Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Time Warner vs. Viacom

Fucking Viacom.

They fucked with Neopets (don't ask...), now they want to fuck with Time Warner.

At 12:01am, Viacom will be pulling 19 channels off of Time Warner. That's about 13 million subscribers left in the dark without MTV (I hate MTV), Nickelodeon (won't someone please think of the children!), and Comedy Central (alert Stephen Colbert!), among a few others.

Of course, Viacom has TW by the balls. They seek to charge an extra $0.25 per customer to carry their channels. Since the deadline is so close, Viacom probably figures Time Warner won't fight. They thought wrong, and now it looks as though the consumer shall get screwed... again...

Viacom can bite me.

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Goodbye 2008

It's that time again!

December 31st has a long standing (4 years, right?) tradition on my blog as being the day I look back at the last 365 days and see how they were. A reflection if you will.

The only thing that stands out this entire year was the fact that I survived one entire year half way on my own. I say half way because my landlord is also my grandmother. I've still got a watchful eye on me, more or less.

My New Year's resolution for 2008 was:

"Lose the 'protective layer of fat over my rock hard abs' and form a habit of staying in shape."

I can safely say my health, specifically my weight, has been on the positive side. Not positive as in weight gain, but as in control. Losing 6 and a half pounds in a few months is an accomplishment and I believe I partially fulfilled my resolution (Until recently, a combination of Prednisone and illness has thrown my system completely off, gaining 10 pounds in a week, hopefully just water weight, more on that later).

My New Year's Resolution for the year of 2009 is:

"Set up my springboard into true adulthood. Better physical fitness and better cognitive reasoning (thinking before I make rash decisions, or better thinking in general). It's time to grab life by the horns."

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Early Gift From Mother Nature

Just enjoying the snow show from Mother Nature. Looks like it's going to go over to sleet soon enough.

About 2" on the ground.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Iraqi Man Attempts Assault on US President... With Shoes

Firstly, the event in question:

...and a little background of "shoe throwing" in Arab culture.

You see, the only reason Bush was able to dodge this is that when you're learning the ropes as President of the United States, they place extreme emphasis on dodging shit.

Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, you have earned a Jonathan Ace Gold Star, for showing the world you've got balls. Now, If only I could get around to designing one...

Here's to you:

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Prognosis: Painful

When I was 13, I always had the strangest feelings. No, not those feelings...

I always had the feeling that my life would end early. Don't ask why, it was one of those random thoughts that pop into your head, and you dwell on it for a while, but brush it off as it sounds ridiculous.

In my case, I didn't really brush these thoughts aside. They would always come back to me and I would think about it. Just think. It would scare me. The thought of death is its worst when you know you're not immortal and there is very little you can do.

I came across this tonight:

Prognosis is poor. Spontaneous remissions occur in < 10% of patients. Renal failure occurs in > 50% of patients within 10 yr; in 20%, end-stage renal disease occurs within 2 yr, despite treatment. The disease is more rapidly progressive in adults than in children. The presence of segmental sclerosis consistently at the glomerular pole where the tubule originates (tip lesion) may portend a more favorable response to corticosteroid therapy. Another variant, in which the capillary walls are wrinkled or collapsed (collapsing glomerulopathy), suggests more severe disease and rapid progression to renal failure.

In essence, I have a 50/50 chance of getting screwed by life within 10 years.

If you're a family member of mine, and you're reading this, look into kidney transplants. Please.

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Big 3 Bullies

Free market economy my ass.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Renal Wars: Attack of the 'Roids

Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

That's what I have. Unfortunately, even though there are causes for this, in my case, there isn't.

Glomerulosclerosis is when the tiny cells in the tissue of the kidneys leak protein. It is treatable. It can be put into remission. However, the damage that has already been done, is done. Unless

The pathology office recommends steroids, which I will begin taking tomorrow, along with Nexium, to offset any ulcers that could form. Now, when I say "steroids", I don't mean the anabolic, nut-shrinking kind. Cortocoseroids (Prednisone) are, thankfully, much different. They will help the kidney tissue stop leaking protein (hopefully). I was also happy to find out these types of 'roids treat asthma (which I've had for some time, but haven't had an attack in YEARS) and allergies (hay fever will be the death of me).

