HARDWARE: Use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Found another useful reason to use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number.

(Remember, the last tip was for young ladies to give men their GV# so that they can automagically delete them if they turn out to be a loser.)

This tip is as a result of my Gal Pal’s blackberry going crazy. It’s essentially useless and she has no way to let folks know it. So she’s using my phone to alert folks.

IF she had used a Google Voice number and tied that to her cell phone, she could respond on the GV website and even send out an alert that she had a harder problem.


I think it’s very useful.

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Monday, August 3, 2015


Doug Casey on the Real FIFA Scandal
By Doug Casey
Doug Casey’s International Man
August 1, 2015

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Recently, high-ranking officials at FIFA, the world’s governing soccer (aka “football”) body, were charged with corruption and fraud. The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is deeply involved in the case. Doug Casey weighs in on the real scandal… the one you’re not reading in mass media.

The truth be known, I really don’t give a damn about soccer. Nor do most Americans.

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Second, and much more important, it’s really none of our business. Despite the fact that the FBI has taken it upon itself to prosecute at least 14 FIFA officials for corruption.

Why is it none of our business? Because FIFA is a Swiss association that’s been around over 100 years. All of its officers and directors are non-US persons. And about 99% of its players, officials, and spectators are non-American.

But that doesn’t matter. The FBI has decided to prosecute FIFA’s officials for corruption, and is successfully moving to have them all extradited to the US for trial.

Were FIFA officials treating themselves to huge salaries and expense accounts, and paying and receiving millions to decide where the World Cup should be played? Of course. Is that corrupt? We have to first define “corruption.” I devote a lot of thought to the subject here, and suspect you’ll find it of interest. But, essentially, corruption is about a betrayal of a fiduciary trust. In simple terms, it’s sticking your hand in a till that you’re supposed to guard for the interest of someone else.

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A very fundamental observation about “jurisdiction”.

The Gooferment has to rush ahead of the “headlines” to get in front so it pretends to be leading.

What has the FBI done about Planned Parenthood and the baby parts scandal?

Nothing because that is “politically inconvenient”.

MYOB (Mind Your Own Business)! 

It’s a great principle.

Maybe not up there with the Non-Aggression principle, the Law of Gravity, or even the Law of Supply and Demand, but up there on my list.

I think the world would be a much better place if more folks adopted it.

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POLITICAL: IMHO it will be the debt that drowns the USA

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Does “Creative Destruction” Include the State?
By Charles Hugh Smith
August 1, 2015

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Under the tender care of the state, we now have uncompetitive, inefficient parastic cartels dominating higher education, national defense, healthcare insurance, pharmaceuticals and hospitals– to name but a few of the major industries that are now state-enforced cartels thanks to the heavy hand of the state (i.e. regulatory capture ).

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Why can’t “empires” fail?

It has happened all through history.

IMHO it will be the debt — and unfunded liabilities —that drowns the USA. It was the failure of the USSR centralized economy that brought it down.

Only truly free markets maximizes everyone’s outcomes with a minimum of inefficiency. 

Only “capitalism” lifts the poor to a higher standard of living without conflict. (Even Bono recognized “enterprise” was better than “foreign aid”.)

It seems like Gooferment is the instrument of poverty. Look at Africa!

Look in the USA. Between the welfare “prison” and the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”, the minority communities have been devastated!


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RANT: Why are there “two party consent” laws anyway?

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group
Jul 31, 8:37 PM (ET)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers’ association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

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Sorry, it sounds like “prior restraint”.

And, why is a federal judge enforcing a California “privacy” law?

Argh, and why are there “two party consent” laws anyway?

To coverup criminal conduct!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Isn’t “price-gouging” satisfying the neediest?

Friday, July 31, 2015


Feds probe possible price-gouging in wake of Amtrak crash
Published July 24, 2015FoxNews.com

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.

The Transportation Department released letters to five airlines — Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue — seeking information on Friday.

“The idea that any business would seek to take advantage of stranded rail passengers in the wake of such a tragic event is unacceptable,” Foxx said.

DOT is exploring whether the price hikes violated federal regulations prohibiting airlines from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices and asked the airlines provide information of pricing and seat availability for a time period before and after the crash.

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The Gooferment’s “price-gouging” is the free market allocating scarce resources to those who need it the most.

If the price is artificially low versus the demand, then there are shortages, queues, and rationing.

If the price is unacceptably high, then the consumer will seek alternatives — driving for one thing, the bus for another, or delay / change / cancel your trip. Perhaps even carpool. 

The free market will allocate based on price to the “neediest”.

That’s the “fairest” way to handle any allocation of a scarce resource; not with a Gooferment investigation.

And, doesn’t Amtrak belong to the Gooferment!


Perhaps they are trying to distract us from their immoral, ineffective, and inefficient “running of a railroad” to the evil private airlines.

Argh squared!

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POLITICAL: HRC and politicians in general don’t know economics

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hillary’s Inconceivably Stupid Capital-Gains Tax Scheme
By Larry Kudlow | Friday, 24 Jul 2015 09:44 PM

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So if investment is the problem, what does Hillary Clinton go out and do? She proposes jacking up the tax on investment. It’s almost inconceivably stupid. 

In her latest economic speech, Clinton proposes doubling the capital-gains tax rate on the profit made from asset sales (stocks, bonds, real estate) held a day less than one year up to two years. Right now, if you take a capital gain a day more than one year, you are taxed at a 20 percent rate. Actually, it’s 23.8 percent when you include the healthcare surtax. So under Clinton’s brilliant new play, you’d be taxed at 43.4 percent — the top individual cap-gains rate of 39.6 percent plus the 3.8 percent Obamacare surtax.

That means, instead of keeping 80 cents on the additional dollar of profit, you’d only keep 56.6 cents — a 30-percentage-point reduction in the take-home-pay reward for taking an extra dollar’s investment risk.
This will create a tall barrier to investment — what we don’t need. If you tax something more, you get less of it. 

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I rant a lot about the corporate income tax. Only real people pay taxes. Corporations are merely fictions that hide the Gooferment’s taxes from sight. 

When you try to figure out how much tax you really pay, look at a can on beans and try to guess what percentage of the price is really hidden taxes. Don’t forget all the incremental taxes along the way from the bean field to the store. Argh!

And, who owns all the capital invested in stocks and bonds — pension funds.

So, the political class is robbing the taxpayers blind. 


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GOLDBUG: Gold is on sale!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Gold Hits 5-1/2 Year Low, Set for Worst Week Since October
Published July 24, 2015

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Gold has been hurt this year by expectations that the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, boosting the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion while lifting the dollar.

“In the short term, investor sentiment is what actually moves prices,” Capital Economics analyst Simona Gambarini said. “It’s now likely that the Fed will hike rates this year, most likely in September … (and) investors are already showing that in their positioning. They’re becoming more bearish on gold.”

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Gold is on sale!

Do you think the FED is ever going to be able to raise rates until after then next Presidential election? If then! If a D wins, it’s more of the same deficit, debt, and welfare spending. If an R wins, then the economy might have a chance to to stage a real recovery. Only if one of the “crazies” — Rand Paul, Carly Florin, Scott Walker, or maybe Ted Cruz — wins.

One thing is for sure, the Gooferment can’t print any more gold.

And, unless you think the Chinese and Russians are crazy, explain their accumulation.

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