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Thursday, May 30, 2013

MooPig Financial Trends :: "Global Wealth Inequality"

Impartial Disparity? I don't think So.
Gathered by Pat Darnell  |  May 30, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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The New York Times states: "The distribution of the world’s wealth — things like stocks, bonds or physical assets like land — has become even more narrowly concentrated than income, according to a new report by the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University."

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~ In 2000, the top 1 percent of the world’s population — some 37 million adults with a net worth of at least $515,000 — accounted for about 40 percent of the world’s total net worth, according to the report.
~ The bottom half of the population owned merely 1.1 percent of the globe’s wealth. The net worth of the world’s typical person — whose wealth was above that of half the world’s population and below that of the other half —was under $2,200.
In rummaging through pages on this subject, it looks like AlterNet has replaced NewsWeek and Time magazines as a place to go get juicy stories about current events. I have half heartedly looked for the source and origins of AlterNet... [Maybe someone can help with that]. I am, after all, just another lazy blogger.
About Alternet: " ... Since its inception in 1998, has grown dramatically to keep pace with the public demand for independent news. We provide free online content to millions of readers, serving as a reliable filter, keeping our vast audience well-informed and engaged, helping them to navigate a culture of information overload and providing an alternative to the commercial media onslaught. Our aim is to stimulate, inform, and instigate. (LINK) ... "
This story from yesterday has been brewing since agencies released some information about wealth distribution around the globe. AlterNet's article has some key points about that.

The World's Richest 8% Earn Half of All Planetary Income | Alternet: EXCERPT  |  "For example, the World Bank's list of "GDP per capita (current US$)" shows that in 2011 this annual-income figure ranged from $231 in Democratic Republic of Congo at the Equator, to $171,465 in Monaco within Europe. The second-poorest and second-richest countries respectively were $271 in Burundi at the Equator, and $114,232 in Luxembourg within Europe. For comparisons, the U.S. was $48,112, and China was $5,445. Those few examples indicate how widely per-capita income ranges between nations, and how more heat means more poverty." (Eric Zuesse. May 28, 2013. LINK ) ... "

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That means when you divide all living people into five equal groups:
  1. Poorest
  2. Second
  3. Third
  4. Fourth
  5. Richest
... Eighty percent of the world's people don't have any wealth. The "Richest" control 94% of the wealth. Sources are from the UN says the author. (Jason Hickel. 2 Apr 2013. LINK ) The groups are far from equal when measuring wealth.

Why does the wealth gap increase over the years? For example rich countries give every year about $130 Billion in aid to poorer countries. However, corporations take about $900 Billion out of poor countries every year. And the poorer 80% pay $600 Billion in debt service to its richer neighbors. Poorer countries provide resources and cheap labor. $900 + $600 Billion is $1.5 Trillion each year flowing out of the poorer countries.

Enough people asking the right questions will help to illuminate this inequality. But the methods of usurping poorer countries through unfair trade rules, and exploitation of labor forces have to be changed. Wrestling the wealth out of the hands of the 2% who now control trillions is not a simple task.

Changing the rules of wealth exploitation is not going to be an easy task any way you look at it. (LINK) If you can't screw it, or throw money at it, most rich folks won't even consider it.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MooPig Financial Trends Department :: "Money Laundering and Fraud"

Indictment, arrest of virtual currency founder targets alleged “financial hub of the cybercrime world.”
Aired out by Pat Darnell | May 28, 2013 | Bryan TX

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When we say we are going to do a series of money related posts, we think we are onto something of a trend. Because we all know that MooPig is a financial trendsetter, and therefore a trend-spotter. HA! We attempted to meddle through the muddle of financial stuff HERE. We thought to interfere in and busy ourselves unduly with something that is not usually our concern.

This report in USAToday is the kind of report that makes me want to get on the phone with old friends. This kind of report makes me want to hide in a cave like a wounded cougar, and lick my wounds. This kind of report makes me want to gather my little family together in a safe and cozy room. It is the kind of report that makes me stifle myself.

Alleged $6 billion money-laundering network busted: "Detailing what federal authorities termed the largest international money-laundering case in history, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the suspects and company were indicted for allegedly facilitating 55 million transactions that concealed the proceeds of credit card fraud, identity theft, computer hacking, child pornography, narcotics trafficking and other crimes."

