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All that anger about made in China Team USA outfits

First of all, I can say this: I don’t like that China made Team USA’s Olympic clothing anymore than the next person. I type this, of course, on a computer make in India.. and read about the story on an iPhone made in China. Oh and of course Congress was outraged too. I am sure Harry Reid, who said we should burn the clothes and start from scratch, was wearing a suit made in the USA? And socks made in the USA? And .. well, he wasn’t. Chances are no one anywhere ever really is anymore.

And that is the tragic part of this story.

We don’t make anything here. Including military vehicles! How many times have you heard about China making weapons of war and selling them the United States? How many times before someone notices? Sports made people notice.. Team USA’s awful beret style outfit made people notice..

Another angle of this story not being mentioned is just how awful the outfits are. It looks like a remake of CHARIOTS OF FIRE. 

Personally I enjoy the summer games. Really. There is somethi…

All that anger about made in China Team USA outfits

First of all, I can say this: I don’t like that China made Team USA’s Olympic clothing anymore than the next person. I type this, of course, on a computer make in India.. and read about the story on an iPhone made in China. Oh and of course Congress was outraged too. I am sure Harry Reid, who said we should burn the clothes and start from scratch, was wearing a suit made in the USA? And socks made in the USA? And .. well, he wasn’t. Chances are no one anywhere ever really is anymore.

And that is the tragic part of this story.

We don’t make anything here. Including military vehicles! How many times have you heard about China making weapons of war and selling them the United States? How many times before someone notices? Sports made people notice.. Team USA’s awful beret style outfit made people notice..

Another angle of this story not being mentioned is just how awful the outfits are. It looks like a remake of CHARIOTS OF FIRE. 

Personally I enjoy the summer games. Really. There is somethi…

Feeling like 2008 all over again

Remember when dozens of people fainted while watching candidate Obama speak in 2008? It seems like it's occurring again.

During an Obama speech in Virginia, the President's pool reporters reported on a brand new 2012 version of the 08 faints:

The WEEKLY STANDARD re-reports what the pool said:
Paramedics treated 21 people on the scene and took one to the hospital, according to the Roanoke fire department.

Feeling like 2008 all over again

Remember when dozens of people fainted while watching candidate Obama speak in 2008? It seems like it's occurring again.

During an Obama speech in Virginia, the President's pool reporters reported on a brand new 2012 version of the 08 faints:

The WEEKLY STANDARD re-reports what the pool said:
Paramedics treated 21 people on the scene and took one to the hospital, according to the Roanoke fire department.

Friday the 13th must reads

Friday the 13th must reads

HOW LOW WITH THE AURORA GO!?

The X flare blasted off the sun yesterday with ferocity.. According to SpaceWeather.com, the timing of the event has changed as the CME which blurted out is moving faster than expected..
According to the site:
REVISED FORECAST: The CME launched toward Earth by yesterday's X-flare is moving faster than originally thought. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have revised their forecast accordingly, advancing the cloud's expected arrival time to 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) on Saturday, July 14th. Weekend auroras are likely. The other question for skywatchers: How low will aurora go? NASA has a site to monitor it.. If you're in a lucky Northern state in the United States you may get a glimpse of some beautiful images..

Here is the NASA site with the map
Stay tuned..

HOW LOW WITH THE AURORA GO!?

The X flare blasted off the sun yesterday with ferocity.. According to SpaceWeather.com, the timing of the event has changed as the CME which blurted out is moving faster than expected..
According to the site:
REVISED FORECAST: The CME launched toward Earth by yesterday's X-flare is moving faster than originally thought. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have revised their forecast accordingly, advancing the cloud's expected arrival time to 09:17 UT (5:17 am EDT) on Saturday, July 14th. Weekend auroras are likely. The other question for skywatchers: How low will aurora go? NASA has a site to monitor it.. If you're in a lucky Northern state in the United States you may get a glimpse of some beautiful images..

Here is the NASA site with the map
Stay tuned..

Friday morning radar

The week is coming to a close within hours.. and along with the close of the week the brewing solar storm is also heading to Earth. The X.4 flare yesterday was huge.. but could have been bigger of course. We should be glad it wasn't.
In the mean time here are some events occurring that are worth note:
The fallout continues in the Penn State scandal .. The Freeh report will be talked about for years. But today Penn State is defending itself from it..Yahoo! has major security breach as 453,000 user passwords are posted online..Digg was a social media star only a few internet lifetimes ago.. and now it's sold to the highest bidder.Drudge Report says that Condi Rice is being considered by Mitt Romney for Vice President .. While Romney Rice sounds like a winning dish at a restaurant could it be a winning team to beat Obama Biden?The weather threats for today include much above normal temperatures--and the problem is going to be what it does to our corn and eventual prices of the comm…

Friday morning radar

The week is coming to a close within hours.. and along with the close of the week the brewing solar storm is also heading to Earth. The X.4 flare yesterday was huge.. but could have been bigger of course. We should be glad it wasn't.
In the mean time here are some events occurring that are worth note:
The fallout continues in the Penn State scandal .. The Freeh report will be talked about for years. But today Penn State is defending itself from it..Yahoo! has major security breach as 453,000 user passwords are posted online..Digg was a social media star only a few internet lifetimes ago.. and now it's sold to the highest bidder.Drudge Report says that Condi Rice is being considered by Mitt Romney for Vice President .. While Romney Rice sounds like a winning dish at a restaurant could it be a winning team to beat Obama Biden?The weather threats for today include much above normal temperatures--and the problem is going to be what it does to our corn and eventual prices of the comm…

Olympic fever in Capitol after Team USA outfits be made in China

News yesterday has agitated Congress. Numerous members of the body spoke out on the floor of the House about Team USA's Olympics outfits made in China. 
The 2012 USA uniform was unveiled on NBC's Today Show.. Ralph Lauren created the look and it was based off of the 1948 games that were also in London.
But where was the wardrobe made? China..
While the upset seemed to be equal regardless of the political party, it may have been Senate Leader Harry Reid that had the quote of the moment about this issue: 'I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again'Burn them baby! Olympics start soon. The race for the gold may come down to USA vs China.  But in the geopolitical and manufacturing world, I think we know who's ahead.

Olympic fever in Capitol after Team USA outfits be made in China

News yesterday has agitated Congress. Numerous members of the body spoke out on the floor of the House about Team USA's Olympics outfits made in China. 
The 2012 USA uniform was unveiled on NBC's Today Show.. Ralph Lauren created the look and it was based off of the 1948 games that were also in London.
But where was the wardrobe made? China..
While the upset seemed to be equal regardless of the political party, it may have been Senate Leader Harry Reid that had the quote of the moment about this issue: 'I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again'Burn them baby! Olympics start soon. The race for the gold may come down to USA vs China.  But in the geopolitical and manufacturing world, I think we know who's ahead.

The 'extreme' X flare earth-bound

Sunspot 1520 was the perfect storm waiting to erupt. 
It was many times the size of the planet earth and aimed itself like a gun directly at our pale blue dot. 
Today it fired with a ferocious X.4 flare.. 
X flares are the strongest of solar flares that are unleashed from the sun.
According to  media reports only hours ago, scientists were carefully studying the eruption and concluded that it is earthbound.. 
A highly cited story running tonight on Space.Com on the flare tells the tale of Sunspot 1520 and how we may see even more action coming: But while sunspot AR1520 may sound like a solar behemoth, it is actually a relatively modest sunspot example, and promises more sun storms to come, Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, told SPACE.com. "It's certainly not done. It's only halfway across the face of the sun right now," Pesnell said from the Goddard center in Greenbelt, Md., which oversees the sun-watching SDO mission. "We'…

The 'extreme' X flare earth-bound

Sunspot 1520 was the perfect storm waiting to erupt. 
It was many times the size of the planet earth and aimed itself like a gun directly at our pale blue dot. 
Today it fired with a ferocious X.4 flare.. 
X flares are the strongest of solar flares that are unleashed from the sun.
According to  media reports only hours ago, scientists were carefully studying the eruption and concluded that it is earthbound.. 
A highly cited story running tonight on Space.Com on the flare tells the tale of Sunspot 1520 and how we may see even more action coming: But while sunspot AR1520 may sound like a solar behemoth, it is actually a relatively modest sunspot example, and promises more sun storms to come, Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, told SPACE.com. "It's certainly not done. It's only halfway across the face of the sun right now," Pesnell said from the Goddard center in Greenbelt, Md., which oversees the sun-watching SDO mission. "We'…

The Penn State bomb drops

Louis Freeh, formerly from the FBI, has issued a bombshell report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal.. The 200+ page document not only indicates the president of Penn State in a coverup but also strongly implicated Joe Paterno .. The report said the university tried to conceal the scandal so bad press wouldn't come Penn State's way..

