atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1855: It'll be Obama.

Time magazine will announce its "person of the year" tomorrow, and I'm telling you there is absolutely no question in my mind that it'll be Obama. Who the hell else would it be?

Did he win it last year? If so, that would be the only reason it wouldn't be Obama this year.

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Glaciers melted faster in the 1940s.

Oh, here's something I haven't said for quite a while:

The global temperature anomaly rose 0.6° in the 20th century, and most of that rise occurred before 1940.

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The Anchoress on Obama's self-grade of B+. "What sort of person declares that he gives nicer presents than he gets?" She asks.

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The recession "is not over until jobs rise."

I don't really understand how there can be a "jobless recovery", particularly not with U6 standing above 17%. Realize that that 17% is 1/6th of the entire job force; that is not a trivial fraction.

1/6th of the labor force of the United States is simply sitting idle.

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A significant tax on Pepsi will make me stop drinking it.

I'm not kidding; while I really like Pepsi I flat-out refuse to pay a special tax on it. The idea of a tax on soft drinks is being floated as a way of paying for ObamaCare, and I flat-out refuse to subsidize that crap. I'll give up soda first. I'll drink sugar-free lemonade instead, and they can kiss my ass.

Pepsico: if you are wise, you will fight this, because I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.

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The Gitmo detainees are coming to Illinois!

Oh good. Thanks, Obama. You suck.

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Do I need to say this again? When you get a new car, read the freaking manual. Yes, you don't need to read the manual to know how to drive the thing and work the various controls. But you don't read it for that; you read it for the information on maintenance intervals and fluid capacities.

Use the lubricants and fluids recommended by the manufacturer, and change them at the specified intervals, and none of the things in that article will be necessary.

In fact, you don't need to flush your cooling system if you change the coolant periodically.

You don't need to use anything more expensive than what the manufacturer recommends. Example: synthetic oil. Plenty of people use synthetic oil and then brag about how good it is, but in fact it's a waste of money. If the manufacturer recommends plain old dino-5w30 and you put in synthetic, you're spending money for snob appeal, which is always a bad investment.

Eh? You say you can go 15,000 miles on synthetic? For what you pay for it, you can do three oil changes with the regular stuff, and be no worse off. I prefer to change my oil more frequently just because the longer you leave oil in your engine, the more crud it accumulates.

There is an American Petroleum Institute rating on every quart of oil, and as long as the oil has that, it's fine. That means you don't even have to buy premium oil (Pennzoil, Castrol, WTF-ever) to keep your car's engine in good shape--the store brand stuff is just as good.

Back in the 1970s automakers used to recommend 10,000 miles between oil changes, and plenty of cars lasted a good long time. But the engines used to take 5, 6, 7 quarts of oil--my Jeep's I6 needs 6 quarts and it's an old design--and tended to be kind of leaky, so the lubricity and detergent properties of the oil would be replenished from time to time.

When engines got smaller their oil capacities shrank, too; and to help improve their longevity and durability statistics, manufacturers shortened the maintenance intervals at the same time.

Keeping your car running well for a long time doesn't require expensive procedures, nor premium fluids. It just requires that you follow what's in the manual.

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Og explains exactly what it is that makes me love Ann Coulter so much. His post isn't about Ann Coulter, but it neatly reflects the philosophy of her style of advocacy--and I agree with Og 100% on this, I really do.

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I had no idea that VHEM had a board game:

epic fail pictures

(What's "VHEM"? Google it, and hit "I'm feel lucky". Hint: their motto is "May we live long and die out".)

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