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GRG55
09-30-07, 03:30 PM
Hard to believe this site needs yet another thread, but I came across the following, figured it would take the edge off the sometimes serious tone we get into around here, couldn't figure out where to put it, so I started this thread thinking others could just add anything similar - amusing, incredulous, revealing, impossible to be true, whatever...

What follows is dead serious. You can't make this stuff up...

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

GRG55
10-01-07, 01:22 AM
Google Earth Forces the Navy to Do Some Remodeling

By sonia zjawinski September 28, 2007
The Naval Base Coronado near San Diego has gone unnoticed since it's groundbreaking in 1967. Then Google Earth had to come in and ruin everything. The satellite mapping site revealed to the public that, from the air, the structure was shaped like a swastika (oops!). Turns out that the Navy knew about this all along, but since the airspace over the Navy yard is restricted they thought no one would ever notice. Well, the Anti-Defamation League did.

Now the Navy is spending $600,000 to tweak the roof via landscaping and structural adjustments. May I suggest a green roof?

Here's the weblink if you want to see the Google Earth picture :)
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2007/09/google-earth-fo.html

Spartacus
10-01-07, 02:10 AM
I can't tell if you are saying making the roof NOT look like a swastika is a good thing or a bad thing? (who's being singled out, the Navy for doing this or the League for being hugely sensitive?)

http://www.hindubooks.org/sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/omkar.html
The next religious symbol which is also revered by Hindu and ranks second only to OM is the Swastika.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It has long been widely-used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.


Google Earth Forces the Navy to Do Some Remodeling

By sonia zjawinski September 28, 2007
The Naval Base Coronado near San Diego has gone unnoticed since it's groundbreaking in 1967. Then Google Earth had to come in and ruin everything. The satellite mapping site revealed to the public that, from the air, the structure was shaped like a swastika (oops!). Turns out that the Navy knew about this all along, but since the airspace over the Navy yard is restricted they thought no one would ever notice. Well, the Anti-Defamation League did.

Now the Navy is spending $600,000 to tweak the roof via landscaping and structural adjustments. May I suggest a green roof?

Here's the weblink if you want to see the Google Earth picture :)
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2007/09/google-earth-fo.html

GRG55
10-01-07, 11:18 AM
I can't tell if you are saying making the roof NOT look like a swastika is a good thing or a bad thing? (who's being singled out, the Navy for doing this or the League for being hugely sensitive?)

http://www.hindubooks.org/sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/omkar.html
The next religious symbol which is also revered by Hindu and ranks second only to OM is the Swastika.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. It has long been widely-used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

I'm not saying anything. This item just caught my eye as one of the absurdities of daily life on the planet today, that's all.

There will be all sorts of opinions I am sure, including the advisability of spending $600k of the taxpayers dollars. :)

GRG55
10-04-07, 09:39 AM
When I started this thread I never expected such rich pickings.

Read the last line of the JPM item, and then think about what these dudes are actually telling clients to do. Yep, you just can't make this stuff up! :)

If anyone is not certain about the advisability of this strategy, I am sure any of the credit rating agencies would be happy to provide you with trusted advice...for a small fee.

CLOs-squared offer way for investors to monetise illiquidity premium, says JP Morgan research
News Digest, 27 September 2007
In a new research report entitled "Leveraging CLO illiquidity premia", JP Morgan (http://www.jpmorgan.com/)says that the combination of historically wide CLO liability spreads and near-zero default rates makes this an optimal time for buy-and-hold investors to consider investing in CLOs-squared. It says this is a way to efficiently monetise the current illiquidity created in the "spread rout of 2007".

The report concludes that CLOs-squared offer reasonably low risk relative to the underlying CLOs. Junior tranches in particular offer higher spreads than triple B and double B tranches of regular CLOs with similar or lower risk.

The researchers point out that CLOs-squared are conceptually similar to ABS CDOs, but that they are better suited for leverage. Corporate loans are simpler than subprime mortgages and hence more predictable, argues the report.

GRG55
10-06-07, 07:11 PM
Here we go again. This is an example of what I was referring to when I mentioned on another thread a few weeks back that the GCC countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were continuously becoming more conservative Islamic societies. I have noticed quite a change just in the few years I have lived in the Gulf. This may seem far away for many of you, and of no real consequence, but I think these are indicators of a recent acceleration in a long standing trend (goes back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the first Gulf War) with potential ramifications that go well beyond global oil supply...

Saudi bank segregation not yet confirmed

<SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>updateDate = "Tuesday, 03 July 2007 02:09"</SCRIPT><SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>document.getElementById('crumbs-dir').innerHTML = 'PUBLIC SECTOR / NEWS /'</SCRIPT>by <!-- Author Start -->Lynne Roberts<!-- Author End --> on Tuesday, 03 July 2007
Reports by news agencies that stricter measures will be enforced to segregate men and women at Saudi banks’ headquarters have yet to be officially confirmed, according to Arab News.

According to the newspaper no written circular has been issued, although women bankers claim to have heard about new rules, and in some cases have reported to work to find themselves relocated to women-only suites.

Male and female employees have always been separated at individual branches, but have worked together at headquarters until now.
A recent Reuters report claims officials from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) and the Labour Ministry met with bank managers earlier this month to inform them of the new system, and giving them until the end of the summer holidays to comply.

Banks are expected to provide separate floors, elevators, entrances and cafeterias for men and women.

A SAMA official denied any new rules or directives, but admitted that banks are expected to segregate. “There have been many complaints and written requests from different government agencies to strictly enforce the segregation because some banks continue to have mixed administrations at their headquarters” he told Arab News.

GRG55
11-12-07, 09:51 PM
This just has to be an indicator of something...but I'm not sure exactly what. Obviously he's not paying for it with profits from Citi stock.

Should come in handy to escape to Geneva when the revolution comes...

Airbus: Saudi prince snags private superjumbo
Manufacturer says ‘flying palace’ to cost north of list price — $320 million
The Associated Press
updated 4:28 p.m. ET Nov. 12, 2007
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In the annals of excess, it could be a new high: a more than $300 million dollar, super-sized luxury airplane, bought and outfitted solely for the private comfort of a Saudi Arabian billionaire.
Once done, the Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger plane, will be a "flying palace" for Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the manufacturer announced Monday.

Airbus SAS would not give a specific price tag for the VIP double-decker jet, with its football field-length wings, saying only that it would cost more than the aircraft's list price of $320 million.
That doesn't even include the money the prince will spend to custom fit the nearly 6,000-square foot plane to include whatever he wants. The options include private bedrooms, a movie theater or even a gym with a jacuzzi. He'll also need a flight crew of about 15 to operate the luxury liner.

"Prince Alwaleed is the first, and so far the only customer of this aircraft," said David Velupillai, the spokesman of the Airbus, which announced the luxury order at the Dubai International Airshow.
It's all just spending cash for bin Talal — Citigroup Inc.'s biggest individual shareholder and the world's 13th richest person with assets around $20 billion.

As a member of the Saudi royal family, he benefits from the country's vast oil wealth. But much of bin Talal's huge fortune comes from his investment firm, the $25-billion Kingdom Holding Co., which has stakes in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Inc., Time Warner Inc., Apple Inc., PepsiCo Inc., Walt Disney Co. to name a few major corporations.

The prince, who is in his early 50s, appears to have a taste for super-sized jumbo jets. He already is the only private owner of a Boeing 747-400, Airbus said.

"It's like buying a new car or a new TV," Velupillai told The Associated Press. "One wants something bigger and better."

Airbus would not release many details about bin Talal's VIP A380, which dwarfs the 747 —formerly the world's most spacious plane. Staff who answered the phone at bin Talal's office on Monday in Saudi Arabia said he was unavailable to comment.

The commercial A380, which made its maiden voyage with Singapore Airlines last month, is as tall as a seven-story building with each wing big enough to hold 70 cars. It is capable of carrying 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration.
Take out the seats, and the plane can be transformed into a flying mansion.

Germany's Lufthansa Technik, which declined to comment Monday on bin Talal's purchase, has created a general rendering of what a VIP A380 jumbo could include: spacious bedrooms on the plane's upper deck, separated by a reception area and a bar next to central stairway. The master bedroom could include an office, private dinning room, a gym featuring a steam bath and exercise machines.

The lower decks could feature a lounge-type quarters equipped with a conference area and dining room. A third level, normally used for cargo, could be transformed into another passenger space or cinema.
This type of custom design does not come cheap. Experts say it could rack the price up by another $50 million to $150 million.

Purchases of private airliners has mushroomed in recent years, but most orders are in the category of a Learjet or Gulfstream — small and cheap at $2 million to $5 million in comparison to the A380, said David Bain, editor of a British-based online wealth analysis service, wealth-bulletin.com.

"It seems the Saudis really like these huge planes, and they have the money to do it," said Bain, who believes about a dozen other individuals own commercial jets. "Very few people buy commercial planes. It's a bit over the top."

But he and Airbus expect that number to grow. The airline company said it expects at least six other A380 VIP jets to be sold to clients in the Middle East, and Central and South Asia.

"The amount of billionaires has sky rocketed in recent years, and the really rich ones are looking to buy a commercial airline rather than a Learjet," Bain said.

GRG55
11-18-07, 02:18 AM
If a custom Airbus, like the surviving Citi Prince just ordered, seems a tad ostentatious (yes Virginia, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH money) then maybe this might be an alternative that is less likely to prompt the relatives from coming around asking for a loan (the gates outta keep em out if they get any stupid ideas).

Don't miss the Bespoke Interiors section (:eek:) and the part about the Greg Norman Signature Range Rover Sport in the garage :cool:

http://www.fireside.ae/jge_home.asp?nav=5



...but before you send your deposit cheque, remember that the summer temperatures regularly exceed 50 deg C (120+ F.) and the humidity is normally in the 90's %. We have long summers. Very long summers. Fireside? Ya right.

Enjoy the golf.

Oh, did I mention we have very long, hot summers?

metalman
11-18-07, 08:35 AM
If a custom Airbus, like the surviving Citi Prince just ordered, seems a tad ostentatious (yes Virginia, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH money) then maybe this might be an alternative that is less likely to prompt the relatives from coming around asking for a loan (the gates outta keep em out if they get any stupid ideas).

Don't miss the Bespoke Interiors section (:eek:) and the part about the Greg Norman Signature Range Rover Sport in the garage :cool:

http://www.fireside.ae/jge_home.asp?nav=5



...but before you send your deposit cheque, remember that the summer temperatures regularly exceed 50 deg C (120+ F.) and the humidity is normally in the 90's %. We have long summers. Very long summers. Fireside? Ya right.

Enjoy the golf.

Oh, did I mention we have very long, hot summers?

veeeery niiiiice. so where do they get the water?

GRG55
11-18-07, 08:58 AM
veeeery niiiiice. so where do they get the water?


August 14, 2007



<NYT_HEADLINE type=" " version="1.0">Water Levels in 3 Great Lakes Dip Far Below Normal </NYT_HEADLINE>



<NYT_BYLINE type=" " version="1.0">By FELICITY BARRINGER (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/felicity_barringer/index.html?inline=nyt-per)


</NYT_BYLINE><NYT_TEXT>Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering far below normal, and experts expect Lake Superior, the northernmost lake, to reach a record low in the next two months, according to data from the international bodies that monitor the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater reservoir.



Although the cause of the falling levels is in dispute, the effects in Lakes Michigan (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/national/usstatesterritoriesandpossessions/michigan/index.html?inline=nyt-geo) and Huron are visible everywhere. Ship channels are overdue for dredging. Wetlands in some areas like Georgian Bay, east of Lake Huron in Ontario (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/oman/index.html?inline=nyt-geo), have dried up, leaving fish and birds without accustomed places to reproduce.



Beaches around Saginaw Bay in Michigan have reverted to marshes as shorefront reverts to wetlands. One-third of the Michigan boat ramps are unusable...



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/14/us/14lakes.html


What do you think they haul back in those "empty" tankers after they unload the oil? If you don't believe me, just ask Tet.

Notice there was no Great Lakes water level problem until AFTER the real estate boom started in Dubai...:D

Andreuccio
11-19-07, 06:01 PM
veeeery niiiiice. so where do they get the water?

I don't know. It looks nice, but I'd be constantly worried about having a golf ball fly through my living room window. Who needs that kind of stress?

Spartacus
11-20-07, 03:28 PM
<big><big>keyboard and monitor alert </big></big>



August 14, 2007



<NYT_HEADLINE type=" " version="1.0">Water Levels in 3 Great Lakes Dip Far Below Normal </NYT_HEADLINE>



<NYT_BYLINE type=" " version="1.0">By FELICITY BARRINGER (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/felicity_barringer/index.html?inline=nyt-per)


</NYT_BYLINE><NYT_TEXT>Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering far below normal, and experts expect Lake Superior, the northernmost lake, to reach a record low in the next two months, according to data from the international bodies that monitor the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater reservoir.

FRESH water? man, that's comedy RHODIUM there.

metalman
11-20-07, 03:37 PM
<big><big>keyboard and monitor alert </big></big>



FRESH water? man, that's comedy RHODIUM there.

great lakes water? fresh as grandma's underwear.

zoog
11-21-07, 05:28 PM
This sounds almost as good as a Wall Street hedge fund


BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of people in north-eastern China have protested on the streets and surrounded government offices demanding help recovering money from a get-rich-quick scheme to raise ants to make an aphrodisiac tonic.

Hundreds of anti-riot troops and police in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, were deployed to stop protesters reaching the provincial government and Communist Party headquarters, residents said on Wednesday.

The irate investors from across Liaoning, a rustbelt province striving to attract investment, have demonstrated in Shenyang since Monday and sporadic clashes with police have broken out, they said.

Several thousand protesters gathered near the provincial government offices on Wednesday, a resident told Reuters by telephone.

The investors -- many of them laid-off workers or farmers -- put their savings into Shenyang's Yilishen Group for a scheme in which they raised ants to provide ingredients for a health tonic promising an aphrodisiac boost.

For every 10,000 yuan (655 pounds) they paid the company as "deposit", investors were promised a dividend of 3,250 yuan.

The tonic was promoted on television by Zhao Benshan, the country's best-known comic who specialises in playing innocent bumpkins with a north-eastern twang.

But since October, the group has twice delayed payment of dividends, fuelling investor fears that it was on the brink of bankruptcy or that the government might have frozen its funds.

"We strongly demand the government offer a way out for Yilishen!" read a banner held by protesters as they marched along a Shenyang street. A photo of the banner was posted on Internet and blog sites.

China has seen rising protests from farmers and disgruntled workers as inequality and corruption stoke popular resentment

The unusual origin of this latest uproar was a reminder that even as China's economy booms, there are pitfalls that can spark discontent from citizens eager for a share of wealth.

Chinese media have said the scheme collected more than 10 billion yuan from hundreds of thousands of Liaoning residents.

USELESS RUSE?

Some local reports have said the ants were a useless ruse for an illegal scam, but the group has survived several probes in the past eight years and investors had previously received their dividends on time, protesters said.

As they looked for reassurance, panicked investors have turned their ire on the government.

"If Yilishen goes bankrupt, the government will be the chief culprit," said a message that appeared briefly on domestic Chinese Web sites before it was removed. "The government will be drinking our blood."

A Shenyang resident told Reuters that about 1,000 people had collected in front of the company's head office on Wednesday. Repeated calls to the office by Reuters went unanswered.

Investors said the group's good relations with the government and its commercials on state television had convinced them Yilishen was legitimate.

"It has been out there for eight years and the government has given the company and the manager so many honours. We thought there mustn't be any problem," investor Li Dechun told Reuters.

He said he had poured more than 200,000 yuan into the scheme.

A spokesman for the Liaoning provincial government said officials had been talking to the protesters, and the company's failure to pay dividends was not due to any government action.

"Most of the investors are from the lower class of society. Some have threatened to take more radical actions, such as blocking trains at the railway station," a local resident surnamed Cong told Reuters.

Online discussions about the protests and the ant scheme were quickly removed from Web sites, as were recent news reports about Yilishen. The Group's Web site was also shut, announcing "service unavailable".

(Reporting by Beijing office, editing by Nick Macfie and Roger Crabb)

GRG55
11-23-07, 08:08 AM
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. How else are you going to set a good example for all those I-wanna-join-the-FIRE-economy MBA students in your business schools? Let's face it, all those real world case studies from P&G and GE get pretty boring after a while, and don't really properly teach you how to wreck the global financial system and get wildly rich before your 35th birthday.

Loan-Sharking Accusation Hits Harvard, Yale, Princeton Funds

By Brian Kladko
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities' endowments are being accused of backing a loan with 42 percent interest, twice the legal limit, according to a lawsuit filed by a developer who borrowed the money.

The three Ivy League schools, along with three other universities and two foundations, are named in a civil complaint in state court in Boston alleging they violated a law aimed in part at loan sharks, who make loans with excessive interest rates backed by threats of violence. Fred Fahey, a Dracut, Massachusetts, developer who filed the suit, planned to build a golf course community with money borrowed from Realty Financial Partners, a firm in which the schools invested.

The lawsuit is a window into the rarely disclosed money management tactics endowments use. Nonprofit funds last year allocated 39 percent of their assets to alternative investments -- including real estate, private equity, commodities and hedge funds -- up from 23 percent in 2000, according to the Commonfund Institute, in Wilton, Connecticut. Yale's endowment gained 28 percent in the 12 months ended June 30, Princeton's 25 percent and Harvard's 23 percent.

In a case of charging 42 percent interest, ``you have to ask if there's an inconsistency between the public purpose'' of universities ``and this type of financial transaction,'' said Peter Kinder, the president of KLD Research & Analytics Inc. in Boston, which advises nonprofit endowments and pension funds. ``It's a hell of a burden to put on someone.''...


...Besides the Ivy league schools, the suit names the University of Notre Dame, near South Bend, Indiana; Oberlin College in Ohio; Spelman College in Atlanta; the Carnegie Corp. of New York; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago, all also represented by Rich.

The defendants argue in court papers that the usury law's requirements don't apply to them because they had no involvement in managing the Meadow Creek investment, and that state law shields limited partners from such claims. The law was aimed at organized crime and loan-sharking, the three Ivy League schools said in a filing, not at limited partners of a lender...

Link to full article:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=abMLmv6MbyeQ&refer=exclusive

GRG55
12-07-07, 04:32 AM
Here's a headline you won't see every day!!

The link is at the bottom if you think I made this up...

Gov't blames itself for rising inflation

<SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>updateDate = "Thursday, 06 December 2007 16:14"</SCRIPT><SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>document.getElementById('crumbs-dir').innerHTML = 'POLITICS & ECONOMICS / NEWS /'</SCRIPT>by <!-- Author Start -->Dylan Bowman and Reuters (dylan.bowman@itp.com?subject=ArabianBusiness.com: Gov't blames itself for rising inflation)<!-- Author End --> on Thursday, 06 December 2007
Higher government spending and more bank lending are driving domestic inflation, rather than more expensive imports through a weaker dollar peg, Bahrain's central bank governor has said.

"There is not sufficient proof that the fall of the value of the dollar contributed to the rise of consumer prices in the kingdom and inflationary pressure in the Gulf," said Rasheed Al-Maraj, quoted Arabic daily Al Ayyam on Thursday.

"Most of the pressure was from local issues tied to an increase in government spending, together with an increase in market liquidity and hence an increase in loans," the newspaper said, paraphrasing the governor's comments

Al-Maraj's comments contrast with the common perception that inflation in the Gulf is being driven by the rising cost of imports caused by the tumbling dollar to which all the GCC states, except Kuwait, have their currencies pegged.

Kuwait took the decision in May to depeg its dinar from the dollar, pointing to the rising cost of imports as one of the main factors fuelling inflation.

Bahraini inflation is expected to be 2.9% this year according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but other Gulf states are experiencing much higher rises in the cost of living, which is putting increasing pressure on central banks to either revalue their currencies against the dollar or drop their pegs altogether.

Annual inflation in Saudi Arabia accelerated in September to 4.8%, the highest level in at least a decade, inflation accelerated to almost 14% in Qatar at the end of the third quarter, while inflation stood at 7% in Oman and 6.2% in Kuwait in September. In the UAE inflation hit 9.3% last year.

Al-Maraj said Bahrain had no plans to change its monetary policy.

We do not see any reasons at the moment to change our currency policy in regards to the US dollar, and we do not see any negativity from the dollar... despite its change in value in past years," Al-Maraj is quoted as saying.

Al-Maraj's comments echo those of other Gulf central bank governors, who have all backed the falling dollar and claimed there is no planned shift in policy.

However, their remarks have done little stop speculators driving GCC currencies up to record highs on bets that revaluations or removal of dollar pegs are imminent.

Analysts have said on numerous occasions that it is not a matter of if, but rather when Gulf states change their monetary policies

http://static.arabianbusiness.com/505766-govt-blames-itself-for-rising-inflation?ln=en

GRG55
02-04-08, 08:32 AM
This one got me laughing.



Oils Well in the UAE

Did you ever wonder, as gas prices soar, what our friends in the Middle East are doing with all that oil revenue? Well, while we struggle to pay at the pump, our carefree friends in the United Arab Emirates are bidding on license plates at auction.

It seems the lower the number the greater the prestige. And what would someone pay for that prestige? How about a combined total of $56 million for 300 plates at an auction in Abu Dhabi last year. The current world record for the most expensive license plate is $6.8 million for plate #5. The price is 10 times more expensive than the Rolls it was put on. The owner, Talal Khouri, is now gunning for plate #1 which will be auctioned later this month. He claims to be willing to pay $15-20 million.

My pleasure to pay more at the pump for your indulgence Talal baby. That would be like a year's salary for new Mets pitcher Johan Santana. http://www.4driversonly.com/50226711/oils_well_in_the_uae.phpThe Arabs love numbers, not unlike the Chinese I believe. The brother of one of my [former] shareholders is the head of the Traffic Directorate here. When I bought my first vehicle after moving to the Gulf, said shareholder arranged to get me a license plate with "good" numbers. It's a sequence, with every second number a zero (which is a dot in Arabic, and makes for a very unique looking plate). The cops think I have "wasta" (loosely translated means "connections" or "influence") and never bother to stop me at checkstops, etc. I constantly get approached by strangers offering to buy my plate. Not as good as Plate #1 though...:)

Andreuccio
02-04-08, 10:54 AM
This one got me laughing.



Oils Well in the UAE



Did you ever wonder, as gas prices soar, what our friends in the Middle East are doing with all that oil revenue? Well, while we struggle to pay at the pump, our carefree friends in the United Arab Emirates are bidding on license plates at auction.



It seems the lower the number the greater the prestige. And what would someone pay for that prestige? How about a combined total of $56 million for 300 plates at an auction in Abu Dhabi last year. The current world record for the most expensive license plate is $6.8 million for plate #5. The price is 10 times more expensive than the Rolls it was put on. The owner, Talal Khouri, is now gunning for plate #1 which will be auctioned later this month. He claims to be willing to pay $15-20 million.



My pleasure to pay more at the pump for your indulgence Talal baby. That would be like a year's salary for new Mets pitcher Johan Santana. http://www.4driversonly.com/50226711/oils_well_in_the_uae.php


You wrote in another post about the difference between having enough money vs. having too much money. I'm thinking this falls into the second category. :rolleyes:


The cops think I have "wasta" (loosely translated means "connections" or "influence") and never bother to stop me at checkstops, etc. I constantly get approached by strangers offering to buy my plate. Not as good as Plate #1 though...:)

Pretty cool. Not worth 6.8 million. :D

Just out of curiousity, how much do they offer for your plate?

Jim Nickerson
02-04-08, 12:39 PM
This one got me laughing.



Oils Well in the UAE



Did you ever wonder, as gas prices soar, what our friends in the Middle East are doing with all that oil revenue? Well, while we struggle to pay at the pump, our carefree friends in the United Arab Emirates are bidding on license plates at auction.



It seems the lower the number the greater the prestige. And what would someone pay for that prestige? How about a combined total of $56 million for 300 plates at an auction in Abu Dhabi last year. The current world record for the most expensive license plate is $6.8 million for plate #5. The price is 10 times more expensive than the Rolls it was put on. The owner, Talal Khouri, is now gunning for plate #1 which will be auctioned later this month. He claims to be willing to pay $15-20 million.



