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Saturday, July 20. 2013
Howdy Doody may test limits of protecting Detroit assets
Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says
What turns women on?
Is there such a thing as private food?
Attempt to steer McDonald's diners toward smaller meals backfires
American Hero Larry Grathwohl Dead
Noonan: A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal
HHS Admits You Can’t Keep Your Doctor – Obama Lied
Jake Tapper to Spitzer: You’re kind of a sleazy privileged hypocrite, don’t you think?
Fluoridation as a Capitalist ploy
Saudi Arabia Moves Centre Stage
Crude Oil’s Fast & Furious Rise Will Hit Consumers Hard, Warns Kilburg
Wehner: The GOP's deep hole
Major victory for illegal immigrant students in Michigan
Post Postmod Love in Much Ado - In an age of barbaric irony, Joss Whedon goes countercultural and strikes a blow for sincerity.
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Detroit represents the failure to realisticly recognize churn (Attrition or turnover of customers, business, empoyees, users of services and demographics) especially at the rapid pace of the new economy, and the failure to diversify and adapt in light of that churn. The trends and forces that created Detroit in its unique geography have faded away, but still I grieve for the Detroit that once was.
It is my deepest hope--my constant prayer that the Master Builder's Association, which is trying so desperately everyday to "create jobs" in Montana by building enormous housing developments, will be coerced, bribed, or forced by mandate to take their "jobs" to Detroit and rebuild housing there. We in Montana do not need construction jobs. We need the MBA to go where it and it's 'jobs' are needed--wanted (?)
re Attempt to steer McDonald's diners toward smaller meals backfires
One wonders if another reason for eating more calories after being given the recommendations is that it is a way for the recipients to be defiant and to poke the eye of the food police? Adults don't want to be treated like children and told what to eat.
The researchers conclude: “The results provide little hope that calorie recommendations will salvage the apparent weak or nonexistent effect of menu labeling,”
The only options that leaves for the food police are price rationing, or preferably, government administered food rationing.
For most people counting calories doesn't really matter. If you eat a really big lunch or dinner then you will usually eat less in the next meal to make up for it. For some of us obesity is genetic and no amount of calorie counting will make you "slim". Eating a big meal or a high calorie meal is not what makes us obese; your mother and father make you obese. If you want to have a slim figure choose your parents better not your food.
Sooo . . . the prez wants us to have dialogue around the subject of race. Sure bro let's just do that--me first.
1. Let's discuss the fact that your peeps have spent the last 40 years of the "great society" &^%$ing their brains out and have outbred we who have been trying to reduce the impact of overpopulation on the planet.
2. Let's discuss the fact that your peeps are well organized and their leadership exudes nothing but contempt for my communities values--
3. Or, I know how about the whole "hate whitey" thing and violence your "community" has going on--do you think it's time for payback? Did your leaders never think for a moment that there would come a time when their rhetoric would create a backlash?
4. Here's what I propose as "a new way forward". Your people get paid for not having any more babies. They can sit around do nothing but drugs, and we'll give em a lifetime supply of food, water and electricity as long as they have "the operation".
5. We'll do our part to try to improve the lives of your future generations by demanding that your babies come to pre-k, get fed, get educated. BUT for each additional baby you pop out the rewards and benefits are reduced. How's that work for you?
Wrong venue sport.
Yall'd have find site that get's down with the blacks in the hood, where another someone might care.
Meself near certain, el husna presidente ain't visiting Maggie's.
'4. Here's what I propose as "a new way forward". Your people get paid for not having any more babies. They can sit around do nothing but drugs, and we'll give em a lifetime supply of food, water and electricity as long as they have "the operation".'
Then you wouldn't mind if the government continues to fund Planned Parenthood's abortion factory, because that is what PP's founder, Margaret Sanger, intended all along...at least so I've read. It sounds like racial genocide to me, but the Libs are all for it. It must be some sort of reverse pys-ops mind game they are playing with Af-Ams and Conservatives.
Exasperated, I think it was Detroit's failure to recognize that spending and borrowing to spend more than they were taking in, or maybe Just Not Caring that they were so doing ('cause they who were spending or obligating were getting plenty for themselves).
apple pie, the MBA won't build houses where there is no demand for them. Who wants (really, truly wants) to live in Detroit?
What? 650 calories? Man, that won't get me from here to to donut shop! TWO Big Macs, supersize the fries!
I don't recall ever hearing about Larry Grathwohl.
That tip on Zimmerman--bad, bad, BAD associations!
IPCC: We're ALL gonna DIEEEEEE! Or, maybe not. Howzabout we wait and see, instead of spending more money foolishly.
Fluoridation in Portland--Why contaminate the pure water supply that helps make great beer? And will line the pockets of the mayor, city counselors, and their friends and associates?
Is not flouride added to most toothpastes?
See local take:
Man! Every out-of-state UofM student will now become a resident! Illegal immigrant status ROCKS!
Looking over Maggie's Morning Missives and Mentions, I've decided that what is needed is something completely different to lighten up the mood.
Thus I would like to report that I worked TF4LJ (Cyprus amateur radio station) on 20 meters this morning with a blazing five watts to a Mosely four element tri-bander at 50 feet pointed West. Now ordinarily, with the antenna pointed West, I shouldn't have heard him at all, so I'm guessing that his signal was long path - which means that the signal was traveling about 12,000 miles or so (+/- a few) so I was getting 2400 miles per watt. Not too freakin' shabby.
The best part of the morning was KA0TL from the Marianas who I heard post Cyprus contact - which kind of proves that it was long path. Again, 5 watts, same antenna, but shorter milage per watt.
All in all a good morning.
