I do? No thanks. The economics behind America’s marriage decline. - The Washington Post
"Sex, marriage and exchange of value"
"The Pill and the economics of marriage"
"Why don't men want to get married?"
Friday, September 26, 2014
I do? No thanks. The economics behind America’s marriage decline. - The Washington Post
Thursday, September 25, 2014
In 2008, when Honda was advertising how wonderful it's all hydrogen-powered Clarity was, I pointed out that now you can Buy a Honda, kill a polar bear.
Now Toyota is in the act, too: Toyota’s New Hydrogen-Powered Car Asks a High Price for Mediocrity. And a high price for the privilege of killing polar bears!
Anyway, the fuel-cell issues that existed with Honda have not been solved by Toyota, so just read my Honda post.
The FBI is abandoning the long-used .40-caliber semiauto pistol as its service pistol and adopting the 9mm Luger (Bayou Renaissance Man: FBI moving to 9mm as its duty caliber).
There is at the link a list of excellent reasons, one of which jumped out at me:
LEO’s miss between 70 – 80 percent of the shots fired during a shooting incidentWhich simply confirms what I have always known. Cops are lousy shots, mainly because they hardly ever get to practice. That being so, these points matter a lot:
- 9mm Luger offers higher magazine capacities, less recoil, lower cost (both in ammunition and wear on the weapons) and higher functional reliability rates (in FBI weapons)
- The majority of FBI shooters are both FASTER in shot strings fired and more ACCURATE with shooting a 9mm Luger vs shooting a .40 S&W (similar sized weapons)
As every soldier and Marine is instructed repetitively, "only hits count" regardless of caliber. As far as I am concerned, the incessant debates among firearms users on what caliber is best was over long ago. The best caliber for you is the one with which you can get a hit soonest. End of debate.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
US-Led Planes Strike ISIS Oil Facilities in Syria
United States and Arab coalition warplanes conducted another round of airstrikes inside Syria today, this time targeting ISIS' lucrative oil production facilities. The terror group has used illicit oil sales as a means of funding its operations. "I can confirm that U.S. military and Arab partner forces are undertaking additional strikes today against ISIL terrorists in Syria,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby using another acronym for ISIS. Kirby told ABC News that 12 targets were hit in Wednesday’s strikes focusing on modular oil refineries. He said the targets were located in a remote areas of eastern Syria. ... Centcom said the refineries produce an estimated 300 to 500 barrels of refined oil a day that generate as much as $2 million a day for ISIS.
Don't buy or sell based on what I say, but I think near term the price effect will be minimal. First, the market has already priced this kind of thing into trading. Oil prices have dropped quite a bit over the last several weeks, and there may be a mild, temporary spike tomorrow, but I do not think it will last. Oil in contango (which is what oil businesses call storage) around the world is very high. China's economy is somewhat in the doldrums, growth wise. And the markets already know this.
But the main reason I think the price effect will be low is that the refineries' capacity is hardly a blip on the worldwide market. Two million dollars per day is a lot for ISIS, but it's chump change on the world markets. According to the International Energy Agency, almost 90 million barrels of oil are pumped each day worldwide (2011 figures, the most recent on the IEA's site).
That means that the refineries bombed handled 0.006 percent of the worldwide sales volume. This is not even a daily burble in the normal course of refining operations.
Short spike? Yes, but not much and not for long. And all Saudi Arabia has to do is say it will match. So don't worry about higher gasoline prices.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Update: US markets open in 15 minutes as I type. It's possible that oil prices could even fall on this news since the market hates uncertainty, which has now been removed.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the original release of David O. Selznick's stunning movie, Gone with the Wind, and its imminent theatrical re-release, I present Carol Burnett's classic parody, Went with the Wind.
And then there's this late breaker:
Apple pulls iOS update after widespread reports of disabled phones
I remember reading, years ago, of Scotland's independence movement that polls showed a larger percentage of English people supported Scotland breaking away than Scots did. Whether true or not, the independence referendum this month failed. But there seems to be an unanticipated reaction in England.
