atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3739: Monday, and the holidays are over.

Now we just have everything else to do. *sigh*

The living room of the bunker is chock full of boxes of stuff we have to unpack, categorize, and find homes for. We have to decide what's to be done furniture-wise, and do it, and somehow turn a disaster area into a pleasant newlywed home.

It was ever thus, though. We're not exactly the first couple ever to have this kind of thing to deal with.

Today is the very first day since we got married that we haven't had something extremely urgent to do. As predicted, on Sunday my brother and sister-in-law wanted to visit us, and my brother suggested maybe taking us out for dinner, so we ended up meeting them at Benihana's in Schaumburg. That was a very good time, but it ended up with us leaving at 3 PM and not getting home until nearly 9 PM--and we were so damned tired after that we just went to bed. Mrs. Fungus was still awake for a while but I fell right to sleep around 10-ish and slept pretty well.

That doesn't keep me from feeling like a zombie this morning, though. It's been beyond hectic for almost three weeks, and as I said this is the first day where there wasn't something we absolutely had to do, and we haven't had any time just to be we're spending today together, doing nothing.

(Except for right now, while I'm blogging. She's watching Gordan Ramsay, who I can't stand, so....)

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Another liberal pro-environmental program that actually ends up hurting the environment. Cash For Clunkers was ECO-FAIL:
According to the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), automobiles are almost completely recyclable, down to their engine oil and brake fluid. But many of the “Cash for Clunkers” cars were never sent to recycling facilities. The agency reports that the cars’ engines were instead destroyed by federal mandate, in order to prevent dealers from illicitly reselling the vehicles later.

The remaining parts of each car could then be put up for auction, but program guidelines also required that after 180 days, no matter how much of the car was left, the parts woud be sent to a junkyard and shredded.

Shredding vehicles results in its own environmental nightmare. For each ton of metal produced by a shredding facility, roughly 500 pounds of “shredding residue” is also produced, which includes polyurethane foams, metal oxides, glass and dirt. All totaled, about 4.5 million tons of that residue is already produced on average every year. Where does it go? Right into a landfill.

E Magazine states recycling just the plastic and metal alone from the CARS scraps would have saved 24 million barrels of oil. While some of the “Clunkers” were truly old, many of the almost 700,000 cars were still in perfectly good condition. In fact, many that qualified for the program were relatively “young,” with fuel efficiencies that rivaled newer cars.

And though the point was to get less fuel efficient cars off the roads, with only 690,000 traded in, and over 250 million registered in the U.S., the difference in pollutant levels seems pretty negligible.
So instead of sending them to boneyards intact where people could strip them for parts, and then recycling the rest in other ways, most of them were simply destroyed entirely in the least environmentally friendly fashion possible.

Yeah, that's about right.

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A response to the idiot who wants to do away with the Constitution. ...because it gets in the way of his liberal fantasies. The idiot advocates rule by men (rather than rule of law), and doesn't seem to realize why that's a bad thing.

Man, being a Constitutional scholar these days sure doesn't require much acumen, does it?

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Here's an example of what happens when you leave things up to the judgement of those with power. You get a 20-year-old being punched in the face by a cop for leaving his car running while he went into a liquor store.

He wasn't under arrest and no crime had been committed, yet the police attempted to detain him because they wanted to keep him from running away or hurting them. He fought back and got beaten.

The department has found itself under a court-enforced consent decree after a Department of Justice investigation that ended in December 2011 that the SPD routinely uses excessive force, most often against minorities and individuals in crisis.
But fine, let's do away with the Constitution because it's "old-fashioned". Those minorities don't need equal protection of the law or protection from cruel and unusual punishment or police brutality, right?

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In that same vein, "Dear Mr. Security Agent" which is making the rounds of the dextrosphere, because it's 100% on target.

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There has not been any global warming since 1998. The carbon dioxide model of AGW has failed to match reality. Back to the drawing board, guys.

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Conservatives predicted that Obamacare would make health insurance more expensive. My own private health insurance jumped $200 per quarter from July to October of 2012, which is why I dropped it in late October.

Originally it was about $350 every three months; after Obamacare passed it rapidly rose to $600 per quarter, over the course of about eighteen months or so. Then, suddenly, it was $815--representing a 33% increase.

"Affordable Care Act". Yeah.

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Social Security is broke.

"Thanks to government stupidity, Social Security is in worse shape than thought."

That HotAir piece links a NYT article about the issue, and NYT gets something utterly wrong:
For the first time in more than a quarter-century, Social Security ran a deficit in 2010: It spent $49 billion dollars more in benefits than it received in revenues, and drew from its trust funds to cover the shortfall. Those funds — a $2.7 trillion buffer built in anticipation of retiring baby boomers — will be exhausted by 2033, the government currently projects.
Problem: there is no trust fund. What there is, instead, is a few filing cabinets full of IOUs from the federal government. The "trust fund" has been spent--was spent decades ago--and in their place are debt instruments which may or may not ever be paid back.

In the event of a government collapse, I'm going to bet on "may not".


If you're not already receiving SS benefits, you probably never will.

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This post is going up on Tuesday morning, because I realized that I'd much rather spend my day with my wife on her day off than blog. Especially since it was the first day we'd had since we got married that we didn't have to be somewhere or go do something.


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