Wednesday Night Open Thread

American Idol airs auditions in Aspen, CO tonight. Steven Tyler calls it "G-ds' Paintbrush."

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    $1.8 billion do-it-yourself home... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:36:02 PM EST
    An unemployed Irish artist has built a home from the shredded remains of 1.4 billion euros ($1.82 billion), a monument to the "madness" he says has been wrought on Ireland by the single currency, from a spectacular construction boom to a wrenching bust.

    Frank Buckley built the apartment in the lobby of a Dublin office building [...] using bricks of shredded euro notes he borrowed from Ireland's national mint.

    "It's a reflection of the whole madness that gripped us," Buckley said of what he calls his "billion-euro home."

    "People were pouring billions into buildings now worth nothing," he said. "I wanted to create something from nothing."


    The walls and floor are covered in euro shreddings and the house is so warm Buckley sleeps without a blanket [...] "Whatever you say about the euro, it's a great insulator."

    video at RawStory

    Interesting.... (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by NYShooter on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 04:22:09 PM EST
    Something else I found interesting:

    I watched a program several weeks ago (I think it as on MSNBC) where they conducted an experiment. The premise was: Could you build a house in America where every component of the house was American made?

    They gave this assignment to a contractor and his experience was, yes, you could build a house here where every single part: every nail, screw, pipe, and shingle was American made.

    The biggest surprise was, however, that it could be done and the total cost came in within 1% of a house built with Chinese, or other foreign, parts.

    I wonder why this isn't bigger news?  


    I guess the question is (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Edger on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 04:30:37 PM EST
    which of the biggest donors to Democratic and Republican parties would lose money if that was bigger news?

    Well, (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by NYShooter on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 06:33:13 PM EST
    That our "representatives" are drenched in, and consumed by, corruption hardly needs mention; it's so endemic it's practically apple pie.

    But, if I'm a building contractor, "100% American Made" would be a pretty good competitive asset, no?


    I would say so, yes! (none / 0) (#13)
    by Edger on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 06:37:20 PM EST
    For any SME it's a good way to compete locally against and take away market share from multinationals, I'd think.

    Florida Winner Take All (none / 0) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:55:59 PM EST
    Or not.

    The split of Florida's delegates in the GOP primary may not be decided until the convention, as it is highly likely the losers have every right to challenge Florida's winner take all rule. This on top of the fact that Florida has 99 delegates but has already been reduced to 50 due to the date of the GOP primary.

    Florida - The Rules Are Different Here

    Can't bear it. Deja vu all over again. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 10:20:26 PM EST
    Calling it (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CoralGables on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 10:30:52 PM EST
    deja vu is being too kind. Let's call it what it is, deja dudu.

    25 days until the Wandering Monks bring their first pitch to Peoria, AZ.


    Got tickets, including Cubs "at home" (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 12:14:07 AM EST
    in mini Wrigley Field.  

    Yes, maybe they'll (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 10:49:03 AM EST
    ask the Supreme Court to decide who gets the delegates.  ;-)

    Apparently (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 11:05:34 AM EST
    Many of the states this year have rules that are all over the place - not just Florida.

    Maybe that's why Santorum is hanging in?


    And changes still are pending (none / 0) (#8)
    by Towanda on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 11:53:56 AM EST
    in some states, I read, regarding this splitting of delegates.  I haven't seen a recent update on the total that could be affected, but I would bet that you could be correct on strange alterations to standard strategies of the past.

    Thata nd waiting for the inevitable (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 01:27:55 PM EST
    Newt meltdown. Wants to be the last non-Mitt-non-Paul standing.