Daily Archives: September 6, 2010

I could have told them this in 1969

‘shrooms ease tension, anxiety in patients.

Researchers find psilocybin improved the anxiety and depression of terminal cancer patients for up to six months. The study is considered a first step in restoring the hallucinogen’s respectability.

Just like my first girl, I never lost respect – I just moved on.

UPDATE: Another Instalanche – thanks, perfesser!

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I’m not sure how I feel about this

Blessing of the animals scheduled for September 19th at the Second Congo. In the memorial established for 9/11 victims. Does it trivialize those deaths to bless a parrot in that space?

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Here’s a problem that may solve itself

“Skyscraper Man” climbing 58- story building in San Francisco without rope. He’s half-way up.

UPDATE: He made it.

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Chavez moves towards food rationing

Poor Venezuela.

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Coyotes in the ‘burbs

Coyote shot dead in Rye Brook.

Greenwich: Road runner bests wily coyote

Different animals, surely. Get a carry permit.

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Stupid

Minster’s threat to burn Korans on September 11th worries Army. The minister has a parish of fifty people, but he’ll get his fifteen minutes of fame at the expense of our troops.

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You read it here first

Greenwich Time has caught up with the consolidated newspaper box story. Does this mean the editor’s reading this blog?

UPDATE: I stand corrected. A reader alerts me that Niel Vigdor of Greenwich Time , reported this story August 30th. So you read it here second.

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Ah, no

American muslims ask: “will we ever belong?”

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Obama: $50 billion to hire men

This in contrast to his stimulus bill, which was hijacked by feminists.

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the National Women’s Law Center soon joined the battle against the supposedly sexist bailout of men’s jobs. At the suggestion of a staffer to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, NOW president Kim Gandy canvassed for a female equivalent of the “testosterone-laden ‘shovel-ready’ ” terminology. (“Apron-ready” was broached but rejected.) Christina Romer, the highly regarded economist President Obama chose to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, would later say of her entrance on the political stage, “The very first email I got . . . was from a women’s group saying ‘We don’t want this stimulus package to just create jobs for burly men.’ ”

No matter that those burly men were the ones who had lost most of the jobs. The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.

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It is now four months since the bill was signed into law. A recent Associated Press story reports: “Stimulus Funds Go to Social Programs Over ‘Shovel-ready’ Projects.” A team of six AP reporters who have been tracking the funds find that the $300 billion sent to the states is being used mainly for health care, education, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other social services. According to Chris Whately, director of the Council of State Governments, “We all talked about ‘shovel-ready’ since September and assumed it was a whole lot of paving and building when, in fact, that’s not the case.” At the same time, the Labor Department’s latest (June 5) employment report shows unemployment rates of 8 percent for women and 10.5 percent for men. “Unprecedented” is what Harvard economist Greg Mankiw called the new 2.5 percentage-point gender gap. “It’s the highest male-female jobless rate gap in the history of BLS [Labor Department] data back to 1948,” said Mark Perry.

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