We have new webspace! With wordpress being so complicated now we decided to consolidate our blogs to thatdude1.blogspot.com Come and visit the new space!
Posted by K on March 23, 2009
I think there may be some big changes coming up. In the interest of building tension I won’t mention them quite yet ;) I’ve been away from my little blog for a while now and have some catching up to do.
In reading the news today, it’s all very depressing. Too many young (and old) people are dying. It makes you realize how short life is and how important it is to enjoy every moment.
We haven’t decided whether or not we’re getting a student this year. We’re still considering it, but we would very much like one from Spain, and that seems to be hard to find. Today I was sent an email from our LC about getting a grant student that would be from the YES program. I really like the sound of that, but need to discuss with hubby. One of our reasons for hosting exchange students is to let American students meet someone from somewhere else and getting rid of the misconceptions and stereotypes.
Posted by K on October 31, 2008
I’m a little bummed today, we’re not going to be able to go on our trip because yesterday our van decided to die. It’s either the battery, starter or something else. Hubby is looking into it, but at this point we’ve cancelled our reservations and are planning an at home halloween. On the plus side, we were able to vote this morning, it only took us about 20 minutes, I was so worried we were going to be in line for hours, but they had their shit together this morning. In more halloween related news, Pardon the Witches!
Posted by K on October 27, 2008
I just booked a hotel and made reservations for a ghost tour for Halloween night! :D We are going to a very old, very haunted lovely city. I honestly can’t remember the last time I took a vacation. It has been a long time! The good news is, gas is cheap(er) we filled up yesterday for $2.13 a gallon. My hubby and I had made a deal that once gas got to $2.50 we would take a vacation. We’ve saved up money just for the occassion. It’s only a couple of days away, but we’re getting out of town (finally!)
Posted by K on October 23, 2008
Too cute and sweet, my baby singing rocka bye baby to her kitten
Posted by K on October 23, 2008
My parents made me watch Happy Days and The Andy Griffith show growing up, I think once they finally get their internet working straight they will be the first people I send this video too. It’s Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, and Henry Winkler reprising their most famous roles. It’s hilarious, whatever your political affliation. This is going to be some election!
<– WordPress won’t let me embed the video so go see it for yourself HERE
Posted by K on October 6, 2008
I’m very proud of Kim, who just happens to be my cousin, and especially proud of her for all her efforts. Her story isn’t up yet on Nabisco’s 100 Extraordinary Women’s website yet, but it should be soon. Congratulations!
Posted by K on October 2, 2008
I have worked on my family history/family tree since I was young(er). I’ve been able to trace it back pretty far, even to the 1700s. I’m kinda at a stuck point at the moment so in my time that I would normally be looking for more info, I’m transcribing records in hopes of coming across my family, and at the same time helping others find theirs. I know how awful it is when you hit a roadblock and can’t find more information. I’ve been running into this the most with my husband’s family who are from Cuba and Spain. There just isn’t the resources out there. So in the meantime, I help others. You can too, go to the World Archives Project. It is through Ancestry.com and while some may not like them because of how expensive they are, they really do have great resources and you can use them free at librarys or Family History centers, or at the Archives. Here’s some of the highlights:
As part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project:
- All indexes will remain free to the public on Ancestry.com.
- Ancestry.com will donate copies of record indexes and images from the project to partnering government archives and genealogy societies.
- Images and indexes from the project will be available for free to patrons at thousands of subscribing libraries across the U.S.
- Ancestry.com will provide free advertising to partnering genealogy societies.
And coming soon:
- Active contributors will be able to vote on which records the project indexes next.
- Active contributors will receive free access to original images in the project’s databases. Those who already subscribe to Ancestry.com will be eligible for a discount on renewal.)
I like free stuff, and if you’re transcribing you get to see the original records, for free :) Plus I like to think I may help someone find that long lost relative.