My pleasure to pay more at the pump for your indulgence Talal baby. That would be like a year's salary for new Mets pitcher Johan Santana. http://www.4driversonly.com/50226711/oils_well_in_the_uae.php
The Arabs love numbers, not unlike the Chinese I believe. The brother of one of my [former] shareholders is the head of the Traffic Directorate here. When I bought my first vehicle after moving to the Gulf, said shareholder arranged to get me a license plate with "good" numbers. It's a sequence, with every second number a zero (which is a dot in Arabic, and makes for a very unique looking plate). The cops think I have "wasta" (loosely translated means "connections" or "influence") and never bother to stop me at checkstops, etc. I constantly get approached by strangers offering to buy my plate. Not as good as Plate #1 though...:)

Greg. Are you now in THE kingdom or at Disneyworld?

GRG55
02-05-08, 01:41 AM
Greg. Are you now in THE kingdom or at Disneyworld?

Jim: I am back in the sandbox (Arabian Gulf) for a little while, but some days it's damn difficult to tell the difference between here and a giant amusement park. A few more examples of the complete insanity going on around these parts to illustrate (sorry couldn't figure out how to get the pictures attached):



"...The Palm Islands in Dubai used a new Dutch dredging technology to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all. Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.



The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.



Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.



The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101. Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. [Actually Dubai has for many years advertised the existing Burj Al Arab as the world's only 7-star hotel - that's the sail shaped hotel with the projecting helideck that is pictured so often in stories about Dubai].



The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai. Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.



Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size. Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects. Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.



The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores.It will be completed in 2008.



Some other crazy stuff.. The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

And we think that US real estate was THE mother-of-all-Bubbles. It's not Petrodollars that are primarily fueling this, but Indian, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Kazakh and other Mafia money.

I don't know what will pop this monster, or when, but when it goes the splatter zone is going to cover a lot of territory...:p

jk
02-05-08, 09:54 AM
won't dubailand be awfully hot a lot of the year? or are they going to air condition the 107square mile facility?

GRG55
02-05-08, 10:44 AM
won't dubailand be awfully hot a lot of the year? or are they going to air condition the 107square mile facility?

Darned if I know jk. Probably a series of enclosed sites with air conditioning, with many of them connected at grade level so people can get around without going outside, or maybe a tram system or something. Anything outside, except a water park, is useless from June to September because of the heat and humidity.

I try to keep a detached perspective on this stuff and don't pay a lot of attention, as it seems so completely over-the-top artificial in every respect. A few people I know who live in Dubai seem to be getting caught up in it all, and I get the impression they are starting to think we should all live this way...

zoog
02-05-08, 12:41 PM
Darned if I know jk. Probably a series of enclosed sites with air conditioning, with many of them connected at grade level so people can get around without going outside, or maybe a tram system or something. Anything outside, except a water park, is useless from June to September because of the heat and humidity.

I try to keep a detached perspective on this stuff and don't pay a lot of attention, as it seems so completely over-the-top artificial in every respect. A few people I know who live in Dubai seem to be getting caught up in it all, and I get the impression they are starting to think we should all live this way...

Sounds like they have wholeheartedly embraced American culture and ideology.:D

GRG55
02-06-08, 12:40 AM
Sounds like they have wholeheartedly embraced American culture and ideology.:D

Hmmmmm. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to unleash, on the unsuspecting global village, the internet, satellite rebroadcasts of Sex and the City, Walt Disney, Coke, and all those Happy Meals after all... :rolleyes:

rabot10
02-06-08, 07:24 PM
Hard to believe this site needs yet another thread, but I came across the following, figured it would take the edge off the sometimes serious tone we get into around here, couldn't figure out where to put it, so I started this thread thinking others could just add anything similar - amusing, incredulous, revealing, impossible to be true, whatever...

What follows is dead serious. You can't make this stuff up...

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.


Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

And your point is?

Andreuccio
02-07-08, 02:17 AM
Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.


And your point is?

Maybe the Saudis are on to something.

rabot10
02-07-08, 06:45 PM
Hard to believe this site needs yet another thread, but I came across the following, figured it would take the edge off the sometimes serious tone we get into around here, couldn't figure out where to put it, so I started this thread thinking others could just add anything similar - amusing, incredulous, revealing, impossible to be true, whatever...

What follows is dead serious. You can't make this stuff up...

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

And Your Point is?

GRG55
06-20-08, 08:20 AM
Hmmmmm. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to unleash, on the unsuspecting global village, the internet, satellite rebroadcasts of Sex and the City, Walt Disney, Coke, and all those Happy Meals after all... :rolleyes:

More American "culture"...:)


Woman sues Victoria's Secret claiming thong injury

Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:18pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - A woman who says she was hurt by her thong panties when a metal clip flew off and hit her in the eye has sued Victoria's Secret, saying in a TV interview on Thursday that the injury caused her "excruciating pain."

Macrida Patterson, a 52-year-old Los Angeles traffic officer, told NBC's "Today" show that she suffered cuts to her cornea from the small piece of metal that had been used to secure a rhinestone heart onto the blue thong.

"I was putting on my underwear from Victoria's Secret and the metal popped in my eye. It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That's what happened," Patterson said on "Today."

Patterson's lawyer Jason Buccat, who also appeared on "Today," said the metal staple caused "severe damage" to her cornea that required a topical steroid.

The product liability lawsuit, which was filed on June 9 in Los Angeles Superior Court and first reported on the Smoking Gun Web site, seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for Victoria's Secret, which is operated by Limited Brands Inc, could not immediately be reached for comment.
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN1938991320080620

Andreuccio
06-20-08, 01:37 PM
More American "culture"...:)

Woman sues Victoria's Secret claiming thong injury

Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:18pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - A woman who says she was hurt by her thong panties when a metal clip flew off and hit her in the eye has sued Victoria's Secret, saying in a TV interview on Thursday that the injury caused her "excruciating pain."

Macrida Patterson, a 52-year-old Los Angeles traffic officer, told NBC's "Today" show that she suffered cuts to her cornea from the small piece of metal that had been used to secure a rhinestone heart onto the blue thong.

"I was putting on my underwear from Victoria's Secret and the metal popped in my eye. It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That's what happened," Patterson said on "Today."

Patterson's lawyer Jason Buccat, who also appeared on "Today," said the metal staple caused "severe damage" to her cornea that required a topical steroid.

The product liability lawsuit, which was filed on June 9 in Los Angeles Superior Court and first reported on the Smoking Gun Web site, seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for Victoria's Secret, which is operated by Limited Brands Inc, could not immediately be reached for comment.
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN1938991320080620


I once scratched my cornea. I got some piece of dust or grit under my contact lense. I can testify that it was excruciatingly painful. I ended up in the emergency room. For all I know, they might have applied a topical steroid too. A day later, it was all better. Turns out the cornea is one of the fastest healing parts of the body.

I wonder if I could sue somebody, maybe the contact lens manufacturer or the grit spewer. This might be worth a few million.

I watched the video of Patterson and her lawyer on the Today Show. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25258522/) My guess is Victoria's Secret was negligent. The lesson to take away here is we need more disclaimers in our society. Victoria's Secret should have included a disclaimer not to wear thong underwear that's too small, at the risk of severe cornea injury.

Jay
06-21-08, 03:55 AM
I watched the video of Patterson and her lawyer on the Today Show. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25258522/) My guess is Victoria's Secret was negligent. The lesson to take away here is we need more disclaimers in our society. Victoria's Secret should have included a disclaimer not to wear thong underwear that's too small, at the risk of severe cornea injury.
People should stop blaming the world for their problems and take responsibilty for their own actions. How many disclaimers do we need? Do you have to have McDonalds tell you that their coffee is hot so you don't burn yourself? Accidents happen. If you run around with scissors and trip and poke your eye out, is it the scissor maker's fault?
Also, this lady didn't have a globe rupture, it sounds like she had a corneal abrasion or possibly minor traumatic iritis. Both are usually self limited problems. For her to sue is silly.

Andreuccio
06-22-08, 01:26 AM
People should stop blaming the world for their problems and take responsibilty for their own actions. How many disclaimers do we need? Do you have to have McDonalds tell you that their coffee is hot so you don't burn yourself? Accidents happen. If you run around with scissors and trip and poke your eye out, is it the scissor maker's fault?
Also, this lady didn't have a globe rupture, it sounds like she had a corneal abrasion or possibly minor traumatic iritis. Both are usually self limited problems. For her to sue is silly.

Um, not sure if it was clear or not, but I was joking. Of course we don't need more disclaimers. When I said we need more I actually meant we need less. (A literary device where you say one thing to strongly mean it's opposite. I use it often, but I can't remember what it's called.)

And I meant to imply that the lady is a tad overweight, from what one can see on the video, and perhaps that played a role in the panties underperforming.

Maybe I should have included some smiley faces. I thought suggesting I would sue the grit spewer for millions for one day of discomfort would be a giveaway that I thought the whole idea was farcical.

Jim Nickerson
06-22-08, 01:51 AM
Um, not sure if it was clear or not, but I was joking. Of course we don't need more disclaimers. When I said we need more I actually meant we need less. (A literary device where you say one thing to strongly mean it's opposite. I use it often, but I can't remember what it's called.)

And I meant to imply that the lady is a tad overweight, from what one can see on the video, and perhaps that played a role in the panties underperforming.

Maybe I should have included some smiley faces. I thought suggesting I would sue the grit spewer for millions for one day of discomfort would be a giveaway that I thought the whole idea was farcical.

My opinion about this whole clusterfuck is the lawyer and woman should be caned for their frivolity, whoever would get turned on by a 52 y/o fat woman in any underwear sold by Victoria's Secret probably should be institutionalized, and Victoria's Secret should be sanctioned by the FTC for even selling presumably sexy underthings to fat older women.

Andreuccio
06-22-08, 03:46 AM
My opinion about this whole clusterfuck is the lawyer and woman should be caned for their frivolity, whoever would get turned on by a 52 y/o fat woman in any underwear sold by Victoria's Secret probably should be institutionalized, and Victoria's Secret should be sanctioned by the FTC for even selling presumably sexy underthings to fat older women.

Yeah, I didn't want to get into the age thing, and I only wanted to hint at the fat thing, but you're a lot more outspoken than I am, Jim. No arguments from me on anything you said.

Jay
06-29-08, 08:52 PM
Um, not sure if it was clear or not, but I was joking. Of course we don't need more disclaimers. When I said we need more I actually meant we need less. (A literary device where you say one thing to strongly mean it's opposite. I use it often, but I can't remember what it's called.)

And I meant to imply that the lady is a tad overweight, from what one can see on the video, and perhaps that played a role in the panties underperforming.

Maybe I should have included some smiley faces. I thought suggesting I would sue the grit spewer for millions for one day of discomfort would be a giveaway that I thought the whole idea was farcical.
Whoops, misread you there! Sorry 'bout that.
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D...for clarity.

Andreuccio
07-02-08, 02:42 PM
Whoops, misread you there! Sorry 'bout that.
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D...for clarity.

No worries. :)

I suppose I'll have to start including my own disclaimer in my posts:

"The stupid thing you are about to read by Andreuccio is meant only in jest. It means the opposite of what is written. Please don't flame me unless you actually agree with what I appear to be saying." :D:D

GRG55
07-03-08, 09:31 AM
Must be all those wind turbines...:rolleyes:



And the world's happiest country is..

Tue Jul 1, 2008 5:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world's richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.

Overall, the world is getting happier, according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey, done regularly by a global network of social scientists.

It found increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries analyzed.

"I strongly suspect that there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness," said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, who directed the study.

And, said Ingelhart, there is a strong correlation between happiness and democracy.

"Denmark is the happiest country in the world in our ratings," Inglehart said in an audio statement released by the National Science Foundation, which paid for the analysis.

"Denmark is prosperous -- not the richest country in the world but it is prosperous."

Puerto Rico and Colombia also rank highly, along with Northern Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden.

"Though by no means the happiest country in the world, from a global perspective the United States looks pretty good," Inglehart said. "The country is not only prosperous; it ranks relatively high in gender equality, tolerance of ethnic and social diversity and has high levels of political freedom."

The survey, first done in 1981, has kept to two simple questions:

"Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, not at all happy?" And, "All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"

Writing in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, Ingelhart's team said they have surveyed 350,000 people.

"Ultimately, the most important determinant of happiness is the extent to which people have free choice in how to live their lives," Inglehart said.
Article... (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN0145488820080701?sp=true)

GRG55
07-09-08, 05:28 PM
Never underestimate the American entrepreneur.



Brothel offers customers gas rebate

Wed Jul 9, 2008 4:27pm EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nevada brothel is trying to stimulate business by offering free gasoline.

Clients of the Shady Lady Ranch will get a $50 gas voucher if they fork out $300 -- worth about one hour's worth of services -- at the brothel in Beatty, Nevada, 130 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Owner James Davis said he already has had to order another $1,000 set of gas vouchers because the first $1,000 were spent in one week.

"It's rocking along. We're doing quite well. June and July historically are not big months," said Davis, who is co-owner of the brothel along with his wife Bobbi, in a telephone interview.

The $50 rebate would roughly cover the cost of a round trip drive from Las Vegas to the ranch.

Davis said business at the ranch, which has been operating for 16 years, generally slows in the early summer. He said the brothel regularly offers specials to lure clients and his wife came up with the gas vouchers for this month.

U.S. gasoline prices hit a record $4.08 a gallon last week, up 38 percent from a year ago.

Brothels, illegal in most U.S. states, are legal in parts of Nevada.

GRG55
07-09-08, 05:37 PM
And for those that were anticipating an increase in male life expectancy in Russia, this won't help the stats one bit...



Woman kills husband with folding couch

Wed Jul 9, 2008 12:17pm EDT
By Denis Pinchuk
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - A Russian woman in St Petersburg killed her drunk husband with a folding couch, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

St Petersburg's Channel Five said the man's wife, upset with her husband for being drunk and refusing to get up, kicked a handle after an argument, activating a mechanism that folds the couch up against a wall.

The couch, which doubles as a bed, folds up automatically in order to save space. The man fell between the mattress and the back of the couch, Channel Five quoted emergency workers as saying.

The woman then walked out of the room and returned three hours later to check on what she thought was an unusually quiet sleeping husband.
Police refused to comment.

The St Petersburg Emergency Services Ministry said a private rescue service removed the man's body.

Video on the television channel's website showed emergency workers sawing away the side panels of a couch to remove a man in his underwear lying headfirst between the cushions.

Emergency workers said the man died instantly.

FRED
07-09-08, 05:45 PM
Emergency workers said the man died instantly.


At leas' he didn't sofa and died ottoman.

Supercilious
07-09-08, 10:10 PM
http://jeffmatthewsisnotmakingthisup.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-fix-microsoft-more-ads-more.html


How to Fix Microsoft: More Ads! More Meetings!



Negative perceptions of Vista are one of the most pressing problems facing Mr. Ballmer. Although money rolls in as the software ships on new computers, many corporate users have been slow to adopt Vista.

—The Wall Street Journal

Anybody catch the faulty premise contained in that paragraph?

If you said to yourself, “Well, duh! It's the part where they say ‘Negative perceptions of Vista are one of the most pressing problems facing Mr. Ballmer’” you’d be right.

Perceptions are not the “pressing problem” with Vista. The pressing problem with Vista is that users hate it. And they’re fleeing in droves.

Has anybody at Microsoft—at least in that executive suite—watched a ‘Mac vs. PC’ ad? No?

Didn’t think so.

Just imagine that a single airplane maker had a monopoly manufacturing all the world’s airplanes for twenty years or so. And then they built a new plane that was hard to fly and crashed a lot. Fliers would find an alternative in a hurry.

That's what Microsoft users are doing.

Microsoft’s solution to fixing Vista? More ads! We are not making that up:

Mr. Ballmer has approved a new marketing campaign for Vista that is expected to kick in this year. Meanwhile, he is determined to avoid the delays that plagued that product in the development of Windows 7, which is expected in early 2010.

And how is Microsoft planning to make sure Windows 7 is something people might actually want to use?

More meetings! We are not making that up, either:

One safeguard: he entrusted the project to Steven Sinofsky, a senior vice president with a long history of managing big software projects. Executives said Windows 7's schedule is being managed more tightly, including frequent meetings with Mr. Ballmer and other top executives to monitor progress.

Think Dilbert, Wally and Alice sitting around a table, listening. While the pointy-haired boss talks.

Windows 7 can’t miss.


Jeff Matthews
I Am Not Making This Up

:)

metalman
07-09-08, 10:49 PM
http://jeffmatthewsisnotmakingthisup.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-fix-microsoft-more-ads-more.html


:)


microsoft = global software monopoly. soviet software. horrid. imagine word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. advancing as fast as web software?

it's coming.

c1ue
07-10-08, 02:44 PM
web software ain't all it either:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/08/docs_and_spreadsheets_goes_down/


Google's Docs and Spreadsheets disappeared today for close to an hour, proving that the world's largest search engine is a long way from perfecting the art of online business applications.
Many businesses paid good money to look at this screen, which appeared - at least to people in Silicon Valley - from about 9am to 10am:
http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/07/08/google_docs_goes_down.jpg When clouds die

As a Google Apps Premiere customer, the San Francisco-based open source outfit MuleSource pays Google for the use of Docs and Spreadsheets, and it describes the experience as a game of chance. "As businesses look to move their systems and applications into cloud-based services, we expect them to work minimally as well as if we ran them ourselves," Mule Source CEO Dave Rosenberg tells us. "With Google Apps, we are at the point of taking bets to see if the services will actually be up."
Google's error message kept telling Rosenberg to "Try again in 30 seconds." Say what you will about Microsoft Office, it's never that cruel.



M* at least doesn't have this problem.

Just imagine when the newest Chinese nuclear sub runs over the trans-Pacific fiber op line, or the neighbor backhoes the utility line when putting in his DIY swimming pool.

But then again, I much preferred Quattro Pro :mad:

Supercilious
07-10-08, 11:29 PM
I don't know how appropriate is post .... but well we should respect other cultures, it's on Yahoo News and most important you just can't make this stuff up :)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080710/wl_asia_afp/indonesiahealthsexoffbeat_080710121211&printer=1


Long life of Indonesia's penis growing grandma ends: reports

Thu Jul 10, 8:12 AM ET

An elderly Indonesian woman famed nationwide for supernatural skills in lengthening penises has died, reports said Thursday.
Reclusive Mak Erot, famed for penis extension treatment incorporating traditional herbs and Islamic prayer, died last week in Caringin village on the western coast of Java island, the Kompas daily's website reported.
Mak Erot -- who reports aged anywhere from 101 to over 130 -- prompted legions of imitations of her famous clinics, many using her famously craggy and birthmarked face to lure in anxious men.
While her legacy has been closely guarded by male descendents intent on maintaining the purity of the treatment, Mak Erot has become a pop-culture icon in everything from advertisements to teenage romantic comedy films.
Reports of he death prompted a flurry of bemused online comments from Internet users in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.
User "Jengkol" wrote on news website Detikcom: "Oh no, I didn't have the chance to go to Mak Erot and now she's dead. I'll just have to buy a vacuum. Maybe that could be the solution to my problem."

metalman
07-10-08, 11:38 PM
I don't know how appropriate is post .... but well we should respect other cultures, it's on Yahoo News and most important you just can't make this stuff up :)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080710/wl_asia_afp/indonesiahealthsexoffbeat_080710121211&printer=1

"famed nationwide for supernatural skills in lengthening penises"

which superstition is more dangerous? that or...

"U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Thursday told Congress that regulators should gain greater powers in oversight of financial market."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/11/content_8525923.htm

Andreuccio
07-11-08, 01:46 PM
A literary device where you say one thing to strongly mean it's opposite. I use it often, but I can't remember what it's called.



I looked it up. It's called, simply enough, "Verbal Irony".


Verbal irony: Where the meaning of a specific expression is, or is intended to be, the exact opposite of what the words literally mean. (Sarcasm is a tone of voice that often accompanies verbal irony, but they are not the same thing.)

(From: http://mrbraiman.home.att.net/lit.htm)

Supercilious
07-11-08, 06:36 PM
http://wonkette.com/401018/anti-gay-alabama-attorney-general-caught-being-gay


Anti-Gay Alabama A.G. Caught Being Gay

http://wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/troy-king.jpgThis may come as a shock, but a prominent anti-homosexual Republican attorney general has apparently been caught having homosexual sex intercourse (http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=6069) with his homosexual gay male assistant. Bonus: The dude’s wife caught him, (http://fishbowlamerica.com/?p=698) in their bed. This is the rumor (http://www.dailydixie.com/2008/07/09/the-rumorsphere-on-troy-king/) that the AG’s office has officially denied, so now of course everybody is spilling the sordid details.
AG in question is Troy King, who, of course, is only interested in outlawing homosexuality (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=137x4019) and sex toys. (http://bp0.blogger.com/_M-Nl0Fvwnzw/RzydcplcQNI/AAAAAAAAA3A/ZjOr6OLKKqA/s1600-h/11-15Toys4Troy.jpg) His gay lover is either a college “buddy,” or a very young youngster and “Homecoming King” from Troy University. What are the odds of a dude named Troy King getting caught in bed with a Homecoming King from Troy University? This seems like a wacky sitcom plot, on a gay porn channel. (Is this what that Will & Grace was about?)
I guess, one may say that Troy King is promoting wide stance anti-gay policies ...:D

Supercilious
07-21-08, 04:21 AM
http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Production_Disruption_in_Nigeria_Causes_Oil_Price_ Fall/d5ff8156.aspx


The price of crude oil took an unscheduled fall to its lowest in more than a month, yesterday in New York, after a disruption to production in Nigeria. The price of a barrel fell $5.31, or 4 percent, to close at $129.29, the lowest on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMX) since June 5. It traded at $130.77 at 2:54 p.m. Singapore time.

:)

GRG55
07-21-08, 01:33 PM
http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Production_Disruption_in_Nigeria_Causes_Oil_Price_ Fall/d5ff8156.aspx



:)



"...The price of crude oil took an unscheduled fall to its lowest in more than a month, yesterday in New York..."

An unscheduled fall? I know the iTulip community has access to a wide range of resources, so it would be truly helpful if someone who has access to the timetable for scheduled crude oil price declines would post it for the benefit of the rest of us.
Many thanks in advance...;)

Supercilious
07-21-08, 06:20 PM
"...The price of crude oil took an unscheduled fall to its lowest in more than a month, yesterday in New York..."
An unscheduled fall? I know the iTulip community has access to a wide range of resources, so it would be truly helpful if someone who has access to the timetable for scheduled crude oil price declines would post it for the benefit of the rest of us.
Many thanks in advance...;)

GRG55, I believe you missed an important detail:


"...The price of crude oil took an unscheduled fall ...
... after a disruption to production in Nigeria." :)


But I completely agree with you. Can someone, please, be so kind to provide that timetable for scheduled crude oil price declines and post it here for the benefit of the rest of us? ;)

GRG55
07-22-08, 12:55 AM
GRG55, I believe you missed an important detail:


"...The price of crude oil took an unscheduled fall ...
... after a disruption to production in Nigeria." :)



But I completely agree with you. Can someone, please, be so kind to provide that timetable for scheduled crude oil price declines and post it here for the benefit of the rest of us? ;)




I didn't miss anything. I think you take the blatherings of financial journalists about the daily movements of crude oil far too seriously...:)

Now about those scheduled price declines...anybody out there able to help $#* and the rest of us out??? :rolleyes:

metalman
07-22-08, 10:44 PM
I didn't miss anything. I think you take the blatherings of financial journalists about the daily movements of crude oil far too seriously...:)

Now about those scheduled price declines...anybody out there able to help $#* and the rest of us out??? :rolleyes:

it was me. didn't fill the hummer today, sorry. had the flu. oh, and iran called to say they're cool with shutting down the centrifuges if we send them a refinery.

