PRODUCTIVITY: when you have and use SOPs

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Friday, July 13, 2007
How to Survive (Almost) Anything

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For example, in May 1989, Lynn Hill, the winner of more than 30 international rock-climbing titles, was preparing to climb what she called a “relatively easy” route in Buoux, France. She threaded her rope through her harness, but then, instead of tying her knot, she stopped to put on her shoes. While she was tying them, she talked with another climber, then returned to climb the rock face. “The thought occurred to me that there was something I needed to do before climbing,” she later recalled, but, “I dismissed this thought.” She climbed the wall, and when she leaned back to rappel to the ground, she fell 72 feet (22 meters), her life narrowly saved by tree branches. In her case, more training would not have helped. In fact, experience contributed to her accident. She had created a very efficient model for tying her rope to her harness. She could do it without thinking. So the act of tying her shoes may have been similar enough to tying her rope that it allowed her to reach the unconscious conclusion that her rope was tied, even while leaving a slight residue of doubt.

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SOP?

The reason to have an Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to prevent blunders. I had an Engineering Professor (Brother Austin Barry) who used to rant: “A mistake is putting mustard on your hamburger; an error comes about in any measurement; a blunder is when you make a dumb mistake.”

How true!

An SOP allows one to repeat the same steps in sequence so as to prevent blunders. Mistakes and Errors will happen. How your SOP allows you to catch them before those things kill or maim you is the key point.

Productivity is ensured when you have and use SOPs.

imho

(I think Brother Barry would agree saying “finally you listened four decades later”!)

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INTERESTING: Why, or how, I think Ron Paul could win

FROM A RECENT EMAIL

>I did just read an article on that asked- Can Ron Paul Really get the Republican Nomination? Interesting article and an interesting guy.

I say “yes”. For those not educated in gooferment skool, the Republican Party up to Bush41 was the party of “settling wars started by the D’s”. The Taft (after Ohio-ian Robert Taft) Wing of the Republic Party was the fiscally-sound morally-pure non-interventionist part of the Party. As opposed to the Rockefeller Wing (Nelson Rockefeller), that was the fiscal-looser socially-liberal interventionist foreign policy side. When Goldwater was badly beaten by LBJ, on the war issue, where that “nuclear commercial” misrepresenting where he stood on the war, (despite the fact that the D’s expanded the Vietnam disaster), the Taft wing was pretty badly beaten up. Ron Paul is from that Taft tradition.

Can he win?

The nomination, quite possibly. He energizes the Taft wing. He’s alone as being solidly against the war, unlike all the R’s and D’s.

He wins the nomination if the people really support him. The power brokers in the Republican party are, at their heart, greedy men. Is it better to be on the winning side of a potentially small government guy who will need you to get anything done. OR, on the losing side, waiting for your turn at the trough in 4, 8, or 12 years? I think if he looks like a winner, they’ll take the Ron Paul side that bet.

The Presidency is a better possibility. Assuming he gets the Republican nomination.

The war may split the D’s vote.

The fiscal discipline of Ross Perot brought out 30% of the vote (20M votes) which represented a substantial part of those who never vote. About 10% R’s, 10% D’s, and 10% of the never voting.

If you you look at the eligible to vote as the whole population (i.e., 100%), about half don’t vote. The D’s get about 50% of the 50% that do vote so they have 25%. The R’s get about 40% of the 50% that do vote so they have 20%. If the D’s split on the war, they could give RP 12.5% and say Hillary 12.5%. If the R’s split, it will be into into the Tafts and the Rockafellers. The Taft R’s should give Ron Paul their whole 10%. The Rockefeller R’s should split 5% to RP and 5% for Hillary. The unwashed 50% are awakened to come out and vote in the same proportion as Perot that give RP say 16%. That gives him 12.5+10+5+16 = 43.5% versus Hillary 17.5% on the high side. If the D’s don’t split it’s RP 10+5+16=31% to Hillary 25%. That doesn’t take into account that Hillary has the highest negatives ever seen (i.e., will people come out just to vote against her?).

> I’m still not sure why he doesn’t just run as an independent and forgo the Republican Party altogether.

As a Republican candidate, unlike when he ran as a libertarian, there’s no “wasted vote” argument. The “wasted vote” argument is a Democratic Party tactic. In a three way race, Ron Paul elects Hillary. Just as Perot elected Clinton. Perot was a democrat before he ran as an independent. The fix was in.

