Official: Performance czar withdraws candidacy
Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.
Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and [...]
The country’s maritime academies are including new courses in their syllabi to teach merchant mariners how to deal with piracy:
With an alarming number of tankers and cargo ships getting hijacked on the high seas, the nation’s maritime academies are offering more training to merchant seamen in how to fend off attacks from pirates [...]
I have to say this whole business of powerful figures being chastened to pay back taxes prior to their cabinet confirmations – $34,ooo from treasury secretary Tim Geithner, now $100k from former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle – is more than a little off-putting.
After all, these men are from the same party earnestly [...]
NASA scientist James Hansen – he of the “hockey stick” graph – was one of the first voices to raise the alarm about anthroprogenic global warming.
Turns out his boss was not a particular fan:
Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist, Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global [...]
Score one for the away team.
Those things that we mean to punish, we tax. Those things we wish to encourage, we subsidize. When the last productive California worker flees to Texas the control of the state over its citizens’ lives will be complete.
It’ll be a paradise!
Sometimes it can be inconvenient:
The AGW theory is based on data that is drawn from a ridiculously narrow span of time and it demonstrates a wanton disregard for the ‘big picture’ of long-term climate change. The data from paleoclimatology, including ice cores, sea sediments, geology, paleobotany and zoology, indicate that we are on [...]
You’re doing it wrong.
The image depicts a $3 million pay-off for the Somali pirates that had seized the Saudi MV Sirius Star and held the ship and its crew for ransom. The policy of rewarding piracy will only encourage the lawless mariners of a lawless region into greater acts of depravity.
In 1803, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur took the brig Argus into the Med for the first Barbary War in an effort to suppress piracy. It was there that the nascent US Navy learned the operation art that stood it in good stead during the naval war of 1812. From a revolutionary focus on coastal patrols [...]
A HuffPo diarist comes out against it:
Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that “the science is in.” Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.
This is profoundly unsettling. Potentially even dispositive.
Not so much.
Bitterly cold weather slid over from Canada and settled into Interior Alaska with forecasters saying temperatures could continue to slide to nearly 50 degrees below zero in coming days.
Over the weekend, the mercury at Fairbanks International Airport dropped to 39 degrees below zero. Areas in the Interior [...]