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  • Nine CEOs Call on Gov. Pence to Revise Indiana Law

    03/30/2015 9:56:23 PM PDT · 52 of 81
    Captain Rhino to DesScorp
    Actually, corporations (and their leaders with noted exceptions)are bureaucracies and, like governmental and religious bureaucracies, they are essentially amoral, not immoral. Bureaucracies are most interested in efficiently implementing their programs, plans, orders, and directives because that is how their effectiveness (corporate and personal) is evaluated. Anything that interferes with that implementation is to be eliminated or at least minimized.

    Any morality a bureaucracy possesses is derived from the moral values of its leadership. If the leadership is moral, (Yes, I know: “By whose definition?”) then the bureaucracy will implement the moral policies, plans, orders, and directives it receives efficiently. However, if leadership is immoral (or even evil), the bureaucracy will just as efficiently implement immoral or evil policies, plans, orders and directives.

    This, of course, is why, once upon a time, sound character - as evidenced by good moral values and behavior - was considered a key consideration in selecting and promoting leaders in all walks of life. Now, all you have to do is somehow gain control of an organization and begin weeding out the elements clinging to the old ways. It's "progress."

    Keep in mind that, the day after Adolf Hitler became Reich Chancellor, the bureaucrats of the defunct Weimar Republic went to work efficiently implementing the policies, plans, orders, and directives needed to insinuate Nazi ideology into every corner of German life, including the church.

    And, as we are seeing now, here, in America, you don't have to be a German to feel compelled to fall in line. You just have to need a job to support your family. With the exception of the gay CEOs heading up some corporations, all these CEOs have been harassed and badgered into their current pro-gay stances by whining activists (internal and external), along with their their fellow CEO, corporate lawyer, activist judge, educator, and politician co-travelers. This is not to say they haven't drunk the inclusiveness diversity Kool-Aid and now genuinely believe what they are saying and writing.

    Why? It is more efficient to just accommodate them. After all, these issues are inconsequential to our business. Accommodation causes less disharmony in the organization. And that's good for business. And business feels what is good for it is good for politics and religion, as well.

    The Indiana religious freedom act is unacceptable to these CEOs because it creates an exception for a small number of specialist businesses that interferes with the implementation of the gay agenda. That upsets their employees and customers which creates inefficient disharmony. Consequently, pressure must be applied to "correct" the governor's and legislature's improper thinking.

    Kool-Aid, anyone?

  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    03/27/2015 8:40:24 AM PDT · 27 of 31
    Captain Rhino to 17th Miss Regt

    Ah, you got me.

    For some reason I was thinking of the Tu-16 Badger, which, as I’m sure you know, along with the Tu-95 Bear, were the most produced Soviet bombers of the Cold War (and beyond). The Chinese built their own version of it (Xian H-6)and the Tu-16/Xian H-6 was also sold to a number of their respective client states. (Total production @ 1700.)

    Interestingly, no Russian/Chinese strategic bombers sold in the Western Hemisphere...yet.

  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    03/27/2015 7:13:36 AM PDT · 10 of 31
    Captain Rhino to 17th Miss Regt

    Bisons are not supersonic.

    But it appears it is a false report anyway. (Posted 1 hour ago.):

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-denies-talks-argentina-leasing-jets-102502136.html

  • NY College Creates System to Report Microaggressions, Sue Aggressors

    03/26/2015 1:05:38 PM PDT · 59 of 80
    Captain Rhino to Suz in AZ

    Good point.

    The opportunities for a conservative student (or faculty member, for that matter) to be “microaggressed” on a liberal college campus (like Ithaca) are immense. You might even say it would be a “target rich environment .”

    Then there is the whole issue of creating and administering such a system.

    How glibly the student Senator referred to creating the on-line reporting system, as if it would code itself.

    Such a reporting system would have to be accountable and secure. No reports unaccounted for; no reports against favored groups inexplicably “disappearing,” and, of course, verification of reporter’s identity to ensure no outsiders were corrupting the system with false reports.

