Sunday, April 22, 2012

Daniel Pinkwater on Pineapple Exam: ‘Nonsense on Top of Nonsense’ - Metropolis - WSJ

“It’s hilarious on the face of it that anybody creating a test would use a passage of mine, because I’m an advocate of nonsense,” Daniel Pinkwater, the renowned children’s author and accidental exam writer, said in an interview
Daniel Pinkwater on Pineapple Exam: ‘Nonsense on Top of Nonsense’ - Metropolis - WSJ

Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran's Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack - Business Insider

WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.




Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-09/news/31311454_1_russian-defense-ministry-military-action-dmitry-rogozin#ixzz1smDWcAfw

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Video: Teen seizes wheel as school bus driver collapses - latimes.com

Wuitschick was one of dozens of students on his way to Surprise Lake Middle School, about 30 miles south of Seattle, on Monday morning when he noticed that the bus driver "starts acting all funny. His eyes are bulging. He's twisting in his chair," Wuitschick told KCPQ-TV. The bus then began veering off the road.

Surveillance video shows Wuitschick springing into action, sprinting to the driver's side and taking control of the wheel. After steering the bus back onto the pavement, Wuitschick brought the vehicle to a safe stop, yanked the keys out of the ignition and opened the door so kids could evacuate.


Video: Teen seizes wheel as school bus driver collapses - latimes.com

Clintonville WI booms are quieting down

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The reports of booming in Clintonville have quieted down.

Residents started reporting the sounds and shaking March 18 and experts detected a 1.5-magnitude earthquake about two days later. The reports started to die down until another big boom over a week later. There have been a few reports since then.

Four seismometers have been installed and so far confirmed a .1 magnitude earthquake March 30.

Clintonville booms are quiet

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Research Connects Bee Colony Collapse Disorder to Pesticide | Ecocentric | TIME.com

That’s why scientists have been working overtime to figure out just what might be causing CCD. Everything from fungi to mites to viruses to bacteria to disruptive new beekeeping techniques have been put against the wall as suspects, with no clear smoking gun. But new research by a Harvard biologist named Chensheng Lu might change that. In a new study to be published in the Bulletin of Insectology, Lu points the finger at the pesticide imidacloprid, a chemical often used on corn plants. Honeybees are now fed with supplements of high-fructose corn syrup—and if Lu is right, we could be killing the bees ourselves. “We’ve actually isolated a single risk factor for CCD,” says Lu. “We really need to be looking at this data.”

New Research Connects Bee Colony Collapse Disorder to Pesticide | Ecocentric | TIME.com

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Did JPMorgan Pop The Student Loan Bubble? | ZeroHedge

And now, over 5 years later, history repeats itself: JPM is officially getting out of student loans. If history serves, what happens next will not be pretty.


and at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/first-crack-270-billion-student-loans-are-least-30-days-delinquent


In a report set to convince borrowers that Student Loan ABS are still safe - of course they are - they are backed by all taxpayers after all in the form of the Family Federal Education Program - Fitch discloses something rather troubling, namely that of the $1 trillion + in student debt outstanding, "as many as 27% of all student loan borrowers are more than 30 days past due." In other words at least $270 billion in student loans are no longer current (extrapolating the delinquency rate into the total loans outstanding). That this is happening with interest rates at record lows is quite stunning and a loud wake up call that it is not rates that determine affordability and sustainability: it is general economic conditions, deplorable as they may be, which have made the popping of the student loan bubble inevitable. It also means that if the rise in interest rate continues, then the student loan bubble will pop that much faster, and bring another $1 trillion in unintended consequences on the shoulders of the US taxpayer who once again will be left footing the bill.


People get your houses in order. This could be the end of the greediest banking system ever.



Saturday, April 07, 2012

Mass bee colony collapse linked to high-fructose corn syrup | DVICE

Mass bee colony collapse linked to high-fructose corn syrup | DVICE

Of course, no one is pouring pesticide on bees, but bee-keepers did begin feeding bees with high-frutose corn syrup. And corn is sprayed with imidacloprid.