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Sunday, February 21, 2021

miraculous?
In the immediate afterglow of Team USA’s 5-3 win over Canada in men’s hockey, the comparisons are already being made between tonight’s impressive upset and the 1980 Miracle On Ice win over the Soviets.

Not to detract from this win, but I don’t see it. The Americans might have been an underdog coming into these games, but they’re hardly Davids going up against Canadian/Russian/Swedish Goliaths. Like most of the rest of the Olympics squads, the U.S. is stocked with National Hockey League players, which already puts them on more of a par than the all-amateur 1980 team that bested professional/military players from Europe.

I’m sure the impending 30th anniversary of the Miracle team tomorrow is fueling the hype. Take this win for what it is: A thrilling victory over a stacked Canadian team that had the home-crowd advantage going for it. It might turn out to be one of the ages, but for now, it’s enough that it’s of the moment.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/21/2010 11:59 PM
Category: History, Hockey
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Niger is one African country, Nigeria is another. This subtle distinction seems to elude geographically-challenged oil traders:

“Markets took off at around the same time a Reuters story came out about gunfire erupting in the Niger capital in an apparent coup bid, mistaken by many as being Nigeria,” said Tom Bentz, analyst at BNP Paribas Commodities.

Reuters first broke news of heavy gunfire and a coup in Niger’s capital, Niamey, on Thursday. Prices jumped to a one-month high of $79.29 a barrel during the day. While a coup in Nigeria would almost certainly rock crude oil benchmarks, a coup in Niger — which has yet to produce oil — would almost certainly not, barring linguistic confusion.

Not that everyone on the commodities desk was swallowing false petro-politics:

Traders said that an oil market version of the game “Chinese whispers” rather than poor geography may have been behind the jump, as some scrambled to call the market amid mounting confusion over the titles of the two countries which share the same first five letters. The fact that Nigeria’s main oil producing region is called the Niger Delta and is an area of political unrest probably also stoked the rumours. A popular trading mantra is “buy the rumour, sell the fact”.

The upshot: Budding financial professionals should bookmark Google Maps for quick reference, to avoid such simplistic confusion.

Meanwhile, don’t feel too sorry for Niger’s lack of oil reserves; regardless of its new junta-led political order, it remains the world’s fourth-largest producer of uranium. No word of volatility on the uranium-trading markets; maybe they thought the coup was in Nigeria, too…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/21/2010 09:30 PM
Category: Business, Political, Wordsmithing
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Whereas a strap-free gown provides the occasion to show off a woman’s shoulders, the strap-free “Feeldoe” provides the occasion to, well:

Insert the bulbous “pony” end vaginally (or rectally), spread the labia, and nestle those nifty little ridges of the “saddle” against your clitoris. We trust y’all will figure out what to do with the “horse” end that looks like a dildo.

The scalloped ridges on the “saddle” massage the driving partner’s clitoris, and the “pony” rocks her G-spot, while her pubic mound rubs the other partner’s clitoris, and the “horse” (of course) strokes her G-spot..

Whether or not this feels more natural than the traditional strap-on is… not my call.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/21/2010 06:49 PM
Category: Creative, Women
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