Comes now The Scottish Play by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 23 September 2014:
Another victory for the Nationalists is the arousal of what has never previously existed during my lifetime, English nationalism. If the English are excluded from Scottish affairs, why should the Scots have a say in English affairs? After all, Labour governments have often been completely dependent on the Scottish vote, which explains why the Labour Party was so opposed to independence. But if England were to have its own government, the distinct possibility arises of near-permanent political conflict between the English, Scottish, and British governments. England might eventually want to break free from the Scottish millstone.Meaning that if Scotland's government, just granted newer and more powerful self-governing powers by the prime minister, strengthens its draining of the UK's treasury, there may come a time when a new referendum on Scottish independence is passed. But in England, not Scotland. And wouldn't that be a sight to behold?
How else to explain this?
to protest capitalism and global warming and take a selfie with two celebrities
who flew into town on private jets.
That's Mark Ruffalo on the left. Directly behind phone man is Leo, trying to be cool and incognito with a beard and sunglasses.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Even Bart Ehrman, one of the leading non-Christian historians of Jesus day, has reconsidered:
“It’s making me rethink my view that Jesus was a complete pacifist,” he says. “And it takes a lot for me to change my views about Jesus.”The implications are potentially stunning, for if this thesis is actually sustainable (that is reasonable though not provable) then the entire edifice of Christian religious pacifism is threatened. And that would not be a good thing.
However, interesting as this thesis is, it is far from convincing. The evidence the professor marshals is quite comprehensible in other ways. But a good article nonetheless.
BTW, the movement of events, or historical sequence, of what led the Jesus being condemned has always fascinated me. The religious explanation, that he lay down his life to remit the sins of all humankind, does not actually explain what were he, his disciples, the Jewish authorities and the Roman prefecture actually doing during what to them would have been mostly ordinary working days and nights.
See my historical-study posts on the subject:
Why crucify Jesus?
I do not know anything about the radio talk show that non-Christian historian Bart Ehrman appeared on (as he says in the interview, "I am not a [Christian] believer). And that is probably why, as he says in the tape, atheist groups and the like keep calling on him to help them rebut Christianity. Here is his response to such a call asking him to affirm that in fact no such person as Jesus of Nazareth ever existed.
|Alexander the Great. |
His historical existence is much less well attested than that of Jesus of Nazareth.
That's as if we know the American Revolution occurred in the 1770s, but no record of any kind of George Washington will be made until the year 2181, 167 years from now.
And no one doubts that Alexander lived. However, the earliest writings about Jesus of Nazareth, the letters of the apostles, date beginning less than 20 years after Jesus died during the governorship of Pontius Pilate.
So why do these people keep insisting that Jesus never lived, that his character is wholly fictional? Because if you stick to that claim, they think that everything else about Christian faith can be easily dismissed. But that is not so, either. About which more later.
To the surprise of many, rapture-based theology has only been around for the past couple hundred years and predominantly in America. Indeed, the world's leading biblical scholar, N.T. Wright, refers to it as an “American obsession” and notes that few Christians in the U.K. hold any sort of belief in it. I would say the same for biblical scholars (in fact, I can't think of a single trained biblical scholar of Revelation that endorses rapture based theology minus a couple at Dallas Seminary.) The origins of rapture theology lie in 1830 Scotland where a fifteen year old girl name Margaret MacDonald claimed to see a vision of a “two-stage return of Jesus.” Enter John Nelson Darby, a British evangelist and the founder of the Plymouth Brethren. Darby took MacDonald's vision and created an entire system based off of it in which Jesus returns not once (as Christians have always believed) but twice! Darby and others who were sympathetic to his views went back to the Bible to search for clues, signs, and verses which would justify thinking of worldly history in terms of “dispensations” which included a seven-year tribulation and a preceding evacuation of the church from it.Read the whole thing. And save your money come Oct. 3.
|Good actor. Lousy story.|
Monday, September 22, 2014
Any US service member who has lost a limb in the terror wars will take heart at this TED talk. Bionics is the name of the first artificial limbs that actually mimic muscle movement rather than just fill in blank space where the missing limb used to be.
The technology has also been used to make the first wearable exoskeleton that actually augments human muscle strength rather than simply supports a persons natural skeleton.
