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Updated: 2016-12-02T03:27:10Z

 



CARRIER “JOBS DEAL” WAS LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL

2016-12-02T03:27:10Z

Many worried workers at the Carrier air conditioning assembly plant in Indiana breathed a sigh of relief when the company appeared to back down from it’s intentions to move assembly to Mexico. On the surface, it appeared to be a great victory by President-Elect Donald Trump. But, the details of the claimed deal let some […]Many worried workers at the Carrier air conditioning assembly plant in Indiana breathed a sigh of relief when the company appeared to back down from it’s intentions to move assembly to Mexico. On the surface, it appeared to be a great victory by President-Elect Donald Trump. But, the details of the claimed deal let some of the air out of the deal as being less than it appears. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is also still the Governor of Indiana, giving him powers he would not have in the other 49 states to offer a $7 million dollar tax break to Carrier to keep the local plant open here. A lot of other states have also proven that to offer companies tax breaks when they threaten to leave or to set up shop works. In Oregon, a Honda office site set up shop because they were offered a “no property taxes” promise from the county government at the same time small businesses, homeowners and others pay plenty in local county property taxes to help support local schools, police, fire protection, Food Stamp, health care for the poor and other county services, yet one business doesn’t have to contribute directly to these services, only the indirect taxes from the workers help to support these services. At some point, does offering free taxes to businesses really benefit a community a great deal other than providing jobs? Carrier was also promised that the corporate taxes will be cut by the Trump Administration as well. So, while 800 to 1,000 persons are no doubt happy that their jobs are being saved, the company’s tax cuts to support local services will have to be made up by other taxpayers. The Trump victory in the “Rust Belt” states was based off a somewhat inaccurate knowledge that many have about the “loss” of manufacturing jobs since 2000. While it might be factually true that the U.S. had 17,284,000 manufacturing jobs in 2000, but the country only has 12,338,000 in 2016, that 2016 number is actually an 8% improvement over the low of just 11,460,000 in 2010, where there has been a steady improvement in domestic manufacturing numbers in the Obama Administration years. The task for the new Trump Administration will be to prove that they can actually improve this 8% gain, or just take credit for job growth numbers that would normally take place anyway. Trump also was able to sell himself well to Indiana voters despite other statistics which proved the much improved jobs climate during the Obama years for the state. Manufacturing jobs might have declined from 665,000 in 2000 to 435,000 in 2010, but the picture improved to 518,000 manufacturing jobs in 2016, or a 19% improvement in the last six years. A 19% improvement in six years might be a difficult number to match for the incoming Trump Administration. Indiana’s private sector employment numbers also followed a similar trend of a peak of 2,493,000 jobs in 2000, but falling to 2,221,000 in 2010, but now improving to 2,523,000 in 2016, or a 14% improvement in just six years. With jobs with government for some employed, private sector employment and the improvement in manufacturing job numbers, the total numbers probably show only a very marginal job loss from the 2000 numbers and a steady improvement in the economy since the end of the recession that peaked around 2007-2009. To a point, Donald Trump’s salesman skills will actually have to deliver at least as good as economic numbers as the improvement over the last six years by the Obama Administration, or at some point voters will once again be disappointed. The Carrier “jobs deal” looked impressive enough on the surface, but was like shooting fish in a barrel to manufacture with tax incentives, a governor who is the Vice President-Elect, and a company sensitive to not los[...]



ADD YOUR OWN FUNNY CAPTION-RAMA

2016-12-01T08:18:14Z

Some interesting lighting during a dinner with Mitt Romney left President-Elect Donald Trump looking interesting. It’s more than easy to add your own funny photo captions here…

Some interesting lighting during a dinner with Mitt Romney left President-Elect Donald Trump looking interesting. It’s more than easy to add your own funny photo captions here…(image)

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FORD’S $10,000 INDIAN IMPORT SUV COULD TEST NEW TRADE POLICIES

2016-11-17T03:48:54Z

Part of the surprising victory by Donald Trump was from his support in “Rust Belt” industrial Midwest states by appealing to blue collar workers with a view to bring jobs back to America. For the 2018 model year, Ford is planning to import copies of it’s $10,000 Indian-built Ford Ecosport into the U.S. This is […]

Part of the surprising victory by Donald Trump was from his support in “Rust Belt” industrial Midwest states by appealing to blue collar workers with a view to bring jobs back to America. For the 2018 model year, Ford is planning to import copies of it’s $10,000 Indian-built Ford Ecosport into the U.S. This is in addition to Ford sending production of smaller vehicles to Mexico for production. Donald Trump has claimed that he supports a 35% tax on cars produced in Mexico, shipped back to the U.S. for sale, as an incentive to encourage U.S. production of all automobiles.

All of this suggests future trade battles with the new administration. Ford defends itself claiming that no jobs have been lost by exporting production outside the U.S. Ford claims that no American workers have lost jobs, but have been put on production of higher priced larger vehicles that sell for higher profits in the U.S. market.

While the Ecosport only sells for a hair over $10,000 in India in Indian Rupees, Ford will likely sell the vehicle for twice that price here, partly to cover shipping costs, partly because of greatly increased prices to meet all American vehicle safety and pollution standards. But, Ford’s good management and profitability skills did avoid the same bankruptcy or money woes that both GM and Chrysler faced in the early days of the Obama Administration years.

Ford will feel that it’s business practices and ability to earn profits by importing vehicles is it’s right, while the incoming Trump Administration will likely attempt to support it’s new trade views. (image)

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HOW LOCKHEED MARTIN’S REVOLUTIONARY FUSION REACTOR WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

2016-09-16T00:18:23Z

Lockheed Martin may be best known as being a leading high tech aircraft builder, but the company has far more research projects it funds. At the company’s Skunk Works research center, scientists have been working on compact nuclear fusion reactors so small they can fit on the back of a truck, yet one single reactor […]Lockheed Martin may be best known as being a leading high tech aircraft builder, but the company has far more research projects it funds. At the company’s Skunk Works research center, scientists have been working on compact nuclear fusion reactors so small they can fit on the back of a truck, yet one single reactor could provide enough electrical power for 100,000 persons per reactor. Mimicking the sort of fusion reactions which power the Earth’s Sun where hydrogen atoms are superheated and transformed into helium, where massive amounts of energy are produced, compact nuclear fusion provides safe energy production without all of the major drawbacks of nuclear fission reactors. Sadly, nuclear fission reactors gave nuclear reactors a bad name for the attempted efficient and cost effective production of safe energy, by producing waste materials that presented major disposal problems or some nations might spin into nuclear weapons. Fission works by splitting atoms, while fusion works by using high electrical currents to heat atoms to force atoms to fuse together. Fusion creates three to four times more energy than fission, but a sustained operation of a fusion reactor may have heat increase up to a million degrees within the reactor, or temperatures that can easily melt not only all known metals but also rock into lava as well. Some sort of heat resistant ceramic with the same sort of characteristics that protect space vehicles during re-entry is required for the core area of the reactor. Lockheed Martin’s research has been able to find materials that can withstand the heat produced during the fusion process where tubes inject atoms between supermagnets that heat the atoms where they are forced together in the reactor heat blanket. A heat exchanger then transfers the heat into power to turn an electricity producing turbine. Developing areas of the world with unstable electrical grids could have reliable electrical power for the first time. Cheap electric power can power pumps to bring water to areas where little water now exists. Developing nations can have safe reactors with no chance of nuclear waste presenting disposal problems or being spun into nuclear weapon materials. For the developing world, cheap electric power can benefit economic development and give households more free income to spend to boost the consumer economy. Aircraft and ships can be built with unlimited ranges to travel without having to refuel. The environment will become cleaner and clearer as burning coal to produce electricity can end. In the shorter run, plug-in hybrid automobiles can replace dirty burning gasoline engines, later replaced by all electric, and, maybe eventually automobiles of unlimited range that do not need to refuel, that have their small compact nuclear fusion reactor powering the automobile. Edison’s lightbulb was once a true advance. But, from the inspiration of Earth’s Sun comes the promise of a cleaner environment, cheaper energy and a better future to all people of the world. Lockheed Martin may soon lead us into the most revolutionary changes of our lives in the very near future. [...]



