Although if you do have stuff to do, why are you reading this? G'wan, get back to work, slacker.
If we add in the Citi bailout, the total cost now exceeds $4.6165 trillion dollars.
• 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
I’m afraid this will haunt me for the rest of my life.
The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.
“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.
“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”
After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.
“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”
Interviewee: So, if I accept this job, the new-hire process is ...
HR: Orientation on the first day. We go over the benefits package, sign up for the 401k, choose your insurance package, wipe your personality. Then you go on assignment.
Interviewee: Wait, you said wipe my ..
HR: Personality, yes.
Interviewee: Hmm. And the assignments? What kind of jobs would I be doing?
HR: Well, it doesn't really matter, you won't remember any of them.
Interviewee: Well, sign me up!
"Ho ho ho - gunner - fléchette - naughty children"
"Ho ... ho .. ho - fire!"
"On the way."
"Ho ho ho - target shredded - cease fire"
Your result for You Wanna Be a Space Cadet? Test...
Congratulations! You have all the makings of a true Space Cadet! Welcome to the program.
You may now tout yourself as being one of the finest people that the universe has to offer, just be careful not to brag too much, we have to appear humble, you know.
You have shown to have great physical ability, attributes, intelligence, and moral integrity! We will love having you as part of our team of upstanding individuals that always fight for the greater good of all, even those that are lesser than we are (which is pretty much everyone else.)
So, Space Cadet! Be ready to experience the greatness of being.... well.... YOU!
Steve Inskeep: I want to ask you about something mentioned in that report from an economist from the University of Maryland. What makes you think the $25 billion would even be enough?
Rep. Barney Frank: We don't think it would be enough. The way we have this structured, they will get $25 billion if the bill passes, with a lot of conditions. But they would have to prepare and file by March 31 a plan that shows how they plan to get much more efficient and to get cars that can be marketed.
But let me ask you about the first thing you said, Congressman, because you said you don't think $25 billion is enough.
Right, I'm trying to explain to you how it works.
They get $25 billion — the federal government would be in the first position to be repaid. We will come ahead of the debt holders, the shareholders, etc. They file this plan on March 31. If, on March 31, the president does not believe that this is going to get them the viability with energy efficiency cars, they have to repay the loan; they get no more money. If they can show by March 31 a plausible way to go forward, then we would consider giving more money, again, under equally stringent conditions.
The test of any idea is 'would I do it with my money'. Because that is what is really going on here.
I'm being asked to loan a whole bunch of money to three businesses that are over-extended, are saddled with a lot of debt and obligations their competitors don't have, who have made some bad choices in the past and find themselves in a bit of a pickle.
They've got three months to work up a plan to make efficient cars and market them. Because, I guess, up to this point the boys in Marketing have been playing Hearts in the break room. God only knows what the engineers have been doing instead of their jobs, all this time.
Then they submit this plan for approval to a guy who has never worked for a for-profit company and whose business experience is nil.
And if this guy says 'yes' then I will loan these folks more money. How much more is not specified .. and the spokesman for the plan gets kinda shifty-eyed and starts talking about a bunch of hoo-ha when I ask how much.
Pass - but thanks for the opportunity! I think I'd rather keep my money in a high-interest savings account instead of .. well you didn't say what the interest rate would be did you? Hmm.
I've got a better idea! Why don't we draft a law so that any company could go to a special court and get protection from creditors while they reorganize? Jobs might be lost, but not all of them, some creditors might have to settle for partial payments .. but it is sure 'nuff better than the entire shebang going out of business.
Crazy idea, I know - but it's worth a shot.
 Idealism is based on big ideas. And, as anybody who has ever been asked "What's the big idea?" knows, most big ideas are bad ones.
Cross Posted to The Daily Brief.
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In its clash with the pirate vessel, the Tabar's crew hailed the ship and demanded it stop for inspection, and the pirates threatened to destroy the Indian ship, the ministry reported.
"Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The vessel continued its threatening calls and subsequently fired upon INS Tabar," the ministry said.
I have a total of 66 students, but a handful have dropped out. So, of the about 60 who came to the three recitations, one student had done the readings. For two recitations, nobody had read anything, and one girl read in one recitation. Attendance was fairly high. However, the average per recitation was about 0.33% of the students having read.
Last week, the government announced a program that will substantially lower payments for many homeowners who have little or no equity, but only if they are at least 90 days delinquent.