You can see the same scenario setting up now with Bloomberg. He’s a RINO like Perot. He is in title a Republican mayor of a very liberal NYC. He would have ran as a democrat but was block by the Democratic Party Bosses. Since he was the only chance that the Republic Party had at the mayorship, they rolled over an gave it to him. Now, with the Presidential election coming, the Democratic Party can use this “useful idiot” (who is a very smart fellow; little nuts; but a determined veteran of Wall Street. Who I met on two occasions.) to “Perot” the Presidential election.

In a McCRomneyGulliani – Hillary race, Hillary’s high negative might elect a “hold your nose” Republican. Throw a RINO Bloomberg in like a Perot and she wins in a heartbeat! It’s not even close.

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But, if the Republicans nominate Ron Paul, that RINO Bloomberg strategy does nothing for the Democrats. As a matter of fact, Ron Paul is “deal breaker”. Take all the common wisdom and toss it out the window. He’s a straight shooter with a bullet proof voting record. And, if he energizes just three components to vote for him — the disaffected non-voters, the anti war Democrats, and the fiscally conservative Republicans — then hello, it’s a landslide that will eclipse the all past ones. It could easily be a popular sweep that would unify the country. In 2000 was Bush 271 electors with 50M votes versus Gore 266 electors with 51M votes. I’d predict Ron Paul runs the table with 450 electors leaving Hillary CA=54 + NY=33 for 87 electors. The popular vote would be even worse imho, when the silent majority comes out. Ron Paul 75M, Hillary 25M.

It’s possible. It’s about a candidate who breaks all the molds, rules of thumbs, and past precedents. If he can energizes the anti-war D’s, the fiscal conservative R’s, and get the disaffected to come vote, then he’s the President.

Now watch for the dirty tricks, because neither side — D’s or R’s — wants this racket to end. It will end. The only question is if it can be a “soft landing” with a Ron Paul Presidency, or a “harder landing” when all these “problem” chickens come home to roost.

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RANT: One too many “departments”

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski187.html

The Good News Is Everywhere!
by Karen Kwiatkowski

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This disappointment in, fear of and disgust for our bloated government, its impositions, its arrogance, and its outrageous incompetence and criminality were once shared by only a few. Today it is shared by the majority of Americans who intuitively understand that government words are lies, government performance is a sham, and government agencies and bureaucrats are incompetent, lazy, and often criminal. We complain privately, we subterraneously share cartoons, we think back to how it once was, and forward, to how it might someday be.

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Well, it is humorous to see ordinary people gripe about the gooferment. Of course, I am always quick to either put a burr under their saddle or irritate the sore a little more. :-) I’ve been rubbed raw for several decades now.

Just on the surface, I like to ask people to explain why we need a “Department of Defense” and “Department of Homeland Security”. Doesn’t that sound like one too many “departments” to you? On Wall Street, there would one whole redundant hierarchy on the street looking for work. But, after all, this is the gooferment we are talking about.

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PRODUCTIVITY: A “good” decision is

http://www.survivalblog.com/2007/07/survival_planningmore_than_jus.html

Survival Planning–More Than Just Gear and a “To Do” List, by Ray

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Decision making is critical in determining what actions to take to move you closer to a particular sub-objective or your ultimate goal. All decisions are based on the probability of a favorable outcome, but that probability is rarely, if ever, 100%. Even a slam-dunk, no-brainer decision has some slight chance of failure. The validity of a choice can be measured as those choices with the highest probability of a positive outcome, but even those have a tangible risk of turning out badly, and thus not being ultimately “correct.” Poker players call it getting “cracked”, when a strong, high probability hand is still beaten by the luck of the draw. A decision maker should understand that no decision is guaranteed to produce a positive result. Setting the expectation for yourself that even well thought-out decisions will be 100% successful is the road to disappointment and frustration. This is because decisions have variable dimensions, most of which are beyond the average person’s ability to control or even be fully aware of. The validity of a given choice is a function of the available data, context, and time. A valid decision is the best one you can make, right now, with the available information. Five minutes (heck, 30 seconds) from now a different choice may be better. But realize you will never have perfect, complete, and timely data, and that’s assuming that no one else is actively interacting with the situation, changing it and invalidating your information, or actively generating/feeding disinformation in some form. You will bring some level of bias to you we interpret the given dataset, as do your information sources; this works against our being able to form the proper context for a decision. And all factors are in flux, changing constantly; and implementing a choice once made takes some measure of time, making the clock an enemy. A good decision making process has to exist in the here and now, and be forward looking. You must avoid self recrimination and the tendency to doubt after something bad has happened; past choices are in the past, and useful only for how they inform future decisions. Focus on your goal, and how you get from your present location/situation (the here and now) to there (your future goal.)

