RANT: Self-control that is essential for preservation of freedom

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/book-review-the-next-american-civil-war/

Book Review: The Next American Civil War
The pushback against the all-encompassing state has its roots deep in the American tradition.
September 29, 2010 – by Janet Levy

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Harris sees the threat to liberty today as not emanating from Marxism, the essential focus of Tea Party activists, but from prosperous modern civilizations supported by cumbersome government bureaucracies, corporations, and media and from our failure to cherish freedom. He reasons that if we cared enough about freedom and less about material comforts, Marxist policies opposed by the majority of Americans would not be imposed upon us. The supremacy of the state as a vehicle to improve the lives of citizens has become a betrayal of American founding principles of individual liberty and traditions of self-sufficiency, hard work, and self-governance.

Harris proposes that a turnaround for future generations begins with our children. Rather than raise them with a sense of entitlement in which the struggle for their rights is paramount, we need to raise them with a sense of duty and responsibility. They need to be taught self-control that is essential for preservation of freedom and to admire and emulate the heroes throughout our history who fought for freedom.

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Clearly, the battle will be separating the Gooferment from education of future voters. Close the “reeducation camps”!

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POLITICAL: Massachusetts Sales Tax Roll Back initiative

http://goo.gl/5MQb

Energize Our Economy and Your Family’s Future
Reduce the Sales Tax to 3% — Vote YES on Question 3
by Charles C. Ormsby, Ph.D.

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New Hampshire’s Unemployment rate is 5.7%.

Massachusetts’ Unemployment rate is 8.8%.

54% higher!

Why?

Why have so many large retail stores fled the Merrimack Valley just to be resurrected in Salem, Plaistow or Nashua? Why are the businesses that remain focused mainly on food, clothing or automobiles?

The answers are obvious as: The Massachusetts Sales Tax.

The symptoms did not just arise when the state legislature and Governor Patrick increased the sales tax from 5% to 6.25%. These symptoms were evident before the increase, but this increase in the middle of a gut-wrenching economic downturn has seriously exacerbated the problem.

The effect of taxes on economic prosperity is not a mystery.

It is clearly visible when the economies of countries are compared. Countries that have historically low levels of taxation (if accompanied by a respect for property rights) are generally prosperous and have above average growth rates. Those with high tax rates (often accompanied by an onerous regulatory burden) typically are mired in poverty and despair with few prospects for a brighter future. When countries significantly alter tax levels, their economies respond rapidly: either expanding, if tax levies are reduced, or contracting if levies are raised.

The same effect is evident when comparing state economies. Just look at the dramatic differences in job creation when the highest tax states in the U.S. are compared to the lowest tax states. The nine states with the lowest taxes had over twice the job growth rate over the last decade as the nine states with the highest taxes.

Increasing taxes is not merely an indirect factor influencing some obscure economic statistic that somehow or other relates to the decisions of companies to close factories, to close retail outlets, or to lay off employees.

Higher taxes directly cause these results and directly impact our economic prosperity and security. Lowering taxes can reverse these effects.

Let’s just look at one, local example: The Methuen Mall (now The Loop).

Do you remember when there was a Sears at the Methuen Mall? And a Jordan Marsh? And Filene’s Basement? And more than 50 other retail outlets? Of course, the Mall took a nose dive after Sears moved (1991) to the expanded Rockingham Mall. The Mall’s final gasp high-lighted a “Sheds Unlimited” outlet; a fitting requiem for what was once a thriving retail complex.

But prosperity is a group activity. Success feeds on success. There is excitement in prosperity and commerce … just as dullness and fear accompany decline and failure. Taxes discourage commerce and block prosperity, engendering failure.

Customers shop where there is convenient access to a wide variety of goods and services. Salem, Plaistow and Nashua are thriving because they lack the extra burden of a sales tax. Our 6.25% sales tax is a huge advantage for New Hampshire businesses and a major deterrent to anyone considering locating or expanding their business in Massachusetts.

The herd has moved to where the grazing is profitable. They have left the dry hole in Massachusetts.

Yes, after more than a decade, the Methuen Mall (The Loop) came back. Now, nearly 20 years later, we are back to where we were before the sales tax induced competition from Salem emerged. Salem has exploded to ten times its size in 1990 while once-dominant Methuen has barely managed to tread water. All thanks to a 5% sales tax.

But The Loop is not what it was in 1990. It is now dominated by enterprises that sell tax-free items (groceries, clothing), or low-cost/convenience items (less than $100), or by businesses that are equivalently taxed in New Hampshire (e.g., restaurants). The Home Depot outlet in Methuen sells taxable items, but ask store management where people go for the high-ticket items – the Home Depot store in Salem.

Try to find a store on the Massachusetts side of the border that sells major appliances or 50″ High Definition TVs. There are very few. Did you see the new Ultimate Electronics Store in Salem? Too bad it couldn’t consider Methuen, Lowell, Haverhill, or Lawrence for its home.

You don’t miss what you don’t see. Not only are these stores gone, along with their jobs, but gone also is the secondary economy that supports them: construction, maintenance, insurance, accounting, and on and on. Not to mention all the resultant spending from those employed that in turn supports real estate development, barbers, lawn services, painters, auto repair. All gone to New Hampshire.

