INTERESTING: Houses on stilts

Sunday, May 31, 2015

http://www.nj.com/education/2015/05/remembering_hurricane_sandy_tcnj_launches_oral_his.html

Powerful stories: TCNJ launches Hurricane Sandy project

By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on May 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM, updated May 24, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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Building something bigger

The hurricane ripped a wall off the Beach Bar in Seaside Heights, the popular boardwalk restaurant where the Garofalos worked and owned the food concession. The owner of the building never rebuilt after the storm and the Garofalos remain involved in an ongoing legal dispute over their business losses.

The family opened a new business, Silver Bay Bagels in Toms River, and are still repairing the storm damage to their house. As they were interviewed for the oral history project, they were preparing to move out temporarily so the house could be lifted six feet and put on stilts, like many in their bayside neighborhood.

The Garofalos said the hardest part of Hurricane Sandy has been dealing with the red tape and bureaucracy as they navigated insurance claims and government programs to find money to rebuild. They said they hope their story shows historians the lasting impact of the storm on ordinary families.

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As I strolled around Seaside Heights, I saw many buildings being raised or completely rebuilt on stilts.

They are big robust “trees”.

My concern is “how long do they last”?

How long does a utility pole last and they are not under load?

Termites?

Exposed to the weather?

My guess is twenty years. My house, that I affectionately call “my white elephant”, didn’t suffer any major damage due I attribute to being built on three rows of cinder block as a foundation.

It’s been that way for probably eighty years.

No way those “stilts” will last eighty years.

Than what happens.

Will it be it’s own version of Sandy as the house come crashing down?

I think that’s an interesting question.

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GUNS: NYC judge nixes RKBA for gun dealer; makes us all less safe

Saturday, May 30, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24/judge-nixes-new-york-city-gun-permit-for-firearms-dealer/?intcmp=latestnews

Judge nixes New York City gun permit for firearms dealer
Published May 24, 2015
FoxNews.com

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A judge won’t let a traveling firearms dealer carry a concealed weapon in New York City to protect himself and his wares from “criminals and terrorists.”

Cavalier Knight applied for a gun permit from the New York City Police Department in 2014. He went to court when the application was denied. He claimed the NYPD violated his Second Amendment rights.
But in a decision posted Friday, a judge rejected that claim while upholding New York’s tough gun control law, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

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Sorry, but that’s “infringement”!

Let’s apply the same rules to the First Amendment?

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein

And a crime free one too!

“I particularly like unlimited concealed carry. If the criminal regards the general public as sheep to be shorn, then let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock.

Guess which gay to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Pink Pistol and you’re dead!

Guess which woman to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Paxton Quigly and you’re dead!

Guess which brown person to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Massad Ayoob and you’re dead!”

https://reinkefaceslife.com/2006/11/02/guns-lets-sprinkle-in-a-few-sheepdogs-with-big-teeth-in-the-flock/
GUNS: Let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 20:26
Ferdinand John Reinke

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INTERNET: GMAIL appears to be stalled

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015-May-29

I’m not receiving new email on GMAIL.

Test messages from other accounts depart normally, but don’t arrive.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules discriminate against the poor kids

Friday, May 29, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/24/no-pay-no-play-poor-kids-banned-from-ny-school-carnival/?intcmp=latestnews

EDUCATION
No pay, no play! Poor kids banned from NY school carnival
Published May 24, 2015New York Post

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No party for the poor.

PS 120 in Flushing held a carnival for its students on Thursday, but kids whose parents did not pay $10 were forced to sit in the auditorium while their classmates had a blast.

Close to 900 kids went to the Queens schoolyard affair, with pre-K-to-fifth-grade classes taking turns, each spending 45 minutes outside. The kids enjoyed inflatable slides, a bouncing room and a twirly teacup ride. They devoured popcorn and flavored ices. DJs blasted party tunes.

But more than 100 disappointed kids were herded into the darkened auditorium to just sit or watch an old Disney movie while aides supervised — the music, shouts and laughter outside still audible.

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So much for the Gooferment Skrules as the great equalizer.

I can’t imagine them doing worse.

