RANT: Pensions are for serfs!

Friday, July 30, 2010

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/07/20/reform-state-pensions-now/

REFORM STATE PENSIONS NOW
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
07.20.2010

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The Utah reform changes the pension system for public employees to a fixed defined state contribution so that the state has no longer to raise or lower its contributions to the retirement fund in response to the market fluctuations in the return these funds earn on their investments. It fixes the state contribution each year at 10% of the employees’ salary whether pension fund investments are doing well or doing poorly.

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When will “The State” start treating people as adults? How about we just give people their wage and let them decide what is best for them. Saving retirement may not be appropriate for someone who’s dying and needs a transplant, an expensive non-covered drug, or is just terminal. I don’t have specific examples. But I do know someone in poor health who filed for their social security early rather than waiting for their “full retirement” because it is lost when they die.

The Social Security Insurance fraud is a scam that is an intergenerational theft that is sexist and racist. It transfers wealth from poor minority men to rich white women. Simultaneously, the program steals future wealth from future generations to subsidize the excesses of the current retired class. Argh!

And, by the way, why is any public employee allowed to earn more than the President, or the Governor, or the Mayor?

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GOVERNACIDE: Three U.S. troops died

Friday, July 30, 2010

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

Bombs ‘kill three foreign troops’ in Afghanistan

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.

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Completely unacceptable!

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TECHNOLOGY: Microgrids should be done without Gooferment “support”

Friday, July 30, 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40086.html#ixzz0uPfpn2dK

Empower communities with microgrids
By KURT YEAGER | 7/22/10 4:12 AM EDT

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Cities like Austin, Texas, Naperville, Ill., and Leesburg, Fla., already own and operate microgrid-like electricity systems that provide better reliability, and system improvements are due to allow residents to manage their consumption, increase efficiency and lower overall costs. Meanwhile, privately developed microgrid distribution systems are up and running in places like the Illinois Institute of Technology and military bases, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where state regulatory barriers do not exist. Smart microgrids can generate, distribute and regulate the flow of electricity to serve the needs of specific consumers. Operating on the local scale, they can help make electricity distribution more efficient and reliable. They are designed to hit specific local goals — like carbon reduction, diversifying energy sources or cost reduction — set by the community, business or military base being served.

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Putting the Gooferment in charge of anything is stupid.

Especially technology and the investment in tech.

If it makes sense, the world will readily adopt it. If it doesn’t, no amount of subsidization will make a difference.

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RANT: Inciting religious wars here on our continent?

Friday, July 30, 2010

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/tennessee-lt-gov-religious-freedom-doesnt-count-if-youre-muslim-video.php?ref=fpa

Tennessee Lt. Gov: Religious Freedom May Not Count For Muslims (VIDEO)

Evan McMorris-Santoro | July 26, 2010, 11:20AM

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“My concern is that far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political philosophy more than peace-loving religion,” he said in an email. “It’s time for American Muslims who love this country to publicly renounce violent jihadism and to drum those who seek to do America harm out of their faith community.”

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Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. Robert A. Heinlein

This guy MUST be dumb as a stump.

Do we NOT have enough examples of religious wars. (Personally, fighting over whose “God of Peace” is better is “funny”. “Funny – peculiar”; not “funny – hahah”! Would their “gods” recognize them?)

The Irish Catholics versus Protestants is a good modern example. With atrocities rampant on both sides. Cordless drills into kneecaps. Civilian casualties. And, the origins lost in a litany of grievance — real and imagined.

We can quickly skip thru the pages of history for the evidence: several instances against Jews, Kurds in Iraq and Iran, Cambodian Hmongs, the Polish officers, the Armenians, Serbs, and on and on.

Our First Amendment was written by the Dead Old White Guys because they knew there was no fast way of sowing discord and starting violence than to pick one imaginary god over another. Maryland Catholics, Massachusetts Protestants, Baptists, and on and on. (Again funny peculiar that even within Protestants, they can’t agree to disagree agreeably?)

If the iconic Gandhi had to almost starve himself to death to stop the sectarian violence between Hindu and Muslim when freeing India birthed Pakistan, then why is this bozo lighting the fuse?

Argh!

Seems politicians and bureaucrats can be especially dumb whenever they open their mouths. Especially since they are supposed to be the best and the brightest leaders. Leaders seek to get EVERYONE’s interests aligned. Empathize common points. And certainly not seek to polarize.

That’s the characteristic mark of a totalitarian, divide and conquer.

We have so very many problems. So may even be insolvable! So don’t make it worse.

Focus on actions; not words.

“All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights …”

Does this fellow believe that?

Seems to me, not.

How else could he say something like this.

If I was King, then I sentence him to write on the blackboard the DoI. Once a day, every day, for the rest of his life.

Those Dead Old White Guys were pretty smart for a bunch of dumb farmers. Too bad we’re not half as smart. Every tie we’ve amended their document, we’ve screwed it up.

Sad to say, we don’t learn.

We continue to muck it up.

We have to get back to the straight and narrow.

I think the first step is honest money.

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