Monthly Archives: May 2011

Andy

May 30, 2011

Volcanic tremors increase in Taal

Over a hundred tremors felt in the last several days- the lake temperature increased- lake acidity increased- mass die-off of the fish in the lake- C02 emissions up but volcanologists still say an eruption is not imminent. A lot of people are going to die.

Volcanic tremors increase in Taal

Andy

May 27, 2011

Lord of the Rings Extended Editions Coming to Theaters

I know what I'm doing in June:

Lord of the Rings Extended Editions Coming to Theaters

The ultimate Lord of the Rings movie experience is coming next month as the Extended Editions of all three films make a limited-run appearance in theaters across the U.S.

Andy

May 26, 2011

Public Schools Charge More Fees

Public Schools Charge More Fees

Public schools across the country- struggling with cuts in state funding- rising personnel costs and lower tax revenues- are shifting costs to students and their parents by imposing or boosting fees for everything from enrolling in honors English to riding the bus.

Gay Teen Describes Brainwashing Camp in Utah

“I started screaming and crying, as in my mind I was sure that these two strangers had broken into my house and were going to abduct me, rape me, kill me, or in some way harm me. They immediately told me that if I did not shut up that they would handcuff me. … I asked, frightened, what the wanted from me, trying to see if I could in some way appease them and get them to leave. They then explained that they were going to take me to a school. It took me a second to understand what they meant by this, as this was an extremely bizarre way to introduce a child to a new school. It then occurred to me that this was what my mother had arranged for my brother several years ago when she had him shipped away to Cross Creek. The two strangers were from Teen Escort Service, a for-profit company that transports teenagers, usually by force, to WWASP (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs) facilities.. … From the moment I arrived at Cross Creek, I was treated as though I was broken, dirty, and inhuman.”

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Andy

May 26, 2011

Snack Attack Signup!

Foodzie is doing another snack blitz in the SF Bay area. If you want a glorious snack-drop at your workplace- be sure to signup.

Snack Attack Signup!

Buy Food Gifts and Sell Artisan Food on Foodzie- an online marketplace for specialty- gourmet food.

Hedge Funds Prep the Farmland Bubble

“Three years later, the purchase of farmland both in America and abroad by outside investors has increased-so much so that in February, Thomas Hoenig, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, warned against the violent possibilities of a farmland bubble, telling the Senate Agriculture Committee that “distortions in financial markets” will catch the U.S. by surprise again. He would know, because he’s seeing it in his backyard: Kansas and Nebraska reported farmland prices 20 percent above the previous year’s levels and are on pace to double values in four years. A study commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and released in January estimated the amount of private capital currently committed to farmland and agricultural infrastructure at $14 billion. It also estimated that future investments will “dwarf” what’s currently being thrown into land, by two to three times. Further down, the study makes a conservative projection that the amount of capital potentially entering the sector over the next decade will fly past $150 billion.”

Hedge Farm! The Doomsday Food Price Scenario Turning Hedgies into Survivalists | The New York Observer.