Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $19,206
Woo hoo!! And the first 22% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: summer

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission

    01/03/2014 7:01:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/2/14 | Mike Ciandella
    A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to...
  • Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission

    01/02/2014 10:08:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/2/14 | Mike Ciandella
    A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to...
  • Stranded Antarctic passengers evacuated to freedom ('Tards "rescued")

    01/02/2014 6:42:06 AM PST · by Paladin2 · 41 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/2/2014 | By Amy Coopes
    "Sydney — All 52 passengers who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on an icebound Russian research vessel in Antarctica were airlifted from the ice Thursday in a dramatic rescue mission. A Chinese helicopter which landed on a makeshift landing pad next to the marooned ship ferried the scientists, tourists and journalists in groups of 12 to an Australian government supply ship, the Aurora Australis. The passengers had been stuck for 10 days in thick pack ice ...........
  • Rand Pauls Summer Vacation vs Barack Obama’s

    10/17/2013 6:32:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    We’ve Heard All About Obama’s Vacations, But Not Much About KY Senator Rand Paul’s Summer Break. He and a Partner Teamed up to Do Pro Bono Eye Surgeries for the Poor. People Who Came to the Surgery Center “Legally Blind or Much Worse” Were All Seeing Before They Left.Isn’t It Interesting What The Media Considers Newsworthy? Wonder Why The Media Isn’t Interested In That? Guess It Doesn’t Fit The Image They Try To Create For Conservatives.
  • Tokyo chosen to host 2020 Summer Olympics

    09/07/2013 6:02:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/07/2013 | David Wharton
    <p>Amid concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the International Olympic Committee voted Saturday to select Tokyo as the host city for the 2020 Summer Games.</p> <p>The capital city outdistanced two other finalists — Istanbul and Madrid — as Japanese officials vowed that radioactive leaks would have no effect on the Games.</p>
  • 2013 : Least Extreme Summer On Record In The US

    08/26/2013 2:09:51 PM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    Real Science ^ | 8/26/2013 | Real Science
    The summer of 2013 is over in a few days, and has had the fewest 40ºC (104F)temperature readings of any year in the last nine decades. There were only 832 40ºC (temperatures recorded in 2013, compared to 8,357 in 1936.
  • Cold weekend forecast: Fall in Summer (Chicago record breaker?)

    07/26/2013 8:08:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/26/13 | Ellen Jean Hirst
    You might want to put aside any plans for the beach this weekend. The high temperature on Saturday is forecast to stay one notch below 70 degrees, threatening the record for July 27. Lows are expected to dip into the mid and upper 40s in some suburbs Saturday night, with northern suburbs experiencing slightly colder and southern suburbs slightly warmer temps conditions.
  • 50 Ways to Beat the Heat

    07/26/2013 3:46:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    It's definitely time, past time, to update this annual list of heat-beaters. Feel free to clip and save, mix and match, or add your own. 1. Delete all unwanted emails without opening them. Especially if they're from types who are always a bit hot under the collar anyway. If you must open any, under no circumstances reply. Soon you'll be on their heated level. Last year I heard from a Satanist -- no, actually he said he was a pagan -- and, you guessed it, he was hot as hell. 2. Forget talk radio and 24/7 television news. Switch to...
  • Teachers Union May Sue Over ‘Constitutional Right’ to Wear Shorts to Work!

    07/24/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyle Olson
    Move over Trayvon Martin. Big Labor has a new favorite group of victims of social injustice - the teaching staff of Lewis County, West Virginia. Citizens have been complaining to school board members about the “way teachers dress,” according to school board president Paul Derico. As a result, the school board unanimously passed a dress code for teachers, banning blue jeans, faded jeans and shorts. Of course the teachers union is not taking this grave injustice lying down. Union officials have threatened to sue the board. "We're disappointed in the actions of the board. We don't believe it's in the...
  • Ok fellow FreePs, what are you reading this Summer?

    07/18/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 72 replies
    I am starting "The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I"
  • Boston to Chicago: More Than 100 Million Feel Stifling Heat

    07/18/2013 6:27:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 93 replies ^ | July 18, 2013 | Alex Sosnowski
    Plain and simple, this week may feel the worst of any week for this summer in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. The region will be a virtual sauna bath.
  • At least 3 dead, 12 wounded in shootings

    06/22/2013 7:33:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 22, 2013 | Peter Nickeas and Liam Ford
    At least three people were killed and 12 others wounded in shootings in Chicago Friday, the first day of summer. About 8 p.m., four people were found shot in the 2900 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue. The man died later at Stroger Hospital and the three others were in critical condition, authorities said. In the 2800 block of North Spaulding Avenue a little after 8 p.m., two people were reported shot, according to the Fire Department. A 36-year-old man died and a 61-year-old was wounded.
  • Police dog found dead inside handler’s patrol car