I will also be going to see my nephrologist much more often now. This is to make sure if anything happens during the course of my treatment, he'll know about and be able to do what he needs to do.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008


It might seem unusual for those who know me well, but I have a knack for organizing things cognitively. An example of this would be that I like to break up my life into "eras".

Currently, I'm in my Romeo Era (also known as the Nicole Era, named after my girlfriend, Nicole).

Today, I feel that I'm heading for a crossroad. Not a fork in the road. A fork in the road implies that we only have two choices (usually two, but a fork has 4 prongs). The metaphor of a fork in the road ignores the idea that we can not only go a few ways, we can leave the road altogether.

A crossroad sounds better for this point in my life. The crossroad features a multitude of paths, coming in at various angles, all with their bumps and cracks, and occasional animal carcasses. Think of an asterisk.

Gone are the days of following what's laid out in front of me; a road with few twists and turns, dips and climbs, walls and doors to open. The roads I may travel now can go in circles, lead me back to whence I came, bring me to the pinnacle of human perfection or drag me down to the depths of Hell.

Although what the next few years bring me may be a mystery, I have the ability to alter what can happen. I can take a step towards where few dare to tread.

I can get off the road and live.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wait until December...

My biopsy results won't be in until December 9th. The Nephorologist did what he could to get in touch with someone at the pathology center, while I was there, to try and get someone to fax the report over from White Plains, NY (about 50 miles away). Unfortunately, everyone jumped ship for the Thanksgiving weekend (load of BS).

As for me, I'm doing fine. However, I've been getting slight pains in my lower right back. Probably a kidney stone...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Moment of Truth

Well, tomorrow I find out what's troubling my kidneys.
It can be either minor or major. Based on my luck, it'll probably be bad.

What causes your kidneys to lose over 50% of function in a year?

I'll find out tomorrow afternoon/evening.

Until then...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Final Weigh-in

This week's goal:
November 13th: 169.9

174.2 pounds
-0.27 pounds of fat
-1.13 pounds of muscle

Okay, so I did not reach my final goal of 170. However, I did bring my weight down to levels not seen since January 2008 (10 months ago).

Since my diet started between two weigh-ins, the data below takes place from October 9th to November 13th.

Weight Line Graph

The blue line is the moving average. I believe it's a 7-day or 14-day MA.
The black line is the trend line. It's sloping negative just the way I want it.

Muscle/Fat Graph

The graph on the left is my lean muscle mass (in pounds). The graph on the right is my fatty mass (in pounds).


From October 9th to November 13th:

0.69 pounds of muscle were lost...
5.51 pounds of fat were lost!
6.2 pounds overall were lost! ((A rate of ~1.24 lb/week. A healthy weight loss.))


This diet was a success. Not as much fat was lost as I had hoped, but I did bring my weight down to a long lost level. The future brings a continuation of this diet. I've started getting into the habit of looking at calories before I eat, drinking more water, and not snacking too much between meals. Because I had my kidney biopsy recently, I cannot do any weigh lifting, so that's why my muscle was lost. However, I can restart my weight training on the 24th.

I'd like to see 170 by New Year's Day. That is a very possible goal now, especially since my rate of weigh loss is a little over 1 pound per week on average. Once I hit 170, I will work on bringing my fat down to 10% of my body weight. It's currently around 18.9%.

If I had to make a prediction: If I continue on this diet all the way to New Year's Day and beyond, I can see my weight anywhere between 170.7 and 160.2. A wide range of course, but anything can happen.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Prop-ing Hypocrisy

With the passing of Proposition 8 in the state of California (once known to be a liberal state in my eyes), same-sex marriages are no longer allowed. This includes Catholic or Christian homosexual couples as well.

