Who died before they could draw their Social Security?
Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN
KEEP PASSING THIS AROUND UNTIL EVERY ONE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT… THIS IS SURE SOMETHING TO… THINK ABOUT!!!! THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S CALCULATION OF AVAILABLE SOCIAL SECURITY IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER COLLECTED A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK!!! WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?
Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security, but your employer did, too. It totals 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. Read that again! Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?
We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government. Now they are calling the money we put in an ENTITLEMENT when we reach the age to take it back.
If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. If you have a deceased spouses who died in their 50’s — their S.S. money will never have one cent drawn from what they paid into S.S. all their lives over the past 30 years!
Read by: NICKI KF4DHK
THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID.
Entitlement my foot, I paid cash for my social security insurance! Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Remember Congressional benefits? — free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.
Now that’s welfare!!! And they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?!?
We’re “broke” and we can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, or Homeless.
Yet in the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile and Turkey. And now Pakistan……home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS… if not TRILLIONS of DOLLARS are unaccounted for!!!
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.
Sad isn’t it.
On the Internet: National Silent Key Archive Includes Unique Call Sign Lookup
Read by: RANDY KJ4TFU
Mike Carroll, N4MC, who operated the “Vanity HQ” website for 14 years before taking it dark earlier this year, says the National Silent Key Archive™ of Amateur Radio Operators that he founded remains up and running. “The only thing that was carried over from Vanity HQ would be the unique call lookup,” Carroll told ARRL. On the “Tools” menu, click on “Research Hams” to enter a name or a call sign.
The National Silent Key Archive provides an opportunity to add Silent Keys (all submissions are reviewed prior to incorporation into the Archive) and for friends and family of radio amateurs who have passed on to create memorial pages that may include photographs and text. Carroll points out that the National Silent Key Archive has been up and running for 2 years or so and functioned separately from Vanity HQ, which, he reiterated, he has no plans to resurrect. According to the site, “The purpose of the National Silent Key Archive is to collect and preserve photographs, life event narratives, and data artifacts of deceased Amateur Radio operators, and to make the Archive’s digital library available to anyone wishing to view its contents online.
The National Silent Key Archive is a wiki, which means anyone can contribute contents or to add a member to The Archive, and without first obtaining a login ID or password.” All content submitted is reviewed by the Archive and edited, if necessary, before being added to its digital library. Each day the site features Silent Keys from a different call district. — Thanks to Dick, N6AA
Technology: ARISS Looks Forward to Installation of “Ham Video” on Space Station
Read by: ED KE4JWS
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is hoping its “Ham Video” digital television transmitter, now stowed onboard the International Space Station (ISS), will be installed and commissioned this fall. US Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, is scheduled to handle the tasks involved with getting the S Band Ham Video DATV setup on the air from the ISS Columbus Laboratory. He and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryzanskiy headed into space September 25 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to join their Expedition 37 crewmates on the ISS. The Ham Video project has a low priority, however, and it could be a while before live digital TV images show up from the ISS. ARISS-EU Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, said live commissioning will take place in stages, each during a full pass of the ISS over the Italian Space Agency’s Very Long Baseline Interferometry station near Matera in southern Italy. That station will be used to receive the DATV signal from the ISS.
Read by:LARRY KC4ZOA
“It is not yet known if these passes will be chosen in close succession, or if they will cover several weeks,” Bertels said in a recent Ham Video update. ARISS has proposed that the European Space Agency (ESA) transmit over all continents, with the camera turned off between commissioning passes. The camera operates from batteries, and having to service it could require a prohibitive amount of crew time, always at a premium.
“During commissioning activities, the astronaut will activate the Ham Video transmitter with the camera live in all possible configurations — two antennas, four frequencies and two symbol rates,” Bertels told ARRL. “This will be done during three or four passes of the ISS over southern Italy, where the operating ground station is located.”
Bertels said the transmitter typically would be activated only during passes over the ground station and shut down after each activity. “What we are asking ESA to do is to leave the transmitter on, without camera, between commissioning passes,” he said. “Once commissioning is complete, the Ham Video transmitter will be shut down, and how it’s used after that is still under discussion. Read more. — ARISS-Europe Chair Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Anniversary of ZL DX
Read by:RICK N9GRW
Special event station ZM9ØDX will be on the air from New Zealand for 13 months, from October 1, 2013, until October 31, 2014, to mark the 90th anniversary of that country’s first DX activities on the amateur bands and to commemorate the DX pioneers who made them happen.
The first New Zealand-to-Australia contact took place in April 1923, followed by then-world record contacts between New Zealand and Argentina the following May, and between New Zealand and California the following September. The first contact between New Zealand and California happened in September 1924, and just a few weeks later came the first contact between New Zealand and the US East Coast (Connecticut).
Organizers say “the ultimate” contact between Frank Bell, Z4AA, and Cecil Goyder, G2SZ, took place in October 1924.
Activated by the Kiwi DX Group, ZM9ØDX will operate from locations around New Zealand on all bands and modes from 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz and beyond. A commemorative QSL card will be available, and there is an award program for contacts with New Zealand during the event period as well. Further details are on the ZM9ØDX.com website.
In a related event, GB2NZ will be on the air from October 5 to October 25, 2013, to mark the New Zealand-to-UK contact in 1924 from that end of the circuit. Activity will be predominantly on 80 meters, since the original contact between G2SZ and Z4AA took place on 90 meters (3.3 MHz). — Thanks to Bill Carney, ZL3NB/Kiwi DX Group