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Friday, October 14, 2011

You know your city has become a hellhole when...

Potential "red flags".

via ZeroHedge.

The other Solyndra story: 60% tax rebates failed to drive demand

The stimulus had already boosted investment tax credits for solar panels from 10 to 30 percent. But the “private letter ruling” obtained by Solyndra from the IRS increased the tax credit for its products by an additional 30 percent.

That last 30 percent, however, only kicked in for solar panels installed on so-called “cool” roofs, painted white to reflect sunlight. And Solyndra was then the only vendor whose solar panels fit the bill.

Egypt’s Starvation Time

The amount of wheat Egypt currently has in storage combined with planned purchases, primarily from Russia, is expected to last only until March."

"The corruption, the cultural backwardness, the anti-Christian hatred, unemployment, a stagnant economy, a dishonest, inefficient bureaucracy and Muslim religious fanaticism all point" toward an inability to change direction.

And this: "If a collapse does occur in Egypt, southern Europe can expect a massive flight of refugees to cross the Mediterranean in search of food and safety"

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Japan nixed Obama apology for Hiroshima

Cable released by WikiLeaks: Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that "the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a 'nonstarter.'"

The Japanese feared the apology would be exploited by anti-nuclear groups and those opposed to the defensive alliance between Japan and the U.S.

Monday, October 10, 2011

UK and EU: Children banned from blowing up balloons

Nanny state story du jour.

"You might say that small children have been blowing up balloons for generations, but not anymore and they will be safer for it," said an official.

How To Explain Greece To A Complete Idiot / Politician

At ZeroHedge.

Monday links

In honor of Columbus day, here’s a list of the top 10 accidental discoveries

The origins of Uncle Sam.

Website devoted to analyzing the writing on the blackboard in the background of porn movies.  No videos, SFW (depending on where you work, I guess).  Also in the “category” of “everything’s available on the internet”, here’s the the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

Florida Lawmaker Wants To Overturn Ban On Dwarf Tossing.

Could I take down a T. rex with my Beretta 9mm pistol?

Lives Within a Drop of Water.

Italy Blames Market Volatility On Cocaine Abuse By Traders


Giovanardi, who is in charge of family policy and drug prevention, said that the abuse of drugs including cocaine might explain part of recent stock volatility.

Van Jones' weird chant at OWS

We’re here to give everything from the people from whom you stole everything!

Of course the Greek chorus repeats it all. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yes! We're all individuals!

Life (in the form of Occupy Atlanta) imitates Monty Python.  Obviously I have no use for John Lewis, but this is seriously creepy.  And what's up with the jazz hands?

The Monty Python version.