As Summer approaches in Australia Women risk Great Harm so Men find them Sexy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2013

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The left say the Republicans have a war on women.  Because they oppose free birth control.  Oppose abortion on demand.  And prefer women to marry instead of exploring and enjoying their sexuality.  Putting their sexuality out there.  Objectifying themselves.  In other words, Republicans have a war on women because they don’t treat women as sexual objects.  Or actively help them to please men.

It is interesting how the left has gotten women to believe that sexualizing themselves equates to liberation and empowerment.  And it’s not just in America.  In advanced economies throughout the world where women can have careers and liberties like men they still want to be pretty and sexually attractive for men (see Crash and burn bikini warning by Sonia Kohlbacher posted 10/26/2013 on Perth Now).

Experts are warning women against going to extremes chasing “unrealistic” body goals ahead of summer.

Punishing exercise regimes and a diet stripped to the bare essentials could trigger long-term health issues, according to Australian Medical Association state president Richard Choong…

He said the “bombardment” of unrealistic body images in shop windows and the media in the lead-up to summer put a lot of pressure on women…

The Pilates Fitness Institute director Frances Cahill said there is always a bump in new female members heading into summer. She put it down to fears about how they will look in a bikini at the beach.

“Even though we all have the best intentions of keeping up our Miranda Kerr healthy living habits all year round, winter tends to make it harder to stay dedicated to our usual exercise routine,” she said.

Ms Cahill said it was important to remember everyone came in different shapes and sizes.

Once upon a time women did this to snag themselves a rich husband.  Some may still do this.  But a lot do this for no other reason than wanting to be sexy.  Call it the hard-wiring of our DNA to attract the opposite sex.  Or societal decay as we become less religious and more hedonistic.  Whatever the reason women are risking great harm to be sexy.  And it’s not the right that’s trying to get them to do this.  Yet it’s the right that has a war on women.  Go figure.

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Federal Regulators find no Problem with Tesla Battery Design after one Burst into Flames this Month

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2013

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a state-of-the-art fuel-efficient intercontinental jetliner.  Something that made airlines dealing with razor-thin margins and rising fuel prices stand up and take notice.  This was an airplane that they wanted.  And how did they squeeze these fuel savings out of the Dreamliner?  Well, they used more composite materials than before.  Reducing the amount of heavier metals.  And they eliminated some other ‘heavy’ metal in a way that increased engine efficiency.  By eliminating pneumatic systems and replacing them with electric systems.  Which eliminated the bleed air system that bled efficiency from the jet engines.  And removing all the metal ductwork that piped that hot pressurized air throughout the aircraft.  Such as to the anti-icing systems in the wings.  Which they replaced with electric heaters.

The Boeing 787 is the most electric plane in commercial aviation.  It uses an enormous amount of electric power.  Which requires powerful backup batteries.  Lithium-ion batteries.  That have a very high energy density.  Created from powerful chemical reactions.  Requiring complex controllers to regulate the power, temperature and pressure in the batteries to try and prevent a ‘thermal runaway’.  Especially during charging.  Which happened a few times.  Starting a fire or two.  Prompting the FAA to action.  And grounding the entire 787 Dreamliner fleet because of these high energy density batteries.

Electric cars also use these high energy density batteries.  And some of them have caught fire.  But federal regulators aren’t taking any electric cars off of the street (see Tesla dodges full investigation after fiery crash by Charles Riley posted 10/25/2013 on CNNMoney).

Federal regulators have decided not to open an official investigation into the crash of a Tesla Model S earlier this month that resulted in a fire in the electric car’s battery section.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that while it continually reviews vehicle complaints, the crash had not led to the discovery of any safety faults…

Auto blog Jalopnik posted photos and videos of the Seattle-area accident in early October, showing an electric Tesla Model S engulfed in flames…

Musk’s 560-word post explained the accident in his usual painstaking detail. He said the cause of the accident appeared to be a piece of metal that fell off of a semi-trailer and struck the Model S.

