Archive for May, 2013

Memorial Day (May 27, 2013)

Posted in Military on May 27, 2013 by

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[See the “e-ssay” titled The Flag (May 31, 2010).]  

Bumper stickers of the week:

Yard Sale:  “Nicely manicured.  We’ll take it.  Do you deliver?”

“What is the most dangerous phrase in general aviation?”  “Watch this.”

The Bubble Is Inflating? (May 20, 2013)

Posted in Guns, Stock Market on May 20, 2013 by

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1         “I am a financial genius; you are a financial genius; he is a financial genius; she is a financial genius.”

2         “We all are financial geniuses today.  But for how long.”

1       “Think 2000 – 2001.  Price–earnings ratios are still one of the most concrete touchstones.  The time-honored ratio expresses a timeless relationship between investment and return.  The ratios are akin to shotgun gauges.  Ten is tenable.  Twelve is desirable.  Sixteen is acceptable.  Twenty is workable.  Twenty Eight is tolerable.  However, Four Hundred Ten is unsustainable.  If you gauge it correctly, you might have a shot.  Yet today’s returns are getting unreasonable.”

2         “Treasury instruments are providing a paltry return on investment of about four hundred and fifty eight or worse.  That is not attractive and is not attracting money.  The stock market is the only game in town.”

1        “The players make us play it.  When will we do what we know we are all scheming to do and try to be the last fool out at the top.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Financial genius on board

A skyscraper built on sand

400 PPM (May 13, 2013)

Posted in Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population, Press/Media on May 13, 2013 by

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1    “After careful and exhaustive research, 99.9999 percent of the legitimate scientists conclude that man’s activities are impacting Mother Earth and then some lunatics proclaim that the scientists are evenly divided.  The charlatans may be just baying at the moon, but they are very effectively misleading many of the masses.”

2       “And a few folks feel obliged to provide equal time presenting each argument.”

1        “You don’t need to be a climate scientist to realize that a rapid and even radical increase in a dangerous chemical with reasonably predictable consequences requires more thoughtful and thought-provoking research and commentary.”

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[See the discussion and references at]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Less Government Regulation Series: The Terrorist Tax Again (August 3, 2009) and Energy “Manhattan Project”: The “Carbon Tax And Dividend” (March 25, 2013).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

“In the sack, save the leatherback; Don’t go bare, panthers are rare; Wrap with care, save the polar bear; When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender; Be a savvy lover, protect the snowy plover; Safe intercourse saves the dwarf seahorse.  Extinction is forever, wear a condom.”  Center for Biological Diversity.

CO2 = Not so good; CO2 Tax = good

Running From Cancer Runs (May 6, 2013)

Posted in Fracking, Health Care, Population, Water on May 6, 2013 by

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_          “Seems that everyone would be better off not running for the cure to cancer but rather reflecting on ways to prevent cancer.”

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_          “The only available water was encapsulated in cancerous plastic bottles provided by a sponsor.  I went to the water fountain; the fountain was disconnected and just hung off the wall like a sconce.  I went to the bathroom faucet; the faucet is now laser controlled and premixed the water to a tepid temperature.  A cupped hand of tepid water was the only alternative to the plastic product.”

_          “Or go thirsty.”

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_          “The name CDC – Center for Disease Control – has a pleasing symmetry and cadence.  Adding ‘Prevention’ to the mix is prescient, prudent and proper.  Resources should be focused on preventing cancer not just curing cancer.  If it is prevented, it does not need to be cured.”

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_          “In the near future, we will be fighting wars for water and rare earths on this beleaguered Earth.”

_          “And expressing regret that we ever allowed fracking to destroy the precious water supply.”

_          “We also would prevent some cancers if there were fewer mouths to water.”

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_          “I’m already signed up.”

_          “I’ll go, but I’ll run under quiet protest.”

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[See the “e-ssay” titled Gettin’ Health Risks Right (June 25, 2012).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Everyone has an equal right to water, so no one has exclusive water rights.

Run for the cure?  Live for prevention.