Monday, December 31, 2012
Instead, social security has always been a pay-as-you-go system. In the first years, there were some 50 people working and paying in, for every retiree who was drawing benefits. Where the system began to have problems came about as life expectancies became longer and longer, resulting in far more retirees drawing benefits for far longer. Thus now we have the situation where there are less than two workers paying in for every retiree pulling out. And the two workers are supposed to be able to carry the one worker? Hardly possible, is it?
The young people today may not understand what a Ponzi scheme is, how it works, how to set one up. But all the ones I talk with are at least cognizant that its highly unlikely that they will ever be able to draw any social security when they get old. To a man they have the expectation that one way or another the system will collapse by then or at least, Congress will find ways to deny them any payments.
and here is the rub with the current unemployment issue today. While it may be true that employers do not want to offer the minimum wage plues the employer social security tax plus the employer health insurance benefit required by Obama's new law plus the unemployment insurance payment plus the workers' compensation benefit....all told that's a whole lotta money. But it is equally true that the kids do not want to work for it. They are more or less on strike. Many of them will mow lawns, shovel snow, babysit, or what have you for cash. but they are not about to do what's required for a salaried job. Not when they know that a third to a half of what they are earning is going into other people's hands and they don't expect to ever see it.
In effect, the young people are on strike. I wonder if any of the old people, who have been systematically robbing the young, for several generations now, are listening? Because with nobody working, the net wealth of the country as a whole is in decline. It affects everybody. With so many pikers, who wants to work?
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Baron Acton's famous quote, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." has actually been said over and over again. Not that anyone ever learns.
The problem, as I see it, is that once control is tasted, individuals tend to begin to believe in themselves as actually being superior or better in some way or other than the people they are controlling and impacting. This belief seeps into their thinking, slowly and insidiously, gradually taking over in every process of their living, until even their own excrement smells to them like perfume. The finest expression of the problem is the observation that people of authority regress to earlier and earlier stages of childhood to where they forget or never learn how to admit to mistakes or errors, how to apologize, how to regret, and thus, how to fix or improve anything. Thus empowered, every organization, no matter how powerful and righteous its origins, reaches some kind of zenith and then, first faltering ever-so-slightly in the breeze, stalls, luffs, and turns slowly downward until, too late, it finds itself hurtling towards the earth, tracing over and over again Icarus' fateful journey and bringing all mankind, again, to the depths of depravity and destruction.
Enjoy the ride, folks, because the end of this one, globalization and worldwide central planning and trade, is a doozy.
Monday, December 17, 2012
anyway, this "psychological thriller" makes the point, several times, and with, um, emphasis, that a person, any person, is not the same as who he was a minute ago, before such-and-such traumatic event occurred.
I was just thinking, again, about the mental health industry in the US, psychiatry and counselors and all those poisonous substances that they call medicines, and all the hypocrisy. What a stupendous dismal failure they have perpetrated upon us ... not to mention how expensive it has been. Sandy Hook. sigh ....
anyway, its really a very simple formula. Any person, crazy or not, or whatever, you can add to his experiences, his wisdom, his understanding. Its just that no one can take away from him, not anything, not any of his experiences and memories, not really. What can be done is to add to them. Even, at least in my experience, that's all that God does for people either. There's no real such thing as rebirth, a clean slate, starting over. You can always add but you can never subtract......
Friday, December 14, 2012
I just looked at about a dozen stock charts, one or two year, picked almost at random. Soncor Oil. SLV silver bullion fund. ECA Encana. IBM. Weyerhauser paper, for goodness sake. JPM, we all know who they are, right?
... and you know what? Every single one is exhibiting very similar behavior.... long, strong bullish trends, punctuated with "cliffs", in other words horrendous, breath-taking drops, the kind where for nearly everyone, your throat becomes indecently acquainted with the pit of your stomach.
How the heck can anyone make money in this market or even stay in it "for the long run"? Unless, of course, you happen to be situated somewhere along the news flow just ahead of the rest of the markets, enough ahead so that you can take a small, levered short position just before the headline comes out, whatever it might be.....
I'm just asking .... anyone got any ideas?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
I do not know her name and I have no way of verifying the report for myself. However, it is so consistent with the de facto goals of our present society, that I find it eminently believable. First of all, this removes the woman from ever being counted among the "unemployed" so they succeed in reducing that statistic. Second, it puts money in her hand which will be spent, increasing the gross national product and creating jobs. Third, the source of the funds has to be a net increase in the annual federal deficit and added on to the federal debt, which, in turn, is increasingly "monetized" by the federal reserve. In other words, the payments to her will not ever increase anyone's taxes, instead, the money simply will be printed and then spent. Finally, since the woman can't, by law, work, and won't have enough money to pay rent on any place for herself to live, she will have to live with other people, and since she has so much time on her hands it can be pretty well predicted that she will spend a good portion of that time doing sex and drugs, which will undoubtedly make more babies to feed and more hospital and perhaps prison requirements, which will make for even more jobs and stimulus for the economy.
Folks, don't fool yourselves. No one can make an honest living in this country anymore. The government wants everyone, from Jon Corzine on down, to work a scam, if he wants to survive and prosper. The very best ones are legal.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Jesus did his best to overthrow all the rules and regulations and petty mores and manners which had grown up among his people and were so sanctified and holified by the levites and pharisees of his day. Hde wished for all of us to pay attention to God's world, His reality, not our own make-believe constructs. But tragically, Paul came along and gave the people a whole new set of rules and regulations which they dutifully went about setting into stone and shackling and burdoning themselves once more .... Paul, who hated women and did not care too much more for men, who never laughed a day in his life.
