From the New York Times
The following is a letter sent on Tuesday by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.
DEAR Mr. Liddy,
It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation from A.I.G. Financial Products. I hope you take the time to read this entire letter. Before describing the details of my decision, I want to offer some context:
I am proud of everything I have done for the commodity and equity divisions of A.I.G.-F.P. I was in no way involved in — or responsible for — the credit default swap transactions that have hamstrung A.I.G. Nor were more than a handful of the 400 current employees of A.I.G.-F.P. Most of those responsible have left the company and have conspicuously escaped the public outrage. Continue reading
Food for thought
Dying nations are usually defined as those with fertility rates of 1.5 or lower. By that measure, 30 European countries are either dying today or — like France — seeing their cultures and populations transformed by growing ethnic and religious minorities.
Europe is shrinking just as the population in Islamic, African and Asian countries is exploding. In 2020, there will be one billion “fighting-age” men (ages 15-29) world-wide; only 65 million will be Europeans. At the same time, the Muslim world will have 300 million males, often with limited opportunities at home.
And the pro-gay marriage crowd make the innocuous claim that if they’re are recognized to marry that they wont force Churches to perform same-sex marriages. I don’t believe them in the slightest.
Coming soon to EHarmony — Adam and Steve.
The Pasadena-based dating website, heavily promoted by Christian evangelical leaders when it was founded, has agreed in a civil rights settlement to give up its heterosexuals-only policy and offer same-sex matches. Started by psychologist Neil Clark Warren, who is known for his mild-mannered television and radio advertisements, EHarmony must not only implement the new policy by March 31, but also give the first 10,000 same-sex registrants a free six-month subscription.
“That was one of the things I asked for,” said Eric McKinley, 46, who complained to New Jersey’s Division on Civil Rights after being turned down for a subscription in 2005. Continue reading
The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease.
There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics. We associate them with the temper of Third World societies. We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right.
Here is an interesting article on the reason why the main-stream media has such a liberal slant and why they are actively engineering the election of Barack Obama.
Columnist Michael Malone Looks at Slanted Election Coverage and the Reasons Why
Column By MICHAEL S. MALONE
Oct. 24, 2008 —
The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game — with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates.
The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.
But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I’ve begun — for the first time in my adult life — to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer,” because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist. Continue reading
There are certain things that I will never do out of respect to nature. For example I will never go shark diving; as much as I am awed by mankind’s ingenuity I think it is foolish to needlessly put it to the test with ones life on the line. The reason I bring this up is because the the truth of what happened this past Christmas at the San Francisco zoo has finally come out.
This past Christmas a news story broke that a Siberian tiger escaped from its pin and mauled 3 teenage boys, killing one. The tiger was later killed by police that arrived on the scene and saw it laying next to one of its victims. The two survivors denied having done anything to provoke the tiger. Reports later came out that the walls of the tiger’s pin were lower than the recommended minimum, thus placing all the blame on the zoo. Continue reading
NASA is working on creating a rocket that is fueled by Methane. One of its contractors has an early working prototype. Check out the incredible 40 second video here: