BIRTHDAYS!
1.    Happy Birthday to everyone on the distribution list.  It's not that I forgot, it's just that I was too lazy to send an e-mail and/or call to wish you a happy day.  That goes for those of you still pending your special day.

THE WEATHER!
1.    1960's - 1970's
Mankind was facing extinction due to an impending New Ice Age.  The solution was to increase regulation, electrical and fuel prices to combat the cold.


2.    1980's - 1990's
Our previous efforts must have worked too well.  We were now facing extinction due to Global Warming.  The solution was more regulation and increasing electrical and fuel prices to combat the heat.

3.    2000's - Present
Our previous 40 years of efforts in self-preservation have resulted in a synergistic catastrophe.  We are now faced with extinction by Climate Change.  The solution?  You guessed it!  Increased regulation, electrical and fuel prices to counter-balance the previous two disasters and mitigate any new developments.  Third time should work!


EDUCATED DISCUSSIONS WITH COLLEGE KIDS/RECENT GRADS IN THE WORK BREAKROOM!
1.    Cold and hot drinks are bad for your health.  You should always have a room temperature drink.
a.    When asked by another person at the table, why?; the response was that cold causes a drop in the body's core temperature, hot causes a rise and both are counter productive to digestion.
b.    My 1st question.  Does blood around the stomach help with digestion?  Their Response - YES.
c.    My 2nd question.  Does the body draw blood away from a "hot" stomach (above normal body temperature) to help cool and send blood to a "cold" stomach to help heat?  Their Response - YES.
d.    My final question.  So if you have a cold drink, wouldn't more blood be sent around the stomach which would aid in digestion and help maintain your core temperature, and vice-versa?  Their Response - A PISSED OFF AND DUMFOUNDED LOOK.


2.    Meats, and especially red meats, are bad for your health so they should be avoided (obviously from a Vegan).
a.    When asked by another person a the table, why?; the response was that it stays in your intestines too long and causes other health problems, unlike fruits and vegetables.
b.    My 1st question.  Do you believe in evolution?  Their Response - YES.
c.    My 2nd question.  Based on evolution and our current dentition, isn't our species defined as omnivores?  Their Response - YES.
d.    My 3rd question.  Again, based on evolution, isn't meat - and especially red meat - responsible for our brain size and power?  Their Response - I Guess So.
e.    My final question.  So, isn't your lack of consumption of meats - and especially red meat - detrimental to your intellect?  Their Response - A PISSED OFF AND DUMBFOUNDED LOOK.


3.    Domestic cattle are significantly contributing to climate change (the same Vegan).
a.    When asked by another person at the table, why?; the response was that the methane released by their flatulence, coupled with the overbreeding for consumer reasons, is directly attributable to the global increase in temperatures.
b.    My 1st question.  Does this apply only to cattle or to all domesticated consumer herbivores?  Their Response - ALL OF THEM, THAT'S WHY A VEGAN DIET IS BETTER.
c.    My 2nd question.  So we should reduce the breeding, consumption and become vegans to reduce the warming caused by their methane flatulence?  Their Response - YES.
d.    My 3rd question.  So it's a scientific fact that herbivore flatulence is heating the globe?  Their Response - YES (with obvious pride that they made their point and won the discussion).
e.    My final question.  So, if we take that spuriously logical observation to its ultimate conclusion, then can we say that the herbivore dinosaurs, who are obviously thousands of times larger then our domesticated livestock, farted themselves into extinction?  Their Response - ANOTHER PISSED OFF AND DUMBFOUDED LOOK.

Till Next Time,
Joe GED