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Damn it America-China is kicking our butts!!

In Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, Uncategorized on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

The information that I used for this blog was from a blog by John on 09/18/2010 titled “The Decline of a Super Power- Chinese Takeout and Takeover”, (Posted on e-Forwards.com/category/politics/)

He ends his blog with;

This message, if any, surely deserves forwarding, doesn’t it?

I agree with John. This is my version of  his blog with my own comments thrown in.

Here’s a HUGE reason why there is a slowdown and unemployment is so high:

E m m a   M a e r s k

The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line chartered to Wal Mart, is shown in these photos . What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012..

These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China . They hold an incredible 15,000 cartons and have a 207 foot deck beam!!  The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000). With it’s 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals ..It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.

The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China -to- California  run. 91% of Wal-mart products are made in China . So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.

The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.

Additional info:

Country of origin  Denmark.

Length – 1,302 ft

Width – 207 ft

Net cargo – 123,200 tons

Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)

Cruise Speed – 31 knots

Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU—- (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)

Crew – 13 people !

First Trip – Sept. 08, 2006

Construction cost – US $145,000,000+

Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

Editorial Comment!

A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY. Yep, that’s right. We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about the current financial state of this country? Just keep buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) until you run out of money.

Now do you wonder what the cause of unemployment (maybe even your job) in the U.S. and Canada  might be????

Here are a couple of photos of “The Emma Maersk” being used by China.

I know that everything looks bad here and it is bad. Remember back in the old days when founder, Sam Walton was running the Wal-Marts company.Everything was made here in the good old U.S.A. No imports were allowed in his stores.(This is what I have heard for years so I just have to assume that it was true). Now it is about 90% imports. Quality is down, but the price is right. I can’t be to0 critical because I too shop a lot at Wal-Marts

Of the 535 members of congress, 237 of them are millionaires.I doubt if you see any of them in a Wal Mart Store.

And another thing to think about, is this! Those 237 millionaires that are in congress right now were NOT put there by millionaires. They only financed them…They were VOTED into congress by all 0f us “Wal- Mart people”. How about them apples?? We voted in the millionaires and so far, it seems, the only thing that they have done is to keep their top 2% income tax deduction alive and not much else!

Now, how do the millionaires fit into this blog? Well, they really don’t. They just have me so irritated in general that I wanted to pick on them.

The magic of a Cucumber

In postaweek2011, Uncategorized, Usefull Information on March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am



1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every

day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3,

Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,

Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc..


2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the

caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source

of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick

pick-me-up that can last for hours.


3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a

shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will

eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.


4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place

a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests

all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the

aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden

pests crazy and make them flee the area.


5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite

before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of

cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the

phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to

tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of

cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!


6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a

few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and

headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and

electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping

everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!


7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening

snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used

by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart

off starvation.


8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you

realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a

freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a

quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels

water.



9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a

cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the

squeak is gone!


10 Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial

or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a

boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber

will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam,

creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce

stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.


11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t

have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof

of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad

breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth

responsible for causing bad breath.


12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets,

sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the

surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish

and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm

you fingers or fingernails while you clean.



13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of

the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works

great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the

walls!!


Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for

better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems..




Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 3 of 4

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I would like your attention please! This Blog is a re-posting of the of the orginal Blog that I had posted on 01/14/2011  Titled: Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 3 of 4 (Which has been trashed).

Here we are, half way through our Alaskan Caravan. So far we have enjoyed ourselves very much.By now we all are on first name basis with each other. ” Can man” Jack , the guy designated to collect a 25 cent fine off anyone caught without a name tag has made an occasional report on the excuses people have given for not wearing their name tag. Lot of humorous reasons. You can also get fined 25 cents for getting lost on your way to your new campground, after all,you have the direction with you.( It has cost me 50 cents already. I followed people once who turned out to be strangers), I soon learned to read my own directions and things got better….Stay with me,I have two blogs, counting this one, to go. I hope that you are having as much fun reading these blogs as I have had re-living the them!!

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I wondered why the baseball kept getting larger…….Then it hit me.

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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (7/6/97) We are leaving Rivers edge RV Park, Fairbanks, Ak. – for – Mc Kinley RV & Campground, Denali, Ak. We had to streach out this 111 mile trip because we could not check in until after 2:00 pm. This is the first time that Jaye has ever traveled with us in the 5th wheel. I hope that the back seat in our extended cab truck isn’t too uncomfortable, not much leg room. She didn’t complain, just put on a big happy smile. She is a daddy’s girl, the rougher, the better! In the evening the Campground had an ice cream social for us so they could explain the hot water tokens and cover the trip to Denali National Park tomorrow. We were suppose to go to “Cabin Nite” tonight but for some reason they could not take us, so we will go tomorrow , after our Denali trip. That should be a full day for us. >

(7/7/97) We got up at 3:30 am this morning so that we could board the campground bus to take us into Denali National Park Tour Buses. They had tickets for three different buses which they gave out to us last night. One at 5:30 am (no way), one for 6:00 am(don’t think so), and one for 6:30 am (thats better). We got our 6:30 am National Park Bus…but we still had to take the 5:00 am bus to drive the 12 miles into where the Tour buses were.. The Park Tour is 66 miles long.

