Monday, December 14, 2009

Seen around and about... 

[] I'd drink too.
At the start of 1938, Hitler hadn’t yet become the all-powerful Fuhrer ... Just 12 months later, things were radically different. “Hitler emerged deux ex machina, with all the powers of the Nazi regime consolidated in his own person,” MacDonogh writes.

"That Germans felt an increase in stress and anxiety during those twelve months is borne out by one telling statistic: Their consumption of strong alcohol doubled in the course of the year."

[] Good news and bad news for Republicans, from Rasmussen.

The good news: "the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting [only] 36% of the vote."

The bad news: "Republicans finish third at 18% ... The Tea Party candidate picks up 23% ...

"Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

"Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option."

[] How to lose $127 million in a casino. Of course, a subsequent lawsuit sues the casino for enabling it to happen.

[] About Copenhagen, an essay worth reading...

From the opening ceremony's video of a little girl running from an earthquake to the promises of emissions reductions, everything taking place in Copenhagen is contrived.

The outcome of climate talks -- no treaty, no emissions reductions -- was known in advance. And yet participants pretend there is an unfolding drama. As such, Copenhagen is history's first completely postmodern global event...