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Take wisdom where ever you find it.

I urge you to use the waterline standard. Above the water line, fail quickly. Below the waterline, take your time and make the best decision possible.

Now we have an additional meme here: A “good” decision is the best one you can make, right now, with the available information.

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MONEY: taxation distorts the individual’s finances

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/guillory10.htm

Thrift and Liberty
by Gil Guillory

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Taxes. Not only is taxation perhaps the most evil institution left on earth, now that chattel slavery is virtually extinct, taxation distorts the individual’s finances. We are all familiar with the social engineering in the US Federal Income Tax, with credits and deductions for all manner of activities the state officially encourages or discourages. But much worse is the attack on capital which the tax system represents. Consider: your wages are taxed, with what’s left, you invest in stocks of companies, the profits on the companies you invest in are taxed, with what’s left of that, the company pays you dividends or increases retained earnings, and then those dividends or capital gains are then taxed.

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We can’t even calculate the ax load we carrying. Taxes are buried inside everything.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Tom Snyder Dies At 71

http://www.knbc.com/entertainment/13779880/detail.html

Broadcaster Tom Snyder Dies At 71
His Smoke-Filled Interviews Were Late-Night Staple
POSTED: 6:14 am PDT July 30, 2007
UPDATED: 7:06 am PDT July 30, 2007

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SAN FRANCISCO — Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.

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That’s sad. I always like him. He was from what I call the “Johnny Carson – Pat Sajack” school of broadcasting. Just came across as a nice. never took himself too seriously and remembered his roots. I have no way of knowing if perception matched reality. But I’ll add his name to my “no I lay me down to sleep” list.

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RANT: One good rant deserves another!

http://katekosior.blogspot.com/2007/07/shame.html

Kate … naturally
Life’s a beach

Saturday, July 28, 2007
SHAME!

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Willfully disregarding all the bad press, and because they have to, Aetna released its earnings statement Thursday. They have made record profits by “higher premiums and reducing health care costs.” Translation: Making people pay more and providing them with less. BOO!

If you’re on Aetna and have another choice, this may be the time to leave.

Posted by Kate/Susan at 6:30 AM

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Perhaps, your derision is misplaced? I think the villain in story is the actor off stage — the gooferment.

Remember the Wage and Price controls of WW2? No, I didn’t think so. They happened before I was born too. The Gooferment instituted wage and price controls to fool the people and make their war cheaper than it actually was. Now, they can’t repeal the laws of economics. Business want to attract and retain better people. Since they couldn’t pay more, the meme of “benefits” was created. And, the gooferement let them game the system and it was tax deductible. TO make it even worse, the “benefit” was deductible to the business but not the individual. Argh!

Fast forward, thru all the laws, regulations, and diktats that makes healthcare unaffordable. Who did that? The gooferment!

Now, the politicians of both parties — who are merely different sides of the same criminal class — offer to rescue us from the problem they created. And, we criticize everyone but who we should be excoriating. The gooferment, the politicians, and the bureaucrats.

What a mess!

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Note: One good rant deserves another!

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TECH SERVICE: YOUTUBE & my blog — I just found that … …

… … I can easily stick a YouTube on my blog.

http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=62369&topic=10836

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How do I add a blog to my YouTube account?

To add a blog to your account, follow the steps below:

1. Click the “Video Posting Settings” link (http://www.youtube.com/my_profile_blogs) on your account page.
2. Click the “adding” link (http://www.youtube.com/my_profile_blogs_add).
3. Choose your blog service from the drop-down list provided and enter your username and password.
4. Click the “Add Blog” button.
5. Wait a moment while we retrieve your blog information. (Note: If you have more than one blog under the email you’ve entered, you’ll be directed to a page where you can select which of your blogs you want to add.)
6. You’ll receive a message saying your blog was successfully added!

