Danger, VERY Wide Loads

 Chinese drivers push their vehicles to the limit with hilariously huge cargoes

It is surely a recipe for disaster, but many  Chinese motorists cannot resist the urge to pile their tricycles and trucks as  high as they possibly can while they move their goods – and families – across  town.

Seemingly relaxed, these pictures show  drivers on Chinese roads going about their daily business with alarming volumes  of precarious cargo tottering above their heads.

Pictures from across China show  ridiculously heavy trucks leaning at unusual angles, and tractors  stacked  15-foot-high with recycled bottles and plastic negotiating roads full of  traffic.

These motorists give the term “wide load” a  whole new meaning.

HAI'AN, CHINA
 This truck is clearly battling with  its load as it veers along a national highway in Hai’an, China but it looks as  though it would have a soft landing if it did keel over
NANCHANG, CHINA
 A truck driver keeps his precarious  logs in place, but has to stop to explain to a traffic police officer in  Nanchang, China

 

A fearless bike rider has his goods and family piled above his head as he pedals hard down the street
 A fearless bike rider has his goods and  family piled above his head as he pedals hard down the street
A mound of polystyrene boxes on a street in Xi'an
 A mound of polystyrene boxes on a  street in Xi’an
This pair look unperturbed by the bag towering above their motorcycle in Nanjing
This pair look unperturbed by the bag  towering above their motorcycle in Nanjing
A collector pushes a tricycle carrying bags of recyclable waste in Shanghai
 A collector pushes a tricycle carrying bags  of recyclable waste in Shanghai

 

 A fellow cyclist laughs at her the collector with his enormous baggage in Shanghai
 A fellow cyclist laughs at her the collector  with his enormous baggage in Shanghai

 

A collector of recyclable waste in pushes along his enormous plastic bottle collection in Shanghai
 A collector of recyclable waste in  pushes along his enormous plastic bottle collection in Shanghai

 

Bundled up polystyrene boxes in Xi'an make it difficult for other motorists to get around without causing an accident
Bundled up polystyrene boxes in Xi’an  make it difficult for other motorists to get around without causing an  accident

 

A family squeezes under mounds of plastic bags that are nearly scraping the ground in Taiyuan
A family squeezes under mounds  of plastic bags that are nearly scraping the ground in Taiyuan

The images that were taken from across  China, including cities such as Shanghai, Shouguang as-well-as rural  Huai-an,  show that fellow road-users have to be very weary of these  heavy loaders – there could be disastrous cases of lost-loads and  accidents clogging up the  roads. could strike in the form of a giant  lost-load.

Chinese photographer An Fu, 44, explained  what it was like to witness real-life bulk carriers at their most  laden.

‘These carriers are dangerous,’ said  An.

‘Sometimes they fall over into the road or  the driver is stopped by the police because they’re overloaded.’

‘Drivers load their vehicles with so many  goods because they need to carry as many goods as possible to save money and  time.’

There have been several recent high profile  accidents because of this overloading problem.

Last year, a Chinese driver whose truck was  so heavy the bridge he drove on collapsed was sent the nearly £16m bill for the  repair work.

A collector rides a motor tricycle carrying bags of recyclable waste in Yuyao, China
A rubbish collector battles along the  road in Yuyao, China
An motor tricycle negotiates a main road in Guiyang with coils of wound-up household materials
An motor tricycle negotiates  a main road in Guiyang with coils of wound-up household materials

 the motor tricycle in Guiyang has coils of plastic spilling out both right and left
 the motor tricycle in Guiyang  has coils of plastic spilling out both right and left

 

 A man and his companion ride a tricycle engulfed by bags of plastic foam
 A man and his companion ride a  tricycle engulfed by bags of plastic foam

 

The woman in Shanghai with all her boxes on her bike does not have a hope of seeing traffic coming behind her
The woman in Shanghai with all her  boxes on her bike does not have a hope of seeing traffic coming behind  her

The authorities are serious about clamping  down on the tradition, however cost-effective it is.

‘They always need to cut the costs of fuel  from multiple trips and like the rest of us time is money for these  hard-workers,’ An said.

‘Many drivers don’t have the best vehicles to  distribute recycling and other goods they need to transport.’

‘So they make the best of what they  have.’

