September 12, 2014

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 12, 2014.  Short Ramblings this evening.  Like many small towns, Holden is celebrating it’s annual “Fall Festival” today and tomorrow.  A time to celebrate a harvest and the end of an agricultural cycle.   There are carnival rides, musical entertainment, contests, a “Beer Garden” and of course, folks displaying their crafts.  A time for families and friends to gather and catch up on lives   …   and remember folks that have passed on. The main drag in Holden is shut down, and vendors line the streets peddling all kinds of foods and “stuff”. I have images going back to the late 90′s   …  and I have been walking around, taking pictures and posting them to the ‘Your Probably From Holden …” Facebook page.  There will be a parade tomorrow   …  and my brother VFW and American Legion brethren I will form the Honor Guard.  A privilege I enjoy.

Solar storms! (CNN) —  Big solar storm hitting Earth.  “Big storms are hitting Earth, but you don’t need a raincoat or umbrella. These storms are coming from the sun. It’s raining down a huge amount of solar radiation. We’re safe, but power grids, radios and satellites may be affected. Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events has arrived, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday.”  Picture the net result, if our communication or GPS satellites were knocked out.  Consider the fact that most of our weapons systems use GPS for targeting.  In an air campaign against ISIS   …   we would be in deep doo-doo!!

Insane: (BBC NEWS)  — HIV-positive man ordered to stop virus by Seattle court. “A Seattle judge has ordered an HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and to seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years.  The man, known only as “AO” in court documents, is required to show up for counseling and to protect future sexual partners.  Officials maintain they are not trying to criminalize sexual activity but to protect public health. The man could face fines or jail time if he does not comply.”  This pilgrim infected 8 people in four years!!!???  How about you tie his “Johan” in a knot and institutionalize him in an isolation ward? HIV, last I checked, is still a potentially lethal disease.

And as fast food workers continue to campaign for a higher minimum wage: (BBC NEWS)  —  ‘Boris’ the robot can load up dishwasher. “A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim. “Boris” is one of the first robots in the world capable of intelligently manipulating unfamiliar objects with a humanlike grasp. It was developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham. The team also work with “Bob”, an autonomous robot who recently completed work experience at security firm G4S.”  Hmmm   …  a “humanlike grasp“.  This product may have a ready market in the male adult entertainment industry.  No doubt a “stroke” of genius.

The find of a lifetime: (BBC NEWS)  — China: Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu “A Chinese boy has made the discovery of a lifetime by stumbling across a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river in Jiangsu Province. Eleven-year-old Yang Junxi says he touched the rusty weapon’s tip while washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River, in Gaoyou County, the state news agency Xinhua reports.”  From all indications   …  the sword was made in China.

Evidence of Russian military equipment reliability:  (BBC NEWS)  — Kazakhstan: Officials disable ‘active’ WW2 exhibits. “Officials in Kyzylorda in southern Kazakhstan have reportedly disabled World War Two artillery pieces on display in a local park – possibly taking precautionary measures after pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine managed to restart an old tank sitting on a pedestal in the town of Konstantinovka.”  Russian military equipment is designed to be mistreated/rugged, cheap to produce and maintain   …  and simple to operate.  A prime example?  A Kalashnikov, (AK-47).

Time to post these Ramblings and walk around at The Festival. Maybe have a corn dog and a funnel cake.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Smoked chicken, french fries and green beans.  The movie?  “Edge of Tomorrow [2014]“. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in this life and Susan to share them with, I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform.  Care to join me?  Be and sleep well, the best we as a nation have   …  are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize   …  that is not my intent.  As always     …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …  and the editorial staff.)

