Friday, June 17, 2011
Siegle bases her claims on the statistical findings on the average British female (but we're guessing it's comparable stateside), of whom the following can be said:
•She invests in 62 lbs. of clothing each year.
•She has upwards of 20 garments hanging in her wardrobe that she has never worn.
•She owns four times the amount today than she did in 1980.
Our take away phrase? "Micro trends."
The verdict seems unanimous. From presidential speeches to role-playing games, the crusades are depicted as a deplorably violent episode in which thuggish Westerners trundled off, unprovoked, to murder and pillage peace-loving, sophisticated Muslims, laying down patterns of outrageous oppression that would be repeated throughout subsequent history. In many corners of the Western world today, this view is too commonplace and apparently obvious even to be challenged.
But unanimity is not a guarantee of accuracy. What everyone “knows” about the crusades may not, in fact, be true. From the many popular notions about the crusades, let us pick four and see if they bear close examination.
Myth #1: The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world.
Myth #2: Western Christians went on crusade because their greed led them to plunder Muslims in order to get rich.
Myth #3: Crusaders were a cynical lot who did not really believe their own religious propaganda; rather, they had ulterior, materialistic motives.
Myth #4: The crusades taught Muslims to hate and attack Christians.
And of course this from the Dems:
When it comes to measuring the combination of unemployment and inflation, it doesn’t get much more miserable than this.
In fact, misery, as measured in the unofficial Misery Index that simply totals the unemployment and inflation rates, is at a 28-year high, reflective of how weak the economic recovery has been and how far there is to go.
The index, first compiled during the soaring inflation days of the 1970s by economist Arthur Okun, is registering a nausea-inducing 12.7—9.1 percent for unemployment and 3.6 percent for annualized inflation—a number not seen since 1983. The index has been above 10 since November 2009 and had been under double-digits from June 1993 through May 2008.
Braving police, Saudi women drivers take to streets
Dozens of Saudi Arabian women defied the Kingdom's ban against women behind the wheel today. Have they struck a blow for equal rights?
From July 2 to 24, the world’s top cyclists will compete in the 98th running of the Tour, and the physical demands of the race will be as brutal as ever. For three weeks, riders will cover more than 2,000 miles and climb up nine different mountain stages — all with only two days of rest spread throughout.
To understand what effect such a demanding sport had on longevity, the research team identified 834 Tour competitors from three countries (France, Belgium and Italy) who were born between 1892 and 1942 and rode somewhere between 1930 and 1964.
By comparing the lifespans of these elite competitors to those of a separate population of non-athletes born during the same years in the same countries, the researchers found no evidence that highly competitive endurance activity heightened the risk of early death. In fact, the Tour de France athletes seemed to live, on average, 17 percent longer than their inactive compatriots.
Federal Agencies Slow to Implement ACORN Funding Cutoff, Report Finds
Nearly a dozen federal agencies did not take comprehensive action to cut off funding to ACORN and its affiliates until a government research group started asking about it -- a year after Congress voted for the funding restrictions.
You can't see it, but it's there, in that giant wooden box sitting on that trailer, travelling from Burbank to Palmdale
“Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”
A Texas senator is receiving praise.
During committee testimony this week in Austin, a Texas senator interrupted a Spanish speaker telling him he should "be speaking in English" during a committee hearing.
Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. Aguirre spoke through an interpreter even though he had been in the U.S. since 1988.
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A $1million pension, a Hamptons vacation ... and even a cameo role on Entourage: Disgraced Weiner begins the first day of the rest of his life
As Anthony Weiner spends his first weekend out of office relaxing in the Hamptons with his wife, it has emerged that he could draw on pensions and benefits worth more than $1m in his lifetime as well as retirement perks. He has even been offered a cameo role in Entourage.
On Obama’s Emotional Detachment and the Economy. “When it comes to the economy, Obama doesn’t seem as engaged as he was during the push to overhaul our nation’s health care system. Perhaps, he he just assumed the ‘stimulus’ would work as (his administration) advertised and can’t grapple with its failure to meet its expectations. Why else would he forego his regular (i.e., daily) economic briefings, holding only one in the past month? Is he really that indifferent to the nation’s economic health?”
"You know, we can make fun of him but in a way it’s a tragedy,” Walters said. “[H]e’s never had another job. What does he do after this? … Many people have had a job before or they were lawyers.”
She ruled out him being a consultant and noted how thin his private sector experience was.
In the state-aligned media that dominates the country's airwaves, enormously popular comedians, often bearing the rank of colonel in the prime minister's personal bodyguard unit, inject the party line into Cambodian popular culture.
Mickey Kaus critiques Weiner and Daily Kos:
Weiner is a victim of web-driven macho partisan cocooning. That is, it was the fight-back partisanship of the Daily Kos community that gave him a group of linked-up followers he could make himself a hero of. This included dozens or more women (real or virtual) who idolized him whom he could contact in the space of a coffee break. Weiner was arrogant enough to think he could get away with recklessly exploiting his fame and status in this Web niche in part because he figured his pack would always defend him in a pinch. He was too essential to the fight. The ingenious instant wisdom of the Kos crowd would be too powerful in a clinch.
The pictures beamed to Earth by the Messenger spacecraft strongly suggest that frozen water — and perhaps other frozen substances — coat portions of impact craters near the planet's north and south poles. Permanently enshrouded in shadow, these surfaces are typically 300 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.
To create the S, Lotus started by bolting a Harrop supercharger onto the Evora’s 3.5-liter, Toyota-sourced V-6 engine. This bumps the horsepower from 276 in the naturally-aspirated Evora to 345 in the S, and pushes the torque from 258 foot-pounds to 295. The 0-60 time is predictably faster in the S, going from zero to hero in 4.3 seconds against the regular Evora's 4.9 seconds.