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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
9. Operation Organizing for Libya
8. Operation Double Standard
7. Operation FINE! I'll Do Something
6. Operation Enduring Narcissism
5. Operation So That's What the Red Button Does
4. Operation France Backed Me Into a Corner
3. Operation Start Without Me
2. Operation Unlike Bush Wars This One Is Justified Because Hey Look a Squirrel
1. Operation Aimless Fury
Powell Doctrine: "The "Powell doctrine" holds that the US should go to war only as a last resort and then only with overwhelming force".
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.
TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant, said the neutron beam measured about 1.5 kilometers southwest of the plant's No. 1 and 2 reactors over three days from March 13 and is equivalent to 0.01 to 0.02 microsieverts per hour and that this is not a dangerous level.
Scientists seeking treatments for a deadly type of skin cancer say an existing arthritis drug slows the growth of melanomas and could be combined with a drug being developed by Plexxikon and Swiss drugmaker Roche.
Magnificent exhibit of beautiful art at the National Gallery of Art, East Building.
Venice inspired a school of competitive view painters whose achievements are among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. The exhibition celebrates the rich variety of these Venetian views, known as vedute, through some 20 masterworks by Canaletto and more than 30 by his rivals, including Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, and Bernardo Bellotto. Responding to an art market fueled largely by the Grand Tour, these gifted painters depicted the famous monuments and vistas of Venice in different moods and seasons.
A post at Watts explains how the graph above is designed to be misleading, to say the least.
So I decided to look for a way to present exactly the same information so that it would make more sense, a way that we can compare to our actual experience. Fig. 2 is one way to do that. It shows the US temperature, month by month, for each year since 1895.
At American Thinker, The Totalitarian Minority. A quote:
What happened in Wisconsin was no less than a fascist putsch, their aspiring oppressors lost only because of the dignified and stubborn leadership of their governor. Its failure was not a sure thing. Americans saw the true face of those who want to rule us. It is a vicious, arrogant and voraciously greedy face, full of disdain and contempt for our institutions and the rights of our citizens. It is in its bones anti-Democratic and anti-American. It will do whatever it takes to take and keep power; it will break any law and crush any opponent if it can.
The U.S. government calls it the “one of the most lethal” weapons of its kind — an advanced, portable missile, designed to knock planes out of the sky. A variant of it just showed up in Gadhafi’s army and nobody seems to know how exactly it got there. But diplomatic cables, unearthed by WikiLeaks, suggest one potential culprit: the Chavez regime in Venezuela.
Aviation Week’s eagle-eyed reporter David Fulghum spotted a Russian SA-24 Grinch surface-to-air missile mounted on a Libyan army truck in recent cable news footage. And that’s a cause for concern: the SA-24 is more accurate, longer-flying, and more lethal than than earlier models of surface-to-air missiles. It also has a dual-band infrared seeker and is more difficult to jam than older systems.
The missiles “reportedly have counter-countermeasures that may be difficult for planes with just flares to counter,” Matthew Schroeder, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Arms Sales Monitoring Project, tells Danger Room. ”Overall it’s just a much more capable system.”
“I don’t think you stay out of these things… We have to take chances.”
Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher
Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca.
The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the critical end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway.
Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion: that the school district’s decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan. They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith.
San Francisco becoming a child-free zone as youth population declines
Despite efforts to stem the tide of family flight, the population of children in San Francisco continues to ebb.
Families that remain in The City are bucking the trend that has plagued San Francisco for years as the number of children — defined as people up to 17 years old — has dropped from 181,532 in 1960 to 107,524 today, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. The 2000 census counted 112,802 youths.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/san-francisco-becoming-child-free-zone-youth-population-declines#ixzz1HSZYCtCT
Reports of Domestic Violence Rise 10 Percent After NFL Upsets, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2011) — Calls to the police reporting men's assaults on their wives or intimate partners rose 10 percent in areas where the local National Football League team lost a game they were favored to win, according to an analysis of 900 regular-season NFL games reports researchers in a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Did the Leftist Encouraging Economic Terrorism Have Access to Obama’s White House?
I had missed this point. Since the Treaty of Westphalia it has been a bedrock principle of international relationships that events inside a country’s border are not grounds for war.
MICKEY KAUS: Libyan War = World Government? Not that there’s anything wrong with it. “It’s one thing for a supra-national authority–the U.N.–to authorize a war against someone who has committed cross-border aggression, or who has repeatedly violated earlier U.N. resolutions left over from a previous war. That was the case with Saddam in 2002–in theory. It’s another to let the U.N. authorize a war on what Obama calls ‘humanitarian grounds’–whether it’s to stop actual killings or some less severe variety of ‘human rights violation.’ These are concepts that are easily watered down to justify intervention.”
