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Submarine Cable Map 2015

Submarine Cable Map 2015.

Cool.

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death

Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death.

From the article:

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and all the others were not available for comment.

Now that last line may be harsh on my part but if you look at the whole Ferguson fiasco, from well before the shooting of Michael Brown through to today, you can not demonstrate how government is helping the citizens of that town.

Government seems to be actively hostile to people that are on the lower end of the wealth and income scale.

How to live near the water without spending a million (or more)

Scott Burns: How to live near the water without spending a million.

Scott Burns is down in Florida again. He does this trip every so often and writes about manufactured (read “trailer”) homes. He is correct about the cost advantages. I am tempted to get in the car and go see the parks he mentions for myself. I know I can do with less space. Particularly if I could have a boat in the water within walking distance of my front door.

I have long dreamed of taking my design experience into the world of manufactured homes. When you look at the property that is available in Florida for manufactured homes, it is clear to me that there is a market for a luxury product. I don’t mean luxury as the current manufacturers define it. I mean luxury with a trailer full of premium brand names.

I’m confident people would pay for it.

I’m also baffled (well not really, as there are many reasons) at why we all don’t live in manufactured homes. I am probably not the guy to break through all the resistance to manufactured housing, but I would sure like to go to work for him.

OU: Where Football is King

“The judicial outcome and the video speak for themselves,” Oklahoma President David L. Boren said. “The University is an educational institution, which always sets high standards that we hope will be upheld by our students. We hope that our students will all learn from those standards, but at the same time, we believe in second chances so that our students can learn and grow from life’s experiences.”

That was President Boren recently when Joe Mixon was reinstated to the football team. Go read that whole post linked in that quote.

Here is Boren today:

“There is no double standard at the University of Oklahoma. We punish bad behavior without regard to race. He (Mixon) was suspended from the team for a year and was not allowed to play. He was also ordered to perform community service, which he has completed. We punish bad behavior without regard to whether a person is an athlete or non-athlete, black or white. It is sheer and utter nonsense to make such a statement. We are colorblind at the University of Oklahoma and make no distinction between athletes and non-athletes. We have even taken one case to the state Supreme Court to enforce the findings of our internal disciplinary process under Title IX, in a case involving a student athlete.”

Remember, Boren was a U.S. Senator and a former Governor of Oklahoma. The guy is a politician and you’ll notice he didn’t exactly respond to the accusation of a double standard.

Just remember that the video of Joe Mixon hitting that young lady has never been released. He hasn’t suffered the same two minutes of hate the SAE boys have. Also the Joe Mixon videotape hasn’t been released. I don’t believe there is video tape of Green-Beckham tossing that woman down the stairs.

I brought this up before…

I don’t know how to color it any other way. You are on your own for health care. It doesn’t matter who is paying. It doesn’t matter if it’s free to you. You have to pay attention. You have to raise your voice. No one is going to return your calls. So when they offer, just tell them, “You and I both know you are not going to call back. How long do you want me to wait before I call you back to remind you I need help.”

Motherfuckers…

Art People: Learn Economics, I Beseech You

If you take one lesson from this essay, make it this: Socialism means no toilet paper.

via Artblog.net.

An excellent little essay. All my leftist friends should read it. I know a couple of artists that should read it…

But, as the previous post says, nobody reads this blog.

Supreme Court hears the gay marriage question

If you’re against gay marriage, why aren’t you in favor of gay divorce?

I happen to think gay divorce court would be compelling tv.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

Wisconsin.

Big surprise, eh?

It is the only state I’ve been to where the guy working the joint will pump your gas, flip your burger, pull you another draft, and get you a dozen nightcrawlers all without washing his hands.

They’re probably drinking a lot up there this week, given that football game last Sunday.

Expert: Invitation to Child’s Party Not Enforceable

Expert: Invitation to Child’s Party Not Enforceable – Lowering the Bar.

The five year old didn’t show up to a birthday party. He has been billed a no show fee.

I don’t think it necessary to comment further.

I have seen my future…

And I do not like what is coming.

I’m talking about medical care. It is going to really suck when I get to the age that I require more medical care.

I was driving the wife to various appointments this week. It was an awful experience. There is no medical care. There are only specialists performing procedures. There is no coordination between specialists (unless they think a malpractice suit is in their near future).

You will have to be your own general contractor when it comes to your healthcare.