Posted by K on September 30, 2008
There is no gas here in Georgia. My weekend was spent sitting at a station for 1.5 hours waiting in line for gas so I could come to work this week. Then to add insult to injury i saw on the national news last night that a reporter was saying it was just confined to the city of Atlanta and if you drove 30 miles out you could find gas!?!?! Um hello dumb ass, I live outside of Atlanta, and there is no gas. When a station gets some, it is gone in an hour. You see, we don’t have access to public transportation, and to make enough money to buy the expensive gas and food, you have to work in the city. Which means for me a 45 minute commute each morning and afternoon. In my car. I would love to take public transportation. I would love to have the access to trains and buses like they do in Europe. It’s incredibly convienient and a hell of a lot cheaper than filling up my car every week. Basically, we need gas here. If the government wants to keep this from happening again, build more rapid transit and bus lines. They are a win win for everyone and the enviroment. And to the rest of the country that doesn’t believe we have a problem just “panic buying” come down here for a couple of days and experience it for yourself.
Posted by K on September 30, 2008
Surprise, surprise, Bush wants to help out big business and could give a shit about the little guys. I liked this article I found in People, it’s exactly how everyone sees this “bailout”. Why on earth should we bail out idiots who made bad decesions? If you fuck up, you should have to deal with the consequences, that’s how the world works. If these businesses are just bailed out, they have no incentive to do the right thing.
Let Risk-Taking Financial Institutions Fail
— Ari J. Officer has completed his master of science degree in financial mathematics at Stanford University. Lawrence H. Officer is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Let the poorly managed, overly risk-taking financial institutions fail! Always remember that Wall Street and the real economy are not the same thing.
The Administration and Congress have felt compelled to do something about the “financial meltdown,” so an inefficient and inequitable “bailout plan” has been rushed through the legislature despite harsh criticism from the right and left. That’s unfortunate. Both presidential candidates were stalling by qualifying the plan. Whichever candidate had had the courage to reject outright this proposal would have had the better claim to be President.
Do not be fooled. The $700 billion (ultimately $1 trillion or more) bailout is not predominantly for mortgages and homeowners. Instead, the bailout is for mortgage-backed securities. In fact, some versions of these instruments are imaginary derivatives. These claims overlap on the same types of mortgages. Many financial institutions wrote claims over the same mortgages, and these are the majority of claims that have “gone bad.”
At this point, such claims have no bearing on the mortgage or housing crisis; they have bearing only on the holders of these securities themselves. These are ridiculously risky claims with little value for society. It is as if many financial institutions sold “earthquake insurance” on the same house: when the quake hits, all these claims become close to worthless — but the claims are simply bets disconnected from reality.
Follow the money. Average Joes and Janes are not the holders of the other side of complicated, over-the-counter derivatives contracts. Rather, hedge funds are the main holders. The bailout will involve a transfer of wealth — from the American people to financial institutions engaging in reckless speculation — that will be the greatest in history.
Rescuing financial institutions is not the best solution. Yes, banks are needed to provide capital to businesses. But it is not necessary to spend $1 trillion to maintain liquidity. If the government is to intervene, it should pick and choose which claims to purchase; claims that are directly tied to mortgages would be a good start.
Let financial institutions fail, merge or be bought out. The faltering institutions will see their shares devalued and will be likely to be taken over by stronger institutions — as has already started happening. This consolidation of the financial sector is both efficient and inevitable; government action can only delay the adjustment.
The government should not intervene. It should leave overleveraged financial institutions to default on their derivatives obligations and, if necessary, file for bankruptcy. Much of the crisis has arisen from miscalculating the risks involved in a large book of positions in these derivatives. It is only logical that these institutions pay for their poor management.
Rather than bailing out Wall Street, we propose that the government should buy up the actual mortgages in question and do nothing else. The government should not touch any derivatives; that is, claims that do not directly tie into the actual mortgages. If money becomes too tight, then the Fed can certainly increase its loans to financial institutions.