90 Miles From Tyranny : 2014-06-22

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Girls With Guns

Stop The NSA

Subverting the constitution is a criminal act.  The NSA is a criminal institution..



The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


The Five Stages Of Living In A National Surveillance State..

Dissing The Fourth Amendment...

Get Out Of The Car!

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Same as it ever was..

Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime by hushhush112

I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly..

Your light is so enticing...I feel compelled to come to you and show you my light display... my fears keep me away as I watch from afar.. I observe as you consume others more bold than I...  my mind is consumed by only you.

-Jonathan Livingston Firefly

See No Evil..

USSA 2016

One Possible Future... What Did you Do To Stop It?

Morning Mistress

Dinesh D'souza Analyzes Predictions from "2016: Obama's America"

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Girls With Guns

On Male Privilege..

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The New Thought Police

Graphic Art

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Some SteamPunk HERE

Hot Anime Girls with Guns HERE

Rule 5 Girls HERE

Are You A Vegan? Really?

More Vegan Fun:

I hope you choke on a vegan pizza while crying over a lady gaga song.....

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Nut Job Vegans Make Website And Threaten Ex-Vegans Tempted By The Fruit Of Another Piece Of Bacon

I hope you choke on a vegan pizza while crying over a lady gaga song.....

Please do not View this Post unless you are a Vegan

Anne Hathaway's Descent Into Madness

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

Don't Make A Missedsteak...

On Media Bias...

Ok, This Cracks Me Up..

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This Made Me Throw Up In My Mouth..

These two have not been intimate in years. It is disgusting to contemplate such a thing...

Boom! Trey Gowdy Is In The Room!

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Boom! Trey Gowdy Is In The Room! He Points Out The Hypocrisy, Stalling, Lying and Obfuscation In The Benghazi Scandal

Tension: China's Territorial Claims...

Suspicions between the People’s Republic of China and its neighbors bedevil its boundaries to the east, south and west as shown in this videographic from the Economist.  This is one of the videos that I’ve put into my interactive map with over 65 geography videos to share in the classroom

Tags: borders, political, conflict, water, China, East Asia.

Morning Mistress

Boom! Trey Gowdy Mash-up

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Girls With Guns

Targeting Non-Believers..

..In Statist Government...

Statism: concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.

In Ayn Rand Lexicon:
The political expression of altruism is collectivism or statism, which holds that man’s life and work belong to the state—to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation—and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.

A statist system—whether of a communist, fascist, Nazi, socialist or “welfare” type—is based on the . . . government’s unlimited power, which means: on the rule of brute force. The differences among statist systems are only a matter of time and degree; the principle is the same. Under statism, the government is not a policeman, but a legalized criminal that holds the power to use physical force in any manner and for any purpose it pleases against legally disarmed, defenseless victims.

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

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Who Is John Galt?

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The Priorities Of A Tyrannical Government..

Leftists, Statists And Establishment Republicans Need To Be Careful Of The Seeds They Sow..

Amazon Never Forgets...

Who Makes What?

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Tipping..

This table nicely fills in key gaps in my previous knowledge. The basic idea with the low/average/high tipping levels used above is that if you’re in the average range, you’re fine and forgotten. If you’re in the low or high range, you’re noticed and remembered. And service workers have memories like elephants.

