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Thursday, October 10. 2013
BEING THERE: NEW YORK
Did you know you can buy a natural gas Civic?
Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson's Comeback Odyssey
Health Group Claims Red Wine's Heart Benefits a 'Myth'
Magnet: A Fairytale of Two Cities - Contra Bill de Blasio, the real divide is between those who pay taxes and those who live off them.
California Makes U.S. Citizenship Obsolete
White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info
Wickham: GOP plays politics of race
California court rules spanking with wooden spoon not abuse
Rejoice: the Yellen Fed will print money forever to create jobs
Carter Is Wrong: Middle Class Not Like Poor 30 Years Ago
Obamacaid - Democrats ask: Why not expand the worst insurance in America?
Just the year? I want the exact date and time of day so I can get into my rocket ship - or my Ark if it's ready in time.
BERMAN: Misreading a Russia on the run
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"Obamacare deadline will be several weeks earlier than expected: IRS"
Fuck them all. Seriously.
IRS\Spite-House sharing data? Say it isn't so!
I'm just waiting for the day for the call when IRS says "weeel, Fred, the data we have on you don't jive with what you reported to the Census, other agencies, and your doctor - come with me"
I've always wondered what it felt like living in East Germany in the 70's...
LNG civic: For high-milage users with routes that have the appropriate infrastructure (lack of tunnels, presence of filling stations), that might pay for itself quickly.
I think I'd leave it parked outside, though. Not in the attached garage.
From what I can gather, the specs call for compressed natural gas (CNG), not liquified (LNG). They don't specify tank pressure, but the specs state, "Fuel (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent; GGE) 8.03 @ 3600 psi", which is consistent with Wikipedia, for whatever that's worth. I'd definitely park it outside. I've seen pickups running on CNG, and the tank is humongous.
I own one. I drive 75-100 miles per day in an average week. I have had as high as 44 MPG and as low as 38 MPG. But the gallons only cost $1.52.
The Range is 250 miles. I have a station less than 2 miles from my home and there are 5 between home and work.
My daughter owns a gas Civic and you cannot tell any difference driving one or the other. Acceleration and cruising speed are no different. We have large stretches of 80 MPH interstate and I set my cruise control at 89 without a hitch.
Downside is tiny trunk space. The tank is huge. You have space for a small toolbox and a set of golf clubs.
Re: When climate change will hit a city
Let's see... they used climate models to figure that out. How interesting - and stupid. Those models have predicted nothing and further more, if you plug in known climate data of the past will not predict the current climate. They (any of them) are so deeply flawed that they are useless for anything other than getting a government grant.
It's sad that the Smithsonian would publish such garbage.
Why is it always the cities with the most concrete and glass buildings and the most paved sidewalks, roads and parking lots that seem the most searing? Potted petunias don't do the work of those stately trees.
It is interesting how they have pushed back the end of the world 40-50 yrs in this scenario. I suppose that is necessary as we continually move past predicted 'tipping points' with nothing happening.
I see the Crusades as our problems today, but in a very different setting.
While Islam ignited the problem with jihad, that was not the original intent of Islam. Mohammed hoped to bind a people together to improve relations with the West and the Jews.
Politics ruins everything. The Islamic states were, prior to Islam, and are now, highly factional. So Islam was used to promote each faction's view. The most aggressive obviously won out.
But to say the Crusades were blameless is wrong. There were instances of chivalric behavior, and cooperation, on both sides along the way. There were also examples of barbaric behaviors on both sides. Each sides chose their friends and partners carefully along the way, sometimes working with peoples they disliked to achieve a short term goal.
That's all politics. It's not indicative of the inherent supremacy of the West over Islam or vice versa.
In the end, the West has prevailed, or is prevailing, because we overcame most of our factional differences. We began to understand the nature of the individual and decentralization in a manner the Islamic world is having difficulty doing. Islam tries it, but fails each time due to power struggles.
The West does it and succeeds frequently, but fails sometimes because of the same reason.
But I see much myth on both sides and don't see either side as blameless, except to say if Islam had stayed at home, this would all be moot. Given they didn't, they sparked a series of behaviors, vendettas, retributions and other activities which can only be laid at the feet of human nature and emotional response. These reactions were not just from the West toward Islam, but also internal to Islam, and internal to the West. The West has been winning its internal battle over time. Islam is not winning its internal battle. It is losing to base human nature.
Islam invaded Christiandom and desecrated some of their most cherished foundational symbols. Christiandom counter attacked, people died, horrors of war and all that. Islam still holds most of the Levant which was formally Christian. I don't understand all the apologies and guilt from many in the West. I also don't understand all the bitterness and anger from Islam, they started it. Oh wait, Islam isn't much of anything other than shame, bitterness and revenge. Seems to be coded in their Book.
That's the first time I've heard that as Mohammed's motivation. Based on the Kuran, I don't see how you conclude improved relations with Christians and Jews as his motivation. My take on Islam is that it was codification of tribal culture and used to promote relations among the tribes to conquer the others.
Islam was an abomination from the start and its ultimate demise was coded into its founding. Islam is faulty civilizational code that is doomed to crash.
