Friday, September 25, 2009

The times, they ain't a-changin'

Let’s see if we can add up all of the liberal change this new [i.e. Obama] administration has brought to economic issues so far:

1. The president has appointed the very same people who screwed up the economy to “fix it.”
2. Efforts to increase regulation of the financial sector appear to be in trouble, even as Wall Street continues to game the system.
3. Health care “reform,” with the public option in trouble, is beginning to look like “The Heath Insurance Company Relief Act of 2009.”

Don’t get me wrong. Obama has done a lot of good things and God knows he’s a thousand times better than what we had. Still . . . I can’t say I’m exactly pumped. Original post here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Still studying the master

After acquiring the Int├ęgrale collection, I am now one of the world's top scrobblers of Django Reinhardt.
Click here if you don't know what I am talking about.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Empty ships signal global economy still shrinking.

The largest ever gathering of maritime ships - bigger than the US and British navies combined - anchor empty and without crew off the coast of Singapore.
A couple of years ago those ships would have been steaming back and forth, going at full speed. But now you've got something like 12 per cent of the world's container ships doing nothing.
Some experts believe the ratio of container ships sitting idle could rise to 25 per cent within two years in an extraordinary downturn that shipping giant Maersk has called a 'crisis of historic dimensions'. Last month the company reported its first half-year loss in its 105-year history.

Read the piece here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Greens get it.

"We get that (as a wise man once said) the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way round. We get that the pursuit of economic growth at the expense of environmental security is a fool's bargain that betrays the health and prosperity of future generations of Canadians." From here.

Breaking in a new artist.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Milky Way Rising

Who doesn't like star gazing? Who prefers a good night's sleep to sitting in a dark field all night? Well, watch this HD Vimeo clip in full screen instead (and turn out the lights).

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Luongo Deal

12 years, sixty-four million dollars. Oh yeah.
More here.