More jobs lost. More opportunity stolen from your family. More prosperity denied. More economic risk and despair to deal with.

Of course, with less tax revenue derived from a growing and prosperous business community, the government beast still wants to be fed; well fed in fact. Welcome to even higher property and income tax demands.

That is why our brilliant legislators, with an excess of law degrees but no business experience, thought it wise to increase the sales tax from 5% to 6.25% and further disadvantage Massachusetts businesses and degrade the Massachusetts economy.

Their philosophy must be: If shooting yourself in the foot slows you down, try shooting yourself in the groin. Hey, why not go all in and try a shot between the eyes?

Of course, they are not that stupid. We all know that their idiocy is driven by self interest.

Taxes are the pump that transfers wealth from the private sector to the public sector. Those in the public sector like the pump; in fact, they love it. They love it so much that they promise to do everything in their power to keep those who will protect and enlarge the pump in power.

The politicians and the special interests have a deal: The politicians will work tirelessly (lying when needed) to keep the pump working and the special interests will work tirelessly (lying when needed) to keep them in office and campaigning to avoid any reduction in pumping operations.

Of course, they also agree to divvy up the loot in the form of wages, benefits, pensions, and special favors. Just like the Hole in the Wall Gang after a bank robbery, except, this time, the hole is in your wallet!

The last ballot initiative that attempted to reduce taxes (eliminate the income tax) provided a classic example. The proponents were able to raise and spend approximately $493,000 in support of the ballot initiative (100% from individual private donations; most under $100). The opponents spent over $7.5 million (more than 15 times as much) to defeat the initiative (with 99.8% coming from special interest organizations; 60% of this from teachers’ unions and the remainder from other government unions such as AFSCME and the SEIU).

The special interests can only continue this racket if we let them. They will outspend those trying to reduce our taxes again; almost certainly by more than ten-to-one. They will tell us that reducing the sales tax will cause a plague. Children will go hungry. Teachers, police and firefighters will be laid off. Life will come to an end.

They are lying. The proof is only a few miles to your north. If New Hampshire can prosper with NO sales tax and NO income tax, why will a reduction in the sales tax to 3% be a problem?

Not only will it NOT be a problem, it will re-invigorate the economy.

It is projected to create 33,000 new jobs.

Families like yours will retain $500-$1000 in earnings every year instead of losing these earnings to the state’s bloated bureaucracy.

Businesses will have a fighting chance to compete and add jobs in the Merrimack Valley.

We can also emulate the successful New Hampshire strategy of attracting shoppers and businesses from contiguous states. With a 3% sales tax, shoppers will be attracted to Massachusetts businesses from Rhode Island (7%), Connecticut (6%), New York (7+ %), and Vermont (6%). That differential, if sustained over 5-10 years, will dramatically grow the Massachusetts economy.

State government merely needs to cut its out-of-control spending by a mere 5% with NO CUTS in local aid.

Don’t fall for the lies of the special interests … no matter how often they advertise.

Go to http://www.rollbacktaxes.com to help return Massachusetts to prosperity!

IN NOVEMBER, VOTE YES ON QUESTION 3.

Every tax cut is a pay increase … and a spur to economic prosperity!

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Dr. Charles Ormsby is a former member of the North Andover School Committee.

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In principle, same thing for New Jersey. Voters were fooled into passing the sales tax for property tax relief.

Fooled you!

In the theory, sales tax should be the ONLY tax.

But in practice, one must oppose every tax. Period. Every time. All the time.

The Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over. They revolted over a few percent. We can’t even calculate the Gooferment’s take.

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MONEY: When the politicians control the printing presses

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208601

Politics versus gold
Thomas Sowell
Posted: September 28, 2010

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Inflation is a quiet but effective way for the government to transfer resources from the people to itself, without raising taxes. A hundred dollar bill would buy less in 1998 than a $20 bill would buy in the 1960s. This means that anyone who kept his money in a safe over those years would have lost 80 percent of its value, because no safe can keep your money safe from politicians who control the printing presses.

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“We, The People”, aka the Sheeple, are SO dumb. It’s a miracle that the species survives. It’s the meme of Gooferment that kills more than any disease, impoverishes us, and sets brother against brother over trivialities.

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: New form of spam begins. It looks like a standard LinkedIn invite.

New form of spam begins. It looks like a standard LinkedIn invite.

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But the URLs point to strange sites. Don’t worry I’m an Open DNS User (free) and they don’t resolve.

“Default” Users, who don’t take any precautions, should NEVER click on any link in ANY email.

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LinkedIn Users Targeted with Fake “Contack Requests” to Spread Malwa
Posted by: “Joseph”
Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:38 am (PDT)

LinkedIn Users Targeted with Fake “Contact Requests” to Spread Malware
By Mike Lennon on Sep 27, 2010

On Monday morning, cybercriminals began sending massive volumes of spam email messages targeting LinkedIn users.

Starting at approximately 10am GMT, users of the popular business-focused social networking site began receiving emails with a fake contact request containing a malicious link.

