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Windmills Tilted, Scared Cows Butchered, Lies Skewered on the Lance of Reality ... or something to that effect.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
No matter what the subject or where you happen to be, you are rarely shy about expressing an opinion. You're not exactly shy now either, but you may start to feel a bit of unusual emotional interference coming on, so remind yourself that if anyone has the right to be confident, it's you.
You've been so diligent and hardworking for so long, so relax.
Let the rest of the world worry about your feelings for a change!
Some of our readers today have been in:
London, England, United Kingdom
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Turku, Western Finland, Finland
Coffs Harbor, New South Wales, Australia
Bursa, Bursa, Turkey
Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Vienna, Wien, Austria
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

as well as Scotland, and the United States in such cities as Elyria, Chula Vista, Oshkosh, Tomah, Secaucus and more

Today is Monday, May 10, the 130th day of 2010.
There are 235 days left in the year

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:
Windmill Day

Kagan for high court

U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be nominated to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan's appointment would be a milestone for the Supreme Court.  

As The World Turns

As The World Turns
Serbia discovers mass grave of Kosovo Albanians killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war

A mass grave containing bodies of ethnic Albanians killed during 1998-99 war in Kosovo has been discovered in Serbia, officials said Monday.

Mexico extradites ex-governor to U.S.

Mexico has extradited a former state governor to the United States to face charges of helping smuggle cocaine through Cancun to the U.S., in a high-profile demonstration of the nation's increased willingness to extradite suspects as it battles surging drug violence.

Pakistan Taliban blamed for bomb plot

The White House says new evidence shows Faisal Shahzad was working for a terrorist group.  

Your House As Seen By:


Your Buyer...
Your Lender....

Your Appraiser...
Your County's Tax Assessor...

Stir It Up

 Bob Marley

On The Job

On The Job

Wrong ways to get on the boss's good side

Your boss may be funny, but that's no excuse to react like a sitcom studio audience. 

It's The Economy Stupid

It's The Economy Stupid
In one city, the average mortgage owed exceeds the current value of the home by 35 percent.

Need a vacation

Fill your days with scenic drives and relax at night in cozy cabinlike rooms. 

Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe

After upending a wingnut repugican senator, tea party agitators set their sights on a key mid-May primary.  


Faux's Glen Brick lies: "Labor unions, communists, radical organizations" want to "overthrow" America, control earth "under one government".
He's channeling Eugene McCarthy now folks ... even Hitler won't talk to him any more.

Lush Dimbulb lies: "fraud" is the "primary electoral victory mechanism" for Democrats.
Nope, Lush that'd be the repugicans wholly owning those tactics.

John Boehner (reptile-Ohio) lies: Obama has no "real comprehensive" terrorism strategy, and has merely gotten "lucky" in preventing terrorist attacks.
Well, if by getting 'lucky' catches them before they pull off their 'attacks' by all means lets have a 'comprehensive plan' in place and let them slip through our fingers after they have pulled off their attacks.
(I'd go with 'lucky' if I were you bone-head)

Faux News grotesquely smears immigrants by blaming them for over 2,000 deaths annually -- based on wild speculation.
OK, and ...

White flight shakes up America's suburbs

A surprising trend gives the suburbs a new look and possibly a new political leaning.  

Biggest lies in real estate

Home sellers have been known to bend the truth — or even alter photos of their property.  

Its Only The Environment After All

Its Only The Environment After All
Plan A didn't work, so oil cleanup crews now may turn to the "top kill" technique.

Has British Petroleum Opened Another Door To Carboniferous Hell?

door to hell photo
Darvaz: The Door to Hell, a drilling project gone wrong - collapsed natural gas dome burning 35 years in Uzbekistan. 
Image credit:English Russia blog
People have a hard time accepting the fact that oil and gas deep in the earth is of biotic origin: pressure-stored plant material from the Carboniferous. So much so that there are crackpot alternate theories about extraterrestrial origin. And, of course, there's always 'God put it there for us.' (Too scary for them, perhaps, to accept a constantly-changing planet, of colliding plates floating over a uranium core that's decaying and keeping the ground above warm?)
How do oil and gas company field employees think about the earth? When they instigate a blowout or gas dome collapse (as pictured above), especially, are they thinking 'door to hell' and 'end times' or are they thinking 'decayed fern gas' and 'lost money?' Even more interesting would be to learn what portion of them are climate science deniers.
Article continues: Has British Petroleum Opened Another Door To Carboniferous Hell?

Musical About Amazonian Tribe Debuts in Germany

yanomami photo  
The Yanomami are one of the largest indigenous groups in Brazil. 
They may not be crooning cats, singing sailors, or inner-city gang members with a flair for dance, but that's not stopping indigenous Amazonian tribesmen from landing a musical of their very own. The production, called Amazonas, premiered in Germany over the weekend. It centers around the Yanomami, one of the largest remaining tribes in Brazil, and the plight that they face their from unscrupulous developers, forest fires, and climate change. These real-life threats make the rowdy Jets and Sharks seem like, well, just a bunch of guys dancing.
Article continues: Musical About Amazonian Tribe Debuts in Germany

Helpful Hints

Get rid of odors, strip away chemical buildup, and more with this common pantry item.  

Better yet don't shop at Walmart

Walmart's focus on low prices means you should skip some high-end items.  

Girl Sucked Through Pipe, Survives

A 10-year-old girl who lives in Forest Hills was sucked into an 18-inch drain pipe last weekend, traveled underground for 36 feet in a torrent of water and lived to tell about it.

Polk Salad Annie

 Tony Joe White

Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest Out of Flower Petals

From Treehugger:
bee flower entry photo
When we think of bees, we often think of those cartoon-like swarms that populate a giant hive. But a rare new species observed in the Middle East is about to change all of that. The Osmia avoseta is a solitary bee that constructs its nest from petals and mud creating a cocoon-like dwelling for a single larvae.
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Odds and Sods

Odds and Sods
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