Wonderful Song From First Aid Kit

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Whitehouse.gov Survey

I just received an email from Whitehouse.gov asking me to complete a short survey. One of the questions was, “What made you share content from Whitehouse.gov?” As background information, the content I shared is links to the petitions on the site.

Here is my answer to the survey questions.

“I like some of the petitions. I feel like it is my only way to get government to focus on the important issues, namely, following the constitution of the United States. Both parties waste time and money trying to solve peoples personal problems. We are adults, protect our rights and let us take care of ourselves.”

It is so frustrating to want something so simple and have our representatives plug their ears and keep meddling.

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Peer-to-peer Lending with Prosper

I have been a lender with Prosper since the fall of 2007 and am glad to say things are finally going well. There were certainly some bumps in the road those early years but the system seems to have steadied considerably. Investing this way is still not a sure fire home run, great care must be exercised when selecting individuals to loan to, but a handsome return can be had with diligent effort.

I have not borrowed on Prosper but would in a heartbeat if the need arose. It sure beats dealing with banks and helps a fellow investor at the same time.

Join me on Prosper and take a small bite out of the banking system while earning safer/better returns than the stock market.

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The Delmonico Cocktail

I made my first Delmonico cocktail last night. I followed Robert Hess’s instructions for the Gin based drink and found it to be quite good. You can watch Robert build one up in the video below.

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Prepping the Garden 2011

Time lapse movie of the whole family out preparing the garden area for this years veggie crop.



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2nd Grade Play



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Fall Ball 2010



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Target Practice with the Kids



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Freakonomics Radio!

I just added the Freakonomics Radio feed to my sidebar (bottom right). This is the best podcast anywhere for people with inquiring minds!

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Rhode Island Governor is an Idiot

The Providence Journal newspaper reports that Rhode Island Governor Chafee will no longer appear on “talk radio” since it is “ratings-driven, for-profit programming.” (Read the article) He even goes so far as to forbid state employees from appearing on talk radio shows while on the job.

This is clearly an idiotic position to take. A governor needs to communicate with his constituents and instead of using a radio program to do this I guess he can spend taxpayer funds to send newsletters or send letters to answer constituent questions that otherwise could have been answered on air. After reading the article, I continued reading the comments and was struck by the following, very astute, response.

News flash Chafee camp: ALL media is “ratings driven, for-profit programming” (unless it’s tax-payer funded NPR), otherwise it would not have the funds to exist, pay salaries, etc. If media doesn’t have any ratings that means no one listens, reads, watches. So I guees we can infer that the Gov will speak to non-ratings driven media which no one cares about. Or is he just not going to talk at all? Oh, one last thing: what’s wrong with making a profit in the media business? This is pretty unbelievable.

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