Monday, January 28, 2008
Actually I think it will come from social security. If that is the case then in essence we are giving ourselves a loan. A loan that will have to be re-payed in future, higher taxes. Another alternative is borrowing the money from China, in turn we savvy Americans would run right out and purchase loads of merchandise thereby boosting the economy... whose economy? ... oh yeah China's... because everything we buy is made in China!
But no worries about economic down turn and the like because we as Americans ,with our sense self entitlement, have already started purchasing goods based on the promise of future money. "Well go in debt now and pay it off when we get our check from Uncle Sammy!" This is exactly what the Fed is banking on!
Since the promise of this money has been spoken of, the stock market has been on the rise! The bill has not even been passed in the senate yet! I think there is a possibility that this will be tossed back and forth between between the house and senate and not pass. Which is great for Uncle Sammy , then hes not out any money, and the economy has been stabilized do to our ability to spend money before we get it!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
It started sometime in the early 90's, when there was a lot of hubbub about cutting down all the rain forests and how the rain stops falling when all the trees are cut out. I had read somewhere in science class that the earth has lost only like 1/10 of one percent of the water in its water cycle since it was created.
Water is the source of all life on earth. The distribution of water, however, is quite varied; many locations have plenty of it while others have very little. Water exists on earth as a solid
(ice), liquid or gas (water vapor). Oceans, rivers, clouds, and rain, all of which contain water, are in a frequent state of change (surface water evaporates, cloud water precipitates, rainfall infiltrates the ground, etc.). However, the total amount of the earth's water does not change. The circulation and conservation of earth's water is called the "hydrologic cycle".
So if this is true where does all the water vapor go if it does not
condense and fall over the area that was once rain forest?
Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. Scientists estimate that more than half of all the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests. Tropical rainforests produce 40% of Earth's oxygen.
The Amazon rainforest plays a critical role in regional weather by
contributing moisture to local humidity through transpiration the process by which plants release water through their leaves.
It is estimated that Amazon creates 50-80% of its own rainfall through this process.Thus, as forest is felled, degraded, and cleared there is less heat absorption by vegetation and less moisture is evapotranspired into the atmosphere. The result: fewer rain clouds are formed and less precipitation falls on the forest
NASA researchers confirmed this with their finding that during the Amazon dry season there was a distinct pattern of lower rainfall and warmer temperatures over deforested regions. The forest becomes drier contributing to a positive feedback loop where rainforest is replaced with savanna which transpires less and less moisture and is more susceptible to fires, which in themselves may alter regional climate by inhibiting cloud formation. -Mongabay.com
I have a theory, it has been dispersed to the rest of the planet causing more humid than normal summers in the temperate zones. Its enough moisture to raise he humidity but not enough to saturate the cooler air enough to cause precipitation.
I also believe (in the U.S.) that all of the irrigating of crops, golf courses, lawns and what ever else, has lead to higher humidity levels and a water shortage in some parts of the country. The water used in the southwest to irrigate has no way to condensate and form rain clouds, thus just adding moisture/humidity to the air and not completing the cycle. Also the amount of water being pulled out of the natural cycle for swimming pools must have some effect.
I also have another, albeit odd, theory. We humans are made up of 75% water, and there are 6,602,224,175 of us on the planet. (July 2007 est.) If we assume an average weight of 100 pounds per person.... that's 660,222,417,500 total planet pounds..... and 75% of that weight equals (remember we are 75% water) 495,166,813,125 pounds of water that is being diverted from the water cycle by way of human reservoirs. This does not include other mass produced human consumption mammals.
OK a little on global warming.... has anybody figured, out or cared to figure out the amount of jet fuel exhaust expelled into our atmosphere each day from commercial airliners.... There are about 11,000 commercial flights every eight hours. I think this may play a far larger role in the greenhouse effect than my lawn mower that is not equipped with a catalytic converter. Did anyone else notice how deep blue the sky became the days following 911? No Jets, clearer skies. hmmmm.
I also think the amount of urban sprawl is tantamount to the warming of the earth as well. We take down the trees and put in streets and buildings that absorb heat from the suns rays and the radiate back int the air.
