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Spreading Your Retirement

This is not an article about retirement planning.  I had been smarter I would have 20 pounds of gold buried somewhere rather than my investments in the stock market, retirement plan, and IRAs.  I have heard speculation since Obama was in office about a move to “take” over our individual retirement accounts.  By all accounts there are trillions of dollars out there in which the federal government has no control over.  Both Demoncrats and RINOs will salivate at the thought of having that much money to spend to ensure their re-election.  They’re not likely to just take it, but will offer you the ability to convert your accounts to government guaranteed annuities.  Think of Social Security again…many promises and IOUs and your beholding to the government for your daily bread.  Any guess who you will vote for?

Double Eagle

Gold is worse poison to a man’s soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug.

– – William Shakespeare

The sudden and unexpected appearance of perhaps the rarest coin, the double eagle, leads FBI agent, Jennifer Browne, on a trail from Fort Knox to France and Turkey and many places in between.  In The Double Eagle the investigation dips into the seedy underworld of black market of stolen artifacts and brings Browne together with an elusive former CIA agent who now works as a specialist acquiring works of art.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

I was shampooing my hair this morning and forgot how to do it so as luck would have it my bottle had directions.  The only problem is that I got stuck in a loop of lather,  rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…lather, rinse, repeat…. (you get the picture).  There is nothing on the directions about when to stop.  So I start thinking that since this seems to be happening with Obama’s economic policy maybe he lost the last page of his economic book and just doesn’t know where to stop.  I eventually ran out of shampoo and had to stop, but he has no “bottle” to empty.  When he runs out of our money, he just prints/borrows more.  Like my suds our money seems to be going down the drain.

The Disappearing Spoon

Try not to fall off of your couch when I suggest that a book that features “other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements” was very interesting.  Now that you are up I am telling you that author Sam Kean does just that.  We have all learned about the periodic table, but probably never heard much detail about the scientists that spent years and careers trying to figure it out.  My vision of these men and women was of a serious-minded professionals at the forefront of their field, trailblazers.  While that was often the case there was a considerable amount of back-stabbing and pettiness during the race to “discover” new elements,

View From The Couch

h1n1I know that the title gives the impression that the view is from a couch potato, but that is not the view.  I spent the last week confined to the house getting over the flu.  My doctor believed that it was H1N1, but did not bother to run any blood work since the results would not be available until after I was cured or dead.  That is not a quote, but the reality.  I’ll have to admit that it was the worst flu that I have experienced, but the deaths that I have read about all seemed to be caused by the secondary issues.  My condition settled into my chest and that is what my doctor treated.