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Some observations, since nothing is as easy or as good as it seems.

(1) It works BUT it puts it in with no title and the default category.

(2) I’m not sure how this hits your performance.

(3) I’m not sure how this adds to YOUR value. You could just put a link. In my case I’m running a “plog” (i.e., a personal weblog that whines about whatever interests me) and I have no illusions of fame, fortune, continued employment, or my “brand”.

You might care (i.e., be careful of what you host or refer to). It becomes YOUR digital dirt.

I wonder that a screw up on youtube could reflect badly upon you. You see a picture of puppies. Include it in your blog. YouTube screws up. You now have animal porn on your blog. How do you explain that in your interview.

I might want to host some of my training videos I make for fun. And, display them for fun. (I don’t have an ego problem. I star in all my own videos. Making it into the horror genre!)

It presents an interesting oppty?

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JOBSEARCH: Emurse, an anagram for Resume, is a tool

http://www.emurse.com/about

About Emurse.com
Information about Emurse.com

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Emurse, an anagram for Resume, is a powerful online tool designed to help take control of your job hunt. Some features:

  • Resume Builder
  • Resume Website
  • Resume Management
  • Networking
  • Personalized Job Postings
  • Job Search
  • Job Hunt Organizer

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I’m not so sure that I buy into that it does all of these things, but it does “do” resumes. As such, I’ve always thought that the universe needed an xml for resumes. Maybe this is it. I think it can save those “out” some time and effort. Those “in” can use it for the passive trolling everyone should be doing. If you think like I do that I’ll never have another job, please visit my turkey farm (http://tinyurl.com/lxu93) and check out the accommodations, you’ll be there soon. Every time I am sure of something, the Universe orders me up a whole big heaping dish of “humble pie” and sends me a lesson.

ymmv fwiw I like it,
fjohn
the big fat old turkey hisself

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UPDATE: Fixed typo. Argh!

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LIBERTY: Ron Paul handles a very tough issue

National Right to Life Convention

May I call your attention to what I think is an excellent video about right to life. Note that we as a nation have to have a discussion about this very important moral issue. While I came down solidly on the “Life” side, I am also a little L libertarian. So, I’m not going to force anyone to do anything. We are going to have a discussion, (it’s already going on), and people will do what is right. NO gooferment involvement!

PRODUCTIVITY: Continuous Partial Attention

FROM MLPF

http://jayderagon.com/blog/?p=94

The Attention Factor
Author: Jay Deragon
07 28th, 2007

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My response…”Without your commitment to spend the time planning and thinking about hundreds of related issues and interactions what your asking for it is impossible. His response was I can give you no more than an hour a day and he said the other executive on the phone could also give about an hour a day. They simply don’t get it! They suffer from The Attention Factor and what I will label as “Continuous Partial Attention” or CPA.

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I see a ton of this these days. Recently I gave a presentation where of the 18 people “listening”, only 3 were paying attention. Some didn’t even pretend to be attentive. I’m used to dealing with people who are day dreaming when I talk to them. Guess I’m boring them. So when I see the eyes glaze over, I stop. What does one do with today’s executives? Nothing imho. Don’t waste your time. I guess that’s why at work, people seem to want my opinion. When someone comes and says gave I talk to you, I say “sure, one sec”, and I close the laptop and give them my undivided attention. It’s a matter of respect. Sigh, so I didn’t get it in my recent presentation, but that’s OK, they are “senior leadership”. What were they leading, surely not me.

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FABLES: THE WILD AND FREE PIGS OF OKEFENOKEE SWAMP

http://reactor-core.org/fable-okefenokee.html

THE WILD AND FREE PIGS OF OKEFENOKEE SWAMP
by Steve Washam
based on a telling by George Gordon

Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some horses to his Studebaker wagon, packed a few possessions – especially his traps – and drove south.

Several weeks later, he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It was a Saturday morning – a lazy day – when he walked into the general store. Sitting around the pot-bellied stove were seven or eight of the town’s local citizens.

The traveler spoke. “Gentlemen, could you direct me to the Okefenokee Swamp?”

Some of the old-timers looked at him like he was crazy.

“You must be a stranger in these parts,” they said.

“I am. I’m from North Dakota,” said the stranger.

