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    New! ChicagoBoyz Tips on Raising Pets…

    Posted by Dan from Madison on 21st May 2009 (All posts by )


    Be sure to feed your pet only the healthiest foods.

    First posted at LITGM.

    Posted in Photos | 8 Comments »

    Politicians As Business Managers

    Posted by Shannon Love on 21st May 2009 (All posts by )

    Reason puts the business management skills of politicians into perspective:

    Keep in mind that the “annihilating cuts” proposed thus far include trimming 5,000 employees out of a 235,000-strong state workforce (after a historic run-up in the state’s employee-per-resident ratio). So: Only after hiking spending by 40 percent in five years, raising taxes across the board, matching even Gray Davis’ deficits, and then getting spanked in a multi-tax suite of propositions, is California’s debased political class even beginning to contemplate a 2 percent reduction in its bloated, tax-sucking workforce. Maybe voter petulance isn’t such a bad thing after all.

    Even successful and sound businesses all across the country this year are going to lose more than 2% of their workforce by attrition following hiring freezes. Californian’s dysfunctional political system can’t even trim that many jobs in the face of near total financial collapse. 

    They’re boned and the rest of us are going to pay for it. 

    Posted in Business, Economics & Finance, Management, Politics | 4 Comments »

    The Fatal Difficulties of Medical Studies

    Posted by Shannon Love on 21st May 2009 (All posts by )

    Megan McArdle posts about the shallow and imprecise study done to justify the insane symbolic tradeoff between zero preservation of the ozone layer versus dead asthma sufferers. One commenter so precisely explains the real world challenges of creating a statistically valid study that I feel justified in reproducing it here in its entirety. 


    Megan said,
    ■Small sample: the smaller the sample, the harder it is to find an adverse effect. That’s why drugs like Vioxx made it to market: distinguishing problems from background statistical noise needed a lot of patients. I know more than one analyst who argues that medical studies are generally too small–because humans are so variable, they don’t reliably pick up any but the strongest effects.
    Just curious – Since finding and examining enough patients is the biggest expense behind developing drugs, are you willing to increase the cost of future drugs by 20-30% to have a larger sample size? 40-50%?
    I’m intimately involved in this process, and it’s unbelievable to watch these study protocols get designed….as an example:

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Politics, Science | 13 Comments »

    This is Your Brain on Yarn

    Posted by Shannon Love on 20th May 2009 (All posts by )

    A couple of interesting artists.

    Scientifically correct depictions of neurological subjects done in yarn and fabric. 

    An artist who works in pigeon feathers

    I think it important to remember that even though the majority of art out there today is just random noise, there are some people doing thoughtful stuff. 

    Posted in Arts & Letters, Diversions | 3 Comments »

    Sowell On Obama

    Posted by Shannon Love on 20th May 2009 (All posts by )

    From the Reason interview:

    I mean, to fire the chairman of General Motors, to tell credit card companies how they should run their business, tell GM what kind of cars it should be making, and there’s no sign of an end in sight yet.
    The presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back till before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.

    Leftism is defined by its hubris. Specifically, the idea that any particular leftist understands how to run any randomly selected industry or economic activity in the entire world. 

    Posted in Leftism | 14 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 20th May 2009 (All posts by )


    Chicagoboyz are masters of all that they survey.

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Less Is More

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    I remember reading stories in the 70’s and 80’s about defectors from the Soviet Union that were brought to the United States (notably Victor Suvorov who wrote a series of books I liked a lot as a kid, including “Inside the Soviet Army”). The Allied handlers would take the defectors from the Eastern Bloc to grocery stores in the United States and they would gawk at the massive abundance of items for sale, since there were very limited quantities of consumer goods available in the USSR at this time.

