Friday, August 19, 2011

Morning links that have nothing to do with each other 

The best reason yet to worry about global warming. (And yet, we have cut federal spending to the bone and the only alternative is to raise taxes.)

Of course, if the planet does heat up we will still be able to grow chickens.

A very interesting look at how riots start, and how they stop.

Oil is down to $80 this morning, which -- in their present mood -- equity investors take to mean that the world's economy is weakening. Perhaps, but in the United States, at least, there are few better stimulus programs than lower gas prices. And there is a political impact, too: Look at U.S. gasoline prices since Barack Obama's inauguration.

Gasoline prices

I suspect that graph is approximately the inverse of Barack Obama's approval ratings. And that graph would make an awesome intellectually dishonest negative political ad. Bad luck, Mr. President.

This morning the futures point to another hit in the stock markets and perhaps a sour August weekend in the Hamptons for the longs. Well, here's a little perspective.



By Anonymous E Hines, at Fri Aug 19, 09:02:00 AM:

To treat the NASA stuff as though it were serious, for a moment, they make the mistake of assuming that all ET life must be essentially earth-like and that those inimical "green" aliens think like us.

When Earth started out, it was populated by methane-breathers, who promptly polluted their environment to the point of their near extinction, and so here we are. Where were all the methane breathing aliens acting to preserve that Earth for the betterment of the galaxy?

Why would aliens today care? Maybe we're "polluting" our planet in a direction of which they approve, and knowing we'll go the way of the methane breathers as a result of our pollution, they see no need of spending resources on us.

And so on.

Eric Hines  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Aug 19, 11:54:00 AM:

Unrelated to this post but is very related to your complaints about the US Postal Service.


This might be one of the problems with the Postal Service.


By Blogger TOF, at Fri Aug 19, 01:38:00 PM:

Maybe NASA's budget needs to be cut some more. Either that or hire some adults.  

By Anonymous ScottJ, at Fri Aug 19, 02:26:00 PM:

National Aeronautic and SPACE Administration. Their funding should be in direct proportion to the amount of actual activity/exploration they are doing in SPACE. It is shameful that we have to buy a ride to the ISS from the Russians. If NASA can't justify a manned space program, then shut it down and find a way to let the market support commercial space programs.  

By Anonymous E Hines, at Fri Aug 19, 07:32:00 PM:

National AERONAUTICS and Space Administration. They're doing plenty here, with the airheads on their payroll.

Although everyone is claiming, now, that this worthy produced his "work" on his own time, and it was not sponsored by NASA.

Eric Hines  

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