Friday, April 17, 2015

A Woman on the $20 Bill? I Select Harriet Tubman

It seems Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is trying to get a women on the $20 and I think it would be a good idea.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
"I think there are a lot of opportunities that we sometimes don't think about to point out the significant contributions women have made in U.S. history," Shaheen said. "And this is one of those opportunities."

I think Harriet Tubman was especially brave upon reading her story. A conductor on underground railroad that freed 70 or more slaves who was also a Union spy sounds pretty intriguing. Hell, a Harriet Tubman movie or even a Netflix series would be something worth watching. However, she did seem very religious and that might make some liberals uncomfortable.

Legalizing Pot in America is Now over 50%

It seems that pot legalization is a ball rolling down hill now.
A new Pew Research Center poll has found that 53 percent of Americans believe marijuana use should be legalized. Twenty-one percent of Americans surveyed by Pew have changed their minds about marijuana and no longer oppose legalization. Meanwhile, a new poll from Bloomberg Politics shows that 58 percent of Americans expect pot to be legalized in all 50 states within the next two decades. Marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon.
I think Hawaii should get on this list as fast as possible. Home Depot plant sections will have to be beefed up to handle all the rush.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What is the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and Why it is Not Global Warming the Cause of the California Drought

It seems that a weird hot ocean blob and not a hot air blob (Al Gore) that might be the cause of the California drought.
The anomaly has spread out over the last 12 months, with warm water showing up all the way from Alaska to the central Mexican coast. Physical oceanographers have speculated that the blob is influenced by a major climate pattern known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a combination of several phenomena that have the effect of warming water across the eastern Pacific for periods of 4 to 20 years.
I guess California needs to start building desalinization plants to turn seawater into drinking water soon. If the drought lasts for 20 years it will drastically change things going forward. I think some of the fruit growing in California needs to be moved to other parts of the country.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hillary is too Busy Paying the Mortgages on her Homes to Leave a Tip at Chipotle

I'm sure she will be tipping from here on in when she is pretending to be an everyman by going to Chipotle.

"Her bill was $20 and some change, and they paid with $21 and left" without putting anything in a tip jar on the counter, Charles Wright, the manager at the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle restaurant told Bloomberg. 

Wearing large sunglasses, Clinton wasn't recognized by any of the workers at the fast-food Mexican chain when she and Huma Abedin, the vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, ordered a chicken burrito bowl, a chicken salad, a blackberry Izzy, and a soda. 

"The other lady paid the bill," Wright said of one of Clinton's dark-haired companions. "Clinton didn't pay."
I'm sure Hillary's dodge will be if she had paid she would have left a $20 tip or other nonsense. Although you have to remember that Hillary probably hasn't paid for anything directly or carried cash in years. That is what body people like Huma Abedin are there for.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How Minimum Wage Hike Advocates can Win the Argument: Raising Wages Lowers Welfare Spending

This argument might be able to get some Republicans on the side of a minimum wage hike.
But it turns out a lot of those people overlap: a majority of public benefits go to working families, a new analysis from two Berkeley economists finds. Their work shows that $152 billion in public programs like Medicaid and welfare — 56 percent of overall spending — goes toward supporting low-wage workers.
So if they tie a minimum wage hike to a reduction in Medicaid and welfare spending you might be able to get more conservatives on their side. There just needs to be a sweet spot where the minimum wage can actually reduce the need for these programs. That might be $10.10 an hour or whatever but the CBO needs to look into this.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Oh oh, Hillary is Going to Fight Your Children and their Families. Expect No Quarter!

Damn Hillary is trying to get that bulldog mentality started.
"From her mother's own childhood—in which she was abandoned by her parents—to her work going door-to-door for the Children's Defense Fund to battling to create the Children's Health Insurance Program, she's fought children and their families all her career."
I'm not sure if she fought just the children or the families or both at the same time. The problem is she fought them her entire career. That must have been thousands of families and children roughed up at the fists of Hillary. Also I have to wonder if she all the children rushed her at once during the fight. You would figure they would get the upper hand if they all came at her at once. Or maybe she fought the children one at a time so not have these kind of groups coming at her.

Rubio Adds Hat to Ring: Wake me up When Everyone is In so I can Begin the Horserace

Hillary on Sunday and now Marco Rubio on Monday.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio announced his bid for U.S. president to top donors on Monday, ahead of his formal announcement at a political rally at 6 p.m. EST in his hometown of Miami.

Rubio, a 43-year-old Cuban-American, presented his campaign as a youthful, next-generation alternative to business-as-usual politics and the Washington establishment. 
Actually I would vote for Rubio over Jeb Bush, Hillary, Rand Paul and "Batboy" Cruz. I would like to see another young President even though the last young President we had was a dismal flop. Unfortunately, Rubio seems like he won't get the nomination because of his stand on immigration reform. There are just too many nativists still in the GOP fold to let that stand go. 

In a way I wouldn't mind seeing Carly Fiorina throw her hat in the ring. I mean she has run a large organization before (and it wasn't just a National campaign like Obama) and would be good at the executive aspects of President. However, she was not a good CEO at HP so that would probably hurt her. In any case as long as it isn't Clinton vs. Bush I don't mind.

