Open Thread And Tips!!!!


Well, guys and gals, it’s been a very long week.  I’ve tried to keep it fairly interesting, this week.  But, there are times when, rather than writing, I want to see what’s on your minds, and comment/respond, or not.  Most of the commenters, here, have interesting thoughts, perspectives, and information which the rest of us are not yet aware.  So, freak freely!  

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62 Responses to Open Thread And Tips!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    I’ve tried to keep it fairly interesting… did a great job!

  2. kim2ooo says:

    Thank you all who have / are serving in the Military… May God Bless you and your loved ones.

    • gator69 says:

      The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
      -Mahatma Gandhi

      • Me says:

        You can Marsh to any orders, but to volunteer your service knowing you are doing it for freedom no matter what the cost, is a pretty good damn reason.

      • DirkH says:

        “-Mahatma Gandhi”

        He probably said that right after crushing a riot in South Africa.

        But. to actually take it seriously:
        “The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. ”

        When a HINDU or a JEW says this I *DON’T CARE*. I’m a CHRISTIAN and the sacrifice *HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE FOR ME*.

        • gator69 says:

          Sacrifices continue to be made, by the bravest and the most spotless. Serving others is the highest of purposes.

          But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
          Mark 10:43-45

        • DirkH says:

          Notice that the SACRIFICE mentioned in your quote is the one that I mentioned; that of the Son Of Man.

        • gator69 says:

          My fater also sacrificed himself, while serving my country. To me he was one of the bravest and the most spotless.

      • kim2ooo says:

        Great Quote! 🙂

    • Jim Masterson says:

      Thanks Kim.


  3. Me says:
    See it always plays down, not like they didn’ already do it but make you pay more no matter what. Big Oil Yeah! OK!

    • Me says:

      It’s the charging you to pay more for less all over yet again, They want you to conserve and when you do their bidding then they lose on profits, and charge you more for the same. then when anything they should have forseen as a problem and shit hits the fan and there is a shortfall, they charge you more for less yet again. And the cycle continues.

  4. DirkH says:

    I had to travel a lot this week, applying for new projects, amongst the Autobahns I used was the beautiful A3; here are some aerial pictures of Limburg an der Lahn on the A3. From the high Autobahn bridges that cross the rivers in the area you see the towns in the valleys nearly as if you were flying.

    • Latitude says:

      How beautiful! thanks Dirk!

    • suyts says:

      Very nice! Here’s what I recall as rather unique and picturesque.

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Hopefully getting to Germany late Summer. See some friends that recently moved there.

      • DirkH says:

        Which area?

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Good question. 😊. Where’s Adidas?

        • DirkH says:

          Herzogenaurach, near Erlangen, slightly north of Nuremburg, in Bavaria. Ok, you should be relatively safe there. Not an islamic hotspot to my knowledge, maybe some in Nuremburg, but not a crime hotspot. And a beautiful countryside. Relatively un-windturbinized. They will have some meadows crammed full of solar panels though.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Cool…thx, Dirk!

        • DirkH says:

          …personally, when I’m in Bavaria, I order a “Helles” (a light one), which is their name for a kind of Pilsener; I avoid the Weizenbier (wheat beer) or Weissbier (white beer) which the Bavarians love… it contains (very slightly) more Methanol than Pilsener and I get a headache from it…

        • gator69 says:

          I was at Patch Barracks (near Stuttgart) for three years back in the seventies, and just about everyone there drank Dinkelacker. I haven’t had one in nearly forty years, but back then it was a pretty good beer. I still have several of their mugs and glasses that I “acquired” while there, and they are now part of my breweriana collection. I loved southern Germany, it was a beautiful place to be, and the people were wonderful.

          Some of my ancestors were baptized in the Ulm Minster before they immigrated to America in the mid 17th century.

        • DirkH says:

          Looks ok to me.
          But you won’t find a Swabian beer in a Bavarian Biergarten… they sell their local stuff.

