Thursday, January 31, 2008

Social Security, One way to save it or witl help it.

You've got to read this all the way through to the bottom.



2008 Election Issue


This must be an issue in "2008" Please! Keep it going.



(This is worth reading. It is short and to the point.)

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.

Our Senators and Congresswomen
do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it.

You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for
persons of their rare elevation in society. They
felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan.

For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.

Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments..

For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000.00 during the last years of their lives.

This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries.

Younger Dignitaries
who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives.

Their cost for this excellent plan is
$0.00. NADA..! ZILCH...

This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them.
You and I pick up the tab for this plan . The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;


From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into,
every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer). We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement.

Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator! Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.

That change would be to:

Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us

Then sit back.....

And see how fast they would fix it.

If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.

How many people CAN you send this to?
Better yet......
How many people
WILL you send this to?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Snow Day

No day here all day. Finally snow and moisture but my creek that used to run all years still hasn't started running. Other changes that I've noticed, it's snowing and I have mosquitoes and pigeons which in the past only came in summer. Last year I had coastal bird here for the winter which is 150 miles away and 50 miles north. I don't leave that to misguided birds but a change in the weather patterns. There are also several type of sage starting to show up in the last few years.
I'm so amazed at the little birds and how they can tolerate the weather here. Under normal conditions this place without a house would have been a harsh place to live. It wouldn't have been a normal place to travel because of the rocky hills, dense brush and rapidly changing weather. In the summer it's too hot and the winter it's too cold. Still the wild life lives as long as they have enough space left to live. looking at the country side with Google Earth and World Wind a great NASA program you can see the land looks like it has a infection or rash with blotches of cleared land. Fences are another problem for wild life preventing there travel for food. If it wasn't for the gold rush this place would sill be a undeveloped. Now it's taken on a new roll where people come to retire from the bay area. A lot of old hippies that wanted to be with nature moved here. Then there are the rich who can buy large plots of cheap land and build their Mc Mansions. This is a place where the animals need the space to travel because there isn't that much natural food and humans are bringing in plants that don't belong here and they use lots more water then indigenous plants. Again I bring up the people of Easter Island and how they perished. This is a same type of ecosystem that will have the same outcome for animals and humans. With the clearing of the lands the water shed is being removed causing water to run off the mountain and foot hills rather then soaking in to the ground, that's why my creek isn't running all year round these days like it used to.

Monday, January 28, 2008

"The Speech" keep on doing the same

Nothing new just took an hour of my time. It's full speed the same. More war spending. He did say he would start funding the vets after cutting their budget for that past 7 years. He still wants to privatize Social Security saying that something bad will happen in the future if we don't do something now. Well, if you didn't spend the 75 trillion dollars that were suppose to be set aside then it would still be there.

Bush is still the axes of evil and it radiates out to his friends and families. Big money talks and the rest of us just have to eat crap.

If you think your rich, rich starts at about 800 million dollars. The rest of the people are the lower class unless your giving a donation to the campaign then they have their hand out and smile and promise you the moon. After they are elected they wouldn't piss on you is you were on fire.

The Future of North America

A couple interesting links I became aware of. I'd say they are a bit disturbing as far as the future of the country and our liberties. It's one step towards a one world totalitarian government or corporation.

The secrete law that was past to take over the country and provide the president king like powers over our system of government without any checks and balances. If this is enacted the president could wage war with any country without the approval of congress.

A few ideas about the North American Union and the future of what big business has in store for the people of North America along with the change in our money.

As far as global warming goes, it seems that big business hears the peoples concerns but plans to do nothing about it but fill the TV screens with dancing elephants and tell us how good they are and the coal and oil are clean fuels. Trucks driving down the road with rainbows which mean nothing because the diesel engine is the dirtiest engine and produces a substance that if you smell it and your breathing that smell it's like breathing asbestos. Something that the trucking industry has been covering up for 70 years. Misinformation will be the way of the future along with fear. Fighting the ultimate war a enemy that you can't see or find. It's a new world order where the government reads your mail, your email, listens to your phone call and tracks your every move.

Sounds of Silence

The storm has past. The winds are down to nothing but a calm nothing. A light dusting of snow is on the branches and everything not in contact with the wet ground. Last night was a different story with the wind whipping and rain falling along with branches. Things were hitting the house but I didn't go out to find out what the noises were, it was safer and warmer inside. I heard the UPS units trip and alarms go off, that's when I turned the computer off. I didn't even notice the lights dim or flicker but wasn't going to take any chances. The security light was turning on due to the movement outside. There was nothing there but wind and rain. The little birds are out looking for seeds to eat silently. A squirrel is here eating sun flower seeds that I throw out along with some cracked corn for them. Life's hard for the little creatures of the forest. They don't get a break if the weathers bad out, they need to eat no matter what. I saw a raccoon on the porch as I was getting ready for bed, it was all wet with it's hair sticking together. It didn't mind me looking out the door because food was the only thing on her mind. It was a hash night for them all but now it's calm like an empty room. The ground is moving with the little bodies of the Juncos, sparrows, doves and the one squirrel. There's seeds under the snow on the picnic table and the birds are getting them out by flapping there wings to blow the snow away. I wouldn't say I was scared last night but it was an ere feeling Time to make a cup of coffee and watch the little birds with wonder.

Monday, January 21, 2008

In Memory of Lttle Guy

"Little Guy" crossed "The Great River" this morning at 5:56 am.

What about that melting ice?