    I can empathize with those defectors nowadays when I go to a “suburban sized” food store. I shop at a local “city sized” Jewel which has tiny aisles that are usually packed with customers (I waited until it was empty to take this photo) and the store only has a few aisles so you can navigate through it quickly. However, the local Jewel seems to have pretty much everything I am looking for; I rarely have to go anywhere else to find something for a recipe. Since I am also carrying my food a few blocks back home, I can’t impulse buy like you would at a local Costco because it is no fun to lug that all back home (especially if it is raining and you can’t carry an umbrella because your hands are full – you are like a wet dog when you get home).
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    Posted in Business, Chicagoania | 24 Comments »

    You Can’t Have it Both Ways

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    A left-wing guest on “Hannity” tonight said we should stop enriching OPEC. He also said oil drilling off of the US coast is unacceptable because drilling platforms spoil the view. So which is it? Either energy production is most important or the esthetic values of people like him are most important. He can’t have it both ways. (The Left’s third alternative — forcing automobile companies to sell more small cars, hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles — is a false one, because Americans prefer larger vehicles and because increased vehicle efficiency leads to more driving.)

    So much of leftist thought comes down to a childish unwillingness to acknowledge real-world tradeoffs.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Environment, Leftism, Politics | 6 Comments »

    People in the Northeast are Economically Insane

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    In a stunning display of economic illiteracy Connecticut is mulling a bill to force all gasoline wholesalers to sell gas at the same price to all retailers in the state. [More here] This is a form of price fixing that will drive down prices for rich people, drive up prices for poor people, cause shortages for everyone and not alter the wholesale price structure in the long run. Why do the people of Connecticut think such an idea can possibly work? 

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    Posted in Economics & Finance, Markets and Trading, Politics | 14 Comments »

    What, Eight Years Wasn’t Long Enough?

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Okay, the leftmost half of the Democrats, including Obama, Pelosi et al, have continuously claimed for 8 years that detaining illegal combatants at Gitmo was obviously illegal under U.S. law, immoral and counterproductive. Usually, when someone makes such a sweeping claim, it means that they have throughly thought out the problem and have a detailed alternative to offer. Given that Democrats have had 8 years to think about the problem, why didn’t Obama and Congressional Democrats have a plan to handle Gitmo and its detainees ready to implement on Day 1 of his administration?

    Why are they still dithering to the point of refusing to allocate funds to close Gitmo? [h/t Instapundit] How dumb are they?

    After all, it’s not like they’ve proposed a plan and then the Republicans, using their dominance of the three branches of government, shot it down. No, they haven’t even made a single, concrete, detailed proposal, and the Republicans don’t have the power to stop squat. If Democrats actually had a workable idea, they could have launched it four months ago. 

    It’s almost as if they’ve suddenly discovered that the problem of dealing with illegal combatants is a complex problem rife with dangers and tradeoffs that presents no clear, optimal solution. Too bad somebody hasn’t tried to tell them how difficult a legal, practical and moral problem these people pose for us. Oh, wait, somebody did. 

    It’s almost as if they always knew that Bush had to make serious tradeoffs but chose to create a simplistic narrative just for the sake of political marketing. It looks like they spent all their time reflexively criticizing Bush and zero time actually thinking about the challenges he faced. 

    It’s almost like they never really gave a damn. 

    Posted in Leftism, National Security, Politics, Terrorism | 8 Comments »

    Worrisome-If-True Swine-Flu News

    Posted by Shannon Love on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    No human is more indestructible than an 18-year old especially when it comes to infectious disease. An 18-year old has a matured and educated immune system backed up by a body in the peak of health. Therefore when we encounter a disease that strikes teenagers, it raises a serious warning flag. 

    This is why this report [h/t Instapundit] that the current Swine flu attacks teenagers should cause concern. (If true. There is so much noise in the epidemiology and reporting on Swine flu that everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt.)

    The Great Influenza of 1918 also showed this pattern. Normal influenza kills infants and the elderly while being no more than an annoyance for everyone else. The 1918 influenza first tore through the military camps of WWI and people initially thought it was just one more of the many diseases that had traditionally ravaged armies. (Prior to WWII, roughly 60% of American wartime in-service deaths resulted from communicable diseases.) When it struck the general population, however, it soon became clear that it targeted teenagers and young adults. 

