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05/04/2022 Political Oops!   1 comment

As I sit here preparing another posting I had an interesting thought. Over the years I’ve blogged way too often about politicians and political arguments. I’ve come to the realization that I haven’t accomplished much other than making myself feel better. Politicians are an easy target but don’t think they should be allowed to escape close scrutiny. Once you decide to be a politician your fate is in your own hands. If you play by the rules, treat people properly, and not lie through your teeth, you just might become a person who the country can be proud of. Unfortunately, it’s a very short list. Today’s posting can be looked at as taking cheap shots but that’s never been a problem for me, and it will continue. Enjoy these words of wisdom from the people we’ve elected.

“Thanks for the poncho.” Stated by Bill Clinton, when presented with the Romanian tricolor flag during a visit to that country.

“Give Bill a second term, and Al Gore and I will be turned loose to do what we really want to do.” Statement made by Hillary Clinton, speaking at a 1996 Democratic fundraiser area.

“We got a strong candidate. I’m trying to think of his name.” Spoken by Sen. Christopher Dodd

“The law I sign today directs new funds . . . to the task of collecting vital intelligence . . . on weapons of mass production.” By Pres. George W. Bush

“Beginning in February 1976, your assistance benefits will be discontinued. Reason: it has been reported to our office that you expired on January 1, 1976” From a letter by Illinois Department of Public Aid

“A zebra cannot change its spots.” Al Gore

“I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.” Hillary Clinton

“I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.” Colonel Oliver North

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” Dan Quayle

“When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.” Calvin Coolidge

YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS SH*T UP

02-28-2016 Journal – Deadly Statistics!   Leave a comment

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What are two things that most people think about every day.  My best guess would be death and sex. With that thought in mind I decided to supply you all with a list of global statistics  about many things but mainly death. Many of these numbers are current up to and including today. Some of the information is shocking and some is simply unbelievable.

Global Death Rate

Statisticians have calculated the "mortality rate" for the world to be roughly .883 percent.  This means that 1 out of every 113 people in the world died last year.

World Population:

  • has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011
  • is projected to reach 8 billion by 2024
  • has doubled in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion)
  • is currently growing at a rate of around 1.13 % per year
  • growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at 2%
  • growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years
  • average annual population change is currently estimated at over 80 million
  • world population will reach 10 billion persons in the year 2056

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As of Today

"This year" = from January 1 (00:00) up to now

"Today" = from the beginning of the current day up to now

"net population growth" = births minus deaths

145,641 Births today

60,991 Deaths today

22,888,972 Births this year

9,585,278 Deaths this year

84,650 Net population growth today

13,303,694 Net population growth this year

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Technology

37,472,003 Computers produced this year

2,092,893 Cellular phones sold today

$ 74,559,389 Money spent on videogames today

3,316,866,142 Internet users in the world today

82,805,119,987 Emails sent today

229,774,292 Tweets sent today

1,711,619,570 Google searches this year

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Health

1,621,694,128 Overweight people in the world people in the world

1,731,966,562 Water consumed this year (million L)

134,660 Deaths caused by water related diseases this year

661,570,850 People with no access to a safe drinking water source

Natural Resources

Quick Facts: Barrel = 42 Gallons = 159 Liters

31,340,762 Oil pumped today (barrels)

1,158,647,387,197 Oil left (barrels)

13,793 Days to the end of oil (~38 years)

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Miscellaneous Deaths

1,215,470 Deaths of children under 5 this year

54,974 Deaths of mothers during birth this year

268,816 Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS this year

1,313,313 Deaths caused by cancer this year

156,851 Deaths caused by malaria this year

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking

5,659,200,051 Cigarettes smoked this year

799,386 Deaths caused by smoking this year

399,945 Deaths caused by alcohol this year

171,477 Suicides this year

215,859 Road traffic accident fatalities this year

$ 63,971,038,394 Money spent on illegal drugs this year

How’s that for a quick and dirty summary of the human race.  Chaos, death, destruction, confusion, and life goes just keeps rolling along.

IT’S MUCH MORE FUN TALKING ABOUT SEX

10-10-2013   Leave a comment

I’ve always been intrigued by strange and unusual facts, synchronicity, and coincidences.  Common sense tells me that they’re just random happenstances that mean nothing and have not been caused by anything paranormal or magical.  If you research as many of them as I have it can easily seem that something unearthly is causing the occurrences.

I’ve collected reference material from wherever I could find it and I’m still occasionally stunned  and amazed by what I’ve found.  Let me pass on to you a few facts that are true and bizarre.  Feel free to make your own decision as to what causes things like this to happen.  I certainly have no answers. Maybe it’s just luck, if you believe in that.

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Angel Santana, of New York City, escaped unharmed when a robber’s bullet bounced off his pants zipper.

In 1942, Lieut. I. M. Chisov, a Russian pilot, fell 21,980 feet from his fighter plane and survived (his chute failed to open).

Sgt. Joseph Charles was in a fox hole in New Guinea during World War II when the mail boys called him to come out for a letter from home. He crawled out approximately 10 feet when a Japanese plane flew over and dropped a bomb that completely destroyed the foxhole he’d just left.

Lieut. Cmdr. Robert W. Goehring was swept off the Coast Guard cutter U.S.S. Duane by a gigantic wave during a storm. The ship then turned around to rescue him, when suddenly another huge wave tossed him back on board to safety.

An ambulance in Nykroppa, Sweden, sent to pick up Lars Elam, a patient with a high fever, returned to the hospital with the patient driving it and the regular driver lying dead in the back from a heart attack.

Actor Sean Connery, who played the film character James Bond was once stopped for a traffic offense by a policeman named Sgt. James Bond.

Two automobiles that collided in Ajax, Ontario, on a slippery winter day were owned by motorists named Snow and Blizzard.

A bottle of prescription pills was swept out of the bedroom of Mrs. Lena McCovey when a flood destroyed her home on the Klamath River. It was found 200 miles away at Coos Bay, Oregon, by Mrs. McCovey’s sister.

Abraham Lincoln was the second member of his family to die by an assassin’s bullet. The other was his grandfather. Both victims were named Abraham, both had wives named Mary, and both had a son named Thomas. The name Abraham has never again been given to any member of the family.

In Bermuda, brothers Erskin L. Ebbin and Neville Ebbin both died one year apart after being struck by the same taxi, driven by the same driver, and carrying the same passenger.

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What do you think now?  As I read through these kinds of facts there are just times when I can’t wrap my head around what I’m reading. Does it mean I believe there’s more at work here than meets the eye? There are times when I do think that but then the cynic and pragmatic part of me began screaming,  “Are you effing crazy?”.  Maybe I am.

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