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October 14, 2011

Videos from Occupy Wall Street protest – 10-9-11

Filed under: In The News,Politics — Ken @ 1:02 am

I shot these videos to try and capture a bit of the “flavor” of the protest – there are no outlandish demands as many have already been posted elsewhere, I just wanted to share what I saw in the two acre park just off of Wall Street.


Dancing iPod girl



Hipster Protesters

iPhone protest supporters

Jersey protest family packs it in

Kitchen (rear shot)

Long shot of protest & Handing out Occupied WSJ

Long shot of sitting protesters

Walking past sitting protesters with signs

Tri-corner hat man

The Crowd and Their stuff

Sleeping Men

Sleeping Bags & Infirmary


Princesses make T-Shirts

Long shot from across street

Panning long shot

Poorman’s Nation, t-shirt creation, “protester” with Mac PowerBook


October 13, 2011

Biden warns of increased Rapes and Murders

Filed under: In The News,Politics — Ken @ 12:34 am

Vice President Joe Biden said the following this week in Flint Michigan:

“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” the vice president said. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”

Seems to me, right before the 2010 elections didn’t the Democraticly-controlled House & Senate pass a bill that the President signed to ensure that 319,000 teachers, nurses, and first-responders would be able to stay on the job?

Apparently the last bill, approved in August, did nothing for the Flint, Michigan police department – why should they believe the next bill will do anything to put more officers on the beat in Flint?

Sources: In Flint, Michigan, Biden Warns Of More Rapes And Murders If Jobs Bill Not Passed House Passes Bill to Keep 319,000 Teachers, Police, Firefighters & Nurses on the Job and The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act Bill Summary & Status 111th Congress (2009 – 2010) H.R.1586 Vote Summary H.R. 1586 Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1586

October 12, 2011

Book Review: OneNote 2010 Quick & Easy

Filed under: Books — Ken @ 10:49 pm

If you are reading this review, you most likely fall into one of two camps – either you are fan of Microsoft OneNote 2010 and use it on a regular basis, or you are more likely one of the countless millions of Microsoft Office users that have installed, but never used, OneNote 2010 along with the rest of the Microsoft Office Suite – this book, Microsoft OneNote 2010 Plain & Simple
is aimed squarely at both groups.

For those who have occasionally worked with OneNote 2010, there is typically a sense that you are only scratching the surface of it’s capabilities – this book will expose you to all the significant features of the product in a quick, “Let me show you how to do that” manner that I find very useful. Those with a bit more experience with the product will find new ways to accomplish tasks, and find useful introductions to features in the product you might not be aware of.

If you are new to OneNote 2010 this book provides a great overview of the many ways you can use OneNote 2010 to collect and organize your notes and research items. OneNote 2010 is tightly integrated into all the other Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), and once you get a handle on working with OneNote 2010 you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever got along without it.

There are a few notable chapters that really stand out in my opinion – the chapters on using the research tools included with OneNote 2010 (such as the dictionary, thesauruses, and translation tools), on sharing OneNote 2010 with others co-authors, and on working with the Office Web App version of OneNote 2010. What I didn’t find coverage of was the iPad OneNote “app” Microsoft has made available – but I’m not certain this “app” is anything more than a proof of concept exercise, rather than a fully supported Microsoft offering, so it’s omission may have been for good reason. Failing to include coverage of this “app” doesn’t detract from the book in anyway.

As I understand it, OneNote was developed originally as an in-house project for Microsoft employees, and once it gained widespread use inside Microsoft it was included in the Office Suite, but finding any books that cover this program has typically been challenging. With the release of Microsoft OneNote 2010 Plain & Simple you now have a great resource available to you.

The author Peter Weverka previously authored a book on OneNote 2003, and his latest effort builds on his knowledge and experience with the product over the years – I found this book to be very accessible, comprehensive, and well-written. Highly recommended for anyone either just starting out with OpenNote 2010 or for those hoping to learn more about it.

September 30, 2011

Warren Buffett

Filed under: In The News,Politics,Taxation — Ken @ 3:06 pm

Remember when then-Senator Obama was running for President how excited the left was that ‘The Wizard of Omaha,’ Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in America would be advising President Obama? Well, fast-forward a couple years and we find President Obama in what one of his top political advisors described as a ‘Titanic Battle’ for re-election, and he appears to not be listening to his advisors, at least not Mr. Buffett.

Mr. Buffett has come out publicly against (or perhaps confused is a better word) this administration’s decision to rescind a generous tax deduction for corporate jet purchases made during this downturn in the economy. The tax deduction was put in place during the Bush administration, but once President Obama took office he not only extended the deduction, but increased it from 50% to 100%. But once this administration learned how well the American public reacted to the heads of the failing automakers being attacked for taking corporate jets to ask congress for a bailout, the President apparently rethought his attempts to stimulate the corporate jet industry – and held corporate jet owners out as examples of excess, and wanted to rescind the very deductions he implemented. That same deduction for corporate jets (not personal) also applied to other capital investments by American companies, but this administration is willing to hurt the jet industry to score political points. As Mr. Buffett said, why does it make sense for a company to be able to deduct the price of a new locomotive, but not a corporate jet? Both are pieces of equipment used by businesses to make money.