DOLLAR TREE’S TOTALLY AWESOME PRODUCTS GET 5 STAR RATING!

2016-09-01T01:18:01Z

With over 400 Online customer reviews, Totally Awesome cleaning products get an incredible 5 star average rating from consumers. While this excellent brand is sold at many retailers, including Walmart, in sizes in the neighborhood of $5 per item, Dollar Tree also sells a wide variety of these 5 star rated products for just one […]With over 400 Online customer reviews, Totally Awesome cleaning products get an incredible 5 star average rating from consumers. While this excellent brand is sold at many retailers, including Walmart, in sizes in the neighborhood of $5 per item, Dollar Tree also sells a wide variety of these 5 star rated products for just one dollar! This has to be one of America’s best bargains for some of America’s highest rated quality laundry detergents, household cleaners, degreasers, window cleaners and other products. While many name brands cost a lot more than Totally Awesome products, consumers seem to be paying for their advertising and promotion compared to Totally Awesome where you only pay for the product, which consumers agree is a superior product. Add to this the great price at Dollar Tree stores of just $1 per item. Dollar Tree has over 13,000 stores in the United States, and with this buying power is able to broker fantastic bargain deals for consumers with major manufacturers such as Totally Awesome. I personally like high quality and bargains. Buying any of Totally Awesome’s top rated cleaning products for just one dollar at Dollar Tree has to be one of America’s best deals to be found! [...]



HOW TO RECHARGE ALKALINE BATTERIES

2016-08-27T08:26:10Z

Alkaline batteries have far different characteristics than your dry cell batteries, where a chemical reaction takes place discharging a current until not enough current can be produced as the chemicals become equalized in the unit. Compared to the older style and lower cost technology dry cells, these different characteristics make recharging alkaline batteries more difficult, […]Alkaline batteries have far different characteristics than your dry cell batteries, where a chemical reaction takes place discharging a current until not enough current can be produced as the chemicals become equalized in the unit. Compared to the older style and lower cost technology dry cells, these different characteristics make recharging alkaline batteries more difficult, but not impossible. The problem is that alkaline cells differ so much from dry cells in structure that they cannot be recharged in series in a normal battery recharger. But, here’s the secret battery manufacturers will not tell you how to recharge and reuse alkaline batteries several times. Place one alkaline in a normal household battery charger, then place a dry cell battery next to the alkaline, then put in another dry cell, then one more alkaline, so that one dry cell will act as a capacitor for an alkaline battery, taking part of the load off the alkaline battery that is under electrical load during the recharging process. Normally, alkaline cells will quickly get hot and overheat, but not with using dry cells as capacitors to take enough load off to allow recharging to take place. Some stores only sell alkaline batteries these days, but fortunately some stores such as Dollar Tree stock both dry cell as well as alkaline batteries, and for only one dollar for as many as eight batteries! So, get in the habit of buying a mix of dry cells and alkaline batteries, putting a 50-50 mix in the recharger each time you want to recharge the batteries and get 8 or more uses out of each battery before it becomes weak and depleted for use. You can do the environment a favor by reusing your batteries a few times besides saving money as well. Isn’t science great! [...]



