Thanks and good night!
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Thanks and good night!
Wow! Gold for Great Britain's Amy Williams!
I believe in spirituality but not religion.
...And now back to our regularly scheduled programing...
Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma said the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century killed at least 82 people, but the death toll was rising quickly. In the town of Talca, just 65 miles (105 kilometers) from the epicenter, Associated Press journalist Roberto Candia said it felt as if a giant had grabbed him and shaken him.
The town's historic center, filled with buildings of adobe mud and straw, largely collapsed, though most of those were businesses that were not inhabited during the 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. EST, 0634 GMT) quake. Neighbors pulled at least five people from the rubble while emergency workers, themselves disoriented, asked for information from reporters. Many roads were destroyed, and electricity, water and phone lines were cut to many areas — meaning there was no word of death or damage from many outlying areas.
In the Chilean capital of Santiago, 200 miles (325 kilometers) northeast of the epicenter, a car dangled from a collapsed overpass, the national Fine Arts Museum was badly damaged and an apartment building's two-story parking lot pancaked, smashing about 50 cars whose alarms rang incessantly.
Experts warned that a tsunami could strike anywhere in the Pacific, and Hawaii could face its largest waves since 1964 starting at 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. EST, 2119 GMT), according to Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami waves were likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The U.S. West Coast and Alaska, too, were threatened.
A huge wave swept into a populated area in the Robinson Crusoe Islands, 410 miles (660 kilometers) off the Chilean coast, President Michelle Bachelet said, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. Bachelet had no information on the number of people injured. She declared a "state of catastrophe" in central Chile.
"We have had a huge earthquake, with some aftershocks," she said from an emergency response center. She said Chile has not asked for assistance from other countries, and urged Chileans not to panic. "The system is functioning. People should remain calm. We're doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately," she said.
Powerful aftershocks rattled Chile's coast — 24 of them magnitude 5 or greater and one reaching magnitude 6.9 — the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
In Santiago, modern buildings are built to withstand earthquakes, but many older ones were heavily damaged, including the Nuestra Senora de la Providencia church, whose bell tower collapsed. A bridge just outside the capital also collapsed, and at least one car flipped upside down. Several hospitals were evacuated due to earthquake damage, Bachelet said.
Santiago's airport will remain closed for at least 24 hours, airport director Eduardo del Canto said. The passenger terminal suffered major damage, he told Chilean television in a telephone interview. TV images show smashed windows, partially collapsed ceilings and pedestrian walkways destroyed.
Santiago's subway was shut as well and hundreds of buses were trapped at a terminal by a damaged bridge, Transportation and Telecommunications Minister told Chilean television. He urged Chileans to make phone calls or travel only when absolutely necessary.
Candia was visiting his wife's 92-year-old grandmother in Talca when the quake struck.
"Everything was falling — chests of drawers, everything," he said. "I was sleeping with my 8-year-old son Diego and I managed to cover his head with a pillow. It was like major turbulence on an airplane."
In Concepcion, 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the epicenter, nurses and residents pushed the injured through the streets on stretchers. Others walked around in a daze wrapped in blankets, some carrying infants in their arms.
Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city, is 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.
The quake also shook buildings in Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires, 900 miles (1,400 kilometers) away on the Atlantic side of South America.
Marco Vidal, a program director for Grand Circle Travel who was traveling with a group of 34 Americans, was on the 19th floor of the Crown Plaza Santiago hotel when the quake struck.
"All the things start to fall. The lamps, everything, was going on the floor," he said. "I felt terrified."
Cynthia Iocono, from Linwood, Pennsylvania, said she first thought the quake was a train. "But then I thought, `Oh, there's no train here.' And then the lamps flew off the dresser and my TV flew off onto the floor and crashed."
The quake struck after concert-goers had left South America's leading music festival in the coastal city of Vina del Mar, but it caught partiers leaving a disco. "It was very bad. People were screaming. Some people were running, others appeared paralyzed. I was one of them," Julio Alvarez told Radio Cooperativa.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center called for "urgent action to protect lives and property" in Hawaii, which is among 53 nations and territories subject to tsunami warnings. "Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts," the warning center said. It did not expect a tsunami along the west of the U.S. or Canada.
The largest earthquake ever recorded struck the same area of Chile on May 22, 1960. The magnitude-9.5 quake killed 1,655 people and left 2 million homeless. The tsunami that it caused killed people in Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines and caused damage to the west coast of the United States.
Friday, 26 February 2010
And with that, it is time for bed!
No, I can't find it.
Well, it was certainly interesting, no matter what!
One of the tobacco industry's most outrageous new tactics is the introduction of candy-flavored cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (View advertising examples):
- R.J. Reynolds - the same company that once marketed cigarettes to kids with a cartoon character, Joe Camel - has launched a series of flavored cigarettes, including a pineapple and coconut-flavored cigarette called "Kauai Kolada" and a citrus-flavored cigarette called "Twista Lime." In November 2004, they introduced Camel "Winter Blends" in flavors including "Winter Warm Toffee" and "Winter MochaMint" (see Campaign statement).