Another bombshell: The report says that five boys were assaulted by Sandusky on university property after officials knew about a 1998 criminal investigation

The news biting regains their appetite for Penn State news with today's newest information.. But still the victims did suffer and do again. Their plight was ignored and covered up by adults who should have acted with decency and ethics.. Freeh's report is a must read ...for better or worse.


The Penn State bomb drops

Louis Freeh, formerly from the FBI, has issued a bombshell report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal.. The 200+ page document not only indicates the president of Penn State in a coverup but also strongly implicated Joe Paterno .. The report said the university tried to conceal the scandal so bad press wouldn't come Penn State's way..

Another bombshell: The report says that five boys were assaulted by Sandusky on university property after officials knew about a 1998 criminal investigation

The news biting regains their appetite for Penn State news with today's newest information.. But still the victims did suffer and do again. Their plight was ignored and covered up by adults who should have acted with decency and ethics.. Freeh's report is a must read ...for better or worse.


1520 Poised to 'explode' ?

SpaceWeather.com is using some interesting words in describing what may soon come from the sun: Sunspot 1520 may 'explode' ..

The website writes:
POISED TO EXPLODE?Big sunspot AR1520 has been relatively quiet for the past 24 hours, but this could be the calm before the storm. The sunspot has a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares.Latest images of 1520 have the sunspot looking very intense--and very large, one of the largest in years as EarthInformer has pointed out.

Watching. Waiting.
Staring at the sun.

1520 Poised to 'explode' ?

SpaceWeather.com is using some interesting words in describing what may soon come from the sun: Sunspot 1520 may 'explode' ..

The website writes:
POISED TO EXPLODE?Big sunspot AR1520 has been relatively quiet for the past 24 hours, but this could be the calm before the storm. The sunspot has a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares.Latest images of 1520 have the sunspot looking very intense--and very large, one of the largest in years as EarthInformer has pointed out.

Watching. Waiting.
Staring at the sun.

A personal thought.. the meaning of life, NOT the Monty Python version

So I got into a discussion today about the meaning of life with someone, Over a pizza buffet nonetheless. But here is what I concluded. We ask the wrong questions of ourselves.. and by doing so constantly lead new generations to ask the wrong questions, too. When you’re young and dumb someone old comes and says those typical words: Why do you want to do when you grow up? A plumber! A reporter! A teacher!  I think we all know that the vast majority of people don’t live up to the childhood dreams.  But maybe the premise of the question should be rephrased.. maybe the basis of the question isn’t actually about money and income and the choice of a career…  Hear me out on this, because you know for a FACT that when you go to parties or functions, one of the first questions you typically get is someone asking you, “So what do you do?” i.e. JOB, INCOME, SALARY! MONEY MONEY MONEY.  Dollars and dinero. But it all means nothing.
So while I was chowing down today in my pizza buffet food I asked the oth…

A personal thought.. the meaning of life, NOT the Monty Python version

So I got into a discussion today about the meaning of life with someone, Over a pizza buffet nonetheless. But here is what I concluded. We ask the wrong questions of ourselves.. and by doing so constantly lead new generations to ask the wrong questions, too. When you’re young and dumb someone old comes and says those typical words: Why do you want to do when you grow up? A plumber! A reporter! A teacher!  I think we all know that the vast majority of people don’t live up to the childhood dreams.  But maybe the premise of the question should be rephrased.. maybe the basis of the question isn’t actually about money and income and the choice of a career…  Hear me out on this, because you know for a FACT that when you go to parties or functions, one of the first questions you typically get is someone asking you, “So what do you do?” i.e. JOB, INCOME, SALARY! MONEY MONEY MONEY.  Dollars and dinero. But it all means nothing.
So while I was chowing down today in my pizza buffet food I asked the oth…

Swine flu vaccine study confirms earlier reports of increase in nerve damage

A study from Canada seems I confirm earlier reports of an upswing in Guillian-Barre syndrome, according to a report appearing in the UK TELEGRAPH..

The TELEGRAPH report on the results of the H1N1 vaccine:
Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases.



Swine flu vaccine study confirms earlier reports of increase in nerve damage

A study from Canada seems I confirm earlier reports of an upswing in Guillian-Barre syndrome, according to a report appearing in the UK TELEGRAPH..

The TELEGRAPH report on the results of the H1N1 vaccine:
Researchers in Canada have found that for every million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine that were administered in 2009/10 there were two extra cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be fatal in extreme cases.