In this day and time, the very most heinous sin which any man and woman can commit, is to bring a child, a new life, into this world. It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention to this world now, and what God is saying now, why this is so. It makes no difference whatever whether the government involved has "sanctified" the union between the man and the woman, it makes zero difference if they ever see each other again. the sin is in adding to the overpopulation, the Malthusian crisis which we have brought about with our holier-than-thou belief that reproduction is a human "right" and that we must save the children no matter what, all of them. the bottom line is that every time a new baby is born, the whole system groans and squeezes to make room for one more mouth to feed, when too many are already going hungry. The whole system cranks and creaks on the energy sector to produce more fossil fuels to use for fertilizer, plowing, harrowing, seeding, insecticides, weeding, harvesting, packaging, and bringing to the market.
If people do not willingly stop making babies, then there will be bloodshed. A lot. That's God';s way of doing things. You'd think we would have learned that by now.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I'm writing in rebuttal to all the horror stories on you tube and in other media. The western white-perpetrated propaganda protrays this procedure as being close to butchery, extremely dangerous and with the sole purpose of preventing pleasure for the women. Usually there are images of rusty knives, screaming young girls, and old veiled women who must be frustrated spinsters overcompensating for their own lack of sensuality. There's always horror-movie music playing in the background as well, like for Psycho or Jaws or something.
Well, I have (ahem) had up close and personal knowledge of more than one set of female genitalia which had been altered in this fashion. I am just here to report to you that in my experience, the lowliest Ethiopian woman is vastly more beautiful, hotter, sexier, more playful, more seductive, wetter, and just all-around so much sexier than the most polished white woman that I have ever encountered. I have asked them about the operation and none of them felt like it had been a big deal. But having their clitoris exposed, not hooded, opens up all kinds of new sensuality for them. Quite the contrary from the media portrayal, if anything the operation makes them even more desirable, not less. As always the chief component is attitude, not physical equipment. In that department, they know how to have fun. Admit it. Americans are typically miserable.
Always "going through". Always "stressed". Always complaining about the way other people treat them or the things they don't have.
As a final comment, I'd just like to recommend to anyone who might be troubled by the horror stories mentioned above, see if you can pigeon hole an old Ethiopian man sometime and ask him what he thinks about American men having to using Viagra. Chances are, the laughter will last him for days .....
Friday, November 9, 2012
I dreamed that I was in some kind of nuthouse. Vaguely it was a government institution.
Some of the inhabitants were naked. Ugly, grossly-distorted genitals, like something Dali might paint. Exaggerated, lewd glances. Others were hiding books in their diapers. A few of them had private rooms, places where they could hide things or themselves, but as I looked around I realized that I certainly had no such privilege.
Finally, I woke up. Only to find that I am still here .....
Monday, October 22, 2012
Just a couple of words for you. All you who have guns ... have simply never understood the first thing about human nature. Granted, its gonna be a bit squirrly when things first fall apart. But a gun only does one thing, really .... it acts as a magnet for a bigger gun. He who lives by the gun will die by the gun. Not my choice.
Noodles and rice. Lts and lots. Gonna be a fair number of folk who die of scurvy. Ugly way to go, mates. Worse than the gun, even.
Fishing down by the river. Sure. Read up on cholera, while the internet still works. By the way, you better have a permanent source of water. Not the river.
I was out today adding to my supplies. I know some of you are damn well stocked. But I'm sure there aren't too many of you who've got tampons.
This is gonna be so much fuuuuuuunnnnnnnn.............
Friday, October 19, 2012
When, years ago, Apple's stock trajectory began to resemble the take-off of an ICBM, the second part of the journey was already inherent to many people, it was only a matter of time.
This quarter, not only Apple but Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and now Google have all taken tremendous hits. I must say I don't know of any instance where a whole sector collapsed again like this when the previous collapse was still lingering in peoples' memories.
But it occurs to me that, aside from the budding industries of "personal trainer", dietician, massage technician, and call girl, this was the last bastion of US superiority and economic power and prestige ....
It is only a matter of time now before we hear urgent pleas for the government to bail out Apple.
Look out below.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The (still, though perhaps not too much longer) majority of US residents call themselves "Caucasians" or even "Aryans". The state of the educational system inn the culture is in such a shambles that the great majority of them have never even heard of the Caucasian Mountains and couldn't find them on a globe if their lives depended on it.
Even fewer of them recognize the roots of their own supposed core philosophies/theologies. While the name "Zoroaster" or more commonly, "Zarathustra" may evoke faint recognition, there can't be more than one american in a thousand who can state that it was he who definitively first introduced the dichotomy of "good and evil" into man's thinking (the proverbial bite of apple). Fewer still recognize that his life predated the captivity within Babylon whereupon most of the Old Testament was first written down.
From his day forward, the history of mankind became the struggle between those who believe that life is a struggle between good and evil, and those who don't.
(Needless to say, those who ascribe to the first party have been "winning", up until recently. They have labelled all those who don't to be "savages", aborigines", and other such debasing terms, they have enslaved them, massacred them, or simply overrun their homelands and taken everything away from them that they need for survival. It goes without saying that every person who believes that life is a struggle between good and evil believes himself to be aligned with the forces of good,no matter his actual impact upon the world. Hitler believed that.Joseph Stalin believed that. Jesus believed that. Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, et al believe that.)