    One hypothesis explains this pattern by postulating that the influenza provoked an auto-immune reaction that turned the strong immune systems of young adults against their own bodies. In that case, the stronger a person’s immune system, the more damage the disease did. The current Swine flu might provoke a similar immune response. 

    Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about the Swine flu except work faster to create a vaccine and inoculate as many people as possible before the true flu season strikes late next fall. Flu usually kills around 30,000 people in the U.S. every year, mostly the very old. It would be a horrific tragedy to lose 30,000 young people to disease in this day and age. 

    Posted in Science | 9 Comments »

    What Scandal?

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 19th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Milo asks if there is any foreign news coverage of the recent scandal in Great Britain.

    I can’t say that there was. In fact, I was surprised by the news that there was a scandal playing out. Such was the dearth of news concerning the issue in the US.

    So what was the whole hullaboo about?

    The Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, resigned today under a cloud of corruption allegations. Besides the fact that he was using public funds for private use, he also allowed the police to search the offices of a fellow member of Parliament without a warrant. It was the first time in 300 years that The Speaker was ousted.

    Why don’t we seem to care? I can’t speak for anyone else, but it seems to me that this is a private internal affair. The charges of corruption seem to be pretty well established, there is almost certainly something behind them, but it really doesn’t effect American interests. This is something the voters in the UK need to straighten out.

    (Cross posted at Hell in a Handbasket.)

    Posted in Anglosphere, Britain, Crime and Punishment, Politics, The Press | 10 Comments »

    Gossip, Rumors, History

    Posted by Ginny on 18th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Dutton’s Arts & Letters links to The National’s The Trial of Leonid K“, which chronicles the attempt by Khruschev’s grandchildren to resurrect the reputation of their father, a World War II hero maligned of late. It is a cry against thuggery – the Russian tradition of rewritten history. Gossip, rumors, suggest: “The point is to suggest; soon, the suggestions will evolve into a belief, which will evolve into an orthodoxy.” But if our libel suits are complicated and victories sometimes counterproductive, in Russia such attempts are even more likely to cross quicksand:
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    Posted in History, Media, Russia | Comments Off on Gossip, Rumors, History

    Worthwhile Reading

    Posted by David Foster on 18th May 2009 (All posts by )

    A few items for your Monday reading pleasure:

    In a commencement speech, the CEO of Questar Corporation takes on some popular myths about energy.

    A professor of English who teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy has thoughts about the teaching and mis-teaching of his subject:

    We professors just have to remember that the books are the point, not us. We need, in short, to get beyond literary studies. We’re not scientists, we’re coaches. We’re not transmitting information, at least not in the sense of teaching a discipline. But we do get to see our students react, question, develop, and grow. If you like life, that’s satisfaction enough.

    Interesting description of the typical reaction of his students to Madame Bovary, and about the ways in which he tries to establish a connection between this character’s feelings and their own.

    (via Newmark’s Door)

    Finally, some not-so-cheerful thoughts from Arnold Kling:
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    Posted in Academia, Business, Energy & Power Generation, Political Philosophy, Politics | Comments Off on Worthwhile Reading

    New! – Your Chicagoboyz Helpful Cooking Tip of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th May 2009 (All posts by )

    If the instructions say to microwave something for 4 minutes on high and then 4-1/2 minutes on medium, and you can’t figure out how to set the power to medium so you say “screw it” and give it 8 minutes on high and then go do something and come back about fifteen minutes later, your results may not entirely resemble the “serving suggestion.”

    nuked lasagna TV dinner

    Posted in Humor, Photos | 10 Comments »

    “The Pen is Mightier than the Computer” — Medical Technology, Politics and the Database Problem

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th May 2009 (All posts by )

    A brilliant post about medical record-keeping by Michael O’Connor:

    When it comes to Computerized Health Information Technology (CHIT), also known as the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), the pen is mightier than the computer.
    Why? Because regulators and billing professionals seek comprehensive documentation, and believe that more information generates a clearer, more useful picture of what is happening (and has happened to) a particular patient. Malpractice attorneys and quality experts lust for this level of detail, as it will afford them the opportunity to point out the myriad failings of the health care system, and serve as a perch from which they can direct the continuous improvement in the quality of care. Patients, anxious that critical elements of their medical story might be lost or unappreciated, are anxious that every caregiver have complete and total awareness of the details and trajectory of their medical history. While noble, this aspiration is part of the problem with CHIT, and perhaps the major obstacle to its being a solution to any problem in medicine.
    The relentless quest for higher resolution of detail has driven a relentless increase in the detail provided. Unfortunately, the coding available is often a poor fit for the clinical information (a mild dilation of the aorta classifies out as an aortic aneurysm, the former something that bears minding over decades, the later a potentially life threatening medical problem that commands close follow-up). Worse, much of this coding is generated by administrators remote from the bedside, and who typically are deprived of the information required to code accurately. The imperative to code something, anything, invariably trumps accuracy, and little inaccuracies creep in to the documentation in droves at this point. Please note the shift in language from record to documentation in the last sentence. Only outsiders regard such documentation as containing useful information about a patient; you will likely never meet a healthcare provider who has this view. You will never hear ‘Could you please request Mr H’s medical and billing records from his hospitalization at memorial hospital?’ Not gonna happen. In fact, practitioners know that there is more noise than information in this documentation, which is why they do not and have never had any interest in it. It is almost certainly the case that the cost of improving the accuracy of this documentation far surpasses any benefit that might accrue to the patient. The fantasy that you can monitor the quality of health care from this perch, or improve it, is, well, a fantasy. This has not stopped major players from falling for this, hook, line, and sinker:

    Read the whole thing.

    I know little of medicine. However, it strikes me that O’Connor’s post is an excellent explanation of how information-gathering systems tend to fail unless they are designed with a strong idea of what information is needed, and with careful attention to the incentives created (intentionally and unintentionally) for system users. The general problem is that bureaucratic incentives tend to encourage collection of as much data as possible, regardless of accuracy or utility for practitioners, while databases tend to become decreasingly useful as their scope increases and errors increase. The extreme case is something like the government’s “no fly” list, which is heavily seeded with inaccurate data and does not provide much if any benefit for all the hassles it causes. Medical databases designed by bureaucrats rather than doctors are likely to have similar problems, and O’Connor says that medical practitioners now avoid the electronic system in favor of a “shadow” version of the traditional medical chart.

    The top-down imposition of database-driven information systems on medical practitioners is a promised feature of the Obama administration’s health-care reform scheme. O’Connor’s post gives a hint of how destructive such politically driven “reform” might be.

    Posted in Human Behavior, Politics, Tech | 16 Comments »

    Cool Startup Story

    Posted by David Foster on 17th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Fortune (5/25) has a story about a Duluth, MN startup called Magnetation. The company’s founders (now 78 and 83) have developed a process for recovering useable iron ore from the millions of tons of tailings left as waste from previous mining activities. There are millions of tons of this stuff in northern Minnesota. The Fortune story isn’t available on-line yet, but the company website is here.

    Not all startups are centered around computer technology or biotech.

    Posted in Business | 2 Comments »

    Whither Zombies?

