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Saturday, April 11. 2015
"Sunny" - many covers, some good and some not so. Scroll down.
But why "Sunny"? He'll explain, but I think it's because they ain't seen no sunshine since I don't know when...
This Is What Sex After 70 Is Really Like (h/t Insty)
Food Babe Travel Essentials – No Reason to Panic on the Plane!
OMG - they put nitrogen into the airplane air! A chemical! She is a harmless idiot for idiots!
A dangerous idiot
Upstate New York — that vast 50,000-square mile region north of New York City — seems to be in an economic death spiral.
Filthy greedy capitalists. I'd like to see 100%, but not just stocks. Stock markets are a casino.
More evidence that Wall Street is a conduit between public pension funds and Greenwich real estate agents
Upon Further Review: Inside the Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper's Rape Spree
There is no epidemic. Rapists rape, always have
Piketty’s Logic Gap - If governments are so inept, why trust them with the power to redistribute wealth?
Politico Flails About in Pathetic Attempt to Explain What Could Go Wrong for Scott Walker
Hillary Clinton’s Truman Show Campaign
Penn State student editorial: Frat lawsuit against ‘Rolling Stone’ is ‘harmful’
New York Times Manufactures ‘Fact’ Out of Thin Air, Uses It to Accuse NRA of Hypocrisy
Sultan's The Closing of the Liberal Mind:
According to Their Male Defenders, Female Interviewers Can’t Handle Rand Paul
Florida Republicans: Rubio betrayed Jeb by running for president
Good. They aren't terrorists - just rotten evil people like most governments
Raul Castro’s tough demands raise doubts, but Obama remains optimistic for U.S.-Cuba relations
How can he make demands? He's being offered a gift and wants to negotiate accepting it?
He's being offered a gift and wants to negotiate it?
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On the link to the article about Upstate New York and Binghamton, an additional factor in the relative decline of Upstate NY that is not mentioned in either the article or the comments is that huge areas of the state are state parks or other public land (the Adirondack State Park is 6 million acres, and it is merely the largest of dozens of state-owned parks and wilderness areas). As far as I know, these areas do not produce much economic activity and generate little in direct tax revenues. I can recall past governors of New York boasting of how they were adding to the state's public land, preserving it as parks by saving it from loggers. Perhaps in hindsight this has not been the best use of public funds.
The park generates lots of tourism year 'round.
Amazing, mostly wild place. Hunting, fishing, skiing, vacation homes, etc.
Granted. But this kind of tourism is not especially profitable (few big-ticket fancy stores, few expensive restaurants, not very many terribly grand hotels, and so forth) because this is intended to be get-away-from-it-all stuff, not a shopping trip to Milan. Huntin' and fishin' are great recreations and hiking through miles of forest and mountain can be extremely invigorating, no question, but you're not generating an awful lot of economic activity while doing all that (I mean, that's part of the point, no? Back To Nature, and all that, however briefly).
As an add-on to my earlier comment about Upstate NY, bear in mind that fracking has essentially been banned in NY while it is in full flood just across the state line in Pennsylvania. One reads of frackers working in northeastern Pennsylvania (because the money is good) and living in southern Upstate NY (because the housing is cheap).
"U.S. handed Cambodia to the butcher".
It's true but not the whole story. We live in a constitutional republic where a democratic vote decides who is in office. Part of this system depends upon an informed citizenry. The 1st amendment guaranteed this would happen but years ago the left took control of the media/journalist and used them to put out the story that would most benefit them. In the late 60's and early 70's the media began the effort to get the U.S. out of the dirty little asian war. Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather along with others began a war on truth to make public opinion force the U.S. to walk away from South East Asia. The Ambassador Dean knows this and has intentionally left that out of the story. But IT is the story. The media lied and millions in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos died. Jane Fonda, John Kerry and the many on the left who supported the great misinformation show and the media were all complicit but escaped any blame what so ever. Now the good ambassador is free to declare it was the U.S. that abandoned those people to their fate. The first victim ofwar is truth. It would seem that 40 plus years later this is still true.
Re: Food babe
What an idiot! The cabin pressure is less than the pressure at sea level. The air outside the plane already has more than 70% nitrogen, they don't mix it with nitrogen to save money! Maybe her food advice is better but is she really a contributor to NYT, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, etc? I hope not. I didn't read the earlier link to her the other day. I might just for comic relief.
her food advise is terrible as well. Dry stuff, when you're dehydrating already on that aircraft...
And of course you'd best not be caught bringing any leftovers into an airport on a stopover as most if not all countries prohibit importing food!
I've written about that crook Vani Hari a few times. She's fond of leading campaigns against companies that result in normal people losing work. Like every other social justice warrior, she is just a hustler duping gullible people.
Re: Who pays taxes
Leona Helmsley was wrong when she said, "only the little people pay taxes." It's the other way around - "only the rich pay taxes".
This is all counter productive because the middle class is where the money is (combined) and everybody should be impacted by taxes. That is the reason I wasn't that excited about Bush's tax cuts - it took a lot of people off the tax rolls and shifted the burden further toward the "rich".
"He is being offered a gift and he wants to negotiate it?"
The greatest gift is getting to negotiate with Obama and Kerry. I would grab everything I possibly could from those two idiots.
I got on a list from a Senior Group, they email each other with cute pictures and amusing stories or jokes. I don’t remember getting a “Joke” before this sharp and pointed at President TelePrompter.
Bruce Jenner Transition Fires New Speculation
Wash. DC – Over the past year a rash of news stories surfaced speculating whether gold-medal winning Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner was undergoing a gender transition from male to female. Though Jenner has yet to publicly confirm the story, members of his extended family, including the Kardashian clan, have recently approached various news outlets confirming Jenner’s intentions.
Now it appears a number of world leaders have picked up on the story and are wondering aloud “What will happen to Jenner’s balls if he completes the transition?” Sources this week quoted Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu as suggesting it would be a monumental step if Jenner were to donate his balls to U.S. President Barack Obama. Netanyahu stated “Everyone knows Obama has no balls and it would be damn nice if he suddenly had Olympic sized balls. It would be a huge step forward for world peace.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel remarked ” I don’t even have any balls, but everyone tells me I have a bigger set than Obama. I think it would be a great idea.”
On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Syrian President Bashar Assad in proclaiming that Obama’s lack of balls has finally enabled a number of regimes worldwide a fair chance to consolidate their power. Putin, on a shirtless fly fishing expedition in Kamchatka, said “The days of U.S. Presidents with big balls like Reagan are over. Now it’s our turn.“
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani remarked earlier in the week that “It’s been great the last six years. It’s like playing soccer against the U.S. with no goalie in their net ”
While world leaders debate the issue, closer to home New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady stepped forward to say they would each donate one ball to the President if Jenner does not come through. Belichick, however, cautioned that “The President would have to understand, our balls would be underinflated, but still probably an improvement over what he seems to be working with.”
Tried to read the Food Babe article but couldn't get past the first couple of "Facts".
Pressurization: Cabin pressure is LESS than normal sea-level pressure. You're not "pressurized" your "de-pressurized". Granted, that causes some of the effects that she complains about, but you don't want to blow out the windows on an airplane to keep from been "Pressurized".
Oxygen content: Air is normally 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, and 1% trace gases.