    Then there is the follow-up investigation and report process. Who is going to do that? Students? They thought they were there to study. (Bet their parents think the same thing as well.)

    And what kind of oversight system will be put in place to ensure that every report is addressed and that the decisions of the review board are fair and impartial. They would also have to develop a list of offenses, define the elements of each offense, enumerate defenses against the charges, and explain the whole adjudication process (including appeals).

    And last, but not least, a database will have to be established and populated with report data so that proper statistical analysis can be performed by the university and outside researchers. Again, who is going to do that coding and data input?

    And, of course, we have to acknowledge to probable exposure to legal liabilities that such a system would create for the university .

    Yes, the microaggression reporting system would probably seize up on its own bureaucratic requirements.

    Co-opted by the right? No, just demand that it be set up properly and then use it to the max!

  • Feds arrest family for 'refusing to answer questions' (video)

    03/20/2015 8:59:05 AM PDT · 44 of 73
    Captain Rhino to OldSmaj

    Article author should have written “interior Border Patrol checkpoint.”

    You probably already know this, but their intent is to catch illegals who have hooked up with a pre-arrange US-based transporter (= Hispanic with a panel van) after successfully crossing the border on foot. Fairly common 25-75 miles of the border within in CA, AZ, NM, and TX.

    Here’s a Wikipedia link on them:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Border_Patrol_interior_checkpoints

  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

    03/16/2015 4:58:23 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    Captain Rhino to Perdogg

    Well, thank goodness they didn’t try the mice and hard rock music experiment with the cats.

    http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/Mice_and_Music_Experiment_Mo.html

    The results could have been tragic.

  • Take a lesson, climate deniers and Fox News know-nothings [Fascinating]

    03/16/2015 1:16:21 AM PDT · 60 of 62
    Captain Rhino to John Valentine

    True. But is especially sophomoric if, as the article’s author does, you list yourself as a Fulbright program scholar.

  • Pictured: The 2,000-year-old gladiator's helmet discovered in Pompeii's ruins

    03/15/2015 2:54:05 PM PDT · 30 of 56
    Captain Rhino to TigersEye
    Actually, hardened leather (usually attached to a backing material) has its place in the history of arms.

    However, properly prepared, cloth can give protection as well. An armor worn by the Spanish during the conquest of Mexico was Aztec quilted cotton armor. In most cases, these common foot soldiers were not wealthy enough to afford European plate steel breast plates and so made do with what was locally available. Aztec quilted armor, Ichcahuīpīlli, was made of multiple layers of cotton toughed by soaking in salt water brine. It was reportedly able to resist the blows of the Mācuahuitl, the Aztec obsidian/flint-edged sword clubs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_warfare#Armor

  • Atheist Making A Fortune From Selling Bibles Says The Money Is Too Good To Be True

    03/15/2015 5:36:34 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Captain Rhino to LadyDoc
    From the article:

    “He then found some SPANISH (emphasis added) Bible apps that were not good quality. After hiring a Romanian programmer to build a better app for him, he began selling the new product.

    He added to the app by including an audio version which took off, generating a cool $5,000 to $6,000 per month.”

    Sort of a “build a better mouse trap” sales phenomena, I suppose.

  • Take a lesson, climate deniers and Fox News know-nothings [Fascinating]

    03/15/2015 5:12:54 AM PDT · 15 of 62
    Captain Rhino to John Valentine
    This is actually an argument from authority, which, of course, is considered a logical fallacy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority

    She cites the history of the Royal Society, essentially saying (in so many, many, many words): How dare you challenge us, we are SCIENTISTS! We have a history of accomplishment! Evidence to the contrary, if we say it is so, it is a settled matter!”

    I agree with another poster, that the title does not relate to the text and, if actually chosen by the author, is rather sophomoric.

  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 9:52:58 AM PDT · 21 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Little Ray

    Also the Carl Gustav; a US Army favorite that I wish the Marine Corps would adopt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustav_recoilless_rifle

  • This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

    03/13/2015 7:49:26 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Captain Rhino to Awgie

    Certainly have the same worry about people with evil intentions (terrorists).

