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Onward

...wherever you go, there you are...


not a rant. really. its too short.
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If the people elect Palin as president, first, it vindicates the great deal of anti-system crap I have ever written, and secondly, will make me feel they deserve all the abuse and manipulation the system has put us through.

(I edited this perhaps 5 times, to get the wording right. Sorry about that.)

i'll have a rack of..uh...beef.... please.
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I fully expect the development of this technology to create a bit less hunger for the world overall, eventually.
Either that, or we better consider Soylent Green.
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please sir, may i have some more?
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In 1941 much of the naval war capacity of the USA was destroyed, by the power most likely for us to need that capacity against. In Jan 1942, FDR promised a "ramp-up" of the war effort (now against the entire Axis might) the likes of which was unheard of. One month later, the president was (as much as) promising a complete retooling of the nation's industrial infrastructure.He called in all the biggest industrial producing companies (which happened to be the auto industry, mainly) and told them what he needed. That was the carrot. He also told them that he was going to BAN new auto sales for some amount of time into the future. US new auto sales were illegal from 1942 until some time in 1944. That was the stick. FDR FORCED the US auto industry, instead of making cars, into making tanks and ships and guns and ammo, etc. There was very little resistance to this.
Can this happen now?
Is the pending crisis in the world food industry, or the world energy industry, enough impetus to make that kind of action happen again? If not, why not? Do GM foods feel more (politically) palatable?
Which way are we better off?

(as a related aside, buy Wheat.)

a no risk investment?
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If I did the math right, the Jefferson Nickel is composed of 3.75 grams of Copper and 1.25 grams of Nickel, such ingredients worth a bit more than 7 cents in metal value? (Please, check my math...) Given the nature of movement of commodities during inflation/deflation, and, although I can see 3 small types of risk (opportunity loss/cost, storage/security concerns, and hefting charges), aren't U.S. Jefferson Nickels a pretty much risk-free investment?

where we fit?
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An interesting map of the United States showing how each state's GDP (and in a separate tab, population) compares to other countries.

Cool Map

once you hit a trillion, how far away is a quadrillion but the next step.
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About 30 years ago, the United States national debt passed $1 trillion for the only time, now one generation later, it is flying past $14 trillion, with not even a plateau in sight.

Read a bit more

oil numbers
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The United States gets more of its oil from Canada than from the entire Persian Gulf (which includes Saudi Arabia and Iraq), combined.

Some country stats here

Political Blather here

a lot of people die right over there.
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The worst 25 countries in the world in Infant Mortality rate are all in the same area of the world, and, generally, if you are born there, you only have an 80% chance to live until your fifth birthday.

See Stats
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hard to catch the exact bottom of anything
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Sorry I am not as timely as I could have been, but Buy Silver.

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magic drug
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Start in your '40s, take an 81mg dose of aspirin once every day with milk, and, after five years of ingestion and thereafter, the statistical risk of many types of cancer declines by 1/3 or more, some cancers by much more.

Long term cancer study reports
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