Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cab Thoughts 4/20/13

Men had thought of wealth as a static quantity, to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.
~Ayn Rand

"Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are 'acceptable crimes,'" said the PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco, "when used for the animal cause." 

The Amur tiger can weigh over 500 pounds and can be more than 10 feet long nose to tail. They can jump as far as 25 feet — vertically, they can jump over a basketball hoop.

In fiscal 2010, according to numbers published by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), net spending by all levels of government in the United States was $5,942,988,401,000. That equaled $50,074 for each one of the 118,682,000 households in the country. In that same year, according to the Census Bureau, the median household income was $49,445. That means total net government spending per household ($50,074) exceeded median household income (49,445) by $629.

The Ireland Central Bank minted a coin with a James Joyce "Ulysses" quote to honor the man. They misquoted the book.
Chapter three of the novel begins: "Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read."
The second sentence on the commemorative 10 euro coin reads: "Signatures of all things that I am here to read."
After the predictable backlash, the bank said it was a matter of "artistic representation."

Who is.....Mary Surratt?

Good news! Yoko Ono is coming out with a book of "instructional poetry," according to OR Books. She "explains": "It's something I originally created for the Internet. For 100 days, every day, a different instruction was communicated. Now it's being published in book form. I'm riding a time machine that's going back to the old ways!"

If two products each cost $1 today, but one is subject to a 2% inflation rate and the other 10%, in 100 years the low-inflation product costs $7.25 and the high-inflation product costs $13,781. That, of course, also applies to compounding interest.

Background checks to buy a pressure cooker?

According to the EIA, although it had about 50% of the installed capacity of solar in the USA, geothermal produced about twice the electricity of solar. In four years, however, solar should surpass geothermal.

Obamacare costs projections have risen by over 40% from the projections just two years ago. That 40% does not take into account what private insurance costs have already risen and are going to continue to rise.

Wednesday's issue of "Batgirl" introduced the first transgender character in a mainstream comic series: Batgirl's roommate, Alysia Yeoh.

Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers.
But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the “plight” of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can “come out of the shadows” and “normalize” their lives.---Sowell

Data released by the Mining Safety and Health Administration show that the average number of coal mining jobs under the Obama administration is 15.3% higher than the average under the Bush administration. Nationwide, the job totals for 2011 and 2012 marked the highest two year period for coal mining employment in 15 years. The reason? Increased exports and decreased productivity. (Now this is a Federal study so......)

Why did so many of the high profile suffragettes of the early 20th Century join the Fascist Party?

Golden Oldie:

Belgian King Leopold II was responsible for the deaths from 1885 to 1908 of ten million Africans in the lands surrounding the Congo River. His plan was to increase his personal wealth by buying land from natives, usually under false pretenses or the threat of violence or magic. Many military units had a "keeper of the hands," a soldier assigned to keep track of hands taken from the dead as sort of a "scalp" to prove the bullet used went to the king's cause. His activities were the basis for Conrad's "Heart of Darkness."

An old joke on economists and models: An engineer, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on a deserted island. They are starving, when miraculously they find a box filled with canned food. What to do? They consider the problem, bringing their collective lifetimes of study and discipline to the task.
Being the practical, straightforward sort, the engineer suggests that they simply find a rock and hit the cans until they break open. “No, no!” cry the chemist and economist, “we would spill too much food and the birds would get it!”
After a bit of thought, the chemist recommends that they start a fire and heat the cans. The pressure in the cans will force them open and the food will conveniently already be heated. But the engineer and economist object, pointing out correctly that the cans would likely explode and splatter the food all over the beach.
The economist, after carefully studying the cans and reading the labels, starts scrawling a series of equations in the sand, which eventually cover the entire beach. After much pondering, he excitedly announces, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!” as he points to the final equation. They ask him to explain, with their visions of finally getting a meal causing them to regard the economist with a new sense of respect.
The economist clears his throat and begins, “First, assume a can opener …”

The two men being investigated for secretly recording Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were enthusiastic activists, but definitely not professional operatives.
Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison were active bloggers. Reilly was a delegate to August’s Democratic National Convention, but he made his living as a financial planner. Morrison sold real estate.They started Progress Kentucky, a PAC, hoping to help Democrats upset McConnell, but in three months all they’ve done is turn a veteran senator with low approval ratings into a sympathetic figure and spur an FBI investigation. Progress Kentucky first achieved national notoriety for attacking McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, over her ethnicity.
Anyone can start a super PAC by filing papers with the Federal Election Commission and opening a bank account. The question is are these just incompetent amateurs on a professional political landscape or idiots actually representative of American politicians?

Fox News reported last week that “the U.S. Army listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania…The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism.”
The list is titled “Religious Extremism”; heading it is “Evangelical Christianity (U.S./Christian),” followed by “Ikhwan or Muslim Brotherhood (Egypt/Muslim)”and then “Ultra-Orthodox” (Israel/Judaism),” making for a politically correct trifecta of the three main monotheistic religions. Also on the list are “Al Quaeda [sic] (Transnational/Islam)’; “Hamas (Palestinian/Islamist)”; Abu Sayyah [sic] (Philippines/Islam)”; “Ku Klux Klan (U.S/Christian)”; and “Catholicism (U.S./Christian),” among others.

Maryland will impose a new tax on homeowners for the amount of rain that falls on homes. The so-called “storm management fee” will be enforced after Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley pushed the bill forward, reported the Maryland Reporter. The measurement was passed by state lawmakers last year to raise funds to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s order to clean up the Chesapeake Bay estuary.
CBO projects that, under current law, the government’s yearly net interest spending will double as a share of GDP—from 1.5 percent in 2014 to 3.3 percent in 2023, a percentage that has been exceeded only once in the past 50 years. (CBO)

In 2000, a 1,003 kilogram (2,211 lbs) meteorite was discovered near Fukang, a city located in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Named the Fukang Meteorite it was identified as a pallasite, a type of stony–iron meteorite, with striking olivine crystals throughout. Pallasites are extremely rare even among meteorites (only about 1% of all meteorites are this type) and Fukang has been hailed as one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century.
The Fukang pallasite is believed to originate from deep inside intact meteors created during the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and very few specimens are thought to have survived their descent through Earth’s atmosphere.
An anonymous group of collectors currently holds the largest portion which weighs 419.5 kg (925 pounds). In 2008 they attempted to sell it at auction at Bonham’s in New York for approximately $2 million but did not receive any bidders. A total of 31 kilograms (68 lb) of the specimen is at University of Arizona’s Southwest Meteorite Laboratory.

Over 200,000 parent-less children were sent on trains to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929. They were called "orphan trains" and the objective was to find them families but it was also to populate the Midwest and to provide labor. At its worst it was not much better than slavery. They were usually between the ages of 2 to the age of 14. 12- to 14-year-old boys were the most in demand because they provided labor. Sometimes trains of babies were sent called "mercy trains."

Charles Cullen was a nurse who killed as many as 300 of his patients before he was caught.

AAAAAAaaannnnnddddddd.......a graph:
Chart of the Day

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