As I remember from geology. There has been several ice ages. After the last one melted back the great lakes were formed. As the ice retreated towards the North pole area the land which was once covered lost a lot of weight. As I remember the land raised up to balance out from the loss of 1 mile of ice on it. Just wonder what's going to happen when the ice melts at Greenland, will the whole land mass lift up, will other areas sink? It's all floating on the earths mantel and that's all in balance. Just a thought, if Greenland goes up then some other areas will go down. Of course there must be some earthquake associated with that too. The crust which behaves like a plastic still will get cracks. Just wonder what areas that will effect.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Evangelical, the idiot vote

Evangelical the idiot vote because they haven't learned in seven years that some one that says they are church going evangelical are not moral and don't have ethics. They want another four years of a Bush like look a like. You have to remember evangelicals do not believe in science but myths. When it comes to picking a person with morals, republicans have no morals and support big business and will be shipping your jobs over seas. Then again you have to think about those inbred red states, you never hear someone say, "I'm moving to Cow-sniffer, Texas because it more moral" or that it has better job opportunities. No, everyones moving to California because of the morals this state has because it's open minded, it has the best high tech jobs. Not to mention that the weather is better then getting flooded out every year or ice storms. The red states still have their heads in the sand following the leaders of their churches because they don't have minds of their own. They almost finished high school and don't need to learn anything more because they know it all. As far as saying those red states have morals then why is the divorce rate higher in red states then the blue states. When it comes to hate crime you only have to look and say it's a red state, that's what they do there, too much inbreeding. Now there's the people shooting up places, again red states, church goers. Reverent Ted the gay meth smoking preacher who didn't have sex with a man in Denver but a suburb of Denver, so he was telling the truth he didn't have sex with a man in Denver. Now he's cured of his gayness but he still can fart normal. Wonder if his wife is a back door person.

To hear those evangelicals say they are picking out a moral candidate, well we saw how they pick out a moral president last time, must be that short term memory loss because of smoking meth and they forgot what happened seven years ago. They forgot that this so called compassionate president started a war and has not only been blowing up unborn children but the mothers too. Mean while they still want to save embryos that a destine for the trash and prevent cell research thinking that scientist are going to make a Frankenstein human. Those same church goers still believe that Iraq had something to do with 9/11. They believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. If any state needed a literacy test it would be the red states. Set a standard, you didn't get through high school you can't vote until you do. Let not forget the ranch hands that think being gay is wrong but love those sheep in a carnal way and think nothing of it.

DTV convertion for next year. Where's the Box?

After reading and searching thought page after page of text I found that the converter boxes that the government will give low income people won't start until January 1, 2009. They are allocating a set amount of money for coupons for this program but it seems too little for me. You house hold income can't be more then $19k which sounds like the majority of people out there before the price of flat screen TV's come down in price.

Looking up the prices of converter boxes that are on the market right now they range from $350 dollars and up. The government believes that they will come out with cheaper one that are about $50 dollars. They have a list on places that sell them but again the price is $350 dollars and up. One was over $2,000 so there must be some sort of program to get them cheaper. I see it as a big money making program for manufactures and people that sell them.

I looked into the chip that does the decoding of the digital signal and it's cost is around $13 dollars. How they are going to make a box that's in the $50 dollar range is going to be a good trick. You have to think some one has to make circuit boards. The price of all the chips that go on the circuit boards because it's not a one chip operation, just look at what it takes to decode satellite information. There also is the hardware to assemble the box such as screws, nuts and bolts. Since it works at such high frequencies there is going to be needed shielding to keep the noise in the box so it doesn't interfere with other electronic devices in your home.

From working in manufacturing and knowing how things are priced and marked up, the boxes have to be sold from the manufactures to the stores for about $25 dollars. The manufactures cost marks it up about 10 times the cost that they sell it for so that means the cost to the manufacture has to be around $2.50 dollars. That include labor and all the costs of all the parts. I don't know how they are going to bring the cost of the digital decoding chip at it's current cost.

What got me out of all this searching yesterday was how much reading I had to do searching for the coupon program only to find out it won't start until next year. Seems like there's going to be a big rush all at once next year to get boxes and what I can see is a lot of people are going to be left out. You'll have to look into some of the sites like I did. See how complex the laws are and how complex it is to figure out if you can get a coupon to buy a box. The TV ad that's on TV right now tells you about the switch and the web site to go to but going there doesn't tell you anything except how to hook it up, that there is a coupon program, why they are switching over but not the full store about that. You need to go to the government site to find out more and that's where it gets fun. Spend a day trying to figure out if you qualify for a coupon. Then try to find out if you can even find a box out there to buy because when you start looking the boxes on the market now are all discontinued.

A Special Morning, Cold and Crisp

A special morning for me here, different and unique, as I walked outside to see what was in the sky, I noticed it was one degree below freezing. I could see sparkling ice crystals covering everything. The moon was up and Venus was bright and in the trees making me wonder what it was. Had to check one of my astronomy programs to be sure. As I walked to the west side of the house the security light came on. I could see a skunk wandering around. He came up the steps following a scent he laid down like a dog does. He cut through the shrubs and came walking back towards me, sniffing the ground. When he got to me he smelled my slippers and kept walking. I stood there motionless not to startle him and have him run off before he had something to eat. I went in through the back door and walked over to the front door to see where he was. At first I didn't see him but soon he came walking up eating sunflower seeds left out for the birds and squirrels. The sky is starting to get light, sunrise will be in about an hour. Time for another cup off coffee. Now that it's getting light the skunk will go to bed and hide in the dark until tonight. They aren't as active as they were in the summer month. I don't know if it's the cold or longer night or if I just see them less then I did in the summer. That's when I saw them traveling as a family mom dad and the kids out foraging. They are more interested in exploring as they are in eating. You have to think of them as the cleaners that work at night to leave a fresh forest for the day. Out of all the wild life the skunks have been the most interesting and unique.