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Auto Neurotic

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OK. About this Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act. Help me understand, please.

I don’t want to own a GM car.

If I were Oprah, GM cars would not be what I give away. You couldn’t pay me to own a GM car, because then I’d only have to go through the trouble of trying to unload it on a car-buying public that doesn’t want a used GM car anymore than it wants a new GM car.

And even if I were to have a moment of insanity and want to sacrifice my better judgment to buy a GM car for the supposed patriotic good of the country, I couldn’t get myself a loan to do so, despite my good name and sterling credit, because the credit markets suck due to all the irresponsible consumers and greedy bankers and regulators looking the other way as we drove our nation’s metaphorical GM-made car into the ditch. And because Congress found it easier to give the Administration near-dictatorial authority to bail out the greedy bankers instead of helping the irresponsible consumers get the credit they’d need to borrow money to purchase the GM cars they don’t want anyway, GM can claim that it’s not their fault, that they have an excuse for failing to sell me the car that I don’t want to and can’t afford to buy.

So because I don’t want to buy a GM car, and because I couldn’t borrow the money to buy a GM car even if I did want a GM car, and because I’m not a bank eligible for a government handout, GM is in trouble.

So you’re going to take my money and give it to GM anyway, giving GM the cash as if I had gone ahead and bought the car I don’t want. Because the country can’t afford to be without what GM does best: make more cars that I don’t want.

So, what happens to the GM car I didn’t buy, the non-sale of which put GM in the red, that you’ve now paid GM for anyway? I pay GM to get nothing because I don’t want to pay them to get a GM car?

If you’re going to give them my money, at least give me something for it. Just, don’t give me a GM car. Please.

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Written by macheide

11 December 2008 at 3:39 pm

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AdnonSense

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It’s a very trivial observation of passing consequence at best, I know, but I felt a bit of culture clash in coming upon this news article of a rather intriguing archaeological find, then seeing Google’s “Sponsored Links” thinking that it might put me in the mood for purchasing some cologne. Like, would anyone other than Liz Taylor (perhaps hoping to corner the market on a rare fragrance) have clicked the title of this article out of interest for the “perfume” part of the story?

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Written by macheide

10 December 2008 at 8:05 pm

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Poor Of

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I’ll be good soon.

Another macheïde list of questionable purpose and even less value: T9 obiter dictum.

I’ve way too many years to do it like a teen: they either know without looking when to hit “next” for the alternative word on a T9 word list, or they know how to interpret T9-speak and interpret on the fly without caring how it come across.

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Written by macheide

2 December 2008 at 3:15 pm

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Augh!!! Language Augmentation!

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“Obama Says His Becoming U.S. President Augurs Change” reads a Bloomberg headline, echoing one of the lines they had streaming on Bloomberg TV’s middle ticker tape. But although it would not be the least surprising to hear a word like “augur” from our eloquent presidential elect, this time I think they’re paraphrasing. The closest Obama has probably come recently to a context in which he might have used the word might have been in his Tuesday night speech in Chicago after winning the election, when at one point he pointed to auguries the world might see set to flight by America’s historic choice –

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Mildly intriguing, but perhaps not completely coincidental, is a cousin of this word chosen by Bloomberg to represent how the symbolic sign or omen represented by the Obama choice is auspice of a broader, more significant future change: inauguration. An augury is the omen or sign; that omen or sign then augurs the future if one knows how to see and read its meaning and follows its direction; and one then inaugurates to celebrate the occasion of the auguring.

Here then: After 8 years of having a leader who couldn’t correctly pronounce “nuclear” and seemed to barely know the meaning of words beyond a fifth grade education level, the choice of Obama augurs a whole new engagement of all American people with the English language.

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Written by macheide

6 November 2008 at 9:49 pm

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Spl-oink

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Them SWA commercials poking fun at losers like AA are obsolete now that luggage fees will go away since oil prices have come back down, right? Yeah right.

That’s the simple text message I’ve now tried on three separate occasions to send through Spoink.

A system bug that just happens to hit only that message but none of my other spoinks? Some anti-microblogging term of service that I’ve maybe violated by expressing a consumer’s opinon?

Notwithstanding all the time I waste on various Internet pursuits, I have neither the time nor the interest to figure this one out. Off I go to continue the search for a suitable, reliable microblogging service.

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Written by macheide

1 October 2008 at 9:22 pm

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Most Precious Commodity

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Upwards of 1% of the country’s population is heading into their second week after Ike without electrical power; those who miss living in their mansions may not completely understand how far away from home that can make one feel. And although one can go for days, maybe even weeks after the storm, without so much as an MRE, clean water is more urgently and immediately needed for survival.

But if Ike has taught us anything about emergency supplies and distribution, it is that the most precious commodity, the commondity that is most in demand, the commodity least available, and the commodity for which distribution systems remain desperately inadequate is simply: information. Reliable, up-to-date information.

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Written by macheide

21 September 2008 at 6:41 pm

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Flying Right

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Southwest Airlines has earned a profit during the most recent fiscal quarter, proving an airline can survive current economic conditions and keep its customers without charging them to travel with luggage and piling on all the other indignities that dying outfits like American Airlines resort to.

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Written by macheide

24 July 2008 at 2:24 pm

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