Archive | November 5, 2014

THE SPHINX —— CAPITALISM

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The Editor:  Can you explain Capitalism to our loyal readers, Lois ?

Fat Cat:  I sure can, that’s how I became a ” fat cat ” and Amigo came to own Boardwalk & Park Place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_cat_%28term%29

Anyway, capitalism is just an economic system.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalism

We do it a little different on Cumberland.  The government only makes sure that the environment/people aren’t poisoned by anyone, and that businesses act fairly and truthfully.  They can’t lie, cheat, or misrepresent their product, neither can they stifle competition.

The Editor:   That seems like a good system, everyone is given an opportunity to fail or succeed-depending on their motivation and dreams.

Entertainment Cat:  It is a great system,  individual work ethic is rewarded.  You can even make money your estate, etc. )  after you are dead.

The Editor:  That is amazing,  have you an example ?

Reading Railroad Cat:  Sure, here are some dead people earning big bucks for their estates, etc.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2013/10/23/michael-jackson-leads-our-list-of-the-top-earning-dead-celebrities/

The Editor:  Isn’t it a little weird with dead people earning so much ?

Community Chest Cat:  Not really, the Catholic Church dug up a dead Pope and tried him for un-Pope like actions.   Go figure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Formosus

We just try to ensure that businesses  act like they have a few scruples, and act honestly in dealing with the public.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IkNBlOYijI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2B7ersvsAc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0kcet4aPpQ

HISTORIES, HOROSCOPES, AND AJC VENTS–REVENTED

                         THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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TODAY IN GEORGIA HISTORY

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 TODAY IN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
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YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR TODAY

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Your Chinese Horoscope

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AJC VENTS–REVENTED

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 4762: A Galaxy on the Edge
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Explanation: Why is there a bright line on the sky? What is pictured above is actually a disk galaxy being seen almost perfectly edge on. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope is a spectacular visual reminder of just how thin disk galaxies can be. NGC 4762, a galaxy in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, is so thin that it is actually difficult to determine what type of disk galaxy it is. Its lack of a visible dust lane indicates that it is a low-dust lenticular galaxy, although it is still possible that a view from on top would reveal spiral structure. The unusual stellar line spans about 100,000 light years from end to end. Near NGC 4762‘s center is a slight bulge of stars, while many background galaxies are visible far in the distance. Galaxies that appear this thin are rare mostly because our Earth must reside (nearly) in the extrapolated planes of their thin galactic disks. Galaxies that actually are this thin are relatively common — for example our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to be about this thin.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

10 Things To Know Today

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1. WHERE A NEW REALITY HAS BEGUN

Washington wakes up to a Republican-controlled Congress that will shape America’s government in the last two years of the president’s term.

2. WHAT THE NEW SENATE LEADER’S PRIORITIES WILL BE

A veteran senator, Mitch McConnell is determined to force a showdown over President Obama’s health care overhaul and environmental and financial regulation.

3. ALL EYES ON 2016 AS MIDTERMS CHANGE LANDSCAPE

Republicans waste no time in attacking their next target: Hillary Clinton.

4. WHO IS MASTERMINDING IRAQ’S WAR AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE

Iranian general Ghasem Soleimani is credited with engineering a number of victories that the Iraqi army has achieved in fighting the terrorist group.

5. LOW-KEY SCION AWAITS TURN TO RUN SAMSUNG

South Korea’s business world is wondering whether the 46-year-old son of the company’s chief can lead it to more profits in a rapidly changing technology market.

6. MEXICO’S MOST-WANTED COUPLE CAPTURED

A mayor and his wife are accused of running their town as a drug fiefdom – and of ordering deadly attacks on students.

7. HBO BIDS FAREWELL TO `THE NEWSROOM’

The show about a struggling cable-news network is coming to an end in its third season after mixed reviews and faltering ratings.

8. PRINCES RELEGATED TO LESSER ROLES

Where romance was once the goal of Disney’s cinematic princesses (think “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”), the moviemaker is shifting its lens toward independent female protagonists.

9. TIBET’S EXILES MOURN LOST FAMILY TIES

Many of the Buddhist region’s emigres left were smuggled out when they were children and have never really known their families.

10. VIKNGS’ ADRIAN PETERSON AVOIDS JAIL IN CHILD ABUSE CASE

The All-Pro running back pleads no contest to a misdemeanor. It’s not clear how the plea deal will affect his playing status.