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Articles that I've written:

Why "Y2K" might still happen

Leap Day and Leap Year issues

The U.S. Government has FAILED

An example of Anti-Gun Lunacy

How to Buy a Gold Ingot

Mortgage Counter-Magic

Shop For A Mortgage

Try A Little 'TLC' (Tax Lien Certificate)

Compound Interest exercises



Articles written by others:

"Gunsmoke and Mirrors", by Duncan Long
I didn't write this article, but it may as well have been me (because I agree with almost everything that's written in it).
Actually, I think that Duncan's done a better job of it than I would have.

"They All Died", by L. Toth
  (reprinted by permission of author)



Books written by others:

"The Hacker Crackdown", by Bruce Sterling  An exposé on abuse of police power.

"L.A. Secret Police", by Mike Rothmiller and Ivan G. Goldman  An exposé of institutionalized abuse of police power.




"The Magic Square squared problem", by Thipdar  A 64-bit MASM program to solve a 3 by 3 Magic Square, where each value gets squared before being summed.



Far out

"The Society for the Technology of Orbital Refining and Manufacturing"  Sure we can capture asteroids, but what do we do with them then?



Interesting Blogs:

The Cowboy Confessional, by Guy Smith

Terry Time, by Terry Floyd

The Foldvarium, by Fred Foldvary

The Moorefield Storey Blog, by the Moorefield Storey Institute



Favorite Quotes:

"Considering my youth, brakes are a luxury!" - Dave Peddicord

"Nothing looks worse on a beautiful woman than a bad attitude." - G.T. Holme

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

- Abraham Lincoln

"A desire not to butt into other people's business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom... and the other twenty percent isn't very important."

- Jubal Harshaw, in the book "Stranger in a Strange Land", by Robert Heinlein

"You can’t dance with sticky feet." - Kiyoshi Ito

"We like to think of war as an aberration, as the breakdown of the normal state of peace. This is comforting but wrong. War is deeply woven into the history of human society. Wherever we look in the past, no matter where or how far back we go, groups of people have organized themselves to protect their own territory or ways of life and, often, to attack those of others." - Margaret MacMillan



'Net Commerce:

Things for sale

Things for trade

Things for free



Gun Control:




These are some of my favorite sites

The infamous "Exploding Whale"
Great site for bumper stickers that you can use in chat rooms, e-mail or web sites
LOL Cats
So Much Pun
Entertaining video clips

This page has some charts that are important to me
I check here for spot prices of gold and silver
New York Stock Exchange
American Stock Exchange


The Classics of Literature
Great site for shareware & freeware


If you like old Ford Trucks:
Ford Truck Enthusiasts
...especially the "Bumpsides"


Other sites:
I enjoy watching this band perform






US Navy veteran, 1973-'76. I volunteered durning 'Nam, but never left stateside

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