George Rucker Newsletter for May 10, 2016

Here we are again,

Where is the wettest spot  on Earth?   (and it's not the Amazon!)
Mawsynram, India...In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year,  and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest!

Where is the driest spot on Earth?   (It's not the Sahara!)
The Atacama Desert...The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest.  This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.

What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?
Yuma, Arizona...In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day.
The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.

Where is the most expensive city to live in?    (It's not in the U.S. thankfully)
Singapore...This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014.  Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK  (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there)

Where is the least expensive city to live in?
Mumbai, India...At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014.  For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai.  A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.

What country consumes the most food per capita?
The overweight United States...We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each.
Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.

Where is the world's oldest city?
Damascus...There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city.  However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.

Which is the youngest country in the world?
South Sudan...The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world to-date.

Which is the world's most visited city?
London...After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city (according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index).  The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually, generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.

What is the world's least popular country?
Iran...On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years.  Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.

Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?
San Pedro, Honduras...This city averages over three murders a day.  The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.

Which country consumes the most caffeine in the world?
Sweden...The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue.  The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.)

Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol?
Belarus...In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year.   That's a lot of booze.

Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?
The Netherlands...By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen, in the Netherlands.  About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily,  making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists.  However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.

Where is the world's most energy efficient city?
Reykjavik, Iceland...All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland  come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world.  This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.

Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?
Monaco...According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years.
Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.

Which country has the shortest life expectancy?
On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years.  The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas
women live a little longer, an average of 48 years.  Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.

What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of their living conditions?
Nigeria...By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers,
one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.

Which city has the highest average IQ?
Hong Kong...There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used.  As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, at an average of 107 points per person.  *However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China,
yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government.  So these results are questionable.

Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use?
Seoul, South Korea...Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection.  Seoul, Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, (including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, Seoul, South Korea is the champion of internet-connectedness.  With 10,000 government supported free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise.

Wasn't that interesting?  I'll bet you learned something new,  I know I did!

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The main difference between kosher salt and sea salt is size: Kosher is less processed and therefore has bigger crystals. For a wicked flavor in your meats, use sea salt because the large crystals improve texture and taste. However, for most cases, kosher salt works best because it’s flakier than table salt, which makes it easier to control. Plus, it’s much cheaper than sea salt.

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Peanut butter cookies (very easy)

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg

directions:

mix together, drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet, press fork across cookie

Bake 325 for 20 minutes exactly.
Amazing.

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A young cowboy, sitting in a saloon one Saturday night, recognized an elderly man standing at the bar who, in his day, had been the fastest gun in the West.
The cowboy walked over to the old-timer, bought him a drink and told him of his great ambition to be a great gunfighter.

"Could you give me some tips?" he asked.

The old man said, "Well, for one thing, you're wearing your gun too high -- tie the holster a little lower down on your leg."

"Will that make me a better gunfighter?"

"Sure will."

The young man did as he was told, then stood up, whipped out his .44, and shot the bow tie off the piano player.

"That's terrific!" exclaimed the cowboy. "Got any more tips?"

"Yep," said the old man. "Cut a notch out of your holster where the hammer hits it -- that'll give you a smoother draw."

"Will that make me a better gunfighter?" asked the young man.
"You bet it will," said the old-timer.

The young man took out his knife, cut the notch, stood up, drew his gun in a blur, and then shot a cuff link off the piano player. "Wow!" said the cowboy excitedly, "I'm learnin' somethin' here. Got any more tips?"

The old man pointed to a large can in a corner of the saloon. "See that can of axle grease over there? Coat your gun with it."

The young man smeared some of the grease on the barrel of his gun. "No," said the old-timer, "I mean smear it all over the gun, the handle, and all."

"Will that make me a better gunfighter?" asked the puzzled young man.

"No," said the old-timer, "but when Wyatt Earp gets done playing the piano, he's gonna shove that gun up your ass, and it won't hurt near as much."

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This is worth sending around again.

This is so simple and straight forward, wouldn’t it be nice if someone would make it happen??????

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the Texas coast today.

This placed the Navy in an awkward position as the boat was not heading to the USA, but towards Mexico and Central America.

Another surprise finding was the people were white American retirement age seniors.  Their claim was that they were trying to get to Central America or Southern Mexico as they wanted to return to the US as illegal immigrants.  Then they would be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American retirees.

It is believed the Navy gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey.

We are booking on the next boat out.  Let me know if you want to join us.
I like the list of 13 things that I as a citizen want (Demand).

This is why Trump is zooming ahead. He is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about.  My mantra about Trump is this:  We are usually in agreement with most of what he says but wish someone else was saying it. We are getting older and our tickers aren't what they used to be...so here is Our Special Bucket List for 2015,16... thru 2020.

HERE IS WHAT WE WANT.

1.  Hillary: in prison!
2. Put "GOD" back in America!!!
3. Borders: Closed!
4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else .
5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
6. Language: English only!
7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!
9. Freebies:  NONE to Non-Citizens!
10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
12. Fix the TAX CODE!

And most of all.

13. "RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!" or leave.

We the people are coming!     Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%.

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If I had Bernie’s email I would send this to him.

Denmark’s population is 5.33 million people.
Denmark is one of Bernie’s economic models

In Denmark you get a free education.  You don’t have to pay for the doctor or the hospital, and students even get paid to learn.  It all sounds great...right?  However Nothing is ever free... The minimum income tax in Denmark is 40%.

They also have a sales tax or value added tax of 25%, and on top of that the Government applies duties and fees.  A gallon of gasoline is about $10.  Tax on a car is 180%, meaning that a car that sells for about $20,000 in the United States (Honda Accord) to an astounding $40,000 in Denmark.

