Eclipse by Saturn

I was watching a VODcast on TED the other day. There was a planetary
scientist talking about the cassini huygens mission.
Was very interesting, however at the end she showed the most amazing
photo. It shows the sun being eclipsed by saturn. The blue dot in the
top left quadrant is apparently earth. Amazing photo.


Homepage – 680News – ALL NEWS RADIO: “By the time the snow storm blows out of the city, about 15-20 centimetres of snow could be on the ground in Toronto and most of the GTA, while the areas of Oakville to Niagara could see up to 35 centimetres of the white stuff by Friday night because of embedded snowsqualls.

Strong easterly winds of 50 kilometres an hour developed early on, with stronger gusts at times.”

Get ready for ‘Toyota shock’

Get ready for ‘Toyota shock’: “Those who argue Japan is better positioned than peers to weather the global crisis have a point. Japan’s roughly $US15 trillion of household savings offers a cushion the US, Europe and China lack. Japan also has demonstrated a remarkable ability to live without much growth.

Yet the yen’s powerful rally is knocking down one of the three pillars supporting the country, the others being ultra-low interest rates and super-loose fiscal policy. Its gains fly in the face of conditions in an economy that shrank at an annual 1.8% pace in the three months ended September 30. That’s where the world’s second-biggest economy finds itself.”

The rush to invest in the yen maybe somewhat premature. Same with the Euro maybe.

Recession: Bank of England may have to print you a pocketful of cash to spend – Telegraph

Recession: Bank of England may have to print you a pocketful of cash to spend – Telegraph: “Among the radical plans being considered by economic policy-makers is the possibility that the Bank could directly hand out cash to people.

This could mean a Bank of England Gold Card, it could mean a rebate cheque, it could even mean a bundle of notes arriving in the post. More prosaically, it could mean the Bank giving money to commercial banks for them to lend to customers.

Whatever the ultimate outcome, the message is clear: we are about to enter a weird, parallel universe for monetary policy. Since the Bank was set up in the 17th century, by far and away its most important tool for controlling the economy has been the level it sets for interest rates.”

Deflation virus is moving the policy test beyond the 1930s extremes – Telegraph

Deflation virus is moving the policy test beyond the 1930s extremes – Telegraph: “Debt deflation is tightening its grip over the entire global system. Interest rates are creeping towards zero in Japan, America, and now across most of Europe.

We are beyond the extremes of the 1930s. The frontiers of monetary policy are being pushed to limits that may now test viability of paper currencies and modern central banking.”

This is what worries me, I am picking up these articles and opinions in VERY mainstream publications like the Telegraph in the UK.

One More Question… | 44 |

One More Question… | 44 | “Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: ‘Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)’

Question No. 63 asks that applicants ‘please provide any other information … that could … be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.’

For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama’s immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question.

That’s when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended — including one where he’s dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he’s placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady’s chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer — popped up on Facebook for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down — along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot.

Asked about the photos, Favreau, who was recently appointed director of speechwriting for the White House, declined comment. A transition official said that Favreau had ‘reached out to Senator Clinton to off”

In the non provate world of the internet…. we are going to be seeing more of this

The Triangle Of Life – It just might save YOUR life or your loved ones – American Rescue

The Triangle Of Life – It just might save YOUR life or your loved ones – American Rescue: “Duck and Cover is outdated and should not be used. Standing in doorways during an earthquake is dangerous.

The most experienced rescue organization in the world, American Rescue Team International of San Francisco, California and its founder, Doug Copp, explain in detail new emergency preparedness procedures that can save lives during disasters. Youll see actual footage of earthquake rescues, building collapse demonstration and in general, a new and effective way of preparing for earthquakes and natural or man-made disasters. ‘.”

I don’t know how I came across this, but this seems important to know. It makes much more sense. — Explore Moon Mountains from Your Backyard — Explore Moon Mountains from Your Backyard: “When is the best time to observe the moon with a telescope? Most astronomy neophytes might say it is when it’s at full phase — but that’s probably the worst time to look at it! When the moon is full it tends to be dazzlingly bright, as well as flat and one-dimensional in appearance.

In contrast, the interval when the moon is at or just past first quarter phase, or at or just before last quarter phase, is when we get the best views of the lunar landscape right along the sunrise-sunset line or terminator.”

California, like printing its own money? News: “Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) — California, the world’s eighth-largest economy, may pay vendors with IOUs for only the second time since the Great Depression, State Finance Director Mike Genest said.

In a letter to legislative leaders Dec. 1, Genest said the state “will begin delaying payments or paying in registered warrants in March” unless an $11.2 billion deficit is closed or reduced. California, which approved its budget less than three months ago, may run out of cash by March, state officials say.”

This is a concern, almost like printing its own money?

Job picture could get even worse – Dec. 5, 2008

Job picture could get even worse – Dec. 5, 2008: “In November, the U.S. economy shed jobs at the fastest rate in 34 years – and experts say December could be even worse.

With the economy in a recession and most indicators signaling even more difficult times ahead, economists say job losses will likely deepen and continue through at least the first half of 2009.”

I am thinking that we will get through the Holiday season, with the associated spending uptick. Then this we all really hit reality in January. It will be a tough start to the yet, we should enjoy the relief while we can.

UPDATE 3-Credit-card industry may cut $2 trln lines – analyst | Markets | Markets News | Reuters

UPDATE 3-Credit-card industry may cut $2 trln lines – analyst | Markets | Markets News | Reuters: “The U.S. credit-card industry may pull back well over $2 trillion of lines over the next 18 months due to risk aversion and regulatory changes, leading to sharp declines in consumer spending, prominent banking analyst Meredith Whitney said.

The credit card is the second key source of consumer liquidity, the first being jobs, the Oppenheimer & Co analyst noted.

‘In other words, we expect available consumer liquidity in the form of credit-card lines to decline by 45 percent.'”

Organic food: Is it worth the extra money? – Health

Organic food: Is it worth the extra money? – Health: “The “Dirty Dozen”: Must-buy organic foods

The “Dirty Dozen”: Must-buy organic foods

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes, imported (Chili)
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Vegetables

  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that even after washing, some fruits and vegetables consistently carry much higher levels of pesticide residue than others. Based on an analysis of more than 100,000 U.S. government pesticide test results, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., have developed the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables, above, that they say you should always buy organic, if possible, because their conventionally grown counterparts tend to be laden with pesticides. They cost about 50 percent more — but are well worth the money.

    Other organic foods worth considering:

  • Milk
  • Beef
  • Poultry
  • Reduce the risk of exposure to the agent believed to cause mad cow disease and minimize exposure to other potential toxins in non-organic feed. These foods contain no hormones, and antibiotics — which have been linked to increased antibacterial resistance in humans — have not been added to the food. They often cost 100 percent more than conventional products.

    No need to go organic with these foods:


  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Peas