Archive for January 6th, 2016

Self-Tax On Those Who Don’t Understand Odds

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

See the pretty ticket above? It costs a dollar. And $500.00 a week for Life is a pretty good prize, right? So here come the official NYS odds for this dream. We’ll start on the smaller prizes first – get ready to WIN!

The odds against winning $1 are 8.77 to 1. For you non-bettors, that means on average, you’d have to buy about NINE tickets to scratch off a dollar winner. But, as the brighter ones in the group have already figured out, you don’t really “win” a dollar because that’s how much you paid for the ticket. So, OK – to win a dollar, you’ve really got to win $2 on the ticket. Odds against a two dollar ticket? About 47 to 1. WHAT? That’s right, Skippy; to actually win a dollar, on average, you’d have to scratch off 47-tickets.

It gets better, right? Right, this is New York State. To win $10, you’ll have to scratch 200 tickets. $100? Get ready to buy 50- thousand, 400-tickets. That’s a lot of buying and scratching for a hundred bucks. And the Grand Prize? $500 a week for Life? Get your coin out and start scratching. Better make it a few coins, you’ll need to scratch 7,938,000 tickets.

Don’t tell anyone though. It kind of ruins the game if you know it would take almost three entire lifetimes of around-the-clock scratching to win $500 a week for the rest of your life. Plus, about $8-million dollars in tickets.

Can you improve your odds?


Police State Rule #1 – Identify Citizens

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

No I’m not going to put up my real NYS Driver’s License on this blog – I’m contacted by enough nuts as it is.  But I was surprised to learn virtually anyone can see your license – and at least some of your personal information – by going to an unsecured web site on the internet.

I  searched for mine and there it was…picture and all! On its license application form, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles said they would not SELL your information.  They didn’t say they would not share it with a national law enforcement database.

Go to this web site and find yours. Just enter your name, city and state to see if your license is in the database. If your license appears on the screen, click the box marked “PLEASE REMOVE” (if you don’t want it made public.) This will delete it from the public database but not from TSA or FBI files.

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016


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The End Is Near. Finally.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Had enough of this place?  Well, that’s good because the world is about to end soon.  That’s what Rick Juszkeiwicz said a few years ago. He’s from Upstate New York and his little bus caravan is traveling through the South preaching this unhappy news.  Somehow Rick interpreted the Old Testament, read a few tea leaves, and shuffled some cards out of a Tarot deck – something like that.  He could not use all the cards because many people believe Rick does not play with a full deck.

I don’t dislike the Old Testament and there’s one passage about which I am positively enthusiastic.  It says we “can have slaves from different countries”.  I’d like to put in my order now please? One 17-year old Swedish Girl who only knows three words of English: “Yes, Mr. Paolo.”


End of the world predictions 2016:


‘American Graffiti’ (1973) Trailer

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

‘American Graffiti’


Wolfman Jack In ‘American Graffiti’

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Wolfman Jack: