Sunday, January 30, 2011

Would this calm male AND female patients?

Dental decolletage: Dentist has staff wear low cut dresses to calm patients - TheDC

To distract patients form uncomfortable dental procedures, a German female dentist has chosen to wear sexy, revealing dresses to work

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That's thinking outside the box ... or the pickle jar

N.J. county uses pickle juice to melt snow - TIME

Stuck in a financial pickle during winter months, Bergen County, N.J. residents opt for pickle juice to melt snow

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A class act

Bush: I'm done with politics - TheDC

'I don't want to go out and campaign for candidates...I don't want to be on talk shows giving my opinion or second-guessing the current president'

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Art ...From Paris

What defines something as art? 

"By the late 1990's output ranged from the gigantic to the minuscule, from the crafted to the careless, the thoughtful to the thoughtless.  Richard Serra made art measured in tonnage, while Tom Friedman carved a self-portrait on an aspirin....The theory of relativity certainly applies to art: just as gravity distorts space an important collector distorts aesthetics.  The difference is that gravity distorts space eternally, and a collector distorts aesthetics for only a few years."--Steve Martin, in his novel  'An Object Of Beauty'   

Nothing Ever Comes From Violence. How Fragile We Are ...From Paris

Looting precious artifacts? 

"Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could. For all those born beneath an angry star. Lest we forget how fragile we are."--Sting

They defaced the sphinx, now the mummies.

Egyptian looters destroy 2,000-year-old mummies in bid to steal King Tut's treasures...

Return of the Adults, cont…

Boehner to President:
'Cut Up the Credit Cards'

House speaker wants changes in the budget process so that Washington's spending spree 'never happens again'

Truth in Fiction

Of Egyptian Protests and Admiral Adama

Making the rounds on Reddit this weekend is a apt quote from a famous-yet-fictional science fiction character.

During all this time, the Feds income has remained within 1% of 18% of GDP. It does not matter where the rates are set, we are dealing with a law of economics.


If you want to know how the data is changed to get the GW result, read below.

Was 2010 the Warmest Year Ever?

It is widely being reported that, based on surface-temperature data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2010 was tied for the warmest year on record. What is not so widely reported is that those surface temperature data have been so shamelessly manipulated by climate alarmists that they are entirely unreliable. For a short course in one of the great scientific scandals of all time, go here.

There are a number of things wrong with the data produced by NOAA and NASA, but one of the most basic involves the urban heat island effect. It it commonly understood that cities are warmer than the surrounding countryside; you see that every day in weather reports. Thus, weather stations located in urban areas, as many of them are, tend to show increasing temperatures as urbanization and changing land use make the immediate area of the weather station warmer. One study indicated that even a tiny village of 1,000 people can warm temperatures by up to 3.8 degrees F.

NOAA and NASA used to acknowledge the urban heat island effect and try to correct for it, but that didn't produce the sort of alarming temperature increases that warmists are looking for. This is how NOAA depicted US temperatures from 1880 to 1999, as posted on NASA's web site in 1999; click to enlarge:


James Hansen, the head of NASA's climate unit and one of the worst of the alarmists, said truthfully in 1999:

The U.S. has warmed during the past century, but the warming hardly exceeds year-to-year variability. Indeed, in the U.S. the warmest decade was the 1930s and the warmest year was 1934.

That didn't get the warmists where they were trying to go, so they have now changed the data by eliminating or drastically reducing the urban heat island effect. NASA now shows very different data for the period 1880-1999 from what it published in 1999. This animated GIF shows how the alarmists changed their own data to create the false impression of a climate crisis:


You probably assume that NOAA and NASA have made their raw data available to independent researchers, along with explanations of the adjustments they have made. But no--those agencies have resisted Freedom of Information Act requests for the original, raw data. One of the most important things the new Congress can do is to force these government agencies to level with the American people and explain the manipulations to which they have been subjecting weather data for years.

Muted And Flat ...From Paris

In today's WSJ, Peggy Noonan has her predictably perfect review of the President's SOTU address:

..."Response in the chamber was so muted as to be almost Xanax-like. Did you see how bored and unengaged they looked? The applause was merely courteous. A senator called the mood on the floor "flat." ....
...As for small things and grace notes, there is often about the president an air of delivering a sincere lecture in which he informs us of things that seem new to him but are old to everyone else. He has a tendency to present banalities as if they were discoveries. "American innovation" is important. As many as "a quarter of our students aren't even finishing high school." We're falling behind in math and science: "Think about it."

Yes, well, all we've done is think about it.

...He too often in making a case puts the focus on himself. George H.W. Bush, always afraid of sounding egotistical, took the I's out of his speeches. We called his edits "I-ectomies." Mr. Obama always seems to put the I in. He does "I implants."

