Archive for March, 2013

Rhode Island To Make Calamari The State Appetizer, There’s An App For That

March 29, 2013

Dining in Rhode Island? Hold the blooming onions and the Oysters Rockefeller because the state Assembly is considering making Rhode Island-style calamari the official state appetizer.  Rhode Island-style calamari is made by breading, then frying or sautéeing squid and serving with hot peppers.

Rhode Island calamari…State app..

 

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Over 300,000 Zombie Homes Ready For House Zombie Apocalypse

March 29, 2013

A national survey found 301,874 “zombie” properties dotting the U.S. landscape in which homeowners in foreclosure have moved out, leaving vacant property susceptible to vandalism and degradation. Florida tops the list of zombie properties with 90,556 vacant homes in foreclosure, according to a foreclosure inventory released on Thursday by RealtyTrac, a real estate information company in Irvine, California.

US zombie homes ready for house zombie apocalypse.

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Edie Windsor The Face Of Gay Marriage, Uncovers Another Awkward Question

March 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Edith Windsor got engaged in the 1960s to the woman who eventually became her wife, she asked for a pin instead of a ring. A ring would have meant awkward questions, she said: Who is he? Where is he? And when do we meet him?

On Wednesday, the 83-year-old stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, the face of a case that could change how the U.S. government treats married gay couples. She wore a grey pants suit, a pink and orange scarf and her engagement pin, a circle of diamonds.

Windsor, whose wife, Thea Spyer, died in 2009, sued to challenge a $363,000 federal estate tax bill she got after Spyer’s death. The pair married in Canada in 2007. Had Windsor been married to a man, she would not have paid any estate tax.

Edie Windsor uncovers additional awkward question, why does the government impose a death tax?

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Ashley Judd Decides Not To Run For Office, Political Career Shot Down

March 28, 2013

Ashley Judd, a Democrat who was mulling a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky U.S. Senate seat in 2014, won’t run after all, the actress announced Wednesday. “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” Judd said in an announcement on her Twitter page.

Ashley Judd potential political career shot down.

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Doctors Still Think It Is A Bad Idea For Partients To Have Access To Their Medical Records

March 28, 2013

According to a new Harris Poll survey, conducted on behalf of the management consulting firm Accenture, less than one-third of U.S. doctors think patients should have full access to their own electronic health records. As a patient, you may literally trust your doctor with your life, and the doctor-patient relationship relies on this level of trust. The relationship should be one of give and take, even if the exchange is sometimes dominated by the professional. So it may come as a surprise that 65 percent of docs believe their patients should have only limited access to their electronic health records, and 4 percent believe patients should have no access at all.

Especially the difficult patients.

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Gates Foundation Working On Condom 2.0 Hackers On Alert

March 27, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 grant to anyone who can create a better condom. The foundation’s new initiative hopes to develop a next-generation condom that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.” In other words, if it feels good to use, more people will use them thus cutting down on unplanned pregnancies and STDs.

Early indications show Gates Condom 2.0 will be not be resist to typical Windows viruses.

 

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Lululemon Recalls Yoga Pants While Creating Sheerness Judge Ranked As Second Best Job In The World

March 27, 2013

On the heels of the highly-publicized recall of Lululemon’s nylon and Lycra yoga pants, some women report that the Vancouver-based company is asking them to try on their too-sheer pants and bend over in front of sales associates who will assess them before a return is permitted. “I went into my local store to return my Astro pants and Invert crops, both purchased this month. I was asked to BEND OVER in order to determine sheerness. The sales associate then perused my butt in the dim lighting of the change room and deemed them “not sheer”.

Lululemon creates sheerness judge ranking as second best job in the world.

 

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Apollo 13 Re-entry Burn Notes Sells For $84K, Needed Now More Than Ever

March 27, 2013

A keepsake from NASA’s nearly disastrous Apollo 13 moon mission of 1970 nabbed top spot in an auction Monday (March 25) of more than 300 artifacts from the early years of the U.S. space program. The space history artifacts — sold by Bonhams — included an engine burn note detailing how the crew can return to Earth annotated by astronaut Jim Lovell during the Apollo 13 mission that went for $84,100.

Apollo 13 re-entry burn notes helped redirect the trajectory of US space capsule for a safe landing. Notes to redirect  trajectory of course change for US economy needed now more than ever.

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Irish Town Passes Law Allowing Drinking And Driving At Low Speeds To Preserve Pub Culture

March 26, 2013

The Irish town of Kilgarvan passed a law this winter that allows members of its community to drink and drive. Proposed by local pub owner and politician Danny Healy-Rae, the motion allows people who live in country areas to have a few beers before they drive home. Healy-Rae told The New York Times he thinks the measure will help preserve pub culture, lower the risk of suicide and attack isolation in the small town. Amid governmental and local backlash, Healy-Rae says the law isn’t supposed to apply to everyone, mainly “elderly people who live in very remote places.””What is the alternative for them where no public or other transport is available? Staying at home lonely, staring at the four walls?” Healy-Rae told The Times.

Kilgarvan is also reviewing pesky typing while driving law for the elderly..

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NBC Hits Gold Prodding Ari Emanuel

March 26, 2013

Ari Emanuel was apparently so unhappy with an interview with Brian Williams that he sent NBC a “fiery legal letter,” in which he wrote “This was not what we agreed to.”The Emanuel brothers sat down with Williams on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” to talk about bioethicist Ezekiel’s new book, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. Williams adopted a far more serious interview tone than the Emanuels were expecting, with the discussions becoming so heated that Ari wrote a letter to NBC and submitted a complaint in person to NBC Universal chief Steve Burke. The Emanuels were reportedly prepped for a lighthearted chat, bu instead  Williams asked the brothers “about their connection to Israel and Ari’s  reputation as an ultra-aggressive Hollywood agent, among other things.”
NBC hits Gold.

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