Archive for July, 2007

29
Jul
07

Ed and Elaine Brown

These are the people who refuse to pay income tax because they say there is no law in New Hampshire that requires them to do so. They also regard paying taxes as an infringement of freedom. They have been convicted of tax evasion I think it is called, and are now holed up in their home, refusing to do their time or pay their sentence. They are surrounded by the FBI who is waiting for them to give up after they have cut off all electricity and supplies. Supporters from all over the country flock to the house, bringing supplies and batteries and stuff. HELLO? What’s wrong with these people? I suppose they like their roads paved, and their schools furnished and adminstrations working? How in the high heavens do they get the idea that you don’t have to contribute to that? A state needs money to function. That to me is just logical. But hey, I am a German, and I guess we just have a different perspective on things. Everyone grumbles and groans about taxes, of course. But things like the solidarity tax for rebuilding Eastern Germany after the reunification and similar things have gone largely undisputed in my country. We are brought up on the notion of solidarity and sharing wealth with those who have less, and state support for those who need it. This is only possible because we pay a fairly high amount of taxes. But to me, in the end everyone benefits from the social security network that we have, which is a good thing. Nobody needs to fear to starve or to have no roof over his head, literally.

If the standoff in New Hampshire ends in bloodshed, it will be because of the overblown egotistism of two nutcases. Totally unnecessary.

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28
Jul
07

New Word of the Day

irritainment

Slang for annoying entertainment and media spectacles you’re unable to stop watching. For example, the O.J. Simpson trial and Paris Hilton going to jail.

Its an american phenomenon, one I hope European media somehow avoids turning (Or should that be TUNING) into.  Lord knows, we don’t need more of this shit.

27
Jul
07

TV show Lyrics

Ok… Now I’ll be humming this all night!

The Long Version:

Bad Boys, Whatcha Want, Watcha Want, Watcha Gonna Do When Sherif John Brown Comes For You?

Tell Me, Whatcha Gonna Do, Whatcha Gonna Do?

Yeahhh?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Nobody Naw Give You No Break

Police Naw Give You No Break

Soldier Man-a Give You No Break

Not Even You Idren Naw Give You No Break

Hey, Hey

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Whatcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

“‘Cops’ is filmed on location with the men and women of law enfocement. The suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

27
Jul
07

A quote on Computers and stuff on Technology

It should be for all technology… it sort of fits!

 Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
Joseph Campbell

Just remember…. just because it says its a USB port doesn;t mean its like YOUR USB port, nor does electricity come in the smae voltage in all countries….

When Is the US going to learn that the metric system is a lot easier on the brain and the wallet….  Not to metion that having a standard like everyone else is a lot easier to explain when you  mess it up!

26
Jul
07

Quote(s) of the Day

Just a virtual hug against worries and the world…..

When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Hugh White (1773 – 1840)  He was the US Senate Pro Tem in 1840, and a politician.  I just liked this quote.

 

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
Mary Pickford (1893 – 1979)  She was “America’s Sweetheart” in the days of silent films.  A famous actress, she saw talking films start but never made the transition to the “talkies”.  Her eyes and her body did all the talking in her silent films.  And she divorced, when it was just not done.
26
Jul
07

Coffee, anyone?

I just experience the joys of a good espresso machine.  I mean one of these big, fancy machines from Saeco, Jura and the like. Those machines who cost you half your monthly salary, but look cool and make great coffee.  The best is the freshly ground beans! I used to drink coffee with lots of milk to cover the taste, but now I am drinking it black and loving it!

I want one of those!

26
Jul
07

when your decisions come back to bite you in the butt

Did you ever feel like you made an irrevocable decision you are no longer sure about? Well, I did today…  I worked in the university system for about eight years, but two years ago I decided to leave the university because my career did not go anywhere, and I did not see a chance that it ever would. I became a school teacher, and I have been quite happy with the new life and never regretted the change.  Until recently, actually. I am currently visiting a friend who is a professor at a prestigious American university, so I have been talking to a lot of scholars and researchers. And suddenly, I am questioning my decision to leave again. Although I know that it was the right decision if I ever want to have a stable job and make money above the poverty line, which I do.  But I feel that I nearly envy my friend her lifestyle, her opportunities that being a university professor presents, and the intellectual stimulation that she gets. My life in contrast seems pretty dull.  And I am wondering if it was really the right decision that I made back then, two years ago.

 Did any of you ever experience something similar? How did you get over it? Did you get over it?