A couple of further notes about ‘money-in-motion’ which we were chatting about earlier.
The first involves a wonderful story that illustrates how money-in-motion can be a wonderful thing. Happened to Elaine’s son’s wife up in the Tacoma (Washington) area.
So there she was, at a grocery store on the way home, and she and another woman are in the checkout line. As she’s waiting in line, the checker runs her items through, along with the woman behind her and puts them into separate bags.
“Hey, those aren’t his, they’re mine!” she exclaimed.
The fellow in line looks at both of the women behind and smiles: “Merry Christmas”.
Nice…but even nicer is what happens next: She takes the $13 she would have spent on her food, and goes and spends the money on a bag of food for the local homeless.
Not sure how often something like this happens, but it’s a wonderful example of ‘money in motions’ being able to do much goodness.
While she makes a couple of good points — like when someone gives you money, what it really means is that you have been added to their ‘list of bills’.
That may be true, but here at the National Bank of Dad, we’ve just concluded our nose counting of kids and here’s what it the real employment picture is like among our kids:
- Arizona 1: Unemployed and looking for work in Phoenix
- Arizona 2: Employed – and happy
- Colorado 1: Unemployed, looking.
- Washington 1: Unemployed, looking.
- Washington 2: Employed part time, looking.
- Washington 3: Employed full-time, recent company ownership change sucks and is looking.
- Washington 4: Employed, company on brink, building what she calls “My “Oh shit Fund“.
Counting the part-time employed as ½, that’s 3½ unemployed out of seven, or a family unemployment rate of 50 %. I’d be curious what your FUR (family unemployment rate) is….I suspise it’ll be higher than the oft-touted 9.8% if your kids are of workforce age.
Sop, unfortunately, as much as I admire my friend/colleague’s view about cash, the National Bank of Dad is more or less forced into doing cash again this year.
If you’d like to send me cash, that’s fine…I think if I read IRS publication 950 right, you can send up to $13,000 without having to report it, but that was the 2009 limit – no idea what it is this week. Still, if it’s a big enough check, I’d be pleased to accept your 1099 as a follow-on New Year’s card.
Several readers weighed in on the story out this week about how gun dealers in Texas were supplying a lot of the weapons that end up being used by the drug banditos in Mexico. Several pointed out that most of the story has been debunked in the gun rights forums already. And another sent in this note which makes several pertinent points:
Read your Mexican Drug Violence link today, and after all the hand wringing by the author claiming once again that there are not enough or strong enough gun laws, and that BATFE marches valiantly on despite all their horrific handicaps-a few points occurred to me.
First, the Mexicans keep referring to “full automatic weapons”. Interestingly, they know the difference between these, and semi-automatic weapons. As anyone who has bothered to do any research knows, civilians in our Neo-Fascist land cannot just go out and buy “full automatic weapons”. Nor can a civilian buy a brand new “full automatic weapon”. Civilians are limited to an existing stock of full automatic guns, made prior to an arbitrary date. This was the gift of the “pro-gun” Reagan Admin. The gazillion references to these guns, a.k.a. machine guns, makes it very clear that there is indeed an entirely untold piece of the Mexican gun crime story.
Second, a trace is not evidence of a crime. What a trace does is follow the original sale of a new gun. Traces are not typically performed on used guns. The tired assertion that traces unearth a crime is not only incorrect, but it is incriminating innocent people. Yes, I realize we all now are guilty until proven innocent, however, the BATFE has stated that traces are not statistically significant. This means that any number traces performed for any particular reason are not useful for analysis or comparison in crime.
Note, in the article, they pretty much admit as much, although in a back door fashion. So, more hand wringing, more disinformation, and more half truths. Thank you, mainstream media. Glad you are holding up your part of the bargain to be the willing lapdog of the PTB. Happy Holidays,
Once again, I seem to be the messenger, confused as the message. As luck would have it, I’m used to it by now.
It’s somehow pleasing to read in the Telegraph online today the headlines that the legendary Loch Ness monster has been sighted twice.
Not sure how, but this somehow would seem indicative of the times. With the British public’s knickers in a knot over social cuts and tossing things at the royalmobiles here lately, nothing like a Ness story to defuse things.
If Nessie could be a defuser, what then about UFO’s? Wouldn’t we expect the background level of reports to increase a bit? Right on cue, up pops a story making the rounds that WikiLeaks has a UFO bombshell in the wings.
If this all sounds a little too coincidental, here, have some tinfoil. Ain’t no such thing as coincidence in Universe…
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A “Crash-Free” Depression, II
A friend who’s mainly a pharmaceutical HR type in Atlanta, between day trades called me up on Thursday to whine: “George, I just can’t understand this market. I’ve been trading for more than 25 years – ever since I was at Kidder-Peabody – and I have never seen anything like this? What the (expletive) is going on?” “Oh, no sweat,” I explained. The problem is my friend was thinking that a Depression means a Crash. So I told him: that t’ain’t necessarily so… “How do you figure?” “Simple,” I explained “Just a few vesica piscis drawings and a couple of historical references and you’ll see how the Fed’s trying to navigate….” So will you…
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Looking to read some interesting items? Try out the National Dream Center site – which I cooked up to see if there’s another way to peek into the future that would reinforce some of the predictive linguistics expectations. Free – here.
Up this week for the first time: JB Slear’s site www.mygroponics.com where you can buy his popular ebook on backyard (scrounged together) vertical hydroponics which is way cool – life sustaining pastimes are useful, know what I mean?
The folks at Maxa Research have put together a short video (sound track by guess who?) that shows the Maxa Cookie Manager. You can see it here.
I don’t usually get all whipped up about software, but this is one of those dandy tools that just simply works great. First thing I put on my new computer when I got it was Avira Anti-virus and Maxa Cookie Manager (MCM). Either follow the on-screen download instructions of simply click:
Once you try it out, to upgrade to the fully functioning version, just click the upgrade button (!) on the upper right hand side for the $35 unlock to get it to remove even those nasty and highly intrusive ‘non-browser specific’ cookies. Bonus: You computer may run faster. Version 5 is in the works…it’s expected to be the first product on the market to fight ‘super-cookies’…
“Live on $10,000″ A Year
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It’s an automatic download. It’s written in an information dense style: The whole thing runs about 65 pages, but it gives you a vision of how to not only live on the cheap, but also how to migrate up the economic foodchain if you have a little hustle left. A bonus section called “How to Build Anything” should instill confidence if you’ve never taken on a home improvement/home creation project before, too….. Click here for the index and details.
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