Happy New Year
- G. K. Chesterton
Weekday musings on Practical Preparedness, Saving Money, Good Health, and Current Events.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds New Yorkers to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by clearing snow from exhaust pipes before starting car engines, avoid running cars in enclosed spaces, and clear snow from the vents of combustion appliances. Never heat your home with a stove or oven.I should know better but it never occurred to me to check the exhaust pipe of my snow covered car after the blizzard last weekend.
"Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts"Almost one in five Americans expected to return at least one holiday gift. If you are one of these five then ConsumerReports has this advice for returning gifts at http://blogs.consumerreports.org/money/2010/12/5-tips-to-make-returning-gifts-almost-as-easy-as-getting-them.html
- Laocoon in the Aeneid, book II
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. - Charles de MontesquieuComputer programmer William Tunstall-Pedoe has calculated that April 11, 1954 is the most objectively dull day since 1900. On that day the most significant events were a general election in Belgium, the birth of a Turkish academic and the death of footballer Jack Shufflebotham.
“Christmas gift suggestions:According to misconceptionjunction.com,
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
Black Friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year. In fact, it’s typically not even in the top five, though has cracked the ranks a few times in recent years.
“I have met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.” - Oscar Wilde
It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for. - Will Rogers
"From 1930 to 2010, tax revenue collection in the United States has never topped 20.9%, averaging 16.5% of GDP over these 80 years. ...
During the time period examined above, the rate of income taxation on the highest earning Americans has fluctuated drastically, from 25% of income in 1930 to 92% of income in the early 1950’s. Despite these vast differences in these top marginal rates, the total percentage of GDP that the federal government has collected in revenue has changed little."
|Green line = tax revenue collected as % of total income|
Most stores get 2 to 5 trucks a day of some type of food. Thus the store you shop at each day/week really only has about 1-½ to 2 days worth of food on the shelf any given day during normal conditions. If an emergency happens they will be cleaned out in a matter of hours. Then the question becomes how they will restock. Remember roads may be closed. The warehouse workers who normally load the trucks may have situations where they don’t show up to work due to taking care of their own family. The same would be true with the truck drivers who would bring it to the stores and the folks who stock and run the local store as well.If an emergency affects only a very local area then stores may get back in stock within 2-3 days on basic supplies. However if a large region is impacted, such as half a state, then the regional warehouses run out fast and supplies must be trucked in from great distances. Roads between the store and the warehouses may be impassible or damaged. Connecting bridges may have to pass inspection and be cleared as safe before trucks are allowed to cross.
“Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.”The Consumerist advises Beat These Deadlines To Ship Your Gifts On Time.
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!'” - poet Robert BrowningThere's a charming blog post on www.thefrisky.com/ called 30 Things I Wish I’d Done Before I Turned 30.
"We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough." - Henry David Thoreauan epidemic of Whooping Cough with some 300 cases to date.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. - Ronald Reagan
"The [study by the Center for Responsive Politics] further shows that nearly half of all federal lawmakers—261—are millionaires, a financial distinction shared by only 1 percent of the general populace. Of those congressional millionaires, 55 have an average calculated wealth of $10 million or more, and 8 are in the exclusive $100 million-plus club.
Lest you think the inequity follows party lines, it is worth noting that the richest Congress member is a Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who in 2009 reported holdings in excess of $303.5 million. Next comes fellow Californian, Rep. Jane Harman, a Democrat, who reported $293.4 million. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) finishes in third place with a mere $238.8 million." - hotair.comThe article goes on to point out that many members of congress own stocks in the companies they regulate and investigate (or pass laws favoring).
"Benjamin Franklin, one of the greatest legislators in the nation’s history, believed that servants of the people in government should receive no fee or reward for their services above and beyond personal expenses. Maybe it’s time to follow that sage’s sage counsel." - hotair.com
“I get mail; therefore I am.” - cartoonist Scott AdamsAs you wrap up your Christmas gifts for shipping, consider this, "The overnight-shipping industry is a modern technological and logistical wonder, but it still can inflict medieval damage on parcels" Popular Mechanics put this to the test by shipping packages that included a device that measured acceleration, orientation and temperature for 74 hours. The parcel was shipped a dozen times using FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service who were unaware of the test. As a baseline, it was noted that a moderate jostle exerts 2 g's of force, while a 2.5-foot drop registers 6 g's; the latter was set as the limit for "rough treatment."
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career. - Abdul Kalam
“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Al Gore speaking at a green energy business conference. “First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small."Worse, the ethanol subsidies have sparked a price war as we shove corn byproducts into our gas tanks. Gore now admits that “the competition with food prices is real.” So why did he promote Ethanol while a Senator? "I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.” This fondness for farmers and their votes cost the US almost $8 billion in subsidies last year.
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” - Henry David Thoreau
ConsumerReports.org recommends the following to prepare your house for winter.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaumhttp://www.moneytalksnews.com/.
Wie true sind deine Blätter
- German lyrics to O Christmas Tree, your leaves are so reliable.