Paul Krugman: The Political Economy of Interest Rates Revisited (NY Times Blog)
A few months back there was a debate over the sources of pressure on the Fed to raise rates; part of what drove that debate was the clear division between Fed insiders, like Stan Fischer, who seemed eager to raise rates, and outsiders, like Larry Summers and myself, who were strenuously against a rate hike. What was odd about that debate was that there was little if any obvious difference in economic ideology between the two sides.
Jesus nut or Jesus pin is the main rotor retaining nut that holds the main rotor to the mast of some helicopters, such as the UH-1 Iroquois helicopter; or more generally is any component which represents a single point of failure with catastrophic consequences.
The term jesus nut may have been coined by American soldiers in Vietnam; the Vietnam War was the first war to feature large numbers of soldiers riding in helicopters.
If the Jesus pin were to fail in flight, the helicopter would detach from the rotors and the only thing left for the crew to do would be to "pray to Jesus." Real examples of the Jesus pin failing are few and far between. However the pin must be checked before the flight. Some more recent helicopter systems do not have a Jesus nut.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Helicopter, because it's a miracle those things can get off the ground.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter
Daniel in The City answered:
Sounds like something you'd find on a helicopter.
Dastardly Dale of Diamondy Springs in Noircali responded:
On a helicopter. I've never enjoyed flying in them. Giffy Boobs today.
DJ Useo replied:
Youse got me. I am well & truly bereft of that info. Will be interesting to read what the answer is.
The only nuts I know about today are all these delicious pecans I've been cracking open. Yum!
Helicopter ~ A Jesus Nut is a piece of hardware that holds the entire rotor system in place. The Jesus Nut, is the nut that secures the main rotor to the aircraft. If this nut comes off, the main rotor detaches, the chopper drops like a stone, and those in the helicopter "meet Jesus."
Joe S said:
I used to ride in helicopters all the time, nearly every day. I got stories about that, but I'm tired and I'm going to bed so the stories will have to wait until there's another helicopter quiz. Wow, it's early, see what happens when you don't get your afternoon nap.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
Deborah took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - EPISODE 4-Episode 4
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - EPISODE 5-Episode 5
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - EPISODE 6-Episode 6
[9:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Big Sky Country
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-China
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Guatemala
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Urban Survivor
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-Canadian Rockies
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-The Perfect Mate
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Imaginary Friend
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-I, Borg
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-The Next Phase
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-The Inner Light
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Time's Arrow (Part 1)
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[9:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 15-The Girl Who Died / The Woman Who Lived
[11:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[4:30AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Deep Sea (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules' followed by the movie 'Stepmom'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Employee Of The Month', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 3'.
[6:00AM] TODD MARGARET -The Decisions of Todd Margaret
[6:30AM] TODD MARGARET -The Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Part 1
[7:00AM] TODD MARGARET -The Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Part 2
[11:00AM] THE MATRIX
[2:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[5:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[8:00PM] END OF WATCH
[1:15AM] END OF WATCH
[3:45AM] KICKBOXER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Whip It
[8:30AM] Cadillac Records
[11:00AM] Last Holiday
[1:30PM] Sixteen Candles
[3:30PM] The Goonies
[6:00PM] The Karate Kid
[9:00PM] The Karate Kid Part II
[11:30PM] The Karate Kid Part III
[2:00AM] The Goonies
[4:30AM] The Karate Kid (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Men In Black II', followed by the movie 'The Mummy'.
Bill Murray hands out Bloody Mary cocktails to fans on the 17th tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the celebrity challenge event of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Photo by Eric Risberg
President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.
In all, he will name three specific regions national monuments - Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert.
The White House says the designations will nearly double the amount of public land Obama has granted national monument status since taking office.
The designations will also connect those regions to other protected government land, including Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and 15 other federal wilderness areas.
The federal Antiquities Act, adopted in 1906, grants the president the authority to protect landmarks, structures, and objects of historic or scientific interest by designating them as National Monuments.
British actress Tilda Swinton (L) and festival director Dieter Kosslick attend the 'Tribute to David Bowie: The Man Who Fell to Earth' special screening at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany, 12 February 2016. The 'Berlinale' runs from 11 to 21 February.
Photo by Kay Nietfeld
Ted Cruz's (R-Sanctimonious) campaign pulled an ad on Thursday after it was revealed that one of the actors featured had previously starred in soft porn.
Buzzfeed reported that the 30-second spot, "Conservatives Anonymous," starred Amy Lindsay, an actress who has featured in such erotic titles as Secrets of a Chambermaid, and Insatiable Desires.
Cruz, an evangelical Christian running as a hard right, family values candidate in the Republican presidential primaries, was quick to pull the ad when Lindsay's filmic resume came to light.
Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told BuzzFeed News that "[t]he actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job. Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the production company."
Lindsay, a Republican and Christian conservative, tweeted her disappointment at the ad being pulled. She reiterated to Buzzfeed that she had never done hardcore porn and had also acted in non-erotic films.
Computer code written by women is deemed 'better' than that written by men - but only if their gender is hidden, says a new study.
Looking at submissions by more than a million programmers on computer code-sharing site Github, the research found that suggested code changes or 'pull requests' made by women were more likely to be accepted than those made by men.
