Thursday, 8/12/10, Public Square

The Perseid meteor shower will sparkle across the night sky in the wee hours of Friday, and people lucky enough to live far from the glow of city lights will be able to see as many as 75 meteors an hour.  Perseids offer the most spectacular show, and this year’s will be above average, thanks to the new moon and the Earth passing through a more concentrated swath of dust left by the Swift-Tuttle comet.  The meteors appear as though they are emerging from a patch of the sky containing the constellation Perseus – hence the name. That constellation is high enough in the night sky by midnight Thursday to begin the show, but best viewing in our area will be between around 2 – 5 a.m.  If you miss the show early Friday morning, plenty of meteors will still be visible at about the same times early Saturday morning.  Look to the northeast!

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28 responses to “Thursday, 8/12/10, Public Square

  1. tosmarttobegop

    LOL after last night I am having the incentive to get creative, woke up in a sweat and finally just got up because I could not get back to sleep. A window open and a fan in the window, two fans on one side of the bed and a small one on the other.

    I am tired of not being able to sleep well because of the heat and that window is too small for an A/C.
    But necessity is a mother!

    Can not afford to put central air in, the window is endanger of a major renovation… Renovation is easier than fixing it back so I will have a window that closes for the winter.

    My wife does not like my renovations done out of desperation or frustration.
    They tend to be destructive and not leaving enough to repair only to replace.

  2. wicked

    Here’s what I find disturbing. Two of the Top News Stories this morning:

    New claims for unemployment aid reach 484K

    GM posts $1.33 billion profit, a sign of strength

  3. 6176746f6c6c65

    And your point?

    • wicked

      Not sure I had one, 6176. On the face of it, it’s pure irony. Look a little closer and, well, I don’t know. GM, bailed out by the taxpayers, appears to be successful, while more people are in need of jobs.

      I understand the bailout. I just wish all that money had done some good in the jobs sector. It’s discouraging. Even worse, from what I keep hearing and reading, those companies that are hiring seem to think they can treat their employees like crap because there’s no place else for those employees to go.

      • (Sorry, Wicked; I hit the Submit Comment button too soon.)

        What I mean is that on its face, there seems to be a relationship between the two headlines. But is there?

        GM is a multinational corporation, which has subsidiaries and divisions involved in many different areas. So, turning back to the headline; is the profit merely an accounting illusion? Is it from U.S. operations building and selling motor vehicles (to dealers, BTW; that is the source of most automaker sales), or is it from foreign operations? Is it in whole or in part due to gains on currency exchange? Was the profit (some part or all) generated from financing operations?

        In other words, did the fact that GM may not be hiring (or not hiring very much) in the United States have any relationship to its profitability, i.e., had sales increased enough to justify dealers ordering more units, thereby creating a demand for building more units, encouraging recalls/new hires to aid in building these new units? Or, were the profits mainly from corporate activities not related to U.S. operations?

        (Wicked – the rest of the story). 🙂

      • wicked

        I didn’t read the article, so I don’t have a clue if any of those questions were answered. I kind of enjoy just reading headlines. I don’t have to obsess that way. 😉 I’m not worried about being uninformed. At my age, there’s not a whole lot I can do about anything. Maybe that’s why we always see old people doing nothing but complain. That’s all they can do. Geez, what a disturbing thought!

  4. My daughter and her sorority sisters have a contest and an annual winner. They relate the escapes of their husbands and vote on the winner. My son in law was the hands down winner year after year. It was often recommended my daughter write a book and everyone agreed it would rank right up there with all the other things you can’t make up. But they knew women across the globe would relate. Most of his escapades involved power tools and I gotta tell you, he becomes a different person when under the influence of a power tool.

    One year, there was another winner. Seems this woman came home to a BIG surprise! Her hubby had purchased and arranged delivery while she was away of her brand-new washer and dryer — matching pair. Oh, he was beaming, the children were too as he had ratcheted up the expectations. I’m pretty sure he imagined this feat would put him on the receiving end of everything marvelous imaginable. Everyone was so excited to see her reaction to this wonderful surprise gift.

    She plays into the excitement and uses all the correct expressions and words. Then she asks where the old machines are. He tells her, beaming, the delivery guys took them away! His surprise was well planned and all she needed to do was enjoy!

    Weeeellllllll, there was a load of clothes in each of those old machines. She said for a year or so they all heard comments like, “Mom, do you know where the cute skirt that goes so nicely with this sweater is; where’s that cloth belt that makes that top look great…?

