I have four kids, which means I have four distinct little personalities that are growing in my home. Each is unique in the way they approach life, especially trying out new things. My oldest boy is disabled, so he is, of course, different than the norm, but the others fall into more typically known categories.
The second boy is all boy. He is aggressive, loud, physical and charges into things head-on, resulting in many bumps and bruises along the way. I consider this part of life and figure I just need to be ready for whatever may happen. I just cross my fingers and hope we avoid any major breaks or cuts. This is how kids learn their capabilities, where they end, and why boundaries can be important. This is hard for some parents to realize, and some never learn, preferring to isolate their kids from ever experiencing consequences.
Last year he was drawn into the Heely craze big time. He wanted them more than anything and really could not think of much else. Fortunately for him, Christmas came around, and a pair of Heely’s were under the tree. He has loved those things, and from our perspective, the scrapes and bruises he has gained while learning to use them are par for the course.
I came across an AP article today published our local rag talking about the safety concerns related to Heelys. Some doctors are advising that Heely’s are more dangerous than you might at first think, and several stats are quoted of Heely related injuries. Even one death occurred.
The part that sparked this rant though was the mother quoted that threw her kid’s Heelys after the kid got hurt on them. Oh my, are these things really dangerous? I better not let my kid use them. She also mentions previously throwing out the trampoline after reading about all the related safety hazards. Gee, you think bouncing high in the air in a small defined space with the hard ground around that space would be dangerous? You might have predicted that problem prior to making the initial purchase with perhaps even a little forethought.
Give me a break! Kids can get hurt walking down the street! Their growing bodies cause all kinds of coordination problems that make the old cliche of walking chewing gum at the same time a real difficulty. If I took away every possible recreational activity that my kids could possibly harm themselves doing, they would do nothing at all. But then, doing nothing would make them fat and lazy, so I guess they will get hurt if I do that too. I can’t win!
Think back to all the things we did as kids, some we got hurt doing, others we managed to avoid injury by the skin of our teeth. What you remember most though was…it was fun! We may not all be daredevils, but as kids, we all need some amount of physical activity every day as part of our physical growth and development. Everything physical we do carries a level of risk. Remember the old skates we had that you could strap on to your shoes? Now those were safe… Those old metal wheels would launch you through the air with even the smallest pebble or crack in the sidewalk.
Even baseball is one of the highest injury-related sports, but we’re not giving that up! Kids gotta live life to enjoy it, and they gotta live life to get good at it. Protect your kids from the really dangerous stuff, and do your best to advise them on the rest. They’ll listen sometimes, and other times it will take experiencing the consequences to learn to listen in the future. That’s life. Those are some powerful lessons to learn as a kid so you can be a somewhat intelligent adult. Look around and tell me you can’t identify the adults that didn’t learn their life lessons as kids. If you can’t, you may just be one of them!
Gary Marbut’s whole life revolves around guns. He is a firearms instructor, user, competitor, collector and advocate; he makes his own ammunition in the basement of the house he built himself and fabricates steel shooting range targets in his shop. Oh, and by the way, they are not “weapons.” He calmly informed us that “in Montana culture, one does not say ‘weapons,’ because that would imply offensive purposes; here, they are called ‘firearms.’” Gary does everything calmly.
We came to Missoula, MT to talk to Gary because he might be the single most effective individual political advocate for gun rights in the country, at least as measured by laws passed. His group, the Montana Shooting Sports Assocation, has successfully advocated, written and passed more than 50 laws in the Montana Legislature – if you’re hunting elk with a handgun in Montana, thank Gary Marbut. He is also the author of the Firearms Freedom Act, a full frontal assault on the power of the US Government to regulate firearms under the Commerce Clause. Most legal scholars dismiss it as crazy, but ten state legislatures have passed it. As I write this, everybody’s waiting for the US Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. If they overturn it as an overreach of commerce clause power, then Gary Marbut moves one giant step away from crazy and towards being a prophet.
