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Gridlock: Study names DC as the worst commuter traffic in U.S

August 26th, 2015 2 comments

MSN.com:

Washington, D.C., beat out commuting misery stalwarts Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York for the dubious honor of worst rush hour congestion in the country, a nationwide traffic study found.

Rush hour congestion adds 82 hours of suffering each year to the average commute around Washington, D.C., according to the study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Inrix, a Kirkland, Wash., company that analyzes travel data. Other cities plagued by gridlock include Los Angeles, where motorists spend an extra 80 hours commuting, San Francisco with its 78 hours of delays, and New York with 74 hours.

Overall, drivers lose nearly 7 billion hours each year to traffic congestion – an average of 42 hours per commuter – and waste 3 billion gallons of fuel, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard.

“I think it’s pretty clear people are frustrated,” Tim Lomax, a co-author of the report at the institute, told USA TODAY. “It’s not just the average time. It’s that you have to plan around 45 minutes for a trip that ought to take 15 or 20.”

The average delay has doubled since 1985, the study found. For cities with less than 500,000 people, delays have quadrupled, the study found. By 2020, average delays will grow to 47 hours and the total delay will climb to 8.3 billion hours, the study projected.

 

We didn’t need a study to tell us we were the worst but it sure is nice to have documentation.

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Stock Market: Has the hemorrhaging stopped?

August 25th, 2015 7 comments

U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday morning after a punishing day on the global markets, sailing away from China’s unslowing slide and renewing hopes of an averted meltdown.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 320 points, or 2 percent, shortly after the 9:30 a.m. opening bell, one day after raucous trading plunged the index of 30 blue-chip stocks to its lowest point in 18 months.

The Standard & Poor’s 500, a broader look at the market, jumped 2 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite, an index dense with tech stocks, soared 3 percent.

The sharp start marked the first encouraging news after several days of chaotic trades, in which many large U.S. companies lost billions of dollars in market value amid a global sell-off.

The start, in which all 30 Dow stocks made big gains, could go a long way toward helping investors and workers with 401(k) retirement accounts regain some confidence in global trades.

Equities  really came out of the gate running this morning.  Things weren’t so good for China, even after lowering interest rates.

Compared to most places in Europe and Asia, our stock market is in pretty good shape.  Even with the correction, our indexes were down less than other regions around the world.

Let the bulls go back to running!  This seems like a good time to buy.

Ashley Madison: Big F*king Deal

August 21st, 2015 30 comments

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Seriously, people.  Don’t we have anything better to do than sit around and gossip about who is sleeping with whom or who wants to sleep with whom or who wants to just sleep with anyone?  It was fun and now it’s time to move on, leaving this perceived hotbed of horniness behind.

Many of us have trawled and trolled through the extensive list of (mostly) men who for whatever reason, went on AshleyMadison.com, a match maker for just about anyone.    I saw the names of about 20 local people I knew.  I have lived in the area a long time.  Some I didn’t care about one way or the other.  Other names made me sad because of the leap to judgement that seems to be the human condition when perceived wrong-doing is in question.  Some folks weather these things  better than others.

People have different reasons for going to sites like that.  They probably have different reasons for coming to my blog also.  It certainly doesn’t mean that they are having an affair or looking for love in all the wrong places.  It could just mean they are curious or bored.   We just don’t know.  Frankly, unless we are married to one of those people, it isn’t any of our business.

I was able to create an account just this morning with no money involved.  I wanted to see how easy it was.  Naturally, I didn’t use my real name.  I thought about doing an account on someone I didn’t like but then I thought that probably wasn’t decent behavior.   Oh and did I forget to include I wasn’t looking for an affair, I just wanted to see how easy it was to create an account.

The people who really end up getting hurt when these things hit the proverbial fan are the spouses and children.  They didn’t ask for any of this unwanted attention.  How many families have now been  opened up to ridicule, prying eyes and yes, blackmail.

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Open Thread………………………………..Saturday, August 1

August 20th, 2015 110 comments

August is the month where everything  starts to become ripe.  August is the time of cicadas, frogs,  and loud nature.  August is a warning to school kids that their freedom is waning.

Watch for the dog days.  They are upon us.

There is nothing quite like August in Virginia.

August is the time of sunflowers!

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The death of Batman

August 18th, 2015 5 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

The Batmobile pulled into a gas station Sunday night and, as usual, the children who spotted it gawked.

Lenny B. Robinson was used to that. The Maryland man, better known as the Route 29 Batman, had for years dressed as the Caped Crusader and driven his custom-made car to deliver moments of happiness and distraction to hundreds of sick children at area hospitals.

His costume stored in the Batmobile but his alter ego never entirely switched off, Robinson gave the kids at the gas station some superhero paraphernalia before driving off.