A follow up On Sunspot 1520

The major sunspot is one of the latest on the sun in years, and one of the biggest in the current 11 year cycle we are experiencing. Latest observations had 1520 spanning more than 127,000 kilometers - this amounts to about 10 earths. Even more ominous is that 1520 continues to rotate into a perfect position that flares and CMEs unleashed could have a high latitude impact with auroras and potential satellite and radio transmission disruptions depending on how large a flare pops ..
All this of course remains speculation until a flare blows--but with the size and obvious intensity that 1520 presents it's a fear worth contemplating..

A follow up On Sunspot 1520

The major sunspot is one of the latest on the sun in years, and one of the biggest in the current 11 year cycle we are experiencing. Latest observations had 1520 spanning more than 127,000 kilometers - this amounts to about 10 earths. Even more ominous is that 1520 continues to rotate into a perfect position that flares and CMEs unleashed could have a high latitude impact with auroras and potential satellite and radio transmission disruptions depending on how large a flare pops ..
All this of course remains speculation until a flare blows--but with the size and obvious intensity that 1520 presents it's a fear worth contemplating..

Cities Gone Broke

Austerity globally comes to the USA. There are some mighty large budgetary woes taking place around the globe..

San Bernardino California is opting for bankruptcy.

Scranton PA Mayor cuts all city workers to minimum wage.. Court action, lawsuits, and national news now grace the Electric City as the budget runs dry..

And globally austerity still seems to be the modern way of international life..Spain announcing yet more austerity cuts and tax increases..



Cities Gone Broke

Austerity globally comes to the USA. There are some mighty large budgetary woes taking place around the globe..

San Bernardino California is opting for bankruptcy.

Scranton PA Mayor cuts all city workers to minimum wage.. Court action, lawsuits, and national news now grace the Electric City as the budget runs dry..

And globally austerity still seems to be the modern way of international life..Spain announcing yet more austerity cuts and tax increases..



Tuesday night update

Tuesday night update

The Earth has been lucking out lately, but solar events continue to get stronger

The UK DAILY MAIL reportswhat we already seem to be aware of: Solar flares just seem to be stronger and stronger in recent months.. Last week we have been seen numerous M class flares and one strong X class flare explode from our sun. Some sunspots have been so large that they 15 Earths strung together.. 2013 is expected to be the big year for solar events as the sun heads to its peak of its 11 year cycle… And if just the right elements come together, perhaps the Ed Dames Killshot will happen. But Ed Dames is just crazy… Right?

The Earth has been lucking out lately, but solar events continue to get stronger

The UK DAILY MAIL reportswhat we already seem to be aware of: Solar flares just seem to be stronger and stronger in recent months.. Last week we have been seen numerous M class flares and one strong X class flare explode from our sun. Some sunspots have been so large that they 15 Earths strung together.. 2013 is expected to be the big year for solar events as the sun heads to its peak of its 11 year cycle… And if just the right elements come together, perhaps the Ed Dames Killshot will happen. But Ed Dames is just crazy… Right?
As if you had any doubt that 2012 was hotter than hell.. June’s second half helped the continental United States break its record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year.. And with that piece of information contemplate this: The last 12 months have been the warmest since 1895..  Get that? 1895. Also in the news in 18895, a sandstorm crippled the panhandle of Texas, Grover Cleveland was president, and an earthquake occurred in the New Madrid seismic zone. History repeats itself.. so watch the Midwest……. ??
As if you had any doubt that 2012 was hotter than hell.. June’s second half helped the continental United States break its record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year.. And with that piece of information contemplate this: The last 12 months have been the warmest since 1895..  Get that? 1895. Also in the news in 18895, a sandstorm crippled the panhandle of Texas, Grover Cleveland was president, and an earthquake occurred in the New Madrid seismic zone. History repeats itself.. so watch the Midwest……. ??

I love Scranton, PA, but now for the news it's making

But the city of Scranton is in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. The Electric City has lots of great things to brag about but the headlines today is all about the Mayor cutting city workers’pay to minimum wage because of how brokeit is, and how property taxes are about to skyrocket to abnormally high proportions.  Local news stations WNEP and WBRE have been covering ferociously since it occurred, and now national news orgs are picking up the story. According to Mayor Chris Doherty, there is only about $5,000 left is the city’s bank account after payroll.. Doherty, according to this FOX NEWS report, did not respond to calls from FOX NEWS..

