MONEY: invest in yourself

Eight ways to invest in yourself
Published October 25th, 2007 in Investing.

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* Start a blog.

* Get started on a back-up profession.

* Start up a side business.

* Exercise.

* Learn a skill that helps you to be more self-sufficient.

* Learn a second language.

* Take a Myers-Briggs test.

* Important to help others.

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Feathers in with my strategy about success in the future.

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POLITICAL: Eleven-million people got to see this relaxed and funny champion of freedom

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No question the Tonight Show was the best media appearance ever for Ron. Eleven-million people got to see this relaxed and funny champion of freedom, prosperity, and peace allowed to talk without interruption. How many were persuaded, or at least fascinated and decided to learn more? A huge number. Indeed, I am convinced this show will be seen as an historic moment in the story of libertarianism. Good for Leno, who disagrees on the war and the income tax and much else, but was a great host.

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Looks like Ron Paul hit it out of the park on Leno!

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INTERESTING: Free Lauren Canario




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29 October 2007

Mark Kappelhoff
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Criminal Section, PHB
Washington, D.C. 20530
By fax (202) 616-0372 –

Re: Lauren Canario #42103
Hillsborough Co. Corrections
445 Willow Street
Manchester, NH 03103

Dear Mr. Kappelhoff:

As I understand your responsibilities, you handle:
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Official Misconduct (18 U.S.C.§ § 241, 242) — Intentional acts by law enforcement officials who misuse their positions to unlawfully deprive individuals of constitutional rights, such as the right to be free from unwarranted assaults, illegal arrests and searches, and theft of property.
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May I call your attention to what I believe is a Federal civil rights violation. As usual, a protestor has fallen afoul of some judge’s sense of “the law”. As a citizen, may I ask you to inquire as to the circumstances of Lauren Canario being imprisoned? To speed your inquiry, you might want to address the question directly to: Judge Martha Crocker c/o MCrocker@Courts.State.NH.US.

An injustice to one citizen is an injustice to all. After all we have the warning of Pastor Martin Niemöller which I take very seriously. I regard myself as a member of the “new media”. Blogs are the newspapers of the Twenty First Century. So I am looking forward to your response, which I can post on my blog.


Ferdinand J. Reinke
3 Tyne Court
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
Webform that creates an urgent email =>
Web page =>
My blog =>
LinkedIn url =>


Frank Lautenberg
United States Senate
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510-3003

Robert Menendez
United States Senate
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510-3002

Rush Holt
United States House of Representatives
1019 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515-3012

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Let’s see if this accomplishes anything.

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POLITICAL: Ron Paul … on Leno

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LENO: sales tax, flat tax, the English have this big value added tax …

RON PAUL: I’m for a flat tax … real flat … like zero!

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Ron Paul: there’s probably a risk I could win!

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He got a quick eight minutes at the end of the show. And the old geezer got his points across. Clearly, Leno was not amused and brought out all the Left’s tired arguments — without taxes there’s be no roads — without taxes the gooferment wouldn’t have enough to spend — without … — and when he ran out of ammo, cause Ron was mischievously hitting the out of the park, he asked his age. 72! (Regan was older.)

He, any press is good press. In this case, he did well.

I’d suggest a look at the eight minute video.

(I was a bad boy and stayed up past my bedtime to watch it live. Go Ron Paul!)

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LINKEDIN: prune the deadwood


>the connections you made from that MySQL blast that put the recipients in the cc field instead of the bcc field

Sure, while I haven’t chatted with him yet this year, I know he had two LinkedIn accounts at one time. Wonder if he ever had them merged?

That’s a interesting question.

I don’t know how many contacts I picked up that way. I do know that my “average days outstanding is 231. And my target for LinkedIn contacts is 180.

So I’m glad you asked.

I feel that I have identified about 5% of my contacts that are “dead”. It probably makes sense to prune the deadwood.

Maybe I should have a “census” of biblical proportions? Unlike Herord’s, contacts wouldn’t have to return to their birth city. Just reply to an email. Seems like a good idea.

How do you manage your LinkedIn connections?

Or, any connections?

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TECHNOLOGY: Vanguard’s website


Vanguard’s website is so … … frustrating.

Do the developers ever really use the darn thing?

First, it confuses all of your “stuff” into one screen. Sorry, for legal purposes I know Frau and I are a couple. BUT, she does her stuff and I do mine.

