Saturday, 16 February 2013
INTERESTING STUFF: 16 February 2013
SILVER, GRAY OR WHITE HAIR
Whatever color name you prefer, P.G. Wodehouse had this to say about those who don't like having it:
”There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.”
To help prove that gray hair is not to be despised, Vicki Topaz photographed a whole bunch of old women with gray hair and and produced a video too.
I have one question: Where do these women get so damned much thick, long hair? Or, conversely, how many are wearing wigs and don't tell us?
You can see many still photos of a wide variety of gray-haired elder women at Vicki Topaz's website.
11-POUND GOLD NUGGET
Amazingly huge gold nuggest was found in Australia recently – 11 pounds. Reports say it is worth $300,000. Geez, I would have guessed more. Take a look at it:
You can read more here.
I have no idea how many cities, like New York, require certain restaurants to post calorie counts of their food. Filmmaker Casey Neistat noted that the NYC health department does not require the count to be accurate. So he checked on several restaurants. Here is the result:
I have never believed the calorie count on any package of anything which is one reason (among others) I stick almost entirely to fresh food. You can read more about Casey Neistat's experiment here.
PANHANDLER PARTY ON THE NO. 4 TRAIN
My friend Kent McKamy sent this video of panhandlers on the No. 4 train in New York City. From my 40 years of subway travel, I recognize every type – well, except for the Ferrari guy.
WHAT WOMEN (AND MEN WHO CARE ABOUT THEM) SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE U.S. SENATE
On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Violent Against Women Act by an overwhelming margin, 78 to 22.
If there were any decency, it would have been 100-0. You should memorize the names of the 22 senators, all men, all Republicans, who voted against VAWA because they are not on the side of women:
John Barrasso - Wyoming
Roy Blunt - Missouri
John Boozman - Arkansas
Tom Coburn - Oklahoma
John Cornyn - Texas
Ted Cruz - Texas
Mike Enzi - Wyoming
Lindsey Graham – South Carolina
Chuck Grassley - Iowa
Orrin Hatch - Utah
James Inhofe - Oklahoma
Mike Johanns – Nebraska
Ron Johnson - Wisconsin
Mike Lee - Utah
Mitch McConnell - Kentucky
Rand Paul - Kentucky
Jim Risch - Idaho
Pat Roberts - Kansas
Marco Rubio - Florida
Jeff Sessions - Alabama
Jeff Thune – South Dakota
Tim Scott – South Carolina
The House says it will have it's own version of VAWA in a few weeks. I can't wait to see what that vote will be like.
BETTER THAN SUPER BOWL ADS
I don't watch any kind of ball games, but I had been known to read a book during the Super Bowl and look up to see the commercials. That was back in the day when they were really clever and I haven't paid attention in recent years.
This year I checked out some of the commercials online, the few that got the most praise and wasn't much impressed. Instead I was reminded of a current “regular” commercial, so inventive and utterly charming that it still delights me after two months of frequent viewing. Take a look.
Don't you love the look on the lion's face when he stops at the teller's cage.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR ANIMATION
Given the gray hair video, the lion commercial above and now this animated short that is in contention for an Oscar this year, a case could be made that I just like black-and-white films. Hat tip to Bev Carney for sending this titled, Paperman.
MINORITY LEADER PELOSI OPPOSES RAISING MEDICARE AGE
It was good to see House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a news interview last week, emphatically oppose raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Take a look:
We are going to need a lot more than Pelosi to help protect elders' earned benefits especially since President Barack Obama thinks chained CPI for Social Security is just a “technical change.”
It is much more and definitely worse than that. What can you expect from a person who still believes Social Security is an “entitlement.”
PUPPY VERSUS STAIRS: MAMA TO THE RESCUE
Nikki Lindquist of From Where I Sit sent this adorable puppy video:
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