Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

QoTD

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Interesting quote from the comments on a blog I read:

At various points in time I thought we had a growing anti-government, anti-rich, anti this or that attitude going on. Instead, I think it is more general. There’s simply a general “everything is hopelessly stacked against me” attitude. Regardless of the specifics. Why is that? Where did it start? More importantly, though, I think the question is how do we fix it?

Criterium

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Queen City Criterium was this weekend. Looks like a fun event. Maybe I’ll go watch next year.

Motown Lowdown

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Detroit has just filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It’s the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

I wonder how much they want for the Lions?

DC Living Wage

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Walmart, the beloved mom-and-pop retailer, was planning to build six new stores in Washington DC. That is, until the City Council passed a “living wage” law. From the article:

Should the bill be signed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and pass a congressional review period, retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger would be required to pay employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage.

This is clearly aimed at big box stores like Walmart, requiring them to pay a higher minimum wage than other employers.

I’m torn on this. On the one hand, I don’t think that it’s appropriate to enforce different wage controls for a larger retailer; you know, free market sets wages, blah blah blah. On the other hand, Walmart underpays its employees so severely that they actually cover “how to apply for Medicaid and food stamps” in their employee orientation training. At least the living wage law makes Walmart pay for their employees rather than making every taxpayer do it.

Seat Cushions

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The NFL has banned seat cushions in their stadiums, because TERRORISTS.

Has everyone in this country lost their goddamned minds?

Space Race

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Every time 40 rednecks get into their NASCARs and drive in circles at 200 mph, they manage to attract 100,000+ people to come see it in person, and millions more tune in on television to watch.

But recently, when they launch astronauts into space at 10,000 mph, only a fraction as many people take notice.

Solution: Have two or more rockets racing each other into space. Americans like competition- that’s why the original “Space Race” was such a success- us versus the Ruskies. We need to bring back that type of competitive atmosphere to the space program.

Heredity

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The son of former Governor and onetime Presidential candidate Cuomo has stated he will not challenge the wife of former President Clinton if she runs for the Democratic candidacy for President in 2016.

Thank heavens we’re not one of those backward countries ruled by a bunch of inbred aristocrats, huh?

Easter

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I certainly hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Easter weekend — my kids have enough jelly beans and chocolate to give at least half the neighborhood diabetes.

We did the usual mad dash from Buffalo to Rochester and back to make sure we could see everybody. My aunt’s house in Rochester was fun, with half-a-dozen sugar fueled kids running around. Good thing she got the yard fenced off this year so we could just let them roam a bit.

How about you?

Cypriot Banking

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Looks like bank depositors in Cyprus are going to be getting a haircut. In exchange for a significant bailout of their banking infrastructure, the ECB is requiring that a percentage of deposited funds be taken from every account held in Cyprus and used to partially fund the bailout.

On the up side, there’s this: “Depositors will get bank stock equal to whatever they lose from the tax”.

That’s a better deal than we got for the government bank bailouts here. AIG got billions and the taxpayers who footed the bill got a stick in the eye.

Wooden Skyscrapers

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Concrete and steel are so energy-intensive to work with. Why don’t we just build large towers out of wood instead?