Friday, April 30, 2004

Amery to Baldwin, Baldwin to Hudson - I94

April 30th 2004 -- Lots of K cops on the 63 and the 46 today. Must be end of the month. I94 clear though? Good luck!

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran starstruck by UFO phenomenon

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran starstruck by UFO phenomenon Spy Planes? Divine intervention? Time travelers hoping for a good seat right before a historic event? You choose...

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Mosquito Swatter - Fly Swatter - Bug Swatter

Ok, its that time of the year again. I saw the little bee things out there tonite. I bet this would work on them too. For those of you that have not seen these things yet, it looks like a racquetball racquet. But it packs more of a punch. Sweep it through a swarm of black flies or sweat bees and watch the sparks fly!!!!! Great for squitos too. Mosquito Swatter - Fly Swatter - Bug Swatter I better get a free one outta this plug!!! My green one was 'borrowed' last year....

Coffee, tea or polishing slurry?

Coffee, tea or polishing slurry? Fantastic! I wonder how it would do on the linoleum floor of my Skyline doublewide installed by Riverview homes who left tape residue all over the place?

Researchers To Climb Ararat To Seek Noah's Ark

Researchers To Climb Ararat To Seek Noah's Ark: "fudgefactor7 writes 'CNN/AP has a story about researchers that plan on ascending Mt. Ararat in search of the Ark of Noah. My favorite quote: ''We are not ..."

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Never Forget

Internet Sacred Text Archive Main Index: "This is a quiet place in cyberspace
devoted to religious tolerance and scholarship"

RSS HEADLINES on My Yahoo!!!!

A very welcome and long awaited addition to the #1 Homepage/search engine and portal! Now you can aggregate your favorite blogs on your homepage.

I just added my favorites and it even gives a freshness stamp to boot!!!! I believe in Yahoo...

Election Year - Social Security for the lawmakers. A new issue to discuss.

The only way to reform what is wrong is to get everyone on the same page.

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.

Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of
course, they do not collect from it.

You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

In more recent years, no congress person has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.
Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.

For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred
Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.

This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two
Dignitaries. Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00.

This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I
pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;


From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
into, -every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our
employer)- we can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after

Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000
monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.

That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us ... then sit back and watch how fast they would fix it.

If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.

How many people can YOU send this to?

Friday, April 23, 2004

WalMart in New Richmond, WI

Friday, April 23, 2004

Annexation decision was much bigger than Wal-Mart

Life is all about choices and consequences. New Richmond -- and its decision to allow a nearly 100,000 square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter to build here -- is certainly no exception to that rule.

But important choices are usually made for important reasons. And in the case of Wal-Mart, the issue was much bigger than the store, itself.

Set aside, for the moment, the notion that Wal-Mart would have built a store in the town of Richmond anyway -- even if the City Council had said no. That idea came out during discussions leading up to the council’s approval. It certainly could have turned out that way, but the expense to Wal-Mart would have been huge. And Wal-Mart is not the kind of company to spend start-up money foolishly.

This annexation was about money -- not Wal-Mart’s money but money that could well flow into the pockets of employees, the city treasury, and the investment portfolios of business owners and stockholders.

At the Plan Commission hearing April 8, it was mentioned that $10 per hour is hardly enough to pay an average mortgage in New Richmond. Yet hundreds of people will be employed at the new store. Every dollar they spend here will (according to a time-honored formula) “turn over” four to seven times before it leaves the community. While Wal-Mart will bring few head-of-household jobs, it will create a lot more buying power among employees.

The estimated property tax income from the store will be close to $140,000 a year, a number that will only go up. That’s a big spike for the city’s tax collections.

But the biggest financial aspect of the Wal-Mart decision involves the 280 additional acres involved in the annexation.

Potential new businesses may bring hundreds of new jobs, hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenues and potential millions in revenue and income for stockholders and developers as the Casey Farm is developed over the years.

The annexation also makes it possible for the city to build an important new sanitary sewer extension. Its completion opens scores of additional acres to new development along the east side of Knowles Avenue (south of the County Market supermarket).

If you want to know where new construction is going to take place, you follow the (sewer or water) pipe, and that’s what’s going to happen on the Casey property.

The same goes for discovering the reasons behind the 300-acre annexation. Just follow the money.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Ever seen the movie "Terminator"?

Wired News: Teaching Robots to Herd Cats

President Bush should say:


It would be great to turn on the TV and see the President give the
following speech:

My fellow Americans:

As you all know, the defeat of Iraq's regime has been completed. Since Congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American Forces from Iraq. This action will be concluded within 30 days.

It is now time to begin the reckoning.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists to all parties later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

The American people will no longer pour money into third world hellholes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we have at home.

On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the Earth.

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.

To Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Work out a peace deal now. Just note that Camp David is closed. Maybe all of you can go to Russia for negotiations. They have some great palaces there. Big tables, too.

I'm ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid tickets, to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. Pay your tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers, and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world.

I love New York.

A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are going to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I'm gonna put em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil. Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty---starting today.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying darn tootin'.

Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone.