The last time I checked, homosexuals can be religious and can believe in a god. Most of California has forgotten this. There are homosexual couples that believe they're loved by their god, whoever it may be. To deny them a religious right, a sacrament, is unacceptable.

In the Catholic/Christian ideology, you are suppose to love thy neighbor. Proposition 8 is a slap in the face to every single homosexual couple in California who believe that they were doing the right thing, being good people, loving one another, and staying faithful, to themselves and their god. Is prohibiting the right of marriage, to someone because they love a different gender than you, loving? It is not. It goes against one of the main reasons why religion (more of an ethics code, along with the god mumbo-jumbo) exists today: love.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Renal Wars: Then to Now

Way back in November of last year, my doctor noticed a high amount of Creatinine in my urine. After a few subsequent visits (each separated by a few months), she referred me to a nephrologist (kidney doctor) because my creatinine levels were not changing, but getting worse, and my protein levels were also higher, which is not good.

After about 3 months worth of kidney sonograms, 2-24 hour urine tests, an uncountable amount of bloodwork, the kidney doctor deduced that I have Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage 2. Both kidneys combined are working at only 50% efficiency.

CKD is an incurable disease. However, the cause of the CKD can be treated and could halt further damage to my kidneys.

Fast-forward to the last 2 weeks:

I just had a kidney biopsy done on my right kidney yesterday to determine what has caused this CKD. The radiologist who performed said biopsy told me that a biopsy is a desperation move. That is, the kidney doctor has no idea what is causing the progressive loss of my kidney functions.

The mortality rate for people with CKD is depressing at the most. The silver-lining in my case is that this was caught early.

On November 25th, I'll hopefully have the results from the biopsy.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #4

This week's goal:
November 6th: 172.6

175.6 pounds
+0.16 pounds of fat
+0.64 pounds of muscle

My bowels hate me. I can easily say that my digestive tract is still acting up and pounds of waste are still in there somewhere. I took another laxative last night, went a bit, lost about a pound in waste this morning. No more laxatives for me. It's way too painful. The cramps are the worst part.

Future goals:

November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


My outlook is bleak. I will not reach my goal. I can bet money on that. Any takers? The only good, the silver lining, of my last 4 weeks has been that I am losing weight. I was above 180 when I started this diet. I've been sticking to it. Out of 28 days, I've probably only slipped once. That's impressive for me.

Next week is the big one. If I had to make a prediction, I won't be anywhere near 170. 175 sounds like a safe bet, but 173 is possible given my calorie restriction, but I still don't think my bowels will correct themselves by then. We shall see.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Man That Will be President

Congratulations, President-elect Barack Obama.


Well, it all comes down to the next 24 hours.

Obama has the lead in most, if not all, major pollsters. Tonight will determine if the Bradley effect is real or not.

My friend Richard and I have a little bet going on. Each state is worth $1 and the overall guess is worth $10. Up to $60 dollars can be won. As you can see by following the link below, we both think Obama will win the popular vote by a margin and there are only 4 real toss-up states if you go by us.

Regardless of who you're rooting for, get out and vote. It's a historic day today. Be a part of it.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Oogie Boogie

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #3

This week's goal:
October 30th: 175.3

174.8 pounds
-0.69 pounds of fat lost
-2.91 pounds of muscle lost
-4+ pounds of liquid shit

I was shocked to see my weight so low this morning. I was worried I gained fat when I saw 179 on the scale on Sunday as a sort of unofficial weigh-in. With the calorie restriction I'm on, I found it hard to believe I was gaining weight. Then it dawned on me... I was constipated. Yep, simple as that. I don't know why I was, I had increased my dietary fiber intake since the start of my diet, but it seems it hasn't or wasn't affecting my, um, digestive tract. So, I took an ex-lax. Let's just say I had a fun early morning today (not).

Future goals:

November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


I'm ahead of my goal and prediction for once. Since I'm ahead, I can loosen my calorie restrictions just a little bit (about 250-500 more calories). With Halloween tomorrow, my diet may hit a bumpy road, I've got a case of Twizzlers (120 calories for 4 pieces) with my name on it. I predict I'll see either 173.2 or 172.5 next week. Until then...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get It Over With

As a very rabid user of computers, I've undoubtedly come across some of the worst mud-slinging the Internet has to offer. Some true, some false, some logically flawed (if you're a scarecrow, beware godlikeproductions).

