Saturday, January 22, 2011

Have spent the last couple of hours bouncing around You Tube

learned that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are better in concert than on you tube,

that  Thomas Crown Affair Music, version 2, is pretty cool,

that Kadey Krogen is still the best boat,

That bushmaster makes some very coool guns that a rubber band can help

That Germany had lots of great idea on how to make weapons

That there was a lot of 911 reporting that would say there were secondary explosions

and that Thomas Crown Affair, Version One,  was the best.

Wisdom

Lawrence Solomon: China’s coming fall

Like the Soviet Union before it, much of China’s supposed boom is illusory — and just as likely to come crashing down

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/01/22/lawrence-solomon-china%e2%80%99s-fall/#ixzz1BoB8KhjN

Glenn Beck Predicted Olbermann's Fall

Last November, Glenn Beck earned a denunciation as one of the worst people in the world on Keith Olbermann's now defunct  show by predicting that Olbermann would be dumped as soon as Comcast took over MSNBC, because unlike GE it would be more interested in building an audience and generating revenue than in ultra-left propagandizing and Obamunist rump-nuzzling (Chris Matthews, beware).

Hilariously, Olbie presented this as evidence that Beck knows nothing about television.

Sure enough, within three days of  the NBC Universal–Comcast merger, Olbermann got the ax as predicted.

The Left is aghast on Olbermann

Liberals are not taking the demise of Olbermann well. DC Trawler has collected some tweets. A few examples:

keith olbermann fan tweet

keith olbermann fan tweet

keith olbermann fan tweet

If it existed, it would have been released.

AP: Hawaii Governor Suddenly Drops Obama Birth Certificate Quest

AP

A privacy law that shields birth certificates has prompted Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie to abandon efforts to dispel claims that President Barack Obama was born outside Hawaii, his office says.

State Attorney General David Louie told the governor that privacy laws bar him from disclosing an individual's birth documentation without the person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Friday.

DailyBrisk has been writing for months of the fall of DoJ

The Decline of the Justice Department

Former attorney general Michael Mukasey is not prone to hyperbole. He’s a former federal judge, a meticulous lawyer, and, as he proved in succeeding Alberto Gonzales, a skilled administrator who restored morale to a Justice Department demoralized by scandals (real or concocted). He is also obviously nonplussed by the performance of his successor, Attorney General Eric Holder. In a far-ranging interview, he candidly asserts that Holder’s conduct in several key respects has been “amazing.” That’s not meant as a compliment.

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Mukasey, who presided over the trial of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, is as experienced as any American jurist when it comes to the war on terror. It is therefore significant that he finds Holder’s handling of national security matters worrisome. In August 2009, Holder authorized the reinvestigation of CIA operatives who had employed enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorist detainees. It had the feel of a witch hunt: Career prosecutors who investigated the interrogators under the previous administration had concluded there was no basis for a criminal prosecution. A year and a half later, the Holder reinvestigation is still dragging on. “I have to believe that the effect on people involved in national security is devastating,” says Mukasey, “in part because the cases were closed before.” Imagine the impact on a CIA operative who is told, “ ‘There is no basis for prosecution.’ And then someone shows up and says, ‘Not so fast.’ ”

 

Read the rest at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/decline-justice-department_536871.html

What Do All the Numbers on Your Credit Card Mean?

I thought this was BS before, now I think there is a problem

AP: Hawaii Governor Suddenly Drops Obama Birth Certificate Quest

The Best iPhone Apps

The Best iPhone AppsThere's an ocean of apps out there. Whether you just got your iPhone and are feeling adrift or you're a salty old dog seeing what you might've missed, here are 50 absolutely essential apps.

 

Go here to see all 50: http://gizmodo.com/5676549/the-best-iphone-apps

Apple Says We've Downloaded 10 Billion Apps From the App Store

Click here to read Apple Says We've Downloaded 10 Billion Apps From the App Store Apple just announced that 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. That's a lot of a lot of apps that have been downloaded.

He does not get it. Spending is the problem.

Obama In New Push for SpendingAP

  • Despite a call from Republicans in Congress for deep budget cuts, President Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address, people familiar with the speech say.

Union spending for political gains.

