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  • #1 ‘Countdown’: GEICO commercial sends Europe to top of Billboard charts [Ed: A Timely Title]

    12/05/2015 10:28:20 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 15 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | MICHAEL MAROTTA
    Swedish rock band Europe, best known for their 1987 arena hit "The Final Countdown," are enjoying their biggest chart success ever - thanks to GEICO. Placement in the insurance agency's current "It's What You Do" campaign, where a bunch of office workers wait around as an employee heats up a burrito while the band rocks out in the corner, has vaulted the song to Number 1 on multiple Billboard charts. Last month, Billboard reported that "The Final Countdown" spent four weeks atop its Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, giving the band their first Number 1 in their career. "The Final...
  • Ickey Woods stunned by response to TV ad

    01/19/2015 10:20:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies ^ | Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | By Dale Yurong
    The Geico commercial featuring Fresno native Ickey Woods not only has gone viral but it's also introduced the Edison High grad to a new generation. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Geico commercial featuring Fresno native Ickey Woods not only has gone viral but it's also introduced the Edison High grad to a new generation. Ickey was very surprised by the popularity of his commercial. It has thrust him back into the national spotlight. 25 years have passed since Ickey has done the shuffle on the field for the Bengals. He still lives in the Cincinnati area. Woods said, "Now I'm...
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaving Her Unbelievably Cushy Fake Job at NBC

    08/29/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Kicking off the annual Labor Day Friday News Dump, Chelsea Clinton has announced, via People, that she will no longer pretend to be a reporter. The once (and future?) First Daughter has been a special correspondent for NBC News since 2011, when she was dubbed, following her debut, one of the most boring people of her era. For the occasional feel-good segment or interview with the CGI Geico gecko, Clinton earned a reported annual salary of $600,000, or approximately $26,724 for every minute she was on-air.
  • Video of 'Dead Alien' Found in Siberia

    04/19/2011 9:37:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 19, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Supposedly an alien craft that recently crashed nearIrkutsk, Siberia resulted in a dead alien-type critter lying dead in a snow bank... Hmmm, looks convincing... and convincingly dead: [video] Hard writing this one off to vodkahallucinations... but still, many have already dismissed this one as anelaboratehoax... we get too much of this stuff from Russia, it seems. Video/more/links at Reaganite Republican
  • GEICO Gecko Puts a Fork in the Great American Experiment

    12/16/2013 5:52:00 AM PST · by Apple Pan Dowdy · 100 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2013 | Marcus Ebenhack
    Have you seen GEICO's latest commercial? Where the gecko drops his tea bag in Boston Harbor and declares "I guess this party's over"? Between President Obama, his Democratic allies and operatives including the mainstream media and the Republican establishment, the Tea Party has become a quite popular and very easy target. To hear them tell it, it is the root of all evil and all that is wrong with American politics and our political discourse today. And this is what we've come to in the age of Obama. The declaration of the end of the great American experiment in self-governance...
  • Nascar Sprint Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, Sep 15 on ESPN 2:00 PM ET

    09/11/2013 6:46:00 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 114 replies
  • GEICO to Open Service Center in Central Indiana, Add 1,200 Jobs

    03/20/2013 1:25:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Facilities ^ | March 18, 2013 | Heidi Schwartz
    Indiana Gov. Pence joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely to announce the companys plans to locate a customer service center in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, creating up to 1,200 new jobs by 2016. The Washington, DC-based auto insurer will invest millions of dollars to lease, renovate and equip 109,000 square feet of space in the area. The new office, which is expected to be operational by late April, will house professional insurance agents, their training and supervisory teams and additional management and support staff. --snip-- The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered GEICO up to $10,000,000 in conditional tax credits and up...
  • Group upset by Geico's 'bestiality' ad

    02/26/2013 9:09:32 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 102 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 25, 2013
    TUPELO, Miss., - A conservative Mississippi website is objecting to a Geico ad for depicting "bestiality" in the form of showing a pig on a date with a woman. One Million Moms, a website run by conservative Christian group American Family Association, said the Geico ad shows Maxwell the Geico pig parked in a car with a woman and "the girl appears to be turned on by the pig." "She hints that she wants to make out. She is disappointed when she learns the tow truck is on the way and they won't be able to 'pass the time,'" the...
  • GEICO: Gun Manufacturer Auto Policy Cancelled...

