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Sunday, April 29. 2012
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Scary Retirement Numbers--No Matter How You Calculate Them
Ouch. I need to invest in more Powerball tickets.
Germany sends optical-clock signal over nearly 1000 km (h/t Synthstuff)
Beach Boys going on tour
Nocera: My faith-based retirement
Why women are losing the dating game
When your love life hasn’t gone according to plan, leaving you with disappointment instead of devotion, it’s hard not to feel like a failure.
Monica interviewed the author on her show: Rolling Pennies in the Dark
An amazing life story. If you think you had a tough childhood, you ain't seen nothin.
Prostate cancer surgery 'has no significant survival benefit', study suggests - Thousands of men could have undergone painful surgery to treat prostate cancer for little or no benefit, a study has suggested.
Chiropractic manipulation of the spine may cause strokes and even death
Past Imperfect: Theodore Roosevelt’s Life-Saving Speech
Sharpton Stands by Brawley, Denies Crown Heights Riot Incitement . Also, Sharpton Sows Seeds of Next L.A. Riot At the intersection of Rodney King and Trayvon Martin.
Natural gas leading U.S. Industrial Renaissance
"I'm unemployed, my wife left me and the house is getting foreclosed on, but at least we've got a cool president!"
CBS Asks the Important Question: ‘Can Mitt Romney make boring sexy?’
One week after the IPCC said no correlation of climate with storms, the NYT comes out with
Consensus Argument Proves Climate Science Is Political.
“Shut-up and let us run the country,” they explained
Economy's Biggest Drag Right Now Is Government
Can Mutually Beneficial Exchanges Be Exploitative? - The importance of context-keeping in libertarian thought
Geithner Goes Over the Edge - Treasury secretaries are not supposed to be political partisans.
What NY Times and Wash. Post kept secret from readers in April
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35 deaths in the U.K. following chiropractic care. What are the statitics on deaths from "complications" following neurosurgery or vascular surgery performed on the carotids?
Why do neurosurgeons pay 100 times more for malpractice insurance that do chiropractors? Could it be that the chances of being harmed by a neurosurgeon are 100 times greater than being harmed by a chiropractor?
Inquiring minds want to know.
I think the point is that neurosurgery is understood to be dangerous, and chiropractic is thought to be safe.
Osteopaths and orthopods manipulate. Chiropractors adjust. There is a difference. The former is low speed high force while the latter is high speed low force.
And, any physician, including a chiropractor who says or implies that any procedure that is invasive to the human body is "safe" should have his license to practice withdrawn.
But the point remains. Chiropractic malpractice is far more rarer than medical malpactice. If you want to call that "safe", well okay. But I don't.
It should be pointed out that Al Sharpton's mouth has killed more people than George Zimmerman's gun.
Al $harpton and Je$$e Jack$son are human flotsam that should be shunned, as in the Amish scense, not only by society but by the human race.
By the way, where is the location of the churches/congregations that these two "reverends" serve?
Bird Dog: One week after the IPCC said no correlation of climate with storms, the NYT comes out with Study Indicates a Greater Threat of Extreme Weather
IPCC 2012: Observed changes in climate extremes reflect the influence of anthropogenic climate change in addition to natural climate variability, with changes in exposure and vulnerability influenced by both climatic and non-climatic factors.
Bird Dog: Consensus Argument Proves Climate Science Is Political.
Pointing to a consensus is a part of a valid appeal to authority.
Dr. Tim Ball: Sounds familiar; the science is settled, and the debate is over because there’s a consensus.
A consensus within science doesn't forestall debate, though it does mean you generally have to provide strong evidence to move that consensus. In this case, scientists have gone beyond whether anthropogenic climate change is occurring to estimating the degree of change and possible effects of that change. As they do this, data continues to accumulate from multiple fields supporting climate science.
For those of us who love sailboats of all sizes, there are pictures today of the newly restored Cutty Sark, which had burned a couple of years ago. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip went to Greenwich-on-Thames to rededicate it, and to dedicate the newly built royal barge, the first new royal barge built in 100 years. Greenwich is one of my most favorite places and I have a photograph of my husband happily at the wheel of the old Cutty Sark. Queen Elizabeth was wearing red and looked quite peppy and happy, considering that it was raining.
I like Greenwich.. It's the one place in the world where I can be sure they, and therefore I, have the correct time.
These days, Greenwich is no longer involved in time keeping. The official British time service is run, I believe, by the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, which is located close to Heathrow airport. The NPL maintains the official atomic clocks. The radio time signal is then broadcast from towers that are located in northern England, close to the border with Scotland.
Funny Matt Drudge-like juxtaposition of dueling Sunday morning links:
First there's the link to an article claiming people don't put enough of their money away while they are working in order to save for retirement, with investment powerhouse Fidelity urging people to put more of their savings into equities as a way to meet their financial needs in retirement.
We next have a link to an article about NYT employee Joe Nocera, who DID put money away for retirement by investing in the stock market, but unfortunately invested stupidly (during Bill Clinton's halcyon days, which ended with him getting double-crossed by the dot.com bubble) and then compounded his earlier mistakes by making several other equally dumb moves.
Would the composite advice then be, "act stupid AND be lucky, or lose"?
" Ouch. I need to invest in more Powerball tickets."
Reminds me of my second favorite bumpersticker: "Lottery: a tax on people bad at math."
Feeling a little defensive here. Dumb old CBS asks "Can Mitt Romney make boring sexy?" Without going into vulgar details, may I suggest that a faithful husband doesn't find five smart beautiful sons in the cabbage patch, so to speak.
Someone likes him. Repeatedly. His lovely blond wife. As the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." You should be so lucky.
Unfortunately the riches of marriage cannot be displayed, packaged, and resold - therefore the media is uninterested in them.
CBS asks, "Is Barack Obama the next Regis Philbin? 60 Minutes investigates what the President is thinking about his future. Lesley Stahl reports."
Agent Cooper ... If we are lucky enough to get rid of Obama in November, he obviously won't "go gentle into that good night. " He'll "rage, rage against the dying of the light" of undeserved constant privilege, and do something worse than steal all the 'w' keys off the computer keyboards, as the Clintonistas did.
--in a nutshell has MM put the why the right needs to keep the high road.
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