Friday, September 23, 2011

The Downfall

Welcome to Autumn ... which many people call "Fall". Enjoy rituals and ceremonies wherever you are.


Today Noah turns 6 years old and with that comes more flood stories in the northeast.


26 pieces of debris from a falling satellite will hit Earth some time this afternoon EDT but no one knows where. Do you think some will believe it's a UFO or linked to the final Hopi prophecy? The prophecy actually references a UFO -- and is more likely to happen than the return of mythical gods who, as you know, were all aliens anyway.

    And this is the Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of my people will cease.


Tonight "Fringe" returns. So why don't I feel the least bit excited?


There's a new version of Facebook and I don't like it. I've actually started tweeting again.

The Future of Facebook: Out with profile pages, in with the Timeline   Yahoo - September 23, 2011

Facebook users have noticed some changes rolling out to the social site in recent days, but odds are they aren't prepared for today's biggest social shakeup. At today's F8 Developers Conference, Mark Zuckerberg took the stage (after look-alike Andy Samberg left it) to announce a wide swath of changes that will seek to keep the six year-old social network thriving - and growing.


Then there's the global economy ... Look out! It will hit harder that flying debris. Yes ... it's getting really scary.

In Rush to Assist Solyndra, U.S. Missed Warning Signs   New York Times - September 23, 2011

President Obama¹s visit to the Solyndra solar panel factory in California last year was choreographed down to the last detail - the 20-by-30-foot American flags, the corporate banners hung just so, the special lighting, even coffee and doughnuts for the Secret Service detail. But behind the pomp and pageantry, Solyndra was rotting inside, hemorrhaging cash so quickly that within weeks of Mr. Obama's visit, the company canceled plans to offer shares to the public. Barely a year later, Solyndra has become one of the administration¹s most costly fumbles after the company declared bankruptcy, laid off 1,100 workers and was raided by F.B.I. agents seeking evidence of possible fraud.

Biggest Market Drops in History   CNBC - September 22, 2011

The Dow fell 391 points Thursday, or 3.5 percent, posting its fifth largest point drop so far in 2011. Investors' concerns over a prolonged economic slowdown sent the index down as much as 528 points, or 4.74 percent at the lowest point of the session.

Recession's second act would be worse than the first   MSNBC - September 22, 2011

Fresh evidence of a global economic slowdown has raised fears that governments around the world may be powerless to reverse it. If the world does fall into back into recession, it could be much harder to escape than the contraction that ended in 2009.

New York City's poverty rate rose to alarming 20.1% in 2010, latest Census Bureau figures show   NY Daily News - September 23, 2011

One of five New Yorkers is too poor to pay rent or buy food - a troubling sign the city is still stumbling through a bruising recession, new statistics show.


Is Iran headed to war with ... Israel? and where would that go? WWIII -- as some speculate?

US delegation walks out during Ahmadinejad speech   MSNBC - September 22, 2011

Iran president attacks U.S., 'colonial masters' in speech at United Nations


How long does it take you to commute to work?

Commuter Nation   New York Times - September 22, 2011

The average time it takes Americans to commute to work is 25.1 minutes, according to a new report based on Census data from 2009. Of all metropolitan areas, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area has the longest average commute time in the country, at 34.6 minutes, and has the highest share of its workers using public transportation to get to work.


Death penalty opponents regroup after Davis' death   BBC - September 23, 2011

In debate, Davis execution offers little closure   MSNBC - September 22, 2011

After decades of litigation, the final legal ruling allowing the execution of Troy Davis was a one-sentence order from the United States Supreme Court so terse that it could have fit neatly into a Twitter message with room to spare.