    06/19/2013 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Altariel · 45 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | June 18, 2013 | Alexis Stevens
    A 3-year-old police dog died from a heat stroke after being left in his handler’s patrol car, Woodstock police said Tuesday. Spartacus, a Belgian Malinois, was found dead inside the patrol car around 9 p.m. Monday at the officer’s Pickens County home, according to Brittany Duncan, Woodstock police spokeswoman. *** The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Duncan said. **** In an unrelated case, a South Georgia police officer resigned in September after leaving his canine partner “Sasha” in his patrol vehicle for three days.
  • Summer Camp: Hamas Teaches Children to Kill and Kidnap Israelis

    06/14/2013 8:56:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Front Lines ^ | 6/14/13 | Candice Lanier
    Vid at link

    06/07/2013 6:16:00 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 114 replies
    Is everyone ready for summer?
  • Source: Preparations underway for Obama vacation on Martha's Vineyard

    03/07/2013 10:17:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha's Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year. A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast. So far, the White House isn't saying anything, but the Vineyard is abuzz with the news. The first family is expected toward the end of August, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Will longer school year help or hurt US students?

    01/13/2013 11:04:35 AM PST · by madison10 · 42 replies
    My Way News ^ | January 13, 2013 | Julie Carr Smith
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically. "Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful in-school hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century," he said in December when five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year....
  • New study links current events to climate change

    08/04/2012 5:58:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-4-12 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON—The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that the likelihood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s through the 1980s was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds are closer to 1 in 10, according to the study by NASA scientist James Hansen. He says that statistically what's happening is...
  • D.C.-area temperatures approach all-time record highs

    07/07/2012 6:54:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Sallie
    <p>Triple-digit temperatures expected to feel as hot as 110 degrees have prompted excessive heat warnings across the D.C. area on Saturday and could threaten all-time highs.</p> <p>The day continued a trend in the area that hasn’t seen high temperatures lower than 95 degrees since the month began.</p>

    06/22/2012 7:56:43 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 46 replies
    IMPOSSIBILITIES IN THE WORLD 1. U can't count your hair 2. U can't wash your eyes with soap 3. U can't breathe when your tongue is out Put your tongue back in fool. 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU... 1) U are reading this. 2) U are human. 3) U can't say the letter ''P'' without separating your lips 4) U just attempted to do it 6) U are laughing at yourself 7) U have a smile on your face and you skipped No.5 8) U just checked to see if there is a No.5 9) U laugh at...
  • Hot Time in the Summer - New AirCon Unit?

    06/21/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 36 replies
    None | 06/21/12 | GRRRRR
    It is summer for sure. Colorado is experiencing 90-100 degree F days in the north east plains. Forest fires, high winds and dust complicate the time we can have the windows open as even at 80Deg in the house, the low humidity makes it comfy. The Carrier AC unit for this house (3,500+sq ft, 4BR, high ceilings) has had issues since I moved in. Refrigerant leaks and an electrical issue. Now, with the heat of the summer coming back, the AC unit can't keep up again. I've cleaned the unit outside, replaced the inside filter and am still getting some...
  • 2012 Summer Song Playlist (Vanity)

    06/15/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by paterfamilias · 36 replies
    15 June 2012 | Me
    Well, Summer is almost here. I have updated my Summer Song Playlist. These songs are either about summer or remind me of summer. It's Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies Vacation – Connie Francis A Summer Song - Chad and Jeremy Beach Baby - First Class Coney Island Baby - Julien Neel Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins Girl from Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto / Stan Getz Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles Hawaii Five –O Theme Heat Wave - Martha and the Vandellas Hot Fun in the Summertiime - Sly and the Family...
  • Obama refines economic pitch by focusing on steady jobs growth (Summer of Recovery IV?)