Supercilious
07-25-08, 03:17 PM
He ventured forth to bring light to the world (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article4392846.ece)


http://www.smileyhut.com/laughing/rofl.gif


And they told of strange and wondrous things that greeted the news of the Child's journey. Around the world, global temperatures began to decline, and the ocean levels fell and the great warming was over.
The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.
And there were other wonderful signs.

In the city of the Street at the Wall, spreads on interbank interest rates dropped like manna from Heaven and rates on credit default swaps fell to the ground as dead birds from the almond tree, and the people who had lived in foreclosure were able to borrow again.


Black gold gushed from the ground at prices well below $140 per barrel. In hospitals across the land the sick were cured even though they were uninsured. And all because the Child had pronounced it.
And this is the testimony of one who speaks the truth and bears witness to the truth so that you might believe. And he knows it is the truth for he saw it all on CNN and the BBC and in the pages of The New York Times.

Supercilious
07-29-08, 10:24 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25423465/


Court: Exorcism is protected by law

Texas justices throw out jury award after teenager alleged church ordeal



FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices found that a lower court erred when it said the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God's First Amendment rights regarding freedom of religion did not prevent the church from being held liable for mental distress triggered by a "hyper-spiritualistic environment."

Laura Schubert testified in 2002 that she was cut and bruised and later experienced hallucinations after the church members' actions in 1996, when she was 17. Schubert said she was pinned to the floor for hours and received carpet burns during the exorcism, the Austin American-Statesman reported. She also said the incident led her to mutilate herself and attempt suicide. She eventually sought psychiatric help

metalman
07-29-08, 11:11 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25423465/

"hyper-spiritualistic environment" short of common sense describes the usa over the past few years, eh?

Supercilious
07-30-08, 03:04 AM
"hyper-spiritualistic environment" short of common sense describes the usa over the past few years, eh?

I don't know....maybe it describes better the no-oil-bubble faith on this site ;) because the situation in usa over the past few years, probably, it's a little bit more complex:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/washington/29justice.html?_r=2&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin


Report Faults Aides in Hiring at Justice Dept.


According to the report, officials at the White House first developed a method of searching the Internet to glean the political leanings of a candidate and introduced it at a White House seminar called The Thorough Process of Investigation. Justice Department officials then began using the technique to search for key phrases or words in an applicant’s background, like “abortion,” “homosexual,” “Florida recount,” or “guns.”And according to the official report (http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0807/final.pdf) the Nexis search string used by the White House liaison for selecting DOJ candidates was:


[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!"or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount" ??!!!:D they missed "wide stance" and "troy university"

That is not just a "hyper-spiritualistic environment"... it's more than that :)

Supercilious
08-01-08, 05:11 PM
The Straits of Tonkin....:rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slgBrbNXrbs

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Supercilious
08-06-08, 11:29 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=adFCwlTI2fjw&refer=home


Ambac, Using an Accounting Change, Posts Net Income

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Ambac Financial Group Inc. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=ABK%3AUS), the bond insurer that lost 92 percent of its stock market value in the past year, posted second-quarter net income after using an accounting change to record a $5.2 billion gain related to its debt securities.

[...]
Ambac, MBIA Inc. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=MBI%3AUS) and three other bond insurers have posted record losses and were stripped of their AAA status after expanding from guarantees on municipal bonds to securities tied to mortgages (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=DLQTDLQT%3AIND) that are now going delinquent at the highest rate since 1985. ``We won't know for sometime whether Ambac is going to be one of the long-term survivors,'' said Rob Haines (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Rob+Haines&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), an analyst with CreditSights Inc. in New York.
Without the use of the accounting rule that allowed Ambac to book the gain, ``the numbers look weak,'' Haines said.
[...]
Ambac, once the second-largest bond insurer, reported a $1.7 billion net loss (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=ABK%3AUS) in the first quarter after a $3.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2007. A rise in the risk premiums on Ambac's own debt in the second quarter lowered the value of bond guarantees, which was allowed to be reflected as a gain under new accounting rules, resulting in the quarterly profit.
:)

Supercilious
09-01-08, 08:14 PM
You know it's peak oil when ....
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ia9DOlb4Nn_yscFg_a9Zb1-GxF6Q


Diddy forced to give up private jet



Hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will now fly on commercial airlines instead of private jets because of soaring fuel prices.


Combs complained about the "too high" price of fuel and pleaded for free oil from his "Saudi Arabia brothers and sisters" in a YouTube video.


He said he is now flying on commercial airlines instead of private jets, which Combs said had previously cost him 200,000 US dollars and up for a roundtrip between New York and Los Angeles.

GRG55
09-01-08, 11:43 PM
You know it's peak oil when ....
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ia9DOlb4Nn_yscFg_a9Zb1-GxF6Q






Maybe Prince Alwaleed can give him a lift...

http://www.itulip.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19853#poststop

Jay
09-02-08, 01:07 PM
200k for a plane flight. Wow. The rich get richer don't they.

GRG55
09-03-08, 01:43 PM
Jim: I am back in the sandbox (Arabian Gulf) for a little while, but some days it's damn difficult to tell the difference between here and a giant amusement park. A few more examples of the complete insanity going on around these parts to illustrate (sorry couldn't figure out how to get the pictures attached):


"...The Palm Islands in Dubai used a new Dutch dredging technology to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all. Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.


The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.


Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.


The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101. Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. [Actually Dubai has for many years advertised the existing Burj Al Arab as the world's only 7-star hotel - that's the sail shaped hotel with the projecting helideck that is pictured so often in stories about Dubai].


The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai. Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.


Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size. Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects. Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.


The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores.It will be completed in 2008.


Some other crazy stuff.. The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.
And we think that US real estate was THE mother-of-all-Bubbles. It's not Petrodollars that are primarily fueling this, but Indian, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Kazakh and other Mafia money.

I don't know what will pop this monster, or when, but when it goes the splatter zone is going to cover a lot of territory...:p


Just in case you were under the impression that a trip to [or living in] Dubai is all fun and games [and with reference to this post (http://www.itulip.com/forums/showthread.php?p=45543#post45543)elsewhere]...


September 3, 2008
From The Times


Dubai 'sex on beach' woman Michelle Palmer: statement was in Arabic

Michelle Palmer, the British woman accused of having sex on a Dubai beach, has spoken out for the first time, pleading for help to prove her innocence so that she can return home...

...Ms Palmer’s case captured headlines around the world this summer as a prime example of how Western values can clash with this conservative Gulf emirate’s laws. Public opinion in Dubai is against the couple, with both expatriates and Emiratis arguing that they should have respected local laws.

The case has highlighted the strong contrasts in the booming United Arab Emirates, particularly Dubai. The city has a much more freewheeling attitude than elsewhere in the Gulf, but it remains a conservative Arab nation.

Supercilious
09-04-08, 12:03 AM
Yup. I prefer the Far East. It's much more liberal...

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GRG55
10-07-08, 10:42 PM
Jim: I am back in the sandbox (Arabian Gulf) for a little while, but some days it's damn difficult to tell the difference between here and a giant amusement park. A few more examples of the complete insanity going on around these parts to illustrate (sorry couldn't figure out how to get the pictures attached):


"...The Palm Islands in Dubai used a new Dutch dredging technology to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all. Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.


The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.


Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.


The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101. Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. [Actually Dubai has for many years advertised the existing Burj Al Arab as the world's only 7-star hotel - that's the sail shaped hotel with the projecting helideck that is pictured so often in stories about Dubai].


The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai. Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.


Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size. Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects. Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.


The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores.It will be completed in 2008.


Some other crazy stuff.. The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume. There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.
And we think that US real estate was THE mother-of-all-Bubbles. It's not Petrodollars that are primarily fueling this, but Indian, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Kazakh and other Mafia money.

I don't know what will pop this monster, or when, but when it goes the splatter zone is going to cover a lot of territory...:p

And it just keeps on getting more idiotic...


Dubai reaches for sky with plan for tallest tower - one kilometre high (http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/oct/06/architecture.middleeast)

Confident Gulf state's glitzy building will incorporate traditional Islamic styles



<LI class=byline>Ian Black (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/ianblack) in Dubai <LI class=publication>The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian), <LI class=date>Monday October 6 2008
Dubai, emirate of extravagance and superlatives, laid claim to an extraordinary new record yesterday with a multibillion dollar plan to build the world's tallest tower in the face of deepening global financial gloom.

The tower, at the centre of the Nakheel port and harbour complex, is to be "over one kilometre" high and have more than 200 floors, beating its nearest rival, the existing Burj Dubai tower, still under construction and due to rise to a mere 818 metres.

The latest first for this tiny Gulf state, the glitziest of the seven members of the United Arab Emirates, will incorporate traditional Islamic styles for its extensive gardens, waterfront and bridges.

"It sends another message to the world that Dubai has a vision like no other place on Earth," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai World, the parent company of developer Nakheel.

"At more than a kilometre high this is an unbelievably groundbreaking design," boasted Chris O'Donnell, Nakheel's Australian CEO. "We are pushing the boundaries of sustainable design."...[There's an understatement...:rolleyes: ]

...The tower will be so tall that it will have five different micro-climates.

The temperature in the atmosphere at the top of the building could be as much as 10 degrees cooler than at the bottom. High-speed lifts will allow people to see the sunset twice - from the bottom and again from the top of the building.

Pressed on the issue of height, O'Donnell said: "We are building a tower that's going to be over one kilometre. This is a complete iconic development. It may be the tallest. Someone may build something taller."

Developers in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will doubtless take note...

More [if you can stomach it...:p]

GRG55
10-13-08, 10:37 AM
Darned if I know jk. Probably a series of enclosed sites with air conditioning, with many of them connected at grade level so people can get around without going outside, or maybe a tram system or something. Anything outside, except a water park, is useless from June to September because of the heat and humidity.

I try to keep a detached perspective on this stuff and don't pay a lot of attention, as it seems so completely over-the-top artificial in every respect. A few people I know who live in Dubai seem to be getting caught up in it all, and I get the impression they are starting to think we should all live this way...

The early signs of a bust in Dubai have been there for some time [a ridiculously extravagant and clearly uneconomic national airline & no functioning secondary market for all those apartments...just two examples]. After many years of debate and denial, the whole unsustainable state-controlled edifice finally starts to come crashing down. The wonder is why it took so long. For those still on the rides living in the midst of this giant amusement park [and I know a few], watching this end might be as traumatic as a 6-year old watching Mickey get killed off in a Disney cartoon.



Dubai May Need Help From Abu Dhabi to Repay Debts (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=av8CVL1H3T3U&refer=home)

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Dubai may depend on support from neighboring Abu Dhabi and the federal government of the United Arab Emirates to help pay for a surge in borrowing, Moody's Investors Service Inc. said.

Government-controlled companies owe at least $47 billion in total, more than Dubai's gross domestic product, according to Moody's data based on economic statistics from 2006.

``We believe that leverage raised primarily through state- owned corporations will continue to grow faster than GDP for at least the next five years, during which time the Emirate's susceptibility toward execution, financing and geopolitical risks will be at its most pronounced,'' Philip Lotter (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Philip+Lotter&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), Dubai- based senior vice president at Moody's, said in a report today.

Dubai has borrowed to fund real estate projects including Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower, and to buy stakes in Deutsche Bank AG, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and Standard Chartered Plc, as it seeks to reduce dependence on its dwindling oil reserves...

...``These companies that are based in Dubai have become larger than Dubai itself,'' said Giyas Gokkent, chief economist at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E.'s second-largest commercial bank by assets. ``If anything were to go wrong with any of these companies, Dubai does not have the wherewithal to deal with it.''...

...Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Sheikh+Mohammed+bin+Rashid&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) al-Maktoum has borrowed to replace Dubai's dwindling revenue from oil, investing to boost earnings from tourism and finance. State-owned carrier Emirates has increased its fleet to the largest in the Middle East, in a bid to double tourists per year to 15 million by 2015. Dubai Holding LLC, which groups assets belonging to Sheikh Mohammed, owns hotel chain Jumeirah Group...

...Dubai's benchmark stock index is down 44 percent as concerns over real-estate valuations and banks' access to capital weighed on investors.

``In most countries there are identifiable delineations between the public and private sectors,'' Cooper (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=+Cooper&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) said in the report. ``In Dubai, however, the state corporatist model plus the fact that the ruler and his closest relatives form the core of the government make it difficult to draw such distinctions.''

Supercilious
10-17-08, 02:33 AM
Google economic wisdom:

Go to Google and type into the search bar these three words:

russia banks rouble

Click Search.

Try to understand the suggestion made by Google :)

GRG55
11-19-08, 09:16 AM
"Water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned."

Apparently we are doomed...:p




Water vapor confirmed as major player in climate change (http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/water-vapor-confirmed-major-player-climate-change-17805.html)

[I]Water vapor is known to be Earth's most abundant greenhouse gas, but the extent of its contribution to global warming has been debated. Using recent NASA satellite data, researchers have estimated more precisely than ever the heat-trapping effect of water in the air, validating the role of the gas as a critical component of climate change.

Andrew Dessler and colleagues from Texas A&M University in College Station confirmed that the heat-amplifying effect of water vapor is potent enough to double the climate warming caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With new observations, the scientists confirmed experimentally what existing climate models had anticipated theoretically. The research team used novel data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite to measure precisely the humidity throughout the lowest 10 miles of the atmosphere. That information was combined with global observations of shifts in temperature, allowing researchers to build a comprehensive picture of the interplay between water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other atmosphere-warming gases. The NASA-funded research was published recently in the American Geophysical Union's Geophysical Research Letters.

"Everyone agrees that if you add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, then warming will result," Dessler said. "So the real question is, how much warming?"

The answer can be found by estimating the magnitude of water vapor feedback. Increasing water vapor leads to warmer temperatures, which causes more water vapor to be absorbed into the air. Warming and water absorption increase in a spiraling cycle.

Water vapor feedback can also amplify the warming effect of other greenhouse gases, such that the warming brought about by increased carbon dioxide allows more water vapor to enter the atmosphere.

"The difference in an atmosphere with a strong water vapor feedback and one with a weak feedback is enormous," Dessler said.

Climate models have estimated the strength of water vapor feedback, but until now the record of water vapor data was not sophisticated enough to provide a comprehensive view of at how water vapor responds to changes in Earth's surface temperature. That's because instruments on the ground and previous space-based could not measure water vapor at all altitudes in Earth's troposphere -- the layer of the atmosphere that extends from Earth's surface to about 10 miles in altitude.

AIRS is the first instrument to distinguish differences in the amount of water vapor at all altitudes within the troposphere. Using data from AIRS, the team observed how atmospheric water vapor reacted to shifts in surface temperatures between 2003 and 2008. By determining how humidity changed with surface temperature, the team could compute the average global strength of the water vapor feedback.

"This new data set shows that as surface temperature increases, so does atmospheric humidity," Dessler said. "Dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere makes the atmosphere more humid. And since water vapor is itself a greenhouse gas, the increase in humidity amplifies the warming from carbon dioxide."

Specifically, the team found that if Earth warms 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the associated increase in water vapor will trap an extra 2 Watts of energy per square meter (about 11 square feet).

"That number may not sound like much, but add up all of that energy over the entire Earth surface and you find that water vapor is trapping a lot of energy," Dessler said. "We now think the water vapor feedback is extraordinarily strong, capable of doubling the warming due to carbon dioxide alone."

Because the new precise observations agree with existing assessments of water vapor's impact, researchers are more confident than ever in model predictions that Earth's leading greenhouse gas will contribute to a temperature rise of a few degrees by the end of the century.

"This study confirms that what was predicted by the models is really happening in the atmosphere," said Eric Fetzer, an atmospheric scientist who works with AIRS data at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned."
http://www.nasa.gov (http://www.nasa.gov/)

Jay
11-19-08, 10:44 AM
"Water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned."

Apparently we are doomed...:p




Water vapor confirmed as major player in climate change (http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/water-vapor-confirmed-major-player-climate-change-17805.html)

[I]Water vapor is known to be Earth's most abundant greenhouse gas, but the extent of its contribution to global warming has been debated. Using recent NASA satellite data, researchers have estimated more precisely than ever the heat-trapping effect of water in the air, validating the role of the gas as a critical component of climate change.

Andrew Dessler and colleagues from Texas A&M University in College Station confirmed that the heat-amplifying effect of water vapor is potent enough to double the climate warming caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With new observations, the scientists confirmed experimentally what existing climate models had anticipated theoretically. The research team used novel data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite to measure precisely the humidity throughout the lowest 10 miles of the atmosphere. That information was combined with global observations of shifts in temperature, allowing researchers to build a comprehensive picture of the interplay between water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other atmosphere-warming gases. The NASA-funded research was published recently in the American Geophysical Union's Geophysical Research Letters.

"Everyone agrees that if you add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, then warming will result," Dessler said. "So the real question is, how much warming?"

The answer can be found by estimating the magnitude of water vapor feedback. Increasing water vapor leads to warmer temperatures, which causes more water vapor to be absorbed into the air. Warming and water absorption increase in a spiraling cycle.

Water vapor feedback can also amplify the warming effect of other greenhouse gases, such that the warming brought about by increased carbon dioxide allows more water vapor to enter the atmosphere.

"The difference in an atmosphere with a strong water vapor feedback and one with a weak feedback is enormous," Dessler said.

Climate models have estimated the strength of water vapor feedback, but until now the record of water vapor data was not sophisticated enough to provide a comprehensive view of at how water vapor responds to changes in Earth's surface temperature. That's because instruments on the ground and previous space-based could not measure water vapor at all altitudes in Earth's troposphere -- the layer of the atmosphere that extends from Earth's surface to about 10 miles in altitude.

AIRS is the first instrument to distinguish differences in the amount of water vapor at all altitudes within the troposphere. Using data from AIRS, the team observed how atmospheric water vapor reacted to shifts in surface temperatures between 2003 and 2008. By determining how humidity changed with surface temperature, the team could compute the average global strength of the water vapor feedback.

"This new data set shows that as surface temperature increases, so does atmospheric humidity," Dessler said. "Dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere makes the atmosphere more humid. And since water vapor is itself a greenhouse gas, the increase in humidity amplifies the warming from carbon dioxide."

Specifically, the team found that if Earth warms 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the associated increase in water vapor will trap an extra 2 Watts of energy per square meter (about 11 square feet).

"That number may not sound like much, but add up all of that energy over the entire Earth surface and you find that water vapor is trapping a lot of energy," Dessler said. "We now think the water vapor feedback is extraordinarily strong, capable of doubling the warming due to carbon dioxide alone."

Because the new precise observations agree with existing assessments of water vapor's impact, researchers are more confident than ever in model predictions that Earth's leading greenhouse gas will contribute to a temperature rise of a few degrees by the end of the century.

"This study confirms that what was predicted by the models is really happening in the atmosphere," said Eric Fetzer, an atmospheric scientist who works with AIRS data at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned."
http://www.nasa.gov (http://www.nasa.gov/)

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We definitely need a steam room tax.

Supercilious
11-22-08, 07:13 PM
Sahara Pallin offering an interesting background on the Federal Reserve System efforts to rescue taxpayers from the financial crisis. Watch it carefully ... it's almost hypnotic


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GRG55
11-22-08, 07:29 PM
Sahara Pallin offering an interesting background on the Federal Reserve System efforts to rescue taxpayers from the financial crisis. Watch it carefully ... it's almost hypnotic
http://www.itulip.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7&pictureid=29 http://www.itulip.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7&pictureid=29 http://www.itulip.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7&pictureid=29

Priceless...

GRG55
11-24-08, 10:55 PM
Here we go again. This is an example of what I was referring to when I mentioned on another thread a few weeks back that the GCC countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were continuously becoming more conservative Islamic societies. I have noticed quite a change just in the few years I have lived in the Gulf. This may seem far away for many of you, and of no real consequence, but I think these are indicators of a recent acceleration in a long standing trend (goes back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the first Gulf War) with potential ramifications that go well beyond global oil supply...

Saudi bank segregation not yet confirmed

<SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>updateDate = "Tuesday, 03 July 2007 02:09"</SCRIPT><SCRIPT language=JavaScript type=text/javascript>document.getElementById('crumbs-dir').innerHTML = 'PUBLIC SECTOR / NEWS /'</SCRIPT>by <!-- Author Start -->Lynne Roberts<!-- Author End --> on Tuesday, 03 July 2007
Reports by news agencies that stricter measures will be enforced to segregate men and women at Saudi banks’ headquarters have yet to be officially confirmed, according to Arab News.

According to the newspaper no written circular has been issued, although women bankers claim to have heard about new rules, and in some cases have reported to work to find themselves relocated to women-only suites.

Male and female employees have always been separated at individual branches, but have worked together at headquarters until now.
A recent Reuters report claims officials from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) and the Labour Ministry met with bank managers earlier this month to inform them of the new system, and giving them until the end of the summer holidays to comply.

Banks are expected to provide separate floors, elevators, entrances and cafeterias for men and women.

A SAMA official denied any new rules or directives, but admitted that banks are expected to segregate. “There have been many complaints and written requests from different government agencies to strictly enforce the segregation because some banks continue to have mixed administrations at their headquarters” he told Arab News.

Not just the GCC apparently...



Malaysian Fatwa Council Bans Yoga for Muslims, Star Reports (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=axHJr7Xg3iOA)
(http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=axHJr7Xg3iOA)
By Soraya Permatasari
Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council today issued a religious edict banning Muslims from practicing yoga, saying it involves physical movements such as chanting that are prohibited in the religion, the Star reported (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/22/nation/20081122111842&sec=nation) today.

The decision was made after Zakaria Stapa, a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, advised Muslims against taking yoga classes on concern they may deviate from the teachings of Islam, the report said.

More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people practice Islam. The council is the religious body in Malaysia that issues fatwas for Muslims in the country. Their decisions are not legally binding.

GRG55
12-18-08, 02:46 PM
Weather rocket kills man and blows up his body at cremation (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3793982/Weather-rocket-kills-man-and-blows-up-his-body-at-cremation.html)

A Chinese man originally thought to have been struck by lightning was in fact killed by a small weather rocket whose existence was only discovered when his body exploded during his cremation.

By Richard Spencer in Beijing
Last Updated: 10:38PM GMT 16 Dec 2008

The body of Wang Diange, from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, was found in the wreckage of a house where he had been overseeing the wake of a previous family funeral, after mourners felt a loud explosion which took off half the roof.

As it was raining and thundery, they decided that the house, and Mr Wang in particular, had been struck by lightning. The police came to the same conclusion.

Further inquiries were made a few days later after Mr Wang's own funeral. As his body was being put into the cremation chamber, it blew up spectacularly, bursting the doors off the oven.

When the fire had been put out, the only clue as to what had happened was a small twisted piece of metal, which seemed to be the glowing remnants of a screw.

At first, local metallurgists were unable to determine what it was, though they noted it bore a military serial number. After a lengthy investigation, however, it was suggested it might be part of a shell casing.

Inquiries revealed that the rainfall on the day of the original disaster was triggered by the local weather bureau, which had been firing shells into the atmosphere to break up hail in order to protect the local tobacco crop.

Inside the shells were silver iodide, a chemical that helps to break up hail into rain.

Their own investigators concluded that one shell must have failed to explode, hit the house, and lodged in Mr Wang's body. There it passed unnoticed because of his extensive injuries, according to local newspaper reports.

As a result, and three years after Mr Wang died, his family have now received 80,000 yuan (£8,000) in compensation from the weather bureau.

GRG55
01-22-09, 08:17 AM
Apparently growing food is bad for the planet...:eek:



How Green Is My Orange? (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/business/22pepsi.html?_r=1&ref=business)

BRADENTON, Fla. — How much does your morning glass of orange juice contribute to global warming (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier)?

PepsiCo (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/pepsico_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org), which owns the Tropicana brand, decided to try to answer that question. It figured that as public concern grows about the fate of the planet, companies will find themselves under pressure to perform such calculations. Orange juice seemed like a good case study.

PepsiCo hired experts to do the math, measuring the emissions from such energy-intensive tasks as running a factory and transporting heavy juice cartons. But it turned out that the biggest single source of emissions was simply growing oranges. Citrus groves use a lot of nitrogen fertilizer, which requires natural gas to make and can turn into a potent greenhouse gas when it is spread on fields.