It's getting nasty in the cyberverse. The muck is flowing in from both sides. The liberals AND the conservatives. The democrats and the republicans. Ill-spirited lies like Obama being a Marxist/Socialist (a McCain desperation move) and childish name-calling i.e. "McSame" (though, I do think most of McCain's policies are very in-line with Bush's, namely same-sex marriage, abortion, gun control, and the occupation of Iraq).

I want this election to be over with. Hopefully, with an Obama win, but it isn't over until it's over.

In other news: My kidney biopsy is set for November 7th and I'm not expecting my weigh-in tomorrow to be so pleasing (I haven't slipped in my diet, which is shocking).

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Give Them An Inch...

Where's the public referendum?

Today, New York City Council voted, 29-22, in favor of Bloomberg's amendment to NYC law that effectively allows him (and other city officials) to run for a 3rd term.

I don't like Bloomberg. I want him out of City Hall. Let him go back to running his company like a company instead of New York City like a company.

The ONLY reason this passed is because a majority of members in City council are on their 2nd term. This amendment lets them run for another term as well. I wish I had job security like that.

This was a biased vote. You're, in a sense, handing a bunch of "halfway-out-the-door" city officials a bill and saying, "Hey, vote Aye on this if you want to work for another term."

Again, where's the public referendum? It's most likely going to be on NYC's election day when I'll be sure to vote against Bloomberg and all his cronies in City Council.
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October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #2

This week's goal:
October 23rd: 178 pounds

178.4 pounds
-0.22 pounds of fat lost
-0.98 pounds of muscle lost (not good)

I'm still having trouble with the whole snacking when I'm not suppose to deal. I slipped constantly during the ALCS (Rays kicked Bosox ass) and even as recent as yesterday. The amount of junk food around the house has dwindled, so it should be a little easier to control my urges to snack on said food. I was behind my goal by only .4 pounds, I better step it up.

Future goals:

October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


I have to lose 3 pounds in one week. It seems unhealthy and probably is. Instead of just calorie restriction, I think it's time to step it up with more walking. I'm thinking that one day of walking that I did last Saturday saved me from a disappointing week. I'm not all that confident on reaching 175.3 pounds. I'm predicting 177.2 pounds.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Telling It Like It Is: Colin Powell Edition

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. .... And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.
- Colin Powell, on Meet The Press (10-19-2008)

I'm proud to award Colin Powell with the, still undesigned, Jonathan Ace Gold Star. This is for the above statement, which I agree with 100%, but I couldn't think of a way to express it without anger.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #1

This week's goal:
October 16th: 180.8 pounds (Seems simple, this is actually higher than my last weigh-in)

179.6 pounds
-4.49 pounds of fat lost
+3.69 pounds of muscle gained

I expected to reach this goal easily. This was a water-weight week. From now until next Thursday is when I really begin losing fat.

Future goals:

October 23rd: 178 (Would be lowest since late August)
October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)

I only have to lose 1.6 pounds to meet next weeks goal. Another easy goal. I might even do better. My prediction for next week, following the calorie restriction I'm using, I should have a weight of 176.5.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just Another One of Those Days

Dead. Cat. Bounce.

The Dow pretty much wiped its Monday rally with a loss of 733 points (almost 8%!).

Futures for the Dow are already down -138 points at this time.

Tomorrow will be messy if you're a broker.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weight Watcher V: One Long Month Ahead

Today I noticed one of my close neighbors, and a family friend, looked thinner. I thought it was her recent change of hair style, but I was surprised that it was really a drop in weight.

What did she do?

She cut back. It was as simple as that. Smaller portions and more restraint on snacking. She lost 9 pounds in one month. An excellent and very health loss of weight. This was with no change in exercise.

