Alexander The Great

February 3, 2009

Quick Stimulus Package Question

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexanderthegreatest @ 9:01 pm
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How is it that a few months ago, any fewer that $700 billion was just too little, for a bailout, but today, $800 billion is too much?

For his part, Obama gave us an itemized list for how he intends to use the money. Paulson derived his figure with chicken’s blood and some eye of newt.


March 25, 2008

Stupidness and Gas Prices

Filed under: Modern Life,spam — alexanderthegreatest @ 10:02 am
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I got this email yesterday. It was probably written by an Exxon competitor. I have no problem with that – but please don’t try to hide things from us.

Thing is, if everybody stops buying gas from the #1 distributor, that would mean suddenly there’s more demand and less supply all being channeled to the other gas companies. Everyone who used to buy Exxon going to Shell instead means Shell raises their rates. And probably winds up buying gasoline from Exxon to keep up with the demand spike.

If who writes this sends it to 30 people who all send it to 10, a lot of people are going to get the same email from several friends. Six degrees of separation and all that. You and I might both send this to the same person, but that doesn’t make that person count twice.

Friends, the only way gas prices will ever come down for more than a few days is if demand falls compared to supply. Magical wishful thinking won’t do it. Neither will Enron style accounting games, using numbers to pretend something is happening when it’s not. This is a distraction from actually doing anything to improve the situation!


This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his
engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. If you are tired of the gas
prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to
read this please.

Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than
the “don’t buy gas on a certain day” campaign that was going around last
April or May! It’s worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by next summer and it
might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down?

We need to take some intelligent, united action. The oil companies just
laughed at that because they knew we wouldn’t continue to “hurt” ourselves
by refusing to buy gas .

It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,
whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can Really work.
Please read on and join with us!

By now you’re probably thinking gasoline priced at about $2.00 is super
cheap. Me too! It is currently $3.49 for regular unleaded in my town,

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to
think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 – $1.75, we need to
take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the
marketplace…not sellers.

With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to
take action.

The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit
someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that
WITHOUT hurting ourselves.

How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can’t just stop buying gas.

But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a
price war.

Here’s the idea: For the rest of this year, DON’T purchase ANY gasoline
from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL.

If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their
prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to
follow suit.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and
Mobil gas buyers. It’s really simple to do! Now, don’t wimp out on me at
this point…keep reading and I’ll explain how simple it is to reach
millions of people!!

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us send it to at least ten
more (30 x 10 = 300) … and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x
10 = 3,000)… and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of
people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumer. If those three
million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million
people will have been contacted!

If it goes one level further, you guessed it….. THREE HUNDRED MILLION

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That’s all!

(If you don’t understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to
do is send this to 10 people…. Well, let’s face it, you just aren’t a
mathematician. But I am . so trust me on this one.

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten
more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could
conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

I’ll bet you didn’t think you and I had that much potential, did you!
Acting together we can make a difference.

If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we

Keep it going

Is it just me, or do others find it funny that the author writes things like “I need gas as badly as junkies need crack, and that means I should get to set the price!” Typical entitled thinking, almost certainly hatched by a Republican.

March 1, 2008

Is Gentrification Natural?

Filed under: Ethics,Modern Life — alexanderthegreatest @ 10:44 pm
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Capitalism, alllowed to run amok, will ultimately result in monopolies. This is the natural order of things. A fish will eat itself to death, the discovery of oil or natural gas will bring direct foreign investment, and inflation as a result. Is gentrification the end result of a housing market?

Houses fill two main roles

  1. They give us a place to live, to take shelter from the rain and wind, to sleep, eat, store our things, and find privacy.
  2. They have financial value, like a car or any other significant investment.

This puts the owners of any urban dwelling in a conflict of interest situation. Housing is a businesss, not a fundamental human right. Skid Row Homeless are like carless or Play Station 3 less. It’s the old fasioned way, if you can’t afford a thing, you do without. Except that homeless depress an entire neighborhood and usually means crime. But the division isn’t just between those who live indoors and those who don’t.

Like cars, buildings need maintenance. Roofs wear out from defending against storms and water. Electrical and plumbing standards change over time. Things wear out and need replacement. These reinvestments are passed on to the consumer (tennents in this case), when possible. When dealing with low rent populations, it is frequently impossible to get more in terms of rent, and in such sections of a city, anyone who can afford the increased rent won’t live. A neighborhood is in decline when houses go without these necessary improvements.

When the owner of a property lives in it, this tends not to happen. A person wanting to enjoy their home life has a strong incentive to follow the necessary upkeep. But “real estate” as a speculative investment means capitol flight – moving wealth from some areas to others. While places like Flynt, Michigan slowly die on the vine, niche areas in a city become trendy (like Valencia in San Francisco), people who can afford to (yuppies) move in, and rents rise as the market will bare more.

Some are reminded of the forced migration of Native American “Indians” across the land they once sparsely filled. The bottom rungs of the economy are often pushed from one area to another when they live in metropolises, as most Americans do. (USA Today disagrees.)

January 26, 2008

As it should be

Filed under: Modern Life — alexanderthegreatest @ 1:37 pm
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Does anyone really thinkg Coca Cola isn’t overpriced?

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