April 24, 2010 archive

Weekend News Digest

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Thai PM rejects compromise deal to end protests

by Anusak Konglang, AFP

1 hr 48 mins ago

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s political crisis plunged back into deadlock Saturday after the government rejected a compromise offer from red-shirted demonstrators who said they were now braced for a crackdown.

Hopes for an agreement to end weeks of protests, which have been punctuated by deadly street clashes, evaporated as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ruled out the “Red Shirts” offer to disperse if polls were called in 30 days.

“No, I reject it. Because they use violence and intimidation I cannot accept this,” Abhisit said of the proposal which would have seen a ballot held in 90 days and was a softening of earlier demands for snap polls.

Open Longing

More Maxfield Parrish


Forced To Sacrifice: Stimulus

These types of announcements have been coming now on an almost regular basis and not only as to the States leaders but out of the Veterans Administration as to Stimulus money, some with added budget funds if there, being used to add VA Clinics, new VA Hospitals or upgrade those already in existence, State and Federal Veterans Cemeteries expansions and new ones.

Docudharma Times Saturday April 24

Saturday’s Headlines:

Global recovery moving faster than expected, says G20

2010: A Space Odyssey: 20 years of Hubble


Goldman Sachs readies forceful response against claims it misled clients

While Congress talks, Arizona takes action on immigration


Reich mother on the march in Hitler’s homeland

Greece calls on €45 billion EU-IMF rescue

Middle East

Red sirens in the Middle East


The voice they cannot silence: The freedom fighter who dares to defy the Burmese regime

The rise of the Bollygarchs


Satirist behind Kenyan Spitting Image out to make the powerful squirm again

Eyeing presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei rallies Egypt for reform

Latin America

1 year after H1N1, Mexicans question response

Where’s Billmon?

Where’s billmon, financial writer?

Others have been present.

Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread


Tonight I think some Peace & quiet is warranted.

I`ll try & blend in Earth Day with my usual eclectic mix.

I added a few images of how corals can be propagated in the back yard,

from a “mother” coral.

Rather than take them out of the oceans, one is all that`s needed.

From that one, small fragments or “frags” are then grown out to produce more & more.

In some cases, this is being done to replenish damaged reefs.

In my hobby, not only corals but many fish & clams are being aqua-cultured.

I`ll open with a little Peace & Quiet I built for a client.

The Jacuzzi is a saltwater one on a separate system from the pond below it.



Random Japan


The 70-year-old president of the metalworking company that built the roof of the Fukuoka Dome was found murdered in a container in his firm’s stockyard.

Police across the country are stymied by the growing number of incidents involving sewing needles found in food products. Reports have come in from Kitakyushu (cabbage), Kochi (bread), and Ibaraki (dorayaki).

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan says that it has seen a two-fold rise in the number of scams involving unlisted stocks during the past year.

The Central Disaster Management Council said that rising sea levels caused by global warming might lead to an additional 7,600 deaths in Tokyo in the event of a tsunami caused by a strong typhoon.

A scientist at the Tokyo-based Institute for Industrial Science has developed a unit of measurement called the water footprint, or WF, which takes into account how much H2O is used to produce everyday items like beer, cellphones and bicycles. The International Organization for Standardization is said to have “begun to work on the establishment of international standards for WF calculations.”

Sentence of the Week: “Ten countries, including eight in Africa, do not have embassies in Japan and have their embassies in China take charge of diplomatic operations involving Japan, a trend that likely reflects China’s increasing, and Japan’s dwindling, global presence, an upper house committee meeting revealed Thursday.” (via Kyodo)

State Of The Climate – March 2010

Global Analysis

March 2010

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Climatic Data Center

  1. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for March 2010 was the warmest on record at 13.5°C (56.3°F), which is 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 12.7°C (54.9°F).

    This was also the 34th consecutive March with global land and ocean temperatures above the 20th century average.
  2. The March worldwide land surface temperature was 1.36°C (2.45°F) above the 20th century average of 5.0°C (40.8°F) – the fourth warmest on record.
  3. The worldwide ocean surface temperature was 0.56°C (1.01°F) above the 20th century average of 15.9°C (60.7°F) and the warmest March on record.
  4. For the year-to-date, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 13.0°C (55.3°F) was the fourth warmest January-March period. This value is 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average.

The Lowden Medical Plan

This is a quick calculator for figuring how many chickens you may owe your doctor.

Chicken Doc

The Lowden Plan Medical Calculator

“Doctors are reasonable people”

Senate hopeful Sue Lowden’s plan for Healthcare reform is to barter chickens for medical procedures. But you may be unsure how many chickens are required for your medical care. This handy calculator converts many common procedures into chickens so you won’t look like an idiot at your next Doctor’s Appointment.

Warning: Please refrain from eating or drinking while reading

h/t to Aravosis at AMERICAblog

Harley Brown: Nuke their ass, take their gas.

No, seriously!  He’s campaigning on that catchy slogan in Idaho.

Harley Brown eagerly wants to level a continent (the terrorist continent), without so much as breaking a sweat.

Trident…when you care enough to send the very best!

Harley Brown’s frisky desire to go beyond assorted pales, verges, and brinks,

The difficult we do immediately.  The impossible may take longer.

is reminiscent of Henry Kissinger, with less originality and wit, a cynicism apparently more appropriate for an audience of Idaho voters than the New York Times.

Now, because I haven’t given a fair sketch of this “real man for Congress,” you’ll have to hazard a guess about his views on immigration and Obama’s birth certificate.

Then again, once you’ve leveled a continent, what’s left to marvel at?

Via Charlie Davis.

Original v. Cover — #22 in a Series

girls surfing Pictures, Images and Photos

This week’s selection first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1965, rising to a #3 ranking, and remains one of the most widely recognized songs by one of the most successful groups in history.  Many cover versions have been recorded, including a 1985 release that also reached the #3 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100. This song appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, and in 2004 was ranked at #71 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  

This week’s selection also had international appeal, rising to the following rankings in other countries:  Canada – #2 in RPMs national chart; Rhodesia – #2; Sweden – #6; Australia – #8, and #1 in South Africa, remaining in the top slot for six weeks.  This song has reportedly received between four and five million radio plays in the United States alone, making it this group’s most lucrative source of royalties.

This song has been prominently referenced by other artists on multiple occasions. Most notably, the Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.” is considered an homage to the song.  This week’s selection is also included in the soundtracks of the 1985 James Bond movie, “A View to Kill”, and at the beginning of “Rush Hour 2”, during which Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker sing along with the song which is playing on the radio at the time.  This song also appears twice during “Rush Hour 3”, first as a ringtone, and later on a French singer performs the song.  In “Saved by the Bell”, Principal Belding tells Zack that this song is his all-time favorite and walks off the screen, humming the song.

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