New Home Sales Plunge; Hit Lowest Level Since Data Tracking Began in 1960s...
FED: US Approaching Insolvency...
Oil tops $106; US gasoline inventories fall...
Silver hits 31-year high...
Gold at new record, too...
Is this a “little-known story”? If so, it’s a rather damning indictment of the American media, given its rather splashy initial reporting in December 2003. As I wrote at the time, Moammar Gaddafi’s decision to voluntarily surrender his nuclear-weapons program made the US significantly safer as a direct result of the Iraq War. Had we not invaded Iraq in 2003 and captured Saddam Hussein in December of that year, Gaddafi would hardly have felt compelled to protect himself from similar American action at the time. We found out shortly afterward that Libya had succeeded in making weapons-grade plutonium, and oh by the way also had 44,000 pounds of mustard gas. In fact, Gaddafi’s rush to demonstrate his good citizenship only ended in 2007, when domestic opposition to Bush’s efforts in Iraq emboldened Gaddafi back into defiance.
you've been scammed re Johns Hopkins ARticle
U.S. New-Home Sales Unexpectedly Fall to Lowest on Record
March 23 (Bloomberg) -- Purchases of new U.S. homes unexpectedly declined 16.9 percent in February to a 250,000 annual pace, the slowest rate on record, according to figures from the Commerce Department. Margaret Brennan and Dominic Chu report on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness." (Source: Bloomberg)
Purchases of new U.S. homes unexpectedly declined in February to the slowest pace on record and prices dropped to the lowest level since December 2003, adding to evidence the industry is floundering.
One of the most startling developments of the last decade was the remarkable change in the weapons, equipment and capabilities of the infantry, especially American. For example, compared to previous wars, U.S. infantry are now much harder to kill. An American infantryman in World War II or Vietnam were three times more likely to get killed in combat. Moreover, U.S. infantry are much more lethal. They are better trained and, while they are using basically the same weapons they had in Vietnam, they have much better gun sights (day and night) along with very helpful supporting equipment (UAVs, individual radios, robots, sensors that can see through walls and so on). And then there is the training. This became better, and more abundant, in the 1980s, as the all-volunteer army got its act together and made some amazing breakthroughs in training techniques and technology occurred. Small unit leadership also improved substantially. Then there were vast improvements in air and artillery support. The big breakthrough here was the proliferation of smart bombs and projectiles. GPS guidance, first used in combat during late 2001, made small units of infantry incredibly lethal. Over the next decade, GPS guided artillery shells and rockets gave the infantry even more of these precise firepower options. GPS also helped commanders keep track of their troops more effectively. First seen in action (as Blue Force Tracker) during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, troops enthusiastically took to this tech, just as they did to the original GPS navigation devices in 1991.
Let there be no doubt: it’s full-fledged war over Libya. U.S. planes are now attacking Moammar Gadhafi’s ground forces outside major Libyan cities.
Five days into Operation Odyssey Dawn and — as predicted (cough) — the U.S.-led coalition has moved from grounding Gahdafi’s planes to going after his tanks, trucks and artillery units. “We are putting pressure on Gadhafi’s ground forces that are attacking civilian populations in cities,” Vice Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, chief of staff of the task force conducting the war, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday afternoon.
Marriage and other long-term relationships have health perks, but men and women don't benefit equally.
Is marriage good for your health? In general, research suggests yes. Married people live longer, have better access to health care, enjoy a more satisfying sex life, experience less stress, live a healthier lifestyle, and have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression compared to their single counterparts.
But there's a catch—men and women don't get the same or equal benefits from a legally sanctioned pairing. A man's sex life is likely to improve more than a woman's after getting married, for instance, while a woman's risk for depression tends to decrease more than her partner's when she's in a long-term relationship.
From Derek, a cancer survivor. (We will do this one in a series as the advice is very good, but long.)
Johns Hopkins Update -
This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it.
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY', BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.
Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
In some ways, visiting cyberspace is kind of like entering a crowded subway car during the peak of flu season. You're surrounded by all sorts of germs-in the form of trojans, spyware, viruses, rootkits, etc.-just looking for a vulnerable host to invade and feed on. Once you're infected, these pests can wreak havoc on your system, swiping your personal information and passwords, annihilating your credit rating, and stealing your identity. To avoid a potentially virulent attack, you need to take precautions.
1. Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0
Low on options, high on protection
2. Norton Internet Security 2011
An antivirus for geeks, not newbs
3. McAfee Internet Security 2011
A valiant shot at redemption that clanks off the back rim
4. Panda Internet Security 2011
Puts the pain on malware, but is also painfully slow
5. BitDefender Internet Security 2011
A powerful antivirus suite you can take home to meet the parents
6. F-Secure Internet Security 2011
Easy-to-drive antivirus that's faster than a Formula 1 race car
Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion
Florida beauty queen Meghan Brown, right, shot and killed an intruder with her pink .38-caliber handgun during a home invasion March 12 (FoxNews.com).
When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him -- a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.
Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.
Sheriff Joe, laying down the law.
Joseph Mason, author of "The Economic Cost of a Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration to the Gulf Region," estimated that the new regional job losses due to the moratorium on offshore oil production in the Gulf region is now 13,000 — up from his original estimate of 8,000.
Mason also estimated the national job losses to have increased from 12,000 to 19,000; regional wage losses to be $800 million, up from $500 million; national wage losses to be $1.1 billion, up from $700 million; lost tax revenues on the state and local level to be $155 million, up from $100 million; and lost tax revenues on the national level to be $350 million, up from $200 million.
Mason's isn't a lone voice:
Last December, the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie conducted a study that projects that by 2015 associated job losses could reach 125,000 per year. According to the Obama administration statistics, 122,000 jobs have been lost as a result of the moratorium.
Every war creates improvisation. Even though it's only four days old, the U.S.-led attack on Libya is already showing more tactical innovation than most, at least where military hardware is concerned. Weapons that you thought you knew are getting essentially repurposed and functionally reinvented.
And that makes sense. Operation Odyssey Dawn is anything but a traditional no-fly mission -- created
haphazardly on-the-fly, and mostly run from the sea. But the reinvention of familiar weapons for Libya is sure to stretch beyond this current war. Here's a guide to the military hardware that Moammar Gadhafi accidentally transformed.
The Florida submarine wasn't supposed to shoot Tomahawk missiles, when it was first built. In a past life, it carried a much deadlier payload: Trident nuclear missiles. But over the past decade, the Ohio-class sub Florida got retrofitted to carry SEALs, spy gear, and up to 154 of the smaller missiles -- ones that are far more tactically relevant than the Florida's old arsenal. In 2003, Florida was the first ship in the Navy to launch a Tomahawk from a Trident tube. The secretive sub is rumored to have gone on other clandestine missions since its retooling. But for the first time, it's part of a crew of subs and surface ships that have shot over 130 of them at Gadhafi's radar and missile sites so far.
Score one for perhaps the most controversial U.S. aircraft ever. When the pilot of a malfunctioning F-15 Strike Eagle had to bail out over northeast Libya late Monday, he was rescued by the Marine Corps' tilt-rotor helicopter, the V-22 Osprey. And the Ospreys, which rises in the air straight up like a copter and then flies like a plane, don't typically do search-and-rescue. The Osprey is supposed to handle everything from troop transport to scout missions. But mechanical problems of a zillion different kinds have made it a frequent target of Pentagon budget-cutters (even Dick Cheney wanted it dead) and kept the Osprey from flying consistently in places like Iraq. But with a new war comes new chances.
Libya is this flying jammer's trial by fire, and it's likely to stay as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn even after other U.S. planes pull back. That's because the Growler is the Navy's plane of choice for blocking enemy communications -- only it's just now taking its maiden combat voyage. So far, so good: Gen. Carter Ham of U.S. Africa Command assessed on Monday that Libya's air defenses aren't emitting radar -- which, OK, is also due to the pounding those air defenses are getting from B-2s, Tomahawks, F-15s and F-16s. But the Growler helps make sure that Libya's long range missiles don't come near allied planes. And within five years, its jamming tech is going to get even more sophisticated, placing viruses into enemy computer networks.
Woman Tied to 9/11, Fannie Mae on Obama's FBI Shortlist!
The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez first reported the news last week, citing “U.S. officials” familiar with the situation.
Gorelick served as vice chairman of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) when the government-sponsored enterprise began bundling subprime loans into securitized financial instruments. Prior to that, she served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department under then-Attorney General Janet Reno from 1994 to 1997.
But Gorelick is perhaps best known for her 1995 memo, written when she was deputy attorney general, that later became known as “Gorelick’s Wall,” a policy prescription limiting the flow of information between intelligence gatherers and criminal investigators that some believe helped allow the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center to go unchallenged.
MICHAEL BARONE: The Damning Contradictions Of Obama’s Attack on Libya. I’ve got no problem with taking down Khaddafy, which has been a U.S. goal for decades. I just think we’re bungling it. Waging war halfheartedly, on the cheap, and by committee is not a formula for success.
UPDATE: Who’s in charge? Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart. Like I said. So where’s that “smart diplomacy” we were promised? I guess in the same place as the “fiscal sobriety.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson weighs in. Under Bush, we were the world’s policeman. Under Obama, the world’s Keystone Kops.
