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  • Quote:"The dotted line simply averages the sales for the month of the clunkers program and the month after. I think it is pretty clear that we spent a few billion dollars making some used car owners happy (by overpaying for their vehicles) but did absolutely nothing to move the trend line in auto sales, as the program appears to have just pulled forward purchases rather than stimulated new ones.

    // There's nothing more to do but laugh.

  • Quote:"In a modern twist on the ancient practice of barter, people like Villacreses are joining time banks to help them get the things they need or want without having to spend cash.

    In a time bank, members get credit for services they provide to other members, from cooking to housekeeping to car rides to home repair. For each hour of work, one time dollar is deposited into a member's account, good for services offered by other members.

    // The sad part? These people are still supposed to pay taxes on the approximate value of the services exchanged. (No matter what the article says)

  • Quote:"Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has issued a proclamation that says Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game against Cleveland, despite an umpire's blown call.
    Granholm issued the proclamation Thursday, one day after first base umpire Jim Joyce declared a runner safe with two outs left in the ninth inning, costing Galarraga a perfect game. After seeing the replay, Joyce said he blew the call and apologized to the pitcher for not realizing Cleveland's Jason Donald didn't beat the throw to first base.

    Granholm tweeted about the blown call after the game and on Thursday told WJR radio that Galarraga "was robbed."

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow is also urging baseball commissioner Bud Selig to declare Galarraga's performance perfect, and Rep. John D. Dingell says he'll introduce a congressional resolution asking Major League Baseball to overturn the call.

    (tags: Baseball)
  • Quote:"Because we are only human, that's not always going to be possible so anything that helps us to get a higher percentage of decisions correct must be good for cricket.

    The players deserve those correct decisions, as does the game itself, and television has proved it can be put to good use.

    We are not able to refer things like LBW decisions – not yet anyway.

    // This method does not take very long. Not nearly as long as it takes a manager to get out of the dugout to argue.

  • by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  • Quote:"If you live in the northern hemisphere, go out any night this week an hour or so after sunset and look at the western sky to catch a planetary triple play starring Venus, Saturn and Mars.

    The first thing skywatchers will see — weather permitting — is the brilliant planet Venus, slightly north of west, in the constellation Gemini. Look for Gemini's twin first magnitude stars, Pollux and Castor, just above Venus.

    As the sky gets darker, the planet Mars can be spotted to Venus' left as it appears in the constellation Leo very close to the bright, first magnitude star Regulus. Further still to the left will be Saturn shining in the western part of the constellation Virgo.

    (tags: astronomy)
  • Quote:"David was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Brainerd, Minn. where surgeons removed his right testicle.

    And David is not the only student who has suffered the consequences of the “sack tapping” game.

    "It's just gotten way out of control," said Dr. Scott Wheeler, a urologist in Brainerd, Minn. who says he performs three to four surgeries a year on boys with ruptured testicles and other complications as a result of “sack tapping.”

    // Whoa. Lost a testicle? "That's why God gave ya two" (Name the movie)

  • Quote:"Experts said yesterday few people realised their facial features were being recorded in an RTA database of drivers licence photos that the Government has allowed both state and federal police to access.

    // Ugh. "Hey, if you're doing nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide."

  • Quote:"Fourteen Republican women are in the running for the U.S. Senate. In 2008, just three Republican women competed in the general election, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. And 94 are still vying for House seats, compared with 46 at about the same time in the primary cycle two years ago.

    Also telling? Sixty of the 106 women who are challenging incumbents for House seats are Republicans — a sign, says Debbie Walsh, the center's director, that GOP women are increasingly willing to "put their hat in the ring," though the fall outcome remains unpredictable.

    // Positively great news

  • // I don't like this because we have tools to measure and set regs regarding speed. However, w/o those tools, it can be assumed a police officer (or most people) could be able to "tell" excessive speed.
    (tags: law)
  • Quote:"The obsession with current events is relentless. We are made to feel that at any point, somewhere on the globe, something may occur to sweep away old certainties—something that, if we failed to learn about it instantaneously, could leave us wholly unable to comprehend ourselves or our fellows. We are continuously challenged to discover new works of culture—and, in the process, we don’t allow any one of them to assume a weight in our minds. We leave a movie theater vowing to reconsider our lives in the light of a film’s values. Yet by the following evening, our experience is well on the way to dissolution, like so much of what once impressed us: the ruins of Ephesus, the view from Mount Sinai, the feelings after finishing Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich.
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