Second, it confuses all my “stuff” together. My old pension plan from my own biz two years ago, my IRA, my new pension plan. It’s all muddled together.

Third, it doesn’t allow me to easily change to a new investment. Taxible accounts are very dangerous. Make a mistake and you’ve incurred taxes.


I hate technology that isn’t easy to use.

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TECHNOLOGY: A new way to collect DOTCOMERADEN!

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Send this link to your friends to tell them about Digg. You could stick it on your blog, instant message it, or email it to people. We’ve even got a handy form below to help you email it.

After you send the link your friends will be able to easily register on Digg and they’ll automatically have you as a friend. Your name will appear also briefly on the homepage as a recognition that you’ve added someone and so other people can see what you did. We count someone as added after they’ve completed registration and they’ve Dugg at least three stories.

Once your friends have been added you can also see them added in your profile in your stats. Thanks a lot for helping us spread the word about Digg!

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Yet another way to “bond” with me.

Let me adjust my tinfoil hat. There are dragons to slay!

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INTERESTING: some folks have taken leave of their common sense


Poll: US Attitudes About Internet Are Insane
Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick / October 25, 2007 / 22 comments

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Zogby International and 463 Communications released the results last night of an interesting and well executed poll about the attitudes US adults have about the internet.

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Tracking chips, brain implants, and the whole inet in one’s head.

I agree some folks have taken leave of their common sense.

Imagine the porn industry then?

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FUN: 8 tonnes of cement

8 tonnes of cement drop in for a drink
By SONIA GERKEN – The Southland Times | Monday, 29 October 2007

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A building project next door to the Howl at the Moon restaurant and bar in Gore’s Main St literally burst through the wall on Friday, sending 4000L of wet concrete spewing into the dining area.

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Sounds like a college prank except this was for real.

Since no one was physically hurt, it’s good for a laugh.

If you want to see the difference in cultures, read the reporting. How calm! “… it was hoped insurance would cover everything”.

How civilized!

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PRODUCTIVITY: Knowing when to fold ’em

TSA screeners fail most bomb tests
By Michael Hampton on TSA

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Transportation Security Administration screeners at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport missed more than 60% of bomb components which undercover agents attempted to smuggle through airport checkpoints, according to a classified report. The January 2007 report, obtained by USA TODAY, also said that screeners at Los Angeles International Airport failed to detect the bomb parts and fake explosives about 75 percent of the time. But screeners at San Francisco, who work for a private contractor under a pilot program, missed only 20% during a recent round of red team testing by the Department of Homeland Security.

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There’s an old wall street expression that says “when you’re in a hole, stop digging!”

Perhaps it’s time for us to dig the TSA a grave. With the best of intentions, it was supposed to keep us safe. I’d say it’s an idea who’s time has past. Long past.

Give the pilot and co-pilot a side arm. (They were packing for a while when they did mail runs.) Passengers are not going to stand idly by any more while someone drives a plane into a building. Return security to the airlines where it should have been all along.

Move on to real scary things, like the gooferment flying nukes over America.


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FUN: “Find the hat”

An urban legend, but this is how I heard it.

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Back in the 1950s, men wore hats as part of their business attire.

An IBM sales rep, new on the job, was going to call on a key customer in Texas. The old sales rep met him for he was to introduce the new rep. The old rep was aghast that the new rep had no cowboy hat. “You’ll never be taken seriously”, he advised. So the stopped at the local Stetson dealer, and the new rep purchased a fine $100 Stetson cowboy hat. (In the Fifties, a hundred dollars was “real money; not like today!) The meeting went well and the new rep was warmly greeted by the client.

Everything was right with the world.

In preparing his Sales Report, the new sales rep also prepared his expense report. Of course, he attached all his receipts as part of his expenses as required by the IBM policy, including the one for the hat.

His boss returned the expense report, telling him to “lose the hat.” While the rep felt it was needed that didn’t matter. It was not on the official schedule of reimbursable expenses. And so the company wouldn’t pay for a hat!

So, the sales rep turned in a new expense report … for the same amount, but with no line in the report for the hat. In response to his boss’ questioning look, the man said, “Find the hat.”

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Obviously a urban legend since no one at IBM would have ever been so confrontational.

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FUN: PaiGow session#2 at more modest $20 table

20071028 paigow #2

What was interesting in this session is the player to my far left was playing “hunches”. Varying her bet and varying her bonus play.

Guess what?

She was wiped out.