The very core beliefs which US residents hold to be so dear, the "moral values", their fundamental compass, all of those ideas happened to originate with the ancient Persian people. According to ancient recordkeeping, the very first bankers in the world, loaning money at interest in return for collateral such as slaves and land were Jews in captivity in the city of Babylon, thriving in the Persian Empire. The first astronomers, the first mathematicians came from the same "golden age", discovering the paramount utility of the number zero and the theorem of squares later falsely claimed by Pythagoras.
In governments, the concept of "Freedom of Religion" which some supposed was invented by Thomas Jefferson, actually was first put into practice by Cyrus the Great and first applied in allowing the remnant to return to Israel and even giving them the funds to rebuild their temple. Cyrus also generated the theory of annexation and full rights; his system of satraps and satrapies was the model for Roman and later US annexation and empire-building, wherein each new conquest came under the same rights, privileges and taxes as all the older ones.
The label "Pharisee" is perhaps much more familiar to the majority who label themselves "Christian" Whether or not any of them obey their own rules and laws is immaterial, they simply believe that they have the right to persecute others for failing to do so but can do whatever they choose themselves with impunity because God forgives them. But though so many know the word, so very few understand where it came from ... for the rules and laws of the Pentateuch were encoded by Ezra into the governing "laws of the government" in the language of the Persians which is still today known as and pronounced with an "f" instead of a "p", i.e. "Farsi" or "Pharisee".... and while Jesus belittled their importance, the tradition has only gained more and more favor and impact since then.
now that we have reached and passed "peak oil", though there are still a fair number of folk in denial, now that virtually all of our ruling, intellectual class recognizes that along with it "peak civilization", "Peak technology", "Peak science", and of course "Peak Population" have come and gone, now that the collective knowledge of the body of citizens of the supposed world superpower is hurtling towards idiocy, the said government of the said dominant world economic and military power is marching relentlessly towards war, towards devastation and destruction, with its very own cultural and philosophic and, yes, moral, beginnings... the City of Rage, now called Tehran, nestled in the foothills of the Caucasian Mountains ....
from a distance, its pretty funny .....pretty damn funny ....
Thursday, October 11, 2012
As a preamble, I just finished reading "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. The gorilla was spot-on. My ideas may sound unfamiliar to you but I'm certainly not the only one to understand the world this way.
The fundamental problem with the Christian religion ( among other, related philosophies and social systems) was Paul. Jesus set a wonderful example for us all and I suppose he never expected that Paul would come around and fuck everything up the way he did.
Its not that he said anything wrong. I am not even uncomfortable with his male-superiority bias. Paul shared some great understandings ... of Jesus' message, of the way things are in this world, of God's purpose for all of us. The problem is, in their heart-of-hearts, most people on earth were already born with those understandings. Paul's entire error was in setting himself up as an authority. As declaring himself the boss.
As implying that everyone else is inferior and cannot and does not already commune with God directly. Really, that whole episode with the blindness and everything, he never changed his fundamental message (of persecuting those who love), the only thing he did was to change his clothes.
Last week the church mens' group met at the local all-night restaurant. We all had a great time together, catching up on news, gossip, and sundry developments, laughing and joking. Then we all took a time out while pastor delivered his obligatory pompous, dictatorial lesson and all the men fidgeted and squirmed in their seats while letting his message pass in one ear and out the other. When he finally shut up, then all of us went back to joking and playing and we all split up with the feeling of a great evening well spent.
The whole Christian fellowship adopted the model of Paul as teacher, as authority, as judge. But God never intended for any man ever, ever to judge any other, and Jesus even said so and it was written down as such. God never intended for any of us to ever have judges or managers or popes or ministers or governors or presidents or executioners. Most of all God never intended for fathers to beat their children and force them to serve the parent. He meant for quite the opposite, for the parents to serve the children, because the children represent the future.
Now, because everything that everybody practices down here is inside-out, mankind is approaching self-annihilation. At least, civilization is just about to become completely undone. As Ishmael would have put it, we are all about to spit out that bit of apple which gave us all the unfortunate fallacy that we could all be judges of others, that we know what only God can really know, which is what is evil and what is good, and therefore we can mete justice upon others. Financially and economically, all the old people with their stocks and bonds, their pensions, their social security and medicare, have raped and robbed all the young people of all of their future, and the best times in the history of mankind, of science, technology, and economic advancement, are now behind us .Soon, those who survive will be able to go back to the search for (the tree of) life, the riotous abundance, the crazy diversity, the nutty screaming grieving shouting laughing insanity that God made us to be a part of in the first place.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I have been reading a book entitled "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn ....its a cute premise encapsulating dynamite conclusions. He basically divides the entire philosophy/religion/metaphysics debate into two camps, the leavers and the takers (shades of Ayn Rand??????) and he makes a damn good case that the takers are hurtling towards self-destruction. It gets deep, he identifies Cain, the one who adopted agriculture and hence, a stable residence, as the first taker and Able, the hunter/gatherer, as the first leaver, and the mark of Cain is that of white skin ..... something I have thought privately myself but never dared to say to anyone .... it was published in 1992....
You don't have to agree with everything he says but you really ought to entertain his line of thinking ....
Yesterday I was looking at all the babies and very pregnant women attending our local town fair, yesterday, and silently wondering to myself what odds I would give that any of them reach adulthood. Maybe on in ten. Maybe ....but I doubt it .....
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Bulletin: Washington, D.C.
Interroristigators revealed today that, contrary to public opinion, the FBI under Eric Holder has not repeat not instituted a new "fast and furious" policy to distribute the handguns (pictured below) for all upstanding, patridiotic americans desiring to do their duty to the nearest muslim (or wife, child, or postal worker) that they can find.
too bad ....
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NOW! FOR A LIMITED TIME!
These marvelous machines are being made available to the public, in limited quantity for only a certain amount of time. Much in demand, these ingenious little devices will provide hours and hours of entertainment while they afford you a sense of usefulness and service to mankind unlike anything else you are currently doing with your life. Merely hold one of these in your hand, and you will find yourself helplessly attracted to the challenge of turning this little crank and watching the wooden slides go back and forth in their track, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.... this is exactly what government workers, in positions of high authority, do all day! And now, you can do it too!
Yes, its true. The dedica5ted craftsmen at John's Wood are making just a few of these carefully-created, maple and black walnut devices available to the public. Moreover, you pay nothing to buy one, all you have to do is to cover a small job application fee to make sure that you can qualify to own and operate one.
Act now! Call right away and we will rush you your application form. Operators are standing by!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Yesterday, or maybe Friday, I read an article in the financial news on the internet about the new CEO of J.C. Pennies and the changes he was bringing about. The article noted that the striking thing about the stores these days is that there are pitifully few customers. The author was trying to make the case that the new CEO was primarily to blame for this.
Then, yesterday morning the government report on July retail sales came out. First the headline number was an "unexpected" 0.8% gain (after readjusting the previous months number by 0.2% downward, this is getting to be so tedious and repetitious that I won't even go into it, many others already have.)
Zero Hedge had this to say about the report:
The July retail sales beat came as a surprise to many: an 0.8% increase (full series here) at a time when the data was supposed to grow at less than half this would surely be indicative of a potential turnaround in the US economy. Then we decided to do a quick spot check if maybe the Census Bureau had not adopted one of the BLS' worst habits: fudging seasonal adjustment factors. The reason for this is because we happened to notice that Not Seasonally Adjusted (full series here) retail sales data in July actually declined by 0.9% from $405.8 to $402 billion. Of course, if the Census Bureau was using a consistent, or at least remotely comparable July seasonal adjustment factor as it has in the past, this would make sense and we would move on. So we decided to look at what the July seasonal adjustment variance over the past decade has been. What we found would have shocked us if indeed this is not precisely what we expected: with the July seasonal adjustment factor routinely subtracting a substantial amount from the NSA number, averaging at -$5.2 billion, in 2012, for the first time this decade, the seasonal adjustment not only did not subtract, but in fact added "value" to the NSA number, resulting in a seasonally adjusted number that was $1.9 billion higher than the NSA number at $403.9 billion.(link)
Then, Morgan Stanley had this retort to Zero Hedge (musta hit a sore spot, usually they try to ignore them):
From Morgan Stanley's chief economist, David Greenlaw: There is some crazy analysis on Zero Hedge that seems to be getting some traction because a few clients have asked about it (see their chart below).link
Okay, are you still with me? Because finally, we get this article in the financial news .... Wall Street Prepares for more Layoffs, from CNN
See where I am going? Apparently its not just J.C. Pennies who has no customers. In fact, yesterday evening I sauntered up to my local mall, not to buy anything but just to check things out for myself (since the media are getting to be SO reliable these days ....). J.C.Pennies was about empty. But, so Was Macy's. And Sears. And Borders. I also noticed that the woman in the little hookah shop was fast asleep, while the woman at the cell phone shop was playing games on her phone.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I just finished reading a book about black whalemen. There were quite a few. It was a low paying, hard work, dangerous job but it offered a glimmer of hope, and freedom, and so they took it. The industry made important inroads to ending slavery, to the underground railroad, and to the beginnings of equality.
Now I am reading "A voyage for madmen" about a race held for solo pilots to navigate a sailboat "around the world", in 1968. A reminder of how short people tend especially to fight and scrap, against the pharisees (I bet Jesus was short), against the european kings (Napolean), against the sea. Its an enthralling tale.
The world markets, which have been ugly for some time now, just got uglier, after hours. The latest pets, Apple and Netflix, disappointed and they are selling hard in after hours. Tomorrow will be the worst day on the markets in quite some time.
I have lost quite a bit of money the last few years by selling short while the Federal Reserve prints and spends (and buys emini futures??????) But I've always known it will end badly for them when it ends. Do I need to say that I am still short?
I have struggled and fought against authority all my life.
Here I am now fighting all authority of all mankind.
And tonight, there's just a glimmer of a ray of hope.
I just may win this fight .....
Monday, July 23, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I ran across this video on you tube today....
So there are still people of courage, of vision, of imagination, of compassion, who care about a little bit more than just where their next cigarette or big gulp is coming from ....
When this mess collapses from the weight of its greed, its sloth, its arrogance, from the ashes, people will arise and build greatness again ....
