You don’t need to buy American cars to pay for them.

Posted In economics by an amatuer,political,state gone wild by Haltse Thursday September 25, 2008

50% of the population   believe that the most effective personal transport is to be bought from  non domestic manufacturers. Ignoring that most of the large builders have US plants it’s still a pride thing. Hey we’re kind of a democracy so let’s take that as a WIN for not wanting US cars. Doesn’t matter you’re going to pay for them anyway. Not only does Detroit make  of the highest depreciating vehicles but it’s been  tossing them out with massive incentives which further  lower their value.

Doesn’t matter. You’re still going to be paying for them.

We’re giving money to GREAT AMERICAN COMPANIES like  GM to make products that the USA doesn’t use for the most part. Thanks EPA  .

General Motors is investing $445 million to build an engine plant and upgrade an existing vehicle assembly plant in Thailand. The new 14,492 m2 (156,000 ft2)
facility will be GM’s first diesel engine plant in Southeast Asia and
will provide four-cylinder diesel engines for use by Chevrolet in
Thailand and other global markets and brands.

Finance Or Refi Daily
General Moneyhole
and  for the love of Chrysler what are you doing back , again.    Ford has some interesting cars  overseas,  GM has some neat small diesel powered cars in other markets  it’s the USA that won’t let them fill the roads with small efficient  cars , or even let them try.  Maybe it’s time to  let them drive off into the sunset so we can free people up to work on things that we actually want to buy.  If there’s not a MASSIVE luxury tax imposed on foreign cars in the near future I will be quite surprised because it’s the only thing that will get people back to the home market.

A $25 Billion Lifeline for GM, Ford, and Chrysler – FlowChart (usnews.com)

Detroit desperately needs the help. Many analysts expect all three domestic car companies to face a life-threatening crisis if the U.S. car market, down about 20 percent so far this year, stays in the doldrums. GM and Ford could start to run out of cash by the second half of 2009, a precursor to declaring bankruptcy. Chrysler’s finances are now private, but its sales are down even more than at Ford and GM, and it may be starting to bleed its corporate parent, Cerberus.

From the "trust me this won’t hurt’ newswire in Bendover ,TX Bush believes in free enterprise.

Posted In General by Haltse Wednesday September 24, 2008

And I thought comedy night on tv was Tuesday.

The market is not functioning properly. There has been a widespread loss of confidence.

Gee,  Dubya  It’s not  functioning properly because it’s not  been a free market for  a very very long time. Markets don’t need a Fannie, Freddie or Fuck this is annoying. He’s basically saying yeah I have principles but they were not  practical so let’s abandon them.  There’s no confidence as  no one has the slightest clue what the rules are.   I just wish I was big enough to fail:) 

Bush: Bailout plan necessary to deal with crisis – CNN.com

they honestly think they can spend their way out of this. we’re scroomed. ( screwed and doomed)

Posted In political,rants,state gone wild by Haltse Wednesday September 24, 2008

Can this smart man be this stupid?  Of course not but he’s hoping you won’t notice that.   Which body mandated that loans had to be given to those that couldn’t afford them? This is a man that believes society can be made  just by stealing  , at the point of a gun,   showing concern for his cash cow’s feelings suggests that no  it’s not stupidity   just,  for the want of a less  polarizing term , evil.

McCain suspends campaign, calls for Obama to do same – CNN.com

He said struggling homeowners must be taken care of in any economic recovery plan — and that taxpayers should “not be spending one dime to reward the same Wall Street CEOs whose greed and irresponsibility got us into this mess.

23 squidoo An 8 armed action hero.

Posted In Culture-internet,humor by Haltse Monday September 22, 2008

Ok it’s an octopus but you can’t tell your cephalopods  from a hole in the ground  and your attitude, quick frankly , towards the cuttlefish stinks.

So just shut up and enjoy this animated appetizer  ink his way into the history books.

Via Found on the web

Today’s dilemma. Problem is I don’t think we get a say in the matter.

Posted In state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Sunday September 21, 2008

 
Kinda worked this one out prior, way prior, and my opinon on it matters not an iota to the end result but it’s cute that he thinks we have a choice.

A Time To Choose by Michael S. Rozeff

This is a time to look at matters carefully and decide: Do you favor free markets or do you favor the State? Do you think that these failures are failures of the free market or do you think they are failures of the State?

Guns don’t kill people seemingly videos do . Google tries once again to do no evil while engaging in it.

Posted In Culture-internet,Demon Haunted World by Haltse Sunday September 21, 2008

From the newthink   dept over at Google a  decision that causes me to laugh , hard.  A selective  ban on video of weapons that are deemed to be of an intimidating nature.  That should read  personal  weapons since  I don’t forsee  those that glorify the state’s ability to render large areas  hostile  will be included within this ban.     You Tube is becoming just the kind of "damage" that the Internet  is great for routing around and not a concern on its own.  Does Google ,which owns You Tube ,  seriously think they can take into account existing social mores for each culture   and apply that  sanely?   So   for most of the world no piss taking of the prophet,  no info on  biological processes and a myriad of  changes keeping up with tin pot edicts of the moment.  This is not organizing the world’s info  it’s  recreating it in your own image. 

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7621013.stm

Must have only be physical harm that angels protect against because that’s a lot of nutty people.

Posted In pat,reality by Haltse Friday September 19, 2008

Half the people  you meet not  only believe in angels but claim to have actually experienced their influence.  Nope this is not from a country that burns witches ( I can’t say yet,  maybe  at this time is safer)  or riots because they  believe their football game were cursed but  from the USA #1  in debt since , well let’s not confuse a stupid population with the current financial crisis ;), since it was worked out that you can do just about anything here and then pull out an angel to justify your actions.

By now you’ve guessed that we’re not talking about Curtis and his gang but the kind of bright light, flappy flappy harp playing  goody two shoes types that  schlep around carrying messages from the “Almighty”  , whose omni presence  doesn’t stretch to a decent two way communication system  with his creation apparently, and  seemingly  are there to give you   a push , a warning  or whatever help you may need to stay out of harms way.   Here’s a fun story I like to relate about a marketing manager at a prior company ( a few back) that crashed her car on the way back to the office after lunch.

Her eyes were closed while driving . There wasn’t a foreign object in there, not squinting from the sun   or   taken by a sudden bout of narcolepsy but..  they were closed because she was praying.    Guess what ? She felt lucky that she was praying as the accident could have been so much worse OTHERWISE!  55%    Adults , Voters, Drivers, EEP!

Guardian Angels Are Here, Say Most Americans – TIME

In a poll of 1700 respondents, 55% answered affirmatively to the statement, “I was protected from harm by a guardian angel.”

fifty percent of you will leave this post feeling better. Placebo the anti drug BBC Radio 4 series.

Posted In Culture-internet,science by Haltse Tuesday September 16, 2008

One of the greatest  losses of moving to the USA was that of the BBC Radio services. Sadly the BBC is funded by a tax  not for using their services but for the  gall of operating a TV  , Radio or Satellite receiver. Licensing electronic media  which is the ONLY practical location were people of limited means could  find out what’s up in their society,  you know get informed which is what we’re told is crucial to playing the  game that is democracy , is a pretty horrible way to behave. 

You must pay the $200+ a year to the BBC  even if you never use their service. Yet for free I can  access this programming over the net. ( odd that but I’m grateful anyway)

I listened to a short series about the placebo effect ,BBC – Radio 4 – Placebo, which  goes  into depths on just how much ” it’s all in the mind”   goes towards   reducing the perception of pain,  recovery time and  general mental well being.  Yep  sugar pills work , their analogs work  ( reiki, reflexology or anything that has a  believable story that your culture buys into )

In short

We feel what we expect to find  as long as we’re committed to that belief.
Reality can be changed by symbols , yep symbols really are for the symbol minded.
 
And advertising.. well 🙂 that’s another story.

 

brandstreaming yet another nightmare that needs to find a way to Room 101.

Posted In blogging,Culture-internet,rants,Social Media by Haltse Friday September 12, 2008
Like most things in life, the universe and what’s still being called social media ,  you can pull up some aphorism from some Greek that’s been dead for  over two millenia to anchor your point to.   Do no harm isn’t a bad one,  and it’s  a lot easier to pull off than do no evil   yet neither are as compelling , or succinct as Wil Wheaton’s   “don’t be a dick”  as an almost libertarian reduction of the non aggression principle into  the vernacular.    (Sadly his writings on politics really don’t ultimately follow this   but   let’s not get into that) 

In short  it’s  a set of  rules  for the relationship between creators, promoters and fans  around  Sci Fi / Fantasy conventions which can be extrapolated to  most commercial  interactions. E.G   Are we customers, consumers, data points  or people that  want to get things done?

When you have a “voice” for a corporation engaged in social media  maybe it’s a good idea to think about the above because the mode of address you choose in 3/4 cases is going to be wrong

Can a corporation really be your friend?   Does this  construct sound real?   X is out buying yummy things  his  company make  ,  Y is out  watching their Movie  etc  Does this sound remotely like a relationship your engaged in?    If it doesn’t it’s for the obvious reason that it ISN’T. 

I love dealing with people from companies,  hate dealing with  company names that have a rotating cast of interchangeable  responses that would make Turing dance with glee. I can’t tell them apart from a machine or human either. 

Wer in ur boahdroomz wutchin yu wit intrst

*invisible pink unicorn  peace be unto her hooves.

The future , soon? The irony is that the environmentalists may kill us off faster.

Posted In Culture-internet,reality,science by Haltse Thursday September 11, 2008

Came across this item on the  Clean Technica blog which has a practical  view of energy that’s sadly lacking on those that oppose it. Hell in the UK when Torness , a nuclear power station, was being built many locals had a sticker that said “nuclear power? No thanks. Atop an image of the sun.  I laughed, I still laugh and to this day usually ascribe such glorious ignorance to those that   want to save the planet but ONLY  within their ideological boundaries on what’s comfy technology wise.  In most cases their comfort level is  fire , then you have the raw foodies who’ve not even gotten that far but more abuse on that natural crowd later.  Natural does not equal good in all, hell most cases. That people post these online rather than using a “natural” rock to stand and engage passers by with leads me to question their commitment to the atavistic tendencies that seem to serve them so well with the diet.   

Anyway.  Let’s get back to the portable nuclear generators and how fricking handy these will be if we can  avoid the people that work at Jiffy Lube ever getting these in for service.. 😀

Answer to an Amory Lovins Disciple Who Believes in Conservation, Solar, Wind and Micropower : CleanTechnica

Hyperion Power Generation, for example, is focusing on a heating unit that is small enough to fit on the back of an over-the-road truck that can produce 70 MW of thermal energy constantly for several years. I spoke to the company founder for The Atomic Show Podcast and he explained how his company is establishing the supply chain needed to build 4,000 units that will be able to provide heat for about $3 per million BTU. By comparison, liquified natural gas sold in Japan last week for $20 per million BTU.

Now this is cute. Invertebrates in space this SO needs to be made a plush toy. Come on Think Geek get on it!

Posted In reality,science by Haltse Monday September 8, 2008

Invertebrate Astronauts Make Space History | Wired Science from Wired.com

 Erin was telling me that the “hardest” animal in existence could survive ,exposed, in the vacuum of space.  Bullshit I said, the hardest animal  is a pig with a flick knife and everybody knows that.  Looks like I was wrong. 

You’d never guess from looking at these clips that the millimeter-long
tardigrade is the world’s toughest animal, found from deep ocean to
Himalayan mountaintops, able to survive at a single degree above
absolute zero.

Tardigrade (Water Bear)

These things are so cute that there needs to be a plushie made in their honour.  I look forward to sharing their DNA soon. 😀

If you have to capture concerts please buy a damn mic, recorder ANYTHING other than your stupid phone.

Posted In Culture-internet,Podcasting Tech,rants by Haltse Monday September 8, 2008

This is to the tech crowd, the geeks e.g the people that should know better.

Nearly
everything I’m seeing from the Pax08 concert has such poor sound /
video that it’s a complete waste of time and energy yet this crap is
getting 4 and 5 stars. Here’s where it bugs me. The crappy sound
and video in a sane world would be “mediated” by the crowd and given
an appropriate rating but it seems that it’s totally broken in the
cases of geek centric clips. Self recognition doesn’t = ****/*****
stars dumb ******/*******

You are today’s equivalent of the
idiots in sports stadiums with their GN14 flashes trying to reach out
all the way to center field. Either drop the money on a reasonable
recorder or just leave it in your pocket.

CNN needs to get it’s head out of it’s ass humans being stupid is not news. re Large Hadron Collider

Posted In Demon Haunted World,pat,windmill tilting,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Monday September 8, 2008

This line from an article, front page, main story , about the Large Hadron Collider annoys me. Firstly Mainly as it has to justify why research is useful to us which is kinda scary. We’re reading this new SOLELY as a result of our research and understanding about how most of the ‘verse holds together in a tolerably predictable manner. Can they please maybe deal with us all becoming Fannie Mae stock holders? K thx bai.

CNN.com – Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News

Skeptics fear it will lead to the Earth’s demise

The poop: The last two days

Posted In Erin,Family by Haltse Friday September 5, 2008

Beavis and Butthead   are often underestimated in terms of being a fountain  wisdom but   since the subject of this post involves, poops,pukes and other toilet related humor  their inclusion is quite appropriate.

How else will most of you have heard about the god that I angered and the terrible revenge  suffered at his hands?  I’m talking about Sterculious the god of manure , or as you city folks like to call it. Shit.     Back to Thursday.  I ate lunch at work and  about 20 minutes later felt the need to lie down under the desk,  not the most useful job saving strategy I know but   it’s better than redecorating  3 monitors.  After that wave passed wandered to bathroom where  part 1   of the hurling started.  Left for home. Got in door and then for the next hew hours the curious dance of not knowing which end should be pointed at the toilet began.   It’s at this point I think I pissed off Sterculious.  The day prior Dobhran had decided that flushing the  middle of the toilet roll holder would be a hoot. I decided to let it go that night and see what would happen.

Shit happens.

The next days load totally jammed up the works, so  now I am ill,  violently on both ends and the  once source of happiness  is taken out from under me.   Had to fix it in my weakened state the last thing one needs is to  revisit  day old , steeped and happily fermenting, puke.  Could not remove the obstruction it’s  totally stuck , inaccessible from the top, and on the bottom it can’t make it round the last bend.   Toilet was not cheap and I will be trying to save it later.  So I pulled a spare toilet from the garage, what doesn’t everyone have one?  and we’re back to being functional   but ugly.

It’s Erin and my anniversary today too which  kinda went down the drain.

Hungary Hungary hippos. The freedom of discussion

Posted In Demon Haunted World,political,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Tuesday September 2, 2008

This Saturday I attended  one of my meetup groups. Actually it’s about the last meetup group I  make an effort to attend since  it’s really great to  hang around with non theists and libertarian types.   I don’t play  well with other atheists , specially those that align themselves as humanists.  Oh hell surely I can’t be against humanists?  Well  ok, maybe I should have said most of them.

Here’s my objection.

Republican god is mean , insane and listening to his words proves that they are not fit to lead. 

Democratic god is nicer, rational and while not the best situation it’s possible to support someone for president that  talks with invisible men.  This is an inconsistent view for people that claim a reality based view to hold. Oh well  I’ll return to that in part 2.

While Hungary was never as hard line as some of the other countries in the Soviet bloc, even trying to get out from under them in the mid 50’s, the conditions were still  atrocious in relation to the USA at the time.  What follows not an exhaustive list, it’s anecdotal  from a guy, Tames Birilov,  that was  born there and was there, –really- there with a chunk of the wall to prove it at the time it fell down.  

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