“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Earth's icecaps disappearing by moving here

U.S. global warming imagery from December 9, 2009

The Canadian Press reports that President Obama left the climate summit in Copenhagen early to get home before Washington was pounded by a record-breaking snowfall that dumped 60 centimetres of snow throughout the region.

NOAA climate statistics in the U.S. for October 2009: The third coolest October on record. Unusually cold and wet conditions led to several snowfall records. The downward trend in temperatures continues despite the failure of the IPCC and climate scientists to predict any decline.

There was no agreement at the climate summit in Copenhagen on how to save the planet but five of over 190 nations agreed to keep talking, which led Barack Obama to declare a "meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough." I presume this means he will raise the grade he gave himself for this year from a B+ to at least an A-.


  1. I knew there was something wrong with all this bullshit when they were saying, 1990, or whatever it was, recently, was the hottest year on record.

    Turns out, it was 1934, I think, just like dad said, when he was deputy prosecutor in Orofino, Idaho, and the convicts melted in the jail.

    I think they hit 128 degrees or some such.

    He had what he called a 'swamp cooler' in his little office. Which just made you sweat, he said.

    His main case was against a guy that had beat the brains out of another fellow with a big heavy timber, all over a woman, said timber which I still have, downstairs.

    Pop won that case.

  2. This is the thread where ASH should jump in and defend the missing data, the e-mails, all the fudging and frauding, the farce in Siberia, and tell us and lecture us again about the Scientific Method, and Peer Review!

    And, I think it's time for another round of Hide The Decline

  3. 4. Yes We Did:

    You racist oppressors can whine forever about times gone by. President Obama rules this country now and the Progressives control the government. They are leading us all forward into a new world of peace and justice.

    The time of the racist white male oppressor has gone, never to return. Just shut up and pay your reparations.

  4. Melody, lest you misunderstand, vixen in my talk is not a phrase of abuse, like hooker, whore, tart, but rather a term of high praise, as speaking of someone of the opposite, experienced, knowing, a woman of highest rank.

    It is the highest praise, in my dictionary. It speaks of experience, insight, and knowledge, and passion, too.

  5. ...It speaks of experience, insight, and knowledge, and passion, too.

    All traits possessed by hookers, whores, tarts, and prostitutes. In spades.

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  7. heh, but not my Melody, love and lust are cousins, Linear, you can have lust without love, but love and lust are conjoined, done right, as the good vixens do.

    They know.

    "Love has pitched his tent in the place of excrement."

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  9. Will the third time be the charm?

    37. RWE:

    To continue in this same vein, from my earlier post on earlier events in Copenhagen.

    When the RAF finally came to destroy the Gestapo HQ, the Shell House, the Germans had located key prisoners in cells in the attic of the building to discourage air attacks. One of these prisoners was taken down to one of the lower floors for interrogation that morning. They seated him facing the windows, with the Gestapo men facing him. He was not tied up; after all he was in Gestapo HQ and what could he do?

    The prisoner suddenly looked out the window past the Gestapo men and saw three RAF Mosquito bombers inbound. He knew exactly what was going to happen next and simply got up and ran out the door and down the stairs. The Gestapo men stayed seated and looked after the departing prisoner in bafflement. Where did he think he was going? The building was full of Gestapo and there was a machine gun nest at the front door. There was no way he could escape.

    The prisoner made it down three floors by the time the bombs hit. After that, the guys manning the machine gun nest at the front door and everybody else in the building had other things to worry about than one more guy running away. The prisoner escaped.

    So some of us we will be looking out the window for the retribution that will come and some of us will be piloting it. And the real targets will look around in bafflement as the walls come down and crush them.

  10. "Love has pitched his tent in the place of excrement."

    Another Roethke poem?

  11. "...It speaks of experience, insight, and knowledge, and passion, too.

    All traits possessed by hookers, whores, tarts, and prostitutes. In spades."

    I think I see the irony, but I felt a twitch on the reading of it.

  12. Seems to me a four billion year old planet that has established a pattern of equilibrium, which by definition oscillates around a mean, may have established that mean over a period different from and irrespective of the egocentric and dillisional self-importance of the life cycle of a human being.

    It is a comical farce and we are to take the fatuous nonsense of global warming seriously because a man with the absurd name of Barack Hussien Obama says it is so.

  13. The pathetic misunderstanding is like a hysterical child watching the tide advancing, running to his mother, fearful and in tears that his world is flooding.

