Tuesday, March 17, 2009

You Have Got to See This

AmericaBlog linked to this, and it is unbelievable. Look what these dolphins have learned to do.

There are two things here. First, it is incredible that any dolphin is able to create the bubble-rings that you see in this video, it seems impossible to blow bubbles that cohere and don't float away. But the second thing is more impressive to me, the fact that they are able to learn the technique from one another.

And tell me, are they having fun, or what?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

CALGARY, Alberta (March 17) - Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won't criticize Barack Obama because the new U.S. president "deserves my silence," and said he plans to write a book about the 12 toughest decisions he made in office.

"I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena," Bush said. "He deserves my silence."

Bush said he wants Obama to succeed and said it's important that he has that support.

"I love my country a lot more than I love politics," Bush said. "I think it is essential that he be helped in office."

March 17, 2009 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Passerby said...

Anon, are you alleging that Bush is smarter than a dolphin?

March 17, 2009 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Obama?

He owns 80% of AIG and can't stop his company from paying 165 million in bonuses to guys who dstroyed it.

Not exactly his most stellar moment.

March 18, 2009 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Bush bought 50% of AIG and left it and the rest of the economy sinking in the mud. Those bonues were allowed under Bush's watch.

AIG chairman inherits retention bonus mess By JIM KUHNHENN, AP
posted: 5 MINUTES AGO

WASHINGTON -Edward M. Liddy, chairman and CEO of American International Group Inc. since last fall, has become the reluctant defender of princely employee bonuses that members of Congress — and much of the American public — find indefensible.

AIG, the giant insurance company that has received $170 billion in government assistance, is paying more than $200 million in bonuses to keep employees from fleeing its troubled financial products division. On Wednesday, Liddy was to pull up a chair at a congressional witness table and take the heat.

The retention payments — ranging from $1,000 to nearly $6.5 million — were not his idea. Liddy himself is not getting a bonus. The deals were cut early last year, long before then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asked Liddy to take over the company.

"I do not like these arrangements and find it distasteful and difficult to recommend to you that we must proceed with them," Liddy wrote to the current treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, over the weekend...

Watch Obama do all he can to reign them in so we'll have more news like this:

Markets rallied again Tuesday after a surprisingly strong report on home construction and building permit applications. The Dow jumped 2.5 percent, while the broader S&P 500 increased more than 3 percent. Since the rally began last week, the Dow is up 849 points, or 13 percent.

March 18, 2009 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Derrick said...

March 18, 2009

Activists Respond to Pope’s Criticism of Condoms

Activists, doctors, politicians and even officials within the Catholic Church are speaking out against a statement by Pope Benedict XVI, who said during a recent trip to Africa that using condoms in the global fight against AIDS only made the epidemic worse by encouraging sexual behavior, Reuters reports.

“My reaction is that this represents a major step backwards in terms of global health education, is entirely counterproductive and is likely to lead to increases in HIV infection in Africa and elsewhere,” said Quentin Sattentau, professor of immunology at Britain’s Oxford University. “There is a large body of published evidence demonstrating that condom use reduces the risk of acquiring HIV infection but does not lead to increased sexual activity.”

The Vatican defended Benedict’s criticism of condoms. Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi affirmed that the pope was “maintaining the position of his predecessors” in advocating abstinence and heterosexual marriage as HIV prevention tools. But others within the Catholic faith are speaking out against the statement.

“Anyone who has AIDS and is sexually active, anyone who seeks multiple partners, must protect others and themselves,” said Hans-Jochen Jaschke, a Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of Hamburg. “So, no taboo on the condom issue, but also no myths and trivialization as if these put the world in order. Condoms can protect, but men often reject them,” the bishop added.


March 18, 2009 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Derrick said...

Bush, not Obama, owned 80%.


The dirt on the troll continues...sickening!

March 18, 2009 5:54 PM  

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