Reading While Eating for January 7: Banks, Barbs and Ballet

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Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association perform atop bamboo ladders during a New Year demonstration by the fire brigade in Tokyo January 6, 2011.

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It’s Friday. Celebrate the week’s end with Bidenisms and Elvis wannabes.

Social Cemetery: What happens to your social media life when you die? Do we need to reevaluate the ‘will’ concept in the digital age? (New York Times)

Modern Money: In today’s global economy, the poor get poorer while the rich get richer — and more powerful. And today’s super-rich aren’t concerned with the countries that made them. (The Atlantic)

Oscar Odds: Many film fans are betting Natalie Portman will snag an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan. But is she too overexposed to win? (Deadline)

Funny Feed: Have you noticed your Twitter feed getting wittier with time? Through the past year, users have shifted from talking about current events to simply trading barbs. (Advertising Age)

Tough Tears: House Speaker John Boehner isn’t the only politician to shed a tear every now and then. See which other pols break down and act — gasp — like normal human beings. (LIFE)

Together Again: Speaking of tears, get ready to shed a few when you watch Ted Williams, the homeless man with the “golden radio voice,” reunite with his mother after 20 years. (The Daily What)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: Elvis impersonators don’t just live in America. Check out photos of the European Elvis Championships.

Must See: Vice President Joe Biden is just like your dad: well-meaning, but embarrassing, and repeating the same advice over and over. (via Videogum)

4 comments
thphsu
thphsu

In even a fully laden high efficiency commercial airplane, at 90 passenger miles per gallon travelling 9500 miles times two (I have to get home) times about 20 pounds of CO2 per gallon, that comes to over two tons of emissions to go see the Great Barrier Reef from my home in the eastern US. And then there's getting from the airport to the tour boat and the tour boat and...then there are 9 more sights to see. By the second trip I would have produced more emissions than the average person in any of a number of countries would in a lifetime. 

ClayScottBrown
ClayScottBrown

Thanks for visiting.  That's a good way to put it!

BobKonkel
BobKonkel

Last week I booked my trip to the Magdalen Islands for 2090. If they are vulnerable to storms by then I may need to reconsider and book for 2075

BobKonkel
BobKonkel

wow, i've only got 40-150 years to see some of these wonders, better get goin...