IT’S HOMEMADE NUCLEAR FUSION

2016-08-27T07:49:56Z

Ever since Philo T. Farnsworth, the television invention pioneer, discovered that a high voltage electrical field could be created to heat ions and create nuclear fusion by forcing the heated ions together, it has spurred an interest in homemade nuclear fusion among some home hobbyists. In 1964, Farnsworth and his partner Hirsch built their nuclear […]Ever since Philo T. Farnsworth, the television invention pioneer, discovered that a high voltage electrical field could be created to heat ions and create nuclear fusion by forcing the heated ions together, it has spurred an interest in homemade nuclear fusion among some home hobbyists. In 1964, Farnsworth and his partner Hirsch built their nuclear fusor, and hobbyists quickly became impressed how simple and easy it is to build a nuclear fusion unit at home. One of the easiest to fuse isotopes is the long isotope deuterium from hydrogen because a relatively low voltage is required to heat the ions enough to fuse and create helium. Television electronics loaned a great deal to the development of early nuclear fusion research and experiments because devices based off television receiving tubes. Early fusors were little more than TV tube adapted units where there was particle acceleration injected into the vacuum. With voltage applied to create heated particles, ions are forced together at the center of the fusor, fusing together. The main elements to create a nuclear fusor are a vacuum chamber of some type, but the better radiation shielding, the better to protect against X-radiation and gamma rays. Some sort of vacuum pump and vacuum gauges are required to purge the chamber of all oxygen and all but only trace atoms in the vacuum. An electrode in the center with high voltage applied from a neon tube ballast transformer or even a high voltage flyback transformer from an older tube styled TV set apply over 12,000 volts of DC current required to create enough heat from this high voltage source to fuse ions together as they are heated and forced together at the center of the electrode sphere. For safety reasons, the fusor should not be run but for very short periods, and at higher voltages, producing more lethal current, perhaps a viewing camera and television would be better suited to view the core reactions of the nuclear fusor. And, of course, a geiger counter would be a wise investment to understand how much radiation is being created through the nuclear fusion process. The Internet contains a few amateur nuclear experimenters blogs and Websites, where some hobbyists show off their latest nuclear fusion experiments. When you see the blue glow of fusion at the core of the high voltage electrode ball, knowing that ions are being heated and this is creating particle acceleration with fusing in the center of the vacuum chamber, you know that your efforts have been rewarded and you have joined the nuclear fusion club. [...]



MELANIA TRUMP NUDE PHOTOS EMERGE

2016-08-25T07:28:30Z

Nude photos, including a two girl nude romp by Melania Trump are emerging now that she is in the spotlight as a potential contender for First Lady. In 1995, a 25 year old Melania Trump posed for a nude photo feature in the now defunct French magazine, MAX. The photos raise an interesting dilemma for […]Nude photos, including a two girl nude romp by Melania Trump are emerging now that she is in the spotlight as a potential contender for First Lady. In 1995, a 25 year old Melania Trump posed for a nude photo feature in the now defunct French magazine, MAX. The photos raise an interesting dilemma for the official Republican Party Platform which came out of the recent convention for it’s tough stand against pornography, strangely calling pornography some sort of “health crisis”. It is a good question how that mindset will reconcile with these photos of a naked Melania Trump romping in the nude with a Swedish model for a photoshoot. But, regardless of who you support in the election, these are some great photos of an awesome looking woman here. Enjoy… [...]



NAME THAT BAND FUNNY CAPTION CONTEST

2016-08-25T04:52:50Z

Nina Hagen, the German-born punk singer was always very controversial for her terrible cover versions of popular songs, along with her make-up that look more inspired by a children’s Halloween party than anything. Equally, her musicians were also less than well dressed. Just for the fun of it, make up the worst and most funny […]

Nina Hagen, the German-born punk singer was always very controversial for her terrible cover versions of popular songs, along with her make-up that look more inspired by a children’s Halloween party than anything. Equally, her musicians were also less than well dressed. Just for the fun of it, make up the worst and most funny rock act names you can think of. Nobody actually wins anything other than being recognized as Wizbang Pop’s King or Queen of laughs. I’ll add more than a few of my own to inspire you. Have at it my friends and get ready for a few laughs…(image)

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SHE HAS GREAT TAN LINES…

2016-08-15T23:16:03Z

Perhaps nothing is more expressive of the Summer beauty of women than those sexy and beautiful tan lines, where a defining line between Summer sunkissed skin and that which was hidden from the sun exists. Maybe, the fact that what was hidden under that bikini is now revealed is part of the psychology of this […]Perhaps nothing is more expressive of the Summer beauty of women than those sexy and beautiful tan lines, where a defining line between Summer sunkissed skin and that which was hidden from the sun exists. Maybe, the fact that what was hidden under that bikini is now revealed is part of the psychology of this mystique. But, then again why bother to overthink and analyze what is merely beautiful to behold. [...]