        • DirkH says:

          While clicking around in the beer pages of the wikipedia I find this weirdness.
          There’s a beer called Zoigl, brewed by groups of private citizens traditionally, in Upper Palatinate, and to indicate the availability of fresh Zoigl, they hung a star symbol on the house…

          …which looks exactly like a Star Of David… And it’s called the “Zoigl-Stern”.
          Now I gotta check which usage is older.

        • DirkH says:

          …the Zoigl Star or Brauerstern (Brewers Star) is in use at least since 1425…

        • gator69 says:

          I collect vintage American breweriana, and one of the old breweries I have in my collection is “Stern Brau”. They also used a six pointed star as their logo, but changed their name to “Star Peerless Brewery” later, and then went out of business in the 1954.

          Before Prohibition, just about every little town in America had their own brewery, and 99% of them have been completely forgotten. I hope to donate my collection to a museum some day, so that this history is not lost.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Then Helles it is! 🙂

        • DirkH says:

          When I said Helles (Light one) I didn’t mean to imply that it is reduced in alcohol content; “Hell” meaning “Fair” in Germany as in “not dark”… (and not “hell” as in “place of eternal torment” either, that would be “Hölle”). So, it’s a beer with full alcohol context.

  5. Latitude says:

    on my mind….
    Since the hiatus/stop/pause, according to the models, temperatures should have risen at least 3/4 – 1 whole degree…..and according to the same people, a drop of 3/4 – 1 degree would put us back in an ice age…according to the same people, CO2 saved our butts

  6. kim2ooo says:

    HA HA HA HA!~~

  7. Latitude says:

    well I found this interesting…

    This post quotes a paper from the UofMiami that says the Pacific has been cooling for the past decade…unlike the Atlantic which stores heat

    and this post quotes a paper from Norway that says the Atlantic has been cooling for the past decade

    ……looks like the missing heat is still missing

    • DirkH says:

      Thanks, Me. VICE must have been good when McInnes was still there. Now they look to me like the embedded reporters of CIA Narcowars.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I laughed quite hard when I read this over at Blazing Cat Fur just now. Perhaps it is unkind for me to do that, but given the Left is bosom buddies with the Muslims it is hilarious when the favour isn’t returned in quite the same vein.

    Michelle Obama Is Worth Only $40 As A Sex Slave, Says The Islamic State

    You’ll probably have to forgive BCF for thinking this is funny too, since they’re Canadian. We former penal colonies of Great Britain have warped senses of humor.

  9. Lars P. says:

    Well a bit late, but here a better resolution picture of that Motel 6 on Ceres view from above:

  10. kim2ooo says:

    “The Republican presidential hopeful blasted the likes of Lee and Paul for supporting viewpoints similar to those of Edward Snowden, who Paul called a criminal.

    “He’s a criminal and he’s hiding in Russia, and he’s lecturing to us about the evils of authoritarian government while he lives under the protective umbrella of Vladimir Putin?” Christie asked. “That’s who Mike Lee and Rand Paul are siding with? With Edward Snowden? Hey, come on.”

    Read more:


    Anyone else see the fallacy in this argument?

    It certainly is uncharitable…. and goes to his hypocrisy.

    • DirkH says:

      I See Snowden as an Agent of the constitutionalist faction of the dee p state. NOT a simple lone actor. Christie represents the loyalists aka cronies.

      • kim2ooo says:

        I don’t know what Mr. Snowden has released, so I dono what to think about him as a whole.

        Having stated that:

        I applauded the release of “SECRET”: NSA actions, under The Patriot Act, that violate the 4th Amendment.

        The Fox interview that I saw Mr. Christie give…. was full of half-truths. Put a blindfold on me and distort his voice………. Clinton / Obama-ist Political interview.

        SAME O’, SAME O’, is NOT what we want to see or hear…let alone – elect to office.

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