We talked about his vision of the Constitution, but he also taught me to shoot, which he does extremely well; he brags of having taught more than 3500 people the art of armed self-defense. I went from total ignorance to working my way, somewhat credibly, through a practical shooting course, drawing my (or rather, his) Glock 9mm pistol, moving to position, shooting at targets, moving to another position, shooting at those, trying to score both for accuracy and time. It was an exhilarating, terrifying and challenging, and I took to it instantly. Anyone about to argue about firearms policy needs to begin with this understanding: firing guns is really, really fun.
Gary says I did pretty well for a rookie, although on my last go-round through the corse, in which I was trying to break 45 seconds (he did it in 17), I winged one of the “hostages,” a white cardboard silhouette mounted in front of a corrugated brown one.* This cost me a lot of points, but it’s my contention that it twitched at the last second.
But as we were saying farewell, I looked around at his friends going through the course (the best guy was Mike, a retired CPA, who did it in 15 seconds), and I said, “Here you and your friends are, each of you owning multiple guns with more at home. You’re here firing off all the ammo you want, and I’d say you were free to do it till the cops come, but we both know they’re not going to.”
“If they did come, they’d be training on the next range over,” he laughed.
“Right. So what’s your complaint? You have complete and total freedom to own and use firearms all you want. This is a gunner’s paradise. What’s so wrong with the Constitution that you’re trying so hard to fix it?”
“I’m not trying to fix it,” said Gary. “I’m trying to improve it.”
*Yes, I know. I honestly don’t think they mean anything by it.
After that oh-so-serious last post, I felt like I needed to follow up with a little more lighthearted one for the day. Can’t have too much serious in one day without a little humor to counter and maintain some balance in life.
Daylight Savings time on the surface seems to be a good thing. Supposedly we save some energy by having the daylight hours best fitting our normal day. At least that is the logic we are given. I am beginning to wonder if their energy savings are merited when considering the loss of productivity due to the nationwide period of sleep deprivation as we all make the change to our schedules to accommodate this time change. Some years have been fairly seamless for me, but this year so far “spring forward” has been doing me in!
I know it is not just me either, my whole family is struggling with it. Perhaps it is because they have extended the program to happen earlier in the year now, but because it is so dark in the morning it sure doesn’t seem like the time to get up with that alarm sounds. This morning I had to literally extricate my kids from their beds and threaten dunking in a cold bath to get them to get moving. I did take a little sadistic enjoyment in exercising my fatherly role doing that this morning, but that is beside the point.
There has to be an impact on the national job productivity for at least the week following the time change. People getting in late to work, not performing their tasks as well and generally having a difficult time getting going in the morning. Then, of course, there is that week of dread prior to the time change where everyone talks about how much they are going to miss that hour of sleep they are losing for a while. Then there is the truth out of it folks that are an hour late because they still have not changed their clocks on Monday, forgetting two days in a row. If you have coworkers using that excuse on Tuesday, you might want to warn them of an impending employee review if they don’t figure out how to switch their clocks, and soon.
I have family that lives in Arizona, land of the blazing hot sun. As a state, they have thumbed their collective noses at the daylight savings program. “We don’t need no stinkin’ time change. We have all the sun we need, and then some.” From the temperatures I hear them experience in the thick of summer, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them as a state decide to switch to daylight losing program where everyone agrees to work nights and sleep all day in the cool of air conditioning.
Then, of course, there are places like northern Alaska that could do with a little extra nighttime for a good part of the year. Blackout curtains must be a required installation in homes up there.
Whatever your feelings on the program may be, if you live in a state that follows it, you really don’t have any choice. Not like you can stage a personal rebellion and stick with the “actual” time throughout the spring, summer and into fall. It would be kind of fun to try though. I can see providing people with meeting times in your personal time zone and requiring them to make the adjustment. “Yes, we will be meeting at 9 am MNDST…that is Mountain with No Daylight Savings Time zone.” Be sure to note the time difference…that is all.
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Hammocks have been around for a very long time and while people initially considered it as an accessory that they could add to their garden so they could relax and bask in the sun while listening to some good music or reading a book on a lazy afternoon, this two person hammock is a lot more useful than that. If you love traveling, but hate spending the night in an uncomfortable sleeping bag, it’s time to get a hammock with portable hammock stands. Unlike the traditional hammocks and stands, the portable versions are light, easy to fold and convenient to travel with.