“In the Okefenokee Swamp are thosuands of wild hogs,” one old man explained. “A man who goes into the swamp by himself asks to die!”

He lifted up his leg. “I lost half my leg here, to the pigs of the swamp.”

Another old fellow said, “Look at the cuts on me; look at my arm bit off! Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and rooting out roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They’re wild and they’re dangerous. You can’t trap them. No man dare go into the swamp by himself.”

Every man nodded his head in agreement.

The old trapper said, “Thank you so much for the warning. Now could you direct me to the swamp?”

They said, “Well, yeah, it’s due south – straight down the road,” but they begged the stranger not to go, because they knew he’d meet a terrible fate.

He said, “Sell me ten sacks of corn, and help me load it in the wagon.” And they did.

Then the old trapper bade them farewell and drove on down the road. The townsfolk thought theyd never see him again.

Two weeks later, the man came back. He pulled up to the general store, got down off the wagon, walked in, and bought ten more sacks of corn. After loading it up, he went back down the road toward the swamp.

Two weeks later, he returned and again bought ten more sacks of corn. This went on for a month. And then, two months, and three. Every week or two, the old trapper would come into town on a Saturday morning, load up ten sacks of corn, and drive off south into the swamp.

The stranger soon became a legend in the little village and the subject of much speculation. People wondered what kind of devil had possessed this man, that he could go into the Okefenokee by himself and not be consumed by the wild and free hogs.

One morning, the man came into town as usual. Everyone thought he wanted more corn. He got off the wagon and went into the store where the usual group of men were gathered around the stove. He took off his gloves.

“Gentlemen,” he said, “I need to hire about ten or fifteen wagons. I need twenty or thirty men. I have six thousand hogs out in the swamp, penned up, and they’re all hungry. I’ve got to get them to market right away.”

“You’ve got WHAT in the swamp?” asked the store-keeper, incredulously.

“I have six thousand hogs penned up. They haven’t eaten for two or three days, and they’ll starve if I don’t get back there to feed and take care of them.”

One of the old-timers said, “You mean you’ve captured the wild hogs of the Okefenokee?”

“That’s right.”

“How did you do that? What did you do?” the man urged, breathlessly.

One of them exclaimed, “But I lost my arm!”

“I lost my brother!” cried another.

“I lost my leg to those wild boars!” chimed a third.

The trapper said, “Well, the first week I went in there they were wild all right. They hid in the under-growth and wouldn’t come out. I dared not get off the wagon. So I spread corn along behind the wagon. Every day, I’d spread a sack of corn.”

“The old pigs would have nothing to do with it. But, the younger pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn than it was to root out roots and catch snakes. So, the very young began to eat the corn first. I did this every day. Pretty soon, even the old pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn. After all, they were all free; they were not penned up. They could run off in any direction they wanted at any time.”

“The next thing was to get them used to eating in the same place all the time. So I selected a clearing. At first, they wouldnt come to the clearing. It was too far. It was too open. It was a nuisance to them.”

“But, the very young decided that it was easier to take the corn in the clearing than it was to root out roots and catch their own snakes. And not long thereafter, the older pigs also decided that it was easier to come to the clearing every day.”

“And so the pigs learned to come to the clearing every day to get their free corn. They could still subsidize their diets with roots and snakes and whatever else they wanted. After all, they were all free. They could run in any direction at any time. There were no bounds upon them.”

“The next step was to get them used to fence posts. So I put fence posts all the way around the clearing. I put them in the underbrush so that they wouldnt get suspicious or upset. After all, they were just sticks sticking up out of the ground, like the trees and the brush. The corn was there every day. It was easy to walk in between the posts, get the corn, and walk back out.”

“This went on for a week or two. Shortly they became very used to walking into the clearing, getting the free corn, and walking back out through the fence posts.”

“The next step was to put one rail down at the bottom. I also left a few openings, so that the older, fatter pigs could walk through the openings and the younger pigs could easily jump over just one rail. After all, it was not a real threat to their freedom or independence. They could always jump over the rail and flee in any direction at any time.”

“Now I decided that I wouldn’t feed them every day. I began to feed them every other day. On the days I didnt feed them, the pigs still gathered in the clearing. They squealed, and they grunted, and they begged, and they pleaded with me to feed them. But I only fed them every other day. And I put a second rail around the posts.”