What Tipping Well (Or Not Well) Means For Your Budget
Since tipping is such a large part of life, it seems like we should stop to actually understand what being a low, average, or high tipper means for our budget.
Looking at it simply, you can do some quick math and figure out one portion of your budget. For example, maybe you think you have 100 restaurant meals a year at about $25/meal—so according to the above chart, being a low, average, and high restaurant tipper all year will cost you $350 (14% tips), $450 (18% tips), and $550 (22% tips) a year. So in this example, it costs a low tipper $100/year to become an average tipper and an average tipper $100/year to become a high tipper.
I got a little more comprehensive, and came up with three rough profiles: Low Spender, Mid Spender, and High Spender. These vary both in the frequency of times they go to a restaurant or bar or hotel, etc., and the fanciness of the services they go to—i.e. High Spender goes to fancy restaurants and does so often, and Low Spender goes out to eat less often and goes to cheaper places.[4] I did this to cover the extremes and the middle—you’re probably somewhere in between.
Tipping Budgets
Other Factors That Should Influence Specific Tipping Decisions
One thing my interviews made clear is that there’s this whole group of situation-related factors that service industry workers think are super relevant to the amount you should tip—it’s just that customers never got the memo. Most customers have their standard tip amount in mind and don’t really think about it much beyond that. Here’s what service workers want you to stop not considering when you tip them:
Time matters. Sometimes a bartender cracks open eight bottles of beer, which takes 12 seconds, and sometimes she makes eight multi-ingredient cocktails with olives and a whole umbrella scene on each, which takes four minutes, and those two orders should not be tipped equally, even though they might cost the same amount. Along the same lines—
Effort matters. Food delivery guys are undertipped—they’re like a waiter except your table is on the other side of the city. $2 really isn’t a sufficient tip (and one delivery guy I talked to said 20% of people tip nothing)—$3 or $4 is much better. And when it’s storming outside? The delivery guys I talked to all said the tips don’t change in bad weather—that’s not logical. Likewise, while tipping on takeout orders is nice but not necessary, one restaurant manager complained to me about Citibank ordering 35 lunches to go every week, which takes a long time for some waiter to package (with the soup wrapped carefully, coffees rubber-banded, dressings and condiments put in side containers), and never tipping. Effort matters, and that deserves a tip.
Their salary matters. It might not make sense that in the US, we’ve somewhat arbitrarily deemed certain professions as “tipped professions” whereby the customers are in charge of paying the professional’s salary, instead of their employer—but that’s the way it is. And as such, you have some real responsibility when being served by a tipped professional that you don’t have when being served by someone else.
It’s nice to give a coffee barista a tip, but you’re not a horrible person if you don’t because at least they’re getting paid without you. Waiters and bartenders, on the other hand, receive somewhere between $2 and $5/hour (usually closer to $2), and this part of their check usually goes entirely to taxes. Your tips are literally their only income. They also have to “tip out” the other staff, so when you tip a waiter you’re also tipping the busboy, bartender, and others. For these reasons, it’s never acceptable to tip under 15%, even if you hate the service. The way to handle terrible service is to complain to the manager like you would in a non-tipping situation—you’re not allowed to stiff on the tip and make them work for free.
Service matters. It seems silly to put this in because it seems obvious, and yet, Michael Lynn’sresearch shows that the amount people tip barely correlates at all to the quality of service they receive.[5] So while stiffing isn’t okay, it’s good to have a range in mind, not a set percentage, since good service should be tipped better than bad service.

11 Other Interesting Findings and Facts:
1) Different demographics absolutely do tip differently
“Do any demographics of people—age, gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, profession—tend to tip differently than others?” ran away with the “Most Uncomfortable Question to Ask or Answer” award during my interviews, but it yielded some pretty interesting info. I only took seriously a viewpoint I heard at least three times, and in this post, I’m only including those viewpoints that were backed up by my online research and Lynn’s statistical studies.
Here’s the overview, which is a visualization of the results of Lynn’s polling of over 1,000 waiters.[6]Below, each category of customer is placed at their average rating over the 1,000+ waiter surveys in the study:
Who Tips the Best?

