Purely Personal

We lost one of the great ones over the weekend. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor and author of “The Last Lecture,” died at age 47 of pancreatic cancer. Randy lived every day to the fullest and accomplished many of his lifelong goals and dreams in a short period of time. You can see his “Last Lecture” at Randy’s homepage: http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ . Randy was one-of-a-kind, although he would tell you he is not unique. Trust me, he was.

Never truer than today!

The philosopher and poet Cicero wrote the following more than 2,000 years ago, but in the current political climate, with the November election drawing near, never was it truer than in 2008.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot
survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves
amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through
all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

“For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to
his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments. He appeals
to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul
of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine
the pillars of the city. He infects the body politic so that it can no
longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” – Cicero (42 BC)

Quotes Worth Reading

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity, is like
a man standing in a bucket, and trying to lift himself up by the
handle.” – Winston Churchill

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of
Congress but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain.

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which
debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” – G Gordon Liddy

“Giving money and power to government, is like giving whiskey and
car keys to teen age boys.” – P. J. O’Rourke

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November Decision is Critical

The first part of this explains who Thomas Sowell is and why we should pay attention to his opinion. The second part is his opinion on the upcoming election and why our decision as a country is so important.

Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem . As with many others in his neighborhood, he left home early and did not finish high school. The next few years were difficult ones, but eventually he joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Sowell entered Harvard University , worked a part-time job as a photographer and studied the science that would become his passion and profession: economics.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University (1958), he went on to receive his master’s in economics from Columbia University (1959) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago (1968).

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Report: The End of the Internet Is Near


From The Times of London

The end of the Internet is near — and in less than three years, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The reason? More than 85% of the available addresses have already been allocated and the OECD predicts we will have run out completely by early 2011.

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