Typical Liberal

He had no problems with defying the traditional values of our culture until he noticed that it might have some direct negative consequences for him and his family. 

source: My Way
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney says he has given up marijuana after many years of indulgence and now prefers wine or "a nice margarita."
The former Beatle told the Daily Mirror he doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren by using marijuana. He said Saturday his decision is "a parent thing."
He says "the last time I smoked was a long time ago."
McCartney had been a long-time marijuana user who spent 10 nights in jail after he was arrested trying to enter Japan with a large quantity of the drug in 1980.
The 72-year-old British rock/pop star is fit and has long advocated a vegetarian lifestyle. He continues to perform for adoring crowds worldwide. 

Apparently, he was never concerned about the examples he was setting for millions of his fans. It didn't matter to him, because he was getting  their money.  What a capitalist pig!

Typical liberal thought process - "I would should be able to do whatever I want and no one should be able to criticize me, but we should ban any behavior that I don't agree with."

Poor Paul.  What's he going to do if he ever finds out that vegetarianism and animal rights aren't such good ideas either?

Are You Smarter than Bill Gates?

Author’s note:  I’m a busy man, no time to proofread.  If any errors bother you, point them out in the comments section and I’ll fix ‘em later, maybe, probably not.

Bill Gates knows more about computers, software, and information than I do.  So does Mark Zuckerberg, and so did Steve Jobs.  Chances are that all of these people know (knew) about these subjects than you do too.  Does that mean that they are (were) smarter than you or I?  No, it means that they know (knew) more about computers, software and information technology then we do - nothing more. All of us probably know quite a bit more than any of the people mentioned above in a wide range of subjects, but I’d bet that none or very few of us, would say that automatically makes us more intelligent than them, or anyone else.

The good thing about Steve Jobs being dead is I no longer have to see articles on what he thinks about subjects that he has no expertise in.  Unfortunately, I still have dodge reading the opinions of Gates and Zuckerberg.  Sometimes I can’t help myself.  I guess I need to keep proving to myself that these guys are not smarter than me.  Read the following, and see what I mean -

source: Business Insider
Bill Gates just described his biggest fear — and it could kill 33 million people in less than a year
You would think that Bill Gates, the ever-so-friendly richest man in the world, wouldn't be afraid of much.
But as he recently told Ezra Klein at Vox, he does have some major fears for humanity.
"I rate the chance of a nuclear war within my lifetime as being fairly low," says Gates. "I rate the chance of a widespread epidemic, far worse than Ebola, in my lifetime, as well over 50%."

OK, so Bill Gates is worried about a major disease outbreak - not impossible, maybe not even unlikely, but we can say with 100% certainty, that a major, population decimating, epidemic is not occurring at this very moment.  Shouldn’t we be more concerned about something that is?  

I think it’s human nature to discount present danger.  It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s a survival mechanism.  It’s what makes us forge ahead instead of cowering in fear, but at the same time, it’s only logical that we direct most of our time and resources towards something that is a current threat.

I should hope that most of you who read this will readily understand what the clear and present danger that we are currently facing is.  What I am talking about is specifically, our $18 trillion national debt, and our federal government in general.  Both of these things are eroding our freedom, and freedom is the only thing that really matters.  Without it, we are almost powerless to effectively address any other potential threats, including a major pandemic.

About four years ago, I was listening to a radio show (I think it was the Mark Belling Show.) and some politician (I think it was Senator Ron Johnson.) cited a study that took into account every country that ever existed, since the 1200’s, and it showed that every country, that ever sustained a debt equal or greater to 90% of GDP, for three or more consecutive years, ended up doing one of two things.  They either defaulted on their debt or hyperinflated their currency.  Either of these two things means disaster.  Disaster beyond what most people can even fathom.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a copy of this study, which show I heard this on, or who said it.  If someone knows anything about this study, please comment or email me at: neilschnurr3@gmail.com

Now check this out:

We’re already in the danger zone.  What makes us think that we can escape what no other country ever has?  We got one thing going for us.  There are quite a few countries that are in worse shape than we are.  Japan and many of the European countries come to mind.  Maybe, watching them fall apart will make us wake up in time.  I hope so.

What we are facing has the potential to be more real and more devastating than a disease outbreak, global warming, terrorism, or almost anything else I can think of, and will render us unable to cope with any other disaster or emergency that might come our way.

Ya know, I think I just might be smarter than Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.

You All Have Already Seen it on the Drudge Report...

...I post it again here anyway.  Why?  Because Tesla cars suck.

source: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S P85D breaks—before testing begins

A broken power door handle is one of the most common Tesla problems

Last updated: May 18, 2015 02:15 PM
Help, help, my baby is in my burning Tesla and I can't open the door!

Well, I guess you shoulda bought a '69 Camaro.

A new car shouldn't have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month. Yet Consumer Reports' brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable. (Read "Why We Bought a Tesla Model S.")
After we’d owned the P85 D for a mere 27 days, with just over 2,300 miles on the odometer, the driver-side door handle failed. The door handles in the Model S retract electrically so they rest flush with the sides of the car when they’re not in use. Walk up to the car with the key fob in your pocket, and the handles move out to allow you to grip them.
Driver's door handle is stuck.
Except this time, the one on the driver’s door of our P85D didn’t pop out, leaving us no way to open the door from the outside. And significantly, the car wouldn't stay in Drive, perhaps misinterpreting that the door was open due to the issue with the door handle. We have observed other vehicles likewise prohibiting driving with a door open.
We’re far from the first Tesla owners to experience this problem. Our car reliability survey shows that doors, locks, and latches are the biggest trouble areas with Teslas and that the Model S has far higher than average rates of such problems.
“Model S’ connectivity paired with over-the-air software updates allow Tesla to diagnose and fix most problems in Model S without the owner ever coming in for service,” said a Tesla Motors spokesperson via e-mail. “In instances when hardware, like the door handle, need to be replaced, we strive to make it painless for a customer to get their Model S serviced. ”
The good news: Getting our Tesla fixed could hardly have been more convenient. We called our local Tesla service center to have the car picked up and hauled 60 miles away to the service center for repair. But instead, the company sent a local technician to our Auto Test Center the next morning. Tesla maintains a fleet of repair vans with technicians to provide on-site service for minor problems. Such house calls are part of the Tesla ownership experience, available to all customers.
The technician diagnosed and repaired the problem quickly. Our car needed a new door-handle control module—the part inside the door itself that includes the electronic sensors and motors to operate the door handle and open the door. The whole repair took about two hours and was covered under the warranty.
Now that we can open the driver’s door and slide behind the wheel, our P85D is ready to start our formal test regimen. We’ll keep you posted on how it performs and let you know whether we have any more problems with it.
—Eric Evarts

Mad Max: Fury Road - Pray it doesn't suck.

For thirty years, I have waited for the next installment of the Mad Max movie series, and have been following the creation of it for nearly a decade.  It’s been a long wait, especially since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, back in 1985, was such a disappointment for any true Mad Max fan.

Way back in 1981, I remember seeing a preview for The Road Warrior, and began counting down the days until its release.  It also caused me to remember an ad in the newspaper movie section about two years earlier, for a film called Mad Max.  Ads for both movies, used the tagline, “Pray he’s out there”, and I wondered if the two movies were somehow related.

I saw The Road Warrior, the day it was released, and was not disappointed.  In fact, I returned to see it in theaters, about fifteen times.  At that point, I could only wish that I could have seen Mad Max in the theater as well.  In those days, if you missed seeing a movie that wasn’t a blockbuster in the theaters, chances were, that you would never see it at all.

Then, two wonderful things happened - The widespread emergence of cable TV, and the advent of video rentals.  I finally got to see Mad Max on cable, and soon after,  I could rent it on VHS.  Those days, of the early to mid-80’s were truly the golden age of movie rentals.  Every movie a video rental outlet had, was a “new release”, and I figured that I would never be able to exhaust the available supply of good movies that I had not yet seen. (In reality, it took about three years.)  

Soon afterward, one could just buy their favorite movies on VHS, and to this day, Mad Max and The Road Warrior remain my favorite movies of all time.  I’ve seen each, well over one hundred times, and know every scene and line.  The true test of a great movie is:Can you watch it again, even if you’ve seen it many times before?  I’ve worn out two VHS cassettes of both movies.  Thank God for DVD’s.

In 1985, I eagerly awaited the release of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.  What a disappointment!  The movie barely had any scenes with any cars in them, and for most Mad Max fans, that’s what the franchise was all about.  The other problem with the movie was the whole kids in the desert thing.  This is what ruined that movie as far as I am concerned.  A band of kids left alone to fend for themselves for years in the desert?  The whole scenario is beyond the realm of possibility.   In order for movies like Mad Max to work, their audiences must be able to believe that such a story could actually happen, even if they have to strain to do so.  This is where I fear that the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road is going to fail.  Maybe not in terms of ticket sales, but by how it will be viewed by true Mad Max fans.

Through watching previews and reading articles, I have picked up on a vibe that  is going to have some bad ass chicks in it.  You know, women that beat up guys and tell guys what to do.  In a post apocalyptic world, this would be less likely to occur than a group of kids surviving by themselves for years in the desert.  Why?  Because it’s supposed to be post apocalyptic!  Duh!  By definition, in a post apocalyptic world, there isn’t going to be any affirmative action, Title IX, a smaller ball, lower minimum standards, or any other artificial means that allows weaker individuals or groups to compete on the same level as the best and/or strongest, in anything.  If some type of apocalyptic event ever takes place, societies will become more like it they were back in preindustrial and even medieval times, and we all know how many ass-kicking chicks existed back then.

I have always been able to overlook the fact that Mad Max can turn his supercharger on and off with an electric switch, even though such a thing is impossible in real life.  Maybe, I’ll be able to overlook the ass-kicking chicks in Fury Road too, even though such a thing is much less believable.

I’ve thought about not even seeing it, but I know I won’t be able to keep away.  I thought about waiting about a week to see it because I hate crowded theaters, but I know I won’t be able to wait that long.   I’ll porbably go see it in a few hours.  Mad Max: Fury Road, Pray it doesn’t suck.