PepsiCo finally came up with a number: the equivalent of 3.75 pounds of carbon dioxide are emitted to the atmosphere for each half-gallon carton of orange juice...
</NYT_HEADLINE>

Supercilious
02-06-09, 04:39 PM
There were a few years ago rumors about a big ABBA fan in Kremlin... well ... :D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7875372.stm



Putin denies dancing to Abba hits


<!-- S BO --> <!-- S IIMA --> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="226"> <tbody><tr><td> http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45452000/jpg/_45452885_putin_afp226b.jpg Vladimir Putin and seven other guests were at the gig, Bjorn Again says

</td></tr> </tbody></table> <!-- E IIMA --> <!-- S SF --> An Abba tribute band says it has performed a private concert for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Bjorn Again says it was paid £20,000 to play the gig 200 miles (320km) north of Moscow on 22 January.
Bjorn Again's manager Rod Stephen and other band members said Mr Putin danced to Abba hits and shouted "Bravo!"
The PM's spokesman denied the claim. Mr Putin - a former KGB spy who has a black belt in judo - is known in Russia and the West for his macho image. <!-- E SF -->
'Paid by Kremlin'
Bjorn Again says that in January it was flown from London to Moscow and then driven north to a place on the shores of Lake Valdai.
<!-- S IIMA -->
<table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="226"> <tbody><tr><td> http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45452000/jpg/_45452886_bjornagain226.jpg Bjorn Again was founded in 1988

</td></tr> </tbody></table> <!-- E IIMA --> The four member-group says Mr Putin and about seven other guests, including a woman, were present at the concert, but they sat on a sofa veiled by a curtain.
"It was the smallest audience we have ever performed to but Mr Putin was really enjoying it, shouting 'Bravo' and clapping with the others," Aileen McLaughlin, who performs as Abba's blonde Agnetha Faltskog, was quoted as saying by the Times newspaper.
"He [Putin] was dancing along in his seat to Super Trouper and raised his hands in the air during Mamma Mia when we asked the audience to," she said.
Bjorn Again says it performed 15 Abba songs during the private gig, claiming that it was paid by the Kremlin.
Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied that the prime minister attended any such concert.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who succeeded Mr Putin last May, is a well-known fan of British band Deep Purple.
Last year, Mr Medvedev attended a concert by the British rockers to mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of Gazprom.<!-- E BO -->


Mamma Mia !!!:D

metalman
02-06-09, 06:57 PM
There were a few years ago rumors about a big ABBA fan in Kremlin... well ... :D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7875372.stm

Mamma Mia !!!:D

why do dictators have such lousy taste in music?

GRG55
02-07-09, 06:50 AM
There were a few years ago rumors about a big ABBA fan in Kremlin... well ... :D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7875372.stm




Mamma Mia !!!:D

Wonder if the woman, second from the left in photo, is also a black belt? ;)

GRG55
02-16-09, 09:18 PM
...just ripe for these times! :)

This is just begging for some funding to sponsor a DVD collection targeting retired baby boomers who just lost most of their recently created "wealth" and pensions, and need to find new income sources.

A packaged set of how-to DVDs, including some colourful computer graphics, flogged to the rising tide of worried insomniacs through late-night infomercials [nicely filling the void left by the demise of get-rich-on-Florida-real-estate]. She could be the greatest thing since Clara Pelter...:D


Flying thief caught again at age 83 (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE51C6AX20090216)

Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:43am EST

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A notorious 83-year-old Hungarian thief with a criminal record dating back six decades, was caught by police Thursday at the scene of a break-in.

Kosztor Sandorne, dubbed "Flying Gizi" by Hungarian media, was arrested after she entered a house in Komarom, a town in the northwest.

Sandorne, who earned her nickname because she liked to flee her crime scenes by taking commercial flights, said she was in the house because she was trying to save money...

..."Flying Gizi" has been convicted more than 20 times and first came to the attention of the police in the 1950s.

Her preferred method of travel is now rail rather than air, since train travel is free for pensioners in Hungary...

Supercilious
02-21-09, 08:17 PM
Got the link for this great financial blog from another forum. I was thinking to post this in education and resources:


http://smaniyar.blogspot.com (http://smaniyar.blogspot.com/)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Presidential Debate and Bailout (http://smaniyar.blogspot.com/2008/09/first-presidential-debate-and-bailout.html)

Looks like McCain is chickening out from facing American public, Obama and debate moderator. Otherwise why would be pull his typical maverick style trick to postpone the debate where he has chance to explain his plan on how he as president would get us out of this mess - he does not have a plan and everyone knows that his party and Wall Street got us into this mess. So on the premise of economic crisis, he is cancelling his participation in debate.

Obama should go ahead with his appearance in the debate and take this opportunity to explain his policies including how to get USA out of this mess created by current administration and Wall Street. I hope Obama go on attack mode and really gain momentum and seal the victory in next couple of weeks

FRE, FNM continue to climb and make another 30% gains (third in a row). Would this continue - don't know. Now only these stocks are trading at about 20% of what they were trading before Government took over 80% of stake. So technically they have reached their pre-Gov-takeover levels. However if we assume that their intrinsic value is about $20-25, then they can still go up by about 100% in next 12 months.

If bailout package does not get approved by Sunday, we will have another Black Monday with Dow plunging below 10000. If bailout package gets approved over weekend, we will see Dow above 11500. Since we don't know how congress would act, I would recommend keeping some cash at hand and given opportunity, taking positions at following banks at prices listed:


Citibank (less than 15)
Wachovia (less than 11)
Goldman (less than 100)
Morgan Stanley (less than 20)
Bank of America (less than 25)
And if you want to go little more aggressive, go for AIG when it falls below $2.50

Good luck and good night !

/Shyam

There is other great material there. I've bookmarked it ... http://www.itulip.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7&pictureid=29

GRG55
02-28-09, 10:45 PM
Sheikh advises ethanol bio fuel use prohibited by Islam (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/02/19/66803.html)
<!-- title Saudi scholar warns alcohol in bio fuel is a sin-->

Saudi scholar warns alcohol in bio fuel is a sin

DUBAI (AlArabiya.net)
<MAINBODY xmlns="">
A prominent Saudi scholar warned youths studying abroad of using ethanol or other fuel that contains alcohol in their cars since they could be committing a sin, local press reported Thursday.

Sheikh Mohamed Al-Najimi, member of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy, based his statement on a saying by the prophet that prohibited all kinds of dealings with alcohol including buying, selling, carrying, serving, drinking, and manufacturing, the Saudi newspaper Shams reported Thursday.

Saudi and Muslim youth studying abroad would violate the prohibition if they used bio fuel, he said, since it “is basically made up of alcohol.”

Majimi stressed that his statement should not be considered an official fatwa, but is rather a personal opinion. He noted that this is an important issue that needs to be studied by the relevant religious bodies...


Palm trees yield new biofuel (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2007/07/11/36456.html)
<!-- title Omani cars start running on date fuel-->
Omani cars start running on date fuel

DUBAI (AFP)
An Omani entrepreneur is promoting a biofuel for cars using extracts from date palms to cut the use of petrol in the oil-rich Gulf region, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

More than 30 cars in Oman are already powered by the palm-based biofuel developed by Mohammed al-Harethi, who is planning to market the new fuel in the United Arab Emirates later, UAE daily Emirates Today said.

The vehicles are running 85 percent on the new fuel and 15 percent on petrol without the need to convert the engine, Harithi was quoted as saying...


</MAINBODY>

jk
02-28-09, 10:53 PM
Sheikh advises ethanol bio fuel use prohibited by Islam (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/02/19/66803.html)
<!-- title Saudi scholar warns alcohol in bio fuel is a sin-->

Saudi scholar warns alcohol in bio fuel is a sin

DUBAI (AlArabiya.net)
<mainbody xmlns="">
A prominent Saudi scholar warned youths studying abroad of using ethanol or other fuel that contains alcohol in their cars since they could be committing a sin, local press reported Thursday.

Sheikh Mohamed Al-Najimi, member of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy, based his statement on a saying by the prophet that prohibited all kinds of dealings with alcohol including buying, selling, carrying, serving, drinking, and manufacturing, the Saudi newspaper Shams reported Thursday.

Saudi and Muslim youth studying abroad would violate the prohibition if they used bio fuel, he said, since it “is basically made up of alcohol.”

Majimi stressed that his statement should not be considered an official fatwa, but is rather a personal opinion. He noted that this is an important issue that needs to be studied by the relevant religious bodies...


Palm trees yield new biofuel (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2007/07/11/36456.html)
<!-- title Omani cars start running on date fuel-->
Omani cars start running on date fuel

DUBAI (AFP)
An Omani entrepreneur is promoting a biofuel for cars using extracts from date palms to cut the use of petrol in the oil-rich Gulf region, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

More than 30 cars in Oman are already powered by the palm-based biofuel developed by Mohammed al-Harethi, who is planning to market the new fuel in the United Arab Emirates later, UAE daily Emirates Today said.

The vehicles are running 85 percent on the new fuel and 15 percent on petrol without the need to convert the engine, Harithi was quoted as saying...


</mainbody>
doesn't this also mean that it's a sin for a muslim to use anti-freeze in his car, since that's [technically] an alcohol as well? sounds like even more study needed by the relevant religious bodies.

GRG55
02-28-09, 10:56 PM
Muslim cleric sparks outrage with alcohol permit (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/04/12/48219.html)

Says nothing wrong with consuming "tiny amounts"

DOHA (AFP)
<MAINBODY xmlns="">Prominent Qatar-based Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has sparked controversy by issuing a religious law allowing Muslims to consume tiny amounts of alcohol, which is banned in Islam.

"The latest fatwa caused confusion among people... We could have done without it," the editor of the Qatari daily Ash-Sharq, Abdullatif al-Mahmoud, wrote on Thursday.

In his fatwa published on Tuesday in the Qatar's Al-Arab newspaper, the Egyptian-born Qaradawi said that consuming drinks containing small quantities of alcohol that is "constituted naturally through fermentation" did not violate Islamic teachings...
<TABLE border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>
...The fatwa came in response to a question about "an energy drink available on the market" in Qatar, a conservative Muslim state, he said.

A former dean of the sharia (Islamic law) school at Qatar University, Abdul Hamid al-Ansari, told AFP he agreed with the content of Qaradawi's fatwa.

But Ansari said he objected to the number of fatwas being issued in Muslim societies, saying they are "hampering their progress."



Iranian sentenced to die for drinking alcohol (http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/02/05/45210.html)
</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Capital punishment applies for fourth offence

TEHRAN (Reuters)
<MAINBODY xmlns="">An Iranian court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to death for violating the Islamic Republic's ban on drinking alcohol several times, a news agency said on Tuesday...


<!-- title Iranian sentenced to die for drinking alcohol-->

c1ue
03-01-09, 11:28 AM
Omani cars start running on date fuel

I wonder what the actual oil usage of employing such a fuel is? Between the desalinization, fertilizer, planting, harvest, distillation?

Rube Goldberg with fuel!

Supercilious
03-01-09, 09:34 PM
A racist Jewish nazi mullah, preaching the Gospel with his tinfoil hat on..... http://www.itulip.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=7&pictureid=30

"God deals with balance, idiot!" "You have black women marrying African men!"

(Warning! This clip contains offensive language, hate, a retarded mix of racism and bigotry and its idiocy is beyond the wildest imagination).

You just can't make this stuff up!

<object width="425" height="344">


<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pTuaVLuTOCY&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></object>


I just wonder what these guy smoked, after drinking mushroom wine and hearing Mein Kampf (the audio-book edition)

Supercilious
03-26-09, 07:44 PM
The Global War on Terror , Japanese version:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gr4QBZfjtqs&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gr4QBZfjtqs&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

cobben
03-27-09, 03:35 PM
Thanks for that one, made my day.

There are a few Swedish singers through the years who made it big in Japan but are unkown in the west, the Japanese taste is, well, somewhat special.

But what is link to a site for a Finnish airsoft gun group doing there towards the end of the clip? ( www.rokenrolperkele.com (http://www.rokenrolperkele.com) ) Not that I really need to know the answer to that . . . .

cobben
03-28-09, 04:50 AM
Swedish palm trees exported to Dubai

It seems this florist in south Sweden has established contacts in south Europe where he goes regularly to collect fallen partially dried palm leaves.

He takes them back to Sweden, treats them with a softening agent and chlorophyll, and when they are ready after a period in a dark room he creates artificial palm trees from these left over leaves, which he sells to for example hotells in Dubai, where a real palm tree cannot survive the air conditioning.

He has a palm tree in Putin's office in Moscow, business is expanding, and he has an order for 150 palm trees for a Danish resort for 12M SEK.

Svenska palmer exporteras till öknen (article in Swedish)
http://dn.se/ekonomi/svenska-palmer-exporteras-till-oknen-1.828268

GRG55
03-30-09, 12:17 PM
There have been occasional posts from iTulip members expressing frustration, or even indignation, at the way they've been [mis?]-treated by our omnipotent site administrator FRED.

Well here's just the thing to deal with that situation...:D


Dead FRED Pen Holder (http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/a777/)

Stab FRED all you want, he won't mind
[Seriously folks, we don't make this stuff up :p ]

We already know that your desk probably looks like a disaster area, but why not turn it into a crime scene instead? Fred is indeed dead but that doesn't mean he's useless. Not only does repeatedly stabbing your pen into Fred reduce your stress level, but it helps you to keep that pesky pen from getting lost under the edge of your computer keyboard. Need someone to take your aggression out on? Well, Dead FRED is the man!

Alleviate all that pent up aggression by violently and repeatedly stabbing FRED through the heart... and is if by magic there it is, just where you left it, your pen right at your fingertips - and your stress and frustration, gone!
<!-- Bulleted portion of the description, if needed -->

http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/dead_fred.jpg (http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/a777/)

Supercilious
03-30-09, 11:50 PM
Ha ha ha! That was a good one. Although I need one called Fed, not Fred.

c1ue
04-01-09, 05:19 PM
Is that the green doll?

Or the doll with an eyepatch?

http://www.gasolinealleyantiques.com/images/Potpourri%20Page/bank-peglegpirate.JPG

GRG55
04-14-09, 11:33 PM
This one almost deserved a thread of its own...:D

And no, I didn't make this stuff up. Really I didn't...



April 14th, 2009
Goldman steps up to save America (http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-dealzone/2009/04/14/goldman-steps-up-to-save-america/)

Not much rides on Goldman Sachs (http://search.us.reuters.com/rsearch/rcomSearch.do?blob=gs&WTmodLoc=ussrch-top-quote)‘ success at shedding TARP (http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssInvestmentServices/idUSN1441489720090414)– just the future of Wall Street, the recovery of the U.S. and global economies, and saving whatever shreds remain of the American Dream. Though it may take some financial finagling to extricate itself from the government’s grip, Goldman’s storied stable of financial savants is as capable as any of casting off the yoke of socialism.

For Wall Street, Goldman fights for the right to pay people whatever the market will bear, enshrining the guiding principal of the marketplace that it is not how much money one earns, but how much more than the other guy. For the economy, everyone knows we need a healthy banking sector to run our particularly high-octane form of capitalism. As for the American Dream, what this country needs most in this time of financial peril is a hero, someone who can stand up to the regulatory Frankenstein shambling from the wreckage of such spectacularly failed government efforts as AIG and Lehman Brothers.

The only question really for Goldman shareholders is how big a bonus Lloyd Blankfein should get if he manages to achieve these lofty goals.

GRG55
04-14-09, 11:47 PM
The Middle East is rich pickings for stories like this. Not to mention that Saudi has to be the only place on earth that considers the "middle class" [apparently defined as someone with $50 grand to spend on an old sewing machine] to be below the poverty line...:D






Sewing machine frenzy in red mercury hoax (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE53D48H20090414)

Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:49am EDT

RIYADH (Reuters) - [I]Saudi police are investigating the origins of a hoax that had hundreds of people believing that old sewing machines may bring fortune because they contained an elusive, and probably mythical, substance known as red mercury.

Saudi newspapers on Tuesday published pictures of Saudis proudly posing next to old sewing machines awaiting prospective buyers at traditional markets.

The English-language Saudi Gazette newspaper said some buyers were willing to pay up to 200,000 riyals ($50,000) for an old Singer sewing machine proven to contain red mercury.

Mobile phones are supposedly employed as instruments to prove the existence of the phony substance. Popular belief in the Middle East has it that it can help uncover hidden gold treasures, though there are other theories which say it can be used to create a nuclear bomb.

"If the line cuts off when the telephone is placed close to the needle ... that proves the existence of the substance," Saudi Gazette said.

Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper said "poverty provided a fertile ground for the red mercury rumor to spread in Saudi society, especially the middle class."

"We have to find out who started this hoax. We cannot be 100 percent sure of getting in the short-term to the person or persons who started this," an interior ministry spokesman told Reuters.

"People hope to make profit. This is no different to cases of citizens who put their money in untrustworthy schemes," he added.

Thousands of Saudi citizens have lost their life savings to financial scams consisting mainly of operations to raise money for real estate projects.

cjppjc
04-15-09, 12:16 AM
This one almost deserved a thread of its own...:D

And no, I didn't make this stuff up. Really I didn't...


April 14th, 2009
Goldman steps up to save America (http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-dealzone/2009/04/14/goldman-steps-up-to-save-america/)

Not much rides on Goldman Sachs (http://search.us.reuters.com/rsearch/rcomSearch.do?blob=gs&WTmodLoc=ussrch-top-quote)‘ success at shedding TARP (http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssInvestmentServices/idUSN1441489720090414)– just the future of Wall Street, the recovery of the U.S. and global economies, and saving whatever shreds remain of the American Dream. Though it may take some financial finagling to extricate itself from the government’s grip, Goldman’s storied stable of financial savants is as capable as any of casting off the yoke of socialism.

For Wall Street, Goldman fights for the right to pay people whatever the market will bear, enshrining the guiding principal of the marketplace that it is not how much money one earns, but how much more than the other guy. For the economy, everyone knows we need a healthy banking sector to run our particularly high-octane form of capitalism. As for the American Dream, what this country needs most in this time of financial peril is a hero, someone who can stand up to the regulatory Frankenstein shambling from the wreckage of such spectacularly failed government efforts as AIG and Lehman Brothers.

The only question really for Goldman shareholders is how big a bonus Lloyd Blankfein should get if he manages to achieve these lofty goals.




Christopher Kaufman; DealZone (http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-dealzone/) Editor

I wonder if Chris is a shareholder, or just an idiot.

cobben
04-17-09, 05:02 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_mercury

GRG55
07-24-09, 10:03 AM
What goes around, comes around...:eek:



For finance pros, Asia expat life losing perks (http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE56M6P220090723)

Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:22pm EDT

HONG KONG (Reuters) - For most financial market professionals in this city and other hubs across Asia, the days of extravagant expatriate life have ended...

...The standard HK$200,000 per month ($25,641) housing allowance for top bankers is gone or going in most cases.
Paid-for chauffeurs to tote executives and their families around the steep hills of Hong Kong are scarcer, as are free memberships to exclusive country, golf or dinner clubs that may otherwise cost more than HK$2.1 million to join.

Free private school education for the kids, roughly $10,000 per child at international schools, is getting scaled back too.

And in another sign of lean times, corporate ships for pleasure cruises around Hong Kong's myriad beaches and outlying islands are getting auctioned off, with UBS AG among the financial institutions to recently set plans to part with its junk boat reserved for employees and clients...

...Anecdotal evidence gathered in the last six months shows a herd of bankers moving from palatial flats to more modest abodes, or relocating to less exclusive and cheaper districts...

Supercilious
09-01-09, 01:42 AM
This is really epic:

http://kotaku.com/5348223/bank-deficit-freezes-eve-accounts (http://kotaku.com/5348223/bank-deficit-freezes-eve-accounts)

Bank Deficit Freezes EVE Accounts (http://kotaku.com/5348223/bank-deficit-freezes-eve-accounts)

By <cite>Owen Good (http://kotaku.com/people/owengood/posts/)</cite>, 8:40 PM (http://kotaku.com/5348223/bank-deficit-freezes-eve-accounts) on Fri Aug 28 2009,

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/9/2009/08/500x_evepic-thumb.jpg (http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2009/08/evepic-thumb.jpg)From the MMO-as-IRL file, EVE Online (http://kotaku.com/tag/eve-online/)'s biggest bank has frozen accounts for anyone who invested any kredits with it, after it was discovered that the bank is 380bn kredits in the hole, without the funds to cover player withdrawals.
EBank, the institution in question, was also hit by a naked fraud scheme earlier this year, in which an embezzler stole 200bn kredits (http://kotaku.com/5307381/bank-heist-causes-bank-run-in-eve-onlne) and resold it all for real world cash. The episode caused an actual run on the virtual bank. Now its new chairman has admitted the bank's rampant mismanagement without following rules, safeguards and controls, has led to a 380 billion ISK shortfall.
The bank's board of directors report that it faces a deficit of about 1.2 trillion ISK, which increases about 12 billion ISK a month. According to the bank chief, "withdrawals will be allowed once the bank achieves a maintainable equity status of 90% (1.8t currently); they will be stopped again should that fall below 80%."
And from Artechnica:



Virtual bank in EVE freezes accounts due to deficit

Surprise! It turns out that massive embezzlement and defaulted loans are just as bad for virtual banks in computer games as they are for banks in the real world.


Early this summer, it came to light (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/07/virtual-theft-in-eve-online-creates-run-on-bank.ars) that a veteran EVE player (known only as "Ricdic") had embezzled —and then sold in the real world— over 200 billion ISK from Ebank, causing a run on the virtual financial institution. However, this was just the beginning of the problems for the player-owned bank. Recently installed Ebank Chairman Ray McCormack admitted that the bank had been mismanaged (http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1161131), and rules, safeguards, and controls were not enforced. As a result, it's been revealed that Ebank is 380 billion ISK poorer thanks to a number of defaulted loans. Because of the aforementioned mismanagement, it apparently took the bank's new officers a while to figure out just how far in the red their institution is.

At the moment, customer accounts will remain frozen until the bank manages to stabilize. According to McCormack, "withdrawals will be allowed once the bank achieves a maintainable equity status of 90% (1.8t currently); they will be stopped again should that fall below 80%."
The main problem with Ebank's account freezing is that it could do some serious harm to the game's economy, mainly because players won't be able to withdraw their funds in order to pay for in-game goods and services. Exactly how long a recovery will take is currently anyone's guess, though, as it turns out that the board of directors revealed that the bank is currently facing a deficit of roughly 1.2 trillion ISK, with the amount increasing by approximately 12 billion ISK a month.
This is beyond funny !!!!

I hope everybody realizes what will happen if we make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization and Goldman Sachs is still around ....

GRG55
10-09-09, 11:52 PM
Canadian trucker fined for smoking on the job (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE59855D20091009)

Fri Oct 9, 2009 4:46pm EDT

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian truck driver has been fined for smoking in his vehicle because it is considered his workplace, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.

A police officer saw the 48-year-old trucker driving on a highway in southwestern Ontario with a cigarette in his mouth on Wednesday, and gave him a C$305 ($290) ticket.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, adopted in 2006, prohibits smoking in an enclosed workplace or enclosed public area, and that extends to work vehicles, said Constable Shawna Coulter of the Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County.

"We enforce the legislation and this truck driver was in violation of that," she said.

GRG55
10-09-09, 11:55 PM
Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE5984FN20091009)

Fri Oct 9, 2009 6:53pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "D'oh!" doesn't even start to cover it.

Marge Simpson -- the blue beehived matriarch of America's most loved dysfunctional family - is Playboy magazine's November cover, the magazine said on Friday...

..."It had never been done, and we thought it would be kind of hip, cool and unusual," Flanders told the newspaper. He said the magazine hoped to attract readers in their 20s compared to the average Playboy reader's age of 35...

metalman
10-10-09, 12:06 AM
Canadian trucker fined for smoking on the job (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE59855D20091009)

Fri Oct 9, 2009 4:46pm EDT

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian truck driver has been fined for smoking in his vehicle because it is considered his workplace, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.

