I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I’m terrified of the ocean.
Of course, sharks play a big role in that fear. While I understand that they aren’t as bad as people paint them to be, there’s no way I’d ever go swimming anywhere near them. I just can’t risk something like this happening.
During a recent shark cage diving trip in Guadalupe Island in Mexico, things went very, very wrong for diver Ming Chan. As he was watching great white sharks that were swimming just outside of his cage, one of them lunged at the bait tied there and broke in.
While the man who filmed all of this says that the shark was likely just confused and couldn’t swim backwards, that doesn’t make this any less horrifying.
Luckily, Chan is a very experienced dive instructor and reacted quickly by swimming to the outside of the cage’s bottom as this happened.
He is completely unharmed and says that this experience has definitely not scared him away from future diving trips. He is a much braver person than I will ever be.
Mother Jones’ David Corn took an opportunity today to partake in one of the sacraments of modern liberalism: Irrationally insulting Sarah Palin’s intelligence. Of course, as with most people who attempt that act, Corn ended up making himself look stupid by getting his facts wrong.
In his attempt to bash Palin’s interpretation of the debt ceiling debate, Corn messed up his definition of the debt ceiling so badly that it’s laughable. Blasting Palin for her supposedly-moronic statement that, “the very reason why you raise the debt limit is so that you can incur more debt,” Corn insists that raising the ceiling only means paying down existing debt. Of course, he totally misses the point that the term “debt ceiling” signifies an upper limit on the amount of debt that can be incurred. Therefore, raising said ceiling is, by definition, allowing more debt.
Modern politicians have a tendency to raise the debt ceiling in order to create new debt to pay off old debt, but that doesn’t mean more debt isn’t being created. It’s like charging your credit card bills to a new credit card, and it’s absurd that our nation has reached the point that the only way we can pay off old debt is by incurring more debt.
The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default.
So, David Corn, your absurd need to catch Sarah Palin in a misstatement puts you in direct opposition to the economic eggheads at Moody’s. Nice work, genius.
Marco Rubio delivered a response to the State of the Union address last night that many conservatives described as “awesome.” But judging by the media coverage, it looks like he simply sidled up to the cameras and took a sip of water before preparing to slink away in shame and defeat.
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday presented a "three-pronged action plan" that included a dialogue with all stakeholders during talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring lasting peace in the valley rocked by turmoil that has left 68 people dead.
Alleging that forces across the border are fomenting trouble in violence-hit Kashmir, defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said that "a small percentage" of people in the Valley are holding the majority to ransom. He said the government is working "proactively" in handling the violence.
Most of the income of political parties, particularly BJP and Congress, comes from unknown donors. Parties are vigorously fighting it out in courts in order to protect receiving contributions from unknown donors and claim tax exemptions as well for such income.