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to sleep, perchance to dream

Quite the adventurous saga met me in a dream state a few nights ago. It’s a good thing that I don’t really believe in dream interpretation, or I might have to face that I’m crazy. Many dream facts didn’t correlate directly to real facts as dream facts are wont to do.

My parents and I were visiting Montana. While we were there, rebel forces staged a coup and took over the entire state of Montana. Everyone was forced to leave their homes and live in the shelters created for us. The shelters were little more than canvas thrown on top of poles sticking out the ground. All the buildings of Helena (MT, USA) were piles of stones. It looked like a German city after WWII. The kicker is that no other state or the federal government would send help. No troops, no support, no nothing. I’m not sure what that says about Montana. After thirty-nine years, the former leader managed to take back the state and force out the rebels. And the people rejoiced.

My parents and I took the first flight back to South Dakota.

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Movies

Reason #471 to love James Spader

I am about 27 years late on this discovery, but I totally just realized that James Spader is Steff the jerk in Pretty in Pink.

God bless you, Mr. Spader.

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Television

Thought #1 for the night

Dear Alias Producers and Casting Directors,

As my sister was not able to answer this question, I must now bring it before you. I am an avid Alias watcher and must say that during the last episode something struck me as odd. Why is it that the character of Lauren Reed (played by Melissa George) has an Australian accent, but both of her parents are American? Her parents on the show have no accent whatsoever, yet Lauren has an Australian accent? This seems at odds, don’t you think? I’m not against someone with an Australian accent having a high level position at the National Security Agency, it just doesn’t seem logistically accurate.

Other than that, I love the show. I look forward to your response.

Regards,

Nicole

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Geek

daily dose of sarcasm

This site just makes me want to rush out and sign up for all their services. I would definitely hire a web design firm that doesn’t even have its own domain name.

I am so going to get in trouble for this. This is not nice.

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Note to self

When they say not to stack electronic equipment, they totally aren’t pulling your leg.

R.I.P. DVD player

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Bill Stone series

Bill Stone on Social Security

As always, this was a letter to the editor of the Rapid City Journal. This letter appeared in the Feb. 11, 2004 edition.

Social Insecurity

Diverting Social Security taxes into Wall Street is the goal of many politicians. This is a political approach to a serious problem.

Individuals should carefully consider the risks of transferring Social Security support from our entire economy to individual stock picking. It should be understood that owning a few shares of the l7,000 publicly traded corporations is much more risky than dependence on the 6 million private and public companies now supporting Social Security.

Whether government or individuals assume the risk of providing minimum support for old age, funding retirement must come from American productivity, not gambling. Workers encouraged by government to contribute capital to corporate America will be gambling that a few publicly traded companies are more secure than the entire wealth of America.

Diverting payroll taxes into Wall Street will strengthen the bond of multi-national corporations on American government. Financing elections already provides multi-nationals disproportionate government influence.

Some politicians believe increasing the “investor class” through Social Security tax investing will guarantee a more conservative electorate. Social Security is too important to politicize.

Marrying Wall Street and Social Security with the wedding ring of Social Security taxes is the antithesis of security.

BILL STONE

Rapid City

I will begin by admitting that my disagreement with Mr. Stone’s letter originates from my belief that Social Security should be privatized. I, personally, would love to quit paying into something from which I will never receive benefits. As happy as I am to support the elderly of America, I am too darn selfish to pay into something that will never pay back to me.

“It should be understood that owning a few shares of the l7,000 publicly traded corporations is much more risky than dependence on the 6 million private and public companies now supporting Social Security.”

The problem is that it isn’t just “6 million private and public companies” supporting Social Security. It’s you and I and Joe Bloe down the street taking a cut from our paycheck to pay into something that will not be able to sustain itself until our retirement. So what do I do? I depend on my own retirement savings and essentially end up paying double (so to speak) for my retirement.

Additionally, a diverse portfolio is the first rule of investing. Or, put another way, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” (On a side note, Mr. Stone seems to think one can only invest in private corporations. Untrue. There is a government bond market.) Of course, investors will individually have to decide the level of risk they are willing to bear for a certain return.

Also, it is not as though privatizing social security would be a leap into untested waters. Chile has had such a system for quite some time with amazing results for its workers/empowered investors.

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Because I refuse to post real content

The funniest thing I read today:

On a non ass kicking note the light in my bedroom has burned out again and I can’t reach the light fixture. Since none of my chairs give me enough reach I’ll have to sit in the dark until I can make taller friends.

Thanks, will.

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Sports

The Round of 32 hates me

this is how ESPN let me know I suckAnd I’m pretty sure Wisconsin, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Stanford, and Mississippi State feel the same way. I watched in shock as my bracket fell apart. My bracket is a heap of grayed out wrong picks. In the sweet sixteen round, I have exactly three match ups left from which to collect points. Three.

However, as I watched my bracket pick (for the game), Kentucky, fall to UAB, I found myself cheering for UAB. As I started to check myself, I realized, screw the bracket. This is why I love March Madness. Even the experts can’t predict who will ultimately win. UAB, Nevada, Alabama and Xavier know this– and are banking on it.

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Sports

March Madness: Day 4 — After the Fallout

I give up.

Addendum 9:54 pm: Today I saw Kansas play one of the best games I’ve seen them play in recent years. Seriously. It’s not that the players this year are better than those in the past, but I saw (watchout for the appropriate cliche) a spark. A spark of energy, fire, passion. I honestly believe that if they keep playing like this, this team could be the one that breaks the curse. Even without Kirk Hinrich or Nick Collison.

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Sports

March Madness: Day 1

1:38 pm: After starting the day with a lovely 0-2 record, I am now 1-2. The bracket is still somewhat in place since I did not have the teams that lost this morning winning in the next round.

1:40 pm: Southern Illinois, please get yourself together.

4:59 pm: Darn you Salukis. Um, Wake Forest could be just a little kinder to my blood pressure? This morning my blood pressure was officially okay, but you darn near ruined that. Also, the whole “work” thing is really making it hard to follow games. However, now I am off to the grocery store, then home to plop myself directly in front of CBS broadcasting.

11:35 pm: At some point when filling out my bracket, I apparently lost all ability to reason. Today was not good to me. Let’s hope tomorrow is kinder. I’m going to bed.

Final record for the day: 10-6 (possibly the worst I’ve ever done)