There is no chance of any sprains or back aches happening through the night as the hammock will take care of all these issues. Since a hammock is suspended between two stands or two trees you can also adjust it based on the length that you need unlike beds where your legs do not fit if you are too tall. No one is too tall or too short for a hammock making it the perfect companion for a good night’s sleep. If you are not sleeping on a hammock you should consider switching to one today.
If you love spending time in hammocks, it’s time to get one for you to travel with. While hammocks in the early day needed to be set up so they remain fixed to a particular place, there are portable hammocks that come along with a portable hammock stand which is lightweight and foldable. This hammock is ideal for people who love to travel, but hate sleeping in a sleeping bag. These hammocks can be set up in no time and do not require any effort. It takes a few minutes to put it up or take it down.
Apart from working as a bed at night, hammocks can also double up as chairs in the day. They are very relaxing and you can spend some time out in the open relaxing on a hammock. Once you’re back home, you can even set up this hammock in your garden so you can relax while your reading a book or just enjoying the outdoors. Hammocks are known to put people to sleep in no time. The swinging motion that a hammock has is known to relax the body and get you to sleep without too much stress.
When people sleep on regular mattresses there is always the big problem of sleeping wrong and causing a sprain in the back or the neck. By sleeping in a hammock there is no chance of this happening. Your entire back and neck is stretched out taking care of any muscle sprains that may occur while sleeping. With a hammock there is no need to spend extravagant amounts of money on orthopedic mattresses and pillows to solve the back and neck pain problems.
Another huge advantage of hammocks is there is no need for installing and air conditioner or keeping the cooler on the entire night.
Kumba Iron Ore Ltd. started moving more than 500 households as part of plans to raise output at Africa’s largest mine for the steelmaking ingredient as the Anglo American Plc unit announced a business review.
Kumba will move some homes from the west of the Sishen mine to a new precinct in the nearby town of Kathu in South Africa’s Northern Cape province by year-end, Public Affairs Head Yvonne Mfolo said today. The rest, as well as businesses, schools, clinics and churches, will be moved by the end of 2016 in the 4.2 billion-rand ($382 million) project. It’s reviewing all operations, spending plans and product portfolios after prices fell to a five-year low, spokesman Gert Schoeman said.
Kumba is expanding the Sishen pit as the price of iron ore, which has fallen 47 percent this year, dwindles, partly on concern China’s economic slowdown will weaken demand for the material. At the same time, BHP Billiton Ltd., Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA have increased production to bolster their market shares, creating a glut and preventing a price rebound.
“Prices have moved to lower levels than we expected,” Schoeman told reporters at the site. The company will announce more details on London-based Anglo American’s investor day on Dec. 9, he said.
The commodity, which traded at $70.97 a metric ton at 12:39 p.m. in London, will fall to less than $60 in the third quarter of 2015, Citigroup Inc. said in a Nov. 11 report. Only BHP and Rio, the world’s two largest mining companies, and Pretoria- based Kumba produce profitably at that price, UBS AG analysts said in a Sept. 12 report.
Kumba wants to increase iron-ore output from the open-cast mine to 37 million metric tons by 2016. South Africa is the world’s fifth-largest producer of the seaborne variety of the material.
The expansion of Sishen “is already encroaching on the buffer zone of the community,” Mfolo said, referring to a 500- meter (1,640-foot) border between the pit and the settlement. “As it is they’re dealing with a lot of dust” from current mining, she said.
Owners of 17 homes and 54 municipal houses will be moved by the end of December, Mfolo said. Included in the relocation program are 24 businesses, schools and clinics, a police station and seven churches, she said.
BMO Capital Markets warns miners should prepare for a “prolonged period of sub-US$1,200/oz gold prices.”
As a result, “many of the gold producer equities will struggle, especially those with higher cash costs and/or high debt loads,” cautioned BMO Nesbitt Burns analyst Jessica Fung in a report issued October 7th.
