Saturday, October 19, 2013

Turnarounds

Please pay close attention to the explanation of turnarounds, this is a very important concept in industry. This video details how to use turnarounds properly for maximum profit during routine periodic halts in operation. A few important details here I want to make sure you do not miss so three questions after the line down there.



Madison Public Library cancels Bill Ayers


"Former Weather Underground terrorist and Obama associate Bill Ayers is having trouble with his book tour, it seems. Local news sources in Wisconsin report that his latest public appearance has been canceled due to a lack of public interest.
The Madison Public Library, which had organized the hour-long event, said they “didn’t have the kind of interest” they had anticipated.
Ayers has been touring the country in support of his new book, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident."

Highly stylized fashion show

Louis Vuitton

Processing Obamacare


I recently signed up for NRO's email updates and so far I've gotten two articles, email access only, Morning Jolt, by Jim Geraghty. I include a lengthy excerpt, as you cannot find it at NRO:

Nearly 400 individuals ages 55-64 who enrolled in the exchange between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 qualified for Medicaid because their income was at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and nearly 600 in that same age group have signed up for plans with one of the three private insurance carriers.
Of the 3,847 individuals who signed up for coverage, 1,857 qualified for Medicaid, 1,897 signed up for plans with one of the three private insurance carriers, and 93 qualified for the Children's Health Insurance Plan. Of the individuals who signed up with private carriers, 772 won't receive a subsidy and 1,125 will receive a federal subsidy to lower their monthly premium.
So 20 percent of the people who are buying insurance are paying their own way. So far, Obamacare is adding a lot of people to Medicaid and providing a lot of people with subsidies.
The Obamacare Navigators Are Lost
We are two weeks into the program, and I cannot emphasize this enough: NO ONE WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON.
Five call center agents told CNN on Wednesday that because of an upgrade to the beleaguered website, many passwords were deleted if they were created in the first week or so after the launch. More recently created user names and passwords don't seem to have the same problems.
If the representatives have it right, some users will continue having trouble logging in, no matter how many times they try.
"They did maintenance on the website recently and deleted all the passwords, so they needed resetting," one agent wrote in a live online chat with a CNN reporter who has been attempting to go through the process of using the site.
"They deleted passwords on accident," said another agent who answered the phone at the healthcare.gov call center. "They lost them."
A senior administration official said these call agents are wrong. She said no passwords have been deleted, and the call agents were reading from a script that was given to them by mistake.
She adds that the administration has been trying to get them to stop using that script for the past week.
However, a call center agent said he'd received an e-mail as recently asMonday about the deleted passwords."

"Chicago, vegetarian capital of America (c. 1905)"

"Mainstream American vegetarianism, like feminism and folk-rock, seems pretty clearly a product of the late 60s and early 70s. And if you think that, Adam D. Shprintzen wants you to know that you're off by only a couple of centuries."

"That history comes back to life in Shprintzen's new book, The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement 1817-1921, just published by University of North Carolina Press, which shows how the presumed moral superiority of vegetarianism reflected the moral assumptions of each age and evolved with the times as different reasons to abstain from meat came to the fore."

Adam D. Shprintzen: "Vegetarianism starts out as this small religious reform group that imports itself to the United States from England, the Bible Christian Church. They come to the U.S. with this idea that religion can actually be understood through science. Which is sort of a remarkable idea through our modern eyes, but wasn't so strange at the time. Part of their ideology was the notion that vegetarianism—they didn't use that term at the time—but that abstaining from meat can sit at the center of a total reform ideology.* So meat is one way that the body kind of becomes overheated and overexcited and apt to make people act in improper ways. Whether it be violence, or holding slaves, or oppressing women."

Chicago reader dot com , Althouse*

'When Cheney Aproached The Light Turned Green For Him'

"Dick Cheney says his current health is "a miracle" in a frank discussion of the heart disease he suffered over his entire political career and especially when he served as the vice president."

"Two years ago, Cheney was gaunt, carried a sallow complexion and needed a cane to walk. Today, he says he's a new man and feels "fantastic." At 72, he says he has no real physical limits. "I fish. I hunt...I don't ski, but that's because of my knees, not my heart. So, it's been a miracle," he tells Gupta."

"Cheney had his first heart attack over 35 years ago and has been the recipient of many modern heart treatments that seemed to come along at just the right time. He even had a pump attached directly to his heart while awaiting a transplant. He knows luck played a big role in his life. He says Dr. Reiner once made an analogy between the course of Cheney's health and treatment and a person who gets up late and drives to work, but he sees all the traffic lights ahead are red. "'Cheney,'" he says the doctor told him, "'when you get to them, they all turn green.' And that's... a pretty good description," says Cheney."

