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Old 01-30-2015, 11:14 AM   #901
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"I'll just reach up into this jointer and clear out the chips... I'll just reach under this mower and clear out the clogged grass... I'll just stick my hand into this snowblower to loosen up the packed snow... Let me look down into this barrel and see why the gun didn't go off..."

There's a youtube video of the last one. The guy won the Bronze medal in the Darwin competition.
didn't the bill of his baseball cap get the gold?
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:23 PM   #902
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Last year the TSA intercepted a record number of guns from carry-on bags. Wapo says 2,212, an average of six per day, with 83% of them loaded. I haven't heard of any of them being terrorist tied, though, and the numbers don't sound so bad when you consider they're frisking an average of1.8 MILLION people every day.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:23 PM   #903
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"I'll just reach up into this jointer and clear out the chips... I'll just reach under this mower and clear out the clogged grass... I'll just stick my hand into this snowblower to loosen up the packed snow... Let me look down into this barrel and see why the gun didn't go off..."
"I'll just disable the guard and reach into this machine that spins heavy metal at 2000 rpm so I can make the process go ... arrrrrgggghhh ..."

This is my Monday morning, every Monday. And Tuesday through Friday. I've gotta say, hope reigns eternal - everyone out there thinks he/she can shave a few seconds off of ... what? ... and eventually ends up in my clinic getting xrayed and stitched up, or treated for that third-degree burn from the plasma torch that (oops!) hit the ground and damn-the-switch-turned-on ...

I keep trying to put myself out of business (strange, I know), but these folks keep me in business.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:02 PM   #904
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There's a reason it's called an accident.

Some of those are more preventable than others though.
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:15 AM   #905
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And some are called, 'hold my beer and watch this".

Then on very rare occasions...

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Old 02-01-2015, 12:27 PM   #906
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Last year the TSA intercepted a record number of guns from carry-on bags. Wapo says 2,212, an average of six per day, with 83% of them loaded. I haven't heard of any of them being terrorist tied, though, and the numbers don't sound so bad when you consider they're frisking an average of1.8 MILLION people every day.
However, all is not lost. There are federal surplus (recycling) centers all around the country...
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:38 PM   #907
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However, all is not lost. There are federal surplus (recycling) centers all around the country...
They recycle, others in the same business fence.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:18 PM   #908
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Remember that video showing perceptions of wealth inequality vs. the reality of wealth inequality from a couple of years ago? Of course the data is outdated, the wealthiest one percent no longer own 40% of the world's wealth; it trickled down to all the rest of us. (ha ha! Not.) It's higher but I'm not sure I have the stomach to find out. Well the original final graph needed ten extra columns for the 1% to fit on the graph. Out of curiosity I wanted to see what the graph would look like if the 1% had only the single column. I did a little paste up and here it is. Phone viewers keep moving. Or scrolling...
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:48 PM   #909
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They're using up all of my green ink
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:52 AM   #910
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that makes me sick to my stomach
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:56 PM   #911
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That's a shame BigV, this may help... by making you puke.

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•Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
•The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
•The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
•Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.
•The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
•In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:48 AM   #912
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The David Rumsey Map Collection is a cartography web site that has an on-line searchable database.
An article in Slate lead me to a section of 1880 maps communicable diseases, etc.

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This next map shows the number of deaths in 1898 due to measles per 100 deaths from known causes,
with the following comment:

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While late-19th-century medicine didn’t yet have a vaccine for the disease,
doctors knew that it was easily transmissible. “Measles is a very infectious disease,”
warned Dr. John Dewar in an 1890 book written for mothers and titled What Ails The Baby?
“If a child be only taken into a room for a very short time, where another child is suffering from measles,
it is almost certain to take it.”

The 1898 map... shows a pattern of measles deaths that
is strikingly aligned with the course of the Mississippi River,
illustrating how transmission could have been aided by river travel,
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:12 PM   #913
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This next map shows the number of deaths in 1898 due to measles per 100 deaths from known causes, with the following comment:
I think that should be 1,000.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:47 PM   #914
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Yes, xoB, you're right (again).

My mind was stuck on this 1880 map of measles, which
was the ratio of deaths due to measles among known causes.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:49 PM   #915
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That's a great collection of maps. I noticed this map, dated 1926, describing the pilgrims arrival in the New World.



Some of the things they found were mysterious, remorseless savages, monstrous, sarcastic leopards, and colorful campgrounds.



OMG the toadstools, tremble in terror before your toadstool overlords...

The map was created by Frederick Coulton Waugh a British ex-pat, cartoonist/illustrator/painter, son of marine artist Frederick Judd Waugh, and grandson of the Philadelphia portrait painter Samuel Waugh.
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