  14. T, I took the liberty of adding the insight of George Carlin on the subject at the bottm of your post...

  15. Romeo and Juliet

    They are together in death.

    Weep, or....rejoyce.

  16. It is a comical farce and we are to take the fatuous nonsense of global warming seriously because a man with the absurd name of Barack Hussien Obama says it is so.

    The craze had a life of its own when Obama was still an organizer in Chicago.

    He's just a tool. Often a dull tool.

    One might just as easily say it's because the last president, or GM, or GE, or Toyota, or Pacific Gas & Electric or Al Gore says it's so. Each in their own way have been coerced. Some for profit, some for power. Some through venal stupidity.

  17. Some good may come of it all. Those who have such a low esteem for the native intelligence of the common man are perilously close to overreaching, I think. Even the MSM will be unable to mask the fraud after a certain critical mass is reached.

  18. It would be valuable to pull back the curtain on the puppet masters, perhaps starting as far back as Alinsky. George Soros I'm sure is among them. There's another whose name escapes me, influential in picking the committee setting fort the rules for the writing of the IPCC reports.

  19. Remember, Linear, you are dealing with Ash, and folks like him.

    I hope you are right.

  20. LT, could you be thinking of Maurice Strong?

  21. The Guardian posted a little slide show of events which coincided with our rulers and masters' Copenhagen koolaid fest.

  22. There's a process "they" use which they've mastered quite well.

    I've seen it at play on the local level when I got involved with a curriculum setting process for a new middle school. We "laymen" on the "team" were ultimately used to give the predetermined outcomes a shine of legitimacy, the real core issues having been resolved behind the scenes by the "experts," i.e., those with teachers credentials and members of CTA. Their own process was such a blatant farce that most parents dropped off the wagon through sheer frustration.

  23. That's him, Rufus. I thought I remembered the Strong part. It's hell to get old.

  24. There could be a little good come from this craziness (not enough that I would risk the potential catastrophes, but, a little good, none the less.)

    We really do need to get cracking on some advanced evergy strategies; and, advanced energy strategies do tend, just by definition, to be a little cleaner.

    We're going to start running short on oil, soon; and, even though there is a Lot of coal, it won't last forever.

    We need to get our children educated to build, and operate the vastly more efficient manufacturing systems of the future.

    Bottom Line: More Efficient means More Clean. It should work out.

  25. It's hell to get old.

    Yeah, but the Alternative is Worse.

  26. "venal stupidity"

    Nice ring to that, it has, a very nice ring.

  27. The entire argument reminds me of a situation where you are listening to someone arguing a point that sounds as if it has merit, and suddenly their enunciated case takes a turn for the worse and you realize, to your own embarrassment, that they are nuts.

    You look at your watch and realize you have forgotten an important appointment and have to run.

  28. That is a pretty apt analogy, Deuce. Pretty damned apt.

    It has a lot of "aptness" to it. :)

  29. Remember, Linear, you are dealing with Ash, and folks like him.

    Viktor offered some encouragement to me in one of our email chats on this subject. Ridicule was the weapon he recommended. Ripe targets being the academic crowd and their lackies in media. Politicians seem by definition to be immune.

  30. ...suddenly their enunciated case takes a turn for the worse and you realize, to your own embarrassment, that they are nuts.

    Sums up my opinion of arguing with Ash.

  31. This period in history is very similar to the early 30's. We were shifting from a labor-intensive, agricultural economy, then, to an assembly-line industrial economy.

    At the time we really needed "Capital" put to work building industry the bankers blew the deal up. No Capital equalled "High Unemployment."

    We're almost in the same boat, today. We have to transition to robotic, computerized manufacturing, and we're not ready. We don't have a "ready" place for twenty, or thirty million displaced workers. And, once again, at a crucial juncture the Bankers have shot craps.

    And, we might be getting short on oil. Dangerous times.

  32. Ridicule was the weapon he recommended.

    I've been trying that tactic for months, but I tell you, old Ash seems immune.

    He'll come back with some argument or other, no matter how absurd, fly it in your face, and want to talk about it.


  33. Like this--just cause all the climate data has been shown to a BIG FRAUD, that doesn't mean climate change ain't real, ASH argues.

    How in the hell do you argue with that?

    When Ruf and I say, we got to start over, get the science right, old Ash says, there's not time.


