INTERESTING: Is a comment spam if it is misdirected?


Dear Ms. X:

Please pardon the intrusion.

While I appreciate, “publish”, and cherish all comments on my blog, I do try to ensure that they are not spam, spim, sphishing, or whatever the latest “sp” word is. Your comment was flagged as possible spam. No idea why?

I went to your blog, but since I’m from the USA, (that means I only speak one language) (Well courtesy of the USAF in the Seventies I do “speak” Thai, but I don’t count that since most Thais speak better English than I do), so I could ascertain anything. Other than a cute pix. But, on the net, no one knows you’re a dog.

Any way, your comment references “Leo”; that’s not me. So I wanted to confirm that you intended the comment for me. Once I release it, it’s hard to get it back. There’s no “retract” button on the internet. And, if this email bounces, then I can be even more circumspect.

With respect to your comment, I’m not sure that from a job seekers perspective that you would want an “interactive resume”. IMHO the resume’s only purpose is to provoke a conversation. A resume that give up too much info, too little, or the “wrong” info (i.e., pointing to the wrong image you wish to display) is “bad”. It would seem a business diary could also be a bad thing.

I’m still confused by the difference between a blog and website. I know at they are (I have lots of each) and how they are different. It’s just in the philosophy of their relation. Is a blog nothing more than an easily updated website? Should we view a blog as a freshening agent to drive traffic to the “store”?

Any way thanks for the comment, if you meant to leave it. And, either way, please let me know if it should be “published”?


[NOTE: No response!]

MONEY: How transition to a metal backed currency


Dear X:

As an injineer, I’m not a social scientist. Some say I am not even social. As a “gold bug”, I am adding to supply of that relic. My question is one of philosophy, history, and practicality.

I first became aware of inflation (i.e., monetary fiat inflation as opposed to all the other distractions that are called inflation) when in Manhattan College in some course or another, vonMises was an assigned collateral reading. I had a prof, who I can’t remember, was always on Crusoe’s Island. I got a D, so I didn’t take much away from the course. My next brush with education about it was a visit to the Smithsonian where I saw the incredible shrinking French franc. The original French Franc of Louis I was a gold coin that looked more like a small hockey puck than a coin. The last French Franc of the monarchy Louis XVI was a tissue paper thin button. That is what governments do. They debase the currency. They redefine money to give themselves more and the people less. Paper money is even easier to inflate. No coins to shave! I then experienced the Carter inflation of the 70’s with 18% interest rates. And the WIN (Whip Inflation Now) absurd buttons. Lately I’ve read about the Liberty Dollar, silverization of the Mexican peso, and the golden dinar. I’m also remotely aware of Say’s Law which I will paraphrase as “if you had some gold and some paper, which would you spend first?”. I think is a fair translation.

So with that context, how do the people of say New Hampshire, with all those willing Free State Project members, transition from Federal Reserve Banknotes (that I sarcastically called FRBies) to a metal backed currency (i.e., the Liberty Dollar, gold or silver bullion coins, something else)?

I’ve posed this question to Walter Williams, Lew Rockwell, and anyone else who I thought might have an answer. Never had a good answer. Care to take a stab at it?

Does it take a TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) scenario to get rid of the Federal Reserve? With all the fighting and bloodshed to get to peace and economic honesty? Or is there a peaceful path to end “counterfeiting”? With all the “stuff” that the Federal Gooferment could sell off, it would seem possible to make good on all the promises. Sell off land in Nevada and Alaska to pay for Social Security? I can’t see how anything good will come out of our current direction. Nothing likely except more inflation.

Care to share your thoughts about this topic?

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YAHOO ANSWER: Save the house?


Save the house?


Asked by “miss_spunderella”

Can someone PLEASE help us come up with ways to earn $15,000 so our house doesn’t get auctioned off?

We fell behind in our payments and our house is going up for forclosure in August. We are a family of six now and are happy in our home. with the struggles of school, work and availability for a babysitter, things have been more than we could manage. plus no male to help with the burden. We can work with someone on a private auto loan, or any kind of possible opportunities you can suggest. We are now employed and have a live in babysitter to help, so the loan will be re-paid promptly. PLEASE help with ideas, and possibilities so we are able to keep our home.


Dear “miss_spunderella”:

Well, losing one’s home is no joke. Coming to Yahoo Answers means you’ll have to take ALL advice, especially mine, with a large grain of NaCl.

As, I understand the gist, you’re behind in your mortgage payments and are at risk of foreclosure. Did you get a foreclosure notice from the lender? You need an attorney, a cpa, and a counselor to help you get thru this.