    But I’m also concerned about it being in the hands of the nerdy chemist version of Bevis and Butthead. You know, 50 pound brain post-doctoral researchers with the arrogance and hubris of 11 year olds.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • IT Expert Says He Traced Hillary’s Email Server To Manhattan Government Building [VIDEO]

    03/11/2015 9:24:39 AM PDT · 33 of 134
    Captain Rhino to DoodleDawg

    Server is not located Harlem according to the lat/long mapping done by the IT expert.

    Lower down in the referenced article, a tweet with the location on a map image is provided. The IT expert identifies it as a NYC city government building across the street from city hall.

  • U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'inclusive' space

    03/07/2015 2:55:20 PM PST · 26 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    Correcting my previous post. The resoultion DOES, in fact, ban the flag of any nation from being displayed in the second to last paragraph. The last paragraph is the weasel words.

  • U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'inclusive' space

    03/07/2015 2:51:18 PM PST · 24 of 35
    Captain Rhino to detective
    Actually, if you read the student resolution, all their animus is directed toward the flag of the United States. It is a generous interpretation of the resolution to say it is a ban on all flags.

    In addition, there are some weasel words at the end that allow for reconsideration. Somehow, I'm pretty sure display of the flags of Hamas and Hezbollah would not be problematic to these “leaders.”

  • Hillary used private emails for State Dept business (Psaki covers for Hillary)

    03/03/2015 7:22:44 AM PST · 10 of 11
    Captain Rhino to Liz

    Recall that Janet Napolitano (of unpleasant memory) did not use email at all as governor of Arizona or as head of DHS.

    Is said to have considered them a waster of time. Also wanted to avoid the “gotcha game.”

    Law notwithstanding, you cannot subpoena or FOIA what does not exist.

  • The Word-less “Church”

    02/27/2015 10:02:44 AM PST · 17 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Gamecock

    Here was a believer who understood the difference:

    http://prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_telemachus_coliseum.htm

    The version of his martyrdom that first I heard had St Telemachus crying out the Jesus had not died on the Cross for men to continue doing this to one another...

  • Please Don’t Thank Me for My Service

    02/21/2015 4:33:18 PM PST · 43 of 86
    Captain Rhino to Joe Marine 76

    “And I thank YOU for your support!”

    Great idea...and Semper Fi! (USMC 1967-1990)

  • Marines allow MARSOC Operators to choose Glock's over 1911's

    02/20/2015 2:48:30 PM PST · 31 of 90
    Captain Rhino to doorgunner69
    My thoughts exactly.

    I thought the whole gripe about the 9mm was a perceived lack of knockdown power. The 21 provides .45 caliber in the Glock format with a relatively large magazine capacity(compared to the M1911). The Glock 19 magazine holds 4 more rounds (17 vs 13 in the Glock 21).

    So, is 9mm now okay if you can carry 4 more rounds in the magazine? Or is the decision really based on conforming to the handgun types and ammunition calibers already used by the other special operation forces within SOCOM in order to simplify logistics and increase interoperability?

  • Halifax Shooting Plot Foiled, Police Say

    02/13/2015 7:00:40 PM PST · 23 of 25
    Captain Rhino to yarddog
    Maybe neither.

    The 23 year old woman is said to originate from Geneva, IL.

    According to the Wikipedia entry for the community (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva,_Illinois#Demographics), it is a small, fairly wealthy town in the western suburbs of Chicago. The population is 95% white according to the census. Median annual household income is $95K.

    This is starting to sound like fantasy role players hooking up to carryout an apocalyptic massacre. Maybe a scaled up Sandy Hook type killing spree???

