Jan 2, 2010

Happy palindrome day

Today is a special day. It is called a palindrome.

The date 01-02-2010 reads the same forward or backward making it a palindrome. This is the second such date out of 36 that occurs this millennium. The first was 10-02-2001.

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction.

Now, don’t you feel empowered after learning that piece of trivia?

Lights at the Denver City-County Building

The lights are turned on each night from the first of December through New Year's Eve and then again for the duration of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in mid January.


Jan 1, 2010

When Santa parks the sleigh...

New Year advice from Father Time

AT&T is latest to dump Tiger Woods

AT&T is the latest sponsor to drop Tiger Woods following his infidelity allegations.

AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods.

The phone company hasn't used Woods' image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a "multiyear" agreement when it was signed early in 2009.

Tiger Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007.

Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said that since Woods is on indefinite leave from professional golf, he will not serve as host for the 2010 event.


Metal bloomers - yup, that should to it

Airport body scans leave nothing to the imagination

Proponents say:

Flying is a privilege, not a right. If passengers don’t want to submit to a full body scan or an intrusive pat down they can use another mode of travel.

The would-be terrorist on a US-bound flight Christmas Day would have been prevented from boarding if full body scans had been employed.

Opponents say:
Naked body scans reveal everything about you and are an invasion of privacy.

Some travelers are incensed at the thought of allowing someone in another room to view their naked body which leaves nothing to the imagination.

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Full-body scanning and other security measures are more effective in detecting threats from an increasing number of unsophisticated, mentally troubled suspects acting alone.

Cunning, professional terrorists will find ways around any security measures in place.


2009 report card for Obama

Dec 31, 2009

Rare blue moon to ring in the New Year

Question: how often does as blue moon happen on New Year’s Eve?

Answer: once in a blue moon.

According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don't expect it to be blue — the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month — a blue moon — occurs every 2.5 years. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year's Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years.

The last time was in 1990; the next one won't come again until 2028.


Top 10 news stories of 2009

The top 10 news stories of 2009 as reported by the main-stream media:

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Diane Keaton caught off guard

Usually the rollers come out before the bling goes on.

Wikipedia reported premature death of Rush Limbaugh

From a report at the link below:

Shortly after the news broke that the conservative political radio talk show host was hospitalized, Wikipedia updated his page – and pronounced him dead.

If the report is correct, Wikipedia was prepared for the worst when it came to Rush Limbaugh. Maybe a little too well prepared.

Reportedly the Wikipedia entry showed the following entry a little after midnight:

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (pronounced /ˈlɪmbɔː/;born January 12, 1951, died December 30, 2009) is an American radio host and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States. It airs throughout the U.S. on Premiere Radio Networks.

The previous entry was reportedly posted shortly after midnight, EST.

Rush, although in a Honolulu hospital, was very much alive. About 15 minutes later Wikipedia pronounced him alive, altering their bio by removing the information that he had died.

This illustrates what can happen when it doesn’t take much more than a computer, Internet service and a word processor to post nearly anything you want on Wikipedia - the most quoted yet least accurate site on the web.

Top illustrate just how bad Wikipedia is, founder Jimmy Wales has warned students not to refer to Wikipedia as it can seriously damage their grades (see third link below).

Link here, here and here.

Dancing on a tight rope

A traditional Korean entertainer dances on a tight rope at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, as part of a festival on traditional shows including tight-rope walking and masked dancing.

CDOT employee in trouble over Obama - Palin e-mail photo

A 73-year-old Colorado Department of Transportation supervisor forwarded an e-mail with a photo attached depicting Barack Obama shining the shoes of former vice-presidential Candidate Sarah Palin as shown below.

The photo caption says, "It appears he has found his niche."

While some think it is inappropriate, others see it as simply humor.

No politician should be immune from spoofs or satire.

This picture was nothing compared to how President George W. Bush was treated by the media. Many of the ‘editorial cartoons’ in newspapers treated Bush unmercifully.

The CDOT employee is under investigation because the e-mail sent from her work computer. She should be punished only if CDOT decrees it should not have been sent on company time on a company computer.


Dec 30, 2009

Huskers roll over Arizona in Holiday Bowl

The “black shirts” (Husker defense) dominated as the offense rolled.

Photo shows Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee.

On paper the Holiday Bowl should have been a very close game as Number 22 Arizona met Number 20 Nebraska in San Diego Wednesday night.

It didn’t turn out that way as the Huskers rolled to a 33-0 rout in the first ever Holiday Bowl shutout.

I just had to plug the Huskers because we lived in Lincoln, Nebraska for over 30 years before moving to Colorado.


Darth Vader lives!

A Darth Vader balloon is shown during the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Leon, Mexico last fall.

Top political gaffes of 2009

This is number one in a series of 2009 political gaffes.

In April Vice President Joe Biden, on NBC's Today show, gave his advice on dealing with the swine flu outbreak, which seemed to contradict the Administration's advice to the public.

"I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places right now. It's not that it's going to Mexico. It's that you are in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes everywhere through the aircraft. That's me."

The official word from the White House that week was that the swine flu outbreak was not a cause for alarm.

When Biden suggested on national TV that people avoid planes, subways and classrooms to keep from catching the bug the White House press team quickly sent out a statement telling everyone “what Biden meant to say was...”

Giant watch in Beijing Tech Museum

A man walks past the giant cogs of a watch on display at the newly opened China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.

Napolitano said it worked - Obama calls it broken

A report in the Washington Times (see link below) includes the connection between the Detroit-bound airliner would-be bomber and the Fort Hood shooter as well as the conflict between Barack Obama and his Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano.

From a report in the Washington Times:

The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect.

At the time of the Fort Hood shootings, Mr. Obama did not express outrage. Instead he cautioned Americans not to rush to judgement because the shooter was a Muslim.

Now, Obama has no choice but to condemn the attempt by a Muslim to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner and demand better security. What else can he do after his Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano said, "the system worked."

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (pictured above), the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki.

The same Anwar al-Awlaki is suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooter.

Bombing suspect Abdulmutallab has boasted of his jihad training to the FBI and has said it included final exhortations by Mr. al-Awlaki.

Abdulmutallab was told, “You are going to be the tip of the spear of the Muslim nation.”


Zookeeper lugs 2 Siberian tiger cubs

An Iraqi zookeeper lugs two three-month-old Siberian tiger cubs at central Baghdad's Al-Zawraa zoo last October.

The Iraqi capital's zoo is enjoying a boom, and not just in attendance -- its Siberian tigers gave birth to twins this summer, part of a string of new arrivals fuelling the park's expansion.

Ginkgo biloba has no effect on Alzheimer's or dementia

Think ginkgo biloba is brain booster? Think again!

The popular botanical ginkgo biloba does not improve memory nor does it prevent cognitive decline in older people, according to the largest and longest scientific study ever undertaken to look at the supplement.

The study finding is "disappointing news," says Steven DeKosky, dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the study's senior author.

The only positive thing the researchers found is that ginkgo appears to be safe.

More here.

Dec 29, 2009

Big discounts on remaining Pontiac and Saturn brands

Going into your mid-life crisis? This may be a good time to buy that Saturn Sky (upper photo) you’ve been dreaming about. Or maybe you’d prefer a Pontiac Solstice (lower photo).

General Motors is paying dealers $7,000 for remaining Saturn and Pontiac models in what amounts to a sweetened incentive aimed at clearing inventories of the discontinued brands, company offices and dealers said today.

The plan, which is in effect through Jan. 4, allows dealers to sell the remaining vehicles as used cars at whatever price they want, but any sales will count toward GM’s December new vehicle sales numbers.

While dealers were notified of the program earlier this month, publicizing it now will certainly stimulate year-end sales, but not necessarily at a profit.

This program does not apply to Hummer or Saab vehicles.

One big unanswered question will be: how long will buyers be able to get mechanical parts as well as body parts for Saturn and Pontiac vehicles at GM dealerships?


Royal yawn from sleep deprived guard

A member of the royal guard yawns at the Pardo Palace in Pardo, Spain.

Cool it

Rows of air conditioners stick out from the walls of a building in Singapore's financial district.

Prince to pauper: William sleeps on street

Prince William spent the night on a cold icy sidewalk to highlight the plight of the homeless.

William, second in line to the British throne, spent a night near Blackfriars Bridge in central London last week in an event organized by homeless charity Centrepoint.

Centrepoint's CEO, Seyi Obakin also spent the night alongside the prince and said it was a difficult and dangerous experience.

"There was no shielding from the bitter cold, or the hard concrete floor, or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, pimps or those out to give homeless people a good kicking," Obakin said.


Fireworks hat

A model displays a "Firework" hat designed by David Shilling of London during a high tea show in Beijing.

Wikipedia founder is asking for donations

An appeal from Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, appears each time the online encyclopedia is accessed.

Mr. Wales (shown above) is asking for financial donations to support Wikipedia, which he says is the largest encyclopedia in human history.

By allowing anyone to enter or alter data during most of its eight years of existence, Wikipedia is also the most inaccurate encyclopedia in human history.