  34. What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.

    These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year.

    Telegraph: Head of UN Climate Change office is a Crook Next Shoe to Fall?



  36. Ruf and Senator Inhofe had it right all along.

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  38. Bob's vision of his vixen at closin' time...

    Bob's vixen next mornin'...

  39. Eruption feared Imminent for Philippino Volcano

    Tell your folks to "duck," T. It could be a "Big One."

  40. CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
    Washington (CNN) -- Democrats won a major victory in their push for health care reform early Monday morning as the Senate voted to end debate on a package of controversial proposals to a sweeping $871 billion bill.

  41. Interesting thing about Goldwater, from 1964.

    45 years later, his two key words
    "Choice" and "Change" have been co-opted by his philosophical opponents.

    Fancy that.

  42. data from the temperature station Darwin Zero in northern Australia was found to be radically adjusted and showing huge warming (red line, adjusted temperature) compared to the unadjusted data (blue line). The unadjusted data showed that Darwin Zero was actually cooling over the period of the record. Here is the adjustment to Darwin Zero:

    The Fraud at Darwin

    It was Never anything more than a Con.

  43. My vixen is neither one of those, as only true lovers know.

    And shame on you, and sadness.

  44. I'm begining to think Rufus is Simple Minded, as well as being a socialist.

    The biggest crisis in education/society, Rufus has little to do with energy, and much to do with science, history, economics, culture, and values.

    Coal will last a hell of a lot longer than we have left as a strong and prosperous state.

    ...then again, you think programs that are bankrupt at inception are no problem at all.
    I just don't know.

  45. Riding crops and bondage, now the truth is out!

    Little wonder I feel right at home.

    With a song in my overheating beating heart.

    bob's prose does that for you guys, too, I'm sure.

  46. Look at California, fer chrissakes!

  47. ...the little that I read.
    Too embarassing to be part of the same species, much less same god damn bar!

  48. What did MLD show the guy, home porn?

  49. Our symbiotic partner saved the day, at Copenhagen.

    LONDON — China "hijacked" the Copenhagen summit by blocking a legally-binding treaty, climate change secretary Ed Miliband said Monday.

    China vetoed attempts to give legal force to the accord reached at the United Nations climate summit in the Danish capital, Miliband wrote in The Guardian newspaper.

    It also blocked an agreement on reductions in global emissions, he said.

    "This was a chaotic process dogged by procedural games," Miliband wrote.

    "The procedural wrangling was, in fact, a cover for points of serious, substantive disagreement.

    "The vast majority of countries, developed and developing, believe that we will only construct a lasting accord that protects the planet if all countries' commitments or actions are legally binding.

    "But some leading developing countries currently refuse to countenance this. That is why we did not secure an agreement that the political accord struck in Copenhagen should lead to a legally binding outcome.

    "We did not get an agreement on 50 percent reductions in global emissions by 2050 or on 80 percent reductions by developed countries.

    "Both were vetoed by China, despite the support of a coalition of developed and the vast majority of developing countries."

    He added: "The last two weeks at times have presented a farcical picture to the public. We cannot again allow negotiations on real points of substance to be hijacked in this way."

    Not forgetting that our President and Charlie had a private one on one, solidifying the "Plan".

    Look beyond the rhetoric, to performance.
    The US wins big, in Copenhagen.

  50. Must be nice to have a government/society that's not suicidal.

  51. They were discussing video chat, doug. So that'd be as likely the answer as any.

    You actually read it?

  52. Enuf to not want to finish any of it.

  53. Must really turn his wife on.

  54. It is a Bar, doug, boob is just makin' his moves.

    Little wonder he sleeps alone.

  55. Hey Bob:
    Here's an idea -
    E-mail, texting, sexting, video phones, etc.
    Leaving all us losers in the dark!

  56. You are, basically, all a bunch of assholes.

    Even you, al-doug, sometimes.

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves, but of course, you are not.


  57. You don't get it, Doug. History, and economics are fine; but for the next ten, or twenty years we're going to need Jobs for our people.

    If they Don't have Jobs we WILL have to increase the "Safety Net," ie, Socialism.

  58. Does drink from the same well as the Tapper.

  59. Yeah THIS time it will work, Rufus, history be damned.

    ...not to mention human nature.

  60. I'm outta here, you are a bunch of crass, crappy people, all of you, even Linear, for doing that.

    The hell with it.

