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Pics From Eyjafjallajokull

Boston.com has amazing, incredible pictures of Iceland volcano

Close Up Of West Mata Volcano

Have you ever seen a volcano exploding from a few feet away|?  That’s what this video shows.  It’s the West Mata volcano and filmed about a mile below the surface of the Pacific.

West Mata Underwater Volcano from Steve Casimiro on Vimeo.


The Food Price Inflation

Associated Press Headline And Lead: “Wholesale prices rise by 0.7 percent in March due to sharp jump in food costs… Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.”

With prices soaring in all areas of their business – from wage costs, to fuel costs, to lighting, heating and rates for their stores – it’s no surprise that supermarkets are trying to pass on rising food costs to their customers.

According to trade magazine The Grocer, Tesco has hiked the price of lettuce by 10.9%, smoked bacon by 13% and milk by 11% in just the past three months. The FT said: “Analysts believe that the latest round of price rises could signal the end of a period of aggressive competition among supermarkets as retailers act to restore profit margins and respond to rising costs.”

I suspect this topic will inspire many more headlines in the months and years ahead.

Hat tip to World of Wall Street and Jesse’s Café Américain.

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Scientists Study Chances Of Earthquake ‘Migration’

Seismologists are monitoring an increase in micro-quakes near Anza and the mountain community of Julian. More are being recorded since the Easter Sunday quake in northern Baja, but all have been too weak to be felt.

15 Minutes Man Fired For Voice Mail

Geico voice-over announcer, Actor Lance Baxter, aka “D.C. Douglas” was fired for insulting Tea Party members. You can hear his voice mail here: http://www.freedomworks.org/hosted/MSG02713.WAV

Why does the left want to demean people who are fighting for all our liberties? Was it this way in our past with Thomas Paine and the Founding Fathers? Maybe we should recall his words:

These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
Thomas Paine, The Crisis


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Iceland Ash May Impact Portland

KPTV reports, Gavin Wilkinson, soccer head coach of the Portland Timbers “is struggling to return to the Rose City in time for Thursday’s match-up with AC St. Louis.”  He is stranded in Frankfort due to the ash cloud of the Iceland volcano.  While planes are now flying, there is a big backlog of travelers.

Ash Cloud Over Europe

For some Damn Cool Pics of the Iceland Volcano.


Blazers Win!

The Portland Trailblazers were 8 to 11 point underdogs and pulled it out winning by five, 105 to 100.  Great game!

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