Do You Believe These CPI Figures?

Let’s hop right in to the data just out from the Labor Department:

“The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

In contrast to the broad-based increase last month, the June seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was primarily driven by the gasoline index. It rose 3.3 percent and accounted for two-thirds of the all items increase.

Other energy indexes were mixed, with the electricity index rising, but the indexes for natural gas and fuel oil declining.

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Coping: They’re Coming for Kansas Next

This morning, with every intention of writing a short column, as I’ve been promising myself, I sat down to a bowl of leftovers for breakfast and finally started to read through the latest issue of AOPA Pilot that’s been sitting on the counter gathering dust.  Too much work, too little time.

This issue was particularly interesting to me because it features seaplanes and years ago (like back in the 1970’s) I did the voiceover work for Kenmore Air’s seaplane flight training series.  This was back in the days of cassettes, mind you.

Seaplanes and I have some very fond memories:  The first one I flew was a J-3 Cub on floats, but after that I moved up to a Lake LA-4-200 amphibian.  When landing on water, the retractable gear stays safely tucked away.  But when landing at Boeing Field in Seattle, the gear dropped down and the plane landed on very short, but solid “legs.”

The only oddity of the Lake was that it featured a pusher prop mounted on a pylon over the cabin and above the wing.  Which required a bit of getting used to:  Normally when you’re on final approach for landing, if you pull the power back a bit, the nose will come down and often very little adjustment to trim is needed.… >>> Read More >>>

MH-17: Ferdinand’s Airplane?

Tensions between the US and Russia haven’t been this high since the Cold War and, with reports of crash scene tampering floating about from eastern Ukraine, the question of “Who shot it down” is echoing around the international community. 

Against this background, reader TJ wonders:

Hey George, do you think the plane could be a Ferdinand moment like the one that started WW1?

That’s a pretty interesting question. The Wikipedia entry on point offers this:

On Sunday, 28 June 1914, at approximately 10:45 am, Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Gavrilo Princip, 19 at the time, a member of Young Bosnia and one of a group of assassins organized by the Black Hand.

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Coping: Can Dreams Tell the Future (Sky Flashes/Chicago)

Back in about March, I “spun off” my work on the site to a fine fellow (Chris McCleary) who (packing a couple of Master’s degrees) picked up the project and has moved it ahead and into exciting new territory – all in efforts to give us humans a bit more visibility on “the future” so we can be better prepared for it when it arrives.

I’m pleased to report this morning that Chris McCleary’s Project August is now out with a profile of what the coming month of August may look like.

Project August Report #5 is here. 

It’s long – at least one cup worth, and possibly two if you take it step-at-a-time and work out your own interpretations of what’s being said in the dreams themselves.  Those can be found in the site’s DreamBase over here….>>> Read More >>>

Reader Note: Never-ending Site Improvements

You should now (after a hiatus) be able to send in hot news tips using the link on the menu above.

I didn’t notice it wasn’t working for a while (sorry about that!) but it should be working again now and it now has its own email routing folder so anything that comes it will go to the right place.

I appreciate people sharing their “finds” with us because there’s no way one person can keep up with all of it…but as a group effort, we hope to continue to cover a lot more ground than most.

I’ve also been working on server-side enhancements and our typical home page load times are now typically less than 2 second with as fast as 0.96 seconds.… >>> Read More >>>

The Biggest Discovery of Our Lifetime?

What would qualify for the term “brain quake?”  That’s a term that could describe what could happen if science (quite by accident) tripped over a discovery that could justify a whole new brand of Life.   Up until now, we’ve been a world full of “converters.”  Not very efficient ones at that; we eat food, convert it to the proteins and sugars we need and blithely assume that’s how all Life works.

Except, it ain’t.

A huge discovery this week has started a real brain quake.  And, as I’ll explain, this one could ripple beyond anyone’s imagination.

First, though, our usual Saturday morning repast:  Coffee, headlines, and say, that Trading Model of ours has kept us coming up green once again…But then we’ll get into e-bacs and the world will then start to look particularly weird….… >>> Read More >>>

TEOTWAWKI? Next Week We’ll Know

From the top this morning, we all get to be in a holding pattern to see if War breaks out on Sunday.

Why is this important, after all, it’s only a date that has shown up on a couple of posts on various conspiracy and prophecy boards?

Because things seem to be falling into place.  Think about it:

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    Coping: With Food Patterns

    One of our readers (RD) mentioned in a recent email that Tuesday was “hamburger day” for him.

    This reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to mention for a couple of years, but it just keeps slipping my mind:  Is it an indication of something [fill in this blank if you can come up with a word for it --->_____] when people get into ritual and routine about their food?

    When we were living in Burbank back in the 2005 era I knew people who would always to a certain restaurant on a certain day.  Like Acapulco’s on Thursday for lunch…that sort of thing.… >>> Read More >>>