Friday, January 17, 2020

THE WEATHERMAN GOT IT WRONG

They said the high to day would be 13.   It was 15.

You have to be my age when you remember weather predictions coming from the Farmers Almanac and wooly worms.   

the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

OBESITY





We had an ice storm yesterday.

On my  way into town this morning to get sand from the town sand pit, an interesting subject was brought up on MPR (Maine Public Radio.)   The subject was obesity.  

By the end of the 2020 decade, one half of the people in the United States will be considered obese.     

From an Ol'Buzzard point of view, having lived through eight decades, the cause is obvious:  


  • Fast foods
  • More processed foods
  • Less physical lifestyle due to technology making our life easier and less physical; young people spending hours on computers and computer games; people spending hours in front of televisions, snacking throughout the day....
Back during the forties and fifties people ate at home, meals prepared at home from non processed foods.   Snow removal was done with a shovel, not snow blowers and snow plows.  Families did things for themselves, not hire out maintenance and yard work.   People walked whenever possible, most families had one car.   Kids did not have cars, they walked or rode bikes.     Kids hung out with their friends, they did not want to be inside. 

The list could easily be expanded.  The fact being, as a young man living through the forties, fifties and sixties I never saw people the sizes that seems almost standard today.    People considered fat back then would not even be noticed by today's standard of fat, and morbid obesity today is common place.  

So what can we do about it?

Nothing.

This is where we are as technology relieves us of arduous physical daily obligations, and makes our life less physical and and more sedentary.  Our food are higher in calories and processed chemicals, and snacking is now an integral part of our life styles.   

We are, without realizing it, evolving into a slightly different species.  We are living through an evolutionary change.

Just my observation.
the Ol'Buzzard




Monday, January 13, 2020

STABIL iCE CLEATS



We had an ice storm on Sunday, coating our roads and driveways with one-half inch of ice.   

If you live in northern climates ice is the worst possible winter precipitation.   An ideal time for broken bones.   

From time to time I post suggestions of products that I have used and believe in - not an advertisement, but a recommendation from my personal experience.

I have ice cleats that are at least ten years old, and in my opinion the best on the market.   

STABILicers ice cleats cost around $55.00.   This seems a high price, but a pair will last you for decades and give you better traction than any cheaper brand.      If you look at this as a one time purchase and a health expenditure, they are well worth the price.  




They have Velcro fasteners that make them easy to put on and take off, and easily adjustable to whatever footwear you are wearing. The solid sole has tread and the screw cleats are replaceable.  


I was a Navy northern bush survival instructor for eight years, and I lived in the arctic and sub arctic of Alaska for eleven years; so my recommendation is the results of experience, and from my experience, these are the best ice cleats I have ever owned. 

the Ol'Buzzard   

Sunday, January 12, 2020

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS









These guys are from Finland – I love them.   They play and sing folk music with a bluegrass sound.     




The guy that wears the furs is multi-talented.  I have never seen an accordion with the this number of keys.




the Ol’Buzzard

Saturday, January 11, 2020

A QUESTION ABOUT YOU TUBE VIDEOS?




A video that I posted has 'been removed by the user.'  What the hell does that mean?   Who is 'the user?'


Now I am afraid to go out to eat tonight because I might come home to fine my house removed by the user!  


I was introduced to the walking dude in The Stand; now I have to worry about the user?

There was enough to worry about with vampires, werewolves, zombies and the walking dude - now, somewhere out there is the user!


Beware
the Ol'Buzzard

REPUBLICAN TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMY IS WORKING







About four hundred of Americas largest corporations paid an average tax rate of 11.3% on their profits last year; roughly half the rate paid before the 2018 massive Republican tax cut.   Ninety-one Fortune 500 companies paid no tax at all. 


Now if Republicans could just eliminate Obama Care and privatize (turn over to for-profit insurance companies) Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security their lives would be complete, and they could ride the Valkyries to Republican Valhalla and be allowed to kiss the ass of Ronald Reagan.



the Ol’Buzzard
tax statistics reported by the Washington Post




WAG THE DOG





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Let’s cut through the bullshit.  Thanks to Iran’s restrain in their retaliatory response, we are not beginning another war in the Middle-East.   Trump’s assassination of an Iranian general could have gone unbelievably bad.


Iran is as large as Afghanistan and Iraq combined.  It has a formidable field-tested army and air force, along with missile capability of reaching any target in the middle east with accuracy.    Iran has surrogate forces around the world.


We have spent eighteen years bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there is no reason to believe that a war with Iran would be short or decisive. 
 

Let’s begin at the beginning: In 2011 President Obama made fun of Trump during the White House Correspondence Dinner.    Trump has never been able to let that go.   His jealousy of Obama was the only reason for pulling out of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, which was verified as being adhered to.    Since that time, any diplomatic cooperation with Iran has been out of the question. 


Senator Bob Corker described the White House as ‘an adult day care center.’    General Kelly called Trump an Idiot.    The people from NSA that brief the President say that Trumps attention span is ten minutes maximum, he doesn’t read intelligence briefings, and in order to keep his attention they prepare their briefs as show and tell.   When he doesn't like the content of the brief he gets belligerent. 





Trump is swayed more by Fox and Friends then he is by his intelligence community.   He is a person that reacts in the moment without any restrain or concern for the consequences, other than what is good for Trump at that moment.   He is ignorant of history, ignorant of political science, ignorant of government and the Constitution.  He is a charismatic con man; but not very bright.  His wealth came from wealth he inherited, and very possible from laundering money for the Russians.


For two years political pundits have predicted that in Trump’s last year in office, just before the 2020 election, he might start a military conflict to enhance his image as Commander in Chief.  


There was no immediate threat.  The decision to assassinate the Iranian General was made in Trump’s last year in office, just as his impeachment trial is to begin in the Senate.   Trump could give a shit about the Middle-East, except for Turkey and Saudi Arabia where he has financial dealings. 
 

We are fortunate that no U.S. military casualties resulted from Iran’s response to the assassination of an Iranian official.  But, 176 people have died from collateral damage when Iran mistakenly shot down a passenger aircraft immediately after launching ballistic missiles against U.S. targets in Iraq. 
 

The decision to take out the Iranian General was strictly an attempt to wag the dog.  Trump is now taking victory laps for his irresponsible action.  










the Ol'Buzzard