Archive for November, 2006

Our Glorious Business Leaders of the Future

Saturday, November 25, 2006 23:20 Comments Off

Tolu Adeleye, 28, of Minneapolis graduated from the University of Maryland with no debt. But then, “I got the bright idea to go to business school” at MIT. When Adeleye graduated from MIT, he’d amassed about $60,000 in student loan debt. But the killer was $35,000 in credit card debt that piled up as he [...]

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The Obnoxious World of Video Games

Saturday, November 25, 2006 21:54 Comments Off

Nintendo has released its new Wii, and there are already complaints. What about? Well it seems that the console’s motion-sensitive remote controller is such that gamers must act out the movements of their characters – swinging swords and tennis rackets and such – as body movement is integrated into the games. The Wall Street Journal [...]

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Ostracize Them!

Thursday, November 23, 2006 12:05 Comments Off

For reducing Quran verses to ringtone status. “One should hear the complete verse of the Quran with a pious mind and in silence. If it is used as a ringtone, a person is bound to switch on the mobile, thus truncating the verse halfway,” he said. “This is an un-Islamic act.” Yes, I’m sure it [...]

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More Financial Insanity

Thursday, November 23, 2006 11:55 Comments Off

Google has purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion. The price tag for YouTube, just to put the investment in perspective, is what Target paid for 257 Mervyns department stores and four distribution centers in 13 states, and just a bit more than WPP Group paid for the Grey Global Group advertising network with 10,500 employees in [...]

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Don’t Frown, and Watch Your Vowels

Thursday, November 23, 2006 11:31 Comments Off

First it was the feds telling us that they will detect terrorism by examining our frown, nose, eyebrows, jaw thrusts, and forehead scrunch. Now a local Dutch government is using acoustic recognition technology, along with the activation of street microphones, to detect aggressive voices in the name of crime prevention. The “secret sauce is software [...]

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Sacrificing Your Life and Your Gas

Thursday, November 23, 2006 6:44 Comments Off

The calls for “sacrifice” to the state abound. Rep. Charles Rangel is pushing his brand of sacrificial equity through phony calls for a draft. But thanks to the age-old profession known as “military sociology,” we have people like this: “I do think we need a draft,” says Charles Moskos, military sociologist and professor emeritus at [...]

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Pensions in America: Oh the Mess…

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 22:46 Comments Off

I live (and grew) up where the auto industry reigns supreme and rules the land. One thing that this industry brought forth, and that I have forever observed, is the fact that “the corporation owes me cradle-to-grave care, and I’ll be damn if you are going to take it away.” Defined-benefit pension plans were a [...]

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More Pelosi Principles: Shared Sacrifice

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 22:29 Comments Off

Pelosi swears that the Dems don’t plan on putting the military draft on their agenda in January. But just in case you were confused by congressman Charlie Rangel’s call for a draft, it’s explained this way: Incoming Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., caused a stir by repeating a long-held position that a [...]

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The Stunning Stupidity of Generation Debt

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 21:50 Comments Off

Heather Schopp is a chiropractor in California dealing every day with her clients’ physical pain. But her own pain is financial: At age 29 she is more than $170,000 in debt. “I think about it every day,” Schopp says. “I mean, I lay in bed, thinking in my head, ‘Okay, how much money do I [...]

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Pelosi’s Principles

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 18:35 Comments Off

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulatory monster at the top of her list of things to tackle in January 2007. Well wait, isn’t this exactly what the Dems are in favor of? A massive regulatory state that hogties big business? Not if your most financially supportive constituents are being [...]

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