SensibleTalk.com Front Page Archive for September 2008
September 30, 2008
I think many journalists and analysts are missing the core story underlying the populist revolt over the Bush administration's proposed Wall Street bailout.
People aren't merely upset with the idea of their tax money going to prop up rich Wall Street businesses and investors. They're disgusted with an American economy that increasingly values gambling over work. Not only that, many of these Americans are perfectly willing, even eager, to watch this gamblers' economy fail.
In many neighborhoods across the country, families can no longer afford to buy a home and anticipate a comfortable retirement on the money that they make working. Salaries and wages just don't provide enough cash.
September 16, 2008
Laurie and I have put our home and cell phone numbers on the U.S. federal Do-Not-Call list, but that hasn't stopped solicitors from calling. Curiously, though, the sales calls we've been getting tend to come in clumps (more pronounced that your typical Poisson distribution) and often ask for the same wrong name.
Clearly, our numbers have gotten on some list, associated with a variety of wrong names. Given that we tend to get a new string of calls every month, we figured this isn't random chance resulting from someone writing down a wrong number on an application someplace. Furthermore, the folks who call us rarely have any idea what the do-not-call list is (tipping us that they don't work for large, established call center firms), and often will keep going with their pitch even after we tell them that there's no one by that name here.
What's up? By talking with some of these callers, combined with some online sleuthing and a little deduction, here's what we've figured out.
September 4, 2008
I've been a bit quiet on the blog in recent weeks, as I have been working on launching several new projects.
I will announce each one here, as it launches. After that flurry, though, I will continue to blog here, from time on time, on topics that do not fit well into any of these other projects. So sub the RSS feed to keep up with the new posts, when they happen.
September 1, 2008
So, let's sum it up....
John McCain's pick for Vice President is someone who:
Hey, Republicans, don't forget that, technically, she isn't the VP nominee yet. It's not too late to give Mitt a call.
On the subject of the GOP convention, let's not let this fall down the memory hole:
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