Monday, March 28, 2011
Cars are to be banned? Oh dear. Say it's not so!
I admit, carriages look very romantic and I've ridden 'very romantically' in a few. The 'bottom' line is riding behind a horse is...(how to say this delicately?).. a bit too 'fragrant' (translated: stinky) for my taste.
Hawaii Election Official-"There is no birth certificate. There isn't one. It's like an open secret. Everyone in the government there knows this"
Posted on June 10, 2010 in the DailyBrisk
John Martin: Heaven and Hell, Laing Art Gallery, review
On the eve of President Barack Obama's address to the nation on U.S. military action in Libya and a recent story about a local Florida reporter who was locked in a storage closet during a fundraiser he attended for Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, Vice President Joe Biden can only be found vacationing in the ritzy resort city of Aspen, Colorado, reports the Aspen Times.
More than 45 million Americans now belong to a health club, up from 23 million in 1993. We spend some $19 billion a year on gym memberships. Of course, some people join and never go. And yet obesity figures have risen dramatically in the same period: a third of Americans are obese, and another third count as overweight by the Federal Government's definition.
The conventional wisdom that exercise is essential for shedding pounds is actually fairly new. As recently as the 1960s, doctors routinely advised against rigorous exercise, particularly for older adults who could injure themselves. Today doctors encourage even their oldest patients to exercise, which is sound advice for many reasons: People who regularly exercise are at significantly lower risk for all manner of diseases — those of the heart in particular. They less often develop cancer, diabetes and many other illnesses. But the past few years of obesity research show that the role of exercise in weight loss has been wildly overstated.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857,00.html#ixzz1Hw7kPZNd
Obama: We Want Illegal Aliens 'to Succeed'When questioned by an illegal alien student today who showed him a deportation letter, President Barack Obama said he did not want to deport illegal alien students like the one who questioned him, he wanted them to succeed.
Some popular lingo is now in the dictionary.
Texting short hand phrases LOL (laughing out loud) and OMG (oh my gosh), are among the latest entries in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Several other internet inspired words have also been added, including "ego-surfing", which means looking for things about yourself online.
Another interesting addition is an update to the word "heart", which can now be used in place of the word like or love.
Not the 10 books you must read before you die
1 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The finest dystopic novel of the 20th century, coining such terms as “doublethink” and “thought crime”, but indirectly responsible for the rise of reality television and the career of Davina McCall.
2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Directly responsible for too many newspaper articles starting: “It is a truth universally acknowledged…”
3 Emma by Jane Austen
Often cited as Austen’s most flawless romance, but even the author had to admit she had created a heroine “whom no one but myself will much like”.
4 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence
Infamous, explicit tale of an aristocratic woman and her gamekeeper that’s pompous and verbose more than it is naughty.
5 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Not nearly as bawdy or easy to understand as your English teacher promised (“Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth…”). Plus no cover puff from Stephen Fry, so probably not worth reading.
6 The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby is not as great a character as everyone thinks he is. Neither is this book, or the author, or the million of people who pretend to like it. Full of people doing tedious things, breaking off only to sleep with each other’s wives.
7 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
One of the great 19th-century novels, taking in war, politics, religion and retribution. But not as catchy as the musical.
8 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Better than the musical, which lasted two months in the West End. But not as good as the film, which honed the line “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
9 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A tale of mental anguish and intense moral dilemmas. Mercifully, it’s shorter than War and Peace.
10 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
A lucrative, eloquent, teeth-pulling exercise in stating the obvious, including the fact that New Yorker journalists who have a successful book with a catchy title under their belt are more likely to have another commissioned.
I grew up on The New York Times. Delivered, every morning, even before they had a national edition. Read it every morning, through high school and college. An essential part of breakfast.