Denmark is the highest-taxed Nation in the World - taxed an average 80% on every dollar earned.  Danes have the highest personal debt in the World.  Few will ever own a car or a house.  Anyone who makes over $80,000 annually pays a personal tax of 68%.  This means that the people with higher earning have either found ways to evade the tax or have left the country, taking their companies with them.

(While trying to verify some of this information I found some information rather interesting and one of them is that in 1992 the population was over 6 million.  They have had an exodus of almost 1 million people during the past 24 years.  They have lost 18% or so of their population.  I take it there are those that do not want all that free stuff.)

Denmark’s suicide rate for the past five decades has averaged 20.8 per 100,000 people, with a highest rate of 32.  The American suicide rate has averaged 11.1 during the last five decades and has never exceeded 12.7.  More than 11% of adult Danes - supposedly the happiest people in the World - are on antidepressants.  Everyone wants the American dream.  In Denmark’s neo communism economy, no one will ever own or accomplish anything.

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One day a man was waking along the beach when he tripped over a lamp. He turned around and kicked the lamp out of anger. A few seconds later, a genie popped out of the lamp.

Reluctantly, the genie said, "Even though you kicked me, I still have to give you three wishes. However, because of what you did, I will also give twice what you wish for to the person you hate the most: your boss."

So the man agreed and made his first wish. "I want lots of money", he said. Instantly 22 million dollars appeared in the man's bank account and 44 million appeared in his boss' account.

For his second wish, the man wished for a couple of sports cars. Instantly a Lambergini, Ferrari and Porsche appeared. At the same time two of each car appeared outside of his boss' house.

Finally the genie said, "This is your last wish, you should choose carefully," and to this the man replied, "I've always wanted to donate a kidney..."

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A jockey is about to enter an race on a new horse. The horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, "All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, 'ALLLLEEE OOOP!' really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do that, you'll be fine."

The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers "Aleeee ooop" in the horse's ear. The same thing happens - the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, "It's no good, I'll have to do it," and yells, "ALLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, "Nothing is wrong with me - it's this bloody horse. What is he - deaf or something?"

The trainer replies, "Deaf? Deaf?! He's not deaf. He's blind!"

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Joke: Late one night a man is driving down the road, speeding quite a bit. A cop notices how fast he is going and pulls him over. The cop says to the man, "Are you aware of how fast you were going?"
The man replies, "Yes I am. I'm trying to escape a robbery I got involved in."
The cop gives him a skeptical look and says, "Were you the one being robbed?"
The man casually replies, "No, I committed the robbery."
The cop looks shocked that the man admitted this. "So you're telling me you were speeding...AND committed a robbery?"
"Yes," the man calmly says. "I have the loot in the back."
The cop begins to get angry. "Sir, I'm afraid you have to come with me." The cop reaches in the window to subdue the man.
"Don't do that!" the man yells fearfully. "I'm scared you will find the gun in my glove compartment!" The cop pulls his hand out. "Wait here," he says.
The cop calls for backup. Soon cops, cars, and helicopters are flooding the area. The man is cuffed quickly and taken towards a car. However, before he gets in, a cop walks up to him and says, while gesturing to the cop that pulled him over, "Sir, this officer informed us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we found none of these things in your car."
The man replies, "Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!"

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Some will not understand this joke, but I found it funny.

Two chemists walk into a bar. The first one says to the manager, "I'll have some H20." The second one says, "I'll have some H20, too." The seconds chemist dies.

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Anti-Trump groups and campaigns spent $75.7 million on 64,000 negative ads against Donald Trump this election cycle. And that’s just broadcast television. Millions more were spent on cable and satellite television ads.  Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $5.2 million on ads with anti-Trump messages, the most of any presidential candidate on either side of the aisle.  If she is so sure she will beat him, why bother?  She is having enough of a problem trying to beat Bernie so she should not waste other people’s donated money.

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I am not sure if anyone ever had a business taken over with a hostile takeover.  I had a friend in Texas once lose a local newspaper with a hostile takeover.  He had put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the paper.  He was devastated and I felt bad for him. At the time I was in the service going to school at Goodfellow AFB and as soon as my class finished (6 months) I was off to San Antonio or the Philippines, I don’t remember which.  I could only give him some sympathy and have never seen him since.

I do believe we have just witnessed a hostile takeover of the Republican party.  The focus of the party might no longer be the voice of conservatives but become more populist in general.  I honestly the party has been losing the general elections by keeping to the straight and narrow conservative road they were on.  Of late they have been fighting within themselves and the government has become stagnate This election might strengthen the party in general and teach them a thing or two.

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Easy Chicken Fajita Soup

"This soup is simply made, with chicken, peppers, onions, and tomatoes in a delicious seasoned broth. Serve the soup as is or top with tortilla chips."

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
    1 (1.27 ounce) packet fajita seasoning
    1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
    1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
    1 poblano pepper, cut into thin strips
    1 large onion, cut into thin strips
    1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    1 (15 ounce) can seasoned black beans
    1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
    1 dash hot sauce
    salt and pepper to taste

Directions

    Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Place chicken in the hot oil; cook, stirring only occasionally, until brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle fajita seasoning over the browned chicken and stir well to coat. Add the red and green bell pepper, poblano pepper, and onion to the seasoned chicken. Stir and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
    Pour the fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, and chicken broth into the pot with the chicken and vegetables. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Season the soup with hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste before serving.

Note: I purchased the chicken breast already cooked with grill marks and sliced.  Then threw everything into a crock pot.  It was spicy so the next time I will omit the hot sauce (plus I used three dashes) It was very good but too hot for Patty.

Sorry recipe did not make it for Cinco De Mayo.

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