RANT: Ron Paul Wins Five Straw Polls

Thursday, August 23, 2007

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/014853.html

August 23, 2007
Ron Paul Wins Five Straw Polls, Mainstream Media Remains Silent
Posted by Chris Brunner at August 23, 2007 05:28 AM

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Whether it’s Washington, Alabama, New Hampshire, or South Carolina, the message is the same. We want our freedom, our rights, our money, and our country back, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Thousands are driving from all of their states to show support resulting in straw poll victories for Ron Paul with percentages as high as 81%. Dr. Paul has placed in a total of 16 straw polls now, tying him with Romney and thrusting him far beyond Giuliani in terms of visible support, and not a word about the trend can be heard from the mainstream media. To put this into perspective, there were over 4,800 articles in the mainstream media about the Iowa straw poll in which Mitt Romney spent over $200,000 ensuring his win, while there are a whopping 162 mainstream articles combined from all five straw polls in which Ron Paul was victorious. Most of these mentions are no more than a one-senence blurb incorporated into an article about a more general topic.

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Argh!

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TECH SOFTWARE: Warning on Micorsoft Live Writer in blog updating

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Interesting that Microsoft Live Writer, when it takes an error, may post to a different blog than you expect. Extreme care need when using it!

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LINUX: Anything windoze does, it should do better?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

http://www.emperorlinux.com/mfgr/dell/tiger/?tab=overview

The Tiger (Dell Latitude D630) 5# Linux

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# Full Linux support: up to 15″ SXGA+ w/ X @ 1400×1050
# Full Linux support: 1667 – 2200 MHz Core 2 Duo
# Full Linux support: 512 – 2 G RAM, expands to 4 G
# Full Linux support: 60 – 120 GB Hard Drive
# Full Linux support: DVD+/-RW Drive, or DVDROM Drive, or CDRW/DVD Drive
# Specification: 5.2 pounds
# Full Linux support: up to 10/100/1000 Mbps ethernet
# Full Linux support: 802.11a/b/g (54Mbps) WiFi
# Specification: Linux Pre-Configured (dual boot available)
# Specification: EmperorLinux user’s manual
# Specification: Three year warranty & One year tech support

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Getting ready to take the plunge. Only two real obstacles to plopping down Frau’s credit card.

(1) Critical: Can I use my existing VWBBie card and subscription?

(2) Moderate; Can it fax?

(3) Trivial: Can it support usb thumb and disk drives?

(4) Trivial: Printer support?

(5) Trivial: Anything windoze does, it should do better?

Did I miss anything?

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LIBERTY: Denying genocides is like defying gravity; it can kill you.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/08/22/no_room_to_deny_genocide/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+–+Jeff+Jacoby+columns

No room to deny genocide
By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist | August 22, 2007

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Genocide denial must be intolerable to everyone, but above all to those for whom “never again” is such a sacred principle. And at a time when jihadist violence from Darfur to Ground Zero has spilled so much innocent blood, dissimulation about the jihad of 1915 can only aid our enemies.

The Armenian genocide is an incontestable fact of history. Shame on anyone who refuses to say so.

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It takes gooferment to kill large numbers of people. Failing to recognize that fact is what enables it to happen.

I guess I was “fortunate” as a child to meet and talk with people who either survived or whose parents survived three of the major genocides — the Shoah, the Armenian killings, and the Irish Black ‘n’ Tans persecution. We were taught in school about the American Indian, the Russian Gualgs, Mao’s Starvation, and the Cambodian Killing Fields.

As such, I know no matter what gooferments would like to pretend it happened.

If paradigms are the way we see things and meme are our ideas, then the cooperation paradigm as implemented in the meme of gooferment is very dangerous. Like playing with fire, gooferment can burn us.

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TECHNOLOGY: Free education in an unlikely place

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My meme for job search is like this:

** Doctrine — why are we turkeys — thinking about thinking — how do I value things — how will I measure success or failure.

** Methodology — the process of job search — what do I have to do — what should I want to do. — effectiveness & efficiency.

** Strategy — the big picture — what am I peddling? (UVE USP) what can I sell at what price? what is my roi? Where are my customers? What are my expectations?

** Tactics — machine gun mass mailing, shotgun all in a some subset, rifle shots at key targets, pistol shots up close and personal.

** Technology — internet, computers, manual methods, mail, fax, web, phones

Under “doctrine”, I see EDUCATION as so much cheaper than EXPERIENCE. So one of my values is to seek education whenever I can get it. Free education is even better. I like to say, “You don’t have to pay tuition for every lesson. You can learn from mistakes. And, you don’t even have to make every mistake yourself!”

So here is a strategy to get some free education. Join the Telegraph’s free “Business Club”. They have some videos and stuff that is educational.

http://www.telegraphbusinessclub.co.uk/default.asp?p_id=masterclass#

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Ten minutes is all it takes! Now you can learn from the experts – the easy way.

Business Club has worked with Experts Online to film interviews with business specialists talking about topics we judge to be of key importance to ambitious entrepreneurs and the top management staff of small and medium sized enterprises.

But we know you are busy running your business. So we have edited all the content to ensure that each MasterClass covers the key points you need to know – but does not last more than ten minutes.

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Ignore that it’s from the UK. (Americans are too US centric anyway.) Ignore that it’s usually by some one peddling something. BUT do distill the lesson from it.

For example, here’s one there:

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How SMEs can compete
in the technology race

Alexandra Bottomley
Head of Marketing Operations, BT
Frank Shaw
Foresight Director, Centre for Future Studies

Seventy six percent of SMEs are sleepwalking into major business problems because they fail to invest in technology, according to research by the Centre for Future Studies. This Masterclass examines the report’s contents and explores how BT can help businesses compete more effectively.

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And here’s what I took away.

* Many small players are at technology disadvantage that magnifies over time.
* People select the cheapest solution aot the best value.
* tendency to overinvest in current technology.
* Key: What do you want to achieve? How can technology help reach that goal?
* People want service and support they can trust to answer a phone call.
* “I make it my job to communicate with my Customers at least once per month”.
* The telephone is part of a technology plan.
* “A small business can use technology is incredible effective ways a relatively low cost.”
* Future-proof
* “Do you know what it is that your children will be able to do in 15 years time, that technology can’t”
* “What skills do we need to be teaching our children today to prepare for the future?”
* “What skills <that you are selling today> will be gone?
* How does one gain competitive advantage in a global world.

I think these things are great. YMMV!

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INTERESTING: Wally Wallington should be an American icon

Thursday, August 23, 2007

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/014842.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvx5gSnfW4

August 22, 2007
The Amazing Wally Wallington
Posted by Lew Rockwell at August 22, 2007 09:15 AM

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A Michigan construction worker shows how Stonehenge might have been built. (Thanks to Porter Davis.)

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Ever since I visited it, as an injineer, I was impressed with how smart the prehistoric people were. We think we’re so smart. You move a big rock into a position like at Stonehenge. We are taught that these massive structures were built by gobs of people. But maybe there are simpler explanations. Wally demonstrates that a PhD is not required to solve problems. In some respects, it’s probably a detriment. Gooferment education has dumbed us down and the whole intellectual environment has atrophied our brains. We need more Wallys and Wally-like thinking by real people; not “leaders”, “educators”, and “experts”. We need common sense.

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