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So, let's see, it turns out the major cyber-crimes involve:
  • credit card fraud
  • identity theft
  • computer hacking
  • child pornography
  • narcotics trafficking
  • all the above in money laundering
Nope ... none of those key activities come up on a search of MooPig Wisdom. But, that is where the money goes to be "recirculated." And, there were 1-million signed up with Liberty Reserve. It does prove that if you want to know where's the money, you will have to wade through some pretty debased information, photos, videos, and acid trips to find out.
Original story:

" ... The papers cited Costa Rican prosecutor José Pablo González saying that Budovsky, a Costa Rican citizen of Ukrainian origin, has been under investigation since 2011 for money laundering using Liberty Reserve, a company he created in Costa Rica. “Local investigations began after a request from a prosecutor’s office in New York,” Tico Times reporter L. Arias wrote. “On Friday, San José prosecutors conducted raids in Budovsky’s house and offices in Escazá, Santa Ana, southwest of San José, and in the province of Heredia, north of the capital. Budovsky’s businesses in Costa Rica apparently were financed by using money from child pornography websites and drug trafficking. (25.May.2013. krebsonsecurity. LINK)... ”
If you own a Jet-Ski, a helicopter, or a tank, then you are at the top of the money chain.


MooPig Report from the Middle :: "Honey Bee Naturalist Down"

I am Uneasy about the Fate of our BEES
Euphemized by Pat Darnell  |  May 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

Stressors Affecting Bees


Illinois illegally seizes bees resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens | Global Research:

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It doesn't pay to be a "naturalist" these days. More evidence of Big Brother watching down on the masses is shown in this report from the middle of Illinois. " ... A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated:

“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your [Terrence Ingram's] house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”  (Global Research, May 24, 2013. LINK) ... "

Mr Terrence Ingram is a hometown hero:
APRIL 27, 2012, APPLE RIVER, IL – The little town of Apple River in northeast Jo Daviess County, Illinois is the hometown of a big man - Terrence Ingram. Though not big in a physical sense, when it comes to saving the American Bald Eagle, there is hardly anyone in the United States held in higher regard than Ingram. His years of documented research and expertise regarding eagles and the work of the Eagle Nature Foundation, founded by Ingram, is in great part responsible for the bald eagle being removed from the “Threatened Species List “ in the United States. (Tom Kocal | Prairie Advocate News. April 27, 2012. LINK) ..."
This is the culprit that Illinois Department of Agriculture is looking for: American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae)... it is doubtful in Mr Ingram's case that anything good will ever come from the governmental intervention on his bee hives. And we can assume that this is how it will be for the duration.

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You see Timmy, ... the government is controlled by the banks, and the banks have their diseased fingers in everyone's business.
"The way Lassie had to constantly save the family, you have to believe they were dumber than dirt. The only way their farm could have survived is from government grants, which you can figure Lassie filled out the paperwork."
— Dave Barry
That's our Report from the Middle today, where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are above average.

______________________Reference *[SIDE NOTE: "Syndication Title: The early seasons were syndicated as Jeff's Collie, and later seasons as Timmy and Lassie."]*

MooPig Under Water Discovery Department :: "Aquatic Humanoids"

MooPig Movie Reviews -- Mockumentary
Sorted by Pat Darnell  |  May 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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U.S. CONFIRMS EXISTENCE OF MERMAIDS | Weekly World News: "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that mermaids exist and that they are growing in numbers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reportedly published a post on their “Ocean Facts” newsfeed titled “Conclusive Evidence of  the Existence of Aquatic Humanoids.” ( Frank Lake on May 16, 2013 LINK) ... "

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I watched the episode on Animal Planet last night. It was a doozy. Fake, but a doozy of a dossier.
By Jktorres28 on May 28, 2013 at 3:30 am
Posted In: Uncategorized
On “Mermaids: The New Evidence,” Animal Planet revisited its documentary about the existence of mermaids from last year, “Mermaids: The Body Found.” Biologist Dr. Paul Robertson returned with what appeared to be brand new footage of the alleged mythical creatures, allegedly taken this spring in the Greenland Sea.
Viewers were glued to the TV watching the new special, getting “Mermaids: The New Evidence” trending on Twitter.
But the whole thing is a hoax — the original documentary was revealed to be staged. Discovery, Animal Planet’s parent company, described the program as “science fiction” based on “scientific theory.”
The executive producer of “Mermaids: The New Evidence” told the Mother Nature Network that he wanted people to think it was real — that’s why they made it look like a documentary.
And The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains, “Mermaids: The New Evidence” is just entertainment. Its website reads: “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”
TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.
Entertainment on

One or two cryptic Comments on the above spoof:

MrX · 1 week ago
I Served in the Military, u would be shocked at what the public dont know, probably for the best in my opinion.