A police officer saw the 48-year-old trucker driving on a highway in southwestern Ontario with a cigarette in his mouth on Wednesday, and gave him a C$305 ($290) ticket.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, adopted in 2006, prohibits smoking in an enclosed workplace or enclosed public area, and that extends to work vehicles, said Constable Shawna Coulter of the Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County.

"We enforce the legislation and this truck driver was in violation of that," she said.

at least your cops are law abiding...

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GRG55
10-10-09, 12:12 AM
at least your cops are law abiding...



...as long as they aren't sneaking a smoke in the cruiser they are...

GRG55
10-10-09, 12:24 AM
Hard to believe this site needs yet another thread, but I came across the following, figured it would take the edge off the sometimes serious tone we get into around here, couldn't figure out where to put it, so I started this thread thinking others could just add anything similar - amusing, incredulous, revealing, impossible to be true, whatever...

What follows is dead serious. You can't make this stuff up...

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday...


Okay, time for a return visit to the country that prompted this thread in the first place.

The two faces [?] of Saudi Arabia, where apparently women give men "hearts burn" :):



In Saudi Arabia, a Campus Built as a 'Beacon of Tolerance' (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/08/AR2009100804325.html)

High-Tech University Draws the Ire of Hard-Line Clerics for Freedoms It Provides to Women

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, October 9, 2009
THUWAL, Saudi Arabia -- On this gleaming high-tech campus edged by the Red Sea, May Qurashi crossed a barrier the other day. She played a game on PlayStation with some male fellow students. Her best friend, Sarah al-Aqeel, is also reaching for the forbidden. She's getting her driver's license.

Under Saudi Arabia's strict constraints, Saudi women like Qurashi and Aqeel may neither mingle with men nor drive. But at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which opened last month on this sprawling site 50 miles north of Jiddah, men and women take classes together. Women are not required to wear traditional black head-to-toe abayas or veil their faces -- and they can get behind a steering wheel...

...Saudi officials describe the multibillion-dollar postgraduate institution as the spear in the kingdom's efforts to transform itself into a global scientific center rivaling those in the United States, Europe and Asia.

But the kingdom's powerful religious establishment is increasingly voicing criticism of the university. On Web sites, clerics have blasted the school's coeducational policy as a violation of sharia, or Islamic law. Last week, a member of the influential Supreme Committee of Islamic Scholars, a government-sanctioned body, called for a probe into the curriculum and its compatibility with sharia law, local newspapers reported.

"Mixing is a great sin and a great evil," Saad bin Nasser al-Shithri was quoted as saying in the al-Watan newspaper. "When men mix with women, their hearts burn, and they will be diverted from their main goal," which he said is "education."...


And to think, Bill Clinton only faced impeachment for behaving similarly...:rolleyes:

...Lawyers say Abdul-Jawad could have been given the death penalty...


Man faces prison, flogging over TV sex revelations (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE5964OQ20091007)

Wed Oct 7, 2009 1:10pm EDT

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A Saudi court has sentenced a man to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes for boasting about his sexual exploits on television, in a case that has divided public opinion in the conservative Islamic kingdom...

...Three of Abdul-Jawad's friends who appeared on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) were sentenced to two years in jail and 300 lashes each.

LBC is a popular channel in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most conservative societies, and many Saudis tune into its Western-style entertainment programs and talk shows.

Abdul-Jawad, 32, spoke from his bedroom on an episode of "In Bold Red." He was shown driving his red convertible to a shopping mall where he said he used his mobile phone to pick up girls.

A court official said that, on top of the lashings and jail sentence, Abdul-Jawad's phone and car would be confiscated and he would be banned from traveling after completing his term...

..."Now he has been fired from his job and after his jail term it won't be possible for him to get a job in government or the private sector because he was charged with a case of moral indecency"...

GRG55
10-17-09, 05:01 AM
Not sure what to do with that big bonus, from the luscious profits made on the all that free money from the taxpayers?

No problem. Stash it all in the bank and take advantage of more free money to make it look like you are spending it and supporting the moribund global economy...:D



Zero Percent Financing Available on 2009 and 2010 Lamborghini Murciélagos (http://rumors.automobilemag.com/6579305/news/zero-percent-financing-available-on-2009-and-2010-lamborghini-murci-lagos/index.html)


‘Tis the season to buy a Murciélago with zero-percent financing. Lamborghini of America introduced a new Lamborghini Retail Finance Plan that allows customers to buy a Lamborghini Murciélago LP640-4 at zero percent for 60 months.


With the new financing deal, Lamborghini hopes to allow more automotive enthusiasts to get behind the wheel of one of the rarest and fastest cars on the plant. Purchasing a car that has a base price of more than $350,000 normally requires some serious wealth. Now, all it requires is a solid credit score...

GRG55
11-16-09, 09:32 AM
For those that have mastered how the walk like an Egyptian, the next challenge is to learn to party like a Libyan...:p



Italian women disappointed by Gaddafi "party" (http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5AF2KS20091116)

Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:40am EST

ROME (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Rome for a U.N. food summit, spent several hours in the company of 200 Italian women recruited by an agency and tried to convert them to Islam, Italian media reported Monday.

"Seeking 500 attractive girls between 18 and 35 years old, at least 1.70 meters (5 foot, 7 inches) tall, well-dressed but not in mini-skirts or low cut dresses," read the ad by the Hostessweb agency and quoted in Italy's Corriere dell Sera newspaper in its story.

Some 200 women showed up at a Rome villa, having been told they would receive 60 euros ($90) and "some Libyan gifts." Among them was an undercover reporter for Italian news agency ANSA, who took photos and described the evening's proceedings.

Most had expected to attend a party, according to ANSA, but instead were invited to wait in a large hall until the arrival of Gaddafi, who gave them a lesson on Libya and the role of women in Islam.

After around two hours the lesson, including questions and answers through an interpreter, concluded with an exhortation by Gaddafi to "convert to Islam" and with each woman given a copy of the Koran and a book of sayings by Gaddafi.

"It was anything but the VIP party we were expecting, they didn't even give us a glass of water," one woman told ANSA...

GRG55
04-03-10, 07:43 AM
Apparently the Spanish have a somewhat different attitude and response than the Greeks toward an economic crisis...



Unpaid Spanish air hostesses strip in protest (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62U50F20100331?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r2:c 0.115385:b32405218:z0)

MADRID
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:51pm EDT

(Reuters) - Flight attendants owed up to nine months' wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight, one of the cabin crew turned models said on Wednesday.

The calendar, numerous excerpts of which appeared in the Spanish media, shows the Air Comet attendants, all female, posing provocatively in and outside airline cabins, and in one case on top of a jet turbine...

jk
04-03-10, 07:49 AM
Apparently the Spanish have a somewhat different attitude and response than the Greeks toward an economic crisis...

Unpaid Spanish air hostesses strip in protest (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62U50F20100331?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r2:c 0.115385:b32405218:z0)

MADRID
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:51pm EDT

(Reuters) - Flight attendants owed up to nine months' wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight, one of the cabin crew turned models said on Wednesday.

The calendar, numerous excerpts of which appeared in the Spanish media, shows the Air Comet attendants, all female, posing provocatively in and outside airline cabins, and in one case on top of a jet turbine...



seems less a protest than an advert. check out the pics in the slide show at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/01/air-comet-attendants-nude_n_522049.html
is it your sympathy that is aroused? ready to fly air comet?

GRG55
04-03-10, 08:06 AM
seems less a protest than an advert. check out the pics in the slide show at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/01/air-comet-attendants-nude_n_522049.html
is it your sympathy that is aroused? ready to fly air comet?

I don't think I am ready to fly Air Comet, but I'm quite ready to trade Souvlaki for Paella or some Tapas...Greece isn't going away, but it's time for a change...:D

GRG55
06-08-10, 10:06 AM
June 07, 2010
The Commission to Study Deficits is Broke (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/06/the_commission_to_study_defici.html)

Randall Hoven

As reported by The Fiscal Times (http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Issues/Budget-Impact/2010/06/04/Obama-Fiscal-Commission-Running-Short-of-Money.aspx), President Obama's commission to study the problem of what to do about the government running short of money is running short of money.


"President Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission is operating on a shoestring budget and some panel members and lawmakers worry that it may run short of money.

jk
06-11-10, 10:00 PM
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New York Seeks to Pay Pension Fund Using Borrowing</nyt_headline>

<nyt_byline>By DANNY HAKIM (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/h/danny_hakim/index.html?inline=nyt-per)

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<nyt_text><nyt_correction_top></nyt_correction_top>ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/p/david_a_paterson/index.html?inline=nyt-per) and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to allow the state and municipalities to borrow nearly $6 billion to help them make their required annual payments to the state pension fund.

And, in classic budgetary sleight-of-hand, they will borrow the money to make the payments to the pension fund — from the same pension fund.


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GRG55
06-27-10, 07:23 AM
This would appear to be sufficient grounds to call another summit of European leaders in Brussels next weekend...



EU to ban selling eggs by dozen (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/7857087/EU-to-ban-selling-eggs-by-dozen.html)

Shoppers will be banned from buying bread rolls or eggs by the dozen under new food labelling regulations proposed by the European parliament.

Published: 8:36AM BST 27 Jun 2010

Under the draft legislation, to come into force as early as next year, the sale of groceries using the simple measurement of numbers will be replaced by an EU-wide system based on weight.


It would mean an end to packaging descriptions such as eggs by the dozen, four-packs of apples, six bread rolls or boxes of 12 fish fingers.


The legislation could even see special unit-based promotional packs offering 'eight chocolate bars for the price of six' banned, according to a report in trade magazine, The Grocer (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=210390).

It comes after MEPs last week voted against an amendment to the regulations that would allow individual states to nominate products that could be sold by number.

Individual countries are currently allowed to specify exemptions, but the proposed Food Labelling Regulations make no such provisions.
The changes would cost the food and retail industries millons of pounds as items would have to be individually weighed to ensure the accuracy of the label.

The Grocer said food industry sources had described the move as "bonkers" and "absolute madness". Its editor, Adam Leyland, said the EU had "created a multi-headed monster"...

ThePythonicCow
06-27-10, 09:03 AM
The Grocer said food industry sources had described the move as "bonkers" and "absolute madness".Agreed.

WTF, over?

jk
06-27-10, 11:26 AM
This would appear to be sufficient grounds to call another summit of European leaders in Brussels next weekend...



EU to ban selling eggs by dozen (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/7857087/EU-to-ban-selling-eggs-by-dozen.html)

Shoppers will be banned from buying bread rolls or eggs by the dozen under new food labelling regulations proposed by the European parliament.

Published: 8:36AM BST 27 Jun 2010

Under the draft legislation, to come into force as early as next year, the sale of groceries using the simple measurement of numbers will be replaced by an EU-wide system based on weight.


It would mean an end to packaging descriptions such as eggs by the dozen, four-packs of apples, six bread rolls or boxes of 12 fish fingers.


The legislation could even see special unit-based promotional packs offering 'eight chocolate bars for the price of six' banned, according to a report in trade magazine, The Grocer (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=210390).

It comes after MEPs last week voted against an amendment to the regulations that would allow individual states to nominate products that could be sold by number.

Individual countries are currently allowed to specify exemptions, but the proposed Food Labelling Regulations make no such provisions.
The changes would cost the food and retail industries millons of pounds as items would have to be individually weighed to ensure the accuracy of the label.

The Grocer said food industry sources had described the move as "bonkers" and "absolute madness". Its editor, Adam Leyland, said the EU had "created a multi-headed monster"...


at first i thought they were going metric: had to buy TEN eggs, not a DOZEN. but otoh, this kind of labeling rule will prevent the hidden inflation of shrinking the item's weight per unit.

jiimbergin
06-27-10, 04:53 PM
at first i thought they were going metric: had to buy TEN eggs, not a DOZEN. but otoh, this kind of labeling rule will prevent the hidden inflation of shrinking the item's weight per unit.

It happens on weighted items all the time and most consumers don't notice. It happens on count items such as tissue or toilet paper or paper towels.

GRG55
07-10-10, 11:40 PM
Italian MEP Worried About UFOs (http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2010/07/08/italian-mep-worried-about-ufos/)

Mario Borghezio, a far-right Italian member of the European Parliament, says the European Union is not sufficiently focused on studying UFOs. He wants the EU to set up an “observatory” to catalogue incidents of people seeing UFOs in the sky. Serious, thorough research would expose a “systematic cover-up” of UFOs, he said.

In his latest press release, Mr. Borghezio quotes an Italian astrophysicist named Massimo Teodorani: “The phenomenon of UFOs, it is not a kind of tale, but it is a real manifestation which can be estimated through the physics and the astronomy.”

So far, like a lone flying saucer sailing through the night, the Italian MEP doesn’t have much company. He’s gathered only 18 signatures in the 736-seat parliament.

GRG55
09-11-11, 10:31 PM
Men Selling Panties May End in Saudi Arabia (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-11/men-selling-panties-may-disappear-as-saudi-lingerie-stores-can-hire-women.html)

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<CITE class=byline>When Saudi student Sarah Abdul- Mohsen asked the salesman for a nude, 32C padded bra, she didn’t expect an argument about her cup size.

After all, Abdul-Mohsen was wearing the mandatory black cloak and veil that disguise her shape, in a kingdom where custom forbids men from looking intimately at women...

...Abdul-Mohsen, like many women in oil-rich Saudi Arabia (http://topics.bloomberg.com/saudi-arabia/), is hoping that decades of embarrassing exchanges with salesmen about thongs, bras, frilly negligees and panties will soon come to an end. She may get her wish as stores begin implementing a July Labor Ministry directive to push male salesmen aside and hire women after a failed effort in 2006.

Managers representing three boutiques said last week their stores will soon be staffed by women, though the transition won’t be easy. Male guards may be stationed outside to keep men shoppers away, while storeowners are considering posting signs saying the establishments are for “Families Only” and hanging heavy curtains to shield store windows so that men won’t look in and see women working...

...The minister’s directive also includes shops that sell cosmetics and perfume, which have been given a year to replace their staff. Until then, women will continue buying make-up from men who smear lipstick or eye shadow on hairy wrists or rub cream on the back of their hands as they promote new products...

...Another reason she shops in Bahrain is that fitting rooms are banned in Saudi stores, which means women end up buying bras that don’t really fit.

“This is a country that covers you up and then sends people to strip you down,” she said.
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GRG55
09-25-11, 08:51 AM
It all starts with letting them vote. You give 'em a say in how the country is run. Next thing you know they're going to let them start driving cars. It's a slippery slope...:(


Saudi king says women will have political role (http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE78O10Y20110925)

Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:55am EDT

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Sunday women in the conservative Islamic kingdom will have the right to join the advisory Shura Council as full members and participate in future municipal elections, meeting a key goal of liberal activists.

"Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior ulama (clerics) and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from the next term," he said in a speech delivered to the Shura Council.

"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote," he added...

shiny!
09-25-11, 10:19 AM
It all starts with letting them vote. You give 'em a say in how the country is run. Next thing you know they're going to let them start driving cars. It's a slippery slope...:(


Saudi king says women will have political role (http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE78O10Y20110925)

Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:55am EDT

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Sunday women in the conservative Islamic kingdom will have the right to join the advisory Shura Council as full members and participate in future municipal elections, meeting a key goal of liberal activists.

"Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior ulama (clerics) and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from the next term," he said in a speech delivered to the Shura Council.

"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote," he added...


That is indeed good news! But without the right to drive, how will they get to the polls and run for office if the men in their families don't want them to?

GRG55
10-23-11, 12:50 PM
Anyone who has spent any time in an Indian city, or tried to get between two of them on the pathetic road system in that country, will probably find the idea of owning a supercar in that country quite hilarious. If one is going to risk running into the back of an overloaded cart pulled by a bullock or one-lung tractor on a darkened Indian highway, I would rather be in something a bit more substantial than a Lambo with a lift kit...:(


Lamborghini to Drive Alongside Rickshaws in India (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-19/lamborghini-snares-millionaires-in-india.html)

<CITE class=byline><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(dateFormat(new Date(1319066508000),"mmm d, yyyy h:MM TT Z"));</SCRIPT>Oct 19, 2011 5:21 PM MT </CITE>
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<CITE class=byline>Lamborghini SpA sees opportunity in the streets of Mumbai (http://topics.bloomberg.com/mumbai/), where three-wheeled rickshaws zigzag through bumper-to-bumper traffic on pot-hole-infested roads.

Volkswagen AG (VOW) (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=VOW:GR)’s supercar maker plans to open its second dealership in India (http://topics.bloomberg.com/india/) this year to meet increased demand for cars including the 36.9-million rupee ($750,600) Aventador, said Mohan Mariwala, managing director of Lamborghini Mumbai. Ferrari SpA, which opened its first dealership in the country in May, says it plans to open four more by the end of next year.

The surging number of millionaires, projected to more than double in India by 2015, is prompting supercar makers to expand in a country where the World Bank (http://topics.bloomberg.com/world-bank/) estimates more than 75 percent of people live on less than $2 a day. The demand for top-end models is a contrast to overall car deliveries, which have declined three straight months on higher borrowing costs.

“The wealth at the top of the pyramid is growing at a much faster pace,” said Deepesh Rathore (http://topics.bloomberg.com/deepesh-rathore/), the New Delhi-based managing director in India for IHS Automotive. “Every month there is a new segment of buyers for these cars. People don’t take out loans to buy a Lamborghini.”

The number of millionaires in India will increase to 403,000 by 2015 from 173,000 in 2010, Julius Baer Group Ltd. (BAER) (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=BAER:VX) and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets said in a report in August. The growing wealth is expected to drive demand for exotic cars -- including Lamborghini, Aston Martin (http://topics.bloomberg.com/aston-martin/) and Bentley -- to about 500 a year by 2020, from 180 last year, IHS estimates...

...Customers include members of the Super Car Club, who regularly meet and drive to Pune via a 100-kilometer (62 miles) expressway with their Lamborghini Gallardos, Porsche 911s and Ferrari 458 Italias. Membership in the club has grown 10-fold to about 200 since it was formed two years ago, according to founder Gautam Singhania.

“The roads in Mumbai are pathetic so we have to make do with what we have,” said Singhania, who is chairman of Raymond Ltd. (RW) (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=RW:IN), a Mumbai-based textile and tooling company. “We cruise around the city and hang out.”

Lamborghini will likely sell 30 cars in India next year, Mariwala said. To cater to the local market, the company fits all vehicles in India with a so-called “lifting system” to raise the suspension on bad roads, he said. The cars can also run on regular gasoline instead of high-octane fuel, he said...
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GRG55
07-12-12, 02:06 AM
Let's see if we understand this correctly. A group of Saudi university students knock together a prototype one-off, and the next thing you know the Kingdom is on the verge of becoming an auto manufacturing center. Sure... :o

Too bad they won't let any women drive them. ;_CC




Ghazal 1, the 1st Ever Saudi-Built Car, Go for Production (http://www.autoevolution.com/news/ghazal-1-the-1st-ever-saudi-built-car-go-for-production-21447.html)

In what is largely believed to be the cornerstone of a possible automotive industry in Saudi Arabia, the Ghazal 1, the first vehicle built locally, has been presented to King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Monday, when it also received the green light to enter production.




The SUV, created from the ground up by students at the country's King Saud University in Riyadh, is purpose built for the country's rough terrain and benefitted from the help and expertise of Motorola, Mercedes and Magna.




Ghazal 1 is 4.8 meters long and 1.9 meters wide and, as any other SUV, is a four wheel drive, but, unfortunately, not many details about the car's engine and performances are available.




"This is a turning point in the path of the kingdom towards becoming a car-manufacturing country similar to other industrialised nations of the world," Abdullah Al Othman, president of King Saud University told Gulf News.




Previewed at this year's Geneva Auto Show by the concept wearing the same name (the concept was only an empty shell, based on a Mercedes G-Klasse model), the Gazal 1 will turn production version in the near future and, despite the infrastructure challenges Saudi Arabia faces in segment of the industry (lack of plants and trained personnel), 20,000 units of the SUV are planned to hit the desert sands over the next three years.




"Contacts are ongoing with Saudi investors for the mass production of the Ghazal 1," Said Darwish, industrial engineering professor at KSU was quoted as saying by Arab News.




According to initial estimates, in between $400 and $500 million are required to get things going.

http://s1.aecdn.com/images/news/gallery/medium/ghazal-1-the-1st-ever-saudi-built-car-go-for-production-medium_1.jpg (http://s1.aecdn.com/images/news/gallery/ghazal-1-the-1st-ever-saudi-built-car-go-for-production_1.jpg)

And in case you might be wondering why I am a wee bit skeptical, well this sort of thing has been done a time or ten before. My alma mater, the University of British Columbia engineering department has a history of this sort of thing going back to the 1970s. But nobody ever tried to promote any of these as real cars.


Urban Vehicle Design Competition

The Wally Wagon was designed and built by a team of UBC Engineering students for entry into the 1972 Urban Vehicle Design Competition. The criteria for this continent-wide university competition called for the design of a safe, low polluting commuter car which would be maneuverable in city traffic and have low mass production cost. The Wally Wagon took about a year to build by a team of undergraduate engineers with the financial help of many organizations. When the judging was completed in August, 1972, at Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Wally Wagon beat out 92 entries from Canadian and American universities to win the over-all award for excellence. The UBC car also won an award for safety performance and was cited for excellence in maneuverability, parking and braking performance.



The Wally Wagon is a sporty, two-seater with fibreglass body and four-cylinder Fiat engine modified for liquid natural gas.


The vehicle, in case you were wondering, is named after UBC President Walter ("Wally") Gage.

kriden
07-12-12, 07:15 AM
Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China




Bysharynalfonsi1

Jul 11, 2012 8:40pm





http://abcnews.go.com/images/International/ap_olympic_uniform_team_usa_jef_120710_wblog.jpgIm age Credit: Ralph Lauren/AP Photo

They are the pride of America — Team U.S.A. — and for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London, they’ll be proudly wearingred, white and blue, from beret to blazer (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/for-usa-olympians-its-berets-and-blazers-again/).
The classic American style — shown in an image above — was crafted by designer Ralph Lauren (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/for-usa-olympians-its-berets-and-blazers-again/). But just how American is it?
When ABC News looked at the labels, it found “made in China.”
Every item in the uniforms that the U.S. athletes will be wearing at the opening ceremony in London will carry an overseas label.
Nanette Lepore, one of the top U.S. fashion designers, said she was shocked that none of the uniforms had been made in the states. Further, Lepore said that it was “absolutely” possible that the athletes could have been outfitted in U.S.-made clothing. She said U.S. manufactures could have easily made the uniforms — and for less.
Here’s how much the uniforms cost:
Men (http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12882992&cp=1760781&ab=ln_men_features_u.s.olympiccollection):
Beret – $55
Tie – $125
Belt – $85
Shirt – $425
Blazer – $795
Trousers – $295
Shoes – $165
Women (http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12882993&cp=1760782&ab=ln_women_features_u.s.olympiccollection&SMR=1):
Beret – $55
Scarf – $58
Belt – $85
Shirt – $179
Skirt – $498
Blazer – $598
“Why shouldn’t we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?” Lepore said to ABC News. “Why? What’s wrong? Why was that not a consideration?”
ABC News reached out to Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee and asked why American-made clothing had not been selected for the athletes.
The committee said: “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/team-usa-to-be-decked-out-in-uniforms-made-in-china/

don
07-12-12, 01:05 PM
Are those real people - they look like mannequins . . .

shiny!
07-12-12, 04:57 PM
I can not believe those prices! $125 for a tie? $498 for a skirt? $58 for a scarf? That's a simple square of fabric, for heaven's sake!

GRG55
07-12-12, 11:15 PM
Are those real people - they look like mannequins . . .

I was going to suggest they're Lauren models for the photo-shoot that was done in China...but it must have been indoors with that fake blue sky...

GRG55
07-12-12, 11:18 PM
I can not believe those prices! $125 for a tie? $498 for a skirt? $58 for a scarf? That's a simple square of fabric, for heaven's sake!

Yes, and a Hermès handbag is just a bit of stitched up leather. ;-)

thriftyandboringinohio
07-12-12, 11:34 PM
I can not believe those prices! $125 for a tie? $498 for a skirt? $58 for a scarf? That's a simple square of fabric, for heaven's sake!