    Posted by Shannon Love on 17th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Tim Cavanaugh links to some pseudo-intellectuals purporting to analyze why zombies are such popular monsters these days, especially given the top-ten ranking of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (which might make it possible for me to get my teenage son to read something vaguely related to Jane Austin). The pseudo-intellectual ramblings linking zombies to everything from Reagan’s Cold War policies to the current economic uncertainty prompted me to post the following comment:

    I remember reading an analysis of the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” that waxed that the story was a red-scare allegory of communist infiltration. Seemed to make sense at the time (I was twenty.) 
    Years later I read an interview with the writer/director the movie. The interviewer ask him about how the fear of communism influenced the work. The writer was confused. They’d had no grand allegories in mind. They made a movie about evil clones because they had a desperate financial need to make a cheap horror movie but they were to broke to afford makeup or effects for monsters.
    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and a zombie is just a zombie. People like zombie movies because zombies and the apocalyptic you’re-all-your-own setting they come with is genuinely horrifying. You can easily write interesting variations around the basic theme. Financially, zombies are cheap monsters and isolated farm houses are cheap places to film. Cheap, horrifying monsters explains the appeal of zombies for both film makers and their audiences, not tortuous allegories or appeals to zeitgeist.

    I think most modern literary criticism seeks to exploit the analysis for political purposes instead of seeking to understand why and how the artist chose to tell the story as he did. The critics avoid trivial but true explanations and instead grasp at exotic but false ones solely to gain attention for themselves and their pet causes. 

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    Posted in Academia, Film | 8 Comments »

    Beam While Bond Holders Burn

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 17th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Let’s run a small thought experiment. Assume that I have a business, and I want to borrow $10,000 from Dan as a LOAN to finance the business. The terms are typical – I pay back the principal, plus interest, on a regular schedule. If the business fails, Dan is a creditor and we liquidate the business and he receives a percentage (some amount of cents on the dollar, from 90 cents to 5 cents) depending on what my failed business can be sold for. WHY would Dan loan me money? He may have some cash available and would like a steady stream of income (interest) and a relatively low risk of losing his principal.

    Now let’s say that the business is in trouble. I go to Dan and say… how about I pay you maybe 30 cents on the dollar, and you take these new loans and your investment is now worth only $3000 plus the interest on the $3000 (assuming I pay it out). My old obligation to you is null and void. And, oh yeah, I am going to go talk to all the newspapers and local reporters and tell everyone how great I am at managing the business and put my face on the cover of a major magazine, beaming.

    This is pretty much an analogous scenario to the situation facing Ford motor. While Ford motor has done some things better than its two brethren in dire straits, and has been willing to make tougher choices like sell of brands such as Jaguar and Range Rover (to Tata) and has done other things right, the MAIN reason that Ford is alive while GM and Chrysler are circling the drain is because the prior CFO took out $23 billion in bonds, essentially hocking everything Ford had, when the markets were easy on financing (now Ford would never be able to raise those kinds of funds at those low rates).

    Here is Mulally’s business plan (edited, obviously). Certainly, compared to the management at Chrysler and GM, he is a relative genius, the veritable “one-eyed man” among the blind. I helpfully updated the plan so that we could see the most important reason for his success, which is his shameless cram-down of debt holders and having them exchange debt while Ford HELD THEIR CASH to use on Ford’s cash-burning operations.
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    Posted in Business | 12 Comments »

    Then Why Couldn’t They Find a Real Vet?

    Posted by Shannon Love on 16th May 2009 (All posts by )

    From a story about a fake vet who campaigned heavily for Democratic candidates, including Obama, in Colorado. [h/t Instapundit] The candidates, who claim that they were defrauded along with Colorado voters, say:

    The Polis and Udall campaigns emphasize that Strandlof was a bizarre exception to the outpouring of help they received from veterans disillusioned with Bush-era policies. “His actions in no way reflect on the credibility of real veterans who supported Mark’s campaign or on the importance of their issues,” said Trujillo, Udall’s spokeswoman.

    If there were a lot of veterans disillusioned with Bush-era policies (now Obama-era policies) why did they find it necessary to rely on a fake vet? If they had dozens or hundreds of real vets ready to sign on to their campaigns what are the odds the most prominent one would be a mentally-ill fraud?

    You con someone by playing to their prejudices. Strandlof conned the Democrats by presenting them a fabricated persona and history custom-designed to fit the Democratic narrative.  An actor playing a vet scripted to their narrative served their purposes better than a real vet

    However, the real reason they didn’t check Strandolf’s creditials is that they didn’t care if he was real or not.

