Archive for June, 2009

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The Lost Generational Knowledge

“When we moved here there was nothing but farm land for miles around” is what the original owners of our home said to us during the purchase transaction at the title company when we bought our home.  Today, we feel we’re living near the heart of the city even though downtown is about 20 miles […]

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

When Will Prosper Return?

It’s been a long while since I’ve read anything about and since the recession and economy have taken their toll on many people now is the perfect time to find out how well loans hold up during this period but I can’t find any information. I know Prosper is still in their “quite period” […]

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Update on Home Garden

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the status of my home garden. I’ve been harvesting tomatoes daily now from the various plants I planted a while ago. Unfortunately, I’ve run into a ton of problems with my garden. First, my tomatoes were being invaded by pests (see picture) and I went ahead and killed […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Let’s Talk About The Broken Health Care System

If there is anything that gets my family going during a gathering it’s a discussion of the health care system.   My family is about evenly split between die hard Democrats and die hard Republicans.   As a child, I very often got to hear both sides of the story during heated debates at Christmas, Thanksgiving and […]

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Life After Credit

There is a TV show on the History Channel called Life After People and I’ve wondered if they should create a show called Life After Credit.  Let’s take a look at what it might be like. In Life After People, a few days after people are gone, man-made factories, refineries and industrial plants seem to […]

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Monday, June 15th, 2009

Oh My God, What A Bunch of Whiners!

I don’t know how it happened but I ended up getting a phone call and was “magically” placed in some sort of town hall meeting conference call with some politician.   The politician was taking questions from the “audience” and every other member/question was more like a statement of whining from the population. Here are some […]

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Friday, June 12th, 2009

Price Deflation At Restaurants and Fast Food Joints

I took the kids to McDonalds and I was surprised to be greeted with a big sign at the door as I entered the restaurant which read, “Manager’s Specials.”   The specials were listed in calendar format for June.   On each particular day of the month, something was on sale for example, Monday’s is Big Mac […]

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Overheard At Chase Bank Branch

I went to make a few deposits today and I overheard two bank reps speaking stating that there is (or perhaps already exists) a plan to partially cash checks and give the remainder of the funds to a customer back on a debit card.  I didn’t hear the full details but I’m guessing if you […]

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I See Dead People And Diminishing Returns Everywhere

The city of Oakland is considering bankruptcy and I found this little gem in the article about said bankruptcy: Consider the city’s cash position: Out of next year’s general fund of approximately $415 million, police costs are estimated at $212 million, fire protection service $103 million and $41 million in debt service payments. That leaves […]

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The Forced Quasi-Nationalization of Banks & The Court System

I began the draft post below on October 14, 2008 but never published it because I kept putting it off and I was waiting to see how long it would take for action to happen. I’m quoting from my own original draft post below: I’m guessing it’s going to take about four to six months […]

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