Busty Barmaid embraces her Sexuality and Empowers Herself

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about women’s health, reproductive rights and, in general, the empowerment of women.  The sexual revolution freed women from the hell of wedded bliss.  Taught them to embrace their sexuality.  And let them go out and have a little fun.  And here’s one lady that embraces her sexuality.  And is having a whole lot of fun (see Sexpresso: Wives ban their husbands from visiting Italian cafe where busty barmaid serves up drinks in skimpy outfits by Nick Pisa posted 2/25/2012 on Daily Mail).

After eight years running a bar, Laura Maggi suddenly found men beating a path to her door.

Not for the quality of her coffee  and aperitifs, but because she had started appearing for work in highly revealing outfits.

And revealing they are.  Now this isn’t what the feminists had in mind about empowering women.  The exploitation of their sexuality for money.  But in this case can we really call it exploitation when the one profiting from it is the one doing the exploiting?  The wives of the husbands visiting her establishment are not happy about this at all.  But when it comes down to it she’s just selling food and drinks.  Like the waitresses at Hooters.  Only Ms. Maggi is 34 years old.  Not a teenager out of high school.  And her dress code is voluntary and not a condition of employment.

An interesting story.  And one of the few that will probably unite feminists and conservative Christians in their condemnation of her self-exploitation.  Except the men, of course.  Who I’m guessing will be less vocal in their condemnation.

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The Europeans move forward with Carbon Taxes and Costly Carbon Dioxide Capture Facilities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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To save the climate the DECC plans to kill the trees.  And economies (see Government files plans to build carbon capture plants by Karolin Schaps and Gerard Wynn posted 2/24/2012 on Reuters).

Calling for proposals for a wide range of engineering projects for CCS, including construction of a power plant, gas storage and pipelines, the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) notice of contract was published in the European Union’s official journal.

“DECC’s current intention is for the projects to start demonstrating the carbon dioxide capture, transport and storage by 2016-2020,” the document said.

Interestingly, carbon dioxide (CO2) is what makes the trees grow.  And pretty much anything green that grows.  So as they pull this CO2 out of the atmosphere the trees will have less CO2 to breathe than they have now.  Poor trees.  Even the people that are supposedly trying to protect them are killing them.

The government cancelled plans to fund a CCS demonstration project in October as costs spiralled higher than expected, leaving CCS developers concerned about where the 1 billion pounds ($1.59 billion) set aside by the government for a CCS pilot project would end up…

The European Union plans to raise money soon through the sale of 300 million carbon permits called EU Allowances (EUAs) to fund CCS or renewable energy projects through its New Entrant Reserve 300 (NER300) programme…

DECC also said in the notice document that it expected CCS projects could be built without government support from the early 2020s onwards as its power market reform proposals to reward low-carbon electricity production will allow CCS to compete with other technologies. ($1 = 0.6306 British pounds).

First the government will support them by taxing everyone.  Then the market will fund these by taxing businesses (by making them buy carbon permits allowing them to emit carbon which will be nothing more than carbon taxes).  And raising prices for everyone that buys from these businesses.  But will this happen in China?  India?  Brazil?  Or any of the other export countries?  Probably not.  Meaning their trees won’t be the only thing they’ll be killing.  They’ll be killing their economies, too.

So if they’re going to kill their trees and their economies why are they doing it?  I refer you to the European sovereign debt crisis.  These governments need lots of money to support their burgeoning social democracies.  And they can’t see anything beyond these new taxes they hope to collect.  And I say ‘hope’ because the resulting fall in economic activity from these new taxes will decline tax revenue overall.  Giving them nowhere near what they hope to collect in the end.

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Scientists even Consider Albert Einstein may have been wrong yet Global Warming is a Scientific Fact

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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Was the man who gave us ‘energy equals mass times the speed of light squared’ (E=MC2) wrong?  Albert Einstein?  Well, we’re not sure.  But the point is just that.  Even his genius is still being questioned and subjected to rigorous scientific experimentation.  Because that’s what science is.  And what science does (see Was Einstein wrong – or was the cable loose? by Bob Evans in Geneva and Kate Kelland in London posted 2/22/2012 on Reuters).

The world of science was upended last year when an experiment appeared to show one of Einstein’s fundamental theories was wrong – but now the lab behind it says the result could have been caused by a loose cable.

Physicists at the CERN laboratory near Geneva appeared to contradict Albert Einstein last year when they reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light…

Gillies confirmed that a flaw in the GPS system was now suspected as a possible cause for the surprising reading. Further testing was needed before any definite conclusions could be reached, he added.

The faster-than-light finding was recorded when 15,000 neutrino beams were pumped over three years from CERN to an underground Italian laboratory at Gran Sasso near Rome.

The speed of light is approximately 671 miles per hour.  So that’s some exacting science that may have detected something traveling fractions of a second faster than 671 miles per hour.  Even a cop couldn’t measure that ‘excessive’ speed with a radar gun.  To determine whether this excessive speed was a mistake due to a loose cable could take another 3 years of testing.  Just to make sure.  That’s one thing about particle physics.  Being ‘close enough’ or having a ‘consensus’ just doesn’t cut it.  Even when it comes to Albert Einstein.

