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October 07, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Happy Thursday all.

Cliff Clavin on Jeopardy

Oh and like you'd do much better. And Tony Curtis may be gone but he still has his cellphone so let's give him a call right now and do a little checking.

Myra Adams: Five Societal Trends That Signal Our Nationís Decline
Here she identifies 5 trends that show the US is headed for the dumper:

1. National poverty is higher now than in all 51 years of record keeping.
2. There is an increasing number of high school drop-outs.
3. The American workforce is steadily becoming less educated.
4. Four of out of every ten births in America are to unmarried women.
5. Only 53% of Americans pay federal income taxes.
Actually I would quibble with the first three of these - either they're not quite true or they're true but misleading. The details are left as an exercise for the reader. And no I don't believe the US is destined for decline.

So Who Likes Capitalism?
Well according to this graph the Germans are more pro-capitalism than even Americans. And the French and Mexicans loves them that dirigisme social justice socialism.


Un-retouched Madonna
Well there are limits to what fanatical exercise and HGH can do:

Madonna is 52-years-old, but she thinks that with enough yoga and CGI, maybe no one will notice. So she poses in sexy ad campaigns like this one for Dolce and Gabbana. Her plan was going perfectly until someone leaked the originals, and now sheís reportedly furious about it.

The Cost of Muslim Intolerance and Green Lines Around The World
Most of the political violence in the world comes down to Muslims on one side and non-Muslims on the other - the so-called Green Lines.

Even Europe has a Green Line. The Moslems in the Balkans (Albanians and Bosnians) have been a constant source of strife for the last decade. Moslem migrants in Europe face even more persecution because of all those Green Lines, and this makes it easier for radical groups to recruit and carry out their crusade against Christians. In many European cities with Moslem minorities, there are neighborhoods non-Moslems are advised to stay out of.

How Old Is Denim?
Pretty dang old. Supposedly the word "denim" comes from "serge de NÓmes", a fabric made in NÓmes, France, and "blue jeans" comes from "Bleu de Genes", blue pants made in Genoa (aka Genes). And paintings from the 1600s seem to back this up. So Levi Strauss is a latecomer to the denim apparel world.


The 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in 2010
And they're mostly in Chicago, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. So if you do live in these neighborhoods, you should seriously already be welding together an armored school bus so you can make an early morning escape run while the denizens are still sluggish and drowsy.


Is Your Kid Pre-Ghey?
Recent studies suggest that the classic stereotypes of doll-playing boys and tomboyish girls going the ghey actually do have some validity. So if your son carefully dresses his 'action figures' instead of burning them, well maybe you ought to start getting real comfortable with rainbows and the color pink.


Naughty Cakes
Because cakes and pastries don't always have to be G-rated.



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