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
If you have not yet caught on to all the debate about "chemtrails", now might not be too late to get up to speed. Google it. Then spend some time on You Tube looking at peoples' videos. As for me, I do not have a concrete opinion about them, I can not verify that they are "different" than contrails, I cannot verify that there are black or silver threads descending upon us or that there is an uncommon amount of alumina in the air or falling into our topsoil. I just do not know.
Further, it would not surprise me at all to learn that our government and "the powers that be" decided that they are so smart that they can tinker successfully with the weather and the climate. This is the primary hypothesis of explanation for the "pro-chemtrail" side of the debate, although there are other explanations, some of them far more nefarious.
However, I do know one thing for sure. God pointed this out to me recently and so far I have not heard of anyone else noticing.
Some time about two or three months ago, the contrails or chemtrails or whatever they are, stopped. Maybe the one that I flew through when returning from Memphis this past spring, was one of the last ones. For weeks now I have been looking, looking, looking up at the sky and not seeing any. Not on clear days or partly cloudy days or any other kind of weather. None.
Not only that, but even more unbelievably, the stinking helicopters seem to have ceased also. Never mind that I live close to the river where some stupid yahoo gets himself drowned at least once a day and all the rescue operations love flying. Never mind that I am within bicycling range of Camp David, perhaps the very center of governmental flying bathtub syndrome. I have not seen any, not one, in this space of time.
For once my rioting imagination is completely stumped. I cannot come up with one scenario which can explain this sudden, unannounced, unnoticed, change in the habits of TPTB. I am totally baffled. (it does not, however, surprise me at all that no one else has noticed or said anything..... common people are so very slow, especially in this society, where too much money and arrogance have made everybody stupid, egocentric and blind ...) The terrible drought which began unfolding across the midsection of our continent might theoretically have something to do with it. Were they trying to reduce global warming or the greenhouse effect and their plans began to backfire and they realized they had better stop? Or, were they trying to make things worse for everybody and create food and water shortages which will, not too far down the road, bring about a massive population reduction, and they realized that they have been totally successful and they can stop now? I don't have the faintest miasma of an idea. If anybody has any theories, concrete or fantastical, I would sure appreciate some comments on this one ....
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sometime in the spring, a community of hornets took up residence in the mailbox right next to my front door. (perhaps they had first checked with my postmaster, who had long since duly decreed that I must put a box at the bottom of my front steps if I desire to receive mail at my address.)
One time, I lifted up the lid and was promptly stung. It hurt pretty much, for about five minutes, and then I forgot about it as I had other things to deal with.
Obviously, every time that I come in or go out of my front door, I must take special caution not to disturb them, or let any of them inside. I cannot allow myself to be distracted. But beyond that we have a live-and-let-live policy, to wit: they don't mess with me and I don't mess with them. So far both sides have been cooperating and living in peace.
This morning, I got to thinking about the U.S. 5th fleet base in Bahrain. Don't ask me why I thought of them, I just did. But if I were peacefully trying to live out my life in Iran, they just might resemble a bunch of hornets.
Not quite the same, though .... hornets don't go around stinging each other and stinging the flies and the stray cats and the bricks in the neighborhood. Guess its not a good analogy, after all.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I picked out a selection of music off of my hard drive to play this afternoon. It was something that I had not listened to in awhile, I cannot tell you how long. Up pops the error message "You do not have the rights to play this music selection. To gain access to the rights, go here."
f*cking Microsoft. Listen to me cause I am only gonna say this once.
First of all, yes, I DO have the rights to play this music, I purchased it over 15 years ago, I still have the original purchase, I have dutifully maintained the medium and I have made legitimate backup copies as required to maintain it and I have honestly and faithfully translated it whenever "the powers that be" have chosen to upgrade methods of media and playback. I'm sorry that I am not thrilled about your program of suppressing new artists and of periodically changing the dominant media-playing devices and media storage formats for the purpose of attempting to sell and resell the same old creations over and over and over again without ever paying the artists because they are all dead now. Exactly how legitimate do you think you are?
Second, YOU do not have the right to tell me that I do not have the right to play it. You are not the artist, not the composer, and you do not own the copyright. Furthermore, you are not employed by any government as a police organization. As it happens, none of your current or past employees have ever shown one smidgeon of the talent required to produce the kinds of music that I tend to listen to. You can talk about intellectual property rights all you want, but that doesn't mean that you have any intellect.
Monday, July 9, 2012
I ran across this astounding statement in a book that I am reading currently, written by an M.D.
At least, I found it astounding ... because I have been treated for a simple colon cancer, which the doctors and medical establishment found all sorts of ways to run up the total bill to my insurance company to something north of $50,000. After it was over, they hounded me for a good long time to come back and do colonoscopies, even though I had recognized what I had before any (of the very, very expensive and invasive) diagnostic tests had been performed, and despite the fact that up to 5% of colonoscopies result in damage to the patient's insides, while many many more result in the treatment (and risks, and expenses, and time lost) of a harmless, slow-growing form of carcinoma. Did any of the hundreds of health professionals that I dealt with in the process ever mention anything about this? Do you even need to ask?
I found corroboration here:link
By FORTY PERCENT!!!!!
I'm really not surprised, its just one more example of how the US medical system jacks up prices while reducing overall health.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Okay, I am going to put up the pictures here of two different men. I am not even going to tell you who each of them are, if you don't know, please find out for yourself. I will just tell you that one of them is considered to be "black" racially, the other "white". but isn't this a remarkable resemblance?