An electric tricycle moves slowly through Zhuji
Not just piling it up, but piling it back: An electric  tricycle moves slowly through Zhuji
A man drives a tractor carrying bags of paddy in Huai'an, China
 A driver smokes a cigarette  while his tractor lugs bags of paddy rice in Huai’an, China

 

This man in Beijing looks worryingly close to be being squashed under the load above his head
 This man in Beijing looks worryingly  close to be being squashed under the load above his head

 

a truck comes to a standstill on a national highway in Hai'an
 A truck comes to a  standstill on a national highway in Hai’an

 

An orderly though huge stack of bags in Shouguang
 An orderly though huge stack of bags in  Shouguang

Attribution: Olivia Williams, Daily Mail

Joke of the Day

george1A fellow came into a bar and ordered a martini. Before drinking it, he removed the olive and carefully put it into a glass jar.

Then he ordered another martini and did the same thing. After an hour, when he was full of martinis and the jar was full of olives, he staggered out.

“Well,” said a customer, “I never saw anything as peculiar as that!”

“What’s so peculiar about it?” the bartender said. “His wife sent him out for a jar of olives.”

Sequestration and the End of the World, Continued

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The White House, the Democrats and their stenographers, the media, have really ramped up the hysteria and hyperbole regarding the March 1 sequester deadline. As for the deadline, to hear these folks whine about it, especially our president, you’d think it really was a dead-line.

sob storyI swear I’ve heard the president say, from one speech to another, that virtually every public sector employee will lose his or her job. It appears this is shaping up to be the mother of all crises. And need I remind you what they say about a good crisis. This is how wedded the government is to our tax dollars.

Now keep in mind that the following list of tragedies that is sure to befall us is only a fraction of the Armageddon this administration is predicting. All this for a lousy 2% cut spending. That’s the equivalent of a person making $50,000 per year giving up one Starbucks coffee a day.

Air travel will be disrupted due to an estimated 47,000 FAA workers being laid off. The TSA will have to let employees go. Of course that will not only cause delays but also security problems. Terrorists, realizing our sudden vulnerability will rush to the nearest airport to wreak havoc knowing the TSA is not on the job. Terrorists such as little four-year-old wheelchair-bound girls and ninety-year old grandma’s may now slip through undetected. The horror!

Hurricanes and other severe weather events will no longer be predicted due to deep cuts at NOAA. Deputy commerce secretary Rebecca M Blank states, “The government runs the risk of significantly increased forecast errors and the government’s ability to warn Americans across the country about high-impact weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, will be compromised.”

Layoffs of over 36,000 at the Bureau of prisons will lead to a dangerous situation of inmate violence according to Eric Holder.pink slip

Uh Oh! Gun violence alert! FBI director Robert Mueller warned the Congress and Senate that gun background checks would be impeded, increasing the likelihood of convicted felons ending up with weapons. Because that’s how felons always get their weapons. They don’t steal them; they attempt to purchase them legally.

Now if I were this administration, what other hot button issues could I scare the general public with? Well, we all eat. How about a nationwide shutdown of meat and poultry plants. This is what agriculture secretary Vilsack is warning of. That will certainly scare the public.

What else? Illegal immigration is a concern of the right. Immigration courts, judges and interpreters will be affected leading to a flood of aliens entering our country illegally. The question is, how will we tell?

Is that it? Is that not esequester-cartoon-bensonnough to tip the scale for you? Well, there’s more. There’s always more.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims over 370,000 mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients will lose vital services. 125,000 additional homeless people will be left wandering the streets. 600,000 women and children will be thrown off WIC. 424,000 AIDS patients will be denied medication and housing assistance. Over 800,000 American Indians will be denied hospital care. No Headstart for 70,000 kids and no child care for another 30,000.

I could go on and on. Just realize that a paltry 2% cut and spend during will result in the total meltdown of our society, evidently.

Now the $64,000 question is, do you believe it? Do you believe the government when they describe such wanton destruction from such a small cut? Well that’s what they are banking on. That’s what progressives do. That’s all they have as motivation; fear. They bank on the ignorant public’s fear of the unknown.

But every once in a while the media will slip up and practice a random act of journalism. It doesn’t happen often but it does prove that these folks (reporters) can do their job; they just choose not to.

ABC news reporter, John Karl, was discussing the looming sequester with host George Snuffleupagus, when he let something slip. They were discussing homeland security cuts when Karl stated, “Yet, despite all the dire warnings and inability to reach an agreement, the spending cuts represent only a fraction of total federal spending. In fact, even with the cuts, the federal government will spend about $15 billion more this year than it spent last year.”spending

What? Did I hear that right? You mean to tell me that these dire warnings of world ending sequestration-spending cuts will result in a budget increase this year? Why is this the first time we are hearing of this? Well, it isn’t. I wrote about this just a few days ago. Remember; it’s called Baseline Budgeting.