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September 5, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of September 5, 2014.  I can remember when Service Stations had attendants that would pump gas, check your oil and clean your windshield.  Invariably some high school kid working for minimum wage.  An entry level job, that went the way of the buffalo when it became more cost effective/competitive to open self service stations, during the gas wars in the 70′s.  Protests this week to increase the minimum wage for Fast Food workers: EXPOSITION PARK ( —  Fast-Food Workers Protest To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour. ” Police said 10 protestors were arrested Thursday during a march downtown for higher wages. About 300 employees and supporters in Los Angeles, as well as in more than 150 other cities, were taking part in sit-ins at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings and other chain locations as a more “militant” phase of the “Fight for $15″ movement. “Fight for $15″ pushes for a $15 hourly wage for fast-food workers and the ability to unionize.”   The net effect?  Just like automated credit card gasoline pumps eliminated service station attendants, a company, Momentum Machines, has developed  a machine that eliminates fast food worker jobs:  “Our alpha machine frees up all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant. 

            *   It does everything employees can do except better:

            *   It slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.

            *   Our next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.

            *   Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in all the juices.

            *   It’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.

            *   The labor savings allow a restaurant to spend approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.” 

Ostensibly, this machine will pay for itself in less than a year.  As an aside, I bought a Nuwave Induction cooktop!  Love it!!  Down side?  All of my pots were not compatible. To test if they are?  Get a refrigerator magnet:  if it sticks to the bottom of the pot, it is compatible.

I understand the whole western world is weary of the “war on terror”.   An incredibly strong desire to walk away, return home, close our borders   …  and stick our heads in the sand. We want to believe, if we mind our own business, we will be left alone.   (CNN) —  Report: ISIS selling Yazidi women in Syria.  “Hundreds of Yazidi women abducted by ISIS have either been sold or handed out to members of the Sunni extremist group, according to an organization that monitors the crisis.  In the past few weeks, ISIS has “distributed” to its rank and file about 300 female members of the persecuted religious minority, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group aligned with the opposition in Syria. Those women were initially kidnapped in Iraq before being taken to Syria. In ISIS’ eyes, the girls and women are “captives of the spoils of war with the infidels,” the Syria monitors said, claiming that some had converted to Islam so ISIS fighters can marry them.”  A mentality that categorizes human beings, girls and women, as “spoils of war”  …  slaves to be sold and traded, a commodity   …  a mentality that summarily executes, by beheading and crucifixion, dissidents and prisoners of war   …   is a cancer that humanity needs to eradicate  …  because  …  it is a mentality/world view that will not rest until all are subject to Sharia, Islamic law, as they interpret it.  Eradicate it now, by whatever means necessary, or risk, after failing to do so, ISIS will acquire biological/chemical  … or nuclear weapons and attack our Homeland.

And the “only in California” news:   Los Angeles (CNN) –_ Recall the mongooses! Escaped cobra in Southern California is captured. “If Southern California is indeed an Eden, then its serpent has been found. An exotic deadly snake — a white cobra — was captured Thursday after it earlier escaped from its unknown owner onto the well-to-do streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, authorities said.”  How in the world do you get an “exotic deadly snake“, like an albino Cobra into the country?  It’s not like you could shove it in your shorts and walk across the boarder!  I have no doubt the drug cartels are snakes   …  but do they smuggle them as well?

The “what me worry” news:  (CNN) —  Newly found asteroid to pass close to Earth on Sunday. “A newly discovered asteroid will pass “very close” to Earth on Sunday, NASA says. The space rock is estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long. It’s expected to fly over New Zealand about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC.) It won’t hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the planet, NASA says. It will give astronomers and scientists a chance to study it. The asteroid won’t be visible the naked eye, but amateur astronomers should be able to see it with telescopes. Called 2014 RC, the asteroid was discovered on August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.”  Five days notice that you have an incoming asteroid, sure doesn’t sound like a bunch of time!!  A 60 foot asteroid hitting the earth would have caused some major damage!   Makes me wonder   …  what is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor?   Turns out   …  a meteor is an asteroid that has penetrated the earths atmosphere.

