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Archive for December 10th, 2010

Thank You – Senator Bernie Sanders (I) Vermont!
Today, America was treated to a mini-Fillibuster.  Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, spoke out against the up-coming tax reduction extension (of the Bush deficit expansion plan passed ten years ago) for those making over $250,000 per year.
For about 8-1/2 hours today, an Independent – not a Democrat, not a Republican, got up and spoke the truth to America!  The 2% of the wealthy who would most benefit from this extension of the tax reduction don’t need it.  The 98% of America who would benefit from the deficit reduction DO need it – that is, we (your fellow Americans) do need you to pay your share to get the country back on its feet and start us down the road of building our future greatness.
I would like to remind the 2%, you can share the future greatness or you can share the decline of the America we have known for the last 100 years (and certainly since the end of World War II).  If it means a better America, for me, for my children, for my fellow Americans, I’m willing to let the the entire Bush tax reduction end.  Yes, it will mean I’ll have to pay more in taxes.  Yes, it will make my personal economic situation more difficult.  But, I feel my country and my children’s future are worth a little more taxes.  How ’bout you?  Please let me know when you rediscover your patriotism and love for America.
Until then, it seems there is a new LION in the Senate!  Thank you, Senator Sanders!!
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Yesterday, I picked up my copy of “Inception” on DVD and watched it when I got home.  It’s a terrific movie!  On second viewing, the love story (the main character and his dead wife) actually make the movie for me.  Yes, there is the Sci-Fi, and yes, there is the action and convoluted plot, but to me, the power of the movie comes from his enduring love.
I still feel the movie (as stated above) is terrific, but in all honesty, it does NOT translate to the small screen as much as I had hoped.  It’s a bit like the movie “2012” in that regard.  The special effects are so grand, they lose detail when compressed on to a TV (I have a 48-inch HD TV).  The scale is particularly lost in the mirror and folding city scenes.  Still, I know it’s a movie I’ll watch again and again over time, so it’s nice to have the convenience of owning the DVD.
I’m still undecided about the ending…
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This week I attended a training class on Management Analyst provided by the Graduate School (which used to be part of the US Department of Agriculture) but which has recently spun off into its own little not-for-profit educational foundation.
Part of the class was a primer on statistics.  As it’s been awhile since I’ve done any real studying of stats, I found this portion of the training quite intellectually refreshing.  It’s always nice to reinforce old learning.
Anyway, as part of the instruction a site was mentioned / recommended and I thought I’d add it as a link to my own blog and mention it in one of these posts.  The main site is www.RobertNiles.com. The direct link to the statistics pages is: www.RobertNiles.com/stats/.
The session reminded me (once again) how mentally stimulating learning math can be.  Enjoy!
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