    01/23/2013 5:51:26 PM PST · by kiryandil · 197 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 23, 2013 | sundance
    GEICO Insurance Cultural Marxist Hypocrisy Gun Manufacturer Auto Policy Cancelled Because He Is In Firearm Business. Because he makes gun parts for a living this policy holder received a letter from GEICO cancelling his auto insurance. The letter says his auto insurance is being cancelled because he owns a company that manufactures parts for firearms:(fyi, to insurethe authenticity I have submitted a copy along with a request for verification to GEICO via email well see their response)The reason for cancellation is your vehicle [...] does not meet our underwriting guidelines because it is used in conjunction with a...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The GEICO 400 at ChicagoLand - Sept. 16, 2012 - 1pm ET ESPN

    09/13/2012 8:08:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies ^ | 9/13/12
    Let the Chase for the 2012 trophy begin! It's ChicagoLand first up .. don your flak vests and extra absorbent Depends and get ready to boogie!!! AS always , this race thread is dedicated to those who serve and have served our flag and nation, many giving the ultimate sacrifice. Godspeed.
  • Actor R. Lee Ermey, Geico's drill-sergeant-therapist...(shortened title)

    08/27/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | August 27, 2012
    Full Metal Jacket star and Geico's Therapist Sarge R. Lee Ermey said the insurance giant fired him from his commercial spot for speaking out against President Barack Obama, according to a report from TMZ. Ermey played a former drill sergeant in the commercial, where he called a weeping man a jackwagon before throwing a box of tissues at the man in a hilarious and popular commercial for Geico.
  • 'Full Metal Jacket' Star: 'GEICO Fired Me' for Criticizing Obama

    08/26/2012 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 45 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 8/26/12 | By Noel Sheppard
    R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for his role as the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," claims he was fired by GEICO for criticizing President Obama. After being asked about his GEICO commercial wherein he played a psychiatrist calling his patient a "jackwagon," Ermey said, "GEICO fired me because I had, I wasnt too kind about speaking with the, about the administration, so the present administration. So they fired me." "So they fired you because of political reasons?" asked the TMZ representative. "Yeah," Ermey answered. "If youre a conservative in this town, you better watch out."
  • 'Full Metal Jacket' Star Says He Was Fired By GEICO for Bashing Obama

    08/26/2012 8:52:01 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 26, 2012
    R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for his role as the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," claims he was fired by GEICO for bashing President Obama. During an impromptu interview with TMZ, Ermey also said, "If youre a conservative in this town, you better watch out" (videos follow with transcribed highlights and commentary): Read more:
  • EXCLUSIVE: R. Lee Ermey -- Geico FIRED ME for Bashing Barack

    08/26/2012 1:01:27 AM PDT · by Sensei Ern · 75 replies
    TMZ ^ | TMZ
    R. Lee Ermy says GEICO fired him for dissing Obama.
  • Just another reason to dump Progressive Insurance

    08/14/2012 9:57:45 AM PDT · by surfer · 79 replies
    Tumblr blog ^ | 8/13/2012 | Matt Fisher
    <p>Ive been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I havent explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. Theres a general understanding that says, insurance companies oh theyre awful, but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, Ive learned some things that really surprised me.</p>
  • New Geico Commercial

    07/14/2010 6:15:48 PM PDT · by khnyny · 68 replies · 8+ views
    KLUV ^ | July 14, 2010
    This is me.
  • Sarge (R. Lee Ermey Geico Commercial)

    06/29/2010 8:48:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 7+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 26, 2010 | uploaded by GEICO
    Does a former Drill Sergeant make a terrible therapist? You be the judge.
  • The Case of the GEICO Pitchman: How Quickly the Left Forgets, or do They?

