Saturday, November 15, 2014

Post Office Loses $5.5 Billion

I would question whether only losing $5.5 billion is a success or a failure. When we have a government that is losing money by the trillions, shouldn't such a large arm only losing this small fraction be a success?

(Now Ending Sarcasm)


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

George W. Bush and Wackos in Congress

I just read the news that George W. Bush had heart surgery this morning. While it sounds like it was a routine procedure, heart surgery is never something to take lightly. My prayers go out to him for a quick recovery.

However, I do wonder how long it will be before this gets turned into a promo for Obamacare by one of the left's wackos in Congress. "George Bush had a blockage discovered during a routine physical exam. Now, thanks to Obamacare, you get free preventative care that will help you discover health problems you might have."

Monday, June 10, 2013

Show Your Need, NSA

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, liberals forced gun owners to explain why they needed particular types of weapons (i.e. assault rifles and 30-round magazines). The most famous of these statements was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo screaming, "Forget the extremists! It's simple! No one hunts with an assault rifle! No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer!" (If you missed the clip, you can see it at the beginning of this video.)

Fine!

If we are going to establish need as the necessary factor for obtaining a particular item, I can defend my position on assault rifles much better than the NSA can defend its position on my phone records.

Ladies and gentlemen of the NSA, can you please explain WHY you MUST have my phone records, Google searches, etc. in order to keep me safe?

You claim that it allows quick access to the phone records of those suspected of terrorism. However, I find it hard to believe that, with the authority of the United States Government behind you, you would have a difficult time obtaining these from the company with a specific warrant.

Furthermore, can you please define the word "terrorist", since the number two political official reportedly claimed that the politicians that represent my values were acting like terrorists. Will my phone records be subjected to additional scrutiny because of my political beliefs (like what happened at the IRS)?

If we are going to establish need as the prerequisite for possession, then it is time that liberals be forced to play by their own rules.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The NSA Data Center in Perspective

According to a Fox News report, the new NSA data center in Utah will be able to store 5 Zettabytes of information. To put that in perspective:

Most hard drives today are measured in Gigabytes, but the Terabyte (approximately 1000 Gigabytes) is becoming more common. Currently, the largest drives are in the range of 2-3 Terabytes.

If you take a 1 Terabyte hard drive:
  • 1 Petabyte would consist of approximately 1000 of these drives.
  • 1 Exabyte would consist of approximately 1000 Petabytes, or 1 million drives.
  • 1 Zettabyte would consist of approximately 1000 Exabytes, or 1 billion drives.

In 2011, Seagate said that the average size of a hard drive that it shipped was 590 GB. If we assume that the average size of a hard drive is probably somewhere in the 700 GB range today, this facility would contain enough storage for 7,142,857,143 average drives. In other words, there will be enough space to hold a hard drive for every person in the world today, with a few left over. (The most recent world population estimate was 7.09 billion.)

Now, what exactly do they plan to store here? Oh, wait...maybe this, this, this, this, and a whole lot more.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29 Opinion Roundup

INCOME INEQUALITY
When the Rich Get Richer, Taxes Go Lower
(Dylan Matthews, Washington Post)
"In a new paper with Facundo Alvaredo and Anthony Atkinson, Piketty and Saez look at how these different countries changed their tax policies as inequality grew. The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is that countries where inequality grew the most also saw the biggest cuts in top marginal tax rates for wealthy earners."

GREEN [WASTING] CARS
If Tesla Would Stop Selling Cars, We’d All Save Some Money
(Patrick J. Michaels, CATO Institute)
"The public is still on the hook for Tesla, and will be for the foreseeable future. First, there’s the $7500 taxback bonus that every buyer gets and every taxpayer pays. Then there are generous state subsidies ($2500 in California, $4000 in Illinois—the bluer the state, the more the taxpayers get gouged), all paid to people forking out $63K (plus taxes) for the base version, to roughly $100K for the really quick one. The latest round of Tesla wonderment came when it reported its first quarterly profit earlier this month. TSLA stock darned near doubled in a week. Musk then borrowed $150 million from Goldman Sachs (shocking!) and floated a cool billion in new stock and long-term debt. That’s how we—the taxpayers—were repaid."

SPORTS ON WELFARE
Sports Welfare Dies Hard
(Patrick Hruby, Sports on Earth)
"The NFL's non-profit status -- and Coburn's dead-in-the-water effort to nix it -- is illustrative. The league, its teams and various subsidiaries earn roughly $9 billion in revenue per season. They will collect a guaranteed $27 billion in television money over the next decade. They exist to make money. They are very, very good at their jobs. Under federal law, however, the league office is classified as a tax-exempt 501(c)6 organization - essentially, a nonprofit business league -- just like your local chamber of commerce."

OBAMACARE
The Obamacare Insurance Exchange Train Is Already Coming Off The Rails
(Sally Pipes, Forbes)
"But an Obamacare train wreck isn’t a distant possibility. It’s actively happening. Delays, wasteful spending, and cost overruns have already popped up. And it’s becoming increasingly likely that the exchanges won’t be ready by October 1, when they’re supposed to open for enrollment. Mass confusion and excessive costs will result."

GAS PRICES
Gas Myths
(John Stossel, Townhall)
"Even if gas costs $4 per gallon, we should thank Big Oil. Think what they have to do to bring us gas. Oil must be sucked out of the ground, sometimes from war zones or deep beneath oceans. The drills now bend and dig sideways through as much as 7 miles of earth. What they discover must be pumped through billion-dollar pipelines and often put in monstrously expensive tankers to ship across the ocean. Then it's refined into several types of gasoline, transported in trucks that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Finally, your local gas station must spend a fortune on safety devices to make sure we don't blow ourselves up while filling the tank. And it still costs less per ounce than the bottled water sold at gas stations. If government sold gas, it would cost $40 per gallon. And there would be shortages!"

EDUCATION
How Higher Education Can Be the Worst Investment Ever
(Tara Clarke, Money Morning)
"But nowadays, you would have to be delusional to assume that an investment in higher education will definitely pay off. After spending copious amounts of time and money on a college degree, the graduate unemployment rate is a now staggering 14%. What's more, even those who have gotten a job often settle for work that's hardly commensurate with their newly-minted education. That has helped to create a trillion dollar student loan bubble, with the average debt per student up 70% since 2004. It calls into question whether or not a college degree is worth the investment these days."


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