Apparently, this creature is a Bryozoan, but you never know... it could be some kind of pod-person-thingie...
June 29, 2009
When containers of old computers first began arriving in West Africa a few years ago, Ghanaians welcomed what they thought were donations to help bridge the digital divide. But soon exporters learned to exploit the loopholes by labeling junk computers "donations," leaving men like Godson to sort it out.
Godson, one of the e-waste dealers who have set up shop close to the port, shows the contents of the container he has bought."Some are from Germany and the U.K., and also from America," he says, when asked where the equipment has come from. He sorts through them looking for working electronics that can be sold. He says that maybe 50 percent of the shipment is junk."
The video is very interesting... and security relevant, as well.
The goal of Waxman-Markey is to make the cheapest form of energy we have [coal/oil] more expensive, consequently making everything produced in this country more expensive. It would defeat the purpose of this legislation to allow U.S. consumers to evade this energy tax by purchasing products from countries like China that choose not to adopt a similar tax. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to restrict Americans' access to products from these countries, and the president is wrong to oppose such restrictions.
If Cap and Trade is ever signed into law, the Democrats who wrote the bill put in a provision to protect US markets because all of our products would suddenly become more expensive on the global market and those who don't tax their coal and oil will easily under sell us. The President is against that provision, saying it's protectionist. So, the Administration is for raising the prices of American goods through an energy tax, but against tarriffs on foreign goods.
So what would be the result on American jobs if all our goods suddenly increase in price while all Chinese and Korean and Indian goods do not?
the people of California want to have better leadership.
They want to have great leadership. They want to have
somebody that will represent them."
California issues IOUs
Once the US's richest state, California now has the dubious distinction of having the worst credit rating in the country.
There were a number of buttons protruding from the top and sides of this device to provide functions such as "rewinding" and "fast-forwarding" (remember those?), which added even more bulk.
As well as this, the need for changing tapes is bothersome in itself. The tapes which I had could only hold around 12 tracks each, a fraction of the capacity of the smallest iPod.
Did my dad, Alan, really ever think this was a credible piece of technology?
It's my understanding, though I don't actually have an iPod to try it on, you actually can get an iPod to fast forward (press the middle button once until a diamond appears, then use the scrollwheel to advance the music).
June 28, 2009
The House of Representatives passed a bill it did not read, did not understand. A bill that is based on crumbling scientific claims and a bill that will have no detectable climate impact (assuming climate fear promoters are correct on the science and the bill is fully implemented – both implausible assumptions).
Proponents of the bill made spectacular claims in their efforts to impress the urgency of the bill on their colleagues. To illustrate just how delusional these claims became, imagine if in 1909 the U.S. Congress passed a bill attempting to predict climate, temperature and the energy mix powering our national economy in the year 2000. (not to mention sanctimonious claims about "saving the Earth.") Any such attempt would have been ridiculed, but somehow in 2009, attempting to control the economy and climate of the year 2100 is seen as reasonable by many.
Read the whole thing, if you have the time.... the whole Global Warming fear is falling apart around the world as the hyped computer models fail to reflect reality.... and here the representatives of the people of America hitch their tax-wagon to the falling star of Carbon Dioxide as pollutant. Carbon Dioxide is not, never was, and never will be a pollutant... it is a gas that occurs naturally in our atmosphere in incredibly small percentages.... and Man's contribution is an incredibly small percentage of that incredibly small percentage. The ridiculousness of taxing carbon dioxide will be made plain if this bill ever makes it into law.
The Pentagon recently announced that it is repositioning ground-to-air radar and missile defenses near Hawaii in case North Korea decides to launch another long-range missile, this time toward the Aloha State. So at least 1.3 million Hawaiians will benefit from defenses that many officials in the current Administration didn't even want to build.
But what about the rest of us? It's an odd time to be cutting missile defense, as the Obama Administration is doing in its 2010 budget.
"The Obama Administration is staffed with Cold War-era arms controllers who still believe missile defense is destabilizing -- except, apparently, now that they need it for Hawaii."
June 27, 2009
An interesting YouTube discussion on Jackson's skin disease, vitiligo.
Inmates in the Philippines recreate Thriller after a night of practice.
Update: Ian Halperin has written a long and sad description of Jackson's final months. I take these things with many grains of salt since many of the people quoted have vested interests and/or little to no education but feel quite free to diagnose Jackson's various physical and mental illnesses.
June 25, 2009
So I'll remember him as he was then and pray he's found peace.
June 24, 2009
This is what journalism is supposed to be.
June 23, 2009
If the President's strategy is to overwhelm the nation with proposed change until his critics tire out... he's well on his way.
June 22, 2009
Myros, running back Nick Romain, 25, and wide receiver McCartney Sealey, 21, were among the first players out of the bus after the crash. Romain climbed through a roof emergency exit, followed by Myros. Sealey went out a side window exit.
As Romain helped Cameron, Sealey was at the other door trying to grab his sister. “My face and arms felt like they were burning,” said Sealey. “It was hot, but I just had to keep pulling at it and finally ripped the door open. I got her out a few feet and then it just got too hot and I was thinking the car might explode.”
When Sealey got the door open, the rush of oxygen fuelled the flames shortly before the gas tank exploded. “It was brutal,” said Sealey. “They were in pain. It was terrible. She was screaming for us to help her mother and brother. But it was a surreal experience. There’s a lot of things I can’t remember. I was focused on my task.”
