Monday, September 18, 2006

I start a little bit later from now until October 13th - when maybe, maybe I can get to that 7:00 - 3:30 schedule. But for now, I come in at 9 and leave at 5:30. It's not too bad, I get to sleep a little later, and rush hour traffic is mostly over - though it's all going to get very interesting on the 27th when Jen starts work at 8am and we have only one car. I suppose I could drive her to work, keep the car, drive home at 5:30 and come back to pick her up at 8...hopefully her grandfather will fix the car- before things become really problematic.

We had a good weekend. I didn't do any of the things I said I was going to laundry or dishes. See, they are both so imposing, I don't even know where to start - and there's better things to be doing - like watching movies, and football, and laying the fuck around. Weekends are for playing right? Add to the to-do list, unpacking, organizing, grocery shopping, going to the gym (!) etc. I just don't want to.

FYI: Reese's pumpkins are back in stores. Stock up now.

Carl is out today -> car trouble. Fortunately Monday's are always extremely slow.

It's 11:01a on monday morning and I want to go

I just found my new boss looking at/reviewing spreadsheets of reports that i did last year. That's right, spreadsheets that I made last year for peak. Tell me again why they didn't hire me? Also, our phone system is down, so people can call in, but we can't transfer them to where they need to go.

I hate looking to see that I have a new message in my Inbox, only to find, disappointingly that it is spam that has made it past my filter.

Ih the midst of complete Republican civil war, we can perhaps begin to dream about taking back the Senate, along with the house. Taking back Congress is a huge and necessary step needed to check Bush's usurped powers. It will be the last chance to stop him, before he does whatever the hell he wants. After mid-terms, he will have no motivation to listen to anyone - not any voice of reason. Stop him now, or we're fucked. It's that simple.

How does one hold onto $100 in our product for 55 years? Do you have any idea how much that $100 was worth 55 years ago? Answer: $775.

Imagine if you had put that into, even a savings account? Answer: $508

Don't you feel bad now? How about now: Placed into the stock market, with a rate of return at 10%, that $100 would now be worth $18,905. (or, $2438 in 1950 dollars).

Who just keeps a $100 lying around, invest that shit, cash that shit, use that shit.

From Time magazine "The first message was routine enough: a "Prepare to Deploy" order sent through naval communications channels to a submarine, an Aegis-class cruiser, two minesweepers and two mine hunters. The orders didn't actually command the ships out of port; they just said to be ready to move by Oct. 1.",9171,1535817,00.html

Anybody NOT think that we're going to war with Iran right before mid-term elections? Oh and then there's this nugget: "Chavez and Ahmadinejad cement their alliance.",,3-2363447,00.html Great, two oil giants cementing their relationship - nothing to be worried about no no, because we just found all that oil in the Gulf, which by the way, the US government and people may not get any royalties because of a tiny little loophole, that the oil companies are going to shoulder their way through. How much in royalties? you say. $1.5 billion, I say. They get $1.5 billion dollars and get to much a bajillion dollars selling that oil back to the American people. Did I mention that the oil is in publicly owned waters? Yep, sure is. The big oil companies get to take some of our stuff, avoid paying for it, and then sell our stuff back to us at a greatly inflated price. How nice. PS: Chavez wants on the UN Security Council - Iran is backing him.

Remember how they touted this discovery as helping us relieve our dependence on foreign oil? Well here's some hard numbers - they say that they can eventually get 3-15 barrels out. Americans use about 20 million barrels a day, that's 7.3 billion barrels a year. So even if we can get the full 15 billion out, it'll be gone in two years. So much for energy independence.

Also, Daniel Akts of the NYT says "Anything that reinforces the role of fossil fuels — particularly oil — as the industrial world's primary energy source is bad, not good. Anything that prolongs the life of the internal combustion engine is a negative, not a positive. Anything that makes it cheaper to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is cause for mourning rather than celebration." And he's right - we need to be pouring money into alternative forms of fuel. That's the only way to cut our dependence on foreign oil. Defend America - don't be foreign oil. It seems so simple. Don't support terrorism abroad. OK - stop buying oil that funds governments that support terrorism. To do that, we have to invest in alternative fuels. Ta da.

Oh, there's more: instead of plastering your SUV with magnetic yellow ribbons that say support the troops. Why don't you support the troops by getting out of your gas-guzzling SUV and into a vehicle that makes full use of the gas it consumes? Why don't you support our troops and use less oil - didn't you know? that's why we went to war in Iraq - or so says our Sec of Defense....because of high gas prices, you know how we can get lower gas prices? cut demand - then gas will be fucking cheap, they won't be able to get rid of it.

I'd like to go home now. 2hr 47min. 18 interactions.

Ok, so now facebook really does highlight the changes you've made to your profile?

Here's an uplifting headline: "US Resorting to 'Collective Punishment' in Iraq" Note: Collective punishment is specifically prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention, Part III, Section 33. "No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited." So I guess we decided to throw that one out.

Along with this one, Fourth Geneva Convention, Part III, Section 27: "Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity. Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault."

And this is how: "In an indication of just how bad fears have become, one international official told me of reports among his staff that a 15-year-old girl had been beheaded and a dog's head sewn on her body in its place; and of a young child who had had his hands drilled and bolted together before being killed. Whether or not the reports are accurate, the staff took them as fact. It seems in this climate of fear, no act is so barbaric it can't be believed. "

Remember when we talked about how scary Diebold machines were and how it took roughly three minutes to install malicious code that allowed one candidate to "steal" votes from another? Ok, well it gets worse, apparently the key to the lock that locks up the machine, is the same key that opens hotel mini-bars - keys that are widely available on the Internet. Fantastic.

This is just creepy: "Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus" - "Speaking in tongues, weeping for salvation, praying for an end to abortion and worshipping a picture of President Bush -- these are some of the activities at Pastor Becky Fischer's Bible camp in North Dakota, "Kids on Fire," subject of the provocative new documentary, "Jesus Camp.""

In a speech today, ex-VP Gore called for an end to payroll taxes.

"For the last fourteen years," he claimed, "I have advocated the elimination of all payroll taxes -- including those for social security and unemployment compensation -- and the replacement of that revenue in the form of pollution taxes, principally on CO2."

More power to him. Take tax burden off of working American's and make big corporations clean up their own mess.... Mr. Gore has not ruled out a run in 2008.

I would like to go home now. 41min remain. 23 interactions.


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