Posted on February 28, 2011 by Marty Andrade
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– 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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Posted on February 28, 2011 by Marty Andrade
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// But at least we're moving towards sustainability.
// Handcuffing a child, who is working with a therapist, and booking him and taking him to jail is not the way to mental health.
// From what I remember, prostitution is legal in Rhode Island. Wonder how they do it…
// 59 total posts, great readings for small businesspeople who are smartly not going to college.
Quote:"Rent Your House Out
If you rent out a house for 14 or fewer days, the income is scot-free. Not only that, you don't have to prorate or reduce your otherwise deductible mortgage interest and property taxes. Unlike the remodeling gambit, this one works on vacation homes, too.
// There are a lot of other really great ideas here.
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Posted on February 21, 2011 by Marty Andrade
Quote:"Recent studies suggest some aspects of the economy generally perform better under Democratic presidents than Republicans. This seems to be true of the stock market. Between 1975 and 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 11.6 percent annually on average during Democratic administrations, compared to 8.5 percent during Republican presidencies. But stock market performance over the same period has been markedly better under divided control of government—when one party has controlled the White House but not both chambers of Congress. The Dow rose by 6.1 percent annually on average during unified government over this period, but climbed at more than twice this pace (by 11.1 percent annually on average) during episodes of divided control.
The Dow also seems to fare slightly better under Republican control of the U.S. House, growing by an average 11.1 percent annually between 1975 and 2009, compared to 9.0 percent when Democrats control the House.
Expatriating? Give up U.S. citizenship? Who in his right mind would give up his U.S. citizenship? Lots of people. You could practically fill a Boeing 747 with well-heeled U.S. citizens who have taken on foreign citizenship rather than submit to what Learned Hand called "enforced exactions" at a level that amounts to virtual confiscation. The exodus may speed up under an Administration that campaigned for office on a tax-the-rich platform.
In 1981 Ronald Reagan lowered taxes. The following year not a single American gave up his citizenship. In 1993 the expatriate community grew by 306 names.
The expatriates of recent years have included:
Michael Dingman, chairman of Abex, and a Ford Motor director. Dingman is now a citizen of the Bahamas and lives there.
Billionaire John (Ippy) Dorrance III, an heir to the Campbell Soup fortune. Dorrance is now a citizen of Ireland and lives there as well as in the Bahamas and Devil's Tower, Wyo.
J. Mark Mobius, ….
Quote:""We are sick of hooking up with guys," writes the comedian Julie Klausner, author of a touchingly funny 2010 book, "I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters and Other Guys I've Dated." What Ms. Klausner means by "guys" is males who are not boys or men but something in between. "Guys talk about 'Star Wars' like it's not a movie made for people half their age;
// Hey, no dissin' the Fett.
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Posted on February 20, 2011 by Marty Andrade
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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