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I got going looking into this subject on the Internet this morning. Here are a few things that I can definitely establish.
First of all its a pretty large controversy. What I mean by that is that quite a lot of people have strong opinions to express about it, on both sides. There are quite elaborate descriptions, dedicated websites and videos on the pro side, mostly suggesting aluminates and barium salts are being deliberately spread into the atmosphere by the US military, possibly for weather control, possibly for radar shielding, or possibly for population control, with attempts at proof. On the denial side there is also a very lot of material, most of it consists of a priori denial and subsequent attempted debunking.Second of all, it can be pretty well established that aluminum is natural to be found in the body though it serves little purpose, but bodies can uptake enough aluminum to be poisonous and destructive. It is commonly added to municipal water systems during the process of antisepsis. Further aluminum compounds can be uptaken via acidic foods in contact with aluminum cookware. It is also commonly found in medicines and over-the-counter preparations such as antiperspirants. Aluminum poisoning can affect organs, muscles, and especially bones and the brain.
Third, I'm not set up to remove it from my environment. The best way would be to drink and cook only with distilled water, but the only device I have that I could use for distilling is, well, my cast aluminum pressure canner. Oops. Distilling water is quite energy-intensive, that's why its so rare for water systems to employ sea water.
Fourth, I have flown extensively in commercial jetliners over a period of decades, and I always take the window seat because I love to look out and see the different point of view, I love the shapes of clouds from across or above, I also love the aerial views of territories resembling maps, a long-time love of mine. From my own observations I can definitely state that commercial flights are going higher and higher than they used to, that commercial flights never release contrails (its now common to see other commercial planes from cruising altitudes these days), and that wide contrails or "chemtrails" at altitudes slightly above cruising altitudes are something I've only been starting to notice for the last few years.
Finally, I have to unleash stinging criticism for the folks on both sides of this debate. Everything I read and saw appeared to have been produced by people who already had their own minds made up and were attempting to influence other people. Thus there is no science going on at all. Just as a reminder, the first step in the scientific process is observation. Before you make your mind up, go out and do some tests. If there is a definite, recent uptick in chemical spraying then it perforce must be showing up in our rainwater. How about some extensive testing of aluminum and barium concentrations in rainwater over affected areas and then a comparison with rainwater in places where the supposed chemtrails are not happening, such as Addis Ababa or Reykyavik? Lets all find out for sure what's going on before we try to influence others, eh?
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I have had this joke in my head for the longest time. But, I have never told it to anyone. I have not even written it down. Finally, this morning, I realized the reason. Its because the joke is on me.
In my life, I have dabbled in many, many different activities. And in quite a lot of them, I have touched greatness, only to back off. The list includes intelligence-test-taker, comic actor, artist, cyclist, world-class navigator and traveler, computer programmer/researcher/developer, contract bridge competitor, investment/stock trading. But that is certainly not an exhaustive list.
In the process, I have touched many vocations for the mundane requirement of putting bread on the table. They run the gamut from construction, short order cook, taxi driver, mover, designer, chart-maker, furniture builder, landlord. However there is one vocation which I have never, never attempted, not even considered. And what is that? Well, its the job, the life of a farmer.
Well, why not? You had to ask.
The answer is very simple, really. In my heart of hearts, I never wanted to be out standing in my field.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I was sharpening a circular saw blade this morning, one of the old high speed steel blades that a very deliberate old veteran had assigned to me. I was working by hand with a fine white Arkansas stone I had purchased recently. I still have the one that Vickie bought for us, some 30 or more years ago.
All of the feelings are gone, now. There are no more tugs at my heart over the memory of her or the realization that she actually would appreciate what I was doing. I got to realizing that I have actually attained many of the goals that she had for me, for us. My lamp is sitting upon the cherry office file-cabinet/chest of drawers that I built last year, its a nice piece that I get quite a lot of compliments for, both for the unusual design and for the fine workmanship. It contains more hand-cut dovetails than you will be able to find in almost any antique still extant. Our very last fight had been over her wanting more dovetails in a piece I did for her.
I quit smoking a few years ago. For the second time. For good. I felt like she wanted me to quit to show her that it could be done and that she could learn to say "no" to things too, not only cigarettes but maybe also Inverness Scotch or even married men desirous of her.
Even, no longer do I have any longings or regrets for our lost son. For one thing, there have been numerable young men who have stopped in at my shop, learned some skills from me, shared in a bit of affection, and then moved on. I gained a young adult daughter and still serve affectionately and whole-heartedly as her surrogate Dad, the real one having died under questionable circumstances when she was very young. Besides, these are times when masses of current young people are going to die rather "unexpectedly", on account of circumstances. I am very glad that God prevented me from contributing to the burden of sorrows and pain that that will involve.
Long ago I realized I could never search her out again. She had held on to the utmost but I had hurt her, and then hurt her again, in my utter frustration with a situation that I could neither accept as is nor devise a way to improve. I knew she had married again, another programmer, knew his name, their new address, and that they had a new son. Almaz reported to me much more recently that she thought she had come to the restaurant to check her out, and that touched me deeply though I tended to doubt it. But I no longer look for her to arrive at my front door in heels, looking down at me from the step below me.
What struck me, as I patiently honed each tooth, all the while examining them closely with eye and finger, was that Lo and Behold! She is still with me. I still carry, remember, all the things she cared so much about, her cat Pud and his kisses and catnip, her long conversations, the twinkle in her eye as she poked fun at the common ways of viewing. I am so blessed to have known her. I still have the Kodachrome slide boxes she built for me and I have come to realize more and more how much care she put into them. I still have the Fine Woodworking magazines. I still have the oil lamps, and use them and trim the wicks for very special occasions. I still have one kitty-cat who loves and adores me and even kisses me the way that Pud used to kiss Vickie. I still have the attitudes, of wanting and enjoying painstaking, careful workmanship, of enjoying little details, of saving the screws from pieces of furniture headed for the dump. What a fine collection of experiences and knowledge I have collected, over the years, truly extra-ordinary!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
There's been a pair of grey birds hanging around my garden all season. They are about the size of robins or starlings. The male likes to sit on the wire in the morning and sing. He has a repertoire and virtuosity which would make a mocking bird envious, but he's clearly not a mocking bird, his calls just sound more demure and sincere. His tail plumage don't fit the striped giveaway. They are not cat birds either, none of that plaintive, manipulative whine. I do not know the breed, I am not a birder or that driven to label and name everything that I see as if that can control them.
The very first words of God's to me that I began to recognize and understand were dead birds that He put in my path right as I put a woman under the bus. I think the first one that I noticed was the day that I rejected Holly Morrison, in Estonia. It had not been a conscious choice on my part, I was still not fully awake to her play for me but I rejected it. Looking back later, I realized that I greatly admired her independence and fortitude and the life she was building for herself. She had picked herself up from total disaster in the outskirts of D.C., taken her four kids and her pittance of a SS check from her late husband, and begun to forge a very respectable estate, following, and reputation on the edge of the arctic circle and right under the nose of the great bear. But as for me, though I do eschew my own culture and people, the idea of spending six months in total darkness and deep snow just doesn't, quite, grab me for some reason, and I made a wise choice there.
After that one, there wee several other incidents which impaled themselves upon my consciousness til I recognized that they were not, in fact, mere coincidences but that He was trying to find some way to get my attention. And, as He began to succeed, the single words became a torrent til I began to realize that hardly anyone ever listens to what He has to say, anymore, and He gets pretty lonely sometimes. I know, there are quite a lot of folk who preach loudly about the word of the Lord but they are pretty much preoccupied trying to get themselves heard to bother to actually listen to Him.
About two weeks ago, I ran across a fledgeling sprawled underneath my Impatience, attracting the flies and the ants. It had chosen to die over the spot where my latest apprentice had helped me to annihilate the large mulberry stump which had hitherto been refusing to recuse itself from my flower garden. I was beginning to become quite fond of my budding apprentice, but suspected that for amorous activities she preferred someone younger, a whole lot stronger and active, and rather darker in pallor, so I refrained from making any advances, though the work we did together was quite physical and close. Sure enough, she called the next day to say she was being evicted and would get back in touch with me when she got her feet settled again, and has since dropped off the face of the earth.
However. The point that I am getting around to is that the apparent parents, those two grey warblers overseeing my paltry horticulture, well, they carry on. They continue to feed themselves upon the pests attracted by the fruits of my labor, they continue to flit about hither and yon, and most importantly, they continue to greet the dawn with their joy and abandoned notes.
As, though it may not always sound so joyful to the untrained ear, do I.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I do not get it.
Everything in my garden is so verdant! This has been without a doubt the best weather for growing that I can ever remember. The flowers, the vegetables, the weeds, are all doing so well you'd think they all got a dose of radiation from Fukushima.
The rain has been all anyone could ask for and the sun has alternated with it providing warmth and heat. In fact, apparently all the sunshine in March killed off the front lines of the invading insects and they still have not recovered in force. Stink bugs are now as scarce as good-paying jobs. The ants have been decimated and the beetles all seem to have gone the way of John Lennon.
The bean vines have advanced over my head already. Only, they have no flowers. None. The morning glories, I have pulled and pulled and pulled until I have begun to believe that I am fighting Satan himself! They are simply overwhelming all the annual flowers that I planted. But ... they have no flowers. None. Just vines to impress the most prolific spider. The squash have leaves now to outdo the elephant vines in Vietnam. Honestly I could use them for picnic table umbrellas. But flowers or fruit? Not a one! The onions have long since gone to flower, as high as my belly. Pull one, and you find no bulb at all under the ground, only woody tentacles. As if they expect this is the very last year for growing, so there's no sense in leaving anything behind for next year. Nothing. Ditto the potatoes, growing like they were planted in the Amazon rainforest, and storing exactly zilch underground.
Do they all know something I don't?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
I was the first to comment. I said,
The Eurozone cannot be saved. The whole continent is slipping into severe recession. The debts will never be repaid and the banks are all toast. All the Kings horses and all the kings men cannot put it back together again. Get over it.
Well, by this morning I had received sixteen thumbs up and four thumbs down. So I added:
Pretty amusing that I got 4 thumbs down so far for my comment ... that means that there are at least four people who haven't -- yet -- figured out that they had better sell whatever stocks and bonds they have, before they lose any more money .... giggle ...
Market is down big this morning. Gee, what an "unexpected" surprise!!!!
Friday, May 25, 2012
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Saturday, March 31, 2012
are all up in arms about gay marriage,
trying to get a referendum on the Maryland ballot
and insisting that the Bible is very clear about this sin.
(Last time I checked, there's nothing in the ten commandments or the gospels about it,
but they still find room to debate about "Thou shalt not kill".....)
