Posts filed under ‘Musings’
A 13-year-old Eagle Huntress in Mongolia
A photographer who snapped what could be the world’s only girl hunting with a golden eagle says watching her work was an amazing sight.
USA, USA, USA!
“Only 24 people applied?” Are they kidding? It’s a wonder did.
Out of the millions who reportedly read the ad, only 24 people applied to this prank job listing posted by Boston-based advertising firm Mullen, seeking a “director of operations” for a fictional company named Rehtom Inc.
The listed qualifications ranged from intense to virtually impossible, including:
- A 135+ hour work week (the equivalent of over three full-time jobs).- No breaks.
- No sitting.
- Able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis.
- Experience or knowledge of psychology, counseling, culinary arts, finance, medicine and social media.
The benefits were even tougher to swallow: no health insurance, retirement plans, vacation days or even holidays off.
Ditto for the salary, which is listed as “pro bono/unpaid.”
Please tell me I’m not seeing this:
My hubby is watching the CBS Evening News. Reader Bob Schieffer is in Ft. Hood, Texas, covering the memorial service for the three people killed on the base there last week. Little did Schieffer know, I’m sure, that on the day of that service he’d lead not with that, but with news about a 16-year-old kid in Pennsylvania going on a stabbing rampage, injuring “at least” 22 people.
It never ends.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released this ad on April 3 in an effort to discourage people from texting and driving.
Thousands of people die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.
That’s why cops are out looking for people who text while driving, and that’s why they write tickets — to save lives.
Remember, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
Will someone please tell me why texting and driving isn’t illegal across the board? Who’s keeping that from happening? Cell phone service providers? Cell phone manufacturers?
I’m making dinner and watching HGTV’s “House Hunters.” An early-30-something couple is searching for a home in Arlington, Virginia (south of Washington, D.C.). Their budget is $650,000 (!).
They’ve looked at three homes. The wife wants the “perfect” kitchen of course; granite counter tops, an island, a double oven and stainless steel appliances.
The husband wants a “man cave” which he gets. One of the last shots is of him watching a football game in front of a wall of three flat screen TVs, one of which is 80-some inches.
At one point during the search the wife complains that one of the master bathrooms is “sooo small.” I don’t claim to have any expertise on square footage but it had a sink with a five foot-ish long countertop, a shower, a tub and a commode. But again, it was “sooo small.”
“Sooo small? ” Small is good. Here’s our master bathroom. It’s in the 60′s style. Our house was built in 1963 and somehow people managed — way back then — to live without all the accoutrement we’re lead to believe we “need” now.
Cute huh? It takes 15 minutes to clean and we don’t need anything more.
Check this out from @EarthPix. It looks like an optical illusion but they write: The water is so clear it looks like the boat is hovering!
Dang. No kidding.
I’m remembering the good ol’ days when politicians weren’t afraid to be seen in the same room together: President Reagan (R) embracing Tip O’Neill (D-MA):
Gallup is out with its latest Well-Being Index, a look at how Americans in various metropolitan areas perceive their own wellbeing based on a variety of factors, including health, work environment, and access to basic necessities.
According to Gallup, Americans’ life evaluations have improved, emotional health and healthy behaviors have remained stable, and basic access, physical health, and work environment have declined over the six years it has tracked wellbeing.
And the five happiest cities are:
I live in Boulder, Colorado. This is roughly the view out the window above my desk where the computer I’m typing on is. (Our house is on the opposite side of the little lake in the foreground.) Why wouldn’t I be happy? The only problem? I wish the Pacific ocean was off to the left.
Bill Maher has some good insight on how maddeningly inept Democrats are at selling ideas (and how good Republicans are at it):
Bill Maher had a lesson in language and wordsmith that should be heeded. The reality is those that have been trying to provide Americans with fact based information in the aggregate have failed. Why is that the case? It is because of the deceptive use of language. The essence of communicating one’s thought is the effective use of language.
For decades now liberals pushed the issue of assisted suicide and it got nowhere. Then they started to call it aid in dying and its approval shot up 20 points and it is now legal in five states. … That’s the power of language.
