A writer named Karen Heller tries the ‘Holier than thou’ position on for size but fails. “We don’t live with air conditioning. (Don’t pay any attention to the window air conditioner in the bedroom.)” I mean, if you’re going to try to come off as a martyr maybe you should actually die or something.
“I don’t need air conditioning, and neither do you”
My family lives without air conditioning, except for one antique, semi-comatose window unit that “cools” the bedroom to approximately the same temperature as Dallas at dusk.
There are people among you, friends even, who live without artificial cooling during what are affectionately known as the dog days of summer. One-third of American households don’t have air conditioning, according to the Energy Department. Many of those, of course, can’t afford it, but people don’t like AC for a variety of reasons beyond cost: environmental, aesthetic, nostalgic, social and cultural.
And, yes, to humble-brag, which I may be doing right now, about our greater tolerance, lower carbon footprint and puny electric bills, which are half the temperature outside.”
Humble-brag? Now there’s an invented term. Also, of course there are people who live without AC. Some people don’t live in the south.
An understatement if there ever was one. This comment from Birmingham, Alabama police lieutenant Sean Edwards after 85 year-old Gene Dacus was killed in his back yard by an 18 year old man who poured gasoline on him and set him on fire.
Sims and Dacus
On Thursday, police charged 18-year-old Thomas Sims with capital murder in the case, meaning that he could potentially receive the death penalty. He is being held on no bond, according to AL.com. It is unclear if he has a lawyer or if he has entered a plea.
Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told AL.com that it appears Dacus and Sims got into an argument, before the teenage doused him with gasoline and lit him on fire.
“It’s disheartening to see someone this young go to this level of violence,” Edwards said. “To me, what he did to that elderly gentleman is evil at its finest.”
Two movies about Nukes in one night, ALL inspired by BMan. Our previously featured presentation was the direct result of feedback from BMan himself over the past several weeks. It just so happened to be about a Nuclear Weapon. Our double feature tonight is as a direct result of BMan’s remarks regarding Donald Trump and the situation that is developing in Ukraine. He mentioned this movie by name. Speak it’s name and it will appear. PBR Mind Meld in full effect…
Welcome to the weekend one and all. The most anticipated publication of the week is before your eyes. The Real Revo Theater is ready to receive its guests.
It has been brought to my attention more than once in recent weeks that our Friday Night Movie has not lived down to the normally low standards once rigidly adhered to when it comes to movie selection. Tonight I hope the viewers will find our selection to be more in keeping with the traditional standards of quality this theater in known for. Nonetheless, I think this storyline has a nice little hook to it. David Janssen is the leading man and I’ve always been a fan of his. I think we are going to enjoy this movie entirely. This is the kind of stuff that Friday Night at the Real Revo Theater is all about.
Our Friday Night Flight takes us into the wasteland of the Israeli-Jordanian Border…
Paul Manafort, installed to run Donald J. Trump’s operation after the firing of his original campaign manager, handed in his resignation on Friday, signifying the latest tumult to engulf the candidate, whose standing in the polls has steadily dropped since the Republican Party’s convention in July.
Mr. Manafort left nearly a week after a New York Times report about problems within the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign helped precipitate a leadership shake-up. His departure reflects repeated efforts to steady a campaign that has been frequently roiled by the unpredictable behavior of its tempestuous first-time candidate.
Mr. Manafort was also dogged by reports about secretive efforts he made to help the former pro-Russian government in Ukraine, where he has worked on and off over several years. Those news reports were blotting out much of the press coverage of the candidate this week. And they contributed to Mr. Manafort becoming viewed with trepidation by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and a major force within the campaign, particularly after a number of false starts since the Republican National Convention, according to three people briefed on the matter.
This is directed specifically at those who support Donald Trump’s [& Hillary’s since it’s the same in principle] plan to force American businesses to stay in the US.
What kind of liberty forces you to stay? If you think that business owners should be able to refuse service to anyone, why can’t they likewise control their means of production without interference from the government – or having to pay penalties for going somewhere that’s friendlier to industry? How can you say – on one hand – that the gov’t can’t control your healthcare, but should be able to control your business? If the gov’t tells you where, when, what, and how you can produce – isn’t that “control of the means of production”?
In supporting a government power grab on the means of production, aren’t you acting as Marx’ proletariat in seizing the means of production with a populist movement?
Why is it okay to make some things in other countries, but not others?
Likewise, why is it okay to leave one state for better industrial/economic conditions in another, but not leave countries (the US) for better industrial/economic conditions?
WASHINGTON — The State Department admitted Thursday that the United States handed over $400 million in cash to Iran only after Tehran released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at a press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”
“That’s correct,” he replied.
In an Aug. 4 press conference, Obama said the opposite.
“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” the president told reporters, speaking of the January payment and hostage release.
Families “know we have a policy that we don’t pay ransom. And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage, and saying to them we don’t pay ransom, defies logic,” Obama added at the time.
The internet has worked because there is little or no censorship. Opposing views as well as friendly ones are available here. That’s because it is controlled by the freest country in the world. If control is turned over to a multi-national group like this it will become less free, more complex, and more expensive. Access will require a payment of some kind in order to pay for the managers.
“America to hand off Internet in under two months”
The Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months, officials have confirmed.
The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia.”
WASHINGTON—Hillary Clinton’s plan to deter companies from leaving the U.S. will include an “exit tax,” her campaign said Monday, making it even more restrictive than President Barack Obama’s proposals.
The Obama proposal has gone nowhere in Congress, stopped by Republicans who say it amounts to erecting walls around the U.S. tax system rather than making it more favorable. Mrs. Clinton would go further, requiring companies to pay U.S. taxes on deferred foreign earnings if they attempt to “game” her new threshold, a campaign aide said Monday.
Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will speak about corporate taxes on Wednesday in Iowa. The aide said she would unveil “another major component” of her plan then.
Don’t you love it when we can give new life to old ideas?
This is so typical of socialists. They are wrong on every count and they are wrong on guns. Disarming the law-abiding public, in effect making the entire city of Caracas a gun-free zone will not make citizens safer. It will make the gangs stronger. As the article says, they are getting the guns and ammunition from corrupt police. That will not stop.
Corrupt cops can be gang members, too, especially now that victims can’t defend themselves.
“Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets”
(Reuters) – Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries.
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods.
Venezuela has the world’s second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police.
Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say.”
Venezuela has the second-highest murder rate but Caracas has the worst.
One in five manufacturers in New York said they were reducing the number of their employees due to Obamacare, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The survey asked businesses how the Affordable Care Act has affected them, including questions about health coverage costs, how health plans would change under Obamacare, and how the Cadillac Tax would apply to their current health care plans.
The number of manufacturers who said they were cutting jobs totaled 20.9 percent. Nearly a third of New York manufacturers said they would increase prices they charge on their customers due to Obamacare. Almost 13 percent said they would increase the proportion of employees working part-time.
I understand that where we live Glenn Beck’s show is tape delayed. I learned to accept that when in Alaska. This afternoon we heard Glenn Beck’s radio show. On it he had writer Brad Thor. Thor countered Beck’s arguments against Trump by reciting a military truth: “If the choice is between a certain death and possible death always choose ‘Possible’ over ‘Certain’.
It is not an understatement to say Obama’s tears over gun violence are disingenuous considering his administration has enacted a policy of systematically arming the entire world with all manner of warcraft. According to the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), during his first six years in office, the Obama administration entered into agreements to sell more than $190 billion USD in weaponry worldwide.
As the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, William D. Hartung, states, this figure is higher than any U.S. administration since World War II. Perhaps that is why the Nobel secretary hasvoiced serious regrets about awarding the Peace Prize to the president.
The Princeton University HR department has largely wiped the word “man” from its vocabulary.
The relatively new policy in effect at the Ivy League institution spells out the directive in a four-page memo that aims to make the department more gender inclusive.
Instead of using “man,” employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people.
Other guidelines? Instead of “man and wife” use spouses or partners. Switch out “man made” with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Don’t use the verb “to man,” as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workmanlike and replace it with skillful.
The memo goes on to list a variety of occupations that typically include the word “man” in them and offers replacements: business person instead of businessman, firefighter instead of fireman, ancestors instead of forefathers, and so on.
“Consistent with style guidelines issued by Princeton’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Communications, and as endorsed by the Institutional Equity Planning Group as a preferred University practice, HR has developed these gender inclusive style guidelines, to be utilized by all HR staff members in HR communications, policies, job descriptions, and job postings,” the memo states.
“Former NSA Employees Say NSA Hack Is The Work Of A “Rogue Insider””
In an interview with Motherboard, titled “Former NSA Staffers: Rogue Insider Could Be Behind NSA Data Dump” an anonymous insider has said that the chances of a hacker remotely breaking into the National Security Agency’s systems are very unlikely. Despite accusations that the leak is Russia’s meddling, the data dropped online under the name “the Shadow Brokers” would have required someone with the ability to access the NSA’s server, the former NSA employee told the news outlet.
As Motherboard puts it, an insider could have stolen the NSA hacking tools from the NSA, in a similar fashion to how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole an untold number of the spy agency’s top secret documents. This theory is being pushed by someone who claims to be, himself, a former NSA insider.”
The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine, according to U.S. defense officials.
As many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, are now arrayed along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.
Additionally, large numbers of Russian military forces will conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials say could be used as cover for an attack on Ukraine.
“Russian units will likely practice reinforcing the [Crimean] peninsula through such activities as amphibious landings and air defense exercises, and this may involve the change out of equipment and long convoys of military vehicles,” one defense official said.
The military exercises are an ominous sign. Similar large-scale Russian exercises were conducted near Ukraine a month before Moscow carried out the covert military operation to take over the strategic Black Sea peninsula in March 2014.
The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces, contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington.
Throughout the campaign, Trump has been dismissive of calls for supporting the Ukraine government as it fights an ongoing Russian-led intervention. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, worked as a lobbyist for the Russian-backed former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych for more than a decade.
Still, Republican delegates at last week’s national security committee platform meeting in Cleveland were surprised when the Trump campaign orchestrated a set of events to make sure that the GOP would not pledge to give Ukraine the weapons it has been asking for from the United States.
If you don’t think that the Russians are making contingency plans for the potential of a Russia friendly Trump Administration, you are really need to pay better attention.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”