I love Scranton, PA, but now for the news it's making

But the city of Scranton is in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. The Electric City has lots of great things to brag about but the headlines today is all about the Mayor cutting city workers’pay to minimum wage because of how brokeit is, and how property taxes are about to skyrocket to abnormally high proportions.  Local news stations WNEP and WBRE have been covering ferociously since it occurred, and now national news orgs are picking up the story. According to Mayor Chris Doherty, there is only about $5,000 left is the city’s bank account after payroll.. Doherty, according to this FOX NEWS report, did not respond to calls from FOX NEWS..

The slow burn: If you think about it, summer is halfway home.

Looking at the calender, time appears to be fleeting. The seconds hands on the clocks fly around in a circular motion.. after all, summer time is about halfway through. Yes, it’s only July. And sure summer extends well into September, but by then kids are back in school and colleges campuses are less than sober. Every July, around this time, I get that gut feeling. Then the whole “Christmas in July” shopping experience malls used to try back when people went to them only added to the childhood misery of knowing that the clock was ticking. There is something interesting about the summertime and how it trickles slowly into autumn. Even with this year’s heat, we can be aware that cooler breezes will blow in two months. And despite the fact that many of us are long gone from hallowed hallways of high schools, we all get that same pit of the stomach feeling as August winds to a close, and as the summer sun bakes the landscape in one last vibrant attempt to keep things hot. Summer comes and goes.…

The slow burn: If you think about it, summer is halfway home.

Looking at the calender, time appears to be fleeting. The seconds hands on the clocks fly around in a circular motion.. after all, summer time is about halfway through. Yes, it’s only July. And sure summer extends well into September, but by then kids are back in school and colleges campuses are less than sober. Every July, around this time, I get that gut feeling. Then the whole “Christmas in July” shopping experience malls used to try back when people went to them only added to the childhood misery of knowing that the clock was ticking. There is something interesting about the summertime and how it trickles slowly into autumn. Even with this year’s heat, we can be aware that cooler breezes will blow in two months. And despite the fact that many of us are long gone from hallowed hallways of high schools, we all get that same pit of the stomach feeling as August winds to a close, and as the summer sun bakes the landscape in one last vibrant attempt to keep things hot. Summer comes and goes.…

Amazing images of Mars revealed by NASA

There have been some amazing new images of Mars revealed by NASA. I just stare at them and fathom the future.. a base there? Will humans’ footprints litter the landscape? Is there a life form present ? …did the Martians move underground and do they still lurk? Ok maybe the final question can be answered affirmatively as no, unless you’d ask someone like John Lear. But the rest of them are valid and wonderful to ponder..  Here is the story on the Mars photos from the UK DAILY MAIL

Amazing images of Mars revealed by NASA

There have been some amazing new images of Mars revealed by NASA. I just stare at them and fathom the future.. a base there? Will humans’ footprints litter the landscape? Is there a life form present ? …did the Martians move underground and do they still lurk? Ok maybe the final question can be answered affirmatively as no, unless you’d ask someone like John Lear. But the rest of them are valid and wonderful to ponder..  Here is the story on the Mars photos from the UK DAILY MAIL
The LA TIMES reports: The Department of Homeland Security's BioWatch air samplers, meant to detect a terrorist biological attack, have been plagued by false alarms and other failures.It’s an eye opening story.. the money quote of the article featured here: President George W. Bush announced the system’s deployment in his 2003 State of the Union address, saying it would “protect our people and our homeland.” Since then, BioWatch air samplers have been installed inconspicuously at street level and atop buildings in cities across the country — ready, in theory, to detect pathogens that cause anthrax, tularemia, smallpox, plague and other deadly diseases.

But the system has not lived up to its billing. It has repeatedly cried wolf, producing dozens of false alarms in Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.
The LA TIMES reports: The Department of Homeland Security's BioWatch air samplers, meant to detect a terrorist biological attack, have been plagued by false alarms and other failures.It’s an eye opening story.. the money quote of the article featured here: President George W. Bush announced the system’s deployment in his 2003 State of the Union address, saying it would “protect our people and our homeland.” Since then, BioWatch air samplers have been installed inconspicuously at street level and atop buildings in cities across the country — ready, in theory, to detect pathogens that cause anthrax, tularemia, smallpox, plague and other deadly diseases.

But the system has not lived up to its billing. It has repeatedly cried wolf, producing dozens of false alarms in Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.