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friday, august 20th, 2010
maybe there's a ray of hope that the Nation will get through four years of Øbummerism, and still survive, but I kind of have my doubts.
His bald-faced lies, socialism, communism, ineptness, incompetency and complete idiocy are all too evident in making Jimmah Carter the 2nd Worst President in History. Øbummer is still the most unqualified man in any room he enters, despite his intellect. And Øbummer is a stinking Kenyan, muslim "plant" in The White House.
How's that "Hopey & Changey" thingy working for you? Are you ready for what's coming? Here's what's happened to employment, so far. (Enlarge the map to full screen so you can see the dark unemployment areas rising dramatially!)
The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills, anyway.
The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never received your bills by mail and never paid them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
The Phone Book. It used to be delivered to every new home, kept in people's kitchens and offices, but wit the advent of the Net, you can track down anyone or any business in a matter of seconds, instead of fumbling around with the White Pages or the Yellow Pages books. Advertising revenue is down markedly in both books and the telephone companies have hired outside firms to trick small businesses into expensive long-term contracts.
Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem.
The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing all lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
The "Stuff" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud". Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services". That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click on an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "poof"? Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. Try a Google search on your name and see how much information is available and you will be appalled. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "they" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "they" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have left that can't be changed will be "Our Memories".
Around The Garden Center™
The t-storms arrived just as we were leaving work on Thursday at 4pm, and continued through the night and all day Friday. The much-needed rain refreshed the wilted plants and I cut-off the nursery-wide watering systems for Friday night and back on Saturday morning, for the rest of the weekend, since we're closed on Sunday. I think I'll go to The Cabin on Sunday.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square (PA) has added a Plant Finder to its website; try it.
Saturday was incredibly busy, with all sorts of people wanting landscape work done, buying plant material and making appointments for Rich, my Staff Registered Landscape Architect, to visit their homes and begin design and re-design work. I was dead tired from walking all over the 20-acre center, and then I had to start using the golf cart to transport the last few customers and myself. My aching back was screaming for some rest. I took some aspirin and put a cold-pak on it right away, and went to sleep early with the heating pad.
I was up at 6am Sunday, to water and feed Murphy, my remaining condo cat (RIP, Momma Kitty), and left for The Cabin. I had a list of "things" I needed for the condo, but I could get those done during the week at Saubel's Sure-Fine Market, in nearby Stewartstown (PA).
After I got back from The Cabin, I watched "Lethal Weapon 4" on Sunday night, and it was great; hadn't seen it before.Monday was again miserable, with 91°F and 85% humidity, sending Dad home early and profusely-soaking with sweat, everyone else. The landscape crew looked drowned. Lee sold some $1,400 in nursery stock and perennials. Elizabeth was in for the day helping Dad, Kim & Lee master GardenWare®, my sign-label-tag-making software, which Jennifer previously handled for 7 years. I closed a 2-day deal for another landscape project to keep the crew working. We closed down at 4pm, and went home to violent t-storms and driving rain for 30-45mins, later in the evening. I worked with D•••• on a new look for "John's Journal" — she's so creative — and we'll conference-call 2x more to finalize the details before unveiling it to my 70,000+ readers, in a few weeks or so.
At 9:50pm on Monday, Choice One Security called and told me that I had a fire in one of the outbuildings — The Landscape Headquarters — and that fire and police were being dispatched. I know that the detectors are 20+ years old and need to be replaced, as I did with all of them in the Main Retail Building, plus add new motion detectors on windows and my double-door Canon gun safe. It's probably just a false alarm, set-off by the violent t-storms, which could also fry the 4 outdoor Irrigation System Controller motherboards, at $300 each. That's happened numerous times over the past 20+ years, but with all the miles of wire and conduit running underground, all it takes is one direct ground lightening hit and the wires & conduit to start the chain reaction. Shit; all I need tonite. I stayed-up until 1:15m to hear back from Choice One Security, but no recall. Problem solved: faulty sensor.
The t-storm fried 3 motherboard controllers, so I boxed them up on Tuesday morning, and shipped them off to Trickl-EEZ, in Biglerville (PA) for evaluation and rebuilding, if possible. At $300 each, it was an expensive lightening strike.
I had a Big Mac & fries for lunch on Tuesday, and I wasn't feeling very well after that meal. I eat that crap 1x-2x/ month. Well on Wednesday morning, after eating an egg salad sandwich purchased locally, I started vomiting and got the "trots" 3x, I decided to go home, take some Kaopectate and eat some Jell-O. The tech from Choice One Security arrived Wednesday morning, and replaced the faulty 20+ year-old heat sensor in the Landscape Offices Building. My new ASUS | XONAR DX RT 7.1 Surround Sound Card arrived via UPS, as well. I left at 9:44am and went back to sleep at 10:25am and woke-up at 1:30pm, feeling somewhat better. I'll be at work on Thursday, for sure, after I get this "bug" out of my system. If I ever again tell you that I've eaten 'fast foods' again, PLEASE SHOOT ME!
