Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Semper Fi Indeed

Building a Bridge

A tree fell across one of our favorite riding trails a few months ago,
so we built a bridge over it to make it more fun to ride or walk over. When we came back two days later, the bridge was torn apart and tossed into the blackberry-infested ditch. So we drug it out, put it back together, and rode it while we could. The dorks who tore it down will probably get their chuckles all over again, but with a little luck, I will catch them in the act and...uhhh...laugh along with them.

Skateboarding & Explosions

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Again, NO to the Freakin' BAILOUT!

1. Why don't we the people get to vote on the bailout issue?

2. Why did the issue arise and, within a few minutes, it seemed, the federal government was offering to bail out Wall Street? What does that smell like?

3. Why are we taxpayers are being asked to GIVE money to an investment entity? Shouldn't we be asked whether we want to invest, as an opportunity to make a profit on that investment?

4. Wouldn't a fee attached to every stock trade bring this money in?

5. What happens if the hundreds of billions of dollars we're about to dump on Wall Street disappears overnight? What then!?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Congressman Ron Paul Schools Bernanke on the Bailout Plan

From Ron Paul:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dear Friends,

Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress' throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister. It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect. It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder. Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China! "This is welfare for the rich," he said. "This is socialism for the rich. It's bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters."

That describes the current bailout package to a T. And we're being told it's unavoidable.

The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it. But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences - predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics - are being let off the hook. The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!

• The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time. That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.

• Financial institutions are "designated as financial agents of the Government." This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.

• Then there's this: "Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency." Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.

There goes your country.

Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this "sadly necessary." Sad, yes. Necessary? Don't make me laugh.

Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people. The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind - another example of the big choice we're supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes. Now, with a backlash brewing, they're not quite sure what their views are. A sad display, really.

Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we'll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short. Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow. With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it. Call them! Let them hear from you! Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.

The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care?

When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?

Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

Friday, September 19, 2008

Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' campaign created with Macs

Metadata found on Microsoft's creative copy used in its 'I'm a PC' ad reveals that the graphics were actually produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3.

Read all about it.

After dumping its $10 million contract with Jerry Seinfeld after just three ads (only two of which even aired) Microsoft has created new ad copy where regular people and a few celebrities say, “I’m a PC!” One problem with the campaign’s credibility: the ad work was created using Macs.

Read all about it.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The 98% Degree

How To Be Outstanding

“If you do what you love to do, then you won’t do it in an average way.”

People who consistently achieve outstanding results all have this in common: they are passionate about what they do. It’s no longer work, but an active participation of joy and creativity.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11, 2001

Dinner In The Sky

Not a restaurant in the true sense, Dinner In The Sky is more of a philosophy. The philosophy that if food tastes better outdoors, then it will taste even better than that suspended thirteen stories in the air.

Crazy Animations

Just a little whimsical animation sequence to brighten your 9/11 day:

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Webcams

There are currently two webcams online

* Camera 7: looking at the Underground Experimental Cavern from the Saleve side.
* Camera 8: looking out of the window of the 1st Floor of the SCX building that houses the CMS Control room.

Check out the webcams here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Deadly Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune, NC

Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is quite possibly one of, if not the worst drinking water contamination incidents in modern world history.

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DEA Agent Explains Gun Safety to Kids

The Pop Vs Soda Map

When on a hot summer’s day you buy a carbonated beverage to quench your thirst, how do you order it? Do you ask for a soda, a pop or something else?

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fish Heads!

Gait Analysis: The New Tool Against Terror

By analysing the movements of human shadows in aerial and satellite footage...it should be possible to identify people from the way they walk - a technique called gait analysis, whose power lies in the fact that a person's walking style is very hard to disguise.

Read all about it.

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