Archive for December 28th, 2011

Bloomberg – Facebook and Yelp lead the biggest year for initial public offerings by Internet companies since 1999

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Bloomberg:

With Facebook considering the largest Internet IPO on record and regulatory filings showing that at least 14 other Web-related companies are planning sales, the industry may raise $11 billion next year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the most since $18.5 billion of IPOs in 1999, just before the dot-com bubble burst.

Iowa GOP caucus poll (PPP) – Romney leads among Republicans, Ron Paul leads overall

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

PPP:

 If the Republican candidates for President 
were Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon 
Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy 
Roemer, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum, 
who would you vote for?
Michele Bachmann 11%
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Newt Gingrich 13%
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Jon Huntsman  4%
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Ron Paul  24%
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Rick Perry 10%
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Buddy Roemer  2%
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Mitt Romney 20%
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Rick Santorum 10%
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Someone else/Not sure  5%
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Would you say you are strongly committed to 
that candidate, or might you end up supporting 
someone else?
Strongly committed to that candidate 72%
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Might end up supporting someone else 28%

Wired.com – Top 10 Celebrities NOT To Google If You Don’t Want A Computer Virus

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Wired - “Cyber-security company McAfee has mined its data for an A-list of celebrities that you don’t want to Google. No, really.”

Joseph and Mary’s Inn-Keeper – Nice guy or mean guy, to put them in a stable?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

From a December 2011 newsletter by First Trust Portfolios:

    Over the centuries, people have come to believe that

because Jesus was born in a stable, and not in a hotel

room, Mary and Joseph must have been mistreated by a

greedy innkeeper. This innkeeper only cared about

profits and decided the young couple was not “worth”

his best accommodations. We have heard this narrative

of the Christmas story repeated many times in plays,

skits and sermons.

This narrative persists even though the Bible

records no complaints at the time and there was

apparently no charge for the use of the stable. It may

be that the stable was the only place available.

Bethlehem, like other small towns, was overflowing

with people who were forced to return to their ancestral

homes for the census – ordered by the Romans for the

purpose of levying a tax.

If there was a problem, it was caused by the

unintended consequences of this government policy.

But this source of the problem has been ignored in

favor of a more palatable complaint, that capitalism and

capitalists are greedy, uncaring, and maybe even evil.

But a different narrative makes even more sense.

The innkeeper was generous to a fault – a hero even.

He was over-booked, but he charitably offered his

stable, a facility he built with unknowing foresight. A

facility he was able to offer, while the government

officials who ordered the census slept in their own beds

with little care for the well-being of those who had to

travel regardless of their difficult life circumstances.

HT Club for Growth.

Study – Facebook makes 18- to 29-year-olds more likely to vote

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Citizenlink:

According to the survey, commissioned by the nonprofit group Generation Opportunity and conducted by inc./Woman Trend, 66 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said they’d be most likely to vote when reminded through Facebook messages. Meanwhile, 58 percent said text messages would be the best way to reach them. Only 38 percent said e-mail messages would get them to the polls, followed by 28 percent who preferred public service announcements and 13 percent who preferred phone calls.