CBS

chicks


This chick is a "W" sound  in Egyptian hieroglyphics. 


Sometimes a "U" sound. You just have to know when it is a "W" and when it is a "U."

How do you know? You don't really. Sometimes there are clues. Most times you guess, and most times it really is a "W" and not a "U". That's why when you see it you automatically go, "W" in your head, or perhaps actually verbalize as you're reading. It is one of the more reliable and among the most frequent symbols. 

The eye goes to it instantly in the name king Tut because the ligature with the two "T" sounds is uniquely diagonal due to the spaces created by the angle of the chick. Good space-conservation there. It reminds me of a percent sign %. And so when reading, upon noticing the T-chick-T ligature you silently go, "twat," or perhaps, "twit," and then finally, no, that's not it, "tut." 



What is it like when you are the moon?

Alabaster retard, vanilla rapist.

"Shootn' stah, look at you. Shootn' stah, you're a beautiful ball of light.  Shootn' stah, get out'a da way... I can't see nuffin. Yur all in my parifarinz. Yur in my parifarinz visual. Ah, I cannot... how can I concentrate?"


Friday, October 18, 2013

50 Years On, Did Only Ben Bernanke Hear The Message?

Krauthammer opines on Washington Redskins name change.


Why? None of his business. I do not care for that sort of thing so I didn't read it.

I'm childish about it too. Both hands flip off, double flip, since they're right there together typing ,and stick out my tongue. Toward Krauthammer and his opinion. Even though I don't care about the football team. In fact, I don't care about football generally. I didn't even know the team is football until I saw the helmets on Amazon. Could have been baseball for all I knew. I'm admitting I'm stupid about the subject and childish in reaction to nudging.

How's that? See an opinion and not care about it or for it, but do care about the subject being gnawed. That just bugs me that liberals do that. So skip Krathhammer's opinion with no apology and go straight to comments and say so. I'm getting like that. I really do admire Krauthammer, he is frighteningly smart and I'm glad he is a reasonable person now, not like before when he vexed us for using his intellect working up circles advancing liberal issues, projecting and then attacking conservative values. He was ridiculous then, and annoyingly frighteningly smart about being so harmfully ridiculous. Then suddenly, flip. That facility is brilliant, the facility to flip like a switch, but I always did know his reasoned mind no longer cluttered and circling curlicues for wrought over-intellectualism is fundamentally directed by liberal tender heart, and it is basically liberal blood squishing through it, thump-thumpa thump-thumpa thump-thumpa .

Aren't we all?

I've seen this too many times to not know how it ends. Then on to the next new agitation, or perhaps two at once. Prolonged agitation is where the left excels. Truly. Excels as a mental disorder. It can be challenged but not matched. Collectively they have the patience that spans generations. Like a dog gnawing a bone down to the splinters and marrow and passing the gnawed bone to litters of pup activist gnawers, even to one-time liberals otherwise made right of mind. It is similar in abuse to being stuck in a soured marriage to a nagging wife. One way out of the enervating marriage is murder. And you honestly do consider that.  Another way out is, "Yes, Dear." (you nagging cow, die, die, already, die.)

Dude. Check yourself. So knowing that, and knowing banned things become valuable, even stupid things, head off to Amazon and look at what Washington Redskin memorabilia is offered, and see if there is anything there that could be useful or attractive. See if there is anything that I like. And there is. And I do.

Even if they stay resolute and do not change their name, HA!, this is fairly good stuff. Things I would like in any case. I really do like this indian logo. Uniquely American.  Patches. I am putting patches on things  just to be different. And writing on sleeves. And sometimes the yoke. And the front panels too. Okay, all over the place with patches and writing here and there, as tattoos.

This post is about the impressive line of worthwhile things available in the attractive tone of Washington redskin rust red color, with mustard yellow, and very attractive indian logo. Not about Krathammer's opinion, whatever that is. This investment opportunity is suddenly superseded by real desire to wear and own these objects. Come check them out:



One day in Aspen I was taken to a house owned by a woman who was divorcing a curator of one of the New York museums. (The couple together own a shop in town and we saw similar things in there.)  The house is loaded with artifacts as if a museum itself. The whole thing without one speck out of place. Pre-Columbian figures arranged in a row where a soap dish would be in a regular home. Stuffed throughout with valuable artifacts. Odd things, a large bowl of antique Italian bocce balls, wooden spheres riven with nails to form a pattern in metal, sometimes a number, with varying shapes and sizes of nails to produce individualistic heavy ball completely covered with the heads of nails, used in a lawn game, on the breakfast table instead of a bowl of fruit like regular people. A general animal theme throughout. Real animals. Oddest of all, a leopard skull finished elaborately in silver and jewels and  ornate etching to a ghastly implement with protruding saber teeth jutting forward, the object of no known practical use beyond macabre decoration.  Impressively large antler clusters for lighting dominating one of the rooms, you see these, but not extravagant as this one, giant turtle shells arranged decoratively as if they were regular size turtle shells or plastic turtles, surely that is not allowed in this country, real skins all over from rare species, heads of various African antelope high on a wall facing Mt. Ajax and appearing as if all three are enjoying the view, and one thinks, "This shit cannot all be legal. It just cannot be. And it is not fair either."

 

But best of all that plunder, I thought,  is an African headdress in museum box-frame presentation. Shiny black feathers splayed against flat black matt. So black on black, shiny on flat, one looks for the subtle pattern in the sheen and realize it's feathers.  Sparse animal hair fringe attachments to the feather tips, scant colored beadwork. Faint leather and sinew straps. That's all. It is a meager headdress but respectfully displayed as rare art. "I can do that." I know I can reproduce it. Crows feathers. I compared it with what I recalled of similar native American headdresses. I recalled the craft shop I wandered into that sold the elements to make such things and how I dismissed them at the time as Cub Scout-like in its modern appearing colors, while straining and sorting through for the natural elements that were offered in that shop at the time.  The presentation  was  among the most subtle and largest and most compelling of items in that very odd and compelling house of nothing but odd compelling rooms, one after another. A visit to that place is rattling, not settling.



I did not know African natives  have feather headdresses like American natives do." That is where my amazement centered. And our native headdresses are 10X better. Cor! Ace! Score!

From then on I wanted one. An American headdress, not an African one. In honor. Respectfully displayed. An American Indian headdress displayed like that, fake of course, and not Hollywood-looking either, even if I have to make one myself, for the very impressive art that it is.



You know, Europeans freak out over Native American art. Comparatively, it is completely ace. That house in Aspen showed me that definitively, although it contained no American Indian artifacts that I noticed, save for Central and South America, I know other people that do own some few things legally, tiny bowls, small tightly woven baskets, arrow heads and such and those are  the first things I go to.






One commenter writes, Krathammer, your last name offends me. Change it.

Check out the Washington Redskin memorabilia before they are nudged to extinction. Later, for vaunted irony, these will be hipster, I intend to be counter-culture throughout, on account of being, you know, provocative and everything and different all the time.




I do like that red hat top center, and I like the beanie too.

'[E]thnic Food Becoming Much More What We Eat Day-to-Day'

MIAMI (AP) — Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start.

These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.

Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.

This is a rewrite of the American menu at the macro level, an evolution of whole patterns of how people eat. The difference this time? The biggest culinary voting bloc is Hispanic.
"When you think about pizza and spaghetti, it's the same thing," says Jim Kabbani, CEO of the Tortilla Industry Association. "People consider them American, not ethnic. It's the same with tortillas."

Another Hispanic beverage making ever more rounds in households across America is tequila.

In 2006, nearly 107 million of liters of tequila were exported to the U.S., a 23 percent increase over 2005, according to Judith Meza, representative of the Tequila Regulatory Council. Tequila entered the top 10 of liquors in the world five years ago, she said.

AP

Just Another Gulch In The System


I said:
Low enrollment in Obamacare has so far been blamed on glitches in the system. Another reason is quite possibly that potential enrollees fear the secondary consequences of signing up: for immigrants, increased scrutiny of immigration status; for many poor, increased IRS scrutiny.

Aridog said:
El Pollo Raylon .... you are much closer to a real truth than you might imagine.

"Does the modern man even have a go-to channel on television?"

"The concept of the “modern man” is laughable to most aging bros who who have finally accepted a more modest, less fussed-over definition of masculinity. Males have turned to the Internet for the majority of their cultural consumption and even their commerce, as men’s magazines have slowly become irrelevant fodder for suckers in airports. Besides watching sports or streaming seasons of critically acclaimed shows, the Educated Male doesn’t really have a lifestyle program made specifically for him. Over the past decade, the modern man has had to be adaptable: sensitive enough to watch female-oriented programming and confident enough to provide snarky commentary, all in the name of courtship or cohabitation. Besides watching socially acceptable narrative dramas, casual television watching required yuppie men to watch programming that wasn’t actually targeted at them."

The “modern man” is built to laugh at the way television networks marginalize a demographic’s interests. Teens, tweens, women, and the simple people who watch CBS have all been deconstructed into demographics. Esquire Network aims directly for a market that may not be mentally prepared to enjoy something without any qualifiers."