OK last bit for now on global warming... they say when the ice melts on the polar caps it will flood parts of the earth.... I want you to try something... Fill a glass with ice, OK now fill it with water... like to the rim full..... got it?.... now let the ice melt.... What happens to the water level? .... Yeah... it drops.
Water contracts and takes up less space when it is in liquid form. Yes I know that glaciers are parked on land and that the water will run off into the ocean, but the ice and icebergs in the ocean
will have melted at this point lowering the sea level.
Monday, March 26, 2007
It took forever for Howard, the owner I think, and his band of fools to come and install. I and several other men and woman witnessed quite the display of ignorance while watching these young inexperienced men try to assemble the unit. At one end there is a pallet table that lifts up and and down and rotates 180 degrees allowing workers to stack boxes on the pallet more easily. This was not installed properly, as a matter of fact we don't even need it or use it. When I asked the guy putting it together what it was for he said he did not know. "Then why do we need it?" He couldn't answer.
I have an answer. Because the people who sold it to us did not look at what we needed, but looked at what they could sell us. What kind of industrial assembly products company sells their client something they don't need?... A shady uneducated one. I asked Howard, the guy in charge, several poignant questions about the operation and the installation. He always had those, used car salesman from the 70s, answers. The kind packed plum full of garden manure.
After a couple of days of operation our shrink wrap unit started to lose momentum and we were reduced to actually pushing it manually around in circles. Someone called Howard to come fix it. In the weeks that followed, myself and several other plant people inspected the equipment and surmised that it was a mechanical failure. The turn table was out of balance and the guide wheels where shot. Along comes Howard and the gang. He brings several people with him none of whom seem to know much about trouble shooting, except the electrician.
Now to save time in the interest of our company, I'm not sure if these are billable hours from Howard or not, I suggest early in the morning that they disassemble the turn table to get to the root of the mechanical problem.
Allow me to illuminate. I am no one special at my place of employment, but my yearly bonus and our reputation depends on our ability to adequately provide product to our account holders. If we lose accounts, we lose business and then we lose our jobs. That being said the longer they dink around with this the longer we are held up. And if they are billing us for this "repair time", its costing us money.
So back to the root of the problem. After I relay what myself and my colleagues believe to be useful information I am told that this is an electrical problem and I really don't know what I am talking about. After wasting an entire day rewiring and "troubleshooting" they finally decide to take it apart. What do they discover.
A bent sprocket shaft and worn out trolley wheels. So my superior looks at Howard and says "So Howard still think it's an electrical problem".
Moral of the story:
No matter how long you have, or more importantly have not, been in business always listen to your clients. At least pretend to listen, there by avoiding egg face.
#2 Always know those that labor among you, for there may be one wolf hiding as a sheep waiting to devour your money with no remorse.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Alas Claude rubbed off the middle section of the lotto ticket. With no fanfare or celebration Claude's last dollar was spent, and tomorrow "they" would come and he would breath his last breath.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
My traveling companion was in a motor vehicle accident and needed a wheel chair, so we called ahead to the airlines, United... no actually it was Ted a division of United. (Get the play on words? Ted a division of UniTed.) So we get to Ohare and we are standing in line with the rest of the early birds and we approach an attendant to ask about the wheelchair that they said would be waiting. Here is what I said.
"Excuse me sir my travel companion called ahead to Ted and requested a wheal chair, she is in quite a bit of pain, who do we need to speak with about getting the wheelchair?"
His response ....yup you guessed it.
"You need to calm down!"
"Sir we just need to speak to someone about the chair."
"I said, You two need to calm down!"
So after some more waiting we finally get the chair. I need to point out that after we got through security, the agents of Ted were great. They took care of us very well.
Fast forward two years.
Same scenario except we are flying Northworst, I'm sorry Northwest, and this time we do not need a wheel chair. Our flight from Ohare to Phoenix with a layover in Minneapolis got cancelled do to a snow storm in Minneapolis. The moment we know about the cancellation my companion asks an attendant if there are any flights from Chicago to Phoenix that layover in a different city.
"You need to calm down, all these people behind you need to get someplace as well."
At this point I look behind us and there are no people behind us. I should also mention in both instances we were calm.