Islam is the greatest threat to the world ever. WW II and the cold war with all the attendant death and destruction doesn't even come close. Sooner or later it will come to nuclear war and it will probably be the West that sees the first brilliant flash of light from a nuclear device. It absolutely will happen and once begun could destroy what is left of freedom and democracy. I think the radical islamist would prefer to nuke Tel Aviv but the Jews are too smart/careful so the terrorists may have to settle for Paris, London or NY City. Havng said that I believe if they wanted to bring a nuke into the U.S. the easiest route would be our Southern border and transporting it to NY might be too risky so watch out Pheonix or Dallas. Any big city will do, maybe L.A.
I don't know that it is connected but a reasonable assessment of the federal agencies recent preparations would lead me to think that they too expect that some kind of major attack is inevitable and probably cannot be prevented. Or perhaps they don't want to prevent it because like Pearl Harbor they can choose to let no crisis go to waste.
The congress have the memos in their hands. We have seen the memos on the cable news (well at least one news outlet). The memos speak for themselves. Their existence is unequivocal proof that specific people at the IRS broke federal law and shared taxpayer info with the white house AND broke federal law and lied to congress about it. This was a pure political crime intended to get Obama reelected in 2012. Where is the outrage? If Nixon had done this the NY Times would still be writing about it 45 years later. Where are the articles of impeachment? Where is the special prosecutor? Where is the AG?
You're forgetting that they are water-holders, and are unable to bring light upon the 'light-bringer'. If they lob a fastball, instead of the normal agreed-upon softballs, poor BO will look awful.
You also forget that it was a guy with an (R) behind his name that did the original deed, and not a (D). That is all you know to pronounce guilt. In this case, it was needed, since gerrymandering has stacked the deck against BO, and, well, everything is okey-dokey in war.
Problem is, the (R)'s don't realize this, or even acknowledge this obviousness.
"“the prospects, prestige, intellectual stimulation and income” that come with attending grad school in astrophysics?"
That'd come as a major surprise to any astrophysicist who hasn't either discovered something very important (exceedingly rare, and then only prestige among peers) or sold her soul to the "cause" of "global warming" by becoming a "climate expert" for the IPCC.
Readers here at Maggie's might find this video as surprising as I did. Perhaps it's just a small sample size, or self selecting responses, or a herd mentality at work, but at least some of the students at Boulder aren't buying the Democrats line on the shutdown
Crusades: The West lost. Crusaders kicked out/went home. Well before the Moors were driven out of Spain. Tripoli's pirates got tribute to leave Euro state ships alone up to about 1800 (Yay, USMC!)
NYC: Taken there as a child. Been there, done that.
Ramona: Snapped the Reaper's scythe. Amazing.
Red Wine: What the "they" say is good for us and bad for us is swapped at irregular intervals. I like it. Whites, too.
Magnet: Describes why the middle is moving out--they are prey animals in big cities.
Scientists: Sailer got this wrong. "• But if women are at fault, blame society or American culture or the media or institutional sexism or whatever." Like the one before it, Blame Men! Those sexxxxxxist Bastards! The Patriarchy! Arrrrrgh!
Governor Moonbeam: All the reason a sensible person needs to not live in California.
IRS: Teh most transparent(ly corrupt) administration in US history.
GOP plays politics of race?: Why should Dems have it all to themselves? Selfish bastards.
Carter: Man is tetched.
Smithsonian: What "historical norm" are we talking about? And what records do we have to determine same? And why am I glad the Gang of Z is in hibernation?
Berman: Russia may be dying, but they be far from dead and capable of much trouble and mischief.
I saw plenty of compressed gas powered cars in Poland when I was there. Of course, I also saw filling stations for them.
The first time I saw Janet Yellen on TV I thought it was Newt Gingrich in drag.
47 years ago NW Natural Gas company powered their service trucks with compressed NG.
Last energy crisis, there was a push for propane powered cars (a local propane dealer had his Jaguar XJ converted) which lasted until the price went up and gas was more plentiful. Expect to see the same for CNG (for which there is one filling station with 30 miles).
Russia, while dying slowly, still has nukes and the government press runs the occasional punditry about how they can be used to restrain American over enthusiasm, etc.
Why, she cries out, did society not persuade her to pursue “the prospects, prestige, intellectual stimulation and income” that come with attending grad school in astrophysics?
Because it's not "society's" job to do that. If Eileen Pollock did not have the personal motivation to pursue a career in science, then she was not fit for the challenge. And if she left science over sartorial issues, then she made the right choice to pursue a different course, leaving science far better off for that. Before any scientist in training, i.e., a graduate student, gets his "union card" at graduation, there's a lot hard lonely work to be done, involving long hours at low pay. Some people have the dedication and are willing to make the sacrifice. Apparently she wasn't or else she couldn't cut it. There are only about 10,000 active research astronomers/astrophysicists in the world, and many fewer than that who publish research results on a regular basis. If you want to join that exclusive club, you got to put in the effort. People who quit like she did are a dime a dozen. Pfffft.