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I'm a handyman.  Ok, I'm a licensed general building contractor with liability insurance, yada yada.  But I do the small stuff because I really like it better than larger construction projects.  It suits me.

It also makes me a prime recipient for this Cash for Caulk deal working its way through Washington.  Much of the work is stuff that people already ask me to do:  replacing doors and water heaters for instance.  But there is a serious catch to this program.

The rebates are certainly large enough to attract interest from homeowners, but for people like me this has the potential to be a huge problem.

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From its inception, the TSA has, in my opinion, been an ineffective nightmare.  From putting random people on the no fly list for reasons that are entirely unclear, to using brittle security measures that can be thwarted with an effective plan; they have demonstrated time and again that what we have is not security, but what the experts call "Security Theater."

I have a good solution to this mess that will not be more costly, will not inconvenience millions of air travelers and scare the hell out of the bad guys.

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I'm self employed and I'm not exactly made of money.  At 50 years old, I don't have enough money for health care now, (no employer to cover half the cost) and I'm pretty sure I can't rely on the lottery to get it in time for the bill to take effect.  If anything, my income is likely to go DOWN since I rely on ordinary people having work for me.  (I'm a handyman.) Ordinary people who have increasingly less money.

Apparently, the fix for unaffordability is to fine me for not being able to afford it. Because that's what's going to happen.  I'm going to look at my sorry ass options and take the one that costs the least money and hope like hell that I'll be able to cover it somehow.

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Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 08:57 AM PDT

The Botched Battle for Healthcare

by Craig Weiler

The healthcare debate has to be the biggest hair pulling, head shaking, exasperating political event I have ever witnessed.  It has led me to believe that while President Obama is a decent person with good intentions, he is incompetent to achieve the goal of real health care reform.

To understand why I say this, it is important to look at the health care reform battle from a military perspective to see not just where things have gone wrong, but how they could have gone right.

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I just ran into an article in the Huffington Post that fines will be imposed for Americans who do not buy health insurance under the new health care "reform."

My wife and I have been without health insurance for many years now and my plan has been to keep it that way if the whole health reform thing turns into a train wreck.  We'll just wait until we're eligible for medicare if that's what it takes.  Unless our income raises sharply in the near future, it is just out of reach for us.

Let me explain why this kind of reform both scares me and really pisses me off.

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I don't see an American Insurgency as something happening within five or probably even within ten years, but I think that the building blocks for that catastrophic outcome are being put into place by a political system that is out of control.

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This diary is part of a continuing series on Parapsychology and my own experiences.  A General FAQ on Parapsychology can be found here.  

Past 5 blogs on this subject:
A Well Kept Secret #26: Enlightenment and the Election
A Well Kept Secret #25: Stop the Nightmare
A Well Kept Secret #24: What's It Good For?
A Well Kept Secret #23: A Call to Action
A Well Kept Secret #22: Psychics as a Minority
                                       
Today's Diary will be a discussion on telekinesis

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The Secret Stock Exchange, (my phrase) is called dark pool investing, a.k.a. a crossing network is actually a loose confederation of major financial players who buy and sell stocks "off the grid."  That is to say, they buy and sell without using a normal stock exchange.  This is done through back doors at ordinary Stock Exchanges, such as NASDAQ and through specialty stock exchanges such as Liquidnet.

I brought it up yesterday in this diary and I think it's something that needs to be dragged out into the open.  If we can bust this into the mainstream, it'll be one more reason to question the policies of the last eight years.

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I stumbled onto this today.  I'm sure that this is old news to many people, but it's an election year and I would sure like to see this get front and center.

Dark pool investing, also known as a crossing network, allows traders to execute transactions without going through a stock exchange.

This is a really big deal financially because it puts the share price of companies into question.  There's the advertised price, and the real price.  Take a guess which one you get to see.

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This diary is part of a continuing series on Parapsychology and my own experiences.  A General FAQ on Parapsychology can be found here.  

Past 5 blogs on this subject:
A Well Kept Secret #25: Stop the Nightmare
A Well Kept Secret #24: What's It Good For?
A Well Kept Secret #23: A Call to Action
A Well Kept Secret #22: Psychics as a Minority
A Well Kept Secret #21: The Holographic Universe

                                       
Today's Diary will be a discussion on how enlightenment fits into the election

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This diary is part of a continuing series on legitimate research in Parapsychology and the possible implications for society.  A General FAQ on Parapsychology can be found here.  

Past 5 blogs on this subject:
A Well Kept Secret #24: What's It Good For?
A Well Kept Secret #23: A Call to Action
A Well Kept Secret #22: Psychics as a Minority
A Well Kept Secret #21: The Holographic Universe
A Well Kept Secret #20: Politics, Religion, Psychics
                                       
Today's Diary will be a call to use global consciousness to win the election

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In my last diary,Learn from Nazi Germany:  The Republican Path I made a point using the last days of the Third Reich as an example, that conservatives would do the blame game until nothing was left.  And then they still wouldn't stop.

Some readers took exception with the Nazi analogy.  I want to address that because I actually lived with people who had been Nazi party members.

My point today is that Republicans are not monsters, but then again, neither were the Nazi's.

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