    05/27/2012 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/27/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama refines economic pitch by focusing on steady jobs growthBy Amie Parnes - 05/27/12 04:30 PM ET Obama is highlighting job growth and a steep decline in the unemployment rate to convince voters his policies are working. President Obama’s campaign is highlighting job growth and a steep decline in the unemployment rate over the last year to sell the public on the idea that his economic policies are working. Obama’s greatest challenge this campaign cycle is convincing voters to give him another four years to try to improve the economy, the central issue of the 2012 campaign. Republican Mitt Romney...
  • Donna Summer Dead

    05/17/2012 8:57:18 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 59 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5/17/12
    Donna Summer -- the Queen of Disco -- died this morning after a battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. We're told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old. Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad. In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. Summer was a...
  • (vanity) MSNBC guest just compared disco/Donna Summer to gay marriage

    05/17/2012 10:21:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 96 replies
    May 17, 2012 | Me
    To brighten up your day, a guest on MSNBC just said (indirect quote) "I have never seen a movement in America to quiet a musical genre as the anti-disco fever which was a slap to Donna Summer. It is similar to today's marriage equality: get back in the closet." He said this while an image of Donna Summer was on the screen. Liberals have absolutely no shame.
  • Report: Donna Summer Dead at 63

    05/17/2012 8:55:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 17, 2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    TMZ is reporting that Donna Summer has passed away in Florida this morning. She was reportedly battling cancer.
  • Recovery Summer 2010

    04/21/2012 5:52:15 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Conservapedia ^ | 30 July 2011 | Conservapedia
    The Obama administration proclaimed Recovery Summer on June 17, 2010 to spotlight the imapact President Obama's economic program after passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or "Stimulus package") by the Democratic controlled 111th Congress in 2009. Vice President Joe Biden was placed in charge of the effort. During Recovery Summer 393,000 jobs were destroyed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rose, and economic growth slowed from 5.7% to 1.6%. The number counted by the Department of Labor as unemployed at the start of Recovery Summer was 14,599,000 Americans in July 2010; by September there were 14,767,000...
  • Bon Jovi helps White House launch summer jobs initiative (Jon dodging taxes?)

    01/05/2012 10:07:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Bon Jovi helps White House launch summer jobs initiativeBy Alicia M. Cohn - 01/05/12 01:40 PM ET Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi visited the White House on Thursday. The singer tweeted about his visit and also participated in a Twitter chat with Jon Carson, the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Carson tweeted a picture of the meeting. Bon Jovi’s visit was meant to raise awareness for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s participation in a new White House initiative announced Thursday. The White House issued a call to action it named "Summer Jobs+," part of President...
  • U.S. experiences second warmest summer on record Texas has warmest summer on record of any state

    09/08/2011 9:14:35 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 48 replies
    NOAA ^ | Sep 8 2011 | NOAA
    Texas has warmest summer on record of any state The blistering heat experienced by the nation during August, as well as the June through August months, marks the second warmest summer on record according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. The persistent heat, combined with below-average precipitation across the southern U.S. during August and the three summer months, continued a record-breaking drought across the region. The average U.S. temperature in August was 75.7 degrees F, which is 3.0 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average, while the summertime temperature was 74.5 degrees F, which is...
  • Obama chooses fiction for four of five books on his summer vacation reading list

    08/22/2011 10:19:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies ^ | 8/20/11 | Plain Dealer wire services , Alister Bull and Laura MacInnis
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Massachusetts -- President Barack Obama, perhaps seeking a break from harsh reality after a tough summer battling the economy and Republicans in Congress, has picked a summer reading list that is long on fiction. The White House says four of the five books that Obama has to choose from during a nine-day family vacation here are novels. Obama's reading list -- like the criticism from Republicans for vacationing while the economy is stumbling -- is a rite of the summer. But his choices ignored the weighty biographies of great Americans typically on a president's reading list.
  • Liberals complain about Obama's choices (the rookie Hussein's summer of discontent)

    08/19/2011 11:15:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Eagle ^ | 8/20/11
    Liberals complain about Obama's choicesAssociated Press Published Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:29 AM WASHINGTON -- Liberals argue that he caved on the debt ceiling. Unions are upset over his handling of unemployment and labor issues. Hispanics brought the immigration debate directly to his campaign doorstep. President Barack Obama's summer of discontent has been marked by rumblings within his Democratic political base over his willingness to fight congressional Republicans and his approach to fixing the economy. Liberals disappointed with Obama for compromising with the GOP during the debt-ceiling showdown now are calling on him to hold firm against Republicans this fall....
  • Bedbug infestations growing in certain settings, survey finds

    08/17/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 17 | Lena H. Sun
    Just as students head back to college and families finish summer vacations comes the latest bad news from pest control companies: Bedbug infestations are getting worse and becoming more common in some places, including dorms, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools and day-care centers. According to a survey released Wednesday by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, pest control companies say there has been double-digit growth in infestations in the past year. About 54 percent of pest companies reported treating bedbugs in college dorms, compared with 35 percent in 2010; 80 percent reported treating...
  • CAPTION the rookie Hussein at summer camp

    08/16/2011 4:33:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
  • Feminist summer school: training the new generation of 'suffragettes'

