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MIDDLE INCOME RICHARD'S
Third Millennium Almanack
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An e-zine published every now and again
via the Internet, which should, in the coming
thousand years, save a few wads of paper
and spare a whole bunch of trees.
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Number 3, Mid-July
In the 1st year of the 21st century
(c) 2001 Rich Limacher
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[Note:  Problem solved, re: that "Volume" and "Issue"
numbering Thing.  Just omit the "Vol." and keep adding to
the "No."  Easy, no?  After all, there is no bookbinder who
needs to bind anything up after 12 months in order to fit on
some library shelf.  Also--amazing benefit!--as future
technology expands, so can these "Numbers"!]
 
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Editorial material, immaterial, ads, subtracts, and
everything else to:
TheTroubadour@prodigy.net
 
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I'd rather have a new idea than a new car.  The former can
move thousands of people; the latter maybe six.
 
 
 
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This e-zine is all about:
       *our* future.
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Chair of Contents:
 
 
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  r                                    c    e             o
  e                                   k   k               n
p s   page numbers are  no longer necessary
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(because  everything  is  all  on  one  page)
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Here's something else that needs inventing:
A new logo for that you-know-what brand of paint.  Something
INSTEAD OF one vast pail of thick red paint being dumped,
splashing and dripping, over the whole blue globe of Earth.
Why aren't the environmentalists up in arms over THAT?
(See this at  http://www.sherwin-williams.com)http://www.sherwin-williams.com)
 
 
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Today's Rule to Live By:
 
Sometimes you need to step back to read what's actually
written on the broadside of a barn.
 
 
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Yesterday's Feedback:
 
 
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Richard:
 
I wanted to thank you for sending me your e-zine, which I
enjoyed.  The Internet gives us all so many more
opportunities to express ourselves than, I think, any of us
could have imagined even ten years ago.  The task of writing
and distributing one's work is potentially a two-edged
sword.  Ego-bolstering on the one hand, but with the
potential for disappointment on the other.  So, I conclude,
it always takes a degree of courage.
 
I enjoyed your style, and would encourage you to continue.
Thanks again for including me on your distribution list.
 
Regards,
Anthony C. Humpage
Scottsdale, AZ
"Qui patitur vincit."
 
 
[Thanks, Anthony!  You're absolutely right.  Just look at
this other feedback I've received (below), eh?  Thus cutteth
"the other edge of the sword." :]
 
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Richard:
 
To be yourself and to be full of yourself.
Perhaps, this is a thought to ponder?
 
My tip - take a creative writting course.
 
 "The Insightful One"
  [Name withheld, but spelling left intact]
 
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Richard's Old Radical Upstart Law for Radical Young
Start-Ups:  Before you'll succeed, you first have to have
everyone you know say you'll fail.
 
 
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           Today's Mini Movie Review
                   By CeCe Rooters
 
"A.I.  (Artificial Intelligence)"
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Wow, hey.  If Americans were once upset about teaching
"evolution" in the public schools (cf. the Scopes Trial of
1925), wait'll they get a load of THIS!
 
Here is yet another destined-to-be-a-classic shot from the
canon of genius of one Steven Spielberg who seems, by the
way, to be about the only creative force currently at work
in Hollywood that still relies on creativity.  Everybody
else banks on sequels.  But this "A.I." movie gives us a
pretty disturbing hint about what kind of future everybody's
going to have on this planet.  And the message is:  WE ain't
gonna have a future on this planet.
 
No, we are all going to perish only to be survived by our
robots.  Robots, after all, don't eat what will become our
poisoned food supply, they don't breathe what's to become of
our air, and they won't need to swim or swelter in the
global warming that's going to melt our polar ice caps and
drown out New York City.  (And THAT visual is worth the
price of admission all by itself!)  But here's the insidious
subtext:  our robots, equipped with the artificial
intelligence we give them, are themselves going to evolve
and become smarter than we are!
 
But that's the toughest "byte" of all to try and swallow.
Here Spielberg is touching cinematically upon one of
philosophy's oldest debates:  Can God make a rock bigger
than He can lift?  Now the creator of "A.I." asks:  Can man
create an intelligence that may eventually be smarter than
the brains that built it?
 
