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2010 February 18 — Why Now?
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It Was A Rational Decision

Sean Paul noted the Local Plane Crash in Austin and linked to a Joe Weisenthal post at Business Insider: The Insane Manifesto Of Austin Texas Crash Pilot Joseph Andrew Stack.

The problem, beyond the death of innocent people in this incident, is that there is no “Insane Manifesto”, there is a reasoned and accurate portrayal of what life is like for small business people in technology, and what dealing with the IRS is like.

The only error is the target of Mr. Stack’s final act – the IRS is enforcing the rules imposed on it by a Congress that is controlled by corporate interests. Congress and the government’s willingness to do whatever their corporate funders want, is what has created the Byzantine mess that is the current tax code.

Having tried everything else, and doing what he thought he was supposed to do, i.e. education and hard-work, he just couldn’t get ahead, or even stay in the same place.

His final act was to lash out at the most convenient target – the Federal offices in Austin. It wasn’t insane, but it will be portrayed that way, so the ruling elite won’t have to bother themselves over it.

February 18, 2010   6 Comments

Yukon Quest – Day 13

Yukon Quest map even years

Sled DogUpdate at 10:00PM CST. Mike Ellis established another record for his purebred Siberian Husky team. Although Kelley Griffin had the last team with a payday at the end, people are still arriving.

Cindy Barrand brought in 13 of her original 14 dogs, but she and Jennifer Raffaeli both got 30 minute penalties for help with sled repairs.

Update: Terry Williams became the second scratch of the race when he pulled out at Carmacks. Just before his arrival, an 8-year-old dog, Bags, died. The initial autopsy indicates that the dog had a heart defect that wasn’t audible during screening. The dogs exhibited no signs of problems during three vet checks performed during the race. Williams was running a conservative race at the back, learning the trail, more than striving to win.

At Whitehorse
13 Mike Ellis (18)
14 David Dalton (3)
15 Kelley Griffin (15)
16 Cindy Barrand (9)R
17 Bart DeMarie (14)R
18 Peter Fleck (24)R
19 Jennifer Raffaeli (16)R

Beyond Braeburn
20 Katie Davis (6)R
21 Pierre-Antoine Heritier (19)R

At Braeburn
22 Jocelyne LeBlanc (8)R

Official Yukon Quest links: Live Tracking, Current Standings, and Current News.

The Mushers in bold are former winners of the Quest, the numbers in parentheses are their Bib numbers, and the small “R” indicates a rookie.

Note: This post will be updated during the day, and the map changed on all posts to reflect the current situation.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 18, 2010   2 Comments