05/27/13

New look

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We have a new look, hope you like it. I might post more, I know, promises, promises…


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11/29/12

Driving Sucks

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Oh wait… I like driving. I’ve driven to Florida a dozen times and have even taken extensive side trips on the way. I’ve driven to Maine, Vermont, upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C. South Carolina (to buy fireworks!) more times than I can count, and all for fun. What I meant is driving to work sucks! Currently, I have a 45-60 minute commute to work and thankfully I can work from home once or twice most weeks. Even still, I figure that I spend $75-$100 a week in gas and tolls, and no telling what a 75 mile round trip every day does to a car rapidly approaching 150,000 miles. In case you’re wondering, it’s a 2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 sedan with navigation, and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned for going from here to there reliably with a nice, comfortable ride. But this isn’t a post about cars, it’s about what we do with them.

I have to say, I love my current job. The people are great, the owner is working right with us every day and is a generous, smart guy, we get free fruit every day, barbeque and deli sandwich lunches frequently, and more.

HOWEVER… Continue reading


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05/2/12

The Fed’s Cluelessness

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No comment necessary. :\

Reuters

For Fed’s Dudley, iPad comment falls flat in Queens

NEW YORK, March 11 | Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:35am EST

(Reuters) – The president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank doesn’t normally face a raucous crowd.

But in Queens, New York, on Friday, William Dudley was bombarded with questions about food inflation, and his attempt to put rising commodity prices into a broader economic context only made things worse.

“When was the last time, sir, that you went grocery shopping?” one audience member asked.

Dudley tried to explain how the Fed sees things: Yes, food prices may be rising, but at the same time, other prices are declining. The Fed looks at core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy costs, to get a better sense of where inflation may actually be heading.

So, Dudley sought an everyday example of a price that is falling.

“Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful,” he said referring to Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) latest handheld tablet computer hitting stories on Friday.

“You have to look at the prices of all things,” he said.

This prompted guffaws and widespread murmuring from the audience, with one audience member calling the comment “tone deaf.”

“I can’t eat an iPad,” another quipped. (Reporting by Kristina Cooke; Editing by Jan Paschal)

 


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04/30/12

Andrew Jackson’s Farewell Speech

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I haven’t posted much cause I don’t think anybody listens, but the farewell speech by Andrew Jackson when he was retiring from the presidency is quite inspiring.
This is an excerpt. The whole speech is here
Emphasis, is of course, mine, although I don’t think he would mind…  😉
Keep in mind he said his greatest accomplishment was abolishing the Second Bank of the United States, a bank in the same model as the Federal Reserve.
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04/16/12

The Server is Moved!

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The server has been moved and we’re on the latest and greatest version of CentOS, Apahe, php, MySQL and everything. Being my own technical support department, I only have me to thank for the smooth move, and being too humble, I won’t. 😉

Technology is a wonderful thing when it works the way you expect, isn’t it?


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04/15/12

Server Move

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After suffering with an outdated CentOS 4 system on my VPS for over a year, I finally got my hosting service to give me a new, updated Plesk container that has the latest and greatest software. As a consequence, this site may be off line for a time this weekend into Monday as it’s moved and the DNS catches up with the new IP address. I moved my main site, JoeParente.com today and this site will follow shortly thereafter. Please bear with us while we make these necessary changes!


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04/9/12

America, poor with a tiny rich “elite”

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45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor

The middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in the United States today. America is a nation with a very tiny elite that is rapidly becoming increasingly wealthy while everyone else is becoming poorer. So why is this happening? Well, it is actually very simple. Our institutions are designed to concentrate wealth in the hands of a very limited number of people. Throughout human history, almost all societies that have had a big centralized government have also had a very high concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite. Throughout human history, almost all societies that have allowed big business or big corporations to dominate the economy have also had a very high concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite. Well, the United States has allowed both big government and big corporations to grow wildly out of control. Those were huge mistakes. Our founding fathers attempted to establish a nation where the federal government would be greatly limited and where corporations would be greatly restricted. Unfortunately, we have turned our backs on those principles and now we are paying the price.

Read more at the above link.

You were warned. People have been trying to warn you for decades. But the television induced sleep was more comforting to you. That’s ok. The rich will provide for you and create crappy jobs so you can eat, sleep and wear old clothes. Don’t ever tax them or they might get mad and leave!

Suckers.


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04/3/12

Take ’em off and bend over

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Amazingly, the “justices” on the Supreme Court “stripped” more rights from the Constitution yesterday by allowing strip searches for every arrest, no matter how minor. Why don’t we just rip that old document up and throw it away?


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