I wasn’t sure I would make it, today! I’m just getting over my annual post-trick-or-treat sugar rush, I am finally up and at ’em on this frosty Thursday morning.
I am proud to say that I finally got the candy to trick-or-treaters ratio “just right”, this year. We started with a large tote box full and ended up with half a punchbowl full, by evenings end (I usually have to make a candy run in the middle of the candy raid).
There’s still plenty of chocolate calling my name, so I should post today’s round-up before I get too distracted.
From Signs of the Times:
- Wall St jumps after Fed’s Halloween treat and data:
Stocks rose on Wednesday, buoyed by both the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate cut and its view that credit market strains have eased somewhat and by reports showing surprising strength in economic growth and employment.A surge in gold and oil prices lifted shares of miners and energy companies, while the Nasdaq rose to its highest in nearly seven years on the strength of technology stocks like Google Inc.(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research). The Web search engine’s shares topped the $700 mark for the first time after reports it may soon break into the phone market.
- Japan withdraws ships supporting US-led war in Afghanistan:
Japan on Thursday ordered home ships engaged on a refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean, halting the close US ally’s main role in the “war on terror” due to domestic opposition.Japan, which has been officially pacifist since the end of World War II, has supplied fuel to US and other forces operating in Afghanistan under legislation first passed after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
- CCTV is no silver bullet – it risks making life less safe:
An alarming new report, the first official joint government and police assessment of our national CCTV strategy, has drifted into the public domain largely unnoticed. It finds that more than 80% of cameras produce images of such poor quality that they are of no use for detection purposes, and that the majority were positioned in the wrong places. The report also highlighted that there are no statutory safeguards on CCTV and that, because anyone is able to set up a network, the authorities have no accurate figure on how many are in operation.Perhaps the most significant thing about this report is that it exists at all. In a country with at least 4.2m cameras, one for every 14 people, estimated to comprise 20% of the world’s allocation, where the Home Office spent 78% of its crime prevention budget on installing these systems in the 1990s, and has invested £500m of public money in CCTV over the last decade, the lack of authoritative research into the efficacy of surveillance is troubling.
From Reason Magazine:
- Now Playing at Reason.tv: Drew Carey Defends Medical Marijuana:
One of the most outrageous consequences of the war on drugs is the federal crackdown on medical marijuana, which is used by patients to help treat the effects of cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS, chronic pain and nausea, and other severe symptoms associated with serious illnesses. Medical marijuana prescribed by a physician is legal in 12 states, yet the federal agents are raiding state-approved dispensaries and preventing patients from having safe access to this drug.
From skippy the bush kangaroo:
- truman was “giv’m h**l” harry:
reid is more “go to h**l” harry.
(Dizzy sez: With Democrats like Reid, who needs enemies?)
- Its called Karma Mr. Phelps..:
A big hat tip to FireDogLake for the 411 on this story. It’s not all over the MSM, which frankly doesn’t surprise me one iota. As FDL notes, this bankrupts the homophobic bastard known as Fred Phelps and his church of homophobic phreaks at Westboro Baptist. Its judgment day for Freddy and his clan. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the award for compensating damages “far exceeds the net worth of the defendants,” according to financial statements filed with the court. (emphasis mine) From an AP article on the award:
(Dizzy sez: Unfortunately, angry Christians like Phelps won’t be stopped by civil suits. If anything, now Phelps can cry louder about how his enemies are trying to keep him from spreading the “lord’s word”. On the other hand, I hope this sends a message to others who would follow in Phelps’ footsteps that if you are going to be intrusive in “spreading the lord’s word”, there is a very real financial price to pay. Maybe that price tag ($11 million) will encourage some of them to stay in the holes they might otherwise crawl out of.)
Now, the government has announced their 2008 COLA. Cost Of Living Allowance. This is set at 2.3% for 2008. This means that folks on Social Security get a 2.3% increase in their monthly allowance starting January First of 2008. This is a $23.00 raise for every $1000. you receive from Social Security for benefits.Problem is, the average price of everyday items has risen by much more than 2.3%. The Consumer Price Index mentions a 3.5% to 4.5% increase in food costs alone. For example, the price of a loaf of white bread, the cheap stuff, like the store brand, went slightly higher than last year. But a good quality bakery whole grain bread went up by 8%. So, the retired or disabled person can still buy the cheap white bread, but won’t be able to afford the good stuff.
From the Belfast Telegraph:
- Burmese monks take to streets again:
Burma’s monks are back on the streets. Just weeks after their protest movement was brutally crushed by the army, Buddhist clerics again marched through the northern town of Pakokku yesterday, chanting the sutra of loving kindness, the Metta Sutta.Pakokku, a centre of Buddhist learning 390 miles north-west of Rangoon, was where the monks first marched in early September. Within weeks of that small beginning, 100,000 ordinary Burmese were protesting in Rangoon with barefoot, shaven-headed monks in the lead.
(Dizzy sez: Keep on keepin’ on!)
- Big Oil wants your biometric details:
Uh huh, this sounds like a great idea. The corporate world has done such a fantastic job of protecting consumer personal privacy, so now they want to take it to the next level. Whether it’s losing data due to incompetence or handing over data to the government without following proper legal methods, this is such a terrible idea in every way. Add “Big Oil” to the mix and you have an even worse situation.
(Dizzy sez: Yeah, all identity thieves need now is my eye print or my fingerprint. Seeing as big business has shown how “secure” our personal data really is NOT, I think I’ll pass.)
From BBC News:
- Airline bans A380 mile-high club:
Singapore Airlines has taken the unusual step of publicly asking passengers on its new Airbus A380 plane not to engage in any sexual activities.The potential problem has arisen because the first class area of its giant superjumbo contains 12 private suites complete with double beds.
Singapore, which is the first airline to start flying the A380, said the suites were not sound-proofed.
(Dizzy sez: Damn! Damn! Damn!)
And thus, we come to the end of another Ten Post Round-Up.
Tune in again, tomorrow, for another edition for your morning cuppa!