    05/02/2010 9:58:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeHideout · 17 replies · 798+ views
    Im late getting to this, but I had to take a look at some old posts and research a bit. For the quick recap, Lance Baxter, AKA, DC Douglass, the voice over guy for GEICO commercials, was fired from his job when he called Freedom Works and insulted the Tea Party movement. Using the word retarded probably didnt help him out either. That, of course set off a debate on people being punished for speaking out-no matter the reprehensible manner. But, there was something forgotten in all of this. As usual, the left engaged in this same behavior, on a...
  • The Soapbox Derby Hit the Skids. Hey, Maybe There's a Movie in That!

    04/28/2010 2:58:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies · 537+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-28-10 | TIMOTHY AEPPEL
    AKRON, OhioThe All-American Soapbox Derby has fallen on hard times. In November, the organizer of the race, in which kids ride cars they build down a hill, was sued by its hometown bank, FirstMerit Corp. The bank was demanding repayment of two loans totaling $623,000. The derby couldn't pay. That led to a bailout: The city of Akron guaranteed the debt of the nonprofit derby group. And the bank restructured the loan on favorable terms. The uproar caught the eye of Corbin Bernsen, the actor best known for his portrayal of sleazy lawyer Arnie Becker in the 1980s TV series...
  • Audio: FreedomWorks hate mail over Geico firing quite nuanced indeed (violent & ugly)

    04/26/2010 9:31:27 PM PDT · by hatfieldmccoy · 2 replies · 793+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 4/26/2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Most of you know what I mean when I say Geico firing; those who dont can get caught up here. Im weary of the which sides cranks are nastier? game, especially since it leads inexorably to non-cranks being tarred by association, but Im even wearier of media shrieking about the looming wingnut apocalypse. So heres a reminder of what the fringier elements of Progress are capable of. Inevitably, some lefty whos unable to face hard realities will allege that these calls and e-mails were concocted by FreedomWorks, and just as inevitably, my old boss whos been getting garbage like...
  • GEICO voice actor fired after insulting tea parties

    04/21/2010 10:03:25 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 3,201+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | David Weigel
    Sometimes you have a headline that makes the rest of the story superfluous, but here's the background. Actor Lance Baxter, otherwise known as "D.C. Douglas," currently known as the man who informs you how much GEICO can save you on car insurance, left a message last month with FreedomWorks in which he asked the group how many "mentally retarded" people it had on staff and what it would do when a tea partyer "killed someone." On April 14, FreedomWorks put his voicemail online. Today, Douglas reports he's been dropped from GEICO's campaign. His dramatic news release is here; he claims...
  • GEICO Fires Voice Over Guy For Insulting the Tea Party

    04/21/2010 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Superstu321 · 106 replies · 4,769+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | April 21, 2010 | Stupac is reporting that voice over actor D.C. Douglas has been canned from GEICO for calling FreedomWorks and saying some very not nice things: Los Angeles actor, D.C. Douglas, says he was dropped from the upcoming GEICO Shocking News campaign after a group of Tea Party members harassed him and the insurance giant over a private voicemail the actor left for FreedomWorks. Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks, posted Mr. Douglas cell phone number in a blog post on, instructing readers to Feel free to contact (him) call his employer too. Let them know that youare now in...
  • Geico "Eyes" Racist, Bury Obama With Kennedy (Are they seeing the same signs we are?)

    09/17/2009 11:16:19 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 18 replies · 1,992+ views
    On the Today Show a guest was complaining about racism in portrayals of Obama. At the 1:26 to 1:28 mark he mentions "Two eyes and a black box" Then we have Jimmy Carter claiming that signs at the Tea Party said bury Obama with Kennedy (1:18-1:24).
  • Backlash Grows Against Boycotts of Glenn Beck and Whole Foods

    08/24/2009 1:49:28 AM PDT · by TheMadKing · 42 replies · 4,594+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 8/24/2009 | Johnny Simpson
    This past week, both FOX commentator Glenn Beck and Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey were being targeted by left-leaning organizations for boycotts. Now the boycotts themselves are being boycotted, a response that has cost GEICO Insurance and Sargento Foods a total of 12,500 customers.
  • Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy join Glenn Beck boycott

