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March 24, 2007

A Few Thoughts...

  • I have done a cursory investigation of a few of the places that sell carbon credits and have been unable to find any real projects that the sellers of carbon credits invest in that eliminate or help reduce carbon footprints. Buying these 'credits' may help the payor's conscience, but accomplish little more than that. These people are snake oil salesmen.

  • The Democrats are using their new majority position in Congress in a pathetic attempt to embarrass President Bush and his administration. They are petty, self-serving, do nothing politicians. They are not patriots.

  • Congress should not get involved in the sub-prime mortgage business, but should make sure that when lenders package the loans and sell them as securities that full disclosure is made of the risks involved in the underlying portfolio.

  • Poor sportsmanship is common in basketball, football, and sometimes even baseball. Golfers, however, are usually quite good sports, but this afternoon one golfer sunk to a new all-time low. Sergio Garcia, one of the premier names in the sport of golf, actually spit into the cup after missing a putt, leaving a nasty surprise for the golfers following him. Unfortunately, while being interviewed after his round of golf, Sergio thought nothing of it.
  • Posted by Rick | March 24, 2007 01:12 PM | Just A Thought

    March 14, 2007

    http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070227/NEWS01/702270382

    Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe, she said.

    http://www.businessfightsaids.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=gwKXJfNVJtF&b=1009139&content_id=%7B29BD06B6-4793-4673-847A-62C5D74DFFDF%7D¬oc=1

    http://www.generationim.com/

    Generation Investment Management LLP - Al Gore is Chairman

    Holdings - http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=552323

    Sells carbon footprint credits?

    http://carbonfund.org/site/

    http://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbon_offset.html

    http://www.carbonplanet.com/home/about.php

    http://www.nativeenergy.com/about_us.html

    http://www.terrapass.com/index.html


    A company that actually sells monitoring devices emissions

    http://www.cemtrex.com/technology.html

    Posted by Rick | March 14, 2007 05:45 AM

    March 13, 2007

    Libby vs. Berger...No Contest

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/03/berger_libby_a_tale_of_two_cri.html

    Posted by Rick | March 13, 2007 10:41 AM | Political Science

    March 2, 2007

    How To Become A Millionaire

    Not everyone will become a millionaire, but virtually everyone can become a millionaire...even a multi-millionaire. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine published a "How to.." article on February 27, 2007. Unfortuantely, the link to the original article is dead, but the main points from the article are posted below.

    12 Steps To Become A Millionaire

    You don't have to own the company or be a CEO. Here's how to build a rich nest egg one paycheck at a time.

    ...working for the Man doesn't mean you have to be a wage slave or resort to buying lottery tickets to strike it rich. The trick is to maximize your income on the job (and know when to move on), make the most of your employee benefits and tax breaks and use that extra money to start investing.

    1. Keep your eyes peeled for better ways to do your job.
    2. Don't be afraid to negotiate.
    3. Get your ducks in a row and your numbers on paper.
    4. Plot your strategy when it's time to move on.

    Milk your benefits

    5. Contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) and other tax-deferred retirement plans.
    6. Flex your tax-saving muscle.
    7. Review your tax withholding.
    8. Stash savings in a Roth IRA if you're eligible.

    Invest like crazy

    9. Don't delay.
    10. Invest automatically, either through your employer's retirement plan or by setting up a regular deposit to a mutual fund or broker.
    11. Watch for fund fees.
    12. Keep it simple.

    The bottom line is if you are spending your entire paycheck on car payments, clothes, and vacations, you won't become a millionaire. You've got to pay yourself first every paycheck.

    So if you don't want to live on social security when you retire, start now and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

    Posted by Rick | March 2, 2007 03:00 AM | Social Studies

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