-- to which Roger replied --

Roger · 6 days ago
MrX your full of it my Father was military my uncle was military my cousin was military I was military and my son is Military we're all retired military except my son who is a military intelligence Officer and you're full of it.

-- to which "None" replied --

None · 1 hour ago
Roger don't deny the fact that the military keeps so many things within their little "community hole" I'm in the military. Grew up in a family who served in the military. I also married a military officer. There are just things that they keep from the public.

-- to which Allen replied --

Allen Stribling · 18 hours ago
Ok, lets say they are real, would this mean ? they own the ocean, ? Do they have rights? Something to think about.

-- final answer ? --

Mermaids: The Body Found was/is fake. The researchers were actors check IMDB. (LINK)

After “Mermaids: The Body Found” premiered, NOAA issued a statement: “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”

But we still wonder.

Vacationing Like the Kennedys' :: PR Nightmares, Cruises

The call came into the Lake Worth Coast Guard at 2:52 a.m.
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  May 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

Here's the Advertisement:
Cruise from Baltimore on the newly renovated Grandeur of the Seas! There is no limit to the possibilities for fun and relaxation on this reimagined cruise ship.

BBC News - Royal Caribbean cruise cancelled in Bahamas after fire:   EXCERPT  |   "A fire has broken out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, forcing more than 2,200 passengers to end their trip early.

"The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was en route to CocoCay in the Bahamas when fire broke out in the mooring area in the early hours of Monday, the company said. Passengers were mustered to assembly points for several hours while the fire was put out.

"No serious injuries were reported."

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Come hell or low water, and fire, many people will still go on cruises. Each of modern cruise ships today carries upwards 2000 passengers and 700 or more crew members. The fire on this vessel was a "Class A" which means wood and combustibles were on fire. On today's calamity at sea, aboard the Grandeur of the Sea, "... all 2,224 guests and 796 crew have been accounted for, and there have been no injuries of guests or crew reported. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority, and we will continue to focus on their needs and concerns. ( WPTV Web Team. 5.27.2013. LINK) ... "

One passenger tells of her 3AM "abandon all hope" cruise ship experience:


Friday, May 24, 2013

MooPig Bag Limit Report :: Deer Hunting

Going Bow Hunting? Meet the RAZR.
by Pat Darnell  |  May 24, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Frequently Asked Questions from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources web page:

~Is my Bonus Antlerless License valid for the Archery Season?
Yes, except for counties designated as "A". The Bonus Antlerless License can be used during the Archery Season using any legal archery equipment including crossbows. You may not use a bonus antlerless license in counties designated as "A" until the last four days of the firearms season. (Indiana Department of Natural Resources. 2013. LINK)

~How much does a deer license bundle cost?
The Resident Deer License Bundle costs $65, the Nonresident Deer License Bundle costs $295, and the Nonresident Youth Deer License Bundle costs $65.

~I bought a(n) Archery, Firearms, Muzzleloader license. Will the first Bonus Antlerless license I buy cost me $15 for a resident or $24 for a non-resident?
No. Your first Bonus Antlerless license will cost you $24 for a resident or $150 for a non-resident. Your second and subsequent Bonus Antlerless licenses will cost $15 for resident or $24 for a non-resident.

~What kind of license do I need to buy for the Urban Deer Zone?
An Urban Deer Zone, Resident Youth Hunt/Trap, Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting and Fishing license is required to hunt in the Urban Deer Zones unless you meet a license exemption.

Draw Weight
185 lbs
Foot Pounds of Energy
Power Stroke
Mass Weight
6.5 lbs
Arrow Lgth./Grain

400 FPS

RAZR Release Date: 8/1

  • Ultralight CRT© (Carbonlite) Riser
  • Carbon Stock With Titanium Side Torque Plates (CST)
  • Reverse Cam System
  • Retractable Underarm Counterbalance Support
  • Integrated Skinning Knife
  • Micro Flight Track Inserts
  • Custom Composite Laminated Limbs
  • ADF (Anti-Dry Fire) Trigger Safety System
  • MIM (Metal Injection Mold) Tight Tolerance Trigger
  • CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track
  • CNC Machined 7/8" Picatinny Rail
  • CROSSWIRE String and Cable System
  • Barnett Talon Crossbow Sling
  • Rope Cocking Device included
  • Allows for the Integration of a Crank Cocking Device
  • Adjustable Cheek Piece
  • Finger Reminders and Pass Through Fore-grip
State-of-the-Art crossbows make your hand itch to pull out that VISA card from your wallet, don't they? And why buy that $500.00 model when you can spend only $1600.00 on this RAZR model with the adjustable cheek piece?

