March 2, 2009
February 22, 2009
My wife finally broke me down and convinced me to get a helmet. She's right. Plus I look at it from a frugal, economic standpoint. I'm investing a good amount of money by going to school, I should keep that brain of mine intact.
My problem with helmets (besides the obvious looking-like-a-dork thing) is that they're made out of harmful poly-plastics and Styrofoam. I'm on a crusade against plastic, but I just don't have a choice in this one. I briefly considered making my own helmet out of a watermelon, but that's even dorkier than the store-bought option.
Speaking maintenance, when oiling up your chain avoid using your household 3-in-1 oil. That attracts dirt and will just make things harder on you. For nearly the same price, find some Rock'N'Roll lube at your bike shop. It's made with a Teflon type lubricant and one 5oz. bottle should get you through at least 2000 miles.
They should probably pay me for that.
February 20, 2009
Until 1934, the bearer of a Gold Certificate One-Dollar bill could bring it to the Treasury and trade it for one dollar's worth of gold, typically as a gold bullion. But then there wasn't enough gold in the treasury to back up all the paper currency that was printed, so the Treasury switched to a Silver Certificate.
Then until 1968 the bearer of a Silver Certificate One-Dollar bill could bring it to the Treasury and trade it for one dollar's worth of silver, typically as a silver liberty dollar. But then there wasn't enough silver in the treasury to back up all the paper currency that was printed, so the Treasury switched to a Federal Reserve Note.
The only thing that backs up today's Federal Reserve Note is the bearer's faith in the U.S. Treasury Department. Scary.
Maybe Ron Paul wasn't such a nutjob after all.
February 19, 2009
Gone are the days of the secret Swiss bank account. It's back to burying cash in the backyard.
The IRS will need to make the list public, so as to make an example of the tax-evaders. I wonder which politicians are gonna be on the list? This should be more exciting than the baseball steroid list.
February 18, 2009
First, some U.S. census data. In 2001 there were 107 million households in the U.S. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/recs/recs97_hc/t1_4a.html
In the winter, cold water is heated by the earth's 55F soil and is used to help heat the home.
The expected energy savings are 70% for heating and 50% for cooling. This proposal combats at least four major issues facing us today:
February 12, 2009
This is a case of Government (of and for the People) versus Politics (of and for Politicians). This nation's crumbling infrastructure is in need of drastic repair regardless of the current economic situation. Just so happens that major infrastructure work gives taxpayers the greatest bang for the buck, in terms of jobs created and long term improvements in our everyday lives, which in turn, helps create a large tax revenue stream in the future.
Remember, our elected officials allotted $2.5 TRILLION to the crooked Wall Street bankers who got us into the mess to begin with.
$150 Billion will barely pay for the MTA's 2nd Avenue Subway when all is said and done. We needed our elected officials to think big. We needed a New Deal for the 21st Century. What we got were small tax cuts, so that consumers could fill our landfills with more useless garbage.
February 10, 2009
1. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred.
(This is just physics 101 here, the principle of the Conservation of Energy)
2. Wealth can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred.
(The roots of Ecology & Economics are interwoven, this will be a constant theme)
Be skeptical of anyone who tells you that they're going to created new Energy or new Wealth. It can't be created, only transferred.