MONEY: Annual Purchase Limit For Savings Bonds Set at $5,000

Friday, December 21, 2007

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SurvivalBlog reader Mary R. forwarded us this odd notice from the US Treasury: Annual Purchase Limit For Savings Bonds Set at $5,000. Could the Treasury have been warned that the Fed plans to further lower interest rates, potentially making even low-yield savings bonds more attractive? We live in strange times, dear readers.

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Very very strange!

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PRODUCTIVITY: drawings to help bring focus

Friday, December 21, 2007

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Drawings that Will Change Your Life
By Ralph Perrine

Ralph Perrine believes drawing to be indispensable to good planning and good collaboration—the top two critical skills for success in life. Here, he shares twelve drawings to help bring focus and clarity to teams and any personal planning.

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Reminds me of EdB’s Lateral Thinking.

Great Ideas!!

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RANT: Unless they were your children, then you might hold a grudge

Friday, December 21, 2007

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Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 9:11 AM
To: John Reinke
Subject: For Consideration

John, a thought regarding our discussion about the U.S. involvement overseas:


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I guess Burke was advocating “making men good” (i.e., behave as we think they should) by killing and occupying them. Killing and maiming will make sure they get the point. Installing our puppets like <pick you favorite tyrant> and, when he get too big for his britches by alluding to pricing oil in other than dollars, over turn him.

Our interventionist policies are what get us into trouble. We allow our gooferment to stick our collective hands in the car door. When it gets slammed on — by others or sometimes by our own gooferment people or their operatives, we are fooled when they “ride into rescue” us. And, as always, the cure is worse than the disease.

Finally, I would assert that Swiss have the porcupine model down pat. The Canadians usually are smart enough to stay out of other people’s business as well. Trading with people, talking to people, free travel between countries these are not “isolationist”. We voted in the Kerry / Bush election for a “smaller gooferment” and a “humble foreign policy” with “no nation building” — i remember hearing those things. MYOB, free trade, free travel, ending the dole, bringing the troops home, sound money, getting the gooferment out of education. These are NOT “doing nothing”.

I’d sum up the argument by quoting Madeline Albright about sanctions killing children.

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Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.
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Unless they were your children, then you might hold a grudge.

Republican Presidents have a history before Bush of cleaning up messes. I hope Ron Paul gets a chance to before it’s too late. Frankly, electing one of the other stuffed suits virtually guarantees the End of the American Experiment. And, maybe it’s even too big for him to clean up.

“Dona Nobis Pacem”


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