Keep in mind the target demographic.
For someone making $250,000 / yr, that's an hours pay for the tie, the whole outfit from a day's pay.

People who don't work for wages and make millions a year wouldn't give a moment's thought to a few hundred bucks.

I just paid 15 bucks for a Chipotle burrito and a beer, manufacturing cost of maybe a dollar all together.
That $15 might be a whole day's wage for the person who made my cell phone; they'd call me nuts to spend that much money on a small bowl of rice with traces of meat, even with the weak beer.

cobben
07-13-12, 07:27 AM
Let's see if we understand this correctly. A group of Saudi university students knock together a prototype one-off, and the next thing you know the Kingdom is on the verge of becoming an auto manufacturing center. Sure... :o


Rise of the 'maker movement' (http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/rise-maker-movement-0022086) What does 'do-it-yourself' culture mean for the future of development?


A traditional leader of American technology innovation, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has sought to capitalise on the maker movement as well by providing leaders of the maker movement with grants. Below is a model of the "open source military vehicle," created by DARPA via a social media platform to crowdsource a design for the next generation Humvee. The winning entry was created in just 14 weeks.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ_LwpfU8oE&feature=player_embedded

jpatter666
07-13-12, 07:57 AM
Keep in mind the target demographic.
For someone making $250,000 / yr, that's an hours pay for the tie, the whole outfit from a day's pay.

People who don't work for wages and make millions a year wouldn't give a moment's thought to a few hundred bucks.

I just paid 15 bucks for a Chipotle burrito and a beer, manufacturing cost of maybe a dollar all together.
That $15 might be a whole day's wage for the person who made my cell phone; they'd call me nuts to spend that much money on a small bowl of rice with traces of meat, even with the weak beer.

Let's not even get into $600 for an iPhone....

don
07-13-12, 10:12 AM
Keep in mind the target demographic.
For someone making $250,000 / yr, that's an hours pay for the tie, the whole outfit from a day's pay.

People who don't work for wages and make millions a year wouldn't give a moment's thought to a few hundred bucks.

I just paid 15 bucks for a Chipotle burrito and a beer, manufacturing cost of maybe a dollar all together.
That $15 might be a whole day's wage for the person who made my cell phone; they'd call me nuts to spend that much money on a small bowl of rice with traces of meat, even with the weak beer.

Is central Ohio as bereft of real Mexican food as Florida?

jk
07-13-12, 10:47 AM
i thought it was a benneton ad.

flintlock
07-13-12, 11:47 AM
What's laughable is the cost for those items. Why go to China if you are going to pay those prices. Or do they mean they fly in a tailor from Shanghai to personally measure and make each outfit?

Funny how everybody has to use opportunities like the Olympics to shave a little fat off for themselves. I wonder how many palms got greased to arrive at those prices? The poor sap who actually make the garment probably got a few bucks too.

shiny!
07-13-12, 12:21 PM
What's laughable is the cost for those items. Why go to China if you are going to pay those prices. Or do they mean they fly in a tailor from Shanghai to personally measure and make each outfit?

Funny how everybody has to use opportunities like the Olympics to shave a little fat off for themselves. I wonder how many palms got greased to arrive at those prices? The poor sap who actually make the garment probably got a few bucks too.

That's the point I was trying to make. Thank you.

To add: It's this kind of profligate spending that leads to bankruptcy. Haven't the people making these purchases learned anything? I bet they could have taken bids from American manufacturers that would have been a fraction of these prices.

Is this kind of stupidity reflective of governments and corporations around the world? Apparently so.

thriftyandboringinohio
07-13-12, 02:07 PM
Is central Ohio as bereft of real Mexican food as Florida?

Yes.
We have a couple small independent restaurants run entirely by immigrants from South America that are OK.
Otherwise it's bad Tex-mex.

shiny!
07-13-12, 08:19 PM
Yes.
We have a couple small independent restaurants run entirely by immigrants from South America that are OK.
Otherwise it's bad Tex-mex.

I hope you mean that Tex-Mex is being done badly, not that Tex-Mex is bad, because good Tex-Mex is food of the Gods.

(Displaced San Antonian here. The food's the only thing I miss from there.)

jk
07-13-12, 08:44 PM
re the prices on the clothes: don't forget these were designed by ralph lauren. do you think the price of a ralph lauren shirt, skirt, whatever, is dependent on the cost of manufacture? you pay for the label/designer.

kriden
07-14-12, 12:40 PM
What's laughable is the cost for those items. Why go to China if you are going to pay those prices. Or do they mean they fly in a tailor from Shanghai to personally measure and make each outfit?

Funny how everybody has to use opportunities like the Olympics to shave a little fat off for themselves. I wonder how many palms got greased to arrive at those prices? The poor sap who actually make the garment probably got a few bucks too.

As Paul Harvey would say "The Rest of the Story"


The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.
Reid was quick with his call to burn the uniforms, but will he call on his own party to torch the large donations from this particular outsourcer (http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.php?name=lauren%2C+ralph&state=&zip=&employ=&cand=&c2012=Y&c2010=Y&c2008=Y&sort=N&capcode=dwjvg&submit=Submit+your+Donor+Query)?
http://s.michellemalkin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/lauren.jpg

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/07/13/harry-reid-lauren/

lektrode
07-14-12, 07:10 PM
That's the point I was trying to make. Thank you.

To add: It's this kind of profligate spending that leads to bankruptcy. Haven't the people making these purchases learned anything? I bet they could have taken bids from American manufacturers that would have been a fraction of these prices.

Is this kind of stupidity reflective of governments and corporations around the world? Apparently so.

hmmm... good point....lets see:
greece hosts the summer games a few years back, spending billions setting up for a temp use = bankrupt
vancouver hosts winter games, the lead developer (intrawest, after selling itself) files shortly before or after (dont have all the specifics at hand, but you get my point), with vanc's housing bubble apparently in the processs of popping
london is up next and they are printing like mad, but i guess "this time will be different" ?

lektrode
07-14-12, 07:25 PM
its all becoming quite clear indeed - oh, say can you see:


Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China


U.S. manufactures could have easily made the uniforms — and for less.
Here’s how much the uniforms cost:
Men (http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12882992&cp=1760781&ab=ln_men_features_u.s.olympiccollection):
Beret – $55
Tie – $125
Belt – $85
Shirt – $425
Blazer – $795
Trousers – $295
Shoes – $165
Women (http://www.ralphlauren.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=12882993&cp=1760782&ab=ln_women_features_u.s.olympiccollection&SMR=1):
Beret – $55
Scarf – $58
Belt – $85
Shirt – $179
Skirt – $498
Blazer – $598
“Why shouldn’t we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?” Lepore said to ABC News. “Why? What’s wrong? Why was that not a consideration?”




probably because of the same 'consideration' that gave us solyndra....

and yet MORE NEWS WE WONT SEE ON THE 6PM DRUG SHOWS (aka the big3 evening news/drug advert 1/2 hour)


As Paul Harvey would say "The Rest of the Story"

The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Reid was quick with his call to burn the uniforms, but will he call on his own party to torch the large donations from this particular outsourcer (http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.php?name=lauren%2C+ralph&state=&zip=&employ=&cand=&c2012=Y&c2010=Y&c2008=Y&sort=N&capcode=dwjvg&submit=Submit+your+Donor+Query)?
http://s.michellemalkin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/lauren.jpg

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/07/13/harry-reid-lauren/


this will likely lead to more calls from some about muzzling the blogosphere (http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=5146)
(now that its working against them...)

lektrode
07-14-12, 07:36 PM
re the prices on the clothes: don't forget these were designed by ralph lauren. do you think the price of a ralph lauren shirt, skirt, whatever, is dependent on the cost of manufacture? you pay for the label/designer.

however... one might think that suppliers to The US Olympic Team might offer some kind of 'promotional consideration' in exchange for the right to say 'official uniform of the US Team' ?
didnt that used to be described as a 'sponsor' ?
now, apparently in exchange for 'consideration' (to the DNC), i guess the term 'taking one for the team' has been changed to 'getting fat off the team'

GRG55
01-27-13, 01:34 PM
Washington state woman may be charged with killing boyfriend with her breasts (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Washington+state+woman+charged+with+killing+boyfri end+with/7833890/story.html)

A 50-year-old woman from Everett, Wash., is facing possible manslaughter charges after police say she smothered and killed her boyfriend with her breasts...

...The incident is similar to a November case in which a German lawyer claimed his girlfriend tried to kill him by holding his head between her 38DD breasts...

...He claimed his girlfriend later admitted on the phone that she'd been trying to smother him — saying she wanted his death "to be as pleasurable as possible."

shiny!
01-27-13, 01:49 PM
Washington state woman may be charged with killing boyfriend with her breasts (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Washington+state+woman+charged+with+killing+boyfri end+with/7833890/story.html)

A 50-year-old woman from Everett, Wash., is facing possible manslaughter charges after police say she smothered and killed her boyfriend with her breasts...

...The incident is similar to a November case in which a German lawyer claimed his girlfriend tried to kill him by holding his head between her 38DD breasts...

...He claimed his girlfriend later admitted on the phone that she'd been trying to smother him — saying she wanted his death "to be as pleasurable as possible."

For men this falls under the category of "Be careful what you wish for".

Fiat Currency
01-27-13, 01:54 PM
For men this falls under the category of "Be careful what you wish for".

I was thinking more along the lines of ...

"The breast laid plans of mice and women often go astray" ;]]

don
01-27-13, 01:57 PM
Nelson Rockefeller died not with Happy but reportedly happy when he passed.

GRG55
01-29-13, 12:56 PM
Washington state woman may be charged with killing boyfriend with her breasts (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Washington+state+woman+charged+with+killing+boyfri end+with/7833890/story.html)

...The incident is similar to a November case in which a German lawyer claimed his girlfriend tried to kill him by holding his head between her 38DD breasts...




Clearly these sorts of sexist comments from public officials need to be smothered...


Cleavage comment puts German politics in a fluster (http://BERLIN | Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:46pm EST BERLIN (Reuters) - A female journalist's allegations that a)


BERLIN | Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:46pm EST




BERLIN (Reuters) - A female journalist's allegations that a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition made sexist comments about her cleavage in a bar one year ago have stirred a debate about the relationship between reporters and politicians in Germany.

Rainer Bruederle, the 67-year-old parliamentary leader of the Free Democrats (FDP), junior partners in the coalition, was reported by Stern magazine this week to have told one of its reporters she could "really fill a dirndl" - the low-cut Bavarian traditional dress...

GRG55
02-04-13, 01:39 PM
Women in Paris finally allowed to wear trousers (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9845545/Women-in-Paris-finally-allowed-to-wear-trousers.html)

A 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear trousers in Paris has finally been revoked.

3:32PM GMT 03 Feb 2013


On January 31, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister of women's rights, made it officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing trousers in the French capital.

The law required women to ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris, or risk being taken into custody.

In 1892 and 1909 the rule was amended to allow women to wear trousers, "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse."

The law was kept in place until now, despite repeated attempts to repeal it, in part because officials said the unenforced rule was not a priority, and part of French "legal archaeology."...

...

aaron
02-04-13, 07:12 PM
They have trouser rights, we have gun rights. Anything to distract the masses.

Meanwhile, isn't there a recession there?

GRG55
02-08-13, 01:24 AM
Here we go again. This is an example of what I was referring to when I mentioned on another thread a few weeks back that the GCC countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were continuously becoming more conservative Islamic societies. I have noticed quite a change just in the few years I have lived in the Gulf. This may seem far away for many of you, and of no real consequence, but I think these are indicators of a recent acceleration in a long standing trend (goes back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the first Gulf War) with potential ramifications that go well beyond global oil supply...

...


Iran unveils finger amputating machine for use on thieves (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9831727/Iran-unveils-finger-amputating-machine-for-use-on-thieves.html)

Iran has unveiled its latest innovation in criminal punishment – a machine that cuts off the fingers of thieves...

GRG55
02-16-13, 11:40 PM
Now that house prices are finally starting to fall in Vancouver apparently the masses need another distraction...;_CC


Human rights complaint has Earls dropping the albino from its Rhino beer (http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/human-rights-complaint-has-earls-dropping-the-albino-from-its-rhino-beer-1.1159075)


CTV Calgary
Published Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 5:09PM MST
Last Updated Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 6:31PM MST

The Earls chain of restaurants is dropping the word albino from its Albino Rhino beer following a human rights complaint.

The popular brand was created 25 years ago and named after the white rhinoceros.

For two people with albinism in Vancouver, the use of albino is an insult...

...The woman who complained to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal says having Albino Rhino on the Earl’s menu is demeaning and humiliating and it has an adverse impact on persons with albinism.

CTV Calgary asked people outside the Earls location on 4 St. S.W. about changing the name of the beer and most believed the removal of the term was an example of political correctness gone too far.

Earls says it plans to remove Albino Rhino from its menu by April 24, 2013. The company has not announced what the new name for the beer will be.

lektrode
02-16-13, 11:54 PM
....The popular brand was created 25 years ago and named after the white rhinoceros.

For two people with albinism in Vancouver, the use of albino is an insult...

...The woman who complained to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal says having Albino Rhino on the Earl’s menu is demeaning and humiliating and it has an adverse impact on persons with albinism.

CTV Calgary asked people outside the Earls location on 4 St. S.W. about changing the name of the beer and most believed the removal of the term was
an example of political correctness gone too far.

Earls says it plans to remove Albino Rhino from its menu by April 24, 2013. The company has not announced what the new name for the beer will be.



gutless corporate ass kissers...

1 loudmouth decides shes 'offended' and another agrees and the restaurant folds a 25yo and presumably successful beer?

thats the biggest problem in the western world today, IMHO.
the attempts by those so cowed by so few to absolutely offend NOBODY end up offending The Rest of US.

i would stop going to that restaurant JUST BECAUSE of that.

i've already decided that wholefoods market doesnt want my business, because they decided (http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/10/scharffen-berger-whole-foods-child-labor/) that my favorite chocolate (http://www.scharffenberger.com/chocolate/our-chocolate/) isnt PC enuf for em?

frankly their prices and politix are waaay too rich for my wallet.

cobben
02-26-13, 05:09 AM
Sequester Threatens Top-Secret Military Research (http://my.firedoglake.com/alangrayson/2013/02/23/sequester-threatens-top-secret-military-research/)

By: Alan Grayson (http://my.firedoglake.com/members/alangrayson/) Saturday February 23, 2013


One of the nice things about being a Member of Congress is that I have security clearance, and you don’t. (Sorry!) So I know about the threat that the looming sequester poses to a crucial top-secret military research project. Since we’re friends, I’ll tell you about it.

The U.S. Army has discovered that a small round white object, when hurled from close range at the upper extremities of an enemy combatant, can have a devastating impact, sometimes inducing unconsciousness. Deploying this weapon often results in immediate disorientation in the enemy combatant, reflected in his abrupt non-vertical motion and transient imbalance. The Army refers to these powerful weapons as “Ballistic White Spherical Objects,” or BWSOs.

Although it packs quite a wallop, the BWSO is surprisingly compact. It measures only nine inches in circumference, small enough for a properly trained U.S. soldier to hold one in each hand. A fully-functional BWSO weighs only five ounces, making it practical for a U.S. soldier deployed on the battlefield to carry several of them, simultaneously, in his kit.

Remarkably, U.S. military experiments have demonstrated that the BWSO is completely resistant to electromagnetic pulses (EMPs), and other advanced electronic countermeasures. In the wake of an EMP caused by a nuclear blast, BWSOs evidently will continue to function in the prescribed manner, unless they are vaporized.

BWSOs are especially useful in close combat, demonstrating the ability to project substantial force over small distances. Yet the effective range of BWSOs is proving to be very similar to that of grenades (for reasons as yet unknown). The effective range of BWSOs has been ascertained to be substantially greater than that of bayonets.

Currently, our entire supply of military-grade BWSOs comes from Costa Rica. Recognizing the obvious wartime threat, Pentagon military planners have considered the scenario in which the Chinese Navy blocks both the Pacific and the Caribbean sea lanes. The planners have assured the Joint Chiefs of Staff that we will nevertheless be able to maintain our supply of BWSOs because, since Costa Rica has no military, we can just take whatever we want.

(A nation without a military – imagine that. But I digress.)

. . .


The U.S. Army’s current BWSO research program – placed directly at risk by the sequester — focuses on the maximum speed with which BWSOs may be deployed. In this key project, the Army has identified and procured the services of certain experts in the field. These experts cannot be identified, for obvious reasons, but they definitely aren’t not named “CC Sabathia,” “Johan Santana” or “Barry Zito.” (Disturbingly, intelligence reports conclusively demonstrate that “Justin Verlander” may or may not be cooperating with foreign military forces in a similar manner, thus posing the very real threat of an “arms race.”)

Due to earlier budget cuts, the Army found that it could not pay the normal daily rate for these experts, which is $600,000 for approximately two hours of work. The Army found, however, that it could procure these services for half-price, or only $300,000 for each two-hour “start,” if it conducted these tests between mid-October and late March.

These essential tests are being threatened by the sequester. If the sequester goes into effect at the end of this month, then we may never understand why Army test data indicate that Santana’s deployment of the BWSOs appears to be slowing. (Could it be a gradual increase in the strength of the Earth’s gravitational field?) Or why Zito’s declining ability to force the BWSO trajectory to arc occasionally seems to leave the BWSO hanging in the air, much like a ripe pumpkin.

We cannot leave America defenseless. We cannot let the terrorists win. Remember, they hate us because we are free. But the cost of that freedom is precisely whatever the current military budget happens to be, before any terrorist-coddling sequester cuts.

Virtually all of the media coverage of the impact of the sequester on the US military-industrial complex has focused on the loss of jobs, as if hiring people to kill other people is some kind of national full-employment program. But having read all the way down to here, at least you, Dear Reader, you understand that there is a lot more at stake.

Oh, and we’re also cutting the air traffic control budget by nine percent. That should have some interesting consequences.

Courage,
Rep. Alan Grayson

jpetr48
02-26-13, 09:13 AM
The last sentence caught my attention. Recently a friend who does handy work on side and works for the tsa doing safety checks on planes was not saying kind things of this sequestration. He will be losing one day a week without pay which will cost him 2k a month supporting 2 children. His anxiousness is what first grabs your attention and his will to survive. Second, is with my travel at times in 60 to 70 percent range, I'd rather have him and all tsa safety employees working overtime not less with the current state of our airline industry.

Polish_Silver
02-26-13, 09:26 AM
Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.



Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

Supposedly, all they have to do is say "I divorce you" three times in public. (That's what a Somali told me)

I wonder what the status of the divorced women is.

GRG55
02-26-13, 12:46 PM
The last sentence caught my attention. Recently a friend who does handy work on side and works for the tsa doing safety checks on planes was not saying kind things of this sequestration. He will be losing one day a week without pay which will cost him 2k a month supporting 2 children. His anxiousness is what first grabs your attention and his will to survive. Second, is with my travel at times in 60 to 70 percent range, I'd rather have him and all tsa safety employees working overtime not less with the current state of our airline industry.

I thought that TSA stood for Transport Security Administration? What "safety checks" on airplanes does the TSA do? The safety of the airplanes themselves comes under the jurisdiction of the FAA. What about the current state of the USA airline industry concerns you exactly?

globaleconomicollaps
02-26-13, 03:12 PM
Supposedly, all they have to do is say "I divorce you" three times in public. (That's what a Somali told me)

I wonder what the status of the divorced women is.

Does this ever get to be a problem, like say, if you where in a crowd of wives and you shout "I divorce you!" three times and you can't tell who exactly was supposed to be divorced? Or maybe you forgot which wife you wanted to divorce, but there where just too many of them, Would that count? I mean you didn't actually say her name so it might be any of them. Also in public you actually cannot see their faces, so you might be divorcing the wrong one even if you could remember her name. See where I'm going with this?

Polish_Silver
02-26-13, 05:40 PM
I don't think it's ever a problem for the man, since he always has the option of keeping quiet. The woman however,
cannot choose to divorce, or avoid it if the husband so chooses. About as assymetric as it gets.

Polish_Silver
02-26-13, 05:43 PM
The last sentence caught my attention. Recently a friend who does handy work on side and works for the tsa doing safety checks on planes was not saying kind things of this sequestration. He will be losing one day a week without pay which will cost him 2k a month supporting 2 children. His anxiousness is what first grabs your attention and his will to survive. Second, is with my travel at times in 60 to 70 percent range, I'd rather have him and all tsa safety employees working overtime not less with the current state of our airline industry.



Oh, and we’re also cutting the air traffic control budget by nine percent. That should have some interesting consequences.

TSA are the guys who watch you walk through the X-ray machines. They are cutting air traffic controllers.

The control tower technology gets upgraded from time to time, perhaps gradually reducing the number of people needed.

Just as cockpit crews went from 3 to 2 about 15 years ago, I think.

jpetr48
02-26-13, 07:58 PM
my mistake- he was an inspector for FAA- thanks for correcting.:)
when you travel as much as i do it all blends into two words- "safe travel"

What concerns me is their low profitability combined with my conversations with flight attendants asking about the state of the airline.
Both are not a flattering picture. I have worked for companies driven by cost structure alone. Cutting back FAA inspections and possibly airlines cutting corners is troublesome. Keep in mind i cant prove airlines are cutting corners but i do know human nature without accountability.

here is article on state of profits for airlines
http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/airline-profitability-prospects-improve-but-profit-margins-remain-anaemic-85722

Polish_Silver
02-26-13, 08:59 PM
my mistake- he was an inspector for FAA- thanks for correcting.:)
when you travel as much as i do it all blends into two words- "safe travel"

What concerns me is their low profitability combined with my conversations with flight attendants asking about the state of the airline.
Both are not a flattering picture. I have worked for companies driven by cost structure alone. Cutting back FAA inspections and possibly airlines cutting corners is troublesome. Keep in mind i cant prove airlines are cutting corners but i do know human nature without accountability.

here is article on state of profits for airlines
http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/airline-profitability-prospects-improve-but-profit-margins-remain-anaemic-85722

It has been that way for 40 years, if not longer. My father was a mechanic at united airlines and he griped occasionally about how the company would cut corners on maintenance to save a buck or to get a flight out on time.
(I don't remember him saying that it got worse with de-regulation.)

One example he gave was the pre-flight check list. The mechanic can do this, but he has to go to the cockpit, and verify that the controls and instruments are oK. This takes time, and can mean that a flight is delayed. Some guys would sign the check list without checking anything. My father said the company loved them because the flights went out on time.

I am not saying United was worse than others.

Remember that air travel is about 10X safer than car travel, per passenger mile. The airplanes have many redundant communication and control systems. The pilots are highly trained and screened for physical and mental health.


Off the top of my head, I can think of several airlines cutting corners which caused airplane crashes.

The worst case was Alaska Airlines. They did not lubricate the jack screw on one plane. That meant that the horizontal stabilizer (tail) got stuck in "dive" position (Just like Denzel Washington in "Flight"). I think that crash killed everyone.

In another case, the mechanic re-used the screws that hold the window glass to the cockpit. The window came out during the flight, and the pilot got sucked out the window. His feet caught the frame, and the cabin crew held his ankles . The co-pilot was able to land the plane, and casualties were minimal.

With all that, I am much more worried about car travel than plane travel.

lektrode
02-27-13, 07:36 PM
TSA are the guys who watch you walk through the X-ray machines.


which are unionized???


They are cutting air traffic controllers. ....

who are not?

that would explain things nicely, assuming its true...

GRG55
03-04-13, 12:04 AM
TSA are the guys who watch you walk through the X-ray machines. They are cutting air traffic controllers.

The control tower technology gets upgraded from time to time, perhaps gradually reducing the number of people needed.

Just as cockpit crews went from 3 to 2 about 15 years ago, I think.

It's not just technology in the control towers that is changing. There's some transformative changes under way in the USA air system now with the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system program. Probably the most notable current area of change is automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B). By Jan 1, 2020 every airplane operating in controlled airspace in the USA must be equipped with ADS-B technology that will broadcast its location, altitude and track. All other aircraft in the area will receive this information and plot the position of every other aircraft, as will controllers on the ground. This is replacing the ground based radar system that the government maintains and distributes the responsibility for position information sourcing to aircraft owners instead. Although it's going to cost airplane owners like me some money, it is going to be another important step to enhance flight safety.

