Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Federal Reserve Tax

The biggest tax we pay is the inflation tax. Before the Fed inflation went up and down for over 100 years - staying basically at zero while products improved. Since the Fed, well a much different story:
The only 'green' since the Fed was after WWI and the Great Depression. The Fed needs to go. This chart is also using the government flawed CPI - real inflation being even higher. If I save my money, which has already been taxed, get a really good 5% on it, what do I get at the end of the year? I get a 5% inflation in the real world - which puts me at even - then the government taxes my interest made; now I am behind. Even a very responsible middle class citizen is going to fall behind and the classes will continue to slowly divide.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Now I must pay

I have to give microsoft and the gaming world credit: they have finally figured out how to get more money out of my pocket. When I find a good game - Halo, Gears, COD, splinter cell, etc... - I tend to play it, well indefinitely. The online play continues to keep the game fun, but now they have started releasing map-packs for all these games. At first it was really cool, new maps - great; but now not as much. They know we want the achievement points so they now come with those. Not only that but the old maps never become free, and after a while you can't even play online without the new maps. I guess if it weren't for 360 voice I wouldn't mind as much. They have won this battle, but the war is not over. With a kid right around the corner they may not see the likes of me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spider Bite?

After a successful hike up Mt. Washington, something got the better of me on the way down. I thought the area was just irritated, and didn't think much of it, since by then most everything was a bit sore. The next day I noticed my foot wasn't getting better but worse; the area was becoming very dark and possibly spreading. I called the doctor the next day and he put me on Doxycycline and Rifampin (two apparently strong antibiotics). The infection spread across my foot and a couple of inches up my leg over the next couple of days but the color began to fade. My foot is just about back to normal, thankfully, after reading lots of horror stories online.

One good site I found was http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider-bite-treatment/ which claims that injecting 1/10th CC of Dexamethasone (a cortisone) seems to do the trick. I doubt a brown recluse was the culprit seeing that it was in New Hampshire. My best guess is a wolf spider, but I guess the lesson learned was next time I'll wear hiking socks.