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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tolstoy quotation (for his birthday)

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.
~ Tolstoy (What Then Must We Do?, Ch. 16)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

An Industry by Industry Look at the Stimulus Failure

At Big Government, a comparison of the job gain forecasts by industry from the stimulus bill (1st column) with the actual jobs created/lost (2nd column).  Read the whole thing.

26,000 -14,000
678,000 -862,000
408,000 -660,000
Wholesale Trade
158,000 -173,900
Retail Trade
604,000 -288,900
50,000 -161,000
Financial Activities
214,000 -321,000
Professional and Business Services
345,000 -246,000
Education and Health Services
240,000 +473,000
Leisure and Hospitality
499,000 -86,000
Other Services
99,000 -71,000
11,000 -11,400
Transportation and Warehousing
98,000 -143,500
244,000 -64,000

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ancient Nubians Made Antibiotic Beer

Nelson found large amounts of tetracycline in the bones tested from the ancient population, which lived in the Nubian kingdom (present day Sudan) between 250 A.D. and 550 A.D. and left no written record.

Original Owners of GZ Mosque Site Rejected $18M, Sold Property for $4.8M

Details at HotAir's Green Room.

Labor Day stuff

Government to Deploy Broader Mortgage Aid

Article at WSJ.  Boy, do I feel like an idiot for just paying my mortgage all these years.