  61. My neighbor's sister lives in France.
    He raves about their socialized medicine.
    Also leaves his sprinklers on an acre of ground when it's raining.
    Burns energy like algore.
    ...roof covered with photovoltaics.
    Real sustainable greeness/economics.

  62. Doug, the only thing you can take from History is that All Societies Fail.

  63. They don't call it the
    Tradgedy of the Commons for nothin, Rufus.

  64. Yeah, and green energy alone sure as hell won't delay failure.

  65. Wait and see how many doctors opt out, one way or another:
    Older ones will retire, others will find other ways.

  66. TraDgedy?

    No, I don't suppose they do.


  67. ...but then, you deny the growing problems in Romneycare.

  68. You've gone from me,
    oh, oh, TraDgedy!

    ...hope bob ain't lurkin!

  69. Yeah, and green energy alone sure as hell won't delay failure.

    I was about to agree with you, and then I saw that word, "delay" in there.

    So, now I can't.

  70. Sure Romneycare is "creating" problems. You've thrown a half a million uninsured, many of them sick, onto the system.

    But, really, if you read closely it doesn't seem like the problems are too awfully bad, and people are getting treated.

    And, puhleeze, Doctors make plenty o' Money. They ain't goin anywhere.

  71. Oahu would be a perfect place for a Nuke.
    Powerplant, that is.

  72. "And, puhleeze, Doctors make plenty o' Money. They ain't goin anywhere."

    In Mississippi?

    My doc says he sees 3 times as many patients now as he used to when he made more.

  73. And, when I talk about "advanced" energy sources, I AM including Nukes, Doug. Big Time. They are probably the firstest, bestest thing we could do.

  74. Teachin kids phoney history and to hate the country ain't too swell.
    Not to mention sex classes for kindergartners.

  75. In the less extreme climates, where cooling is not a requirement for a livable building, the technology is almost there to build a stand alone energy island, self powered.

    In Mexico Walmart is generating 45% of its' electricity from roof mounted photovoltaics, on a pilot building.

    Efficiencies will only improve. The remaining and still daunting engineering challenge.

    Those pesky batteries.

    I have not noticed any releases about the electric cars and the battery exchange stations or infrastructure development advancing in the Levant, or elsewhere that contracts for such development were let.

    Thought that deal had a "Scottsdale" ring to it.

  76. The damn volt has a complete gas powered backup generator.
    Can't make that cheap.

  77. Doug, have you EVER seen a "Poor" Doc?

    I'm sure he goes in at 8:00 just like he always did, and leaves at 5:00 just like he always did.

    And, makes goofy investments just like he always did. Docs is Docs.

  78. Great minds.
    I was thinking of Matt's battery powered fantasy this morning.

  79. The Volt is game-changing, but you and Rat are right, gotta get them batteries working "better, cheaper."

    The Yuppies in L.A., Phoenix, and Oahu will be driving Volts. Us hillbillies (the "other" 299 Million Americans) will be driving flexfuel Chevies, and Fords.

  80. And, trying to figure out how to get that gasoline out of that "drinkin" likker.

  81. I like the looks and mileage of the Malibu.

  82. Best car 2 years in a row.
    Two bad they may destroy the company.

  83. They got a crossover that gets 33mpg, too.

  84. I already had Mat mad enough at me as it was; but that had the smell of "con" all over it.

    The "Economics" of such a scheme are beyond Horrible. They make "Nuclear Meltdowns" sound pleasant.

  85. And here it is, almost 2010.
    When they were to begin driving them, in earnest.

    With 300 million units in place, within a blink of a proverbial eye.

  86. I have the Impala. Just about the first "plain vanilla" car I've had in my life. I love it. Wife misses her Expedition. Who do you think's gonna win this one?

  87. Fuck you, Linear, you mocked, MOCKED, a woman you don't even know.


  88. Settle down, Bob. You don't know her either. Hell, she might be an Okinawan Sumo Wrestler for all you know.

    It's the internet, Bubba.

  89. Did I mention I'm really the King of Sweden? I just use this "proxy" server in Ms to play with you fellas.

  90. "Settle down, Bob. You don't know her either. Hell, she might be an Okinawan Sumo Wrestler for all you know."
    That's exactly what I was thinking!

