Hopefully you are still in communication with the outside world there in your bomb shelter hiding from those N. Korean missiles….if so then here are some thoughts to mull while passing the time.
We recently wrote a blog about the Tesla story with those tax rebates and rigged batteries to limit range capacity and the Global warming cabal. A footnote, just a couple of days later Hansen of the Goddard Institute announced his resignation from his government job. He of the religious convictions regarding global warming. To give you a hint of his perspective during all the time of his pontificating on the subject you might be interested to know that his new life is one of litigation. He intends to join in a number of lawsuits by the Greenies to fight carbon and promote a carbon tax. Those who have blindly followed him for the past decade have had a leader that is about as much scientist as L. Ron Hubbard.
We are all familiar with the three configurations of water on Earth, a solid (ice), liquid and a vapor. But that is just on Earth. In space in morphs into a another stage. The ice in the comets whizzing by us when it gets close enough to our Sun will not melt as on Earth and become a liquid then vapor. It sublimates directly into a gaseous form of the components.
One doesn’t know whether to cringe in fear or laugh out loud at the recent bloviating from N. Korea. They do have lots of cannons and tanks and of course a few nukes lying around. An attack would be horrible no doubt but the outcome would result in mass destruction in their own backyard. Even if we didn’t want to do much you can rest assured the South Koreans and Japanese would respond with vigor because they would see such a conflict as a threat to their very existence. It is harder to know how to respond because of the looks of that kid they have allegedly running the country. Looks do matter and he looks like a cartoonish Saturday morning character on a kid’s show. It is hard to see any redeeming physical feature in that guy. And his best buddy is Dennis Rodman! Hard to take someone like that seriously but I suppose we should. He sure doesn’t have the looks or demeanor of someone with gravitas like a Churchill or a Reagan.
In case you haven’t seen the latest about the Obamacare coming soon to a hospital or doctor’s office near you, the Navigators that are supposed to aid everyone in learning how to read the 61 pages of instructions to sign up for the new pr0gram and help you move through the online version will come from the same background as the guy in the White House–they are going to be your local community organizer. That is not a joke, check it out for yourself. The guidelines for their selection state specifically that they should represent specific demographics in the community and speak the language of the people there. If you live in a majority minority neighborhood and you are white then no need to apply; you don’t meet the specs. The act says they should come from community organizations, like ACORN type folks. Well, for one I thought everyone eligible would already be proficient in English. It is still a requirement for naturalization. Illegals are not supposed to be eligible. It will pay over 20 bucks an hour and they plan on over 20,000 of these Democratic recruiters, er, Navigators. I am sure they will do a great job of registering new voters but have some doubts about the quality of advice about which insurance is best for the people wanting help.
The unemployment rate and jobs numbers for March are out. Both numbers are so fuzzy. The participation rate is the lowest it has been in 35 years and that is probably the most significant number of all. That is the number of people actually working versus those in the total workforce. There is a better way to gauge how well or awful the economy is doing. All those numbers are based on surveys on only a few companies and households around the country and the rest is “modelling” to project the final numbers. Each month the States send in real numbers, not estimates or survey analysis to the Commerce department that gives the total for all income taxes withheld from employees and sales tax revenues. Yes, the self-employed aren’t in those numbers but it still covers the large majority of our population. Those totals will go up or down depending on the health of the economy. At least they are real numbers, not subject to manipulation or guesswork. That total number each month would give a much more accurate picture of how we are doing than the current estimates we get. This is not an original idea with me but it is a good one. I like anything that is based on raw data rather than numbers that are the result of bureaucratic massaging.
Really enjoyed The Bible shown on the History channel. Thought it was well done. They sure couldn’t cover all the stories in the Bible and finished in 5 episodes but wish they had substituted the story of Joseph for Samson. His was such a great story of the rise and fall of circumstances and ultimately redemption. So many of the best and worst of Mankind’s attributes are revealed in that story.
They found Richard III’s body recently and confirmed through DNA that it was he indeed. He has been vilified over the centuries for his alleged murder of his two nephews after he had them held in the Tower of London when he assumed the Crown after his very short reign as regent for one of those nephews who was the son of Edward IV. Shakespeare of course made that alleged murder famous in his play of that name. The bodies of the nephews were indeed found about two centuries later in 1674 under a stairwell in the Tower. There has never been any conclusive proof of the murder. It was a turbulent time at the end of the War of Roses and many deaths and assassination among the royal contenders. He may not have ordered their murder it is just as likely that one of his supporters did the deed with his tacit approval. Much like Solomon condoned the death of his rebel son Absolom, until the deed was done when he was racked with grief. Richard probably didn’t have much time for regrets though as he had to fight off rebellion from the beginning of his short two-year plus reign and the threats from France and Brittany. Still a good murder mystery.
At Bosworth field per the Bard spake Richard III, “A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse.” Richard III, Act V, scene v. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com