Friday, November 28, 2008

How Come there wasn't a Dot Com bailout?

Star Wars (and Star Trek) origami made from dollar bills.

How To Write A Blues Song.

Blues are about basic stuff like "woke up this morning" or "I got a good woman." But the blues also needs trouble. So if you've got a good woman then you'd better stick something bad in next (eg: "I got a good woman with the meanest dog in town"). Then keep repeating that line until you think of something that rhymes. For example:

I got a good woman with the meanest dog in town.
Yeah, I got a good woman with the meanest dog in town.
He got teeth like an alligator and he weighs 500 pounds.

Read the whole thing.

It Turns out the Earth is getting COLDER.

If over the next 20 years or so global warming turns out to be nonsense, as some of us have been saying all along, this will discomfit the enviro-Left, revealing them to be be fear mongers, totalitarians, and power-mad lunatics, right?


Just like the Left was discredited when we didn’t actually run out of landfill space, we didn’t all starve to death in the 1970s, all the birds didn’t die from DDT, we didn’t all die from Alar, all the fish didn’t die from acid rain, the ecosystem didn’t collapse because of logging rain forests, etc., right?

No, of course not.

The MSM will sweep the whole thing under the rug.

"Jolting" the Economy.

Amid all the political and media hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that much-- or at all-- when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are.

We are not talking about the Great Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25 percent.

Does Europe Believe in International Law?

Apparently not.

From the article:
It is not just the U.N. Charter that European nations and institutions brush aside when convenient. The most fundamental human-rights treaty is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. European governments, like the U.S. government, have declined to give effect to provisions of that treaty with which they disagree on matters ranging from immigration to hate speech, emergency powers, criminal procedure and more. European courts, too, have ignored provisions and interpretations of this treaty that deviate from European law.

Europeans have also shown a less than robust commitment to the ICC. Earlier this fall, the world witnessed the strange spectacle of the U.S., long an ICC skeptic, successfully resisting a British- and French-led attempt to corral the U.N. Security Council into delaying ICC indictments of the perpetrators of atrocities in Darfur.

Europe also has violated international trade laws when public sentiment gets riled up -- for example, in resisting importation of genetically modified foods, or beef from cattle raised with growth hormones. European countries defied adverse World Trade Organization (WTO) rulings in both cases.

More here.

German Auto Industry Facing the Abyss.

More than 1.5 million workers in Germany depend on the automobile industry for their jobs. But that industry is now facing one of its worst crises ever. Respected giants BMW and Mercedes are particularly exposed as sales plummet.

It's not just us.