This belongs in the Louvre.For the culturally impaired, it is a portrait of Ernie Kovacs as Poet Percy Dovetonsils masterfully rendered by Jack Davis, my fellow alumnus of North Fulton High in Atlanta.
PrivateerizationA tip of the Desperado tan galan to Brother Dave for another good one.
IBM says it has developed a computer program capable of passing the Turing test, which is generally regarded as the definitive determination of whether a machine can effectively simulate human behavior.Ed's note: Lifted off one of those top-secret mailing lists.
It rather reminds me of Hugh Kenner's definition of conceptual art: that which, once explained, need not be experienced.And here's a link to a Teachout essay that includes the quotation and ponders the transition from post-modernism ("po-mo") to post-post-modernism ("po-po-mo").
"Lockhart" is Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for Political Propaganda, who came along for the roasting. Marshall points out that town meetings held by President George W. "W" Bush and real town meetings are two different things.
I'd estimate that 200 people turned out - it was standing room only. The great majority of attendees appeared to be well over fifty years old. There was a strong, perhaps even vehement, bias against both Kolbe and Lockhart. Several times Kolbe called for people to allow Mr. Lockhart to continue his presentation, at one point testily exclaiming, "Folks, come on!" One of Mr. Lockhart's slides, a quote from President Bush's recent State of the Union speech, drew loud boo's and even raspberries from the crowd.
Once, the floor was given over to the audience, all but one of the speakers came out against private accounts. At one point, Mr. Kolbe requested a show of hands for several different "solutions." Elimination of the salary cap while simultaneously limiting benefits to current (indexed) levels received well over 50%, perhaps as much as 75%. Mr. Kolbe tried to suggest that this would be unfair to people such as Bill Gates and received: "Who cares?" and "So what?" in response.
Chris et Jane were born in the same country [the U.S.of A.], nearly eleven years apart. Note: His hair and goatee are an almost unnatural shade of red that matches the crackers; hers is gray. This is their third collaborative effort – the first two, Henry and Eli, are now in Kindergarten and Pre-school.The site also has some charming pictures of the "real" (by some value of "real") gates with their boys.
Often Hargo's "The Somerville Gates" has been compared with Christo's "The Gates", Central Park, New York City. These comparisons have been unfair; sometimes the media has exaggerated -- even lied -- about the similarities. Differences abound . . .Also, the Brian Gates.
A former history professor of mine wrote this handy background piece to show us how far Christmas has come in this land: The Battle for Christmas by Stephen NissenbaumA quote from the Powell's blurb:
In this intriguing and innovative work of social history, Stephen Nissenbaum rediscovers Christmas's carnival origins and shows how it was transformed, during the nineteenth century, into a festival of domesticity and consumerism.I repeat, I love Christmas, but then, like Isoisä I am a Farfar.
Sponges reproduce by both asexual and sexual means. Most poriferans that reproduce by sexual means are hermaphroditic and produce eggs and sperm at different times. Sperm are frequently "broadcast" into the water column. That is, sperm are created, concentrated and sent out the excurrent openings, sometimes in masses so dense that the sponges appear to be smoking. These sperm are subsequently captured by female sponges of the same species. Inside the female, the sperm are transported to eggs by special cells called archaeocytes. Fertilization occurs in the mesenchyme and the zygotes develop into ciliated larvae. Some sponges release their larvae, where others retain them for some time. Once the larvae are in the water column they settle and develop into juvenile sponges. Sponges that reproduce asexually produce buds or, more often, gemmules, which are packets of several cells of various types inside a protective covering. Fresh water sponges of the Spongillidae often produce gemmules prior to winter. These then develop into adult sponges beginning the following spring.SpongeBob SquarePants, as hinted by his eponymic choice of apparel, is not only asexual, but probably made of DuPont® plastic, so he is likely to have even less fun than the average poriferan.
Bush press pal quits
over gay prostie link
Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to what has been promised.
Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.
Okay, better? I'll keep working on it.'
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