    08/17/2009 7:29:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 163 replies · 7,235+ views ^ | August 17, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Mind you, this is a guy who beat Hannity a show that airs in primetime in both total viewers and the demo last Friday at 5 p.m. Every last one of these advertisers is simply biding their time, wondering how long they have to wait until nutroots wrath is appeased and they can start advertising on Becks show again. I give it six months. Less if Greta gets dumped and GB ends up moved to 10 p.m. Twenty companies have pulled their ads from Becks show in just the last two weeks. The moves come after the Fox...
  • War erupts over Glenn Beck TV show: Fans fight back

    08/16/2009 7:09:08 PM PDT · by montag813 · 123 replies · 8,022+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 08/16/2009 | Aaron Klein
    <p>Glenn Beck fans are fighting back against a campaign led by a black activist organization prompting major advertisers to withdraw from Beck's top-rated Fox News Channel program.</p> <p>Now a husband and wife team of Beck fans has launched a website that lists the contact information for advertisers for Beck's and other Fox News programs and provides users with information and suggestions to contact those companies to urge their continued sponsorship. The site also asks users to contact Beck's current patrons to thank them for their loyalty to the Fox News star's program.</p>
  • Glenn Beck Loses Advertisers Over 'Racist' Remark. White House Involved?

    08/14/2009 3:59:46 PM PDT · by pissant · 45 replies · 2,165+ views
    Politcs Daily ^ | 8/14/09 | Emily Miller
    Glenn Beck has lost advertisers on his TV show after calling President Obama "a racist" in the context of the Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy. The pressure on advertisers has become a politically charged debate about the right to free speech, censorship and what constitutes hate speech. Conservatives are questioning if the campaign against Beck is connected to the White House staff. The corporate sponsors are responding to the African-American online political coalition, which launched a campaign two weeks ago, urging companies to stop advertising on "The Glenn Beck Program." Color of Change, in a press release Thursday, said...
  • My Message to Geico, and their answer. (Glenn Beck Advertising)

    08/14/2009 2:39:05 PM PDT · by xmission · 131 replies · 6,842+ views
    My Message to Geico, and their answer. I learned yesterday afternoon that Geico had succumbed to lefty pressure, and pulled their advertising from Glenn Beck's show. I decided to email them and tell them that I would be pulling my insurance from their show if they did this. My Message to Geico: >General Category: Other > Specific Category: Other > State: NH > > Comments: I read that Geico has pulled their advertising from the Glenn > Beck show due to pressure from a radical leftist group. > > We currently use Geico for all of our car and recreational...
  • 'Glenn Beck' Sponsors Attacked by Left, Pull Ads from Fox News Show; Ties to Obama Administration

    08/12/2009 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 53 replies · 3,113+ views ^ | August 12, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Have a handful of left-wing advocacy groups been able to hurt Fox News Glenn Beck program by pressuring their advertisers to drop their ads? Online left-wing news sources are claiming victory after several advertisers Sargento, GEICO,, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson have decided to move their spots to other Fox News programming from Becks program. However according to Fox News, its not costing the network any revenue. ...more...
  • Geico, advertisers pull ads from Glenn Becks show

    08/11/2009 2:25:16 PM PDT · by Justaham · 101 replies · 2,571+ views
    Left-wing pressure groups Color of Change and Media Matters are claiming responsibility for getting Geico Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and to pull ads from Glenn Becks Fox News program. The campaign against Beck picked up steam when the Fox News personality commented that President Obama was racist with a deep-seated hatred for white people.
  • Study shows competition, not climate change, led to Neanderthal extinction

    12/29/2008 11:33:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 931+ views ^ | 12/29/2008 | Source: Public Library of Science
    In a recently conducted study, a multidisciplinary French-American research team with expertise in archaeology, past climates, and ecology reported that Neanderthal extinction was principally a result of competition with Cro-Magnon populations, rather than the consequences of climate change. The study, reported in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE on December 24, figures in the ongoing debate on the reasons behind the eventual disappearance of Neanderthal populations, which occupied Europe prior to the arrival of human populations like us around 40,000 years ago. Led by Dr William E. Banks, the authors, who belong to the French Centre National de la Recherche...
  • Britain's Last Neanderthals Were More Sophisticated Than We Thought

