Don Surber posted an article on Sunday about Be North Korea for an hour err Earth Hour. In his article he linked a tweet by Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. IN that tweet, it compared people five "developing" countries to five electrical appliances. Specifically their electric consumption. I went and checked out his twitter feed. I found a couple of graphics that run contrary to his Be North Korea message.
The first one I noted was this:
I'm sure that New York does indeed consume as much electricity as the bulk of Africa. New Yorkers also live more than twice as long. The median age for folks in the Big Apple, 35.5 years. New York state as a whole, 38.0 and upstate, 40.0. For most of Africa, the median age is in the late teens. Only seven of the nations in his swath had median ages over 20 years. You don't get to be old cooking over a cape buffalo dung fire now do you? People in New York waste a lot of electricity. Given the climate, a large chunk goes toward heating in winter and A/C in summer. Many folks there also rely on the subway system, powered by good old Edison, to get them to and from work. New York has a gross state product of $1.44 Trillion. Africa has a combined GDP of $2.26 Trillion, but when you factor out the countries not included in the graphic, it drops to a stumbling $1.21 Trillion. Thus their output per kwh is significantly less.
The next tweet that caught my attention was about median age. it had two pics, one for Africa and one for Europe.
Again, note the media age disparity. Europeans live more than twice as long thanks to all the development brought on through the consumption of electricity. I wonder if Mr Juma thinks about that as he muses on life in his native Kenya. Juma has a love affair with China, praising all it is doing to expand influence in Africa. China has a GDP of $11.3 Trillion, nearly ten times New York, but with a population of 1.3 billion souls. China has a median age of 37.1 years. Not bad, but lacking by European standards.
Considering what little electricity has done for New York, aren't you glad you don't live in Kenya? Dor me this shows the radical disconnect which people on the left suffer from. They see all that is in the world as wrong, failing to see how drastically it has improved life for those who live in the United States and Europe. Bringing more people here won't help things in the developing world. Instead, it will be the spread of tech to those regions which will help pull them up by their shoe laces. The question then is are they better off to get that aid in development from the United States and Europe, or from China. who ever builds it will be their master because things break, and a part from a Chevy does not always fit on a Dongfeng.
Yesterday's big news was the total collapse of efforts to repeal and replace the Unconstitutional Obama Care. This was a big plank in the platform which got Donald Trump elected President. Popular with the people, but it is toxic as far as the moneyed class, those who buy sell and trade congress critters is concerned. Here we are, 65 days into Trumps presidency, and instead of coming up with a bill even a tenth of what We the People want, they created a travesty dubbed Ryan Care, then shit canned it with out voting.
All the news stories showed Lyin Ryan with a dejected look on his face. If you are not sure what that look is, I will try to paint the picture for you using football. It is the fourth quarter of the championship game. Your team is down by four points and you are fifty yards from the goal line with six seconds on the clock. You've used your last time out and this is fourth down. No worries, you have a great arm, and four of the best receivers in the nation in your package. They have good coverage, but you have a trick play you have never shown until now.
The ball is snapped, you only need the pocket to hold for four seconds until you can put the ball in the air. It holds for three and a half. You see the safety coming on a delayed blitz, but it is too late to scramble. You move and the play breaks down. You hold most of that half second, then hurtle your best shot knowing that the end zone has three defenders and four receivers. As the ball leaves your fingers you feel the impact of 230 pounds of screaming steel and hear the solid unmistakable sound of a bone snapping. It is season over for you, but it was season over no matter what. You can't really see anything, but you can hear the stadium erupt in parts that were dead silent ten seconds ago and know that one of your guys climbed the ladder and made that catch.
Lyin Ryan took one for the team. It is rare for a quarter back to have to take the hard hit, but every once in a while, he has to. Lyin Ryan may be dead meat. The hit he took for Donahue may have ended his career as Speaker Louse of the House, but if the out cry back home spells the end for him, he will have a job for life with some lobby group, or maybe a Wall Street bank. The apparatus in Wisconsin will have time to select a suitable replacement that meets the criteria for the power brokers. It won't be Paul Nehlen. That is not to say he won't win, it means that they will pick their Jeb Bush to run and back. Whom ever that is will be lavished with campaign contributions far above what any other candidate could ever hope to raise. It may very well be a communist err democrat. That K Street selection will also be the one appointed by the Governor if that were to happen.
