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Hometown: Nokomis, FL
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About Me

Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Ohhhhh, the climate outside is frightful...

It's even pretty chilly in Florida!...

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3 In 5 Americans Don't Have Savings To Cover Unexpected Bills

While various CNBC anchors may be willing to say that the US is "growing gangbusters" yet again confusing the liquidity-oozing equity markets with the economy, there are a couple hundred million Americans who would bet to differ (which incidentally may also explain why the Comcast channel no longer wishes to have its viewership calculated by Nielsen): the reason is that according to the latest Bankrate survey released today, more than three in five Americans don't have money in their savings accounts to cover any unexpected bills such as a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room visit.

In fact, only 38% of respondents said they have enough funds in their bank accounts to cover even the most mundane of spending emergencies.. Most others would need to take on debt or cut back elsewhere.

As the WSJ reports, citing Bankrate banking analyst Claes Bell, "a solid majority of Americans say they have a household budget but too few have the ability to cover expenses outside their budget without going into debt or turning to family and friends for help.”

The survey found that an unexpected bill would cause 26% to reduce spending elsewhere, while 16% would borrow from family or friends and 12% would put the expense on a credit card. The remainder didn’t know what they would do or would make other arrangements.

One murdering terrorist dead, two in custody...

... reported on FOX a moment ago...

..... and on NBC....

One of the suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has been killed and the two others are in custody, two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News.

Authorities identified the three men as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French and in their early 30s, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn't immediately clear.

One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, told The Associated Press that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. And Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq's insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

"Conspiracy" isn't a factor when a group of leftists, having essentially the same education...

... and belief system, work to achieve the same or similar aims. "Conspiracy theory" is a term used far more BY those on the Left (sometimes individually, sometimes in a swarm ☺) to try to ridicule people holding opposing viewpoints by suggesting this strawman as the impetus of genuine and often well-founded concerns of those not on the Left...

Canada Cuts Corporate Tax Rate to 15%, Lowest Overall Rate in G-7

On New Year's Day, while Americans were sleeping off their hangovers, Canada achieved its goal of having the most business-friendly tax system of the Group of Seven (G-7) nations - which include, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

On January 1st, Canada's federal corporate tax rate automatically fell to 15 percent from 16.5 percent as the last installment of a series of corporate rate cuts launched in 2006 by the administration of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. When Harper initiated his campaign, Canada's overall corporate tax rate was 33.9 percent according to the OECD, third-lowest in the G-7. The federal corporate rate was 22 percent and the average provincial rate was 11.8 percent. Today, Canada now has an overall corporate tax rate of 25 percent, the lowest rate of the G-7 nations.

Canada can only revel in its lowest-tax status for a few months because on April 1st, Great Britain will lower its corporate rate to 25 percent from 26 percent. Britain's rate is schedule to fall even further to 23 percent by 2014. Over the past six years, the only G-7 nations that have not cut their corporate tax rate are France, Japan, and the United States. Japan and the U.S. have combined corporate rate over 39 percent


The drive by Canada and the U.K. to have the lowest corporate tax rates in the G-7 cannot be ignored. Canada is, after all, our largest trading partner, and the U.K. is our sixth-largest trading partner. Perhaps not so coincidentally, China - America's second-largest trading partner - also has a corporate tax rate of 25 percent, nearly 15 percentage points lower than the U.S. rate.

Israel is Left Off Map Used By Children In Middle East

One of the world’s biggest publishing houses, HarperCollins, has published a map used by children in the Middle East that omits the entire nation of Israel.

According to the Tablet, an atlas distributed in English-speaking schools within the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East fails to label Israel. The West Bank is labelled clearly next to Gaza but Israel is nowhere to be found. Because of this strange decision, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has accused HarperCollins of incidentally damaging the movements of peace in the Middle East.

HarperCollins defended its choice to leave Israel off the Middle East maps by claiming they amended the maps to fit “local preferences.” In fact, HarperCollins claimed it would have been “unacceptable” to leave Israel on a map used by residents of the Gulf in the Middle East.

The publisher said they are removing unsold copies from sale and will pulp them...

Saudi Arabia's national airline to introduce gender segregation

Saudi Arabia's national airline is allegedly planning to separate male and female passengers on its flights, in accordance to strict rules enforced by the Gulf kingdom.

Gulf media report that Saudia will keep men and women segregated onboard, unless they are close relatives.

The move follows a spate of complaints from male fliers unwilling to allow other males to sit next to their wives and other female passengers.

Home schooling, back in the day...

Most of our generation of 50+, were HOME SCHOOLED in many ways.

1. My mother taught me


"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.

I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION .

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL .

"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock

You into the middle of next week!"

4. My father taught me LOGIC .

" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .

"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck,

You're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT .

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case

You're in an accident."

7. My father taught me IRONY .

"Keep crying,

And I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM .

"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA .

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER .

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY .

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times.

Don't exaggerate!"

13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."

14. My mother taught me about


"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY .

"There are millions of less fortunate children in

This world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION .

"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .

"You are going to get it from your father

When you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE .

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes,

They are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP .

"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know

When you are cold?"

20. My father taught me HUMOR .

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes,

Don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me


"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS .

"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS .

"Shut that door behind you.

Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM .

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.

25. My father taught me about JUSTICE .

"One day you'll have kids,

And I hope they turn out just like you!"

This was only sent to the over 50 crowd because the younger ones would not believe we truly were told these "EXACT" words by our parents!
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