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Who’s late to the party? Yes, that’s right it’s me! Sorry to disappoint my handful of readers, but I have been ill and very busy lately. I hope you all had a brilliant start to the new year. I’m sure many of you have probably broken some resolutions already, but that’s okay. Resolutions are meant to be broken – their only real purpose is to make you feel better at the beginning of the year for everything that went wrong during the prior year. How’s that for optimism? I’d like to turn you now to my new radio station. In addition to doing this blog, I thought it would be fun to accompany it with some audio. You can listen to my first show at the link provided below. Be patient, I get cut off for almost nearly a minute! My phone got cut out while I was using it to tether my laptop to the internet and talk for the show at the same time. Never a great idea. Have fun y’all and hopefully we’ll have a great new year! Keep your eyes peeled as I will updated this more frequently.

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Human interaction seems to be nothing more than superficial banter these days, especially in big cities where the hustle and bustle supercede the notion of actually getting to know another person. One has to wonder what kind of relationship someone must maintain with friends and loved ones when ninety percent of his or her day consists of phrases like, “Hello” and “How are you?” It would appear as though key talking points are the weather, how one is doing (like the questioner really cares), and how one has been or what one has been up to. Once these useless pleasantries are out of the way, so is one to the other and life goes on. Can you think of the last time you actually sat and had a meaningful conversation with someone? When was the last time you discussed your passions with another person and had that joy reciprocated? Hit the link for more…

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I’m a little late to the party with this entry, but the last two days were holidays so I give myself a pass. For those of you who read this blog or simply stumble upon it, I hope you all had a great holiday season! As for yours truly, I couldn’t have asked for more. It was mellow and easy going. I talked to friends that I haven’t spoken to in a while (isn’t it odd that you’ll get texts and calls from people you haven’t heard from in ages?) and spent Christmas day with someone new and special to me. All in all, it was really nice and satisfaction and contentment hardly touches the surface when trying to express how I feel. Of course, New Year’s Eve is still coming up and that is even more excitement to be anticipated! I’ve never been one for resolutions because I always felt that positive life changes don’t have to wait until year’s end, but they should be done as soon as your mind conjures them up. I’ll still be writing before the New Year, but here’s a somewhat late Merry Christmas and very early Happy New Year!

Nostradamus has been famous for “predicting” future events and, depending on how they were interpreted, his prophecies have been surprisingly accurate. The problem, however, is that all of his predictions were vague and ambiguous. The prophecies were never clear and time frames weren’t definitively set, which makes it open to all for interpretation. Add to that the fact that he has far more misses than hits (much like Bible interpretations and prophecies) and you essentially have nothing beyond the mathematical probability of outcomes. If I made thousands of predictions, very loosely written and vague, it’s almost a guarantee that a handful of them would come to pass.

Enter Gerald Celente, the hokey Nostradamus of our day. Celente also makes “predictions” and has foreseen doom in the near future. What’s the latest word from the modern-day prophet? America is doomed and nothing can be done about it. Over the course of the next four years, we will no longer be an industrialized nation, we’ll be scouring for food, there will be rebellions and riots, and all hell will break loose – to say the least. Wow, what a bold statement in hopes that everyone will forget within the next four years. That’s the beauty of prediction these days. You make them long enough that people will forget if they don’t come to pass, but if for some reason the prophecies come to fruition, you dig up your documented predictions and smugly say, “I told you so.”

Apparently, Celente has “accurately predicted” the fall of the USSR, the market crash in 1987, and the Asian currency crisis in 1997. How does he do it? Does he study social, market, and economic trends? Does he gather this data and use mathematical modeling and forecasting to come to reasonable possibilities? Does Celente allow for error and come up with figures to back his doomsayer predictions? Nay, Celente doesn’t subscribe to reason and uses the following method:

According to Gerald Celente, Director of the Trends Research Institute and author of Trends 2000, the key to tracking trends is to read two newspapers every day with a purpose — either The Wall Street Journal or The Financial Times, plus The New York Times or USA Today. Look for stories with social, economic, and political significance, be it about the difficulties older suburbs face or the current currency crisis. (You’ll know by the headline or the first paragraph.) Skip the stories that are purely human interest or that are about something that hasn’t happened yet (for example, a jury resuming deliberation on a sensational trial).

