Stop Being Offended Today: The Cure For Everything That Irritates You

From DumbLittleMan:

There is an epidemic spreading across the world.
And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re all carriers of the disease.
It’s called Offend-initis, a skin condition whereby the thickness of our skin melts away to the point where everything offends us.
Symptoms may include: hurt feelings, indignation, irritability, disappointment, grumpiness and an all-around allergic reaction to anyone who says or does something we don’t like.
Fortunately, there is a cure.

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The Cure to our Economic Problems

From Mark Cuban:

I would hate to be the winning Presidential candidate. Both candidates are delusional  in thinking  their economic policies will drag us out of a recession or even improve the economy.  The reality is that the solutions offered by both are the equivalent of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. They are meaningless.

You can cut taxes for 95pct of Americans and raise taxes for the rest. You can cut taxes for businesses and retain the Bush Tax Cuts. You can increase or decrease the capital gains tax 5 or 10pct either way.  Under both programs the deficit for the country will increase,  we will borrow and print more money.  5 or 10pct variance either way, given the big hole  our economy is it wont matter.

The cure for what ails us is the Entrepreneurial Spirit of this country.  We are a nation of people who encourage , support and invest in those of any and all age, race and gender who will use their ingenuity and come up with a new idea.

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Cowgirl Cabins – Vintage Trailer Vacations

Cowgirl Cabins Grand Opening

Each trailer has been carefully selected and given a unique personality by using western decor, paint, and special touches throughout. Also noted is that each trailer has been named after a strong, independent and adventurous historic women.

interior of cowgirl vintage trailer

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Hooters: Fun for the whole family

Hooters: Fun for the Whole FamilyIt’s easy to see why some women are creeped out by Hooters, the chicken-wing chain known for buxom waitresses in tight orange shorts. The wall-to-wall dark wood, posters of bikinied Hooters girls, and tables of titillated guys downing pitchers of beer and making cracks about the chain’s “great wings” makes for a decidedly frat house vibe. Yet Chief Executive Officer Terry Marks’s makeover of the ultimate guys’ place depends heavily on paying more attention to its core customers’ wives and girlfriends.

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Who are Mitt Romney’s 47%?

Everyone is still trying to make sense (or in the Democrats’ case, make hay with) Mitt Romney’s disparging remarks about “the 47 percent,”but where did he come with that number and why are these people not paying income taxes?

While Romney’s statement is technically true, and widely used conservative talking point, it’s highly misleading and hardly the justifies the critique that these tax shirkers “should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Even conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru said that the argument was “an intellectual and political dead end.” The two main problems with Romney’s statement are that many of the people in that 47 percent aren’t actually living off government handouts — and they don’t all vote Democratic either. Economics writers all over the internet broke out the chart machinesto debunk these two claims. Here’s the basics:

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Crushing Debt Drove Me to Kosovo — And Then to Iraq

From The Billfold:

Ten years ago, I was nearly 30 and over $90,000 in debt. I had spent my twenties trying to build an interesting life; I had two degrees; I had lived in New York and the Bay Area; I had worked in a series of interesting jobs; I spent a lot of time traveling overseas. But I had also made a couple of critically stupid and shortsighted decisions. I had invested tens of thousands of dollars in a master’s degree in landscape architecture that I realized I didn’t want halfway through. While maxing out my student loans, I had also collected a toxic mix of maxed-out credit cards, personal loans, and $2,000 I had borrowed from my father for a crisis long since forgotten. My life consisted of loan deferments and minimum payments.

Like so many other lost children, I had fallen into a career in IT. The work was boring, but led to jobs with cool organizations—a lot of jobs, because I kept quitting them. As soon as I had any money in the bank, I’d quit and go backpacking in Southeast Asia. My adventures were life-changing experiences, but I was eventually left with a CV that was pretty scattershot.

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The Complete Guide To America’s Jobs Crisis And The Failure Of Monetary Policy Using Animated Gifs

From Business Insider:

Author Mike Konczal helpfully uses animated .gifs to simply break down the most critical theoretical debate of our time.

Warning: A few of the gifs have some salty language in the text.

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Are you still here? Go read (and watch) the thing. Hilariously troubling.

Scaled Solar for the Tiny House Off Grid on the Cheap

Here are some pictures of my system. First, of course, are the Solar panels which consist of two 50 watt panels wired in parallel and then connected by way of charge controller to two deep cycle golf cart batteries. They use a 6 volt wired-in series to make the 12 volts that my system than runs on.

Solar panels

From The Tiny House blog:

I got the panels used for fifty bucks each. The batteries cost $300, but will last at least ten years with regular maintenance. The charge controller was under a hundred dollars. The fuse box is from an auto parts store and cost $20. The fixtures are 12V halogen lights. I also have LED lights for conservation periods, such as cloudy days in winter. This, plus a small inverter for recharging my computer and small appliances, complete the system.

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Difference Engine: The PC all over again?

From The Economist:

WHAT could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages and basements. Tinkerers with machines that turn binary digits into molecules are pioneering a whole new way of making things—one that could well rewrite the rules of manufacturing in much the same way as the PC trashed the traditional world of computing.
The machines, called 3D printers, have existed in industry for years. But at a cost of $100,000 to $1m, few individuals could ever afford one. Fortunately, like everything digital, their price has fallen. So much so, industrial 3D printers can now be had for $15,000, and home versions for little more than $1,000 (or half that in kit form). “In many ways, today’s 3D printing community resembles the personal computing community of the early 1990s,” says Michael Weinberg, a staff lawyer at Public Knowledge, an advocacy group in Washington, DC.

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