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A Few Good Expenses, VIDEO June 11, 2007

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Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on. January 5, 2007

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Familia y Amigos, freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, netneutrality, Politics.
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Your Libertarian Purity Score

Your score is…

45

What Your Score Means

0 points: You are not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination. You are probably not even a liberal or a conservative. Just some Nazi nut, I guess.

1-5 points: You have a few libertarian notions, but overall you’re a statist.

6-15 points: You are starting to have libertarian leanings. Explore them.

16-30 points: You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure.

31-50 points: Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on.

51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much.

91-130 points: You have entered the heady realm of hard-core libertarianism. Now doesn’t that make you feel worse that you didn’t get a perfect score?

131-159 points: You are nearly a perfect libertarian, with a tiny number of blind spots. Think about them, then take the test over again. On the other hand, if you scored this high, you probably have a good libertarian objection to my suggested libertarian answer. 🙂

160 points: Perfect! The world needs more like you.

Tune Up Utilities – Drop what you are doing and Download Today December 8, 2006

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You will be glad you did. This shareware program — with a 30 day trial period- fixes registry problems –among other things- and literally doubled the speed of my brand new laptop.

Easy to Use and It works.

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This Sounds Like Most People I Know, including MOI. October 4, 2006

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Cranky? It may benefit you in long run

The Baltimore Sun

Are you a
forty-something grouch who’s first to shout invectives in a slow-moving
checkout lane? A youngster who mocks your dad’s counsel? A graduate
student known for driving your professor crazy with sardonic verbiage?

Take hope: Today, you might be dismissed as a smart-aleck. In your old age, you might be viewed as smarter than average.

Or at least that’s what Jacqueline Bichsel suggests.

Bichsel, a psychology professor at Morgan State in Baltimore,
recently co-authored a study that invites the conclusion that upon
reaching 60, disagreeable people maintain a higher level of
intelligence than more easy-going seniors.

“These individuals have a higher vocabulary,” she said. “They have a better use of words, a better knowledge of facts.”

It also suggests that those dismissed as grumpy old men and women
are often smarter in some ways than the young. The study’s findings fly
in the face of notions that intellect and memory fade with age, and
that has made it a hot topic in the psychology world.

I’m gonna live forever August 15, 2006

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Coffee as a Health Drink?
Studies Find Some Benefits

Coffee is not usually thought of as health food, but a number of recent
studies suggest that it can be a highly beneficial drink. Researchers
have found strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of several
serious ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

3 Great Guides to Surviving Blackouts, Hurricane Season, WWIII, Locusts, etc July 26, 2006

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Popular Mechanics

Les Jones – Emergency Supplies

The Mormons

You might wanna print these out cuz the Internets may go dark during the rapture.

You have Entered the Enron Zone…de de de de dede July 12, 2006

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British Banker Involved with Enron found Dead

Trilateral Commission? July 10, 2006

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Scott Adams writes:

My favorite conspiracy theory is the one that says the world is being
run by a handful of ultra-rich capitalists, and that our elected
governments are mere puppets. I sure hope it’s true. Otherwise my
survival depends on hordes of clueless goobers electing competent
leaders. That’s about as likely as a dog pissing the Mona Lisa into a
snow bank.

Too Much Advertising? You ain’t seen nothin yet July 5, 2006

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When does parody become reality??? Too often but, the following spoofs *hopefully* wont see too much implementation…though I have been to some beaches that looked almost like those.

Extra Points for the Fish at Zoo sponsored by fishstick company.

Why Is MSNBC.com so SLLLOOOOOWWWWW July 5, 2006

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They have Great Content from Newsweek and WaPo but the page loading is horrendously slow. I have fiber to the curb so it aint my problem….

World’s Smallest Political Quiz June 17, 2006

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As I have known all along…I am a Libertarian., What are you?

ACCORDING
TO YOUR ANSWERS,




The

political description that
fits you best is…

.

LIBERTARIAN

LIBERTARIANS support
maximum liberty in both personal and

economic
matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one

that
is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence.

Libertarians
tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose

government
bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate

diverse
lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

The RED
DOT
on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map.