  91. I want my name off this worthless blog, now.

  92. I'm a tranny that never came out of the closet.
    Much less the house.

  93. Go get a little sleep, Bob. You'll Love us again in the morning.

  94. Yeah, but we already knew That, Doug.

  95. That and two aspirin.
    Ambien, if you got em.

  96. I vote he has to stay.

    He can ban himself from posting, but cannot resign from the Board, Like any good boys' club, he's in for the duration!

    That's my vote.

  97. I second that. Why should HE have all the fun.

  98. The Cosa Nostra doesn't let people just resign, willy nilly.

    We're at least as worthless as they are.

  99. Only the women of the Bar get to resign, multiple times, they having the prerogatives due their fairer gender.

  100. Wife says Wayne Newton had connections with the mob.
    Probly couldn't avoid it back when he started in Vegas when he was 15!

  101. He could, like JFKerry, renounce his Leaves and Clusters, though.

  102. Yeah, that, and that time of the month, 'Rat.
    Gotta make allowances, enlightened fellows that we are.

  103. Vegas was "exciting" back in the Mob days. Cheap as hell, too.

  104. A heck of a lot more fun.

  105. Newton raises and sells Arabian horses, up there in Vegas. They seem alright, as Arabians go. He does have a superior marketing edge.

    People are buying a piece of him, with every horse. He gets a real premium for that.

    Deservedly so, everyone is knowledgeable as to what they are really paying for.

  106. Newton had a circuit:
    Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Winnemuca, and some other podunk town.
    Guy called in from Carson City to ask if Wayne went to school there.
    Said no, but he waited at school for some of the girls to get out!

  107. I spent the biggest part of my life waving goodbye to women, houses, furniture, cars, diamond rings, self esteem - nah, take it back, I never waved goodbye to that. A LACK of that was never my main problem.

    Anyway, I never saw one come back till I started hanging out at the EB. It's a whole new experience.

  108. Think he said he has 60 or 80 Arabs.

  109. Hard to believe none of them encounters with wimmin did not dent your self-esteem.

  110. We all got a piece of brownie, too, 'Rat.
    Most of us didn't know it til it was over.

  111. Last time I went up there, maybe four years ago, now, all of the Strip seemed rather plastic.

    The Golden Nugget, that still had the old feel to it.

  112. I DID start to question my "Judgement."

  113. Started to wonder how I could keep coming up with all these really stupid women.

  114. He said the new owners of the tropicana just got done putting a hundred million into it.

  115. YOU are leaving "ME?!?" "MOI?!?"

  116. ...asked him to come up with a new show.
    Lots of technology and voices from the past to sing along with.

  117. Is you "Crazy?!?!?"

  118. I STILL don't understand how any of them did it with ME, Rufus!

  119. "I'm outta here, you are a bunch of crass, crappy people, all of you, even Linear..."

    You're just now discovering this?

  120. Gud Nacht, All

    Business in the mornin.

  121. Mom still turns in her grave over the rich one I let get away.

  122. Guten Morgen in advance, Rufus!

  123. The Clubs, Shows and such are very social, lots of money moving. Horses sell for impossible numbers, from any economic perspective, especially those Arabs.

    Really did, back in the day, pre-Reagan and his tax reforms.

    Old brood mares for sold at auction for a million bucks. Never seen the like, before or since.

    After the "real" money, like the Wrigley family, left the social scene, the scoundrels eventually finagled control of the Clubs.

  124. Arabs on Fire

    This goof is a name dropping conspiracy buff, but has some interesting stories.

    Lookin for a friend by the same name that I may have lost in 'Nam.
    Lived down there too.

    "Los Angeles County fire officials said that by nightfall the Dayton Canyon fire had destroyed 30 homes in Latigo Canyon and 41 mobile homes in Paradise Cove, a coastal enclave south of Point Dume. The fire consumed more than 30,000 acres of canyon brush and grasslands, mostly in Los Angeles County...Firefighters said the flames, pushed by 60 m.p.h. Santa Ana winds; jumped nearly PCH highway in small fireballs, "as if fired from a cannon." Tall, graceful eucalyptus trees inside the complex exploded, and the dense smoke and glow from the flames gave the ocean a bronze sheen. Paradise Cove is where Jim Rockford, the private detective kept his trailer in the T.V. series. The L.A. Times reported that David Lifton, 19 was inside his home when he heard the commotion. He only had time to take off running toward the beach before his home was consumed. "I looked back up and all I saw was a ball of fire," he said late in the afternoon, his eyes searching the rubble for anything usable or wearable. He was left with little more than the shirt and jeans he wore, and they were black with ash and smoke. Mr. Lifton is a also an author who specializes in the JFK Assassination and he too has purchased the entire set of the de Mohrenschildt Story.

