Monday, October 10, 2011

For a crooked little man who lived in a crooked little house ...

The crooked forest: Fantasy woodland that could have come straight from a fairytale

Mysterious: These crooked pine trees are in one forest in north-west Poland

Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees near Gryfino, north-west Poland, this grove of curved trees - dubbed the 'Crooked Forest' - is a mystery. The curved pines, of which there are about 400, were planted around 1930. They were allowed to grow for seven to ten years before being held down in what is thought to have been some kind of human mechanical intervention.

Knockin' off a little early today

The United States may face the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s - but 'isolated Obama knocks off by 4pm'

Sneaking off: The President allegedly returns to the residence for dinner with his wife and children

It seems like it would be one of the hardest jobs in the country right now, especially as a poll published today reveals that only 41 per cent of people want him to have a second term. But President Obama often finishes his working day at 4pm, it has been reported.

A picture of sportsmanship

Dow up 330. Irrational Exuberance on Europe?

Wall Street celebrated Columbus Day with a 330-point buying binge on the Dow as traders around the world breathed a sigh of relief that European leaders pledged to bolster their banks and the markets look ahead to the start of earnings season.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Catch-22

Democratic congressman says regulations create jobs

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells MSNBC regulations create jobs because a business will have to hire people to help them comply with the new requirement.
Ellison's government-centric reasoning is a wonder to behold. He equates jobs processing paperwork to comply with regulations to be on par with productive jobs where services are rendered or a product is made. Has anybody seen a U.S. regulation sold and exported to another country for cash? Me neither.

Obama's rhetoric vs. reality

Erica Werner writing for the AP:

In President Barack Obama's sales pitch for his jobs bill, there are two versions of reality: The one in his speeches and the one actually unfolding in Washington.

When Obama accuses Republicans of standing in the way of his nearly $450 billion plan, he ignores the fact that his own party has struggled to unite behind the proposal.

When the president says Republicans haven't explained what they oppose in the plan, he skips over the fact that Republicans who control the House actually have done that in detail.

And when he calls on Congress to "pass this bill now," he slides past the point that Democrats control the Senate and were never prepared to move immediately, given other priorities. Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on opening debate on the bill, a month after the president unveiled it with a call for its immediate passage.

'Joe the plumber' to run for political office


Close encounters of the mountainous kind

OMG it's a UFO (that's an Unusual Fluffy Object), captured by amateur photographer over Russian mountain range

Cloud cap: The len ticular cloud formation creates a breathtaking image over the conical-shaped Klyuchevskaya Sopka mountain in east Russia

Democratic Campaign Committee urges support of 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — the campaign arm of the House Democrats — sent out an email Monday morning urging readers to sign a petition supporting the growing “Occupy Wall Street” protests.

This would confirm that the Democratic leadership is anti-capitalism, anti-business, and pro-redistribution. No real surprise here. I think it will lead to Democrats sitting in the 'Occupy the Congressional Minority Seats' for years to come.

Two Americans win Nobel Prize in Economics

The Nobel in economic science was awarded Monday to Thomas J. Sargent at New York University and Christopher A. Sims at Princeton University for their research on the cause and effect of government policies on the broader economy, a major concern of countries still struggling to address the aftermath of the recent financial crisis.

Latest IBD/TIPP survey released Monday

51% Don't Want Second Term For President Obama

Blue whales seen dining in L.A.'s shipping lanes

The waters near the nation's largest port complex have become a bustling feeding ground for increasing numbers of blue whales, putting the endangered animals at greater risk of being hit and killed by the enormous ships moving in and out of the harbor, according to researchers who've been tracking them for nearly two years.

The whales, which migrate along the coast of California and are regularly spotted from May to December, are congregating in such numbers in the midst of this virtual freeway of ship traffic that the spot has become "the area of densest concentration close to shore in all of California," said research scientist John Calambokidis.

Harvard economist not feeling too bullish on economy

Harvard economist Martin Feldstein says there's a "nontrivial" chance the U.S. economy will turn down again and calls the recovery "about as bad an expansion as I've ever seen".