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Getting What You Paid For

May 15th, 2011 by John P. Schumake

I have an FST (friendliness span time) of about 6 hours. Well, actually, that’s an FSTWWWNP (friendliness span time when working with new people). The other day I had to purchase a new set of security certificates for a company I work for. We thought we’d try a new provider, someone with much lower prices. […]

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“I love you, and Incidentally…”

May 8th, 2011 by John P. Schumake

I remember a birthday party of mine many years ago as a child. (Your getting old when you have to add ‘as a child’ after ‘many years ago’). We had had a new garage door put on our garage just the day before. I had asked my mother to pick up one of my cousins […]

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Loosed the Fateful Lightning

May 1st, 2011 by John P. Schumake

A friend asked me, “Do you think that Armageddon could happen in just a year and a half?” alluding to the December 2012 date that the ancient Mayans have provided us for Who Knows What.My answer was, “Yes, of course.” Just as the spreading of the gospel and the Rise of Christianity was rendered possible […]

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Are We Out of the Bretton Woods Yet?

April 10th, 2011 by John P. Schumake

Excerpts from “Are We Out of the Bretton Woods Yet?”

The Federal Accumulated debt (what we owe everyone) has exceeded 14 trillion dollars. That means that we can’t pay it back, but worse, we can scarcely pay the interest to all of our creditors, who include foreign countries organizations and individuals, whoever buys treasury bills…
…The Democrats have taken the attitude, “Since we can’t hope to pay any of this back, let’s just print more money, and as long as we are going down the toilet, let’s go out with a loud flush.” …
Nixon basically said, “Enough of this, we’re off the gold standard.” He told the Europe to basically go French themselves. A pall of silence was instantly cast across Europe and all of the investors in France immediately began to Alouette themselves…
…“Quantitative easing” he calls it. While it might be fine to print more shares when there is an incredible demand for your stock, and the printing of more shares is appropriately adjusted into the value, it is not good to do so when the demand is down and you are only doing it because you need money. This is what the Obama administration is doing. They need money to support their binging. They argue that a weakened dollar will invite more foreign purchases. While that might possibly have been true if Europe and Asia were experiencing a robust economy with substantial growth, that simply is not the case right now…

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Putting The Cart Before The Horse

April 3rd, 2011 by John P. Schumake

Why doesn’t it pay to put the cart before the horse?
…I will, however tell you this, “Giddy-Up” is just a quickened form of the phrase, “Get ye up.”
…which was said to have been one of the most cherished works in Thomas Jefferson’s library, until, of course, the library caught fire…
I would like to conclude these ramblings with a few wise words from Jethro Tull – not the Rock Band Jethro Tull, but the Jethro Tull who was born in March of 1674…

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Ah! The Lightbulb Turned On

March 27th, 2011 by Juan Zapatero

Years ago there used to be a little trick you could do that was kind of amusing at parties: You would ask someone to add 24 + 1, then 23 + 2, then 22 + 3, and so on. You would then ask them to subtract 30 – 5, 29 -4, 28 – 3. Of […]

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The Hand

March 20th, 2011 by John P. Schumake

Excerpts from ‘The Hand’ by John P. Schumake
I suppose we are forever in danger of losing those links to our past, links that require you to research the historical significance of phrases we use today…
I was watching porpoises out on the Gulf of Mexico surfacing and diving. Their sleek black and white bodies followed a graceful and almost soundless arch out of, and then back into the water…
… The image of what we are becomes a little blurred. For a while, propelled out on the waves, or stepping through a field the image of the Creator becomes apparent…

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Before the Long Climb

March 13th, 2011 by John P. Schumake

This sad but welcome epiphany has brought me to the edge of that plateau where ideas camp out before a long climb…
The murderer is a person who fractures both the earth and atmosphere, the roads we walk on, and the air we now carefully breathe…
I saw in the eyes of his daughter a different sort of pain. Something in my selfish and male nature does not allow me to understand it, but the intensity of the loss both draws me and makes me stand at a slight distance…
The Creator could have given us a Six-dimensional universe and a broader range of colors in our vision. He could have given us a smaller range, as some animals have. We have what we have, and we see what we see, and eventually, we see what we have had…

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