Dall Sheep Rams

The McKinley we did not see

The Mt. McKinley you don’t see in summer! The animals did not co- operate with us at all. We saw a few Caribou in the distance and some Dall Sheep on the side of the mountain. (so says our bus driver). It rained a little and clouded up a lot. All in all, this was not a very sucessful Mt. McKinley trip. On the way back from our failed attempt to see the mountain, the bus driver conceded that Mt. McKinley stays clouded over most of the summer. If you want to see the peak, come in the winter time. After we got back to the campground they gave us an hour to get ready, then boarded us onto the bus to go to “Cabin Night” down the road. That is an all you can eat dinner at long tables. seating ten people each

Jaye & Dad at Cabin night

Jaye & Her toy sled Dog

The waiters and waitresses put on the show as well as wait on us. It was a 1930’s type of show and it was a lot of fun. Jaye was our “Head Table Person” for our table and Charlie was our waiter. When we wanted something at our table, Jaye would stand up and circle her napkin over her head yelling as loud as she could, “hey Charlie” until Charlie came running and got us what we needed! This was a fantastically enjoyable outing! >

(7/8/97) We are leaving McKinley RV & Campground, Denali, Alaska – for – Golden Nugget Camper Park, Anchorage, Alaska. We planned to leave between 9:30 am & 10:00am because we can’t check in until after 3:00 am. We are so prepared when it comes to traveling that we couldn’t stall any more past 9:30 am. We had a pleasant trip down to Anchorage. No sight of “Mt. McKinley because of all the clouds. We were hoping for a break in the cloud cover. Sometimes it can be seen from Anchorage. We will see! The south side of the mountain is usually the clearer side because Denali itself will cause bad weather as the easterly winds go across it. Bob and Betty’s CB set worked for them coming into Anchorage. We have a nice site with full hook-ups. Lois is still in the Anchorage Hospital where they took her last night. She has had a “MIR” and they still don’t know whats wrong with her. What a vacation for her! >

(7/9/97) At 9:00 am we all boarded a nice new motor coach (bus) for our city tour of Anchorage which is Jaye and her little sled dog a little over 250,000 population. It is a’ some-what new city’ which has expanded very rapidly and is mostly two story structures spread out over a wide area. There are a few tall buildings up to the code limit of 22 stories. There is one at 24 stories , that some how got past the restrictions. The people here have not forgotten the 1964 earthquake which flatten the city, A lot of the city is built on clay which liquified during the 9.1 (Richter scale) quake. This quake makes up a large part of Anchorages history. The tour through town was interesting. There are quite a few buildings with murals painted on building walls. And there are flowers everywhere to cheer everyone up.

Portage Glacier

lots of flowers everywhere. After eight cold winter months, they plant flowers everywhere to bring out some “cheerfulness”as soon as they can. The city is the biggest promoter. With the long hours of sunshine, everything grows larger than what we are use to seeing . We had lunch at the Soursough Mining Company Restaurant and I have never had Haliburt cooked as good as that. After lunch we went across the parking lot to the “Alaska Wild Berry Products Store” for a short tour. Jams, Jelly & Chocolates. Free sample of chocolates. Its like dying and going to chocolate heaven. Plenty of free chocolates samples. After we returned from the tour, we drove to the main post office next to the air port, to pick up our mail (of course the general delivery mail doesn’t go here , but to the P.O. up town at the mall). >

(7/10/97) This is an off day. I picked up Bob Keller and we headed to the mall up town. We had a hard time finding a parking place. No mail. Drove over to “Fred Myers”, (same type store as Wal-Marts) to get Jayes photos processed and buy a few items. We will pick up the photos tomorrow.This is a big store. I noticed that they had several water valves located at various places around the parking lot fence and several RV’s that I assumed were over nighting (?). Big parking lot. Tonight a group of us got together on our own, and had dinner at the Sea Galley, a great restaurant but pricey. King Crab Claws ($25.95/per lb). We had a lot of fun there. >