Imagine your joy when you bag your antler bearing deer with this 400 feet per second dazzler. Then there's your shot at bonus antler-less deer there after. Then you can let your RAZR sit on the garage shelf another year before you go out again and get your bag limit. That's only $400 per deer, plus tax and license fees.

After a couple of years, then you will assuredly want to upgrade your cross-bow after that. Right? You are Rambo, right? Here is your next crossbow: HERE  TenPoint Carbon Xtra CLS ACUdraw Crossbow, at only $2719.00 ... such a deal.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

What's in a Face?


UPDATE Honey Bee Down :: "Confabbing Insanity: US Approves Bee Death"

Can It be any more Obvious?
Another Internet Pawl and Ratchet by Pat Darnell  |  May 20, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Insanity: US Approves Bee Death Pesticide as EU Bans It: "Corporate politics is business as usual inside the United States, as I am once again shocked to report the EPA has sided with industry lobbyists over public health in approving a highly dangerous pesticide that the European Union recently decided to ban over fears of environmental devastation. Not only have neonicotinoid pesticides been linked repeatedly to mass bee deaths, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but the continued use of such pesticides threatens other aspects of nature (and humans) as well."

Recruiting is the name of the game. Especially in politics, a person is recruited by professionals for as little reason as his face. Recruiting the face puts a lot of pressure on a normal person, who thinks he is being recruited for his testimony, or his brains, or something other than just his face. The likelihood of one "pretty" person being recruited over another "less pretty person" in today's media blitzed, cacophonous, rabble is not a long shot.

Such broad strokes of a critical brush beg explanation. Or does it? For you who have been recruited, why do you think it was? Was your recruiter smarter than you? Did you have some similar attribute shared with your recruiter? Was the other person "the competition," fat or balding?

Let's say you are a patron at a whore house. The whores line up for you to pick one. You are with your friends, so you feel an edge to pick out the "best" candidate for your party, eh? You are also under pressure because the "matron" doesn't have all night. What are your criteria?

  • Cleanliness, background check
  • stature, good bone structure
  • pretty face, symmetry
  • Reminds you of some one, similitudes 

There you have it. That is how politicians are picked out. Can you think of other professions that are recruited this way?

So, now your politics has a face. Industry lobbyists get behind those faces. They make money less scarce for those faces. Remember that the faces still think they have reached their political office because they are smarter than you and me. So their ego's grow to out of proportion. Their faces start to swell up, flesh falls off their faces; it is painful to watch.

Back to the topic: " ... Not only have neonicotinoid pesticides been linked repeatedly to mass bee deaths, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but the continued use of such pesticides threatens other aspects of nature (and humans) as well. (Anthony Gucciardi. May 12, 2013. LINK) ... "
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Bees are dying because political recruiters are playing stink finger with egomaniacal politicians who can't help themselves.

1. "Pesticides and Honey Bees: State of the Science," Pesticide Action Network North America
2. " Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds," Guardian, 1/16/13
3. "European Agency concludes neonicotinoid pesticides too dangerous for bees," NRDC, 1/16/13
4. "Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags,"Grist, 12/10/10

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

March Against Monsanto Is The Beginning of The End For Monsanto

March Against Monsanto Is The Beginning of The End For Monsanto:   EXCERPT  |  " ...Even organic and natural farmers are subject to such legal attacks, since it’s possible for the patented seeds (which India calls biopiracy) to blow over to such farms and begin to grow. This is also how widespread GMO contamination begins, to which the USDA simply responds ‘get insurance’.