So you see, once again, this hand wringing and teeth gnashing is all about nothing. Let me correct that. It’s definitely about something. The left has a lot to lose if the bogus spending cuts are allowed to happen.

The progressives cannot afford for the ignorant to discover they’ve been lied to. If the sequester “cuts” are allowed and the world doesn’t end, the public may just realize that budget cuts aren’t as tragic as they have been portrayed. This is why we see the full-court press.

After all the warnings of doom and gloom, the left knows these cuts won’t even be noticed by the majority of voters and they can’t allow their lie to be exposed. When the public realizes these cuts have little to no effect on their lives, they may actually demand more and the progressives can’t have that.

That’s what this whole production is all about. It’s as simple as that.

Russian Meteorite Strike

The most breathtaking pictures yet of Russian meteorite

A professional photographer today told of the  moment he feared a nuclear bomb had gone off when the Russian meteorite tore  through the sky as he took pictures of an idyllic rural scene.

Marat Akhmetaleyev, 31, had just set up his  tripod when the space rock lit up the crisp, morning sky almost where his camera  was pointing.

Despite trembling with shock, he  instinctively started to snap  away.

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Atomic angst: This incredible picture o0f the Russian meteorite was taken by professional photographer Marat Akhmetaleyev who feared it was a nuclear bombAtomic angst: This incredible picture o0f the Russian  meteorite was taken by professional photographer Marat Akhmetaleyev who feared  it was a nuclear bomb

Shocking: Despite trembling with fear, Mr Akhmetaleyev instinctively started snapping away as the space rock lit up the skyShocking: Despite trembling with fear, Mr Akhmetaleyev  instinctively started snapping away as the space rock lit up the sky

Trail of destruction: The 100,000-tonne space rock blitzes through the air before exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombsTrail of destruction: The 100,000-ton space rock  blitzes through the air before exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima  bombs

 

Right time, right place: Mr Akhmetaleyev had gone out to shoot some idyllic rural scenes when the meteorite blasted into view just where his camera was pointingRight time, right place: Mr Akhmetaleyev had gone out to  shoot some idyllic rural scenes when the meteorite blasted into view just where  his camera was pointing

He told the Siberian  Times: ‘When the  flash was as bright as  possible, I felt strong heat in my face and strong pain  in my eyes of  intolerable glare. It lasted just a split second.

‘My thoughts were confused and spontaneous.  The first thing I thought was not a meteorite, but a nuclear bomb.

‘Then I remembered the media reports about a  possible asteroid and its  approach to the Earth. Then there was the idea that a  plane had  crashed.’

Around two minutes after the flash, Mr  Akhmetaleyev said he heard a series of ‘clear and powerful’ blasts  as the  meteorite exploded with the force of 30 Hiroshima  bombs.

Devastation: The meteorite exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, injuring nearly 1,500 people and causing widespread property damage in city of ChelyabinskDevastation: The meteorite exploded over Russia’s Ural  Mountains on Friday, injuring nearly 1,500 people and causing widespread  property damage in city of Chelyabinsk

 

Terrifying: Around two minutes after the flash, Mr Akhmetaleyev said he heard a series of 'clear and powerful' explosions as the meteorite plunged into the groundTerrifying: Around two minutes after the flash, Mr  Akhmetaleyev said he heard a series of ‘clear and powerful’ explosions as the  meteorite plunged into the ground

Capturing chaos: Mr Akhmetaleyev, who stood there 'stunned' for quite some afterwards, has now released his incredible picturesCapturing chaos: Mr Akhmetaleyev, who stood there  ‘stunned’ for quite some afterwards, has now released his incredible  pictures

Stunning: A montage of all the images taken by Marat Akhmetaleyev of the meteorite as it hurtled over the Russian skyStunning: A montage of all the images taken by Marat  Akhmetaleyev of the meteorite as it hurtled over the Russian sky

 

He added: ‘Immediately after that  there was  a series of bombings over the pine forest, a large number of  birds rose up and  flew in all directions.

‘My heartbeat, breathing, and hand tremors  only got worse. The shock was even bigger’.

Mr Akhmetaleyev, who stood there ‘stunned’ for quite some  afterwards, has now released his incredible pictures.

The 100,000-tonne meteorite exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, injuring nearly 1,500 people and causing  widespread property damage in city of Chelyabinsk.

The debris narrowly missed a direct and  devastating hit on the industrial city which has a population of 1.13  million  but spread panic through its streets as the sky above lit up  with a blinding  flash.

