Monday, January 30, 2012
Then times got tough. More people were selling but nobody was buying. Gradually the forclosure notices started appearing on darkened front doors, the people moved away, and the houses were empty. Where did everyone go?
Foxcroft starts right back with the ancient Greeks, who knew that “those who are uncommonly fat... die more quickly than the lean,” even if they also recognised that “in all maladies, those who are fat about the belly do best; it is bad to be thin and wasted there.”Sounds like a fun read.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recognised through observation that people's constitutions were different and so were foods. Over 2,000 years ago, he was prescribing eating less and exercising more as a way to lose weight. He was also, however, prescribing vomiting as a weight-loss measure....
How do historians rank presidents who achieve prosperity and security for Americans? Let's pose the question this way: What if we had a president who, in his first two years as president, cut federal spending in half; produced budget surpluses in both years; cut tax rates, and slashed unemployment from 12 to 2%? Where should historians rank such a man?Dead last.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form, and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension — how like a God! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?Well, that's how I would punctuate it if I were Shakespeare's editor. This is how it's usually punctuated:
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals — and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?Wrong, I tell you. All wrong.
European financial markets have gotten very strange. Greece's one-year government bond yield hit 376% yesterday, while Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. sold short-term debt this week at yields below 0%. That means investors are effectively paying the latter governments for the privilege of lending to them.First Big Test Yet to Come in The American Spectator.
At this point, flying saucers over the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum in Rome wouldn't surprise anyone.
Florida, the fourth largest state in the nation, is bearing down on 20 million residents and has more than twice the population of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined. It has more than four million registered Republicans, about the population of Iowa and New Hampshire together.That will be about Ground Hog Day. Wake me then.
When we know who the winner is in Florida, we'll know something.
Some 200,000 tons of methane gas and about 4.4 million barrels of petroleum spilled into the ocean. Given the enormity of the spill, many scientists predicted that a significant amount of the resulting chemical pollutants would likely persist in the region's waterways for years.Where did it go? Lunched.
According to a new federally funded study published Monday by the National Academy of Sciences, those scientists were wrong. By the end of September 2010, the vast underwater plume of methane, plus other gases, had all but disappeared. By the end of October, a significant amount of the underwater offshore oil—a complex substance made from thousands of compounds—had vanished as well.
It will have an integrated 5 MP webcam, which will be used for facial recognition. Why would you need that? Parental control, of course.I still won't buy one, of course.
Working in London as an apprentice book-binder in the early 1800s, Faraday started to read the books he was binding and to attend popular lectures on science delivered by Humphry Davy, the celebrated chemist.... In time, Faraday succeeded Davy as a professor at the Royal Institution in London, making many crucial discoveries in physics and chemistry.It's on my wish list.
In the 1820s he originated the Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution, which continue to this day. They were popular presentations meant primarily for young people, but princes and politicians also flocked to hear him. The Chemical History of a Candle, perhaps Faraday's most famous series of lectures, has remained in print since first delivered in 1861.