" ... We can even go back decades to find that Monsanto was integral in the creation of the infamous Agent Orange, a Vietnam-era chemical warfare weapon which estimates say killed or maimed around 400,000 people and caused a startling 500,000 birth defects. But the days where this information could hide as footnotes within the media are over. (May 14, 2013 . by Anthony Gucciardi. LINK) ... "

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About a year ago last April, I wrote a Report from the Middle about depression, HERE. Count your blessings if you have no depression. Some say love of money, the root of all evil, invokes depression on a large scale.
EXCERPT  |  " ... A survey documented in the 2010 World of Work Report published by the International Institute for Labour Studies suggests that the [financial] crisis has induced an unprecedented global decline in life satisfaction. In concrete terms this has translated into greater pessimism about the quality of life, diminished confidence in the ability of governments to shape brighter and fairer futures, and greater social unrest among other things. (Chen, Michelle. April 28, 2012. HERE)... "
It is becoming more evident that the large corporations are not helping in this matter. Rather they continue to figure out ways for working people to pay for global take over of the food sources.

In a comment from my April, 2012 post comes this:
"Monsanto, which is almost synonymous with agriculture, developed Round-Up some years ago. It is a safe and highly effective herbicide, when used properly. The first non-selective type that is comparatively safe around the root systems of plants.(I will qualify all of my statements here because the X-factors of greed and impatience aren't included in the chemical equation of glyphosphate, which is the weed killing compound in Round-Up).
"Properly used, it is sprayed on the leaf structure of a plant, kills its way to the roots and then basically stops harming vegetation.
"Some types of food crops have been genetically altered to tolerate glyphosphate, making them able to be treated and continue growing. Other seeds have been altered with certain organic genes to prevent insect damage. The trade off is, the companies trying to help the situation are "For Profit Companies" and would like to sell more seeds. The plants are fairly sterile to facilitate replenishment by the companies involved.

"Food and fiber are important, as are many other things. American farmers are the bell tower of the world when it comes to producing and delivering these commodities. Left alone, they would make the U.S. would look like a cornucopia. Spilling out into a hungry world. (Darnell, David. July 14, 2010.) "
Genetic engineering of food sources has sped up de-evolution of mankind, and sped up the impending demise of Monsanto.


Sugar Ants :: How to get Rid of Them

Francesca Cangialosi
Anybody know how to permanately get rid of sugar ants? The little suckers are driving me crazy. I don't see them for two or three days and then BAM! They're back.
Little shits.
I must need to get out the heavy duty spray but hate to to do it because they're on the kitchen counter near the sink. Prepping food is going to be on the island when I get it. Otherwise I'm would have to prep food on that conter and I don't like having to spray pesticides where I cook. I wonder if ant baits would work?
about an hour ago · Albuquerque, NM

Tawn Head Use Dryer sheets! They are filled with carcinogens that even mice will run! set them around the area, poof, they are gone!
about an hour ago · Like · 1

Nancy Denker I'm forgetting exactly what I did, but I think we mixed honey and water and left it in a dish. They came in and could not get out.
about an hour ago · Like · 1

Tawn Head If you stick a dryer sheet in your belt loop of your insects will bite you!
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Patty Vandever If you can find their hole or where they are coming in, get Amdro. It's little pellets that you sprinkle around the hole and they take it down inside and it kills the whole colony.
about an hour ago · Like · 1

Sharon Dobson just open a pack of Splenda or Equal and put it on your counter. They will eat them and die. Oh that's one of the reasons I don't use artificial sweeteners.
about an hour ago · Like · 1

Francesca Cangialosi All good suggestions...I will try them all. My son said to use a perfume because it covers up their scent.
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Desarae Guilez Guthrie Vinegar clears their scent trail but there are lots of good natural recipes on the Internet.... I had to look too recently. But there are traps to set that will cause ants to take to their colony & kill them all
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Screwloose Lautrec bomb the attic with 'raid fumigator' makes a smoke. they travel along the wires and pipes up there. peppermint & spearmint oil are ant repellants. home depot sells stuff called Terro. a clear liquid the consistency of honey. always worked for me. cut small pieces of thin cardboard and put a few drops on each and put them in their patch. they eat it and take it back to the nest
about an hour ago · Like · 1

Debra Glovak McRandall Yes, we have used Terro before. It works.
56 minutes ago · Unlike · 1

Francesca Cangialosi Home Depot here I come...
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Char Haller I have "crazy" ants. Darker, thinner, longer and run like 'crazy'. I've treated the foundation of my house with Sevin dust. Put some of the powder in an old sock or knee high stocking. Use it like a powder puff along the entire outer wall, especially along trails and itty-bitty holes when they enter/exit. I do that 2-3x per year. Seems to keep them out.
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Patrick Darnell So while you are all at it... what about bed bugs?
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MooPig Humor Detection Agency :: "China -- Straight Man or Funny Man?"