(7/11/97) Up early for the Portage Glacier Tour. We boarded our motor coach bus at 8:30 am and head for Portage Glacier. This is where we are to board the MV PATRMIGAN at 10:30 am for a one-hour cruise on Portage Lake to Portage Glacier, It is raining and cold. We put on warm clothes. Got a cup of hot coffee at the boat terminal and got aboard, The 1 1/2 hour trip from the campground to the boat would have been great, if we could have seen through the low clouds. The boat cruise spent most of the time around the Glacier. They had a tour guide on board to explain glaciers and to answer any questions. Most people thought that the Glacier showed up better without bright sunlight on it . On the way back we stopped at a small diner and had a good lunch . Next we stopped at “Alyeska, a winter ski Resort, The shops there stay open year around, so most everyone shopped. After we got back to our RV, Jaye had to prepare to leave at 6:30 am tomorrow morning. Eleven days certainly do go by fast when you have someone special with you! >

(7/12/97) We are leaving Golden Nugget Camper Park, Anchorage, Alaska – for – Homer Spit Campground, Homer, Alaska. We were up at 4:30 am to get Jaye to the Anchorage Airport by 6:00 am. Her plane leaves at 6:45 am. She is very special to us. We had a very quiet ride back to the Campground. We fueled up before we got back to the campground. We got behind our leader Grant, going out the gate and soon lost him. Grant has this urge to be the first one on the road and the first to check into the new campground. Mostly we let just him go. Just because he likes to lead doesn’t mean that we will follow. If we catch up with him fine, if not, thats ok too. We didn’t see Grant again until we got to Homer. It rained most of the way, with some fog thrown in. We found the Campground and Carl had saved us a large end lot. Electric only. We can handle that for two days ok.

Homer Spit Campground

> (7/13/97) Today is an off day. Eleven days of making sure Jaye got to see everything possible has worn us out. We slept in this morning. We fueled up and drove around Homer and Homer Spit..Boy are they ever set up to take care of the tourist, and are there a lot of tourist here to be taken….care of. Some of our group went Halibut fishing and Dale caught a 93 lb Halibut. He had most of it processed, quick-froze and mailed home. but he did save out enough to have a big cook-out for who ever wanted to attend. We had just finished dinner, so we passed it up. Do you know that the only Halibut I ever saw until this year was in a fish market. It is nothing but a great big grown up Flounder, and I mean really,really grown up really big. It tastes so good.

Three Sea Otters

(8/14/98) We are leaving Homer Spit Campground, Homer,Alaska – for – City Park of Seward , Seward , Alaska. We got away by 9:00 am as planned. We followed Grant & Barbara and Bob & Betty out of the campground. Ten miles down the road, it was just us and the dust. I do not intend to travel over 55 mph towing our 36 ft- 5th wheel RV, that is unless we are getting up speed for a hill up ahead. It was a long and wet and wet drive. We stopped for lunch at a place that made these large great smelling cinnamon rolls. After lunch, we bought six large great smelling cinnamon rolls for breakfast ( if they make it that far). We arrived at the City Park of Seward, and was given a site. This should be interesting. We are just off the beach with nothing but water ahead of us. Absolutely no kind of a hook-up anywhere with two days of camping. “Do not” turn on anything that you do not need. (It is times like these that I wished I had bought that generator that I said I didn’t need!)….But the view is great.

(7/15/97) Well, we survived the first day of ‘no hook-ups’. It was a good thing that we got the heater repaired because it was cold and it rained all night, This morning it cleared up by noon time into a very nice day. Grant & Barbara and a few other rigs pulled out early this morning for Anchorage. They didn’t enjoy the lack of hook-ups-even for the view. They also missed out on 6 hour cruise down to the Gulf of Alaska and back. What a cruise. It was the best by far of any cruise that we have had on this caravan . The weather co-operated and turned into a beautiful day. We had no sooner got started when we came across three sea otters laying on their backs eating. We didn’t bother them a bit moving up close to get a better look. When did leave, we sighted some small whales close by. As we moved out into Resurrection bay and around the rocky islands we sighted hundreds of puffins. We made our way down to Aialik Cape and around to Holgate Glacier. We had dolphins playing in bow wave. As we arrived at Holgate Glacier we saw several Glaciers of different sizes. We didn’t see any “calfing ” while we were there. On our way back we saw several pods of humpback whales. They are hard to video tape because when they dive, you can not predict where they will come up. All-in-all, it was a great day.

(8/16/98) We are leaving City Park  of Seward, Seward, Alaska – for – Homestead RV Park, Palmer, Alaska. Murphy has not left us yet. As we were getting ready to leave the campground this morning, we noticed  how slow the slideout moved in. When we tried to lift the front of the RV high enough to back the truck under to connect them, the batteries completely pooped out. We used the hand crank to finish the hook-up. We drove down to the Sears Roebuck Store in Anchorage where they changed them out.(they were around 4 yrs old so I bought two new deep cycle batteries). Now we have all new batteries and all new tires on the RV. We were the next to last one to check into the campground (again). Our group had a pot luck dinner tonight with the halibut being the main protein served. Everything was great. I am coming down with a head cold (I think). I took a hot shower, vicked up, took an Advil PM and went to bed early. June went to the musical Narrative about the Matanuska Colonists, put on by the campground. She said that was good, but being outside, it was cold and breezy.