    06/23/2008 1:49:37 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 334+ views ^ | 6-23-2008 | University College London
    Britains last Neanderthals were more sophisticated than we thought An archaeological excavation at a site near Pulborough, West Sussex, has thrown remarkable new light on the life of northern Europes last Neanderthals. It provides a snapshot of a thriving, developing population rather than communities on the verge of extinction. The tools weve found at the site are technologically advanced and potentially older than tools in Britain belonging to our own species, Homo sapiens, says Dr Matthew Pope of Archaeology South East based at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Its exciting to think that theres a real possibility these were...
  • Lizards Show Proof Of Adaptive Change

    06/03/2008 2:33:27 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 32 replies · 161+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/2/2008 | Stan Freeman
    Lizards Show Proof Of Adaptive Change By STAN FREEMAN Italian wall lizards placed on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea evolved over three decades to adapt to their surroundings. AMHERST, Mass. In 1971, five pairs of Italian wall lizards were transplanted by biologists from their home island of Pod Kopiste, in the South Adriatic Sea, to the neighboring but subtly different island of Pod Mrcaru, where none lived, as an experiment in evolution.How, if at all, would these creatures change?Largely insect eaters, the half-foot long reptiles would find themselves on an island where insects were...
  • What Fred Said [Thompson On CNBC Kudlow & Co. Tonight - 7PM (EST)]

    11/15/2007 2:36:10 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 256+ views
    NRO ^ | November 15, 2007 | Larry Kudlow
    Thursday, November 15, 2007 What Fred Said [Larry Kudlow] I just sat down with presidential candidate Fred Thompson, for an interview that will air tonight on Kudlow & Company. The former Tennessee senator was in good form. He attacked Warren Buffets tax-hike proposal on the rich as totally wrong, and Buffett himself as nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic party. He agreed with Dick Armey that the GOP will lose if it departs from the first principles of limited government and lower tax rates. He called the farm bill disgraceful and would veto it if he were president....
  • Ancient DNA reveals that some Neanderthals were redheads

    10/25/2007 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies · 217+ views ^ | 10/25/2007 | Harvard University
    Ancient DNA retrieved from the bones of two Neanderthals suggests that at least some of them had red hair and pale skin, scientists report this week in the journal Science. The international team says that Neanderthals' pigmentation may even have been as varied as that of modern humans, and that at least 1 percent of Neanderthals were likely redheads. The scientists -- led by Holger Rmpler of Harvard University and the University of Leipzig, Carles Lalueza-Fox of the University of Barcelona, and Michael Hofreiter of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig -- extracted, amplified, and sequenced a...
  • Back To The Cave, Man

    08/11/2007 1:39:54 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 83 replies · 2,078+ views
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - There are so many negative vibes around "Cavemen" that at least one TV critic is taking bets that it won't even get on the air. The ABC series based on Geico insurance commercials has gone beyond being just another stupid sitcom. Questions are being raised about whether the Cro-Magnon characters will reinforce racial stereotypes.
  • (GEICO)'Cavemen' series gets a new criticism: It's racist

    07/26/2007 10:19:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies · 3,756+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 26, 2007 | GLENN GARVIN
    The producers of ABC's new sitcom Cavemen, based on a series of popular advertisements for the insurance company Geico, were ready to defend themselves against charges of rampant commercialism. But the charge that their show about put-upon Cro-Magnons in the modern world has racist undertones took them by surprise. ''I actually didn't know we would catch so much hell,'' Cavemen writer Joe Lawson ruefully told a room full of highly critical critics at a gathering of North American television writers here Wednesday. ``That's a pleasant surprise.'' Cavemen, which features shaggy Cro-Magnons trying to make their way through a hostile Homo...
  • Are Geico's cavemen ready for prime time?