In a campaign fact sheet, President-elect Barack Obama says he "recognizes that the real victims in the subprime mortgage crisis are not the lenders, but the millions of borrowers who followed the rules and whose only crime was taking out mortgages that lenders told them they could afford."
a) close the ticket so I know you officially don't give a rip.
b) transfer this SR to someone who cares.
Your result for What Spice Are You Test...
20% Habanero, 40% Sage, 10% Thyme, 10% Ginger, 20% Garlic, 0% Curry, 0% Cinnamon and 0% Oregano!
Sage is a very classic herb. You tend to use intelligence in making decisions instead of brute force.
You are the type of person that people want to get to know and be friends with. You don't feel as if you have to impress people because you tend to be very self assured.
At a party you would be happy to just sit in the corner and watch people, or perhaps find someone to have an intelligent conversation with.
You prefer to think before you act, as you are rather analytical. You can be both dazzling and graceful. People tend to notice you without you trying to make it happen.
You may not be religious, but you are very spiritual. You desire relationships that last rather then passing ones.
MacVim is a port of the text editor Vim to Mac OS X.
MacVim supports multiple windows with tabbed editing
Check out this demo http://www.flickr.com/photos/30496122@N07/2862367534/sizes/o/Well, golly - that is pretty slick.
The NERD tree allows you to explore your filesystem and to open files and directories. It presents the filesystem to you in the form of a tree which you manipulate with the keyboard and/or mouse. It also allows you to perform simple filesystem operations.
Anarchism is the most logical and principled position there is. We automatically win every ethical argument vigilantly taken to its conclusion. Anarchism is embedded in every advance and hope for the future. Every modern ethical awakening has struck against hierarchy, every successful component of the information age adopts more and more anarchistic attributes. Anarchism IS the individualist dream. You, you personally, can singlehandedly start the motherfucking revolution. You're going to have to.
Anarchism is not some mechanical proletarian revolt, nor is it some impersonal mathematical reality of laissez-faire economics. And it's certainly no throwing up your hands and saying to hell with it. Anarchism is a simple ethical and philosophical realization: to be a fully living, thinking human being you have to let go of your power over others. They must let go of their power over you.
The thing is, you already know this. (You're awesome.) So why don't you embrace it further. (And be more awesome.)
Things like pesky little election soap operas are just getting in the way. Never mind that Obama cat, he's no where near as awesome as you. So, and I'm just saying this, what have you done today to spread your awesomeness?
Apparent 6th severed foot found in British Columbia
What appears to be a separated human foot inside a shoe -- possibly the sixth discovered in Canada's British Columbia in the past 15 months -- has been found on a riverbank, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday
IKEA says only that this money is used for charitable purposes and “for investing long-term in order to build a reserve for securing the IKEA group, in case of any future capital requirements.” IKEA adds that in the past two years donations have been concentrated on the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden. The Lund Institute says it has recently received SKr12.5m ($1.7m) a year from Stichting Ikea (which also gave the institute a lump sum of SKr55m in the late 1990s).
The short version of the Guns N' Roses story: Appetite for Destruction was a great rock record, in my opinion, but nothing they released after that was nearly as good. Chinese Democracy probably won't be either, but there's something fascinating to me about the fact that Axl Rose has spent a full third of his life working on this album. He makes Brian Wilson look restrained.
After five days in Nuristan, I began the trek home. A circuitous six-hour chopper ride returned me to Bagram, where I waited days to catch a C-17 back to Kuwait.
Bagram’s an enormous base, a slapdash city of thousands. I stayed there in a spartan but private cubicle in the “Hotel California,” the hut for journalists. I was lying on my cot one night when I heard an announcement over the loudspeakers outside: at midnight, there would be a Fallen Comrade Ceremony to honor a soldier recently killed in theater.
I wandered out into the muggy darkness and saw a ghostly sight. Soldiers wearing yellow-green reflector straps over their uniforms drifted out of the misty darkness from every direction. They began to line up beside the main road. Soon, they were standing along the curb as far as the eye could see.
At midnight, a Humvee pulled out of a driveway across the street. It carried a flag-draped coffin bound for transport home. Flanked by two trucks, it began its journey across the airfield. The soldiers saluted. I put my hand over my heart. The Humvee passed slowly by.
When it was gone, the soldiers silently dispersed, the glowing green stripes of their reflectors fading, and finally vanishing, into the mist.
“They knew who was who,” the engineer said. the SEALs quickly demonstrated that, aiming their silencer-equipped weapons to shoot and kill the kidnapper in the room before he could fire a round. The engineer said he heard the sounds of the operators shooting and killing a guard posted outside.
The SEALs turned to the now former hostage and told him they were there to take him back.
We have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth and they may be able to sustain it for a while but it doesn’t work in the long run.
— Jim Moran (D-VA)
Establishment of the Marine Corps, 10 November 1775
This resolution of the Continental Congress marked the establishment of what is now the United States Marine Corps.
"Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or inlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required: that they be inlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of."
Imagine a single-app computer that reboots and tees every character you type both to the foreground application and to the shell … as root.
JWZ links to the goods:
Yeah, uh, ‘oops.’
tee - read from standard input and write to standard output and files
ls -la | tee file.txt | more
I was driven out of my garage by my loving children, who insisted on coming around to the rear window and singing and tapping on the panes. Father had to choose between finishing a story or playing with the girls. I chose to play, of course, which endangered the family income.
From the Afterword in the 1989 printing, copyright 1982.
The Milwaukee Paid Sick Leave Initiative is a rare citizen initiated measure in Wisconsin, 2008. It was brought to the ballot by utilizing direct legislation, which allows citizens to propose legislation to a city or village.
The measure intends to require employers in the City of Milwaukee to give employees one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, or nine days per year. The paid time off could be used if the employee is ill, if a family member is ill, or for time off used to attend to medical or legal issues resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
Approved, by 69% - 31%, making Milwaukee one of only three cities with such an ordinance. The others are San Francisco and Washington, DC.
COUNCILOR THERON: You can’t go to war! I’LL GO TELL THE EPHORS ON YOU!
LEONIDAS: I’m not going to war! I’m just going down to the corner store!
COUNCILOR THERON: With…
LEONIDAS: Three hundred of my closest friends, yes.
THE CAPTAIN: ALL RIGHT, YOU MAGGOTS, STROLL!
[And thus, the noble Spartans go off to meet their destiny to the tune of some kid tootling on his double flute, their fabled war chant fading into the distance:]
© 2007 Cleolinda Jones. Please quote or link back, do not repost. cleolinda.livejournal.com
300 SPARTANS: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TOLD BUT SPARTANS REALLY LIKE TO STROLL!
[Very, very slowly.]
Your result for Show Me the Money Test...
You scored 65% Money_minded. There is no pass or fail for this test, but it does give you a small indication (very small) of how well you know your international money and tidbits of useless world trivia. Congratulations! For most tests in school under 60% means that you failed, but for the sake of this test whatever score you get means you are a winner in International currency. Why? Because you were brave enough to take this test!! Besides, you may have accidently learned something!
If you want to know the answers to the test, just scroll over the information below and you can see the answers.
1. Austria 2. Australia 3. Bangladesh 4. Ethiopia 5. Finland 6. Greece 7. Tibet 8. India 9. Iraq 10. Russia 11. Pakistan 12. Portugal 13. Afghanistan 14. Wales 15. Yemen 16. Yugoslavia
According to the Newsweek story, a federal agent told Obama campaign officials that they had an IT security problem "way bigger than what you understand. You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system."
Technical staffers working for Obama later speculated that the hackers might have been from China or Russia, the story says. It adds that a security firm retained by the campaign later plugged the security holes.
Carl Cameron talking to Bill O'Reilly just now on Fox reveals that McCain aides were truly "shocked" at the "gaps in knowledge" Sarah Palin displayed once they were stuck with her.
Every four years, we're told that "this election" is vital; we can either change the world or terrible things will happen if the other side wins.
If you believe this, I suspect you are either very young or a fool.
Me, I'm a (Samuel) Johnsonian, believing in regulating imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be, seeing them as they are. In short, what is, is.
Like most thinking Republicans and the smarter sort of Democrats, when my candidate lost, I found the best revenge was making money. Fact is, most of us do better when our side is out of office because we are not distracted by politics.
Candidates run on words to get us to the polls. Take words with a grain of salt. Whoever becomes president, you will only grow fatter, or lose more hair, and still have to pursue happiness.
1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your blog of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.
Several local authorities have ruled that phrases like "vice versa", "pro rata", and even "via" should not be used, in speech or in writing.(derisive snort)
Other local councils have banned "QED" and "ad hoc", while other typical Latin terms include "bona fide", "ad lib" and "quid pro quo".Because it's essential that you set no standards what-so-ever.
But the move has been welcomed by the Plain English Campaign which says some officials only use Latin to make themselves feel important.Funny - I use words because they convey meaning and nuance.
A Campaign spokesman said the ban might stop people confusing the Latin abbreviation e.g. with the word "egg".
You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.Awesome. Because expensive power driving costs through the roof is exactly what we need.
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