Ice hole: The meteor left this 50ft hole in a frozen lake on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk, in the UralsIce hole: The meteor left this 50ft hole in a frozen  lake on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals

 

Disaster: Some of the destruction caused by the meteor which exploded with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombsDisaster: Some of the destruction caused by the meteor  which exploded with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs

Measuring around 55 feet in  diameter, scientists claim it is the  biggest space rock to have hit earth in more than a century.

It created a huge hole in a frozen lake when  it crashed into the ground.

Scientists have found more than 50 tiny  fragments of the meteor, allowing them to uncover information about its  contents.

But local residents have been more interested  in the black market value of the fragments since the dramatic incident, as a  ‘gold mine’ has been kickstarted fior the valuable pieces.

As they search for their own pieces of the  meteor, rocks have already been put on the internet for sale, and police are  warning all purchasers to prepare for possible fraud.

Joke of the Day

washing machineA fresh-faced lad on the eve of his wedding night asks his mother, “Mom, why  are wedding dresses white?”

The mother looks at her son and replies, “Son, this shows the town that your  bride is pure.”

The son thanks his mom, and then seeks his father opinion, “Dad, why are  wedding dresses white?”

The father looks at his son in surprise and says, “Son, all household  appliances come in white.”

To Be or Not To Be…..Offended

Some people go out of their way to be offended by completely innocent things  when no offense was intended.

Case in point involves a Rhode Island woman, Chelley  Martinka, who craved pickles when she was pregnant.  Ten months after  her daughter was born, she was grocery shopping and stopped to look at some  pickles.  The label on one type of pickle caught her attention and she  became overly offended.

The label said:

“Kosher Dill Midgets.”

Why did the pickle label offend her?  Her 10 month old daughter has a  form of dwarfism and she took the label as being insensitive and  offensive.  Martinka  explained:

“Seeing a word that is so hurtful used in such a benign fashion is, it’s hard  for a parent.”

Martinka was so upset that she launched a social media campaign against the  pickle company.  Her efforts have led to the company contacting her and  informing her that they plan on changing the name of the type of pickle to ‘kosher dill mini muncher’ or ‘kosher dill babies.’

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Disaster-Proof Pod

Inventor to test new escape ‘ship’ by going over Niagara falls

 

A British inventor has made a ‘tsunami survival’ capsule, and is to test it by going over Niagara Falls.

Aerospace engineer Julian Sharpe, 50, believes his disaster-proof pod will save people from tidal waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and super storms.

And he is so confident of the life-saving aluminium ball that he will ride it down the world-famous 167ft waterfall.

Survival: Former Boeing engineer Julian Shape has designed a pod which will keep people safe during natural disasters including tsunamis and hurricanes
Former Boeing engineer Julian Shape has designed a pod which will keep people safe during natural disasters including tsunamis and hurricanes

He said: ‘We can tell people how strong it is, but until you’ve proved that it’s saved a life they might not believe you.’

Mr Sharpe claims the sphere will protect him from the massive impact, which will be similar to being rear ended by a car at about 20 mph.

He believes the capsule will keep people safe in natural disasters, such as the tsunamis which hit Thailand and Japan.

In a tsunami the main danger is not drowning in the fast flowing water but being crushed by the debris which is swept along.

He said: ‘Since it’s a sphere, when you do run into something it’s just going to glance off.

‘In most cases, you’re probably going to be a bit lighter than those objects so those objects will just go along their way and kind of move you.’

Drop: Mr Sharpe is to prove how strong the pod is by going over Niagara Falls
 Mr Sharpe is to prove how strong the pod is by going over Niagara Falls

Mr Sharpe was born in Carmarthern, West Wales, but now lives in Seattle in the United States.

The former Boeing engineer has taken his prototypes to the Yokohama Expo in Kanagawa, Japan, and sponsors have commissioned further production.

Now Mr Sharpe and his business partners are hoping to sell different models of the capsule for between $990 and $4950.

Disaster: British search and rescue teams on the ground in Ofunato, Japan, where they were flown in to help search for survivors of the county's biggest earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011
British search and rescue teams on the ground in Ofunato, Japan, where they were flown in to help search for survivors of the county’s biggest earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011

He claims the capsule will keep up to six people safe for several hours while it is buffeted by a Tsunami’s powerful wave.

He said: ‘After the tsunami in Japan, we decided we had to develop it and get it out there for the masses.

‘There are 135 countries worldwide exposed to the tsunami wave.

‘If you can save one life, it would be worth producing it.’

