In Which Cranes Are Grounded By the FAA

Good lord: AP – Bird plane runs afoul of federal regulators Ten young whooping cranes and the bird-like plane they think is their mother had flown more than halfway to their winter home in Florida when federal regulators stepped in. Now the birds and the plane are grounded in Alabama while the Federal Aviation Administration [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Mainly, I Am Gratified To Know That Jon Stewart Is Worth Over Twice Nancy Pelosi

Wheat & Weeds – Party of The We Don’t Mind If You’re Rich And of course they don’t mind if they’re rich. They’re constantly pointing out to the rest of us how rich they are and how that’s why the rest of us should get taxed more.

Categories: Politics

An Idea For Those Uncomfortable Billions

All these billionaires asking Obama to raise their taxes… Isn’t there a program that lets them, if they really want to, just cut a check to the federal government? Or couldn’t they, just for instance, use the riches they insist on telling us about to, perhaps, endow a hospital? That is to say, instead of [...]

Categories: Politics

Quick Links: Death Penalty! Mannequins Smoking at Dinner Parties! European Economics! Writing!

I have stuff stacking up. And I’ll never get around to any of it if I force myself to make a new post for each of them, but I wanna pass ‘em along anyway… Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: American Way: The shallow anti-Americanism of the ‘I am Troy Davis’ crowd Retronaut – CYNTHIA, 1932 [...]

Categories: Wildcard

When Men Were Men and Life Was Cheap

/delete rant about modern sensibilities Two stories: WSJ – Violence Vanquished We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. Quoting briefly, but read the whole thing: A look at the [...]

Categories: History

A Selection of Riot Links

Just some stuff I’ve read today that I found all worth reading: Prospect – David Goodhart: The riots at the end of history Guardian – Deborah Orr: UK riots: society must change fundamentally if we are to move on We must put aside petty political squabbles and find a way to give everyone a stake [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Of Rioters and Cheryl Cole

First, a good point well made about the rioters in London: Painting these riots as some kind of action replay of historic political streetfights against capitalist bosses or racist cops might allow armchair radicals to get their intellectual rocks off, as they lift their noses from dusty tomes about the Levellers or the Suffragettes and [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Musings: I Don’t Think There’re Enough Private Jet Owners To Cover This

Something to spoil your day (and I’m not even touching the end-times stuff this is predicating): The Corner – Mark Steyn: Mad Debt A threat to liberty. Forget about mid-century. We’ve got until mid-decade to turn this thing around. Otherwise, by 2020 just the interest payments on the debt will be larger than the U.S. [...]

Categories: Politics

Of Interest:

You can search Redfin for Long Island homes between 10 million and No max. Open guesses on which one is Katherine Hepburn’s estate.

Categories: People and Current Events

A Matter of Cash: It’s Come To This

Business Insider – Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. Apple’s last earnings report showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities [...]

Categories: Business & Media

I’ll See Your College Sophomore and Raise You!

Heh: One of the key debates was over whether or not the fictional President Bartlet should mention “private jet owners” when prosletyzing for higher taxes on the rich. Sam Seaborn, deputy White House communications director in the show, was against the move, calling it “bad writing,” and arguing that such a device “sounds like it [...]

Categories: Politics

$4.6 Million For a Certain White Dress

The other day I tweeted that if anyone wants the 90MB PDF of Debbie Reynold’s auction of film memorabilia, here’s the link. Today I noticed this article on the Beeb, about certain higher profile items selling, with this sidenote: Peter Bowes BBC News, Los Angeles Debbie Reynolds has made a mint from her collection of [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Arcadia for Oligarchs

At first I saw this headline and thought someone was getting hysterical about global warming, but it turns out it’s another in a theme of the super rich moving things out of reach: Telegraph – Harry Mount: The global elite has stolen the English summer [T]he English summer and social calendar has, in recent years, [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

People With £100k/Year Get Subsidized Homes?

Telegraph – Rich to lose their ‘subsidised’ council homes According to Google, that’s US$164,160.00.

Categories: Politics

“A Reason to Travel”, Indeed

(Sorry about yesterday but, well, TGIF and all that) HalfEmpty sent this to me and I think it’s pretty darned cool (spending money on walking! and not biking! hurrah!): Reuters – Floating path on London’s Thames gets $100 mln nod London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon design, known as “the London River Park”, [...]

Categories: History