Federal law obligates licensed firearm dealers to record all transactions so guns connected to crimes can be traced. In addition to 100 percent compliance on the Form 4473, dealers must log all “acquisitions and dispositions” by manufacturer, purchaser, model, serial number and caliber, and the date the dealer bought and sold each gun.All is proceeding according to plan.
All paperwork needs to be kept for 20 years and be made available for inspection. Mr. Stockman’s audit took about seven months to complete and required him to make one of his full-time employees available to help ATF’s compliance officer sift through the shop’s records.
“The government is making it virtually impossible to grow a business,” said Mr. Stockman. “The amount of oversight and regulations has only grown over the years and in this administration.”
A stunning story: "Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair."
She was the only one to survive. All her colleagues were rounded up and shot by the advancing Red Army in January 1945. Now a frail 96-year-old widow, Margot Wölk has overcome feelings of shame and broken decades of silence about her time as Hitler’s food taster to tell her story to German television.Then after the Soviet Army came:
“The food was always vegetarian,” she told Berlin’s RBB television channel, for a programme about her harrowing and sometimes horrific experiences, which was aired on Tuesday. “There were constant rumours that the British were out to poison Hitler. He never ate meat. We were given rice, noodles, peppers, peas and cauliflower,” she recalled.
But she added: “Some of the girls started to shed tears as they began eating because they were so afraid. We had to eat it all up. Then we had to wait an hour, and every time we were frightened that we were going to be ill. We used to cry like dogs because we were so glad to have survived.”
Berlin capitulated to the Russian army in May 1945. But the horror of the war did not end for Margot Wölk. “We tried to dress up as old women, but the Russians came for me and the other girls all the same,” she recalled in the programme. “They cut open our dresses and dragged us into a doctor’s flat. We were held there and raped for 14 days. It was hell on earth. The nightmare never goes away.”
Ms Wölk was left unable to bear children.
Friday, September 19, 2014
We finished the review and decided that you are not competent for VA purposes.Italics added. The last paragraph is the entire point of the find of mental inability to "handle VA finds," which I assure you are quite insubstantial in federal expenditures.
What We Decided
The evidence shows that your disability keeps you from ably managing your Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Therefore, we will find someone to manage them for you.
We based this decision on information from your doctor, which showed a diagnosis of рost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.
As we advised you previously, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act prohibits you from purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition based upon our determination that you are incompetent to handle your VA funds You may be fined and/or imprisoned if you knowingly violate this law.
The Left is positive that no one can be trusted with firearms except themselves, and there is no one they hold in higher fear and suspicion of fomenting insurrection against their rule than veterans of the armed forces. See here, for example, and the DHS's official assessment.
The agency's intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit members. (Click here for the full DHS report, in PDF form.)It would be very enlightening to learn how many veterans have been sent this letter. I bet the answer would be shocking.
Obama Is Taking Personal Control Over The War Against ISIS In Syria
And that's that.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Times of India: "ISIS bans math, sport, social studies for children," nor will children be allowed to learn anything about elections and democracy.
When this news reached the White House, it was erroneously accompanied by a report that ISIS had also banned ISIS-controlled schools from serving Michelle Obama's approved school meals.
"[Stuff] just got real," the president responded, and before long paratroopers from 82d Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, NC, were en route to drop in on ISIS' ideological chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in his self-declared Calphate capital of Raqqa, Syria.
|These guys were for you, Abu!|
Orders to the US Marine's Second Marine Division and Third US Mobile Army Corps to deploy to the Caliphate were likewise canceled.
Trending on FB:
Richard III of England
Doesn't everyone who dies in battle die painfully?
Here is the video from The Lancet:
Remember the Marrine Corps' now-defunded Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle?
In development, it was canceled in 2011, although prototype vehicles may still be found at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marines decided (translation: were ordered) to continue using their present, 1950s-vintage Amphibious Assault Vehicles for the foreseeable future. The far foreseeable future. Because there is nothing Marines have learned to do better than fight the next war with three-wars-ago equipment.
So what better idea would there be than to buy one Watercar for every four Marines and let 'em rip?