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Selected news and photographs from the internet for the week prior to 11-21-2008.

Selected news and photographs from the internet for the week prior to 11-21-2008.

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  • November 12, 2008, 12:18 pm What Is It Like to Lose $100 Million a Day? If you are feeling bad about your 401(k) losses, consider the case of Sheldon Adelson . His investments have declined by more than $30 billion, yes with a “b,” in the past year.    Put another way, his net worth declined by about $100 million a day, or $4.1 million an hour, or $69,000 a minute, or $1,157 a second. It is possible Mr. Adelson now may hold the title for the largest one-year paper loss in U.S. history. A graphic in Vanity Fair last month showing the biggest stock-market losers had Warren Buffett down about $16 billion. The Walton kids were down a combined $21 billion. The Google guys were each down about $12 billion, as was Bill Gates. (Overseas, there are some even more impressive, er, losers, such as Lakshmi Mittal racking up more than 20 billion pounds in paper losses, but for the purposes of this post, let’s stick to the U.S.). Even looking further back in history, it is hard to find personal wealth destruction quite like Adelson’s. In the Great Depression, the Rockefeller’s lost about half their wealth, totaling about $1 billion. But that was over a period of years, and even adjusting for inflation–about 14 times 1930 dollars–that loss is pocket change compared with that of Mr. Adelson. What is more, while the losses of Messrs. Buffett, Brin, Page and Gates represent a fraction of their wealth, Mr. Adelson’s net worth has shrunk a staggering 93%. Lest we break out the violins, Mr. Adelson still had enough cash to pour nearly $1 billion in cash into his company in recent months. And Hank Greenberg, despite complaining about losing most of his wealth in American International Group stock, still has a private jet, a pad on Park Avenue and a vacation home in Switzerland. Wall Street Journal
  • 800 small dogs seized from filthy Arizona home Elderly residents said to be overwhelmed trying to care for tiny hordes Wed., March. 19, 2008 TUCSON, Ariz. - About 800 small dogs, including Chihuahuas, terriers and Pomeranians, were seized from a triple-wide mobile home whose occupants were overwhelmed trying to care for the animals, authorities said Wednesday. Pima County sheriff's deputies and animal welfare officials who removed the dogs also found 82 caged parrots in the home in a rural area northwest of Tucson. Some dogs were pregnant and giving birth as they were taken to shelters in Tucson, said Jenny Rose, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Ninety-six dogs were taken from the house Monday and 700 more on Wednesday, she said. "The home was definitely in very bad condition, urine and feces all over the home, in the kitchen and bedroom, with a very strong odor," she said. "Obviously, 800 dogs in a triple-wide mobile home, they were packed in there. That being said, they were in pretty good shape." The elderly owners, who have not been identified, were apparently overwhelmed but have cooperated with authorities, sheriff's Sgt. James Ogden said. No charges have been filed, but authorities continue to investigate. The animals appeared to have had enough food, but a few were missing paws — some from having been attacked by other animals, others apparently having caught their feet in fencing outside, Rose said. The breeds included Chinese cresteds and Lhasa apsos. The owners were breeding and offering the dogs for sale, Rose said, but she described it as a hoarding case, in which elderly people sometimes feel no one else can give their animals a good home and won't part with them. Deputies were alerted this month after a woman who bought a Chihuahua at the home reported the conditions, Ogden said. The dogs living inside the house apparently had free run of the premises, Ogden said. Others were found in other structures on the property. Ogden described the living conditions as "horrible, filth everywhere ... probably one of the worst (situations) I've ever seen." The animals will be offered for adoption soon, Rose said, adding that a rescue group from Phoenix had taken 100 of the dogs. The Associated Press.
  • Inmate Gets $300,000 for Evaporating Genitals An inmate in Washington state had his penis consumed by a flesh-eating bacteria while he was behind bars. Wednesday, November 19, 2008 (UPI) - Washington state has agreed to pay $300,000 to an ex-prison inmate whose penis was consumed by a flesh-eating bacteria while he was behind bars. Charlie Manning told The Seattle Times Monday he will have $115,000 left after paying attorney's fees arising from his lawsuit and other bills. He expects to get the money this week. "It's been a nightmare," Manning said. "I figured I should settle for what I could get because I just want it behind me. It's unreal. It's like something from Mars." Manning, 61, was serving a 13-month sentence for a drunken fight when he became ill. The prison doctor wrongly diagnosed his symptoms as an allergic reaction to medication. It turned out he had necrotizing fasciitis and the bacteria destroyed his penis and one testicle. The Department of Corrections said the suit was settled because going to court would have been more expensive. "While the end result was unfortunate and Mr. Manning's original diagnosis turned out to be inaccurate, this was the result of a misdiagnosis, not the result of poor medical care," officials said in a statement. "Not all medical judgments -- whether performed in a prison or at a doctor's office -- are infallible."
