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Archive for June 9th, 2008

Over at Bar Slaves, Old Iron was momentarily lucid, asking any MoronBloggers who were interested in meeting near Detroit (ish) to pipe up on his page to express interest. He then rapidly lost lucidity and degenerated into animal noises and gagging sounds. I guess it was pretty gross. Women and small children were removed from the scene in shock and grown men were seen openly weeping.

But someone slipped him a pint of Guinness or something, his limbic system rebooted, and he was right as rain. Inspirational, I tell you. The picture below shows a normal brain, and next to it is the size of that same brain after repeated abuse and pickling in alcohol. Note that it is the same in every way (sort of – perhaps instead of firm tofu consistency it is more like skim ricotta cheese) but shrunk. This is due to the skull-rending forces of the cranial fluids within the brainpan the day after. I no longer drink but assure you this is true. More than once I was required to work when the night before was a pub crawl that had lost it’s brakes (and sanity), and my brain was bruised from rattling around like Lotto balls inside the ol’ noggin.

(click the pic, it seems to get bigger if you do)

Go read about it the meeting of the minds. Have fun. Poke that old bear with a stick.

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Over at Four Right Wing Wackos, there was this wonderful post by Ragin’ Dave. I’m putting it here but I strongly encourage you to go over there and window shop, browse, ask questions if good ones come up.

Read their stuff, then zip back up here to the top and read how the government measures unemployment that’ll *really* bake your noodle.  You’ll never trust a statistic about unemployment again.  Well, you shouldn’t anyway, beyond who is signed up for unemployment – and even that has “issues”.

Economics and stupidity

I was listening to the news the other day, and the reporter (from CNN, of course) was almost going into hysterics over the latest unemployment numbers. “AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 5.5%! OHMYGODWEREALLGONNADIE! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!”First thought out of my head – Isn’t 5.5% about half as low as most of Europe?

Second thought out of my head – Why the increase when there haven’t been any major layoffs or other reductions in employment?

Answer:

“It wasn’t Bush, it wasn’t greedy corporations, or free trade, or history’s most over-predicted recession. It was not the oil companies, income inequality, or the excesses of cowboy capitalism. None of these things caused the unemployment rate to jump a half a percentage point in one month. Ask yourself a few questions: Why did unemployment surge at a time when unemployment compensation claims are historically low? More to the point, how could unemployment spike this much without a coinciding spike in corporate lay-offs? The answer to all of these questions is same: because very few people lost jobs last month. This huge jump in the size of the unemployed comes from new entrants to the economy—hundreds of thousands of them. In short, well over 600,000 people who were not job seekers in April became job seekers in May. And who starts looking for work at the end of Spring? That’s right—students. Hundreds of thousands of students are looking for work right now, and they’re not finding it. Congress is to blame. Last year Congressional Democrats (along with some Stockholm-Syndromed Republicans) passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which started a phased hike of the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25. Free market economists warned them that this would increase unemployment—that rapid increases in unemployment compensation hit teens and minorities the hardest. But the class-warriors are running the people’s house now, and they would hear none of that, so they took to the floor, let loose the dogs of demagoguery, and saddled America’s pizza parlors, municipal swimming pools, house painting businesses and lawn mowing services with a huge cost increase. Now, we see the perfectly logical outcome of wage controls—rising unemployment among the most economically vulnerable.” [my emphasis]

So, in short, what anyone with a brain predicted would happen if Congress dicked around with the minimum wage did indeed happen.

Congress should not be allowed to do a damn thing with the economy. Their collective knowledge of economics wouldn’t fill a shoe box.

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So, along with the host of OTHER dangers presented by meth cooks, now we have brand new sources of fun. A$$holes.

Here was an interesting warning from the propane people.

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Here’s an example of much faster suicide… This isn’t the brightest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do. Isn’t the dumbest either. Poor bastard.

Man jumps from plane with no parachute, dies

29-year-old follows team out of aircraft with just a camera

DUANESBURG, N.Y. – A 29-year-old man leaped out of a plane at 10,000 feet with a camera but no parachute Saturday. His body was found next to a house with a damaged roof, police said.

Sloan Carafello of Schenectady, who was observing on the flight, followed an instructor, student and videographer out the door, wearing no skydiving gear, officials said.

Police said they did not suspect foul play but would not elaborate.

Robert Rawlins, pilot and owner of the Duanesburg Skydiving Club, said he was flying the single-engine plane and had begun to close the door when Carafello jumped.

His body was found next to a house west of Albany.

Article source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25024995/from/ET/

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And an example of what I wish would be career suicide. Free speech doesn’t mean people have the right to be total asses without other people expressing their right to boycott his obnoxious brand of free speech however they want.

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These days, this amounts to suicide, the way people drive.

Woman Struck, Killed by Car After Hitting Owl With Own Car

FLORIDA — Hillsborough County officials say a woman was hit and killed by a car after getting out of her own car to check on an owl she had accidentally hit.

The sheriff’s office says 68-year-old Jean Pearce was driving Sunday night in Keysville near Tampa when she hit an owl in the middle of the road. After pulling over to check on the bird, she was hit by another vehicle. Pearce died at the scene.

No charges have been filed yet against the driver, who has not been identified. The accident is still being investigated.

Meanwhile, animal control officers are checking on the condition of the owl.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,364466,00.html

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I lifeguarded for many years. This guy fits the definition of a hero.

GALVESTON, Texas — Four students and a safety officer had less than a minute to escape their sinking ship once it began taking water during a regatta on the Gulf of Mexico, the safety officer said Monday.

The survivors praised the boat’s other safety officer, 53-year-old Roger Stone, for rushing them off the craft within seconds of realizing it was taking water, putting their lives ahead of his own. Divers pulled his body from the boat Sunday afternoon.

“Roger was a friend, a great sailor, a good coach and a true hero,” safety officer Steve Conway said on NBC’s “Today.” “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in their time of loss.”

Conway said the students kept their composure over 26 hours in the choppy water. They used belts and rigging to hook themselves together, with the five men sharing four life vests, Conway said. He told them stories to keep them encouraged.

“They remained positive, they didn’t panic,” Conway said. “They kept working as a team and helping each other.”

Three of the students — Steven Guy, Joe Savana and Travis Wright — attend Texas A&M at Galveston. The fourth, Ross James Buzbee, attends Texas A&M in College Station.

Article and photo source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,364454,00.html

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