Saturday, April 23, 2011

Could Religious People Drink Their Own Kool-Aid?

Praying for Athiests?

Could Religious People Drink Their Own Kool-Aid?

The Bible Is "Out Of Context"

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Emancipation Day

Friday April 15th is Emancipation Day and celebrated in Washington as a Holiday. Who better than a bunch of mostly rich, bloated old white men to get that day off as a Holiday! The consolation is that it's one less day for them to sit around dreaming up new ways to separate the rest of us from our hard-earned money!

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Microsoft Errors

My cellmate (i.e. cubicle farm neighbor) Josh posed a question to me today...

Why does Microsoft beat around the bush with their error messages and codes.  Why don't they just come out and say, "HAHA enjoy spending the next two weeks troubleshooting this random issue we intentionally created."

By the way, can you send us an error report so we can laugh at you in real time?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Banks: Make Them PAY

I caught a little of 60 Minutes tonight and they had a story entitled, "Mortgage paperwork mess: the next housing shock?"  Apparently in the midst of people losing their homes left and right by being foreclosed upon by big-name banks, those banks have been losing the mortgage documents that back up the loans. Worse than that, the banks have then been obtaining replacement documents from a document mills, Docx, that are forgeries and submitting them to the Courts!

"...Banks whose paperwork was handled by the Docx forgery mill include Wells Fargo, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, U.S. Bank and Bank of America."

Now, if you or I were to commit this type of fraud, we would end up with a huge fine (probably higher than our net worth) and most likely end up doing time in prison (and not the country club type either).

FDIC Chairman Bair, "thinks rotten mortgage documents are so threatening to the economy that the government should force banks to pay into a massive fund."

"Bair's proposed cleanup fund would pay homeowners to accept a bank's ownership claim without a lawsuit. She says this could be cheaper for banks than trying to recreate the missing documents legitimately - not through document mills."

Are you kidding me? Boo Freakin' Hoo! Let's do to these banks what they have been doing to homeowners! Why should we give them a chance to recover? Do we really want these types of corporations to survive?

The executives and Board of Directors of these corporations need to be punished for allowing this to happen.  Regardless of whether they had first-hand knowledge of this illegal activity, they should not only be responsible but personally liable.  If someone is bringing home the sickeningly high salaries of these executives, then they should be expected to know everything that is going on in their company.  They are either duplicit in the activity or incompetent.  Either way, they MUST pay!

Their savings, investments, yachts, Mercedes, jewels, pentouses, mansions and any other assets should be siezed and used to pay back the victims of their corporate malfeasance!  I better start seeing some executives (and NOT scapegoats) from these banks doing time in prison, and not the country club type!

Finally, let these rotten banks fail.  Let's send a message to corporations and their management that if they want the high salaries then they better take the responsibility seriously or they will PAY!

My New Favorite Quote

"He's a politician. It's like being a hooker. You can't be one unless you can pretend to like people while you're fucking them."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Progressive's Snapshot Discount

I remember the good old days when conspiracy theorists fought against our Government becoming "Big Brother."  Move aside Government, I think Corporate America may succeed!  Am I the only one who is disturbed by Progressive's new "Snapshot" discount promotion?

Apparently Progressive wants me to plug a device into my car so they can monitor my driving habits for six months?  Then I MAY qualify for up to a 30% discount?  I checked around online and Progressive stated that the drivers who do this earn an average 10% to 15% discount.

Let's break that down.  If my premium is $100 per month, then I may save $10 to $15 a month, or $120 to $180 per year.  I'll be rich!  And all I have to do is give up my privacy to yet another obviously trustworthy insurance company that only has my best interests at heart.

I'm sure the altruistic executives who came up with the "snapshot" discount program have every intention of keeping it on a voluntary basis where drivers are only rewarded and are never penalized.  I mean, big multi-million dollar American corporations are well-know for their philanthropy and always looking out for the little guy!  I cannot even fathom that this could all be part of a larger agenda wherein they turn it from a discount promotion into a requirement to obtain coverage and, ultimately, an excuse to monitor every driver's every move.  Of course it would never cross their minds at any point in the future to use this information against us and raise our rates for even the most minor of infractions.

How expensive does one's insurance need to be that anyone would trade their privacy for $15 a month?  I cannot even come up with a comparison of what I could purchase with that to make my point.  In 40 years, I suppose I may have saved enough to afford a vaction in Libya.  By then it may actually be a hot spot for travel.

In case I haven't made my point, this type of privacy invasion and use against drivers is already happening.

"At the 2011 Mobile World Congress, Accenture, Vodafone, and Qualcomm promoted their partnerships with European automotive insurance groups that are using GPS technology and embedded telematics to track--and bill accordingly--driving behaviors. That level of monitoring hasn't yet made it stateside, but it's probably coming. And it raises the question, how much privacy are drivers willing to trade for cheaper auto insurance?"

Gadget helps Progressive offer insurance discount

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flogic and Flogicians

Recently, I have become fed up due to being confronted with case after case of someone using "logic" to justify almost anything.  For these special yet rampant cases, I have coined a phrase which I believe is not only descriptive but fitting of this flawed logic.....FLOGIC (Flawed LOGIC)!

Though this type of logic usually manifests in early childhood, it is just a part of the learning process.  In normal cases, education and parenting teach the individual to utilize actual logical thought.  However, flogic doesn't generally truly take root until one becomes a teenager.  Just think of all the teenagers out there who think it is perfectly logical that they should get the newest and coolest smart phone despite not keeping up on their chores or bringing home bad grades.  The problem is exacerbated when the flogical parents nurture this behavior.

These special teenagers then grow up and get jobs where they quickly get promoted to become our bosses.  But who in their right mind, you ask, would promote these flogical people?  Flogicians, of course!  When a boss becomes so adept at utilizing flogic that they are able to confound, confuse, misdirect and befuddle staff that utilizes actual logic, their bosses quickly move them up the corporate ladder to become fellow Flogicians.  For more specific examples, check out On The Job Front.

A Flogician is someone so adept at using flawed flogic that they can magically (like a magician) twist and manipulate logical thought to arrive at any conclusion desired, regardless of actual logic.

Believe it or not, Corporate America has not cornered the market on this.  In fact, Corporate America pales in comparison to the hordes of Flogicians who have managed to get themselves elected into public office.  In this case, a normal Flogician enters the realm of a Flogitician (Flawed LOGIc poliTICIAN).

A prime example is extending the tax breaks for the rich to the tune of $600+ Billion.  Their flogic is that this will somehow (magically) create jobs for the middle class (despite 8+ years of evidence that it has the opposite effect).  This, of course, was all during their rantings and ravings about how deeply in debt this country is and how urgent it is that we hack the Federal budget.  Excuse me, didn't that just ADD to the deficit?

In their brilliance and with an additional $600+ Billion more to slash, they are contemplating not extending unemployment benefits (which only saves about $30 Billion or 1/20th of what we lose from extending tax breaks to the rich), public education and other "unnecessary" niceties we middle and lower class kind of need.

If we follow this to its Flogical conclusion, I'm sure they will somehow manage to give themselves big fat pay raises to make sure they all fall into the top tax brackets so they can take advantage of all those sweet tax breaks!

Only Flogiticians could get this country into the mess in which we currently find ourselves (which didn't just happen over the last two years morons)!