August 15, 2009

Round up

Some guy in the Northern Territory sees UFOs and tourist dollars.

"People are coming out of the woodwork. They didn't want to say anything before, but now they are speaking up (about sightings).

"It's certainly a great area for it."

Speaking to the Seven Network, ufologist Doug Moffett said there was a history of unexplained sightings in the NT.

"Certainly in the last 18 months it has been an area of unusually high activity," he said.

So, here's the thing that I've never been able to twist my pee brain around: with an entire universe to choose from - and it's a humongous place folks, one of those rare references to "big" when men aren't exaggerating - why would aliens single out a handful of obscure and most often sparely populated locations on planet Earth to hover over on their weekends?

Why not Pluto or some other Milky Way entirely? Or if Earth, then the Caribbean, or New York - I believe central park is quite nice - or the whole of Europe, which is a big land mass, easy to find if flying blind.

Here's a tip for anyone committing fraud, theft and sundry other dishonest activities at their place of employ: if you're a payroll manager and you buy more than forty houses during a brisk 18 months (that's like buying a new house every time you go out to buy a loaf of bread) - newsflash: not subtle!

In the basket of "I'll never complain about my out of pockets again", comes some data that explains why the US is fast heading toward chewing through 25% of GDP just to tending to the bodily well-being of its citizenry:

"A patient in Illinois was charged $12,712 for cataract surgery. Medicare pays $675 for the same procedure. In California, a patient was charged $20,120 for a knee operation that Medicare pays $584 for. And a New Jersey patient was charged $72,000 for a spinal fusion procedure that Medicare covers for $1,629."

Or this:

"... when her son fell and banged his mouth. Ms. Davis ... took 4-year-old Ryan to an emergency room. “He was bleeding a lot, and it looked like he had a bad cut on the inside of his mouth,”

After a long wait, she said, a doctor said he would put in stitches but seemed uncomfortable treating the agitated child. When he said he could call a plastic surgeon, Ms. Davis agreed.

The plastic surgeon, Dr. Gregory J. Diehl of Port Jefferson, “was very nice, very gentle, very kind,” Ms. Davis said. He put in three stitches ...

The bill was $6,000 — $300 for the emergency room consultation and $5,700 for putting in the stitches."

Would you like an old guy with that? Apparently so, at least in Britain.

"A Lancaster University study commissioned by[McDonald's] suggests customers prefer to be served by older workers, and that satisfaction is highest in branches that employ workers aged over 60."

Finally, good news to end the week: we can turn down the temperature at the loose-change cost of $9B.

"Another way to cool the globe would be to spray seawater mist from ships up toward low-lying clouds, which would become brighter and reflect more sunlight away from Earth. (For details, see

This cloud-brightening technology might counteract a century’s worth of global warming for $9 billion, according to J. Eric Bickel and Lee Lane. They identified it as the most promising form of climate engineering ... "
The price tag works for me, but then again, I'm more in favor of balmy weather, and I'm sure many in Siberia are thinking much the same and saving up for their very first outdoor BBQ.

Oh, yes, let's not forget to mention Hillary's ungracious and unwarranted hissy fit in front of the kiddies of Africa. Small tip honey: you're married to a former President of the USA - time to come to grips with that little fact.


  1. Why do we need to spend $9billion on climate engineering. The AFL has just done its "Green Round" so that's that fixed. Easy peasy!

  2. Ah yes, buffed young men in little shorts can fix almost anything.

    Bless 'em.