No trees were harmed during the writing of this post.
OK, so I’m worse than Melania, since Melania has a ways to go before her total of felled trees nears mine.
Notice from the great baritone’s Facebook page,
On behalf of the Hvorostovsky family, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – beloved operatic baritone, husband, father, son, and friend – at age 55. After a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer, he died peacefully this morning, November 22, surrounded by family near his home in London, UK. May the warmth of his voice and his spirit always be with us.
Incredible strength and a will to live,
Peru flooding: woman scrambles out of vast mudslide – video
A woman stumbles across rafts of debris to make it to safety after being caught in a huge mudslide that crashed through the outskirts of Lima. Media reports in Peru said Evangelina Chamorro Díaz, 32, escaped without serious injury. “She is a little confused, but she is very well and will recover because she is a warrior and thank God nothing serious happened,” health minister Patricia Garcia said after visiting Díaz on Thursday. Several days of unusually heavy rains have killed at least a dozen people in the country.
Video starts right away (below the fold)
I’m not going to CPAC this year thanks to my new $18,000/yr Obamacare premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket. I’ll miss most of all visiting with fellow bloggers, but here are a few thoughts on Milo and CPAC:
Ii’s all about the headlines.
For the third time in eleven years, Chile’s privately-owned copper mine, which provides a mind-boggling five percent of the world’s total copper output, is on strike:
Workers at BHP Billiton Copper Mine In Chile Go On Strike. Move follows unsuccessful talks for new collective bargaining agreement, union official says
The decision to walk off the job is raising concerns in Chile about the strike’s impact on the economy, which was already posting weak growth. The economy expanded 1.2% in December, as mining activity contracted 3%, the central bank said Monday. Escondida accounts for about 19% of Chile’s production of copper, the country’s top export earner.
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Labor disputes have flared up in Chile’s mining sector over the past year as worker demands conflict with company efforts to cut costs by reducing benefits and laying off employees due to low commodity prices.
Undoubtedly, the strike may raise copper prices in the short term. the real question is, what effect will the strike have on Chile’s weak economy, especially if it drags on, since
Escondida accounts for about 19% of Chile’s production of copper, the country’s top export earner.
Fire at BHP’s Escondida mine in Chile injures three
Meaning “greater force,” force majeure is a contractual clause used when suppliers can’t meet obligations because of circumstances beyond their control.
The Daily Mail, New York Post, U.S. News and World Report, and the International Business Times ran stories alleging that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had started a club named “Fascism Forever” while in high school.
What is astonishing about this is the only undeniable fact: None of the journalists in any of the four newspapers, nor their editors reviewing the story, thought of doing one thing – calling Georgetown Prep (telephone available at their website) and actually asking any questions on this story.
Read my post,, The daily fake: The yearbook prank.