A Shocking Readout

A few nights ago, I checked my weigh. This was an unofficial weigh-in. It was late in the evening and I expected it to be high, but not 185 pounds. That would be an all-time high since recording began in December 2007.

It has come down to 182 in a recent unofficial weigh-in. However, it is still higher than the last official weigh-in (180.4).

The Road to 170

I declared it to my grandmother, I'll declare it to you now:

I plan to bring my weigh to at least 170 by November 13th.

My official weigh-ins take place on Thursday mornings. You can see my stats (which are averaged) here.

Now, at my current weight of 182, I would need to lose 12 pounds in 31 days. Mathematically speaking, that's 3 pounds per week or 0.39 pounds per day.

Taking that in mind, here is my road map:

October 16th: 180.8 (Seems simple, this is actually higher than my last weigh-in)
October 23rd: 178 (Would be lowest since late August)
October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)

I will halt any muscle gain and focus on my diet. It's the junk food that's screwing me over. No more crap. It's time to lose fat.

Every Thursday, I'll post a blurb on how I'm doing. Here's hoping this sticks...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Depression

Today the Dow lost another 7% in value, the biggest percentage drop since the crash of '87.

The news is that the Fed, the government, will be taking ownership stakes in failing banks. Rest in peace, Capitalism. I was taught that when a government takes over a business, or in this case, a bank, that government is going against the ideals of Capitalism. Sure, the US Government is trying to do something, but this process, even though I disagree with it, would take weeks. We do not have weeks. Once the credit market REALLY freezes up, we'll all be screwed. To elaborate, no more credit cards. You either have cash, or you can go stand in the breadline.

My advice:

- Keep your money in the bank if it totals to less than $100,000. If it does, spread your money around. That is, put $10,000 in one bank, put $10,000 in another bank, etc.

- If you've been thinking of investing in the stock market: I can't say you shouldn't, but I wouldn't. Talk to a professional broker first.

- The above applies if you're already in the market.

- Pay off your credit cards NOW. You need cash, not a debt.

- If you have a job, hold onto it for dear life. If you don't, like me, it's going to be getting harder and harder to find one in the coming months unless the market corrects itself.

- Don't panic. Seriously, don't. Unless all your money is in stock...

I think this is no where near the end. We're in a recession. Fear for the worst, it's the equivalent of not getting your hopes up.

Hold on, for it will be a bumpy ride.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

"We didn't need no stinkin' bailout!"

At this time, Dow futures are down -175.

For the less informed, futures give us an idea of how a major markets (Dow Jones, NASDAQ, S&P 500, etc.) will start out the next day as soon as the market.

I'm predicting the Dow Jones Industrial Average will drop below 10,000 points by this Friday if not tomorrow.

Once again, Dow futures are down... oh, look at that... -190.

Tomorrow will be fun...

For future reference of my readers:
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Friday, October 3, 2008

"A plague o' both your houses!"

The $700 billion (or more!) screw-job passed today. The United States government has dropped the idea of free-market capitalism in place for federal-regulated socialism.

Apparently, when you add unimportant, irrelevant spending and revenue-losing tax breaks, more democrats and republicans will vote for it.

In short, I suggestion a new motto to be placed on the dollar bills the FED will print to pay for this mess:

"In Debt We Trust"

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Senate Passes The Pork to The House

Politics as usual.

The U.S. Senate has just passed the "bailout bill", 74 to 25.

This bill has gone from 3 pages to over 400 pages after the House recently rejected this plan.

The difference: It has been stuffed to the brim with goodies for both the Left and Right. These goodies don't make it a 700 billion dollar piece of legislation anymore. This bailout will add another trillion to the country's debt.

My quesitons:

Who will pay for this debt?
How will this debt be paid?

Tax breaks remove revenue, thus, making the debt grow.

Obama voted "Yea". I'm disappointed.

Charles Schumer and Hilary Clinton also voted "Yea". I will not be voting for either of them once they're up for re-election.

Easiest way to make a Senator bend over: Throw them some pork.