    When the flames closed in on Earl Baxtee's Arabian breeding-ranch, Baxtee could only round up two of 60 prize winning horses. He loaded Gojee,a 22-year-old stallion sired by Comet, Poland's most famous racehorse, and Alondraa, a 15-year-old brood mare. Shortly thereafter, Gojee stood calmly on Coral Beach. Next to him was the body of Alondraa, dead. The owners were forced to kill Alondraa after she was injured when she shot like a cannon on to the coast highway impaling herself on a metal stake.

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  127. And that concludes another episode of "As the Whirled turns."

  128. I have not seen, nor know of, that "Wave", but Antelope Canyon is surreal.

    Petrified Forest, interesting but not as spectacular from a layman's perspective.

    Both are north of I40, I assume that the "Wave" is up there, in canyon country, too.

  129. "Federal government in DC to be closed on Monday"

    Oh, I'm guessing even the EPs aren't REALLY working until after the New Year. Take the opportunity to run amok, folks, because they'll be back at it with an angry hangover and a vengeance come Jan 2.

    US Embassy Bogota to Chavez: "Whatever. (Putz.)"

    The CIA and the Marine Corps form a kind of Direct Action mafia. (I did not know this. Neither did you, but now you do.) Is this really fair to non-Jarheads? I think not.

    Lousy snobs.

  130. Imperfectly programmed android:

    Palin blasts 'arrogance of man' in Copenhagen
    By Michael O'Brien - 12/19/09 10:06 AM ET

    The now-finished climate change summit in Copenhagen marks the "arrogance of man," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said this weekend.

    Palin, who had urged President Barack Obama not to attend the conference in Denmark, blasted the agreement world leaders made late on Friday to begin stemming emissions that contribute to climate change.

    Palin tweeted early Saturday morning:

    Copenhgen=arrogance of man2think we can change nature's ways.MUST b good stewards of God's earth,but arrogant&naive2say man overpwers nature

    Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng

  131. She resigned from her "Board", too.

    Little wonder she strikes a chord, with boob.

  132. Sounds like
    the "big green one"
    wants in on the fun.

    (apologies to our resident bard.)

  133. "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." -- John Galt ...

  134. I had a wonderful weekend beginning with sore throat, aches and pains Friday night into Saturday morning. Then, full blown head cold and in bed and pj's Saturday and Sunday. Stuffy today.

    Back to work tomorrow. Hope my better half doesn't get it just as we head into Christmas.

  135. We're contacting EO, whit.

    Discrimination's discrimination, regardless of Directorate.

    What're we, anyway? Lunchmeat?

  136. Palin tweets and the whirled listens.

  137. Limburger cheese?

  138. I think I had the swine flu over the weekend...

    still not over it, but at least I can keep food in both ends now...

    no flu shots for me, none were available, however in the end I did not seek one out...

    now taking advil to mask the pain of ripped out lungs and abdomen....

    I can live with the sweats and dizziness... It's the violent both ends erupting that i hates...

  139. That sounds like poisoning of some sort. Not swine flu.

    At least you're alive.

    RIP 32 year-old Brittany Murphy. What a shame.

  140. thought about the food poisoning aspect but would I still be getting fever and cold sweats 48 hours later?

    I do feel MUCH better and my son had something similar last week...

  141. "Limburger cheese?"

    Now you've done it. The United States Army withdraws any and all sponsorship of the Bar.

    And hopes you don't get well.

  142. Wow!

    A top US commander is threatening soldiers who fall pregnant on active service with jail.

    Under the new policy, troops expecting a baby face court martial and a possible prison term – and so do the men who made them pregnant.

    And the rule applies to married couples at war together, who are expected to make sure their love lives do not interfere with duty.

    Usual US Army policy is to send pregnant soldiers home from combat zones within 14 days.

    But Major General Anthony Cucolo, who runs US operations in northern Iraq, issued the new orders because he said he was losing too many women with critical skills.

    He needed the threat of court martial and jail time as an extra deterrent, he said.

    All troops under his command are covered by the extension to the military’s legal code – the first time the US Army has made pregnancy a punishable offence (sic).

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  143. How do you "die naturally" of cardiac arrest @ 32, Whit?