    04/17/2007 11:54:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,748+ views
    Money Central/WSJ ^ | March 5, 2007
    Is finding a way for marketers to beat commercial-zapping DVRs and helping networks to cure the distressed state of TV comedy so simple that a caveman could do it? ABC's decision last week to greenlight a half-hour pilot program based on Geico's popular cavemen characters highlights the blurring line between advertising and entertainment, as well as the trouble the network has had in launching successful sitcoms. Although the project is at a nascent stage -- there's no script and no cast -- plans call for the comedy to be titled "Cavemen" and focus on a trio of prehistoric characters who...
  • Video: The OReilly Factor, so easy a caveman could host it! (Viewer mail)

    03/09/2007 12:40:57 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 58 replies · 3,936+ views
    Hot AIr ^ | Friday March 9th, 2007 | Ian Schwartz
    Video: The OReilly Factor, so easy a caveman could host it! In viewer mail last night Bill received a message saying that hosting his show is so easy a caveman could do it. Bill's reaction was classic. Video here -
  • 'Stone Age' called insult (PC Alert)

    03/08/2007 10:12:04 AM PST · by BJClinton · 222 replies · 5,468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | Jennifer Harper
    Attention Fred Flintstone and the Geico cave guys: "Stone Age" is no longer acceptable, joining the list of other words and terms deemed offensive in polite society.
  • ABC orders pilot for potential series based on the caveman ads

    03/02/2007 6:39:08 PM PST · by JohnSheppard · 15 replies · 773+ views
    IHT ^ | 03/02/2007
    The ABC network said it had ordered a pilot for a comedy, tentatively titled "Cavemen," that features the characters used in a series of television ads by an insurance company. In the ads, cavemen appear insulted by a Geico insurance pitchman's claim that the company's Web site is so easy to use that "even a caveman can do it." The potential series, one of 14 pilots that will be produced by Touchstone Television this spring, features the cavemen as they "struggle with prejudice on a daily basis as they strive to live the lives of normal thirty-somethings in 2007 Atlanta."...
  • Freeze 'Condemned Neanderthals'

    02/21/2007 8:59:59 AM PST · by blam · 64 replies · 1,666+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-21-2007
    Freeze 'condemned Neanderthals' Small pockets of Neanderthals clung on in the south (Image: Gibraltar Museum) A sharp freeze could have dealt the killer blow that finished off our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals, according to a new study. The ancient humans are thought to have died out in most parts of Europe by about 35,000 years ago. And now new data from their last known refuge in southern Iberia indicates the final population was probably beaten by a cold spell some 24,000 years ago. The research is reported by experts from the Gibraltar Museum and Spain. They say a climate downturn...
  • Geckos inspire 'super-adhesive' (Nature's glue stronger than human's design)

    07/26/2006 7:43:59 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 34 replies · 842+ views
    BBC ^ | July 26, 2006 | Staff
    Just one metre square of a new super-sticky material inspired by gecko feet could suspend the weight of an average family car, say its inventors. The plastic, known as Synthetic Gecko, has been developed by researchers at aerospace and defence firm BAE Systems. Like the reptile's foot, the polymer is covered in millions of tiny mushroom-like hairs that provide grip. Future applications could include an adhesive to repair aircraft, skin grafts or even a Spiderman-style suit. "It would mean that your local window cleaner could dispense with his ladders and climb up the side of your house," says Dr Sajad...
  • Buffett the Benefactor ( Avoids Death Taxes )

    06/26/2006 3:53:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 227 replies · 3,245+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | Jun 26, 2006 | Editorial & Opinion
    Mr.Buffett. As an avowed supporter of the estate tax, Mr. Buffett could have let the government take its share of his estate after he dies. But just as Mr. Buffett has accumulated his vast wealth without paying much personal income tax, he has found a way to avoid the tax man in this maneuver as well, even writing in his letter to Bill and Melinda Gates that a condition of the gift is that the foundation must continue to satisfy legal requirements qualifying my gifts as charitable and not subject to gift or other taxes. On the estate tax, watch...
  • Group: Geico Insurance Rates 'Very Unfair'