According to Cisco Security Intelligence, these messages accounted for as much as 24% of all spam sent within a 15-minute interval today. If users click, they are taken to a web page that says “PLEASE WAITING…. 4 SECONDS..” and then redirects them to Google, appearing as if nothing has happened. During those four seconds, the victim’s PC was attempted to be infected with the ZeuS Malware via a “drive-by download” – something that requires little or no user interaction to infect a system.

When Zeus infects PCs, users rarely notice any harm, and those who click on a link will may even have a chance manually download the executable file, as the malware first runs a series of browser exploits. ZeuS, also known as Zbot, WSNPOEM, NTOS and PRG, is the most prevalent banking malware platform for online fraud, and has been licensed by numerous criminal organizations. The program then waits for the user to log onto a list of targeted banks and financial institutions, and then steals login credentials and other data which are immediately sent to a remote server hosted by cybercriminals. It can also modify, in a user’s browser, the genuine web pages from a bank’s web servers to ask for personal information such as payment card number and PIN, one time passwords, etc. A new variant recently emerged that targets mobile devices – ZeuS in the Mobile or “Ztimo”- used to overcome two-factor authentication.

“Criminals are misusing brands familiar to business users to trick them into becoming infected by data stealing malware,” said Cisco Security Researcher Henry Stern. “They want to infect those users with access to large-dollar online commercial bank accounts. This attack is most interesting because of its scale. While there have been many previous attacks that impersonate social media sites, the scale of this attack, tens of billions of messages, makes it notable. The criminals behind this attack are among those who stole over US$100m from commercial bank accounts in 2009,” Stern added.

Back to top Reply to sender | Reply to group | Reply via web post

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RANT: Tax the rich vs. “decent salaries and benefits” are you kidding me?

http://channel-surfing.blogspot.com/2010/09/governors-priorities.html

>>Gov. Chris Christie now says he wants to cut income taxes for the rich.
>I want readers of this blog to think about what he’s proposing
>and ask yourselves why giving money back to the rich makes more
>sense than providing teachers — or ensuring that the people who
>do the work that we need done get decent salaries and benefits.

Yes, it makes more sense to me on a several levels: Morally, Strategically, and Tacically.

Morally, when someone — rich or poor — creates wealth — be it grows more tomatoes, makes more lumber, or enables the same by capital formation — the Gooferment has NO right to steal it. At least the Mafia was polite when it robbed you and left you enough to survive. The DofI states that all men are created equal. Except when it comes to taxes.

Strategically, in a capitalistic society, deferred consumption allows capital formation and risk taking. On Robinson Crusoe’s island, Robinson has to save some fish to sustain himself while he weaves a net that allows him to catch more fish in the future. And, there’s no guaranty that it will work. So too, today, we need “rich” people to forgo consuming, invest, and take risks. Who’s more likely to save, invest, and employ others? The rich or the poor? When the Gooferment taxes the rich at disproportionate rate, ti discourages investment and risk taking. Why take a risk when you can spend what would have been “capital”, enjoy life, and wait for better times? Tax rates that make the Gooferment your partner 50/50 is one thing. When the the split is 90/10 on profit and you take the loss, then you think real hard about it. (Similar to professionals like doctors who can “time” when they take income, rich people have options that the poor do not. Heck, LeBron went to Florida to save taxes.) High tax rates and “progressive” tax rates are counter-productive to society. But, not to the Gooferment, who’s desire for funds is insatiable. New Jersey was #4 on the list of “lost high earning” losers, I just saw.

Tactically, New Jersey’s tax rates are higher than the surrounding states. Why do politicians and bureaucrats think people are moving to Delaware and Pennsylvania? Retirees depart the state because they can’t afford to live here. Do you think that even poor people are stupid?

Now let’s look at cited case of teachers, politicians, and bureaucrats. Sorry but they do NOT engender sympathy. I’ve ranted before about Gooferment Skrules are themselves immoral, strategically wrong, and tactically stupid. I won’t repeat all those arguments but I’ll summarize in one sentence: “I didn’t have any part in the decision to have your children, don’t pay to feed them, and the Gooferment should NOT be propagandizing future voters.” The salary was supposedly lower than in the private marketplace, hence great pensions and benefits. Now, Gooferment workers make twice what the private industry. In private industry, there’s no pensions any more. There’s no job security. Heck, there’s not even salaries for jobs any more. The absolute piggishness of politicians and bureaucrats with their scams to pad salaries, pensions, and benefits is criminal.

And, please don’t say that allowing the “rich” to keep what they have earned so they can invest and take risks prevents the politicians and bureaucrats from earning “decent salaries and benefits”.

So let’s have some reforms:

(1) No politicians and bureaucrats can ever make more than the Governor.

(2) No pensions for anyone. Convert all to defined contribution plans.

(3) Everyone pays a percentage of their benefit costs. (Benefits are a Federal problem.)

(4) All income taxes — corporate and personal — are capped at 10%.

(5) Let’s have a 40 year plan to get the Gooferment out of education. 20 years to privatize it; 20 years to migrate it back to the parents.