The French McDonalds sounds like Heaven on Earth #BlueCheeseBurger

I think the US McDonalds needs to start playing from the French McDonalds playbook.
I'm not the only one who has been impressed by the spread offered in French McDonald's restaurants.
NPR pointed out in 2012 that eating in McDonald's in France "doesn't feel like fast food" because they are spacious, "tastefully decorated," and "encourage people to take their time" while they're enjoying their meals.
A paper from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business reported that same year that McDonald's has been successful in France because the chain has adapted to French eating habits, NPR noted.
The thing that seriously caught my eye is the Blue Cheese Burger on the right which looks outstanding:

This display is what you order on in France. You actually select your meal and pay for it at this display. The Kiosk then prints a paper that you then take to the food preparation area. That is where they would make the 3 Blue Cheese burgers that I would order.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Anti-Gay Marriage Pizzaria Reopens

It's good that they are deciding to keep the concern going.
O'Connor closed the shop for eight days after comments by him and his daughter, Crystal, to a local television station supporting a new religious objections law. The law, which has since been revised, sparked a boycott of Indiana.
O'Connor said the criticism hasn't changed his beliefs. He said gays are welcome in his restaurant in the small, one-traffic-light town of Walkerton, 20 miles southwest of South Bend, but that he would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because it would conflict with his Christian beliefs.
The correct answer to these questions should be "I do not cater weddings" and then repeat it over and over until the media gets tired of asking the question. That way you don't have to discriminate against either gay or strait weddings and just ignore this issue all together. 

A person's religious beliefs then will not get in the way of providing a service because they will not be providing the service. This goes for bakeries too. If a Christian baker feels strongly enough to discriminate against a gay marriage then just don't make wedding cakes at all.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Holy Crap the Iranian Oil Bomb will Be Huge: Time to Short Oil even Harder?

Iran is sitting on a huge glut of unsold oil and shuttered production. According to this article once sanctions are lifted they will unleash all of this on the already weak market.
But once those steps are complete, Iran will quickly look to sell off approximately 35 million barrels of surplus, stored oil for which it has apparently not managed to find buyers. Analysts don’t seem to make much of this ready inventory, but if Tehran sells it in 500,000-barrel-a-day increments—a reasonable pace—it could send an already-saturated market back into a price nosedive for more than two months.
That $50 per barrel oil we have now will look like a tall ceiling if you add this amount of stockpiled oil to the global stockpile.

But that isn’t all. After that, Iran will push production back up at currently producing fields. Until the sanctions hit in 2012, Iran produced 3.6 million barrels of oil a day, of which it exported about 2.5 million. Today, it produces much less—about 2.8 million barrels a day—and exports just 1.1 million.

So Iranian oil exports will shoot up for the rest of the year. Also the Iranians will want to sell this stuff at rock bottom prices to raise its cash reserves for proxy wars and such. So there will be lots of $15 a barrel Iranian oil sloshing around. You add to the fact that rock bottom oil prices put a thumb in the eye of the Iranian enemies who are the Saudi's and Americans with their shale oil and you get a double bonus if you are the Mullahs.

The Millennials are Gunshy: Only 26% in the Market

Too bad they didn't get in during college or they would have participated in one of the great bull markets of all time. Instead they are shying away in droves.
The kids are scared of the stock market.

Just 26% of people under 30 are investing in stocks, according to a survey published Thursday by, a personal finance site. That’s compared with 58% of people between the ages of 50 and 64.
One of the reason why seems to be the millenials don't understand the market.
Of all of the age groups in Bankrate’s survey, 18- to 30-year-olds were the most likely to cite not knowing enough about the market when asked why they weren’t investing. In fact, 38% of survey respondents under 30 gave that reason for staying away from stocks. 
This goes to show you how poor financial education is in America. The concepts really aren't that hard to fathom and just getting into a cheap Vanguard S&P500 Index Fund would be enough for many Millineals to have participated in this last bull market.

However, seeing the Great Recession first-hand has made them hold onto cash and eschew debt (63% don't have Credit Cards.) That means when they finally come off the sidelines a great ocean of cash will be unleashed onto the markets. Hopefully, some of those profits will be used to get rid of their student loan debts and the economy will really be humming along.  

Iran May Kill Nuclear Deal?: Um Iran you Will not get a better one because there won't be a Desperate President on the Other End

I guess this is posturing and chest-pounding from the Mullahs because they will never get a better deal then the one the US is giving up.
On Thursday, both the Ayatollah and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani again insisted that all sanctions be removed as soon as a deal is reached, or implemented. 
"We will not sign any agreement, unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the first day of the implementation of the deal," Rouhani said during a ceremony marking Iran's nuclear technology day, which celebrates the country's nuclear achievements. 
I hope they realize that Obama is a desperate President that is trying to do anything he can to create some type of legacy. This deal is golden for Iran. They get rid of sanctions and can still enrich uranium if they want to. They can get the bomb if they choose right after the 10 year waiting period. They will not get a better deal because they will probably never see such a desperate President in the White House for decades.