29 November 2008
Of all 3,141 counties in the United States, New York County is the unrivaled leader in single-individual households, at 50.6 percent. More than three-quarters of the people in them are below the age of 65. Fifty-seven percent are female. In Brooklyn, the overall number is considerably lower, at 29.5 percent, and Queens is 26.1. But on the whole, in New York City, one in three homes contains a single dweller, just one lone man or woman who flips on the coffeemaker in the morning and switches off the lights at night. . . . These numbers should tell an unambiguous story. They should confirm the common belief about our city, which is that New York is an isolating, coldhearted sort of place. Mark Twain called it “a splendid desert—a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.” . . . Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones. This, even though cities are consistently, overwhelmingly, places where people are more likely to live on their own.
Posted by tomitron at 11/29/2008 12:58:00 PM
28 November 2008
not the first time they've documented it in antiquity, but it's the oldest and best preserved
OTTAWA – Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly ``cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.
Posted by tomitron at 11/28/2008 04:50:00 PM
A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said. The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Posted by tomitron at 11/28/2008 12:59:00 PM
27 November 2008
the atlanta half marathon is going down peachtree right now---it may only be half, but that's still a long way to run
on this day in 1941, jcniris drove down to senoia and got married----
and in 1095, pope urban 2 called for the first christian crusade against islam in the holy land----we're still fighting that war
Posted by tomitron at 11/27/2008 08:26:00 AM
25 November 2008
Crunching the inflation adjusted numbers, we find the bailout has cost more than all of these big budget government expenditures – combined:
• Marshall Plan: Cost: $12.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $115.3 billion
• Louisiana Purchase: Cost: $15 million, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $217 billion
• Race to the Moon: Cost: $36.4 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $237 billion
• S&L Crisis: Cost: $153 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $256 billion
• Korean War: Cost: $54 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $454 billion
• The New Deal: Cost: $32 billion (Est), Inflation Adjusted Cost: $500 billion (Est)
• Invasion of Iraq: Cost: $551b, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $597 billion
• Vietnam War: Cost: $111 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $698 billion
• NASA: Cost: $416.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $851.2 billion
TOTAL: $3.92 trillion
Posted by tomitron at 11/25/2008 09:54:00 PM
unfortunately there is a "strict" limit of 2 per customer, and the website seems to allow you to order only one. which means i have to pare my gifting opportunities to one---the obvious choice is my brother who gave me the hillary nutcrackers last year---
Posted by tomitron at 11/25/2008 05:56:00 PM
24 November 2008
"there have been many times i've regretted it," stone told me over pizza at grand central station. "when i look at those double-page spreads of all the individual pictures of people who have been killed [in iraq], i got to think, 'maybe there wouldn't have been a war if i hadn't gone to miami-dade. maybe there hadn't have been, in my view, an unjustified war if bush hadn't become president.' it's very disturbing to me"...
2000 seems like a very long time ago
Posted by tomitron at 11/24/2008 05:39:00 PM
23 November 2008
22 November 2008
a noisy group of protesters on the corner in front of the federal reserve while ago, calling for repeal of the federal reserve act---signs reading "the fed caused this crisis" and "liberate america: say not to socialism" and "no more banker bailouts" and "end the fed" and a lot more----i'm not sure what they think would happen then, except that we would all have to rush out and buy us some gold-- and i just discovered that they have a web site and that they are part of a national day of protest "to restore sound money"----seems to be a ron paul kinda thing
Posted by tomitron at 11/22/2008 02:25:00 PM
But despite the extent and volume of anti-Muslim rhetoric, candidates who embraced these methods this year universally failed to get elected. From the earliest days of the primary, campaigns seemed to falter in direct proportion to the extend politicians tried to make anti-Muslim feelings the foundation of their campaigns. Giuliani and Romney, by far the more strident of the Republican candidates, found no traction with the anti-Muslim arguments and dropped out early. In contrast, John McCain - who rejected Pastor Rod Parsley's endorsement solely due to his anti-Muslim comments and publicly stated that Muslim-Americans were qualified to hold any office in the land - rose to the top of his party.
Posted by tomitron at 11/22/2008 08:12:00 AM
20 November 2008
WARSAW, Poland — Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe
Posted by tomitron at 11/20/2008 08:36:00 PM
and he hasn't even taken office yet
Obama's election has taken the wind out of al Qaeda's sails in much of the Islamic world because it demonstrates America's renewed commitment to multiculturalism, human rights, and international law. It also proves to many that democracy can work and overcome ethnic, sectarian, or racial barriers.
"Obama's commitment to withdraw from Iraq also takes away an al Qaeda propaganda tenet: that the U.S. seeks to occupy oil rich Arab lands. His commitment to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan also challenges their plans. Most of all, by returning to American values the world admires, Obama sets al Qaeda back enormously in the battle of ideas, the ideological struggle which determines whether al Qaeda will continue to have significant support in the Islamic world.
Posted by tomitron at 11/20/2008 08:06:00 PM
18 November 2008
the first photograph of the earth from the moon, 1966
update: as mr. smarty pants coffey pointed out, this is the first image from moon orbit, not actually from the moon itself----whatever
Posted by tomitron at 11/18/2008 07:33:00 PM
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17 November 2008
the naacp has joined the fray----rock on
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and two other groups petitioned the state Supreme Court to prevent the change from taking effect.
The petition is the fourth seeking to have the measure invalidated. But it's the first to argue that the court should step in because the gay marriage ban, which overturned the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay unions, sets a precedent that could be used to undermine the rights of racial minorities.
Eva Paterson, president of the San Francisco-based Equal Justice Society, said the election raises the specter of voters deciding to bar illegal immigrants from public schools, disenfranchising black voters or otherwise using the ballot box to promote segregation.
"The court ruled that to discriminate in the area of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and violated our guaranteed equality," Paterson said. "Why should a slim majority of Californians be able to put discrimination back into the California Constitution?"
Posted by tomitron at 11/17/2008 07:42:00 PM
although obama won virtually every other demographic, including white men nationwide, he got only 20% of the native-born whites in the deep south----them's my people doncha know, while the rest of the world celebrates, they huddle together, all ascared of the marxist negro president or whatever
Atlanta - In rural Georgia, a group of high-schoolers gets a visit from the Secret Service after posting "inappropriate" comments about President-elect Barack Obama on the Web. In Raleigh, N.C., four college students admit to spraying race-tinged graffiti in a pedestrian tunnel after the election. On Nov. 6, a cross burns on the lawn of a biracial couple in Apolacon Township, Pa.
Posted by tomitron at 11/17/2008 07:14:00 PM
16 November 2008
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15 November 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."what is with these people anyway?' gun sales are through the roof too---
Reporting from Houston -- A week after the election of the nation's first black president, gun buyers across the country are flocking to gun stores to stock up on assault rifles, handguns and ammunition. Some say they are worried that the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama will attempt to re- impose the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004. Others fear the loss of their right to own handguns. A few say they are preparing to protect themselves in the event of a race war.brian thinks so too
Posted by tomitron at 11/15/2008 06:33:00 PM
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14 November 2008
13 November 2008
mandarin oriental hotel made a formal announcement today of their intent to build a 51-story tower on the narrow lot between 1100 peachtree and the old woman's club just south of fourteenth---nearly as tall as bank of america and a floor or two higher than the ibm building---combination hotel and condos that cost a zillion dollars---contingent, of course, on sufficient pre-sales and finding financing---somehow i don't think they will be breaking ground anytime soon---same architects that did metropolis, that being smallwood, et. al.---the article also mentions talk of converting 15 floors of the bank of america tower to hotel rooms
Posted by tomitron at 11/13/2008 08:25:00 PM
someone called it "pageant speak"
Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that. We have to balance budgets and we’re dealing with multibillion dollar budgets and tens of thousands of employees in our organizations.
Posted by tomitron at 11/13/2008 06:25:00 PM
12 November 2008
a lot of us are more than a little pissed about the whole prop 8 thing----and the protests just keep getting bigger----this saturday, 1:30 PM, at the state capitol here, also in macon and athens, and in cities around the world at the same time---join the impact! has gone viral----plus a vigil at tenth and piedmont at 5
Posted by tomitron at 11/12/2008 08:37:00 PM
Madison County, Idaho was once dubbed "the reddest place in America" by Salon, but that didn't make it any less shocking when elementary school children started chanting "assassinate Obama" on the school bus. Matthew Whoolery told KIKD News he found out about the chanting from his second and third graders, who had no idea what the word "assassinate" meant. "They just hadn't heard anything like this before," Whoolery stated. "I think the thing that struck us was just like, 'Where did they get the word and why would they put that word and that person together?”
amid the positive feelings that most americans have for obama, it's easy to forget that the feeling is not unanimous---approximately 24% of us still like the bush presidency
Posted by tomitron at 11/12/2008 06:05:00 PM
10 November 2008
09 November 2008
the river was beautiful today---dog and i finally found the parking for the east palisades off mt. paran road---completely unmarked and even the entrance sign had been painted over---not sure what's up with that other than that entrance is in the midst of a neighborhood in the city's affluently handicapped northwest side and there is the all-too-typical effort these days to privatize our public spaces
Posted by tomitron at 11/09/2008 02:37:00 PM
this was created by hunter-gatherers a few centuries before the dawn of agriculture
Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe.
Posted by tomitron at 11/09/2008 02:03:00 PM
Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.