“Now the pigs became more and more desperate for food because they were no longer used to going out and digging their own roots and finding their own food. They now needed me. They needed my corn every other day.”

“So I trained them that I would feed them every other day if they came in through a gate. And I put up a third rail around the fence. But it was still no great threat to their freedom, because there were several gates and they could run in and out at will.”

“Finally, I put up the fourth rail. Then I closed all the gates but one, and I fed them very, very well.”

“Yesterday, I closed the last gate.”

“And today, I need you to help me take those pigs to market.”

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GUNS: An elderly beaten unconscious man awoke and shot the man

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8QL3RVO0&show_article=1

Cops: Man, 93, Shoots Violent Robber
Jul 27 02:46 PM US/Eastern

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EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) – An elderly man beaten unconscious by an assailant wielding a soda can awoke and shot the man during an attempted robbery, police said.

Willie Lee Hill, 93, told police he saw the robber while in his bedroom Wednesday night. Hill confronted the man and was struck at least 50 times, police said. He was knocked unconscious.

Covered in blood, Hill regained consciousness a short time later and pulled a .38-caliber handgun on his attacker. The suspect, Douglas B. Williams Jr., saw the gun and charged the man, who fired a bullet that struck Williams in the throat, police said.

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My only criticism is that the old gent didn’t clean up the gene pool while he was at it. When you’re in that situation, you just empty the gun at the bad guy.

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RANT: Tax revolt?

http://members.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0813/033a.html

Digital Rules
The Coming Blue State Tax Revolt
Rich Karlgaard 08.13.07, 12:00 AM ET

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Markets decide house prices. People decide tax rates. I have a hunch we’ll see a Blue State tax revolt soon.

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Everyone should be revolting about taxes. It’s the producers versus the takers. No one should be getting a “free ride”. I’ll decide about charity. No some politician with my money. And certainly not some faceless bureaucrat.

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INTERESTING: Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy

http://opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110010381

Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy
As they say on the moon, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!”
BY TAYLOR DINERMAN
Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

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In 1958, in response to what he saw as a liberal effort to weaken America’s military, he set aside the “Sex and God” book on which he had been working and wrote “Starship Troopers.” This was probably his most controversial book. In it he imagines a future society in which the right to vote must be earned by volunteering for service, including service in the military. In response to claims that the book glorifies the military, he wrote: “It does indeed. Specifically, the P.B.I., the Poor Bloody Infantry, the mudfoot who puts his frail body between his loved home and the war’s desolation–but is rarely appreciated.”

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I read that in high school, and I still think that the “right to vote” should be earned. The book makes the point that only vets understand. Everybody else is “debating society” (quoting from memory). I know one thing. If only vets were voting, then there would be far fewer wars! I’m a legatee of Heinlein. And, I grok liberty!

P.S.: The reviewer forgot the ants quote.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

None of which can be done by any graduates of gooferment schools these days.

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MONEY: Renewed my XM subscription

OK, it’s Frau’s subscription, but it was a “honey do”! It was interesting that there was a 28% discount for a multi year subscription. There were no human beings handling the call. (Activating Frau’s replacement credit card was an automated experience as well. Another honey do! She lose her card and I get work to do. Sigh!) Of interest in this exchange was that there was no confirmation number. And, a lot of dumb repetition. Sigh. SO, if the transaction gets “lost”, how do I prove I did it. Better yet, how do I get credit for completing a honey do?

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MONEY: Renewed my XM subscription

OK, it’s Frau’s subscription, but it was a “honey do”! It was interesting that there was a 28% discount for a multi year subscription. There were no human beings handling the call. (Activating Frau’s replacement credit card was an automated experience as well. Another honey do! She lose her card and I get work to do. Sigh!) Of interest in this exchange was that there was no confirmation number. And, a lot of dumb repetition. Sigh. SO, if the transaction gets “lost”, how do I prove I did it. Better yet, how do I get credit for completing a honey do?

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RANT: Edwards: “They want to shut me up” Yup, I do!

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0707/Edwards_They_want_to_shut_me_up.html

July 27, 2007
Edwards: “They want to shut me up”

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This stuff’s not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I’m out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That’s what this is about. “Let’s distract from people who don’t have health care coverage. Let’s distract from people who can’t feed their children…. Let’s talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won’t pay attention.”

