Showing posts from July, 2008

Business: Perspective on Exxon Mobile Profits top story at 6:54AM PDT was "Exxon Mobile made nearly $1500 per second."

Read the whole thing and the breathless story headline seems less dramatic.

Speaking of perspective, let's do the numbers ...

Exxon posted $11.68 billion net income on total revenue of $138 billion.

11.68 divided by 138 multiplied by 100 equals 8.5% net income on total revenue.

The oil business is an expensive business: they got to find it and drill for it or buy it from someone, pump and ship it, refine it and then sell it. And indeed, "faceless evil profit mongering corporation" has employees who do all that.

And guess what?

Those employees have to put food on the table, pay the mortgage or rent, save for college and pay medical bills just like everyone else.

How about some perspective on how profitable this business is?

I'm typing this blog post on an Apple computer.

Their numbers:
Total Revenue $7.5 billion
Net Income $1.1 billion
Thus, 14.7% net income on total revenue.

Blogger be…

Science: Things you do NOT have to worry about

My friend K, posted this item over at Facebook.

The list:
1. Killer hot dogs.
2. Your car’s planet-destroying A/C.
3. Forbidden fruits from afar.
4. Carcinogenic cellphones.
5. Evil plastic bags.
6. Toxic plastic bottles.
7. Deadly sharks.
8. The Arctic’s missing ice.
9. The universe’s missing mass.
10. Unmarked wormholes.

Check out the explanations for each in the article!

Travel: Midsummer Holiday

Got on an airplane recently ...

A passport was required ...

Name that city?

Click here for this city's tourism web page.

If you check out tourism web pages and travel books, you'll find many good reasons for visiting Stockholm. But for me, the best reason was to enjoy the company of my very special friend Jeanette.

We got on the Arlanda airport to downtown express train and walked into the old town, Gamla Stan. We explored the Storkyrkan which is the city's cathedral dating back to the 13th century. The image above is from the pulpit. The phrase at the top is "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Latin for "Glory to God in the highest") and in the middle is the Tetragrammaton, the name of the God of Israel in Hebrew.

Like most European cities, statues abound.

This is the smallest official statue of Stockholm located in the quiet courtyard of the Finska Kyrkan (Finnish Church).

Our next stop was Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace). We got there in time to see the daily ch…

News: Colombian Military Rescues Hostages


Daring rescue by the Colombian military using deception!

Excerpt: BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Government agents posing as rebels tricked a gang of armed desperados into handing over 15 hostages during a rendezvous deep in Colombia's unforgiving jungle.

The Colombian government's bloodless rescue of the hostages Wednesday was the product of a perfectly executed ruse that depended on old-school spy games rather than high-tech gadgetry.
All 15 hostages were handcuffed and placed aboard the helicopter, along with two of their guards, leaving the rest of the FARC detachment on the ground.

Once the chopper was up and safely away from the landing zone, the fake rebels persuaded the real ones aboard to hand them their weapons. Moments later, both rebels were on the floor of the aircraft, cuffed and blindfolded by their erstwhile comrades, Betancourt said.

A crew member turned and spoke to the hostages.

"We are the national military," he said, Betancourt recalled.…

Non-profit of the month: June, 2008 - UCLA School of Nursing

How many of you have ever been hospitalized? Or know of a loved one who was?

In 2004 and 2005, I had this experience.

I'm happy to report that everything turned out okay and I walked out the hospital fine.

The experience showed me the amazing role nurses have in medical care.

Its a tough job with odd hours, emotional situations and potential life and death.

Since I went to UCLA as an undergraduate, I've selected UCLA's School of Nursing.

Please consider supporting one of the local colleges in your area who train nurses.

Non-profit of the month: July, 2008 - Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

I occasionally catch the Ric Edelman Radio Show.

On one of their broadcasts, Rey Roy who works at Edelman financial shared about his cross-country bike ride to help raise money for charity.

One of the charities, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, supports veterans and their families.

Here are some of the things they have done.

Excerpt:Begun in 2000 under the auspices of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $60 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.
In January 2007, the Fund completed construction of a $40 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Although sufficient funding has been received for the Center’s construction costs, the Fund is accepting donations to provide additional services for our wounde…

Travel: Where in the world was the Rambler?

Got on an airplane recently ...

A passport was required ...

Name that city?

Standby ... more photos and travelogue to come!