Archive for September, 2008

October Surprise? Hey, it’s still September.

And, perhaps unintended by Kkkarl Rove, this financial melt down might just be the “big one” that shakes off the last 20 percent or so of morons that still believe in the myth of the conservative republican government being the cure-all fix-all for America.

How did this economic disaster manage to flounder to the surface from the depths of nowhere?  The easy and simple answer is that it didn’t just sneak up on the modern world unannounced, warning signs were everywhere if one chose to see them, and ignore Bush’s statements about our very sound economy.

Warren Buffet saw it coming at least a year ago and took steps to keep his money, eh… Buffered.

The funniest, in a really sad way, comment so far was made yesterday by Ben Bernanke, when the Los 
Angeles Times quoted him:

“…. I believe that if the credit markets are not functioning that jobs will be lost, the unemployment rate will rise, more houses will be foreclosed upon….”.

Well here’s a news flash and some basics for you Mr. Bernanke….. The foreclosure rate is already at an all time high, and jobs have already been lost in record numbers. And yes, whenever jobs are lost the unemployment rate will rise, that’s not exactly rocket science there Benny. 

More to write when I calm down, I don’t want that throbbing vein in my forehead to splatter blood all over my clean carpet. Check back later today.

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September 25, 2008 at 6:52 pm 1 comment

Say “Pepsi Please”, Here’s A $$$ Hint To Pepsico…..

Or even Coca-Cola for that matter. On my infrequent stops at 7-11 (not to be confused with 9-11), I go to the soda cooler section and grab a Pepsi, only to find out when I’m back in the car with the top off that I picked a Wild Cherry Pepsi or Pepsi Max or Pepsi Lime or Pepsi Jazz or Pepsi Raw or Pepsi Gold or Caffeine Free Pepsi, or Pepsi whatever else that was stuck in error into that wrong row in that dark corner of the cooler.

Or even worse, one of the diet versions of that offshoot. I only wanted a regular Pepsi, not the unleaded variety, not the flavored with whatever else will fit in the bottle one. Just a Pepsi!

But, this problem made me think.

I’d gladly pay an extra 50% over the street rate for a Pepsi that was sweetened with some plain old sugar, one that isn’t using the allegedly poisonous (and very addictive) high fructose corn syrup, or some other workaround. I’m sure that Pepsi is saving some fractal part of a penny with each soda that they sell with that corn crap or other stuff in it, or perhaps getting a kickback from Monsanto (another story here) to keep using their GMO corn product, so perhaps a simple request that could pay off for them on the financial end could cause the bean counters to go old school on us, and deliver one that has the taste of the, oh let’s say, the 1960’s or 1970’s version. 

It’s not like there would have to be any long and laborious, expensive R+D period involved, someone somewhere must still have that original U.S.D.A. vetted formula stuck in a drawer someplace. And I’m willing to bet there are others like me (at least in this respect) that share that wish.

Ummm, could it be that someone working in house in Purchase, New York has screaming nightmares about being the one to take the hit for the creation of another “New Coke”?

Just curious……

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Hey, an update.

To read about it, just click on that red link below….

News Flash, PepsiCo listens and obeys

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September 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm 2 comments

New, improved, and still no calories….

This is a new and improved version of my previously published list of sites for sore eyes, with several added (at the top of the list) web sites that are just plain great to read.

Got some time to kill?

Warning, you might will need to think a bit on some of these, especially xkcd and Jesus and Mo. I’m not responsible for damage to your keyboard by liquids blown out of your nose, so I’d advise you to not be drinking (especially milk, that dried up stink will stay with you for days) whilst viewing these.

So, in (some will say) no particular order:

WTTF    SMBC

The Book of Biff

Admittedly Funny  We The Robots

Diesel Sweetie     Tooth Paste For Dinner

XKCD Comics   PBF Comics   Jesus and Mo

Ted Rall    Questionable Content

Dilbert   Nonsequitur   Get Fuzzy

Bloom County  Frank & Ernest

And of course:

Pearls Before Swine  &  Calvin And Hobbes

 

As always, your suggestions for additional sites of a similar nature are welcome,

just click on the “add comment” link just below this.

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September 14, 2008 at 6:24 am 2 comments

Firing Up The Wayback Machine

If you were handed the owners manual and the keys to a certified “Time Machine” that could go into the future or back into the past, what would you do?

A lot of people (me included) could see the benefit of going into the future, think about having the stock results for tomorrow so you know where to invest, or which team will win this weekend so you could get your bet in early. Or which freeway not to drive on at 3:28 p.m. later today so you could avoid that 47 car pileup that bursts in to a huge fireball. Yeah, pretty clear choices to be found there.

But, how about a trip to the past. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to check out that butterfly’s wing flapping effect thing?

There’s an old story line about going back in time and killing Hitler before he built up the monster that became the WWII Nazi party, but at what point could you pull the trigger and cap him off? Say you got to him when he was ten years old, could you shoot a ten year old boy in the head knowing what you’re preventing? How about just a round into the base of his spine so he’d end up as a wheelchair case for life? Or, would you try to guide him down a different path with positive reinforcement? There’s several key points in each life where just a slight bump could shift ones direction, would change the end results.

Even Sarah Palin could be altered into a warm caring progressive person. O.K., perhaps I’ve chosen too extreme of an example, but it could happen.

Yeah, this is the stuff imagination is made for, as easy or complex as you’d care to go. Myself, I think I’d keep it simple. First, I’d go back to 1968 when I’m just getting back to civilian life and leave myself a note to save every penny possible, and then get back in the machine and take it a bit forward over to the late ’70’s / early ’80’s and leave myself another note to take that now saved up fortune and find a guy named Bill Gates, then see about investing big time in some sort of software program that he’s working on. I’d argue to have him change the name to something more masculine, but if not, I’m o.k. with making my billions from Microsoft.

Then, I’d have to go back again and search out a very young Karl Rove.

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I can promise you that there’d be some serious work to do then and there.

Get the drift?

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September 9, 2008 at 7:21 pm 2 comments


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