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August 3rd, 2011
December 11th, 2006
August 17th, 2006
Can someone please advise me if I’m the only sane person left on this planet? Or, ok, let’s be a bit more modest. Am I the only one that still feels…this way? Sometimes I look around at the world and it’s inhabitants and I just can’t fathom how we let societal mores degrade to such a level. Where children are rude, selfish, and unthinking and we chalk it all up to "boys being boys" or "the foibles of youth". My mother remarked recently that the nature of all children was to be selfish and it was up to the parents and the rest of society to teach them otherwise. What happens if their parents and society doesn’t teach them better? Doesn’t know better themselves? Her answer? "Then they, and US, are screwed."
August 7th, 2006
August 3rd, 2006
July 11th, 2006
I just had to mention something about this article I just recently read another article regarding the dangers of certain Disney theme-park rides and now I’m just flabbergasted that, less then three months later, someone else has been rendered unconscious from exposure to a ride at Walt Disney World. That makes a total of two deaths, not to mention a score of people that have had health-related issues, directly linked to exposure to the ride," Mission: Space", which subjects its riders to twice the force of normal gravity to simulate the experience of blasting into space. Ok, am I the only person out here who thinks a ride of this caliber is ludicrous, to say the least? I realize that we, as American’s, need a bit more umph in our rides to get the ole’ blood pumping. After all, everything here is so extreme. We have Extreme Sports, Extreme Cooking, Extreme television…hell I’m holding out for Extreme Home Schooling where students are forced to learn advanced trigonometry while dangling over an active volcano. But not everyone is cut out to be so extreme. Perhaps the ride, despite Disney’s "safety precautions" is dangerous? Has it ever crossed Disney’s minds, not to mention the minds of the ride’s designers, that most normal people are not prepared to experience such G-forces? Astronauts train months to be able to hold their lunches during the tremendous stress of a missions launch so why, oh why!, does Disney believe that an average normal everyday Joe is going to be able to sit through a couple of seconds of that and then go bouncing off to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride as if nothing happened???
Disney would like to reiterate that warning signs are posted and that those with known heart conditions are cautioned not to ride "Mission: Space". The catch here is the word "known". A lot of heart conditions are silent and deadly killers, meaning that they aren’t manifest into something triggers them. There are people walking around now whose tickers are getting ready to tick their last and they have no idea of the danger they’re in. Some heart conditions manifest over time, meaning that a healthy thirty year-old who aced his last physical may not know that they have developed a condition. Well, he will know after he steps, or is carried, from Mission: Space because Disney’s PR Rep will be sure that a thorough investigation is mounted and will surely unmask the errant heart condition which caused Joe Smith to keel over after his ride and absolve Disney from all blame. But does that actually absolve Disney from blame? I believe that these highly televised incidents are more then enough proof that the ride is dangerous and perhaps should be scaled down a bit, if not out-right tabled altogether. How many people have to die in the interest of Extreme Theme Park Rides? Come on Disney, get a clue! The ride is a bit before it’s time, your precautions aren’t working, and the victims are going to continue to mount until you install EKG machines at the rides entrance to screen every individual that steps foot on it to be certain that no risk factors are present that may cause the errant and unfortunate death of a passenger. And that’s just ludicrous!
May 22nd, 2006
May 18th, 2006
Did I mention that I was promoted last week? Now I’m a Lead Analyst. What that means…well it just means that they think I know what I’m doing. In the words of DCD (one of our partner’s here), "I’m a star and not a try-harder". Such lovely sentiments here at G&E. What it means for me is that I’m making a little more money, which is what I desperately needed. I still am not where I would like to be, but I’m getting closer everyday.
February 13th, 2006
Diggity, you'll be missed. KIT!
November 11th, 2005
I’m a little bit of sugar,
But a whole LOT of spice.
In my heart there burns fire,
In my eyes there is ice.
I’m the death of adversity
I’m the bane to all vice.
And while I may know some niceties,
I am anything but nice.
Where ever there be trouble,
No matter how small.