(7/17/97) I got a good nights sleep last hight. I got up some what later than usual. We drove into Palmer and found a service station that sold diesel and LP gas. We fueled up on diesel and had our LP cylinder filled. We bought a few groceries and returned to the RV. We put the LP cylinder back in place and hooked it up. At 3:45 pm we are taking a bus to tour the “Musk-Ox” farm near here. Musk Ox in Defensive Circle They are the animals that surround their young to protect them when there is a threat. It is quite effective against the wolves, but not worth a darn against the hunters who simply shot them while they stood there. Of course they were completely wiped out in the early 1900’s. The ones they are raising here now have been imported from Canada, Greenland and Russia (I think). During the 1930’s the government moved some poor people to this area and subsidized them until they could provide a living for themselves. This evening the campground hosted dinner at a restaurant, This has been a pretty good day. I topped off our fresh water tank and hauled off about 20 gallons of grey water in our 30 gallon tote tank. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ———————————————————————————————————————————————-      A good joke for today!

The Pastor’s Ass The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The Pastor was so pleased with his donkey that he entered it in another race, and it won again. The local paper read: Pastor’s ass out front. The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in in another race. The next day the local paper headline read: Bishop scratches Pastor’s ass. This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby Convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headlines the next day: Nun has best ass in town. The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the paper read: Nun sells ass for $10. This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the paper read: Nun announces her ass is wild and free. The bishop was buried the next day. The moral of the story is….being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery ….even shorten your life. Stop worring about everyone else’s ass and you’ll be a lot happier and live longer. Have a nice day !

I’m mad as hell-and you should be too.

In Interesting Information, Uncategorized on January 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Tell me, good people, what are the “politicians” using for brains now-a-days.I suspect that it must be a combination of “goose poop mixed with mouse turds”

Can anybody think that cutting taxes will decrease the deficits in our budget and decrease our National  Deficit after President Reagon cut taxes and every year that he did, the deficit went up. Then came along  President G.W.Bush, and he cut taxes and the deficits went up again when he did. Now, believe it or not, I just saw on TV( around the middle of March 2011), a congressman with a bunch of “visual-aids” cards explaining how cutting taxes will lower the  national deficit.

Stop right here with the “BULL” that our “DEFICIT” can be controlled by “CUTTING TAXES”. That is NOT true now…and never has been true.

July 20th, 2008! The United States Has Not Had A Balanced Budget Since 1957! Posted by marketman in Government and PoliticsIn September 27, 2000, CNN wrote that that:the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping last year’s record surplus of $122.7 billion. I’m not sure where CNN finds their White House correspondents, but they obviously know nothing about government accounting. CNN is not the only clueless news narrators of course; MSNBC, The New York Times, ABC, CBS, USA Today and virtually every other national news agency got it wrong then, and continue to get it wrong today. Here is a tip for the mainstream news agencies: when reporting on US government budgetary issues, check the source. The source I’m referring to is the US Government’s Treasury Direct website. For all the pilfering the US government does of the tax coffers, at least they are honest about it. They accurately and honestly report the largest accounting scandal in world history. CNN just doesn’t understand the numbers.

The common practice is to look at National Debt and Deficits by President. However this practice ignores the role of Congress. It takes actions by Congress to raise the debt ceiling (allowing issuance of debt) and Congress must pass all budget bills. Tracking deficits and debt increases by control of Congress gives a much different picture than by tracking by President. The U.S. Congress was dominated by Republicans from 1861 – 1931, a period when 47 peacetime surpluses were experienced and only 13 peacetime deficits. Democrats dominated the Congress from 1933 to 1994. During that time only 7 peace time surpluses were experienced. The last budget passed by a Democrat controlled Congress to finish with a surplus came in 1969.

As of July 17, 2008, the current US Government Debt is nearly 9.518 Trillion dollars. From the Budget of the United States historical tables (pg 31), the United States tax revenue for fiscal year 2007 was only 1.86 Trillion dollars when the social insurance and retirement receipts are subtracted out. For those of you who think that your money is 100% safe in United States treasuries, consider the fact that the debt to revenue ratio of the United States treasury is over 5 to 1! (9.518 trillion total debt divided by 1.86 trillion in tax revenue).
Looking back, here are the historical US government debt numbers from 1986 through 2007: