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This is mount Timpanogas. It is located directly North of where I live and it towers over the valley, an ageless compass point.
If I belaboured you with the details of this day, you would slip into a catatonic state most likely. I really don't think you'll be interested.
But that never stopped me before!
Yesterday, I got home early, packed up all three kids in the car and headed out to Macey's. They're closed on Sundays, so it's always really busy on Saturday night. It's really magical, almost like the whole city is down there. Like a town market where I can brush elbows with the locals.
I couldn't find the kids shoes, so they just went barefoot. I remember being young-- I don't think I even wore shoes all summer long. There was a dirt road in front of our house, and I would walk up and down it at the beginning of summer to toughen up my feet.
Anyway, we got groceries and some soft serve ice cream and headed back home.
Today was even less eventful. I went for a walk around the block by myself this morning, but no breakthroughs, no insights, just the normal chatter of chaos that goes on in my mind; a stew of worry and fantasy.
Then off to church, which started well, but ended of course with Griffin wailing and squirming. My wife took off after sacrament meeting to go visit her sister in Salt Lake (her nephew had appendicitis so she's going up to help). Griffin was in an odd temper and wouldn't go to his class. I think I got him worked up in the foyer keeping him sitting next to me. I can't help but wonder if maybe I should just let him run around like a madman outside half the time.
This left me with the kids for this entire afternoon, a delight, to say the least. We made chicken dinosaurs in the microwave for lunch and mashed potatoes and vegetables for dinner. I absolutely love to spend time with the kids. Their clear eyes and enthusiasm make life 50% happier.
I also got to spend part of the day preparing for the upcoming D&D adventure. It's going to be a blast. I got the new Adventurer's gear book, which is an invaluable resource, chock full of magic items. A lot of them are quite ingenious.
When I had my braces on, I asked the orthodontist if he could just tighten the braces up to the maximum level straitaway and get it all over with. He said that would do irreparable damage to my teeth, that the adjustment had to be gradual so the teeth could adjust.
The adjustments are painful, but after a few days the discomfort goes away and I'm one step closer to beautiful, white, straight teeth. It's just a matter of patience through the years.
This is how it has been with my soul. I am impatient. I thought that coming up on 40 years old I would be more "finished" but not so much. I am excited for this coming week, to continue on my spiritual quest; to be more faithful in the simple things.
Media is a big part of it. I need to get a better diet going. Like a missionary has-- uplifting music, audio books, conference, scriptures and so forth. I am very optimistic, though I am in a slight dip right now, it is still higher than the previous dip. Like a wavy line slowly going upwards.
Onward and upwards!
This little jewel blew my mind, too.
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We are in this crisis because of an excess of artificially created credit at the hands of the Federal Reserve System. The solution being proposed? More artificial credit by the Federal Reserve. No liquidation of bad debt and malinvestment is to be allowed. By doing more of the same, we will only continue and intensify the distortions in our economy - all the capital misallocation, all the malinvestment - and prevent the market's attempt to re-establish rational pricing of houses and other assets.
Last night the president addressed the nation about the financial crisis. There is no point in going through his remarks line by line, since I'd only be repeating what I've been saying over and over - not just for the past several days, but for years and even decades.
Still, at least a few observations are necessary.The president assures us that his administration "is working with Congress to address the root cause behind much of the instability in our markets." Care to take a guess at whether the Federal Reserve and its money creation spree were even mentioned?
We are told that "low interest rates" led to excessive borrowing, but we are not told how these low interest rates came about. They were a deliberate policy of the Federal Reserve. As always, artificially low interest rates distort the market. Entrepreneurs engage in malinvestments - investments that do not make sense in light of current resource availability, that occur in more temporally remote stages of the capital structure than the pattern of consumer demand can support, and that would not have been made at all if the interest rate had been permitted to tell the truth instead of being toyed with by the Fed.
Not a word about any of that, of course, because Americans might then discover how the great wise men in Washington caused this great debacle. Better to keep scapegoating the mortgage industry or "wildcat capitalism" (as if we actually have a pure free market!).
Speaking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the president said: "Because these companies were chartered by Congress, many believed they were guaranteed by the federal government. This allowed them to borrow enormous sums of money, fuel the market for questionable investments, and put our financial system at risk."
Doesn't that prove the foolishness of chartering Fannie and Freddie in the first place? Doesn't that suggest that maybe, just maybe, government may have contributed to this mess? And of course, by bailing out Fannie and Freddie, hasn't the federal government shown that the "many" who "believed they were guaranteed by the federal government" were in fact correct?
Then come the scare tactics. If we don't give dictatorial powers to the Treasury Secretary "the stock market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet." Left unsaid, naturally, is that with the bailout and all the money and credit that must be produced out of thin air to fund it, the value of your retirement account will drop anyway, because the value of the dollar will suffer a precipitous decline. As for home prices, they are obviously much too high, and supply and demand cannot equilibrate if government insists on propping them up.
It's the same destructive strategy that government tried during the Great Depression: prop up prices at all costs. The Depression went on for over a decade. On the other hand, when liquidation was allowed to occur in the equally devastating downturn of 1921, the economy recovered within less than a year.
The president also tells us that Senators McCain and Obama will join him at the White House today in order to figure out how to get the bipartisan bailout passed. The two senators would do their country much more good if they stayed on the campaign trail debating who the bigger celebrity is, or whatever it is that occupies their attention these days.
F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing how central banks' manipulation of interest rates creates the boom-bust cycle with which we are sadly familiar. In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, he described the foolish policies being pursued in his day - and which are being proposed, just as destructively, in our own:
Instead of furthering the inevitable liquidation of the maladjustments brought about by the boom during the last three years, all conceivable means have been used to prevent that readjustment from taking place; and one of these means, which has been repeatedly tried though without success, from the earliest to the most recent stages of depression, has been this deliberate policy of credit expansion.
To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about; because we are suffering from a misdirection of production, we want to create further misdirection - a procedure that can only lead to a much more severe crisis as soon as the credit expansion comes to an end... It is probably to this experiment, together with the attempts to prevent liquidation once the crisis had come, that we owe the exceptional severity and duration of the depression.
The only thing we learn from history, I am afraid, is that we do not learn from history.The very people who have spent the past several years assuring us that the economy is fundamentally sound, and who themselves foolishly cheered the extension of all these novel kinds of mortgages, are the ones who now claim to be the experts who will restore prosperity! Just how spectacularly wrong, how utterly without a clue, does someone have to be before his expert status is called into question?Oh, and did you notice that the bailout is now being called a "rescue plan"? I guess "bailout" wasn't sitting too well with the American people.
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The Austrian School asserts that inflation is an increase in the money supply, rising prices are merely consequences and this semantic difference is important in defining inflation. Ludwig von Mises, the seminal scholar of the Austrian School, asserts that:
Inflation, as this term was always used everywhere and especially in this country, means increasing the quantity of money and bank notes in circulation and the quantity of bank deposits subject to check. But people today use the term `inflation' to refer to the phenomenon that is an inevitable consequence of inflation, that is the tendency of all prices and wage rates to rise. The result of this deplorable confusion is that there is no term left to signify the cause of this rise in prices and wages. There is no longer any word available to signify the phenomenon that has been, up to now, called inflation. . . . As you cannot talk about something that has no name, you cannot fight it. Those who pretend to fight inflation are in fact only fighting what is the inevitable consequence of inflation, rising prices. Their ventures are doomed to failure because they do not attack the root of the evil. They try to keep prices low while firmly committed to a policy of increasing the quantity of money that must necessarily make them soar. As long as this terminological confusion is not entirely wiped out, there cannot be any question of stopping inflation (Emphasis added).
Following their definition, Austrian economists measure the inflation by calculating the growth of what they call 'the true money supply', i.e. how many new units of money that are available for immediate use in exchange, that have been created over time.
This interpretation of inflation implies that inflation is always a distinct action taken by the central government or its central bank, which permits or allows an increase in the money supply. In addition to state-induced monetary expansion, the Austrian School also maintains that the effects of increasing the money supply are magnified by credit expansion, as a result of the fractional-reserve banking system employed in most economic and financial systems in the world.
Austrians claim that the state uses inflation as one of the three means by which it can fund its activities, the other two being taxing and borrowing. Therefore, they often seek to identify the reasons for why the state needs to create new money and what the new money is used for.
Various forms of military spending is often cited as a reason for resorting to inflation and borrowing, as this can be a short term way of acquiring marketable resources and is often favored by desperate, indebted governments. In other cases, the central bank may try avoid or defer the widespread bankruptcies and insolvencies which cause economic recessions or depressions by artificially trying to "stimulate" the economy through "encouraging" money supply growth and further borrowing via artificially low interest rates.
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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
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Holy crap! I'm a serf!
For example: I got sold to another "lord of the manor", ie I got a notice that my mortgage was bought by another company (the interest of which eats up a THIRD of my labor).
If you add up taxes and interest, I live on less than 25% of my income. How is that not serfdom? I just live on an extremely large plantation (aka the USA).
Well, it's food for thought. I am still working my way through all of this.
But homeowners are not the only ones who will pay. The overall economy likely will shrink as well. That $200 billion that flowed into the "real" economy in 2004 is already spent, with no future capital gains in the works to fuel more such easy money. Rising debt-service payments will further divert income from new consumer spending. Taken together, these factors will further shrink the "real"economy, drive down those already declining real wages, and push our debt-ridden economy into Japan-style stagnation or worse. Then only the debt itself will remain, a bitter monument to our love of easy freedom.
- Dr. Michael Hudson
In reality, alas, we can't all be rentiers. Just as, in Voltaire's phrase, the rich require an abundant supply of the poor, so too does the rentier class require an abundant supply of debtors. There is no other way. In fact, the vast majority of Americans have seen their share of the rental pie decrease over the last two decades, even as the real estate pie as a whole has expanded. Everyone got a little richer, but rich people got much, much richer.
We will be hard-pressed to maintain even this semi-blissful state. Like any living organism, real economies don't grow exponentially, or even in a straight line. They taper off into an S-curve, the victim of their own successes. When business is good, the demand for labor, raw materials, and credit increases, which leads to large jumps in wages, prices, and interest rates, which in turn act to depress the economy. That is where the miracle of compound interest founders. Although many people did save money at interest two thousand years ago, nobody has yet obtained even a single Earth-volume of gold. The reason is that when a business cycle turns down, debtors cannot pay, and so their debts are wiped out in a wave of bankruptcy along with all the savings invested in these bad loans.
Japan learned this lesson in the Nineties. As the price of land went up, banks lent more money than people could afford to pay interest on. Eventually, no one could afford to buy any more land, demand fell off, and prices dropped accordingly. But the debt remained in place. People owed billions of yen on homes worth half that—homes they could not sell.
Read the rest here.
As usual, this is just food for thought. I'm not promoting anything.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 8:55 AM
My only concern right now is getting projects set up for October.
I am ready to help you in any matter. If you tell me what you're after and a rough budget, I can help get the cost down. I have a lot of good ideas for themed armies that are often very inexpensive. I have a lot of knowledge and resources.
I am also resurrecting an old special for the month of October: Hungry, Evil, or Dead
Give us Artistic License for a Tyranids, Necrons, Chaos Daemons or Vampire Counts and get 25% off on Painting and cost of Materials. In the case of Chaos Daemons it needs to be a themed army of mostly one chaos god.
You can find a la carte pricing guides here:http://www.bluetablepainting.com/downloads.php OR you can just email or call me with your list. I can completely help you with any matter.
As it stands now, I will have to idle a few painters soon. This is not good. It will be very sad for them. These are really good and dedicated artists.
See how your congressman is voting AND what all the votes are about. This is every citizen's duty, I opine.
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Now booking projects for October. Best to get started now.
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With the advent of Chaos Mortals for warhammer fantasy, I am of course thinking of how they could be integrated into 40K. here's an example from the studio Dragons of Moloch army:
Here a simple head and weapon swap gives the model a totally different feel.
I am eager to see how the new chaos fantasy model could be integrated into a 40K army. In fact, an army of old-style baroque army, but just replacing their weapons with chaos bolters would look absolutely amazing. Add to this the really cool options for Troops in the CSM codex (eg Plague Marines or Thousand Sons) AND that the 5th edition rulebook stresses the use of Troops choices and you've got a very playable army.
Army Concept: Judges of Wrath
Use the new Chaos Warrior plastics and arm then with chaos bolters. Paint in dark metallics with colored tinting like this guy's Eldar stuff. And count them as Thousand Sons. I think they are one of the most versatile and potent army units out there. With a mobile heavy weapon they can take on virtually any foe and power armored armies better shake in their ceramite boots (on account of the AP3 weapons).
Some parts from the Empire Flagellant plastics (which we have on hand) would complete the army feel. Other bitz from daemon and dark elf plastics would mark some of the models as Sorcerors. We could make some really cool staves.
What about other unit types? No reason those Chaos Knights couldn't be "count as" bikers. Or a few dreadnoughts tricked out with reliquaries and trophy racks and really medieval looking weapons. It's sort of like Chaos Mortals fantasy meets the 40th millenium, with thundering hooves they roar forth from the Warp!
And a McFarlane dragon with a rider as a Hell Blade. Whuf.
The trick to a good army is to have versatility and be able to meet a lot of different battlefield challenges. You don't want to have a one-trick pony. The problem is that the rules now call for a lot of Troops choices to take objectives. Therefore, it's of supreme importance to look closely at the codex's Troops section.
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Bell of Lost Souls is at it again. Get the home-brew datafaxes for apocalyptic war machines here:
And be sure to visit Bell of Lost Souls www.belloflostsouls.blogspot.com
I have ideas for almost all of these if you would like Blue Table to make any of them for you. It should be said, though, that it's not cheap to scratch-build enormous models.
This Apocalypse datasheet supplement includes a host of the most cherished "big guys" from back in the days of yore. Many of these have old resin models available, and many will require scratch-building from crazed modelers like you. We have managed to track down great pics of all of these from the BoLS readerbase ~THANK YOU ALL! We have also put in a set of sample Apocalypse Independant Characters and some suggested Apocalypse battles to use your cool toys with. Enjoy!
The Table of Contents is:
Reaver Titan (Hun Class)
Reaver Titan (Goth Class)
Imperial Guard Leviathan
Imperial Guard Capitol Imperialis
Imperial Guard Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Mechanicus Ordinatus Mars
Mechanicus Ordinatus Golgotha
Mechanicus Ordinatus ArmageddonEldar
Towering Destroyer Knight
Bright Stallion Knight
Exodite Knight Host
Wierdboy Battle TowerTyranids
Cannon of Khorne
Cauldron of Blood
Contagion Plague Engine
Hell Knight of Slaanesh
Harbinger Heavy BomberNecrons
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The new Chaos Mortals army is coming out soon. I am surprised at how many new kits are in there. GW usually keeps the basic infantry plastics (like with Dark Elves), but in this case it looks like at least three new core units will get plastic kits; Marauder horsemen, Chaos Knights and Chaos Warriors. Amazing.
Unless I'm wrong. Now that I think about it, the cavalry will probably be metal. In any case they look really cool.
A while back I made a chaos mortals army with a ton of conversion work:
Chaos Mortals of Tchar
The army is now in California, but I'd like to re-do it for sure. I'm a huge fan of integrating other model ranges (eg the plastic Reek Beasts for the chariots).
One improvement GW has made to the cavalry in the last year is integrating the tails into the model. Another one is to hide the lines from putting the two horse halves together.
Now was this really necessary? The juggernaut from the Chaos Daemons release was just fine. Oh, but no, they had to go and do something even more kickass. Notice how this one has more natural animal-like features and posture.
I think that the previous Chaos Warrior Plastics were just fine. But I have to say that these new onese are much more evocative. They are also more creased in their definition. Designs of new models are also better about ranking up. Some older models are not very friendly (eg the high elf phoenix guard).
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I think I am with you on this one. It's a sad, sad day when the democrats are starting to look like the fiscally conservative ones.
If McCain gets into office who knows what countries we'll be invading and fighting. An endless round of fighting. After reading his book Faith of my Fathers it's clear he just does whatever the hell he wants. But he's going to cut pork barrel spending! Really? Then what about the other 99% of waste and wanton printing of money?
I'm still doing a lot of reading and studying. It may not seem like it, but I may still come around to Eric's point of view. I admit that other theories might turn out to be right.
Of course, it hardly matters what the candidates are saying now. It's all a farce. The real objective is to part the commoners from their labor (through inflation/printing of money, income tax, and lawsuits). There is a class of people who are not producing anything of value. The system is designed to protect that group and assure their lifestyle.
Imagine a settlement where only barter is allowed. Let's say a complex community of 10,000 people. A man walks into the pie shop. Give me two cream pies, please, he says. The pie shop owner asks what he has in value to give in exchange. Oh, nothing, he says, I'm on my way down to the lake to relax for the day, I don't really have anything to trade.
I don't think a reasonable person would give him the pies. In fact, I think this individual would be driven out of town on a rail in short order because the deception would be readily apparent. His sloth would be on display for all to see.
The system of paper money we have currently is extremely adept at hiding this man behind layers upon layers of exchanges that we accept as fair. In fact, the entire banking system is a farce designed to make a switcheroo of valuable and tangible goods for paper. But it's paper that can be in turn switched out for other goods. It's like a game of musical chairs, but every round a commoner is dropped off into poverty. Four lawyers retire to Villas in Italy while four hundred workers are ruined.
I'm not talking about welfare moms here, or food stamps. While I believe those programs would be better administrated by private charities run on donations, I am talking about the bailouts. Those are one thousand times worse.
I was reading yesterday about the Fed "pumping 70 billion into the economy". Really? That's amazing! They left their offices for the day, rolled up their sleeves and created 70 billion worth of goods that could be used to tangibly improve the lives of their fellowmen?! Why these must be gods on earth! That's a real fish and loaves miracle.
- running water
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Because it's the election season, let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.The fifth would pay $1.The sixth would pay $3.The seventh would pay $7.The eighth would pay $12.The ninth would pay $18.The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement until one day the owner threw them a curved ball (or is that a curved beer!). "Because you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."
Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ...... the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth man and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our Tax System works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
It is one of the few sites I have been able to find that seems truly interested in facts rather than political party line.
I thought your example of taxes was very interesting. Let me ask you a question.In your example, men 1-4 drink for free.The tenth man, the wealthiest, leaves because everyone beets him up.It's been my experience that the tenth man doesn't walk away and drink somewhere else. He buys the bar and takes his friends' money.I think currently that too much of our income goes toward useless taxes, by us I mean those of us in the ubiquitus middle classSo I can appreciate the spirit of your example.However, the moral of your story seems to be that if we don't play nice with the wealthy, they may find greener pastures to distribute their bounty.
I usually relate things to my own business. Quite simply, I think that those with means and ability will avoid paying their taxes after a certain point. As far as I can tell, our forefathers were throwing tea in the harbor over 1% taxation. I've found a few instances where the rebellion against paying taxes was over paying ANY at all.
Back to my business. My business has grown tighter. Because of the huge amount of taxes I both collect and pay to the multitude of government agencies I had to shrink the size of the studio. Ironically, a group of tax accountants took over the vacated portion. They're a great bunch of professionals, but it's a bit ironic that they grew while I shrunk. The fact is, that they don't produce anything, except fill out papers to be sure that the money from individuals and businesses flows smoothly into State coffers.
If these burdens were lifted, the money would not disappear. I could afford a better space, give my workers a raise, hire new workers and/or generally improve and expand my business.
My basic problem with "liberal" philosophy is that they seem to think that you can get something for nothing. I always snort in derision when I hear "these tax cuts are going to cost the government X dollars". That's like saying running from a mugger is going to cost him the $20 in your wallet. If I protest having my crops hauled off by force and threat, their lower lip starts to quiver, "but think about the poor." Dammit, I do think about the poor. I pay more to charity than to taxes. What I'd really like is to decide how to use my own money; how to best administrate it.
The supposition is that a distant politician is going to be a better, more just, more moral administrator of the crops than the person who actually planted them, harvested them, sacrificed for them. That if the government doesn't do it by force, common citizens won't do it.
I heard a clip from Hillary Clinton lamenting a single mother who just had her hours cut. I think that's funny because if there is an increase in the Payroll Tax, the absolute first thing I'm going to do is cut Sarah's hours. Fact: right now I can't afford to give my workers a raise because of the tax burden.
The other supposition of the philosophy of the left is that businesses don't like profits. If we tax the hell out of corporations they will just take it out of the profits. That's just plain silly. Every time you buy a product, like say a light bulb, part of the cost you pay is for the various taxes on the business that makes them (not to mention the lawyers and liability insurance).
In short, you can't get something for nothing. There's no such thing. The government can't spend a single dollar without first taking it from someone else. This whole business of redistribution or the printing of money creates only an illusion. The only way to create real wealth is to actually roll up your sleeves and create something.
An entrepreneur actually creates something that wasn't there before. I am a toymaker. Models arrive in pieces and leave as an improved product. I create something.
More to come.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 6:21 PM
[Here's a kind note from a client that brightened my day]
Ok I'll have them sent out asap.
Thank you very much for Hard work and trying to make these project run as smoothly as possible, I think you and your team a BTP are a really wonderful set of folks and you have an awesome product. It's really a good feeling from a client point of view to know that even if there are problems with a project your willing to go the extra mile to make me feel satisfied.
Being a cable guy myself, and coming from an environment that is usually thankless no matter how much work I put in. Its extremely gratifying to see someone work as hard as you do. I just wanted to thank you in my own way. I hope the email helps for when your in those crappy spots and everything in you yells "ARGH"!
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 6:16 PM
Hey, here's my new favorite song for the week:
Here are the lyrics:
vigor vim vitality and punch
the ability to act on a sudden hunch
nerve to tackle the hardest thing
feet that climb and hands that cling
a heart that never forgets to sing
that's pep (3 times)
sand and grit in a concrete base
a friendly smile on an honest face
a spirit that helps when another's down
knows how to scatter the blackest frown
love's it's neighbor love's it's town
that's pep (4 times)
say "i will" for you know you can
look for the best in every man
meet each thundering knockout blow
come back with a smile 'cause you know
you got the best of the whole damn show
that's pep (6 times)
you know thats pep
I used to listen to Devo a lot as a young man of about thirteen. Good memories.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 4:16 AM
A friend of mine sent me this link. It was quite educational.
And then I found this one:
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 6:45 PM
If you would like to commission something, please contact me for a quote. Advantage to you: you get free Express shipping. FW is good about getting Express orders out right away.
I should note that this is ONLY for if you want to have us assemble and paint the model, too.
When giving a quote I will usually give two levels at least: Wargamer Standard or Extra Love (this latter is what Forge World models deserve).
If you want to get the price in USD, the exchange rate is $1.79 per British Lb. So, multiply by 1.79. Here's a converter:
Note: the pic above is from the Forge World site. We didn't paint that.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 7:49 AM
No sermon, no politics today.
At this moment I am drinking Ovaltine and watching Return of the Jedi with my daughter. She should be in bed, but Mommie is asleep and I think Kenna's "nerd education" is very important.
I am very sad because I had a few projects rejected and I will be sorting that out on Monday. I am constantly worried about customer satisfaction. It's not as easy as it looks to run a company like this.
Anyway, I've started brewing up a crazy scheme to go live in a yurt. I would just love to own my own life instead of spending half my time paying interest to the bank. Like an indentured servant. So, I call the yurt idea "Plan Y". This morning I was joking with my wife that she'd be in the yurt, no running water or electricity, baby in one arm, cooking a can of beans on a little camper stove (still actually in the can, with the lid peeled partway off), pregnant and muttering "I can't believe he knocked me up again", and at that moment a giant gust of wind tears the yurt off the foundation and it rolls away across the desert.
No, Tamie doesn't like Play Y at all.
In yurt-related update, I met up with old pal Greg M. at church today and picked his brain a little bit about that. He works at an architect-type firm and he told me about all the insane zoning laws and permits that make it so the beauracrats can control every single aspect of your life and bleed you dry while doing it.
Yeah, but I won't get started on that.
The yurt would be solar and eco-friendly. Pretty sweet. Something is clicking inside my head.
My lovely wife fried up some chicken tonight, along with some mashed potatoes and corn. That's the good life.Tamie and I took a walk around the neighborhood long about twilight tonight. Griffin came along, pedaling furiously on his little trike. He is ever so cute. He's a delight to have around. I think it was like 71 degrees, with an ever so slight breeze, and the smell of flowers and fresh-cut grass in the air.
I am extremely optimistic about the future. Not just me and my family, but the country and the world. The light is growing stronger.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 8:49 PM
Picture: a converted Daemon Prince. See vid and stills.
At this moment it is 10pm. I am listening to Devo and acting as guard for the nocturnal shenanigans of my beautiful children.
First off, I am booking projects for October currently. If you want something done, it's best to get started now.
I still have that biker army and only a few bites so far.
My day began at 6:50am, typing away in the pre-dawn hours. After seeing the kids off to school I headed up to the MTC where I translate Spanish. I was actually on time for a change. My translation is slow, ponderous and with limited vocabulary. After chatting up the elderly Sisters in the international office I headed back to the studio where I changed into my casual duds.
I found Sarah diligently working away in the packing room. We cleared digital photography, unpacked the packages, got the work orders ready for painters and so forth. Really just another day of joking around and solving problems and working with great miniatures.
Anyone want to know what's on my mind? Taxes, politics, faith, and miniatures battles. The usual. My wife is "nesting". We had a long discussion tonight about how it is going to be in the next three months. We're going to do Christmas about two weeks early so it has almost no chance of falling near the birth of the baby girl. She also wants me to pick up slack on this thing called housework. Whatever that is.
I am sick to death that I am a collaborator in the robbing of my workers on behalf of the government. It simply isn't anything less than that. I plan on playing it by the book, though. Both parties have been complicit in the looting of the country. The blame and the solution lay with the common man-- get off your duff and vote for a third party.
Once home, I picked up my daughter and we went out for ice cream. Then I took Jonah to the father-son campout up at the reservoir. We flew kites, fished, and ate dutch oven dinner. But we didn't stay the night. Mankind didn't build all these houses so we could sleep in a tent.
While up at the campground for Father-Son thing, Jonah informed me he needed to use the bathroom. Where's the bathroom? It's down there, he replied. Well, I'm not walking all the way down there and you're not going by yourself; there are a lot of bushes around here why don't you go take a whiz over behind that one? So, he heads on over, drops trou' and starts watering the bush. I rush over and stand behind him so people can't see his egg mcmuffins. After hiking his trousers up I tell him, "usually people go around *behind* the bush!"
The following projects are under the brush and are expected to be completed in the next 5-10 days:
Orks and Angels 01 JC
Kroot 01 SS done
Inquisition 04 RT plus penitent
Emperors Children 10 EB
Daemonhunters 01 and 02 FL
Steel Legion 02 ES
Daemonhunters 01 FL display
Daemon Prince 01 PC done
Eldar Fleet 01 SR
Brettonians 01 JC +he mage about half done already
Daemons RY touchups done
Pirates 01 BC
War Machine 01 AR just barely getting started on Monday
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 9:06 PM
My main and only concern is booking projects for October. We're about 15% full right now.
I have an Ork army on hand and ready to go.
I also have this Space Marine Biker army:
Is it possible to have bikes as troops choices with the new codex? If so, this would make a rocking army. If you have an interest in it, I can start working up a quote and some ideas. Cost of materials would be $250, which I think is at least half off.
Personally, I think it would be a lot of fun to create a new chapter, maybe switching around the white scars color scheme. I think that dark red with silver accents and bone white skulls would be really really cool looking on the table. But what would be a good name for the chapter:
Brazen Skulls (work on brass skulls as icons-- too Khornate?)
Lions of the Emperor (use lion icons et al from the new High Elf range-- key modifications can make the army)
And, of course, I can get any order, any project underway from scratch. You just need to let me know what you want done!
I am also resurrecting an old special for the month of September:
Hungry, Evil, or Dead
Give us Artistic License for a Tyranids, Necrons, Chaos Daemons or Vampire Counts and get 25% off on Painting and cost of Materials.
In the case of Chaos Daemons it needs to be a themed army of mostly one chaos god.
You can find a la carte pricing guides here:
OR you can just email or call me with your list. I can completely help you with any matter.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:24 AM
Oh, I could die a happy man to see this happen:
Here is an email I got from Eric Danley, my political counterpart.
Yesterday I spent the day up north in Wisconsin, Canvassing for Barack Obama. I've never hid the fact that I am an ardent supported of the Senator, but this is first time I really took that step into participatory democracy instead of just being a "Monday Morning Quarterback." I've actually served as an election judge many times, but this was truly different. My team of 4 which included myself, my wife, an African American Cop from Chicago, and an African American Financial Auditor collectively knocked on 250 "targeted" doors. I think by targeted, they mean people registered to vote but not registered with a Party.
Most houses we knocked on were marked "not home" but there were many times where the residents were clearly visible and simply chose to ignore us at the door. Some tiimes we would be enthusiastically welcomed as the candidate of choice and other times we were politely told they were supported McCain. It was not our place to argue or convert, so we simply would ask what issues brought them to that decision and thank them for their time. A handful of times however the people we visited would throw our brochures at us, slams the door in our face, or all out verbally assault us or the candidate: "Oh god I don't want that piece of $#@% in the office," or "How dare you come to my door with his crap?" It may have been racism, or simply partisanship but to me it was truly sad.
I am a passionate believer in our democracy. I believe in our system, and our constitution. I have many times encouraged friends, family, and acquaintances to vote even when I knew their vote would be against my candidate. In order for a government to be truly representative, the electorate must be informed and participate. I guess thats what frustrated me so much about my day yesterday. Those people who could not spare 2 minutes of their time to be politely given a brochure and asked if they've decided on a candidate, but even more those people who were enraged by my choice to support a different candidate from their own. John McCain Loves America. Barack Obama Loves America. I love America. We are all citizens or this great nation and although we sometimes make different choices we all want the United States of America to be the greatest nation on Earth. So why can't we have a civilized discussion? Its this great debate that makes this country a Nation By the People, and For the people.
I don't know why I'm sending this to you, except that I know that you too love this country and we haven't heard to much politics from BTP recently.
[Random thought from client]
Afther watching the political video dump in your blog I thought you might be interested to see the following if you havent already. Also if you havent already read the Creature from Jeckyl Island, a secong look at the federal reserve, I highly recomend it, its a fasinating read and endorsed by Ron Paul. cheers dan, good blog
p.s. tryed to put on comments on the blog but unable to get links to work.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 7:56 PM