Signs of the times

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There are those days when not booting up would be the better choice.

Hmmmm, What’s for breakfast?

Crunch! Your Favorite Foods Contain Bugs, Things That Will Turn Your Stomach

If you faithfully read food labels you’ve probably come across ingredients you can’t pronounce let alone describe.
CBS2’s Crystal Cruz reports that many of your favorite snacks contain such bizarre things as bug parts and there are other odd additives lurking in your food.

Instant noodles, soft drinks, frozen entrees — they’re fast, cheap and easy.

Just know, that many pf your favorite foods are filled with items you would never suspect.And most likely things you wouldn’t knowingly put in your mouth.

Dr. John Swartzberg, of Berkeley’s School of Public Health recently examined a smorgasbord of foods, all containing weird, shocking ingredients. [snip]
(Excerpts for brevity.)

  • Shredded cheese contains powdered cellulose, a plant product including wood, like the stuff termites eat.
  • In some frozen burritos, snacks and pizza, there is an amino acid from hair or duck feathers. It’s used as a dough conditioner
  • In some red juices and yogurts is Carmine is a natural red food dye made by …boiling…cochineal insects. They ground them up, it makes a beautiful red dye.
  • What makes sparkly white granulated sugar? Some brands use charred animal bones or bone char.
  • That shiny little jelly beans is “Confectioner’s Glaze”. It’s shellac,the same shellac as in …wood finish.

Swartzberg sas all the ingredients are legal. The FDA classifies them all as “generally recognized as ‘safe’ or ‘grass’ for short.

Going back to eating your own cooking now?

Eating out might not be a solution either

Man says argument over peach cobbler left him with a gunshot wound

Peach cobbler caused chaos at a Red Banks Truck stop.

The incident left one man recovering from a gunshot wound and another man behind bars facing attempted murder charges.

Witnesses say they watched as Stanley Woodson went off on workers about his dessert. The victim stepped in and ended up taking a bullet in the back. [snip]

“He started cursing her out, so I put my Coke on the counter. I was like, ‘Dude, you aren’t going to talk to them like that.”

He says the customer in front of him in the checkout line, later identified as Stanley Woodson, was mad about the amount of peaches that were served with his cobbler and was going off on the woman serving him.

“Everyone that comes to this store knows these women. That is disrespectful.” [snip]

Whether Woodson was just having a bad day or truly that frazzled over fruit, Novascone says he wasn’t expecting to take a ride to the hospital.

“Over some peaches? You want to shoot me over some peaches?”

He says Woodson popped his trunk on pump 5, pulled a gun out of the back and started shooting. [snip]

That shooter musta eaten some of the duck feathers and a helping of shellac.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this is going to hurt more than the peach cobbler bullet. Welcome to the confluence of Socialism and fiat money.

The Argentine Peso’s Death Spiral

A sharp selloff of the Argentine peso is sparking new inflation fears in South America’s second-largest economy. For a country that is heavily dependent on foreign capital and has a history of repeatedly destroying its currency, this is no passing storm.

The return of the International Monetary Fund to Argentina last week with a $30 billion emergency aid package is proof that the government is in panic mode. But outsiders can’t fix this problem, and IMF austerity is likely only to rekindle isolationist sentiment.

Any rescue has to start with President Mauricio Macri explicitly backing the central bank’s independence so that the monetary authority can restore its credibility. That effort was under way in the first year of his presidency, which began in December 2015. But a persistent fiscal deficit, inadequate regulatory reform and slow growth have put increasing pressure on the central bank to print money and lower interest rates.

The idea that easy money can substitute as a fix for underlying structural problems wasn’t born in Argentina. Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chairs Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen tried it for eight years after the 2008 financial crisis. Yet U.S. growth didn’t pick up until the Trump administration began to cut taxes and reverse an antibusiness bias. [snip]

That may have been because the bank had set an inflation target of 10% for 2018. But in December it raised that target to 15% and subsequently began cutting the overnight lending rate. At the same time the government lobbied, not so subtly, for a weaker peso. The idea was to spur growth to generate more government revenue. It was a mega-miscalculation.

Financing a fiscal deficit in a country without national savings means importing capital, which naturally generates a current-account deficit and a currency that is stronger than it would otherwise be. Creditors were willing to finance the large budget deficit. But the peso devaluation has them heading for the exits, setting off a death spiral and raising inflationary expectations. [snip]

Everywhere Socialist principles and fiat money plus higher taxes are applied, the results are the same: Failure and a devastated population.

Speaking of higher taxes, the Blue States problems are redolent of Argentina.

That ‘sucking’ sound is…from Rico

Thank you once again, Democrat-run & controlled ILLINOIS, for providing a stark ‘reminder’ why Democrats should never be allowed to hold any responsible positions or elected office ever again.
– To ‘save’ five state (over-obligated/under-funded) government pension plans, Illinois is ‘thinking’ about [read: can we get away with this?] raising their already confiscatory taxes on the public.

Yes, THE highest property-taxed state out of 50 (or 57 if you voted Obama), is broke and needs more money.
– Hmmmmm…guess it never occurred to them to spend LESS money, huh? Well, we ARE talking about congenital Democrats here.

WHAT? I mean WTF?
– To understand, let’s play a “game” today…it’s multiple choice, so Libtards, er the mentally-challenged, can participate too.

The game is called “That sucking sound is [__answer here__].”

a. Tax-donkeys LEAVING Illinois because they are taxed too much.
b. Illinois running out of OPM (other people’s money) because it spends too much.
c. Illinois ‘thinking’ about raising taxes some more because people are not taxed enough.
d. Democrats.
e. All of the above.


You might note that New Hampshire and Texas have high property taxes. This is true but neither state has an income tax. The other states  have a high income tax on top  of the property tax.

A Very Short Gun Story

A wild eyed woman walked into a crowded bar in downtown Washington, D.C. waiving a pistol and yelled out; “I have a Smith double stack .40 with one in the tube. I want to know who’s been sleeping with my husband?”
A female voice from the back of the room called out, “You Need More Ammo, Hillary!

How does this work out by the Left’s math

Slice it thick or thin, stack it up in alternating piles or lay it out in linear fashion and the Progressive math doesn’t work.

Gun Grabbers are Spoiled for Choice…from Rico

America’s anti-2nd Amendment gun-grabbers are certainly spoiled for choice.
– If they really wanted gun control, they could simply move to gun-controlled Honduras.
– Or, if the effort to learn Spanish is too much for them, there is always the option of moving to heavily gun-controlled Chicago.

Choices, choices!

I doubt the Swissies would welcome these idiots with open arms, and despite libruls being ‘snowflakes’ doubt they would find Switzerland to be a safe space to their taste.

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