    😉

  5. And there are the banks taxpayers bailed out and we watched while the banks roared back and then kept their money. Loans are available today to those people who don’t want or need them.

    • Corpocracy is alive and well, thriving actually!

    • wicked

      As a matter of fact, there was another headline that I didn’t include. I read the first couple of paragraphs of the article and decided my day wouldn’t be improved by reading any more, so I quit.

      Watchdog panel cites global impact of US bailout
      WASHINGTON – The $700 billion U.S. bailout program launched in response to the global economic meltdown had a far greater impact overseas than other countries’ financial rescue plans did on the U.S., according to a new report from a congressional watchdog.

      Billions of dollars in U.S. rescue funds wound up in big banks in France, Germany and other nations. That was probably inevitable because of the structure of the Treasury Department’s program, the Congressional Oversight Panel says in a new report issued Thursday.

      The U.S. program aimed to stabilize the financial system by injecting money into as many banks as possible, including those with substantial operations overseas. Most other countries, by contrast, focused their efforts more narrowly on banks in their nations that usually lacked major U.S. operations.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100812/ap_on_bi_ge/us_tarp_global_impact

      • Do you realize how many people forget (is this conveniently?) who was president when TARP funds were passed out?

      • Sure do, fnord, Amazing, isn’t it.

      • indypendent

        But didn’t you see that comment in the Opinion LIne today stating that it was George W. Bush that pushed the ‘economic’ car into the ditch but we should still give the Republicans the keys to the car because Obama does not even have a learners permit (or something to that effect).

        With logic like this – does it really surprise anyone that stupidity is rampant?

    • “Loans are available today to those people who don’t want or need them.” – fnord

      That’s the way it always has been, fnord. Old saying that in order to get a loan, the prospective borrower had to demonstrate that it wasn’t needed.

      • indypendent

        In my opinion- any bank that took bailout money from taxpayers should be forced to make loans to any credit-worthy person – and that should have been made a part of the bailout deal. I

        Why is it okay for these banks to hold on to taxpayer-funded money to wait and see if the power shifts in Congress?

        I feel the same way about these government subsidies going to corporations to create jobs – make them create AMERICAN jobs and if they don’t – then no subsidies and past subsidies are to be repaid plus pay a penalty or lose their company assets.

        Anytime taxpayers are giving any money to bail some company out or to help them compete in the market – there should be certain conditions.

        I wonder how many fiscal conservative Republicans would sign up for those deals then?

      • paulasayles

        “…any bank that took bailout money from taxpayers should be forced to make loans to any credit-worthy person.”

        Better yet, let the greed sobs fund new industry in this country–create a program wherein the unemployed can get together, create a business plan and apply for grants and loans to start new manufacturing companies in which they would eventually be able to buy out the initial investment and become the owners. And let that be funded by the banks that took the government bailouts. No interest loans for the worthy task of restarting the economy, putting the middle class back to work and creating a strong foundation of small businesses to compete with the megacorporations. Downright patriotic, it would be.

  6. 6176746f6c6c65

    indy,

    The banks will (do) argue that to be credit worthy, a potential borrower must have certain resources available for collateral, certain regular (almost guaranteed) income levels, etc.

    This was the source of the old saying, especially with reference to banks with conservative (from a banker’s perspective) lending practices.

    • indypendent

      I realize there will always be a way to get around the requirement to be loaning money.

      But as fnord pointed out recently, when a young couple has excellent credit score and the appropriate down payment and excellent employment, then what is the problem? Especially when the other bank had absolutely no problem with them being qualified.

      It is cases like this that makes one go hmmmm…

  7. tosmarttobegop

    One thing I have always refused to do is get my wife a gift that is something she said she needs to do work.
    I tell her if she needs it go buy it that a gift is to be something you just get because you like it not need it.

    You hear about the guy that got his wife a new Bass boat and bowling ball?
    Now she did not fish and the holes were too big for her to use but fit him just right.
    He had a history of buying her things like that so she taught him a lesson sold the boat and had the ball refitted for her to use.

    He got the message…

  8. WSClark

    Okay, I still want to update the look a little bit. This time – no politics – just Kansas.

    Yeah or nay?

  9. I like Kansas sunsets, they have to be some of the most spectacular of anywhere. This one is SO BRIGHT it almost makes the wheat field look like an ocean, which Kansas is not known for… 😉

  10. indypendent

    Nice header WS .