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1938 – Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman photographed by John Engstead.

Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films.

 She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress.

She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute.

She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingrid_Bergman

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December 3, 2011 Posted by | celebs | , , | Leave a comment

Bloomberg: Cut Teachers By Half, Large Classes OK

Via: Huffington Post

In remarks Thursday that have since sparked some controversy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tackled school improvement — through a suggestion to halve the teaching force. Bloomberg’s office responded Friday by saying the statement was taken out of context.

“If I had the ability to just design the system and say ‘ex cathedra this is what we’re going to do,’ you would cut the number of teachers in half and weed out all the bad ones,” Bloomberg said while speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to CBS New York. “And double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students.”

The mayor also told the audience that in districts across the country, teachers are no longer hired from the top of their classes and instead, are culled from “the bottom 20 percent and not of the best schools,” (really?)  DNAinfo.com reports.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/02/michael-bloomberg-in-mit-_n_1125737.html

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Hanauer: RAISE Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators

Via: Bloomberg

It is a tenet of American economic beliefs, and an article of faith for Republicans that is seldom contested by Democrats: If taxes are raised on the rich, job creation will stop.

Trouble is, sometimes the things that we know to be true are dead wrong. For the larger part of human history, for example, people were sure that the sun circles the Earth and that we are at the center of the universe. It doesn’t, and we aren’t. The conventional wisdom that the rich and businesses are our nation’s “job creators” is every bit as false.

I’m a very rich person. As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, I’ve started or helped get off the ground dozens of companies in industries including manufacturing, retail, medical services, the Internet and software. I founded the Internet media company aQuantive Inc., which was acquired by Microsoft Corp. in 2007 for $6.4 billion. I was also the first non-family investor in Amazon.com Inc.

Even so, I’ve never been a “job creator.” I can start a business based on a great idea, and initially hire dozens or hundreds of people. But if no one can afford to buy what I have to sell, my business will soon fail and all those jobs will evaporate.

That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs, nor do businesses, large or small. What does lead to more employment is the feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion a virtuous cycle that allows companies to survive and thrive and business owners to hire. An ordinary middle-class consumer is far more of a job creator than I ever have been or ever will be.

Read more HERE:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-01/raise-taxes-on-rich-to-reward-true-job-creators-nick-hanauer.html

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Krugman – “Killing the Euro”

Via: New York Times

Can the euro be saved? Not long ago we were told that the worst possible outcome was a Greek default. Now a much wider disaster seems all too likely.

True, market pressure lifted a bit on Wednesday after central banks made a splashy announcement about expanded credit lines (which will, in fact, make hardly any real difference). But even optimists now see Europe as headed for recession, while pessimists warn that the euro may become the epicenter of another global financial crisis.

How did things go so wrong? The answer you hear all the time is that the euro crisis was caused by fiscal irresponsibility. Turn on your TV and you’re very likely to find some pundit declaring that if America doesn’t slash spending we’ll end up like Greece.

Greeeeeece!

But the truth is nearly the opposite.

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And you can read WHY, here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/opinion/krugman-killing-the-euro.html?_r=3

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Herman ‘hold the sausage, baby’ Cain’s – “Women for Cain’

Via: Huffington Post

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Meanwhile, “Women For Herman Cain” launched Friday and Gloria is listed as the group’s National Chairperson.

The site uses an image of several ethnically diverse women giving the thumbs up; these are not Cain supporters but models for a stock photo.

Actual female supporters have posted words of encouragement for the couple and harsh attacks against Cain’s accusers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/02/herman-gloria-cains-probl_n_1125626.html?ref=politics

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Q: How do we know the ‘Actual female supporters’ are not ‘phony’, like the ‘stock photos’?

(see photo above)

A: “Well gee, I never thought of that”, said the Cain supporter.

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And then the cat said, “Not a word of this, or you’re next!”

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Donald Trump To Moderate Holiday Republican Debate

Via: Wonkette

Remember a few months ago when the Republicans were excited about … right, Donald Trump?

And then something happened, we never knew exactly what, and he was “no longer a viable candidate.”

His multi-million ill-gotten fortune couldn’t have been the problem, because Mitt’s still in.

The serial adultery and divorces and tacky new wives? Nope, Newt’s still around.

Being mentally ill? Hasn’t stopped Bachmann!

What about the basic ignorance and stupidity? Rick Perry hasn’t quit the race, and it’s not what’s making Herman Cain quit, either.

Maybe it was his national joke of a hairpiece?

Whatever the reason, Donald Trump was at least as qualified as all the other GOP candidates combined, so now he gets the consolation prize of moderating a Republican debate, presumably because Kermit the Frog had a prior commitment (and some morals).

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The NYT reports on this latest slip down the GOP’s evolutionary ladder:

Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.

“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media. “They may not agree with him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”

Mr. Trump’s role in the debate, which will be broadcast on the cable network Ion Television, is sure to be one of the more memorable moments in a primary season that has already delivered its fair share of circus-like spectacle.

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Oh come on, liberal New York Times! You are insulting circus-like spectacles and the reputation of professional clowns and freaks.

So, on December 27 when lonely old GOP primary voters are starting to realize their kids really aren’t coming for Christmas this year, Donald Trump and the senior-citizen webzine Newsmax will finally provide some top-notch holiday entertainment.

http://wonkette.com/457600/donald-trump-to-moderate-republican-debate#more-457600

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personal thought:

I really enjoy reading the Wonkette, but I wish they would be more straight-forward with what they really believe; know what I mean?

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December 3, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, GOP morons, Perry, Romney, Ron Paul, Santorum, teabaggers, Trump | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biggest Insect In the World Discovered

Via: ThirdAge

The biggest insect in the world had been discovered in New Zealand by an American explorer.

On New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island, an insect called the “weta bug” lives. It has a wingspan of 18 cm (7.1in), and The Sun reports that it weighs “as much as three mice.” Previously believed to have been extinct after the introduction of rats to New Zealand, the insect was discovered recently to the surprise of explorer Mark Moffett.

‘Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta,” said Moffett, as quoted by Indo Asian News Service. “We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree. The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found.”

According to the Daily Mail, there are over 70 different types of Weta species in New Zealand, but the Giant Weta is the largest. It is an example of island gigantism, since islands sometimes have so few predators that insects can grow to be enormous.

Moffett reports that when he found the insect, he fed it part of a carrot before putting it back in the tree.

http://www.thirdage.com/news/biggest-insect-in-the-world-discovered_12-02-2011

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