She is dead now. From City Journal's The Worst of Times - William McGowan chronicles the long decline of the paper of record:
The second factor in the Times’s decline was the ascension of Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. to the perch of publisher in 1992. Having come of age in the sixties counterculture, Sulzberger moved to shift the paper’s focus from its historical commitment of reporting the news “without fear or favor” to the more activist promise to “enhance society.” In particular, Sulzberger wanted the paper to promote “diversity” and to move beyond what he disparaged as the “predominantly white, straight, male version of events.” As the author of Coloring the News, a critical look at the politically correct mania for “diversity” and its damaging effect on the news media, McGowan writes as an authority on the Times’s transformation. The change was most obvious in the paper’s increasingly strident editorial pages, but the news content, which began taking its cues from editorial, suffered as well. Times veterans groused that the paper risked compromising its news coverage with a newly ideological agenda, but Sulzberger dismissed such concerns, declaring that he was “setting a moral standard.”
A newspaper's job to set a moral standard? Grandiose? How about just giving us the real facts with tough, skeptical, half-drunk cranky journalists instead of metrosexual twits, and we'll take care of the morality part ourselves.
A 3-D surveillance technology the U.K. has been using in Afghanistan is playing a role in the efforts to keep tabs on the forces of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Ghadafi. Analysts for the U.K.'s Royal Air Force Tactical Imagery Wing for the past two years have been using 3-D imaging, relayed from Tornado attack jets 4,500 meters above the ground, to gather pictures and information about what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The images provide a much clearer view than do conventional pictures of such things as improvised explosive devices and movements by enemy forces. The Tornados carry Reconnaissance Airborne Pods, known as Raptors, whose electro-optic sensors record film that is downloaded from the aircraft. The pictures, in 2-D and 3-D, then are evaluated in a tiny room at Kandahar airport, where analysts gather around a screen, wearing glasses similar to those used to watch hit 3-D movies.
In its last survey of voter priorities, Gallup found that the least pressing issue on the mind of the electorate was the environment, scoring below race relations in a race for last place. Now, with the Obama administration and Democrats on the Hill preparing to do battle over carbon emissions, Gallup’s latest poll of environmental issues shows global warming coming in last among environmental priorities
Donald Trump now sees himself as something of a patron saint for the birthers – and he's even released his own birth certificate as he steps up criticism of the president.
Seeking to pump more energy into the birther movement and quirky chase for the White House, Trump on Monday provided a copy of his birth certificate. And in an interview on Fox News, Trump cast himself as something akin to the rebel leader of the birther movement.
“Now, this guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t,” Trump said. “And I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it’s turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying, please don't give up on this issue."
As spring begins, so does pothole season: March is among the worst months of the year for the appearance of these craters in the road. We give you the skinny on how these asphalt abysses form, how many of them road crews must fill each day and how a tiny bit of water can ruin a perfectly good pothole repair job.
It's a question many drivers face on their way to work every day: to swerve or not to swerve? Should you veer out of a giant pothole's way and play chicken with oncoming traffic, or stay the course and risk a flat tire, a bent rim or steering misalignment? Those of us who don't possess the driving finesse to align those craters between our wheels could end up paying hundreds of dollars per year in damages caused by potholes.
It's hard to believe those chasms in the pavement aren't the remnants of miniature explosions. Instead, they're carved by plain old water. The process usually starts with one little crack that fills with H2O. When water freezes, it expands, and when the water inside the crack expands, it pushes the asphalt outward and upward—a lot like when you forget a soda in the freezer and return to find a frozen volcano bursting from the bottle.
On pavement, "it's like a chain reaction," says Amid Bhasin, a civil engineer at the University of Texas, Austin. "It starts slowly at a weak spot, and once it starts falling apart, that creates larger cracks; then more water gets into it, and the cracks grow larger." That process is exacerbated by traffic, so it's not just bad for your car when you hit a pothole—it's bad for the road, too.
Follow the list further and you'll see that other big spenders that lean overwhelmingly toward the Dems include the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, Sheet Metal Workers Union, International Association of Fire Fighters, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, United Steelworkers, United Transportation Union, Ironworkers Union, American Postal Workers Union, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Transport Workers Union, Seafarers International Union, Amalgamated Transit Union, et cetera, ad nauseam.
TEN THINGS TO LEARN FROM THE JAPANESE
1. THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
2. THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn't fall.
4. THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads.Just understanding.
6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors.
7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone.
8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do.