  • Halifax Shooting Plot Foiled, Police Say

    02/13/2015 6:45:19 PM PST · 21 of 25
    Captain Rhino to ChicagahAl

    If ZERO (or his PR frontmen in the White House or the numerous other apologists for the “Religion of Peace”) say that murderous acts carried out by radical Islamic extremists do not represent the “true Islam,” then it just stands to reason that such acts cannot be “culturally based.”

    By the way, the press conference (link below) is a masterpiece of evasion in terms of providing anything beyond the minimum information required to acknowledge that the incident occurred.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/alleged-halifax-mass-shooting-plot-not-culturally-based-say-police-1.2957446

  • 700-year-old copy of Magna Carta found in scrapbook

    02/11/2015 12:22:33 AM PST · 22 of 24
    Captain Rhino to SkyPilot

    Looks as if the document was found in a disintegrating condition and the owner of the scrapbook glued the remaining pieces onto the pages to capture it before it really did fall to pieces. Actually cannot tell how much is missing because the outside borders of the document are aligned with the outside edges of the scrapbook pages when it was affixed. This creates the “1/3 missing” gap. Only developing a restored version with the missing lines of text inserted into the blank spaces will reveal how much is missing.

    Even with its deteriorated state, I have to marvel at the beauty of the calligraphy and the skill needed to produce so many straight lines of petite script with a quill pen - or did they have metal nibs by this time?

  • Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

    02/09/2015 11:44:32 AM PST · 46 of 46
    Captain Rhino to Don Corleone

    While often considered a men’s disease of middle and old age, prostrate disease/prostrate cancer is actually no respecter of age or rank. One of the major concerns in treatment is the preservation of male sexual function in the face of fairly invasive surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, etc. It is one thing to be an elderly man who is perhaps facing finishing the relatively short remainder of his life with very diminished or no remaining sexual function. It is quite another to be an otherwise healthy man in his 30s or 40’s facing such a prospect.

    With its very lopsided ratio of men to women and exposure of many of its members to numerous environmental factors/hazards, DoD has a significant population suffering from these diseases. It is also home to the congressionally-mandated Center for Prostrate Disease Research (CPDR) headquartered at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

    Here’s the link to their website:

    http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/Health%20Services/Surgery/Surgery/Urology/SitePages/CPDR.aspx

    Most likely the Viagra, etc. mentioned in the article is being prescribed within DoD to help both active duty and veterans/retirees deal with these after effects.

    Yes, I am a former patient. Fortunately, I had really excellent surgeons. I am five years post-operative with 0.0 PSA levels and have never required drugs or devices to function. Not all patients are as lucky.

    By the way, DoD also hosts a similar center to deal with female specific sexual health issues.

  • States Recently filing Article V convention applications in their legislatures

    01/20/2015 11:44:40 AM PST · 9 of 21
    Captain Rhino to cotton1706

    Posted for reference purposes:

    “Article V:

    Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

    Passage of convention resolutions by 34 states are needed to create the situation where Congress “shall call” (no option) the convention. Currently have ten.

  • Saudi Blogger Sentenced To 1,000 Lashes May Not Withstand 2nd Round Of Flogging, Says Wife

    01/16/2015 2:44:02 PM PST · 26 of 27
    Captain Rhino to GrandJediMasterYoda

    He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

    1000 lashes/10 years =100 lashes per year.

    If they stay with the 50 lashes per session, that equals two sessions per year with six months to heal between each session.

    After a while, he will probably have a lot of scar tissue build up on his back and the lashing session won’t do as much damage.

    Not justifying the punishment; just sayin...he can actually fulfill the sentence.

    His primary challenge will be to avoid being shot dead by some zealot after he is released at the end of his sentence.

  • Hostages taken in Paris suburb post office

    01/16/2015 4:54:22 AM PST · 9 of 50
    Captain Rhino to PROCON

    Thanks for the great gif.

    I miss Leslie Neilson. Even his bio entry on Wikipedia is funny.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Nielsen

  • Nous Sommes Charlie – Beating The Kobayashi Maru

    01/12/2015 6:43:05 AM PST · 7 of 7
    Captain Rhino to gaijin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Maru

    From the webpage:

    The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem and testing one’s character.