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    Posted in Leftism, Media, Politics | 18 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Lexington Green on 16th May 2009 (All posts by )

    … the right of self-defense was not a right that was enacted by governments and granted to the people. The right was inherent in the natural order of the world, and the right existed everywhere. The principle of a natural right of self-defense was pervasive among the American Founders. The Founders viewed resistance to tyranny … simply as an application of the right of self-defense, which was a natural right regardless of whether a person was attacked by a lone criminal, or by a large criminal gang, in the form of a tyrannical government.

    David B. Kopel, The Catholic Second Amendment

    (Good essay — but riddled with typos.)

    Posted in Civil Liberties, History, Law, RKBA | Comments Off on Quote of the Day

    Pigeon Ball

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th May 2009 (All posts by )

    The game of pigeon ball is not for everyone. It takes a cool head and a keen eye – and a strong knowledge of avian behavior. — Nonsequiteria

    Posted in Humor | Comments Off on Pigeon Ball

    Gasping For Air and Energy

    Posted by Shannon Love on 15th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Environmentalists claim they aren’t extremist. They claim they don’t want to make radical and dangerous changes to our technological life-support systems, they just want to make a few minor adjustments to protect not only the environment but the health and safety of humans as well. 

    They’re lying. When it comes down to it in the real world, environmentalists will kill people just to gain an utterly trivial environmental benefit. As a political movement, environmentalism has crossed over into a kind of religious fetishism. 

    Look at the example of the banning of CFC asthma inhalers. [h/t Instapundit] Here we have a clear-cut tradeoff between the deaths of thousands of asthmatics and prevention of a degree of damage to the ozone layer that is so small that we can’t even begin to consider measuring it. 

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    Posted in Energy & Power Generation, Environment, Leftism, Political Philosophy, Science | 9 Comments »

    Oh for a Cromwell

    Posted by Helen on 15th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Someone sent me an e-mail with the text of Oliver Cromwell’s speech to the pesky House of Commons in 1653. This was the Rump Parliament, the remnant of that inordinately long Long Parliament and Cromwell decided that they had outsat their welcome. He marched in with some troops, seized the Mace and said:

    “…It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

    “Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

    “Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d; your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse the Augean Stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings, and which by God’s help and the strength He has given me, I now come to do.

    “I command ye, therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of God, go!”

    And they went. One can’t help feeling that there is place for a Cromwellian action now for all sorts of reasons, not just the highly entertaining saga of MPs getting caught with their hands in the till. I hope that he will reappear in time to ban huge Christmas celebrations as well.

    Posted in Anglosphere, Britain, History | 25 Comments »

    Odd London 2009

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 14th May 2009 (All posts by )

    Odd London 2009

    Recently I went to London and took a variety of odd pictures that made me laugh or think.

    Upper left – this was a photo of a gas station – nothing odd, right? But from what my “local” contact said, this was one of VERY few in central London, and extremely rare. I guess the local laws and high property values make this an expensive proposition. It did seem very busy. I guess you can’t drive around with your tank on “E” in London.

    Upper middle – “Reject Pot Shop” – what a great name for a crockery / cooking store

    Upper right – there was a display of English rock bands, and if you look closely at the hats you can see “The Who” and “The Beatles” but how the heck did “Motley Crue” get in there?

    Lower left – SMARTIES – you can get them in the UK and in Canada but not in the United States. They are like M&M’s but way better – they are bigger than the chocolate ones (not peanut), come in cooler flavors, and have a better candy “shell”. If you see them, give them a try

    Lower middle – a betting parlor. They are all over in the UK, as they are in Australia. The world doesn’t seem to come to an end when sports betting is allowed, does it?

    Lower right – when we were in the “Underground” I saw an ad for the city of Chicago. The funny part is that beach scene on Lake Michigan with no one else around. At least we are trying

    Cross posted at LITGM

    Posted in Anglosphere, Humor | 9 Comments »