The Fed’s policy of keeping interest rates near zero is another form of trickle-down economics.
For evidence, look no further than Apple’s decision to borrow a whopping $17 billion and turn it over to its investors in the form of dividends and stock buy-backs.
Apple is already sitting on…
I bought a Microsoft Surface yesterday. Long story, don’t ask why, it wasn’t for me.
This is the story of the purchase.
It started with a phone call to the Microsoft Pop-Up store at the Shops at Columbus Circle…
Evan: “Hi, do you have any Surface tablets in stock”
Sales Rep: “Yes, plenty!”
Evan Gotlib’s experience was slightly worse than mine.
Seriously - who would buy tech from a vendor whose computer crashes twice during purchasing and can’t email you a receipt?
Like pretty much everyone else, I’ve been following the graphs of Arctic Ice area to chart the decline in the size of the ice cap, especially in summer. However I’ve recently been pointed to the ice volume charts created by the University of Washington.
Their results are absolutely horrifying. If you thought the area graphs were depressing, these are an order of magnitude worse (not really surprising when you consider that they’re using 3 dimensions rather than 2!). As an experiment I plotted the annual data since 1979 for day 246 (September 2nd, since you ask). Here’s the result:
As you can see, the rate of decline of the ice is beginning to resemble what skiers call a black run!
As you can see, I did a quadratic curve fit on the data. This line reaches zero (ice-free summers) in 2017. However if you look at the data since 2000, most of the early points are above the line, whereas most of the later ones are below, indicating a different trend.
So doing a curve fit on just the data since since 2002 gives a much steeper line, that predicts the Arctic as completely ice-free by the summer of 2015.
Given that ice-free Arctic summers will absorb much more solar radiation, and allow the whole area to warm, this will inevitably increase the rate of loss of winter ice too.
Why is this important? Well, Arctic ice drives our weather patterns, and as I’ll cover in another post, this is very likely to significantly change our weather and damage food production.
Roger Ebert has a video clip of US Congressman Paul Broun addressing the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet and (while standing in front of the heads of at least 21 dead stags) stating that evolution is “Lies straight from Hell” and that The Bible is his guidebook for voting in the house.
Paul Broun is on the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, and he has consistently voted for increased drilling and against renewable resources and emission limits.
I’m baffled as to how he thinks that The Bible endorses unrestrained plundering The Earth’s natural resources? Everything I’ve ever understood about Jesus points to him respecting nature and valuing life, which seems to pit him and Congressman Broun against each other.
Also, accepting his values at face value (just for a moment), there’s a dangerous assumption that underpins his logic: Why does he assume that fossil fuels were put there for the good of mankind?
How does he know that fossil fuels aren’t a test put there by God or, worse, a trap put there by the Devil? After all, they have been hidden away really, really well, and mankind has had to work really hard to find them.
It would be a perfect trap to test mankind for greed, arrogance and hubris. And it’s a trap that, in my opinion, Congressman Broun and his friends are leading us straight into…
Really liking the Fog of the World interface. My favorite bit is the percentage of the world I’ve seen in the top navigation bar.
(Though its battery usage is not as light as advertised…)
I LOVE this concept. Going to try it out — will report back on the battery life issue. (It sounds like they’re doing some smart things in this regard though.)
Really intelligent assessment of the iPhive
That human behaviour is causing global warming is not speculative: it’s nothing other than common sense. Let me walk you through the logic chain:
I reckon this is absolutely spot-on: Apple won’t do its own TV, or cable product. Instead it’ll extend AppleTV to be a platform for apps and content, with cable companies and other content providers adding their own value.
Looks pretty certain that this is what Apple will be announcing at WWDC next week.