That success and the success the Democrats had rebranding gay marriage as marriage equality means they’ve finally caught on to what Republicans learned a long time ago from their guru on words, … Frank Luntz. Frank is the genius Right Wing wordsmith who taught Republicans instead of saying ‘estate tax’, say ‘death tax’. Instead of saying poor people, say the takers.
Being a Republican means starting with a bedrock principle like rich people shouldn’t pay taxes. … Did I say don’t tax rich people? I meant encourage the job creators. Did I say don’t let Black people vote? I meant clamp down on voter fraud.
Perhaps you noticed how everyone on the Right universally decided at the exact same moment that Obama’s ‘weakness’ is what ‘emboldened Putin to take Crimea. At that’s not a matter of great minds thinking alike because for that you would need great minds. …
That’s because once the word is decided on, every single Republican from the presidential contenders on down to the feces throwers on hate radio … all chant it like rain man over and over until it is beaten into our skull.
B R A V O! My God Democrats. Listen to this guy!!!
TOPEKA, Kansas – The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, has died according to his son Tim Phelps and Kansas First News.
Phelps, 84, was being cared for in a Shawnee County facility, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Sunday.
Members of the Westboro church, based in Topeka, frequently protest at funerals of soldiers with signs containing messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers,” and “Thank God for 9/11,” claiming the deaths are God’s punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
Hah. Note the “cat food” at the bottom (Tasmania).
I heard a recording of Pete Seeger singing this song — English is Crazy — on my walk just now. It’s delightful and funny and so true.
Thanks but no thanks. I would never live in California:
This is depressing on so many levels:
Searchers Relying on Satellite Data to Find Plane
In order to narrow down the location, low-flying planes are searching broad swaths of water for any sign of debris. The search is complicated by the vast amount of trash floating in the world’s oceans.
I did not know this. Interesting, per Bloomberg:
Dozens of Planes Have Vanished in Post-WWII Era
Some 83 aircraft have been declared “missing” since 1948, according to data compiled by the Aviation Safety Network. The list includes planes capable of carrying more than 14 passengers and where no trace — bodies or debris — has ever been found.
More info and a much larger version of the graphic above here.
Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if the media would add this tidbit of perspective to their endless coverage of this mystery? Lazy asses.
Let’s get real. They don’t know where in the hell flight MH370 is:
I was so loving how early the sun rose last week. The sky began turning purple at about 5:50 a.m. and I snapped a screenshot it in my head in case I woke up early wondering what time it was. If I looked out the window above my bed and there was any light at all I was sure to know what time it was.
I’m a morning person so I was so happy we were crawling out of this dreadfully cold winter.
But then, yesterday hit and we sprang forward.
This morning it didn’t start getting light until just before 7:00 a.m. and now it’s 7:07 p.m. and the dogs are all messed up. They don’t know whether to go outside or to go to bed. Neither do I.
I hate it. Why do we mess with ourselves like this?
Upps. Silly me. It’s all about (of course it is) MONEY!
So what is the point of Daylight Saving Time?
Money, money, money, money!
The Chamber of Commerce was an early supporter of extending post-workday natural light because it knew factory workers were more likely to go shopping following shift work if the sun was still shining. Later on, people were more likely to fill up the tank and head to sporting events or the mall, which to this day greatly benefits the oil industry.
Because so much extra gas is sold during Daylight Saving Time, the lobby representing convenience stores—places that sell tons of gas—are among the biggest backers of keeping the time change intact.
Downing says the golf course industry also loves Daylight Saving Time because it’s the one sport for which it still isn’t economical to use artificial lighting to extend hours. “The golf industry makes about $200 to $400 million in extra greens fees during Daylight Saving Time,” he notes.
I have so much fixing of things to do when I become queen.
The decriminalize marijuana train is on the tracks and it’s only a matter of time before every state in the country starts drooling over the money Colorado’s raking in after having legalized it:
Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world’s first accounting of the recreational pot business.
The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
Colorado legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn’t begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months.
The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. They declared that the first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction; the rest will be spent by state lawmakers.