Minutes later, Robinson pulled over with engine trouble on an unlit stretch of Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md., police said. The people he had just met parked behind him, turning their emergency lights on.

His car was stopped in the median but still “partially in the fast lane” when he got out to check the engine, according to state police. Around 10:30 p.m., a Toyota Camry slammed into the Batmobile, propelling the steel-framed hunk of black metal into his body. Robinson, 51, died at the scene.

Life really isn’t fair.  How tragic that this kind, generous man has died.  RIP, Lenny B. Robinson…aka Batman.

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Sheriff Joe, rejected again…Trump on the rise

August 17th, 2015 11 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

On Friday, in Arpaio v. Obamathe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s attempt to challenge the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives in federal court.  According to the court, Sheriff Arpaio lacks standing to challenge the measures. Judge Cornelia Pillard wrote the opinion for the court, joined by Judge Sri Srinivasan.  Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote a separate opinion concurring in the judgment.

The introduction to Judge Pillard’s opinion provides a nice summary of the court’s analysis.  It also seems to accept the Obama administration’s characterization of its immigration reforms as an exercise of enforcement discretion, suggesting that this panel would have rejected Sheriff Arpaio’s claims on the merits.

 

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security facing what he perceives to be enormous practical obstacles to removing from the United States the eleven million people unlawfully present here, has sought to set enforcement priorities. He accordingly directed relevant agencies temporarily to defer low-priority removals of non-dangerous individuals so that the agencies can focus their resources on removing dangerous criminals and strengthening security at the border. People whose removal has been deferred are generally eligible to apply for authorization to work, and to reside in the United States for up to three years.

The opinion is long and interested readers should read the entire editorial in the Washington Post.  However, it basically says that Sheriff Joe doesn’t have standing.  Period.

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What to do with Cecil’s killer?

August 1st, 2015 23 comments

 

 

It’s not acceptable to turn Americans over to third world nations.  Let’s keep the dentist here and shun him.  His behavior is unacceptable.  I expect he has lost most of his patients and will now have to live life like the rest of us earthlings who can’t afford $50,000 big game trophy trips.

As for the poaching problem, why not slap million dollar fines on those trophies that are smuggled in.  Anyone caught with an African animal body part should be slapped with a fine and the trophy should be confiscated.

This dude wanted to go after elephants next.  Shudder!!!  Double shutter!

He needs to go shoot tin cans for a while like the rest of us.  The only shooting that should be taking place on game reserves is with a camera.    At some point, there will be no wild animals left in Africa.

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Once in a blue moon….Happy Blue Moon Friday!

July 31st, 2015 2 comments

Business Insider:

A full moon is coming Friday night that is unlike anything we’ve seen since 2012 and that we will not see again until early 2018. It’s called a blue moon.

Despite the name, the color of the moon will not change. This full moon is special because it is the second one to occur this month — that’s what a “blue moon” is. The first full moon happened on July 2.

Seeing two full moons in the same month is a rare phenomenon that takes place only about once every 2 1/2 years. The next blue moon will not come until January 31, 2018.

The reason we have blue moons in the first place is that the length of a calendar month on Earth is not equal to a lunar month, or the time it takes a phase of the moon to repeat (e.g., the time between two full moons or two new moons).

I am always one to celebrate anything having to do with the moon.  So happy Blue Moon Day!  (also happy birthday, Moe Davis!)
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Sister Joan Chittister: Opposing abortion doesn’t make you pro-life

July 31st, 2015 25 comments

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In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement:

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Applying labels doesn’t really define a political position.  Too many people would force a woman to give birth and then leave her stranded with no means of support.

 

Much of the pro-choice movement is about economic empowerment.  When I was growing up, before Roe vs Wade was decided, having a baby outside of wedlock was possible the second worse thing that could happen to you.  You were shunned by society for starters.  You lost your job, your health care, and all possible means of supporting yourself.

It’s no wonder some women sought abortion.  What society sowed, let it reap.  It is only when women have total control over their own reproductive choices do they have real economic empowerment.  Children who are born but not fed, educated  sheltered or cared for have very little chance.  They are once again at the mercy of a society that doesn’t want their precious tax dollars to go to help people living in poverty.

So we have come full circle.   Once again society will reap what it has sown.

Sister Joan Chittister’s website:  Joanchittister.org

 

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Windows 10 or is it X?

July 29th, 2015 3 comments

Windows 10 came out today.  Some of us have been giddy with anticipation.  Now I am trying to figure out how to do things I never knew I wanted to do.

I have it loaded on 2 computers and have decided to stop for a while.  there is just too much to learn and I might need to resort to 8.1 in a moment of desperation.

Have you gotten Windows 10 and if so, what have your experiences been?  I can’t even figure out how to load a google search bar.

 

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