When a crisis does occur, tune in to the extra in-depth analyses that you’ll find in accompanying background pieces probably in more than one of the newspapers. Read them as though you’re a “political atheist,” Celente recommends — not for what you want or hope, but for what is really going on, not only in your own profession or industry, but for trends that may directly or indirectly shape the future.

There you have it – and how convenient and simple! All you have to do is read two newspapers everyday, make sure to read between the lines, and then make an objective conclusion about what should happen next, not what you hope to happen. In all seriousness, if there is a such a thing, who would listen to such a dope? One fine example is this painfully long blurb from Alex Jones’ Infowars. Doing a little research shows that, along with Alex Jones, all the Bible-thumping, hell-and-brimstone fanatics hail Celente as their prophet and take his predictions, which have a predilection for gloom and depression, very seriously.

Anyone who listens to a forecaster who is very specific, extremely positive or negative, and has nothing to substantiate his or her claims would do well to be skeptical. Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of companies out there who study trends and make predictions, but it’s what they do for a living. These types of forecasters actually have several working models to come to the conclusions that they do, and even then they openly state the room for error and inaccuracy. Be wary of anyone who is firm and definitive, they’ll end up looking like an ass in the end.


Somewhere out there, I’m sure that a fan of mine dedicates this classic to me… and only me. 🙂

The following is something I wrote for Boy Genius Report:

Big Brother is watching you and every little thing you do under the eye of the British government. In a completely totalitarian move, anyone wanting to purchase a mobile phone will be required to register their identity in a national database. Right, we can totally see everyone being completely cool with this ridiculous maneuver. Anyone who wants to get a celly will have to show a passport or official piece of identification to add to the registry. While the idea is still in its early stages of inception, officials in the U.K. are taking it very seriously as part of an effort to combat terrorism and crime. Apparently, pay as you go phones are very popular with terrorists and criminals (and those who don’t want contracts!) because it keeps their secret activities… secret. A spokeswoman for the information commissioner said, “With regards to the database that would contain details of all mobile users, including pay-as-you-go, we would expect that this information would be included in the database proposed in the draft Communications Data Bill.”

There’s no doubt in any sane person’s mind that legislating this rule would be complete overkill and invasion of privacy. It’s hard to imagine anyone would want to offer details on their identity simply because they want to own a mobile phone. Just imagine if that info was accidentally leaked à la T-Mobile. The consequences could be disastrous! “Remember, remember the 5th of November…”

Via Timesonline

My friend Mikey sent me this video and there are just a few things I’d like to say about it…

The first man who speaks says he is “scared” of an Obama presidency. Oh really? Take a look at the last 8 years and tell me that Barack Obama is just going to make this country worse. Under Bush, our surplus has diminished and the country is now in debt and suffering a tremendous recession. During the last 8 years, we’ve started a “War on Terror” and pushed the Patriot Act. The United States went to war in Iraq against non-existent enemies – the War on Terror is not a war against a nation or a particular individual but a war against acts and ideals that will carry on and never end. America cannot stop it entirely so the war shall never be won. Hundreds of thousands of lives were carelessly lost under the Bush presidency. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were carelessly lost under the same administration. The man in the video says he does not want to raise his children in a country where it is presided by a man who associates himself with domestic terrorists. Does this guy really know who Bill Ayers is? I’ve said before that Ayers has done some very unpleasant things but has also made some good contributions to society – especially to educational reform. Afraid of an Obama presidency? Give me a fucking break.

Finally, there is the ignorant witch of a woman who calls Obama an Arab. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, racism still exists and is very much alive in one of the most diverse countries in the world. This may sound extreme, but given her clear bigotry, ignorance, and lack of an education of any kind, voting rights should be reconsidered. Those 18 or older who have received a formal education or are in the process of doing so should be allowed to vote. Otherwise, a moderate aptitude test should be passed in order to make it into the booths. A stupid idea, you say? Well, if you’ve never taken a math class in your life, there is no goddamn way in hell I would ever make you a NASA engineer. So, if you’re ignorant, a bigot and a racist, why should you be allowed to select the President of the United States of America?

I have to applaud McCain for standing in defense of Obama. It shows a lot of character on his part and it’s easy to see the disappointment in his demeanor when he addresses the two fools featured in the aforementioned video.

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