I am not big on casting stones as typically people get very defensive when you do and communcation takes a turn for the worse. I am confused a bit about international law however, especially regarding the international waters treaties that are in place. You may be wondering why I bring this up. It appears that Israel, sweet innocent Israel, has done it again, and not in the Britney Spears kind of way. It seems that Israel boarded a ship in international waters and killed some people. Last I heard this is against international law, some could say an ACT OF WAR, but hey, what do I know?
And this sounds ominous as the Turks aren’t a people you mess with.
“‘Murder conducted by a state’
Relations with Turkey, a key supporter of the aid flotilla but also until recently Israel’s staunchest ally in the Muslim world, were badly damaged by Monday’s events, possibly irreparably. Ankara announced it would recall its ambassador and call off all military exercises with Israel. Around 10,000 Turks marched in protest.”
Of course, answer mindless stupid violence with what?
“After nightfall, Hamas-linked militants fired a rocket that exploded in Israel, the militants and the Israeli military said. Nobody was hurt. The militants said the rocket attack was in response to Israel’s raid on the flotilla.”
The funny thing about pointing this stuff out is how many people of the Jewish faith take it as an attack on them – it is not. I believe that Israel does not represent the entire Jewish faith. Maybe its just me, but I find it hard to believe that they do.
WICHITA — Apparently, the holiday hilarity got under way a bit early in Wichita.
A 31-year-old man was working with power tools in his garage at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday in the 8800 block of East Hunter when a stranger raced in, shot Silly String at him, and then raced out.
No damage was reported — just a bunch of Silly String to clean up.
Take a second to think about this: He was covered with Silly String. Then walked inside his house and actually called the police to report an “assault”. What he doesn’t realize is the next time a gang will grab him and beat him senseless with wet noodles. This guy is “dad man walking” for sure.
“Cut down a bit of stomach fat every day by using this 1 old wierd tip”
An ad on that has been showing up on this site…..
How about I help everyone out – EAT LESS or Exercise more! Our body does not break the rules of physics.
Energy In = Energy out. If you don’t decrease the Energy in then, you must increase Energy out or you will not lose weight.
There was a Junior Officer on my last boat that was a perfect example of this. He would eat whatever he wanted and balloon up to 250lbs. At 6’4″ he’s allowed to be approximately 217lbs. So a couple months before the Physical Readiness Test, he would eat a candy bar and a vitamin pill for breakfast/lunch and regular dinner and would lose the weight. Note – he did not exercise more, just ate less. But it takes effort and dedication to do this – but we are a nation of fat people who are always looking for the easy way.
Also myself as an example…I was constantly hovering up around 210-215 – I’m allowed 211lbs in the Navy. So I didn’t want to work out more, so I made the difficult decision to switch to…..DIET COLA. Tastes like crap and not as good as the “Real Thing”, but sacrifices had to be made. Now I hover around 205…no change in anything else. Still eat the same stuff and didn’t exercise anymore.
Ok – I am watching the Basketball playoffs right now. Football season is over and I’m not desparate enough to watch baseball.
I was watching the Cleveland series and was surprised how easily they went down when they were supposedly the #1 seed in the league! I was thinking that they lost because the Celtics had “Old Man Strength”. You know that hidden reserve which is the reason you’ll never be able to beat your dad. The old fart just won’t let himself lose to some punk a$$ kid
So google.com, you know the service run by the devil, is launching their own television service. Watch the video, it will make sense. It sounds great, however, I am not sure if it has built in DVR or not. TROUBLING.
In recent times Newsweek has become one of the few Main Stream Media publications to even mention very bad issues – in fact we at Blinkinblogs have commented on this several times. I am not saying that we agreed with Newsweek all the time but we did tip our hat to their attempt at actual reporting – something that is sadly missing in MSM. Their most recent article on the topic of the economic crisis in Europe, starting with the Greece bailout, is an amusing one to be sure.
Let me quickly sum things up for you, but I also recommend reading the article. Basically the situation in Europe is as follows:
Countries in Europe decided it was a great idea to have one common currency – the Euro – (except those crazy Brits!). Catch being of course that the countries of Europe forgot to make a financial governing body that oversaw that currency – oops.
Because of the Euro things were great for a few years in Europe – with one side effect – countries that had a difficult time getting large loans to expand their own economies before could now gets lots of “cheap” loans – such as Greece. Thing is about those pesky loans is people expect you to pay them back – oops.
