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Thursday, October 16. 2014
The investment markets? It's about time, past time, for a good correction towards reality.
Ebola hysteria? I guess it sells soap. News is infotainment. See The #Ebola Media Epidemic
Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
I don't blame government for that - I blame the Infectious Disease team at the hospital
A COMPACT FUSION REACTOR THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER: Lockheed Martin Claims Breakthrough
We have had good luck with people via Angie's - a good resource, thus far
The Adultery Arms Race - Technology has made cheating on your spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting—and may be mending some broken marriages.
Why is Denmark so happy?
No limit, no pay credit card. Nice
A moving reminiscence
Cornell: Basically, if you were a deer on campus, you got so much free birth
The World Is Full of Grain - Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.
A gluten apocalypse
City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons
Tell the city to go to hell
All-Female Colleges Adopt New Policies To Enroll Male ‘Transgender’ Students
After Central Bank Financial Bubbles, Comes Liquidation And Industrial Deflation
Stockman: This Time Is Different—–For The First Time In 25-Years The Wall Street Gamblers Are Home Alone
Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
The kids can't handle new ideas
Jon Stewart Skewers Dem Wealth Hypocrisy
Fair enough, but I do not get the appeal of this smarmy guy
Politics today:Elizabeth Warren: The Rich White Man’s Candidate
Politics today: Arkansas Debate: Cotton excels; Pryor confirms he’s out-of-touch
Politics today: Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?
Leon Panetta wants more kids to go into "public service"
The Progressive always reveals his inner totalitarian
Heather: Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?
Leaked DHS Document: 167,000 Convicted Criminal Aliens At Large In US
Well, he knows Islam better than they do
Is Kobani Erdogan’s Warsaw?
Apprentice Jihadists Practice in French Park – Tell Cops They’ll “Burn in Hell”
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My friend from Denmark tells me half the country is on prozac.
And tied for the 12th spot in alcohol consumed per capita (the US is #23).
Don't give a damn have a dram or gram?
"And what has caused this explosion in grain supplies? Prices.
There are four main factors behind these rising prices: ... and the greater frequency of extreme climatic occurrences that have the potential to destroy harvests or limit farm yields.
So production is up because of increased prices and prices are up because climate change is harming production.
We have gotten far to stupid to survive.
Lanhee Chen: Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
False. The CBO report concerns people voluntarily leaving the labor force, not a reduction in demand for labor.
Definitely a reduction in the number of full-time jobs and increase in part-time. With extended food-stamp and unemployment benefits, there is a reduced incentive to work.
Sweet jumpin' catfish! Zach the Wack job is back. Well, I guess you can't keep the fundamentally unstable away for long. Always nice to have the hand-waving bizarro-types around as a control group to measure your sanity.
First, Ebola. Frankly, it doesn't scare me at all. But I do worry about 2 things. One is the fact most Americans don't follow rules and even most basic hygiene. That is less geared toward those in health care, but to some degree this must be applied. As my father said when the first Ebola patients arrived on our shores "their health care will require perfect behaviors to prevent spread of disease." He's right - and we got lucky with the first few. Less so, now.
A second point about Ebola is how it is spread. There is some evidence it can be spread via aerosol, when people cough and sneeze. Which makes the nurse on the plane a very important issue. This doesn't even take into account mutation, which apparently is very slow with Ebola, but is clearly occurring. It's been around for quite some time, yet only now is taking off.
Is there anything the government could have done to help? Probably not much, despite having a guy in the Oval Office who considers himself just shy of omnipotent. But there are some protocols which can be, and should have been, put in place months ago simply to prepare. Am I scared? Hell no. But I won't take risks, either. When I fly to Florida in a few weeks, I'm probably going to wear some kind of mask on the plane. It's probably a good idea, anyway. I get sick after I fly about 20% of the time.
As for the liquidation and deflation article, one of my first posts here at Maggie's was about the Mississippi Bubble. It's a classic story which has continued to repeat over and over again. We're seeing it yet again today. Funny how people love to forget the past, thinking "we're so much smarter now." Not so - these things happened for a reason, and if you ignore those reasons, you might hold back the tide for a bit, but eventually you'll still be overwhelmed.
By the way, Angie's List, which I think started as a great idea, has basically undermined itself with advertising.
It's also hit a roadbump in all the 'free' recommendation sites out there. While the recommendations on free sites can be easily manipulated by business owners posting good reviews that are fake (or vice-versa, having competitors post bad ones), the reality is over time these things even out.
Yelp has seen some of the pitfalls of review manipulation:
Paying for a service, like Angie's, reduces this kind of manipulation. But the reality is reviews are everywhere, and when it came time to paint my house, I considered using Angie's. Instead, I talked to several neighbors who had their houses painted. Usually you get reliable responses from people you know.
That said, the free review marketplace remains a huge thorn in Angie's side. It won't go away, and it's at least moderately reliable.
I belong to Open Table so I can get my rezzies (and some free money in the process) and reviews. That's a great service.
"Ebola hysteria? I guess it sells soap. News is infotainment. "
Well, ironically (is it irony?), selling a lot of soap is one of the most effective means to contain this and many other diseases. Yesterday was National Hand Washing Day. No pronouncement as Obama kept trying to wash his hands of the whole Ebola issue.
Ebola is lipid encapsulated. Washing with soap breaks down that fat and exposes the virus to the ravages of the environment. Although, for me, I'm following that up with a 1:100 solution of chlorine bleach.
I'm going to self-identify as young, rich, and good looking, then sue anyone who doesn't treat me accordingly.
WARNING ! !
Voter registration laws under attack by the AARP !!
Just received a postcard in the mail telling me not to vote for Montana's voter registration law see here: http://ballotpedia.org/Montana_Late_Voter_Registration_Revision_Measure,LR-126(2014)
The argument the AARP is making is this (hold onto your hats) they say that by supporting voter registration we are denying old people their right. The card is very clearly intended for older white voters! The woman in charge of the MT AARP is an past president of the League of Women Voters! (what a bunch of crap they are!)
The Dems want the voting laws and voter registration to be loose because they steal elections with this looseness. The Democrats have stolen every close election in this country for the last 80 years or so. The jokes about dead people voting is based in fact. They also vote for registered voters who choose not to vote. ANd of course with the loose voter registration laws they make up names and vote their ballots as well. The Unions are one of the primary organizations that are doing the actual fraudulent voting but ACORN and other lesser known groups do their share.
Clearly the penalties for voting fraud are not sufficient and the odds of being indicted/convicted in a Blue state are miniscule. The example of the black poll worker, Melowese Richardson, that boasted (on TV) about voting multiple times for Barack Obama (about six times, not counting the number of ballots she disposed of thereby depriving other citizens their vote). Convicted and sentenced to five years she was quietly released by a Democratic judge after several weeks and received a hero's welcome by Al Sharpton.
I guess that case was never brought to President Obama's attention or it slipped his mind when he recited statistics (in a speech) purporting to show that voter fraud was extremely rare. The "real voter fraud," he said, "is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud."
I have a warning for the Democrats and this administration and all their friends that believe that they can use the purloined power of the state to take what they want without penalty in an unending feast. Their predations are cutting into the flesh and bone of their victims. By denying fair elections as a peaceful means of redress they leave only one resolution; taking up arms, revolt, and revolution. They should start listening for the drummer on the Green.
Free Speech!? Well, we can't have THAT!
Paulie "The Beard" Krugman: "In a cutting-edge effort to mobilize young voters with faded HOPE stickers, Rolling Stone fought back with “In Defense of Obama,” a bold missive authored by noted countercultural idol Paul Krugman."
Never would I have expected Paulie to be called "counterclultural".
Not just the Skunk Works. The E-Cat just passed an independent analysis that shows good results:
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The University of Washington has something going on:
And the original EMC2 people are still breaking new ground: