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Is She Dick Cheney In Drag? August 30, 2008

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Republican VP and Alaska Governor Palin, as a kid, used to get-up at 4:30 to go Moose hunting. This picture, from Bob Bopp, supposedly taken in her Mayor’s office , shows the ex-sportscaster draped over one of her kills .

Where the Fat Comes From August 30, 2008

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Calorie Counter CalorieLab
Click on the Calorielab link above to search 70,000 foods and 500 restaurant menus to see just how fat-laden-drenched is your favorite food or menu. It was recently reported that for the first time in history, there are now more overweight than malnourished people in the world. Here are the leading obese states in The US.

Obesity, it may be useful to repeat, is not a euphemism for being overweight. It means being so fat that one’s health is affected. You are defined as obese if you have a body mass index of 30 or over (with a bmi of between 25 and 30, you are merely overweight). The US is the most overweight nation in the world, with over a quarter of the total population being obese. See Strange Maps for more interesting maps.

Hit The Kremlin In The Wallet August 28, 2008

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David B. Rivkin Jr. and Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky – Target the Kremlin Pocketbooks – washingtonpost.com
Moscow is dominated by a network of ex-KGB siloviks and wealthy Kremlin-friendly tycoons. Despite their gangsteresque behavior — including assassinations of business and political rivals — Russia is a member, albeit a thuggish one, of the global economic system. Bereft of any significant civilian manufacturing, Russia’s economy depends on natural resources exports. As a result, Russia, though grotesquely corrupt, is tightly plugged into global financial and commercial networks.

The shady cadre running modern Russia has embraced globalization. These “Chekist oligarchs” — to distinguish them from the Western-oriented robber barons who rose in the 1990s, only to be purged by Putin — increasingly dominate lists of the world’s richest individuals.

Clearly, something far more dangerous than mere authoritarianism has arisen in Putin’s Russia. A peculiar blend of political autocracy and corruption, seamlessly fusing political, economic and military power, threatens world peace. Challenging this state of affairs is a strategic necessity.

Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers August 28, 2008

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Hopeless Geek – Krispy Kreme bacon cheddar cheeseburgers
This was lunch at Google NYC’s cafeteria to celebrate the birthday of the head of the cafe staff…

Life-Size Shadow Puppets August 28, 2008

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Watch this amazing choreography


Material Girl Turns 50 August 28, 2008

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Pictures of Madonna leaving a kabala center in New York City on Friday, July 25, 2008, incited commotion on the blogosphere and tabloids.

Madonna turns 50 next month and is gearing up for her Hard Candy tour, which begins Aug . 23.

North Pole Still Melting August 28, 2008

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Arctic Sea Ice Drops to 2nd Lowest Level on Record | LiveScience
In spite of a shift to what climatologists call the cold phase of a cycle in the North Pacific Ocean called the “Pacific Decadal Oscillation,” or PDO, giving Alaska an unusually cold and wet summer and a record breaking Winter, Summer sea ice last year shrunk to about 1.65 million square miles, nearly 40 percent less than the long-term average between 1979 and 2000. Most climate modelers predict a continued downward spiral, possibly with an Arctic Ocean that’s ice free during summer months by 2030 or sooner. Most of the Ice loss has been on the pacific side, while the Atlantic had a major build of new ice last winter.

Krenz said the announcement Tuesday showed that last year’s record low sea ice was not an anomaly. As ice covers fewer square miles of ocean, he said, warming will accelerate.”It’s going to accelerate climate change through changes in the reflectance of the Arctic,” he said. “It’s going from bright ice to a much darker ocean.”More square miles of dark ocean will absorb more heat. More warmth will accelerate melting of Arctic permafrost, allowing organic matter now frozen to melt and add to the greenhouse gas problem, he said.”That allows for the breakdown of that by bacteria and other organisms that release CO2 or methane, depending on how the breakdown occurs,” he said.

Other authors claim that this is a normal Decadal Arctic Oscillation.

Wind Power Will Need $60 Billion Upgrade To Our Grid August 28, 2008

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The Energy Challenge – Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits – Series – NYTimes.com
Wind advocates say that just two of the windiest states, North Dakota and South Dakota, could in principle generate half the nation’s electricity from turbines. But the way the national grid is configured, half the country would have to move to the Dakotas in order to use the power.

Video of a more-efficient Vertical Turbine Propeller that claims to be safer for birds.


Let’s Not Rush into Cold War II August 28, 2008

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Pajamas Media » Let’s Not Rush into Cold War II
From administration to administration, we zigzag with the needs of the moment in our dealings with Russia without a clear vision of what America’s vital interests in the former Soviet states actually are.

