Friday, December 19, 2008
With only a dial up connection I won't be doing too much posting although I must praise the dial up service here as pretty good. I've been able to trade stocks, catch up on email and keep abreast of the news fairly well.
More later, time to do some processing of photos.
Monday, December 08, 2008
I ripped up my knee on coral. Otherwise it was fun hand feeding fish and snorkeling. Funny thing of the day: laughing at Japanese couples wearing matching oufits. Wifey says we should do the same thing, only all four of us with matching clother.
I'm jet lagged as all get out. Woke up at 10:30 pm local and spent the night blogging and trading stocks on-line (my heretofore secret escape from USA strategy which worked brilliantly save for my limited stock trading skills.)
We're at a 5 star resort which caters to the richest people in Asia. We get 2.5 days of this and then it is off to the real Philippines. I hope to snap some pictures of the grinding poverty that exists here. My advance apologies to the unnamed people in those photos but I must chronicle this. No offense, either, to any Filipinos reading this, my goal is to point out that the lowest economic strata of the USA is middle of the road for the rest of this planet so my goal is get Americans think before complaining (or dragging SUVs into church.)
SUVs at altar, Detroit church prays for a bailoutBy Kevin Krolicki and Soyoung Kim
DETROIT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - With sport-utility vehicles at the altar and auto workers in the pews, one of Detroit's largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry.
"We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this week," the Rev. Charles Ellis told several thousand congregants at a rousing service at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. "This week, lives are hanging above an abyss of uncertainty as both houses of Congress decide whether to extend a helping hand."
Local car dealerships donated three hybrid SUVs to be displayed during the service, one from each of the Big Three. A Ford Escape, Chevy Tahoe from GM and a Chrysler Aspen were parked just in front of the choir and behind the pulpit.
Silly Protestantism .. this is American spirituality in a nut shell. The American Protestants have always pointed to their wealth as a sign of God's blessing. I say repent, endure God's judgment and convert to Roman Catholicism if you value your souls.
I'm going to post pictures of people living with hardly anything and these poor people have more faith in God in their pinkies than these fat asses at this service.
On an economics level, these people can take their $80/hour unionized jobs and eat dirt. I bought American, twice over as I'm a Ford guy but at this point these are just Democrat cars, not American cars. Ford closed the Atlanta plant that built my Taurus and moved the Taurus' replacement (Probe) to Mexico. Now they want US taxpayer money? For what? To close down the Chicago that built my Freestyle cross-over and move it to Canada?
Happy Christmas from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila Philippines. No ACLU here, the nation of the Philippines has whipped out the Christmas displays, right in the middle of the airport.
This country is becoming more of a home to me everyday.
No, when I write humanculture I do not mean snooty a-holes at NYC cheese and wine parties. There's agriculture (harvesting from the land), aquaculture (harvesting from the sea) and humanculture (harvesting from humans).
In this humanculture, a new growth industry in the biotech field, there's the subtle splicing and dicing of DNA, slicing and dicing victims of in-utero murder and in the case cited below, just plane ole organ ripping from the dead (low milage, barely used condition):
A multi-million dollar lawsuit by 42 parents against Auckland's Green Lane Hospital for keeping dead babies' hearts and organs without consent has been settled secretly.
A three-week trial had been due to begin in Wellington's High Court in October but was called off when parents agreed to a confidential settlement, gagging them from further comment.
The Sunday Star-Times understands the settlement paid was $5000 per person a fraction of the $70,000 damages sought by each parent and includes a yet-to-be-made apology plus a denial of liability by the Crown.
In 2002, Auckland Hospital stunned families by admitting it had kept more than 1300 hearts and other organs, mostly from babies and children some for more than 50 years up until as late as 2001. Many were taken without permission after autopsies and kept in the hospital's library.
These arrogant and evil medical thugs think they are just so much more than your average Chinese commie organ harvesting operation. The only difference is the white coat and white skin.
Our own communist overlords in Massachusetts are committed to the bio-tech industry and I suspect that they will be keenly interested in getting in on this action. Beware.
Obama: Gun owners do not need to stock up
As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.
"I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment," Obama said at a news conference. "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word."
But National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said it's not Obama's words — but his legislative track record — that has gun-buyers flocking to the stores.
It's lock and load time, Praise God and Pass the Ammo
I'm sitting in a wi-fi spot in a bar at a 5star resort in Central Philippines. The jet lagged family is still sleeping after spending 9 hours straight in the ocean/pool at this place: