PLINKY: Overheard at My Own Funeral

Just killing time in the CCU!

TOP TEN THINGS HEARD AT MY FUNERAL:

⑩ “Who’s got the keys to the Shore House?”

⑨ “Whose got his passwords?”

⑧ “What do we do with 1,000 pounds of nitrogen packed rice?”

⑦ “What’s this about him having a George and a Martha at home?”

⑥ “Who wants 200 copies of CHURCH 10●19●62?”

⑤ “What can we do with 10,000 rounds of 22 longs?”

④ “How many long guns did he buy and where are they buried?”

③ “Never mind that, you fool, where did the old fart bury his gold?”

② “Remember: Don’t anyone touch the refrigerator! He was certifiable.”

AND THE NUMBER ONE THING HEARD AT MY FUNERAL:

① “Man! Am I glad that know-it-all-sob has left the building. Now lets get to the reading of the will.”

(ROFL, everyone will be surprised. I’ll have spent it all!)

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POLITICAL: Worrying about reelection as opposed to the country

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/us/politics/12governors.html

July 11, 2010
Governors Voice Grave Concerns on Immigration
By ABBY GOODNOUGH

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BOSTON — In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.

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Interesting that there is very little worry about the massive problems that face the country. That’s of little concern. It’s all about getting reelected. And, what issues reflect upon that goal. Never a concern that if they had real solutions they’d be whisked into power.

At the root of the Gooferment’s problem is their starting point — force. It immediately makes what they do: immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. They have a tremendous unavoidable and imho unrecoverable burden.

It seems so apparent to me: adopt honest money by repealing the “legal tender” diktats, end the income tax returning to funding the Gooferment by tariffs and excise taxes; repeal the mandatory school attendance diktats; reduce the size and scope of the Gooferment by shutting down whole sections of Gooferment; stop the various wars; end the “war” on (some) drugs; pardon non-violent drug offenders; repeal the 17th for the direct election of Senators; and institute a single 18 year term for Supreme Court justices.

Seems so obvious to me!

Then stand back and watch the economy take off.

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TECHNOLOGY: The “iCosystem”? WTH it’s about creating “dead end” that are rich for Apple

http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/07/apple-geeks-google-technology-cio-network-ipad_3.html

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business.

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I hope the vitriol and alarmism around the iCosystem dies down, because it’s not doing much good. Maybe Barry Goldwater was right that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. But crying wolf surely is.

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I could care less about the “iCosystem”. If Apple can con folks into paying a health markup for some dumbed down hardware / software platform, more power to them. (Happened to be at the Apple store yesterday, saw a lot of playing but not a lot of buying. Saw quite a few monitors being exchanged. Saw a lot of bitching about hardwre problems. Including me, with a defective Time Capsule. Saw two purchases. One cash and one credit card. Have to do a lot better to pay the rent, I suspect.) While if given one, I certainly would refuse, put it in the trash, or put it in the corner. But, why should I buy an expensive dead end on the Information Super Highway. It has just enough “features” to fool the technological illiterate into buying it. First, which model do you buy. Cheap “small” wifi or expensive “big” talker? You don’t get the ubiquity of the cloud without getting the talker. With only wifi, then the device is shown to be an “island” as one struggles to find free wifi. Not very “ubiquitous”. And, like a coffin, the “closed” nature of the beast starts to give you claustrophobia. Buy the WSJ, buy more apps, buy games, buy, buy, buy. Bye bye wallet. And, what do you have after all these “purchases” (Oh, I should say “licenses”!) when you can “lose” your access to what you think you bought. We haven’t heard that screaming yet. But sooner or later it’ll come. Nope, it’s a dead end. Designed to allow the old media to pretend to have adapted. imho

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