From the latest Rail Time Indicators report, a look at some big time importers (as measured by container volumes).
The chart below show the top 10 U.S. container (importers) in 2010 according to The Journal of Commerce. Note that “big box” retailers dominate the import side, holding the top five spots (as well as many other spots in the top 100). Reportedly, something like 85% of U.S. households buy bananas. That’s a lot of bananas, which helps explain why Dole and Chiquita are often among the top 10 U.S. container importers. (Their imports aren’t just bananas, but a lot of them are.) Electronics and appliances are also big business for U.S. container imports.
I don’t know if this is legit (a tab this epic getting closed out before midnight?), but if it is you just kind of have to look at it in awe.
The “vueve le” is Veuve Clicquot, an expensive French champagne. Retail on a 15 liter bottle of that is $2k, so that’s some nice markup.
I love that someone orders $100k of alcohol and they won’t comp the waters (or the Heineken/Red Bull/Bud Light for that matter).
$30k tip! How would you like to be that waiter?
- 70 AD: the fall and desecration of Jerusalem ended the world, according to the Preterists. Whoops.
- 500: Hippolytus of Rime worked out the Biblical ’6,000 year rule’ to apply to this year. For more fun with that same figure, keep reading.
- 989: Halley’s Comet always brings impending doom. Just ask Mark Twain.
- 1000: very little of an apocalyptic nature happened this year, aside from a bunch of Christians getting worked up about the rather flexible millennium date.
- 1874: the Jehovah’s Witnesses begin a long and lucrative career of predicting Armageddon, starting with this year. BTW: it didn’t happen.
- 1878: It didn’t happen this year, either.
- 1881: no, really…the JW’s were on a roll.
- 1910: again? Well, if you Witnesses say so.
- 1914: people are probably starting to wonder about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- 1918: we like the four-year cycle, but could the Jehovah’s Witnesses maybe split it up into a summer apocalypse and a winter apocalypse?
- 1925: about this time, people may be forgiven for hoping that the world ends just to shut the Jehovah’s Witnesses up about it.
- 1975: they gave us a 50-year break (which included WWII, which was chock full of apocalyptic signs) but those scrappy Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t done yet.
- 1982: “The Christ is Now Here”, according to the Tara Center, who later state that He’s not ready to reveal himself after all.
- 1984: Orwell buffs and Jehovah’s Witnesses alike considered this to be a significant year. Unless Van Halen is the antichrist (not unproven), they were probably all wrong.
- 1994: Nostradamus tries posthumously to beat the Jehovah’s Witnesses record for most failed predictions. Luckily, he’s much more vague and obscure, so he’s never really wrong…
- 1997: No, really, the Christ is Now Here, according to Share International (a.k.a. the Tara Center). Interestingly enough, The Christ (a.k.a. Maitreya) tops the list of several groups who believe him to be the Antichrist instead. Either way is okay with us — we still get apocalypse!
- 1998: This is the year, says Nostradamus and others (and maybe not even him). For example, Eli Eshoh proved that the Rapture was going to happen, and by golly, it did (didn’t you notice?). We’re still not sure who were raptured, but those of us Left Behind should watch out for 2028. Two ends of the world for the price of one? Good deal!
- 2000: the change of the millennium makes a great date for the End Times. However, even the Y2K Bug turned out to be little more than a minor inconvenience.
- 2003: Ah, those wacky Zetas. They seemed so sure, and now Nancy and the rest of the earthworm-eaters simply claim that the Pole Shift of May 15th, 2003 was some sort of smokescreen or conspiracy, and the real day is still coming. But they won’t say when.
- 2008 2009 2010 2011: The Lord’s Witnesses (absolutely NOT Jehovah’s Witnesses, despite strikingly obvious similarities) are pretty sure that it’s all over one of these years. Well, as long as there’s still a World War I veteran alive, we’ve got nothing to worry about…so at least a year or two. Additionally, Harold Camping of Family Radio is pretty sure it’s all over in May. Or maybe October. Either way, he’s 100% sure.
- 2012: a very popular choice lately (and will probably remain so, up until the end of December). The basis for this date is Mayan calendars, Nostradamus, and sunspot predictions — and possibly a savvy marketing campaign by the Cults and Survival Gear coalition.
- 2014: Hey, this one comes from a Pope, so it must be true. In 1514 Leo IX gave us 500 years. You’d think that would be long enough to get our act together, but noooooooo…
- 2017: and then there’s the “Sword of God Brotherhood” (great name) who will be the only ones surviving this year, tasked with repopulating the planet. Hopefully there’s a Sisterhood as well. Or not…
- 2028: Eli Eshoe again. Anybody left after the great Rapture of 2008 (remember that?) and the ensuing tribulation (i.e., now) has until 2028 to prove themselves. Get to work.
- 2240: the Talmud says that the world as we know it will only last 6,000 years, starting with the creation of Adam (which apparently happened about 5770 years ago…sorry, Lucy). The Talmud is pretty discouraging about how much fun our final two centuries are going to be, but the world after Armageddon should be very nice.
- 2280: the Qur’an gives us 40 more years than the Talmud, according to Dr. Rashad Khalifa and a computer-assisted numerical analysis of the holy text.
- 3797: this one comes from Nostradamus, but so have quite a few other dates (past and future). Just in case this was the year that he really meant, clear your schedule.
After Katrina, the media blamed the lack of response on the Bush administration’s dislike of black people.
Can we then conclude from the lack of media coverage and response by the Obama administration that Obama doesn’t like white folks?
Where are the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and North Dakota and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where is good old Michael Moore?
Why are the media NOT asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn’t solved this problem? Where are the FEMA trucks, trailers and food services?
Why isn’t the Federal government moving Iowa people into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis?
When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?
Where are Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks?
Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes, cases of beer and television sets?
When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a ‘vanilla’ Iowa…because that’s what God wants?
Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder?
Where are all the people screaming that Barack Obama hates white, rural people? My God, where are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr?
How come you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again? Where are the gov’t. bail out vouchers? The government debit cards?
There must be one hell of a big difference between the value of the people of Iowa and value of the people ofLouisiana.
HERE’S THE REAL TRUTH:
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF CONTROL OF THE MEDIA, AND SOON TO BE GOV’T. CONTROL OF INTERNET, CELL PHONES, RADIO AND ALL COMMUNICATION AS WELL AS THE PRESENT NETWORK NEWS ON TV.
WAKE UP, AMERICANS… WHOMEVER CONTROLS THE MEDIA CONTROLS THE COUNTRY! Share!