(6) Let’s get serious about the definition of poverty. In comparison to the rest of the world, our “poor” are rich.

JFK said it best. “A rising tide raises all boats!”

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POLITICAL: Anti-war, not anti-D or anti R

http://counterpunch.org/jacobs09272010.html

September 27, 2010
We’ve Been Here Before
The FBI Raids in Context
By RON JACOBS

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In short, the government is attempting to criminalize the organizing of antiwar protests. Furthermore, it wants to make opposition to the the government’s assistance in repressing struggles for self-determination illegal. Other repressive actions by law enforcement against US citizens, including the sentencing of a videographer to 300 days in jail for trespass after he tried to film an unauthorized talk in Chicago and the acknowledgement (sic) by the Pittsburgh FBI office that it had spied on peace activists and used a private agency to help out, makes it clear that the PATRIOT Act and its excesses are alive and well under the Obama administration. Repression is a bipartisan activity, especially when it comes to the repression of the left.

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I remember the anti-war left that was taken over by the D’s. Of course, as soon as a D was in the White House, that ended the anti-war protests.

Now, older and wiser, I see.

Both the D’s and R’s have no problem with “war” as long as they are in the White House and control of Congress to profit from it.

If we can’t end the warfare /welfare state, then we’ll have to divide and conquer.

Secession!

Just like what happened to the USSR.

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QUOTE: GO for the BIG goals

“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” –Timothy Ferriss

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RANT: College athletics, or even just “college”

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/65765.html

September 18, 2010
Privatize Government Football
Posted by Lew Rockwell on September 18, 2010 08:15 PM

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With their boom-ballooned, debt-financed physical plants, not to speak of a hothouse tangle of overpaid administrators and professors—and fewer and fewer kids willing to go deeply into debt for degrees of questionable economic value—state universities are in trouble. But here is a partial way out, without further punishing tax victims or students: sell the football team.

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College football was “federalized” in 1905 by Teddie. Roosevelt, not Kennedy. And, the “colleges” have been on the dole for decades.

Why is the taxpayer regarded as the “deep pocket” participant in “sports”? We don’t build MickeyD’s, big box stores, or churches. So why do we participate in this scam?

Let the Billionaires find their Millionaire “slaves” and build their own “coliseums” without the taxpayer.

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POLITICAL: “Education is primarily the domain of state and local governments” HorseExcrement!

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/092710_Obama_Money_alone_cant_help_schools.html

Obama: Money alone can’t help schools
Monday, September 27, 2010
LAST UPDATED: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2010, 10:08 AM
BY BEN FELLER THE RECORD ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Education is primarily the domain of state and local governments. But the federal government has leverage and uses it, for example, through the strings it attaches to poverty aid that thousands of schools depend upon to support their programming.

The president admitted that his own daughters, Malia and Sasha, couldn’t get the same quality education at a Washington, D.C. public school that they currently get at their private school. The Obama girls attend Sidwell Friends School, an elite private school in the Washington area.

“The DC public schools systems are struggling,” Obama said, though he added that the school district has, “made some important strides over the last several years to move in the direction of reform.” Public schools in Washington have long faced criticism for their low test scores and high dropout rates.

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“Education is primarily the domain of state and local governments”

Gee, I thought that children were entrust to the parents by the Creator. They are NOT resources for or wards of the Gooferment. Education should be primarily the domain of the parents; not any level of Gooferment.

The way the current system has evolved is that rights come from the Creator and that Governments are formed by men to protect those rights. So “We, The People” recognize these rights. These rights belong to ALL our fellow human beings.

We currently have an active debate as to when a person can assert these rights and when we accord them (i.e., in the womb, born, viable infant, majority, or something inbetween).

We have inadvertently allowed Gooferment as various levels to insinuate itself in the realm of education. And, we are worse off for it.

Let’s remember, why the Gooferment got into education? Prussian King Frederick II made schooling compulsory for all children between ages five and 13. In 1843, Mann traveled to Germany to investigate how the educational process worked. Upon his return to the United States, he lobbied heavily to have the “Prussian model” adopted. The purpose was to instill social obedience in the citizens through indoctrination. Make good soldiers for the Army, compliant workers for the factory, and obedient serfs for the aristocracy to lead.

Note where the head politician sends his children to school!

Let’s get the Gooferment out of the education process completely. It’s taken more than a hundred years to get to this realization. So let’s have two twenty year plans to accomplish the “Separation of School and State”. The Gooferment operates the schools and funds them by taking wealth from the people.

We can debate the morality of stealing wealth from people, laundering it through various levels of Gooferment — each with a handling charge, and providing a substandard education for non-wealthy children. We can’t debate that it is NOT working.

“If the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, he could not find a more effective means to do so than the government school system in most cities.” —- Walter Williams

So first, we end the Gooferment operation of education. And, then we end the funding of it.

Since we didn’t get into this mess overnight, we can’t get out of it overnight either. People have to have time to learn the new meme and adapt their lives to accommodate it.

