> Family tosses mattress housing $1 million cash stash
> G-Force’s during Hummingbird Sex would make Fighter Pilots Pass Out
> Obama’s TARP czar has no idea if it’s working, or where the money’s gone
June 12, 2009
AFP reported Thursday that a woman threw out her mothers’ old mattress not knowing it was stuffed with one million dollars. And New Scientist reported Wednesday that during courtship-flights male hummingbirds sustain g-forces during acceleration that would cause a fighter jet pilot to pass out. Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard reported Tuesday that Obama’s TARP oversight chair doesn’t know if it’s working, and doesn’t know where the money is going. Vice President Joe Biden adds that “people are being scammed already” in the disbursement of $787 billion. Some people say all’s fair in speed-sex and political-handouts.
“If you’re going for high-speed sex you have to expect to pass out now and then, it’s just a physical reality. And if you’re going to jam though government spending plans so fast that no one reads the documentation or sets up a system of checks and balances, then you’re going to waste most of it, that’s just a bureaucratic reality,” said Happy Lucki-Thimaster, a sex worker and political analyst who built her trade during the Bill Clinton administration. “There’s nothing surprising or unusual about any of this. And if you’re going to throw out other peoples mattresses without checking with them first, you may be tossing out something more valuable than you think. But what the heck, all’s fair in fast sex, government mismanagement of your tax dollars, and lost fortunes in old bedding. Shit happens and lots of times it’s purely predictable. I can’t help but fantasize about having speed sex on a million dollar mattress bought with TARP funds. It would be a real rush. Makes me tingly just thinking about it. Does it feel warm in here to you?”
Not everyone sees it the way Lucki-Thimaster does. “Humming birds aren’t having high-speed sex; they’re just flapping their wings really fast, that’s all. And Obama has his fingers on the pulse of everything and knows exactly what he’s doing and where all our money is going. He said he’d go through the TARP thing and the budget line-by-line personally, and would account for every penny. Trust him, he’s not just flapping his lips really fast,” said Tricia Kum-Lately, a circus manager and silicon investor, who often does Dallas just because. “I had a million dollar mattress once but I quit hooking because it was bothering my back. Now I work with circus clowns. It’s remarkable how similar they are to the Democrat Congress and Obama administration — and I mean that in a positive way. They could run the country just as well. It gives me confidence that democracy works because it doesn’t take any brains or special training to run the world’s biggest economy. Joe Biden is proof of that. I’m so proud of this country. In fact I think it’s the first time in my life that I’m really proud of America. I guess I’ve got that in common with Michelle Obama.”
AFP reported that a stash of cash landed in the trash when a woman in Israel dumped her mother’s mattress not knowing it was stuffed with the equivalent of about one million dollars. Israeli media reported that the 40-year-old woman showed up at a garbage dump in a panic on Tuesday, looking for the valuable bedding. She had bought a new mattress for her mother and, wanting the gift to be a surprise, threw away the old one. She then found out the decades-old mattress contained her mother’s life savings. Workers are helping her search the garbage, but have found no sign of the cash so far.
New Scientist reported that male hummingbirds are breaking the speed record for love. During courtship flights, male Anna’s hummingbirds sustain accelerations that would cause a fighter jet pilot to pass out. Chris Clark, a biologist at the University of California at Berkeley, believes that the pressures of courtship push males to the limit of what is physically possible. Using high-speed video footage to study their flight, he has shown that, relative to their body size, male Anna’s hummingbirds are the fastest moving vertebrates. As they approach the ground, the hummingbirds spread their wings and tail, letting them pull them up into a skywards glide. At this stage, Clark calculated that their bodies undergo centripetal accelerations reaching 10 g – a force equivalent to 10 times the gravitational pull of Earth. Fighter jet pilots can pass out or temporarily lose their sight at accelerations above 7 g because their blood becomes unevenly distributed in their circulatory system.
The Weekly Standard reported that Obama’s transparency czar is using $84 million to build a web site that won’t be usable until October, and may not be useful until four years from now. Obama’s stimulus oversight guru, Joe Biden, says “people are being scammed already” in the disbursement of $787 billion. And, when asked whether TARP is working, Prof. Elizabeth Warren— head of the Congressionally formed oversight committee for that particular trillion-dollar project—says: “We can’t disclose what isn’t known. We’ve disclosed as much as we can, we’ve addressed this in our various reports. The Secretary of the Treasury says there are some positive indicators and there some negative indicators still in the economy. And that’s the best we can do.” Aren’t giant, cumbersome government programs fun, especially now that the Obama administration’s cult of competence is in charge and offering unprecedented transparency and accountability? When asked if she had a clear sense of what the overall TARP plan was and whether she was capable of summarizing what it’s supposed to be doing, she said: “No. And neither is Treasury. Treasury has given us multiple contradictory explanations for what it’s trying to accomplish.”
In other news, Associated Press reported Wednesday that the wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming – the very problem wind power seeks to address. The idea that winds may be slowing is still a speculative one, and scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East. The study, which will be published in August in the peer-reviewed Journal of Geophysical Research, is preliminary, however, a couple of earlier studies also found wind reductions in Australia and Europe, offering more comfort that the U.S. findings are real. The new study “demonstrates, rather conclusively in my mind, that average and peak wind speeds have decreased over the U.S. in recent decades,” said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. No word on how the scientists feel about high-speed sex, million dollar mattresses or wasted TARP money, but you can bet they’re trying to harness the hot air pouring out of D.C. as a new energy source. Or at least trying to get their piece of the federal budget so they can study it.
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Dumped mattress lands cash in trash in Israel
Male hummingbirds break speed record for love
TARP Oversight Chair Says She Doesn’t Know Whether It’s Working
US Stimulus Fraud could hit $50B
Not so windy: Research suggests winds dying down