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don’t stand up to these people, if we don’t fight em, if we don’t beat them, they’re going to continue to control this country. Thye’re going to control the media. They’re going to control what’s being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody.

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“Universalhealthcare”!?!

Please a tax funded boobdoggle (Not just an ordinary boodoggle! This appeals to boobs who can’t see the “barbara streisand” he’s peddling!) boon to the medical establishment, gooferment bureaucrats of all shapes ‘n’ sizes, and the trial lawyers.

The Soviet Union demonstrated how well <insert favorite service> can be delivered by the gooferment. Examine how well the Post Office delivers mail. Is the VA the exemplar of how the gooferment will provide you health care. We already have working examples about how everyday health care will be delivered by the gooferment — Medicare and Medicaid. We already have examples of “universal healthcare” Canada, England, and Australia.

No, “universal healthcare” is an attempt by the politicians, who created the problem with various laws, to convince us to let them “solve” it.

Shut up and sit down, Senator.

You’ve contributed to the mess, voted for the war, and gotten some expensive hair cuts.

You are a joke. Time for you to get a real job.

My fellow alum had a great cartoon (http://www.jerrybreen.com)

xcaricature hillbillies

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INTERESTING: what can we reasonable expect to accomplish in a solidly “Democratic” state

FROM AN EMAIL TO THE MEETUP GROUP

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Hi Fred, and all the others here at Edison aka Ron_Paul_Edison_MeetUp,

Of course as a little L libertarian, I’m wildly interested in supporting Ron Paul. (I’ve sent him two modest contributions.) However, given that NJ is a solidly “Democratic” state, what can we reasonable expect to accomplish?

The NJ primary is late in the season; so the issue of nomination should be decided by the time we get to vote. I’d suggest that probably the “best” that we achieve is to split the anti-war dems from their machine. We can also probably drive a wedge between the grass roots republicans and their machine. In terms of the electoral map, I don’t see that there’s much that can be done. NJ votes Democratic and there’s not a lot that can be done about that. Even if we split the people on the war issue, AND we could surprise with the vote (That’s a big if!), so what! (If NJ was to go for Ron Paul, then he’s already won by the time it gets to us.) So how can we help get this past where the NJ vote even matters. (If Ron Paul needs NJ to get nominated or elected, he’s probably “duck soup”.)

I’m not a defeatist, “woe is me” type fellow. Just practical.

So what I would propose is that the single most effective thing we can do is fund raise for Ron Paul.

Follow that up by “out reach out of state” to have NJers who are Ron Paul supporters reach out to friends, family, and others OUTSIDE of New Jersey to support Ron Paul. Finally, we can blanket the NY/NJ media, which is part of the media duopoly between LA & NYC, with Ron Paul stuff: email to outlets, letter to the editor, blog comments, other web 2.0 social networking.

That would be my suggestion for NJ Ron Paul 2008 priority efforts:

  • Money
  • Out state personal exhortations (i.e., Iowa)
  • NJ/NY media blitz
  • Building grass roots buzz

If we can do that, it might be MORE important than any failed effort to “win” NJ for Ron Paul. The buzz that we create might be a “bigger win”.

IMHO,
a frustrated NJ libertarian,
fjohn

Ferdinand J. Reinke
Kendall Park, NJ 08824

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From: ron paul edison nj @ meetup.com] On Behalf Of fred stein
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 6:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ronpaul edison] Lets get the Ball Rolling

Ron Paul is going to shock America when he wins in New Hampshire.

Fred Stein

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GUNS: BEST GUN BUYBACK

http://www.clairewolfe.com/wolfesblog/00002633.html

BEST GUN BUYBACK

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One member, acting as clueless about guns as the organizers of the event, proceeded to turn this junk in 10 guns at a time to several of the buyback locations. His bags of rusty junk revolvers was, in the course of the morning, turned several thousand dollars worth of prepaid Mastercards. And here’s the best part – the money was then used to help fund a local youth shooting camp. Ha! What cooler thing to do than take the gun-grabbers’ money and use it to introduce youngsters to shooting sports?

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You have to love ingenuity!

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INTERESTING: The state makes us pay for things

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lora/m.lora35.html

Against Cross-Subsidization, Against Socialism
by Manuel Lora

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The state makes us pay for things that we either do not want, or do not want as much of as we are made to finance.

