Monday, November 06, 2006

Salma Hayek Undresses on Ugly Betty ... video and vidcaps of the single greatest 17 seconds in the history of network television.


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"Climate chaos? Don't believe it"
  • I don't know whether the article is solid, but it brought back some vaguely-related memories. I worked for a large public company in the 1980s as the head of the strategic planning department. In order to effect a leveraged buy-out, certain financial forecasts had to be made. The calculations "needed" by senior management required an average increase in same-store sales of six percent per year after adjusting for inflation. In the previous thirteen years (the only years for which we had a dependable database), the same-store sales growth had never been below 3% or above 4%. It was the most predictable thing in the world of business. If you simply predicted 3.5% every year, you could not be off by more than a half of a percent. If the company expected the best marketing initiatives in its history, better than all the great things it had done in the past, I could have bought in to a full 4% per year for a couple of consecutive years, but I would have been extremely skeptical even of that modest number. To assume it would rise to 6% was completely ridiculous under any circumstances. But that assumption was necessary, so it was used. My department (which was normally in charge of sales forecasts) refused to produce the paper, so the financial guys did it, just plugging in the top-line numbers necessary to produce the desired results.
  • Needless to say, the result of the attempted LBO was Chapter 11, when the company could not produce the cash flow necessary to meet the terms of the buy-out. I would literally have bet my life and my life savings on that. The six percent sales increase was approximately as likely as a meteor destroying your house. Although that company was one of America's signature institutions, the company ended up in the hands of the Japanese.
  • Imagine my reaction when I read this sentence in the linked story: "The UN's predictions are founded on an excessive rate of increase in airborne carbon dioxide. The true rate has been 0.38 per cent year-on-year since records began in 1958. The models assume 1 per cent per annum, more than two and a half times too high." Apparently it is not only plutocrats, but also scientists who plug in whatever numbers they need to make their models work.


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Thanks to a poorly written law, every single driver in New York is legally drunk!
  • "Lawmakers this year approved a bill that sets the standard for driving while intoxicated at 0.18 grams of alcohol in a person's blood. A person's body might produce that much alcohol naturally, said Ed Fiandach, a DWI lawyer in Rochester."


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Which is the real logo? Can you identify logos you see every day? It's not easy when imposters are side-by-side


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"One of the two surviving film clips of Woody Guthrie performing"


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Neighboroo - very interesting use of Google Maps to show various demographic patterns in the USA


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VOTE PARTY-LINE REPUBLICAN: Or Hysterical Liberal Feminist Nancy Pelosi Will CASTRATE America! (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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NYPD: Adrienne Shelley Was Murdered! ( ... and an arrest has been made)


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Borat: Stereophonic musical listenings that have been origin in moving film.




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"In one of the most stunning November surprises in recent memory, the Republican Party today declared its unequivocal support for a constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex massage."


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Headline of the day: "Giant penis-shaped flower stinks out gardens"


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It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas: eBay: The Bathroom man - Hand Sculpted to look like you


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Oh-oh, bad news for elderly businessmen. Dick Cheney to Spend Election Day Hunting.
  • You'll be glad to know that I passed on my invitation to join Darth Cheney, so Other Crap may still be here Wednesday. Unless he uses those long-distance Sith powers on me.


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Update from the Truth or Dare World Cup, currently being held Truth or Consequences, New Mexico: Party game answer leads to murder rap


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"police in Tehran are hunting a fake sorcerer who convinced the man he was invisible and so could rob banks safely."
  • I'll bet that guy has every back issue of Uncle Scrooge comics.


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A news flash from our correspondent on the Island of Dr. Moreau: "UK scientists have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs."


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A conceptual design for a silent passenger plane.


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"Saddam Hussein to Take Advantage of Netflix 30 Day Free Trial"


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Kirstie Alley appears in a bikini on Oprah. (She still has some big thighs on 'er.)


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GOP, TO MOTIVATE THE BASE, CAMPAIGNS WITH BORAT
  • "As RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman put it, 'who better than Borat to appeal to all of the red-meat issues that rile up our base: hatred of Jews, hatred of gays, hatred of women, and hatred of the Enlightenment. And the fact that he’s been married to his half-sister is bound to solidify our hold in the South.'"


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The 2006 Jones Soda Holiday Pack and Dessert Pack! Including Antacid and Pea flavored sodas!


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In China, the world's highest-altitude train bridges a land of superlatives


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Clairvoyant led Americans to Saddam, says Uri Geller


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TIME's Best Inventions of 2006


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Democrats Lead Republicans in House Vote by Seven Points ... Narrowed lead still appears large enough to give Democrats majority control of House


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Borat visits Hannity and Colmes


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Kerry Sets Timetable for Withdrawal from Joke ... Could Be Out of Botched Witticism by Early '08


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Gallup Poll: Close Senate Races in Missouri, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia
  • "The final USA Today/Gallup pre-election polls for the U.S. Senate in six highly competitive races find the Democratic candidates in New Jersey and Montana holding significant leads, but the races are too close to call in Missouri, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia."


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Not that it really matters, but here's what OED says about the "catbird's seat:"

The catbird seat: a superior or advantageous position. U.S. slang.


1942 J. Thurber in 55 Short Stories from New Yorker (1949) 61 "‘Sitting in the catbird seat’ meant sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him."

1958 Wodehouse Cocktail Time xiii. 114 "I get you. If we swing it, we'll be sitting pretty. In the catbird seat."



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From the "any given Sunday" department: Go figure. The Bears lose to the lowly Dolphins.
  • And the Colts beat New England in Foxboro, which kinda places them back in the catbird's seat. Whatever the hell that is.


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Helen Mirren voted world's sexiest old coot


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