Friday, July 31, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Street Ball Dunk Star Gets Olympic High Jump Chance



Justin Darlington, aka 'Jus Fly' has a 50 inch vertical leap. High jump coach Daniel St.-Hilaire says "his legs are like a mutation" and is molding Justin's raw talent towards the Olympic trials. He has already jumped 2.01 meters after just 6 technical workouts. That would have placed him 6th at last year's Olympic trials in Windsor Ontario.

More here.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Can we trust scientists if there is money involved?

...or so asks the typical AGW alarmist when dismissing a skeptic's opinion with a casual reference to "he gets money from Big Oil".

If it is possible that chasing grants and funding affects someone's outlook on the world, then what mischief could the following chart suggest? If this was the chart of Big Oil funding of the climate debate, what rhetoric would we hear?

As Watts up with That suggests, Follow the Money.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

But is it Art? Carrot "Bomb" bombs


During the inauguration of the new art museum in Kalmar a suspicious individual sneaked around the premises mounting sculptures made of carrots, alarm clocks, red and blue cables, metal wire and tape. On direct orders from the Swedish secret police the performance was stopped since the Culture Minister refused to give her inaugural speech if it were to continue.

The speech , as it later turned out, was about how art must be allowed to be free and provocative.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ten Reasons why the US Economy is Worse Than You Think


Mort Zuckerman writes in the Wall Street Journal:
1. 185,000 fictitious new jobs help prop up official employment totals
2. People asked to take unpaid leave not counted as unemployed, not paid either
3. 1.4 Million people gave up looking for work, not counted as unemployed
4. 9 Million people settled for part time work, double the pre-recession total
5. Average private sector work week down 48 minutes to 33 hours
6. Average length of official unemployment now record high 24.5 weeks
7. No wage increases in June
8. Highest job loss is in goods-producing sector, 223,000 jobs in June
9. Employers will work current workers more hours rather than hire more, if more output is needed
10. Savings rate has reached 7% of income, up from 0% in 2007, diverting money from consumption.

Weak consumer sector, weak employment outlook, growing awareness of the severity of this downturn.

Canada is much better positioned than the US, methinks, at least those parts of Canada with resource-related economies. Ontario and Quebec's manufacturing sectors are in for a rough ride as their US export market withers.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Formula 1 Topiary


Hah! Bet you have never seen F1 and Topiary in the same sentence before. Attago, People's Daily Online. The other 9 examples they show are cool too.

By the way this has nothing to do with our previous reference to topiary.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Temperatures in context

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Plenty of reason to ask "why the rush" to cripple the global economy with carbon taxes...