I've managed to somewhat besmirch myself in their eyes by saying,
basically, that while its nasty there's a whole lot worse problems
that they ought to be paying attention to right now.
Its going to be more than amusing to watch them squirm
if Obama comes out in favor of gay marriage ...
the gay community and the republicans have him i a corner.
It does not matter, Romney will win the election.
The republicans in Congress, those who can still do arithmetic,
set a trap for Obama and he fell for it hook, line and sinker.
they went ahead and quietly passed his latest payroll tax cut.
The net result is that the new debt ceiling is now going to be breached
a month to six weeks before the november election.
Obama will be forced to cut short his campaigning to return to Washington
to deal with the fight
and they will make him, look bad, bad, bad.
me I don't care, its all charades anyway,
but its pretty amusing ....
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I've believed for years that folks at my level or above
throw a red flag if they try to do them themselves,
and there are so many new wrinkles like the AMT and the Make Work Pay forms
that its unlikely they will be done right....
37 pages of forms this year ....
....i filed them but my refunds looked suspiciously large
so I went back and checked and found a $20K error,
generated by their software ....
...they have been nice enough about it,
and we are working together so that other customers of theirs don't get caught the same way
and of course I have to do mine all over again,
royal p-i-t-a ....
we invented computers to make life easier for people,
but the powers that be have used them to make everything more complicated instead,
so that everybody HAS to have one ....
Now I wish we hadn't done it ....
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I have become highly suspicious of the U.S. medical system,
as its core philosophy has changed from healing to making money.
One of their activities, in my observation,
has been the invention and generation of "maintenance diseases",
so-called maladies which are never cured but which require
regular visits to the doctor and regular medications.
One of the activities of the powers that be, carried out
both through the mass media channels and the education channels,
is an intense campaign to frustrate and make impotent the citizenry.
They are highly, highly successful, but only a visit to a radically different
culture can reveal the extent of their success.
A fish is totally unaware of water, not until he gets out of it does he have any clue.
One of the results of this campaign is that common people are driven to
spend more and more money to relieve their angst. (which does not work!)
Another is the appearance of all sorts of outward physical manifestations.
Still another is the random outbreaks of insane violence.
If the angst were cured, I am convinced that all sorts of these
"maintenance diseases" would disappear with it,
I am including allegies, which I believe to be total fabrication,
but also asthma, most diabetes, and a host of others.
I may be wrong but it has certainly been 100% successful for me.
Happiness cures all kinds of things and its free.
Prednisone is a very dangerous medication.
It is addicting and the withdrawal symptoms are extremely difficult.
Please be cautious of it.
Monday, March 19, 2012
David Hilbert and Bertran Russell, among others, were noted logicians who were right on the cusp of solving this problem, and all others, convinced that a logically-consistent model could be described. Their efforts paralleled Michelson and Morley who were on the verge of proving that light passes through a medium they called "Ether"
Much as Albert Einstein dashed the hopes and shattered a number of hitherto rock-solid theories about matter and energy, a short young paranoid boy named Kurt Godel (what a name, huh!) produced a 26-page proof which states, basically, that NO system of logic, designed and conceived by man, can EVER be created which does NOT embed some contradictions within it.
Quite a few people were upset by these new developments; they were more extreme than the scientific proposition that man, in fact, is NOT at the center of the universe, the earth is NOT flat, and the sun and planets do NOT revolve around it.
Anyway, none of this is exactly what I want to write about today.
God promises, in the Bible, and Jesus reiterates, that the way to gain everything is to give everything away. I'm not going to look up the passages right now but I know you've heard it and I know we all find that a little confusing and u8nbelievable.
I think I have told you all that I went through a period of several years where God took me by the hand and retaught me everything that I had learned or been taught up to that point, through examples and constant conversation. This was one of the issues that He took up with me.
My workplace took up a generalized collection during christmas, something like United Way, and one year they adopted the slogan of "It all comes back to you." By way of experimentation, I chose to make a quite large gift to the fund. Lo and behold, I got a call from top management that I had been chosen as an example for everybody and I would be receiving my entire contribution back as a check. On the one hand, this seemed like a pretty absurd thing for management to do. On the other hand, God was making a point to me.
In the years that followed, I found myself more and more often making large and extraordinarily generous gifts to people. One of the largest was to take in a woman who was suffering from advancing multiple sclerosis, and the returns I got for everything I did for her were simply beyond description. God kept His promises to me and every gift that I made was returned promptly to me. At the very beginning of His tutelage I had in fact been living homeless, sleeping in my car, bathing at the local public athletic facility, storing my possessions in a public storage facility. But I had a few funds in the stock market and within several years those investments increased, again I believe with His guidance, to the point where I AND people around me began to think of me as "rich".
The most egregious move I made was to purchase a cleaning franchise on behalf of a woman I deemed as worthy and capable but because of circumstances (she was 1. black 2. an immigrant 3. a moslem) she could not even BUY a job. The trick was that by that time, I was so accustomed to God returning me my money right away that I was counting on it.
Well, so He didn't. I won't go into details, but the whole experience was exasperating for many people for many years.
and that's the conundrum.... for so long as I, or you, give without the slightest hope or intention of receiving anything back, you will get it all back. But as soon as you go expecting to get something back, well then, you end up getting nothing but trouble.
I love God. but this world of His is just nuts ....