Load Up on Fiber Now, Avoid Heart Disease Later
ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2011) — A new study from Northwestern Medicine shows a high-fiber diet could be a critical heart-healthy lifestyle change young and middle-aged adults can make. The study found adults between 20 and 59 years old with the highest fiber intake had a significantly lower estimated lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease compared to those with the lowest fiber intake.
Tennessee Williams 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: I can feel the humidity hanging low in the air. I can feel the slow burn of the heat causing tempers to flare.
I'm in sudden need of an ice cold glass of lemonade and a porch swing...and an evening with Elizabeth and Paul.
I was listening to Rush today and he cynically said this replay of all scores allows for more commercials to be run. He could be right.
THE ANCHORESS LOOKS AT OBAMA’S BUSH-LIKE APPROACH TO LIBYA AND COMMENTS: “I guess what I’m wondering is, how much further along would the Iraq government’s stabilization be — how much further along would the quest for democratic governance be, in the Middle East (and how much less reluctant would tyrants be to try to stop it by killing their own people), if only the Democrats hadn’t wasted 6 years politicizing our efforts and another two years bowing and scraping and restarting and gasbagging and doing everything they could to say, ‘we’re not Bush,’ only to become all they said they hated?”
Here’s some guidance for free: “If you strike at a king, you must kill him.”
Gary Shilling: House Prices Will Drop Another 20%. In my neighborhood, houses that sold were going for 15% less than in 2005-2006. Now they’re at that price and not selling.
The 166 Inter was Ferrari's first proper GT car. This 1949 example was built by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan
The 330 GT 2+2 featured disc brakes all round. This 1965 Series II model got a five-speed manual gearbox
In 1992 Ferrari introduced the 456 GT. Including the updated 456M of 2004, the 456 remained in production for 12 years. The Pininfarina styling, Ferrari badge and V12 engine have given it modern classic status. Owners can also boast that they have the last Ferrari produced to use pop-up headlights
Ferrari drops off one of its new four-seater FFs at the top of Plan De Corones at 2,350 metres ready for the first media drives of the car this week
Remember that all of these are fictitious numbers that reflect Congressional gaming of CBO conventions to make it seem as if ObamaCare "saves" money. But now, even under these conventions, CBO is conceding that it significantly underestimated the bill's cost. If the propeller heads decide to add a few more trillion dollars in new spending, they might get somewhat closer to the bill's true cost.
The White House announced today that President Obama is proud of the work his administration has done to build international consensus on affirming the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.
The president announced that he and the president of Brazil have agreed to "promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a special rapporteur on LGBT issues at the Organization of American States."
Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, announced the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, saying there has been a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year that demands closer attention.
Ready-to-eat meat products -- such as pepperoni, deli meats and hot dogs -- are relatively free of carcinogenic compounds, a new study has found.
Good News for Meat Lovers: Most Ready-to-Eat Meat Products Contain Very Few Cancerous Compounds, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2011) — If given the choice between eating a hot dog or enjoying some rotisserie chicken, consider the hot dog.
That's because hot dogs, as well as pepperoni and deli meats, are relatively free of carcinogenic compounds, according to Kansas State University research. But it's a not-so-happy ending for bacon and rotisserie chicken -- especially chicken skin -- because both have higher levels of cancerous material.
Yes, sex can kill you, U.S. study shows
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sudden bursts of moderate to intense physical activity -- such as jogging or having sex -- significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack, especially in people who do not get regular exercise, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
Doctors have long known that physical activity can cause serious heart problems, but the new study helps to quantify that risk, Dr. Issa Dahabreh of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The team analyzed data from 14 studies looking at the link between exercise, sex and the risk of heart attacks or sudden cardiac death -- a lethal heart rhythm that causes the heart to stop circulating blood.
They found people are 3.5 times more likely to get a heart attack or have sudden cardiac death when they are exercising compared to when they are not.
And they are 2.7 times more likely to get a heart attack when they are having sex or immediately afterward compared with when they are not. (These findings do not apply to sudden cardiac death because there were no studies looking at the link between sex and cardiac death.)
Detroit's Population Crashes
Census Finds 25% Plunge as Blacks Flee to Suburbs; Shocked Mayor Seeks Recount
The population of Detroit has fallen back 100 years.
The flight of middle-class African-Americans to the suburbs fueled an exodus that cut Detroit's population 25% in the past decade to 713,777, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. That's the city's lowest population level since the 1910 census, when automobile mass production was making Detroit Detroit.
In all, the city lost more than 237,000 residents, including 185,000 blacks and about 41,000 whites. The Hispanic population ticked up by 1,500