Saturday, April 30, 2011
Via HotAir's The Greenroom:
"Right. Moses led the Hebrews into the desert because Pharaoh wouldn’t let them collectively bargain pension levels and health care providers."
Friday, April 29, 2011
A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.
The product in question: unpasteurized milk.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
As a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, so the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all. ~ Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
First in a series.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
"Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion".
The warrants let investigators view photographs, email addresses, cell phone numbers, lists of friends who might double as partners in crime, and see GPS locations that could help disprove alibis.
BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- China should reduce its excessive foreign exchange reserves and further diversify its holdings, Tang Shuangning, chairman of China Everbright Group, said on Saturday.
The amount of foreign exchange reserves should be restricted to between 800 billion to 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars, Tang told a forum in Beijing, saying that the current reserve amount is too high.
China's foreign exchange reserves increased by 197.4 billion U.S. dollars in the first three months of this year to 3.04 trillion U.S. dollars by the end of March.
Tang's remarks echoed the stance of Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China's central bank, who said on Monday that China's foreign exchange reserves "exceed our reasonable requirement" and that the government should upgrade and diversify its foreign exchange management using the excessive reserves.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
While the accusations of bank fraud and money laundering that authorities are asserting against the poker companies are serious, the root cause of their criminal activity (if there is any) is their attempt to circumvent a regulation that is confusing to the point of killing an entire industry. Most online poker companies moved offshore, and while some continued to offer services to American players, most banks and credit-processing companies began blocking any transaction related to any type of online gambling because they could not know for sure which would be considered “unlawful.” The banks in last week’s indictment chose to look the other way while players sent money to online gambling websites and the websites sent money to players. Was there fraud? Possibly. Is there a victim here? Not likely.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ryan’s budget only slows the growth of this welfare/entitlement empire.
"What will America look like without the dollar as global currency? My old boss Conrad Black recently characterized what’s happened over the last half-century as a synchronized group devaluation by Western currencies. That’s a useful way of looking at it. What obscured it was the dollar’s global role. When the dollar’s role is ended, the reality of a comatose “superpower” living off a fifth of a billion in borrowed dollars every single hour of the day is harder to obscure."
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Telegraph: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest Islamic movement and the founder of Hamas, has set up a network of political parties around the country that eclipse the following of the middle class activists that overthrew the regime. On the extreme fringe of the Brotherhood, Islamic groups linked to al-Qeada are organising from the mosques to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the dictatorship.
"For the first time in 72 years, the percentage of average household income supplied by the government exceeded that of the taxes paid to the government."
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Japanese handwritten post-earthquake newspapers. Related, Ancient stone markers warned of tsunamis.
What determined the playing length of an audio CD?
10 Origin Stories of Common Household Products.
New Orleans wildlife update.
A wooden ball plays a Bach cantata in a forest by rolling down a track.
30 years of mobile computing.
Top 10 Civilizations That Mysteriously Disappeared.
The Architecture of Opium Production - lithographs from 1882 Scientific American.
Rocket launcher made of bacon.
Nazi killer sausages.
Breakfast Beer. Also, Beer brings horse back from the dead.
Can Alcohol Help the Brain Remember?
8 once-amazing sci-fi devices now inferior to real-life gadgets.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Take one Central European folk dancing team, a small folk band and an added overlay showing array locations and get them to dance the algorithms in time to "appropriate" folk music. The result is slightly surreal and for a time at least slightly hypnotic.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
(Ed is my "significant other")
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
It behooves a modern president to keep his prose in hand.
One little slip in lexicon accounting for the rubble
Will end up in congressional investigative trouble.
I must admit the messaging is really quite atrocious
But if you say it soft enough, you'll always sound precocious,
In olden days they called this thing a stale three-letter word
But in this new millenium I find that quite absurd.
My unabridge-ed thesaurus is dog-eared through and through,
One syllable seems pitiful when thirteen more will do!
When you put it in that way it won't seem so ferocious.
Gargle first with Listerine in case of halitosis,
Unlike Bush adventurism, there's no "war" to fear
It's um... it's er... it's uh... it's mmm... let me be crystal clear
In days not weeks we cease it all, for "peace," or as you know,
A neologic tailor-made for media hypnosis
If you hear it long enough you'll drink until cirrhosis,
Friday, April 1, 2011
There are news reports that Republican and Democrat negotiators are heading toward a compromise figure of $33 billion in spending cuts. Let’s put that figure in perspective alongside the GOP’s original proposal to cut a whopping $61 billion:
Tomorrow is International Pillow Fight Day.
Scientific breakdown of a Bloody Mary.
Sex change chicken.
Explaining Japan's nuclear problem to kids.
Mechanical Engineer Explains the Secrets of the Wiffle Ball.
Video: 12 year old trick shot quarterback.
Headline of the day: Staten Island man set pregnant ex-girlfriend's apartment ablaze in bizarre fecal rampage.
How Elephant Vasectomies are done.
X-ray machine from 1896 compared to modern version.
In the "things that seem like a bad idea the next morning" category, super gluing a miniature fedora to the side of your head. Related, Creator of Super Glue dies.
Umbilical cord phone charger.
Number of vasectomies spikes during March Madness.
LEGO Alphabet Spaceships A-Z.
Eight million mummified dogs uncovered in Egyptian desert.
The geometry of musical scales.