Archive for November, 2008

Stock Market Planning

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

If you had purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would have $49.00 left.

With Pfizer, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1, 000.00.

With Ford, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

However, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, and then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling refund, you would have $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

It’s called the 401-Keg plan.

Time

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Time is a great healer, but a lousy beautician.

Global Warming Thoughts

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Soils are by far the world’s largest source of carbon dioxide, producing 10 times more carbon dioxide each year than all the carbon dioxide emissions from human activities combined.

So, if soils aren’t causing it and soil produces 10 times more than all of us combined, that only leaves the famous cow fart methane (and political hot air) that is causing global warming. Guess we need to eat more steak and save the planet. By the way, most alcoholic beverages contain all 13 minerals necessary to sustain human life. So have a drink with that steak and save the world.

Previous Friday Thoughts

Friday, November 21st, 2008

An Italian, a Jew and a Greek were walking along, so deep in conversation that they crossed a street right in front of a huge truck. The next thing they knew, they were at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter perused his giant tally book and finally said, “It seems you three have arrived here before your time. You can stay or I can send you back…if you agree not to indulge in your one, most favorite, pastime. If you do, you’ll live out the rest of your lives on Earth. If not, you’ll immediately return here. Agreed?”

Of course they agreed and were instantly back on Earth, near the intersection where they were hit. Happily, they continued their conversation after carefully crossing the street this time.
As luck would have it, they soon approached Luigi’s Pizza Parlor where the juicy scent wafted out causing the Italian to break out in a cold sweat, shiver, and run inside. But as soon as he took a bite, he disappeared into thin air!

The Jew and the Greek saw this and shook their heads, but continued on their way, but when the Jew spied a quarter on the sidewalk, without even thinking, he bent over to pick it up… and the Greek disappeared!


And now for some interesting true stuff to make you think.

Scientists have found a way to turn tequila into diamonds. Oh, the dilemma.

A team of Mexican scientists found that the heated vapor from 80-proof (40% alcohol) tequila blanco, when deposited on a silicon or stainless steel substrate, can form diamond films. The key to the surprising discovery is tequila’s ratio of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, which lies within the “diamond growth region.”
The final diamond film was hard and heat-resistant – properties that could make the diamond useful as coatings for cutting tools, high-power semiconductors, radiation detectors and optical-electronic devices, the scientists explained. They plan to begin industrial-scale applications around 2011, and hope to interest a tequila producer in widening its market beyond the traditional beverage.


Sea level rises not as bad as the Gore bunch are predicting. Are you surprised?

The gist of the study is that very simple, physical considerations show that some of the very large predictions of sea level rise are unlikely, because there is simply no way to move the ice or the water into the ocean that fast. A team began the study by postulating future sea level rise at about 2 meters by 2100 produced only by Greenland. Since rapid, unstable ice discharge into the ocean is restricted to Greenland glacier beds based below sea level, they identified and mapped all of the so-called outlet glacier “gates” on Greenland’s perimeter.

“For Greenland alone to raise sea level by two meters by 2100, all of the outlet glaciers involved would need to move more 70 times faster than they presently move, and they would have to start moving that fast today, not 10 years from now. It is a simple argument with no fancy physics. In my opinion, some of the research out there calling for 20 or 30 feet of sea rise by the end of the century is not backed up by solid glaciological evidence,” said Pfeffer. “If we plan for 6 feet and only get 2 feet, for example, or visa versa, we could spend billions of dollars of resources solving the wrong problems.”

Have to add this last quote
“With future CO2 levels expected by the year 2100 to approach levels not seen in the last 25 million years. . .”

I would like to know what the heck the cavemen did 25 million years ago to cause global warming. Maybe we can avoid it this time. We know they didn’t use hair spray. If man didn’t have the industry as we have now, maybe there is another answer. . .

Maybe the cow methane story is really true and the last time global warming happened, it was dinosaur farts! We know they didn’t have Al Gore and his hot air back then – Eureka! I found it. Maybe it’s all the hot air from all the politicians combined with cow farts and not really our cars that are causing global warming.

If my hypothesis is true, maybe we should enjoy a big juicy steak and get rid of the politicians. By the way, if the vegans really love animals so much, why do they steal the animal food and eat it themselves.



If a man buys a dog for ten dollars, names it “Mohamed,” and then sells it for twenty dollars, did he make a prophet?

Friday Thoughts

Friday, November 21st, 2008

This is my initial post. Maybe I’ll go back and add some more of my previous Friday thoughts.

Not sure how many like Google, I do.

It is cataloging the history of words, and now pictures. The book section is already up to millions (including most of mine) and it is actively scanning books in libraries around the world and offering full text search. If someone could make use of the combined knowledge, we could be in for a unprecedented age of wisdom and invention. This is in addition to the pictures of all the major, and some minor roads in the world and satellite shots of the earth, and recreating the ruins of times gone by, and cataloging languages, not to mention the billions of web pages.

Google is using its money to be the “Webster on steroids” of our age. It is one company that is giving back -for free- knowledge. As mashups gain in strength and ease-of-use, I can see many Leonardos emerging to make sense of that knowledge and bring a true new age of wisdom. Oops, sorry. I was off dreaming great thoughts again.

One recent effort is scanning Life magazine’s library. Just beginning and what they have is already great. Although, with the recent talk of the economy reminding many of the 1930s, that group of pictures is a bit depressing. The picture collection is like a walk through living history. The fifties are all Disney and the sixties are all moon shot stuff, but the file is growing and will have more later. And – they are all free if you don’t make money by using them. They are high quality and could make for some great framed prints for the wall. Here’s the Life magazine link, but be careful, you could spend way too much time looking.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

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Poem for the Dems

No Hard Feelings

The election day is over,
The talking is done.
My party lost, your party won.
So let us be friends,
Let arguments pass.
I’ll hug my elephant,
You kiss your ass!

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And now for a real ugly picture. . . Let’s see how Obama is able to make this earmark process “transparent” as he promised to do. Yeh, right! No lone Pooh Bear is going to steal this honey from the politicians. Am not sure he can poach the plunder from the political piranha.

Below link shows where the money comes from and how it comes back to Washington and the devious tricks they go through to hide the truth from the American public. I think it’s time to get angry and we can’t blame only the dems for this debacle.

If we vote all ‘non-incumbant’ next time, maybe that might slow down the spigot for a bit.

 

Below is just one bill for defense and it is enough billions to private companies and individuals to make me scream. Click on the link or cut and paste.

earmarks

http://www.businessjournalism.org/pages/biz/2008/11/behind_the_story_the_favor_fac/

also
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003948586_favorfactory14m.html

Ending on a happy note. . .

There was a beautiful young woman banging on my hotel room door all night.
I finally had to let her out.

Last night, my girlfriend demanded that I take her someplace expensive, so I took her to a gas station.
. . . and then the fight started.

There are two kinds of people who don’t say much.
Those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.

I’ll end it here.