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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Accumulated tabs, and commentary thereon 

I have accumulated a huge number of open tabs, and thought I would disgorge them upon you while I listen to Continuing Legal Education modules.

Yes, those are the depths to which I have fallen.

There many be other thoughts along the way. And, of course, apologies in advance for the old news. Some of this stuff is several days old.

American mountain lions may be staging a comeback. From a small remaining population in the Dakotas, they have now ranged as far as Connecticut and Texas. While this may be bad news for smallish fauna, I think it is a very cool story and am cheering them on.

Why our food is making us fat. It is Earl Butz's fault. (Historical footnote: Butz was drummed from his job as Secretary of Agriculture for having the incredibly poor judgment to share a racist joke with John Dean.

The campaign against Lance Armstrong continues. The short version is that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has launched a new investigation against Lance on the eve of his first international ironman triathlon event (in France, June 24), and the triathlon authorities have therefore barred him. What hogwash. They are just afraid of him:

Armstrong started doing triathlons after retiring from cycling, and won a half-Ironman in Hawaii less than two weeks ago. He was the fastest cyclist and runner on the 70.3-mile course, and the third-fastest swimmer.

But with the new investigation open, the World Triathlon Corporation suspended him.

Whatever might have happened once upon a time, Lance's second comeback Tour de France, in 2009, was clean as a whistle. Even the Justice Department, which opened an investigation against Lance with great fanfare -- prosecutors love nothing more than the publicity of taking down a big-shot -- closed its investigation in February with a big fat nada.

Sandra Bullock is selling her house in Austin. Stalk the online listing.

More cowbell! (Just thought you would enjoy that one.)

The chart that more or less destroys the idea of "peak oil." More along the same lines, and with more analysis, here.

The original recipe for Jack Daniels is from Wales? The impact of the Obama FDA on the availability of drugs.

You think the housing market is on the verge of a recovery? Perhaps not. Be well.


5 Comments:

By Anonymous feeblemind, at Sun Jun 17, 01:25:00 PM:

Good to see you drop by, TH.

A couple of quick comments.

1) We now have mountain lions in my neck of the Great Plains. Fortunately they are very rare. The more learned tell me they are here for the wild turkeys. Unfortunately they also like baby calves. The losses to them have been minor, but as a result I don't share your enthusiasm for them.

2) re the Guardian "Why Food is making us fat' article.

That is such an utter work of fiction that I don't know where to begin. Shoot, this is in the realm of tinfoil hat fiction.

Suffice it to say that Earl Butz and Richard Nixon could never control market forces to that degree.  

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Sun Jun 17, 03:21:00 PM:

Tabalance! Run!

(My faulty memory seems to recall that Mountain Lions like Joggers too. Not sure if that's a minus or a plus)  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jun 17, 05:56:00 PM:

I think it was Pat Boone, not John Dean. John Dean was alying schmuck, but that's besides the point.  

By Blogger MTF, at Sun Jun 17, 10:04:00 PM:

Hello all. Glad to see TH checking in.  

By Anonymous compare electricity providers sydney, at Wed Jun 20, 01:12:00 AM:

It's good to see that you have a new post. Just read this and still I'm impress with your writing. Keep it up.  

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