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Thursday, June 05, 2008

June News Factoids

A report came out May 2 that the No Child Left Behind program has NOT improved reading scores in any state, with many states losing ground.

In the past 12 months ... corn is up 70%, sugar is up 72%, and the all-important price of crude oil is up by an astounding 102%.
== Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. (Money & Markets Newsletter, May 2008)

"[Our] Army is starting to unravel. Our Air Force is starting to come apart. The Navy is the smallest since pre-World War Two."
== Gen. Barry McCaffrey [USArmy retired] in Senate testimony, April 2008

Godzilla has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Several economists have pointed out on Air America/NovaM radio shows that the pump price of gas/petrol is NOT going down. So plan accordingly.

The Pope recently issued a list of new official sins, which include road rage, genetic engineeering, and excessive wealth. But he forgot one: Having more than 15 items in the Express Checkout lane.

On a recent road trip, it soon became obvious that long-distance truckers are taking steps in reaction to the rise in price of diesel fuel, now close to $5 a gallon. Word got out that most trucks are designed for best fuel efficiency at 65 MPH -- so that is the speed of most big-rig trucks on the Interstate. Only a few truckers were at or above the speed limit, but the ones I saw seemed to be connected to oil drilling and refining. Most passenger vehicles are keeping to 70 MPH, politely maneuvering around the slower trucks, with maybe 10% of drivers going faster, the folks that were in a hurry (or self-important).

The drop in King salmon 'yields' from California's Sacramento River from 2002 to 2008 is estimated at 92%.
== Time Magazine

So far this year, these new pages have been added or split off or started on my bookstore websites:

pages about movie people
Woody Allen
Agent 007 James Bond
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Pierre Melville
cowboy star Tom Mix
Satyajit Ray
King Vidor

pages about American authors & artists
William Faulkner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Arthur Miller
Georgia O'Keeffe
Eugene O'Neill
Robert Louis Stevenson
Gore Vidal
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

plus topic pages for
Simultaneous Bilingual Film Production
Beatnik Film Festival
Culver City Online Film Festival
Hispanic-American Cinema
Cinema Pioneers
Current Directors & Actors
Roadside Americana

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