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ENDNOTE: Ethanol is a Big Gooferment boondoggle


Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe
by eric • September 18, 2014

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Ethanol is a con, a boondoggle, a flim-flam. A con. A gyp.

The one ethanol upside – that it is an octane enhancer and so allows modern cars to run higher compression ratios, which allows more powerful as well as efficient engine designs – is arguably negated by the numerous negatives, including across-the-board reductions in fuel economy due to the lower energy content of a gallon of 10 percent ethanol “gas.” Studies have also been done that strongly indicate it takes more energy to make ethanol than you end up with. And that diverting the raw materials (corn stock) has contributed to the rising cost of food.

The bottom line is, if enough of us complain about it, the market – if not politicians – ought to hear us. And respond. Anecdotally, the ethanol-free pump in my neck of the Woods is always busy.

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Cui Bono!

Not the car owner. Not the poor. Not anyone who has to eat.


Crony Capitalism at it’s best.

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ENDNOTE: Separation of “education” and state


The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools
By Laurence M. Vance
September 9, 2014

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Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident.

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If there are to be any public schools; that is, government schools, they should be limited to state-government schools, fully supported and supervised by state governments. This is because while every state has provisions in its constitution for the operation of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, the federal government has been given no such authority by its Constitution.

This means that the federal government should not be involved in any way, shape, or form with the education of anyone. No Pell Grants, student loans, federal regulations, research grants, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher-education requirements, Department of Education, teacher-certification standards, school accreditation, Title IX mandates, educational vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act, school breakfast or lunch programs, Head Start funding, bilingual-education mandates, busing to achieve racial desegregation, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, diversity mandates, Common Core, presidential visits to schools, standardized-testing requirements, special-education mandates, math and science initiatives, Race to the Top funds, or Higher Education Act.

Since conservatives regularly support most of these things, there is a world of difference between their criticisms of public schools and the consistent and principled criticisms offered by libertarians.

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Gooferment Skrules, as “free”, have pushed out “Catholic Schools” from the marketplace.

As a little L libertarian, I don’t think we want the Gooferment propagandizing future voters.

Over and above the fact that the Prussian school model was designed to create: (1) cannon fodder; (2) good factory workers; and (3) a “lead-able” population of “voters”. IMHO it’s suceeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Gooferment Skrules are inherently anti-Catholic. Or, anti-religious, since they teach worship of the Gooferment. All under the guise of being non-denominational.

It’s a long battle to get back “religious freedom”, but the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Taxes are stolen from “Catholics” to pay for these Gooferment Skrules and, “Catholics” want their children to receive a “Catholic Education” they have to pay for that as well. And, they have to pay for it in after-tax money at that. A triple whammy.

I would hope that this little “endnote” would help roll the snowball of Gooferment Skrules back up the hill.


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ENDNOTE: Don’t put your naughty bits on your iPhone


No! Your data is not safe!
Hackers Used Government Spyware to Data-rob iCloud
Thu, 09/04/2014 – 03:14
by:  Alfredo Lopez

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One sensationally reported incident this week exposes a dual threat: your data isn’t safe on a corporate-controlled “cloud” and spying software made for police and government agencies makes it completely accessible.

The leaking of celebrities’ photos, most compromising and some nude, from Apple’s iCloud storage system shows how silly we can be about nudity and celebrity and what our media thinks is important in the world. These were self-shot photos nude people and nudity is something we can all see in the mirror!

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The safest and most secure place for your data is on your own computer’s hard drive. The safest place for your office network’s data is on a computer that is part of that network. Your data should never be stored on a device you cannot trust.

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Now, the nude photos were the “flash fire” over the inet. 

If you missed them, (as well you should for a variety of ethical and moral reasons; not the least of which there are some Commandments about these activities), do NOT peek now. Within a day the malware producers had loaded the pic with “crud”. Look now and your computer will get a “social disease”.

Over and above that, now is the time to think about your own computer habits.

Like: “Perhaps the best way to avoid hacked photos of your naughty bits being distributed on the internet would be for you to not put your naughty bits on your iPhone.” Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted this suggestion.

Like: Think before you put stuff in “the cloud”.

Like: Use unique passwords at all sites. Complex ones. Use a manager like LASTPASS.

Like: Use two factor authentication wherever it’s offered.

Now I disagree slightly with the article. Your local hard drive is NOT the safest place for your data. Hard drives die. Murphy’s Law predicts the failure will occur when you can least afford it.

If your office has a network, then you should have a backup and recovery strategy. (I recommend you try and use it regularly to see if you can recover. I lost 2 years worth of work because the corporate IT system was broken and no one checked. After that, now, I keep my own backups.)

If you have two “home locations” or a good friend with a high speed connection to the inet, you can have off-site storage of your data. POGOPLUG or any one of a number of cheap products will work.

In my case, for high-risk stuff, (no I don’t have any “naughty bits”), like my writings, I store encrypted copies in the cloud.


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ENDNOTE: A Concealed Carrier on an Ohio walking trail


Concealed Carrier Stops Attempted Rape On Walking Trail
Posted by Bob Owens on August 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

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A woman on a walking trail in Lancaster, Ohio, apparently has her concealed weapon to thank for saving her from two men who seemed to have the worse of intentions.

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The men took off and so far have eluded police.

Believe it or not, Mrs. Burns has gotten grief on her Facebook page for not shooting her would be assailants.

That she didn’t shoot them is a personal matter, and none of us know how we’ll respond until we’re in a similar situation. There is thankfully a gap between “legally justified” and “clearly needed to.” Since the men fled the moment they saw the gun, she didn’t feel the need to fire her weapon.

Burn’s dog was no deterrent at all to the two attackers.

This is worth pointing out to those who believe that a small or medium-sized dog will deter criminal assaults.

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As everyone reading this should know by now I am a self-described peace-loving pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian. 

That being said I think there are several good lessons in this story:

* “God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown 

In this case, one armed good woman was “more equal” than two bad men and a baseball bat.

* If you draw, you’ve decided to use deadly force.

I agree with the Facebook commenters. She was wrong. (IMHO) Once you’ve drawn, the time for conversation is OVER! The fellow with the BASEBALL BAT and bad intentions should be put down like the “rabid varmint” he is. Assuming his accomplice was far enough away to preclude a good safe shot or heading for parts unknown, then holding your fire is prudent. IF he’s advancing or close enough for a good shot — which means he’s almost close enough to do the Lady harm —, then he too should have been dispatched.

* Without the bodies, evidence, or a video, we don’t know if this story is true.

Once again, I have no reason to doubt the Lady’s story. But, in tune with that “french model” commercial, “couldn’t put it on the internet if it was not true”, we must reserve judgment. Even so, this is a good learning lesson about the “facts of life”.

I recognize that the world is a dangerous place. I would personally help “arm” every woman who wants to protect themselves. I will vigorously oppose any attempt to disarm “We, The People” because I have personally met survivors of the Shoah (aka Holocaust), understand that it takes a Gooferment to commit genocide, and “anti-gun” politicians are all about “control”.

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

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ENDNOTE: What President Obama could learn from Pope Francis


What President Obama could learn from Pope Francis and Albert Reynolds
Niall O’Dowd @niallodowd August 23,2014 05:00 AM

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Pope Francis gave Barack Obama a lesson in compassion and public relations on Thursday when he called the stricken family of beheaded Irish American journalist James Foley to pay his sympathies.

As far as we know he didn’t go out and play golf immediately afterwards.

He wasn’t photographed grinning broadly, driving his golf cart or swinging way without a care in the world.

He didn’t vainly try to pretend it was business as usual after an horrific act carried on YouTube that showed the cold blooded murder of a fellow citizen.

The pope’s action was just one more example of a compassionate and caring pontiff who gets what the modern world is about — and cuts through the noise and haste and delivers a message of concern and caring.

He knows it is the big stuff that counts, not the doctrinal musings and angels on a pin debates of his predecessor.

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Maybe he could take a leaf out of the book of a great Irish leader who died this week.

Albert Reynolds came to power in 1992 and told a stunned news conference he would bring an end to The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The media practically laughed out loud. The Troubles had been going on 25 years with no end in sight.

Who was this trumped up band promoter, with no college education to try and attempt to solve a problem that was so difficult that all previous leaders had done was admire how difficult it was?

Within a year Albert was on the road to an IRA ceasefire, getting a US president involved in Irish affairs for the first time in history and creating a unique bond with a British Prime Minister John Major.

On August 31 1994 he pulled of an IRA ceasefire and peace followed.

There was no one laughing then.

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Now I have never had the problems of the world resting on my shoulders, the Universe seems content to give “opportunities” sized to my modest abilities.

I think the write is spot on here. Often, it’s about what the media calls “optics”.

What I’d call: “Perception is reality”.

I don’t know what goes on in anyone’s head. Sometimes not even my own. But even I had to wonder: “what were he and his staff thinking?”


Hopefully these are tow lessons that I can remember.

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ENDNOTE: Living with cystic fibrosis


Beating Cystic Fibrosis
In the 1970s, most children with CF never made it through elementary school. Today the median life expectancy for the 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis is closing in on 40, and expected to increase.
Aimee Swartz Sep 27 2013, 9:54 AM ET

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Like most adults living with CF, Schaller admits she grew up thinking she would not live as long as her classmates. But with the development of new drugs and airway clearance techniques that are helping to make cystic fibrosis a manageable disease, she’s a drummer, a triathlete, and the CEO of Rock CF, a Denver-based non-profit organization aimed at improving quality of life for people with CF through exercise.

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My 2 TWO takeaways from this are:

(1) I have a pretty easy life. Never faced any such challenges. I guess the Universe sent me little challenges in careful measurement of my limited abilities.

(2) NEVER accept the conventional wisdom as to what will happen.

In ingineering skrule, Brother Austin Barry, in the Freshman Measurements course, constantly use “Physicists have proven that bumblebees can’t fly. You’re engineers, you should measure how much it can’t fly!” 

It was a slam at the “scientists” but an admonition that I encapsulate “your mileage may vary”. 

One of my few weekly A’s from him was when I careful measured and “proved” that the value of G was wrong. His comment was: “you may be dumb, but you have courage.”

(Never knew if that was a compliment.)

I’m sure my fellow alums don’t need this to observe what in the military was called “ground truth”.

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ENDNOTE: Robin Williams, an exemplar of the danger of depression


Robin Williams: What I would have told actor about depression
Dr. Keith Ablow
By Dr. Keith AblowPublished August 12, 2014

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Depression is the grand imposter — posing as all powerful. It can be defeated, every time, if you or the person you care about confronts it like the grand imposter that it is. Tell yourself that, if depression is visiting you. Tell any friend with depression. Tell your family members who suffer with it. It is absolutely true. I promise you.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at

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Here’s why we must be less self-involved. 

I had an old Boss who was depressed because “technology was changing”. It was his perceived “forte”. It turns out he was worried about becoming obsolete. He had over a few hundred working for him in his organization. He was one of the best “People Leaders” I ever worked under. My specialty at the was VTAM. He spent at least a few hours a month chatting with me to “learn the capabilities of the technology”. I was young and too stupid to recognize the signs. He didn’t need to know the “bits and bytes”. Hell, most times I had to consult reference material. He committed suicide and the organization / “his” people were shocked. The organization never recovered. A year later is was split up and reorganized. A year after that it was reconstituted with a new name and new team. But us “vets” recognized it as “identical”.

Robin Williams brings back those days to me like when I missed catch a Pike Street fish. (Back in the day, they would throw to the Customer any fish they bought. Why I bought a fish is unknown? I attribute it to the adult refreshments I consumed. I don’t know what I did with the fish?) 

1 – 800 – 273 – 8255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


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Approaching a loved one who you think might be suicidal is no easy task. The first step is to be aware of the warning signs of suicide. The AAS offers the following mnemonic device: Is the path warm?

I: Ideation
S: Substance abuse

P: Purposelessness
A: Anxiety
T: Trapped
H: Hopelessness

W: Withdrawal
A: Anger
R: Recklessness
M: Mood changes

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