Useful information!  NEW YORK , (CNN MONEY) —  Meet Facebook’s new privacy mascot. “Facebook users are due for a digital checkup, and a friendly blue dinosaur is here to help. The social network unveiled a new feature this week that allows users to do a “privacy checkup,” ensuring that they know how their personal information is being shared on the site.  Guided by a blue dinosaur pulling levers, the checkup feature starts by displaying the share settings for your Facebook posts and gives you the option to change them. For example, maybe all your posts are being shared publicly, but you’d prefer that only your Facebook friends have access to them.   The checkup then gives you a look at the apps that have access to your Facebook information and whether your usage of those apps is displayed publicly. You can change those display options and delete the apps you’re no longer using.”  I just ran the program, (click on “Privacy Shortcuts” on the menu bar)   …  and was surprised at my settings.  I changed them!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings.  It is storming outside, to the point that our DirecTV is inoperable.  The dogs are hunkered down next to Susan on the bed.  Susan and I have been walking in the morning to slow down the neuropathy in my feet. I am to the point now, that I have to drive barefoot to feel the gas and brake peddles. A question of perspective:  I am grateful that I can.  There are folks who have no feet!  Time to post these Ramblings and create 3 images for the Art Show at Holden’s Fair next week.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Baby Peas.  The movie?  “The Other Woman [2014]“  I remain nicotine free  …  and must admit   …  it is getting easier.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform   …  care to join me?  Be and sleep well, the best we as a nation have, are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize   …  that is not my intent.  As always   …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   … and the Editorial Staff)

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August 29, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 29, 2014.  Strange, how some mornings, for whatever reason, you wake up with a song bouncing around your head.  This morning I woke up to “Cat Stevens“, “Moon Shadow“.  Interesting guy! “In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam[10] and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has received several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man of Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace.”   He was, no doubt, inspired by his song, “Peace Train“.

Modern land mines:  parents co-signing for their children’s student loans.  (CNN MONEY)  —  Retirees’ Social Security checks garnished for student loans. “What’s surprised Cohen lately is the increasing number of gray-haired people walking in his doors with a problem: A portion of their meager Social Security benefits are being taken by the government to pay for old student loans they had mostly forgotten about.  It’s a growing national trend. Last year, 156,000 Americans had their Social Security checks garnished because of student loans they had defaulted on. It’s tripled in number from 47,500 in 2006, before the Great Recession. That’s according to analysis done by the U.S. Treasury for CNNMoney   …   “I had a Korean War veteran in his 80′s who had taken out a student loan for his son and then began having health problems. The government took money from his Social Security disability checks – money that he needed to buy medications,” said Deanne Loonin, a director at the National Consumer Law Center, which works to provide economic security to low income and disadvantaged people, including the elderly.”  I attended Penn Valley and UMKC on the GI Bill and worked a full time job and a part time job while carrying 15 hours/semester.  I completed my MA in Psych and my JD concurrently.  I graduated with no student loan debt. I was chatting with a young lawyer, 4 years out of Law School   …  he shared he had a $150K Student Loan Debt   …  $1,500.00/mo for the next 20 years  … non-dischargeable in bankruptcy and owed to the Federal Government.  In essence, the Federal Government earning interest by loaning our Tax Dollars to our children. 

Those evil corporations!!  (CNN MONEY)  —  Is Burger King moving to Canada?  “Burger King is in merger talks with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, a deal that would allow the burger seller to relocate out of the U.S. and possibly cut its tax bill. The new company would be headquartered in Canada, the two firms said in a joint statement. Both Tim Hortons and Burger King would continue to operate as standalone brands. By moving north of the border, Burger King would be completing what is called an “inversion” — a strategy that allows U.S. firms to lower their tax bills by merging with a foreign company, and then relocating to the new country  …  One major inversion deal was announced in July, when Chicago-based AbbVie agreed to a $54.7 billion merger with Britain’s Shire, slashing AbbVie’s effective tax rate to about 13% by 2016 from 26%.  [Note:  the merger has been agreed to.]  Got news.  Corporations are in the business of making money for their shareholders!  Shareholders are folks who have laid their money down, purchased an interest in a corporation, assumed a risk   …  and in return, expect to earn a dividend  …  share in the profits earned.  Higher taxes mean lower profits. A little over 1/2 of adult Americans   …  participate in the stock market:  own stock directly or indirectly.  I guess that means    …  1/2 of us are evil when we complain about the government taxing the profits earned by the corporations we have an interest in, (own stock in), and when the dividend, (comprised of what is left over), paid to us, is taxed as well.

And a valuable resource made available on-line:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Millions of historic images posted to Flickr. “An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.  Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added. The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization.”  The “search function” really works.  Did a search for “Battleships Arizona”.  A BUNCH if images, most of which I have never seen, of the Arizona Memorial appeared on screen.

I didn’t know this was the 200 year anniversary of the Whitehouse being ransacked!!  (BBC NEWS)  —  The odd objects looted from Washington DC in 1814.  “It’s been 200 years since the British burned Washington, but objects looted in 1814 will probably never be returned, writes Tammy Thueringer.  The burning was one of the final events of the often-forgotten War of 1812, a conflict which saw the US try and fail to grab bits of Canada and Britain try and fail to blockade the US. British troops torched the White House, Treasury and parts of the Capitol Building in a punitive mission near the end of the war. They also looted what they could, effectively collecting “souvenirs”. After the attack, the Royal Navy sailed to Bermuda with their spoils, included four paintings of King George III and Queen Charlotte, a grandfather clock and President James Madison’s personal government receipt book.”  Well   …  the British may have kicked our butts in Washington   …  but we kicked theirs in the Battle of New Orleans!!!  “Battle of New Orleans“, Johnny Horton.  (Other Horton hits?  “Sink the Bismarck“, “North to Alaska“)

Sitting here Editing these Rambling and listening to the evening news.  The UK has raised its Terror Threat level, due to the number of UK citizens fighting for ISIS.  While here, President Obama shared there was no strategy yet to deal with ISIS in Syria. Russia has invaded the Ukraine, sent in over 5,000 troops. Russia denies they have  …  and the pictures proving they have   …  are images from a video game, while Putin expressed the point. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” the President said. “This is a reality, not just words.”  He later warned, “We must always be ready to repel any aggression against Russia and (potential enemies) should be aware … it is better not to come against Russia as regards a possible armed conflict.”   Ebola has jumped another boarder and is now also in Senegal. Peshmerga troops have made inroads against ISIS, retaking the Mosul Damn and some oil fields with the help of American Airstrikes.  Another nice day in the neighborhood.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  I am sill nicotine free, 551 days, 29,796 ciggybutts not smoked and $4,841.00 not spent.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Pork Roast, Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cobb.  The movie?  “The Other Woman [2014]“.  Later, when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform.  Care to join me?  Be and sleep well.  The best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize.  That is not my intent. As always  ….

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT  (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …  and the Editorial Staff).

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August 22, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 15, 2014.   Watched in horror this week, on CNN, the beheading of a journalist by ISIS   …   by a person who spoke with a southern London, British accent.  Western intelligence agencies estimate that there are over 400 European Jihadists actively fighting with ISIS.  That is 400 persons, with European passports, with easy access to our America, by a group that has stated it intends to kill Americans. A well organized, funded, internet and social media savvy group with over 10,000 members actively fighting in Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Iraq   …  intent on establishing a Caliphate. ISIS is a social cancer that needs to be eradicated.  One would think the massive beheading of men, women and children  …  displaying the heads in public places and the summary execution of prisoners, crimes against humanity, would trigger world wide revulsion and a call at the United Nations to unite and put together a force to take them out. Without a doubt, as a nation, we are war weary.  We have no stomach for putting boots on the ground to combat ISIS. Air strikes will not illuminate the threat ISIS poses.  Sooner or later, the West/we will have to confront ISIS.  I hope we do so before there is a massive loss of life   …   instead of a reaction to it, afterward.