- Brown & Williamson has introduced flavored versions of its Kool cigarettes with names like "Caribbean Chill," "Midnight Berry," "Mocha Taboo" and "Mintrigue."
- The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company is marketing spit tobacco with flavors including berry blend, mint, wintergreen, apple blend, vanilla and cherry.
Brown & Williamson has also promoted its Kool cigarettes with hip-hop music themes and images that have particular appeal to African-American youth.
How can that be good?
So I am reading about the heinous things tobacco companies do... again. They argue that smoking should be all about choice. I hate to say but you created and made all the cigarettes and then in the 1930s did a huge study determining smoking to be dangerous and cancer-causing and then did everything you could hide it! I remember smoking ads - vaguely on the telly but all too well in magazines. Don't tell me there wasn't all kinds of advertising and aimed at kids. I remember when Marlboro trucks for promotional things parked outside of stores with blaring music and radio hosts. Please tell me this isn't disgusting.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
OK. I'm hoping off the soapbox for now.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
So ever the sore loser, Yevgeny griped about it in a newscast. But, wait, there's more... This came out:
Evgeni Plushenko's long, delusional journey continues. Just days after the silver medalist for men's figure skating denied that Evan Lysacek is the true champion of men's figure skating, he has apparently awarded himself a platinum medal. From his official website:
It reads, "Silver of Salt Lake, Gold of Torino, Platinum of Vancouver." What's impressive here is that not only has Plushenko's website team fabricated an Olympic medal, it designed a platinum medal, too. Bravo. That's commitment to a delusion.
Previously, Plushenko ripped gold medalist Evan Lysacek for not attempting a quad jump, and even Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin weighed in on the controversy, saying Plushenko "performed the most accomplished program on the Vancouver ice." Lysacek responded to the criticism with class, but Plushenko clearly hasn't come to grips with the fact that the gold medal eluded him in Vancouver."From Another Article:
The "platinum" medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Widely regarded as better than gold, the element platinum hasn't officially made its way into the Winter Games as a medal yet. Although there are English and Russian versions of his website, it didn't appear to be a translation issue. The text above his Salt Lake City Olympic medal read "Silver of Salt Lake" while his Vancouver medal read "Platinum of Vancouver".
Plushenko's agent responded
to the story by saying the Olympic silver medalist isn't awarding himself a new color of medal and just wants to put the furor over the men's final behind him. Ari Zakarian says whoever did the "stupid thing" had no authority, and the figure skater isn't even aware of it. There were no labels below the medals as of Tuesday afternoon. "It's absolutely a mistake. Yevgeny has absolutely no idea about this. Absolutely no idea," Zakarian said. "Nobody from our team is awarding a platinum medal."
As for Plushenko's unhappiness with the final results, Zakarian says the three-time world champion has moved on and is looking forward to competing again. Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion, barely lost out on the gold medal in Vancouver to Lysacek. After the competition, Plushenko complained that Lysacek's program didn't feature a quadruple jump, and so the U.S. skater didn't deserve to win.
It was an upset the likes of which figure skating rarely sees. Plushenko, who ended a three-year retirement with the sole goal of winning gold, hadn't finished anywhere but first since the 2004 European championships. He was the defending Olympic gold medalist and silver medalist in 2002, and a three-time world champion. And Plushenko had the all-important quad, the four-revolution jump that's been a must-have for every Olympic men's champion since Ilia Kulik in 1998. "Quad is quad. If the Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump the quad, I don't know," Plushenko sniffed afterward. "Now it's not men's figure skating, it's dancing. That's my point."
"All I know is he's been really positive to me and been a really consistent skater through the years, and I've tried to learn from that," Lysacek said Friday morning, still basking in the glow of his Olympic gold medal. "I guess I'm a little disappointed someone who I saw as my role model would take a hit at me in one of the most special moments of my life.
"It's tough to lose. It's not easy, especially when you think, no matter what, you're going to win. It's a really tough pill to swallow," he added. "We'll just try not to take it out of context and give him the benefit of the doubt. And congratulations to him on his third Olympic medal."
Whatever color that medal may be."(It will be interesting to see if this is really a hoax...)
At these games, the South Koreans have emerged as a surprise force not only on the short track but also on the long track. South Korea has five medals so far, one of them a gold to Ohno's silver.
The traditional rivalry between Ohno and the South Koreans flared up again in that race, the 1,500 meters. Three South Koreans were in the lead as they rounded the last turn, but two crashed out, allowing Ohno to slip across the finish line in second.
Incensed gold medalist Lee Jung-su criticized Ohno as "too aggressive" in a post-race news conference. "Ohno didn't deserve to stand on the same medal platform as me," he told Yonhap. "I was so enraged that it was hard for me to contain myself during the victory ceremony." South Korean broadcaster SBS posted a clip online from the semifinal with a caption saying it shows Ohno "pushing" Lee.
"I understand that in sports, you naturally want to win. But sports competitions should be won through fair play," Jung Kyung Kim, a 21-year-old college student, said in central Seoul on Friday.