Georgia is a textbook case. While America has a legitimate concern in encouraging former Soviet states to develop into market democracies, there is no intrinsic economic or strategic American vital interest in Georgia per se and even less in South Ossetia. Georgia is our ally for only two reasons: Tblisi was enthusiastic to send troops to help in Iraq in return for military aid and it occupies a strategic location for oil and gas pipelines that will meet future European energy needs. In other words, Georgia’s role is of a primary strategic interest to the EU, not the United States. Which is why European and British companies have such a large shareholder stake in the BTC pipeline and why European FDI in Georgia exceeds ours. Yet it will be American troops in Georgia handing out bottled water and MREs, not the Bundeswehr or the French Foreign Legion. Something does not compute here.

Michael Phelps -1st Swim August 22, 2008

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Patrick Moberg

Create 3D Panoramas For Free August 22, 2008

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If you can get through, as the site has been swamped, Microsoft has started free on-line photo stiching tool you can try and view others results.

Land Sail 90mph in a 25mph Wind August 21, 2008

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The Greenbird – the fastest wind powered vehicle on Earth!
Harnessing the power of the wind is what Ecotricity is all about! And now we’re taking our love of wind to a new level, with the fastest wind powered vehicle on Earth!

The Greenbird will challenge all your preconceptions of wind powered travel – it’s simply an amazing machine powered only by nature. And not just on land… on ice too.

It’s part aeroplane, part sailboat, part Formula One car…

When “Free” Isn’t Free August 21, 2008

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The Federal Trade Commission’s Information on Free Annual Credit Reports
The FTC has received complaints from consumers who thought they were ordering their free annual credit report online. Some consumers responded to TV ads, email offers, or simply searched online.

A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. But there’s only one online source authorized to do so. That’s annualcreditreport.com. Beware of other sites that may look and sound similar.

Now Truckloads Of Servers August 20, 2008

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Microsoft’s data centers growing by the truckload | Latest Microsoft News – CNET News – CNET News
Starting with a Chicago-area facility due to open later this year, Microsoft will use an approach in which servers arrive at the data center in a sealed container, already networked together and ready to go. The container itself is then hooked up to power, networking, and air conditioning.
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“The trucks back ’em in, rack ’em, and stack ’em,” Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie told CNET News. And the containers remain sealed, Ozzie said. Once a certain number of servers in the container have failed, it will be pulled out and sent back to the manufacturer and a new container loaded in.

At the growth rate of 10,000 servers a month Microsoft should be at 218,000 servers at the end of August 08.

China & India To Spend Their $$$ August 20, 2008

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Maybe the Olympics will awake people in the developed world, who are grossly ignorant of the size and power of the economies in the developing world.China has 1.4 billion people, and India has 1.1 billion people.  Together they make up about 40% of the world population.  The U.S. and Europe together total about 700 million people or about 12% of the world population.

<> Both China and India would like to do infrastructure development and the current decline in the price of world commodities will allow them to use the trillions of U.S. dollars that they have set aside for just such purposes.  China has said that they will spend $250 billion for each of the next two years on repairing the damage of the huge earthquake of 2008.  In addition, China announced some time ago a $13 trillion dollar plan to upgrade their railroads, plus $ trillions more on other huge plans for dams, roads, airports and many other infrastructure programs.

Proof Chinese Cheated Gymnist’s Age August 19, 2008

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China Media Project » Blog Archive » China’s early press coverage of “secret weapon” He Kexin

Click on the link above for original China publications and their translations. China’s female Olympic gymnastics team is now coming under intense pressure as evidence mounts that champion gymnast He Kexin (何可欣) is below the age of eligibility for Olympic competition in the event. The evidence against He’s eligibility includes online news coverage by China Daily and the official Xinhua News Agency, which Chinese officials are now saying is inaccurate.

But as Berkeley’s China Digital Times has noted, a number of Chinese newspaper articles last year and early this year reported He’s age as 13. In trying to build a credible case for the gymnast’s eligibility, Chinese officials will find themselves denying a series of independent Chinese news reports.

Here is the link to the China Daily web page that revealed her true age, that has since been taken down by the embarrased government.

More Documents found on-line by Mike Walker

Fay Crashes Kiter Into Building August 18, 2008

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Here is the link to the full news broadcast. Again Hit the “Enlarge ” button for better viewing.
A 26-year-old kite surfer was critically injured when winds associated with a Tropical Storm Fay feeder band slammed him face-first into the ground and then dragged him through streets until he hit a building.