9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters.
10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2011) — A curtain of flame halts firefighters trying to rescue a family inside a burning home. One with a special backpack steps to the front, points a wand at the flame, and shoots a beam of electricity that opens a path through the flame for the others to pass and lead the family to safety.
Scientists have described a discovery that could underpin a new genre of fire-fighting devices, including sprinkler systems that suppress fires not with water, but with zaps of electric current, without soaking and irreparably damaging the contents of a home, business, or other structure. Reporting on March 27 at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Ludovico Cademartiri, Ph.D., and his colleagues in the group of George M. Whitesides, Ph.D., at Harvard University, picked up on a 200-year-old observation that electricity can affect the shape of flames, making flames bend, twist, turn, flicker, and even snuffing them out. However, precious little research had been done over the years on the phenomenon.
Pakistani Actress Veena Malik Defies Muslim Cleric, Accuses Mullahs of Raping Children in Mosques Faith
"There are many other things for you to deal with. There are Islamic clerics who rape the children they teach in their mosques.."
Shetland and Fair Isle: Ann Cleeves adds mystery to the magic
Fair Isle sees both savage storms and exquisite summer days
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1Hu0ik2JC
PepsiCo announces it has developed the world's first 100-percent plant-based PET bottle
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1Hu14uWJh
iPhone 5 Most Probable Intro Day
If you are waiting for iPhone 5, now you got a solid target day: Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will start on June 6. The iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 were all launched at previous WWDCs. In the words of Phil Schiller:
At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS. If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.
The Coming, And Why The Left Doesn’t Understand Iran. “The message of the short film was clear: The current crisis in the Middle East (Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, now Syria… all of it) is a harbinger that the Mahdi (the hidden one, the Twelfth Imam) was coming soon and that, in the ensuing chaos and destruction, Khomeini’s version of Shia Islam would shortly rule over the entire globe.” I think they just can’t wrap their mind around religious apocalypticism that doesn’t come from that old bugbear, the Christians.
Here’s a direct link to the Iranian movie in question, with subtitles.
The carnage continues to mount as Bloomberg's David Welch reports this morning that global automakers may now lose production of 600,000 vehicles by the end of the month as the earthquake in Japan halts assembly lines and work at suppliers including the maker of a paint pigment. About 320,000 vehicles may have already been lost worldwide as of March 24, and manufacturing at plants in North America may be affected when parts supplies start running out as soon as early April, said Michael Robinet, vice president of Lexington, Massachusetts-based IHS Automotive.
Debt-laden German carmaker Porsche has approved an almost 5 billion euro ($7 billion) capital increase, clearing the way for a merger with Volkswagen, the group said late on Sunday. The carmaker added that it now, finally, expects the public offering to be approved by German financial watchdog BaFin on March 28. Provided that the new shares are fully subscribed, Porsche will raise net proceeds of about 4.89 billion euros, which will be channeled into the repayment of liabilities.
“GE strives for business success through lobbying for special privileges, not through open competition. President Obama has acknowledged the special relationship that GE has with the federal government by anointing GE’s CEO, Jeff Immelt, as his favorite businessman.”
ScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2011) — Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that eye movement patterns of Chinese people, born and raised in China, are different to those of Caucasian people living in Britain.
In our study, as we expected, 97% of British people had the common fifth of a second delay, and only 3% had the much faster response. In our Chinese group, however, 30% had the faster, less common response. Our participants were healthy, with normal vision, and yet the eye movement pattern previously thought to be rare, was relatively common in Chinese people.
A new scientific study positions walnuts in the number one slot among a family of foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature's most nearly perfect packaged foods: Tree and ground nuts.
Walnuts Are Top Nut for Heart-Healthy Antioxidants
ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2011) — A new scientific study positions walnuts in the number one slot among a family of foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature's most nearly perfect packaged foods: Tree and ground nuts. In a report given in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society on March 27, scientists presented an analysis showing that walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher quality antioxidants than any other nut.
Consumers should keep the portion size small. Vinson said it takes only about 7 walnuts a day, for instance, to get the potential health benefits uncovered in previous studies.