The first 20 year plan is to “privatize” schoo

JOBSEARCH: Anti Poaching Agreements — The FEDS wimp out

http://goo.gl/fBdV

Anti Poaching Agreements: The FEDS wimp out

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Although the complaint alleges only that the companies agreed to ban cold calling, the proposed settlement more broadly prohibits the companies from entering, maintaining or enforcing any agreement that in any way prevents any person from soliciting, cold calling, recruiting, or otherwise competing for employees. The companies will also implement compliance measures tailored to these practices.

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Big companies, that are BIG contributors to BOTH political parties, get out of OBVIOUS labor and anti-trust violations with a slap on the wrist.

And, every smaller company knows that there is open season on employees and applicants.

Do what you want, the FEDS have bigger fish to fry!

Argh!

Corporations are a creation of the Gooferment. (Differentiate from people who do business with other people.) They are allowed to limit their shareholder’s liabilities. And, we should reasonably expect the Gooferment to keep its creation conforming to the rules that it sets. When the Gooferment fails to hold its minions to its OWN rules, we all suffer.

Employees and applicants are defenseless. And the “King” could care less.

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JOBSEARCH: Encouragement to future fellow alumni baby turkey

>I went to your presentations and I made a LinkedIn because of you, so thank you!

Great. Nice to know someone was listening. Now you have to begin thinking about your own domain. Like “reinke.cc”!

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May I suggest that you have your own domain? The common wisdom, or is that common whizdumb, is to own your own name as a domain name. I own “reinke.cc”. (I like saying “sea sea me at reinke.cc”! me @ reinke . cc will actually work!) I gives one quite a bit of control. And, it’s very cheap. I know three solutions at 15$/year using wordpressdotcom with gmail, 25$/year email only with 1and1, and 60$/year for domain+email+webspace also at 1and1. http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 My point is not that you should use 1and1. I could care less which one you use. It’s that getting on to your own domain with email is cheap and easy. And, it’s not hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. It IS your own “personal brand”.

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… and your own website …

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May I suggest that you need a website? As a student, you have tons of time and are producing content. Papers, pictures, whatever. You need to get them on the web to estabish “your brand”. The web is always starved for content. By adopting a consistent strategy of displaying high quality content under your own “brand name”, you will take over the first page of Google. (For example, Google “Ferdinand J. Reinke” or “ReinkeFJ” and you’ll see I have EVERY one of the first page entries.) You don’t want a dry static page, but a page that shows off all that stuff you claim to have (i.e., organizational and communications). :-) LOL

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… and your own blog .

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May I suggest you have a blog? You need to differentiate yourself from your competitors in the marketplace. Tying facebook and linkedin to your blog is easy with RSS. (It also establishes yourself as “technical”; without the nerd part.) Then you want to fill it will high quality business quality entries DAILY. You want to focus on the message you want to communicate.

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And, start to seek LinkedIn recommendations.

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May I suggest you seek “recommendations”? http://imonlinkedinnowwhat.com/2008/03/14/writing-better-recommendations/ I believe that LinkedIn is the new resume. And, it can come with references already given and sourced. What’s better for a lazy overworked hunter’s researcher. Write some, to get some?

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All with the idea of marketing “You, Inc.”.

Hope this helps to further motivate you to develop your OWN plan. Like an old road sign, I could be wrong. And, pointing to an outdated vision of success.

You may have seen my updated “formula”:

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Success for your generation is:
(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;
(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;
(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;
(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;
(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;
(6) develop a second business or avocation – under the radar – start small part-time;
(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you;
(8) buy assets that hold their value over time; and
(9) emulate the Amish and Mormons for their sense of community, simple thrifty living, and true to core values.

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QUOTE: Total committment

“The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” –Tony Robbins

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MONEY: The coming economic collapse

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/20-signs-that-the-economic-collapse-has-already-begun-for-one-out-of-every-seven-americans

20 Signs That The Economic Collapse Has Already Begun For One Out Of Every Seven Americans

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For most Americans, the economic collapse is something that is happening to someone else. Most of us have become so isolated from each other and so self-involved that unless something is directly affecting us or a close family member than we really don’t feel it. But even though most of us enjoy a much closer relationship with our television sets than we do with our neighbors at this point, it is quickly becoming undeniable that a fundamental shift is taking place in society. Perhaps you noticed it when two or three foreclosure signs went up on your street. Or perhaps it got your attention when that nice fellow down the street lost his job, and he and his family seemingly just disappeared from the neighborhood one day. The Census Bureau made front page headlines all over the nation this week when they announced that one out of every seven Americans was living in poverty in 2009. Every single day more Americans are getting sucked out of the middle class and into soul-crushing poverty.   

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Do any of you have any suggestions for how we should go about fixing all of this?

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I think there are two things that can prevent TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).

One, we must redefine the money back to a commodity money. I think the easiest way to do that is to repeal the “Legal Tender” laws. Allow everyone the freedom to transact in whatever currency they wish to. Competition will supply the discipline.

Two, we must end Gooferment education. It took decades to destroy American education; we need a transition plan back to “you had them; you educate them”. (I proposed a 40 year plan back in the Eighties during the NJ tax revolt days. If it had been adopted, we’d be almost done with the propaganda camps.)

