Upcoming Elections

BernieSo, its that time again, elections are soon upon us. The normal people saying ‘I don’t like politics I don’t even vote’ are out in their usual numbers. The problem is, not voting is giving up your say, you make those people who do vote voice louder. This election cycle we have a chance to take our country back from the fountain of billionaires and hate that is the republican party. We have a chance to end the party politics as usual. We have a chance to make a difference in the country we live in. If you are sick of business as usual politics you want to know about Bernie Sanders.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Finding Tools to Help Find More Work

So, if you follow Axis & I, you know we work with computers, both in our day jobs, and for many clients on the side, in our down time. Being techies, we’re good at solving a broad range of technical issues, but some times the business side is just a bother.  We have found tools to help us with invoicing, The final area that lots of quality technical people run into trouble with is Lead Generation.  I am experimenting with a new website www.thumbtack.com which appears to do a very good job of lead generation.  In the first 2 days, its provided me with 5 leads. I’m still building my profile there, but they have excellent tools, and helpful support people that make it all very simple to put together a solid representation of your skills, and even lets you include reviews by your existing clients.

Once my profile is complete, its looking like I’ll have a solid lead generation system, with the ability to provide quotes to leads as they come in. So, it sounds pretty sweet, huh? It is. Submitting a quote to a lead is inexpensive, and if your quote isn’t looked at by the potential client, that small fee is refunded.  Leads are sent out to all available users, but only the first 5 quotes are sent to the potential client, meaning a high probability of collecting a new client, for a very reasonable cost.

So, if you need help generating leads, drop by thumbtack.com.

 

AT&T’s Telcom F*ckery

I have been an AT&T wireless customer starting in 2005. In mid 2009 I added DSL service. AT&T called in early November of 2009, and told me I was being moved to combined billing (for my DSL and wireless service on my account).

AT&T aka Death Star Communications

From November of 2009 to February of 2010 I did not receive a bill. I tried on multiple occasions to call and make a payment and was told as I had a $0 balance on my account that they would not take a payment.

In March of 2010 AT&T called and told me that I owed $1654 immediately or my services would be cancelled (at which point I would owe over $1800). As I did not have that kind of money lying around I was unable to pay before the phone call ended. I went to the store on Airport road in Huntsville AL where I lived to try to see if they could do anything. Taking with me screenshots showing my account had a zero balance for each of the last 4 months. The store refused to do anything and told me to contact support over the phone.
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Executive Orders

Regan & ObamaSo if you were watching the President’s State of the Union address the other night you probably (if you were paying attention) heard him say that he was going to be using executive orders to push things through that will help the American people. If you are a Democrat you are probably happy about this, however if you are a Republican you are probably saying how horrible this is. After all, they’ve claimed for years that he wishes to rule more like a “king” or “dictator” with his abuse of the executive order.
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RIP

No, it doesn’t stand for rest in peace. Its the newest trend in ammunition. The RIP or  Radically Invasive Projectile is designed to cut like a saw through steel, fabric, glass, bullet proof glass, etc. Upon entry it throws off 8 spikes that travel away from the core of the bullet. In addition the projectile is designed to be used in automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Specifically the kind of weapons that can have 250 round clips and fling 80 rounds a minute.RIP Ammo

The problem isn’t so much that ammunition like this actually exists as much as anyone can get it. The round is able to penetrate most materials, narrowing down the number of places that are safe is someone is coming after you to almost no where. Even banks and other institutions that have bullet proof glass and other precautions, won’t be safe any more.

The bigger problem even still is the people that look at this and drool. I have personally seen people who upon looking at it and reading its specs drool and express that they plan to “replace all of their ammo with this”.
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Interesting Correlations: Driving, Education, and Voting

Road RageIf you have ever been to a big city, you will notice pretty quickly that traffic can get pretty bad. But there is a big difference between congestion on the roads and drivers that seem like they are out to kill you. When looking into what states have the  worst drivers, you might be surprised at what other information you find.

Here are a few interesting observations about the states with the word drivers based on the following five categories: (per the research of Car Insurance Comparison)

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)
  • Drunk Driving
  • Tickets
  • Careless Driving.

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The Current State of the US economy

Pope Quote

With all of the recent talk of increasing the minimum wage, the mega wealthy, the tea party, and the Pope’s comments on trickle down economics. Lets look at some facts.

Lets start with trickle down economics. The economic idea of trickle down economics got its start under President Reagan. Some people still refer to it as Reaganomics. It is the belief that giving tax breaks to the wealthy will cause them to have more money and thus create more jobs and stimulate the economy. The problem is that this doesn’t account for the ever expanding greed of the mega wealthy. Continue reading

New Bill Could Turn SNAP Program Into Hunger Games

In the US where the top 2% are getting richer and richer with help of Republicans and the Tea Party, and the other 98% are only getting poorer, Republican law makers in 2 states are upping the ante.

Katniss, Hunger Games

In Georgia and Tennessee, Republican law makers are in the process of passing legislation that would cut food stamps and other forms of government assistance for poor families if their children’s grades fall below all A’s. This would apply to all families on assistance, even those who have students with learning disabilities and other handicaps. Under the law, assistance could be cut up to 30% depending on the grades of the child. In families with multiple children, up to 40% based on the average of all of the children in the home. Students who get lunch assistance from the state would also see a decrease in the amount of assistance for their lunches.
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