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  • // I had no idea there was actually a name for this game, the only carnival game I play.
  • Quote:"Examining eight methods to reduce or stop global warming, Lomborg and his fellow economists recommend pouring money into researching and developing clean energy sources such as wind, wave, solar and nuclear power, and more work on climate engineering ideas such as "cloud whitening" to reflect the sun's heat back into the outer atmosphere.

    In a Guardian interview, he said he would finance investment through a tax on carbon emissions that would also raise $50bn to mitigate the effect of climate change, for example by building better sea defences, and $100bn for global healthcare."

    Interesting. Lomborg's solutions are undoubtedly cheaper than what is being proposed elsewhere.

  • Quote:"Recent polls show that 61 per cent of Americans “always or usually” live from pay cheque to pay cheque, up from 49 per cent in 2008.

    // Whoa. That's a significant increase in a short period of time.

  • Quote:"Stocks battled to a stalemate on Federal Reserve uncertainty over how to handle the faltering economic recovery, ending the market's worst August since 2001.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day up 4.99 points, or 0.05%, at 10014.72, after spending parts of the day below the psychologically significant 10000 level. The blue-chip index shed 4.3% this month as investors lowered their economic-growth expectations in response to a flood of weak data.

    The Dow's performance this month is its worst since May, and the measure's first down August in five years.

    (tags: economy)
  • Quote:"More than a fifth of the nation's 5,000 hospitals are owned by governments and many are drowning in debt caused by rising health-care costs, a spike in uninsured patients, cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and payments on construction bonds sold in fatter times. Because most public hospitals tend to be solo operations, they don't enjoy the economies of scale, or more generous insurance contracts, which bolster revenue at many larger nonprofit and for-profit systems.

    .Local officials also predict an expensive future as new requirements—for technology, quality accounting and care coordination—start under the overhaul, which became law in March.

    Moody's Investors Service said in April that many standalone hospitals won't have the resources to invest in information technology or manage bundled payments well. Many nonprofits have bad credit ratings and in a tight credit market cannot borrow money, either. Meantime, the federal government is expected to cut aid to hospitals.

  • Quote:"Emeralds are produced where a superheated fluid carrying the element beryllium migrated through rocks that contain chromium, Wise said.

    // Noted.

  • Quote:"A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.

    // Somebody cue Nelson Muntz.

  • Quote:"Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn,
    Ahmeek, Michigan
    Set along the shores of Lake Superior in Ahmeek, Michigan, the Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn offers guests plenty of old-fashioned hospitality that will have you feeling right at home. Upon arrival, proprietors Mary Mathews and William Frabotta will take you on a tour of the station, which houses a rare Fresnel lens in the lantern room. The property is located on Keweenaw Peninsula, and you can watch the sun rise or set over the water from the top of the tower, 101 feet above the lake.

    Mary and Bill purchased the lighthouse—the largest and last ever built on the Great Lakes—in 1961 and began renovating it in 1992. Today, guests can stay in one of eight Victorian-style rooms, all of which have queen- or king-sized beds, year-round.

    // Awesome.

  • Quote:"Industrywide deliveries, to be released tomorrow, may have reached an annualized rate of 11.6 million vehicles this month, the average of eight analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the slowest August since 1982, according to researcher Ward’s AutoInfoBank. The rate would be 18 percent below last year’s 14.2 million pace, when the U.S. government’s “cash for clunkers” incentive program boosted sales.

    // Ugh