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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Galactus is real!
1. Galactus is coming.
2. He sends heralds that set the sky on fire.
3. These heralds wield the POWER COSMIC.
4. Galactus' Worldship is HUGE.

You think waiting in line for 2 days to buy a PS2 is crazy? This is crazy.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

If these facts are correct, and I think they are, what are the implications of 40 percent of Californians and 32% of Americans not paying any income taxes? Of families earning over $100,000 paying three quarters of the $30 billion in state income taxes California collected in tax year 2003?

Well, first, I think it should put to rest the canard that the rich run this country. If that's true, why do they let themselves get hosed and let the poor not pay any tax? Even better, not only don't they pay taxes, teh working poor get cash credits from the federal governement for working. Getting services without paying for them, that doesn't happen in most of the world, so how can any one claim the poor are trodden upon in this country?

Next, what is the moral foundation of allowing equal votes in allocation of income receipts when 40% of the electorate don't contribute to those receipts? Utility? Christianity? communist? Leo Strauss? Which moral system supports this?

Finally, when democratic society divides between those who pay into the fisc and those who don't, is that a healthy community? One where everyone feels they have a stake, or one where the tragedy of the commons will be repeated?

Food for thought.....

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A really good article on... Paris Hilton?
"“Even a gossip columnist has limits,” Lloyd Grove wrote last year in the Daily News. “Over the past five years—without any discernible talent, education, scruples, manners, modesty, or underpants—[Paris Hilton] . . . has waged a terrifying campaign for world domination. . . . I’m through with her. . . . We’re a better country than that. Iraq is a better country than that.”"

Monday, November 06, 2006

just for Ari. you gotta admit Carlin still got the delivery.
I was trying to do the video post from google vids, but it failed me. Trying cut and paste.

daily show bit on education (poll smoking)

(couldn't see the video over here, dunno why..)

anyone got the link to the SNL folk spoof where Hugh Laurie sings, all we gotta do is (mumble, mumble, mumble) (pulled from Youtube)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

(2005 news) Bush Administration Eliminating 19-year-old International Terrorism Report by Jonathan S. Landay, Knight Ridder Newspapers, April 15, 2005:

Patterns of Global Terrorism has ended! No, not the terrorism, just the report and those silly statistics, which would probably only have encouraged the terrorists anyways. you see, the methodology changed, which would make comparisons useless. and why waste time compiling useless statistics, like that M3 nonsense

more henny penny the dollar is falling links?
I gotta sort these, prolly bust em out into another post, and I am still looking for a specific quote from a site which I lost, something along the lines of us selling our future to china on a platter from walmart. The question is with all this foreign stuff we are buying, what are we producing here in the us to offset that?
The New Face of Class war
I think what sticks out was something I previously heard about them outsourcing the order taking at McDonalds via high techery. Something is really scary about that.
The End of Dollar Hegemony
How Far will the Dollar Fall (1/2/04)

a massive crash is coming conspiracy rant (I've only skimmed, yes it is kind of kooky) about schools, fiat dollars, oil, stocks, debt, housing, etc. Its so long there is probably something true in there.
His conclusion: Buy gold coins, avoid ATM fees & debt.
I thought he was building to something better than that.
I believe his mortgage calculation resulting in "true total interest rate" of 144% is a little misleading (disregarding annualizing it), but I have heard making extra principal only payments is not a bad thing to do.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The problem of the short-seller is summed up in my favourite financial adage: "The market can stay stupid longer than you can stay solvent."

Sony/Erik Wager Update:

4. Net negative loss suffered by Congressional Republicans in upcoming midterm elections (2006): o/u = 12 1/2 (15 is a loss of control)
Hodur takes Under.

Still close... can Democrats snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Again? I'm 0-for-2 on this wager with three yet undecided, so come on you stupid pricks.

Tradesports betting seems to suggest that the dems will pickup 20-25 seats in the House, so I should be pretty solid here. On a side note, the most popular parlay has the dems taking the House and the reps retaining the Senate.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gizmondo and Erikson, the guy who cracked his Enzo in malibu "uh no, it wasn't me driving, it was Dietrich"

wired article on it

"This whole thing could have been avoided if Eriksson had just been satisfied driving a Trans-Am."

An All-In Gambler - washingtonpost.com

Question for Mr. Lemons, are the on-line poker sites shutting down and if not how is the money still flowing?

and in case you want to swim with the sharks, All Vegas Poker

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

any thoughts of the recent (bloodless) Thai military coup?
trying to go to a wedding there early next year.

afaik, the military wants to restore power to the king or someone other than the democratically elected PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

Current military appointed PM: General Surayud Chulanont.
also major player: kings right hand man Prem Tinsulanond

supposedly the allegedly corrupt Shinawatra didn't get more popular by selling his (countries largest) telecom co. to Singapore for 2b tax free.

"why this one is different" than the last 18 coups.

Some newsgroup post describes how it happens almost every october, right after military promotions are announced (leaked before)

Thai tourism back on the ropes after coup
Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China on Wednesday urged their nationals to delay all non-essential travel to Thailand until the situation stabilized.

Paging A. What's your email? I left all your contact info at the old joint. All L.A. readers, there will be a BBQ at my house saturday starting 1ish. And a petting zoo and pony rides & a ton of kids for Payton Malone's 3d birthday. Please attend.