Archive for January, 2009

Das Full boot

Posted: January 31, 2009 by datechguy in personal
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Well the latest batch of acceptance letter has come in and now a big decision has to be made.

Anna Maria is the #1 choice of the kid at the moment. That would leave us counting the college fund with about 9k to come up with.

Fitchburg State College however has offered him a full boat including all fees.

He would also be in a position to live at home, that is not necessarily a good thing.

The question is can we come up with enough funds or scholarships to make up the Anna Maria difference? Will another college (offers at the moment run from 2k-12k but leave a gap as large as Anna Maria).

We have some serious thinking to do but at least if a job isn’t forthcoming it won’t keep him out of college.

And a note to teenagers who read this blog. This guy does his homework every night and hasn’t partied at all. This is why he is in this spot. You could be too if you put your mind and effort into it.

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It’s that time of year: scam time

Posted: January 31, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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Actually every time of year is scam time but with tax time approaching and various stimulus programs being talked about its a good time to think about the many online scams out there to nail you One example:

Economic Stimulus Payment Scams
Perpetrated via a phishy email or a fraudulent phone call, these scams capitalize on confusion surrounding the federal government’s economic stimulus package. By now you probably know that you may be getting a stimulus payment in the coming months but may not know how or when the payment will arrive. Potential victims of this scam are told that they’ve qualified for their stimulus “rebate” and are asked to provide their bank account number to receive the payment electronically. In reality, you won’t have to do anything more than file a federal tax return to receive your payment, and the IRS will never call or email you about the economic stimulus payment.

The Cyberstreetsmart site is a good one. Go there and read the whole thing. If you are a person with a kid about to enter college check out their phony scholarship section here.

Don’t forget to take their IQ quiz to see how much you already know.

I’m going to be a little unfair here…

Posted: January 31, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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…to that paragon of the left George Soros. I want to quote something from Jay Nordlinger’s Davos Journal part 2:

Lunch is with George Soros. He speaks to a group of journalists in a Davos hotel. His subject is the financial crisis, and he is very good on it: sober and analytical. I must say, I like him better on economics and finance than I do on politics and foreign policy. Obviously, in this field—finance—he knows what he’s talking about. His authority is real.

He makes the observation that, last September, “the real economy fell off a cliff”—not just a paper economy (if I have interpreted him correctly). He also says that nationalization is “politically unacceptable at the moment”—words that strike me as ominous. (Soros sounds rueful.)

Something interesting, and entertaining, happens in the Q&A. A journo asks him, “Did you see this crisis coming, and have you profited from it?” Soros answers that he did not quite predict the crisis, but he came close to doing so—he predicted aspects of it. Certainly the “super-bubble,” as he termed it, had to burst. As to the second part of the journo’s question, Soros says, “I was able to protect my capital.”

I love that sentence: “I was able to protect my capital.” Wish all of us could say that!

Now it is the job of a capitalist to protest his capital and Soros shouldn’t be blamed for it, but shouldn’t it strike people on the left a bid odd that their patron took steps to protect himself while not alerting his friends on the left to help save their fortunes? Isn’t this what the left is all about? Note the outcry as the oil companies report record profits. No outcry from those guys about Soros protecting his capital.

Of course the fact that is capital is protected and others are not makes them more dependent on his funds and more receptive to his opinions. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Oh BTW Nordlinger reports from Davos every year. Part 3 of his series is here.

Yeah this will work

Posted: January 31, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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CNN seems to think that democratic attack ads featuring Rush Limbaugh are going to scare republican Senators into voting with Obama:

The commercials blast House Republicans for refusing to vote for Obama’s stimulus proposal this week, claiming that the GOP lawmakers took marching orders from conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh not to support it.

The ad, paid for by the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change, targets Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio. Specter is seeking re-election in 2010, while Voinovich is retiring when his term expires at the close of that year.

Very Silly. Nevada is not a liberal state, Harry Reid is in more danger of losing election than Ensign does. Voinovich is retiring so any kind of advocacy ad is useless.

Specter is seeking re-election but he had a tough primary battle last time, what do you think will happen in the primary’s if he goes along with Obama on this one when even McCain isn’t going for it?

As for the other batch mentioned Maine and New Hampshire have become more socially liberal as Massachusetts residents migrate north, but people who have relocated due to stupid tax policies are unlikely to be supportive of Obama’s economic plan. In Alaska Palin’s popularity is still large and I suspect Murkowski isn’t anxious to appear on the side of fiscal indiscipline.

As for Iowa, I must confess I have absolutely no idea, but hey spend the dough Soros has plenty.