I've seen some demos of ADS-B units and not only do they plot other aircraft position on the cockpit display, but the more advanced ones have computer algorithms that will take the altitude, track and calculated speed information and forecast on screen where those airplanes will be in relation to your own over the coming seconds and minutes, so a pilot or controller can tell instantly which are diverging and which are converging (& potential threats).

Airframe technology advances are now small increments; and a lot of those are in the materials technologies. If you design an airplane today for a certain mission (payload, range, etc.) it won't look much different from the existing airplanes fulfilling that mission. Let's face it, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner doesn't look radically different from a 30 year old Boeing 767. Ditto for propulsion technologies.

All the really dramatic changes in aviation are happening in avionics, and this is going to radically change the way in which we manage airspace and flight control.

Polish_Silver
03-04-13, 12:25 PM
It's not just technology in the control towers that is changing. There's some transformative changes under way in the USA air system now with the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system program.. Although it's going to cost airplane owners like me some money, it is going to be another important step to enhance flight safety.

I've seen some demos of ADS-B units and not only do they plot other aircraft position on the cockpit display, but the more advanced ones have computer algorithms that will take the altitude, track and calculated speed information and forecast on screen where those airplanes will be in relation to your own over the coming seconds and minutes, so a pilot or controller can tell instantly which are diverging and which are converging (& potential threats).



All the really dramatic changes in aviation are happening in avionics, and this is going to radically change the way in which we manage airspace and flight control.


My brother is a pilot at Southest. I discussed the possibility of having a single pilot in the cockpit, and he agreed that it was possible, but it might take a long time. The reason is not a specific technological hurdle, but the difficulty of defining a system which mediates complex human-human communication and human-airplane control. He said that currently, both pilots are needed at take off and landing. One of them flies the plane, the other does the control tower communication and check list. Some of this communication is already automated on international flights. It is sent via the radio to the control tower from the planes instruments, without a pilot having to read and speak the information.

Embraer (http://www.flightoptions.com/phenom-overview/the-phenom-300-experience.html)is claiming thier latest generation does much of this automatically---shortening the check list greatly, and moving towards a single pilot system (http://(http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/06/16/343348/embraer-reveals-vision-for-single-pilot-airliners.html)).

I think the planes of the future will have one pilot in the cockpit, one "auxilliary pilot" on the ground, and a sophisticated autopilot. Planes have been flying solo since the beginning of aviation. What has not happened yet is a multi-engine jet taking off and and landing in crowded airspace with just one pilot.

As an example of how far things have come, consider this Concorde cockpit (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.puzzlehistory.com/cockpit.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.puzzlehistory.com/store95.htm&h=419&w=536&sz=65&tbnid=Iga_QoMWOFwnDM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=130&zoom=1&usg=__xdtmaN5amQyGqA7Q-EKY9tmGP_U=&docid=cjuXOcIbzu_o9M&sa=X&ei=Zdk0UaHFCMbD0AHIroGgDw&ved=0CEsQ9QEwBw&dur=669).

It looks like you would need about 5 people in there to handle all that stuff. And it also looks like the visibility sucks.

globaleconomicollaps
03-04-13, 02:17 PM
Airframe technology advances are now small increments; and a lot of those are in the materials technologies. If you design an airplane today for a certain mission (payload, range, etc.) it won't look much different from the existing airplanes fulfilling that mission. Let's face it, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner doesn't look radically different from a 30 year old Boeing 767. Ditto for propulsion technologies.

All the really dramatic changes in aviation are happening in avionics, and this is going to radically change the way in which we manage airspace and flight control.
Check this out:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-70
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This is the future of aviation. It is a cross between a propeller plane and a jet.

Polish_Silver
03-04-13, 03:34 PM
does it save fuel?

GRG55
03-05-13, 01:39 AM
...Embraer is claiming thier latest generation does much of this automatically---shortening the check list greatly, and moving towards a single pilot system...

...What has not happened yet is a multi-engine jet taking off and and landing in crowded airspace with just one pilot...



Happens all the time.

But not with commercial service paying passengers.

Single pilot executive jets have been around for some time, and have no problem in crowded airspace. But they are in private service, not commercial paying passenger service where the rules are different. As your brother will confirm it's all about the Flight Management System helping to manage the single pilot IFR workload.

I have a corporate pilot friend and one of the planes he flies as a solo pilot is a Citation Mustang jet. He flew it from western Canada across the Atlantic, all over Europe including Paris, and then to North Africa and back last fall.

I believe Embraer's Phenom 300 is the largest executive jet currently certified to be flown legally with a single pilot in private service.

Polish_Silver
03-05-13, 09:22 AM
Washington state woman may be charged with killing boyfriend with her breasts (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Washington+state+woman+charged+with+killing+boyfri end+with/7833890/story.html)

A 50-year-old woman from Everett, Wash., is facing possible manslaughter charges after police say she smothered and killed her boyfriend with her breasts...

...The incident is similar to a November case in which a German lawyer claimed his girlfriend tried to kill him by holding his head between her 38DD breasts...

...He claimed his girlfriend later admitted on the phone that she'd been trying to smother him — saying she wanted his death "to be as pleasurable as possible."


I'd like to meet this woman.

shiny!
03-05-13, 12:24 PM
I'd like to meet this woman.

Thinking with your...

lektrode
03-05-13, 01:03 PM
The last sentence caught my attention. Recently a friend who does handy work on side and works for the tsa doing safety checks on planes was not saying kind things of this sequestration. He will be losing one day a week without pay which will cost him 2k a month supporting 2 children. His anxiousness is what first grabs your attention and his will to survive. Second, is with my travel at times in 60 to 70 percent range, I'd rather have him and all tsa safety employees working overtime not less with the current state of our airline industry.

and herein lies the SCAM of the year/decade/century of the obama sequester:

the amount to be "slashed" amounts to what - 3% of the budget (which is also merely a cut to the INCREASE in the budget?)

so why arernt the wages/ops budgets being cut across the board BY 3% ?

pure beltway (democrat) theater, as per usual: cut what the public sees first

GRG55
03-17-13, 04:06 PM
PCS (Peak Cheap Swordsmen)??


Saudi executes 7 convicted of armed robbery (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/373033/saudi-executes-7-convicted-of-armed-robbery-witness)




RIYADH—Saudi Arabia on Wednesday executed seven men convicted of armed robbery despite last-minute appeals by international rights groups that their lives be spared, a witness in the southern city of Abha said.





The execution was “implemented a while ago at a public square in Abha,” the witness told Agence France-Presse by telephone, adding that the defendants were “shot dead” and not beheaded as is customary in the kingdom...





...Executions in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, are generally carried out by beheading but media reports said authorities were considering using firing squads due to lack of swordsmen...

stetts
03-17-13, 04:45 PM
GRG55,
I believe I've enjoyed your posts more than any on this site. (I'm an engineer as well, but possess no where near your expertise.) You said, "There's some transformative changes under way in the USA air system now with the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system program. Probably the most notable current area of change is automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B). By Jan 1, 2020 every airplane operating in controlled airspace in the USA must be equipped with ADS-B technology that will broadcast its location, altitude and track." which set my BS detector into high PRF. (Pulse Rate Frequency. When a missile homes in, it's radar changes frequency from low rate search radar to high rate homing. Missile warning systems in my helicopter, Radar Homing and Warning System, or RHAW, would provide an audible alarm to the crew, hence, the analogy. I won't define BS.)
Anyway, as early as 1980 FAA was alleging transformative changes by intending to remove from service all ADF's, VORs, VORTACs and TACANs. The idea was solely GPS area navigation and ILS terminal navigation. I guess we're now on a different, but somewhat mobile tranformation? Whatever the FAA's outcome, the cost is measured in billions and the progress in inches. Not sure if those are positive or negative inches.
Thanks for the update. BTW, isn't there something already that broadcasts the plane's position, altitude, speed and direction to Air Traffic Control? Lemme see....oh yeah, called a transponder. We had them, both open and secure mode, back in Vietnam. Just sayin'.
Thanks for the chuckle. Stetts

Polish_Silver
03-17-13, 05:30 PM
...Executions in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law, are generally carried out by beheading but media reports said authorities were considering using firing squads due to lack of swordsmen...






Maybe they need to offer higher salaries. Or maybe the culture is getting "soft".

One Pakistani I knew, who had traveled in SA, was glad to brag up the good things about this culture. For example, you could leave a camera in a car with the window rolled down and nobody would steal it.

I didn't think to ask the obvious question, what if they convicted the wrong person, who had to spend the rest of his life with one hand?

Another person who had travelled there (30 years ago) told me it was routine for well off men to have have a concubine.

GRG55
03-30-13, 01:20 PM
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed...


Tennessee police search for man ejected from plane (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/30/tennessee-police-search-for-man-who-fell-from-plane/)

Published March 30, 2013

Authorities in southeastern Tennessee are searching for a man who was thrown from an experimental aircraft while he was learning to fly from an instructor...



...Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi said the man was being trained by an instructor in his Zodiac 601 aircraft at about 2,500 feet when the canopy came off.


The man's seat belt was not fastened and he was thrown out from the plane over the East Brainerd and Apison areas of the county...

GRG55
03-31-13, 06:03 PM
Forget about The Squid...now even the Easter Bunny thinks he's above the law...

Motorcycle-riding Easter Bunny encounters CHP on the freeway

March 31, 2013, 1:26 p.m.

LA MESA, Calif. -- And there he was: the Easter Bunny riding a shiny red motorcycle westbound on Interstate 8 along this San Diego suburb.



http://www.trbimg.com/img-515897d8/turbine/la-me-ln-easter-bunny-meets-chp-20130331-001/600


California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Griffiths spotted the bunny on Saturday. White furry suit: good. Pink ears: good. Floppy white feet: good. White gloves: good. No helmet: not good.

Griffiths flicked on his red light and ordered the motorcyle rider to pull over.


The bunny had an explanation: I'm on my way to an Easter charitable event and this is my costume, he said.

Griffiths nodded. Charitable event? OK. A warning this time, no ticket. But next time, wear a helmet and make sure your vision is not obstructed by your costume. Obstructed vision is dangerous on a freeway.

"If you ride a motorcycle, you have to be aware of your total surroundings," explained CHP spokesman Brian Pennings.

Polish_Silver
04-02-13, 09:44 AM
I suspect he was used to driving a car. People drive them for years without ever needing the safety belt.

A great curiosity for me has always been the opposition of many motorcyclists to helmet laws, and the related question of why you would need a law to get people to wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle.

Many people did not wear seat belts until it was required by law, my father among them. In spite of his many accomplishments, he never figured out that even if he was the world's greatest driver, the guy coming almost straight at him at 130 mph might be the world's worst.

GRG55
04-03-13, 10:12 PM
Washington state woman may be charged with killing boyfriend with her breasts (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Washington+state+woman+charged+with+killing+boyfri end+with/7833890/story.html)

A 50-year-old woman from Everett, Wash., is facing possible manslaughter charges after police say she smothered and killed her boyfriend with her breasts...

...The incident is similar to a November case in which a German lawyer claimed his girlfriend tried to kill him by holding his head between her 38DD breasts...

...He claimed his girlfriend later admitted on the phone that she'd been trying to smother him — saying she wanted his death "to be as pleasurable as possible."

And Britain's National Health Service will fund the installation costs of these lethal weapons.
Only 36DD though...evidently limited by austerity?



Larger breasts on NHS for would-be model (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9953786/Larger-breasts-on-NHS-for-would-be-model.html)

A woman aged 22 has been allowed a £4,800 breast augmentation operation on the NHS so that she can become a glamour model.


Josie Cunningham argued that her flat chest left her emotionally distressed and that she needed the operation on mental health grounds.


Miss Cunningham, of Leeds, who works in telesales said she wanted to be “the next Katie Price” a reference to the former glamour model also known as Jordan.


She had implant surgery at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, in January after telling her doctor that being flat-chested was causing her distress.


“My GP referred me for the operation because I wasn’t just flat-chested — I didn’t have any boobs whatsoever," she told The Sun newspaper.


“I could never go on holiday as I lived in terror of ever being seen in a bikini and could never set foot outside without a padded bra.


“The doctors said they’d never seen anything like it and believed me when I burst into tears and told them it was ruining my life.”


Miss Cunningham has had her breasts enlarged from 32A to 36DD and claimed doctors told her she actually had zero breast tissue.

“I want the world to see the new me and want money and fame just like Katie — and my new boobs can make it all happen.”...

Polish_Silver
04-04-13, 08:25 AM
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/tea-and-kidnapping/309078/

Travel to egypt and you may have the good fortune to be kidnapped by polite Bedouin tribesmen.


Here's why:

The Sinai was occupied by Israel for 15 years. During that time, Israel would drop food and medicine on the Bedouins. They thought Israel was OK. Some of the Bedouins are Christian.


Now the Sinai is part of Egypt, and because the Bedouins lived under the Israeli government for so long, nobody trusts them. They cannot get jobs in the military or public service, which eliminates a huge fraction of the Egyptian job market.

What they can do is kidnap you, demand concessions from the Cairo government, and release you when the concessions are met. Not to worry. You will be treated well by this ancient culture which values hospitality to strangers.

Cairo grants concessions because they need the tourist money. So missing tourists need to be recovered quickly.

Here's why you should visit Egypt:

1) top flight ancient ruins, and not only pyramids. They have the oldest surviving residences in the world. (things are far apart, though!)

2) Awesome coral reef, with very warm water, and huge, colorful fish. Some of best snorkeling and scuba diving I've had anywhere. Just watch out for the venomous ones with long spines.

3) Marijuana is legal. So mad I never tried it.

GRG55
04-08-13, 07:37 AM
Lululemon watch out...

Behind the scenes at a naked yoga class in Edmonton

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/video-behind-the-scenes-at-a-naked-yoga-class-in-edmonton/article7619159/

GRG55
04-08-13, 07:43 AM
From the "Some People Never Learn" file:


Five tonnes of Nutella stolen from German trailer (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/five-tonnes-of-nutella-stolen-from-german-trailer/article10840844/)

BERLIN — The Associated Press

Published Monday, Apr. 08 2013, 7:21 AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Apr. 08 2013, 7:24 AM EDT

These thieves might really have sticky fingers.

Police said Monday an unknown number of culprits made off with 5 tonnes of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread from a parked trailer in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld over the weekend.

The gooey loot is worth an estimated 16,000 euros ($21,000 Canadian).

German news agency dpa reported that thieves have previously stolen a load of energy drinks from the same location.

GRG55
04-09-13, 10:31 AM
From the "Look Ma, No Hands..." file. Ranks right up there with Eastern Airlines 401:


Texting While Flying Linked to Commercial Crash (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-08/texting-while-flying-linked-to-commercial-crash-in-u-s-first.html)

Apr 8, 2013 10:00 PM MT



The pilot of an emergency medical helicopter flying over Missouri was sending and receiving text messages before a 2011 crash, the first time such distractions have been implicated in a fatal commercial aviation accident.


The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which meets today to assign a cause for the accident that killed four people including a patient, documented seven texts sent and received by the pilot, according to agency records.

The Air Methods Corp. (AIRM) helicopter crashed in a field after running out of fuel, according to preliminary NTSB reports. Use of electronic devices by pilots during flight was prohibited by company rules, according to the reports...

...The crash on Aug. 26, 2011, in Mosby, Missouri, killed Terry Tacoronte, a patient who was being flown from one hospital to another. Pilot James Freudenbert, Randy Bever, a flight nurse, and Chris Frakes, a paramedic, also died. The helicopter was being operated under the name LifeNet...

...Freudenbert, 34, who told the coworker he hadn’t slept well the night before, failed to refuel the helicopter before flying to a hospital in Bethany, Missouri, to pick up Tacorente, according to NTSB records.




He realized his mistake after landing at the hospital and discussed where to get more fuel with a company dispatcher. He was headed to Midwest National Air Center Airport in Mosby when the helicopter went down...

GRG55
04-11-13, 11:28 PM
"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass- a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience- by experience."
--Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist--



Canadian killer in U.S. jail sues victim’s wife over transfer bid (http://www.canada.com/Canadian+killer+jail+sues+victim+wife+over+transfe r/8230574/story.html)

Postmedia News April 11, 2013 6:47 PM



A Canadian man serving a 31-year sentence for an “execution-style” murder in the U.S. has sued his victim’s widow after she effectively blocked the inmate’s bid to be transferred from a Washington State jail to a prison in Canada.


The lawsuit, filed in December by convicted killer Larry Shandola, has been described as not only legally “frivolous” but also as a ploy to harass and torment the grieving woman, Paula Henry.


The case has prompted calls from her lawyer, John Ladenburg — and from two state legislators in Washington — to curb prisoners’ rights to launch such lawsuits from behind bars.


“(Shandola) had somebody track her down, and had papers served on her at her apartment, and she called me that night – terrified and crying – saying that friends were coming over, and that she’s moving out right away,” Ladenburg told Postmedia News. “She couldn’t stand the thought that he might know where she lives – that he might be able to find her, or that his friends on the outside might be able to find her.”...

...Shandola’s arrest in January 2001 came after five years of unrelenting effort by Paula Henry, who raised $50,000 to help keep the investigation alive and pushed police to probe Shandola — Robert Henry’s former friend and business partner — as the prime suspect.


She also claimed to have been stalked by Shandola in the years following her husband’s murder...

...Tacoma police detective Bob Yerbury finally unlocked the murder case when, in 1998, a shotgun was found dumped in bushes near the place where Henry had been killed. The gun was eventually traced through a series of former owners to Shandola, who had purchased the weapon at a firearms show shortly before Henry’s death...

GRG55
04-13-13, 09:55 AM
French scientist bemused by buzz over bra research (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/french-scientist-bemused-by-buzz-over-bra-research/1101991/)

Reuters : Paris, Sat Apr 13 2013, 17:20 hrs

A little-known French sports doctor who spent 16 years studying the busts of about 300 women sent a scare through a country known for its love of lingerie this week when he suggested bras were useless.

Jean-Denis Rouillon, 62, was thrust into the limelight after he told a student radio station that his work suggested wearing a bra weakened the natural muscles that hold up breasts and women should consider going bra-less.

National radio picked up the story and Rouillon, based at the small University of Franche-Comte in the eastern town of Besançon, was soon being hounded by newspapers and TV.

France Info radio interviewed a 28-year-old volunteer in the study, Capucine, who said abandoning her bra had liberated her in more ways than one, improving her breathing and posture.

"You breathe better, you stand up straighter, you have less back pain," she told the national news station.

Even the highbrow daily Le Monde weighed in, offering an historical insight into the origins of the bra dating back to the 14th century.

Rouillon told Reuters that his unpublished work is still in the early stages and he is hesitant about giving one-size-fits-all advice to women, despite the media circus.

His preliminary results on 330 women aged 18 to 35 suggested that wearing a bra from an early age does nothing to help a wearer's breasts and going without could improve firmness.

"The suspension system of the breasts degenerates," Rouillon said, explaining that bras also unnaturally hamper circulation.

"But a middle-aged women, overweight, with 2.4 children? I'm not at all sure she'd benefit from abandoning bras," he added.

GRG55
06-14-13, 05:38 AM
Don't know what to do with your money in this ZIRP world??? Here's an idea from Boston (I wonder if an F150 will fit?):

Tandem parking spots sell for $560,000

06/13/2013 4:05 PM

Sold for $560,000: Rarely available tandem parking spots in Back Bay. Sweeping alley views in exclusive neighborhood, just steps from high-end Newbury Street shops. Amenities include fully lined asphalt spaces, stains included. Second space ideal for growing one-car family.

In the end, it came down to a bidding war between two neighbors, who took the price of two parking spots behind 298 Commonwealth Ave. from $42,000 to more than half a million dollars -- nearly double the $313,000 median sales price for a single family home in Massachusetts -- in less than 15 minutes.

The neighborhood is home to the most valuable parking spots in the city. A space behind 48 Commonwealth Ave. set the record for a single spot at $300,000 in 2009. Two tandem spots a block from the Public Garden on Commonwealth Avenue sold for $200,000 last summer, and a single spot on Marlborough Street went for $250,000 in December.

Dozens of local residents, business owners, real estate agents, and lawyers turned out Thursday afternoon for the auction at the parking spaces, which the Internal Revenue Service seized from a man who owed more than $600,000 in back taxes.

A common complaint of those in attendance: difficulty finding a place to park.

Auctioneer Tim Smith, an IRS liquidation specialist, started the bidding in a light rain shortly after noon, calling the property the “two prettiest parking spaces I’ve ever seen.”

jk
06-14-13, 11:29 AM
Don't know what to do with your money in this ZIRP world??? Here's an idea from Boston (I wonder if an F150 will fit?):

Tandem parking spots sell for $560,000

06/13/2013 4:05 PM

Sold for $560,000: Rarely available tandem parking spots in Back Bay. Sweeping alley views in exclusive neighborhood, just steps from high-end Newbury Street shops. Amenities include fully lined asphalt spaces, stains included. Second space ideal for growing one-car family.

In the end, it came down to a bidding war between two neighbors, who took the price of two parking spots behind 298 Commonwealth Ave. from $42,000 to more than half a million dollars -- nearly double the $313,000 median sales price for a single family home in Massachusetts -- in less than 15 minutes.

The neighborhood is home to the most valuable parking spots in the city. A space behind 48 Commonwealth Ave. set the record for a single spot at $300,000 in 2009. Two tandem spots a block from the Public Garden on Commonwealth Avenue sold for $200,000 last summer, and a single spot on Marlborough Street went for $250,000 in December.

Dozens of local residents, business owners, real estate agents, and lawyers turned out Thursday afternoon for the auction at the parking spaces, which the Internal Revenue Service seized from a man who owed more than $600,000 in back taxes.

A common complaint of those in attendance: difficulty finding a place to park.

Auctioneer Tim Smith, an IRS liquidation specialist, started the bidding in a light rain shortly after noon, calling the property the “two prettiest parking spaces I’ve ever seen.”
i wonder what kind of car is worthy of such a space.

jpatter666
06-14-13, 11:45 AM
i wonder what kind of car is worthy of such a space.

Probably a pair of overpriced Teslas. :)

GRG55
10-10-13, 07:41 PM
Hard to believe this site needs yet another thread, but I came across the following, figured it would take the edge off the sometimes serious tone we get into around here, couldn't figure out where to put it, so I started this thread thinking others could just add anything similar - amusing, incredulous, revealing, impossible to be true, whatever...

What follows is dead serious. You can't make this stuff up...

Saudi divorces wife for watching male TV host:
Date: 9/29/2007 4:25:00 PM

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.


Turkey Cracks Down on Cleavage (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-09/turkey-cracks-down-on-cleavage.html)

Oct 9, 2013 9:29 AM MT
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</cite>How do you know whether a regime that frees women to wear Islamic headscarves at work is liberal and furthering democracy, or Islamist and restricting it?

The question concerns Turkey's government, which in the space of a few days has ended a headscarf ban (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-30/turkey-lifts-ban-on-islamic-style-head-scarves-in-state-offices.html) for civil servants (except in the judiciary and security services), but also caused a female TV music-show presenter to be fired for showing too much cleavage.

The headscarf ban was a piece of unabashed social engineering introduced in the 1920s to make Turkey, the rump of the former Ottoman Empire and Islamic Caliphate, secular. If you are liberal and not Islamophobic, ending the ban is a good thing: Women should not be excluded from the workplace just because they are devout and believe this requires covering their hair, period.

But what if the change -- which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced as part of a broad "democratization" package -- is part of a wider plan of social re-engineering, this time designed to impinge on the liberties of non-religious conservatives? If so, the numerous cases in which women were discriminated against, fired or passed over for promotion for wearing a headscarf even outside of work would now be repeated in reverse: Women who don't wear headscarves to work, and men whose wives don't cover their hair, will be discriminated against, fired and passed over for promotion.

