Archive | April, 2008

Say What?

Say What?

Posted on 30 April 2008 by Ed Z

PATH service between
33rd Street and the Journal Square and Hoboken stations will be suspended in
both directions through this evening due to signal and power cable damage caused
by a small manhole fire east of Christopher Street Station.

There’s a joke in there somewhere…

 

 

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It’s Only Wafer Thin

It’s Only Wafer Thin

Posted on 28 April 2008 by Ed Z

While men and women are paying hundreds to thousands of dollars on weight
loss programs and corrective surgeries, we have an
inmate who filed a lawsuit because the prison he is in didn’t  feed him
well enough for him to maintain his 413 pound figure
.

Broderick Lloyd Laswell says
he isn’t happy that he’s down to 308 pounds after eight months in
the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining
the jail doesn’t provide inmates with enough food.

According to the suit,
Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September. Police
say he and a co-defendant fatally beat and stabbed a man, then set
his home on fire.

"On several occasions I
have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I
felt like I was going to pass out," Laswell wrote in his
complaint. "About an hour after each meal my stomach starts
to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again."

We had better straighten this mess out pronto. 

And finally,
monsieur, a wafer-thin mint
.

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Food Rationing?

Posted on 21 April 2008 by Ed Z

A frightening event is taking place, something I’ve never experienced in my
life. 
Food rationing
.

Major retailers in New York,
in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting
purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips
supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are
hoarding grain stocks.

In the New York Sun article, some are speculating that
businesses are flocking to retail stores since commercial prices have doubled.

It is a troubling scenario, because you don’t really know how to
react.  Are people just overreacting and causing a panic?  But what if
I do nothing and there is a genuine shortage?

The article quotes an anonymous writer  in the investment
site Seeking Alpha:

he recently bought 10
50-pound bags of rice at Costco. “I am concerned that when the
news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying and the
shelves will be empty in no time. I do not intend to cause a
panic, and I am not speculating on rice to make profit. I am just
hoarding some for my own consumption,” he wrote.

That is very disturbing.

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Slacker

Posted on 18 April 2008 by Ed Z

Yes, I know I’ve been slacking.  Just a bit busy at work but I’ll be
back posting this weekend.  I have a few things on the burner I’d like to
get up here.

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The Fog

Posted on 10 April 2008 by Ed Z

A thick fog set in New York this morning, and when I got off the bus going to
work, visibility was about 50 yards.  Passing The Sphere in Battery Park I
took this video.

 

 

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Food Stamps in the Headlines

Posted on 04 April 2008 by Ed Z

Drudge
ran two different headlines about food stamps
in the last few weeks. 
One on March 24 read "OHIO:
Nearly one in 10 now receives food stamps; highest number in state’s history…
"
and another on March 31, "NUMBERS
OF AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS HITS RECORD…
".

On April 1, British paper The Independent declared "USA
2008:  The Great Depression
".  The opening line stated,
"Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the
credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive
".

So that’s it then?  Food stamps on the rise, we’re all going to be
living in cardboard boxes and the sky is falling.  Maybe.

Richard Rector of the New York
Sun
examines the numbers behind the increase in food stamp use and puts the
situation into context.  The impression most media want to impose is that
if a record number of Americans are using food stamps then by default that same
number must be in poverty.  However, as Mr. Rector points out, this is not
true.

The recent Food Stamp
stories also feed off the idea that most of the 36 million
Americans who the government defines as "poor" face
ongoing, serious material deprivation.

The facts show otherwise.
According to the government’s own data, nearly two-thirds of
"poor" households have satellite or cable television.
Nine out of 10 have microwave ovens and 80% have air conditioning.
Nearly three-quarters own a car and almost a third own two or more
cars. For decades government data have shown that more than 40% of
the poor own their own homes, typically a three bedroom house with
one-and-a-half baths.

On average, poor children
have the same high levels of protein, vitamin, and mineral
consumption as upper middle class kids. Only 1.5% of the poor
report they "often" did not have enough food to eat
during the last four months, although another 6% state this
"sometimes" happened.

He lists three reasons for the food stamp activity which are all
logical; the increase in in American population, the food stamp operation being cyclical
allowing spikes in economic slowdown, and aggressive campaigns with relaxed
standards.

Does it come as a surprise that people (and many who may not
need the help) would take advantage of government handouts, especially when it
is made easier for them to get it?

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No Global Warming Since 1998

Posted on 04 April 2008 by Ed Z

Some more
global cooling
.

The World Meteorological
Organization’s secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, told the BBC it
was likely that La Nina would continue into the summer.

This would mean global
temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question
climate change theory.

Though "experts" are still calling for a warming trend
over the next five years.  Of course in five years there may be a whole new
theory.

Via Drudge

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Cheetos Part 2

Posted on 01 April 2008 by Ed Z

Cheetos continues to encourage the destruction of personal property. 
This time at your office instead of the laundromat.

 

 

The "me first" society marches on.

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