Sep 012012

JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney launched the final leg of his quest for the White House by visiting storm-battered Louisiana on Friday. He drove through a town that was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in part because it’s still outside the vast flooding protection system built with federal funds after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

His host, Gov. Bobby Jindal, is now calling on the federal government to expand the rebuilt flood protection system that prevented serious flooding in New Orleans during this week’s storm. That system, built after flooding from Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, cost the Army Corps of Engineers $14.5 billion. It doesn’t extend as far as Jean Lafitte, which is situated in Jefferson Parish, and has been affected by a series of hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita, Cindy and now Isaac.

Romney was silent on whether, as president, he would support paying for such an expansion. Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has proposed eliminating $10 billion a year in disaster spending and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies by cutting from elsewhere in the budget. That proposal was blocked by GOP leaders.

Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.

“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.” That’s a public service number offered in many states.

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 September 1, 2012  Posted by at 8:57 am 2 Responses »
Nov 092011

By George Monbiot (The Guardian UK) The findings of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize, are devastating to the beliefs that financial high-fliers entertain about themselves. He discovered that their apparent success is a cognitive illusion. For example, he studied the results achieved by 25 wealth advisers across eight years. He found that the consistency of their performance was zero. “The results resembled what you would expect from a dice-rolling contest, not a game of skill.” Those who received the biggest bonuses had simply got lucky.

Such results have been widely replicated. They show that traders and fund managers throughout Wall Street receive their massive remuneration for doing no better than would a chimpanzee flipping a coin.

via The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

 November 9, 2011  Posted by at 10:50 am Comments Off
Apr 142011

By Ellen Byron (WSJ) Dove Ultimate Go Sleeveless claims its formula of specialized moisturizers will give women better-looking underarms in five days. It was inspired by Unilever PLC research that found 93% of women consider their armpits unattractive.

“We spoke with over 500 women, and almost every one of them thinks that their underarms are unattractive,” says Mike Dwyer, U.S. marketing director for Unilever’s deodorant business. One in three, meanwhile, said they feel more confident when their pits are in good condition.

Some 62% of the women surveyed said they suffer underarm skin problems like breakouts, discoloration or itchiness, according to research at Unilever. Nearly half said they have been embarrassed enough by the condition of their underarms that they have changed clothes.

via Unilever Introduces Dove Deodorant to Make Underarms Lovelier –

 April 14, 2011  Posted by at 6:49 am Comments Off
Nov 232009

Larry Nocella writes: Where is Moronia? You won’t find it on any map, in the same way you won’t find Funkytown, The Nation of Islam, or The State of Confusion in any atlas. Though it sounds like a physical place, Moronia isn’t defined by a landmass covered with invisible lines that tempt humans to kill those living on the opposite side of those lines.

As you probably have figured out (if you haven’t, you may be a citizen!) Moronia is The Nation of Morons. They can live anyplace on the geographical globe (though they apparently tend to coagulate in Midland, Texas.) In the space defined by mind, they are all in one place: jammed up their own asses.

from  Obama Should Immediately Appoint an Ambassador to Moronia by Larry Nocella.

 November 23, 2009  Posted by at 10:10 am Comments Off
Nov 212009

We’re back again after an unrecoverable crash due to an intractable out-of-memory error caused by a defective RSS feed and I had to take it down. I am getting it back together again, but the first 30 or so messages are gone. I’ll restore the best of them.

 November 21, 2009  Posted by at 2:12 pm Comments Off