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Friday, December 27, 2013

Schadenfreude and our Moment of Truth


"Those who want to "spread the wealth" almost invariably seek to concentrate the power."
– Dr. Thomas Sowell, professor of Economics

Our Ticking Debt Bomb…Schadenfreude

  Despite having the lowest approval rating on record ever, I’m continually amazed at how Congress continues to bamboozle to public.  Our economic future is precarious at best and time is running out.  Obama continues his expensive, tax payer subsidized vacations.  No other president, even Eisenhower, has played as many rounds of golf as Obama…sort of reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.


Despite Obama’s lip service to ‘rescuing’ the middle class and restoring decent jobs, he seems to enjoy the despicable trait of Schadenfreude, or glee found in other’s misery.  He uses our misery to justify his socialist programs, forgetting how a free economy and country is supposed to work.


The Moment of Truth Project, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles (remember him from the commission on debt reduction which Obama ignored) has been on a mission with his Campaign to Fix the Debt program to spread the word on how serious our financial problem is along with an arsenal of painful, but workable solutions designed to avert the pending crisis.


According to Bowles, it will take some kind of crisis to get our do-nothing Congress to act. 


“I think at some point the markets will look at our country and say, whoa, you guys have a dysfunctional government, you’re addicted to debt, clearly the path you are on is not sustainable over the long term and you have NO plan in place, nothing, to deal with it.”


The organization offers a detailed remedy, many of which mirror what I’ve written about since 1999 including a tax reform plan that eliminates all tax deductions and credits in the short term (yes, even churches and non-profits would pay something) and consolidating the tax code into three individual rates, and one corporate rate which would include those foreign corporation which pay zero US taxes.


There are many more points to the plan which merit immediate consideration.  Find more at:


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Mandela, Harlem Shake Most Searched in 2013

Google has released a report of their top 10 global trending searched of 2013. Nelson Mandela topped the list that also featured serious topics like the Boston Marathon and North Korea. But the popular Harlem Shake also made the list at number five.  Again, it would seem, few are interested in what is happening to our country and the NUMBER ONE reason why I believe our chances of recovering our nation are mighty slim!

According to Google, the top 10 trending searches of 2013 are:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy s4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea

Signs of the growth of the government aristocracy: is the difference between job growth in the private sector versus the government sector. Since the economic crisis in 2008, 41 of 50 states have seen losses in private sector jobs – not gains. The job gains that do get reported are primarily government jobs, and many jobs that aren't entirely funded by the government are contractor positions that receive most or all of their pay from the government. In many states, as much as one fifth of the population is reliant on the government for their paycheck... and that doesn't include people living on welfare.

A disparity between private sector and government pay is also forming. It used to be that if you held a government position, you'd expect to be paid less than you would in a comparable private sector position. That's no longer true. In an Ohio study, for example, researchers found that the average government employee earned nearly 45% more an hour in wages and benefits than the average private sector worker.


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Sending Cash

I have sent cash through the mail.

In fact, if you want to leave virtually no trace of money that you need to get to someone, the mail can be a much more private option than using wire services or sending checks or using credit cards or PayPal. Everything other than cash leaves a clear trail that, more and more, government officials can access without even troubling themselves to get a warrant. Here a few guidelines for safely sending cash through the mail.

1. Split large amounts up and mail it in several different envelopes.

2. Mail the envelopes from several locations.

Let's say that you need to repay a debt of $400 to a friend on the other side of the country, for example. Wrap four $100 bills in a magazine page or glossy ad from a newspaper. Mail it or buy a prepaid gift card (one of the few things left where your socialist slave number isn’t needed).

Human Microchipping Agenda


People are living very busy lives these days, working extra hard to keep the roofs over their heads, the food on their tables. Those are the lucky ones, or so are led to believe. Life in this particular dog-eat-dog system can be stressful. We've been trained by...


Passport Sleeves and Other Privacy Matters

Your passport probably has an RFID chip in it that can be used to track you. Your credit cards can be scanned by identity thieves while they are still in your wallet. Facial recognition software can identify you from Facebook photos in a database. Police now routinely track your movements using license plate scanners and keep the information for years. What privacy measures can you take to do something about all of these invasive new technologies? Here are a few examples.

Passport and Credit Card Security

United States passports issued since 2007 have an RFID chip inside. In addition to allowing tracking and information gathering by snoopy government officials, this chip allows criminals with an RFID reading device to get at any information stored in your passport chip. This is also true of many credit cards now. A criminal can walk past you in a store and read your card information without you ever knowing it happened--until there are a few thousand dollars in charges you didn't make on your statement.

It is illegal for you to disable the chip in a passport, by the way, but you can keep it (along with credit cards) in a security sleeve that blocks scanners from reading the chip. These sell for as little as $5 online. Another, even cheaper, alternative is to wrap passports or credit cards in aluminum foil.


Increasing government surveillance is leaving us with less freedom to determine who we are and who we want to be, Snowden told UK TV viewers…


Even C-Span is asking “Is the US Becoming a Police State?”



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Minimizing your digital trail…

TIPS to protect yourself from the prying eyes of thieves and government (I’m being redundant) use these hints:


·         Go low-tech by using cash and pre-paid gift cards (not debit cards)

·         Use pre-paid cell phones and buy them and minutes with cash

·         Do not use Smart Phones

·         Do not carry multiple credit cards (best to eliminate them entirely)

·         Drive an older car – 2010 or older as they have fewer identifiers built-in

·         The government routinely snoops through membership groups such as the NRA and social networking sites such as facebook – avoid using them if you want to lower your profile.

·         Use a TIN (taxpayer identification number issued by the IRS used, for instance, to open a bank account in trust for your minor children, non-profit group, etc.) Your SSN has become a universal key to identity theft thanks to the government and its un-Patriot Act.

·         Homeschool your children if possible

·         Leave blank questions from medical care providers asking about guns you own.

·         The more professional licenses you have (real estate, pilot, drivers, etc.) the more access you provide to thieves and government agencies.


How to Remove a Name From a Public Search

·         The easiest way to prevent anyone from accessing your name and personal information over the Internet is to remove your name from the residential listings of online phone book services while simultaneously reducing your profile in online forums and social networking sites. Doing so will not remove your name from local residential listings but will protect your privacy online. A number of companies provide online listings of names and telephone numbers. This information typically comes from the listings in your local phone book. Companies that provide these services include Google, AnyWho,,, Reverse Phone Directory,, and


·         How to check for hackers


Microsoft offers a quick way to check for possible intrusions to your accounts with its services.




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New Bank Creates Currency from Plastic Waste in the Ocean


Every day, people contribute 13,000 to 15,000 pieces of plastic to the ocean, harming hundreds of thousands of marine creatures and seabirds. David Katz hopes to change that with The Plastic Bank, a new social enterprise he founded to curtail ocean-polluting plastic by encouraging people to treat it as currency.




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1 comment:

Rick Coleman said...

Thanks for the great articles and info.