  144. I don't know, Doug. I suppose it can happen. More likely something other than genetic heart disease caused the cardiac arrest.

  145. Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is characterized by emaciation, a relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight, a distortion of body image and intense fear of gaining weight, a lack of menstruation among girls and women, and extremely disturbed eating behavior. Some people with anorexia lose weight by dieting and exercising excessively; others lose weight by self-induced vomiting, or misusing laxatives, diuretics or enemas.

    Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight, even when they are starved or are clearly malnourished. Eating, food and weight control become obsessions. A person with anorexia typically weighs herself or himself repeatedly, portions food carefully, and eats only very small quantities of only certain foods. Some who have anorexia recover with treatment after only one episode. Others get well but have relapses. Still others have a more chronic form of anorexia, in which their health deteriorates over many years as they battle the illness.

    According to some studies, people with anorexia are up to ten times more likely to die as a result of their illness compared to those without the disorder. The most common complications that lead to death are cardiac arrest, and electrolyte and fluid imbalances. Suicide also can result.

  146. Do you think that's what you have, WiO?

    Yeah, that seems to be the speculation re: Ms Murphy, especially since she has been seen as emaciated lately.

  147. Records show no mention of decision to withhold aircraft during Station fire
    Two officers on the ground called for aircraft to begin dousing the blaze at sunrise on Day 2. At some point those orders were canceled, but records give no indication of who did so, or when or why.

    Last month, a Forest Service review endorsed the decision to not send the helicopter and planes but failed to mention the officers' independent calls, made more than six hours apart, for a heavy air assault.

    "It just irks me to see . . . that they're blaming the terrain for why no action was taken," said Don Feser, a former fire chief for the forest who retired in 2007. "They're just making excuses."

    "I've covered a lot of that ground, and there is only a small percentage of land that is too steep to put firefighters on," said Feser, who worked in the Angeles National Forest for 26 years, the last seven as fire chief. "And if we can't put firefighters on it, guess what we do? We use aircraft."

  148. "Wow!"

    It isn't PC to say so, but do you know how many servicemen are saying, "'Bout fucking time"?

  149. Looks pretty sick for 32 here.
    Probly reaction to some cosmetic medical procedure, like lip augmentation.

  150. Trish, isn't that the kind of thinking that got them into trouble in the first place?

  151. Yes, my head cold seems to have morphed into a case of "smart ass".

  152. You could say that. : )

    But the whole pregnancy thing has long been a burr under the saddle of the guys. And an absolute nightmare for commanders. That's a fact.

  153. Eurostar Frozen

    The trouble began on Friday night, when five trains broke down inside the tunnel trapping passengers for up to 10 hours. Travellers eventually arrived in London visibly upset after spending hours without food, water or power in stuffy conditions

    Eurostar said that the incidents had been caused by hot air in the tunnel melting snow accumulated under the trains. The water then dripped into operating systems

  154. I am leaning that I had food poisoning...

    I am not anorexic nor have I had lip augmentation.

    I still feel like hell and I am getting cold sweets and fever once in a while (that's why i though flu) but either way, I have am far short of deathly ill and yes I have insurance and no I will not be scheduling a MD apt...

  155. Doug said...
    Eurostar Frozen

    The trouble began on Friday night, when five trains broke down inside the tunnel trapping passengers for up to 10 hours. Travellers eventually arrived in London visibly upset after spending hours without food, water or power in stuffy conditions

    Eurostar said that the incidents had been caused by hot air in the tunnel melting snow accumulated under the trains. The water then dripped into operating systems

    Scenes like these and others remind me of Atlas Shrugged...

    Watch for refinery fires, train derailments, spot shortages of products...

    UPS is doing a fine job overall, but they really handle most small packages, pressure is on the long haul carriers & rail....

    I have heard reports that there is a clusterf*ck about to happen in the shipping business.... (18 wheelers)

  156. What have you heard about trucking?

  157. Smaller carriers are being squeezed out and that there is some kind of push to start enforcing long haul hour standards to stop the independents from doing over 16 hr limits...

  158. I know that when fuel prices went through the roof, independent truckers by the hundreds went out of business. Also, I read recently that one of the most profitable companies, JB Hunt, puts its long haul freight on trains and meets it at the other end for the short haul.

    The railroad companies, running at full capacity before the fall, have taken a hit but are poised for a rebound.