Sunday, June 14, 2009

Noted around and about...

National debt road trip video. Which presidents put the most miles on the odometer?

The problem with bailouts, in pictures. [via]

Your stimulus money at work.

How much 2009 college graduates will lose from their future earnings to the taxes needed to finance Obama's deficit increases.

One nutcase makes all racists look bad:
"The responsible white separatist community condemns this. It makes us look bad." -- John de Nugent, acquaintance of James W. von Brunn, the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooter. [Wapo]

William Easterly on the United Nations on human rights:
So here’s the scorecard on UN human rights. On something like “the right to water,” where it is impossible to identify who is violating such “rights,” the UN talks big. On human rights violations like killings and torture, where the UN knows precisely who is the violator, the UN sometimes shows up on the violator's side.

Did GM's bosses not know its cars were crap because they were tested at a Potemkin proving grounds?

And on the happier side of things...

German schoolboy survives getting hit by meteorite. "At first I just saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand..."

Japanese scientists create "glow in the dark" fluorescent monkeys.

New plasma blowtorch will get your teeth really clean. ("Plasma is the future" says the university researchers' news release. Remember when the electric toothbrush was the big Christmas gift?)

The meat dress, home-stitched from salami and bacon. "I badly wanted to go to a vegan restaurant in it." (She's cute, sews, and has a sense of humor too. Why did I never have a girlfriend like this?)

Markets in one less thing:

The 22-year-old California virgin who auctioned off her virtue online for $3.8 million has yet to meet her winning bidder in the flesh -- because his wife won't let him.

Natalie Dylan ... got a phone call from the rogue Romeo, a 38-year-old Australian real-estate businessman, who said he had to back out. "I told him to go back into marriage therapy," sniped Dylan.

The Aussie cad then sheepishly asked for his $250,000 deposit back.

Dylan said no hard feelings; it would be returned.