Monday Miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on December 23, 2013 · 25 comments

advertisers21. Hundreds of thousands still without power after weekend ice storm : Approximately 200,000 customers still have no electricity after ice splintered a huge number of trees and turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks.

2. NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection : “Former CIA chief says controversial “bulk” collection of data should be expanded to include email, and could prevent the next 9/11.” Job security for them I guess…

3. The next Detroit? Atlantic City and Las Vegas facing catastrophic collapse : “Time will tell if these two cities will end up like Detroit. However, the fact that they are losing their biggest industries to major competition, much like Detroit did, with depressed housing, casinos bankrupting/closing and businesses fleeing, makes their fate seem eerily similar.”

4.  Anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans : “Some of the world’s most eminent scientists have severely criticized the arguments used by some influenza researchers who are trying to make the H5N1 bird-flu virus more dangerous to humans by repeatedly infecting laboratory ferrets.”

5. Lab finds false claims on supplement labels : “When it comes to dietary supplements, you don’t always get what you pay for.”

6. Raised Beds: Preparing your Garden Beds for Spring : “When raised beds are well prepared, the hardest part of gardening is also done. And the better the garden beds are prepared, the less work there will be during the growing season, and the more likely the gardener’s vision will come to fruition.”

7. U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise : “According to the latest results of a comprehensive set of international exams released Tuesday, America’s teens have remained mid-pack among their peers worldwide and utterly stagnant in reading, math and science over the last 10 years.”

8.
How The Media Will Report The Apocalypse : “In early 2014, a series of devastating catastrophes bring about Armageddon. Papers of record like the New York Times soberly report this news.”

9. On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever : “December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress. Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations. Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions.”

25 comments

JP in MT December 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

#7. My DW has worked with our local church to put together a Literacy class to assist pre-teen school children with their reading. She has also taken the English As A Seconds Language course to again assist people with literacy. Both of these programs are run and funded by volunteers, with no government support or incentives. These people saw a need and are trying to fill it. This is how things are supposed to work in America. But I’m sure that with a little government support/oversight we can make this plan fail too.

Mari December 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

And with a LOT of gov’t interference, oops, I mean assistance, it will be doomed to major failure and huge sums of wasted tax money.

axelsteve December 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

#1 I guess the governor is back pulling on the crackpipe now. #2 Maybe they should try more freedom?
You need more then gambling to prosper. #3 #4 Bird flue more bird flue.#5 TDL does not want you taking those now that he has the health system.#6 we need to garden while we can.#7 And foriegn students still come here.#8 @*#% duh media.#9 no reason to celibrate.

Nebraska Woman December 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

2. Snail mail.
3. DH 1 and I went to both Las Vegas and Atlantic City on business trips. Since I am too cheap to gamble, we hated the places. Now that I am older, I prefer Branson.
5. One has to be judicious on supplement intake. I am on CoQ 10, fish oil, and D3. The rest I get from eating correctly.
7. What JD said.
9. Good luck. That is the most corrupt privately owned corporation we have, and it’s protected by our squeaky clean congress who gets mega money from people who own it. No way they will get rid of that.

tommy2rs December 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm
riverrider December 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

i read an article on the test scores the other day. it showed that if you remove the lowest ranking inner city schools, our kids rank near the top in every category. these are the folks common core was supposed to help, but like health care it ruins the rest. …….how they will report the apocalypse? just like now, they won’t. anybody hear about the kid in durham, nc that got his head blown off while handcuffed in a police car, or the resulting demonstration that was attacked by riot police?

N2Y December 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Riverrider I would love to see that article. I try to keep up on education as much as I can, and home schooled until recently and may again in the future. I do so for academic reasons and detest Common Core.

GoneWithTheWind December 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Statistics are kinda plastic and can be shaped to whatever you want. In most countries students with poor grades are out of school by the 8th grade. Of the remaining students those who aren’t good at math and science are shunted off to blue collar job training which also gets them out of school by age 15 or so. What is left is the best. They then take these tests that determine that students in India or China are smarter then students in the U.S. But as riverrider said if you don’t include the lowest ranking inner city students in those test results the U.S. scores are quite good. So who benefits from the reporting of low scores? The teachers unions.

Penrod December 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

#8 on the Apocalypse. I got a hoot out of the NPR response. Those folks are True Believers. It WOULD take a zombie apocalypse to get that reaction out of them.

Patriot Dave December 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

#8 Funny as all get out. Gotta read it. I remember Rush commenting on the media. Headline: “End of the world, all life dead, women and minorities impacted hardest.”

ozhillbilly December 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

A little off topic here. I sincerely appreciate your indulgence. I imagine most of you have seen the nice black and white SUV’s with the Homeland Security logo on the side. I’m particularly thinking of the short article and picture that was floating around recently where a fellow in Colorado snapped a picture of one, the officer took offence to it and a discussion followed. Ended up, no harm no foul, but the Homeland Security guy didn’t like it.

Just this week in my town of slightly more than 100,000 I noticed that our police are now driving very similar vehicles only with our city’s logo on it. Wondering out loud here folks, but haven’t we heard reports of our government prepositioning equipment and supplies around the country. I mean what are they doing with the massive amount of stuff they have been purchasing? It’s got to be going someplace. How easy is it to pull a decal off of a vehicle and put a new one on?

I’m open to other’s thoughts on this. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings as I’m pretty thick skinned. Well, maybe not so pretty . . .