Here's hoping the House is smart once again. I doubt it though.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Nero Government

"The blame game on Capital Hill begins as the US economy burns in the background."

As I type this, the Dow Jones Average has recovered from a historic point loss of 734.

Things need to change. I'm not talking a bailout. The bailout is a robbery and, as I've been saying a lot recently, a short term solution to a long term problem. Throwing money at a problem will not fix it.

DJI breaks above -570

What I'm more angry about is the blaming that is going on in D.C. For one minute, forget about the economic problem we're seeing right now and look at our representatives... look at them squabble amongst themselves and blame each other for a failed bill.

All of these House representatives are up for re-election.

DJI -600

Forget about Democrat and Republican. This is a failure of the US government that dates back to the late 1990s when the credit laws were repealed. Greed took over then, we're paying the price now.

Tomorrow may bring either hope or hell.

DJI -624

This week will be rocky and may decide the fate of the United States economy.

DJI -620

It's a wait-and-see period.

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Friday, September 26, 2008


Written and spoken in the movie "Network"...

...over 30 years ago.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Sign That Says It All [Roller Coaster Economy]

My shot in the dark for tomorrow?
Dow down another 200 points.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Renal Wars: The Kidneys Fight Back

If you remember me posting about my kidneys a while ago, you might recall my ordeal with proteinuria may have subsided. Well, it didn't. In fact, it has gotten worse over the last year. It has gotten so bad that my kidney doctor (Nephrologist) has diagnosed me with Chronic Kidney Disease, (CKD) Stage 2.

What is CKD?

From what my doctor told me, it's when one or both kidney (in my unfortunate case, both) progressively lose their function. My doctor estimates both kidneys are working at 50% efficiency. My luck, eh?

My Future

I'll be getting a kidney biopsy done in the coming weeks to determine the cause of this CKD. Hopefully, it will be 100% reversible or at the very least, stoppable. Depending on the cause, I might need to take medication, restrict intake of certain OTC medications, restrict certain type of nutrients and foods (See: Diet), etc. The most extreme course of action would be to prepare for a transplant... just what I DON'T need to deal with.

I'll write a few blurbs here and there updating you, the reader, on my condition should anything large occur.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Bailout" Bush

United States one-dollar billSeven hundred billion United States Dollars.

Thanks to greed, corruption, and blatant disregard to others, our government, as a whole, is about to screw us yet again.

Seven hundred billion United States Dollars.

That's a lot of money. Should the spineless congress allow the US government pay off $700 billion worth of failed mortgages (and they will), the current US debt will surpass $11 trillion.

Mark my words: This is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

I would not be shocked if the overseas markets crash or at the very least drop 200-400 points. If all the markets, including the DJI, are up come Monday, I'd like to welcome you to:


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Friday, September 19, 2008

ITLPD (Land Hoooooo!)

International Talk Like a Pirate DayImage via WikipediaArgh! Avast ye landlubbers!
It be talk like a pirate day today!

Me seafarin' hearty name, courtesy o' this site, shall be:

Pirate Seamus the Pale


In case ye're also wonderin', Obama's name would be:

Cap'n Tobias Roughknuckles

...and McCain's:

Pirate Barney the Well-Tanned


Yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day comes once a year...

Some pirate booty for ye:

English-to-Pirate Translator
Pirate Name Generator (in case you missed it)
Pirate Jokes

Coming Soon: Renal Wars: The Kidneys Strike Back

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hungry for Waffles... and Change! / Toilet Bowl Economy makes me hungry... for change (and waffles)!

If political satire couldn't get anymore closer to crossing the line, Bob DeMoss and Mark Whitlock made it happen.

I'm still waiting on publicized McCain satire... unless him speaking is satire in itself.

Toilet Bowl Economy

In other news, the United States economy is in the shitter. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the leading tool used to gage how the US economy is functioning, is down 20% for the year-to-date.

Also, AIG was bailed out by the government recently. Say what you will, but I don't think a capitalist nation bails out companies, especially with tax payer money. If AIG, along with a few other companies (I'm looking at you, Freddie and Fannie), was smart, then would not have taken advantage of the repealed credit laws.