Note: 5Aces400x; StraightFlush50x; FourOfKind25x; Fullhouse5x; Flush4x; ThreeKind3x; Stright2x

If she’d have just played the bonus for the 5$/hand, she’d have been rolling in it. She was catching a bonus had every other hand. If I have had her cards, I’d have been loaded.

So that brings up the essential question. Are you playing to win the hand or the bonus?

Still don’t have an playing or exit strategy. This time I used the clock (i.e., meet for lunch or meet to go home). There has to be a better way.

Next time:
* Play at a low minimum table.
* Always play the bonus for the full five dollar stake.
* Since we are going to limit our losses, cap the loss (i.e., a “wall” of five soldiers?).

We are seeking a winning streak. A two win streak replaces one soldier. Use the breakage from the first win to advance the line and bonus bet? The commission on a 20$win gives you back a 19$. Increase you line bet and bonus bet by five each? Hole the nine for the next commission. If you win that second bet, you’ll get a full soldier back. If it wasn’t a bonus win, use the extra five to bump the bonus again. It’s all about playing more when you are winning and less when you are losing.

Comments welcome?

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INTERESTING: My congresscritter responds

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From: Representative Rush Holt []
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 12:27 PM
Subject: Email from Rep. Rush Holt

Dear Mr. Reinke :

Thank you for writing me regarding our government’s policy on so-called “military tribunals” and the related Hamdan v. Rumsfeld court case on this subject. I appreciate learning your views, and I apologize for the delay in my response.

After the Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration’s use of so-called “military tribunals” in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case in 2006, the administration and the Congress had an opportunity to craft a detainee policy that both protected our country and the principles it stands for. Instead, the Congress passed a deeply flawed piece of legislation-the Military Commissions Act (MCA)- which I opposed.

How true we are to our ideals affects the clarity and decisiveness with which our soldiers can act, the safety of our troops, the motivation of our potential enemies, and the behavior of our actual enemies. The MCA provides protections that are vague, slippery and imprecise. It is subject to interpretation by the President, by the Secretary of Defense, by our commanders in the theaters of operation, by our troops in the field, and by our friends and enemies around the world.

We need a law on detainee treatment that does at least two things. First, i t should provide a clear set of guidelines consistent with American principles-such as in our revised Army Field Manual-that applies to all U.S. Government personnel (including contractors and intelligence agents ) on how to treat prisoners in ways that preserve our principles. That is why I have become a co-sponsor of the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 (H.R. 1415) and the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (H.R. 1416). If enacted, these bills would undo the most pernicious and c onstitutionally offensive provisions of the MCA, including the denial of habeus corpus rights to detainees.

Second, any changes to our laws on detainee treatment should include verification mechanisms to monitor how prisoners and detainees are treated. One of those mechanisms is already in use by law enforcement organizations across the country: the videotaping of interrogations.

Videotaping has proven to be extremely effective at preventing not just abuse of detainees but also false allegations of abuse by detainees against their interrogators. The practice aids in interrogation (by allowing linguists and others to review the record) , and it protects all of us-the enforcers, the prosecutors, and the defendants. By not including such a provision in the MCA , the drafters missed a real opportunity to ensure that we prevent serious problems in the future.

In May 2007, I offered an amendment to the FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act that would have mandated the videotaping of detainee interrogations after the detainee had been held for seven days or had been transferred to a permanent detention facility. While my amendment did not pass, it garnered 199 bipartisan votes and demonstrated that a near-majority of my colleagues recognize the value of videorecording of interrogations.

Indeed, it may interest you to know that the day after the House voted down my amendment, the Defense Department released a previously classified Inspector General report on detainee treatment in Iraq that was originally sent to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in August 2006. While portions of this 131 page report remain classified, the conclusions are not:

“(U) Allegations of detainee abuse were not consistently reported, investigated, or managed in an effective, systematic, and timely single entity within any level of command was aware of the scope and breadth of detainee abuse. policy for and oversight of interrogation procedures were ineffective. As a result, interrogation techniques and procedures used exceeded the limits established in the Army Field Manual 34-52, “Intelligence Interrogation,” September 28, 1992.” ( Report No. 06-INTEL-10 , Review of DoD -Directed Investigations of Detainee Abuse (U), August 25, 2006, p. ii.)

You can view the full report at the following URL: e .pdf , or ask me to mail you a copy.