Grantland

"How to ward off a giant hornet attack"

Thumb-sized giant hornets, which have a sting that’s been likened to a hot nail going through your skin, continue to plague the Chinese province of Shaanxi. More than 40 people have been killed by hornet attacks, and there are nearly 1,700 reported injuries.

Since they’re seemingly here to stay, doctors and insect specialists in China offered up these tips to prevent an attack, courtesy of China Daily:

Stay away from their nests. Giant Asian hornets, Vespa Mocsaryana and Vespa Mandarinia, do not generally sting without provocation, but anyone touching their nests is vulnerable to a group attack.
Don’t run. If you do accidentally disturb a hornet or its nest, keep in mind they can fly faster than you can run. Instead, crouch low to the ground, stop moving and try to cover your head.
Wear brown or black. Giant hornets are excited by bright colors.

Skip the aftershave. They are drawn to perfume and cologne.

Don’t be drunk: They’re also agitated by the smell of alcohol.
 

"Don't Execute the Man Who Paralyzed Me"

"On March 6, 1978, as I stood on the steps of the Georgia courthouse where I was fighting obscenity charges, a series of gunshots rang out. I remember nothing that happened after that until I woke up in the intensive care unit. The damage to my central nervous system was severe, and it took several weeks before doctors could stabilize me. From then on, I was paralyzed from the waist down, and have been confined to a wheelchair ever since."

In all the years since the shooting, I have never come face-to-face with Franklin. I would love an hour in a room with him and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die."

As far as the severity of punishment is concerned, to me, a life spent in a 3-by-6-foot cell is far harsher than the quick release of a lethal injection."

Franklin has been sentenced by the Missouri Supreme Court to death by legal injection on Nov. 20. I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not. I have had many years in this wheelchair to think about this very topic. As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself."

Hollywood Reporter

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anything worth watching on TV?

I don't quite get how TV seasons work anymore, but I'm getting new shows on Hulu.   Anything worth watching?   Which shows do you love, which do you hate, and which do you love to hate?

Here's my Hulu line-up.

NYPD: Fetus Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

(CBSNewYork)Two teenage girls who were suspected of shoplifting were stopped as they were leaving the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald’s Square, and a security guard checking their bags found what appeared to be a fetus, the NYPD said Thursday.

The girls, both 17, were stopped by the store’s loss prevention officer. It was then that one of the girls admitted she had “a baby in the bag,” CBS 2 reported.

The guard called police. The girl later told police that she had given birth on Wednesday and did not know what to do with the fetus.

CBS New York

'It's making children cry'

"A Halloween fan who put up a gruesome display of 'disembowelled corpses' outside his home has been asked by police to tone it down.
James Creighton, 25, was told that his scene was making children cry with its macabre reconstruction of a scene from The Texas Chainshaw Massacre.

Mr Creighton said: 'I can't believe it to be honest. I can't see what I've done wrong.'
The decorations were assembled outside the front of his home at the start of the month to support Cancer Research UK.
[O]n Tuesday, Mr Creighton received a visit from two police officers who asked that he make the set 'less frightening'.

An angry parent complained to police that the gruesome display was reducing children to tears
 
An angry parent complained to police that the gruesome display was reducing children to tears
'When the police turned up I don't think they knew what to say,' he said. 'They told me there had been a complaint and that I needed to "tone it down" by taking some decorations down.
'I'm told someone walks by with young children and they are crying every time they see it.
'The police told me they want me to put a black tarpaulin across the bottom of the fence so children can't see it, but it spoils it for everyone else then."

MailOnline

Hitler Learns About the Obamacare Exchanges


 

Cantaloupe growers to plead guilty


"In May 2011, the Jensens began washing the farm's cantaloupes with devices used to clean potatoes and failed to use a chlorine spray feature that kills deadly bacteria, U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement last month.

"The defendants were aware that their cantaloupes could be contaminated with harmful bacteria if not sufficiently washed," he said. "The chlorine spray, if used, would have reduced the risk of microbial contamination of the fruit."

In addition to the [33] deaths, the listeria outbreak linked to the farm in the southeastern corner of Colorado led 147 people across 28 states to be hospitalized, authorities said. One woman suffered a miscarriage."

"The Rise of the Libertarians"

"Libertarianism is spreading on our college campuses. An unusually large number of politically-minded, frustrated students, who refer to themselves as the "liberty movement," believe themselves to be part of a rising tide that will restore the country to greatness."

