Man, I forgot how good mashed potatoes and chicken gravy from gladstone’s chicken was. I separated the dark meat from the bones, and put it into the Vitamix Blender, and it’s a smooth consistency. Man, it is really really good. Having plastic bridges covering the reduced teeth, while the crowns are being created is concerning. I’ve tried eating a banana muffin, and had the bridge come loose, so I’m extra cautious. The high end blender seems to do a heck of a job. I like the design principles, and the wide base. My parents got one, and I’d been looking at a couple of them, at Williams-Sonoma, and decided to splurge. It did a good job with the microwaved vegetables, and a good job with the chicken mashed potatoes and gravy. We’ve used mom’s to blend up some soup, and make it easier to consume. I’ll probably add the rest of the chicken to the mixture before long. I am happier now that I’ve found some flavors that taste quite nice.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/08/ted-yoho-debt-ceiling_n_3726817.html … “I’ll pay you back with interest, just not today.”
ted yoho wanted P44 to tell creditors, you will get paid, you may just not get paid today. I would like to see that national address.I kid when I say that I’d like to see that address, but I would think that P44 could possibly use the bully pulpit to cause some discomfort, if he so chose. Ted Yoho seems like a nice enough guy. Perhaps he isn’t aware that this has been going on for quite awhile. Wait. He should know that this has been going on. Of course, some people probably don’t have much savings built up. Seniors in particular. I’d like to think that the shutdown won’t last too long. I guess I have skills which could be useful in other ways, if need be, but working for the government is a good enough job.
What happens when the *S* hits the fan?
Imagine that the self-inflicted shutdown furlough stretches on for awhile, and then the *S* hits the fan. Who is to blame? What really happened? Why didn’t we know more about what was happening? It doesn’t have to be something as big as a Mumbai style attack, nor something similar to a Westgate mall in Nairobi. It doesn’t have to be a zero-day exploit taking advantage of some network vulnerability. Who will own the problem? Will our ability to deal with what happens next be impacted by reduced staffing levels? I’m not an expert, and people say I worry too much, but I would not like for stuff to start to go wrong while the nation is at a reduced staffing level. Many people will probably be ready to return when needed, barring mass casualties. We don’t need to engage in this self-immolation.
Technology is good. Having dominance is good, but to have half of the team sitting on the sidelines doesn’t really make much sense.
Criminal behaviors are one thing, international disputes could be another area. I’m not going to think about things that could go wrong with having aircraft inspectors, food safety inspectors, and epidemiologists on the sidelines. Most likely nothing will happen during this short time frame where our vision and hearing is reduced.
If you see something, say something.
I’ve enjoyed observing some twitter-tweets. I suppose Twitter is getting closer to its own IPO.
I guess the whole syria thing could be nice. If the warring sides agree to pause hostilities while the UN inspectors remove the chemical weapons, then it’ll be good. Unfortunately, the rebels don’t win by reducing the the level of conflict. Maybe this will happen, maybe it won’t. The neighbors of Syria will probably realize that the provision of safe passage for supplies arming the rebels likely won’t be rewarded any time soon, so the rebellion might subside for awhile.
I don’t know who will be contributing the boots on the ground in order to remove these chemical weapons. Perhaps the rebels have already protested this as unacceptable, but then who knows?
A win is a win.
Yesterday was a good day at Tarpon Springs, even though we were just walking around the sponge docks, my wife picked me up a Tie Dye T-shirt with Hippie Fest Tarpon Springs emblazoned across it. That was good, and I got a little steel drum pan, which probably isn’t the same, but it is similar enough. I wanted to locate some Robert Rothchild’s Farms Chocolate Dipping Pretzels, and even though I found some of the sauces at a stall at the market, I didn’t locate the dipping pretzels. We also got some veggies from Tuesday Morning, and some veggies from Lowe’s. We moved the tubs with potting soil in them so they could get some more sunlight in our back yard.
We’ll see how things do.
It’s accepted, that once you break something. You own it. Such is the situation in Syria. Currently, there is a civil war going on. The governmental forces are walloping the rebels. (maybe) The stated preference is that we will “send a message” by destroying/damaging a bunch of military hardware that probably came from Russia, to sort of “level the playing field,” but there are consequences.
Currently, Russia bears responsibility for the deaths of the Syrians. Arguably, Russia probably does not lose much sleep over what the “crazy Syrians” choose to do. If we want to fix the situation, figure out how much it would cost to occupy the region, and kill hostiles. We probably don’t want to do this. We care about what other people think about us. We likely won’t destroy the chemical weapons stockpiles. We probably won’t level city blocks worth of buildings. Maybe leveling city blocks worth of buildings should be what should be done to ensure that the cost of war is felt, and allow for urban renewal. But war is never pleasant. Yet people are rebelling against Assad. Arguably, some want to follow the teachings of Shi’a Islam, while others have other ideas. Maybe the Syrians will realize that the cycle of war is not worth it in the long run.
On a positive note, the talk of war kind of removes the talk of the budgetary concerns about saving money by reducing services. Austerity indeed.