I will continue to press for mandated video recording of detainee interrogations because I believe doing so would provide critical safeguards for all involved in the process.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Member of Congress

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LIBERTY: “voting” doesn’t opt anyone in!

Opting Out Print
Monday, 22 October 2007
By Kat Kanning

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People opt in implicitly by voting or taking government benefits.

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Lysander Spooner
by Wendy McElroy

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Spooner now explains why voting cannot collectively bind “the people” or even a particular individual to the Constitution. A rough listing of the points in his argument is as follows:

* The act of voting can bind only those who vote.
* Most people do not vote in any given election; many people never vote. Therefore, they have not consented.
* To be binding, a vote must be “perfectly voluntary” yet a “very large number” vote in self-defense.
* Taxation is compulsory and many vote only to prevent their money from being used against them.
* Votes for unsuccessful candidates cannot be binding.
* A secret vote provides no legal evidence by which to bind any particular voter to the Constitution.

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SO … imho … “voting” doesn’t opt me in!

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PRODUCTIVITY: Get routine ezines out of your email

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Why does Bloglines Offer Email Accounts?

Bloglines free email accounts allow people to receive email newsletter subscriptions within their MyBloglines page. This helps to reduce traffic through your primary email inbox and helps to contain the spam menace. A Bloglines email account gives you a trump card when a newsletter breaks the rules of opt-in marketing. When you unsubscribe from a Bloglines email subscription, the email address disappears. You never have to worry about trying to find the unsubscribe instructions for an unwanted mailing list.

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This is useful in that email ezines really shouldn’t be in your email flow. An rss reader is “better” imho.

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FUN: Pai Gow results today

session #1 at a 60$ table

22txxxx loss
akqxxxx lose
22xxxxx lose
99axxxx push
444q9xx push bonus15
777axxx win bouns15
77kqxxx push
jjjaqxx won bonus15
tt66axx push
akqjxxx lose
akqjt97 push bonus10
wakqxxx win
999atxx win bonus15
88qxxxx push
66qtxxx lose
ttt22ax win bonus25
wjtxxxx lose

won about $24.

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LIBERTY: What kind of libertarian?


***You Are a “Don’t Tread On Me” Libertarian***

You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don’t belong in either party.
Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion… and you feel oppressed by both.
You don’t want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else’s for that matter.
You’re proud to say that you’re pro-choice on absolutely everything!

What’s Your Political Persuasion?

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You’re surprised?

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FUN: “A Few Good Salesmen”;f=21;t=001076;p=1

“A Few Good Salesmen”.

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Sales: “You want answers?”

Finance: “I think we are entitled to them!”

Sales: “You want answers?!”

Finance: “I want the truth!”


Sales (continuing): “Son, we live in a world that requires revenue. And that revenue must be brought in by people with elite skills. Who’s going to find it? You? You, Mr. Operations? We have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You scoff at the sales division and you curse our lucrative incentives. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know: that while the cost of business results are excessive, it drives in revenue. And my very existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, drives REVENUE! You don’t want to know the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at staff meetings … you want me on that call. You NEED me on that call! We use words like comps, pipelines, discounts, value add & global purchase agreements. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent negotiating something. You use them as a punch line! I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to people who rise and sleep under the very blanket of revenue I provide and then question the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a phone and make some sales calls. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!”

Finance: “Did you expense the lap dances?”

Sales: “I did the job I was hired to do.”

Finance: “Did you expense the lap dances?”


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INTERESTING: a “vacation” home?

Slideshow: Instant Housing and Designing for Disaster
By Jenna Wortham
10.22.07 | 12:00 AM

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One of the biggest obstacles to emergency-shelter design is finding the right balance between providing a temporary shelter like a tent and working to rebuild permanent homes.

“You can’t design for disaster after the fact,” notes Kate Stohr, co-founder of the nonprofit humanitarian design firm Architecture for Humanity. “Unless it’s strategically thought about in advance of disaster, these ideas don’t work.” Often, what’s needed most is a central station where basic necessities — water, food, medical supplies and information — can be doled out. The trick is to design a transportable, sustainable structure that can support a sizable community and requires little maintenance.

Enter the Clean Hub, a self-sustained, portable machine built into a recycled shipping container. It rolls a power station and water-purification plant into one unit, making it ideal for deployment to any disaster-stricken area lacking basic facilities. Intended more as a base from which to distribute necessities rather than a residential unit, the Clean Hub can provide enough energy, water and sanitation for up to 150 people.

