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Five Bags Of Quikrete Purchased From Best Laid Plans Depot

Posted in The Fail Pail by Huckleberry on February 3, 2015
When you ask a stupid question...

When you ask a stupid question…

The Best Average of all Possible Worlds:

Something’s Falling Alright | Zero Hedge

None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.

They’re Smarter Than You, They Have A Humanities Degree! | Fusion

Are you between the ages of 18-34? Can you name one — just one — of your home state’s senators? Congrats! You did better than more than three-fourths of people your age. That’s right — 77 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds in the new survey could not name even one US senator in their home state. The finding provides fodder for the suggestion that millennials are relatively uninformed political citizens … Some interesting findings in the demographic breakdowns: more men (25 percent) than women (20 percent) were able to correctly name at least one of their senators … Meanwhile, certain demographic groups within the survey earned a particularly low grade. Just 18 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, 16 percent of Latinos, and 10 percent of African-Americans could correctly identify one of their senators.

Those People | Science Insider

I think it taps into the organic natural movement in a lot of ways. I talked to a public health official and asked him what’s the best way to anticipate where there might be higher than normal rates of vaccine noncompliance, and he said take a map and put a pin wherever there’s a Whole Foods. I sort of laughed, and he said, “No, really, I’m not joking.” It’s those communities with the Prius driving, composting, organic food-eating people.

Fight or Flight or ? | BBC News

On 22 August 1985, 55 people died in a Boeing 737 on the runway at Manchester Airport in the UK after the plane, which was bound for Corfu, suffered engine failure during take-off. The government’s Air Accident Investigations Branch reported: “Perhaps the most striking feature of this accident was the fact that although the aircraft never became airborne and was brought to a halt in a position which allowed an extremely rapid fire-service attack on the external fire, it resulted in 55 deaths. The major question is why the passengers did not get off the aircraft sufficiently quickly.” Rather than madness, or an animalistic stampede for the exits, it is often people’s disinclination to panic that puts them at higher risk.

Old Time Religion | NY Times

Nonetheless, I think it is worth considering what it means to “be a Stoic” in the 21st century. It doesn’t involve handling a turbulent empire as Marcus Aurelius had to do, or having to deal with the dangerous madness of a Nero, with the fatal consequences that Seneca experienced. Rather, my modest but regular practice includes a number of standard Stoic “spiritual” exercises.


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  1. Doom said, on February 3, 2015 at 16:39

    Actually, as things go, that is a plus for the Whole Foods folk. I don’t care for much else about them. This I like. Agree? Well… It means they are thinking, and acting, in what they perceive as their best interests. Too bad it stops their, politically. They, as all who encourage socialism and that tree of politics, always believe they can contain the beast. Right after they are disarmed, they learn differently. Of course, they are often, if all aghast about it, among the first against the wall. Which… sort of, in a very small way in the whole, makes up for some of it. I love that look of surprised horror when they realize they put the forces who are holding the guns in power… for all our own good. It means they instigated for their own murders. Some of them realize that, right before they are shot. That… look on their faces says it all.

  2. El Borak said, on February 3, 2015 at 17:49

    It’s never the Romanovs who are surprised to find themselves against the wall; it’s the Trotskyites.

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