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Intended Consequences

July 15th, 20121 comment

I, along with many others, have talked about the unintended consequences that law and the government ignore in protecting us from ourselves and others.  OSHA adds this regulation and that and a marginal business fails which actually has its modest impact on the entire economy and that multiplies and nothing is done because the law is specific without forgiveness.  But, today we need to talk about intended consequences with known damage. Read more…

Reason

July 6th, 2012No comments

Interesting word.  We all know we have it.  Other views about us introduce variance.  Reason in this instance is a website.  It is a libertarian one that is on my RSS reader.  It isn’t the lockstep view of the Pauls.   I find it interesting.  Today, it was also interesting for my readers when their TV featured, The Politics of Poker: Why It’s Time To Legalize Online Gaming.  It isn’t about the national scene but talks about the to and fro in California politics. Read more…

Thank you PPA`

June 4th, 2012No comments

Pretty obvious that thank you isn’t because they’ve restored online poker to my life.  The thank you is for getting me onto a  mail list that reports bill passed and being voted on.  With so little to laugh at these days, Megavote reports are a hoot. Read more…

Who do you trust?

April 23rd, 2012No comments

If you are as old as I am, you recognize it for a 50’s game show.  If you are older, I will share that it had two interesting fellows on it — Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson.  I remember really enjoying the show.  It was Johnny doing what Johnny got a lot more notoriety doing.  But, today it is a really good question to share.

To gain or give trust is no small task.  It is something humans try to do.  It is part of that herd side of the brain that was survival through strength in numbers.  And, it can bite all in wash, rinse, repeat manner.  One area we have been blowing it is with politicians.  That is especially true if we live in what is referred to as a license to steal safe seat.

So, I found this interesting.  At the top is the military.  But, I don’t think that be that high if the questionnaire had used Pentagon.  The early comparison was with George Bush and the post 9/11 era.  The economy weren’t great though.  Anyway, here is what I found interesting that was posted on The Atlantic.  The article is in a publication not known for a conservative bent.   Interesting chart.

We may not be as dumb as we look.

 

Figures Don’t Lie

March 21st, 20124 comments

I don’t need to finish that.  You all know what would be coming.   Many of my readers are of a generation that preceded computers and calculators.  We learned the multiplication tables and then kept them fresh on paper and our heads.  Even so, numbers can confuse.  I wonder if it is worse for those following without as strong a grounding or the school just not getting the necessary knowledge out. Read more…

Columbia House

January 23rd, 20126 comments

Not many will recognize that outfit these days.  It isn’t an honor society or faculty club at an Ivy League college.  This bit of ancient history dwelled just in a sleepy Hoosier town — Terre Haute.  They kept the post office busy.  Read more…

Arab Spring meets Chamber Pots

January 20th, 2012No comments

Lets start with the first part.  Need a few thousand for a march?  Simple.  Go online.  Pundits then report the evil dictators then tried to disable the Internet but heroic efforts and so on.   The triumph of man and mankind, right?   Then we get to Chamber pots.  I’ll keep it simple.  That’s about another technical advance — Indoor Plumbing — disrupting the marketplace.  Be still my heart and aging kidneys. Read more…

UIGEA Squared

December 13th, 20112 comments

That’s five letters that increase a poker player’s blood pressure.  It is an example of overreaching by our governement.  The Patriot Act emphasizes the overreach to the rest of the nation and world.  Well, Congress is about through the hearings stage for a mother of all overreaches.  Read more…

Wish this was made up

November 11th, 2011No comments

Ok, you are this mid-level guy trying to make a name for yourself.  Need to get attention by solid decision making. What are the odds?  Sometimes a low profile is better. Read more…

I am from Washington

November 6th, 20111 comment

Yeah, you know that worn out joke — and I am here to help.  We know that’s the big lie.  I learned that early on in my career.  I mentioned this in passing here before; but old people repeat things and it a story that needs repeating.

It was probably 1964.  It was an election year and a while after I’d gotten a dream job.  More prestige than money unfortunately. Read more…