Monthly Archives: November 2010

Observations on Winter

Two observations:

  • It kinda sucks to have to knock icicles from the undercarriage before doing maintenance on one’s truck.
  • It really sucks having to use an ice scraper on both the outside and the inside of the truck’s windows before being able to see out.

On the bright side, all the wasps and hornets have finally gone away.

Activist Post: Oregon: FBI Thwarts Own Car Bomb

Yet another incident of domestic terrorism made possible through the aid and encouragement of our own government.

The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

A 19 year old man, Mr. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was in contact with undercover FBI agents since June of 2010. FBI agents claim they were acting as an accomplice of a supposed Pakistani terrorist that Mr. Mohamud had been in contact with as early as 2008. Unlike the supposed Pakistani terrorist Mr. Mohamud was in contact with, the FBI actually supplied him with a bomb.

I hadn’t known the FBI was also behind the 1993 Trade Center bombing.

Parallels between Portland’s staged terror stunt can be seen with a very similar FBI operation that went “wrong” on  February 26, 1993 at New York City’s World Trade Center. The FBI was also in contact with willing terrorists whom they assisted in building an inert bomb. Inexplicably, the FBI agents switched the inert explosives with a real device which was then delivered to the WTC and detonated, killing 6 and injuring 1,042.

Would there even be any domestic terrorism without the FBI?

via Activist Post: Oregon: FBI Thwarts Own Car Bomb.

Consumer Price Inflation: The Wolf at the Door

The Fabulous Mogambo (TFM) summarizes why investing for the long-term for retirement is a fallacy, where you might be able to break even, but not likely, due to inflation and fees and such:

So how much retirement money did you put away in1965? Well, according to thepeoplehistory.com, the average income in 1965 was $6,500 a year, so you put away 10%, which is $650 a year.

By comparison, a new car cost $2,650 in 1965, rent was $118 per month, and a loaf of bread cost 21 cents.

Today, the average income in the private sector is around $40,000 a year, which is about right, since the Bureau of Labor Standards says that inflation since 1965 results in $1 of buying power in 1965 now requiring $6.94, which comes out to an annual inflation rate of 4.4% per year.

If you saved a whopping 10% of your 1965 gross income, or $650 a year, it would have to grow by a whopping 4.4% a year to $4,510 just to keep up with inflation, which is, sad to say, about what 10% of your $40,000 income today would be ($4,000).

And this is before paying taxes on the $3,860 gain, and not to mention all the fees and expenses paid along the way!

In short, because of inflation, expenses and taxes, you have to invest a month’s income to get a month’s income at retirement, meaning that your money did not grow at all.

And that is the absolute best-case scenario, in that investing is a zero-sum game, and with the government always taking money out, and the financial services industry always taking money out, there is less money for the investors to divide amongst themselves than was put in by the investors! Hahaha! “Investing for the long term!” Hahaha!

via Consumer Price Inflation: The Wolf at the Door.

The Four Rules of Gun Safety

A man is in critical condition after he accidentally shot himself while checking for burglars. [Police] say the man thought he heard someone in his apartment, woke up and grabbed his .22 caliber handgun and his flashlight. He went to turn on his flashlight but pulled the gun’s trigger instead.

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded – check
  2. Never point the gun at anything you do not want to shoot or kill – oops!
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot – oops!
  4. Be absolutely sure of your target – oops!

It’s actually very easy to not shoot yourself and to avoid unpleasant meetings with the police and friendly hospital staff.

via ksl.com – Man critically injured in accidental shooting.

Storm leads to more than 200 crashes statewide

Remember people – when the snow falls on the ground, the ground gets all slippery.

SALT LAKE CITY — Another big winter storm packed a punch across the Wasatch Front Sunday, bringing the kinds of conditions many drivers find difficult to handle.

Many motorists took to the road and soon found themselves on the side of it. The Utah Highway Patrol reported more than 300 slide-offs and crashes in 11 counties across the state. Of the 359 crashes reported, 57 involved injuries, 239 caused vehicle damage and 63 were slide-offs.

This would also be a good time to make sure you have a vehicle emergency kit, perhaps a blanket or two, some food and water, and perhaps a candle for heat.  It would be pretty lousy to be caught unawares by a snowstorm and die, since this happens every single winter.

via ksl.com – Storm leads to more than 200 crashes statewide.