Your PERSONAL issues
Score is 70%.
Your ECONOMIC issues Score
is 70%.
(Please note: Scores falling on the Centrist border
are counted as Centrist.)

I am thinking about writing a book about this topic June 10, 2006

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I don’t think people clearly understand how extensively their online life is being documented, analyzed and used against (or for prefereably) them.

I have been reading Scott Adams’ Blog Recently June 5, 2006

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Really Good philosophical, cynical, contrarian writing. Not about Dilbert the cartoon but called the Dilbert.Blog nonetheless.

Check it Out.

Poor Poor Vonage Investors May 26, 2006

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I will never gloat about investors losing money because it is so emotionally painful however, word to the wise: Good IPOs are hard to get into. If a company ever offers an IPO to all its customers….RUN.

House Panel votes for Net Neutrality…kinda May 26, 2006

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CNet reports:

In an unusual twist, many members of the committee said they were
voting for the legislation not because of strong concerns over Net
neutrality–but instead because of a turf battle. They said they were
worried that a competing proposal already approved by a different committee last month would diminish their own
influence in the future.

That other bill, called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement, or COPE, Act, says the Federal Communications Commission "shall have
exclusive authority" to investigate violations of Net neutrality
principles. It's backed by Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads
the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and does not include strict Net
neutrality mandates.

Because the FCC is overseen by Barton's committee, that proposal would
effectively cut off Judiciary Committee members from being able to hold
hearings on Net neutrality antitrust violations, give speeches about
corporate malfeasance and solicit campaign cash from affected companies–the lifeblood of modern Washington politics.

If you are not cynical about politics yet…kindly reconsider.

Mike McCurry Vs. Craig Newmark on net neutrality May 24, 2006

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My Thoughts: LIfe is not fair. Let the market work it out.

You Decide

Rich Rich Vonage (was: poor poor Vonage) May 24, 2006

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GoodMorningSiliconValley Reports the Vonage IPO is over subscribed…

But more likely it’s speculators hoping the company will end up being
acquired by a telecom or cable outfit after its IPO.  “I think that’s
the reasonable exit strategy, ” American Technology Research analyst
Albert Lin told Reuters. “Even after the IPO, it will be a considerably
small company.”

Gooooood Luck!

Will Net Neutrality incent ISPs to Increase Access Speeds May 22, 2006

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Like my ISP just did???? Will ISPs increase speed out of kindness of their hearts?

NO, they will do it because the market *makes* them do it.

I am paying for 1.5Mbs people, and this is my current reading.

dslreports.com speed test result on 2006-05-22 19:01:35 EST:
4932 / 7046
Your download speed : 4932 kbps or 616.5 KB/sec.
Your upload speed is much faster than down.. have you tweaked?Your upload speed : 7046 kbps or 880.7 KB/sec.PS: Welcome to dslreports.com! Run more tests! see forums

Net Neutrality, Not American May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Search, Web 2.0.
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When Tim Berners-Lee started off with a French net neutrality example I knew his essay was in jeopardy. As the inventor of the internet (Sorry Gore) and working for Google, he definitely has a horse in this race however Net Neutrality is simply Not Free Market, Not Market Based and Not American.

If I make an investment in the future, take a risk, deploy capital, and build something better I should be able to charge a market rate for that product. RBOCs are not a great poster child for this debate because they were derived from a government created monopoly.

That was then, this is now.

If Comcast or SBC wants to charge Google, Yahoo or MSN more for streaming video or whathaveya they should be able to. Consumers will be able to switch providers if their current provider is too slow rendering their favorite sites.

The Market will Take Care of This.

Notice how quiet the big web — networking vendors are of course totally against any sort of net neutrality- companies have been regarding this. They don't want net neutrality because they think it will lock out start ups (thus keeping them at the top) and it could. However I think the SBCs of the world are more interested in Google, Yahoo and MSN at this point.

Life is not fair.

It never will be. However, consumers will have choices on their service provider and that should keep the Backbone companies honest. We will see. Socializing bandwidth will never be the answer. It doesn't promote innovation, and innovation is why we have the internet.

Say what you will about Cosby, he is a funny Guy! May 16, 2006

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Bill Cosby – “A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”