The proof really is in the pudding. Click on the photo below to see it full size. It’s a parking receipt from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Valet Parking Area. (Use the back browser when you’ve had your peek, to get back here)
Sea-Tac Parking Reciept
Yeppers, that’s a $6.93 surcharge (.99/day) for Seattle’s new $15/hr “Living Wage” law, that joins with the City Tax, the Airport Access Tax and of course Sales Tax. I just don’t comprehend the absolute ignorance of the Idiotarians behind this movement. McDonalds is still in the cross-hairs for the same wage for their employees. Clueless and Clue-fucked citizens that obviously believe that money really does grow on trees. We can try to explain it to them verbally, but a real life object lesson of the consequences is so much better to get through their pointed brain-pans.
Many companies survive on very thin profit margins. A massive increase in the cost of labor must come from somewhere. Companies can’t really survive by trimming their profits to pay for it as they’ll get abandoned by their stockholders which in turn causes a loss of capital needed for growth and maintenance. That “solution” would be tantamount to fiscal suicide, so we go with Plan “B”. Offset the increased costs of doing business by passing it along to the consumers. But wait a minute, if the cost of a Big Mac increases won’t that cause fewer sales? Damn right it will, which rolls back profits that they tried to protect anyway. It’s an economic paradox that only Progressives would try to unravel and of course, fail. But failure isn’t in their lexicon as long as they can provide bread and circuses to the unwashed masses. As I recall from history, that didn’t turn out very well either, but hey, no one ever said that liberals were capable of learning from history, or understanding the hard facts of economics.
With that out of the way, I proclaim an “Open Thread” for the holiday weekend. Cue the applause and….carry on
JB sends from the Commonwealth of MassiveTwoShits.
Well here we go again with the latest hysteria over portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
WiFi signals. Trial lawyers around the country must be drooling and pitching pup-tents over this nonsense.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — From using cell phones and computers to watching movies online, wireless technology has made life easier. But now, some say there is a serious downside. As CBS2’s Maurice Dubois explained, there are those who claim that exposure to Wi-Fi is making people sick, and some people don’t even know it.
Fuck me, I’ve got an ingrown toenail and it just must be the WiFi in this building. That’s it, I’m suing someone for eleventee million dollars, dammit !!!
“Brain fog. That’s my worst problem. A brain fog,” Suzanne Hoyt said. Hoyt said that nothing prepared her for the rush of symptoms that she suddenly developed. “Headaches, perspiration, pain in my jaws and my heart. It’s like physical expansion of the heart,” she said.
Brain fog, ’nuff said there Suzanne. I completely and utterly agree that you indeed suffer from that malady.
I do recall from my medic days the heart routinely expands and then contracts. Failure to maintain this cycle is rather unfortunate for the life-form surrounding it.
Hoyt said it all started when she installed Wi-Fi throughout her apartment.
“I started to be very uncomfortable, and I didn’t know what it was,” she said. With Wi-Fi everywhere, from parks to restaurants and taxis it turns out Hoyt is not alone. “It was like a deep burning sensation in my face, in my nose, my jaw, it was like a deep burning sensation,” she said.
Why does my rotten brain think she has an unmentioned body part that also has a deep burning sensation that can be treated with miconazole? They destroy their very premise right in that paragraph. WiFi is indeed everywhere, some metropolitan areas are even installing outdoor coverage with open networks, the signals are massively pervasive. Let’s give this some rational thought, a concept entirely lost later in the article. Since WiFi is extremely prolific why would installation of it in her apartment all of a sudden make her “ill”, after all she’s no doubt been exposed to those signals for years from other sources. ??
Perhaps we should now hear from an expert, maybe a Doctor even.
Dr. David Carpenter, an Environmental Scientist and expert on Wi-Fi’s effects said the scientific link between wi-fi and health is clearly emerging. “There is a body of evidence that is strong. it’s not 100 percent understood, but it’s strong evidence that this is a real syndrome that causes real harm to real people,” he said. Dr. Carpenter said it’s a significant problem for about 5 percent of the population, many of them have no idea that wi-fi is to blame. It’s called Wi-Fi sensitivity, and doctors say it’s a very real condition with serious consequences. “They walk around feeling ill and they don’t know what to do about it,” he said. [Emph mine-JB]
I did sorta, kinda notice that the good Doctor has his phD in Environmental Science and not medicine. He said an “emerging body of evidence” but has it been actually documented using legitimate scientific method, accurate statistical analysis, peer review and publication by MEDICAL DOCTORS or is this new threat to the planet our next
Globull Wormening Crisis Climate Change Crisis, that threatens the entire human race? Don’t you just love it when someone with a degree in anything, throws out an anecdotal reference couched as “science” and the lame-stream media jumps on it like the 600 lb. Dude at a free buffet.
