Tuesday, January 25, 2011

State of the Union - Failure in a Headline

State of the Union: Obama’s Economic Strategy Rests Largely on Hope

Hope, is not a strategy.

If you are seriously interested in economic strategy, I recommend Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action - A Treatise on Economics.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/25 at 08:19 PM
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Check Your Mailbox - “Managed Service Point”

Did you know that the United States government has had mailbox restrictions in place since 1934?  While I was aware that there are mailbox restrictions, I was unaware of the specifics.

Saturday night, the subject of mailboxes came up at a small gathering in my home, why, I cannot rightly recall, but the subject did come up, and during the discussion a close friend informed me that the USPS had placed a barcode sticker on the inside cover of their mailbox without so much as a how do you do.  In other words, the USPS placed this sticker on my friend’s private property, his mailbox, without permission.

When I asked why the barcode sticker had been placed on his mailbox, my friend informed that he was told by his postal carrier that the sticker had been placed in order for the USPS to better track efficiencies of mail delivery.

Now, this seems innocuous enough, I mean UPS, FedEx, DHL, all use barcode stickers to track delivery efficiencies, and I understand why, but UPS, FedEx, and DHL are not placing barcode stickers on individuals’ private property, with or without permission.  But then the United States government does many things without permission, all innocuous we are assured, such as GPS tagging your front door.

I went and took a peek at the barcode sticker on my friend’s mailbox, on the inside cover of the box, and on it it says, “Managed Service Point,” his address, his zipcode, the barcode of course, “CO___,” and the USPS logo.

My friend has not removed the USPS placed barcode sticker, but I told him I checked my mailbox, and if I would have found such a sticker, it would’ve been removed pronto.

FYI - If you are interested in reading a GAO report on mailbox restrictions (pdf of 60 pgs.), you can do so.  According to the report, mailbox restrictions are in place, in large part, to ensure USPS revenue streams, and privacy for postal customers.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/25 at 03:10 PM
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More Ignorance from Thom Hartmann

Not only is Thom Hartmann ignorant of economics, as I mentioned here, he is ignorant of the right of free speech.

I just hit the Google News main page, and typed “Travis Corcoran” into the search engine, searching for more information regarding Travis’s current problems with law enforcement.  Interestingly enough, last week, when you typed “Travis Corcoran” into the Google News main page search engine, Google’s auto-complete feature would bring Corcoran’s name right to the top of the list, after only typing in “Travis Cor.”  Today, when you being typing Travis’ name into the Google News main page search engine, as soon as you type “Travis Cor,” auto-complete goes blank.

But though that is interesting, I want to get back to focusing on the ignorance of Thom Hartmann.

When I googled up Travis Corcoran, via Google News’ main page, the most recent news item listed is an op-ed written by Thom Hartmann titled Massachusetts blogger says, “One down - 534 to go”, which was posted, according to Google, twenty-five (25) minutes ago.  Here’s the opening sentence from Hartmann’s op-ed, and it succinctly displays his ignorance.

Earlier in the week - a large cache of weapons was seized from a Massachusetts blogger who threatened Members of Congress after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. (bold by ed.)

Mr. Corcoran did not threaten any members of Congress, Thom, and your stating that he did is not only misleading, but patently false.  Perhaps you should read this post, and all associated links within that post, in order to more fully understand and appreciate the idea Mr. Corcoran was referring to.

UPDATE:  Is Google too chummy with the government, re paragraph 2 of this post?  Read Mike Soja’s post Google Bombs and decide for yourself.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/25 at 12:40 PM
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Poison and Evil

Can a soul be poisoned?  Is there actually evil in the world?  The answers to these two questions are yes, and yes, as far as I am concerned.

For a more indepth commentary on these two questions, read American Mercenary’s post, from the 23rd of January, titled A poisoned soul, and, Donald Sensing’s post, from the 13th of January, titled “He has a demon, and is mad.”

Posted by John Venlet on 01/25 at 09:58 AM
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Observation on My Character

I have been informed that I exhibit excessive common sense, and a fealty to principles which makes me intransigent.  So be it.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/25 at 09:40 AM
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