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Books Read:

The Man Who Sold the Moon, Robert Heinlein. First Heinlein book I’ve read in a few years. This is a collection of short stories from Heinlein just after WWII. Heinlein famously predicted it would take a private industrialist, and not the government, to get to the moon. He also believed nuclear reactors were too dangerous to have on Earth and that more efficient solar panels were imminent. Those ideas were all wrong. However, in this book we do see Heinlein talking about personal transportation devices very similar to the modern Segway, along with some other neat things. Good stuff.

Trickle Up Poverty, Michael Savage. Normally I like Savage’s books. Not this book. This book, while filled with many facts, was also filled with many inferences, guesses, theories and speculations that had scant supporting evidence. This book’s chapters on Healthcare and the Military are invaluable for highlighting incredible facts about Obama. However, there’s too much not-quite-fact for me to recommend this book.

– Short month, didn’t get a lot of reading done. I was also busy with the final edit of my novel, which should be published this summer. I’m working on some short stories and I’m currently outlining another novel. And no, I still don’t have plans to start blogging in a meaningful way. Sorry.


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  • // The third myth, the idea resumes actually reflect the skills of an individual.
  • Quote:"In the end I was there about an hour, and she accepted most of my documented proof. Some things she disallowed. For the items I didn't have any receipts for, she approved 40% of what we'd claimed, calling it a "customary business expense."

    She reminded me that I had the right to appeal her decision. And then she gave me the bill: $1,874.10.

    I wrote the check

    // the business, and the records, had burned down. Destroyed in Colorado. It was her husband's business, and they were getting divorced. She gets audited in New York, has no way to get most of the records, and gets hit with an 1,800 dollar bill. That doesn't sound like a victory, it sounds like (insert something awful).

    (tags: IRS taxes)
  • Quote:"But from a practical perspective, shutdowns usually aren't that big a deal. They happened every year when Jimmy Carter was president, averaging 11 days each. During President Reagan's two terms, there were six shutdowns, typically of just one or two days apiece. Deals got cut. Everybody moved on.

    In 1995-96, however, shutdowns morphed into political warfare, to the dismay of Republicans who thought they could use them to drag Clinton to the negotiating table on a balanced budget plan.

    // A gov't shutdown is a great way to get to "core" services.

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  • Quote:"In the study, participants responded to a number of scenarios that mirrored real-life moral transgressions, from stealing money to harming someone. Results revealed that, no matter how many previous good deeds someone had done, they received just as much blame — if not more — than someone with a less heroic background.

    "People may come down even harder on someone like the Dalai Lama, than they do on 'Joe Blow,' said author Kurt Gray, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maryland." However, in our research those who have suffered in the past received significantly less blame — even if such suffering was both totally unrelated to the misdeed and long since past."

    The article, titled "To Escape Blame, Don't be a Hero — be a Victim" is published in the March issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

  • Quote:"In modern scholarship a new consensus is emerging which dates the Didache at about the turn of the 1st century. At the same time, significant similarities between the Didache and the gospel of Matthew have been found as these writings share words, phrases, and motifs. There is also an increasing reluctance of modern scholars to support the thesis that the Didache used Matthew. This close relationship between these two writings might suggest that both documents were created in the same historical and geographical setting. One argument that suggests a common environment is that the community of both the Didache and the gospel of Matthew was probably composed of Judaeo-Christians from the beginning

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