Archive for September, 2006




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Watch Out For Wayne

Freakonomics has an intersting post on a certain middle name and crime stats. 

Eric Wayne Kelley—sex charges
Nathan Wayne Green—kidnapping and beating, homicide
Ronald Wayne Spencer, Jr.—triple homicide
David Wayne Rhodes—10 years for practicing nursing without a license
Larry Wayne King—homicide
Paul Wayne Mitchell—Theft
Michael Wayne Hills—theft
Jeremy Wayne Hopkins—homicide
Garry Wayne Carriker—knowingly having unprotected sex when HIV positive
Bruce Wayne Potts—homicide
Joshua Wayne Jones—assault of officer
Billy Wayne Sinclair—homicide
Billy Wayne Boyer—assault
Billy Wayne Miller—attempted murder and robbery
Kenneth Wayne Downs —sex assault
Jerry Wayne Lucas—attempted homicide
Tony Wayne Swinnie—aggravated assault of grandmother in front of her grandchildren, robbery
Larry Wayne Dacy—home invasion
Richard Wayne Miles—police standoff
Charles Wayne Thomas—homicide

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Bridge Of Sighs

Thanks Kelly

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Media Hates Falling Gas Prices

Interesting stats from the Business & Media Institute  on the MSM’s reluctance to report faling gas prices.

Even as gasoline prices fall, network journalists talk about high prices more often than dropping ones and are quick to say they could rise again soon.

  • In 35 straight business days of falling gas prices, evening news shows emphasized “high” or “rising” gas prices more often than falling prices.

  • In half the stories where journalists mentioned falling gas prices, they undermined the news with warnings of future price increases.

  • It took NBC three weeks to report falling prices on the “Nightly News.” By that time, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline had fallen 24 cents.

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West Coast Beats Sydney By 1

The West Coast Eagles won the AFL Grand Final by 1 point over the Sydney Swans in front of more than 97000 fans. Final score 85 – 84. It was the closest final in 40 years.


More @ AFL, Fox Sports

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Hot Licks

Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia performing “Spain” by Chick Corea live in Loreley, Germany in 1981

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Saints Play First Home Game Since Katrina


A gleaming white dome hovers above the Big Easy, a symbol of rebirth amid all the rubble. And when the New Orleans Saints return to the Superdome, they’ll be carrying the hopes of all those people who still live in trailers parked alongside their gutted-out homes, who vow to rebuild when it would be so much easier to give up on their beloved hometown. More @ Yahoo

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Baseball Economics

Some time ago Pete Rose signed a bunch of baseballs with the inscription “I’m sorry I bet on baseball.” According to media reports, he gave these balls to friends and never intended them to be sold for profit.

But the estate of one of the collectors who received the ball decided to put 30 of them up for auction. There was speculation that these balls would sell for a huge amount of money.

That is when Pete Rose stepped in and delivered one of the fundamental lessons in economics: as long as there are close substitutes available, prices can’t get too high. More @ Freakonomics

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New Global Warming Theory

Tunguska Event Responsible For Warming Climate?

It’s enough to give you a migraine, trying to reconcile all the possible factors that might contribute to climate change. But what if they’re all inconsequential, and there’s only a single event causing the warming trend? The 1908 Tunguska meteor’s explosion over Siberia is what one Russian scientist believes could be behind current global temperature rises. His paper on the subject, which claims that climate change is not the result of man-made greenhouse gases at all, is currently being considered for publication in the journal Science First Hand (published by the Russian Academy of Sciences).

Detailing his theory, Vladimir Shaidurov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explains how changes in the amount of ice crystals at high altitude could damage the layer of clouds found in the mesosphere that influence the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth’s surface. Vladimir posits that the Tunguska event early last century could have driven just such a process. More @ Scienceagogo

Via Daily Grail

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