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Welcome to the iMac Touch

Patently Apple reports that Apple has patented a Mac that doubles as an iPad , but with a 22-inch screen.

Imagine having an iMac on your desktop one minute and a gigantic iPad the next. Imagine playing iGames on this dream machine - Wow! Imagine reading a double-page book on this – Unbelievable! Apple takes the mystery out of how OS X could finally co-exist with iOS on a Mac and you’ve got to see this one to believe it.

Tags: Apple iMac iMac Touch

Move To Mexico?

Maybe the unemployed and under-employed should consider moving to Mexico.

Mexican Nominal GDP Up 11.5% In Q2

Mexican nominal gross domestic product rose 11.5% annually at current prices in the second quarter, the statistical office INEGI said Wednesday. At the same time, secondary activities, consisting of mining, electricity, water and supply of gas through pipelines to end users as well as construction and manufacturing, generated 35.3% of the GDP. Meanwhile, trade and services, referred to as tertiary activities, contributed 61.8% during the period.

Mexico Jobless Rate Drops In July

Mexico’s jobless rate dropped in July from the previous month, a report by the statistical office INEGI showed on Wednesday. On an annual basis, the national unemployment rate dropped to 5.7% in July from 6.12% last year. Meanwhile, the underemployment rate increased to 8.5% from 8.3% a year ago.

Tags: Mexican Nominal GDP Mexico’s jobless rate national unemployment rate

We Are Still Near Peak Helium

In January of 2008 in Peak Helium I posted about a coming shortage of Helium. here we are two and half years later it’s once again in the news. The gas is used not just for balloons but for cooling metals that produce superconductivity or in processes that throw off a lot of heat. It is used to make flat-panel TVs, semiconductors, optical fibers and medical MRIs, and it toughens industrial welds. NASA uses a full train-car load to pressurize a liquid fuel rocket.

Now scientists say the U.S. will be out by 2015 and the world in 25 to 30 years.

Tags: Helium Peak Helium

Conservative Feminist Is On Target!

Hat tip to Matt Lewis of Politics Daily.

Tags: Pamela Gorman Matt Lewis Conservative Feminist

Obama’s Radical Recess Appointments

The Daily Grind and GetLiberty.org reveal that Obama has made several recess appointments that couldn’t get passed through the regular advise and consent method.

  • recess appointment of Mari del Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to El Salvador – “Aponte’s appointment was mired in questions about her 1986-94 live-in relationship with a man who was proven to be in the Cuban Intelligence Service, and the subsequent memo that was discovered where the Cubans viewed Aponte as a prime target to become a spy for them.” The Cubans were trying to make El Salvador a communist foothold. “By subverting the process, and putting Aponte into the ambassadorship of the very country that her friends in the Cuban government attempted to take over without answering legitimate questions about her very loyalty to the U.S., sends a dire message to those who support America’s interests in Central America.”
  • “Dr. Donald Berwick was plucked from the normal nomination process and given a free pass without confirmation to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which manages the nation’s senior health programs.

    Berwick faced stiff opposition due to his long stated admiration for the British health care system, and was given a recess appointment to avoid scrutiny before the Democratic Party-controlled Senate was even able to hold a committee hearing on his nomination.”

  • appointing SEIU and AFL-CIO lawyer, Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

    “Becker, who wrote that he didn’t believe that management should have any role in the union election process, now oversees those very elections. Becker has also refused to recuse himself from participating in cases as a judge that he was an advocate on in the past, including the SEIU, removing any sliver of objectivity from the process.”

Obama has succeeded in putting three radicals in positions of power while avoiding Congressional disfavor.

Tags: Mari del Carmen AponteDr. Donald Berwick Craig Becke

Unemployment In U.S.

Instapundit has this video:

The Top 10 Highest State Income Taxes: All Obama Blue States

TaxProf Blog has the Top 10 states with the highest income tax rates.

Is Oregon on the list?

Land Slide In Italy

George Ure at UrbanSurvival has a link to this video of Italian land slide. I have never seen an actual slide, just the aftermath.

Maupin Fire Declared Conflagation!

Oregon Live:

Late Thursday, Gov. Ted Kulongoski declared another blaze near Maupin, the D. Harris fire, a conflagration. That authorized the state fire marshal to mobilize crews and equipment to help local firefighters.

Maupin residents were advised to gather up valuable papers, irreplaceable items, medications and an overnight bag with personal items in case they have to leave.

Apparently caused by lightning, The Dalles Chronicle reports that “the two fires merged into one big fire that is burning north of Highway 216. One fire came from the Dufur side on Tygh Ridge down 216 to Sherars Bridge. The other one came from the north side of 216 near 197 south of Tygh Valley.”

Tags: Conflagation Maupin Oregon Wild Fire

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