  • Man caught with penis in pasta jar 19/11/2008 12:59:00 PM A MAN caught near Nobbys Beach with his penis in a pasta sauce jar led police on a 20 kmh car chase, Newcastle Local Court heard yesterday. Police drew their weapons when they suspected Keith Roy Weatherley, 46, was armed. Instead, they found him partially clothed with his genitals in a jar, a police statement said. Weatherley, of Promontory Way, North Arm Cove, attracted attention parked in a no-stopping zone before noon on October 26. Police believed Weatherley was doing something with his hands in his lap and thought that he might have a weapon. Weatherley saw the police and drove away, despite them flashing their lights. The chase lasted five to 10 minutes, with a top speed of just 20 kmh, before Weatherley was stopped at Centenary Drive, Newcastle. He refused to leave the car. Four officers used batons and capsicum spray to remove him. They found a 750-millilitre jar around his penis and noted that Weatherley attempted to continue "pleasuring himself in between bouts of wrestling". A search of his car uncovered pornography, a home-made sex aid, women's stockings and a Jack Russell terrier. Weatherley pleaded guilty to offensive behaviour, resisting police and disobeying a police direction. Magistrate Elaine Truscott asked Weatherley, who represented himself, why he behaved the way he did. He said he resisted police because he was trying to make himself "decent". He was fined $600 for offensive behaviour and convicted of the other two offences without further action taken.   The Herald News
  •   eBay Find of the Day: 1963 LeMans Tempest sells for $226,521 Nov 17  th 2008 The eBay auction for this 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest started out innocently enough. Obtained after owner died. Appears to have original interior but no motor, no transmission. Body has a little rust and some dents. There's stuff in the trunk, but no key to open it. Opening bid nine days ago was a mere $500. After one week, eBay seller 123ecklin will pocket $226,521 before auction fees. What happened between Day 1 and Day 9 is an amazing story. The car's plexiglass windows, unusual suspension setup and a dash plate bearing the name of a racetrack tipped the owner to its racing history. But what he didn't know is that the car is one of only six 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest Super Duty coupes ever made. Hemmings recently did a story on the rare cars in which they listed all ever built. This one looks to have been driven by Stan Antlocer and was the fastest drag car in 1963 before disappearing.
  • Here's 44-year-old "Brothers and Sisters" star Calista Flockhart ( left ) at an event in Santa Monica this weekend -- and 71-year-old TV icon Mary Tyler Moore ( right ). Neither one ever played the Joker.
  • Anticrepuscular Rays November 16, 2008   Astronomy Picture of the Day has yet another fantastic photo - this one is of anticrepuscular rays over Colorado: What’s happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring than a setting Sun and some well placed clouds. Pictured above are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. Now although sunlight indeed travels along straight lines, the projections of these lines onto the spherical sky are great circles. Therefore, the crepuscular rays from a setting (or rising) sun will appear to re-converge on the other side of the sky. At the anti-solar point 180 degrees around from the Sun, they are referred to as anticrepuscular rays. Pictured above is a particularly striking set of anticrepuscular rays photographed in 2001 from a moving car just outside of Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1800s Vampire Killing Kit Outfit yourself in style to battle market bears and abandoned mall vampires (although this particular set has been sold already, for a nifty sum of $14,850) - more info .
  • Adolf Hitler 1889 –1945 This last know picture of Hitler was taken approximately two days prior to his death as he stands outside his Berlin bunker entrance surveying the devastating bomb damage. With Germany lying in ruins after six years of war, and with defeat imminent, Hitler decided to take his own life. But before doing so, he married Eva Braun and then penned his last will and testament. The next day in the afternoon on April 30, 1945 Braun and Hitler’ entered his living room to end their lives. Later that afternoon the remaining members of the bunker community found Hitler slumped over, and blood spilled over the arm of the couch. Eva was sitting at the other end. Hitler had killed himself by biting down on a cyanide capsule while shooting him self in the head. Eva only used the cyanide capsule.
  • Elvis Presley 1935 –1977 This last known photo of Elvis was taken on August 16 1977 at 12.28am. The picture was snapped as he is pulling into Graceland after a night out. That afternoon Presley was found on his bathroom floor by fiancée, Ginger Alden. According to the medical investigator, Presley had “stumbled or crawled several feet before he died”; he had apparently been using the bathroom at the time. Death was officially pronounced at 3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
  • Marilyn Monroe b.1926 d 1962 Many believe Celebrity photographer George Barris took the last pictures of Marilyn Monroe. However, it was actually Life Magazine’s photographer Allan Grant. The pictures were taken July 7, 1962 during an interview at her home. Six pictures appeared in Life including the one pictured above. Just under a month later on August 5, 1962, the LAPD received a call at 4:25AM from Dr. Hyman Engelberg proclaiming that Monroe was dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. The official cause of Monroe’s death was classified as “acute barbiturate poisoning”, and was also recorded as a “probable suicide. Many questions still remain unanswered about the circumstances of her death and the timeline from when Monroe’s body was found.
  • The Beatles’ Last Photo Shoot . The last time the Fab Four would ever be photographed together.  At John’s Tittenhurst house. 22 August 1969. The fab four themselves didn’t know that this day will be the last time they’re together ever.
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  • Jolene Blalock (T’Pol in Enterprise ) Vulcans aren’t supposed to be sexy, especially with that uber ridiculous haircut of theirs. So to get around that notion, the makers of Enterprise had Jolene Blalock’s Vulcan T’Pol character wear the slinkiest of outfits, and took every opportunity to have her disrobe. The mere presence of Jolene Blalock’s unshy Vulcan pretty much made Enterprise the most flesh-friendly Trek of them all.
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