Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Late 60's. I was very young. I really did win.
Okay. So my competition was limited (think 10 year olds at a birthday party) I won it, just the same.
I'm certain that you can appreciate my excited tickle thrill when I read the new Ben Bernake 'Operation Twist' plan, as I too have "extensive" experience with this particular dance format.
Recounting the Dead
Even as Civil War history has gone through several cycles of revision, one thing has remained fixed: the number of dead. Since about 1900, historians and the general public have assumed that 618,222 men died on both sides. That number is probably a significant undercount, however. New estimates, based on Census data, indicate that the death toll was approximately 750,000, and may have been as high as 850,000.
The notion that we’ve drastically undercounted the Civil War dead is not a new idea: in fact, Francis Amasa Walker, superintendent of the 1870 Census, estimated that the number of male deaths was “not less than 850,000.” So how did the lower number come to be the accepted count — and why does it matter that it was wrong?
“It happened. It’s terrible. That’s life, okay? We move on.”
A new book - 'The Sea: a photographic celebration of the first wonder of the world' - explores the seas and oceans of the world. As the book's introduction says: "It is no coincidence that so many of the world's creation myths involve water. Out of this apparent void, all else is born. Not surprising, then, that the sea holds such a primeval fascination. We are, in so many ways, made of water."
Lifeboat in a storm off Ouessant Island, Finistère, with Le Créac'h lighthouse in the distance. Brittany, France
Storm battering seafront, Lyme Regis, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Dorset, England
Waves crashing around Tevennec lighthouse in the Sein channel, Finistère, Brittany, France
This is the jaw-dropping moment a daredevil kayaker paddled down a waterfall almost 100ft high.
Jesse Coombs, 40, took kayaking to the extreme when he became the first person to successfully kayak down Abiqua Falls in Oregon, US.
And capturing the exact moment Jesse plummeted down the 96-foot-high waterfall was extreme sports photographer and videographer, Lucas Gilman.
Together the pair hiked to the remote waterfall where they prepared for one of their toughest challenges.
Hold your breath: Daredevil kayaker Jesse Coombs goes over the top of the 100ft waterfall and right, the yellow kayak can just be made out as the nose enters the water at the bottom of Abiqua Falls in Oregan, U.S.
Carl Warner is a photographer who creates elaborate, fanciful landscapes out of food ("mealscapes") which often make their way into commercial advertisements. They're really outstanding work, and manage to look idyllic as well as entertaining.
Buffett Headlining $35K Per Plate Obama Fundraiser
(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett will help raise money for President Barack Obama's re-election effort at a $35,800-a-ticket fundraiser next month in Chicago, an Obama campaign official said on Wednesday.
He's still number two on the Forbes list, but the gap between him and his friend Bill Gates has widened. The Microsoft Chairman's wealth is estimated at $59 billion, up $5 billion from last year.
That puts Gates $20 billion dollars ahead of Buffett.
Maybe it's the company he keeps.
Buffett will attend the Oct. 27 event at a private home on Chicago's North Shore that is expected to include major donors to Obama's 2008 presidential run. The Democratic president, who is not expected to attend, is running for re-election in 2012.
NOT TRUE - This story is based on one guy standing up at a meeting and making this claim. That's how urban legends and internet myths get started and then go viral.
The EPA did cite Callicrate Feeding Company for water quality violations under the CAFO regulations, which problems have evidently been corrected. While EPA is certainly known for overstretching it's bounds, the credibility of the accuser and of everyone who forwards the misinformation is harmed when the claim is unsubstantiated. When it's true, we should react. When it's rumor or legend, it requires fact checking before spreading it further. It's really easy to blame EPA and the Obama administration as there is plenty to criticize, but criticism must be based on fact. A person can have their own opinion, but they can't have their own facts. Here's the link: http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-we-never-said-hay-pollutant
Thanks for at least letting us know about the rumor, George - it gave me a chance to fact check it.
Why Obama failed – from Suskind book. (Suskind did a hard book on Bush that was well received by NYT.)
The president is incapable of making a decision; on the rare occasion when he does, he is ignored, as in the Citi case. During a meeting in March 2009, an annoyed Obama left the room to get dinner and said he wanted a decision when he returned. Emanuel promptly took over, saying, “Everyone shut the f— up. Let me be clear—taking down the banking system in a program that could cost $700 billion is a fantasy.” Romer told Suskind that was the point where Emanuel violated his famous rule to never let a crisis go to waste—with Obama abdicating decision making, his chief of staff had decided on the status quo. “The bottom line is Tim and others at Treasury felt the president didn’t fully understand the complexities of the issue, or simply that they were right and he was wrong,” Alan Krueger (a former deputy Treasury secretary recently appointed to replace Romer as head of the CEA) tells Suskind.
It’s a recurring pattern throughout the book: Obama voices a preference, his advisers overrule him, and he never says boo about it. Elsewhere, he allowed himself to be dictated to. Peter Orszag recalls Summers telling Obama, “I’ll make my argument first; you can go after me.” Orszag was incredulous that the president allowed a subordinate to talk to him that way, and shocked that he didn’t say, “I made that decision a week ago. Just do what I say.” As Volcker put it, “Obama is smart, but smart is not enough. Leadership is another thing entirely, about knowing your mind enough to make real decisions, ones that last.”
These intrepid - and clearly fearless - slackliners brushed off any waves of vertigo as they precariously balanced on a one-inch nylon webbing and crossed a 101ft distance over the Italian Dolomites.
It's enough to keep you awake at night: Photographer captures beauty of the Milky Way on midnight trek to beat insomnia
Dedicated snapper Anton Jankovoy trekked up a staggering 4600 metres in the Himalayas to reach a good vantage point to try and capture the perfect pictures. Amazingly, the photographer chanced upon the phenomenal view after taking a late-night walk when he was unable to sleep.
Poverty rate for white Americans in 2010: 13 percent
Poverty rate for African-Americans in 2010: 27.4 percent
Real median household income in 2010: $49,445
Decline in median household income since 2009: 2.3 percent
Decline in median household income since before the recession: 6.4 percent
The last time median household incomes have been this low: 1996
Real median household income in 1999, in 2010 dollars: $53,252
Median income for full-time male workers in 2010: $47,715
Median income for full-time male workers in 1973, in 2010 dollars: $49,065
Official unemployment rate in August 2011: 9.1 percent
Total unemployed people in August: 14 million
People who were employed part-time for economic reasons in August 2011: 8.8 million
People not counted in the labor force who wanted work: 2.6 million
Net jobs created in August 2011: 0
Audit: Justice Department Paid $16 Per Muffin
The unemployment rate for the June-August period fell to 3.2 percent, from 3.4 percent in the May-July, which marked Hong Kong's lowest jobless rate since February 1998, the Census and Statistics Department said.
So how much would the so-called Buffett Rule bring in? It's hard to say, because Obama didn't define precisely how it would work. But he did say it would create a tax rate floor for those who make more than $1 million per year. So let's use 2009 tax return data from the IRS to imagine some possible scenarios for how much additional tax revenue the new tax could bring in. Here's a chart: