To quote Paul A. Samuelson



How to foil a Nationwide Internet Shutdown


Thanks to Jeff N. who posted a link to this piece at his Facebook page and Kirby A. who emailed us the same link.

Lifehacker posts a not too complicated discussion of what the Egyptian government has done to internet connections within Egypt, and a guide for getting around it.

As usual, click on the photo to link up to the entire post.


How to Foil a Nationwide Internet Shutdown



The Egyptian government cut internet connections across their country to silence protests, leaving nearly all of its citizens without online access. But they weren't entirely successful. When governments shut down broadband and mobile connections, here's what to do.

What's Going on Now?

If you haven't been keeping up with the story, here's the gist. Citizens across Egypt are protesting their government in unprecedented numbers, and its believed that the internet played a major role in the protests. So what did the Egyptian government do? First, they started blocking domain name servers (DNS)—the phone book of the internet—but citizens circumvented this limitation by using proxy servers. In reaction, the government cut broadband connections to the web and forced mobile providers to do the same. For more details, read Gizmodo's take on how Egypt turned off the internet. The result: a nationwide internet blackout that's preventing Egyptian citizens from communicating online. To put it bluntly, this sucks. But it's still not good enough. We're going to look at how Egyptian citizens can (and are) circumventing the problem. 

20 Huge Spending Cuts Republicans Want To Make Right Now


Business Insider is on a roll this week with a second excellent slide show.

As always, click the photo to link to the entire piece.

Again, way double highly recommended.



I'll let the Department of Labor explain the Davis-Bacon Act  A.K.A. the "prevailing wage " law back there at the gear.

I'll admit it, I had to look it up.



Half the trade deficit is oil


From Calculated Risk22 via Clusterstock Chart of the Day.

Click the chart for a very simple analysis of the numbers.

Blue is the total trade deficit.

Red is the trade deficit minus petrolium.

Black is petrolium. 



Now that's what I call a buyout


From the Telegraph U.K.

Tunisian former president's wife "fled country with £38 million in gold"

That's 62 million in dollars.

 9:30PM GMT 17 Jan 2011

Click on the photo for the entire story. 


Tunisian protesters were goaded to new pinnacles of indignation on Monday as it emerged that the former president's wife, Leila Trabelsi, spirited 1.5 tonnes of the central bank's gold onto the aircraft that flew her and her family to Dubai. 

Intelligence officials in Paris told Le Monde, the French newspaper, that Mrs Trabelsi visited the bank last month, when protests were gathering momentum, and instructed the governor to hand over gold ingots worth £38 million.

Although he initially refused to comply, the personal intervention of the former president ensured that the gold was handed over.

The disclosure of Mrs Trabelsi's final act of avarice has enraged Tunisians, but not surprised them. The first lady's love of showy opulence and reputation for grasping corruption made her and her equally unpopular nephews the country's principle hate figures.

Three days after they ousted their president, Tunisian protesters returned to the battle-scarred streets of Tunis yesterday to demand the complete purge of former regime loyalists from government positions.



The CBO Reveals 10 Cringeworthy Facts About U.S. Government Spending


From Business Insider, quick, easy and a revelation.

As alway, clicking on the photo will link you to the entire piece.

Way double highly recommended.



That's a very nice suit ..... seriously.




From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Click on the photo for the entire story. 

Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:51 PM     Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:22 PM
By: Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Dennis Kucinich has rapped a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria with a $150,000 lawsuit for selling him a vegetarian sandwich wrap in 2008 that he says caused dental damage when he bit into an olive pit.

The lawsuit that the Cleveland Democrat filed Jan. 3 against operators and suppliers of the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria says the sandwich he bought there "on or about" April 17, 2008 "contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served."

Biting into it caused serious "permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures," the legal documents say. They contend the congressman is entitled to damages for future dental and medical expenses and to compensate him for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment.


To quote Alfred E. Neuman over and over again


This probably is the single most predictable post in the short history of

The instant I posted Tuesday with a quote from  Alfred E. Neuman,  I just knew I was going to have eighteen more by Friday.

Wrong again ..... it ain't even Thursday.


"When all is said and done, there is usually more said than done."

"Today, if you ask a car dealer to let you see something for 10 grand, he'll show you the door!"

"In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated!"

"Most people are so lazy, they don't even exercise good judgement!"

"Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places!"

"How come stealing from one book is plagiarism, but stealing from many is research?"

"It takes one to know one -- and vice versa!"

"Teenagers are people who act like babies if they're not treated like adults!"

"How come we choose from just two people for President, and fifty for Miss America?"

"Who says nothing is impossible? Some people do it every day!"

"You can be on the right track and still get hit by a train!"

"The U.N. is a place where governments opposed to free speech demand to be heard!"

"The only advantage to living in the past is that the rent is much cheaper!"

"Politicians are people who get sworn in and cursed out!"

"When you're in deep water it's a good idea to keep your mouth shut!"

"A lawyer is someone who writes a 40-page document and calls it a brief!"

"A sense of humor is what makes you laugh at something that would make you sore if it happened to you!"

"Most minds are like concrete . . . all mixed up and permanently set!"

"Elections are when people find out what politicians stand for and politicians find out what people will fall for."

"Too often, people who want to offer sound advice give more sound than advice!"

"Nowadays, the perfect crime is getting caught and selling your story to T.V.!"

"Ever notice how random chance always picks you for jury duty, but not to win the lottery?"

"What, Me Worry?"


Five (count em .... five) thoughts on speeches and speakers for the morning of the State of the Union.


As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.  Demosthenes

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.  Gore Vidal
Churchill wrote his own speeches. When a leader does that, he becomes emotionally invested with his utterances. If Churchill had had a speech writer in 1940, Britain would be speaking German today.  James C. Humes
It's quite simple, (public speaking) Say what you have to say and when you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending, sit down. Winston Churchill
Political speeches are like steer horns. A point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.  Alfred E. Neuman

Geroge Soros: Soros: China Must Be Part Of The New World Order


Thankfully, or possibly not, there is no global conspiracy to keep George Soros' views about "A New World Order" under the radar.

As usual I overreacted to an easily explainable set of very ordinary circumstances, and the video in question is available for viewing.

Thanks to Carolyn P., Paul H., Teddy, and Teresa R. for the link.



Where'd it go?

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