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2004 US Election observations

annals of egregious parking

You think that’s anywhere near 30 feet from the stop sign?

021107 16391

More like three.

Jerk.

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2004 US Election

beating the system

I have been having some issues with darwinports, the open source package/port management system for Darwin/OS X. I am more familiar with the FreeBSD ports system and have worked out some coping strategies for when things don’t go well (thankfully, it doesn’t happen often).

So I had a port get stuck in such way that it built and was usable (the .so or .dylib files were installed) but the port wasn’t registered. That means that ports depending on it would break since they couldn’t install without it.

Here’s an example of what I was seeing:

—> Installing gettext 0.14.1_1

Error: Target com.apple.install returned: Registry error: gettext 0.14.1_1 already registered as installed. Please uninstall it first.

Warning: the following items did not execute (for gettext): com.apple.activate com.apple.install

white:/opt/local paul$ port -vf uninstall gettext

port uninstall failed: Registry error: gettext 0.14.1_0 not registered as installed.

white:/opt/local paul$ port -vf install gettext

—> Installing gettext 0.14.1_1

Error: Target com.apple.install returned: Registry error: gettext 0.14.1_1 already registered as installed. Please uninstall it first.

Warning: the following items did not execute (for gettext): com.apple.activate com.apple.install

white:/opt/local paul$ port -vf activate gettext

—> Activating gettext

port activate failed: Registry error: gettext 0.14.1_0 not registered as installed.

I had to find a little more about how the registration process works.

As it turns out, in /opt/local/var/db/dports is where all the action is.

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2004 US Election

Sharing holiday gift ideas

Do you have any favorite children’s gifts your children have received or been given? Any timeless ideas you’d like to share?

If you have come across something really good, please leave it a comment on this page. Please tell us the name, a description, where you found it, and what age child it would be best suited for. And if you need some ideas, I hope there are a few here to inspire you.

Thanks!

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2004 US Election

paying your way II

well, it didn’t take long to find the information I wanted. How read this chart:

  1. find your state
  2. see if it’s red or blue (you probably know)
  3. check to see if the final column is a positive or negative number.

If it’s a negative number, you lose: you’re giving away more than your get, in California’s case, $58 billion. But if you’re in Alabama, say, you win: you collected $10 billion more than you contributed. And hey, look at Virginia with almost $22 billion in federal funds: you’d think one of the oldest states would have figured out how to generate a surplus by now.

States’ Balance of Payments with Washington, 2001

(dollars in millions)
 
Taxes Paid
Spending Received
Surplus/Deficit
Alabama
22,437
33,205
10,768
Alaska
4,200
6,685
2,485
Arizona
30,057
32,392
2,335
Arkansas
12,476
17,469
4,993
California
264,344
206,245
-58,099
Colorado
33,898
26,618
-7,280
Connecticut
36,416
25,351
-11,065
Delaware
5,750
4,632
-1,118
Florida
110,294
107,395
-2,899
Georgia
52,225
50,822
-1,403
Hawaii
6,903
10,185
3,282
Idaho
6,683
7,977
1,294
Illinois
96,686
71,520
-25,166
Indiana
36,733
34,630
-2,103
Iowa
16,725
18,523
1,798
Kansas
16,503
17,806
1,303
Kentucky
20,509
27,210
6,701
Louisiana
21,371
29,249
7,878
Maine
6,904
8,643
1,739
Maryland
41,779
50,966
9,187
Massachusetts
59,779
48,188
-11,591
Michigan
67,886
56,185
-11,701
Minnesota
36,519
27,384
-9,135
Mississippi
12,094
21,023
8,929
Missouri
33,718
41,452
7,734
Montana
4,359
6,910
2,551
Nebraska
10,415
11,469
1,054
Nevada
15,014
10,631
-4,383
New Hampshire
10,315
7,006
-3,309
New Jersey
75,115
51,657
-23,458
New Mexico
8,487
17,156
8,669
New York
166,554
126,990
-39,564
North Carolina
47,579
47,748
169
North Dakota
3,288
6,169
2,881
Ohio
69,127
66,341
-2,786
Oklahoma
16,667
23,790
7,123
Oregon
21,241
19,826
-1,415
Pennsylvania
83,052
84,880
1,828
Rhode Island
6,990
7,458
468
South Carolina
20,799
26,070
5,271
South Dakota
4,293
6,095
1,802
Tennessee
33,225
38,986
5,761
Texas
134,809
121,571
-13,238
Utah
11,358
12,139
781
Vermont
3,731
3,984
253
Virginia
52,858
74,802
21,944
Washington
49,651
40,233
-9,418
West Virginia
7,793
13,064
5,271
Wisconsin
34,609
28,966
-5,643
Wyoming
3,583
3,824
241

Unfair? Perhaps. The federal system is supposed to benefit everyone without quibbling about who generates a surplus or a deficit. But the divisions aren’t my invention: again, if people can speak for the president and his party and deprecate the ones who generate the tax revenues that subsidize their base without fear of correction, why should we put up with it?