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{ Monthly Archives } August 2009


It’s been an absolutely unbelievable week.  Except that weeks like this seem to be the norm here in the Ratlands.  I won’t talk about the parts relating to work, I don’t feel like whining about the parts relating to home, I’m too tired and too cranky to write about political nonsense.  Let’s just leave it […]

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Things I learned today on the way to somewhere else

“<snakk>” is not a recognized HTML tag If you cut the corner off of one of those little packets of butter-like substance you get at fast food restaurants and squeeze the butter-like substance onto your biscuit, it looks suspiciously like a bleached-out pile of poo from a dog with loose bowels.  Or a butter sculpture […]

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Magical Thinking: Coming soon to a Government near you!

OK, that was a stupid title for a post, since magical thinking seems to be a requirement for a government job. I found an interesting article on the likelihood of significant inflation in our near future.  Disclaimer:  Denninger publishes at a website called 321Gold.  There is an obvious bias towards investing in precious metals.  I […]

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How do I despise thee…

… let me count the ways. The Ratmobile went into the body shop on Monday to fix what I thought was a relatively minor amount of hail damage.  In fact, were it not for the fact that I only own about 1/4 of it at the moment, I probably wouldn’t even have taken it in […]

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I’m working 3rd shift this week, which means my internal clock is all fouled up and I’m less coherent than usual.   So, no essays, just these links: 24 hour air traffic (via GeekPress)  Every yellow dot is a plane. Irena Sendler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  All she did was help smuggle 2500 […]

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I may need to know this…

if Obamacare passes: It would take 44 bottles of Guinness Guinness Draught to kill me Created by Bar Stools 44 bottles of Guinness, but only 31 shots of Scotch.

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Of redheads, real healthcare reform, and advice for Global Warming True Believers

More link dumping. This is not the first time I’ve heard that Redheads require more local anesthesia for dental work and sutures. (via the Agitator) A health care reform proposal I actually like from the CEO of Whole Foods.  Notice the argument near the end of the piece that health care is not a “right”. […]

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A word to the wise

In case you haven’t been following the story, the Obama White House has requested that if you see anything (comments, e-mails, blogs, etc.) that seems “fishy” (i.e. anything that disagrees with or questions the official propaganda claims about all the wonderful things the current health care reform legislation is supposed to do) you should notify […]

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Random observations from the Farmer’s Market

I went to the local Farmer’s Market this morning.  I’m not a regular, because I don’t regularly get up before noon on Saturdays, but I go often enough to know where the folks I like doing business with have their tents.  The Farmer’s Market is held in the parking lot around 3 sides of a […]

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My voice just echoes off these walls…

My apologies to Trent Reznor for borrowing another one of his lines for a post title¹, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails lately.  Dystopian worldviews seem a bit less removed from reality of late and Reznor seems to capture my mood far more often than I wish were true.  Part […]

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