I’ll be there in a heartbeat.
All you need is but call.
So take heed and beware!
Hear the sound of the drums?
Ah, yes something WyKeD
Does this way comes…
September 2nd, 2005
When I got off the bus, I thought, "What the hell, I'll splurge and spend fifty cents on a newspaper. A real newspaper instead of the online version to read about this historic happening."
My humor turned to dismay as I read about the worsening conditions in Louisianna. Anarchy, I think, about covers it. Groups of armed men roaming the streets, snipers opening fire on rescuers attempting to evacuate hospitals, people trapped in dismal and appalling conditions, crammed in the Superdome and a local convention center like rats in a goldfish bowl. Reports from the Superdome border on archaic as they describe people running around with guns and riots resulting from fights over food.
Tragedy brings out the best...and the worst...in people it seems. And that's just my point.
When the tsunami hit, countries from around the globe rushed to provide aid. All we saw splashed across the news were scenes of heroic rescues and human good-will as the world banded together to help those in crisis. Hurricane Katrina slams against our coast like a train bearing down on a trapped car...and we get anarchy. Where is our world aide? Where are the outpourings of love and support? Where are the open arms extended in aid to a nation that literally bankrupts itself to help everyone else? Where is even a god-d$mned fruit basket with a sympathy note from all those other countries that we try, countless times, to help? Yes, our help my be unwarranted but a good deed is a good deed nonetheless, right? RIGHT? So many times I laugh cynically and think that before we try to police the world, we should police ourselves and that we often do ourselves in with our charitable outreachings. I believe that. When big brother needs a leg up, are all those other countries snickering behind their backs and pointing at us with malevolent glee? Or are they just shaking their head's saddly and prophesizing about this being what the big bad US gets?
Bush claims that there isn't enough aid going down South. But he's helpless to do more than tour the ravaged coast and shake his head and cluck like a nervous hen. Congress approved something like a billion dollars in diseaster aid...Hey,where is that money coming from? Oh silly me, they had a billion dollars stashed under the mattress for just such an occassion! RIIIGGGHT.
Something isn't right. This isn't right. But the world will spin and I'm just a squeaky wheel trying desperately to obtain a bit of oil for another cause. Sigh
EDIT I'd like to thank petronivs for his help in directing me towards this link (http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/02/k
August 31st, 2005
What would happen if gas reached such epic costs though? Pricing analysts are saying that consumers will definitely start changing their spending, and driving, habits to compensate. Those that drive several miles to work, how will it effect them? Of course, the effects of this pricing hike is going to be felt in even the most mundane of things. Groceries for instance. Some analysts are reporting that the price of things like fresh produce will go up because of the cost of shipping increasing. Prices of shipping companies like Fed-Ex and UPS could rise. Airline costs??? Oh yea, they're already outrageous but let's see how high they can go before everyone starts bussing it again.
I'm afraid...I'm very afraid.
July 29th, 2005
July 24th, 2005
|You Are 40% Weird|
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!
|You Should Learn Japanese|
You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.
From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!
July 19th, 2005
Oh, and I’ve insured that anonymous comments are screened before being posted. I’m not that morally superior.
My point today is a simple one, society weighs heavily on every individual and its influences are subtle but still noticeable. We change our habits to benefit the greater good. We school ourselves in beliefs that sometimes we aren’t exactly in agreeance with. We adapt, sadly enough, to the baseness of others and the simple-mindedness. We adapt for the greater good and in the interests of keeping the peace while a great ember lies beneath the surface burning to get out.
It’s funny how that fire extinguishes itself. It’s funny when it does…
July 15th, 2005
|Your Blogging Type Is Thoughtful and Considerate|
You have a heart of gold, and are likely to blog for a cause.
You're a peaceful blogger - no drama for you!
A good listener and friend, you tend to leave thoughtful comments for others.
July 14th, 2005
July 11th, 2005
So I don't appear the complete cynic, there were probably radio and television news messages to go with it. I just thought the highway billboards were funny.