From these two actions, we’d turn the Titanic away from the iceberg.

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JOBSEARCH: Us “criminals” should be our own businesses

http://www.jibberjobber.com/blog/2007/10/29/depression-clouds-everything/#comment-102941

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It amazes me how people in our society today have become so incensitive, selfish and backstabbing. These traits seem to thrive in corporate America. People in the work place use the HR dept as a way of excercising control. It’s sad that families have to pay a terrible price because someone was “inconvenienced” in the workplace. HR comes swooping in like the Gestapo, not caring about your say in the matter. It feels like an execution, but without offering you a cigarette before they shoot you. You have no rights because corporations are essentially dictatorships.

You hand over your ID card and then building security escorts you out of the building. You feel like a criminal. As you walk to your car, you thinK to yourself, what am I going to say to my wife? What’s going to happen to my family? As Tom says above, you can never trust your employer, or for that matter, the employees. When you spend a third of your life at a work place, it’s easy to drop your guard and see everyone as one big happy family. It’s sad, but as Tom says, you have to keep to yourself. Don’t offer anyone a piece of your personal life that they can use against you, and have a plan B. For me, plan B was not spending my inital sign on bonus. When I first got hired, my wife said we’ll need that money as our life boat someday. Low and behold! I know it’s cliche, but “it’s always darkest before the dawn”!

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Success for your generation is:

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) develop a second business or avocation – under the radar – start small part-time;

Of my NINE items, a full third is aimed at freeing yourself from the “man”.

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POLITICAL: The “Repeal Amendment”

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12144

The case for a “Repeal Amendment”
Cato Institute
by Randy Barnett and William J. Howell

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“In its next session beginning in January, the legislature of Virginia will consider proposing a constitutional ‘Repeal Amendment.’ The
Repeal Amendment would give two-thirds of the states the power to repeal any federal law or regulation. Its text is simple: ‘Any
provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the
legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or
provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.'” (09/16/10)

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Good luck!

Many decades too late.

Secession is the only option!

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TECHNOLOGY: Why not have an unattended dvd rental kiosk in the hospital lobby?

Why not put a redbox in Robert Wood Johnson Hospital lobby? Most patient rooms have a dvd player. And, the tv program provider has a very limited number of channels.

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I translate this: “go away and don’t bother us”!

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RANT: Taqiyya — A Concept of Deceit that Security Professionals Must Know

http://bigpeace.com/teamb/2010/09/22/taqiyya-a-concept-of-deceit-that-security-professionals-must-lnow/

Taqiyya: A Concept of Deceit that Security Professionals Must Know

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It does, though, argue for professionals to be aware of these facts, to realize they are dealing with an enemy whose doctrine allows – and at times even requires – its adherents not to disclose fully all that they know, and deliberately to misstate that which they know to be the truth.

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When you can’t trust what some one says, then you must hold that in mind whenever they say anything.

In the cited example, “Islam calls for democracy” and “democracy is the rule of the people, but we want the rule of Allah.” are mutually exclusive. So we have an actor who postures with statement #1 and concealing #2. Very dangerous!

Any it casts a pall over all Muslims.

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TAGONIST: 2010-09-22 FL Police “hip check” an old vet into a broken neck

http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2010/september/152865/WWII-vet-suffers-broken-neck-after-police-takedown

84-year-old vet suffers broken neck after police takedown
By Dave D’Marko, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, September 20, 2010 3:50 PM

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ORLANDO — An elderly man is in critical condition after being thrown to the ground by a police officer.

It happened Saturday night near North Orange Avenue after police say Daniel Daley put his hands on the cop.

The World War II veteran is out of surgery. He suffered an injury doctors at Florida Hospital say only about 10 percent of people are lucky enough to survive.

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Witnesses say he put his hands on the officer three times and the cop warned him to stop each time.

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Another witness says the officer then violently hip checked him and took him to the ground.

Daley ended up in Florida Hospital with a broken neck.

There’s nothing that deals with the elderly in the Orlando Police Department’s use of force policy. However, it does define imminent danger as a situation that could lead to death or great bodily harm.

An Orlando police sergeant and spokesperson said this situation should qualify as imminent danger, but many residents don’t think so.

“I don’t think anyone needs to be thrown to the ground and have their neck broken because they were parked in the wrong spot,” said Gabby Aparacio, store customer. “I mean he’s an old man. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been drinking or not. How belligerent can you be?”

“I know when I get angry, I ball my fist. It doesn’t mean I’m going to hit you. I think he had no right to do so,” said Nataya Benway.

As part of standard procedure, internal investigators will look at whether the officer complied with the department’s use of force policy.

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[ANTAGONIST: Well, we can’t have an old man, a vet beside, actually touching a cop. Seriously, are these guys so inept or so untrained that two of them can’t “handle” one old man without “breaking” him? And, what did they say to get him to that state. What are thy gonna do when they run up a real threat. And, they don’t even get a paid vacation. Just a “we’ll look at our policy”. Here’s a guy, who put himself in harm’s way for the country; couldn’t he, and all “criminals” be treated better. Bad Kop!]