Romain pulled the brother from the SUV less than 30 seconds before it exploded.
Perhaps I just missed it in the coverage, but here is a report from TV21/33:
Members of a Fort Wayne-based National Guard were the first at the scene. Witnesses say the troops, while returning from a training drill in Michigan immediately stopped to help the victims.
"The SUV was completely engulfed in flames by the time we got there," Specialist Dustin Winebrenner with the 293rd Infantry Battalion said. "I heard somebody screaming in the direction of the SUV and it looks like somebody might be being pulled from the wreckage of that SUV or not. It sounded like a little girl was screaming. We didn't go to that SUV because if anybody was in it we assumed that they weren't going to make it so we went straight to the bus."
The latest preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin with 15.6% of its jobs in manufacturing last month, compared to 15.4% for Indiana.
Those are down from May 2008 rates of 17% for Wisconsin and 17.8% for Indiana, demonstrating the decline of factory jobs in the recession.The numbers also illustrate how much more Indiana is suffering from the decline than Wisconsin. Since May 1998, Wisconsin lost nearly 160,000 manufacturing jobs or 31%. Meantime, Indiana lost more than 224,000 or 37%.
Also from the article: "Remaining a leading manufacturing state should be important, Ward said. "It's a good thing, in the sense that we're finding fewer and fewer parts of the country with the expertise that can manufacture to scale,"
That's fairly scary, that fewer and fewer parts of the country can handle large manufacturing jobs. You know, when animal species become endangered, we go out of our way to protect them... one thing we do is keep our hands off their environment. Perhaps the government should keep its hands off the manufacturing environment: eliminate minimum wage in Indiana, scale back EPA and other government regulations, etc. Given freedom, manufacturing jobs will flow back into Indiana.
Instead, the Administration is talking about taxing carbon. Taxing carbon is manufacturing's killing season.
June 20, 2009
June 19, 2009
I've been to see a couple TinCap games and the field is very nice, to be sure.
June 15, 2009
They both believe they are untouchable...and in an Indian sense, I rather think they are. But in a financial and career respect -- normal everyday Americans are the reason they even have careers... and what is given, can be taken away if enough people find them offensive.
I wonder what the FBI has to say about Bill Maher's comment about the possibility of Letterman raping 14-year-old Willow on the stage for Letterman's show... I may just have to find out.
June 14, 2009
Then, when the joke is about your loved-one, then maybe you'll be interested in How to Get David Letterman Fired.
June 12, 2009
The FDA's role is to regulate food and drugs and deem them safe for use. Tobacco, which would be regulated by the FDA under the bill, is neither food nor drug, and thus constitutes uncharted territory for the FDA. Given how dangerous tobacco is, it's extremely difficult for the FDA to declare tobacco in any way to be safe and maintain its public-health credibility.
Once again, it's always amazing to see what makes it to the top of the Congressional list of things to do.
June 10, 2009
Right, David... right. Here's one Hoosier who plans to vote for Conan with the remote.
June 9, 2009
June 8, 2009
I would think those who brought the charges would be ashamed, but shame doesn't seem to enter into politics any more. I'm sure more ethics charges will be brought against Governor Palin since it appears to be free, not costing the person who complains anything while wasting thousands of tax and private dollars and everyone's time. The last complaint, for example, was that the Governor wore a coat with decals/logos on it to one of her husband's snowmobile races.
On September 11, 2006, the 100-foot monument, "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism," is unveiled at a dedication ceremony featuring former President Clinton, Governor Corzine, Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and other dignitaries. The monument was created and donated by artist Zurab Tsereteli and the people of Russia to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The memorial is the centerpiece of Harbor View Park located on the northeast corner of The Peninsula. Two weeks after the dedication ceremony, the first mile of greenway on The Peninsula is open to the public for the first time in a generation. The community is invited for a celebration and tour.
Sometimes, good stories just don't make it out across the country for years... strange.
June 5, 2009
A creditor bid for Supreme Court intervention would likely go first to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who handles emergency matters from the New York-based federal appeals court that ruled Friday. She could act on her own or refer the request to the full nine-member court. The votes of at least four of the nine justices are required for the court to consider the appeal.
Dennis Jacobs, the chief judge on the panel, asked Lauria what the bankruptcy court should have done.
"The motion should have been denied," Lauria said.
"There were no other bidders," Kearse told him. "It seems the bankruptcy court had no alternative."
The alternative is to close Chrysler and sell it's assets to pay back it's creditors. If Fiat backs out, them's the breaks. It's hard to understand how judges can dispense with the law just because they want Chrysler to survive. If the law says secured creditors are at the top of the line and the President pushes them to the bottom, what difference does it make in the eyes of the law what the end picture of Chrysler ends up being?
What does the law mean to anyone if it can be overcome by events so easily, so quickly.
June 4, 2009
June 3, 2009
And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
Not only is this not true (we'd only be #38), but if we add up other religions...
Actually, if you look at the number of Jewish Americans, we'd be the largest Jewish country in the world after Israel. And America is the largest Christian country in the world. This context might be useful to the president as he tries to help the Muslim world better understand the United States.
So our president heads over to the Middle East and claims America is among the world's largest Muslim countries even though we are the world's largest Christian nation.
What are we to make of that?