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Saturday, October 4. 2014
Remember this good vid? It's not about the nail!
Ex-mayor Bloomberg was asked why he decided to go back to his job running Bloomberg. His reply: "I could stay home listening to Elaine talk about her feelings, or go back to work. Now, what would you do?"
What's a Grandma Pie? And Where Can You Find One?
How to improve your memory
Which sports teams should transgender students play on?
A "Misc." team? I can picture that.
5 simple ways to “age-proof” your body before it starts breaking down
A gal to avoid: I Don’t Want to Marry a Man Who Will Feed Our Kid McDonald’s
Disgusting food, occasionally necessary
Five Reasons Americans Can't Find Jobs
Welcome to Illinois, the state that doesn't work
BATTERED, BEREAVED, AND BEHIND BARS -Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News Investigation.
4 Years Later, Fed Critics Explain Why Central Planning Still Doesn't Work
It’s official: no global warming for 18 years 1 month
Why That Guy Keeps Reminding You He Went to an Ivy League School
It's called marketing, branding
It's Insulting to Women to Suggest They're Interested in Weddings, Dresses, and Other Girly Things!
Modern girls love trucks, modern boys love dresses
Obama Sent Emissary To Tehran in 2008 To Assure Mullahs He Was A Friend To Iranian Regime
How Low Can It Go? Oil Benchmark Hits 28-Month Low
Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force
Gotta like Rand Paul
Dick Morris Tells Hannity: Obama Pushing for One-Party Rule
Isn't that power what parties strive for?
Psychologists try to figure out how to alarm people about global warming
Ebola Expert Demands Americans Die for White Guilt
What a great idea - unless you're in management. Idiots.
The list might explain why there are so many Singaporean software developers in the US. They are in high demand.
The President of Inequality : Policies Promoting Equality Over Growth Have Damaged Both.
Who brought the Arabs to this nadir?
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What is so disgusting about McDonald's food? I mean, I don't eat their often - rarely even these days, but a freshly made McDonald's double cheeseburger is one of the best things on earth. Plus you don't have to tip them.
What is so disgusting about McDonalds is no different then what is so disgusting about Walmart. That is there is a certqain percentage of the population who subscribe to the meme that the far left puts out there and it is more like a religion to them then science or logic. After your teacher and your best friend and PBS tells you enough times that something is bad what more is there to say? If you aren't a deep thinker then McDonalds food is "not healthy". The bread is OK, the special sauce is ok, hamburger is OK, I admit the cheese is a little suspect but when you put them al together the symbiosis is "unhealthy". And if you want proof then taste it! Tastes good, right? There you go.
Your comments are always interesting. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort.
The Ivy League post does a bit more false association:
"Unlike kids at Harvard or Princeton, students at the University of Pennsylvania are in the awkward position of being Ivy League-educated but not always instantly recognized as smart. "
Smart people attend the Ivies, but attending an Ivy does not mean you are smart. For example, Barack Obama and in the opinion of the Left, George W. Bush. It means you test well, are a follower, an "organization" kid, don't color outside the lines and susceptible to indoctrination.
Bu the Ivies trade on the fact that they snag a few smart ones. Although in recent years, the smartest and most successful seem to come from their students that drop out to do something useful rather than graduates.
Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force
Well, that just means we've all reached John Adam's grandchildren status now. No more work, we'll all be poets and artists. Follow our dreams.
Obamacare has freed us at last, freed us at last.
That Salon article is from Salon.
Incredibly stupid, the evidence to age proof your body is offered by an 84 year old with an anecdote. Don't be fat.
You want the truth? If you want SCIENCE, which I love in more ways than one, then you start with the drinking every day.
Oil prices probably don't have much farther to fall. The cost of fracking is fairly high. If you assume frackng is the 'cause of falling prices, once prices hit a level which reduces expected profits, many new or about to open wells will shut.
Once it falls below cost, existing wells will shut. Looking up the cost of a barrel of fracked oil yields a few different answers. It would seem it can be anywhere from $35-92 per barrel. Assuming the $32 is accurate, the expected profit to make this a worthwhile investment seems to be about $50, which implies it could fall much further. I suspect the cost is higher, though.
The real question is whether fracking is responsible for the drop in prices. Is worldwide demand falling?
I don't know the answer, but the second response seems more logical. The US isn't producing enough fracked oil to cause the drop in prices.
About 90 million barrels a day are produced world wide. The US increase due to fracking is about 2mm per day. That would imply a 2.2 to 3.5% decrease in oil prices, if all other outputs remained intact (as seems to be the case). Prices have fallen over 10% though.
Something else must be causing the drop in prices, and it can't be seasonality, either.
Anyone on Maggie's in the petro industry?
I think your numbers may be low re US increase due to fracking. http://www.aei-ideas.org/2014/09/another-energy-milestone-saudi-america-was-the-worlds-largest-petroleum-producer-in-june-for-the-20th-straight-month/
Well, the 2.2mm per day is off, but not by a significant amount since I based it on a year ago. We've gone from 9 to 14mm bpd since 2009, while worldwide growth has been roughly 84 to 90mm per day.
The growth has almost all be in the US....but the point is still intact. That only means the impact should be about 5 to 7% (as opposed to the 2.2 to 4.5% I'd suggested.
Either way, there is more at work when average gas prices have fallen over 15% from their peak(in New Jersey, where I am, and by much more elsewhere). Diesel has dropped by twice as much as gas.
Stockpiles are flat year over year. So consumption is keeping up with production - which would imply there is no upward pressure on prices except for the cost of producing it (which is significantly higher from fracked wells).
But it doesn't appear there is any downward pressure, either (at least not in the OFFICIAL statistics). Yet prices continue to fall.
Which says, to me, that official stats are off somewhere. Or there is something happening that isn't making sense.
It's worth noting fracking is a short term solution which will keep prices stable for a number of years, but these wells tend to run out faster than the kinds of oil wells we've been familiar with over the years.
I'm not a fan of rising prices, but they do 2 things. They bring marginal wells and wells that are more costly to develop online. They also help make renewable energy sources more viable (without the government intervention we've grown used to seeing).
There is an election coming up. I could easily imagine that individual actors and states might try to distort the market for a political gain. Look at the recent unemployment stats for example. Do you really doubt that they were cooked to make the administration look better and give Democrat congressment some cover? I fear the two months between November 3rd and December 31st regardless of who wins. Our left leaning politicians are shameless and if they lose (or win) they will punish the country.
"Average IQ by nation".
I suspect there is a germ of truth there but the big picture is totally skewed. There is so much wrong with this study that it is difficult to point out all it's failings.
First of all IQ is not an accurate measurement. What it is, is a measurement of what a person knows based on what they were taught. But most people who score on the low end were either not taught what they are being measured on or it was "taught" to them and they intentionally refused to learn it. This goes to the problem of public education in inner schools. There is very little "education" going on there. The kids disrupt the class and the rules don't allow the school to remove these children from the classroom. The gangs and the culture insist that anyone taking the teaching seriously be ridiculed and bullyed. The result is a very large percentage of our population is learning little or nothing in public schools. Our political correctness allows this and encourages it while in Japan or China the student WILL pay attention and perform, period.
Secondly most countries are hardly democracies and their public institutions are hardly nuetral when it comes to nationalism and national pride. They intentionally skew and "adjust" their data to reflect well on their country. Even 1st world countries in Europe and Japan will make sure that the lower performing students are not measured and counted in their national statistics. This is regularly done by bureaucrats as a matter of pride and encouraged by higher levels of their government.
Third, most of these comparisons is apples and oranges. You cannot compare a diverse country with a more monolithic population like Japan's. You cannot compare a country of a few million with a country of 330 million. In these cases regardless of what the statistical result is it is meaningless.
Fourth, where is the raw data and what does it tell us? There isn't a test in this country, be it for school performance or job qualification that does not get "adjusted" for various PC reasons. We are using "adjusted" data and declaring accurate and absolute results from it.
Fifth, who is creating this study? Who gets to massage the data and round up or down? The UN is notorious for creating disinformation in their partisan attempt to control the results and acquire power. Most international groups resent the U.S. and never miss an opportunity to stick it to us. So who decides what was important and what was left out? Even our own professors seem to take great joy is skewing studies for their own purposes. It has gotten so bad that the odds are you will be correct by simply disagreeing with the results of any studies coming out of acedemia.
And lastly statistics themselves are now generally used and misused to "prove" someone's biases. If there is a study then you can bet someone had their mind made up and put in time and effort to prove themselves right. We no longer conduct studies to find truths we do it to prove what we believe or simply to improve our own bottom line. What were the motives of the authors of this study?
I read that IQ by nation thingee..
I really haven't thought about IQ for years, it seems that primary schools don't test for it and nobody asks about it. But I wondered about it and found an on-line IQ test and took it. Well. The result was several points below what I was told I had when I was in grade school in the fifties.
But I think I know exactly when I lost those missing IQ points. A year or so ago I sat down at a friends house and the TV was turned on and a new show was playing, it was a reality show. I don't know if this is the right name, but based on the observed naming conventions of popular TV I believe it would be called "Diving with the Stars!". A group of people (Stars!...eh) of properly diverse origins including; A fat comic, an exceptionally beautiful girl, a Latino, two blacks, couple of whites (male and female). At least as far as I remember. (brain damage was probably already setting in).
The long drawn out purpose was to have these people jump from diving boards set at various heights while a "celebrity" panel of judges (all, completely unknown to me) scored their efforts. This show was in Prime Time on a major network channel.
After a short period of staring in horror at the screen I remember turning to my friend and saying, "You have to turn this off, I can feel my IQ dropping."
Now I have taken the test and confirmed it. So let this sad story be a cautionary tale to you all.
Interesting take on Liberia. The thing that even Greenfield doesn't mention is that banning flights from there (many countries already have) does not mean that we are 'turning our backs on them' as Quammen states. We are and can continue helping them regardless of whether we allow airline flights from there.
The other thing that I heard is that 'real Ebola' is far more deadly than what we are commonly calling Ebola and that it actually liquefies the entire body in a short period of time. What I heard is that what we are dealing with is related to Ebola and actually has a different name (can't recall it, sorry). I keep saying I heard this because I haven't seen confirmation of it.
In any event Quammen shows himself to be an idiot not only about history but about how to contain a deadly virus. Anybody care to guess who he votes for?
Sister filovirus that is slightly less mortality rate than ebola-Zaire (70-90%). Marburg is 20-80% fatal.
I havent heard that theory floated around
Ive seen ebola zaire.
re Forget Secession. Americans Want to Boot California From the Union.
Yeah, well not to worry, that was maybe 8% of the respondents.
Just a traffic generating headline.
'Obama pushing for one-party rule.' yah, the communist party. One expect as much from an islamo/marxist.