibility of highly effective drugs against the common cold, the winter vomiting virus and rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea.
This is the moment caught on CCTV when Roshonara Choudhry stabbed former Labour minister Stephen Timms in the stomach.
Armed with a three-inch kitchen knife, the 21-year-old student smiled before plunging the knife twice into the MP.
Exit polls will be broadly misreported and overanalyzed Tuesday evening, leading to severe confusion about what's happening, and why.
Entering centerstage sometime after 5 p.m. will be a raft of early exit poll numbers. You might see them on Drudge or elsewhere, purporting to show who is winning. As anyone who contemplated a President Kerry midday Nov. 2, 2004, knows, these first numbers are not always good predictors of final results. They are not supposed to be.
Islamists Slam Pam Anderson for donating her modeling fee from Playboy to charity.
PAMELA ANDERSON has been blasted by an Islamic rights group for donating her $25,000 Playboy modeling fee to charity - because the money was obtained through "immoral acts".
ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2010) — People who are physically fit and active have fewer and milder colds, indicates research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Being older, male, and married, seemed to reduce the frequency of colds, but after taking account of other influential factors, the most significant factors were perceived fitness and the amount of exercise taken.
The number of days with symptoms among those who said they were physically active on five or more days of the week and felt fit was almost half (43% to 46% less) that of those who exercised on only one or fewer days of the week.
The severity of symptoms fell by 41% among those who felt the fittest and by 31% among those who were the most active.
In the US, an average adult can expect to have a cold two to four times a year, while children can catch between half a dozen and 10 colds a year
Hope for the future
Fear of the present
Pride in their lives
Anger at being disrespected
Belief in public order
Fear of rapid change
Hope for the future:
One of the striking facts about America is how readily we believe that we can prosper through hard work and our own efforts. Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly believe this to be true. These polls also show there is a high correlation between the belief that one is in control of one’s life and the belief that one can prosper through one’s own efforts.
Working-class Americans share classic American beliefs very strongly. They value economic growth because they believe they personally benefit from it. Unlike Continental Europeans, working-class voters do not envy the rich. They believe that Bill Gates has earned his billions, and while they do not believe they can become billionaires, they believe their children can.
Fear of the present:
Working-class voters may believe that they and their children can move upward, but they are as or more motivated by their fear of moving downward. They recognize that their relative lack of education means they are at more risk of being laid off in downturns. Their relative lack of earning power means they find it harder to save for retirement, afford medical care, or pay for their children’s education. Their relative lack of specialized skills means they are more vulnerable to competition from unskilled immigrants and more likely to remain unemployed if they lose their job. This gnawing fear that everything they have built is at risk of falling apart is a central feature of their political identity.
Pride in their lives:
Working-class voters are generally not a despondent group. Life is harder for them in many ways, but they take pride in who they are. They are not “bitter people, clinging to religion or guns”; they celebrate their lives and crave respect from the educated and wealthy classes. They flock to politicians who show genuine respect for their lives, and turn on those who display contempt or disdain.
Anger at being disrespected:
This is the flip side of their pride. Working-class voters are very cognizant of their status in American life. They rarely occupy executive positions in their jobs and are consumers rather than producers of ideas. They feel keenly this relative lack of control over important features of their lives, and resent being ordered about as if they were merely pawns in someone else’s grand plan. They particularly dislike having their lives belittled as unsophisticated or inferior to the lives of educated or wealthy folk.
This anger can be expressed against big business, big government, or big anything. If working-class voters feel they are being treated as mere tools, they will react with anger whether the source of the treatment is an employer, a politician, or an academic.
Belief in public order:
Working-class voters rely more on the public order to provide a structure in their lives than do upper-class voters. They can’t afford private security services or retreat to homes with large yards far from unruly elements. They live closer together and in closer contact with crime. Accordingly, they place a high premium on effective police and fire services and greatly respect policemen and firemen.
Working-class voters are highly patriotic. They love their country openly in ways that often seem odd and embarrassing to the educated class. They are likelier to express open support of and deference to the military (while simultaneously recognizing that “big military” is wasteful); their children volunteer for the military in much greater numbers than those of any other class. This is partly economic — learning a trade in the military is a better opportunity for them than for people who think they can graduate from college — but it is also genuinely patriotic. . .
Fear of rapid change:
Working-class voters recognize that they are less equipped to handle sudden changes; consequently, they value stability highly. They fear sudden recessions and distrust sudden changes in government programs. . . .
David McCandless, the fellow behind some of the stunning data visualizations we've posted in the past, gave a rather fascinating TED talk a while back. And what stood out among all the clever trivia and tidbits about data were the statistics he shared about romances.
Apparently David and his team looked at about 10,000 Facebook status updates and searched for patterns related to break ups. Their discoveries? You're very likely to get dumped on Mondays, right before Spring Break, two weeks before Christmas, and at some point before the summer holidays.
Democrats Outspend G.O.P. in TV Ads in House Races
The most recent numbers available, through Friday, showed that Democratic candidates and their allies spent $142 million on television advertising across all House races in the general election, compared with $119 million by Republican candidates and their backers