Don’t be so sure that banks are not the ones behind the recent ‘Fraudclosure’ stuff I see folks crowing over.
They don’t WANT all those defaulted houses to hit the market, further depressing housing prices thru increased supply.
Plus, do you really think Obama, far and away biggest recipient of Wall Street cash during the last election, would allow anything to happen in the banking world that actually HURT Wall Street, or at least, looked to punish them more than they feel like paying for PR?
Retirement accounts: Regulated investments so the gov’t and Wall Street can influence where your money GOES and where it IS.
IE, it GOES into… Wall Street!
It IS…. where the gov’t can get its hands on it!
Some types of tax deferred accounts, you can manage them yourselves thru an online trading account. But afaik you are still constrained to the abstracted and imaginary matrix of Wall Street, ETF’s, equities, etc.
In any case, might be time to consider drawing your money out now, and laying it aside as either cast, or into hard investments like real estate, precious metals, survivalism gear in the case of natural disasters, unrest, etc, or even just paying off debts.
The best thing you could do with your money, of course, is to invest it with God by giving it away.
He who gives to the poor LENDS to the LORD
You might not get paid back till That Day, which actually would probably be a best case scenario in the long run. But money will stick to the people who are right now cultivating generosity.
This dynamic will become more and more important as the fundamentals of society begin to be squeezed and shaken.
Anyways, folks might want to look at what is going on in other Western democracies and plan for it to happen here in the USA at some point probably not so far into the future.
Don’t let that ‘tax bite’ scare you off. That tax bite now will be far less than what the Gov’t leaves you if they plunder your IRA to pay for entitlement programs.
You can always buy gold and silver… physical, of course.
Don’t rush out, necessarily, but be aware. This stuff may or may not be coming to the USA, but maybe you should put your assets where they cannot get them so easily. At least make them work for it!
Keep your printer cartridges from drying out. Just use Ubuntu’s built-in scheduling tool,
cron, to send a test page to the printer every few weeks. The Ubuntu test page is very colorful unlike the Windows test page, so it will keep both your black and color cartridges fresh until you refill them again.
OTOH, you will use more ink. But ink, if you are refilling from a kit, is much cheaper than buying even a refurbished cartridge, so, I think over all this will surely save money.
lpstat -p # to get the name of the printer crontab -e # select your editor if you have not done so already 0 7 */25 * * lpr -P PRINTERNAME /usr/share/system-config-printer/testpage-letter.ps # paste this line into your crontab editor and save.
I just tested this command in Natty 11.04 and it works, even on a network printer on a Windows machine accessed via samba.
It should run a test page every 25 days at 7 AM. If you wish to change the frequency, notice the
*/25 part of the command.
Just discovered (thru a comment on the Chrome extentions page) that the dev version of Chrome has brought back ‘plugin click to play’.
You have to enable the feature in ‘about:flags’ and then get ‘Under the Hood’ in the prefs, and select Click to Play under the ‘Content Settings’ popup.
I also notice ‘about:flags’ has experimental Natty Unity support, so Chrome has caught up to Firefox in 2 ways, now!
The experimental new tab page is kinda sparse, tho. Good to see Chrome is at least thinking about offering some new tab page customization. Right now I have to click twice to get to Myfav.es.
I really just want a speed dial like dingus what syncs. Neither FF nor Chrome has one at this point.
“California Senate Bill number 48, now tracking its way through the legislature, would change the teaching of core academic subjects into a ‘celebration’ of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual lifestyles. This profound change in the basic education of children would be mandatory, without involvement or opt-out rights of parents.”
This is not good! “Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good.”
Here is what is good. One man, one wife, together for ever, for the rest of their lives. Accept no substitutes.