At this rate (more shops are opening all the time) Colorado stands to make roughly $24 million in the first year. Politicians are going to love the moolah. No way is this law ever going to be repealed. Yes, the first $40 million is slated for school construction but beyond that, I can imagine brawls at the statehouse over how to spend the millions that will roll in as time passes.
On Wednesday the District of Columbia’s “Water and Sewer Authority” warned residents to boil their water due to a power outage at a pumping station. Pretty amazing when people in a nation’s capital have to boil their water.
Today, the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs notified its employees that its headquarters building,
…located at 810 Vermont Ave., NW are CLOSED. Telework-ready employees must follow VA policies.
Due to an apparent collapse of the DC sanitary sewer line connected to the building, for the safety and welfare of employees, 810 Vermont Ave., NW in Washington, DC is CLOSED in accordance with direction from Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Poetic justice, isn’t it, that these things are happening in Washington? Maybe (not holding my breath) they’ll spur our inept leaders into taking some action.
This is funny:
1 in 10 Americans Think HTML is an STD, Study Finds
- 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for “Search-Engine Optimization”
- 27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
- 42% said they believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship.” A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
- 23% thought an “MP3″ was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
- 18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
- 15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
- 12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.
Sheesh. Once a person hits a certain strata in our society, the money and bennies just pour in.
Check out what’s inside the $85,000 Oscar nominee gift bag, i.e., literally a bag of goodies given to every single Oscar nominee, of which there must be roughly 200.
How about a $2,560 home spa system?
A $15,000 trip to Japan?
Laser hair removal valued at $5,000?
A $16,000 hair transplant procedure?
$1,571.89 in electrolyte supplements for your pooch?
Must be nice.
I can’t wait to hear Jeremy Scahill’s take on it.
William B. Chambliss, the kind and gentle but fierce sociologist and my lifelong friend, died on February 22.
Bill had a yearning for the street; he simply loved to be among those who were on the receiving end of an exploitive social system shaped by race and class.
After earning his sociology B.A. in 1955 under the tutelage of Don Cressey at UCLA, Bill spent a year hitchhiking between labor camps as a migratory farm worker. There he learned first-hand about the everyday lives of the men, women, and children who lived in the most ragged of quarters.
He also enlisted in the military, serving with an intelligence unit in Korea. When his unit became involved in gathering intelligence based on the torture of suspected north Korean spies, Bill risked being court martialed when he refused to participate (he was eventually transferred to another unit, and eventually honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant).
This important work sought to show how lower-class black crime was rendered more visible than middle-class white crime, resulting in much higher rates of criminalization among blacks.
In 1986 Bill relocated to the Sociology Department at George Washington University, where he remained until his death. There he turned his attention to more local victims of state organized crime: residents of the District of Columbia’s poorest black neighborhoods. To show the relationship between race, class, and criminalization, Bill amassed extensive statistical data about neighborhood characteristics, crime, and incarceration.
At the time of his death Bill was writing an article on the sociology of criminal conspiracies, along with a four volume edited collection (with sociologist Chris Moloney) on State Crime; the first volume will be published next year.
This is a video his daughter Lauren posted on Facebook yesterday. I’m posting it here too and dedicating it to him.
Love you Bill. I hope I’ll see you later.
Watch this to the end when the optical illusion is revealed. It’s maddening.
Here’s the makeup of the jury in the Michael Dunn trial:
No black MEN.
There were no black MEN on the George Zimmerman jury either.
Fast and imho, claustrophobia-inducing:
Check out some of the astounding charts Mother Jones put together illustrating how vulgar the amount of money spent on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is, here.
Here’s an example:
Here’s an easy, interactive calculator to let you figure out if you could live on your state’s minimum wage.
I took the “test” and learned I’d have to get a second job and work 28 extra hours a month to meet my (bare-bones, just-the-necessities) expenses.
Fifty years ago today my mother told me she heard that a new “folk” group was going to be on the Ed Sullivan Show that night. She said they were called “The Beatles” and they were like Peter, Paul & Mary (where she got that I have no idea). So we watched together in our family room. I was on the couch and she was behind me ironing.
She didn’t like them.
I was instantly in love with their music and with Paul.
50 years ago. Wow.