Countries who got loans quickly realized they couldn’t pay them back when the world wide economy took a dire turn for the worse. The countries that lent them money and were also tied indirectly to those countries via a common currency quickly realized the trap they created and stepped on. The Euro takes a dive- oops.
With no governing body on the Euro those who use it scramble to meet and discuss how they can fix the problem. Someone points out this wouldn’t have happened, or might have happened to a lesser degree had there been a financial governing body – oops.
Nations scramble to fix things by issuing a 1 Trillion Dollar bailout. Read that again slowly. Macro-economists agree world wide – this will not solve the actual problem – Greece is told they need to clean up their act. Riots start in Greece – oops.
5 (maybe 7 depending on who you talk to) other countries in Europe start to show signs of decay. Things are looking ugly (this is today btw) – oops.
Newsweek does an analysis of things – represented in the article I linked to – and they believe that if handled right things are going to be awesome in Europe – in 2020. Until then things will be ugly -riots, carnage, depression, probably suicides (I embellished on this list a bit – I apologize for my over active imagination). So good news! In ten years. Ooooooops.
The USA government swears that our own economic future is not nearly as bleak as that of the European Union and the Euro. Only time will tell.
Recently in the World News there has been a series of reported knife attacks – many in China. I bring this up for a few reasons, and realize I am not trying to convince anyone of anything:
1) In England Knife related crimes have skyrocketed – Anti Gun laws were recently made more stringent.
2) In China Knife related crimes have skyrocketed – Gun laws are very strict.
Now I don’t like guns and never plan to own one, that said, are guns the real problem? I recently saw Lord of War (great movie btw) and there was a statement in that film that struck a chord with me, which I will paraphrase now.
“People will always find a way to kill each other, and someone will always be selling weapons to do that.” Take away guns, they use knives. If you take away knives what do they use? We’ll probably find out soon enough.
I believe that people should be nice to each other – one could say that I follow the basic mentality of do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It is a safe policy, albeit unrealistic. Growing up I took some martial arts and we were taught to throw a punch only if you are up to getting hit yourself. I bring this up because frankly I am tired of all the politically correct jargon that people use now. It has gotten completely out of hand. Why do I say this?
Perfect example: I was at a party a week ago. At one point I called MYSELF fat. That is right, the statement was directed and nobody but me. “Yeah, I am fat.” Something like that. I was immediately skewered by my wife and several other women at the party for being insensitive. Think about that for a moment. I was talking about ME.
When a society graduates to it not being socially acceptable to make fun of yourself then things are really screwed up. I can see people being irritated with some blow hard talking himself up like the narcissistic, arrogant tool that he is, but some dude ripping on himself? WTF?
My new policy? Scorched earth. Someone says anything to me then its fair game. If I say something about myself, feel free to ride the thread. “You are right Thraxxus, you are a god damned whale.”
Three British men have started quite the under taking. They have decided to float across Italy’s Lake Garda. A roughly 5 mile journey. Now this might seem to be a pretty easy task if you were on a boat or even swimming but these three gents are floating in none other than a inflatable BOUNCY CASTLE. BRILLIANT i say good show chaps. Not only are they on a boat but they even have a shark suit costume.
In the news recently, and on everybody’s mind, is the financial collapse on some level or another. Many of you may have heard about Greece and her financial woes and you may ask yourself “How does that even happen to begin with?” Let’s talk about it with some brief examples.
You are a Government and you need money so you issue bonds which are really promissory notes to pay the money that they sell for back with interest. As an example I sell a bond for $1 with a graduation interest rate of say 10% – meaning the person who bought the bond, on graduation date, will be owed $1.10. Not bad, especially given how much you can make from a bank these days (remember when you got decent interest on your money from a bank?).
Now the Government takes that money and uses it by either hiring people to do things, or lends it out. The weird thing being how this is one big cycle. We sell a bond, for which we owe on it more than we got, we lend that out to other people, hopefully making a profit, or spend it on people who later owe me money for taxes, which I hope to use to pay back the original Bonds. The problem at this point should become obvious: everything counts on everyone being able to do their part, and me, the government, not spending more than I can actually make back.