Chinese Government killed Humor with its Bowdlerizing
Captured by Pat Darnell | May 12, 2013 | Bryan TX "

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... One is reminded of the classic American comedy duos like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, George Burns and Gracie Allen, or 60s TV acts like Rowan and Martin and the Smothers Brothers. The Chinese art is called xiangsheng (literally, “face and voice”), which is usually translated into English as “crosstalk”, and for most of the twentieth century this performance form was virtually synonymous with humor in China. (Jeremy Goldkorn. November 16, 2004. LINK) ...  "

How ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ Blew Up in China : The New Yorker: "He’s right, but there is something at work that runs even deeper: the popularity of Stewart and “The Daily Show” among the urbane crowd offers a good measure of how China is changing. And it bodes well for the future of satire in China."
So just what does China think of “The Daily Show”? Max Fisher, the Washington Post’s foreign affairs blogger, first noticed that a segment on North Korea, entitled “Nuke Kid on the Block,” had been subtitled in Chinese and racked up two million eight hundred thousand views in China. He wondered if “the voraciousness with which Chinese viewers are watching the segment suggests that their appetite for such coverage, for publicly criticizing an ally that has become something of an embarrassment, far exceeds what they’re getting.”

So we at MooPig Humor Detection Agency delve a bit deeper -- "... Crosstalk used to be phenomenally popular in China. Teahouses and auditoriums were packed each night with enthusiastic audiences, every theatrical troupe had a stable of crosstalk performers, and crosstalk was an essential part of every Chinese New Year variety show...
" ... Similar humor forms remain wildly popular in the States and in other countries. Stand-up humor is easily staged, quickly produced, and has an immediacy and topicality that no other form of humor can have. All people, including Chinese people, crave the cathartic release that laughter provides. If done right, there is no reason to think crosstalk would not enjoy the same popularity as its foreign counterparts. The real cause of crosstalk’s decline is painfully obvious, though no one dares to publicly acknowledge the truth: the Communist Party killed it. (Jeremy Goldkorn. November 16, 2004. LINK) ... "
'via Blog this'

In 1949 came the Chinese Communist Government. It imposed its dullness on Chinese CrossTalk because CrossTalk lampooned everything from poor people to efficacious, though impotent, elite. It satirized "pompous social elites, corrupt officials, country bumpkins, the handicapped, prostitutes, the effete intelligentsia, and even the KMT leaders in power at the time. It is difficult to convey the culturally-embedded style and content of crosstalk humor in a brief article such as this, but suffice to say, the form was every bit as rich and varied as the traditions of American Vaudeville and stand-up comedy. (David Moser. Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, November 16, 2004. LINK) ... "
" ... Posted on May 10, 2008 by porfiriy
So what do you do if you’re interested in ascertaining how a nation’s social imagination classifies and categorizes a particular subset of its citizens?

Ask the Internet, of course!

This time, John Pasden of Sinosplice is our kindly intermediary. A few days ago he posted links to two humorous maps making rounds as jokes among Chinese netizens: China as seen by Beijingers and China as seen by Shanghainese. The concept is really quite simple: take a map of China, divide it into regional categories, then write in what a Beijinger or Shanghainese generally thinks of that area – so a Beijinger calls Beijing “Grandpa’s Home,” simple enough, but then we find out that Beijingers think prostitutes come from Manchuria, that Yunnan is a place of drug peddlers, and that the south coast is all about making money – oh, and hilariously, Taiwan – “Bitch at grandpa from not going here back then.” Obviously, it’s meant to be that type of rowdy, in-your-face, non-PC type of humor. Which is exactly why its such a good place to mine for info about mutual perceptions among peoples of China. Xinjiang in the eyes of Beijingers? (porifiy. May 10, 2008. LINK) ... "
Our humor detection agents found that 'China is too big to not be funny.'
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Friday, May 10, 2013

BBC News - Costa Concordia: What next for the stricken ship?

Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Jan 28, 2012 | Bryan TX
Originally published Feb 14, 2012

UPDATED Today [May 10, 2013]

Published on Apr 15, 2013
More than a year after the Costa Concordia sank, a major salvage operation is underway to stabilize the wreck before floating it and towing it to a port for dismantling. VIDEOGRAPHIC

BBC News - Costa Concordia: What next for the stricken ship?: "This goes on all the time but you don't hear about it because they aren't as spectacular as this one. But there's always a ship in trouble somewhere."