....Humor, that leavening, subtle uniter, was insufficiently present. Humor is denigrated by serious people, but serious people often miss the obvious. The president made one humorous reference, to smoked salmon. It emerged as the biggest word in the NPR word cloud of responses. That's because it was the most memorable thing in the speech. The president made a semi-humorous reference to TSA pat-downs, but his government is in charge of and insists on the invasive new procedures, to which the president has never been and will never be subjected. So it's not funny coming from him. The audience sort of chuckled, but only because many are brutes who don't understand that it is an unacceptable violation to have your genital areas patted against your will by strangers. 

I actually hate writing this. I wanted to write "A Serious Man Seizes the Center." But he was not serious and he didn't seize the center, he went straight for the mush. Maybe at the end of the day he thinks that's what centrism is."


  • AP

    Americans Advised to Leave Egypt

  • With Egypt entering its sixth day of anti-government protests, the U.S. offers evacuation flights so Americans can leave the volatile nation as quickly as possible. | Standoff in Egypt

  • Violent Protests in Egypt Enters Its Sixth Day
  • Armed Gangs Free Muslim Militants From Prison | Egyptian Military Shows Its Force | Revolution in Pictures
  • Defiant Egyptians Find Support in U.S. | Egypt Leaves Obama Stuck | Egypt Bans Arab Broadcaster Al-Jazeera
  • Egypt protests: looting engulfs Cairo as Mubarak clings on


    Thousands of prisoners escape, amid fears that anarchy will take hold in the world's largest Arab nation.

    Middle Class Squeeze

    You see, this woman has done everything right for her entire life. She’s worked hard, she put herself through business school to avoid the debt that four years of college would have left her with. She bought a house that was handicapped accessible in order to take care of a loved one during that one’s last years on this earth. Unfortunately, she lives in one of the areas hardest hit by the housing meltdown, and she’s underwater on her mortgage. She hasn’t missed, or even been late with, a single payment. But she wants out. She wants to move and start over. Nothing is keeping her where she is accept for her house. To make matters worse, she’s feeling squeezed by the rising price of food, health insurance and energy.

    And I watch countless news stories about people who are criminals (illegal aliens, felons) liars, cheats, or just stupid getting help with their mortgage loans because they “need it”. And people getting free medical services because they “need it”. And people declaring bankruptcy because it’s just too hard to pay the bills, they “need to”. All the while I see my government crushing people like me–expecting us to just keep doing, just keep paying, just keep being responsible in order to make up for all of those people who were not.

    So, what is she thinking about doing?

    I look at my one mortgage in a vast sea of defaulted mortgages, my two measly credit cards with their under $1,000 balances in a vast sea of defaulted credit cards and I am thinking….WHY? Why would I continue to deny my own happiness, when my sense of honor only gets me punished? When it’s what everyone else counts on in order to make their flawed scheme work? What do I owe, here? To whom do I owe it really? I spent my entire life putting other people and my financial obligations ahead of my happiness, ahead of my chance to live while I’m here on the earth and not just exist in some gray zone, making sure MY bills are paid.

    I would never have imagined, three years ago, that I would resent the very, very rich and the less fortunate. Both of them are doing just fine, it’s us in the middle who are being crushed only because we managed to stay in the middle.

    Good News in a mess and shows how everyone understands the world stage.

    ISRAELI REPORTS “friendly atmosphere” in Cairo. “The attitude towards us as Israelis and tourist is very friendly. Actually, they’re overly nice compared to my previous visits in Egypt. The Egyptians want to explain themselves, to tell everyone about their struggle. They speak Arabic over here so it’s easy to communicate with them. On Friday we went right past the demonstrations on our way back from the pyramids, and people helped us get though the crowd.”

    Chris Matthews's Obsession

    Sometimes you get the feeling that liberal pundits are all going around the bend together, in a grand carnival of craziness. Take Chris Matthews, who began his report on the riots in Egypt with this rant:

    Good evening. I`m Chris Matthews in Washington.

    Leading off tonight: Unrest in Egypt. Proving the Iraq war wasn`t needed, these protests in Egypt, as well as in Yemen and Tunisia, are all aimed at dictators supported by the U.S. The demonstrations have not yet turned anti-American, but they could. These are the events the Bush administration hoped to encourage by lying about weapons of mass destruction and invading Iraq.

    Matthews takes obsession to the brink of insanity. What possible reason is there to begin one's coverage of events in Egypt with partisan references to George Bush and Iraq? How on earth do riots in Egypt and Tunisia "prov[e] the Iraq war wasn't needed?" Two weeks ago Egypt and Tunisia were quiet; was that evidence that the Iraq war was needed? Libya is quiet still; is that evidence that the Iraq war was necessary? This is all a bizarre non sequitur.