I went back into work Thursday early, to get caught-up on my missed day's work. There wasn't much; just some phone calls to return and filing to do. My car's battery died as I was leaving to go to a customer's home where my landscape crew is working, so after getting it "jumped", I drove it to nearby Endurance Motors in Rinely (PA) and got a new AC Delco installed. Zing! Then off to the customer's project where, when I was taking pics, I fell down her steep hill on the loose shale and dirt, cracked two l/s ribs and re-injured my back. Nice.
The “Virtual Cabin” – A Novella™
I arrived at The Cabin on Sunday morning around 7:45am, pulled into the 1,000ft driveway and saw Arborist Bill Knaub's Team hard-at-work, felling the 20+ trees I'd marked for removal. I was surprised that he and his guys would be working on a cloudy, drizzly Sunday, but I was pleased.
I waved to Bill & C0, and drove to the front door, unarmed the building, and carried-in my duffel bag and weapons (Remy 11-87 Auto Loader, Kimber 1911 sidearm and Beowulf .50cal). I unpacked, put on 12" LLBean Main Hunting Boots, fed and watered Jenny, and went outside to chat with Bill. I've always been a believer that unless you *have to work* on Sunday, it's a day of rest, as God commanded. But Bill said business was down 60% and he could use the work. We walked around The Cabin once more, and I sprayed 5 more trees with orange paint, to be taken down. Bill was pleased for the extra work. It was a chilly 73°F, so I was glad I'd packed my heavier coat and a sweater.
He said it'd be 2-3 weeks until all trees were down, loaded onto logging trucks, and the debris fully-cleaned-up. No problem, as I had plenty of time in this virtual project. I told him to leave and cut the smaller limbs into 18" and twigs for me to use as kindling, and 3-4 whole trees, each split into 18" lengths for firewood. He had a log-splitter on site, and said he'd do that, and add it to my invoice. My supply of firewood was down to 3-4 cords anyway, and no sense in running out if we have another bad Winter. Although I have a central furnace, RUDD tankless and AC unit, extra firewood is always a necessity up here in the mountains, in case power goes down for days or weeks at a time, which it occasionally does. It was already 11:30am, and I could see the guys were hungry.
I went back inside and made Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Chicken Noodle Soup, in a 10gal pot, for Bill and his crew. I yelled-out for them to come in for lunch. They were very grateful to get something hot and nutritious to eat on such a crappy day. Their work went swiftly after lunch, considering most of them just had cold baloney, tomato and lettuce sandwiches along.
I went to the back porch, and carried an armload of wood inside, and build a nice roaring fire, with two large 3' logs in reserve. I planned to the stay the day and evening,. and be back at work on Monday by 7:45am. I still had scores of books to read, but I opted to curl-up in my oversized leather chair next to the fireplace, and take a nap. I thought about going into town, but on Sundays, pretty much everything is shut-down after church services, until Monday morning. I was still tired from Saturday's retail business at the Garden Center, so I used the heating pad to soothe my back and Sciatic Nerve. Jenny curled-up on her Kodiak Bearskin. It was noisy outside with all those chainsaws screaming, but I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep in front of the giant hearth.
What woke me up wasn't the chainsaws' noise, but rather the silence and yelling. Five of the notorious Holtzapples — I'd killed Dewey on June 4th in a "justified" gunfight — had stopped Bill & Co from any further logging. I immediately call Sheriff Brian Bunce, and his 5 deputies, including Corporal Clay Atler, the Chief's son-in-law (three tours in Iraq with MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force), for help. I took the Remy 11-87 Auto Loader and Beowulf .50cal to the front door, including my .45 Kimber 1911 "Eclipse Target II" sidearm, and waited for the police to show-up. I desperately wanted to kill all the Holtzapples myself, but could only probably get 2-3 for sure, and Bill and some of his crew would get shot by them as well. I was sure they were armed. Prudence was the word.
I walked on to the front deck with the .50cal Beowulf w/ 3 x 11-round mags, and asked what the problems was. They replied that this 64-acre property was still their land, though legally-purchased by me, and that we had no right to take any trees down, let alone be on the property. I challenged them to be at the county courthouse Monday morning, with me, a judge and clerk of records, to disprove their bullshit statement. I told them that if they didn't get off the property now, I'd kill everyone of them with my .50cal, like I'd done with my .45cal 1911 Kimber, with that asshole, Dewey. Just then, 4 police cars came roaring-up the driveway, and took the Holtzapples into custody for trespassing, and 3 or 4 other felony charges, including possession of stolen handguns with filed-off serial numbers. That would mean definite jail time. They were searched, full-disarmed, cuffed, placed in the back of the squad cars, and carted-off to the county jail, for trial. I signed the necessary paperwork for the Sheriff.
