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About iainthegreat

I am half way between A and B personality. I shot guns, went camping, play consoles. For meeting people and entertainment, I go to the same bar in River Falls for better or worse.

American women perfer little doggies over babies

The fewer babies Americans give birth to, the more small dogs they seem to buy.

Birth rates in the US have fallen from nearly 70 per 1,000 women in 2007, to under 63 last year—a 10% tumble. American women birthed almost 400,000 fewer little humans in 2013 than they did six years before. The drop-off has come exclusively among 15- to 29-year-olds. This chart, taken from a recent report by the US Department of Health (pdf), does a pretty decent job of showing how much of the growing disinterest in having babies is due to younger women:

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Meanwhile, the ownership of small dogs—that is, pets weighing no more than 20 pounds (9 kilograms)—is doing just the opposite. Americans have been buying more and more small dogs each year since 1999. The population of little canines more than doubled in the US over that period, and is only projected to continue upwards, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor.

“You do not have to go to many pet shows to realize that the numbers of small and tiny dogs are on the increase,” a report by Pets International opened in 2010 (pdf).

And rightly so. The number of small dogs has grown so fast that they are now the most popular kind nationwide.

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It could just be a coincidence that Americans are birthing fewer babies at the same time as they’re buying a lot more little dogs. But there’s pretty good reason to believe it isn’t, Damian Shore, an analyst at market-research firm Euromonitor, told Quartz. “There’s definitely some replacement happening there,” he said.

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One telling sign that the two are not entirely unrelated is that the same age groups that are forgoing motherhood are leading the small dog charge. “Women are not only having fewer children, but are also getting married later. There are more single and unmarried women in their late 20s and early 30s, which also happens to be the demographic that buys the most small dogs,” Shore said.

There’s also evidence people are treating their dogs a bit more like little humans these days. Premium dog food, the most expensive kind, has grown by 170% over the past 15 years, and now accounts for 57% of of the overall dog food market.

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There are now tools to monitor your dog’s fitness, ice cream trucks exclusively for canines, and vacations designed exclusively for dog-having people. “The animals in our homes are family. They’re like children,” David Grimm, the author of the book Citizen Canine, told Wired this week.

Of course, small dog ownership isn’t rising just because people want kid substitutes. Fashion trends aside, small dogs are also emblematic of a national migration to cities, where big dogs are harder to keep. Nearly 80% of Americans live in urban areas. “Smaller homes and apartments are also helping drive the growing popularity of smaller dogs,” Shore said.

But the national trend towards later motherhood is certainly playing its part. And those who treat their pooches and pugs like babies may be on to something. A study last year found that dogs form bonds of dependency with their owners not unlike the ones babies form with their parents.

At the Minnesota State Fair

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I went to Minnesota State Fair 2014, yet the arcade was dead and non-existent. Everybody missed the arcade; whereby, there were sadder people at the fair. Either that or they spent too much money on entertainment (videogames). I heard Daft Punk homework somewhere at the fair. I bought two videogames Diablo III Ultimate Edition (with REaper of Souls) for PS4 and Tales of Xilla 2 for PS3. I had Diablo III for PS3 which was wonderful and Diablo III / Reaper of Souls for PC.

Milk drunk

Milk drunk ~ past the Milk DWI limit While in high school, I asked a black student there why he couldn’t drink milk and he called me racist. I just knew I could drink milk and everybody else I thought I knew could. That’s the 40% left. The reasons why Africa has stunted growth in brain development and in height; whereby, they cannot catch up. It’s not normal. Somewhat less than 40% of people in the world retain the ability to digest lactose after childhood. The numbers are often given as close to 0% of Native Americans, 5% of Asians, 25% of African and Caribbean peoples, 50% of Mediterranean peoples and 90% of northern Europeans. Sweden has one of the world’s highest percentages of lactase tolerant people.