NEA Gave More Than $13 Million to Advocacy Groups

The first of many

Illinois Tax Hikes Claim First Victim: Jimmy John's to Leave State
Jimy John's Logo Following up on my recent posts (here and here) on the gigantic individual (67%) and business (45%) income tax hikes just approved in Illinois: Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs, has announced that he is pulling the company out of Champaign because of the tax increases.

Life in Nature: brutal, hard and short

Lionesses pounce on a crocodile after the reptile attempted to attack one of the pride's cubs. The protective females leapt into action to fend off the aggressive crocodile after it had attempted to pick off the youngster. During the encounter the crocodile managed to bite one of the big cats but was soon killed by the pride. The scenes were captured by Tony Goldman while on a safari trip to the Duba Plains, in Botswana, Southern Africa.

Lionesses pounce on a crocodile after the reptile attempted to attack one of the pride's cubs. During the encounter the crocodile managed to bite one of the big cats but was soon killed by the pride. The scenes were captured by Tony Goldman while on a safari trip to the Duba Plains, in Botswana, Southern Africa.

A tourist in a microlight managed to take a picture of a crocodile attack on a buffalo.  Amateur photographer Dave Glynn was enjoying a gentle flight over South Luangwa, Zambia, when the battle of life and death ensued. The tour was organised by Remote Africa Safaris and company owner John Coppinger was piloting the craft.  John explains:  'The large herd was completely unfazed by the microlight. They were focused on rushing to the water to drink, so I swooped down to do a low pass in front of them to give Dave the best photo opportunity and was horrified when a portion of the herd rushed back from the water's edge as I approached.  I am always loath to disturb animals and thought for a moment that I had just got too close but then we noticed the real reason for their panic - a massive croc latched on to the snout of one of the buffalo.'

A tourist in a microlight managed to take a picture of a crocodile attack on a buffalo. Amateur photographer Dave Glynn was enjoying a gentle flight over South Luangwa, Zambia, when the battle of life and death ensued. The tour was organised by Remote Africa Safaris and company owner John Coppinger was piloting the craft. John explains: "The large herd was completely unfazed by the microlight. They were focused on rushing to the water to drink, so I swooped down to do a low pass in front of them to give Dave the best photo opportunity and was horrified when a portion of the herd rushed back from the water's edge as I approached. I am always loath to disturb animals and thought for a moment that I had just got too close but then we noticed the real reason for their panic - a massive croc latched on to the snout of one of the buffalo."

For Bill: Never Vodka. Never Shaken ...From Paris

(Free For All Section of Today's WashPost)

"James Bond was wrong. Martinis should not be shaken, they should be stirred. Shaking produces air bubbles in the drink and creates a frothiness. A general rule of thumb: Only cocktails with spirits should be stirred; drinks with fruit juices should be shaken.


Naturally, there are exceptions to every rule. But one drink that should always be shaken is the Ramos gin fizz. After Henry Ramos created it in New Orleans, his bartenders would pass the shaker from one to the other until the precise texture was created. In his book "Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em," Stanley Clisby Arthur wrote about Mardi Gras in 1915, and the Ramos gin fizz: "35 shaker boys nearly shook their arms off but still were unable to keep up with the demand."

Shaking a cocktail produces a silky texture, often called a ropy texture. It also creates an effervescence. That type of texture doesn't belong in a martini or manhattan. A frothy drink should be consumed fast, not sipped. In "The Savoy Cocktail Book," published in 1930, Harry Craddock wrote that a cocktail should be consumed "quickly, while it's laughing at you." Bond was wrong on another note: A vodka martini is not a martini. A true martini is made with gin, not vodka.


I have been a bartender in Washington for 37 years. I would have to be 6 feet underground before I would consider shaking a martini. But if someone asks very politely, I may consider it."

--Nick Wineriter, Rockville

High Spirited Spitting ...From Paris

Keith?  Gone?  Oh dear.  What will I do.  It was far more amusing and entertaining to tune in MSNBC when Keith was around.  He could be counted on for over exaggerated eye brow raising, wild fist pounding, high spirited spitting  and humorless robotic antagonistic anger.


 

Islam. We see this male bully behavior over and over.

'Harry Potter' Actress' Brother Sentenced in Her 'Honor Beating'

Afshan Azad (far right) in a scene from the "Harry Potter" movies. (Warner)

Afshan Azad (far right) in a scene from the "Harry Potter" movies. (Warner)

The brother of the Muslim actress Afshan Azad, who played Padma Patil in the “Harry Potter” films, was sentenced to six months in prison Thursday for beating his sister after he heard her talking to her Hindu boyfriend.

Ashraf Azad, 28, called his sister a “prostitute” and screamed ''Marry a Muslim or you die!'' during a three-hour beating. The actress said in a Manchester, England court, she feared for her life.

The Return of the Adults continues

The Final 'Countdown': Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

Without explanation, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann announces on his show that it's his last 'Countdown' broadcast, as the network issues a statement that it has ended the anchor's contract

For Paris

#art

What Are 25,000 Ping Pong Balls Doing in This Tiny Apartment?

Recently some guy decided that perfect way to decorate his 90 square foot apartment was by plastering its walls with 25,000 ping pong balls. For some reason I think he was on to something.

I think History will record him much better than his rivals.

TONY BLAIR ON IRAQ; Stop with the whining apologies, you pathetic wimps. “Be sure to spend a few minutes watching the video in the Guardian’s report. Blair responds with barely-concealed disdain to the notion that he hid his policy decisions from his cabinet, almost laughing aloud at one point.”

A mystery

THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING TAMPON BRAND. “Drugstore shelves have been mysteriously empty of o.b. nonapplicator tampons since late fall, leaving the feminine hygiene product’s devotees puzzled and peeved. The popular product is in such short supply that eBay users are bidding up to $76 for three packs, which usually sell for just $8.79 a pack.” This reminds me of the Seinfeld “spongeworthy” episode. Well, sort of.

MSM: does anyone believe these people any more?

JOURNALISM: Washington Post Organizes News Boycott of Sarah Palin; Starts Twitter Campaign Against GOP Star.

A short primer on how GE has cashed in on your money.


GOVERNMENT ELECTRIC!

He melt for Obama

The alliance between big government and big business should raise the hackles on the necks of ordinary citizens. In the cases of GM and Chrysler, we have seen a variety of wrongs committed with government power and taxpayer money. Harnessed to the power of government, big business can really get cracking.

It can sell products to big government. It can bulk up on direct and indirect subsidies derived from the labor of ordinary citizens. It can create take pressure of pricing by creating barriers to entry for potential competitors. It can mitigate the difficulty of persuading ordinary citizens to buy what they are selling at a price that reflects market value.

Before the GM and Chrylsler bailouts, GE chief executive officer Jeffrey Immelt saw the money to be minted in environmentalism. GE would hold itself out as an environmental leader under the rubric of Ecoimagination. Then it would join up with big government, promote the global warming hoax and cash in on it through the regulatory regime of cap-and-tax. Ecoimagination is the public relations campaign that in part represents GE's strategic partnership with big government. See, for example, the friendly 2005 Forbes article "GE turns green>"

GE got a taste of the good life when it got in on the bank bailout. As the Washington Post reported in a major article in mid-2009, GE had quietly become the biggest beneficiary of one of the government's key bank bailout programs. At the same time GE also avoided many of the restrictions faced by the big banks

The Post noted that GE did not initially qualify for the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, under which the government guaranteed debt sold by banks: "But regulators soon loosened the eligibility requirements, in part because of behind-the-scenes appeals from GE."

GE thus joined the big banks collectively saving billions of dollars by raising money for their operations at lower interest rates. The Post reported that GE Capital had issued nearly a quarter of the $340 billion in debt backed by the TLGP. The government's actions have been "powerful and helpful" to the company, Immelt acknowledged in December 2008. More recently, Matt Kibbe showed just how helpful in "GE: Imaginative rent-seeking at work."

Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks

ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter.

Previous studies from Lazar's group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced mediation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.

For the current study, MR images were take of the brain structure of 16 study participants two weeks before and after they took part in the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. In addition to weekly meetings that included practice of mindfulness meditation -- which focuses on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind -- participants received audio recordings for guided meditation practice and were asked to keep track of how much time they practiced each day. A set of MR brain images were also taken of a control group of non-meditators over a similar time interval.

Meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses. The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased grey-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. Although no change was seen in a self-awareness-associated structure called the insula, which had been identified in earlier studies, the authors suggest that longer-term meditation practice might be needed to produce changes in that area. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm

Probably too good to be true, and does anyone see a pattern here.


OLBERMANN OUT AT COMCASTGEMSNBC...
CABLE MAKEOVER...
NEWS RACE
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