Much of the recent growth in libertarian activism emerged after Ron Paul's 2008 failed presidential bid, when Jeff Frazee, Paul's national youth coordinator, founded Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). Aided in part by the right-of-center activist training group the Leadership Institute and its team of field representatives, YAL now boasts chapters on over 380 campuses and a membership of some 125,000 students. Another libertarian group, Students for Liberty, has since seen exponential growth since its founding in 2008. At the end of 2008, there were 42 campus groups in the SFL network. By 2013, SFL claimed an affiliation with 930 groups worldwide: 767 in the U.S., over 100 in Europe, and a few dozen in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."

Deerson (president of UNC-Chapel Hill's YAL chapter until he graduated in May) credited the growth of the club to the training he received from Students for Liberty and to changing attitudes among students. A handful of studies lend credence to this view. A 2011 study by UCLA scientists found incoming students to have more liberal views, but only on social issues, meaning that there are more students who identify as fiscally conservative and socially liberal--in effect, libertarian. A 2012 survey by the Panetta Institute found that 30 percent of college students have libertarian beliefs. Indeed, the present time seems to be a "libertarian moment" for the entire country, as statistician Nate Silver has suggested."

Minding the Campus via Intapundit

Editorial: GM got bailout, now ships jobs to China

"Saving General Motors from bankruptcy was among President Obama’s most frequently cited achievements when he ran for re-election last year. Democrats everywhere touted the company’s revival as proof of the 2009 bailout’s wisdom. That was then. Now, Obama has quietly released the auto manufacturer from a bailout requirement that it increase its production in the U.S. Instead, GM is spending billions of dollars building up its production capacity in ... China."

This is happening despite the fact that the Treasury Department has to date recovered just $36 billion of its original $51 billion loan to GM. By most analysts’ predictions, American taxpayers will be out approximately $10 billion when the remaining stock is sold off. Which is a long way of saying that it now appears that taxpayers paid $10 billion to make it easier for GM to accelerate its foreign outsourcing and send more manufacturing jobs to China."

It is yet more proof that Mitt Romney was right in the 2012 presidential campaign: GM should have gone through a traditional bankruptcy instead of the politicized farce of a taxpayer-funded bailout and government managed “bankruptcy.” The TARP funds involved could have instead been used to provide liquidity for a managed sale to a private buyer that minimized the opportunities for political interference in the new GM’s operations."

Washington Examiner

Prediction for states opting out of Medicaid


"About 5.2 million poor, [non-illegal immigrant status] uninsured adults will fall into the “coverage gap,” created by 26 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)
These people are projected to have incomes too high to qualify for their state’s existing Medicaid programs, but below the federal poverty level (nearly $11,500 for an individual) required to be eligible for federal subsidies to buy private coverage on the new online insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor."

"The law provides full federal funding for three years to states that expand Medicaid to cover residents under 138 percent of the poverty level (or just under $15,900 for an individual). But the Supreme Court made that requirement effectively optional for states, and most Republican led-states have opted against expanding the program."

"Nearly half of the uninsured in the coverage gap live in Texas (1 million), Florida (763,980) and Georgia (409,350) — largely because those states have the most uninsured and limited Medicaid eligibility today."


I imagine there will be an attempt at national shaming of these states as incidents of lack of care are brought to attention, Will theses states cave, or will they establish some sort of in-state insurance coverage? 


"China holds two bloggers as it expands crackdown on rumours"

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in China have arrested an influential blogger and are holding a cartoonist in a widening crackdown on online "rumour-mongering", friends and a lawyer for one of them said on Thursday.

Hundreds of people have been detained since August, say Chinese media and rights groups, as the government has stepped up its campaign to banish rumours. Most have been released, but some are still being held on criminal charges.

"The use of these dictatorship tools to combat the criticism and grievances within civil society could be counterproductive," said Zhang Lifan, a historian, adding that it could fuel mistrust. "It may not be beneficial for maintaining the regime."

The Internet clampdown reveals the insecurity of the leaders of the ruling Communist Party, said Bo Zhiyue, a professor of Chinese politics at the National University of Singapore.

"They are trying to send China back all the way to the Stone Age," Bo said. "Where is the hope for political reform? Zero."

Reuters via Drudge

Wedding

nostalgic photographs of American cars


Or are they?  Fstoppers

"TaxCox"


TaxCox

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tigers Tie Up AL Championship Series


Detroit Tigers



ALCS against the Red Sox tied 2-2
Game 4, Wednesday, October 16, 5:07 PM (PT)
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

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3 - 7

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Game 5 - Thu, Oct 17vs.Red Sox5:07 PM (PT)


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Good Luck Tomorrow, Tigers!