[PROTAGONIST: Here is the key line…. ‘Witnesses say he put his hands on the officer three times and the cop warned him to stop each time.’]

You decide: Good Cop or Bad Kop?

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http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/66078.html

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MONEY: Just how much debt are we in?

http://www.news.com.au/business/breaking-news/us-government-hiding-true-amount-of-debt/story-e6frfkur-1225926567256#ixzz106MjZzOz

US Government ‘hiding true amount of debt’

* By Gregory Bresiger

* From: NewsCore

* September 20, 2010 9:09AM

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THE actual figure of the US’ national debt is much higher than the official sum of $US13.4 trillion ($14.3 trillion) given by the Congressional Budget Office, according to analysts cited on Sunday by the New York Post.

“The Government is lying about the amount of debt. It is engaging in Enron accounting,” said Laurence Kotlikoff, an economist at Boston University and co-author of The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America’s Economic Future.

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The various authors and economists quibble about what it is exactly. But whether it is the lowest at 60T$ or the highest at 200T$, does that really make a big difference?

We need “honest counts” so we know how big a hole we are in!

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INTERESTING: ebne it!

http://www.debonosociety.com/profiles/blogs/2696260:BlogPost:2299

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The word is ‘ebne’ which means ‘Excellent But Not Enough’. If you want to change something you need to attack it. — Edward De Bono

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Interesting in that lateral thinking, you need to be able to get past a blocking idea to get to a better idea. You need to label the current stte “ebne”!

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INTERESTING: A word for an adverse outcome that’s not a failure or mistake

http://www.extensor.co.uk/articles/new_words/new_words.html

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One new word that is badly needed is one that describes ‘a fully justified venture which for reasons beyond your control did not succeed’. The project’s lack of success is seen as a ‘failure’ or ‘mistake’. Because of this, people are unwilling to take risks.

— Edward De Bono

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A good bet gone bad?

So is “agoodbetgonebad” too long?

What word would you propose?

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POLITICAL: Fighting Wilson’s influence

My exchange with a fellow alum about Woodrow Wilson

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You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. -Woodrow Wilson

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My first comment

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Have you read much about Wilson? He’s not a guy I’d like to see anyone quoting. Ran as the “peace candidate”; immediately got the USA in WW1. Signed the Federal Reserve Act. Income tax. And was a racist, elitist, and a Progressive (Socialist). He’s in my second tier of worst Presidents.

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The response

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I’ll describe what (little) I know of Wilson as a measure of context.

Wilson’s presidency is perhaps one that gets the most airtime in high school-level classrooms (if only because it seems that classes never progressed beyond WWII). However, his proponents must have written those textbooks because he was always presented in a favorable light.

Theoretical socialism does not bother me – the haphazard application of interesting ideas is enough to cause anyone to pause. I do not know much about the impact of the Federal Reserve Act, and can only ascertain that like any other major legislation, he had a slew of followers and critics, along with a range of those who were sitting on the fence, ignorant, or wholly disinterested.

Specifically, I am deeply disappointed by his inaction against the Jim Crow laws and any discriminatory practices encouraged during his administration. However, I appreciate his applauded footwork during WWI (I understand it as having been a necessary act), the fact that he was the first U.S. president to have a doctorate degree, and his straightforward writing approach in the well-known Fourteen Points…there is not much fondness to be mentioned about his League of Nations, but it was a respectable, if ineffective attempt.

In any case, I felt it proper to cite the source of the quotation, because plagiarism still isn’t acceptable on Facebook. I was first introduced to the following book by a peer as an undergraduate at Manhattan College, which contains the quote. I try to encapsulate its underlying message in my professional endeavors as a demonstration of positivity and good will: http://www.amazon.com/Woodrow-Wilson-Essential-Writings-Scholar-President/dp/0814719848

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To which I responded

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>Wilson’s presidency … … in high school-level classrooms

Remember that the current “education meme” is imported from preWW1 Prussia. It’s purpose was to make the population more pliable to the elite. Specifically, they wanted cannon fodder for the army, good factory workers, and a subservient electorate that could be led by the elite. Where do politicians send their children? It dumbs down future voters.

>Theoretical socialism does not bother me –

Ouch, it should. They say: Any one, whose not a young socialist, has no heart; any one, who is not an old conservative, has no brain. Unfortunately, socialism is a nice way to say “force”. Redistribution requires force. The little L libertarian was of saying it is: “Where is the gun in the room?” And, “theoretical socialism” always gets down to killing, brutality, and poverty.

>I do not know much about the impact of the Federal Reserve Act

Well, hindsight is 20/20. We can channel our inner Andrew Jackson about the evils of central banking. The Federal Reserve Bank, which is not Federal, Reserves nothing, and isn’t a “bank”, is a banking cartel that allows the banks to monopolize the creation of money. It’s a license to steal. In exchange, it allows the politicians, of both parties, to spend “money” without taxation or borrowing. There’s the silent tax of inflation. I’ve ranted about it on my blog. Basically, it can be summed up in two parts — ONE: What’s a dollar? It used to be a fixed amount of gold or silver until FDR stole everyone’s gold in 1932. Now it’s what? A piece of paper signifying nothing. — TWO: Since its creation in 1913 (thanks WW), the value of a dollar (purchasing power) has declined 95+% between 1913 and 2000. That wealth has been stolen by politicians and bureaucrats for expanding the Gooferment.