A fire then erupted in the car’s front battery section, but was contained to that area, the CEO wrote. No flames entered the passenger compartment.

Musk also tried to reassure his readers. “There should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large tank of highly flammable liquid,” he wrote.

Well, one thing about our roads.  They are clean as a whistle.  So although there was a piece of metal once there will never be another piece of metal on our roads.  So there is no need to add some heavy metal under the Tesla to protect the battery from pieces of metal thrown up from the road.  Increasing the weight of the electric car.  Decreasing its range.  Further discouraging people from buying them.

If that piece of metal had hit a gas tank it may have dented it.  It may have even caused it to leak.  But it wouldn’t have burst into flames.  As the millions of cars driving on our metal-strewn roads testify to every day.  Gasoline stored in a tank slung underneath a car is pretty safe.  For it’s not what we combust in our engine.  No.  First we must aerosolize the liquid into a vapor.  Mix it with oxygen.  Compress it (greatly increasing its temperature).  Then ignite it with an electric spark.  And only then will it explode.  For an explosion needs heat and pressure.  Which isn’t present in a gas tank under normal conditions.  But they do exist in lithium-ion batteries under normal conditions.  Which is why they explode.  And burst into flames.

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The Obama Administration fired Obamacare Telephone Operator for Gross Telling of the Truth

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2013

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Following the Seven Years’ War the British Empire was in debt.  And needed to raise some money.  The American colonists benefited well from the British victories over the French.  So they turned to the American colonists for their funding woes. 

Now the British citizens in the American colonies had no representation in Parliament.  So they had no say in taxing matters.  Unlike British citizens on the other side of the Atlantic.  Basically, the British in the American colonies were second class British citizens.  Which ultimately led to their declaring their independence from the British Crown.  And why Thomas Jefferson wrote “all men are created equal.”  And the Founding Fathers believed this. Unlike the current administration (see White House Declares Truth Telling A Firing Offense Fires Phone Operator For Telling Truth by IBD Editorials posted 10/25/2013 on Investors).

To date, no one in the Obama administration has been fired for the Hindenburg-like Affordable Care Act. Oh, wait, there is one: The lowly telephone operator who told the truth about it to Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

One can be forgiven for wondering if this White House has some wimpy aversion to firing anyone, given the scale of unpunished blundering seen in the Benghazi attack, the IRS suppression of political dissent, the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal and now the incompetence of the ObamaCare rollout.

But there does seem to be one offense where a red line has been drawn: telling the truth. That’s what cost ObamaCare telephone operator Earline Davis her job…

Yet as Davis was punished for rules she knew nothing about, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who repeatedly lied to Congress and the American people about the readiness of the ObamaCare exchanges, and who had been excused earlier for illegal electioneering on the grounds she didn’t know the rules — remains on the job.

The Obama administration is less like the Founding Fathers and more like George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  With President Obama playing the role of Napoleon.  Who eventually reduces the Seven Commandments of Animalism to one.  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”  Just like in the Obama administration.  Where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is more equal than a lowly telephone operator.  And everyone in the Obama administration is more equal than those outside of the Obama administration.  At least based on their actions.

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The Environmental Left is killing People with Grocery Bags

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2013

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We’ve been hearing ‘paper or plastic’ at the grocery store for awhile now.  Soon it will be ‘paper, plastic or food-borne illness’ (see Tax on shopping bags ‘will lead to more food poisoning’ by Graeme Paton posted 10/27/2013 on The Telegraph).

An increase in the use of “bags for life” could lead to a spike in illness rates as shoppers place new items in bags already used to store fresh meat and raw vegetables, it was claimed.

The comments come amid growing pressure on families to reuse plastic bags as part of an environmental drive.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced plans to charge 5p for plastic bags in England from 2015 to discourage the use of multiple bags…

But leading scientists are warning that the move represents a serious risk to public health because reused bags are often “heavily contaminated” with bacteria.

“Vegetables that come into contact with the inside of the bags could easily be contaminated,” he said.

