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27Jun/110

Posted by Horse

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Competition eliminates the competition

25Jun/110

Posted by Nate

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You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

22Jun/114

The Trickin’ or the Reg?

Posted by 00tj8jh3

Recently I had the delightful experience of obtaining a new mortgage.  I now have a lower rate and a three inch pile of signed, initialed, notarized, stamped and sworn to documents.  What do I do with these papers?   Should I rent an oversized safety deposit box?  Do I shred and put the resultant confetti in the recycle bin?   Perhaps,  I just leave them on the dining room table for my heirs to sort out?  Presently, the last option seems most viable.

In the process of obtaining and processing a simple mortgage, a small forest of trees appears to have been obliterated.  My wife, as she began to experience the painful beginnings of writer's cramp asked, "Why do we have to sign all these papers? It's crazy."  To which, the "closer" immediately replied it’s the government and their stupid regulations."

Just Sign Here

Some of the titles on these documents are as follows: “Disclosures;” “Important Information regarding Mortgage Loan Products;” ““Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Truth-In-Lending Questions;””Good Faith Estimate;” “Truth-In-Lending Disclosure Statement;” “Affiliated Business Arrangement  Disclosure Statement;” “Appraisal Disclosure.”  Why would there be such a plethora of regulations  demanding my friendly banker officially warn me that  Big Bank and Trust  will be disclosing information about me and my

20Jun/110

Posted by Horse

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We need to make and sell weapons that kill to keep our economy going. So we need kill to prosper?

20Jun/110

Anxiety and wealth

Posted by Nate

18Jun/110

Buy American

Posted by Nate

Buy American

In a new video,  American-born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn urges would-be jihadists in the U.S. to stock up on guns through the gun-show loophole:  "America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn says. "You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card.  So what are you waiting for?"

Weak gun control laws. A Congressional investigation found that 47 of 58 terror suspects were allowed to purchase guns during a nine month investigation.  The terror suspects passed their criminal background checks even though, "The gun buyers came up as positive matches on a classified internal FBI watch list that includes thousands of terrorist suspects...". Those suspects belong to Islamic fundamentalist and "militia" style terrorists groups.  Senator Frank Lautenberg blamed what he called, "the Bush administration's 'twisted allegiances' to the National Rifle Association for the situation.  The N.R.A. and gun-rights supporters in Congress have fought successfully, for the most part, to limit the use of the F.B.I.'s national gun-buying database as a tool for law enforcement investigators, saying the database would amount to an illegal registry of gun owners nationwide."

American culture of violence.

Culture of violence.

Terrorists are using our oil mainly to buy our guns to kill us...a Win-Win situation for terrorists and oil and military industrial complexes.  Loose-loose for America.  Remember that multi-national corporations do not have alliances with any country...they deal with anybody who pays.  "Federal background checks on prospective gun buyers do not use 'terrorist watch lists' used at border crossings and airports."

18Jun/110

Enjoy the Flight

Posted by Nate

Lately we are witnessing a disturbing trend around the world.  Western economies are in trouble.  Financial problems plague most of the “developed world”.  Unemployment is high.  Energy costs are rising.  These problems are not limited to Western societies.  There are global problems:  food and water shortages, disillusioned populations, social upheaval and deforestation.  In my opinion, the underlying roots of the problem are deeper and much more serious than we are led to believe.  The problem is our worldwide

Consumption based societ

More junk

Consumption-based Economy.

Problems that I see with our lifestyle

Food: mono-culture; chemicals; genetically-modified food

Raw materials:  open-ended consumption of non-renewable resources; waste - a substantial percentage of  products manufactured is simply useless junk, wastefully squandering energy and natural resources.

Unemployment Causes:  lack of skills; inferior education; expensive higher education; failing schools make for an unemployable workforce; constant productivity increases, decreasing the need for workers; corporations can do more with less to generate bigger profits; people buy less (general population has less money to spend); in its desire for greater profit, the corporations are dedicated to reduce overhead by laying off employees.

15Jun/110

Posted by Horse

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You're never too old to learn something stupid.

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