Welcome to Wednesday, the day formerly known as “Hump Day,” and thankfully that marketing meme is over. Rain and more fog from last night into this morning, and as I write this, it continues to rain. I went to sleep with the sounds of foghorns on the lake and they were back this morning as well.
Some random thoughts and musings:
Is Flonase a medical treatment or a way to get us to learn math?
I hear ads on iHeart Radio about home phone service. Do people really still have home phones and if so what percentage of the population of the U.S., falls into this category?
Glen Beck continues to repeat a fact that 500,000 pages of new regulations have been added, by the Obama Administration, to the ever growing list of federal regulations. While this seems to be an overabundance, how does this compare to previous administrations at this point of their second term?
I saw, thanks to my friend Duane Lester that McDonalds is now going to be serving breakfast all the time. It’s great to see important headlines and news stories like this move to the forefront of the news cycle. We all need a break from “The Donald,” changing the names of mountains, and there’s certainly no need to be discussing the Iran debacle.
In passing, I am glad to see that Carly Fiorina is to be included in the upcoming Presidential debate. I’m not confident that CNN will be able to bring any substance to their viewing audience, the same as Fox News was unable to do so either. The larger issue here is the fact that the first primary isn’t until February of 2016, so this is, to put it in a sports analogy, all just preseason fluff.
Dinner is cooking away in the crockpot. It’s cool and rainy and so, in went some chicken thigh quarters, onion a variety of spices and some liquid. Covered and set on low, and dinner will be mostly done by later afternoon. I’ll do some rice and some veggies, and we have tonight’s meal and plenty of left over chicken for another couple of meals.
I’ve been posting more photos and some video to Flickr and some of the other social media sites to give folks a look at our world. Please feel free to comment and like or not as the mood strikes you.
Black Lives Matter has been an ongoing meme and news item for the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering just why this has taken hold of peoples conversations and news feeds. As a reasonable person, who can think for themselves, why are we segmenting our population. If we’re all just supposed to get along, why don’t “All Lives Matter?” As I read postings and news items, “All Lives Matter” appears to be as offensive as anything else that comes along these days. Again, as a reasonable thinking human being, don’t all lives matter? Apparently not depending on your upbringing and or political leanings.
Why this alert box appears from time to time is annoying and tells me no useful information.
First off, I’m not editing a cell. Were I doing so google docs alreay knows that “All changes saved in Drive.” So why the alert box?
This is only sightly annoying and certainly not nearly as annoying as the continued pop up, pop under and other ad assaults we endure each and every day as we surf the web.
It is now 2013 and no developer has figured out the key to block the ads? What has happened to innovation in technology?
Copper, (back left) Tigger (R) and Rusty in the foreground, recovering on New Years Day.
Once again I receive an email from a recruiter/company that has completely disregarded my profile with them.
Just how incompetent can one employment company be?
Closer to home, here is a visual look at gas prices locally in 80033 for 2012. Also a yet incomplete look at gas prices locally in 80033 for 2011.
Historic Day….Gas Prices Have Never Been Higher: “
You know what makes today historic?
Gas prices have never been higher:
This while our President does nothing to help stem the tide. Instead he says that we can’t drill our way to lower gas prices since we only have 2% of the oil in the world. This conveniently leaves out the fact that we have enough recoverable oil for the next two centuries. The 2% figure comes from the CURRENT oil reserves.
Of course we would need to start drilling to get that oil. Something he doesn’t want to do.
But doesn’t he imply that it was due to his administration that oil production was at an eight year high? That oil rigs had increased? That more land was opened for drilling?
Of course he does. He is a master at deception
“Gasoline prices are higher today at least in part because government has neglected to pay sufficient attention to the importance of producing more of our own oil and natural gas,” said API Director Erik Milito.
President Obama likes to brag that oil and gas output has risen during his term. True, but he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Output, according to a new API study, “increased in 2011 over 2009 only as a result of growing production on state and private lands — up almost 29% for oil and 22% for natural gas.”
By comparison, on federal lands, which Obama’s administration controls, production fell 7.9% for oil and 6.8% for natural gas over the same period.
Oil markets understand that the increase in oil production was due to decisions made 5 years ago. They also see what is coming in the next 4-5 years by the decisions being made by THIS administration. The price of oil today is increasing because of the outlook for tomorrow.
But why the deceptions. It was only a few years ago that he, and those in his administration, admitted that high gas and energy prices isn’t all that bad.
Click here to view the embedded video.
His Secretary of Energy:
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,”
Oh, sorry…he “retracted” his statement…but doesn’t regret it:
But Chu declined to say whether he regretted making the 2008 comments.
“Let me not comment on that,” he said.
Would he like to comment on this?
Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric vehicle batteries.
He also touted natural gas as “great” and said DOE is researching how to reduce the cost of compressed natural gas tanks for vehicles.
High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.
“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.
“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”
Obama has clearly stated in the past that he wants to increase the price of energy from oil and coal, to tax those who do provide that energy into oblivion. Those placed in charge of energy inside his administration have clearly stated they want prices to increase so we will be forced into the boondoggle known as green energy.
But now that polls show he is getting hurt by these rising prices he wants to make us believe that HE is the oil man that everyone accused Bush of being.
(Via Flopping Aces.)
Most of my photo’s end up on Flickr. Where are your photo’s hiding?
Via Scoop.it – Mobile Tools
What are you doing with all those photo’s? Embargo Zone – PR meets Distribution, send your press release to embargozone at gmail dot com…
I noticed the following line at the bottom of my Google Calendar this morning.
Now my initial thought, is that this could be a useful tool, and so I clicked on the “Learn More,” link which took me here.
Try as I might, I’m completely unable to find anything directly related to the initial link on this page. What’s apparent, is that people didn’t proof read or check the link to see if it actually goes to the description of the link. If you have to make me look or think or guess what you were attempting to direct me to, your directions have failed.
Currently gas prices are on the rise again, and the media is strangely silent on the issue.
Since the Obama administration has been less than proactive on the agenda of making sure that America has it’s own resources of energy available, it’s no wonder the American people are less than pleased.
Here one set of my casual documentation of local gas prices from between 25 Oct 2005 & 03 Mar 2011.
Another set documents local gas prices from between 04 Sep 2005 & 16 May 2009.
I, along with the rest of the American public would love to hear more than crickets, from the media and the Obama Administration regarding this out of control issue.
The Blackberry is set for geotagging photos and the GPS is turned on but I still don’t think it’s working correctly.
Still runs on Windows XP, and we wonder why we’re having a challenge moving forward in the world of business.