Attribution: James Rush

Al Jazeera Expansion

Witness the evolution, or devolution of America:

Middle East Broadcaster Al Jazeera Launches Major US Expansion

Al Jazeera, the cable news network owned by the government of Qatar, has big  plans for its American operation despite being criticized by the U.S. government
for airing videos from Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. cable news channel, Al  Jazeera America, will be editorially separate from the Doha-based broadcast
center that is also home to Al Jazeera English.

Bob Wheelock, the former  ABC executive in charge of setting it up, believes times have changed and so has
Al Jazeera’s image.

“Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real  estate for Al Jazeera in Washington. I’m sure it wasn’t easy,” he told USA Today. Now, he said, “We’re going to have signage, you
know, just like CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, just like everybody else. We’re  psyched.” Continue Reading

T Shirts Reach Out Grab Your Attention

Don’t worry, they won’t bite! Crazy 3D T-shirt craze starring dogs, cats and  even raccoons look scary real.

The prints on these T-shirts certainly jump out at you.

The eye-catching tops feature extreme  close-up shots of animal faces in 3D.

Fans can adorn their chests with a whole host of creatures’ faces; from docile dogs to snarling bears and even a hairless  cat.

3D: The eye-catching t-shirts feature close-up headshots of animals - including this one of a chocolate labrador
3D: The eye-catching T-shirts feature close-up headshots  of animals – including this one of a chocolate labrador

The designers behind the quirky T-shirts began with dog prints, but branched out to other animals when the 3D shirts caught on. They now everything from military to aliens and in between.

Michael McGloin, from New Hampshire company  The Mountain, said: ‘A light bulb just  went off and I realized this is what we had to do.’

Mr McGloin said the New Hampshire firm’s tops  had become a phenomenon.

‘We needed to be the only player in  the dog  themed T-shirt market. Covering all of the top breeds to start  with and then  eventually moving onto all animals.’

Creepy: The hairless cat on this t-shirt features one of the more menacing glares in the collection
Creepy: The hairless cat on this T-shirt features one of  the more menacing glares in the collection
Cheeky: The whiskered black and white face of a raccoon stares from this 3D t-shirt
 The whiskered black and white face of a raccoon  stares from this 3D T-shirt
Bear-ly dressed: A snarling bear shows off its fangs on the front of this top from the U.S. based t-shirt company
 A snarling bear shows off its fangs on  the front of this top
Quirky: Anyone wearing this 3D walrus t-shirt would be sure to attract a second glance
 Anyone wearing this 3D walrus T-shirt would be  sure to attract a second glance
Cute: The realistic printed shirts, including this one featuring a panda, are designed by New Hampshire firm The Mountain
 The realistic printed shirts, including this one  featuring a panda, are designed by New Hampshire firm, The Mountain
Docile: One of the friendlier looking faces in the t-shirt range; a black and white border collie
 One of the friendlier looking faces in the  T-shirt range; a black and white border collie
Canine clothing: Dogs feature heavily in the t-shirt range, with this beagle print likely to prove popular
Dogs feature heavily in the T-shirt  range, with this Bassett Hound print likely to prove popular

 

Solemn stare: Michael McGloin, from the U.S. firm behind the t-shirts, said the prints had become a phenomenon
Michael McGloin said the prints had become a phenomenon

 

Bird's eye view: One of the popular t-shirts features a close-up of an owl in 3D
 One of the popular T-shirts features a  close-up of an owl in 3D

 

Playful: A cute bichon frise is one of many breeds of dog to adorn one of the 3D tops
An adorable bichon frise is one of many breeds  of dog to adorn one of the 3D tops

 

Curious: This t-shirt is emblazoned with the face of a quizzical looking giraffe in 3D
This T-shirt is emblazoned with the face of a  quizzical looking giraffe in 3D

 

Craze: The nose and paws of this hamster almost appear to protrude from the front of the t-shirt
 The nose and paws of this hamster almost appear  to protrude from the front of the T-shirt

 

Lightbulb moment: The Mountain, which is behind prints including this 3D wasp face, wanted to be the 'only player' in the animal-themed T-shirt market
 The Mountain, which is behind prints  including this 3D wasp face, wanted to be the ‘only player’ in the animal-themed  T-shirt market

 

Ferret-face: The strange tops feature an array of animals from cute and cuddly to more aggressive varieties
The strange tops feature an array of  animals from cute and cuddly to more aggressive varieties

 

Cheeky: A gorilla appears to smile from the front of this T-shirt from The Mountain's new range
A chimp appears to smile from the front of  this T-shirt from The Mountain’s new range

 

Perfect for lazy days: A sloth stares from the front of this 3D top
 A sloth stares from the front of  this 3D top

Attribution: Kerry Mcdermott