We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Monday, March 3. 2008
We got linked by Neatorama. They are one of those blogs that links random interesting stuff, like GrowaBrain does. I had not known about them before, but they must have large readership because they are sending us hundreds of linkers per hour. We had a similar mini avalanche from Bits and Pieces over the weekend.
Health warnings for cheese? Maybe it would be easier just to paste a generic sticker on every product and every food in the world: "Caution: Use with care. This item might be dangerous to your mind, spirit, or body."
Who are the new Soviets? Media, education, and Hollywood
The enduring power of ethnic nationalism. Foreign Affairs. Yes, humans are tribal creatures, and feel more in common with those with shared values, customs, assumptions, and world views. It is difficult to know whether to trust people with different views of the world.
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At some point, which I think we have passed, don't health and safety warnings become self defeating? If there are too many of them, people tune them out.
Gold so far today has broken through $990/oz. Put the play now is silver. Gold is perhaps out of reach for some and even though predicted to top $2000 within a year or so unless you're really rich you can't buy a ton.
Silver will move higher and is cheaper.
Also buy tangibles. Art, coins,etc. Inflation is going to kick in soon and the FED will be helpless to stop it. In fact they're abetting it's on come. Your fiat paper money is becoming less valuable as you read this.
My best advice is to send Habu $19.95 +$5.50 P&H for a Bernecke Beenie or an Obama Chia Head.
Send to Habu c/o Habu LLC, Cayman Islands. Please allow 6-8 weeks delivery, or maybe no delivery depending on market conditions.
Also, Habu LLC has managed to procure a limited supply of pre conditioned Code Pink thongs used outside the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station in Berkeley.
These are the hottest item in the Bay area right now, so hurry.
$22.95+$6.50 P&H same address as above.
Habu, what would be the price for a target with that guy with a bullhorn on the vidio be?Do you also take Yuan?
target price, or price target?
i prefer former, with prejudice, & aggravated.
Sorry jappy..only taking Euros at the moment. I would be willing to trade my single signed Babe Ruth baseball for Hugo Chavez's head on a platter though.
Long have I traveled the Web today.
Many questions have I asked, many answers have I sought.
But, when all is said and done, only one question remains:
Did you mean thongs as in "flip-flops", or did you mean thongs as in "Brazilian"?
I think you should be clearer about this since picturing Cindy Sheehan in a Brazilian thong probably isn't going to help sales very much.
If you meant flip-flops, then please put me down for two dozen. I recognize a piece of history when I see it and ten years from now these things will be worth a fortune. I screwed up by not buying gold when I had the chance. I'm not going to blow it again.
BTW, another small suggestion. While using euros is certainly more practical than using that funny up-and-down "dollar" thing, it still strikes me as a bit old fashioned.
I suggest you get ahead of the curve and use rials.
I'm sure the "thongs" in questions are multiples, both hoof and crack.
I was however speaking of the Brazilian thong. Do keep in mind these are genuine "pre-conditioned" thongs worn only a week at a time by the Code Pink cadre, then placed in the communal pile for others to benefit from and to gain solidarity for the "movement".
I do have several of the other sandal thongs, in fact a genuine Cindy Sheehan set she wore while living in the ditch outside the President's Crawford ranch. However I've been told there was some bovine "run off " directly into the ditch that gave her a nasty toenail fungus, yet to be cured. I'm in negotiation with Sotheby's now over their disposition. I may donate them to the Smithsonian, hopefully with a toe or two if the fungus doesn't clear up.
The Brazilians are going fast as wall decorations in ethnic brasseries near Sather Gate while knock offs are going as papoose carriers on Sproul Plaza.
Just let me know if you want the right or left legged variety.
And if presented to a loved one just remember in the note:
Yellow in the front, brown in the back.
marketing tip: vacuum-pac the merchandise with mothballs, chlorine tablets, and sulfa powder.
also include small glass vial of cyanide labeled, "in case of contact with skin, bite quickly"
U.S. could intervene as Chavez prepares for war on Colombia
By WILLIAM LOWTHER
Venezuela threatened to declare war on neighbouring Colombia last night, raising the prospect of the U.S. being drawn into conflict in South America.
Venezuela's Left-wing president Hugo Chavez ordered ten tank battalions to the Colombian border and put war-planes under emergency stand-by.
The tension follows Colombia's decision to send its army to strike against anti-government guerrillas hiding in the jungles of Ecuador
take a look -- Hugo is a terrorist --
Habu LLC just released a press notice stating that it will no longer accept US Dollars. Payment will now have to be made in Euros.
Just an old habit....but also an acknowledgment that it's just old wine in new bottles.
Fox Biz has a correspondent in Moscow in today, doing live shots as a tie in to the Medvedez election. The reporter chimes in a minute or two every two every hour with fluff, plus a few factoids. Here are a few I caught and jotted down:
200 cars/1000 people (western europe has 500/1000)
One year compulsory military service sometime between age 18-27
Led world in IPOs in 2007
Stock mkt under Putin has risen from 60 billion to one trillion (in US dollars)
"Middle class" doubled under Putin, will double again in 5 yrs
Foreign investment, led by Britain, doubled in 2007
Personal income up 300% in nine years under Putin
GDP growth since 1999 = 80% (rest of world = 46%)
Unemployment rate 6 to 7%, consumer price inflation 12%
Third largest foreign currency reserves in world (from deficit in early Putin)
Russian total exports = 35% oil, 12% gas
GDP growth under Putin 7-8% per annum for the nine years
get milk, eggs, peanut butter, dog food -- oops, end of russia notes
This was so good I immediately stole it and put it on my own site. From the indefatigable Neal Boortz:
The best possible outcome? For me that would be no definitive outcome at all. Let’s hand out some delegates for both Obama and for Hillary, while leaving no commanding lead. The cause of liberty will be served well by a continuation of the pissing contest between these two. Take it all the way to the convention. Let them keep arguing over who is going to raise taxes on the evil rich the most. Let them keep playing a game of one-upsmanship on who is going to do the most thorough job of expanding government control over our free markets. Let them try to best each other over who is going to take the most money from our energy companies and pour it into the political pork coffers of the imperial federal government. Let Hillary continue to tout her imaginary experience in the White house while Obama’s folks continue to hand out "Change we can believe in" signs to people who really have no clue, other than celebrity worship, why they’re standing there at that rally in the first place. Let those who love freedom and celebrate individualism develop a growing sense of unease and perhaps even disgust at the statist rhetoric of these two anti-capitalists.
I understand Two Live Crew are doing the Star Spangle Banner at the Denver Convention..anyone heard anything?
They originally booked Motley Crew and decided that was not such a great idea what with 'motley' being there. 'Two Live...' works better. Personally, I think they should have picked a nice, hot, black rapper.
Boortz is a good 'un -- his site is a great place to resupply --