The study found that 78.6% of pull requests made by women were accepted compared with 74.6% of those by men.
Github doesn't require users to identify their gender, however, among those profile that had stated their gender, women had a much lower acceptance rate for the code they'd written than those where the gender was not obvious.
A full-size replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic ship will set sail in 2018, two years behind schedule.
After years of development, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced that the Titanic II -- which is being created in the image of history's most famous cruise liner -- will set sail in two years' time, a little more than a century after its predecessor made its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean.
The new Titanic is being built to mirror the Belfast liner which infamously sank after hitting an iceberg in April 1912. But with a few modifications.
To meet modern maritime safety regulations, the vessel will measure 4 m wider and the hull will be welded, not riveted, reported The Belfast Telegraph.
Instead of Southampton to New York, however, the ship's maiden voyage will be between Jiangsu, China, where it's being built, to Dubai.
Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) and Univision said Thursday they have resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.
Trump owned the pageants at the time, but has since sold them. Univision dropped plans to televise the contests following remarks Trump made about Mexicans during the announcement of his presidential candidacy. The New York developer, making a promise to build a wall on the nation's Southern border, had said that Mexicans had sent some criminals illegally into the U.S.
Trump said the two sides had amicably resolved their differences, and neither side gave details about the settlement.
Trump said that he had known Univision's president and CEO, Randy Falco, for two decades and "I'm glad we are able to put these differences behind us."
Big brother is watching -- and now, in George W. Bush's (R-Worst President Ever) case, campaigning.
The former US resident will stump for his younger brother in South Carolina Monday as struggling candidate Jeb Bush seeks to shore up support in a state he sees as a lynchpin of his potential comeback in the Republican nomination race.
"Honored to have my brother joining me on the trail this week. Join us Monday in Charleston," Jeb Bush posted on Twitter Thursday, referring to next week's rally in the southern city.
It will be the first time that the ex-commander in chief campaigns with Jeb at a public event since the former governor of Florida launched his presidential bid last June.
The older brother remains an intensely divisive figure in American politics, having presided over the US invasion of Iraq after the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and an economy that turned sharply south near the end of his second term.
Punhishers, locally known as "algojo," wait to whip the alleged sharia law offenders during the whipping punishment in front of public at Meulaboh, West Aceh, Indonesia, Feb. 12, 2016. About 32 Acehnese men were whipped for violating the sharia law against gambling. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which implemented the Islamic sharia law, and whipping is one form of punishment imposed in Aceh for violating the Sharia.
A Colorado gun shop owner who appeared on the reality show "American Guns" is accused of illegally selling firearms after losing his license.
U.S. Attorney John Walsh announced Thursday that 52-year-old Richard Wyatt was indicted by a grand jury on conspiracy and tax charges and dealing guns without a license Tuesday.
According to the indictment, Wyatt surrendered his license in 2012 for unspecified violations of federal laws and regulations. He allegedly continued to sell guns from his suburban Denver shop by conspiring with another gun shop that had a license. Prosecutors allege that after customers paid for guns at Wyatt's shop, they were sent to the other shop to fill out background-check paperwork and pick up the guns.
Wyatt surrendered to authorities Thursday. His lawyer didn't return a call seeking comment.
This 2015 photo provided by RR Auction shows Mario Puzo's 1965 Olympia typewriter with manuscripts and versions of both Godfather I and II screenplays. The items are part of a large collection of Puzo's papers to be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction on Feb. 18, 2016. The collection covers Puzo's entire career, but is highlighted by thousands of pages of "The Godfather" novel and screenplay, including multiple drafts with handwritten revisions.
A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
Researchers found evidence that one bit of Neanderthal DNA can boost the risk of tobacco addiction, while others can slightly raise or lower the risk of being diagnosed with depression.
It's the latest in a series of studies of the Neanderthal genetic heritage in modern people. Past studies have suggested it raises risk of allergies, for example.
Neanderthals and modern people split off from each other on the evolutionary tree hundreds of thousands of years ago. But ancestors of modern people interbred with Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago after leaving Africa. So in people of Asian or European ancestry, around 2 percent of DNA can be traced to Neanderthals.
The DNA linked to depression or tobacco addiction affects risk, and doesn't by itself produce those conditions.
A model walks the runway during the Fall 2016 collection by FENTY PUMA BY RIHANNA during New York Fall Fashion Week, in New York, New York, USA, 12 February 2016. The Fall 2016 collections are presented from 11 to 18 February.
Photo by Jason Szenes
Winter has suddenly switched off the rain and flipped on heat up to 95 degrees in California, raising jitters that the strong El Nino might not be the drought-buster the crispy state had hoped.
Heat records have fallen across the West in recent days, from Oregon to Phoenix to Los Angeles, where surfers hit the beaches and golfers strolled fairways.
Much of California marked its 10th straight day on Friday without measurable precipitation. The blue skies were increasingly unwelcome in a state that just logged its four driest years on record. California has been looking for a robust and rainy El Nino to bring it out of mandatory water cutbacks.
The dry spell came after El Nino dropped near-normal rain and snow earlier this winter.
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