    The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.

  • Brunch, the New ‘White Space’: Protesters Storm Brunch-Serving Restaurants in Oakland

    01/06/2015 11:05:22 AM PST · 53 of 53
    Captain Rhino to bert

    Why pay the bill? Because, after the 4 to 7 minutes the in-store demonstration is expected to take, I finished eating my brunch.

    Don’t think it will only last just 4-7 minutes?

    The #blackbrunch organizing group does and states so in their manual:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/01/06/race-baiting-hackers-took-down-conservative-website-over-this-blacks-only-manual-for-black-brunch-protests/

    It’s a short read. Actually pretty professional in approach and probably reflects a lot of experience in organizing noisy but peaceful and lawful protests.

    While they call for a store liaison to explain things to the establishment and one to deal with the police should they be called, there is no mention of giving advanced warning (for obvious reasons). So, as I mentioned in my original post, the management may be dealing with them at the same instant you are.

    If you find yourself in one of these events and they appear to be following the script as outlined in the manual, ignore them and they will soon go away. BTW, they DO know they are not in a free speech zone inside the restaurant and are supposed to leave if directed to do so by management. They want you to feel uncomfortable but also want to minimize risk to themselves.

    Ironically, the event is supposed to conclude with the protest group having brunch somewhere as well. How about that!?

  • Brunch, the New ‘White Space’: Protesters Storm Brunch-Serving Restaurants in Oakland

    01/06/2015 7:48:59 AM PST · 31 of 53
    Captain Rhino to trebb

    Actually, even paying customers do not have the right to disturb other patrons of the establishment with their speech or behavior. It is commercial private property. And definitely not a public protest, 1st Amendment free speech zone.

    However, I understand management may have been caught flat footed this time. I would pay my bill but I would make it very clear when I did that, unless management acted to restore decorum going forward, they would have no further business from me and that I would ensure that all my friends knew about the inhospitable dining environment as well.

    As for management, assuming they have the stomach for it, a decision to confront the protestors with a lawyer-prepared demand that they cease their disruptive behavior and depart the premises or face the police on a disturbing the peace complaint call might convince them to go back outside onto the sidewalk where they can protest their little hearts out while being ignored by the rest of society.

  • Shouting While Black: What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?

    12/31/2014 2:12:07 AM PST · 74 of 75
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    No mention in her article that NYPD and the professional radical protesters of NYC have decades of experience dealing with each other and have long since worked what is and is not allowed at one of these 1st Amendment protest events.

    The only privilege that the young lady has is that she and the cop know the rules. Very dramatic action for the camera but it is all street theater.

    However, cross the line...say, shove or punch a cop...and things change.

  • Time is overdue to repeal the Second Amendment

    12/30/2014 6:41:41 AM PST · 94 of 127
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    The good professor is also completely ignorant of how an amendment is repealed. But, then again, liberals and leftists have very little regard for law and process unless it suits their agendas.

    Perhaps if he didn’t braid his ponytail so tightly, he would realize this. Of course, there is no chance that he will do either.

  • Taliban Claims America 'Defeated' in Afghanistan

    12/29/2014 1:32:46 PM PST · 54 of 54
    Captain Rhino to Robert A. Cook, PE

    No, the Taliban is just applying the standard Muslim definition of victory:

    “You didn’t kill all of us, so we won!”

  • Off-duty police officer shot in North St. Louis [Overshadowed by NYC murders]

    12/22/2014 6:01:57 AM PST · 6 of 15
    Captain Rhino to SoFloFreeper

    Incident happened 8 October 2014.

    Remember reading about it (here, I believe) at the time because of the uphill shooting aspect and because of some early talk by the suspect’s relatives that the gun was a “sandwich.”

  • Editorial Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?

    12/21/2014 11:30:40 AM PST · 6 of 64
    Captain Rhino to PROCON

    Liberals Attempting to Move the Goalposts, Episode 4,736,217.

  • Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’: Report

    12/20/2014 12:30:54 PM PST · 15 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Ray76

    “The attackers gained access to an unnamed plant’s office network through a targeted malicious email and were ultimately able to cross over into the production network.”

    Shades of Battlestar Galactica!! (new series)

    I’m sure it probably seemed like a good idea at the time to interconnect these two systems.

    (Since they wrote “ultimately,” I’m probably over-simplifying a complicated piece of hacking.)

    Of course, there is also the question of being able to remotely start up a furnace when the plant was unmanned as well. Another example of German engineering genius, I’m sure.

    (Don’t read German, so I’m not sure if this was the case. If the production area WAS manned, it’s actually worse since humans would have been present but were inhibited from stopping the process and preventing the damage.)

    Probably just as well these smart people don’t have nuclear weapons.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/19/2014 6:33:26 PM PST · 13 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney

    Thank you for taking time to extract this information from the EIA website. It and the website are very insightful.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/17/2014 2:41:17 PM PST · 11 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney
    No. Most OPEC members are arguing to cut production, not raise it. But they also expect Saudi to make most of the cut, like always.

    I preface what I am about to write by noting that my undergraduate degree was in HISTORY, so my understanding of market dynamics maybe not be entirely accurate.

    That said, as I understand it, the basic mechanism for falling prices is either: 1) level quantity of the commodity and a falling demand for the commodity, or 2) level demand with an increase in the amount of the commodity available. Either situation results in an oversupply of the commodity and downward pressure on the price.

    Since 2) is approximately the current situation and OPEC is maintaining current production levels, where is the oversupply coming from? Non-OPEC oil producing states (principally the United States)?

    As for the Saudis, I agree they do play the long game and can afford to protected as they are by their considerable sovereign wealth funds. Moreover, all of the Gulf States are very adroit in infiltrating and corrupting influential Western institutions (government, academic, and private). That's what makes them all so dangerous.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/17/2014 11:32:46 AM PST · 8 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney

    Didn’t certain OPEC members actually increase output in order to depress oil prices?

    There have been articles in the last two or three months about Saudi concerns that the OPEC “oil weapon” was being undermined by cheaper US oil and that crashing the oil price was a way for OPEC to put these US producers out of business. Since OPEC economies and social service networks are heavily dependent on the on-going flow of oil royalties, the question is how deep a price fall and how long can it be sustained.

    I would imagine that the Saudis have enormous cash reserves and can sustain the pain for a while. The other OPEC states, not so much.

    Since this is an economy of scale/production issue, I’d support using every last drop of OPEC oil at bargain basement prices while holding our domestic oil in reserve for the day when OPEC production falters, the price rises, and we reverse the flow of petrodollars from low cost outgoing to high cost incoming.

  • What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Something like this [IF they were into cool jazz]

    12/16/2014 12:21:42 PM PST · 12 of 26
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin
    Agree. Soundcloud link in the article has four songs; so you get a pretty good sense of what her collaborative efforts have produced. Pretty exotic sounding. Beautiful voice.

    Ordered the CD at her website (link is in the article). 12 UK pounds. I'll pay that just to encourage her and other obviously talented artists.

  • SpaceX Invents an X-Wing ... Sort Of: Introducing Falcon 9R's Newest Trick

    12/14/2014 7:30:10 PM PST · 24 of 26
    Captain Rhino to Vince Ferrer

    Love the herd of cattle moving across the bottom of the frame at the end of the video.

  • Bakken-Cushing pipeline project slammed shut

    12/14/2014 7:19:11 PM PST · 11 of 15
    Captain Rhino to Red in Blue PA

    Well, looking to the bright side, the US should be able to replenish (or even expand) the Strategic Petroleum Reserve at bargain basement prices.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Petroleum_Reserve_(United_States)

    However, the SPR is currently about 95% full and only needs another 31 million barrels to be at 100% of existing capacity (727 million barrels). Preliminary plans exist to expand the SPR to between 1 to 1.5 billion barrels. Now might be a good time to implement those plans.