Penrod December 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

ozhillbilly, It’s hard to separate the reasonable, even proper, stockpiling from whatever else might be going on because who would trust anything people in any level of government say?

Pre-positioning emergency water, food, medical supplies and the like is a good idea. In fact, that is exactly what we do at the family and individual level, and the government advocates that we do it. They also do it at the state and federal levels.

Of course, some members of the government forget that other official agencies of the government advocate it, and call us ultra right wingnuts and the like.

The emergency relief agencies in Hawaii claim that they have pre-positioned supplies here, in part because of the response lag in getting supplies from the Mainland. I have no idea if they have enough, or if they have the distribution network needed.

I won’t rely on them unless our supplies are destroyed by whatever disaster makes us need them, but if they really are stocked up, that is wonderful because most people here are not.

It is my understanding that the feds, states, and many cities have pre-positioned a lot of emergency response gear and supplies, especially since 9-11. None of us wants to wait for bringing it all in from some other part of the country after a dirty bomb, major earthquake, deadly pandemic, or something else awful happens. We really don’t want to have to wait for it to be manufactured.

I expect that nearly everyone who reads this blog believes in prepping at the personal/family level, but reality is that most people don’t: They expect that they pay their taxes to pay for others to take care of them in emergencies. Seems like a dumb idea to me, but I think it is also true.

Anyway, if the preps are for emergencies, rather than preps to crush loyal people who are fed up, I don’t have a big problem with it. I wish people would take care of themselves instead, but government stockpiling food, water, meds, etc doesn’t scare me. I’m glad someone is doing it, and glad that we (probably) won’t need them ourselves.

Of course, if they are stockpiling for other reasons….

kts532 December 24, 2013 at 1:36 am

You are right the Goberment did pre position Emergency gear around the country so it could be sent where needed. My Fire Department was in charge of one of them. Two years ago quietly they were shut down and all things went to surplus.

Draq wraith December 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

Too bad they didn’t send the stuff to our troops. Bet the could find a use for it.

OhioPrepper December 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

ozhillbilly,
How easy is it to pull a decal off of a vehicle and put a new one on?
It’s as easy as any magnetic sign.

Bam Bam December 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I find it interesting that kids in China and India outperform American kids on scholastic tests and yet we’ve invented all the cool stuff–electricity, telephone, computer, automobile, internet. I think folks have already hit on the right answer–our educational system is inclusive. In other countries scholastically inept kids get pushed into vocational tracks.

Tracker December 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I find it funny that what used to be “Trade Schools” where our mechanics and machinists were trained, are now called “Colleges”. Just another way to include the “scholastically inept” (I love that term BB.) and make them feel good about themselves.
Too bad it drags down the value of a real education.

OhioPrepper December 25, 2013 at 12:29 am

Tracker,
Just exactly what is a “real education”? Does the person who goes to a trade school and can do plumbing, or electrical work, or keep your old car running, have a real education? How about the person working on their PhD in ancient French art history? All of the cool inventions Bam Bam mentioned are generally from either those with no fancy degrees, or degrees in the STEM areas. I see too many people who stay away from the math and science, and often end up being teachers who can’t teach, or highly educated baristas. We are losing many of our skilled trades, because our kids would prefer a business degrees and a desk job, rather than getting a skill that can’t be exported and would keep them employed for life.

Tracker December 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

OP, I meant no offence. I’m 62 yrs old and schooled in the 50s and 60s. To me a real education consists of math, science, English, history, geography and all the related subjects that made our country what it once was. Not like today when even supposedly educated people end their sentences with “at” and say “I seen him”. “Baristas”? Sorry, I grew up a mile North of the border and never heard that garbage until the last few years. I’ve worked the construction trades ever since Special Forces and I parted company in 72 but I refuse to lower my standards.

Tracker December 25, 2013 at 2:18 am

Oh by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

OhioPrepper December 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Tracker,
No offense taken; just clarification, which you have done nicely. I’m also 62 and had the same education experience as you, with one addition, being that I lived next door to my grandfather who was a high school math and English teacher. In my house, ain’t was a four letter word, and improper grammar was a reason for ridicule and correction. I agree that we have too many pseudo educated persons, teaching in our schools, many of which couldn’t conjugate a verb, or do much math beyond basic arithmetic. When I hear the president (perhaps the last 5 of them) talk about being the education president, I get ill, because in order for our high school graduates to go on to the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, & Math) fields, they need a good primary and secondary education, which I fear they cannot get in many school systems because of the very same uneducated teachers. So Tracker, in the end we both agree, and in the end we really need fewer pseudo educated baristas, and more engineers, scientists, and people in the skilled trades, who built this country and keep it running.

And here’s hoping for a great Christmas day to you and all of the pack, along with a joyful holiday season into the New Year.

Hunker-Down December 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

#9). Federal Reserve…quote; “most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions.” That’s the same game plan satan uses.

OhioPrepper December 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

HD,
“most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions” and apparently, neither did Ben Bernanke.

rjarena December 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

“The devils greatest trick is fooling people to think he doesn’t exist”

Draq wraith December 24, 2013 at 2:11 am

#8 ‘ the stock market is approaching a record high, president Obama is going on vacation. ‘ mean anything to anyone?
#2 dead drops work too or hand written notes in code using several books.
#4 repeatedly infecting an animal with the same bug only helps that animal become immune to it.
#7 with the core education system you can bet the government isn’t concerned with educating the masses to be free thinking individuals.
TDL failed to do anything to improve IL education system what so ever.

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