Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hooray for Amazon Cloud Player!

A while back I was a great advocate for Lala, a CD swapping and online music service. Later Apple bought them and killed their business which presumably was threatening their iTunes virtual monopoly.

In the last two weeks I lost a hard drive with ALL my music. Thankfully I had a backup but it made me think of how I liked having the music uploaded to a streaming service like Lala. I assumed Apple would use the technology they purchased to do a similar thing with iTunes.... NOPE!

This morning I got a message from Amazon about their cloud drive and cloud player. It has all the features that Lala had (except the 10 cent per song listen on website feature). It's integrated with iTunes and Media Player which means it will work with players and it's available with iPhones and Android device.

I know that I'm being a little too enthusiastic, but once again Amazon has come up with a solution that solves a problem as move into digital media from physical media. Check it out.

Amazon Cloud Player

Sunday, March 27, 2011

What were they thinking? - Push up bras for little girls?

You gotta hand it the Abercrombie and Fitch, they've done it again. I'm trying to imagine the clothing designers sitting around the table and creating this product line. I guess I should be encouraged that so many others find this inappropriate. The website now refers the these bras  as "lightly lined", instead of push-up which shows that Abercrombie may have a slight clue that maybe just maybe this was a bad idea.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Where is the IMMINENT threat to the United States posed by Libya?

Charlie Savage, Boston Globe Dec 20th 2007:

In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites -- a situation that does not involve stopping an IMMINENT threat?)
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.
As for the specific question about bombing suspected nuclear sites, I recently introduced S.J. Res. 23, which states in part that “any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress.” The recent NIE tells us that Iran in 2003 halted its effort to design a nuclear weapon. While this does not mean that Iran is no longer a threat to the United States or its allies, it does give us time to conduct aggressive and principled personal diplomacy aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

 Our third undeclared war, What's next?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doomsday Watch: Underground bunkers surge in sales

Finally some good economic news! According to an article in CNNMoney sales of luxury doomsday bunkers is up 1000%. This makes me think of my childhood, living in the shadow of the bomb, polio and communism.

If you have the money you can contact a company like NorthWest Shelter System.

Or if you are the do-it-yourself type, I offer plenty of books at my Doomsday store.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Doomsday Watch: Magnetic pole shift may drive humans and animals mad

"Demented armies of zombie-like animals—rats, squirrels, raccoons, even beloved pets—could turn on humans in frenzied, bloody assaults."
writes Terrence Aym in a Salem-News article about the effects of the pole shift upon human and animal life. The recent news of mass animal deaths raises some questions, could this be a contributing factor?

Regarding human life, magnetic fields can influence mental states as research into transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown. One theory is that UFO sightings and abduction experiences are nothing more than the brain's reaction to shifting magnetic fields. There is a lot to ponder on this subject.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Doomsday Watch: Attack Squirrel in Vermont


"The squirrel reportedly stalks its victims, launching itself repeatedly at innocent people going about their normal business" - L. S. Carbonell
Yikes, more proof that doomsday is upon us.

Read about it here  and here and here and here!

Watch the terrifying video!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Doomsday Watch: Shortage of Nuclear survival items

The quadruple disasters in Japan are capturing the attention of the world (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accident and even a volcano). In this country I've noticed that a lot of my nuclear survival items are out of stock. Could these shortages be a harbinger of the future when we really do have a local disaster? I remember the empty store shelves in the ice storm of 2008. Also the shortages of generators.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Balancing the Budget..

I can't quite find the best words to describe how distasteful our current state of affairs is.. I guess it you want a two class citizenry .. this is the way to go..
How to balance the budget.

Doomsday Watch: Earth's axis shifted by 4 inches

The scenes from Japan during the massive quake were horrific. Besides the devastation caused in that country, the entire earth has shifted it's wobble by 10 cm.

Details in this CNN article.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Ironic Life: Paying interest on a $0 loan

Imagine my surprise when I noticed a $1.50 minimum interest charge on my credit card bill. I guess I was being irresponsible by not carrying a balance. What was even more ironic was the customer reps comment that "all the card companies do this".

This is a great business model. I will now be offering loans for $0 to anyone who asks. All I require is a small monthly $1.50 minimum interest payment. A PayPal button is provided on this blogsite.

The card has been canceled.

Did you get one of those K-Cups coffee makers for Christmas?

Did you get one of those K-Cup coffee makers for Christmas? After a while you will be looking for sources for those little expensive plastic cups. Every Friday Amazon has some deals

Friday Deals at Amazon

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thinking about John Prine

I was listening to some tunes today and realize how much I like this guy's song writing. I figured I'd share a bit with you.