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Irene

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Many years ago, I was faced with balancing the emergency plans of our family owned business with those of my family and our parents.  The attached document was compiled from a number of different sites (a collective wisdom if you will) that helped me coordinate the focus of everyone around.  As Hurricane Irene appears to have lessened her stronghold on our attention, I share this information in hopes that it may help you.  Also, please use the following web links to assist you with more information or should you want to follow the progress of the weather alters and our respective community responses.

Tough Tax and Spending Decisions Ahead

Monday, August 15th, 2011

OK America – our government is spending $1½ trillion more than our tax revenues.  It is the equivalent of a household with a combined income of $50K spending $86K – funding the $36K shortfall from their credit cards!!  How do we fix this beast which is clearly out of control?  Let’s begin with a view of the playing field.  In summary, the numbers are as follows: (more…)

Darlington School District: 81% poverty BUT 12th Best District in SC

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The poverty index in Darlington is 81%. Wow! Darlington is performing significantly better than districts whose poverty index is 20 percentage points lower. Mind you this is not the exceptional performance of just one school with high poverty. This is the exceptional performance of an entire district of schools with high poverty.  Read more in John Warner’s Swampfox article: Darlington School District. 81% poverty. 12th best district in SC. Why? No excuses, and people over programs | Swamp Fox.

S&P Pencil Pushers…Don't Tread on Me

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A bunch of chicken-sh#! pencil pushers.  I clump the S&P numb nuts into the same MBA crowd that stopped calling our US laborers people and staff, but instead “head counts.”  After having read their release (highlights shared below), they have screwed with the wrong group of people, the United States citizens.  Yes, we have elected these lawmakers and although they may or may not have fumbled the ball, the responsibility falls on the electorate.  And just like a commercial I viewed a while back about the credit bureau poorly rating the head of a family working multiple jobs to pay off his debt simply because he was paying slowly… that fact was he was paying.

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City of Charleston's Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

A Message from the City of Charleston’s Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability:

The “clean” or “green” economy is an important element of America’s emerging next economy. It will define our nation’s low carbon future while providing opportunity for workers at all levels of the income and skills distributions. In this report by Brookings, the clean economy is divided into 39 distinct segments, reflecting the economic activity involved in producing a broad spectrum of clean products, from goods such as wind turbines and solar photovoltaics to services such as mass transit and regulation.  Read more to see how Charleston is ahead of the national averages in clean economy job growth.  http://www.charleston-sc.gov/dept/content.aspx?nid=1655

July 4th Flyover

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Salute from the Shore

Happy July 4th

Friday, July 1st, 2011


“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill,

we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe,

to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(35th US President [1961-63], 1917-1963)

Power Grid Change

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Tentatively set to start in mid-July, the group that oversees the U.S. power grid is proposing an experimental test that could disrupt many electronic devices with built-in clocks.  This will be an interesting experiment to see how dependent our timekeeping is on the power grid, said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Tweaking the power grid’s frequency is expensive and takes a lot of effort, said Joe McClelland, head of electric reliability for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?” McClelland said. “Let’s see if anyone complains if we eliminate it.”

Read more about this in The State, http://www.thestate.com/2011/06/24/1872753/ap-exclusive-power-grid-change.html.

Delicieous Pink Slime

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Admittedly, this is not electronic in nature.  But, being the subscriber to the “Great Conspiracies” that I am, thought this video reporting segment had to be shared.

Wow!  How about a burger?!

Solar Highways

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Great “out-of-the-box” thinking.





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