Posted by tomitron at 11/09/2008 10:08:00 AM
08 November 2008
WASHINGTON – It popped out casually, a throwaway line as he talked to reporters about finding the right puppy for his young daughters. But with just three offhanded words in his first news conference as president-elect, reminded everyone how thoroughly different his administration — and inevitably, this country — will be. "Mutts like me."guinness is proud
Posted by tomitron at 11/08/2008 09:20:00 AM
07 November 2008
Barack Obama made history today in Nebraska. The Democratic presidential candidate claimed an electoral vote in the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District — the first time in more than four decades a Democrat won any of Nebraska’s electoral votes.missouri still hasn't been decided---plus:
Remember when the election ended on Tuesday? Well, SECRET: it didn’t. Now that racist colonel Saxby Chambliss has been forced into a Senate runoff in Georgia against Democratic challenger Jim Martin (Dec. 2 — mark yr calendars!), the entire political world will descend on the former penal colony for one last romp in the swamp! John McCain has agreed to campaign for Chambliss already; Sarah Palin wants to campaign but, um, “scheduling conflicts;” and Jim Martin wants Barack Obama to come down and galvanize his merry band of black people straight to the polls! Obama has not agreed yet, however, since he now has to fix a global economy and not get us nuked. Presidents should be able to multitask though, right OBAMER? Let’s hope the reunion tour is every bit as “fun” as the general election was.
Posted by tomitron at 11/07/2008 07:16:00 PM
too wierd--read the full article
The number of people aged 65 or older arrested for crimes other than traffic violations totaled 48,605 last year, up from 24,247 in 2002, the Justice Ministry said in an annual crime report. Elderly crimes rose 4.2 percent in 2007 from a year earlier, though the total number of people arrested fell 4.8 percent to 366,002. Thefts, such as shoplifting and pick-pocketing, were the most common crimes committed by older people, the report said, citing low income, declining health and a sense of isolation as the main causes of the trend.
Posted by tomitron at 11/07/2008 05:50:00 PM
it is unbelievable that a "church" can do what the mormons did in california and retain their tax-exempt status---but for mormons and their money, which they probably pulled out of their secret underwear, prop 8 would not have passed
Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage. It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, the spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford among the state's popular tourist draws.
i say, make 'em pay it---don't stay at mormon-owned marriott either---also, like jc, churches are free to spout their bigotry, but we shouldn't be subsidizing that bigotry with our tax dollars, and tax exemptions are as good as an outright grant
Posted by tomitron at 11/07/2008 05:39:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, is a date that will live in fame (the opposite of infamy) forever. If the election of our first African-American president didn’t stir you, if it didn’t leave you teary-eyed and proud of your country, there’s something wrong with you. But will the election also mark a turning point in the actual substance of policy? Can Barack Obama really usher in a new era of progressive policies? Yes, he can.
Posted by tomitron at 11/07/2008 07:50:00 AM
05 November 2008
04 November 2008
03 November 2008
i remember separate but equal and the casual use of "nigger" yet tomorrow we just might have elected ourselves an african american president---it is a wonderful change coming over the african american community already, a relaxation, a happy confidence or something---as a queer, i sorta understand how they must be feeling---
update: here's another fifty-something with memories
Posted by tomitron at 11/03/2008 09:47:00 PM
02 November 2008
something like 63 college papers have endorsed obamama---the paper at old miss appears to have given the only mccain endorsement---the jackson clarion-ledger, on the other hand has endorsed obama----
Posted by tomitron at 11/02/2008 06:03:00 PM
more people get their campaign news from the internets than from newspapers---teevee remains the most important source
new will cease next spring, aspapers are dying, with the christian science monitor being the first actual death of a major paper as it announced this week that its daily print editionnd the paper will concentrate on its web presence along with a weekly print edition, which itself will probably disappear sooner rather than later
Posted by tomitron at 11/02/2008 09:04:00 AM
from the uk
But the rest of the world has not just lived this election. Our life chances and societies will also be shaped by what happens next Tuesday. The world has an interest in the outcome because, in spite of everything, America remains the world's pre-eminent military, political, financial and cultural power. America's standing in the world has been damaged during the Bush years. He has inflicted massive direct harm to many parts of the world through his military actions, has set back the quality of life on our planet by his indifference to climate change, international cooperation and the rule of law. He has been anti-Americanism's best recruiting sergeant and al-Qaida's too.
The world may not have the vote on Tuesday. But it certainly has a candidate. That candidate is Senator Barack Obama. If the world could vote on November 4, Mr Obama would win by a landslide. Polling shows him preferred in Egypt by two to one, in Poland by three to one, in Canada by five to one, in Brazil by six to one, in Britain by seven to one, in France by 11 to one and in Kenya by more than 17 to one.
Posted by tomitron at 11/02/2008 08:52:00 AM
01 November 2008
35% of georgians have already voted!!!!! and over a third of those have been african americans, who look like they are on their way to record turnout----so georgia is now a tossup, or "battleground" state----woo woo
on the other hand, cousin carol, reporting from the nether reaches of north georgia, notes fear and trepidation amongst the god-fearing white peeps up there, preparing themselves to submit to negro rule
Posted by tomitron at 11/01/2008 02:44:00 PM