Thursday, 27 September 2007


Arizona skyscapes

At Desert Cat's Paradise:

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Wednesday, 26 September 2007


Time for a Solomon Amendment that applies to cities

Captain Greg Corrales commands the police traffic bureau that works with crews shooting commercials, TV shows and movies in the city. He's also a Marine veteran and his son is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.

He says Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote would only allow the Marine's production crew to film on California Street if there were no Marines in the picture. They wound up filming the empty street and will have to superimpose the Marines later.

"It's insulting, it's demeaning. This woman is going to insult these young heroes by just arbitrarily saying, 'no, you're not going to film any Marines on California Street'"... -- KGO TV report

Naming Names:
     Stefanie Coyote, Executive Director
     San Francisco Film Commission
     (415) 554-6241

Reference: Solomon Amendment
Via: Steven Den Beste

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Monday, 24 September 2007


It's not enough to treat the 20-year-olds like children

Let's do the same with the 80-year-olds!

Seniors balk at ban on free doughnuts
County officials concerned donated pastries will contribute to health ills

Read the quotes. Smell the condesension.

UPDATE 070926 15:35: Jeff Goldstein is heard from.

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Saturday, 22 September 2007


You'll wonder where the money went...

...when you give it to the gov-ern-ment![1]

Teresa runs the numbers on the federal government's "do-not-call" database.

[1] And anyone who finds himself matching a tune to the headline (1) is far older than he appears, and (2) qualifies for membership in the Lileks 1950s Trivia Scholars League.

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Thursday, 20 September 2007


Gathering storm?

Two scary articles in the Telegraph:

  • September 20: Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright
    Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.

    "This is a very dangerous situation for the dollar," said Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas.

    "Saudi Arabia has $800bn (£400bn) in their future generation fund, and the entire region has $3,500bn under management. They face an inflationary threat and do not want to import an interest rate policy set for the recessionary conditions in the United States," he said.

    The Saudi central bank said today that it would take "appropriate measures" to halt huge capital inflows into the country, but analysts say this policy is unsustainable and will inevitably lead to the collapse of the dollar peg.
  • August 10: China threatens "nuclear option" on dollar sales
    Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress.
    Described as China's "nuclear option" in the state media, such action could trigger a dollar crash at a time when the US currency is already breaking down through historic support levels.
    A bill drafted by a group of US senators, and backed by the Senate Finance Committee, calls for trade tariffs against Chinese goods as retaliation for alleged currency manipulation.
Note that today the Canadian dollar hit parity with the U.S. dollar for the first time in 31 years:
The Canadian dollar rose as high as $1.0008, before retreating to 99.87 U.S. cents at 4:16 p.m. in New York. It has soared 62 percent from a record low of 61.76 U.S. cents in 2002. The U.S. dollar fell as low as 99.93 Canadian cents today. The Canadian currency last closed above $1 on Nov. 25, 1976, when Pierre Trudeau was Canada's prime minister.

UPDATE 070921 23:05: Some discussion of the China story at Daily Pundit.

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Monday, 10 September 2007


Kicking off year 6...

"Diamond Geezer" (found on the blogroll as "Best London Trivia") has begun his 6th year of blogging with a visit to the "random borough" of Haringey.

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Wednesday, 05 September 2007


"I could not stop the tears."

"Tree Hugging Sister" reports from New Orleans:

The second and third floors of the buildings are empty. And it's not just that block. They're almost all empty. It's like a creepy fantasy village, where most of the street level shops on the main thoroughfares are open (it's a different story on sidestreets ~ two or three shuttered shops in a row at a time), but the floors above are a facade. People work there...but no one lives there...
...we've dropped down on the Irish Bayou side of the Pontchartrain I-10 bridge and SEEN NOTHING the whole way into the city. Miles upon miles of bleak abandoned apartments and condos and housing tracts by the thousands... It's all still standing ~ all the businesses, buildings, neighborhoods ~ all still standing. But now a ghost town of unimaginable scale.

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