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According to a recent study, federal workers could save $55 on monthly fuel costs.

The online-based telework promoting organization figured that current fuel prices cost typical GS-7, Step 5 federal employees $138.80 a month, nearly 7 percent of their after-tax income. The organization's study, titled "Gas Fuels Telework," is based on a survey of 3,500 federal employees registered with the Telework Exchange Web site.
If you've been in DC area traffic, then you know that anything that gets cars off the roads is a good thing.


I was wandering around aimlessly at a store with 10 bags of spring fertlizer for my yard talking on one of my 5 cellular devices trying to explain to expain to a clerk that I go by my middle name, not my first name, thinking about how suspicious it was that my credit card was actually accepted when it occurred to me that if I lived in Manchester, I would surely have been reported to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline whose motto is "“You don’t have to be sure. If you suspect it, report it.”


Once again, the people in charge of selling soap have come out with a study "proving" that men need to wash their hands more frequently. In Atlanta, they chose the men's room at Turner Field to gather their "data". This location is an excellent choice to validate the predetermined outcome of their "study". The men's room sink counters at Turner Field are cesspools of what is hopefully water that's been sitting there since the Braves' last pennant win. In these washrooms, I go by the Straight Dope's summation of the study by Charles Gerba:

As Professor Gerba's research would later determine, however, the bathroom was hardly the most dangerous part of the house, microbe-wise. The real pesthole: the kitchen sponge or dishcloth, where fecal coliform bacteria from raw meat and such could fester in a damp, nurturing (for a germ) environment. Next came the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and the kitchen faucet handle. The toilet seat was the least contaminated of 15 household locales studied. "If an alien came from space and studied the bacterial counts," the professor says, "he probably would conclude he should wash his hands in your toilet and crap in your sink."
I have taught my son not to wash his hands there, not that we go anymore -and that's not because it's too expensive or that they are losing, rather it is the constant barrage of incredibly loud commercials, the horrible music and the fear that some creep is watching me in the bathroom, with a clipboard.


Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but we've been busy on other things and I have been trying to deal with trackback and comment spam, which according to our ISP was causing a DOS attack. I find that a bit hard to believe, but there you have it. The connection seems to be working again. We also upgraded the web server and added squid and mod_security. Comments and trackbacks are still turned off until I can fine tune mod_security enought to feel comfortable turning them on again.


Just an FYI. I have turned trackbacks back on, with moderation. I didn't realize they were off ;).

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