Bought Google Glass today

Bought some google glass today.  It cost me over $1000 dollars.  Google Glass comes with Android 4.4.2.

ntroductory price Explorer version: $1,500 USD
Consumer edition: “close to the average smartphone”[3]
Operating system Android[4] (4.4.2[5])
Power Lithium Polymer battery (2.1 Wh)[6]
CPU OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core[6]
Memory 1GB RAM (682MB available to developers)
Storage 16 GB Flash total[6] (12 GB of usable memory)[7]
Display Prism projector, 640×360 pixels (equivalent of a 25 in/64 cm screen from 8 ft/2.4 m away[7])
Sound Bone conduction transducer[7]
Input Voice command through microphone,[7] accelerometer,[7] gyroscope,[7] magnetometer,[7] ambient light sensor, proximity sensor
Controller input Touchpad, MyGlass phone app
Camera Photos – 5 MP, videos – 720p[7]
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g,[7] Bluetooth,[7] micro USB
Dimensions 22×21″
Weight 50g
Backward
compatibility
Any Bluetooth-capable phone; MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher or any iOS 7.0 or higher [7]

Barnes and Noble deserves going bankrupt

Barnes and Noble says that American companies bringing anime to Region 1 are imports and charge 300% over the online price for Sailor Moon.  Barnes and Noble is unbelievably retarded. I’ll get a pre-paid credit card and do it myself and save 300%. The overhead for paper books is 50% added cost and there is a shit load of paper farms in this country. I used to watch this between the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Now Sailor Moon is more popular then Dragon Ball Z for some stupid reason.  Read University students watch it.

I bought this for $50, The bootleg version is worth the fake regret it later discussions online. DVD with 2 MBit video have functioned for over a decade. Good thing I already have all the Sailor Moons except for Sailor Moon Crystal 2014 series.

Tractor pulls scared all the people away

These farmers don’t even use recent tractors in tractor pulls, they use tractors from the 1950s through 1970 especially for tractor pulls around here. (I was going to call them rednecks, but they don’t have Confederate flags LOL :-p)   Farm tractors cost 90,000 to $140,000 the most outdated get to be in the tractor pull.  Otherwise, recent John Deere 7410 tractors from the 1990s in the corn fields. These recent John Deere and New Holland last 20 years minimum. Maybe all the millionaires own the John Deere 9RT tractors so the tractor fanbase died off. My tractor pull videos weren’t popular, only 40 views on the mediocre talent around here.  There isn’t anything that screams watch me at County fairs in this county.

Nobody wants to add a John Deere tractor on Pinterest I mean.

The remaining fanbase is all about speculation of (old school) mid-20th century technology.

Stock side

4500 nono turbo

5500 non turbo

5700 stock truck

7000 non turbo

6200 stock truck

9500 non turbo

8000 Stock diesel truck

10,500 non turbo (super trophy class)

9500 turbo

11,500 Turbo

12,500 trubo (Super trophy Class)

14,000 Turbo

Hot side

5700 light hot farm

5200 econo mod

6200 limited light super stock

6200 improved stock truck

6000 light mods

5500 econo mod

6200 light hot farm

6200 light mod

6500 light super stock

6500 light open (Glenwood City only)

6200 Street Mod Truck

6500 limited mod

6200 pro stock truck

7500 open mod

7500 light open (Glenwood Only)

8000 open diesel trucks

9500 limited pro stock

10,500 pro farm

9300 super farm

11,000 improved stock

10,000 pro stock

11,000 pro farm

11,500 improved stock

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Most advanced tractor in the county right now ^

Democratic Party

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FL8GycfB2E

Are you guys revolutionaries? Reply · 2 View all 5 replies Keri Rautenkranz 1 month ago Hi Dmitri. Breaking relations with the the Democratic party at this point would severely limit our ability to promote Socialism. As Lenin pointed out, by refusing to work within even the most reactionary parliaments, governments, unions or other organizations, we would be dooming ourselves to failure. As it stands, in this most reactionary country, the Democrats completely deny any association with us, which would be political suicide for them. Nevertheless, we pursue our goals, often through them. Reply · Keri Rautenkranz 1 month ago +Dimitri Petrenko The last time I heard, we had bottomed out at around 3,000 members. That was a while ago, and we have been in a growth phase for some time now, so it’s higher, though I don’t know how much. Our responsibility, as well as our intent is to help shape the coming necessary revolutionary changes. Many new and newer comrades, including myself, are studying a great deal. Fortunately, we have much of our national library intact and we run classes and study groups frequently. From the way we got along at our convention, I feel that we are on the right track and should accomplish much.