“Gold, silver and platinum prices remain under considerable pressure due to expectations for the U.S. dollar to continue strengthening,” Fung advised.
BMO has lowered 2015-16E gold prices from $1,275 to $1,190 in 2015 and from $1,250 to $1,238 in 2016 to reflect recent price performance, adding “BMO Research does not expect any upset for gold from current levels until H2/16E based on U.S. dollar forecasts.”
In her analysis, Fung observed that at gold prices of $1,200/oz, “nearly 40% of gold production is loss-making on an All-in Cost (AIC) basis. Further, given BMO Research covers some of the larger and better-cost operators, on a global basis it is possible well over half of gold production is unprofitable at current gold prices.”
Nevertheless, BMO Research forecasts rising gold mine supply through 2018E, “despite operating in a lower price environment. Ongoing efforts to cut costs and revise mine plans are much preferred to curtailing operations.”
“Consumer demand for gold, particularly the ‘shift from west to east’ makes great headlines, but does not impact the gold price, in BMO Research’s view,” observed Fung.
BMO prefers gold producers with younger mines, “since younger mines frequently have more flexibility to adjust mine plans to a higher grade. Higher grade portions of older mines are generally mined out.”
Gold mining names preferred by BMO Research include: Randgold, Alamos Gold, Franco-Nevada, Goldcorp, and Dalradian.
Silver price forecasts have been revised down by BMO Research “in light of recent price performance and ‘in sympathy’ with gold prices. BMO Research expects silver prices to average US$17.50/oz in 2015E … moving up to US$19.50/oz in 2016E in a weaker environment.” Previously, BMO forecast a 2015E silver price of $20.25.
Mined silver supply growth through 2019E is anticipated by BMO Research. “Much of this growth is, like existing production, a result of by-product output from gold, copper and zinc mines. In addition, BMO notes that zinc smelters in China are increasingly capable of processing silver from zinc concentrates, providing upside risk to BMO Research’s supply expectations.”
Meanwhile, the industrial demand for silver remains at relatively low levels, Fung noted.
BMO Research prefers to view platinum price performance in rand terms, “which has reflected market fundamentals more so than in U.S. dollar terms.”
“A relatively tight market for platinum” is anticipated over the medium term, “though not undersupplied liked platinum,” observed BMO Research. “BMO continues to expect platinum prices to improve in rand terms, but given expectations for a still-weakening rand through 2016E, platinum prices are forecast to be rather rangebound in the USD.”
BMO platinum price forecasts for 2015E have been revised from $1,500 to $1,413 per ounce, while 2016E price has been revised from $1,550 to $1,425 per ounce.
BMO Research has increased palladium price forecasts to reflect an expected deficit market over years, with the long-term price increased from US$850/oz to $950/oz.
Palladium continues to be preferred to platinum due to greater demand leverage to auto production in the key growth regions of China and the U.S., said BMO.
However, Fung warned that Norilsk’s proposed purchase of US$2 billion worth of palladium from Russia’s palladium inventories “is a near-term downside risk.”
BMO estimates that US$2 billion is equivalent to 2.2-2.5 million ounces of palladium.
“It remains unclear if Norilsk would sell this palladium into the market as demand requires, which would effectively close the supply gap through 2016E and could take palladium prices down significantly, or exert some discipline to support palladium prices,” Fung advised.
At around 11am this morning, fifteen settlers from the nearby Jewish-only settlements of Esh Kodesh and Shilo attacked several houses on the outskirts of Qusra, southeast of Nablus.
Confrontations between Palestinian residents and, settlers and Israeli forces ensued. Israeli army and border police fired large quantities of tears gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets at Palestinians. Around twenty-eight people suffered from tear gas suffocation and rubber coated steel bullets related injuries. Osama Rami Hassan, a sixteen year-old boy, was shot with a rubber coated steel bullet near the left eye. He is currently stable, recovering from the injury at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Helmi Abdul Azeez Hassan (26) was shot by a settler with live ammunition in the upper left abdomen. He is also hospitalised at Rafidia hospital, waiting to be transfered to an Israeli hospital where he can undergo surgery. Another resident was also shot with live ammuntion in the leg but is already recovering from the injury at home.