I also can't figure out the deal with only 3 oz. of liquid or gels. So If I wanted to smuggle on board 3 oz of explosives all I have to do is bring on 3 separate 1 oz containers of the same material and then put them together with another accomplices 3 oz that they brought on board in three 1 oz. containers. Or I could bring one 2 oz. and one 1 oz. or one 3 oz. or .... you get the point. Three ounces of any explosives mixed with any multiple of three oz will equal enough explosives to cause collateral damage. Big deal.
I think I would be more worried about the pilot being drunk than a terrorist being on board.
I think as long as the airlines continue to ban liquid over 3 oz. , it forces the consuming public to purchase new toiletries after every flight. (I wonder who "owns" the toiletry companies) . It also forces us to purchase the three dollar water bottles and five dollar coffees from the airport gift shops or bookstore.
Oh and what about the fast food joints beyond the security check points? I know they must use sharp objects and other items that could be used as take over a weapons. Not to mention most of the people working at these places don't speak English.
Yes it is racial profiling, and no I am not ashamed or sorry ... many foreigners consider the middle aged white man to be the spawn of Satan or infidels, which is racial profiling, so deal with it.
I think I would be more worried about a foreign take over from the inside rather that from the outside at this point.
In a few years the Taliban, Al Qaeda, turban wearin' eastern speaking "terrorists" will have completely taken over the country not by force but by our complacent American lazy wimpy politically correct attitudes. They already have control of the fuel economy and not by way of oil fields. They own or work most convenience stores, trucking companies, and mass transit companies across America. I think the "terrorists" will appeal to the Mexicans and the African Americans...
I should just say Americans because most of them are born here, but you would not know of which Americans I am speaking, and black or negro is not politically correct any more, so I am left to once again profile racially... thank you, you liberal gun grabbin' bleeding heart bozos for making me feel self conscious about my choice of descriptive words... At least you haven't tainted the Mexican American community, they are still just Mexican and proud of it.
... and the three allied forces will shut down America from the inside. A huge walk out. No one to drive the taxis, no one to buy gas from, no one to drive truck etc. etc. etc.
No I am not racist or a white supremacist. I have friends of many nationalities races and creeds... I just call it like I see it. The "terrorists" will keep us busy for a few years with a few crude acts of violence as they establish their inside net work and then one day by way of sheer volume they will have control of the country. (How many years has it been since 9/11, we are still distracted and haven't a clue)
So back to the "no more than three oz of liquid". Upon our return flight from Phoenix to Minneapolis I had, in my carry on, a bottle of lotion (8.6 oz) and a bottle of water from Club Tattoo (12oz) that I was saving as a souvenir. They confiscated the lotion. I asked If I could put some on my newly tattooed skin before they took it away and they told me I would have to go back through the security check. What the hell for. Because last I knew liquids are not metallic and would not set off the detector no matter how much I put on my body. Oh maybe they figure I'm gonna smuggle in more than 3 oz of nitro enmeshed in the "body butter" and then Ill set myself ablaze once inside the aircraft. And once again, how is the metal detector going to tell if I just lathered on lotion or if I just creamed up with a special brew of C4.
As I am writing this I realize that this will be on the net and once posted, it will be filtered through our governments anti terrorists search engines and poodle-do sniffing agencies. The thought occurred to me to not post this.... Screw em'.... Ive had enough of being afraid to say what is on my mind or afraid of the threat of terror. We are terrorized more by our own fears than by actual terrorists events. I wouldn't be surprised if I got the "we cant be sending panic and fear out to our fellow Americans" leftist crap speech from some self important knob.
Like the booming voice over the airport loud speaker telling us that the National Terror Alert has been raised to level orange isn't sending panic and fear into our fellow Americans. I mean who in their right mind would not fear the color orange! .... (A Clock Work Orange, Jack-o-Lanterns, Salsa... very scary!)
So back to the security check point with the lotion and the water bottles. The lotion did not make it through. The water on the other hand did. almost three quarters full! So that's like 8 oz of liquid I took right through security and right on the plane. Boy I feel safe now. And just remember that when visiting our nations airports to stay calm.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
6 days later
I call Guitar Center to let them now I will be flying into Chicago on a Thursday and I will be there to pick up my new guitar on Friday. I am informed that they have two awaiting my inspection.