And, for those of you who thought “free Gooferment education” was a great idea, this should come as big wake up call.

Can you imagine a parent funded student focused achievement oriented school doing such? I can’t.

Separation Education and State!

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient and here’s another example.

How do you think those children felt?

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RANT: FTD takes over ProFlowers?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What happened to ‘anti-trust’?

FTD acquires: ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely.

Argh!

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Thank you for being an FTD customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at FTD is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that the FTD Family of Brands has expanded and now includes ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely . In addition to the full assortment from FTD, you now have access to hundreds of additional gift options from these premier online gifting brands.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from these new brands. If you prefer to not receive email communications from our new brands, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the Customer Contact Preference Center.

As always, we remain deeply committed to protecting your privacy and have combined and updated our Privacy Policy to reflect our new brands. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

FTD Customer Service

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Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for being a ProFlowers customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at ProFlowers is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that ProFlowers has joined the FTD family of brands! As a ProFlowers customer, you will now have access to hundreds of additional florist-designed bouquets and gifts from FTD, in addition to the full assortment from ProFlowers.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from FTD. If you prefer to not receive email communications from FTD, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the FTD Customer Contact Preference Center.

As part of FTD, ProFlowers remains deeply committed to protecting your privacy and has combined and updated our Privacy Policy. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

ProFlowers Customer Service

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INTERESTING: Bear climbs tower for eggs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150521/cell-tower-news/tower-bear-and-the-sting-of-indifference-tag8

Cell Tower News: Tower bear 
BY JARAD MATULA ON MAY 21, 2015

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Bear climbs tower for eggs

We’re all doomed. The large hairy killing machines known as bears are now bringing their endless appetites off the ground and into the skies. O.F. Mossberg & Sons captured this surprising video of a bear that managed to climb an electrical tower to feast on eggs in a nest. In the video you can see the mother bird flapping around the bear, obviously unhappy about what is taking place.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve covered a bear on a tower site, that time the bear was on the ground. With this latest development it seems like only a matter of time before climbers are working on a tower and looking down to find a bear dozens of feet in the air after their lunch.

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Probably, like climbing a tree, but easier. 

A nest in a tree is, imho, harder that a nice regular tower frame.

Guess it’s just one more adaption that the bears have made.

Like the one in north Jerzey, that figured out how to open the ‘bear proof’ garbage cans by throwing them against the garage doors. Scratch one can and one grade door on EVERY house on the block!

Laugh.

And we think we’re so smart!

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TINFOILHAT: What is it when a “Conspiracy Theory” turns out to be true?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/no_author/why-are-conspiracy-theories-demonized/

10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True
By Jake Anderson
Oddee.com
May 20, 2015

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In recent years, the mere notion of the conspiracy theory has increasingly been ridiculed by even some of the more liberal mainstream news outlets, but don’t let them fool you: it isn’t always some wackadoodle notion without merit or evidence. In fact, sometimes it turns out to be dead on. Here are 10 you may or may not be familiar with that turned out to be true…

1 The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, escalator of the Vietnam War, never happened

2 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: Deliberate Non-treatment of Syphilis-Infected Patients

3 Project MKUltra: CIA Mind Control Program

4 Operation Northwoods: US military had plans for ‘false flag’ Cuban provocation

5 CIA drug trafficking in Los Angeles

6 Operation Mockingbird: Early incarnation of media control

7 COINTELPRO: 1960s Counter Intelligence Programs Against Activists

8 Operation Snow White: The Church of Scientology infiltrated the government and stole information

9 National governments/corporations determine global economic policy in secret (TPP, TISA, etc.)

10 The US Government Illegally Spies On Its Own Citizens

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Of course, it’s nothing much. No big deal. No apologies.

Sorry, but “Conspiracy Theory” doesn’t scare people off as much as it used to. Call me a tin foil hat; I don’t care.

CT’s are “credibile” until they are factually disproven. And, even then, they deserve the respect for asking the hard questions.

Keep digging. 

My theory is these all start from a germ of truth. Instead of ridicule, let’s ALL dig for the truth.

Argh!

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

I think “We, The Sheeple” are ENTITLED to the “Truth”!

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