It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness. It is time to eliminate World Cup soccer from America.

To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought. Drop dead.

God bless America.

Thank you and good night.

Explore "The Third Terrorist"

Google Search: The Third Terrorist It all sounds very interesting. Interesting in the way that conspiracy theorists like! Me? I don't know. I haven't read the book, only heard the author on the radio. I'll probably check it out at the library...

Friday, April 16, 2004

Lignin and Vanillin - The Shroud Test

Lignin and Vanillin - Chemical proof that the carbon 14 testing of the Shroud of Turin was invalid: "Conclusion:
The only possible conclusion is that the carbon 14 samples were anomalous samples. The Shroud was not really tested. What we have is an interesting carbon 14 test of a medieval repair patch. "

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Stickin it to the man!

Could be an urban legend, but who knows? Great writing nonetheless!

Anyways, here it is...


The letter to the bank, shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by a 96 year old woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire salary, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.

I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, prerecorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:

1. To make an appointment to see me.

2. To query a missing payment.

3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact.

8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.

The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?

Your Humble Client

What do you think?

Chris' Hot deal of the day!!!

Samsung (Laser) Printer ML-1710!

Friday, April 09, 2004

Nature study

Take a look at the two birds in the linked image below. Study them closely and watch their habits.........

See if you can spot which of the two is the female. It can be done. Even by one with no skills whatsoever in bird watching.

Click here for the birds picture.

Battlestar Galactica given greenlight by SciFi channel

Battlestar Galactica

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Google EMAIL?

About Gmail

Showtime: American Candidate

Showtime: American CandidateHmmmmm.... Is this an Aprils fools joke??

My favorite!

Need a new Background?

Toast joke (thanks shelley!)

If IBM made toasters...
They would want one big toaster where people bring bread to be submitted for overnight toasting. IBM would claim a worldwide market for five, maybe six toasters. SCO would claim that it owned the toaster routines for light toast and sue all the users.

If Xerox made toasters...
You could toast one-sided or double-sided. Successive slices would get lighter and lighter. The toaster would jam your bread for you. Only Xerox purchased bread would work though.

If Radio Shack made toasters...
The staff would sell you a toaster, but not know anything about it. Or you could buy all the parts to build your own toaster. Can't leave the store unless you give them your phone number.

If University of Waterloo made toasters...
They would immediately spin off a company called WatToast.

If ParcPlace made toasters...
Their OO building block system would be called EGGO.

If eMachines made toasters...
The main component would fry within 3 days of purchase, but a new one would be FedEx'd to you to repair yourself.

If Oracle made toasters...
They'd claim their toaster was compatible with all brands and styles of bread, but when you got it home you'd discover the Bagel Engine was still in development, the Croissant Extension was three years away, and that indeed the whole appliance was just blowing smoke.

If Sun made toasters...
The toast would burn often, but you could get a really good cuppa Java.

Does DEC still make toasters?...
They made good toasters in the '80s, didn't they?

If Tandem made toasters...
You could make toast 24 hours a day, and if a piece got burned the toaster would automatically toast you a new one.

If Thinking Machines made toasters...You would be able to toast 64,000 pieces of bread at the same time.

If Cray made toasters...They would cost $16 million but would be faster than any other single-slice toaster in the world.

If The Rand Corporation made toasters...
It would be a large, perfectly smooth and seamless black cube. Every morning there would be a piece of toast on top of it. Their service department would have an unlisted phone number, and the blueprints for the box would be highly classified government documents. The X-Files would have an episode about it.

If the NSA made toasters...
Your toaster would have a secret trap door that only the NSA could access in case they needed to get at your toast for reasons of national security.

If Sony made toasters...
The ToastMan, overpriced and barely larger than the single piece of bread it is meant to toast, can be conveniently attached to your belt or key ring.

If Timex made toasters...
They would be cheap and small quartz-crystal wrist toasters that take a licking and keep on toasting.

If Fisher Price made toasters...
"Baby's First Toaster" would have a hand-crank that you turn to 'toast'/'color' the fake bread that pops up like a Jack-in-the-box.

If the Franklin Mint made toasters...
Every month, you would receive another lovely hand-crafted piece of your authentic hand-crafted Civil War pewter toaster.

If CostCo made toasters...
They'd be really cheap, as long as you bought a six-pack of 'em.

And, of course:
If Microsoft made toasters...

Every time you bought a loaf of bread, you would have to buy a toaster. You wouldn't have to take the toaster, but you'd still have to pay for it anyway. Toaster'95 would weigh 15000 pounds (hence requiring a reinforced steel countertop), draw enough electricity to power a small city, take up 95% of the space in your kitchen, would claim to be the first toaster that lets you control how light or dark you want your toast to be, and would secretly interrogate your other appliances to find out who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft toasters, but nonetheless would buy them since most of the good bread only works with their toasters.

But if Apple made toasters...
It would do everything the Microsoft toaster does, but 5 years earlier, but with liberal marketing, fails to engage the larger market. On the other hand, every school is given three free toasters. With an option for 20 more at wholesale prices.