Other doctors counter that the evidence connecting Wi-Fi to illness just isn’t there. “It’s a psychological phenomenon,” neuropsychologist Dr. William Barr said. Dr. Barr said some people may have symptoms, but what causes them is something else altogether. He said the power of suggestion may play a role.
Bingo !!! We have a self-defeating article here. Sheesh, this report is self-fisking, but it was too comical to pass up. The real doctors attribute it to what most of us would call hypochondria, but Dr. Barr was being quite the gentleman by not using that term. The fact is, the “is causing this” isn’t there a t’all. Some people like our friend Suzanne here, likely (IMHO) have motivations that might be more financial in origin than psychological. Whoda’ thunk it? It just couldn’t be that could it?
“They essentially establish a belief that something has the potential to cause a symptom, and then when they come in contact with the cause they develop those symptoms,” he explained.
Hoyt said it’s real and she is hopeful that her life will someday return to normal.
Perhaps she would benefit from large doses of Haloperidol, Lithium and some Venlafaxine thrown in for good measure. (Look ‘em up yourselves pups). A lengthy stay in a special medical facility might be of benefit too. Then again, it might be easier with our favorite rope and tree maneuver on See-BS reporters named Maurice, having slow news days and looking for the latest “scary-shit” stories from nutjobs on the subway. Does anyone reading this fail to notice that last sentence? How does the alleged “sufferer” know they come into contact with an unknown cause, unless someone or something alerts them to it?
“We are going to find another solution. It should be safer. There must be a better way,” she said.
The “safer solution” Suzanne, would have been if your folks had practiced birth control more frequently.
We had a similar debate a number of years ago over people that live near high-voltage transmission lines becoming ill. The electric industry spent tens of millions of dollars studying the allegation by outside scientists and doctors. The result was that there were absolutely no demonstrable health impacts due to residing near the lines. The magnetic fields surrounding even the highest voltage transmission lines is only present a foot or so from the line itself. The media failed to notice this determination entirely as expected. Also, I remember the cell phones cause brain cancer “issue” that quietly died. The execrable Dr. Howard Sternglass conducted a study of alleged radiation effects near the Millstone Unit 1 Power Plant back in the late 60s as I recall. Sternglass published his results with nary a peer review or analysis of the statistics he used. He “concluded” that the plant was responsible for a 40% increase in cancer among infants living nearby. There were some serious issues with his study after the NRC and other Health Physicists examined his report. Sternglass had “cherry picked” his sampling. Putting it into layman’s terms would be like this:
Let’s pretend that you live on a street that has 20 homes and 100 people live in those homes. The American Cancer Society published and verified statistics that estimate that 1 in 4 males and 1 in 5 females die from all cancers annually for all ages. Here’s the hard copy: The “The Lifetime Probability of Developing and Dying from Cancer, 2008-2010″. Now back to our little community and keeping in mind these cancer mortalities are merely probabilities. Let’s say in our neighborhood that in one year 3 people die from cancer. Conservatively speaking, for that year the community experienced less than the probable rates of cancer. The next year 4 people die from cancer. Is that statistically significant?…No, the rate is exactly at the probability for males, but if I wanted to be dishonest I could say that the cancer rate for that community increased by 33%. Sounds scary doesn’t it? With statistics sample size is critical. In this illustration, I picked a sample size that was mathematically insignificant, and that is “cherry picking statistics”, yet with dishonest intent and a willing media, it could touch off a major panic. This is what Sternglass did, and he made a LOT of dineros on the lecture circuit about this infamous study until millions were spent on a legitimate study proving absolutely no increase in cancer rates in the population surrounding the plant. Simply put, the shit-bag wanted to have his 15 minutes of fame and rake in some cash before his dishonesty came to light. Unfortunately many people were unable to allay their fears even after the “study” was utterly dismantled and proven false beyond any reasonable doubt.
I gotta wrap this up and make a trip to the Loo, it’s gotta be the cuz’ of the Dude walking down the street on his Bluetooth….ahh nuts, I just thought of the next “We’re all gonna die” scenario. Where’s a journaljizmer when you need one?
