In the News

Feb. 8th, 2009 09:41 am
The article that this particular quote comes from is actually not terribly interesting, but nonetheless, it is proof of something I've been asserting without evidence for ages:

"...in New York,...a new study from the Center for an Urban Future, a nonprofit research group in Manhattan, estimates it takes $123,322 to enjoy the same middle-class life as someone earning $50,000 in Houston..." (The ellipses eliminate an because clause that wasn't relevant to the use I was making of the quote).

Vindicated! I make considerably less than $123k, for the record. ;) Man, I feel so much better about this now...

Anyway, as usual there is little of interest in the Sunday paper...

In the News

Feb. 7th, 2009 02:53 pm
Normally, I'm all about compromise, and understanding the other guys point of view if I possibly can, but if this quote is accurate, all I can say is that the Republicans in question must live on a different planet. Republicans, for their part, interpreted their defeats [in the 2006 and 2008 elections] as a sign that they were not conservative enough in opposing spending and pushing tax cuts. From this analysis piece on how bad the partisanship problem is.

In the News

Feb. 4th, 2009 06:40 pm
Uncovering the Path of One of World War 2's Most Wanted - this is very interesting stuff, about how Aribert Ferdinand Heim, guilty of medical atrocities in three concentration camps as a member of the Waffen-SS, managed to hide until his death in 1992.
News Analysis: Components of the Stimulus Package - I wish it went more in depth, but still, what it does say is useful on a basic level.

Stimilus package through the House, without a single Republican vote. Sure, new era of bipartisanship, blah, blah, blah, can't you guys even pretend to play ball?
Obama to Order Review of Automobile Emissions Standards - "The auto companies had advocated a denial, saying a waiver would require them to produce two sets of vehicles, one to meet the strict California standard and another that could be sold in the remaining states." Of course, that's the most logical answer, not just make all cars that meet higher standards, that'd be stupid!

Analysis: Nationalization

Anyway, I gotta go. Damn early meetings...
I've been negligent in reading the news of late, but I've started to wake up earlier again, so hopefully I'll be able to do this a bit more regularly again.

"Early indications were that the plane’s engines had shut down after having ingested a flock of birds" - Makes Me Wish I Still Lived in My Old Apartment - and if that's not ultimate proof of the voyeuristic nature of people (or at least of myself), I'm not sure what is. ;)

"The president who came to office vowing to be a 'uniter not a divider' alluded to the deep partisan divisions that marked his eight years in office." - Bush says Farewell.

Nationalizing Banks? - when a less-than-majority-stake bailout just isn't enough...

In the News

Dec. 5th, 2008 07:43 am
H.M., Amnesiac Whose Inability to Form New Memories Led to Breakthroughs in Neuroscience, Dies at 82 - this was absolutely fascinating - the guy basically had the "Memento" problem as a result of a botched surgery.

In the News

Dec. 4th, 2008 08:47 am
Which is Yummier: A Blind-Fold Study of Butter and Butter-Flavored Shortening in Delicious Pastries - yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] gollumgollum It's news. Sort of.
Zimbabwe Declares Outbreak of Cholera a National Emergency - very scary stuff; enough to remind us how lucky we are, and what shouldn't be taken for granted. I mean, the official inflation rate is 231 million percent. 231,000,000%!
Even National Shop Like a Maniac Day Can't Help Falling Sales in November - okay, that's not actually the headline (what I write never is, for the record...) but the article is about weak sales in November, sho'nuff. Quote of the day: "It looks like Black Friday gave a modest boost so instead of sales being miserable they are just terrible," said Ken Perkins.
A Brief Op-Ed About Prejudice Against Single People - I actually wish it talked about it more; this is something I've been thinking about a lot because, well, I'm single and have been for over 2 1/2 years and I've noticed a lot of things. But that's a rant for some other time. :)
How Iodine in Salt Can Help Solve the World's Problems. Alternatively, some believe it might kill Muslim babies. (That's from the article! Don't blame me!)

In The News

Dec. 3rd, 2008 08:52 am
GM, Chrysler and Ford Ask for Billions of Taxpayers Dollars, Again - should we bail out the automakers? Discuss. (I, personally, don't think we should, even though I'm very scared of the repercussions if when they fail.)
College Tuition Increasing At Much Higher Rate than Family Incomes - this article would be a lot more helpful if it gave more of an idea of WHY this is happening.
Chambliss (R) Now Senator of Georgia - for those who were hoping for the Dem 60 (which was damned unlikely) - it's now gone for good.
Episcopal Church Likely to Split Over Ordination of Gay Bishop - apparently, this is the culmination of 5 years of bickering.

In the News

Dec. 2nd, 2008 08:57 am
Today the paper is inexplicably filled with articles that state the obvious - kids who turn off the TV are healthier! People underestimate how many calories are in things when they are told the food is healthy! We're in a recession! It's kinda funny.
Large Self-Propelled Amoeba Messing With Our Views of How Life Evolved. Don't know if anyone else will think this is cool, but I do. :)
The Big Apple Circus is Changing Leadership! As this article indicates, the Circus is a city institution, one that my mom took me too from a very, very young age. Happy to see it going strong, always.

In the News

Dec. 1st, 2008 01:59 pm
U.S. media thrives worldwide even as our image still stinks.
Obama announces national security team, including Hillary Clinton as his choice for Secretary of State. Not really a surprise, but now it's official.
Wait, it was (and is) a recession after all - experts finally acknowledge what more or less every one I know has been saying, that the US recession "officially" started a year ago.
Okay, so first off, lemme just mention that from now on I will always label the posts about random crap from the newspaper "In the News," and tag them "news" - hopefully this will make it easier for people to ignore them if they so choose. :)

I'm not even sure how to label today's article, it's so horrible - it's about acid attacks on women in parts of Asia - something I'd heard about before, but it's just heart rending. Read more....
This op-ed by an Indian national offers what I consider to be a very interesting point of view on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

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