The so called, "Economic Crisis"
Friday, October 3, 2008, 07:30 AM - Academics, PoliticsAs I understand it, Paulson, et al. insists that if we do not give him lots of money, somehow, the US economy will suffer.
As I understand it, this alleged suffering is due to the habit of apparently all, or at least most, medium sized and larger businesses to regularly borrow money to pay their debts and stay in business.
Yet is it not precisely these business practices, over the past 30 years who have successfully wiped small businesses out of existence in our cities? Didn't we used to have corner drugstores before Walgreens? Didn't we used to have mom and pop hardware stores before Ace and Home Depot? Didn't we used to have friendly neighborhood bookstores before Barns and Noble and Amazon.com?
In other countries of the world, what small businesses there are work the way small business used to work in this country. They'd start business, grow, buy stuff they needed with cash (not credit) and grow some more until they reached an optimum size for their liking and then they would remain that size for many years (or, perhaps fluctuate) but NOT be run out of business by corporations with unlimited access to cheap loans.
I feel strongly that our country should be more like it was in the 1970s when, if you wanted to grow your business, you had to actually pay for stuff. If you couldn't make payroll, YOU WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. And that left opportunities for others to take over.
There should be NO bailout or rescue plan which would further inflate the currency anyway. We should allow investment banks to FAIL for being reckless and those people working there should find work in OTHER FIELDS better suited to them. This model of capitalism has too much inherent moral hazard. All politicians who were duped into thinking we need this need to be voted out of office. Starting with Ms. Wilson.
Sure, a few products will be more expensive. Sure, business will be "Less Efficient" but that way, we can actually get local culture back again and these fat cat bankers can just go crawl back into the hole from which they came.
But hey - that's just my opinion; worth every penny it costs you to read.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008, 02:40 PM - Academics, Macintosh, WebsiteMy Macintosh hard disk died. I've spend the past few days working on trying to recreate it. Sigh. My backup didn't work. :(
I can still get email on my phone at some of my email addresses, but if I don't get back to you, try phoning instead.
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Breathing and Sleeping Simultaneously
Monday, March 10, 2008, 06:28 AM - Academics, Sleep ApneaI have obstructive sleep apnea.
I had a new sleep study done last week. In the middle of the night, the tech complained that they couldn't get a good reading on my chin electrode; would I mind shaving just a tiny hole in my beard for it? So one thing lead to another and -here I am. :o)
I'm still having severe apnea but as soon as the doctor gets around to it, she'll write me a new prescription for adjusting either my CPAP machine or getting new a new and different mask and -hopefully- I'll be back to breathing and sleeping at the same time. It has been really bad lately. So much so, that a couple of times I've tried not using the machine at all; sadly, it did make a noticeable difference, but not as much as one might think.
In any case, I'm doing pretty poorly in school at the moment until this gets resolved.
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Towards the end of Summer classes
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 08:05 PM - Academics, MathWell, I have a big test in Trigonometry tomorrow morning and the final exam next week. My first class of the summer, Political Science 240 (International Relations) was hard; there were 40 - 60 pages per night of reading but I got through it at least in part by sacrificing doing math homeowkr. Now that chicken has come home to roost. I'm totally unprepared for the test tomorrow. My eyes have been killing me all summer and it is like pulling teeth just to sit down and do a few problems. (So, of course, I haven't). This sucks. This is really an awsomely interesting kind of math, too.
I'm considering putting this class off until the fall. This is the only math class in the entire curriculum that I can take in conjuction with another (Math 123 and Math 150, "Precalculus" are co-requisits) so since I'm already signed up for Math 150 in the fall, I think I'll take this class again then, too. It'll be easier, now that I've been exposed to it all and -even though this means taking 17 hours (?!) instead of 14, I think I should be able to handle it if I'm careful (and if I can actually get some work done. I guess we'll see.
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A new semester
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 05:30 PM - Russian, Math, Dancing, Academics, Philosophy, Sociology, Political ScienceOkay. Now we are in the Spring 2006 semester. I am taking the following classes: Math, Dance (this time, it's more ballroom), Philosophy 101, Philosophy 156 (Reasoning), Sociology 101, Political Science 200. I have decided (for the moment, at least) that Russian has too much emphasis on writing and reading so I am dropping it. While I am still very interested in it, the truth is that I have do be more careful about only taking classes and engaging in activities at which I can do at least decently, if not well and reading and writing is not among them.
The Political Science course has me excited. It is taught by former Senator Fred Harris (OK). It is a big class (70ish people) but he's a great lecturer.
Sociology is being taught by a different TA than was originally planned and we haven't met her yet. That's tomorrow.
Philosophy 156 looks interesting, but I'm a bit worried about getting the materials copied to the computer in time; already we're to read chapter 1 by Monday, and I don't know if I can get it all scanned in time.
Philosophy 101 starts in 30 minutes, so I guess I'd better finish this later. :o)
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