Lyin Ryan can't dance a jig in public. He wants to. Instead, he is doing the Snoop Dance in his heart.
I rented an apartment last month to a couple of older ladies. Lets call them Ann and Bev. Kids grown, but too young for social security. Ann had a new boy friend, Chuck, who promptly moved in which created tension, and Bev began wanting out. When her husband, Dave, appeared, they rented another place from me, and Ann and her bf kept place one.
Things didn't go smoothly, and in short order, I was contracted to change the locks, and the bf was now another ex. Ann got a restraining order and the whole shebang. That lasted about a week, and by the first of March, Chuck was back. Ann didn't have the whole months rent, but after discussion, I agreed to let her split the month and pay the second half late.
Later I heard through the rumor mill that Chuck had gotten ahold of her money and blew a big chunk on dope.
The agreed on date came and went. I checked by the place, and no sign of Ann. A couple days later I was over to do some yard cleaning There were several people going in and our, but no sign of Ann.
A couple of the neighbors approached me. They said that late night traffic in and out of the apartment was creating quite a nuisance. I've known many of them for years, I used to live in another house in on the block. I called Ann. Some guy answered, and after a bit passed the phone to Ann. he asked a lot of questions and was very protective.
Finally I got her on the phone and asked what was going on. Ann said that Chuck had beat her again, and she had decided to leave town. Said she packed only a small bag and left every thing else.
Did she give any one permission to move in?
No, she did not.
Was she abandoning the lease?
Yes she was.
Good luck collecting. Sigh.
I went by this morning and my lock was gone from the place. There was also a security camera mounted above the door. I beat on the door but got no answer. I called the police, and after an officer arrived, drilled the lock. Just my luck, first I shelled a bit, then the battery went dead. Finally, after I got another battery, a gal opened the door wondering what all the noise was. Never seen her before, and she claimed she was from Junction City. Told us she had come to town because she had a couple days off and wanted to party, but got stranded when her ride ditched.
We entered the apartment, and lo and behold, there was a guy in there. Not Chuck though, we'll call him Ed. There was also drug paraphernalia. Officer asked for ID, and Ed came back with a warrant for his arrest. Several of them in fact.
What was he doing there? When we first entered, he was all "You can't just barge into my apartment." but as soon as the officer noted the drugs, it became the girl's place. We got a lot of song and dance, but the long and short of it was that after Ann left, Chuck came by, realized she had split, and offered his drug dealer use of the place in exchange for dope.
By the time I got a lock smith out, it was noon. I needed a few things and headed to Home Depot. They were having contractor appreciation day, Free food, so I grabbed a plate. I sat down with several local contractors who also have apartments. I mentioned the incident, and dang if they all hadn't had similar experiences with Chuck. One had taken four months to get him gone because that apartment was leased to a gal who ended up in jail. She gave the key to a friend who let Ed in. They couldn't just get him tossed as a squatter and had to evict him, and he managed to make issues that caused it to drag out.
Did he learn anything? I will bet you that he will continue to be a problem for the community until he either gets killed by a rival drug dealer, or goes to prison.
BTW, guess the race.
Archaeologists in Israel have found hundreds of liquor bottles abandoned by British troops in WW1. The recent find near the city of Ramle also uncovered old buttons, belt buckles, and other uniform items left by members of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force commanded by General Edmund Allenby.
While hundred year old Scotch sounds awesome, hundred year old muscatel does not. Given that the alcohol was for the enlisted,it was most likely stuff from the bottom of the scale if not "off" it.
Why am I covering this? Because all the other blogs have done a great job of reporting on the bad news, the terror attack in London, and the vindication news, confirmation that Barry the socialist spied on Trump during the election and after. Once again President trump is proven right after the jackasses in the media discounted his tweets which are now proven true.
A matador in Mexico was horribly injured when the bull he was fighting got the edge. Felipe Sánchez was knocked to the ground during the ritual and then rammed by the critter. This resulted in one of the bull's horns traveling about eleven inches up Felipe's #2 with detrimental results.
Felipe now knows how Conservatives in the United States have felt for the last eight years. He, like our economy is expected to make a full recovery.