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  1. Betsey
    Betsey October 26, 2013 7:09 pm

    Thank God that Harry’s picture or a recording of his voice is not on the link. I don’t know how much more of him I can take. Interesting about the wallet…but the government goons can probably catch it anyway.
    These are indeed dark days in the land.

  2. Jim B.
    Jim B. October 26, 2013 8:48 pm

    We have to have money in order to pay more Harry, you jackass. Only people like you have any serious money.

    DC now have the most expensive real estates of any in America. Quite a trick for land that was originally a swamp.

  3. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal October 26, 2013 10:03 pm

    So, how much money did I just save by not buying a “living wallet”? Would the wallet be happy with me for that?

  4. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty October 27, 2013 7:34 am

    The wallet is hysterical. I sent the link to my brother in law and I know he’ll get a kick out of it. He’s spent considerable time in Japan, and has a real thing about how they love technology, regardless of how inane it might be.

    As for the “happier brain” thing, I find that article rather muddled. Several factors are simply not mentioned, and they are significant. His example of an “average day” fails to mention the negative stress of the surveillance cameras, police state activity in so many areas, sirens and alarms, the endless barage of noise and people, interruptions, the nasty memo from the boss, incessant telephone ringing.. a thousand and one things that bombard the average person each and every day, no matter what their job or social position (for the most part) – especially in any city. Add to that the stress of joblessness (or impending lack of employment), taxes and inflation/rising prices for essentials, “health care” uncertainty, poor diet, excess alcohol, etc. in a misguided attempt to cope. Anyway, the potential stressors are almost endless.

    Therefore, the first step to a happier brain and life would be to eliminate as many of those stress factors as possible. Take personal responsibility for the stressors, and find effective release for those that can’t be avoided. There are many good ways to do this, and anyone can find them. It does not require a psychiatrist either.

    We must eliminate the tendency toward embracing victimhood, blaming someone else for our problems and negative experiences, even though we understand and recognize at much of this negative stuff is out of our control. As hard as it is for some to believe, it’s not the same thing. We can’t control the actions of others that stress us, but we can control to a great extent our response to that stress. Just seems this guy missed a lot of that.

  5. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau October 27, 2013 9:15 am

    [Amazingly, it appears that the government forced Corbett to redact the revelation that the TSA’s own threat assessments have shown “literally zero evidence that anyone is plotting to blow up an airline leaving from a domestic airport.” Corbett argues that this shows why the searches are not reasonable under the 4th Amendment.|

    Of course the real reason we have the scanners is that Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Stupidity, had a major investment in the scanner company Rapiscan, and the rulers wanted to turn the peons into sheep, and probably, to have some fun with us besides. I have no illusions that the court will support the 4th Amendment but it still should be amusing to see them squirm out of this position. Meanwhile I don’t use airlines any more.

    The news about the Obamacare mutinies almost makes me want to vote next election. Almost.

    That “tech surge” to fix the Obamacare website is wishful thinking. No competent programmer would bother working with this bureaucracy. They are going to have to be content with scraping the bottom of the barrel. Maybe some Affirmative Action hires will fix them up, heh.

  6. LarryA
    LarryA October 28, 2013 10:30 am

    Sunday night I sat through two hours of National Geographic channel’s “American Blackout” so you don’t have to. What would happen if a cyberattack shut down the U.S. electronic grid for ten days? Shot Blair Witch-style only with cellphone cameras. The coherent part consists of news broadcasts (TV stations have emergency generators that run for several days and nevermind no one has power to run a TV) that feature President Obama (Apparently the real one) telling everyone to stay calm and wait for rescue.

    Apparently it would all happen in cities, except for the prepper who relocates to his hideout “somewhere in Colorado.” Said prepper has a wife, a daughter with a hippie boyfriend, and an eight-year old son. Apparently no one but Dad knows how to shoot. They have a house and about fifty yards away, a bunker. The eight-year-old spends night-watch taking video, thereby showing his capture, the family runs to the bunker, the father sees that neighbors are preparing to raid his fuel supply (in outside tanks helpfully labeled “fuel”) and, leaving his AK hanging on the wall, goes to confront them with a side-by-side shotgun and pistol.

    There’s a website, Fast takes: nuclear reactors will be a problem so we need more wind and solar; police officers will be directing traffic; the military will mobilize and save us; practicing UNARMED combat might be a good idea; being prepared (not like those psycho preppers) means flashlights, batteries, candles, first aid kit, three days food and water, and a radio to listen to official instructions. There are several questions so you can personalize your experience, but the answers don’t lead anywhere.

    I’d put Claire up against all of the experts cited.

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