Now the President has set his sights on high-income earners (over $1M/year) that pay a ‘lower tax rate than their secretaries.’ this is based in part on a famous line Mr. Buffett used in a WSJ op-ed piece. First off, I thought the issue was revenue, not rates, and millionaires pay more than their secretaries, but let’s put that aside. The President has rolled-out what he calls “The Buffett Plan” – an alternative minimum tax for people that earn over $1M in income. Mr. Buffett, despite allowing the administration to name the proposal after him has come out against it. Mr. Buffett wanted the very high-earners to be subject to a higher rate than they currently are. The President’s ‘Buffett Plan’ does nothing to increase the taxes owed by say a person who earns millions a year playing a sport or in the entertainment industry – their compensation isn’t covered by the proposed change. Mr. Buffett wanted a tax on them.

Maybe President Obama should start meeting with, and listening to, the advisors he touted on the campaign trail, not reacting to polls and working on his re-election…

September 21, 2011

OnStar is watching you

Filed under: In The News,Technology — Ken @ 7:13 am

20110921-071442.jpgOver at slashdot they have a story about OnStar logging and selling your car’s GPS coordinates, direction, speed and other data to third-parties, even if you don’t subscribe to OnStar.

While some are understandably concerned about privacy issues, I don’t think the value of this data is tied to the fact they know a particular car belongs to a certain person, I think their plan is to try and sell traffic congestion information to GPS companies for real-time updates on route times.

While there could be a lot of money in the ‘Where did my cheating husband go with his Corvette last night when he said he was working late?’ market, I’m not sure how OnStar could advertise such a service and then sell cars to philanderers and criminals. On the other hand, it would make a heck of a lojack alternative!

Sources: OnStar Terms and Conditions Update Raises Privacy Concerns

Internet Essentials, from Comcast

Filed under: In The News,Technology — Ken @ 1:58 am

Do you (or your children) qualify for free school lunches and live in an area served by Comcast? If so, you may qualify for their new Internet Essentials service, providing you with a speedy 1.5 Mb/sec broadband internet connection for a low $9.95/month. What’s that you say, you don’t have a computer? You may qualify for one running Windows 7 for $150 from Comcast. Of course, there are a few requirements:

  1. Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  2. Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

For it’s part, Comcast commits to keeping this offer for three years, without price increases.

Why is Comcast doing this? Because it was a requirement to curry favor with the regulators in Comcast’s bid to acquire NBC/Universal.

Sources: Comcast’s $9.99 Internet for low-income families goes nationwide and Comcast: $10/month Internet—and cheap netbooks—for the poor Internet Essentials

Fact Check: The CNN/Tea Party Debate in Florida

Filed under: In The News,Politics — Ken @ 12:58 am

The Associated Press has put together a fairly exhaustive “analysis” of many of the claims from the GOP primary candidates – I think it’s worth a look – here’s a link to it at USAToday.

Sources: Fact Check: The CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida

Obamanomics vs. Reaganomics

Filed under: In The News,Politics,Taxation — Ken @ 12:37 am

Over at the Wall Street Journal Stephen Moore penned a great piece comparing Obamanomics and Reganomics, as he wrote in the piece:

My purpose here is not more Reagan idolatry, but to point out an incontrovertible truth: One program for recovery worked, and the other hasn’t.

I encourage you to click-thru and take a look at his piece, it’s over at

Sources: Obamanomics vs. Reaganomics

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Political Hack

Filed under: Education,In The News,Politics — Ken @ 12:20 am

Shortly after Gov. Rick Perry announced his run for the Republican nomination to run for President against Arne Duncan’s boss, Arne Duncan decided to inject himself into the political debate and slam the educational system in Gov. Perry’s Texas. Interestingly, Arne Duncan failed to point out that the Chicago Public School System, the very school system he personally ran before being tapped by President Obama to become the federal Education Secretary, posted worse results than the Texas school system he holds in such low regard. As but one comparison between Texas and the Chicago Public School System, let’s take a look at graduation rates – in Texas the graduation rate is about 73%, the Chicago Public School System has a slightly lower high school graduation rate… about 56%.

I wonder if Secretary Arne Duncan if he also feels “very, very badly” for the children he claims to have educated in Chicago?

Probably not.

And let’s not forget, Secretary Duncan’s boss President Obama was also a reformer trying to improve Chicago’s public schools when he led the Chicago Annenberg Challenge with his neighbor (and some would argue ghost writer), Bill Ayres.

Sources: Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt Interviews Education Secretary Arne Duncan Arne Duncan Can’t Quite Explain Why He’s Dissing Texas Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools Obama and ’60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths Who Wrote Dreams From My Father?

September 20, 2011

Rep. Phil Roe

Filed under: In The News — Ken @ 11:24 pm

Over at Drudgereport they have a link to a story about Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe performing CPR on a man at the airport. Rep. Roe was talking with Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport when he heard someone shouting for a doctor.

Rep. Roe responded and found a man unconscious without a pulse. After performing CPR on the man, alternating with a woman who also knew CPR, they were soon relieved by the paramedics who revived the man using an external defibrillator. It has been reported the man is doing well, and is expected to have a full recovery.

Before running for Congress, Rep. Roe was an obstetrician for 31 years, but before entering medical school, Rep. Roe was a Boy Scout, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Recently, Rep. Roe was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Phil Roe: Congressman, Obstetrician, and Eagle Scout.

Sources: Congressman Phil Roe performs CPR on man at airport Roe Receives Distinguished Eagle Award List of Eagle Scouts (Boy Scouts of America)

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