Wikipedia declared the death of Ted Kennedy prematurely.

A report on the Internet was titled: Wikipedia: the most quoted - least accurate site on the web.

Other reports deal with problems students have using Wikipedia as a research source including automatic failing grades from some college professors when they learn Wikipedia was referenced.

The Wikipedia appeal for donations can be found here.

Israeli security riddles MacBook with bullets

Israeli airport security guards evidently suspected a bomb had been placed inside a woman’s MackBook.

They took it outside and shot it three times. Surprisingly, the hard drive was recovered intact.


Dec 28, 2009

Kristmas Kringle store robbed by real life Grinch

The Grinch missed Whoville but settled on Kristmas in Wisconsin.

Fond du Lac police responded to a burglary call Thursday morning at Kristmas Kringle Shoppe. The store sells ornaments and everything else Christmas.

Police said someone apparently forced open a back door and stole an undisclosed amount of money.


ObamaCare side effects

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Giant Rubik’s Cube at Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia

A woman (on right) and children (left) interact with a giant Rubik's Cube at the exhibition "The 80s are back" at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia last December.

Can Obama deliver on Copenhagen promises?

After hard sell in Copenhagen there will be an even harder sell in the Senate.

A Washington Post report says Obama faces a tough fight in Senate to deliver on climate change pledges made at the Copenhagen climate summit.

By brokering a climate deal in Copenhagen a week ago, President Obama has committed himself to a more daunting task: pushing for comprehensive climate legislation in the Senate next year.

The photo shows Hilary Clinton telling attendees in Copenhagen that the United Sates would give $100 Billion each year to the climate protection fund to help developing countries.

But can Obama sell the $100 Billion in the Senate?

More here.

Dec 27, 2009

Son of Evel Knievel to recreate Wembley bus stunt

Robbie Knievel, (pictured) son of stuntman Evel Knievel, plans to complete a double-decker bus jump that nearly ended his father's career.

Robbie Knievel, 47, will try to jump over 16 buses at London's Wembley Stadium in May - riding a classic Harley Davidson XR-750 machine.

Evel Knievel broke his pelvis during his 1975 bid to jump over 13 buses.

Evel attempted the stunt in front of an audience of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium, on 25 May 1975, but his rear wheel clipped the last bus in the row and he somersaulted onto the ramp with the bike crashing down on top of him.


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How did Robbie’s father get the name Evel?

When Evel Knievel was a young man he was often in trouble for various reasons.

According to the story, a man by the name of William Knoffel was already in jail when Robert Knievel was put in an adjoining cell.

The jailer made a joke saying he had Awful Knoffel in one cell and Evil Knievel in another.

The nickname stuck. Knievel changed the spelling to Evel and used it the rest of his life.

Rudolph’s nose got an upgrade this year

Why climate change is hot

An article linked to below blames the current climate change mania on a combination of “corrupted science, ersatz religion and Third World opportunism.”

The article is delightfully sprinkled with Mark Steyn’s unique humor along with his grasp of the current climate controversy.

According to the CIA’s analysis, “detrimental global climatic change” threatens “the stability of most nations.” And, alas, for a global phenomenon, Canada will be hardest hit. The entire Dominion from the Arctic to the 49th parallel will be under 150 feet of ice.

Oh, wait. That was the last “scientific consensus” on “climate change,” early seventies version, as reflected in a CIA report from August 1974, which the enterprising author Maurizio Morabito stumbled upon in the British Library the other day.

If only the impending ice age had struck as scheduled and Scandinavia was now under a solid block of ice.

Instead, the streets of Copenhagen were filled with “activists” protesting global warming, some of whom torched automobiles in the traditional manner of concerned idealists.

The corrupted science has paved the way for greedy opportunism by politicians who plan to get rich trading in carbon credits at the expense of industry who will pass the carbon tax on to consumers.

On the Internet, there is a telling clip of Christopher Monckton interacting with a young Norwegian from Greenpeace who has come along to protest the former’s “denialism.”

Monckton is a viscount—i.e., a lord, like his fellow denialist, the former British chancellor Lord Lawson. Now that’s what I call peer review! (House of Lords joke.)

Lord Monckton has the faintly parodic mien of many aristocrats, whereas the Greenpeace gal was a Nordic blond. If there were empty stools adjoining both parties at the Climate Conference bar, you’d head for hers before some carbon-credit travelling salesman swiped it. Big mistake.

Monckton was the soul of affability, gently suggesting places where she could check out the data. She, by contrast, seemed barely sentient, clinging to rote emotionalism and impervious to reason, data, facts, inquiry.

More of the story here.