Of course, the protests in Ferguson continued as CNN provided 24/7 coverage.  Conflicting eye-witness testimony and an impaneled Grand Jury to determine whether there is probable cause to indict the officer involved.  Just like in the Zimmerman/Martin case, it is fascinating to me, how so many folks have already made up their minds based solely on the  bits and pieces of information reported in the media. The polarizing split between blacks and whites, based on the same information.  (CNN) –-  Legal defense fund for Darren Wilson grows through crowdsourcing. “According to the website, a defense fund established to support Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson is now over $146,000 and it’s going up fast.” 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Average cost of raising a child hits $245,000. “New parents be warned: It could cost nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise your child — and that’s not even including the cost of college.  To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before.  Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn. High-income families who live in the urban Northeast, for example, are projected to spend nearly $455,000 to raise their child to the age of 18, while low-income rural families will spend much less, an estimated $145,500, according to the report. ”  I wonder how much it costs an average tax payer,  to help a single Mom raise her child/children?

Other child related news? (BBC NEWS)  —  Breastfeeding ‘cuts depression risk’, according to study. “Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a large study of 14,000 new mothers. However, there is a large increase in the risk of depression in women planning to breastfeed who are then unable to do so. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health, called for more support for women unable to breastfeed. A parenting charity said mental health was a “huge issue” for many mothers.  The health benefits of breastfeeding to the baby are clear-cut and the World Health Organization recommends feeding a child nothing but breast milk for the first six months.”   I didn’t know you should feed breast milk for the first 6 months of a babies life.  The ancillary study?  The massive increase in depression of new fathers, when their partners breast feed.  

And you wonder why some folks are skeptical about “Global Warming?   (BBC NEWS)  —  Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’. “The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.  Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.  The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade.”   So   …  the hiatus began in 1999 and now is considered part of a 30 year cycle.  It will be over in 10 years.  I guess these climate scientists are not math majors.

The stupid news!!  (BBC NEWS)  — United States: Boy held for ‘killing pet dinosaur’. “A high-school student in the US state of South Carolina has been arrested and suspended from school over a writing assignment in which he claimed to have killed his neighbor’s pet dinosaur, it’s been reported. Alex Stone, 16, says he was told to write something in the style of a Facebook status update for a project at Summerville High School. But when he allegedly wrote: “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business,” worried teachers called the police, local news station WCSC reports. Officials questioned Stone and searched his schoolbag and locker but didn’t find any weapons. But police say the boy was difficult during questioning, and he was arrested and charged with disturbing the school, the SF Gate website says.  Stone was also suspended for a week”   This is insane.  A kid writes a story about killing his neighbors pet dinosaur   …   the cops are called  …  and he gets arrested, charged with disturbing the school  …  and suspended????

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, settled in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  The Editorial Staff hunkered down after enjoying their evening treats.  On Wednesday, Susan took her Pharmacy Tech Certification Exam   …  and passed.  She is now Susan Timmerman, CPhT.   And on Sunday, we will have been married    …  18 years.  Tonight, on CNN   …  the Ferguson coverage continues.

Time to post these Ramblings.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled Steak, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob.  The movie?  “The Prince [2014]“.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the namy blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  remaining nicotine free, ($4,780.00 saved!!!)   …  and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform.  Care to join me?  Be and sleep well.  The best we as a nation have, are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is not my intent. As always   …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT  (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …  and the Editorial Staff.)

