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“People who discovered they would save money if they switched insurance companies saved some average amount of money upon switching”

In a recent commercial for Allstate, Dennis Haysbert intones that drivers who switched from Geico to Allstate saved an average of $396 per year on their auto insurance. He then intones “Surprised?”* Not really, Dennis, and here’s why:  My guess … Continue reading

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Microsoft spent time and money on this video: Somebody came up with this idea, other people okayed it. Actors were hired. In the paraphrased words of Ignatius J Reilly: “Filth! How dare they pretend to be virgins. Look at their … Continue reading

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It’s time to stop fucking around

The Quiet Coup – The Atlantic May 2009 Anything that is too big to fail is too big to exist. I don’t pretend to understand the convoluted way we got here. I do understand why we got here; we got … Continue reading

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The Depression to end all depressions

So when do you think the people who keep calling World Depression I “The Great Depression” will be considered old-fashioned and quaint? I’m thinking ’12 or ’13.

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Swoopo

At Jeff Atwood’s Coding Horror blog: Profitable Until Deemed Illegal I’d never heard of this thing before. But it is amazing. Somebody called it a tax on people who are bad at math. Jeff Atwood says In short, swoopo is … Continue reading

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the lack of the courage of my convictions

Just now I finally took the Obama-Biden sticker off my truck, because I’m hauling it down to Long Beach to give it a general enema. It may be paranoia–but I don’t think so–to think that it will be serviced inadequately … Continue reading

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Boil the wiggling millipede

I long for the days when Madonna’s splitting up with some English dude would have been front page news in the morning paper.

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McCain to the poor: “Fuck you”

Enemies won’t test me, McCain says – CNN.com He attacked Obama, his Democratic rival for the White House, for saying that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” That is “certainly not something I would ever do,” … Continue reading

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the luck revolution

I’m not for penalizing genius, and I’m not for penalizing hard work. Genius and hard work deserve to be recognized by money. I am for managing luck. I believe the unlucky should be made less unlucky. The only way to … Continue reading

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the problem with religion

They’re always trying to make it relevant, or hip, or something. As far as I’m concerned, the idea of creation, godhood, underlying meaning of it all should be the bastion of the unhip. It’s painfully embarrassing to watch televangelists/charismatic preachers … Continue reading

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Fool me once, shame on — shame on you.

When the Thundering Herd Comes up Lame –Keith Fitz-Gerald I’m sick and tired of hearing how “we” caused this … how, according to the mainstream media, “we” somehow did this to our financial system. Baloney. For the most part, “we” … Continue reading

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No ice at the North Pole

Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole – Climate Change, Environment – The Independent “This day is called the feast of Crispian: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, … Continue reading

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Your Magical Future

Governments are in the business of redistributing wealth. That’s what they do. Political parties make it their business to direct this redistribution in the way that suits them; that’s what they do. My party, the Republican Party, makes it its … Continue reading

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“I pledge to help you muddle through your lives as best you can” –John McCain

Obama lays out energy, tax plans, criticizes McCain’s – CNN.com Obama says McCain’s gas tax plan would “actually do real harm” and take “$3 billion a month out of the highway trust fund and hand it over to the oil … Continue reading

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50,000

China seeks earthquake aid from Japan – CNN.com China is having problems with lakes dammed by earthquake debris. The natural dams will eventually burst, causing widespread flooding and death. China is trying to avoid that, of course. As it’s hard … Continue reading

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“You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din” through the ages

1880: Soldiers cowering behind a bulwark as Din delivers water to the dying on the battlefield, bullets whizzing round his head. 1911: Farmers resting on bales of hay while Din tirelessly tills the fields before the crows descend and eat … Continue reading

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unionism, liberalism, and managed perception

Imagine if your job were set up in such a way that your value within the company rose over time, yet that value could not be extracted and put to work at any other company. For example, you’ve been working … Continue reading

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I can’t remember

The war’s been going on so long, I can’t remember if I was originally for it or against it. If I was for it, that only means the lies were successful. If I was against it, good for me. If … Continue reading

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drinkability

“Drinkability,” as a rating of a beer, has to be among the most egregious bullshit terms ever devised by man. Drinkability. Drinkability. In a peer-reviewed paper (a peer-reviewed paper), drinkability is defined as “A beer that … invites the drinker … Continue reading

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