Tuesday, February 21, 2017

how to win the lottery

it is possible to guarantee a jackpot-winning lottery ticket. here's how:

at the time of this writing, the odds of winning the powerball jackpot are roughly 1 in 292,201,338 (that’s right – almost the entire population of the u.s.). tickets cost us$2 each. therefore, to purchase every possible number combination, you must spend at least us$584,402,676. assuming that you will immediately lose roughly half of your winnings to taxes, it is necessary for the jackpot to be more than us$1,685,805,352 before you might make a dime. (so, for example, if the prize is us$1,685,806,352, you might take home as much as us$500.)

the odds of winning the megamillions jackpot at the time of this writing are roughly 1 in 259,000,000. tickets cost us$1. therefore, to purchase every possible number combination, you must spend at least us$259,000,000. since you will lose roughly half of your winnings to taxes, it is necessary for the jackpot to be more than us$520,000,000 before you might make any money. (once again, the actual prize amount less your ‘investment’ and taxes determines your likely net.)

discouraged? it gets worse: the folks who run the lotteries rig the games in their favor by increasing the odds against you by tens of millions at least once each year. every state that jumps aboard the lottery train jacks those odds, too.

so - unless you already have enough money that you don’t have any reason to play – buying a lottery ticket has the same result as setting your money on fire.

Friday, February 17, 2017

drug testing welfare recipients

some states in the u.s. have instituted mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients, presumably to cut down on the amount that the states spend by removing drug abusers from the welfare rolls. the average percentage of drug users in the u.s. is 9.4% at the time of this writing. of the states that have tried testing welfare recipients, here are how many tested positive, along with how much it cost per test in each state:

· arizona – 3 out of 142,424 (0.0021%) – cost to test each applicant: $26.27
· florida – 108 out of 4,086 (2.6432%) – cost to test each applicant: $28.91
· kansas – 11 out of 2,783 (0.3953%) – cost to test each applicant: $615.38
· mississippi: 2 out of 3,656 (0.0547%) – cost to test each applicant: $43.00
· missouri – 48 out of 38,970 (0.1232%) – cost to test each applicant: $8.63
· oklahoma – 297 out of 3,342 (8.8900%) – cost to test each applicant: $55.42
· tennessee – 37 out of 16,017 (0.2310%) – cost to test each applicant: $18.98
· utah – 29 out of 9,552 (0.3036%) – cost to test each applicant: $6.70

if you’re thinking that it actually cost the states more to test the welfare recipients than they saved – a lot more – you are correct. (if you think that testing contractors are making a killing in a couple of these states, you're right about that, too. and why is oklahoma so far out of the loop, yet still below the national average?)

a federal judge ruled that drug testing welfare recipients was a violation of the 4th amendment, but it keeps coming up.

Friday, February 10, 2017

in a study that reviewed 13,950 peer-reviewed climate articles that were published between 1991 and 2012 by 33,690 authors, it was found that only 24 rejected global climate change or that global climate change is being caused by humans.

in other words, 999 out of 1,000 published, peer-reviewed climatologists agree that climate change is happening and is caused by humans.

Friday, February 3, 2017

the u.s. geological survey has been measuring glaciers for more than 50 years, and estimates that alaska is losing 75 billion tons of ice each year due to climate change.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

abortion rates

legislation that seeks to limit abortions and defund planned parenthood is not really about abortion. thanks to easy access to contraceptives and effective (non-abstinence based) sex education, abortion is going away all on its own, and has been for more than 30 years.

these laws are about men exerting control over women, period.

Sunday, November 20, 2016


if you stand against the president-elect and what he represents, vote with your wallet. here is a list of retailers that sell trump products.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

our new first lady

tell your daughters - they, too, can grow up to be porn models who immigrate to another country and marry pompous con men who believe that women are property.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

a suggested new definition...

... for the following word - 'trump' (noun): to take credit but not responsibility.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“we all know that human activities are changing the atmosphere in unexpected and in unprecedented ways.” (u.s. president george h.w. bush)

cashing in on climate change denial

senators who voted against an amendment that stated human beings are in large part a cause of climate change collected an average of us$467,000 from oil and coal industry groups. details after the jump.

more interesting reading: a computer study of more than 39 million words on the denial side of human-caused climate change found that the bulk of it was funded by exxonmobil and the koch foundation or front organizations associated with those groups.