A Succinct Explanation of the Economy

money shirtThe Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes:

– The economy doubles since 1980, but wages flat. Where did the money go…
– All (or most) of the gains went to the super rich. And…
– With money comes political power. Taxes on super rich slashed, revenues evaporate. This leads to…
– Huge budget deficits. Middle class agitated, fights for scraps…
– Middle class divided. Buying and borrowing slow. Resulting in:
– Anemic recovery/economy.

Economics bores me silly, but this article was informative and interesting.

The Mud of Hopewell Rocks

hopewell rocks new brunswickHopewell Rocks is on the coast of New Brunswick. It’s a provincial park that features towering rocks that have eroded into interesting shapes due to the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy.

The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tidal range, which allows you to walk at Hopewell Rocks far onto the beaches during low tide to see the high cliffs and rocks that the tide has sculpted over millions of years.

What they don’t mention as a main attraction (for kids) is the mud of Hopewell Rocks. When the tide is out you can walk around the the bottom of the tower-like rocks and around the mud flats – an area where thick, brown mud can go past your knees and can get you stuck. I had to step our of those sandals below and dig them out with my hand at one point.
jody's muddy feet hopewell rocks
Google “Hopewell rocks mud” or “Bay of Fundy mud” to see more exciting examples of the mud around the Bay of Fundy.

Contest: Name New Popcorn Business

Tommyboy has gotten into the kettle popcorn business and he needs a company name. His proposition:

post something about the name…I will send anyone who assists me in a name one bag a month for a year…and if I do not use any suggestions I will pick at random 3 of the suggestions and fed ex em a bag of popcorn…..

whatca think

He’s off to a good start too. I sent him the video below and he replied:

holy shit…same ingredients but different process….I already caught the kettle on fire…and the oil is heated first then sugar…and burning oil and popcorn splatters your face….it is all about temperature…..I will send you some….

So post your kettle popcorn company names suggestions and win free popcorn for a year!

Kettle Corn Tutorial:

Hockey, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, and Riots

licking stanley cupNice headline to wake up to: Riots erupt in Vancouver after Canucks loss

Riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray and flash bombs in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night to try to disperse angry rioters who set cars on fire, looted stores and taunted police officers after the Canucks’ 4-0 Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins.

The same thing reaction occurred in 1994 (from same article):

Police tried to nip the violence in the bud by closing liquor and beer stores early, but it appeared to have no effect.

The strategy was also part of an effort to avoid a repeat of the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, which occurred in Vancouver’s downtown area on June 14 that year, after the Canucks lost in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final in New York against the Rangers.

It’s expected the damage from Wednesday’s riot will far exceed that of 17 years ago.

Sport fanaticism is as bad as religious fanaticism.

Church Cancelled Due Too Lack of God

god made me an atheistChurch Cancelled Due to Lack of God:

The South—Parishioners of Pastor Theo Leobald’s First Congregational Church of Holy Christ In Heaven will not meet next Sunday… The reason for the cancellation? Simply the fact that, according to Leobald, God does not now, has never, and will never exist.

When pressed, however, [Leobald] explained that thousands of years ago, tribes of nomadic desert peoples made up God because, being incapable of scientific reasoning due to caveman-like existences, they had no other way of making sense of things like sunshine, rocks and pork-transmitted trichinosis.

“They made it all up, and they were ignorant, unwashed, half-naked pre-historic barbarians,” Leobald said. “So who are you gonna believe: Carl Sagan, and the pantheon of the world’s greatest scientific and intellectual minds, or some guy who measured wealth by how many goats he had?”

It’s an old article from The Onion, but a classic.