PRODUCTIVITY: aging in place

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/11/word_of_the_year.html

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aging in place: the process of growing older while living in one’s own residence, instead of having to move to a new home or community

 

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There’s a lot to be said for this strategy. I always rant that “two moves equal one fire”. And, the old neighborhood is a well known turf. To pull this off, there will have to be changes in the property tax meme in New Jersey. And, you have to drive everywhere, so that’s a problem later in life. And, and, and, … sigh, there are a lot of issues with the strategy. Nothing insurmountable, but issues to be dealt with. But, then nothing is ever perfect.

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LIBERTY: Brits are requiring info to travel. When will it come here?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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MONEY: currency hedge for the little guys

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

http://www.survivalblog.com/2007/11/mass_inflation_aheadsave_your.html

How To Build Your Pile of Nickels

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How can you amass a big pile-o-nickels? Obviously just saving the few that you normally receive as pocket change is insufficient. Here are some possibilities:

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2.) Obtain nickels in rolls from your friendly local bank teller. Most “retail” banks are already accustomed to handing over rolls of coins to private depositors because of collector demand for statehood commemorative quarters and the new presidential dollar coins. Ask for $20 or $30 of nickels in rolls each time that you visit to do your normal banking deposits or withdrawals. It is best to ask for new “wrapped” (fresh Federal Reserve Bank issue) rolls. This way, you might have the chance of getting rolls with valuable minting errors–such as “double die” strikes. These are usually noticed and publicized a few months after the fact, and can be quite valuable. You will also be assured that you are getting full 40 coin rolls. (Getting shorted with 38 or 39 coin rolls is possible with hand-rolled coins.) If the tellers ask why you want so many, you can honestly tell them: “I’m working on a collection for my children.” (You need not tell them how large a collection it is!)

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Get ready for rampant inflation and currency devaluation.

This is a currency hedge for the little guys.

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RANT: up to the Iraqis

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese412.html

A Lethal Year
by Charley Reese

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Iraq may or may not have a bloody war after we leave. That’s up to the Iraqis. It’s no skin off our nose whether they reconcile or draw their knives. It’s their country. Let them fight over it if that’s what they want to do. The Bush administration has not done one single thing right in the Middle East, and the situation in the whole area is worse and more dangerous because of these blunders.

American withdrawal would be a blessing to everyone concerned.

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… and there is only ONE presidential candidate who will DO it … … Ron Paul!

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TECHNOLOGY: BANANA (“Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone”)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/11/powerlessness_san_diego_almost.html

November 13, 2007
Powerlessness: San Diego almost blacked-out
Thomas Lifson

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During the recent wildfires, San Diego came perilously close to being blacked out, thanks to the vulnerability of its connections to the national power grid and the low portion of its electric power that is generated locally. The ability to fight that disaster might have been crippled if electric power had been out for any extended period.

Craig Rose of the San Diego Union-Tribune explains the technical complexities involved. But the fundamental issues are clear:

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2. It is very, very hard (and expensive) to build high capacity transmission lines in this age of BANANA (“Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone”)

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A grown-up approach would be to balance the risks if insufficient local generating capacity with the risks of nuclear power, CO2 emissions, and the like.

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While France, a tree hugging country if I ever heard of one, gens more than half of its electricity nuke-wise, we can’t seem to get our act together. BANANA will ensure that we are screwed royally in so many different ways. Imagine what we could tell the sheiks, Chavez, and Putin that they could do with their oil? The gooferment ensure that nothing ever gets done.

Sigh!

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