You know where else ‘close enough’ and ‘consensus’ doesn’t cut it?  In all science except the ‘science’ of global warming.  The only ‘science’ where consensus can make something a scientific fact.

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The Decommissioned Tevatron helps to show Difference between Real Science and Global Warming Science

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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Scientist are still pouring over the data from the decommissioned Tevatron for the existence of the ever elusive Higgs boson (see ‘Interesting’ Higgs Boson Result to be Announced by Ian O’Neill posted 2/18/2012 on Discovery News).

However, this signal is just a hint; not a discovery, yet. Roser has said that the March announcement will hinge on a “three-sigma” event. This is physics talk for the certainty that the signal is real. A “three-sigma” signal means there is still a 0.1 percent chance that the signal is noise or some statistical anomaly.

The statistical likelihood of the LHC signal being “real” stands at an unofficial 4.3 sigma (from the combined results gathered from the ATLAS and CMS detectors) — meaning there is a 99.996 percent chance the signal is real (and a 0.004 percent chance it’s noise).

It is refreshing to read about real science.  Have you ever heard of such skepticism in the ‘science’ of global warming?  No, you haven’t.  Because in real science a 0.004 percent chance of uncertainty is so large that they cannot draw any conclusion.  Whereas in global warming ‘science’ anything that has a 0.004 percent chance of being true is good enough to be an undisputed truth.  Funny, isn’t it?  The difference between real science and global warming ‘science’.

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Vancouver building Charging Stations for Electric Cars that aren’t there to use Them

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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Vancouver is going all in on electric cars.  Even when no one is buying them (see City to build 67 more electric car-charging stations by 2013-Vancouver by Tara Carman posted 2/23/2012 on the Vancouver Sun).

The City of Vancouver is taking an “if you build it, they will come” approach to electric vehicles, announcing an $800,000 pilot project to expand the number of charging stations in the city…

Less than one per cent of Canadians have purchased an electric vehicle, according to Brian Murphy, a senior man-ager at J.D. Power and Associates. One of the reasons is likely the price of the vehicles, which typically run more than $40,000, plus the $2,000 it costs to purchase and install a charging station in private homes…

Another discouraging factor about electric vehicles is “range anxiety” about having to take trips that are 200 kilometres or more, Murphy said. A full charge will take the Nissan Leaf, for example, about 160 kilometres, depending on the terrain and weather conditions.

The article includes a photo of a man in what appears to be a gas station for electric cars.  Happily plugged in.  And charging up his battery.  Luckily for him it appears to be a nice day.  It’s daylight.  And he’s not wearing a coat.  So he should have no problem standing there for 5 hours or so until his battery charges.

This is the dark side of range anxiety.  If you don’t make it back home on your charge you are stranded.  Because batteries don’t charge as fast as you can fill a tank with gasoline.

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Half of Americans don’t Pay Taxes but can Vote to Increase Taxes on those who Do

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

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No one likes paying taxes.  For workers want to keep their hard earned money.  So it’s always been puzzling how the tax and spend politicians keep getting elected.  And keep raising our taxes.  Or is it (see HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling government debt posted 2/22/2012 the Daily Mail)?

In 2009, just 50.5 per cent of Americans paid any income tax to the federal government – the lowest proportion in at least half a century…

In 1984, the middle of the Reagan era, 85 per cent of Americans paid federal income tax, meaning just 34.8million people did not…

The conjunction of fewer taxpayers with higher welfare payments has led to intense pressure on the public purse, with the national deficit running at $1.3trillion per year.

The Heritage Foundation argues that the reduction in the number of taxpayers will create an electorate dominated by non-taxpayers, who will always support higher taxes and spending because their own money is not at stake.

About half of all Americans pay no federal income tax.  No wonder they vote for the tax and spend politicians.  Because it’s not their hard-earned money that they are taxing spending.  It’s other people’s hard-earned money.

We keep hearing everyone say that the rich need to pay their fair share.  It would appear they are.  In fact, it appears that they are paying more than their fair share.  They have to be.  Because if half of all Americans aren’t paying any taxes the rich must be paying more than their fair share.  For they’re paying for those who aren’t paying their fair share.  Half of all Americans.

The thing that made Britain great was Parliament.  Representative government.  Having the people who paid the taxes have a say in how those taxes were spent.  It kept the Crown from spending those taxes irresponsibly.  Which greatly influenced the Founding Fathers.  Who made it difficult for the new federal government to spend irresponsibly.  Back at the Founding you had to have skin in the game to vote.  In other words, if you weren’t a taxpayer you didn’t vote.  Since then things changed.  Now people who don’t pay taxes can vote to spend other people’s money.  And when someone else is buying people rarely say ‘no’ to more government benefits.  No matter the consequences.  And those who pay no taxes have no problem increasing tax rates on those who do.

This road we’re on can only lead to one place.  The end of the country as we know it.  Much like the Greeks are experiencing right now.  Which in inevitable when people have a say in spending other people’s money.

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