Turkey's secularists say this is already happening to men whose wives show their locks. That's hard to prove, but the real issue is trust -- secularists believe the worst of Erdogan's intentions. Are they right?

The firing of a TV presenter, Gozde Kansu, this week is indicative. Huseyin Celik, spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party attacked Kansu (without actually naming her) for wearing a dress with a plunging neckline while on the air. A few days later, she was fired. There are a few points to make.

http://www.bloomberg.com/image/i3HR5V4MGB38.jpg

First, Celik should watch more Italian TV -- he would then understand that Kansu is a model of shy decorum. Second, Celik's words were as follows: “We don’t intervene against anyone, but this is too much. It is unacceptable,” according to Hurriyet Daily News. He later complained that it wasn't his fault that she was fired, and he had a right to express his opinions.

None of this is credible. Celik knows what "unacceptable" means; he knew that Kansu was on ATV television, which belongs to a company called Calik Holding; and he knew that Calik's chief executive officer is Erdogan's son-in-law, Berat Albayrak. There is no coincidence or unintended consequence here. Celik wants to re-engineer Turkish TV.

There are plenty of other pointers about the depth of the government's commitment to "democratization," such as the repeated tightening of restrictions on the sale of alcohol, frowned upon by devout Muslims; the routine prosecuting and jailing of journalists; and the crushing of dissent in the Gezi Park protests earlier this year.

One last piece of evidence: A Turkish appeals court today upheld the convictions 237 Turkish military officers convicted of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The case, called Sledgehammer, has been thoroughly discredited (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-05/turkey-court-jails-ex-generals-for-plotting-coup-against-erdogan.html). Forensic examination showed that the evidence on which the conviction rested was forged: The documents involved were on a CD-ROM date-stamped 2003, yet were written using a 2007 Microsoft program.

Again, a case first hailed abroad as good for democracy -- an effort to hold the country's generals accountable after decades of impunity -- turns out to be something else. The Sledgehammer case shows only continuity in Turkish governments' use of politicized courts against their enemies: In the old days the military and secularists abused the law to suppress Islamists; now the Islamists are returning the favor.

lektrode
10-11-13, 03:52 PM
Turkey Cracks Down on Cleavage (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-09/turkey-cracks-down-on-cleavage.html)

......
The firing of a TV presenter, Gozde Kansu, this week is indicative. Huseyin Celik, spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party attacked Kansu (without actually naming her) for wearing a dress with a plunging neckline while on the air. A few days later, she was fired. There are a few points to make.

http://www.bloomberg.com/image/i3HR5V4MGB38.jpg......
.....
Again, a case first hailed abroad as good for democracy -- an effort to hold the country's generals accountable after decades of impunity -- turns out to be something else. The Sledgehammer case shows only continuity in Turkish governments' use of politicized courts against their enemies: In the old days the military and secularists abused the law to suppress Islamists; now the Islamists are returning the favor.

interesting story here, grg - but hey!

who _wouldnt_ 'attack' her - altho my strategy would involve an invitation to a sunset cocktail/3 with candlelit dinner, followed by something decadently chocolatey for desert, followed up with a tour of the house, with some sheer 'sleepware' set suggestively in the... uhhhh... playroom

but guess the '72 virgins' are a strong pull for that crowd...

GRG55
10-11-13, 11:16 PM
I thought this was from the Onion when I first read it...


Christmas spirit dies at White House as ornament-hawking gift shop goes broke (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/10/shelves-empty-at-bankrupt-white-house-gift-shop/?page=all)



The Washington Times
Thursday, October 10, 2013

In another sign of the tough times in Washington these days, the White House (http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/white-house/) Gift Shop, long run by a nonprofit group that helps uniformed Secret Service (http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/secret-service/) officers and their families, has gone broke.The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund (http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/secret-service-uniformed-division-benefit-fund/), which traces its roots to the 1940s and for years did business as the official White House (http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/white-house/) Gift Shop, lists more than $600,000 in liabilities in a pending bankruptcy petition in Washington...

GRG55
01-01-14, 08:32 PM
From strippers to taxes: 2014 brings range of new rules

CBC – <abbr title="2014-01-01T10:00:53Z">15 hours ago
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Wed Jan 1, 2014 8:30pm EST

Canadians will see a range of federal rules come into effect this week governing everything from the taxes they pay to the type of light bulbs they can purchase...

...The federal government will continue to put the onus on Canadian employers to show why they need to hire temporary foreign workers over Canadian ones.

New rules that went into effect on Dec.31, 2013, are part of the government's ongoing reform of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which it says will help ensure that Canadians get the first crack at available jobs while making sure that foreign workers are protected.

Effective Dec.31, 2013, the government will no longer approve labour market opinion applications from employers looking to hire foreign workers in the sex trade industry, a spokesperson for the department of Employment and Social Development Canada told CBC News. An LMO is usually required to prove the need to hire a temporary foreign worker over a Canadian one.

​That means employers will have to look to Canadians to fill those jobs. ;_TU The new rules, announced in 2012, are intended to protect "vulnerable" foreign workers such as strippers, erotic dancers, and those who are hired to work in the escort services or erotic massages industry.

These rules come almost seven years after the federal Conservatives first promised to put an end to the "Liberal strippergate," in which temporary work permits were issued to hundreds of exotic workers during the previous government...



...Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else's eyes
Now woman, I said get away
American woman, listen what I say

American woman, said get away
American woman, listen what I say
Don't come hangin' around my door
Don't wanna see your face no more...

Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, 1970

santafe2
01-01-14, 09:37 PM
These rules come almost seven years after the federal Conservatives first promised to put an end to the "Liberal strippergate," in which temporary work permits were issued to hundreds of exotic workers during the previous government...

Conservative or liberal, you can always count on government to keep their eye on the prize. Don't work to create a better environment for young women, just ensure it's only local women hooking for a living.
O Canada!
We're just like the US.

Take control Canada, we're spending a lot more time north of the border. I'd like it if you never became anything like us.

GRG55
01-02-14, 12:34 AM
Conservative or liberal, you can always count on government to keep their eye on the prize. Don't work to create a better environment for young women, just ensure it's only local women hooking for a living.
O Canada!
We're just like the US.

Take control Canada, we're spending a lot more time north of the border. I'd like it if you never became anything like us.

Your sentiment has been expressed by others. Here's Finster from a thread more than 5 years ago
http://www.itulip.com/forums/showthread.php/3953-My-American-Cousin

Apparently we didn't listen :( ...to the debt part anyway...judging by this chart:

http://www.chpc.biz/uploads/9/7/9/5/9795010/9020140_orig.jpg

Polish_Silver
01-02-14, 11:03 AM
Conservative or liberal, you can always count on government to keep their eye on the prize. Don't work to create a better environment for young women, just ensure it's only local women hooking for a living.
O Canada!
We're just like the US.

Take control Canada, we're spending a lot more time north of the border. I'd like it if you never became anything like us.

The difference I see is that most canadian women have choice. And some would rather entertain men then spend 40 hours/week in a cube. The foreign women may not have much choice.

GRG55
01-20-14, 10:58 PM
'Lost' Ferrari could fetch $2 million at auction (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101341782)

Published: Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

Ferraris are not an easy car to lose.

Owners cherish them. Ferrari clubs and Ferrari historians record each and every vehicle number. Auction companies and private collectors are constantly scouring the world's garages for obscure Ferraris to buy and sell.

Yet once every a generation or two, a Ferrari is lost—and rediscovered.

One such "lost" Ferrari is set to be sold this weekend. It's a rare 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS. It's rusted out. The engine won't start. Parts of the car are charred from a fire. And the interior looks likes like it wouldn't even qualify for most junkyards—let alone a millionaire's garage.

Yet despite its rough condition, it is estimated to sell at Gooding & Co.'s upcoming Scottsdale, Ariz., auction for more than $2 million.

"There is a premium right now on cars that are in original condition," said David Gooding, CEO of the automotive auction house. "For some people, this car, with its original paint and materials, is more attractive than a shiny restored car where the chrome is shining and everything is perfect."...

...The story of the 330 GTS starts in Italy. The car was sent from the Ferrari factory to Carrozzeria Pininfarina, where it was finished with polished wire, wheels, a "Celeste Blu" paint job with red and blue pinstripes and special leather upholstery.

The car was the fifth in a series of 99 GTS cars that Ferrari built. It cost around $15,000—a fortune for a car at the time.

The Ferrari was shipped in 1967 to an importer in Greenwich, Conn., and sold to Dr. Samuel Scher, a New York City plastic surgeon. Scher was an avid car collector, with a fleet of prized Alfa Romeos, Bugattis, Rolls-Royces and Mercedes-Benzes.

Scher loved the car, and drove it 20,000 miles in less than two years. In 1969, the car caught fire and was sold at a Motor Insurance Co. auction in New Jersey.

For the next 44 years, it sat in a Pennsylvania garage. Gooding said the current owner is an unidentified private collector who had heard about the car and spent years securing it from the owner...

http://fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/img/editorial/2014/01/16/101341609-Untitled.530x298.png?v=1389888519

kriden
03-21-14, 04:41 PM
20¢/Gal Gas with pre-1964 coins? Has The Federal Reserve destroyed that much of our purchasing power since then?
5300

metalman
03-21-14, 05:49 PM
20¢/Gal Gas with pre-1964 coins? Has The Federal Reserve destroyed that much of our purchasing power since then?
5300

station here in town takes pre-64 silver for gas.

1921 morgan culls go for $25 each on ebay.

2 of them...

http://cointrackers.com/img/coins/1921-morgan-silver-dollar.pnghttp://cointrackers.com/img/coins/1921-morgan-silver-dollar.png

fills up my...

http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/half-ton-truck-1.jpg
paid $4.50 each in bags of 1000 coins in 2001 on ej's say so.

http://www.images-apmex.com/handlers/ThumbJpeg.ashx?VFilePath=~/Resources/Catalog%20Images/Products/64295_Obv.jpg&width=300&height=300

my cost $9 for $50 worth of gas...

500 fill-ups per $4500 bag... $25,000 fiat.

but... sold 90% of it on ej's call @ $48 in 2011.

not complaining... the 10x return fiat pays for gas @ any station... swipe of a card.

tickled to buy gas with silver i got left, tho. get a kick out of it!

got 220 'dollars' & 110 fill-ups left.

heh, heh... ;_YS

ps yeh, the fed screwed us.

Fiat Currency
03-21-14, 05:50 PM
Has The Federal Reserve destroyed that much of our purchasing power since then?
Yes ;_CH

http://www.coinflation.com/silver_coin_values.html

GRG55
03-21-14, 11:14 PM
station here in town takes pre-64 silver for gas.

1921 morgan culls go for $25 each on ebay.

2 of them...

http://cointrackers.com/img/coins/1921-morgan-silver-dollar.pnghttp://cointrackers.com/img/coins/1921-morgan-silver-dollar.png

fills up my...

http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/half-ton-truck-1.jpg
paid $4.50 each in bags of 1000 coins in 2001 on ej's say so.

http://www.images-apmex.com/handlers/ThumbJpeg.ashx?VFilePath=~/Resources/Catalog%20Images/Products/64295_Obv.jpg&width=300&height=300

my cost $9 for $50 worth of gas...

500 fill-ups per $4500 bag... $25,000 fiat.

but... sold 90% of it on ej's call @ $48 in 2011.

not complaining... the 10x return fiat pays for gas @ any station... swipe of a card.

tickled to buy gas with silver i got left, tho. get a kick out of it!

got 220 'dollars' & 110 fill-ups left.

heh, heh... ;_YS

ps yeh, the fed screwed us.

Wanna sell that truck??

Polish_Silver
03-22-14, 11:11 AM
station here in town takes pre-64 silver for gas.

1921 morgan culls go for $25 each on ebay.

. . .


ps yeh, the fed screwed us.

Who says silver will never be remonetized?

Does the gas station have a sign showing that they take silver? How do people find out about it?

metalman
03-22-14, 11:32 AM
Wanna sell that truck??

sell donna? that's what i call her. never!

truth be told... the pic is off the 'net. donna didn't weather the years that well in nh salt & snow... looks her age. http://itulip.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticons/hurr.png

fred's new emoticons... (http://www.itulip.com/forums/showthread.php/26952-New-iTulip-Front-Page?p=278662#post278662) too 'young' for itulip?

metalman
03-22-14, 11:35 AM
Who says silver will never be remonetized?

Does the gas station have a sign showing that they take silver? How do people find out about it?

here in the 'live free or die' state i'd say 1/2 the independents will take silver. you have to ask. they don't advertise. my thought on that is taxes... if you pay 20 cents per gallon face value of silver coin the station pays taxes on 20 cents not 3 bucks. tax man no likey.

charliebrown
03-22-14, 11:56 AM
Metal, that story warms my heart .... Good for you lad.

lektrode
03-22-14, 12:10 PM
Utah Legalizes Gold, Silver Coins As Currency (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/utah-gold-standard-silver_n_865333.html)
Arizona Becomes Second State to Approve Gold and Silver as Legal Tender (http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/arizona-becomes-second-state-approve-gold-silver-legal-131138074.html)
....Arizona lawmakers passed a bill that makes precious metals legal tender. Arizona is the second state after Utah to allow gold coins created by the Fed and private mints to be used as currency. More than a dozen states have legislature underway to pass similar measures....

GRG55
05-01-14, 12:09 AM
If a custom Airbus, like the surviving Citi Prince just ordered, seems a tad ostentatious (yes Virginia, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH money) then maybe this might be an alternative that is less likely to prompt the relatives from coming around asking for a loan (the gates outta keep em out if they get any stupid ideas).

Don't miss the Bespoke Interiors section (:eek:) and the part about the Greg Norman Signature Range Rover Sport in the garage :cool:

http://www.fireside.ae/jge_home.asp?nav=5



...but before you send your deposit cheque, remember that the summer temperatures regularly exceed 50 deg C (120+ F.) and the humidity is normally in the 90's %. We have long summers. Very long summers. Fireside? Ya right.

Enjoy the golf.

Oh, did I mention we have very long, hot summers?

Was in Dubai earlier this month. First time there since before the bust. The craziness is back in all its glory. Construction everywhere. Arab money fleeing the Arab Spring and civil war threats (Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq,...) was the ignitor. Now the fuel is coming from the former Soviet Union. Got a report from an old friend who lives there that more than 150 private jets from Russia and the Central Asia republics landed at Dubai airport in the few days just before and just after Putin sent the troops into Crimea. They weren't smuggling vodka :(

For those not familiar, ten Billion UAE Dhirams is about US$ 2.7 Billion. ;_BR




Marka’s initial public offering raises
 mammoth Dh10 billion (http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/uaebusiness/2014/April/uaebusiness_April420.xml&section=uaebusiness)

Abdul Basit / 26 April 2014

Marka, created by prominent businessmen in the UAE, offered for sale 55 per cent of its capital, or 275 million shares, at Dh1 a piece in a 12-day sale.



The first initial public offering (IPO) of Marka oversubscribed by more than 36 times as it raised Dh10 billion instead of the Dh275 million target on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), the company said on Friday.

Marka does not have any current operations and it is still being incorporated, but the nature of the company underlined the return of confidence in Dubai. The company is planning to spend the proceeds on opening more than 100 fashion stores, restaurants and cafes across the Gulf region over the next five years.

It was the first IPO since 2009 on Dubai’s main bourse and also the first one in the retail sector on the DFM. It was open to all nationalities and all the applicants will be entitled to ownership of the company, Marka had said at the launch of the IPO.

Marka, created by prominent businessmen in the UAE, offered for sale 55 per cent of its capital, or 275 million shares, at Dh1 a piece in a 12-day sale, which began on April 13 and closed on April 24. The founders of the company notified that the allocation of shares would be 2.77 per cent. The company will start the refunds on May 8, they added.

The huge turnout reflects investors’ confidence in the high-growth potential of Marka and the company’s capabilities to rapidly establish itself as the first public shareholding company that will operate in the retail and F&B sectors, two of the fastest growing sectors in the UAE and the region.

The company got regulatory approval to list in Dubai as a ‘greenfield’ company, which means it did not have to file financial records for past years.

GRG55
05-15-14, 11:18 PM
The Safety Nazis are alive and well and living in a place near you.

Sign installed in a BP Petroleum office in the Middle East...explaining to adult professionals how to safely use the stairs.

What next? Instructions on how to pour coffee without getting scalded?

(Don't forget to stay to the right!)

5351

Polish_Silver
05-16-14, 07:31 AM
Parents are "hyper vigilant" about their children. Children are never left without adult supervision, never allowed to climb trees, scamper through culverts, explore dark alleys, and horizontal bars have rubber sheets below them.

Results:

Anxiety orders increasing, because children never learn to navigate risk. Nor do they learn to resolve conflict, create rules, etc.
I'd say this is a big part of why Occupy Wall Street accomplished so little.


Accidents and injuries have not decreased.

There is something called "risk compensation". My wife's playground had concrete below the bars. So the children avoided whacking thier heads against it. We had dirt. You could whack your head on that, but gently. Rubber sheets---why worry?

Almost all "child abduction" is by divorced fathers/mothers.

Child sexual predators are not strangers, but extended family.

Serious playground injuries are "freak accidents" quite rare, and always have been.

GRG55
05-31-14, 11:34 AM
Misunderstanding Orange Juice as a Health Drink (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/02/misunderstanding-orange-juice-as-a-health-drink/283579/)

Juice is, nutritionally, not much better than soda. How did U.S. consumers come to believe that oranges, in any form, were an important part of a healthy diet?

A tall glass of orange juice is the very image of refreshment, packed with vitamins and radiating with sunshine freshness. It’s part of a balanced breakfast, after all. But America’s classic morning drink is in trouble: sales of commercial orange juice are down to their lowest levels in the last 15 seasons, according to the WSJ and the Florida Department of Citrus (http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/10/14/the-slow-death-of-a-former-breakfast-table-star/?mod=e2tw). The industry is facing growing competition from exotic fruit and energy drinks while its “all-natural” claims are being called into serious question.

Orange juice’s fresh and healthy reputation lies in the balance today, but it was once America’s healing elixir around which an entire industry staked its hopes. Orange juice’s fabled health benefits were promoted by nutritionists, fruit producers, marketers, and the government, who credited orange juice with curing everything from scurvy to listlessness, and even a rare blood condition called acidosis. But orange juice did not always have a place at the American breakfast table, mostly because for years it was either too expensive, or just didn’t taste very good...

...At the time, most people ate oranges rather than drinking their fruit. Coffee was the primary morning beverage. But consuming oranges in any form became an increasingly important part of a healthy diet largely because of the efforts of advertisers and an ambitious biochemist named Elmer McCollum. According to Harvey Levenstein’s book Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat (http://books.google.com/books?id=Ph14gi_4ArUC&lpg=PP1&dq=fear%20of%20food&pg=PA82#v=onepage&q=fear%20of%20food&f=false), McCollum became the unofficial nutritionist of the nation beginning in the early 1920’s when he heavily promoted the life-extending and healing capabilities of vitamins and warned against the deadly effects of a vitamin-deficient diet. This “Vitamania” gave producers the perfect marketing opportunity. The National Fruit Growers Exchange, under the Sunkist brand, created a national campaign promoting drinking daily doses of orange juice for its “health giving vitamins and rare salts and acids.” But McCollum soon cast aside vitamins in favor of acid.

McCollum ignited a panic over a nebulous condition called acidosis: an excess of acid in the bloodstream which supposedly caused fatigue and lassitude. He claimed the ailment was brought on by consuming meat, eggs and bread, which were acid producers. His advice: Eat lots of citrus fruit and lettuce. These foods rather counterintuitively were transformed from acid into alkaline in the stomach. Unsurprisingly, citrus producers seized upon this new health scare.

In this 1929 acidosis awareness booklet/Sunkist advertisement (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/sizes/eaa_CK0061_CK0061-06/), the devastating effects of untreated acidosis are illustrated: “Estelle seemed to lack vitality; didn’t even make an effort to be entertaining; hence, she did not attract the men...‘Acidosis’ is the word on almost every modern physician’s tongue.” The cure was simple: Consume oranges in any form and at every possible opportunity. And Sunkist assured the acidosis-fearing reader that it was impossible to overindulge in oranges. By 1934, scientists began calling acidosis a fad and a rare ailment unaffected by drinking orange juice, and citrus producers redirected their marketing efforts back to vitamin C...

...Despite marketing campaigns promoting the consumption of oranges as a cure for everything from singlehood to the common cold, Florida’s fertile groves were producing too many oranges. The push for production during the war was now threatening the survival of the entire Florida orange industry. The arrival of frozen concentrated juice provided mass market potential for oranges for the first time. By 1949, Florida’s orange processing plants were churning out 10 million gallons of concentrated orange juice which was, rather deceptively, marketed as “fresh-frozen.” Consumers finally had an affordable, “tasty,” convenient and vitamin-C rich product, and they gulped it down.
The post-war American Dream was an image of domestic serenity in which the national talent for creating labor-saving technology was realized. Americans were eating better for less money and in less time. “Fresh-frozen” orange juice was concentrated health stuffed into a can and its only preparation requirements were thawing, adding water, and stirring. In Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America (http://books.google.com/books?id=9zd3-Wl5S6QC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false), Harvey Levenstein argues that such convenience foods became an essential part of the post-war housewife’s duty to build a healthy and happy American home. In 1952, the American Can Company advertised that frozen orange juice had saved housewives the equivalent of 14,000 years of “drudgery” that year.

Alissa Hamilton points out in Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice (http://books.google.com/books?id=5AUjN-B4LfsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false), that with the rapid growth of convenience foods a larger question emerged around the very notion of what normal food was: processed or untouched? People ate one alongside the other without thinking too much about it. In the 1950’s, chemists developed more than 400 new additives to aid in processing and preserving food (taste was an afterthought, at best). Canned meals, powdered foods, frozen seasonal and exotic produce were now readily available year-round.

Women’s magazines extolled these “new” foods and their miraculous time-saving attributes. But the idea that something processed could also be “fresh,” was provoking questions. By 1960 the FDA was becoming concerned with the misrepresentative “fresh” labeling of commercial orange juice. Not only was it far from fresh, but sugar and water were being added. Federal standards and regulation ensued...

...squeezed was now the primary pursuit of marketers, like this Tropicana commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcS1wJaxW6U) with the enticing “squeeze me a glass” jingle. In the 1990’s “not from concentrate” orange juice hit the shelves and blew everything else away. Rather than vitamins in a can, we now had freshness and purity in a carton.

But as Hamilton details in her book, there is practically nothing fresh or pure about it. Most commercial orange juice is so heavily processed that it would be undrinkable if not for the addition of something called flavor packs. This is the latest technological innovation in the industry’s perpetual quest to mimic the simplicity of fresh juice. Oils and essences are extracted from the oranges and then sold to a flavor manufacturer who concocts a carefully composed flavor pack customized to the company’s flavor specifications. The juice, which has been patiently sitting in storage sometimes for more than a year, is then pumped with these packs to restore its aroma and taste, which by this point have been thoroughly annihilated...


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"Remember, breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine" :-PT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLviCRceP8

charliebrown
06-01-14, 07:38 PM
oh if only this article was around 40 years ago. My mother bought thr rhetoric, hook line and sinker. she forced me to drink a glass every morning. Now and back then, I can't stand the smell of the stuff.

Polish_Silver
06-01-14, 08:45 PM
oh if only this article was around 40 years ago. My mother bought thr rhetoric, hook line and sinker. she forced me to drink a glass every morning. Now and back then, I can't stand the smell of the stuff.

When I saw your post, I thought it was milk you were talking about. I've always loved fruit juices, but the fructose is getting more and more bad rap. Apparently, the whole fruit is a lot better for you than the juice--it makes you feel full, the sugar gets processed more slowly, etc. A saw a study once that found that children who drank fruit juice daily were more likely to be overweight than children who drank none. Damn the Sugar!

LazyBoy
06-03-14, 03:34 PM
oh if only this article was around 40 years ago. My mother bought thr rhetoric, hook line and sinker. she forced me to drink a glass every morning. Now and back then, I can't stand the smell of the stuff.
40 years ago I was limited to one glass a day after drinking too much of the expensive stuff.