There are radioactive wasps, too.
This has all the makings of a 1950s sci-fi extravaganza.
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You have to learn about cause and effect, guys. Headline: "Consumers increasingly shying away from small cars".
I can think of two reasons:
1) Economic downturn means only the rich can afford large comfortable cars. The typical middle class family is more likely to buy only as much car as it needs, instead of buying something big and nice. This is a point the article does not touch on, and it should, because I think the economy is a big factor in this issue.
2) Gas is no longer as expensive as it was in 2008. The article is almost exclusively about this: people who bought small cars because gas cost a lot are now unhappy with their cars, because they bought econoboxes and the price of gas went down. If the price of gas had remained high, these people would be happily patting themselves on the back.
...buying a new, smaller car, solely because gas is expensive, is a bad investment. The thing to do when gas prices go high is not to buy a new car, but to find a good used car in which to do your heavy commuting, and keep your gas-guzzling-whatever for your other driving. Done correctly you will weather the period of high gas prices, and not regret trading in your fancy car after prices ease.
People who bought new econoboxes probably figured gas would never drop in price, for whatever reason. (I would wager many of them listened to the mainstream media and didn't do any research to see if the price of gas might drop again.)
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"For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures."
..."And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise."
"In the last few years [the Pacific Ocean] has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down."
Do I need to add anything to this? Do I?
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The third segment is why I'm linking to this post on Eternity Road.
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Another bad mortgage bomb is going to drop. FHA this time. Whee!
...we are so screwed. Double-dip, here we come!
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A glimpse of what ObamaCare will look like. Retired couple must either buy more health insurance or else pay a $1,000 annual fine to the state of Massachusetts.
(I know, Massachusetts calls itself a "commonwealth" or some such idiocy. F the commie bastards.)
Lack of choice, a requirement to buy more insurance than you need, and a fine if you don't comply. That's how government works!
I guess I'm glad Mitt Romney isn't our President.
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Ah, it's Monday again...and I have no idea WTF I feel like doing. *sigh*