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Achenblog: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

The debt bomb

[My story on the debt, in Outlook. Your thoughts, pro or con, left or right, trenchant or deranged, welcome as always! I can't imagine that this topic could generate any controversy.] Bill Gross is used to buying bonds in multibillion-dollar...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 23, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (342)
 
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Hubble 20th anniversary image

Here's the 20th anniversary image release from the Hubble Space Telescope folks. I haven't read the press release but just from my initial eyeball estimation I can tell you that this cloud in space is literally hundreds of miles...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 23, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Earth Day: War of the roses

This is the year I'll get rid of Mrs. Wilson's roses. About darn time. I've tended them for 18 years, since we bought the house from the Wilsons, though "tended" in this case means supervising from a distance their...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 22, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
 
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Knock knock. Who's there? Eyjafjallajokull.

[My story on volcanoes.] The year of the earthquake has suddenly become the year of the volcano. The eruption in Iceland is not large as volcanoes go, but the cloud over Europe has shed light on the awkward overlay of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 21, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
 
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Government salt regulations

Stunning news today that the government is going to try to cut our salt intake and retrain us to like bland food. This is nothing short of a government takeover of our palate. You know the next thing that will...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 20, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Under the volcano

[Photo from the Telegraph of London.] I've been telling everyone that it's pure coincidence that we've had all these earthquakes. Then the volcano erupted. Then a giant fireball streaked across the Midwestern sky. Then, this weekend, I noticed the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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