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Monday, January 9, 2012

POSTINGS I WILL HAVE SOMETIME SOON THIS YEAR

1.  Is Planet Earth really warming?  Well, the South Pole just recorded its all-time high temperature (9.9 F) on Christmas Day, so there is a good probability that I will say YES!  The previous high was 7.5 F on 12December78, so something must be happening to break a record by 2.2 F.  Incidentally, who would have guessed that the highest temperatures in Alaska and Hawaii are the same (100 F).  California, because of Death Valley, reached 134 F, while Libya hit 136 F 90 years ago.  For a six year period in the 1960's, a station in Ethiopia had an average temperature on 94 F.  The average temperature of Honolulu is 77.2 F, but we generally have some ventilating tradewinds.  Just another day (my view while creating this blog) below.  I treat this general subject in Chapter Five of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth.

2.  What is the shape of the Universe?  If you subscribe to the Big Bang (and, by the way, The Big Bang Theory has become one of my favorite TV shows), you would think that the shape of our Universe should be the surface of an expanding ball, with some thickness to account for bodies not moving in the direction of the original explosion.  Not so!  Related subjects can be found in Chapter 4 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity.

3.  The truth about Dark Energy and Dark Matter.  No, this has nothing to do with vampire movies nor Star Wars.  This number keeps changing, but visionize stars, the Sun, trees, bacteria...everything you can see.  What you thought was the entire Universe now only accounts for 5%.  Dark Energy and Dark Matter, things you can't see nor measure, are said to be 95% of the Universe.


4.  Some expensive foods.  Last week A Japanese sushi restaurant purchased a 593 pound blue fin tuna (above) for $736,000, or $1,238/pound.  I've seen steak regularly sold in the basement of Tokyo Department Stores for more than $150/pound.  Stanley Ho of Macao bought 2.86 pounds of white truffles for $417,200, or $146,000/pound.  Why?  That's it below, but that is not Stanley Ho.

5.  Steak could be better for your health than low protein foods with extra sugar and fat.  Does this mean that the Atkins Diet is good?  A recent study showed that overeating is bad, of course, but those who have a higher protein diet had a leaner body mass.  Incidentally, 65% of Americans are overweight and as much as one-third obese.


BMI
Underweight
Below 18.5
Normal
18.5–24.9
Overweight
25.0–29.9
Obesity
30.0 and Above


Calculate your Body Mass Index using the following table:


BMI1920212223242526272829303132333435
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
589196100105110115119124129134138143148153158162167
599499104109114119124128133138143148153158163168173
6097102107112118123128133138143148153158163168174179
61100106111116122127132137143148153158164169174180185
62104109115120126131136142147153158164169175180186191
63107113118124130135141146152158163169175180186191197
64110116122128134140145151157163169174180186192197204
65114120126132138144150156162168174180186192198204210
66118124130136142148155161167173179186192198204210216
67121127134140146153159166172178185191198204211217223
68125131138144151158164171177184190197203210216223230
69128135142149155162169176182189196203209216223230236
70132139146153160167174181188195202209216222229236243
71136143150157165172179186193200208215222229236243250
72140147154162169177184191199206213221228235242250258
73144151159166174182189197204212219227235242250257265
74148155163171179186194202210218225233241249256264272
75152160168176184192200208216224232240248256264272279
76156164172180189197205213221230238246254263271279287


If you can't find yourself above, you are in real trouble!  My BMI ranges from 23 to 24.5, depending on when I just ate.  Or, click on Body Mass Index.  Well, I guess, this is long enough to be the posting for the subject.


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The Dow Jones Industrials went up 33 to 12,393, with a mixed world market.  Gold dropped $4/toz to $1613, while the WTI oil is at $102/barrel and Brent Spot at $112/barrel.


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