Wednesday, June 1, 2011
"Hey look, Rep. Weiner’s a busy guy. Who can possibly expect him to keep track of every picture of his own crotch he’s ever taken? Sure, it could be his junk. But how can he possibly know with any certainty? I mean it’s not like he has an elaborate filing and labeling system for his penile photography. He’s not some weirdo. This looks like one of his many, many bulge shots, it might even be one of them. But how can he be expected to be definitive?"
His Bugatti desk, limited to an edition of 10, borrows its French blue from the marque made famous by Ettore Bugatti, but takes most of its cues from his cars’ mechanical details, like the finned heat sinks of the oil sumps or the honeycomb of their grilles.
The desk is Luzzo Bespoke’s masterpiece, the glinting result of expensive milling machines, six coats of baked paint and a team numbering about two dozen. It also bears a price close to that of some of the vintage cars Mr. Sawyer admires: 170,000 euros, or about $243,000.
Gary Sneed, from Piedmont, Oklahoma, says the young dog tried to save his wife's life by weighing her down during last week's storm.
The cub who's made friends with a family's pet rotweiler Medo the brown bear walked into their garden... and is now refusing to leave
Okay. Seriously. Who says something like that? Bingo!
'I can't say with certitude if it's my crotch': But Congressman Weiner DENIES sending lewd photo on Twitter
Mr Weiner has been engulfed in controversy since the shot of a pair of bulging underpants was sent to an attractive 21-year-old student in Seattle last Friday. Now he faces fresh controversy after it emerged he follows a string of attractive women on Twitter - and allegedly sent a private message to porn star Ginger Lee (pictured).
[Since 1993], Canada's federal debt has fallen from almost 70 percent to only 29 percent of GDP. Moreover, every year between 1997 and 2008, Canada's federal government had a budget surplus. ...
About 85 cents of every dollar of deficit reduction was achieved with spending cuts. Beyond that, the government didn't pull every politician's favorite trick of cutting just the growth rate of government spending. It cut absolute spending on many programs in dollar terms. ... Because of the years of spending cuts, federal spending on programs--that is, all spending except for interest on the federal debt--fell from a high of 17.5 percent of GDP in 1992-93 to 11.3 percent in 2000-01.
The fact that Canada achieved these cuts while having socialized medicine hanging around its neck like an albatross makes the feat even more impressive. Did spending cuts depress Canada's economy, as American liberals would predict? No:
As the government cut its spending on programs from 14.9 percent of GDP in fiscal year 1996 to 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2000, more resources were available for people to use productively in the private sector. From 1997 to 2000, when government spending as a percent of GDP fell, Canada's economy experienced a high rate of real growth of between four and five percent per year.
U.S. Treasury debt prices rallied Wednesday after weak data on jobs and factory activity drove fears that the economic recovery could be derailed, pushing the yield on the 10-year note below 3 percent for the first time in nearly six months.
Three eclipses start with midnight eclipse of the sun
Three eclipses will happen over the next month. As rare as that is, it all starts with another rarity - a midnight eclipse of the sun.
Wildlife photographer snaps photo of transvestite bird
An odd-looking cardinal, with half male and half female markings, alighted on the backyard feeder of wildlife photographer and statistics professor Larry Ammann.
Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic's most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim, a special paper by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows.
Wall Street Baffled by Slowing Economy, Low Yields: Trader
Wall Street is having a hard time figuring out what to do now that the U.S. economy appears to be sputtering and yields are so low, Peter Yastrow, market strategist for Yastrow Origer, told CNBC.
"What we’ve got right now is almost near panic going on with money managers and people who are responsible for money," he said. "They can not find a yield and you just don’t want to be putting your money into commodities or things that are punts that might work out or they might not depending on what happens with the economy.
"We need to find real yield and real returns on these assets. You see bad data, you see Treasurys rally, you see all bonds and all fixed-income rally and then the people who are betting against the U.S. economy start getting bearish on stocks. That’s a huge mistake."
More than 150 economists back U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's call to match any increase in the debt limit with spending cuts of equal size, according to a letter released by the Republican leader's office Wednesday.
Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels, not its final decades? The very thought goes against everything that politicians and the educated public have been taught to believe in the past generation. According to the conventional wisdom, the U.S. and other industrial nations must undertake a rapid and expensive transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy for three reasons: The imminent depletion of fossil fuels, national security and the danger of global warming.
What if the conventional wisdom about the energy future of America and the world has been completely wrong?
As everyone who follows news about energy knows by now, in the last decade the technique of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," long used in the oil industry, has evolved to permit energy companies to access reserves of previously-unrecoverable “shale gas” or unconventional natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, these advances mean there is at least six times as much recoverable natural gas today as there was a decade ago.
Natural gas, which emits less carbon dioxide than coal, can be used in both electricity generation and as a fuel for automobiles.
The implications for energy security are startling. Natural gas may be only the beginning.
It takes a certain type of woman to set his heart a-Twitter.
Yesterday, outside his DC office, the model-loving, married congressman testily refused to talk about the pretty women he's following.
He flashed a tight, uncomfortable smile and avoided eye contract as he tried to deflect point-blank questions from reporters about whether or not he had sent a crotch shot of himself in underwear to a 21-year-old co-ed in Seattle.
"Was it from you or not," demanded CNN's Capitol Hill producer Ted Barrett.
To which the squirming Weiner replied:
Airlines have doubled baggage fees and other add-ons since the extra charges took off in 2008, according to a report released by an airline consultant.
The review by Wisconsin-based IdeaWorks found that 47 airlines charged $21.5 billion for ancillary fees in 2010 -- up 96 percent in just three years.
For some smaller airlines, the fees -- for everything from baggage to in-flight food -- now account for nearly a third of all the money they bring in, the report said.
In clips that will hit the Internet to promote a new book, producers including "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman and "House" creator David Shore say Hollywood discriminates against and belittles conservatives.
Some of TV's top executives from the past four decades may have gotten more than they bargained for when they agreed to be interviewed for a politically charged book that was released Tuesday, because video of their controversial remarks will soon be hitting the Internet.
People already give me uneasy looks when I give them my cellphone # (6166624) because of the 666. New info on Lucifer's number will make it even worse! Guess it's time for a change
Number of the Beast
What is the number of the Devil?
616. For 2000 years, 666 has been the number of the dreaded anti-Christ. An unlucky number for many, even the European parliament leaves seat number 666 vacant. The number is from the book of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible. However, in 2005, a translation of the very earliest known copy of the book of revelation clearly shows it to be 616, not 666! The 1,700 year old copy was recovered from the city of Oxyrhynchus, in Egypt, and deciphered by a palaeographical research team from the University Of Birmingham, UK. The team was led by Professor David Parker.
“Fully 82 Democrats voted with the GOP — among them Pelosi, Hoyer, and … DNC chief Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, which is all the proof you need of how nervous the White House is about being on the wrong side of this issue.”
Alternet: Why The Democratic Party Has Abandoned The Middle Class In Favor Of The Rich? Also, the rich don’t get hung up on all that tedious middle class morality stuff.
Flashback: Guess who officiated at Weiner’s wedding?
Seriously, what couple in their right mind has Bill Clinton marry them?
Related: Worst press conference ever? “People who had previously doubted Weiner’s guilt are, I’m sure, now beginning to doubt his innocence. And after a politician famous for his media savvy has such a spectacular meltdown on camera, it’s hard to pretend it’s not newsworthy.”
Without a lot of fanfare, the Obama economic recovery officially turned 2 this month. Anyone think we’re better off than we were two years ago?
On Tuesday, a trio of reports gave fresh evidence that the answer to this question is no.
Single family home prices dropped in March to their lowest level since April 2009; the consumer Confidence Index tumbled to a six-month low of 60.8; and regional manufacturing is slowing. In the Chicago area, it fell to its lowest level since November 2009.
Yet if you listened to President Obama and his cheerleaders in the press over the past two years, the answer should have been a resounding yes.
Obama promised way back in February 2009 that his $830 billion stimulus plan would unleash “a new wave of innovation, activity and construction” and “ignite spending by businesses and consumers.”
In June 2010, he announced that the recovery was “well under way” and that it “is getting stronger by the day.” A couple months later, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner penned a New York Times op-ed headlined “Welcome to the Recovery.”