RE: Rat-Apocalypse Operation Tsukiji

A Tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco.

While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it.
He took it to the old shop owner and asked, "How much for the bronze rat ?"
"Ahhh, you have chosen wisely!
It is $12 for the rat and $100 for the story," said the wise old Chinaman.

The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story."

As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats
had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street.
This was a bit disconcerting so he began walking faster.

A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing.

Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay. Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster.

Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the Bay. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat and were all drowned.

Relieved, the man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown.

"Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story?"

"No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat?"
rolling on the floor laughing

RE: Naom Chomsky explains thewests form of censorship

Noam should have stuck with his Linguine(sp).laugh

RE: New Mexico Observatory Evacuation

How's the Seth Rich murder investigation going?

And anyone know why the FBI closed down an AZ observatory?

RE: Global Warming! Climate Change! And the Sun! What do you think?


The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change

RE: Which kind of Kiss do you like??



Jimmie Rodgers Kisses Sweeter than Winelaugh

RE: Hurricane Florence



The study did not count actual bodies on the ground, or look at how they died. It calculated the total number of deaths in the period under discussion, and compared them to death tolls in the same period in previous years, then classified the discrepancy as "hurricane Maria deaths". It did so without actual, physical evidence that the hurricane or its aftermath had actually caused the deaths in question - it simply assumed that. This was a purely statistical analysis.

What's more, the emphasis on emotion rather than fact - "Puerto Ricans do not deserve to have their pain questioned" - is complete and utter nonsense. You can't quantify emotion. You can - and should - quantify facts. If you don't, and you act according to wrong information, then on your own head be the consequences. Heinlein's dictum comes to mind.

This is for our Schnorrer!

RE: Air Force One has been stuffed with rolls of paper towels

In the document that Puerto Rico’s government filed to Congress earlier this month, island officials detailed an ambitious reconstruction proposal. The 531-page plan included requests for $139 billion worth of projects, including housing initiatives and energy investments.

Since Oct. 1, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated more than $13.7 billion for Puerto Rico. There is no money specifically to help Puerto Rico in the government funding bills that both chambers are considering for next year. The bills would appropriate $7 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief fund, some of which would go to Puerto Rico. But that funding isn’t intended to help with the long-term projects that the island is requesting.


Again, more at the link.

You don't suppose there might, just possibly, be a link between a dramatically higher claimed death toll on Puerto Rico, and its demand for billions upon billions of US taxpayer dollars to spend on itself? I wouldn't put that past the island's notably inefficient and corrupt government. Based on their track record, I'd even say it's likely. What's more, the amount of aid "for projects" that the island is requesting is - surprise, surprise! - "only" $16 billion more than its total government debt of $123 billion. You don't suppose much of that taxpayer money - if we're so unwise as to give it to them - might be used, not for "projects", but to dig the island out of the financial hole it's dug for itself over the past few decades? Perhaps with the excess billions diverted into the pockets of greedy, corrupt politicians and their cronies? Say it ain't so!

As always, "follow the money". I'd say the odds are very good that President Trump's skepticism is entirely justified.



""""""""Just read the comments above, and think about them. The study did not count actual bodies on the ground, or look at how they died. It calculated the total number of deaths in the period under discussion, and compared them to death tolls in the same period in previous years, then classified the discrepancy as "hurricane Maria deaths". It did so without actual, physical evidence that the hurricane or its aftermath had actually caused the deaths in question - it simply assumed that. This was a purely statistical analysis.

What's more, the emphasis on emotion rather than fact - "Puerto Ricans do not deserve to have their pain questioned" - is complete and utter nonsense. You can't quantify emotion. You can - and should - quantify facts. If you don't, and you act according to wrong information, then on your own head be the consequences. Heinlein's dictum comes to mind."""""""""""""

RE: Air Force One has been stuffed with rolls of paper towels



About that Puerto Rican hurricane death toll . . .

I can't help but agree with President Trump when he cast aspersions on the newly increased death toll attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.

In a tweet, Trump said: “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”

. . .

That number was produced by public health experts at George Washington University in Washington in a report commissioned by the U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rossello.

The study found that those deaths could be attributed directly or indirectly to Maria from the time it struck in September 2017 to mid-February of this year.

The report compared predicted mortality under normal circumstances and deaths documented after Maria.

Rossello said Puerto Ricans “do not deserve to have their pain questioned” and backed the study.


There's more at the link.

Just read the comments above, and think about them. The study did not count actual bodies on the ground, or look at how they died. It calculated the total number of deaths in the period under discussion, and compared them to death tolls in the same period in previous years, then classified the discrepancy as "hurricane Maria deaths". It did so without actual, physical evidence that the hurricane or its aftermath had actually caused the deaths in question - it simply assumed that. This was a purely statistical analysis.

What's more, the emphasis on emotion rather than fact - "Puerto Ricans do not deserve to have their pain questioned" - is complete and utter nonsense. You can't quantify emotion. You can - and should - quantify facts. If you don't, and you act according to wrong information, then on your own head be the consequences. Heinlein's dictum comes to mind.

I find this study highly suspect. One can find similar increased death tolls in other areas, but with autopsies, witness statements, etc. that make it possible to analyze them properly. Example: the opioid epidemic that's ravaging several US states at present. Death rates due to the misuse of opioids are climbing dramatically, but in every case, the cause of death can be measured, medically confirmed, and verified. How do we know that opioids weren't responsible for at least some of the "excess" deaths in Puerto Rico? What about deaths caused by vehicles? How do you know whether an accident was due to increased traffic, caused by aid distribution after the storm, or a drunk driver? The first might be blamed on the hurricane; the second, certainly not. Without medical and other evidence, one can't assign a definitive cause to each casualty; but the study conducted there did not examine such evidence. It only looked at numbers, and made assumptions.

Furthermore, there's a very clear indication of why Puerto Rico would want to inflate its death toll as high as possible. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The release of the George Washington University study comes as the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches on Sept. 20, and Congress considers the island government’s request for federal aid to rebuild from the storm................

RE: Hurricane Florence


Wonder if OP has ever sat through a major Hurricane listening to the Roof creaking,hoping it will last the Hurricane?

RE: If you were a millionaire would you live a modest life?



Once I lived the life of a millionaire

Bessie Smith (Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, 1929) Jazz Legend

RE: BLACKMEN CONTINUE TO SUFFER RACIAL DISPARITIES AND ENCOUNTER ASSASSINATIONS

how do explain the "Blackmen" assassinating each other in Chi-Town and every other major City Ghetto?confused

RE: Sounds That Make You Cringe

Fingernails on a Blackboard!laugh

RE: New Mexico Observatory Evacuation

with the FBI involved,it is definitely a Headscratcher!

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