Let’s do an example:
Greece, through bonds and the above mentioned cycle, spends 110% of what the country made last year in taxes – meaning she spent 110 billion when she made only 100 billion. So she now owes, at day one of this year, 10 billion – or to put it bluntly she is 10 billion in the hole, again, day one. So to be able to do anything she puts more bonds out there to not only make up that 10 billion (borrowing money to pay back money – great theory) but so that the government can actually do stuff – like EXIST. Rinse repeat.
At some point the country owes more in one year on back bill interest that it makes, meaning the country borrowed 100 billion, with 10 billion in interest per year. At the ten year mark (really about the 8.7 year mark) the country now owes more in interest that it makes – 100 billion original, and 101 billion in interest. It is now IMPOSSIBLE to pay back the loan, EVER. In the private sector you file bankruptcy, lose basically everything (note that) and are cleared. The problem here is if Greece were to file bankruptcy what happens? BAD BAD STUFF. It was proposed that creditors would get GREECE – think that through for a moment.
Given today’s digitally-driven obsession with self-promotion, the selection of one’s Facebook Profile Picture is almost a full rite-of-passage into “web culture”. This goes well beyond the cartoonish avatar state that use to be a standard way to express oneself. Now we craft our identities based on core personality factors – reflective of healthy self-image cues. The pressures often mount when attempting to make the final oh-so-right choice with one’s profile pic.
Apparently the esteemed district attorney of New York has deemed it necessary to investigate whether or not Big Banks lied, cheated, stole, mislead and 500 other verbs with colorful adjectives the public, regulators and the government on how they were really doing. I am all for an investigation of this kind however I am also a realist. What incriminating evidence can possibly turn up, and even more disconcerting, what if some is found? These are banks that the government already wouldn’t let fail so how can they possibly hurt the banks? Give them less money? Constrain their nefarious business practices? We know that would only lead to banks not lending any more – their answer for all proposed legislation.
Fine them? Consider how laughable that is. Realize this – things are way out of control, and they are only going to spin farther out.
a) When did the act of “teabagging” take on a political slant? More precisely, who would want that as the word picture derived from their branded ideology?
b) The word “they” as a third-person singular gender-free pronoun. Why? No really, why?
c) The emotionally-charged social convention against the word “niggardly”? (it means being stingy about spending). Scenario: Caravaggio was immediately and aggressively reprimanded by his spouse for stating to the Barista that he didn’t want to come off as being “niggardly” but the price of their triple expresso was simply scandalous. Additionally, from the fast-twitch facial expression of the Barista I interpreted that she must have thought I’d just cursed at her. Result: I’ve now learned to eliminate a perfectly acceptable word from my lexicon. We should all weep at the slow death of the Queen’s English.
Photo: posterior view of a lateral Otodus tooth with clean side cusps (rare specimen = no repairs required).
This museum-grade specimen is from one of the earliest sharks, Otodus obliquus – remarkable for their wide triangular crown with rather smooth cutting edges and large side cusps (Agassiz, 1843). Note: Some Otodus teeth – those with irregular serrate cutting edges – are incorrectly identified as such and most likely are actual Cracharodonian (white shark).
Meggie: Who’s your Daddy?
As is somewhat commonplace (and necessary) in science, two opposing theories have been debated over the successor lineage of Otodus. Based upon high-level odontological characteristics of the teeth as well as several specimens of vertebrae, the shark was originally believed to be the direct ancestral vector to the Megalodon (the largest predatory shark and the object of my April ’07 exploration through the back-waters of Southern Florida). However, another hypothesis held that the “Meggie” was descended from Carcharodon stock (White Shark). Smithsonian fossil shark specialist Robert Purdy (a defender of Carcharodon) offers his belief that the geological time frame for Otodus to make the transformation into Carcharocles auriculatus is just too short to be credible. “…In instances where we can see evolutionary change through intermediate species such as in the reptile to mammal transition, these changes take place over a period of several million years,” states Purdy. “From geochemical evidence, we know that gene mutation in sharks is the slowest of all vertebrates. The Eocene associated dentition of “Carcharodon” auriculatus from Belgium has a lamnid (resembling a great white) dental formula rather than an odontaspid (resembling a sand tiger) formula as in Otodus.
This interview with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway shows how a properly planned country that is not overrun with greedy banks can be successful even when the economy crashes. Norway was the only “western” country to not crash along with the crash of 2008-2009 – in fact they grew their economy. BTW – Norway is one of those countries that big banks in America like to call socialist. Imagine that.