In other words, can non-living intelligence--on its
own--evolve?
 
Because we see by the end of the movie that the spawn of our
robots have somehow figured out how to meet the needs of
some lifestyle which humans themselves could not have
imagined coming into being after all the people are gone,
I'm assuming this visionary filmmaker believes that answer
is "yes."
 
Whoa baby!  All you future Clarence Darrows out there had
best hie yourselves to law school right now.  You might
just need this kind of lead time to prepare for that future
"Trial of the Millennia."
 
On second thought, forget it.  If folks of the future get
all upset about teaching "evolution of artificial
intelligence" in the public schools, it'll only be robots in
the classrooms anyway, and the trial itself will be
litigated artificially.
 
Hmmm, let's see here.  My electronic brain computing now in
front of me doesn't seem quite capable of running a program
that programmers never imagined.  So, I think I'll have to
give "A.I." the "thumbs down" on its anthropology, but a
most definite "thumbs up" on its getting all of us *live*
intelligences to THINK.
 
Man, this flick will blow your mind!
 
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website.
 
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copied-and-pasted directly from the site itself]:
 
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another dime on any product or service that's supposedly
able to better your health, OK?
 
 
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From the 21st Century Journeyman Wizard
To His Apprenticed Class of Sage Pages:
 
 
"Today we have an unexpected reason for doing away with
capital punishment."
 
"Oh wow, Wiz," blares Page One, "what it is!"
 
"It's cost."
 
"Whoa, Master Bro," pipes up another pipsqueak, "it be's
cheaper 'n' keepin' the chump alive!"
 
"Is it?"
 
"Fo sho!"
 
"All right, class, let's just see.  How much, say, does your
average adult male prisoner consume in food, clothes, and
other supplies during an average day?  A hundred dollars'
worth?"
 
"Nah, Pops.  Less."
 
"Well," continues the Vaunted Sage, "let's just keep it in
round numbers and multiply that cost by 365 days a year,
times, say, a fairly excessive life sentence that actually
lasts for sixty years.  Who's got the answer?"
 
His pupils whip out their pocket calculators.
 
"Yo, Teach!" broadcasts Page Two, "Two million one hundred
and ninety thousand pictures of dead presidents."
 
"Just so," says His Nibs.  "Now add to that the average
prison's costs per prisoner, say, three hundred dollars a
day in guard salaries, administrative costs, and maintenance
of building and grounds.  Who's got the answer?"
 
His pupils punch their calculators for quite some time.
 
The almost-fully-wizened wiz then adds:  "Hey, kids.  Just
multiply your previous total by four!"
 
"Got it!" Page Five replies.  "Eight million seven hundred
and sixty thousand big green leaves of fresh pressed
lettuce.  Dang, dude.  That's a lotta cabbage!"
 
"High fives to Five," says the nearly-sage.  "That probably
would approximate the total cost of keeping most any
prisoner behind bars for the rest of his life, eh?"
 
"Yo," the pages all rustle in unison.
 
"So," presses the professor, "what do you suppose the total
cost was to actually execute Mister Timothy McVeigh?"
 
"Heckuva lot less 'n' eight mill, boss!" exclaims the last
page.
 
"On the contrary," rejoins the Wise One, "it was a full five
mill MORE!"
 
"No!"
 
"Yo."
 
He holds up a paper.
 
"Here you see the headline news from Associated Press
for Friday, June 29th.  It cost our government a total of
$13,780,835.83--in attorneys' fees and court costs
alone--just to pay for his public defense!"
 
"No!"
 
"Yes!  So now, where do you suppose those 13.8 million
'pictures of dead presidents' come from, class?"
 
"Us."
 
"Yo."
 
The largely Middle Class class of pages repockets their
pocket adding machines.
 
"So, class, which is wiser:  the life sentence or the death
sentence?"
 
"Hey, man, like, we is only a buncha 'prentices.  You gotta
ax th' experts to figger that one out--like, Congress!"
 
"Hmmm," gauges the sage. "I can see we're going to need
another lesson."
 