Ohno called the final a "crazy race" full of bumping and grabbing. He also admitted he had been hoping to capitalize on a South Korean mistake. "At the end of the race, I was hoping for another disqualification, kind of like what happened in Salt Lake City," Ohno said. Still, Ohno later offered his congratulations to Lee in a Twitter post. "Wow Koreans are strong as always," he added.
The rivals will have a chance to put their trash-talking to the test this weekend. Ohno, Lee and the two who crashed in the 1,500, Lee Ho-suk and Sung Si-bak, will compete Saturday in Canada to qualify for the 1,000-meter final. If he wins, Ohno will become the most decorated American in Winter Olympics history.
But at least one blogger hopes to see him fall flat on his face: "He should fall down on the ice and have (figure skater) Kim Yu-na land on his disgusting face after she performs a triple axel."
This is beneath them, to take a loss that they caused so poorly. I saw that race - they were SO tightly packed that this accident was truly inevitable. Ohno was yards behind them and had the Koreans not all been knotted together in a tiny square of ice, they all would have won. No one would have cried foul then. For them to so when they were in the wrong is the worst kind of sportsmanship. Ever.
But welcome Yevgeny Plechenko to the stand. If the Koreans are unreasonable, Yevgeny is insane. As in, completely unstable insane. He was unhappy that he won silver to Evan's gold (and I would clearly agree that Evan was the better skater), so not only did he put out a statement showing open disdain for Evan's getting the gold, he now has his own Web site... and he awarded himself a platinum award. Welcome to Crazy-Ville.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
"Have You Noticed the Size of Dick Button's Shoes?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
These guys really are crazy!
Well, definitely an exciting start to the XXI Winter Olympics!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
We are not even in the thick of it yet...
Instead, I groaned, "It's still dark outside."
Sunday, 7 February 2010
It's finally turned yellow. The body's way of finally fighting the infection. It's been clear all along, and today it's turned yellow. That is actually a good sign. Hey, you are reading this. If you find it gross, move along. I don't always write about gross things. This might sound icky, but it is a naturally occurring process.
It HAS to get better than this. I have to get better than this!
I don't know.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
"Guess who's the highest paid president. You might be surprised.
THE TEN HIGHEST PAID
President Salary in His Day What's It Worth Now?
1. William Taft $75,000 $1,445,454
2. William McKinley $50,000 $1,106,719
3. Richard Nixon $200,000 $1,084,831
$50,000 expense act
4. Woodrow Wilson $75,000 $1,048,379
5. Theodore Roosevelt $50,000 $1,015,151
6. Grover Cleveland $50,000 $1,001,093
7. Benjamin Harrison $50,000 $984,315
8. Dwight Eisenhower $100,000 $963,253
$50,000 expense act
9. Franklin Roosevelt $75,000 $915,013
10. Herbert Hoover $75,000 $903,458
THE TEN LOWEST PAID
President Salary in His Day What's It Worth Now?
1. Bill Clinton $200,000 $282,648
$50,000 expense act
2. Andrew Jackson $25,000 $300,446
3. James Madison $25,000 $321,110
4. George H. W. Bush $200,000 $334,554
$50,000 expense act
5. John Adams $25,000 $357,543
6. Abraham Lincoln $25,000 $374,518
7. Thomas Jefferson $25,000 $378,526
8. James Monroe $25,000 $395,184
9. Ronald Reagan $200,000 $424,609
$50,000 expense act
10. George Washington $25,000 $427,314
George Washington, Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy refused their salaries.
While many presidential expenses are picked up by other departments and agencies, not all of them are: Thomas Jefferson left office owing $10,000 just for wine.
Crime doesn't pay: the two impeached presidents, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, are dead last on the lowest paid list. But but maybe you just have to know when to get out: President Nixon who resigned before he could be impeached, is the third highest paid president.
The list does not take into account presidential pensions, which Congress began doling out in 1958. It started at $25,000 per year and included both an office and staff. The payment is now based on the annual pay of a cabinet secretary; in 2001 this came out to $161,200.
The vice president doesn't work for free either: in 2004, the salary for the second in command is $202,900.
Each president's salary was adjusted for inflation for every calendar year in which he held office. These adjusted salaries were then averaged. Presidents since Truman have had a $50,000 expense account that was included in the list as part of the presidential salary."
My personal comment: having the presidency has to be the MOST thankless job in the universe. I don't think they get paid enough no matter what. On the other hand, I'm not even slightly surprised at Congress. They are easily the most overpaid...and get crazy periods of time off, despite their general uselessness in office.
I love that three presidents actually refused their salaries. Amazing! Most of us need at least some of our salaries if not all.
That is a LOT of wine... isn't it? Does the president get any alcohol at all? I'd want a stiff drink after a day of that once in a while...
I wonder how the taxation system works for the President... does he get a break for doing the most thankless job in the world, or just pays through the nose like the rest of us? I still wouldn't hold it against him.
This movie did not make it into this category, at least not for me.
But it is still one of the top shows that I watch.