IMAGES: Kite Surfer Dragged

The man, who did not heed emergency officials’ warnings to seek shelter during severe weather from an approaching Tropical Storm Fay, was kite surfing on the Fort Lauderdale beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard when the storm winds intensified.
Witnesses said a huge gust of wind caught the man by surprise.The surfer, Kevin Kearney, was harnessed into his sail and videotaped being dragged along the beach and then into buildings, WFOR in Miami reported.A WFOR photographer said Kearney was blown away by a forming waterspout.Kearney was transported to Broward General Medical Center in critical condition.
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The condition of a kite-surfer thrown airborne into a Fort Lauderdale building by strong winds this week has improved, his mother said Wednesday. Broward General Medical Center upgraded Kevin Kearney’s condition from critical to serious Wednesday morning, said his mother, Alicia Paradise-Garza.

Georgia started this fight — Russia finished it August 18, 2008

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Blowback From Bear-Baiting – HUMAN EVENTS

American charges of Russian aggression ring hollow. Georgia started this fight — Russia finished it. People who start wars don’t get to decide how and when they end.

Russia’s response was “disproportionate” and “brutal,” wailed Bush.

True. But did we not authorize Israel to bomb Lebanon for 35 days in response to a border skirmish where several Israel soldiers were killed and two captured? Was that not many times more “disproportionate”?

Russia has invaded a sovereign country, railed Bush. But did not the United States bomb Serbia for 78 days and invade to force it to surrender a province, Kosovo, to which Serbia had a far greater historic claim than Georgia had to Abkhazia or South Ossetia, both of which prefer Moscow to Tbilisi?

Is not Western hypocrisy astonishing? Americans have many fine qualities. A capacity to see ourselves as others see us is not high among them. -Patrick Buchanan


Jon Stewart – News Anchor? August 18, 2008

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Television – Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? – NYTimes.com
When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN. And a study this year from the center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that “ ‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically about the public square.”

China Eathquake Is No Whining Zone August 16, 2008

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Op-Ed Columnist – Where’s the Trauma and the Grief? – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com
Click on the NY Times link for interviews with Chinese survivor’s stories. No Kartina whiners here.

These were weird, unnerving interviews, and I don’t pretend to understand what’s going on in the minds of people who have suffered such blows and remained so optimistic. All I can imagine is that the history of this province has given these people a stripped-down, pragmatic mentality: Move on or go crazy. Don’t dwell. Look to the positive. Fix what needs fixing. Work together.

I don’t know if it’s emotionally sustainable or even healthy, but it raises at least one interesting question. When you compare these people to the emotional Sturm und Drang over lesser things on reality TV, you do wonder if we Americans are a nation of whiners.

Missing sand found in Jamaica August 15, 2008

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Jamaica Gleaner News – Missing sand found – Tuesday | August 12, 2008
Some of the estimated 500 truckloads of sand stolen from a 64-acre property in Coral Spring, Trelawny, has been found at two hotel developments on the island’s north coast.

Inflatergate Exposed – Tire Gauge Co. Funds Obama August 12, 2008

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Tire Gauge Industry Pumps Up Obama Campaign Coffers | Autopia from Wired.com

On June 16th, 2008, John Zimmerman, chief financial officer of Tomkins, gave nearly $7,000 in campaign contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Lo and behold, nary two months later Obama’s in Springfield, Mo, suggesting drivers inflate their tires to save gas (and, by the way, curb CO2 emissions). Coincidence? We think not. Does it come as any surprise that Tomkins owns the Syracuse Gauge Company, which bills itself as manufacturing the “largest selection and variety of tools in the United States for filling tires [and] checking tire pressure”?

Perhaps the most shocking part of Inflategate is the politicization of a suggestion so simple as following the instructions found in your car’s owners manual. It’s also something of a tempest in a teapot, seeing how all new cars must have tire-pressure monitors.

Utah’s famous Wall Arch collapses August 10, 2008

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Utah’s famous Wall Arch collapses; no visitor injuries – Salt Lake Tribune
Wall Arch, one of the most accessible major arches in the Devils Garden area of Arches National Park, collapsed sometime Monday night.
“Not being a geologist, I can’t get very technical but it just went kaboom,” Chief Ranger Denny Ziemann said. “The middle of the arch just collapsed under its own weight. It just happens.”
Wall Arch, located along the popular Devils Garden Trail, was 71 feet tall and 33 1/2 feet wide, ranking it 12th in size among the known arches inside the park. Lewis T. McKinney first reported and named Wall Arch in 1948.

Behind the Big Credit Card Scam August 6, 2008

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His Miami condo, his 2006 BMW, his Glock 27 firearm… | Beyond the Beyond from Wired.com
At least hackers are still pitifully eager to rat out their friends to the Secret Service — the oldest tradition in the trade — but gee whiz, look at the level of global cooperation and the awesome sums of money contingent on being a major-league black-hat cracker these days. That almost beats the oil biz. Here’s the scoop behind the intrigue. (more…)

Life-Size Shadow Puppets August 4, 2008

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Thanks to Lourdes in the Carolina Mountains for passing this on.

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