    08/14/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 14 replies
    (And you wonder why Britain is in trouble ....) After just one day of classes at her summer school of choice, Emily Birkenshaw had already learned a crucial lesson: how to "go floppy" when facing arrest. "You're heavier then, so you can't be carried," she said, with the genuine delight of a new recruit. The 24-year-old been practising by linking arms with her classmates and singing loudly at a pretend policeman. "It just felt really empowering," she said. "If that happened [in real life] – and I hope it wouldn't – I'd know how to do it without getting hurt."...
  • DogWatch’s 2011 Reading List for the Dog Days of Summer

    08/04/2011 9:57:06 AM PDT · by Kensy1
    It’s summer time, which (hopefully) means vacations and lazy days at the beach or in the hammock. Here’s DogWatch’s list of some dog-related summer reading to help you pass the time!
  • Summer Camp? Antisemitic Indoctrination Training Center

    07/31/2011 2:26:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/30/11 | Pamela Geller
    "Some of my friends tried to stop him by talking to him. Many people thought that it was a test ... comparing it to how it is to live in Gaza." Eyewitness statement the day of the shooting. (ABC News) The day of the Norway shooting, I was blindsided by one of the survivor's statements to the press immediately after the shooting (see above). It was so outside the box, I thought it was the kneejerk response of an anti-semite in shock. I didn't blog on it because I thought it anecdotal, badly anecdotal. But the more that is revealed...
  • Biden's White House Influence Seen From Stimulus to Debt Talks (Recovery Summer II still in ER)

    07/21/2011 8:40:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Link only - Biden's White House Influence Seen From Stimulus to Debt Talks
  • Heat Index in Paducah: 153!

    07/11/2011 2:44:14 PM PDT · by Renfield · 30 replies
    At 5:20 PM EST(4:20 local time), 7-11-2011, the Weather Underground website showed the heat index in Paducah, KY, to be 153 degrees (99 degrees with a 92 degree dew point). I've never seen it like this. (I'm in another part of the state, where the heat index is a paltry 111...I feel like a piker). Post your astounding summer weather reports hot is it where you are?
  • 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Bad Teacher': Why we love 'bad' – and bad – movies

    07/09/2011 11:46:56 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies ^ | 9 July 2011 | Gloria Goodale
    When it comes to movies, let’s just call this the summer of “bad.” It’s not just grown-ups behaving badly – though there is plenty of that. From Jennifer Aniston as a rapacious dentist in “Horrible Bosses,” which opens Friday, to Cameron Diaz as every student’s nightmare in “Bad Teacher,” to the projectile body functions in “Bridesmaids” and “Hangover 2,” multiplexes are awash in R-rated adult comedy. But this is also a record summer for just plain bad movies – doing very well. Roundly panned films such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Green Lantern,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On...
  • My Outstanding Summer Song Playlist (Vanity)

    07/08/2011 2:32:55 PM PDT · by paterfamilias · 35 replies · 1+ views
    July 8, 2011 | Me
    It's Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies; A Summer Song - Chad and Jeremy; Beach Baby - First Class; Coney Island Baby - Julien Neel; Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter; Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins; Girl from Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto / Stan Getz; Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles; Hawaii Five-O Theme; Heat Wave - Martha and the Vandellas; Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone; In the Good Old Summertime - Julien Neel; Kokomo - The Beach Boys; Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone; In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry;...
  • Fried Kool-Aid hits County Fair circuit

    07/02/2011 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Windflier · 19 replies
    Washington Post blog ^ | 20 June 2011 | Melissa Bell
    <p>Totally Fried Kool-Aid is the latest rage in all things awful to eat. Making its debut at the San Diego County Fair (better known as the Del Mar Fair to locals), the Kool-Aid ball has seemed to capture the country’s insatiable urge for making their meals as processed and fake and fattening as possible. Well done, us!</p>
  • IEA asks for release of emergency oil reserves(to appease U.S.?)

    06/23/2011 9:42:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    NHK ^ | 06/23/11
    IEA asks for release of emergency oil reserves NHK has learned that the International Energy Agency is finalizing talks to release emergency oil reserves of its oil-consuming member nations to help stabilize crude oil prices. The autonomous organization of 28 major oil consuming countries, including Japan and the United States, is said to be close to securing agreement for the coordinated operation. The release operation, the first of its kind since 2005, is being planned ahead of an expected rise in gasoline use in the northern hemisphere during the summer holiday season. Rising crude oil prices since January, due mainly...
  • What Happened to the White House's "Summer of Recovery"? (the destruction one year later)

    06/22/2011 11:16:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 6/17/11 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    What Happened to the White House's "Summer of Recovery"?By Elizabeth MacDonald Published June 17, 2011 | FOXBusiness **SNIP** June 17, 2010 -- The White House declares: "This summer is sure to be a Summer of Economic Recovery" Summer 2010 -- Summer of Job Losses "The point of my talking to you today is that, although more people are going to be put to work this summer" -- Vice President Joe Biden, June 17, 2010. The job losses came in as follows, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: June: -192,000 July: -49,000 August: -59,000 September: -29,000 Job Creation "The pace...

