SECESSION: Scotland screwed up

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/19/us-usa-secession-exclusive-idUSKBN0HE19U20140919

Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
By Scott Malone
BOSTON Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:41am EDT 

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(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

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Interesting.

Haven’t seen any analysis of why the vote failed.

Just from casual browsing, the “secessionists” didn’t have a plan or reasonable answers.

For example, just what I read and thought of:

* Money

No one addressed what currency they would use. The secessionists could have just said “free market” (e.g., USD$, Euro, UK pound, gold / silver). Imagine the vigor of the market that would evolve. If they adopted an “honest money”, imagine that they could displace the Swiss as the “store of value”.

* Defense

They could have said we’ll be like the Swiss. MYOB. Not much offensive “defense” needed.

* Debt

They could have offered to take a per capita share of the UK debt with them.

Did I miss anything?

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RANT: Identify theft foiled by lying to innocent questions

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/09/dont-get-identity-stolen-heres.html?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-get-identity-stolen-heres

Don’t Get Your Identity Stolen – Here’s How
by Daniel Wesley on September 12, 2014 in How To, Lifehacks

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1. Trolling social media: Social media is a great way to connect with friends and share information about your life, but a talented scammer knows how to sift through your basic information to find answers to security questions for your financial websites.

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I’ve ranted about secondary security questions (i.e., redundant authentication) before:

http://wp.me/pg9z-2Jh

where my favorite book might be “4zm7#ut47″ on one site and “ut47#vj4a” on another.

Same as Mother’s Maiden Name:

http://wp.me/pg9z-2kQ

 “dpdes5 mkkey9″.

So why do people still do it?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Plea Bargains”

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/offering-plea-bargains-is-actually-a-horrible-government-practice/

Offering “Plea Bargains” Is Actually a Horrible Government Practice
By Robert Murphy on September 5, 2014

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To warm you up to my view–which may at first seem odd–consider this quotation I found from a legal website: “Plea bargains are extraordinarily common in the American legal system, accounting for roughly 90% of all criminal cases. Many countries, however, do not allow plea bargains, considering them unethical and immoral.” Isn’t that interesting? By the end of this post, you’ll understand why this typical U.S. practice is considered a miscarriage of justice in many other parts of the world.

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And excellent argument AGAINST any form of plea bargain!

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/sunlights-strange-effect-on-suicide-rates.html

Sunlight’s Strange Effect on Suicide Rates
September 13, 20143:00 pm

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is now responsible for more than 39,000 deaths per year, and is preventable. In fact, most people who consider suicide do not actually attempt the act.

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Of course, suicide is a much more complicated issue than a single study about sunlight can cover. If someone you know is considering suicide, take it seriously and help them seek the professional help they need. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Hopefully everyone is listening for signals that this might happen.

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MEMORIES: Ev’s last aunt laid to rest

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Sad!

What can I say.

Losing the threads that bind me to Our Girl. Bummer day!

From the Aunt Kay’s grave, you can see the 9/11 memorial at the cemetery.

At last, Aunt Kay is with Uncle Willie again.

[For those that have asked, she was 92.]

Requiescat In Pacem

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SERVICE: Google Wallet and Google Mail

https://www.google.com/get/googletips/card/sending-money-to-your-friends-and-family-is-as-easy-as-sending-an-email/detail/

Sending money to your friends and family is as easy as sending an email.  

This ties in Google Wallet to your Google Mail.

I recommend wallet as an easy and free / cheap way to transfer money around.

Recently, I cleared an advance in Iowa by a quick transfer from my phone.

Pretty neat.

The recipient was impressed.

Laugh. I just hate owing anyone anything. And love to play with technology. I think I’ll be using it more.

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ECONOMICS: 15$ minimum wage

http://www.tpnn.com/2014/09/08/did-the-fast-food-minimum-wage-strike-just-backfire/

 

Did the Fast Food Minimum Wage Strike Just Backfire?
September 8, 2014
By Matthew Burke

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TPNN radio host Tim Constantine of The Capitol Hill Show reports that the fast-food strikers have just shot themselves in the foot…big time.

“This company called Momentum Machines, has built a robot that could change the fast food industry forever,” announced Constantine. “The robot can slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places that slice onto your burger, so you get the freshest burger possible.” he reported following the Astroturf strikes organized by big labor unions and not necessarily even the workers of businesses like Burger King and McDonald’s.

“The robot is more consistent, more sanitary, and complains less, than your average worker,” Constantine explained.

“Here’s the kicker,” revealed Constantine: “The robot can produce 360 hamburgers per hour,” which equates to approximately one burger every ten seconds, much faster and efficiently than any human could.

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From an economic point of view, it’s a no brainer. 

Robot Burgger Makers are cheaper than “Human Resources”.

I’ve told the tale of AT&T and the Elevator Operators. http://wp.me/pg9z-2Eb

Those ladies were casualties of the Federal Minimum Wage diktat. I know one who never had the skills to get another job. Wonder who else that happened to?

Cui Bono?

So let’s look behind the scene as to why this ASTROTURF group is campaigning.

Clearly, the minimum wage burger flippers will be out of a job faster than you can say: “You want fries with that?”

Big Labor knows that a rise in the minimum wage will directly escalate the Union wage scale. And bureaucrats know that the Gooferment pay scales will all rise to “compete”. Big Unions knows bigger paychecks means bigger Union dues.

So once again, we find the roots of the “minimum wage problem”.

Now dare I say this is a racial or “Social Justice” issue. Not for it, but against it. What is the Black Youth Unemployment rate? Will increasing the minimum wage decrease that? Not likely! And, how is it justice to put people on the dole. 

Talk about “moral hazard”? It’s not even close. 

Argh!

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