Tuesday, August 23, 2011
White House: When Biden said he “fully understands” China’s one-child policy, he totally meant the opposite
• U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
• Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
• New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
• Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000
Let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
• Annual family income: $21,700
• Money the family spent: $38,200
• New debt on the credit card: $16,500
• Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
• Total budget cuts: $385
Marriage and divorce are both triggers for weight gain, Ohio researchers said Monday.
According to scientists at Ohio State University (OSU), women are more likely to gain weight after their wedding day, while men pile on the pounds after divorce, with both marital transitions acting as "weight shocks."
"Divorces for men and, to some extent, marriages for women, promote weight gains that may be large enough to pose a health risk," study leader Dmitry Tumin said.
August 23, 2011: This month, U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) is receiving the first of 85 MC-130J transports. This is part of a U.S. Air Force purchase of over a hundred of the new models, to replace 200 worn out C-130Es. Thus the C-130 continues to thrive after over half a century, because they are a reliable and inexpensive way to move cargo to improvised airfields.
The C-130J transport proved to be more than just another model in the fifty year old C-130 design. This is mainly because it's cheaper and easier to use. Like most new commercial transports, the C-130J emphasizes saving money. The new engines generate 29 percent more thrust while using 15 percent less fuel. Increased automation reduced crew size from four to three. The rear ramp door can now be opened in flight when the aircraft is going as fast as 450 kilometers an hour, versus the current 270 kilometers an hour.
The C-130J is more reliable and easier to maintain. So far, C-130Js have cost nearly twenty percent less per hour than previous models. The current 70 ton MC-130H (there are several MC-130 models) has a crew of seven, a cruise speed of 480 kilometers an hour and unrefueled range of 4,300 kilometers. This version can carry 77 passengers, or 52 paratroopers or 57 litter patients or 18 tons of cargo. The new SOCOM MC-130Js include sixteen that will replace aging AC-130 gunships.
This is not a joke:
Last month, with the federal government on the precipice of default, President Obama & Co. repeatedly warned that any cuts in government would amount to a terrorist Tea Party attack on assistance to the poor and elderly.
Funnily enough, they failed to mention the recent $4.5 billion expansion of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will now provide free lunches to ALL — rich and poor, needy and non-needy — of Detroit’s 65,800 public school-students. (Detroit is one of three pilot programs starting this month for a free-for-all that will ultimately cover similar districts nationwide.)
This new program is part of Obama’s orgy of spending, a binge that has ballooned the federal budget by 25 percent since his inauguration. But the program’s logic is even more insane than the price tag: The administration says it is giving rich kids free food to eliminate the shame that less-fortunate students may feel in receiving free food. We’re not making this up.
Kevin Mooney tabulates the damage that the Obama administration is doing to the Gulf economy, and to the energy industry generally:
Ten oil rigs have left the Gulf of Mexico since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010 and others could follow soon…. The rigs have left the Gulf for locations in Egypt, Congo, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria and Brazil.
It gets worse.
Several of the remaining rigs could be relocating soon, according to the report. These include the Paul Romano, the Ocean Monarch and the Saratoga. Moreover, eight other rigs that were planned for the Gulf have been detoured away, Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), points out.
Finally! WSJ Claims iPhone 5 Is Coming to Sprint
According to the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 5 is coming to Sprint. The usual sources "familiar with the matter" said that Sprint customers can expect to grab it in mid-October—exactly when everybody else is expected to get it.
If the AT&T-Mobile merger goes through, that means the iPhone will be available on every single major carrier in the US for the first time ever. That's over 250 million people who have access to the iPhone, with the addition of Sprint's 52 million. That's huge for Apple.
Orange-colored galls, such as these pictured in 2010, from the beech tree forests of Patagonia have been found to harbor the yeast that makes lager beer possible. Five hundred years ago, in the age of sail and when the trans-Atlantic trade was just beginning, the yeast somehow made its way from Patagonia to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where the first lager beers were fermented. University of Wisconsin–Madison Genetics Professor Chris Todd Hittinger and colleagues from Portugal, Argentina and the University of Colorado describe the lager yeast, whose origin was previously unknown
Yeast's Epic Journey 500 Years Ago Gave Rise to Lager Beer
ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2011) — In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria.
The stowaway, a yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting hybrid -- representing a marriage of species as evolutionarily separated as humans and chickens -- would give us lager, the clear, cold-fermented beer first brewed by 15th century Bavarians and that today is among the most popular -- if not the most popular -- alcoholic beverage in the world.
This port ain't big enough for the both of us: Roman Abramovich's $1bn yacht refused mooring on the Med because Saudi prince's boat has already parked up
Mr Abramovich wanted to dock Eclipse, pictured, the largest yacht in the world, in the so-called 'Millionaires' Berth' in Antibes, near Nice. However, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud had already moored his boat Kingdom 5KR. Port authorities said they already had enough tycoons' boats moored up, and there was no possibility of them 'squeezing Eclipse in' because it was 'far too big'
Pushing the mercury to 103 on official temperature gauges yesterday, the unprecedented run of hot weather broke a record set way back in 1980.