The village of Qusra has witnessed continuous settler attacks and army violence for the past few years. In recent days, clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces and settlers have intensified as last Thursday Israel forces demolished an electricity pole and the following day settlers burnt six cars from the village.
“Astroturfing” is when a politician pays people to pretend like they support them on an issue and to make it seem as though it is a grass roots movement. Hillary Clinton has been publicizing her quiet campaign to go out and have discussions with ordinary Americans as if she’s going to somehow get her finger on the pulse” of the nation and thereby base her campaign upon what she learns.
As staged and badly as that sounds, the reality is actually much worse:
According to AP’s Julie Pace, what Hillary Clinton wants you to think is an honest conversation with average Americans, is actually a highly staged production with ‘pre-picked’ supporters in attendance.
These conversations are “with pre-screened, pre-selected supporters mainly” Julie Pace said, about Hillary’s campaign stops where she meets with locals.
So the people she’s meeting not only already agree with her but they’re also Democratic operatives. Take this inspiring story from The Hill about Gary and Lenore Patton:
Lenore and Gary Patton could not talk to the candidate they had come to see. They could not even get out of their chairs.
“ ‘Hey,’ Gary said to no one in particular. ‘She’s smart. She’s experienced. End of story. … This woman has what it takes.’
‘She has ideas for the direction of the country she wants to go in,’ said Lenore. ‘She cares about the middle class. We’re about as middle class as you can get.’
‘She’s so experienced, she’s so bright, and she’s so adroit,’ her husband added. ‘And I came in here not necessarily feeling all of these things, but I go away thinking that we would be lucky to have her as the president, because she has so many attributes that you need. It’s an incredibly impressive performance.’ ”
The trouble is… they were placed there intentionally:
The roundtable in Hampton was Clinton’s largest yet. About 60 people came — including the Pattons, local activists who said they “fervently supported” Barack Obama in 2008 and now “fervently support” Clinton.
7-1/2 years ago, the Pattons were considered a “power couple” in New Hampshire Democratic Party politics, as reported in the New York Observer on December 6, 2007.
Meanwhile, when a real Hillary Clinton supporter came up to her asking for an autograph she told her to “go to the end of the line.”
It’s shameful we have a candidate running for the presidential nomination that is so phony and it’s even worse she’s not getting called on it. She has a mixture of entitlement and arrogance. And it’s disgusting.
It is common knowledge that President Obama is going to issue an Executive Order regarding immigration and make a move to allow millions of illegal aliens to stay in the country and, possibly, to obtain amnesty. The Republican party needs to tread carefully as a wounded animal is still dangerous.
President Obama still has power… negative power. He may not have the power to make things happen but he can make things not happen. And he can draw Republicans into a trap making them act rashly in ways that will benefit Democrats in 2016.
Republicans need to drop the idea that what Obama is doing is somehow “lawless.” Issuing Executive Orders is not lawless. Obama is constrained by the same laws George W. Bush was. And Executive Actions can be overturned by the next occupant of the White House just as easily as they can be issued by this president.
Don’t take your eye off the ball.
Republicans can also refuse to fund whatever programs Obama’s Executive Actions create. Without funding, nothing can happen. This is not to say “shutdown the Government” just make it clear that whatever amnesty moves Obama takes will not happen.
Americans see Obama’s move for what it is… a brazen political power play.
Democrats will take a hammering if Obama is seen as the one creating the havoc.
The announcement is also going to happen around the same time that the Ferguson, Missouri verdict will be read that, most likely, will create so much violence that people will be distracted.
Obama is conducting guerrilla warfare on Americans and one of the first rules is to use your opponent’s strengths against them.
The main strength of the Republicans now is their power and the desire to flex it. Obama hopes to unify Republican anger and focus it on himself so as to make them lash out an embarrass themselves.
I can only hope the GOP doesn’t take the bait.