He said many shoppers stored empty bags in the boot of the car but added: “The warm environment of cars make them the worst place as far as bacteria is concerned.

“One bacteria cell will quickly become thousands.

“If people are going to have to pay for bags and re-use them my concern is we’re creating a high risk of food poisoning. At the very least people have to be given advice to clean these bags every time they use them.”

The conclusions follow research by Pennsylvania University, which found a 25 per cent increase hospital admissions for bacterial infections such as E. coli after San Francisco banned plastic bags.

The study said: “The San Francisco ban is associated with a 46 per cent increase in deaths from food-borne illness to a rate of approximately 12 deaths per year.”

If we use the left’s logic in the gun control debate then we must continue to use single-use plastic bags.  Because they say we should ban guns even if it saves only one life.  Well, using single-use plastic bags will save up to 12 lives a year in San Francisco.  So keep on using plastic.  Based on the left’s logic.

Of course the left doesn’t care about people dying from bacterial infections.  For they have no problem with people dying.  For them it’s a small price to pay to advance their agenda.  Which is the only thing important to them.  Unless they back away from this policy agenda.  And let people use safe shopping bags.  Will they?  Time will tell.  But don’t hold your breath.  For when it comes to the environment they pretty much live by the maxim ‘save the planet, kill man’.  As they want us to drive tiny little cars that will get crushed by bigger vehicles.  Use all-electric cars that may run out of charge in a bad neighborhood or in rush hour traffic during a blizzard.  And reuse shopping bags that will give us fatal food poisoning.

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Obamacare forces Seniors to give up their Doctors and Medicare Advantage

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2013

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During the 2012 campaign the Obama campaign attacked Mitt Romney as a guy that didn’t care if people with cancer lost their health insurance.  In fact, the company he co-founded, Bain Capital, was accused of being so heartless that it wanted people to die from cancer. 

An employee of a steel plant lost his job and his health insurance after Bain took over the failing company and later closed the plant.  And because of this his wife died from cancer.  Even though she had lost her health insurance before the plant had closed.  Yet this one cancer death was very effective in demonizing Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign.  Ironically, President Obama will willingly let many people die from cancer to achieve a political end; national health care (see Elderly patients sick over losing doctors under ObamaCare by Carl Campanile posted 10/25/2013 on the New York Post).

Elderly New Yorkers are in a panic after getting notices that insurance companies are booting their doctors from the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare.

That leaves patients with unenviable choices: keep the same insurance plan and find another doctor, pay out of pocket or look for another plan where their physician is a member…

The [sic] are 2.6 million elderly New Yorkers who receive Medicare, the public heath [sic]-insurance program for the elderly.

But one in three patients — nearly 900,000 — are enrolled in Advantage, Medicare HMOs run by private insurers…

Federal funding to Medicare Advantage is being pared back by billions of dollars in coming years under the national Affordable Care Act. Obama said spending on the program was higher than regular Medicare and unsustainable.

President Obama said if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance.  And if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  Unless, of course, he wants to gut Medicare Advantage to pay for Obamacare.

He screws his young supporters by forcing them under penalty of law to buy health insurance to pay for the old and sick.  And now he’s screwing the old and sick by taking away their doctors and health insurance.  If he’s willing to screw two large voting blocks that support him imagine what he’ll do to people he doesn’t like.  Like Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party members.  The same conservative group that got special IRS scrutiny during the 2012 campaign.  An election where the Republican base did not turn out like they did during the 2010 elections.  Now imagine how eager they’ll want to be politically active when in addition to special IRS scrutiny the government can take away their doctor.  And deny them treatment for their health problems.  If you want a glimpse into that world you can look here.

Or you can look here.

It can get a little scary when the state becomes all powerful.  Some people at the Founding wanted a more powerful government.  For they were all students of the Enlightenment.  And believed that only like-minded people would ascend to government.  But the Founding Fathers knew their history.  And knew better.  No person should be trusted with power.  For what Lord Acton wrote in 1887 is as true today as it was throughout history.  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

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