Monday, January 03, 2011

Things You Might Have Missed in 2010

Found this article called While You Were Sleeping: 2010 and added a few of my own...

  • A New Trend: New Peer-reviewed paper concludes there's an "absence of correlation between temperature changes and CO2″
    "The dramatic and threatening environmental changes announced for the next decades are the result of models whose main drive factor of climatic changes is the increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although taken as a premise, the hypothesis does not have verifiable consistence. The comparison of temperature changes and CO2 changes in the atmosphere is made for a large diversity of conditions, with the same data used to model climate changes. Correlation of historical series of data is the main approach. CO2 changes are closely related to temperature." (SOURCE)


  • You know those freaky psychological thrillers were people are drugging tourists and removing their kidneys...that really been happening!
    "Netcare, South Africa’s largest private medical group, has pleaded guilty to performing illegal kidney transplants at a hospital in Durban. Poor donors, some of them children, were flown in from Brazil and Romania and given thousands of dollars to have a kidney removed. Netcare agreed to pay fines of nearly $1.1 million. The charges are related to more than 100 operations carried out between 2001 and 2003. Those involved in the transplant scandal have been fired by Netcare.
    Source: BBC"


  • People are so busy complaining about CEO's and Wall Street...what about college tuition and the fact that University Presidents are making $1 million year?!
    "Touro College paid President Bernard Lander $4.7 million, the highest salary in the country. The president of Southern Methodist University in Dallas earned $2.7 million. Quinnipiac University in Connecticut paid its president $1.8 million. The Chronicle report predicts more presidents will surpass $1 million annual salaries as the baby boomers retire and receive large payouts.
    Source: Boston Globe"


  • "The Troubled Assets Relief Program’s $700 billion bailout is now expected to cost the federal government $25 billion. The Congressional Budget Office’s report released on November 29 said when TARP was created in 2008 it was not apparent that the cost would turn out to be this low, but the financial system stabilized and improved. So far, $389 billion has been distributed through TARP, which expired in October. The CBO estimates that an additional $44 billion will go to American International Group and federal mortgage programs. That would bring total TARP spending to $433 billion, of which $216 billion has been repaid.
    Source: Washington Post"


  • Gas Prices! I don;t know if it was an Urban Legend, but I recall hearing Obama wanted gas prices to stay around $4 gallon so Americans wouldn't forget about the environment?
    "Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year.

    Where are the calls to sic Obama’s Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for “market manipulation”? Why aren’t we hunting down the amoral “oil speculators” responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?" (SOURCE)
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