Not just another Internet pundit


I have been quite busy as of late and as a result have been neglecting my websites.  It has been a hectic and somewhat profitable New Years.  I hope all is well with you, my valued readers.  I have a few posts that I have been working on and will post once I get a moment to finish.

Cheers.

This is sad, sad, and sad. 

I remember the classic Sesame Street.  I never thought it was damaging in any way.  However the classic Sesame street dvds are now deemed to be too dangerous for kids and carry an adults only label.   How pathetic!

I love beaches.  Something about the warmth, sun, and water make me relaxed.  I’ve been to a few of the top beaches of the world already (Hawaii/Cyprus), but I want to visit the following beaches:

Paradise Beach (Mykonos Island)
Red Beach (Santorini)
Phang Nga Bay (Phuket)
Sanur Beach (Seminyak, Bali)
Sanur Beach (Seminyak, Bali)
Saline Beach (Saint-Barthélemy)
Eleuthera (The Bahamas)

The Transportation and Security Administration would like to remind you that the current threat level is ORANGE…

THREAT LEVEL GRAPHIC

I don’t believe the threat level was ever below orange. I know for a fact that the threat level has been continually set at Orange for at least a year, if not more. Now, doesn’t that strike you as odd? If there was such a high risk for an attack, wouldn’t it have happened by now or would Kip Hawley or his comrades have mentioned exactly WHAT risk we are facing by now? We’ve seen the attention go to from the silly items as toenail clippers to perceived threats of Knives, ID checks, to liquid bombs.

Now lets look at the facts: On 9-11, America saw terrorism from an outside source hit home. Four planes were hijacked. Of those, three were crashed into buildings and the last one crashed into a field. The hijackers were armed with pepper spray, box cutters, and an outdated action plan of of dealing with hijackers.

The tools used in the 9-11 attacks were allowed by the airline and authorities to be carried on board. Even if on 9-11, the items were caught by the private security firms, the items were perfectly legal to be brought on board and thus not confiscated. We all know what happened then. Those exact same items were used in 9-11 and and required new thinking in the process of dealing with terrorists.

Previous to the 9-11 attack, the standard operating procedure during a hijacking was to follow the hijackers demands. Why? Well previous to 9-11, with one notable exception, the standard hijacking demand was “bring me to XXXX (insert any city here).” To protect the passenger and a multi-million dollar plane, the demands were met. Most of the time, the planes and passengers remained unscathed. Bring me to Cuba!

Now, lets see what the TSA says is the REAL threats are and preventing another attack on our transportation system. Lets look at this objectively and put some rational thought behind this.

First it was knives.

Sharp pointy objects. Sharp objects (box cutters) were used to hijack the planes on 9-11 and could be used to kill. With enforced steel cockpit doors on all planes, it is sort of difficult to “storm (a.k.a break into)” the cockpit with knives, kill the pilots, take control, and crash planes into buildings. Lets face it, a 9-11 style attack won’t happen again. Fellow passengers now will do exactly what happened on flight 93- fight back. For the past couple of years, there have been documented incidents where airline passengers have fought back at unruly passengers deemed a risk, subdued them, and arrived safely at their destination. They have done this even if it wasn’t a credible threat.

Analysis: Having a knife really doesn’t change the outcome. If terrorist cannot get into airplane cockpit = Airplane doesn’t crash into tall building and kill thousands. It can be a passenger safety issue, but no longer becomes an aviation security issue. The threat is neutralized between passengers willing to help, reinforced cockpit doors, and a new procedural resistance to hijacking.  Risk Level: Same as Michael Jackson getting plastic surgery to look like he did when he was 8.

On to the next threat, the SHOE BOMB.

In 2001, Richard Reid attempted to ignite his shoes lined with plastic explosives to take down a plane. Not exactly so shocking as a 9-11 style attack, but still a threat. The TSA reaction? Everybody take off your shoes! We’ll scan the shoes for explosives. Do you feel safer? You shouldn’t. Four years later, in a 2005 TSA report concluded that the X ray machine cannot detect explosives. Now three years after the report, I haven’t heard them broadcast the fact that they cannot detect explosives. The only accurate ways to detect explosives as A) the explosive swab test B) a special trained explosives scent dog C) the explosives particle test. However, as it stands you STILL need to take off your shoes at the X-ray. I asked a few screeners earlier this week why the shoe carnival removal requirement was in place- the reply was, “To detect explosives.” One more off topic thought- have you thought about how nasty the floors are? Thousands of dirty feet walking over the same area that is cleaned maybe once a day. Bleh.  Threat  level- Same as a black man joining the KKK.

Analysis: You cannot detect explosives via an x-ray, use a method that actually works. Don’t implement foolish bureaucratic procedures that actually waste time for the ILLUSION of security(read: taking off shoes for x-ray), aggravate travelers with procedures that actually detract from security. Either A) swab all shoes B) have a dog sniff everyone’s feet C) run EVERYONE through the particle test. Just feel worse because you probably just picked up a nice foot fungus on your last trip through security.

The LIQUID Bomb! This one really makes me laugh. The threat: British intelligence picked up electronic details of a plot to use liquids to create a liquid bomb to destroy a commercial airliner. Since 2006, we have not been allowed to bring on board more than a 3oz containers placed in a zip lock baggie.

Analysis: As this reporter found out, the liquid bomb threat is based more on Hollywood fiction rather than reality. Even if it a liquid bomb were possible, the terrorists wouldn’t do so on a plane. Why blow one up? Terrorism is government by intimidation.  Blow up a plane, no intimidation there.  Shock and awe!  Remember that?  Threat level – Same as finding a live a Jackolope

Apparently we, the American people are OBVIOUSLY intimidated. However, as the saying goes, “we’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater.” The TSA misses all the actual threats, but does just enough to satisfy Ma and Pa Kettle.   I don’t get the orange level, but will say the terror level should currently be in the blue or green.  I miss the America I grew up in.

OH yes, forgot to say: Happy New Year NSA!

Science, globalization, and economics as of late have been moving faster than our moral fabric and we are forced to play “catch up” both ethically and legally.

Here is a prime example:
In a new twist on outsourcing, some Indian women are beginning to outsource PREGNANCY.

Besides the ethical and usual debate on motherhood, overpopulation, and exploitations, what are your thoughts on outsourcing pregnancy? Personally, my thoughts are that a woman’s body is just that- hers. If she fully understands the risks and is still willing to rent our her womb, she should be free to do so.

Free will, right?

I don’t know what to think anymore.  I’m shocked!  The federal government is considering requiring papers for DOMESTIC travel.  Here is the news link from CNN.

I’m not exactly a complete liberal, but the federal government is getting a bit too “big brother” for my tastes.  We’re on the verge of a steep slippery slope.  I suppose if it does become a reality, I’ll have lived with restrictions like how the Soviets did in the 80’s or in Nazi Germany.  When I get, “Your papers please,” from a government employee for domestic travel is the day I start to find other citizenship.  It’s the first step…and not the direction I want to raise a family in.

What they are doing is NOT American and those who implement it are not patriots, but instead tyrants.   Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves if they even knew we were considering this.

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”- Ben Franklin

Hello Virgin America. Competition is good. As of today, Virgin America has begun ticket sales to NYC and LAX from SFO. The response? A flooded Virgin America website and long delay times over the phone. I’d say they’re looking to be a strong player out of San Francisco.

United responded over the top with a fare sale. $22 each way from SFO-LAX. Total? 65ish RT taxes included! The SFO-JFK flights are even better- $160 RT all in! Does anyone want to go to New York for a weekend?

I wish them the best of luck. I look forward to giving them a chance.

P.S. The fares are valid from Aug 9 to Mid November.

**edit- Apparently United Airlines only meant to MATCH the fare sale, not go over the top. As of this morning, prices have been corrected. According to the San Jose Mercury News, hackers implemented a DOS attack. Apparently those script kiddies have nothing better to do.

Well, I’m looking into changing horses so to speak.  I currently own a fair bit of VICEX, which has been beating the market since it’s inception.  It is a mutual fund of all (legal) vices; gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.  No matter what, these industries have always done great regardless of the current economy.  However, I do need to diversify with other industries and countries.

However, I want to start looking into some additional growth funds.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  I was thinking buying one of the India, China, or South America funds, but am thinking of purchasing a general overseas portfolio fund.  I know the Japanese funds have been taking a beating lately, but I still think they might be overvalued.  I am specifically looking for a medium to low risk fund with a high rate of return (duh), and with managers with a buy and hold mentality rather than a constant churn of stocks in the portfolio.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

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I have to go to the Kwik-E-Mart!  Does anyone want to come?

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I had a great weekend.  Camping, Wakeboarding at 2AM by moonlight,  clubbing, movies on TV, and SLEEP.

How was yours?

I am currently looking for a mid level marketing or sales job.  If you know of any available positions, please let me know.  I prefer small to medium companies (less than 500 employees) and prefer to be located in either San Francisco or an expat package in Taipei, Malaysia, or (Shanghai/Beijing) China paying in USD.

If you find me the job that I can accept, I can award a bounty of one of the following:

Dinner with me or a date at a fine (i.e. expensive) San Francisco establishment
1 Coach airline ticket to either Europe or Asia.
2 domestic coach tickets or 1 FC Domestic ticket.
$200 Cash

Oh yes, my gratitude is free!

Thanks!

I felt completely out of place.  I feel old.  I really can’t relate.  Just in case you haven’t been out in a while, there is a new disturbing trend of hip hop that has come about in the past few years- coined Hyphy. 

What in the hell is up with the “HYPHY” movement?  It really doesn’t sound good, the lyrics simply don’t make ANY sense, and it’s just simply annoying.

According to Wikipedia, “Those who consider themselves part of the Hyphy movement would describe this behavior as acting “stupid” or “going dumb.”  Much to my suprise and dismay there were plenty of kids out this past weekend who WANTED the attention of looking stupid by actually doing so.  I can’t believe that they actually thought they looked cool dancing like a bunch of fucking monkeys in a cage.  Actually, I laughed when I saw one actually jumping back and forth with his arms around his armpits like a gorilla.  At least I know eventually that gene pool will clean up a bit since NONE of them will be getting laid anytime soon.

I don’t understand the current generation of rappers.
 
I don’t care if this makes me feel racist, but man, all the rappers in the “Hyphy” movement are black.  Does the African community in America really need to strengthen the stereotype of them being dumb, obnoxious, and stupid?  What ever happened to the good old stuff rappers used to talk about?  Good stuff like 187, political stuff, smoking weed, having good days, smacking ‘da hoes, fucking the bitches, and MONEY!?!?!!?!?? 

The Hyphy movement is raps about sunglasses, ghost riding, and sideshows.   What is the appeal of that?  The latter two are both examples of darwinism at it’s finest.

Now I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but I’m not that stupid to stand on MY CAR!

Someone please, PLEASE, explain to me what the appeal is to being part of the hyphy movement? 

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