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Two and a half years ago, I wrote this blog showing how my voting philosophy has changed since I first started voting. Here is the meat of it again, but now I'm adding a new philosophy for the decade of 2010s.

When I first voted back in 1985 for the first time (yes I'm that old ;) ) I was told I'd have to always vote for the lesser of two evils. For 1985 that was true for me. I couldn't imagine worse than that.

About 10 years later (in the 1990s) I found this philosophy wasn't good enough. My choices actually got worse. My new philosophy became vote for the person I hate the least. I couldn't imagine worse than that.

About 10 years later (in the 21st century) I found that my 1990s philosophy wasn't good enough anymore. It got even worse. My new philosophy became vote for the person I think will screw up the least. I had a hard time imagining worse than that.

Now my voting philosophy had to change for this election we had in 2010 again because it wasn't good enough. I pretty much think they're almost all somewhat evil, contemptible, and screw ups. So now my new voting philosophy for a new decade is vote for the person that seems the least insane. I can't imagine worse than that yet, but I'm constantly being surprised with how it just keeps getting worse.

Billy Mays' successor?

Billy Mays once challenged this guy to a Pitch Off.

This is Vince Offer with the Slap Chop which you've probably seen. Notice that he says it's $19.95 and you get a Graty and a second set free. The S&H is doubled for the second "free" set, so it's really $19.95 + (2 x $7.95) or about $36. They ask you to ask about the foldable cutting board (Basically a 10 cent item) which is only part of the Platinum Set. But if you get the platinum set which they'll try to upgrade you to, then it's an additional ($9.95 + $3.95 S&H) x 2 for a total of about $64.

He's so slick that he's kinda fascinating in a sick sort of way. Yet his speech and mannerisms scream that he's a scam artist.

Would you believe Vince is not his real name? Hard to believe since he seems so honest. ;)

Wikipedia Entry

I won't post the link to the site that sells the SlapChop to protect you. It's a really obnoxious site. Before you can quit it, it asks you if you're sure. Then it has a dialogue box where Cancel keeps you on the page and OK lets you quit it. It will let you save $5 on the set when the special internet offer pops up ;)

Needless to say, I don't recommend his products.

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lilysnowflower Asked me about which books I'm reading now on Facebook. Here is the list:

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
It's the true story about a brain anatomist who went through a major stroke. Since she's a brain expert, she was able to describe in detail what it was like and how it took her 8 years to fully recover and re-educate herself.

The Works of Oscar Wilde
I probably won't read this from cover to cover, but I pick out the things I like. I liked The Importance of Being Ernest.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs
The author who was originally an agnostic/atheist reads several versions of the bible and many commentaries. He then tries to live as closely to the original intent and rules of the bible as possible for one year. He chronicles his spiritual journey and his difficulties with it during this year.

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku
I've read most of Michio Kaku's books. When he was in high school he built an atom smasher in his garage. This was in the 1960s when it was really difficult to built an atom smasher in your garage. He writes popular science books, but he writes them for the intelligent layman and doesn't dumb them down too much. He relates science to popular fiction very well, since he's a science fiction lover.

So far all the books are good. Since I'm going for my master's degree, I often don't have much time for pleasure reading. This does not include all the reading I do to get that degree. Enjoy :)

GM will declare bankruptcy today

Click here for the article

OK GM isn't completely done, but there was so many ways they could have avoided this years ago. High School dropouts were earning over $20 per hour 30 years ago for manual labor. Executives were robbing the company routinely. All employees were getting ridiculous benefits. Some employees were receiving retirement benefits for over 50 years.

The business practices were bad and short sighted. We knew all these problems didn't have a real hope of getting addressed until there was no other choice. GM will probably survive in some form, but it won't be the company we knew. They will make inelegant efficient cars and have employees who make much more modest wages.

It makes me wonder if this is a precursor to our own US economy. That we won't see anything but optimism until everything crashes. All the danger signs are here. Can we ever act before the problems fully hit?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Take about 85% of the original text by Austin and then add Zombies and you get a reimagined classic. I don't know if this is any good, but the concept is good for a chuckle.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

Click here to see the amazon.com entry