Bluetooth in the Loo Blues . It has a nice ring to it, eh?
JB, lost in the deep blue ocean called New England…dammit
Does anyone with an IQ greater than a paramecium really think The Mad Mullahs in Tehran are ever, ever, EVAH going to let anyone in on their nuclear program’s ambitions ??? (H/T Times of Israel)
Let’s just start with this reasonably clear statement:
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists, state media reported.
“We have already said that we will not allow any inspections of military sites by foreigners,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.
No ambiguity there, merely a “go fuck yourself” to the expensive suit-clad state and foreign ministry types that think these assholes are going to become good little boys and join the civilized world.
“They also say that we must allow interviews with nuclear scientists. This is interrogation. I will not allow foreigners to come and talk to scientists who have advanced the science to this level,” Khamenei said.
Whose blindingly brilliant idea was it to expect any information would be gained by having a coffee klatch with their folks? Morons…..Oh and by the way I’d say that was another hale and hearty “go fuck yourself and your horse” from Khmadman. Even if we could chat with them, they’d be posing with their backs to a wall in short order.
Other Iranian officials have repeatedly claimed that inspectors would not be given freedom of access to nuclear facilities — directly contradicting US officials who tout comprehensive inspections as being a key element of a final deal.
Say it isn’t so Gertrude. Foggy Bottom would never, ever mislead, misrepresent or flat-out lie to us would they? That vermin-infested agency is crammed full of peacenik Neville Chamberlain wannabes.
Khamenei’s statements came as experts from Iran and six world powers prepared to launch a new round of negotiations focused on reaching a deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear program.
What in the name of Satan’s Flaming Dingleberries is there to negotiate about? The only deal to be had with Iran is one that is a major win for them. We’ll trade you Israel for inspections that you’ve categorically refused to talk about, let alone permit.
Diplomats said ahead of Wednesday’s meeting that progress is being made but significant gaps remain on a main document and technical annexes ahead of an end-of-June deadline.
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, as the goat-molesters keep right on making that Good Ole’ U-235 and Pu-239 White Lightning better than ever and more Improved™ What progress is being claimed? Did they agree on the Dinner Buffet menu? They sure as hell didn’t make any progress on the claimed objective.
Iran’s team is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi. EU official Helga Schmidt is heading the other side. Senior officials from the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany may join in later. The deal aims for strict limits on Iranian nuclear capabilities that could be used to make weapons. Tehran denies any interest in such arms but is negotiating for a lifting of sanctions.
I’ll leave it to our
gentle sorry, deliciously vicious readers to be amazed at Helga’s resume. No doubt a Master’s in English and Romance languages gives her a mastery for dealing with 7th Century thugs. Well there is politics thrown in there too, full disclosure and all.
The diplomats demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the talks.
Anonymity to avoid being lynched back home once they give Iran the final green light to finish their fissile arsenal, and torch the middle east. But wait there’s more….
A framework agreement — reached at the beginning of April and set to be finalized by June 30 — called for a scaling back of Iran’s uranium enrichment program along with comprehensive inspections of its nuclear facilities to ensure it is not developing atomic weapons. In return, Iran demanded that global sanctions that have crippled its economy be lifted. [Emph Mine-JB]
Now we get to the real meat of the “negotiations”. Iran is cash-strapped precisely because their enrichment process got zapped awhile back from our hacker friends. The hardware to enrich bomb-grade fuel is rather pricey and something tells me their suppliers are putting the squeeze on them as they get closer to finishing the project. Lifting the sanctions on the Mullahs would be the only thing anyone gets out of this P5+1 Circle-Jerk and the rest of the world gets to be the pivot man.
The piece continues on, with more categorical denials of any cooperation with inspections by various ranking douche-bags in Tehran.
