That's no moon... 
Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:17 PM - blogFoo

Via The Smallest Minority
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Niccolo Machiavelli 
Friday, March 13, 2009, 02:40 PM - quoteFoo

Of no little importance to a prince is his choice of ministers, who are good or bad according to the prince’s intelligence. In forming an opinion about a ruler’s brains, the first thing is to look at the men he has around him, for when they are adequate and loyal he can be considered prudent, because he recognizes those who are competent and keeps them loyal. When they are otherwise, the prince is always to be estimated low, because the first error he makes, he makes in choosing advisers.

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Verizon to share personal data 
Monday, March 9, 2009, 08:34 AM - techFoo
Gizmodo has an article about this.

From the comments on the story come boiled down instructions...

- Sign in to the Verizon website.
- On the red bar near the top, hover over "My Verizon."
Click on "My Profile."
(Don't go over to the sub-menu that pops up.)
- In the second section down, under Phone Controls, there's a link to
"View/Edit Privacy (CPNI) Settings." Click on that.
- Voila! Click on the button that says "Don't share my CPNI."
Remember to hit the save button before you leave.

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Why I don't take naps... 
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 12:04 PM - blogFoo

Via Frank J (
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Ayn Rand 
Monday, February 23, 2009, 03:12 PM - quoteFoo

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

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C. S. Lewis 
Monday, February 23, 2009, 07:29 AM - quoteFoo

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

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Ayn Rand 
Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:24 PM - quoteFoo

It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

~The Fountainhead, 1943

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David Garibaldi 
Friday, December 19, 2008, 06:28 PM - artFoo

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Mark Twain 
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 07:28 AM - quoteFoo

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

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From the front 
Saturday, November 29, 2008, 02:09 PM - frontFoo
From my nephew, serving in the Army in Iraq:

So I am a bit surprised by my first few weeks in Iraq. Sure, there are still those who think it's fun to shoot at the Americans, but it really is nothing like the news portrays. I am a combat medic, and being so, I am in a position to speak with the locals on a slightly more persona level than most other soldiers. My squad patrols through cities every day, both looking for dangers for the American troops, and looking for more ways to help the Iraqi people. I am happy to say that I have treated far more Iraqi citizens for illness and injury than American soldiers or airmen, and I have had to pick up my own rifle even less. That my not be a "nice" or "PC" thing to say, but it is how I feel. But I digress. While treating said locals, I get a chance to talk face to face with Iraqi families every day (Usually through an interpreter, as I don't speak much Arabic), and the general feeling I get from them is gratitude. It was explained to me best yesterday when one Hajji (Hajji being a respected elder who has made a pilgrimage to the holy land, not the derogatory slang term most Americans like to use) told me that "Yes, I am glad Sadam [sic] is gone, but that is not what is important. You Americans have helped my family by bringing us clean water and "healing" my brother. You have helped my community by making it cleaner and safer. These are the things that matter." Needless to say, I was nearly floored. The things that we do on a national level do not concern most people here. It is the individual effort that these people see, and for the most part, are grateful for. I check news websites from back home, and they make it look like the Iraqi's want us to leave, but when I ask them, they say they are happy we are here, an that we make them safe. It feels to me as if something is being lost (or intentionally twisted) in translation.

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Banda Mamute - Dad on keyboard, harmonica and vocal 
Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:27 PM - musicFoo

Recorded on a cellphone.
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Dr Seuss 
Friday, November 7, 2008, 03:25 PM - quoteFoo

Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.

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