>inaction against the Jim Crow laws and any discriminatory practices

That’s consistent with his racist beliefs!

>However, I appreciate his applauded footwork during WWI
>(I understand it as having been a necessary act)

WW1 was a disaster. American was non-interventionist and Wilson ran as a “peace candidate”. Almost immediately, after his election, he sought to get us into the WW1. The Lusitania was carrying munitions in violation of the Geneva Convention. It was another step in moving the USA from a peaceful stay at home to a global power. It is generally conceded that the USA’s entry into WW1 prolonged the conflict, allowed the French and English to gain the upper hand, force the Germans to accept a terrible armistice, and sowed the seeds for Hitler and WW2. The Dead Old White Guys warned us about becoming involved in “Europe’s petty squabbles”.

>his League of Nations, but it was a respectable,

It was Global Governance that would, like the UN, put the elite in charge of the planet. Doesn’t work out so well if you’re one of the serfs. You’ll find that, like the UN’s Human Rights Committee which is populated by the worst Human Rights violators, Global Governance is a cesspool of corruption, theft, violence, and fraud. And the USA pays for it! Argh!

>demonstration of positivity and good will

Well, I don’t think a quote is plagiarism. Might want to chat with one of the many lawyers about “fair use”.

My problem with the quote is … … it’s essentially socialism. You are here to make living. And, you have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. In pursuing your own crass economic best interest, you will by definition “enrich the world”. Greed is good. Because it induces everyone to cooperate. The only way you can morally get lots of “certificates of appreciation” is to satisfy the needs of your fellow man. Satisfy enough needs and you get lots of them there “certificates”. You’ll recognize them right away. They’re green and you can exchange them for other stuff. Some even call them money.

Note, those green Federal Reserve Banknotes, which little L libertarian label FRBies — furbies, haven’t been “money” since FDR took us off the gold standard.

“Money is a matter of functions four, a medium, a measure, a standard, a store.” He repeated that four times like poetry. “Six Characters in Money: Portable – Durable – Divisible – Uniformity – Limited Supply – Acceptability.” CHURCH 10●19●62 (Vol 1) 978-0-557-08387-9 page 110

It’s no longer “money” because it’s not a standard or store. It also fails because it doesn’t have limited supply. The FED can print as much as the need.

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I’m sure that you have better things to do than think about … history. Unfortunately, this stuff has direct application to today’s conditions. It’s what the Tea Parties are yelling about. And, youths like yourself have to deal with the mess that you’re being left. Yours, reportedly, is the first generation that isn’t as well off as previous generations.

One last point, then I’ll stop bending your eye.

Don’t believe anything any politician says. Any one, any time, on any topic. If some person stands up and says they promise the sun will rise tomorrow, they’re lying. They all have a angle. At the very least, they are spinning the fact to match their need.

And, don’t listen to fat old white guy injineers that are alumni. Their tin foil hats are on too tight.

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And the finish

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Haha, no, I appreciate the discussion and the time you’re taking to share your views.

I certainly wasn’t thinking about history or allying myself to any president’s cause when I chose the quote – it was selected (and yes, I’m aware that quotations can be taken out of context to suit others’ needs and propaganda) simply because it resonated something truthful for my vocation, nothing less or more (although, in a sense, there’s always more to it).

“Don’t believe anything any politician says. Any one, any time, on any topic. If some person stands up and says they promise the sun will rise tomorrow, they’re lying.”

Of course, politicians lie – they want to get voted in, after all. I would rather give each candidate a fair shot, but my generation has been criticized as being more than slightly apathetic – a completely dangerous stance – (aside from the ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign), because mine “reportedly, is the first generation that isn’t as well off as previous generations.” Yet, I believe that every generation had its struggles – we’re faring better than those during the Great Depression, and others who suffered before and during the initial start of the civil rights movement, to name a couple. A single politician (administration included) cannot be expected to run a nation perfectly – something is always going to go wrong in taking on the burden from one’s predecessor, choices have to be made, and there are too many people to please who will never be satisfied.

To put it into perspective, I was in kindergarten when George Bush Sr. was elected into office. In a poorly constructed, clichéd metaphor, members of my generation can’t drink the kool-aid readily when we are 1) on a diet or jaded by a constant stream of reality tv meant to placate and numb us or 2) already saw others before us do it with dire consequences.

I understand the quote as socialist in nature when sipped from the source, sure, but I’ve appropriated it into the values instilled by my Lasallian education to support the betterment of those around me, my future clients and the Jaspers I work with on a daily basis. There are not that many people who pursue an education or social services-related field to obtain wealth; I merely hope to share my skills to help empower others. MC has adopted the motto “The Work is Ours” from Br. Luke Salm’s book on St. De La Salle, entitled “The Work is Yours.” I believe there has to be self-awareness, reflection, and intention in completing one’s work.   

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