The Hub can be fabricated and shipped anywhere in the world in a few days — and once at its destination, takes less than an hour to erect. Design perks: a V-shaped roof collects rainwater, 16 solar panels generate electricity, and an underground reverse-osmosis filtration system recycles and stores water. When in use, the Hub produces enough compost to sustain a small vegetable garden. Designed by John Dwyer, founder of Shelter Architecture, a Minneapolis-based design studio, the first prototype was built in June 2007 and delivered to New Orleans, where it is currently in use as part of an urban agriculture project.

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If I was a survivalist and I had my retreat land, I’d be interested in this one since it could be folded up into something that could be locked up and concealed. And, it appears that you could site it without a lot of local help. imho.

There are twelve photos and stories. Each looks “interesting”. Some are easier than others. Looks like you could do “something” for under a thousand dollars. It wouldn’t be the Ritz, but “good enough”.

Certainly a better solution than putting a mobile home on the back of your hummer and pulling it through rioting indigenous sheeple as you good to your “plan b” fallback retreat location.


from behind the lines in
occupied socialist Nu Jerzee

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MONEY: AMT for all; free for all

UPDATE:Rangel Tax Plan’s Centerpiece Is 30.5% Top Corp Rate
(Updates with source saying all industries included in proposal to tax financial managers’ carried interest as regular income)
By John Godfrey

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Absent a patch, the alternative minimum tax will expand to hit roughly 25 million taxpayers, up from 4.4 million in 2006, increasing their taxes by a total of nearly $50 billion, according to congressional estimates.

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Ahh good old charlie, just looking out for the folks!

“barbara streisand”

Bear in mind, that companies don’t pay taxes. Only people do!

Bear in mind, that taxes are the drag on the economy. Every dollar extracted in taxes to be wasted by the gooferment represents choices that were silently precluded!

Bear in mind, that politicians follow three imperatives: get reelected; feather their own nest; and reward friends / punish enemies. You don’t even figure in their hierarchy of values.

Any questions?

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PRODUCTIVITY: Understanding what social networking is

Transcript: Social Networking in Plain English

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Networks get things done. Whether it’s sending a letter or lighting your home. Networks make it happen.


This solves a real world problem because your network has hidden opportunities. Social networking sites make these connections between people visible.

Like a map for a highway, they can show you the people network that can help you get to your next destination, whether it’s a job, a new partner, or a great place to live. Your network is suddenly more useful.

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One think that basic explanations do is force one to examine one’s thinking. The memes that we are operating under.

In this case, using a social networking website is NOT imho networking. It may facilitate networking, but it ain’t getting out an establishing that “weak bond” of mutual cooperation.

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JOBSEARCH: How do you invest in yourself?

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Do many/most developers at F500 companies not go to events like local JUGs or conferences like NFJS?

Unfortunately, far too many developers don’t treat their careers as a work-in-progress, but believe that once they’ve landed the job, they’re on a track to moderate financial success for life. In fact, lots of developers fit the demographic of “male, 18-30, and single”, which is the absolute worst demographic for future planning. Lots of these guys think that “Hey, I’m smart, the money will always flow in, right? Java/.NET/C++/COBOL will always be the tool of choice, right? What, me worry?”

Unfortunately, it’s my experience that it doesn’t get better with age. Developers in the age range of 31 and up have seen one (or two) generations of languages/platforms go by, and have had to re-tool themselves, and are still pissed about it. The ones who realize that no matter how much they learn, there’s still a lot more to take on, those are the ones going to JUGs and NFJS and TechEd and JavaOne and whatever else comes their way. Those are the same ones who see training classes as opportunities for advancement, not opportunities to play 8 hours of uninterrupted Solitaire. And, unfortunately, those developers are the exception, not the rule, it seems.

Which means, if you take the time to invest in yourself, you will never be in the bottom of the candidate pool for your next job. Period.

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Well said. Many moons ago, Frau Reinke, the CFO of our partnership, “decided” that I should have a budget for training and toys. Now bear in mind that she has no use for this “technology stuff”, is a tight with “wasting” money as I have ever seen, (She’ll spend it like water; just never “waste” a drop), so I had a budget. And, I HAD to spend it. I was figuring a $100. What do I know? She allocated 1% of my annual gross to training and 1% to “technology toys”. Wow!

So, I got a lesson in investing in your self.

How do you invest in yourself?

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