April 13, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (041307)

Apple critics finally get to crow a bit — The company won’t have the Leopard operating system 10.5 ready until October. The original plan was for a June release.

At least with Apple, you don’t have to ask “in what year?”

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My reactions to Don Imus’s firing:

  • Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were in line for a major call-out over their vitriolic rush to judgment in the Duke non-case, and have mostly dodged the, uh, rap. The Imus situation was too convenient an opportunity for them to ignore. Given a choice between a) emphasizing a one-year nightmare built on lies and race-baiting of the worst kind, and b) dragging out the Imus story by trying, and succeeding, in sending him to TV/radio oblivion, they knew which one Old Media, whose hands are by no means clean in the Duke non-case (and whose minions are desperately spinning their complicity in the shameful hysterics that arose from it), would run with.
  • The fact that there is some pushback on Sharpton’s overreach and sordid past history (noted by Lorie Byrd at Wizbang) doesn’t change the validity of the previous point. The bottom line is that the Duke non-case is a distant second-fiddle story. Al’s mission is accomplished.
  • Imus is probably wishing that XM and Sirius weren’t on the verge of merging.
  • Someone ought to post a vid of Imus’s complete remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner roughly 10 years ago. Viewers will be left wondering why his remarks last week became the tipping point.

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Everyone, regardless of this opinion on Iraq situation, should watch this, and wonder why it took a blogger who went to Iraq on his own dime to get such a report.

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“Worst economy since Hoover” updateInformation Week says (HT Techdirt) that hourly pay for techies is at the highest level since 2001.

Here’s a Novel Idea for the Securities Industry to Consider

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:15 am

From Investment News (requires subscription), in reaction to a court’s ruling (blogged on here last week) that, in essence, says that securities salesmen who aren’t financial planners can’t hold themselves out to be financial planners:

Wall Street grapples with defeat of rule, uncertain of its effects

I’d say that the effects will be:

  • Financial professionals will only be able to describe themselves as they are.
  • They won’t be able to describe themselves as they aren’t.

Sounds pretty easy to “grapple with” from here.

Michael Rush Rips on DiFi’s Carbon Footprint

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:10 am

The California senator’s carbon footprint is of King-Kongish proportions (the first para is from this LA Times article):

“A single cross-country round trip on a Gulfstream IV, or GIV, the model owned by Dianne Feinstein’s husband, churns out about 83,000 to 90,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, experts say. By contrast, on a per capita basis, the average American produces 50,000 pounds from all activities in an entire year.”

That’s almost twice as much carbon dioxide produced in just one cross-country trip. It would take me almost two years to produce as much CO2….

….. In order to right the damage done by only one Feinstein trip to Washington D.C., one would have to plant 1,800 trees. So what if the carbon offset organizations simply don’t have enough time or man-power to plant 1,800 trees in one go? Well, one could simply plant a much more manageable number–say 90 trees–but those trees would have to be managed for 20 years before they offered a return on only one Feinstein jet trip. Assuming Feinstein probably makes around 100 Gulfstream IV private trips back and forth, a carbon offset team would be required to plant 180,000 trees per year in order to battle the gross injustice Feinstein commits against the environment.

So are these carbon offset companies actually planting 1,800 trees per every flight Senator Feinstein embarks upon? I somehow doubt it …..

Offsets, schmoffsets.

Quote of the Day: On Stem Cell Research

From Life News:

We know this much about embryonic stem cell research — besides the ethical concerns, not one human has received a successful treatment with them. People are being cured and treated every day with adult stem cells. It seems pretty obvious where the funding should go.

But that ISN’T where it’s going.

When does it become OK to ask how many lives that could have been saved or improved by other stem cell research efforts have instead been sacrificed because of money diverted to the “Hail Mary” black hole of embyronic stem cell research?

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UPDATE: Recall this post, which though it doesn’t use the word, is about being pluripotent, and ask yourself what embryonic research might possibly accomplish that the life-safe results described at the post, if carried through, won’t.

Positivity: Stolen Wedding Photos Found — A Year Later

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Menasha, Wisconsin:

Lucky couple get to see pictorial memories of their Big Day after all
Updated: 1:36 p.m. ET March 26, 2007

MENASHA, Wis. – When their photographer’s camera was stolen shortly after they exchanged vows, Karen and Tory Nordlinder figured they’d never have keepsakes of their wedding day.

This week, they got a pleasant surprise when the camera turned up in a vacant lot near a lake, a year after it disappeared.

The lot’s owner, Leslie Mason, said that her son was cutting down trees and spotted the camera. Inside was contact information for the photographer, Charles Boesen, Mason said.

When he got it back, Boesen plugged the camera’s memory card into his computer and the photos appeared instantly.

“My reaction, I almost cried,” Boesen said. “I’m thinking, this bride is going to be so overjoyed when she finds out.”

“There’s no telling how long that camera was down here,” he said. “What’s amazing is how those pictures survived the elements — the rain, the snow, the freezing temperatures, right alongside the lake.”

Karen Nordlinder said she couldn’t express how happy she was to see the photos.

“We just thought, ’Oh well, we’ve got our memories,”’ she said. “This is just something I never thought we’d see. Ever.”