Dear Whole Foods

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…

ohYUM

Although I will admit that dingleberry “adds dirt” (and then some) to the flavor.

Don Lemon Shows Yet Again He’s So Much Smarter Than Me Or You

Automatic, semi-automatic, whatevs people.

So The Bastard Who Murdered James Foley…

…might be a Brit who was released from Gitmo.

Well, It May Be A Cold, Dark Winter In Antwerp

Nearly 20% of Belgium’s electricity-generating capacity is offline until the end of the year…due to sabotage

PARIS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Belgian energy company Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year after major damage to its turbine, with the cause confirmed as sabotage.

On Tuesday, Electrabel had said the plant would remain offline until Sept. 15 as it carried out repairs and investigated an oil leak that forced its closure on Aug. 5. Its French parent company GDF Suez confirmed the closure was due to sabotage.

The shutdown of Doel 4′s nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity generating capacity as well as closures of two other reactors (Doel 3 and Tihange 2) or months because of cracks in steel reactor casings adds up to just over 3 GW of Belgian nuclear capacity that is offline, more than half of the total.

…A GDF Suez spokesman confirmed Belgian press reports about suspicion of sabotage.

“There was an intentional manipulation,” he said, adding that somebody had tampered with the system used for emptying oil from the Alstom-made turbine.

He said no outsiders had penetrated into the plant but declined to say whether an employee could have purposely caused the leak, as has been reported in some Belgian media.

The Greens want to take us back to a kinder, gentler lifestyle.

“The Partisan Farce To Get Rick Perry”

Those aren’t my words (well, they could have been); they are from that noted Tea-Party editorial board at…Bloomberg

Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her to resign. She refused — and now her supporters hope to have the last laugh by sending Perry away for a lot longer. The criminal case against him is a farce and should be dismissed faster than prairie fire with a tail wind.

…This would be ordinary partisan tit for tat, except that a law enforcement office is involved. Political disputes should be resolved in political venues — legislative bodies and public debates — not in criminal courts. If Perry’s veto is an abuse of power, then the state legislature could impeach him, as it did Texas Governor James “Pa” Ferguson nearly 100 years ago. Impeachment, however, is entirely unnecessary: The legislature could simply vote to override Perry’s line-item veto. For failing to do so, should the entire legislature be indicted?

Of course not. Perry is guilty of partisan behavior, not felonious conduct. There’s been no evidence to support the claim that he vetoed the funds to prevent the public integrity unit from investigating allegations of impropriety by the state’s Cancer Prevention and Research Center.

I could not agree more.

Filets On The Deck

Daughter requested (well, demanded, really) some filets for dinner last night, so to keep the kitchen nice and cool I took the cast iron outside

fil1

turned out pretty nom-nom

fil2

got a nice sear on them and along with my Bride’s creamed spinach, well, life was pretty good last night at Casa Bingley.

39 Years Ago…

We first took a jump to the left (and then a step to the right)

Murder Your Roommate? There’s An App For That!

Siri, I need to dispose of a body

A college student accused of killing his roommate asked Siri for advice on hiding a body the day the man went missing, according to U.S. police.

Pedro Bravo, 20, stands accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, in September 2012 when they shared a room at the University of Florida.

The murder trial at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Centre, Florida, yesterday heard how the men had argued over Aguilar dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend, Erika Friman.

Detective Matt Goeckel from Gainesville Police Department said on 20 September 2012, Bravo told Apple’s digital assistant Siri: ‘I need to hide my roommate’.

In response to this, Siri said: ‘What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.’

Metal foundries.

I knew there was one I’d forgotten.

Eels Well That Ends In A Well

World’s Oldest Water Filter has finally stopped working

Sweden is in mourning today over the death of the world’s oldest eel. Åle the eel was around 155 years old when he left a country bereft, a prodigious age for the European eel Anguilla anguilla which in the wild typically lives around seven years in fresh water before returning to the ocean to spawn and die. They can be very long-lived, though. The oldest recorded wild eel was 85 years old.

Åle was put in the well in the fishing village of Brantevik on the southeastern tip of Sweden by eight-year-old Samuel Nilsson in 1859. This was a common practice in a time when running water was rare (Stockholm only got public water mains in the 1850s; it took more than a century after that for waterworks to be installed in smaller towns) and a good eel could keep the home’s water supply free of bugs, worms, eggs, algae and any other number of critters. European eels will even eat carrion, so they’re extremely helpful additions to a well.

This particular eel has been a star for close to a hundred years, garnering articles in the paper, TV news stories and documentaries, even making an appearance in the Swedish Tom Sawyer, Bombi Bitt and I written by Fritiof Nilsson Piraten in 1932. Thomas Kjellman, current owner of the cottage, remembers Åle from when he was a boy. His family bought the house in 1962 with the understanding that the eel came with the property.

Ya learn something new every day at Maggie’s Farm.

Most Openist Evuh!

If, of course, you are a lobbyist

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president’s efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington.

Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety.

Everything he says has an expiration date.

Everything is simply to keep him and his cronies in power.

Who Knew?