Both Sheriff Brian and Corporal Clay warned me to let them handle this through the legal system, and I promised I would. The saw the firepower I had brought to bear, and were envious, but were adamant that the DA might not find a "justified shooting", as in Dewey's case, if I had killed the 5 remaining trouble-making, scumbag Holtzapples. I agreed and put the weapons back inside The Cabin, except for my always-with-me Kimber 1911 .45cal ACP "Eclipse Target II sidearm.
With 8 trees down, Bill & Co decided to call it a day, as it was drizzling harder and they wanted to get home to their families before starting another workweek. I couldn't blame them. The front meadow looked like a mess, but Bill promised they'd be back for the next 2-3 weeks and get all trees down, carted away, 2-3 trees split into logs for me, kindling piled in the woodshed, and all debris cleaned-up. The guys were just a "little shaken" from what happened today, and wanted to go home.
I went back inside, re-filled my duffel bag, checked Jenny's dishes and water, armed the building and left for York. I had to be at the center by 7:30am for a meeting with Alan about the next two-day job, and the crew and staff would be showing-up at 8:00am for work.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™
The lunar calendar that Muslims follow for religious holidays is creating a potential for both anger and misunderstandings or worse in a year when American Muslims are already confronting a spike in assaults on their faith and protests against new mosques. Eid al-Fitr, a joyous holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, this year falls around Sept. 11.
Three states — Washington, New Mexico and Utah — allow illegal immigrants to get licenses because their laws do not require proof of citizenship or legal residency. An Associated Press analysis found that those states have seen a surge in immigrants seeking IDs in recent months, a trend experts attribute to crackdowns on illegal immigration in Arizona and elsewhere. Total bullshit; fix the laws, dammit!
Three things you probably did not know about the subhuman filth, call islam.
Fonts For You™
Many Journal entries are best viewed in the Charrington Roughened and the Orlando typefaces. You may already have Century Gothic on your Windows-XP machine, and that's almost always used for the body copy or subheads, so grab it, if you don't already have it; you're reading it now. They're free from my website. Grab 'em! Save them to your HD, and install to C:/Windows/Fonts (folder), thru your WIN XP Control Panel > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Simple stuff; just takes a few minutes.
Here are a few others, which have been used in my Journal: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. If you get and install them, you'll see how much nicer these pages are to view and read. Plus, they add to your repertoire of available fonts in MS-Word, as WIN-XP System Fonts, so you can use them for your daily documents.
Here's a new one, for your Windows/Fonts folder: Sketchy.
The Global Warming Money Pit™
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's what the Global Warming Scam is all about. Sweet, huh? They're so transparent, aren't they?
Here's everything you need to know about the Global Warming Fraud, and why it's a good thing. It's a l-o-n-g article, so get a sandwich, iced tea and settle-in, for a very informative read. I'm right there with you, BTW.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. CO2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Glo-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've done. Heh.
On Friday, January 2nd, I ran a fully-attributed story in my weekly "Journal", which had links to other stories and facts, thoroughly-debunking AlGoreBore's trillion dollar scam and fraud, Global Warming". The Daily Telegraph UK's columnist, Christopher Booker, was the erudite author, and here is the link to that story. Nice job, Mr Booker!
Now, lowlife shit-for-brains dirtbag, Arkansas Gov Mike "DumbAss Turd-Boy" Beebe (ASSHOLE-AR), said that global warming is serious problem, not a "hoax," and requires more than a state response. "I think it's a threat, and I think global warming is occurring," Beebe-The-Shithead said in response to a caller to his statewide radio program who said he believed the climate change crisis was a "hoax." Idiot. Stupid idiot. Global warming is bullshit, you two-bit asshole! Crawl back inside of AlGoreBore's rectum, dumbfuck!
And global cooling goes merrily along, without any help from us mere humans, as it has for millions and millions of years.
Another "lie/error" in the favor of Glo-BULL Warming's false bullshit and lies? Got duct tape?
Here's the truth: Lord Monckton of Brenchley's Science & Public Policy Institute.
The commie/fascist/socialist liberal-demokkkRAT filth in the US Congress, have refused to allow Lord Monckton to testify the truth, against con-man, liar, scumbag AlGoreBore's LIES! This is Commie Russia, NOT Free America!
Some People Just Need Killing™
This will do it!.
Yes, I agree with the premise of this article, that "the death penalty is a Noahic Covenant with God, in a post-flood world". Well said, Joe Farrah.
Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange let slip his terrorist sympathies during an Internet conference held Thursday where he announced plans to release 15,000 more classified Pentagon documents on the war in Afghanistan, following on the group's previous release of 76,000 Pentagon computer files on the war. Assange is a traitor and should be headshot. I'd volunteer, at no charge to the US Taxpayer.