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Death Ship "Carnival Spirit"

[Picture LINK]  Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder, from New South Wales state, were discovered missing Thursday morning after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney's Circular Quay, at the end of a 10-day journey, said New South Wales Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings.

Rescuers search for Australian couple who fell overboard - CBS News: "Carnival Corp. has been plagued by a series of high-profile problems in recent years. Last year, the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people. Also last year, the Costa Allegra caught fire and lost power in the Indian Ocean, leaving passengers without working toilets, running water or air conditioning for three days. Costa is a division of Carnival Corp.

In February, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph spent five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire disabled the vessel. Those on board complained of squalid conditions, including overflowing toilets and food shortages."

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"... The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I'm afraid I have never seen the attraction in floating highrise hotels, so I don't care much about the industry.
Yea OZ,
I concur with you. A work mate once replied to a female in the office who was bragging about a wonderful 12 day cruise around the Caribbean.

His reply: Why would I spend a lot of money to spend 12 days with 2,000 people I neither know or most likely wouldn't like on a boat I could not escape from?"

She frowned and walked away.

Frank and I "High-Fived" and went back to work. [Toejam said...September 28, 2012. LINK] ..."


MooPig De-clutter Campaign :: "Bed Bugs"

Itchingly Procured by Pat Darnell | May 10, 2013 | Bryan TX
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Bed Bugs: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs –
In the House
When at home, follow these handy tips to help keep bed bugs at bay. Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding bed bugs easier. Wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric. Closely inspect any second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence. Inspect your residence regularly—after a move-in, a trip, when a service worker comes in or guests stay overnight."

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Our future home will be so un-cluttered; yeah, because we are going to resettle on Mars. How else can we get away from pests? Bob Dole once said: "Give me a pound of flesh and I will show you a Cimex lectularius."
" ... A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness — you can pick them up in the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But, you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early (ORKIN. no date. LINK) ... "

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Friday Funnies May 10, 2013

Pictures from Across the Web
Pirated by Pat Darnell | May 10, 2013 | Bryan TX

Thursday, May 09, 2013

UPDATE Honey Bee Down :: "Bee Colonies"

The Invisible Romantics
Compendium by Pat Darnell  |  May 9, 2013  |   Bryan TX 
Honey Bee Die-Off Caused By Multiple Factors Including Pesticides | News & Notes, What Matters Today | "A federal study released today attributes the massive die-off in American honey bee colonies to a combination of factors, including pesticides, poor diet, parasites and a lack of genetic diversity. Nearly a third of honey bee colonies in the United States have been wiped out since 2006. The estimated value of crops lost if bees were no longer able to pollinate fruits and vegetables is around $15 billion." (May 2, 2013. by Theresa Riley. LINK)

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Hey everybody on the Internet... here's a challenge for you. Let's occupy Bee Colonies. How about it? As a single voice from the heart of America, we could write songs about the disappearing Bee colonies, we could write posts, we could camp out near Bee Colonies... I don't know... maybe we could save the BEE's.

While you watch Dancing With the Stars on Mondays, you could make a call during a commercial.

Is there any other creature more impassioned than your average Worker BEE? I ask you to drop the veil of gadgetry for a second: is there a thing on earth more efficient than a honey BEE?

What is it America? You don't want almonds on your salads anymore? You want to have lemonade without lemons?

Hey, INTERNET, GET off your ASS!


MooPig History Nano-Second :: Baron David de Rothschld

Bored Already?
Retrieved by Pat Darnell   |  May 9, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Baron David de Rothschld | Rothschild Group Chairman: "Baron David de Rothschild was appointed Rothschild Group Chairman in 2003.

David is the great, great, great grandson of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the founder of the Rothschild dynasty, and descended from the Baron James de Rothschild who established a bank in Paris in 1812.

David has been in the business for 40 years and has worked in different branches of the family firm. In 1981, Banque Rothschild, the company originally founded by James de Rothschild in 1812 under the name De Rothschild Frères, was nationalised by the French government. A regrouping was led by David and his cousin, Baron Eric de Rothschild, and they finally secured the right to operate a new banking business under the family name in 1986. "

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David sits on the boards of De Beers, Casino, La Compagnie Financière Saint-Honoré and Compagnie Financière Martin Maurel. He is also President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

All you money grubbers; this is the ass you should be kissing.


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