 
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Another Vertical Cartoon:
 
[For best results, as "they" say, either press and keep
holding down the down-arrow key on your keyboard, or else
use your mouse to click-and-hold the bottom button of
your vertical scrollbar.  The idea is to make a vertically
self-moving "motion picture."  (Does anybody remember the
old kinescopes?)  Try this and see!]
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |                             |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |    '    '   _   _         |
         | '__O=  ||  ||_x=/`  |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |                             |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |     `   ` `                |
         |  `   O    `  /          |
         |   _/  \ C /   _      |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |                             |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |       `    `                |
         |        O /`               |
         |      ~| |                  |
         |   ` /     /`             |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |            ` `              |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |            O              |
         |         /  |  |            |
         |          (   ) /          |
         |         ` ||  || `          |
         |         _||  ||_          |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |          /`  `            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |           O /            |
         |            |  |             |
         |         (   )              |
         |           ||  ||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |          /`  `            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |           O /            |
         |            |  |              |
         |             (   )           |
         |           ||  ||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |          /`  `            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |           O /            |
         |            |  |              |
         |         (   )               |
         |           ||  ||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |          /`  `            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |           O /            |
         |            |  |              |
         |             (   )           |
         |           ||  ||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |          /`  `            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |           O /            |
         |            |  |              |
         |           (   )             |
         |           ||``||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |            ` `              |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |            O               |
         |         /  |  |             |
         |          (   ) /           |
         |         `//`` \ `         |
         |        _\    /_          |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
         |          /`  `            |   "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |           O /            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |            |  |              |
         |           (   )             |
         |           ||``||             |
         |         _||  ||_           |
         |          `      `           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
         |           (   )            |   "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |           ||``||            |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |         _||  ||_          |
         |                             |
         |          `      `           |
         |                             |
         |          `      `           |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                     (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
         |                             |   "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |           `    `           |    OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |           `     `           |
         |                             |
         |          `       `          |
         |                             |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                     (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |                             |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                     (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         |                             |  "PLEASE EXCUSE
         |                             |   OUR DUST BUT..."
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |                             |
         |~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                   (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                       (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                   (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
                    /`  `                     O /
                      |  |
                       (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
 
            `         `          `
                  `       /`
                     O /   ------ Qui patitur
                      |  |                 vincit!*
                     (   )
                     ||``||
                   _||  ||_
 
 
 
 
*He who suffers, conquers!
(Thanks to Anthony Humpage)
 
 
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Too early to rise fairly guarantees early to bed.
 
 
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Today's Repetitious Media Message:
 
It's no secret that one of our most memorable ancestors, Ben
Franklin, got his first real "break" in the media by giving
up trying to pander to the tastes of the more traditional
publishers of his time--and just inventing that "break" on
his own.  He published a simple one-page periodical called
"Poor Richard's Almanack" and sold it along the streets and
rivers of the colonies for a penny apiece.  And it thrived
as a business for the next twenty-five years.  So now, some
two-hundred and sixty-nine years later, you get "Middle
Income Richard's 3rd Millennium Almanack" selling along the
buy-ways and Java-streams of the Internet for a buck a copy.
At least, that's the plan.
 
For the moment, of course, this is free.  That is, unless
you suddenly develop pangs of conscience, and for that you
might find immediate relief by snail-mailing a Yankee
greenback to Ben's most dubious distant cousin:  C. C.
Writers at P.O. Box 963, Matteson, Illinois 60443 USA.
Thanks.  And keep thinking "green" (i.e., saving the
environment by promoting paperless publishing)!!!
 
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Today's Little Prophecy:
 
Robots will NOT inherit the Earth.  Or, if they do, they'll
all break down before their warranties expire.
 
 
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Tomorrow's Wishful Thinking:
 
 
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OK, none so far.  But how about a little friendly promotion
as a professional courtesy?
 
Check out Running Delights at
 
http://www.ontherun.com/rundlts.htm
 
 
...for all (or most) of your running/walking/sporting
personal and/or gift-giving needs.  They're great folks to
do business with.  (And... I owe 'em a favor! 
 
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Today's Forecast:
 
Snow.
 
 
Tomorrow's Forecast:
 
Snow.
 
 
Yesterday's Forecast:
 
Snow.
 
 
 
There now.  My predictions are about as accurate as the
weather people's.
 
 
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