Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ever Wonder How The Federal Reserve Really Does Business?

http://www.bloomberg.com/data-visualization/federal-reserve-emergency-lending#/overview/?sort=nomPeakValue&group=none&view=peak&position=0&comparelist=&search=

Monday, August 29, 2011

Holy Shit Batman, I've lost my Hit Counter!!

Damn You Irene!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Irene - The Aftermath

Okey-Dokey! Well, the storm itself didn't do much as far as extraordinary damage goes by way of S.I. New York standards. Some bad flooding in the neighborhoods generally considered "the usual suspects" around these parts. Mayor Mickey Mouse, er ahh, I mean Mike Bloomberg orederd mandatory evacuations of over 300,000 residents in the 5 boroughs.

1400 hundred showed up at the evac. centers he set up. Now a lot of people went to stay with relatives in other parts of the city, and to be quite honest, it would appear that whole boatload wound up staying in local bars.

Hey, NYC may be a liberal bastion, but we're still a party town!

The next time Mayor Mike wants mandatory evacuations, he might consider allowing the cops to actually arrest people who resist. Ahem......

He also had the MTA shutdown the entire mass transit system. To a certain degree, not a bad idea. OTOH, it also smacks of overkill.

Considering how badly he got his ass reamed for being in Bermuda (or was it the Bahamas) when we got socked with over two feet of snow last winter, I guess his overzealous paranoia is understandable. Especially for the vain, petty, power hungry, uber-rich, arrogant horses ass that he essentially is.

Anyhow, My health has been shit for the last 6 months on an on-again/off-again (more on than off) so I've really neglected the Blog. Between back, leg, neck and for the past week, kidney stone problems (have you ever tried manning the bucket brigade to keep your basement from flooding while you feel like you've been beaten across the kidney with a baseball bat?).I'll try to rectify that (if anyone cares) over the next couple/few weeks. Lessons learned from Irene, and some gear reviews will probably make up the bulk of them.

Anyway, until then, good night to you Irene survivors, and to anybody else who actually follows this blog (and the hit counter says that there are more than a few of you).

Friday, August 26, 2011

Irene Comes a Callin'

It's shaping up to be a fun weekend in NYC....
http://www.news.yahoo.com/irene-evacuations-transit-shutdown-ordered-nyc-181930305.html

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Ultimate Survival Tip

You can talk about guns, knives, GPS's, first aid kits, water purification, bug-out bags, EDC, et al, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

Your primary Survival tool is yourself, and probably the one thing that so many don't even think about is your own damned health.

Point: This morning I got up for work and felt a slight twinge in my back. Considering the damage I've done over the years, it was nothing particularly noticeable. I took my shower, got dressed and walked up to the bus stop. I got on the express bus and within 5 minutes the twinge in my back turned into a full blown pain like nothing I had ever experienced in my life.
With the traffic this morning I was stuck on that frigging bus for 1-1/4 hrs. By the time I got to work, I thought i was going to die. I tried taking it easy but it wasn't getting better, so for the first time in my life, I asked my supervisor to call 911.
A short while later the ambulance came, and luckily there is good hospital; just 3 blocks from where I work. By the time I got there, the pain had actually started to subside.
To make a long story short, a quick examination, combined with my description of what I was later told were textbook symptoms, and the results of a urine test showed that I have a kidney stone.
They discharged me after about an hour (and for the record, I managed to avoid having to put on one of those em-bare-assing hospital gowns) they discharged me after giving me painkiller and an anti-inflammatory.
Tomorrow I have to see my regular doctor, and I'm told that for the next 7-10 days I am going to be drinking a shitload of water and waiting to piss this thing out.

I'm thrilled i tell you, just thrilled.

The point of this rambling post you ask?

Simple, take care of your health, or IT will take care of YOU!

This has been a public service announcement.