East Coast of US shaken by Virginia earthquake
I don't know if any of you on the East Coast of the United States felt that earlier this afternoon (I felt it here in New York City), but according to the United States Geological Survey, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake just hit Mineral, Virginia, a town 100 miles south of Washington DC, shortly before 2:00 PM EST.
This comes after a rare earthquake last night in Colorado, and the shaking has been reported from Manhattan to South Carolina. We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
Greyhound bus shoots load of bull semen all over interstate
Drivers over an on-ramp to I-65 just south of downtown Nashville called police after smelling an extremely foul odor wafting into their cars around 6 a.m. today. When police and fire officials arrived, they discovered four unmarked, steaming canisters on the ground — and an unpleasant odor wafting from them. What was it?
Immediately concerned that whatever substance inside might be toxic, they shut down the on-ramp and called in local HAZMAT crews.
Luckily, officials found Greyhound bus tickets strewn around the canister and after a quick call to Greyhound to speak with the driver of the bus, local police determined the canisters were filled with vials of frozen bull sperm packed in dry ice. Yes, that's right, bull sperm.
Why the owner of the — reportedly — $30,000 to $40,000 worth of bull semen would send it by Greyhound versus, you know, UPS or FedEx is beyond me.
UPDATE: Readers felt it as far away as Baltimore, Delaware, and Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
“FYI, the Pentagon actually shook for 4-5 seconds, then the cabinet doors and fluids in cups, etc. continued to sway for about another 30 seconds. Someone just told me that MSNBC was reporting that the Pentagon was being evacuated, but that is not true.
Obama's HHS: 'Children Are Sexual Beings'
SICK: Psychiatric Group Wants to Normalize Pedophilia
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.
The August 17 Baltimore conference is sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists. According to the conference brochure, the event will examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process” and how the popular perceptions of pedophiles can be reframed to encourage tolerance.
Researchers from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois will be among the panelists at the conference.
54% disapprove, 38% approve.
Let’s Be Honest: We’re in a Depression, Not a Recession, And There’s No End In Sight
Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
...Oh, great-- some other huge animal to hit with the car.
The Department of Natural Resources says it is forming a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation to study reintroduction of the species to western Maryland.
The study will take at least a year and look at the biological, social and economic feasibility of elk reintroduction. The assessment will include contacting farmers and others who might be affected, as well as studying potential elk habitat.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO David Allen says there is no higher calling in conservation than restoring a species to an area where it had once been, but citizens must support the effort.
Mr. Gore's alarmist predictions have proved false. Polar ice caps are larger. So is the polar bear population (and the scientist upon whom Mr. Gore relied for his claim that the polar bear is endangered is facing accusations of scientific misconduct). The rise in sea levels—which has been going on since the end of the last ice age—is slowing down.
Mr. Gore can respond only with curses, and ever more hysterical predictions of imminent doom. His credibility is in tatters. In the public mind, he's gone from Nobel Prize winner to Chicken Little.
Anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is a "contrived phony mess that is falling apart of its own weight," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a candidate for president. It's the most harmful hoax in history, because President Barack Obama bases job-killing policies on it.
The memorial is being paid for almost entirely through a fund-raising campaign led by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.
"I don't think the Jefferson family, the Lincoln family [or] any other group of family ancestors has been paid a licensing fee for a memorial in Washington," said Cambridge University historian David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Dr. King. ". . . [He would've been] absolutely scandalized."
Financial documents revealed that the foundation paid $761,160 in 2007 to Intellectual Properties Management Inc., an entity run by the King family. They also showed that a $71,700 "management" fee was paid to the family estate in 2003.
Sales of new homes fell nearly 1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That's less than half the 700,000 that economists say represent a healthy market.
Obama can't have it both ways. He can't blame Republicans when they're in power, and then keep blaming Republicans when he's in power. At some point, he's got to take responsibility for the jobless recovery — the first since WWII with no gain in wages and salaries in the first eight quarters after a recession's end. He's got to take ownership for the failure of his own ideas and leadership.
When Barack Obama took the oath of office twice on Jan. 20, 2009, CBS' amazing number cruncher Mark Knoller reports, the national debt was $10,626,000,000,000.
That means the debt that our federal government owes a whole lot of somebodies including China has increased $4,247,000,000,000 in just 945 days. That's the fastest increase under any president ever.
Coastal portions of the Southeast U.S. remain in a high threat (red shading). This threat level will likely change as forecast confidence increases both in the track and intensity.
The greatest probability of a U.S. landfall is in the Carolinas during the Friday night through Saturday time frame, possibly as a major hurricane.
Keep in mind, the average forecast track errors 4-5 days out are between 200 and 250 miles! NHC intensity forecasts even in the 1-2 day range are regularly off by one Saffir-Simpson category!
The second threat level graphic below shows that we expect Hurricane Irene to continue northward either along or inland over the Northeast U.S.
The threat level in Northeast U.S. is low to medium for now and will likely change depending on the exact track and intensity of Irene.
Timing for any potential Northeast U.S. impacts would be this weekend into perhaps Monday of next week.