  • Has any GOP Governor opposed the Boehner amnesty budget?

    12/13/2014 7:29:41 PM PST · 13 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Defiant

    Although I don’t like to concede the outcome before the contest is even joined, you are probably right that, in the end, he will remain Speaker. But I think we are in approximate agreement that any deals on things that are important to Boehner had to be made now while he has firmer control of the House and has a deal-minded partner in sourpuss Senator Reid.

    That, as you note, is going to change in January. By passing the 2015 omnibus budget bill now he has taken away the “power of the purse” tool from incoming conservatives for at least a few months. I suspect he hopes to have gotten them under control using the committee chairmen by the time the 2016 Fiscal Year is being developed.

  • Has any GOP Governor opposed the Boehner amnesty budget?

    12/12/2014 6:35:54 PM PST · 5 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Defiant

    Actually, I have a sneaking suspicion that is the reason why this sweetheart budget for the remainder of the FY was rushed through. Come January, the Republican Party will control both houses of Congress and the new and returning conserative Republican Congressmen may just show Mr. Boehner the door. So the time is now if he wants to broker any sort of backscratching, log rolling deals with his Democratic pals in the Senate and the Kenyan...er, President.

  • How Many Homeowners Have Paid Off Their Mortgages?

    12/12/2014 5:13:51 AM PST · 54 of 64
    Captain Rhino to kevao

    From Wikiquotes:

    “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
    Reportedly said by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in a speech in 1904.

    Alternately phrased as “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure”, Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion (21 November 1927).

    The first variation is quoted by the IRS above the entrance to their headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue.

    IOW, you don’t get the infrastructure of a civilized society without making some mandatory arrangement to pay for it.

    That said, I am glad to pay my country property taxes because I can at least pretty easily correlate them with the services the county provides and it is pretty easy to expose abuses and abusers.

    My feeling toward state taxes is generally the same but there is less transparency and a corresponding lack of accountability.

    However, I strongly dislike the notions of obligatory wealth transfer between one segment of society and another that animates tax policy at the Federal level. Talk about undeserved unearned priviledge!

    As for the fact that the “man” can come and take it, you are right.

    Traced back to its ultimate source, title to the land was originally granted by the state as a sort of perpetual contract between it and the “owner.” Possession and conditional use was granted on stipulation that you obey its laws and pay the taxes and fees levied by it in return. In addition, this requirement is an inseperable and unseverable part of any future transfer of ownership.

    In order to guard against forfiture due to unpaid taxes, escrow accounts are a part of nearly every mortgage. Keeping the house insured is another. However, in that case, the lender is just requiring the borrower to protect the value of the collateral. I recently paid my mortgage off and now have to make arrangements to ensure I pay my property taxes (semiannually, in my case). Technically, I don’t have to keep the house insured but, reflecting on the liability arising in the accident situation you mention, the low annual cost of the insurance is more than worth it to offset the risk.

    Currently, we intend to sell our present house when I retire and build a retirement home with the proceeds. No mortgage. At that time, I’m thinking about funding a separate trust/account to automatically accumulate and pay the insurance and property taxes as they come due. Something like a mortgage escrow account without the mortgage. Properly funded, it should keep the property taxes paid and the homeowner’s insurance in force until we pass and it becomes the turn of somebody else to “own” the property.

    Unfortunately, my credit union doesn’t offer this service, so I need to work with a financial advisor to get one established.

  • 10-year-old boy in jail months after allegedly beating 90-year-old woman to death

    12/11/2014 1:48:41 PM PST · 22 of 58
    Captain Rhino to Responsibility2nd

    Link identifying the victim and accused from the comments section of the article:

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/10/pa_boy_10_charged_with_killing.html

    Not Amish...hard to tell from photo (might not be current) but doesn’t look like an outsized gentle giant type kid either.

  • Eaten Alive Viewers Outraged Man Wasn’t Actually Eaten Alive

    12/08/2014 8:37:21 AM PST · 33 of 40
    Captain Rhino to C19fan

    I caught the program just at the point where he began demanding to be rescued. The swallowing motion was torqueing his arm and he became afraid it would break.

    Well, Jeez Louise! Besides widening its mouth and dislocating its jaw, how did these people think an anaconda processes such large prey? It compresses the body by snapping limbs and crushing bone to compact and align it so it can be swallowed. Armored suit not withstanding, lack of planning for that happening shows a serious lack of research.

    Since anacondas occasionally die in this process, the possibility existed that the anaconda would spit him out if the armored suit prevented compaction to suitable diameter.

  • President of California College: "Light Skin Color" is "Significant, Unearned Privilege"

    12/06/2014 12:25:10 PM PST · 36 of 67
    Captain Rhino to rightistight

    How does El Presidente (of the college) expect me to react when I try to politely interact (naturally, since I am of the deemed “priviledged” class/race) with members of the “non-priviledged” race/class and get a big load of “attitiude” for my troubles?

    Was my being polite to them a provocation?

    Is avoiding areas where I am likely to be a target of non-priviledged macroaggression (otherwise known as assaultive criminal behavior) racism because my expectation of being assaulted there actually is the catalyst provoking them into assaulting priviledged and non-priviledged people?

    (I think we saw some of this thinking in articles on how delaying the announcement of the Michael Brown grand jury decision until nightfall actually provoked the rioting in Ferguson. (Along with the security measures taken by the governor.))

    Under this conception of priviledge, is there ever a time when the non-priviledged are actually responsible for their actions and words?

  • Clinton: Including Women Essential to Peace Processes - Launches National Action Plan Academy

    12/05/2014 4:46:10 AM PST · 19 of 33
    Captain Rhino to Cincinatus' Wife

    Yeah, ‘cuz that’s what the world needs right now, 195 more door stops...er...national action plans.

    Sheesh.

  • US Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low

    12/04/2014 3:18:46 PM PST · 38 of 58
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    The developed world sex distribution rate at birth is of 107 males for every 100 females born. (http://populationaction.org/reports/replacement-fertility-not-constant-not-2-1-but-varying-with-the-survival-of-girls-and-young-women/)

    This produces a population replacement birthrate of 2.07 children per woman. At this rate, the population is stable in size, neither growing nor shrinking. It is also balanced in its sex distribution with roughly equal numbers of males and females. (Statistically, the seven extra males reflect the fact that boys have a higher mortality rate compared to females during childhood.)

    Using a 2.07 child per woman birthrate requirement, a cohort of 1000 women collectively would need to have 2070 children (1000 female, 1070 males) between the ages of 15 and 44.

    This works out to an annualized birthrate of 71.4 children per 1000 women per year, far below the 62.5 per thousand figure cited in the article.

  • University of Chicago Student Threatens Rape on Facebook to Further Diversity Initiatives

    12/03/2014 12:25:56 PM PST · 15 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Billthedrill

    From the article:

    “A number of students have actually come out to defend the post, including student activist Vincente Perez. He stated, “Someone felt they had to show something extreme to get people to care. Think about that. This is not a justification. But think about what the weight of apathy can force people to do.”

    Fourth-year Jaime Sanchez, who co-led protests about the incident, said that it doesn’t matter that the post was fake.

    “From the very beginning, our movement was never about particular incidents; it was about addressing the structural problem of everyday micro-aggressive racism on campus,” he explained. “It’s unfortunate that this betrayal happened, but it was never even about the Facebook incident to begin with. It was always about the larger culture of intolerance that we should continue to focus on.”

    Mr. Sanchez, please define “structural problem of micro-aggressive racism.”

    And, how can the fake Facebook be both unfortunate and not the issue at the same time?

    Were you already leading protests about the “structural problem of micro-aggressive racism” on campus before the incident? If not, then the false posting was the catalyst.

    Building your protest movement on lies and exaggeration is really good strategy for discrediting yourself and the “cause.”