Assuming, a big assumption, that you hit a temporary bump in the road, and can NOW afford your payments. Your lawyer can help you get straight with the lender. No lender WANTS to foreclose. You may have legal rights to slow the process down and make it attractive to the lender to “cooperate”. Your accountant can help you understand what goes in, what goes out, and get you organized to avoid this in the future. A counselor can help you with the emotional roller coaster thru the processes. Your local social service agency may be able to help you with a grant or loan to keep you from getting throw out on the street and being homeless.

Assuming, again big assumption, that you just need some interim financing, say to overcome some unemployment, I’d aim you at your local bank, a credit union (the website to find a local one is below), and the PROSPER website (i.e., they mediate people to people loans; website below).

Hope this helps. I’m interested how it works out for you. Drop me a note sometime. My blog may have helpful “stuff”.

Ferdinand J. Reinke
Kendall Park, NJ 08824


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UPDATE: Chosen best by voters. One vote between eight answers. Ten points!

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INTERESTING: Why we don’t want “electronic voting”


Man of the Year
with Robin Williams
as President Elect Tom Dobbs

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Tom Dobbs, comedic host of a political talk show – a la Bill Maher and Jon Stewart – runs for President of the US as an independent candidate who, after an issues-oriented campaign and an explosive performance in the final debate, gets just enough votes to win. Trouble is he owes his victory to a computer glitch in the national touch-screen voting system marketed by Delacroy, a private company with a rising stock price. To protect their fortune, Delacroy executives want to keep the glitch a secret, but one programmer, Eleanor Green, wants Dobbs to know the truth. Can she get to him? Written by jhailey.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but did this movie just put a stake thru the heart of the vampire known as “electronic voting”?

Systems provided by Delacroy … err I mean Diebold … could manipulate the results of an election. Based on the movie, I’ve just emailed Ron Paul to change his name to Ron Paaul. (SPOILER: In the movie, the buggy computer program elects the candidate with the “best” double letter.) So if anyone wants to debate about paperless electronic internet voting and tell you how good it will be yada yada yada, just rent them this movie. That should finish up the discussion!

They say many a true word is said in jest.

Some times concepts can get thru via humor. My non-techie spouse said after watching this that it would now never be approved here. Hope she’s right.

This film IMHO says it all about that topic. And, says it in way that comes across to the average person.


p.s.: The movie did have one other great line. Tom Dobbs says “Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.” If you gather I’m no fan of politicians, you’re correct. They are like diapers!

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INTERESTING: The Paris Hilton Ad

Re: The Paris Hilton Ad

Dear Mister Benson,

I know in your ads you go for “yucks”, and I particularly like when you skewer the politicians. Maybe you could offer the Guv a set of free seat belts?

Now about the “Paris Hilton” ad where you asked for appropriate punishments for Ms. Hilton — like cleaning your stable; again I know you are going for yucks, but in this case, I think we should go for a punishment that benefits everyone. So here goes.

Paris was supposedly jailed for basically drunk driving parole violation. I think “drunk driving” is one of the big “sins” for a driver.

(I thought it should have been Number #1 on the Pope’s list. When I go out and hoist even one, I won’t drive for fear of harming my fellow human. Good thing my old lady is a teetotaler!)

Notice I said drunk; not drinking. I think that if you have an accident and have been drinking, then you were drunk. Real simple. No roadside stops. No random checks. Cop sees you swerving or asleep at the traffic light, you go to jail for endangering your fellow drivers and their passengers. You kill someone, we throw away the key.

Anyway Paris is a celebrity. Politicians love celebrities. The media loves celebrities. AND I think the billboards that put a face on drunk driving fatalities are moving. So let’s use the “Paris Hilton” spotlight to some good.

So here’s my suggestion for Paris’ punishment. It’s not cleaning a stable but it might have a better result.

For EVERY county in California, let’s have Paris and the local California “legislators” visit the family home of a drunk driving fatality. Paris has to stand outside and ask for a picture of the victim. If the family wishes to tell the story, she has to listen. Then she has to turn to the camera and show that picture. Every day for THIRTY days.

Maybe, she’ll take away a lesson. Maybe, the “legislators” will take away a lesson. Maybe, the media will report the lesson. Maybe, we can all learn the lesson.

Maybe, the People will put a face on a human tragedy. And everyone will get serious about “drunk driving”.

How’s that for punishment? Now you know why I’ll never be a judge. Thanks for listening.


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Correction: I had the wrong URL for the contest so I put the correct one at the top.

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