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August 15, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 15, 2014.  Short Ramblings this evening.  I have a bunch of Holden Home Pics to process.  On the news?  ISIS attacked another Iraqi village, massacred the men and kidnapped the women.  EBOLLA  is killing hundreds in Africa. And in the Ukraine, the war rages on killing hundreds.  In Africa, Boko Harem has abducted more young girls.  And the story CNN is focused on? According to CNN,  earlier in the week, an innocent, unarmed, black teenager is killed by a racist white cop/man.  The facts have started to trickle out.  Today, the police report was released.  Apparently, this was an 18 year old, 6′ 4″, 295 pound black male   …   who the press have called “a gentle giant”    …   had just performed a strong arm robbery at a nearby convenience store.  Under Missouri Law, that is a Class B Felony, punishable by imprisonment for “a term of years not less than five years and not to exceed fifteen years“.  At 18,  he would have been tried as an adult. Not exactly the innocent gentle giant portrayed in the media.  Ultimately, the facts will come out   …   and of course, will not matter to the race baiters in our society.  As for me?  I will sit back and see what the facts turn out to be.

Economic sense? NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  I’m 57 and owe $152,000 in student loans.  “Rosemary Anderson, 57, is on the hook for $152,000 in student loans she took out 20 years ago.  The divorced mother of two grown daughters represents a growing number of older Americans with student debt.  The 50-and-over crowd makes up 17% of $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt — a 30% increase since 2005, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Anderson’s loans financed her own education. However, one of the main reasons for the big increase is because more parents have taken out loans to finance their children’s college education.”  That is a student loan debt owed the Federal Government, and none dischargeable in bankruptcy. Bottom line?  “Next April, Anderson won’t be able to do that anymore and will have to make payments of $699 a month until she is 81 years old. She worries about how she will make ends meet. Anderson brings home $3,400 a month from her job in business operations at the University of California in Santa Cruz. She has a $2,200 mortgage payment and has to live on what’s left, and earning some extra income by finding odd jobs on Craig’s List.  “I will be working for as long as I’m employable. I will never be able to retire,” said Anderson.”  So  …  share with me  …  is it really worth paying $152,000.00 to get a $40,000.00, ($19.00/hr), a year job?

Criminal law update.  (HLN)  —  Mugshot: Alleged beer thief had mouse in pocket?  “Police say a 20-year-old man accused of stealing a case of beer from a distributor outside a convenience store had a pet mouse in his pocket when he was apprehended  …   John Jacobson was charged with two counts of third-degree theft and one count of third-degree robbery.”  He was also charged with having an unlicensed mouse in his possession.  At least he was smart enough not to assume the risk of keeping a squirrel in his pocket. 

(BBC NEWS)  —  What does America have for breakfast? “Imagine an American breakfast and what comes to mind? Ham and eggs, with hash browns? Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon? The reality tends to be simpler. Cereal and fruit juice have been breakfast staples for generations – though that now seems to be changing.  The breakfast cereal behemoth, Kellogg, announced in July that quarterly global earnings had fallen by a sizable 16% over the year before. That same month, orange juice sales plummeted to the lowest in a decade, according to the Florida Department of Citrus.”  The replacement?  “Portable items like yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, toastable pastry items, fruit, and breakfast bars have all been responsible for stealing cereal’s lunch, so to speak.”  Honey Wheat Cheerios for me!

The latest dope news?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Hemp fibers ‘better than graphene’. “The waste fibers from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say. They “cooked” cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors “on a par with or better than graphene” – the industry gold standard.  Electric cars and power tools could harness this hemp technology, the US researchers say   …   “We’re making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price – and we’re doing it with waste. “The hemp we use is perfectly legal to grow. It has no THC in it at all – so there’s no overlap with any recreational activities.”   Graphene is stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper and more flexible than rubber   …  and until now, VERY expensive.  No longer.

Editing these Ramblings   …  the Editorial Staff laying by the door waiting for Susan to come home.  She is helping a friend, as a server, at her friend’s restaurant.  I have a bunch of images to process for my Holden Homes Gallery.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled steak, baked potato and corn on the cob.  The movie?  “A Good Man [2014]“. …  the latest Steven Seagal movie.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Sudan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform.  Care to join me?  Be and sleep well.  The best we have are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is not my intent.  As always, a warm brotherly hug.

KarlT  (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …  and the Editorial Staff)



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