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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Can't They Find Something Better to Do?

With Social Security privatization, the tax code overhaul and the war in Iraq on the Federal agenda, you would think the States could pick up some of the slack in addressing the problems of today.

But no, in Virginia the House of Representatives has passed a bill making it illegal ($50.00 fine) to wear pants in such a way that they allow viewing of underwear.

And in Oregon the State raised gas taxes to promote conservation. This effort was so successful they now have a budget crunch. Imagine, a government plan actually worked... too well.

Here in Delaware, the political class commissioned a study to set (raise) pay rates for all State employees. Now that the bill passed, by lack of action to stop it, the politicos are scrambling for cover.

Now that is a nice job, if you can get it.
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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Happy Chinese New Year!

February 9th is the Chinese New Year.

It's important when doing business with clients all over the world to try to remember the major world holidays, especially when it comes to shipping. Many offices in China, and Chinese territories, have closed for their days long New Year celebration. This may cause some delays with deliveries.

FedEx recommends that you try to make sure all shipments arrive by February 9. If you weren't able to have your package delivered by February 9, don't worry. Many offices have their packages being held at their local FedEx station and these packages will be delivered once the offices reopen.

In the meantime, be patient and celebrate the Year of the Rooster.
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Monday, February 07, 2005

What's in a Name? - Amazing Variety

The United States Patent and Trademark Office administers more than just the items in its name. By sheer luck I ran across a page on the USPTO website that lists a number of interesting registrations that various governments administer in the US.

  • Some items they list information about include:
  • Alcohol Labels

  • FCC Broadcast Call Signs

  • Universal Product Code (UPC)

  • Domain Names

  • Fastener Quality Act Insignia

  • FDA Product Codes

  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

  • International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • Land Patents

  • Native American Tribal Insignia

  • And More...
The identifiers page is an interesting look at how deeply involved in our affairs the government really is.
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