This shit has gotta stop…sooner rather than later they’ll have what they want and the Jewish State is going to be cornered. They’ll need our support for logistics and a few other hardware items to deal with what we already know are very well hardened sites. The JDF Air Force just doesn’t have the heavies with the legs for round-trip missions with the munitions that would be needed. It would be in the best interest of the Saudis to play ball here, but they’re on the fence for their own reasons, even though the Iranians are not kinfolk genetically, and Shi’a to boot. Their true intentions go beyond the utter destruction of Israel. They see the Sunni nations in the greater ME as brethren gone astray and with nuclear weapons they’ll quickly attempt to establish a new quasi-Ottoman Empire, but under Shiite Muslim rule, and bring their own prodigal sons and daughters back into the fold at the tip of the sword. Our former president and “Master of Mid-East Realpolitik” other wise known as the hapless Jimmuh Cadduh screwed the pooch by failing to intervene in the revolution that deposed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Yes, the Shah was not a very nice guy, especially with his vicious SAVAK to keep dissidents in line, but he was pro-US and pro-Israel and with a few exceptions worked hard to revive the sagging economy and bring about more democratic reforms. The US once again, fucked an ally in a region where few are to be found, leaving us the mess since 1979. When the shit hits the fan there, we’ll have no choice but to help the few friends we have there. The left will piss and moan that we’re just covering for the eeeevil Big Oil™ companies profits and of course the old lame meme that Conservatives love war for profiteering. Bullshit of course, stability in the Middle East is a helluva lot more important than business interests. Commerce is extremely dependent on access to the gulf and even more important the Suez Canal. It’s an interest for the world and the establishment of the Iranian Caliphate would bode ill for us all.
Stayed tuned to this one..it could turn out to be a helluva ride.
In their gas-guzzling vehicles, driving on roads made of petroleum, and hauling their plastic kayaks, come some idjits who wish to protest exploratory drilling in the Arctic.
The Polar Pioneer is currently docked at Terminal 5 in the Port of Seattle as it gets outfitted to head North for two months of drilling. Suddenly, the Starbucks are emptying out as coffee guzzlers take to their kayaks to try and prevent this from happening.
Their plan? To prevent the Polar Pioneer from leaving. They are going to form a “Kayaktivist” blockade.
Sorry, I had to laugh.
Look, most of you know me here as being somewhat progressive in my thinking. But I am more of a realist than anything else.
Would it be great to have an energy source that is clean, sustainable, and abundant? Of course. Is it a good thing that we don’t pollute the air and water with the byproducts of burning fossil fuels? Yes.
Is that possible right now? NOT EVEN CLOSE.
But it IS a great GOAL to have.
This is where these “kayaktivists” have lost their minds. They want it to stop right now. No more drilling. ”Say NO to Shell!”
They don’t understand that if THESE wells don’t get drilled, someone else is going to drill them.
Our energy sources is in a transition stage that is liable to take the better part of fifty years to complete. While the automobile did away with the buggy whip, they were still selling buggy whips thirty years after the arrival of the automobile. There were still homes in the US with oil lamps well into the 1950s.
There are still people using dial up modems to get on the internet.
Even after the great transition to a “clean” “green” “sustainable” energy, (my bet is on hydrogen) there is still going to be a need for oil. That means drilling.
Now if you’ve gotten THIS far down the page before calling me names, the following is the reason why I chose to post this topic here. It should bring out the true Rott in y’all.
Yes, We Protest Shell Oil with Products Made from Oil. Duh. Now Join Us.
Don’t say I don’t feed you… LOL
Paging through my daily reading, I came across an excellent piece over at Townhall by Michelle Malkin. I chased down the hyperlinks that sharply contrasted two commencement speeches, one by the First Wookie and another by Denzel Washington. Denzel, a Pentecostal Christian, repeatedly emphasized that we all owe our existence to G-d. Our talents and
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We here in the Empire would be sadly remiss should we fail to recognize that today is Armed Forces Day. In spite of the feckless *spit* administration that’s diminished our standing in the world, America remains free because of her Citizen Soldiers. Old George summed it up much, much better than I ever could. “When
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Well my friends, where to start on this story. Back in late December my health took a turn for the worse with a new job that I was putting in 80 hours a week for and on salary which means no extra dinero a’tall. My BP went through the roof and the Doc couldn’t get
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The Vatican has recognized the ‘State of Palestine” I think on this one, I might just sit back and I’m just going to let the article speak for itself for awhile – I have my own thoughts on this but I want to hear others first – so having said that…. unleash the comments.
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It seems to me that NBC has it’s collectivist panties in a knot about the treatment of various scumbags amongst us. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the Boston Marathon bomber, should he avoid the death penalty, is destined to wind up at a Super-Max facility in Colorado called the Administrative Maximum Facility — aka ADX, or “supermax”. First
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Wanted to let you all know I am well, and just taking things one day at a time. The service was packed, testament to the wonderful and loving lady I had the joy of calling my wife for 23 years. I am told that you never stop grieving, but that each day becomes a little
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These are topics that are older and still have a little flavor left in them.
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