Thank you every one for your kind wishes on our anniversary. To celebrate our special night I decided, true romantic that I am, to take my Bride (with Daughter tagging along for a free meal, natch) to the Outback Steakhouse (we wanted to go to the Inlet Cafe in the Highlands but the rain put the kibosh on that).

Well, sadly, the quality of the food there has slipped (as has the quantity of the servings: the cheese fries appetizer was noticeably smaller) but what caught my eye, and once again exposed my humble provincial upbringing, was this item on the menu:

aussieboozediscovery

Who knew that Sangria was a traditional Australian specialty?

25 Years Ago…

…my Dearest Friend and I were joined

dayofbliss

Thanks, My Love.

As a bonus trip with the Way Back Machine, who remembers what were the top movies, songs and tv shows in August of 1989?

like this

and this

Spam Of The Day

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I’m a big fan of non-violent telecommuting.

Swept Away

A simply amazing story

Raudhatul Jannah was just 4 years old when the catastrophic tsunami swept into her Indonesian town and swept out with her in tow.

She had been holding onto her parents as they floated on a plank of wood when the tsunami hit her home, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur International. But Raudhatul and her then 7-year-old brother, Arif Pratama Rangkuti, slipped from their father’s grasp. The family never saw the two children again until Wednesday when Raudhatul, now 14, was reunited with her family.

…Young Raudhatul had been swept onto a remote island, when she was found by a fisherman who returned her to the mainland. For the next 10 years, that fisherman’s mother raised her by the name of Wenni, according to AFP.

Amazing.

A Fox News Truck Sitting In Front Of The Stock Market

And the Union Jack flying over the door of the Stock Market?

What’s going on this morning?

They Say Drugs May Have Been Involved

Not sure how they concluded that

A naked and drunk Oregon man fell into a river while masturbating in a park in broad daylight, authorities said.

Hoppy Burfday Crusader!

A Diamond In The Rough

Luckily it was found

For all his sparkling play of late, Sergio Garcia has shown some imperfections — like his wayward drive on the par-4 third hole during Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which strayed into the gallery and knocked the diamond out of a woman’s ring.

Now I have never been a Sergio fan, as he is the most European-Soccer-Player-like of golfers: always whinig and coming up with excuses for his mistakes. But here you can see he acts in a most gentlemanly fashion, asking the marshalls to get the lady’s contact information with every intention of replacing the diamond were it not found.

Well played, sir.

Thought For The Day

Barack And Hillary’s Most Excellent Libyan Adventure…

is turning out about as you’d expect

Libya has descended into its deadliest fighting since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi, pushing the country to the brink of collapse and creating a “giant black hole for security” in the region, experts warn.

Nearly 100 people have been killed, 400 others wounded, and much of the main airport has been destroyed in the recent battles that have gripped key cities. Violence has spiraled amid a power vacuum left by the removal of longtime dictator Gadhafi, with many placing the blame on shifting Western priorities.

…At the time, President Barack Obama hailed Gadhafi’s ouster as “the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya.”

Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

Won’t Cry For Thee, Argentina

“Default is not mine” says Cristina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:

In 1998, Argentina fell into recession and faced crushing payments on its international debt. As it tried to avoid default in 2001, it arranged a “debt swap,” asking investors to trade in bonds coming due for longer-term ones. The swap, however, failed to resolve Argentina’s troubles. In December 2001, the country declared it would stop making payments on about $100 billion of debt.

Argentina’s government lined up two more swaps in 2005 and 2010, offering existing creditors new bonds worth much less than the old ones. Critics described Argentina’s negotiating style as “take it or leave it.” Most investors accepted — something is better than nothing — and traded in roughly 93 percent of the defaulted bonds.

WHO’S SUING?

Hedge funds began buying Argentina’s bonds as the country slid into crisis and kept adding to their holdings after it defaulted. Some, like NML Capital, refused to participate in the exchanges and held out for a better deal.

These holdouts then turned to U.S. courts, seeking to force Argentina to pay up under terms agreed to when the bonds were first sold, before 2001.

Argentina’s government demonizes the investors as “vulture funds.” ”The vultures feed on carrion, and these fund groups are circling around countries in default or close to default,” said Matthias Carugati of the Management & Fit consulting firm in Buenos Aires.

At least two of these groups are in litigation with Argentina: Billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management.

HOW MUCH DOES ARGENTINA OWE?

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan ruled in 2012 that the creditors who rejected Argentina’s earlier debt-swap offers deserved to be paid in full — a figure he put at $1.33 billion. With interest, that amount has risen to about $1.5 billion. The creditors say they are due $1.6 billion.

In this puffed-up bubble of a global economy it will be ‘interesting’ to see what happens if both Argentina and Espirito Santo default at the same time.

For Sis

y’all can thank me later.

You Sir Are Obviously A Racist

And I really hope you win.

Long Long Week

Sorry for the lack of production.

Oh Sure Over 90% Are Fake But Look At The Bright Side:

Even with massive, rampant fraud they still couldn’t meet their enrollment targets

Eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.

The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, GAO’s Seto Bagdoyan says in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee.

“The federal marketplace approved coverage for 11 of our 12 fictitious applicants who initially applied online, or by telephone,” Bagdoyan, who directs GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, said in testimony obtained by NBC News.

I for one am comforted that these poor fictitious folks are still covered.

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