I had been wondering about this. It looks strange, but I guess it makes sense. Oil is a huge part of the economy in the Gulf, and ironically by wiping out huge chunks of the rest of the Gulf economy it actually becomes more important to keep it as a source of income. That has to be a tough line for Louisiana politicians, ranting about the damage as loudly as possible while also trying to convince the Obama administration, which already looks stupid for saying that drilling is safe recently, that this was an isolated incident and not worth shutting down all drilling in the Gulf over. [more]
Went down to Philly this weekend to visit friends. Stopped by Dunkin' Donuts for my weekly cheat meal, snapped this pic of their register:
For the record, they did take my $20.
I was just looking at the one year S&P 500 chart on Google, and they have the return in the top right of the chart for whatever time period you're looking at. 68.57%? Seriously? In one year? I know it's been a year since the bottom of a major crash, so it's not surprising that it's a big number, but 68%? Time to fire up the E, bust out my uber-nerdy custom S&P 500 spreadsheet, and get to the bottom of this nonsense. [more]
This place is turning into the Real Housewives of MF. Drama may not be against MF rules, but it has certainly cranked up the noise to signal ratio. It'd be nice if we could customize what we see as well as what we don't see beyond the favorites tab, and it would probably cut down on a lot of the urinating contests which have been clogging up the site. And the ability to negatively rate a post would be nice too, what good is a voting system with no 'nay's? (see 2000 and 2004 elections) Even lowly Yahoo has an 'ignore user' feature. [more]