Wednesday, March 25, 2009

European's horseless carriages

Europeans invented the horseless carriages, but Americans embraced it. As early as 1896, J. Frank and Charles Duryea established the Duryea Motor Company in Peoria, Illinois, and sold the first dozen American-made cars. By 1900 American carmakers had sold about 8,000 vehicles, and by 1910, registrations had soared nearly to half million and were rising rapidly. Leading the adoption of automobiles were doctors and other professionals, but others quickly followed, putting cars into service for the purpose of business, politics, commuting, and recreation. By 1910 automobiles were already becoming necessities.

Not everyone embraced the new machines, however, and enthusiasts had to argue the automobile's superiority over the old "haymotors." Advocates claimed the cars were faster than horses, didn't tire, consumed less fuel, never ran away and were also cleaner. Some even reasoned that cars would eliminate traffic congestion, because an automobile only took up half the space of a horse and buggy!

This exhibition presents lovingly preserved vehicles from the 1900-1910 period, along with related material that illuminates how people experienced that complex, finicky, but most versatile machine, the horseless carriage. The cars themselves displayed great variety in cost, technical innovation, and performance capability. They ranged from a motorized buggy like the Columbus to the powerful, heavy (and costly) Packard.

Friday, March 20, 2009

National Earthquake Information Center - NEIC

The mission of the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is to determine rapidly the location and size of all destructive earthquakes worldwide and to immediately disseminate this information to concerned national and international agencies, scientists, and the general public. The NEIC/WDC for Seismology compiles and maintains an extensive, global seismic database on earthquake parameters and their effects that serves as a solid foundation for basic and applied earth science research.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Facing a Different problem while Internet Marketing?

Web sellers are not (yet) required by law to keep the solitude of people who shop and/or order from their sites. This means that sellers may gather names, addresses and information on which website pages you visit, which products you buy, when you buy them, and where you ship them. Then, the seller may split the information with other companies or sell it to them. As a result, you might get more direct-mail advertising, spam, or calls from telemarketers.

Surveys have shown that this is a major alarm consumers have about electronic shopping. In response, government regulators have optimistic internet sellers to post privacy policies on their web sites.

If a site does not have a privacy policy posted, you may not want to do business with that site. If it does have a privacy policy, there will possibly be a link to it from the seller's home page. The privacy policy may have its own link or be integrated under other titles such as "terms and conditions" or "Legal Terms."

A seller's privacy policy should signify:
• What information the seller is gathering about you
• How the seller will use this information; and
• Whether and how you can "opt out" of these practices
Federal law now needs financial institutions to disclose what kind of information they collect from you and to give you an occasion to avoid or "opt out" from disclosing it to others. If you wish to avert such revelation, you needs to systematically read the solitude notices you receive and view with the opt out instructions.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gulf Countries rich in oil

The price of oil and huge expenditures relating to the second Gulf war, in recent years, the countries of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) have tried to find new ways to secure and diversify supervision revenue. In addition, expenditures are also under scrutiny. Taken as a whole, the need to alter fiscal policies and re-examine the size of government is now a practical requirement in these countries. In addition, the new wave of monetary literature calling for a general retreating role of government in the advance process has reinforced and optimistic this position. The Gulf countries have distinct uniqueness ranging from their economic confidence on oil revenues for development plans, to the profit of emigrant workers in their labor force. This distinctiveness has implication relating to the size and role of regime.

Gulf countries of the Middle East, but the size of government, on average, are too large to be optimal. The Barro rule states that government services are optimally present when their marginal product is equal to one.Employing the methods of Barro and Karras, a simple fabrication function is utilized where national output is a function of capital, labor, and government services. After differentiating the aggregate production function with respect to time, several hypotheses were tested. Individual country results were mostly inconclusive, due Likely to relatively small samples. Testing was then undertaken with panels created by pooling time series from each country. Panels were tested with and without Kuwait. Results of estimation revealed that government services were productive on the margin, but the average size of government is about twice the Optimal size. Additional results revealed labor to be highly productive, while (additional) capital is not.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Checking if meat has been properly cooked

It's very important to make sure poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs are properly cooked all the way through.

If you are checking a burger, sausage, or a portion of chicken or pork, cut into the middle and check there is no pink meat left. The meat should also be steaming hot in the middle.

If you're checking a whole chicken or other bird, pierce the thickest part of the leg (between drumstick and thigh) with a clean knife or skewer until the juices run out. The juices shouldn't have any pink or red in them.

Kidneys, liver and other types of offal should be cooked thoroughly until they are steaming hot all the way through.