all the money that the food companies make by outing enhancing drugs
into animals in order for a hen to maybe produce more eggs and cows to
produce more milk for "better" milk? All the sugar that countless food
companies put into their foods is all to get you addicted so they can
sell more and make more. This world is run by money so the argument that
it is wrong for athletes to use performance enhancing drugs on the
playing field to make more money is invalid.
Regarding your recent discussions on watch pricing, thought this might put it in perspective:
The 25th annual LA International Pen Show will be open to the public Sunday, Feb 17, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. The show is one of the largest of its kind, featuring vintage, modern and limited pens, that range from $10 to $300,000 (!!)...
And you thought watches were overpriced.
I advise you not to go; wouldn't want to be responsible for starting another addiction!
Sometimes, there's a situation I call the "Chesapeake Bay Seafood House Factor." Back in the 1980s, we had a restaruant chain named Chesepeake Bay Seafood House. They didn't have a buffet----but it was all you could eat, and the server would keep bringing food to your table. Here's the thing: Prices started at $4.99 for all you could eat haddock. For 5.99, you could get all you could eat fried clams and haddock. $7.99 would give you all could eat catfish, clams and haddock. $10.99 might have added flounder. $13.99, crab. $17.99, lobster. So in other words, if you paid the top price, you'd get it all----anything on the menu, as much as you want. And the funny part is that just out of college, my friends and I would go, fully intending to just get the $4.99 haddock deal. But we'd sit at the table and say----geez, for only a dollar more, we get clams. Then we'd be ready to spend the 5.99----and rationalize that for only $2.00 more, you'd get catfish, which was really good there. By the time you knew it----the increments would have us close to the top of the menu. With watches or with anything else----once you're comfortable at a price point----if they offer you a little more for a little more money----you talk yourself into it. Before you know it, you're spending three times as much as you were last year. I mentioned guns----and it's the same with those. You get walked up the ladder---a little more for this feature. A little more for that feature----and all the sudden, the $795.00 pistol you were planning on is $1795.00.
New study shows that Facebook causes envy with vacation photos stirring the greatest resentment. Just yesterday one of my Facebook friends posted dozens of photos from his Thailand trip and I was overcome with the thought, "My God, my life is passing me by while I rot in this little suburban slab of concrete."
Ironically, food seems to be a central focus of Bell's life and ministry. According to the Smoking Gun: "In addition to her fledgling ministry, Bell has authored three slim books--covering topics like fasting, prayer, and religious teaching--that are available for purchase through an online vanity press. One 28-page volume examines spiritual nourishment, complete with references to candy and junk food. The $10 paperback is titled 'Watch the Hand that Feeds You.' "
That article also includes a four-minute video example of Bell's preaching:
I was listening to Dan Patrick's opening this morning and he said that he and his crew could be going underground and cancelling the radio show if a tornado watch turns into a warning. Already the bad weather is affecting the sound quality.
His show is conducted out of Connecticut, but the tornado warning is affecting much of the country, as Jason writes:
It's been a mess here in Nashville. They actually recorded 100 MPH wind at the airport around 3AM. Luckily, we didn't get that where I am about 30 miles due east of the airport. Plenty of damage between here and there, unfortunately. Next up, snow on and off for the next three days!
I heard David Lazarus of the LATimes talk about his cat bite bill and 6-day stay in a hospital today on Markeptplace. Reminds me of the billing I had to deal with when I had a PPO. I'm with Kaiser now and much happier.