    03/20/2006 5:25:49 PM PST · by mathprof · 206 replies · 4,829+ views
    reuters ^ | 3/20/06
    A leading U.S. consumer group Monday accused Geico Corp. of using consumers' education backgrounds and occupations as criteria in setting auto insurance rates, resulting in discrimination against minorities and lower-income people. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) charged that the No. 4 U.S. auto insurer, has adopted rating methods and underwriting guidelines in 44 states that directly tie rates to education and occupation. Geico, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK), the insurance and investment company controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett, rejected the charges. It called them "an offensive attempt to link fundamentally fair and actuarially sound industry practices with...
  • NJ Assembly Speaker (DUMmie) speaks out against Geico

    03/09/2006 11:06:49 AM PST · by kevinm13 · 58 replies · 894+ views
    Legislation was introduced in New Jersey Tuesday that would bar insurers from using drivers' education or profession in setting automobile-insurance-policy rates. Assembly Deputy Speaker Neil M. Cohen, D-Union, introduced the bill in response to published reports that Geico of Washington, D.C., used such information in setting prices. "I found out about this practice the same way everyone in New Jersey did -- by reading the newspaper," Cohen, chairman of the financial institutions and insurance committee, said. "And just like everyone else, I was outraged." Cohen's bill, A-2819, would prohibit insurers from assigning less-favorable rates to drivers based on their education...
  • KIRO lib talk host fired; allegations of insurance fraud

    12/30/2005 12:45:01 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 712+ views
    Radio Equalizer ^ | 12/29/05 | Brian Maloney
    For Seattle's Mike Webb, calling for President Bush's "execution" had no effect on his position. In fact, his show was subsequently expanded by an hour. Nor did his on-air hope that Ronald Reagan had "really suffered" before his death make any difference. While it's hard to imagine conservatives getting away with similar rhetoric, somehow one of America's most extreme, hate-filled radio programs managed to remain on a major radio station in Seattle for years, despite marginal ratings performance. To find something similar on the extreme right, one would have to look to shortwave radio broadcasts. Mike Webb was to the...
  • KIRO (lib)Talk Host Charged with Insurance Fraud

    12/20/2005 10:55:14 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 510+ views
    Blather Watch ^ | 12/20/05 | Blather Watch (mostly lib blog?)
    In papers filed Dec. 5 in King Co. Superior Court, and obtained by BlatherWatch, KIRO talk host Mike Webb (9p-1a) was charged with the crime of Fraudulent Insurance Claim in an alleged $5982 scam against a car insurance company. According to the Court's Superform, Michael Kenneth Webb, 50, KIRO Radio Talk Show Host and a Virgo, is also the subject in an investigation of forgery. The papers were gleaned from public court records. Charges were generated after an accident June 28 involving Webb in his black 2000 Lexus GS-3 and his alleged subsequent dealings with GEICO. A Certification For Determination...
  • When rich guys' superstitions pose a public threat(Gates & Buffett talk down the dollar at Davos)

    02/22/2005 1:10:44 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 20 replies · 958+ views ^ | February 21, 2005 | Jack Kemp
    According to USA Today, "Our greatest businessmen (Bill Gates and Warren Buffett) think we are doomed to fail." Gates demonstrated his pessimism in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when he told reporters, "I'm short the dollar. ... The ol' dollar, it's gonna go down." It's not surprising that the world's richest man came down from the Alps pessimistic. The misconceptions, myths and superstitions that pass for sound economics in Europe these days remind us that while socialism may be dead as a political force in the world, its zeitgeist of radical egalitarian leveling, gigantic government...
  • Google wins in trademark suit with Geico

    12/15/2004 2:55:11 PM PST · by TChris · 75 replies · 2,051+ views
    CNet News ^ | 12/15/2004 | Stefanie Olsen
    update Google scored a big legal win Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that its use of trademarks in keyword advertising is legal. Judge Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Google's motion to dismiss a trademark-infringement complaint brought by Geico. The insurance company had charged Google with violating its trademarks by using the word "Geico" to trigger rival ads in sponsored search results. Geico claimed the practice diluted its trademarks and caused consumer confusion. The judge said that "as a matter of law it is not trademark infringement to use trademarks as...