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Maybe this is how we reduce the size of gooferment. But we can’t refuse to pay for services we don’t want, can’t use, or are too expensive for us.

Sigh!

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PRODUCTIVITY: and asking someone else to confirm

http://www.clairewolfe.com/wolfesblog/00002632.html

07/26/2007 Entry: “Quote from “Crazy Time” (definition of sanity)”

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Sanity was being firm with clients and telling them there was self-esteem in standing on an assembly line all day putting a gidget in a gadget; and it was putting the damn gidget in the damn gadget and asking someone else to confirm that it was all right to do that.

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No checking the checkers!

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YahooAnswers: Status “BEST” awarded; selected “best by voters”

YAHOO ANSWER: start investing

http:// answers.yahoo.com/question/
;_ylt=Ajc.cSp3s66dlx8NU73r
fQ6vxQt.?link=answer&.crumb=sXRU6OYqF03&qid=20070712
090500AANTLkC&.done=http%253A%252F%252Fanswers.yahoo.com
%252Fquestion%252Findex%253Fqid%253D20070712090500AANTLkC

http://tinyurl.com/yo22zb

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start investing

QUESTION

Asked by “barteq007?

How do I start investing?

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Just received word that this was selected “best by voters”.

2 votes of 3 cast among 2 answers.

Ten meaningless points.

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RANT: Why I support Ron Paul

Why Dr Ron Paul?

• He has never voted to raise taxes.
• He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
• He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
• He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
• He has never taken a government-paid junket.
• He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
• He voted against the Patriot Act.
• He voted against regulating the Internet.
• He voted against the Iraq war.
• He opposed the Federal Reserve.

And, he speaks from his heart and doesn’t change his position based on this poll or that.

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INTERESTING: All Ponzi schemes end

The Old Mercantilism and the New
by Gary North
http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north551.html

 

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There are hints that there is a new form of mercantilism coming. China, meaning the People’s Bank of China, purchased 9.9% of the Blackstone hedge fund in May. It paid $3 billion. The PBOC has set up a rumored $300 billion fund for purchasing foreign equities and other unnamed assets. This is a shift from debt to equity, from foreign governments’ promises to pay to actual ownership of foreign companies and assets.

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Does the USA’s empire end “soon”?

We converted from the Revolutionary War America in 1860 with the War of Northern Aggression. We converted from a peaceful country with a bias for isolationism with WW1 that our political class steered us into. We allowed that political class to shoot us in the foot with the Smoot Hawley tariff and mislead us by calling The Great Depression. We were robbed of our sound money by FDR with his socialist agenda. When even that didn’t work, he shoved us into WW2. With that we became an empire. Fast forward six decades later, the “rewards” of these policies, like the proverbial chickens, are coming home to roost.

Is it China that, to use a poker term, “felts us”?

Are they in such a world of hurt that we’re going to be another unfortunate casualty? Of the monetary war to come.

One can envision some of the disastrous consequences of our past excesses.

  • The social security insurance timebomb explodes and the youth can’t afford to pay the claims of the old folks.
  • The health care bills zoom even further out of sight as the lifespan increases.
  • The Arabs start selling oil in the golden dinar as opposed to fiat currencies.
  • The Chinese use their reserves to own the resources everyone needs.

The dollar plummets on a fast track to the bottom. Do we, the American people, just abrogate our agreements and return to Constitutional dollars. It would be an “interesting strategy”. I’m not sure how it really unwinds. Does some future President just declare a bank holiday and “go fishing” after making the announcement that the Federal Reserve bank Note is no longer legal tender in the USA. That’s a good strategy. Let the marketplace figure it out. Maybe the Federal Reserve can figure out how it survives without it’s monopoly on money.

So what does the local savings bank do? Run this play out. Depositors are insured by the FDIC to 100k. If the FRBN is no longer money, then the bank’s dollars are in effect worthless. It probably has stocks and bonds. So the FDIC will have to make good on deposits. But clearly everyone is taking a big haircut.

Think about the ante bellum South where you’re rich with a pocket full of Confederate dollars. Or post WW2 Germany with paper marks. Or post WW1 Germany with paper marks. Or modern day Zaire with 1000% annual inflation.

It’s really hard to envision.

How does one prepare for a fiscal tsunami?

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