31 October 2009
About the second half, the less said the better. The tastefully named Erik Nevland gave up possession repeatedly, but redeemed himself with the second cottager goal. Whatever creativity was on the pitch in a red jersey came off in succession: Torres, Benayoun, Kuyt. This last change came after Degen (unfairly) and Carragher (deservedly) were sent off. Down two goals, the likes of Insua, Kyrgiakos, Ayala, Voronin, Babel, and Eccleston never looked like they would break down a disciplined Fulham side.
Next is a trip to Lyon on Wednesday with Liverpool needing a result.
27 October 2009
Link to post at The Big Picture
Link to original at Information is Beautiful.
Over the past few days, I've crossed three cocktails off the list of those that I haven't tried (or can't recall trying).
Gimlet - I made it with Plymouth gin and Rose's lime. Better than nothing in a pinch, but I'd prefer a Daiquiri. After an exhaustive thirty second web search, I was unable to determine whether there is a name for a Daiquiri made substituting Rum with Gin. It might well be a Gimlet, though apparently the original Gimlet called for Rose's lime juice, whereas a Daiquiri calls for simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime.
Blood and Sand - I used Famous Grouse, Killepitsch, Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth, and store-bought orange juice. Based on the color, I had assumed that Killepitsch was made mostly from cherries, but I may have been mistaken. I'll give the drink another try once I acquire some Heering.
Sidecar - I used Pierre Ferrand cognac, Grand Marnier, and a freshly squeezed lemon. Top notch.
PS - I bought some Heering, but now need some O.J.
25 October 2009
Against a squad of Manchester United's quality, you can scarcely afford for any player to have a poor game to hope to win, and I am hard pressed to name a Liverpool player.
Next up - Benitez will likely field a youthful squad to face the Gunners at the Emirates on Wednesday. Dare I hope to see Aquilani?
PS - Jermaine Pennant blames Benitez. I would argue that paying 6.7 million for Pennant was one of Benitez's biggest transfer blunders.
24 October 2009
highest level for Delta was platinum, which requires 75,000 miles to
qualify. I'm currently over twice that.
My flight from Prague to Frankfurt was delayed by about two hours
because heavy fog in Frankfurt forced the airport to increase the time
between arriving flights landing. This meant that I missed the second
leg. When I got to FRA, they told me they'd waitlist me on a flight to
JFK but that there was only one seat not checked in.
I don't know if that's true, but I did get on the plane. I will get
home about five hours late but at least I will get to sleep in my own
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20 October 2009
I've got an idea. Let's get rid of the death penalty. Mostly, we already don't execute criminals. Let's just stop pretending like we will. Everybody currently sentenced so (and anyone else who would have) will instead get life without parole. Nobody will be executed wrongfully. Crime rates, I can assure you, will not go up. We will no longer be included in the group of nations who uses capital punishment (do we really want to be in this club?).
The sequel to Freakonomics, the less cleverly titled Superfreakonomics, has a chapter on climate change that has been stirring quite a controversy. Myhrvold addresses some of the controversy in this article.
Here are two quotes which struck me:
Science works by having an open dialog that ultimately converges on the truth, for the common benefit of everyone. Most scientific fields enjoy this free flow of ideas.
The politicization of science has a terrible impact on the unfettered discourse of ideas that is so important to making progress.
I have a friend who recently expressed concern about getting a flu vaccine. About 36,000 Americans die every year from the flu. Every year. From the flu. I get the vaccine every year, and I plan to get both the seasonal and H1N1 shots (the H1N1 strain was identified too late to be included in the seasonal vaccine).
I find it fascinating that so many people are more worried about a vaccine, which might make a handful of people ill (even possibly fatally), when it is protecting you from something that every year makes between 15 and 60 million Americans ill (and in thousands of cases, fatally so).
I worry about herd immunity.
The CDC has a FAQ about the vaccine.
19 October 2009
Blue Shield California twice refused to pay $2,700 emergency room claims by Rosalinda Miran-Ramirez, concluding that it was not a "reasonable" decision for her to go to the ER that morning when she awoke to a shirt saturated with blood from what turned out to be a breast tumor. Only after a KPIX-TV reporter intervened in September did Blue Shield pay the claim. [KPIX-TV, 9-25-09]The good news is that a biopsy found the tumor benign.
17 October 2009
14 October 2009
Late in the second half, Michael Bradley scored a goal on a rebound from a Donovan strike, and an American equalizer was within reach. Rogers came on for Holden, Torres for Feilhaber, and finally Cooper for Casey. Rogers and Torres exerted influence on the game as soon as they arrived. Unfortunately, Onyewu went down with a knee injury shortly after the Cooper came on, so the US had to try and find a goal a man down.
Immediately after Costa Rica had announced its second substitution, a player came up injured. The coach tried to amend the substitution to remove the injured player, but the attempt was rebuffed. He persisted and was sent off.
Finally, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Jonathan Bornstein headed home the equalizer on a corner, which was enough to give the US first place in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
Costa Rica's only consolation will be that Argentina beat Uruguay. Facing the CONMEBOL fifth place team after being seconds from qualifying is bad enough; facing Argentina would be insult on injury.
The award was premature and arguably counterproductive. Still, most Americans have no comprehension of the damage was done to America's reputation by the Bush/Cheney arrogant foreign policy. Sadly, a great many of them don't even care.
12 October 2009
09 October 2009
I had meant to post about it and forgot but was reminded by theWAREHOUSE.
Today, Americans will die because they can't afford health insurance.
The church, I suppose, has to exist in a world of absolutes: abortion is a sin, and nothing that allows abortion can be permitted. Politics exist in a world of compromise.
I don't know about you, but my world is more of the latter than the former.
I'm a big admirer of Obama, and I hope that during his administration, he does something to earn a Nobel prize. I think it's a dubious award, though, and likely to feed a domestic backlash by the crazies.
07 October 2009
Several weeks ago, I ran across a guest article at Barry Ritholtz's excellent, The Big Picture. I haven't read Bailout Nation, but I plan to get around to it. The article is by (small "l") libertarian Doug Casey, and it considers the question: Was Bush (fils) the worst president ever?
Casey observes "Not that there’s any real difference between the two parties anymore…", and I agree. I support Obama, but not particularly the Democrats. On the other hand, I'd be hard pressed to name a Republican I support at the moment, but pendulums swing.