Greed should be a foreshadowing of bad karma...

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

He Can Stop Anytime He Wants To...


He just chooses not to...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Straight Talk

I'd like to take time to give a shout out to a very interesting site I came across just recently. I've heard about it over at Reddit, but never got the chance to check it out.

I'm happy I did.

So, to all of you in the blogosphere out there, especially the liberal side, go to

This site constantly does background checks on attack/ego-buff ads from politicians.

It's an election year, so both Obama and McCain ads are being analyzed, and yes, so far, it doesn't seem biased to either side.

Educate yourself.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008


“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

Barack Obama made this statement not that long ago as a way to describe the Republican ticket's type of politics: The same old.

It seems the cronies over in the McCain campaign saw this as an opportunity to attack Obama by pulling the chauvinism card.

My answer to this opportunist act? That's politics for you.

By the way, if you're ever going to read a news article from Politico, hell, ANY news article on the web, don't bother with the comments.

Reading the Politico comments: I've never seen so much loud-mouthed, wise-ass, know-it-all, ego stroking in one web page. That goes for both Republicans AND Democrats that choose to lower their IQ by commenting there.

Steer clear.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hurricane Floyd's sister?

Looking like a messy weekend coming up for the entire eastern US coastline.

For comparison:

Better get those umbrellas.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

...And The Campaign She Bombed

On the first day of the Republican National Convention, Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin dropped a bomb: Her oldest daughter, at the ripe age of 17, is 5 months pregnant.

Apparently this was somewhat known in Alaska, especially in one village which escapes my memory right now.

The Palin family, more-so Governor Palin, is well known to be pro-life and anti-contraceptive. That doesn't flow well with me, but there is some sweet, sweet irony is this: Palin is an advocate of abstinence-only education.

Well, well, Mrs. Palin, I guess that throws a wrench in your views somewhere. Teach a girl to not use protection or at least make sure her partner does. She's get knocked up in no time.

In a country where 1/3 of females under the age of 20 get pregnant, abstinence is a sure fire way to make those teenage hormones get bottled up nice and tight... then... KABOOM!

Google Chrome: Now with 10% more privacy invasion!

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The Horse She Rode In On...

My full thoughts on this so-called bombshell later today... once I stop snickering at the sweet irony...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why McCain chose Palin

To get to the point: Palin is a woman. McCain needs women voters. Palin may be the final straw to tip women in favor for McCain, especially former Clinton voters who are either undecided or still hold a grudge towards Obama (maybe even both).

Secondly, Joe Biden is fierce during debates. A Master Debater, of sorts. He has a temper and putting him up against a woman would make him look like a bully, should he lose that temper.

Unfortunately, should McCain win the election in November, and should a gust of wind blow him away, we'll be stuck with an inexperienced governor from Alaska.

That is, we'd be completely and utterly screwed.


Regardless, Sarah Palin is a VPILF.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Long, Hard Road To November

Excellent speech given by Obama tonight. It's not over yet though. We've got a little under 10 weeks to go before the American people vote. It's going to be hard for McCain to top tonight's acceptance speech, but he'll try, and I'm 100% sure he'll attack Obama. In addition to that, I'm sure he'll repeat the same old politics as his plan. The same old politics that the Bush administration has been giving us for 8 long years...

Bring it on McCain.

Bring it on.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Respect They Deserve

This made my day.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Send The Very Best

If you've been following the greeting card industry lately, you may have noticed Hallmark has recently published its first same-sex "marriage" card.

Some organizations, such as the American Family Association, see this as promoting same-sex marriage.

Sorry, AFA, this is not a promotion to same-sex marriage. It's called "broadening your customer demographic". Good try trying to warp the minds of gullible Americans into doing your bidding of sending hate-mail to Hallmark.

This is a capitalist country. Hallmark saw same-sex "marriage" is on the rise. They took a risky step forward. In the end, Hallmark's move will show that times are changing and that not recognizing said changes is the new taboo.

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