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Sam L: The MBA can "sell" houses to anyone who can get a loan--and, we all know how easy that is today. So, I propose we put 12 million illegal Mexicans in Detroit and give them the loans to buy the houses and then see what kind of "community" and "economy" they are able to build. After all aren't they bringing so many needed skills into this country? Aren't you folks saying Detroit needs creativity and innovators? What's wrong with bringing in the drug dealers, building them some houses right there in a primary market place? Detroit could become the major distribution hub!
No arguement from me. It is one thing to borrow during a short term rough patch, but borrowing is against future revenues ergo there has to be a future to borrow against. It is also a lesson in the reality that once the downward spiral begins, it feeds on itself and is hard to stop, let alone turn around.
Hard hitting interview of Spitzer by Jake Tapper. My take is that Spitzer is an unrepentant, nasty piece of work who abused the powers of public office and will do so once again if elected. Bloomberg may be the Nanny Mayor, but Spitzer's got a huge Hitler complex that belies the trust he professes to have in democracy.
As for his major support, supposedly it comes from NY's African-Americans. I guess Spitzer's personal transgressions, which included transporting prostitutes across state lines in violation of federal law (on which he skated), don't seem to matter much to them. But I bet if Spitzer were black instead of white he'd have done jail time like his whores. The irony of that is that on the day African-Americans are protesting against disparities in the way they say the justice system treats young black males, we have in Eliot Spitzer---the man they support---the perfect example of white privilege!
Sam L --just search [ youtube Larry Grathwohl ]
...there's lots of stuff with him demonstrating his own secretly-recorded vid of a 1970s meeting he attended undercover --among the future and current president's inside insider meta-policy group.
Question to ax yosef: "Is I gwan be amongst dem twenty-fi millyuns what dey be gwan gassify?"
Dear Mr. Francis: Thank you for trying to turn us toward a more civilized conversation. The corruption of the past 50 years is finally being exposed as being at a level the majority of white Americans can no longer tolerate. Times will be difficult, but it will take good people like you and Buddy, etc. to help us keep this boat going in the right direction. I have little hope, but I keep trying.
AP, thanks for that --but please insert an 'a' in front of 'little hope'. Sweet little Hope needs you. We have to watch our peas and cues. Look what a little comma does for "Let's eat, Grandma!"
I have a mixed race family (by adoption). My youngest boy married into a mixed race family. My grandkids have black and Hispanic cousins - when we have a birthday party for the 4 year old kids, it looks like a sea of white, black and brown liittle ones having a ball playing and being friends.
I personally have never seen the difference. When you're in a helicopter applying trauma pads to a sucking chest wound, you see the guts are pink, the blood is red, the pain is very real and that's a human being you're trying to save. Outside color has nothing to do with what's inside.
In my view, people like Sharpton, Jackson, the idiot talking heads are nothing more than black and brown versions of the KKK, Stormfront or white supremacists. Sadly, we have a President who is bordering on being the same and who views whitey as a race to be exploited for political gain.
--the KGB definition of 'ideological subversion', according to KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov:
"To change the perception of reality, of every American, to such an extent that, despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their countrymen."
Question is to NBC and the Rockefellers: what are you doing?
In the social sciences, the subtleties of trust are a subject of ongoing research. In sociology and psychology the degree to which one party trusts another is a measure of belief in the honesty, fairness, or benevolence of another party. The term "confidence" is more appropriate for a belief in the competence of the other party. Based on the most recent research, a failure in trust may be forgiven more easily if it is interpreted as a failure of competence rather than a lack of benevolence or honesty. In economics trust is often conceptualized as reliability in transactions. In all cases trust is a heuristic decision rule, allowing the human to deal with complexities that would require unrealistic effort in rational reasoning.
In all cases trust is a heuristic decision rule
Heuristic (Template:(IPAc-en); Greek: "Εὑρίσκω", "find" or "discover") refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery that gives a solution which is not guaranteed to be optimal. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution via mental shortcuts to ease the cognitive load of making a decision. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, stereotyping, or common sense.
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--that's actually a pretty sunny bromide --as in, if that's the worst thing we can think of, well, hell, things can't be so bad after all --
re Crude Oil’s Fast & Furious Rise Will Hit Consumers Hard, Warns Kilburg
Even the article posted mentions that a price break could be coming soon.
This article speculates there could be a dramatic drop, to perhaps $50/bbl by year's end:
Oil Industry Analysis
"But this is just my analysis, let`s hear what Oil industry executives believe: Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski stated that Oil prices should be about half of today's $105 a barrel price by the end of the year. He stated the reason for this price analysis is because of increasing supplies as there are record amounts of oil and natural gas that are being produced in the United States and in Canada and OPEC supplies are higher. "
You know, i'd bet the oil prediction and this below have about two degrees of separation.
PERSONNEL: “At least six other Marine officers have been removed from command since mid-March. In each case, Marine officials have provided little explanation for why the decisions were made, saying a general officer had lost confidence in that commander’s ability to lead his personnel.”
Posted at 8:07 am by Glenn Reynolds
tyhe hyperlink goes here:
...and the story is what's in the comment thread.
One comment that is eyecatching also contains a link to
...who says, the bad guys, the NWO bankster cabal at the root of the western economic crisis, has lost the shadow war, and is backing up, trying to make peace. If that's so, one of the things one would expect to function as prima facie evidence would be the terror premium coming off oil prices.
I searched the name to see who this guy is --he's the Forbes Asia desk ex-editor, a Canadian living in Japan, son of a diplomat.
If Obama's Big Move has failed --he'll be worrying about prison --hell his whole admin will be worrying about prison --so we're back on Jump Street, wondering what THAT will bring.