My entrance to Guitar Center is anything but welcome. I get the cold shoulder from Michale... not a word. Nick the store go-to-guy is nowhere to be found and I am stuck with a bunch of clueless lackeys who are trying to put away stock without falling all over each other. Before I go any further, I do not blame the young dudes for being clueless, it is there managers job to make sure they are properly trained. So I wait... and I wait... finally Nick comes from the back with one guitar, not two for me to inspect, just one. I plug it in and inspect. "Couple of dead frets, and the neck is a bit bent." I say to Nick. He turns to Michale and says, "Do you have time to fix this." "No not really." he snaps. Nick informs him he has time to fix it. I walk with Michale to the repair area he does not talk or make eye contact even when I ask, " What store did this guitar get shipped from?" Although he did not like having to do this, I have to say he did do a great job on the guitar setup.
Now it's time to check out and I still don't have the case I wanted, the new strings, or the extras.
There are no tags or registration card. I ask the kid behind the counter to make sure I get this stuff. He hands me a poster and some booklet and a registration card for a Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul. My guitar is not a Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul. Although it is a Les Paul, I don't think it will work to register it with the Cherry Sunburst' serial number. I keep the registration card anyway, he wants to be a doof I'll let him. I will call Gibson and take care of my registration problems over the phone with them. (this could be blog worthy!)
I leave feeling somewhat justified, at least I now have a new guitar.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Listen up sales pukes. If you think the client is wavering on a purchase, do not, I repeat, do not promise anything you are not willing to deliver on. Most people would rather pay the extra few dollars for the extras or at least given the option to say yay or nay depending on price. So be sure to figure that into your price quote! Nothing says "liar" more than the bate and switch routine. Music stores are notorious for this!
So, not only did I get nothing extra with the guitar, it was an inferior insrument. There was some quality issues with the finish on the neck and the gold hardware was rubbed off on the bridge from being played... alot! I ran the serial number and found it was a 2 year old guitar.
I payed for a new guitar and got an old used up floor model. I was a bit upset. I called the store to talk to the store manager... this is what ensued.
"Hello thank you for calling Guitar Center blah blah blah"
"Yes I would like to speak with the store manager"
"Well this is so and so how can I help you?"
"Are you the store manger?"
"No, but I can help you."
"No, I need to speak with the store manager."
"Well he is not in now...."
"I will call back later thank you."
After a few calls over the course of a few days I get this.
"Thanx for calling Guitar Center blah blah blah..."
"Yes can I speak with the store manager please."
" Let me transfer you to Nick"
Long puase while I am on hold waiting forNick who is not the store manger by the way.
"Yeah are you waiting for Nick..."
"I am waitng for the store manager."
"Well this is (rude know it all) in drums and my manager can help you out."
"Is he the store manger?"
"No but he can help out."
"Thanx but I need to speak to the store manager about this issue."
"Well I can transfer you to Nick"
Now I am very upset, not because he is unwilling to help, but because he is not listening! I have dealt with this guy before and he is more interested in being right than listening to what you need... trying to upsell at every chance. Needless to say I havn't given any money to his department. I have chosen to shop elseware for drums and acessories.
"No you can not tranfer me to Nick because he is not the store manager! I just got done telling you I need to speak to the store manger! You are not listening to me!"
"I will call back later!"
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
- Low paying and part time.. (this keeps down over head costs)
- They like to call there employees "associates"
- Uniforms to add to the professional illusion
Best Buy,Circuit City, and any other elctronics "big boxes".
Most "associates" are college students too interested in who, or what, they are doing this weekend to care about what it is you need or want. If per chance you get one of them to break free of there "coffee talk huddle" to come and see what you need, be prepared to be immediately let down. Most likely they will need to get the manager on duty to help you find that specific item, which is usually located on the shelf just behind the large flock of color coordinated "associates" who are too busy to be bothered with your petty questions.
and customer service is out the door. Don't believe?...
Welcome to the reality of service in America. I can only begin to scratch the surface of my irritation with most places of business I visit. There are a host of problems I will gladly gripe about in the coming months, but a little disclaimer first.
If you don't like the truth or are offended easily.. then I encourage you to read on and get educated to the wasteland we call America. I will change some names to protect the innocent, but if you or the company you work for are guilty... protection denied, let the gripe begin.