    06/10/2011 3:47:01 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalist ^ | 6-10-2011 | Cullen Roche
    THE ECONOMIC ICE AGE 10 June 2011 by Cullen Roche Some pretty interesting thoughts here from Societe Generale on the economic “ice age”. This is what their analysts refer to as the period after a bubble bursting has occurred. They’ve used the same Japan analogy that I am fond of. Pretty pessimistic thoughts (more so than mine), but I think they’ve got the macro situation understood better than most: “In the aftermath of last week’s stunningly weak economic data the market is now beginning to acknowledge that, without a further round of QE a relapse back into economic stagnation or...
  • 14 Songs To Soundtrack Your Sweltering Summer Days In The City

    06/10/2011 12:20:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Gothamist ^ | June 9, 2011 | Jen Carlson
    Were all the great summer songs written decades ago? Click back for what's a mostly nostalgic sonic step into the sweltering season—with songs from The Drifters, Dolly Parton, the B-52's, and yes, The Fresh Prince. The Lovin' Spoonful: "Summer in the City" (duh!) The Drifters: "Under the Boardwalk" Martha & The Vandellas: "Heat Wave" "Summer Lovin'" from Grease! Sly & the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime Bananarama: "Cruel Summer" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: "Summertime" Dolly Parton: "Sweet Summer Lovin'" The B-52's: "The Summer of Love" Janis Joplin: "Summertime" The Who: "Summertime Blues" Sha Na...
  • Oil Prices Rise After OPEC Says No to New Deal

    06/08/2011 9:49:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | June 08, 2011 | VOA News
    Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries did not reach a new agreement on oil production quotas at Wednesday's meeting in Vienna. Oil prices rebounded in New York and London after the news. Oil prices had been declining in anticipation that OPEC members might work out a deal to boost production. The OPEC nations pump about 40 percent of the world's oil, and the organization's quotas officially limited members to producing a bit less than 25 million barrels a day. Some OPEC members have said the international energy markets are well-supplied with oil, and blame high prices on "speculation"...
  • OPEC deadlocked on oil production hike (Crude prices moving back up)

    06/08/2011 10:04:49 AM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | 6/7/2011 | Steve Hargreaves
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Oil prices breached the $100-a-barrel mark Wednesday after OPEC said it could not reach an agreement about raising crude production. U.S. crude jumped $1.70, or 1.7%, to $100.81 a barrel. Oil prices were trading down about $1 just before the OPEC announcement. The price of brent crude - the European benchmark - rose 1.2% to $118.20 a barrel. OPEC's quarterly meeting was widely watched by analysts. The cartel had been under intense pressure to raise production as oil prices approached $120 a barrel last month. But cartel members were unable to reach a decision to do...
  • Mauna Kea Sees Snow In The Summer (Hawaii got 8" of snow in June!)

    06/07/2011 1:42:31 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 17 replies
    KITV ^ | June 5, 2011 | Staff
    Mauna Kea, the highest island mountain in the world, is cloaked with snow--a sight you don't normally see during the early summer months. Video at the link
  • Employment Data May Be the Key to the President’s Job (The socialist experiment is dead)

    06/02/2011 2:13:27 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NewYork Times ^ | 06/01/11 | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
    No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent. Seventeen months before the next election, it is increasingly clear that President Obama must defy that trend to keep his job. Roughly 9 percent of Americans who want to go to work cannot find an employer. Companies are firing fewer people, but hiring remains anemic. And the vast majority of economic forecasters, including the president’s own advisers, predict only modest progress by November 2012. The latest job numbers, due Friday, are expected to provide new cause...
  • Summer airfares may climb 15% from a year earlier

    04/17/2011 9:14:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/17/11 | Hugo Martin
    As the summer travel season approaches, airline industry experts predict that soaring fuel prices and a sharp pickup in passenger demand will push airfares up 15% over a year earlier — to levels not seen since before the economic downturn. Fare hikes have already begun, with six of the nation's largest airlines each raising rates at least five times since Jan. 1 for nearly all routes. By the time the peak summer travel season rolls around, travel industry experts predict, domestic airfares may reach an average of nearly $390, up from a low of $302 two years ago.