30 November 2007

Global Climate Change Cost-Benefit Argument

Hardly the end of the story, but not a bad presentation of the straightforward cost-benefit argument for taking steps to counteract the effects of global climate change:

(HT: Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk)

07 November 2007

The Fabulous Moolah

A national tragedy: The Fabulous Moolah, dead at 84.

Here's the New York Times obituary. Money quote:

The Fabulous Moolah enjoyed the mayhem, but she especially coveted the money.

When she started in pro wrestling in the early 1950s, the promoter Jack Pfeffer decided a name change was in order. As she told it in “The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle” (Regan Books, 2002), written with Larry Platt, Pfeffer told her “the name Lillian Ellison wouldn’t do. Not flashy enough.”

He asked her why she was wrestling, and, as she recalled: “Annoyed, I blurted out: ‘For the money. I want to wrestle for the moolah.’”

And here's the great dame in action:

05 November 2007

King Tut ... How'd you get so funky?

The face of Pharaoh Tutankhamen is displayed in a climate-controlled case at his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor, 500 kilometres south of Cairo, 04 November 2007. The true face of ancient Egypt's boy king Tutankhamun was revealed today to the public for the first time since he died in mysterious circumstances more than 3,000 years ago. The pharaoh's mummy was moved from its ornate sarcophagus in the tomb where its 1922 discovery caused an international sensation to a nearby climate-controlled case where experts say it will be better preserved. By Cris Bouroncle / AFP / Getty. [HT: The Daily Dish] (And here's the story, in case you missed it.)

But what the researchers have yet to discover is that King Tut was a sax player too! Indeed: "He coulda won a Grammy / Buried in his jammies."