Fascinating and awkward. Throughout my interviews, I heard a lot of opinions reinforcing what’s on that chart and almost none that contradicted it. The easiest one for people to focus on was foreigners being bad tippers, because A) it’s not really a demographic so it’s less awkward, and B) people could blame it on them “not knowing,” if they didn’t want to be mean. Others, though, scoffed at that, saying, “Oh they know…” As far as foreigners go, the French have the worst reputation.
People also consistently said that those who act “entitled” or “fussy” or “like the world’s out to get them” are usually terrible tippers.
On the good-tipping side, people who are vacationing or drunk (or both) tip well, as do “regulars” who get to know the staff, and of course, the group of people everyone agrees are the best tippers are those who also work in the service industry (which, frankly, creeped me out by the end—they’re pretty cultish and weird about how they feel about tipping each other well).
2) Here are six proven ways for waiters to increase their tips:
    • Be the opposite gender of your customer
    • Ideally, be a slender, attractive, big-breasted blond in your 30s [7]
    • Introduce yourself by name
    • Sit at the table or squat next to it when taking the order
    • Touch the customer, in a non-creepy way [8]
    • Give the customer candy when you bring the check [9]
Of course those things work. Humans are simple.
3) A few different people said that when a tip is low, they assume the customer is cheap or hurting for money, but when it’s high, they assume it’s because they did a great job serving the customer or because they’re likable (not that the customer is generous).
4) When a guy tips an attractive female an exorbitant amount, it doesn’t make her think he’s rich or generous or a big shot—it makes her think he’s trying to impress her. Very transparent and ineffective, but she’s pleased to have the extra money.
5) Don’t put a zero in the tip box if it’s a situation when you’re not tipping—it apparently comes off as mean and unnecessary. Just leave it blank and write in the total.
6) According to valets and bellmen, when people hand them a tip, they almost always do the “double fold” where they fold the bills in half twice and hand it to them with the numbers facing down so the amount of the tip is hidden. However, when someone’s giving a really great tip, they usually hand them the bills unfolded and with the amount showing.
7) Some notes about other tipping professions I didn’t mention above:
  • Apparently no one tips flight attendants, and if you do, you’ll probably receive free drinks thereafter.
  • Golf caddies say that golfers tip better when they play better, but they always tip the best when it’s happening in front of clients.
  • Tattoo artists expect $10-20 on a $100 job and $40-60 on a $400 job, but they get nothing from 30% of people.
  • massage therapist expects a $15-20 tip and receives one 95% of the time—about half of a massage therapist’s income is tips.
  • whitewater rafting guide said he always got the best tips after a raft flipped over or something happened where people felt in danger.
  • Strippers not only usually receive no salary, they often receive a negative salary—i.e. they need to pay the club a fee in order to work there.
8) According to Lynn, tips in the US add up to $40 billion each year. This is more than double NASA’s budget.
9) The US is the most tip-crazed country in the world, but there’s a wide variety of tipping customs in other countries. Tipping expert Magnus Thor Torfason’s research shows that 31 service professions involve tipping in the US. That number is 27 in Canada, 27 in India, 15 in the Netherlands, 5-10 throughout Scandinavia, 4 in Japan, and 0 in Iceland.
10) The amount of tipping in a country tends to correlate with the amount of corruption in the country.[10] This is true even after controlling for factors like national GDP and crime levels. The theory is that the same norms that encourage tipping end up leaking over into other forms of exchange. The US doesn’t contribute to this general correlation, with relatively low corruption levels.
11) Celebrities should tip well, because the person they tip will tell everyone they know about it forever, and everyone they tell will tell everyone they know about it forever.
For example: A friend of mine served Arnold Schwarzenegger and his family at a fancy lunch place in Santa Monica called Cafe Montana. Since he was the governor, they comped him the meal. And he left a $5 bill as the tip. I’ve told that story to a lot of people.
  • Celebrities known to tip well (these are the names that come up again and again in articles about this): Johnny Depp, Charles Barkley, David Letterman, Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore
  • Celebrities known to tip badly: Tiger Woods, Mariah Carey, LeBron James, Heidi Klum, Bill Cosby, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Rachael Ray, Sean Penn, Usher

Morning Mistress

Vintage SciFi

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Girls With Guns

I Support Gun Control..

After all, accuracy is important...

Game Of Moans...

50 Insane Facts About The Eye


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