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It has been 10 years now, more or less, that I have run with a hybrid infrastructure for email.

Let me explain what I mean by that.

I have "two worlds" in which I live when it comes to email -- mobile and not.  "Not" encompasses desktop and laptop type machines; real computers.  I have an utterly enormous store of emails, going literally back to the 1980s, in hundreds upon hundreds of folders.  I file things away and archive everything else on a calendar basis.  Yeah, it's a big hunk of data.  Yeah, I may never look at 98% of it ever again.  But for that 2% given how cheap disk is these days, and that I can store it encrypted at rest having access to it is very, very nice.

Well, phones don't get along with that paradigm very well.  Among other things the amount of data involved that they can potentially get to, and their rather foolish decisions on how to keep indices (or whether to at all!) along with limited storage capacity means that trying to point one of these things at a mail store like that is asking to blow it up.

Further, even when they allegedly comply with "open standards" like IMAP or sorta-open ones like Exchange, mobile devices often don't implement it correctly (e.g. "Delete" means "file in Trash", not DESTROY), and there's enormous risk involved in allowing a client that you do not trust 100% to have access to that big store of data -- if it gets hosed you're in a heaping lot of trouble.

So for the last decade all my incoming email has been "forked", with a copy going to a special "phone" account.  It's transparent to everyone on the outside but it means that I have to delete or file the emails twice, basically -- with the phone copy just being thrown away when I'm done with it.  I've lived with this because the alternative -- losing something I cannot afford to lose -- is simply not acceptable.

Through the years various devices have improved on multi-device access to contact and calendar databases, although I refuse to give any of that data to Google and similar -- I insist on running it on my own infrastructure for obvious reasons.  The capability to have a "one data store, many clients, all transparently able" has existed for that information for quite some time -- but not for email, at least not reliably.

Needless to say this is somewhat of a pain in the ass.  Start writing an email on your desktop and have it in "Drafts"?  Can't get it on the mobile, since it's not the same mail store.  Or the other way around.  Want to look up a sent email from "the other side"?  Can't do that either.

Today, this has ended.

Today, I have one device -- my BlackBerry Passport -- that has passed my testing to be trusted without the fork, which means I now have access to everything from everywhere, "deleted" emails don't really get deleted (they get filed instead as they should) and the archives, including what I send, get archived as they should too.

Yes, there are a few compromises. I have had to move some of my very old archive folders out of my primary working space, as there are still things that aren't done right with IMAP (for example); "Delete" still, to BB10, means delete rather than "move to Trash" or even better, move to a hierarchy of Archive folders by year or year and month.  Desktop clients have known how to do this for a long time and it's well past the point where mobile ones should know how as well.  As a result to maintain both compatibility and safety of my data I must implement and use a somewhat-cobbled together combination on the back end.

But BlackBerry is the first phone manufactuer that has made a device that can be put to work in this fashion and thus can be trusted not to trash your archives -- and incoming email.

Android's various incantations do not and Apple does not.

BlackBerry does.

Now maybe none of this matters to you, and in fact if you live in a world where you don't really care all that much about your email and the history it generates, along with the resource that provides to you when you need to go look something up -- this is something you shrug at.

But I live in a world where data that I want to keep has to be kept, and only intentional destruction should ever destroy it.

I've been testing the various releases available and 10.3.1 meets the requirements.  I assume 10.3.2 will as well, but the point here that bears noting is that 10.3.1 is in common and public release now.

Yes, you do need to know how to set it up and use it properly, but if you do -- the true unified view is now yours without exception.

Simply put, I'm impressed.

It's not quite 100%, but it's close enough -- and the remaining issues can be worked around.

BlackBerry folks.  Yes, there is a reason they're still around and there are still things their handsets do that nobody else does well, or even at all.

This is one of them.

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From JP Moron "Asset Management":

J.P. Morgan Asset Management says the average 65-year-old last year paid $4,400 in premiums for Part B (outpatient services), Part D (prescription drugs), Medigap supplemental coverage, out-of-pocket expenses, vision and dental services. Those costs will rise at an annual rate of 6.1 percent over the next 20 years, to $17,000 at age 85, the company forecasts.

No it won't, for the simple reason that as an average most seniors simply don't have $17,000 a year to spend on this; that would be either nearly all or factually all of their income.

In fact:

HealthView does an annual calculation of the portion of annual Social Security income that will be consumed by health care expenses for an average couple (retiring at 66 with a $25,000 benefit). The expense tally includes Medicare Part B and D premiums, dental insurance premiums, and out-of-pocket costs, including copays, hearing and vision expenses. The firm estimates that health care expense will consume 67 percent of Social Security income for someone retiring this year, and that the figure will rise to 83 percent by the time that person is 85 years old.

In other words Social Security, effectively, funds the medical monopoly scam and little else.

To those in that much-vaunted "senior voting block" I say this: You either put a stop to this scam, not by increasing benefits and screaming about "cuts" as the AARP and Democrats constantly try to chide you, but rather by locking up the hospital administrators, physicians and drug companies who are committing acts daily that in any other line of business would land them on the wrong end of felony charges and decades in prison for violating various consumer protection laws along with the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman acts or you are screwed -- period.

That is the only solution - collapse the cost of medical care by forcing the collapse of the monopolistic behavior that is supposed to be against the law in any "industry."

If you don't unless you're quite-well off the odds are that going to be eating cat food -- or worse -- irrespective of how much screaming about Social Security you do.

There is exactly one way out of this trap -- no more, no less.  It is to collapse the cost of this outrageous rip-off by approximately 80%, which incidentally is exactly where the cost in other advanced nations such as Japan, where this behavior is not tolerated, suggests it will go.

You either act on this issue while you still can or you will be impoverished by it.

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What is the difference between an armed band of thugs and the police?

The latter conform with the law, including the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments.

The former do not; they come with guns drawn, take what they want, and demand your silence -- not as a civil right in a court of law but as a demand that they make clear will be enforced with those very same guns.

One of these groups ought to be given deference and respect.  The other ought to obtain neither, nor be safe anywhere from justice and retribution both before the laws of civil society and, if that fails, the laws of provenance.

Such it was in 1776 when entreaties to the laws of civil society failed, forcing a retreat to the laws of provenance.  Such a retreat is never to be taken lightly, for it comes only when civil society no longer functionally exists, as occurred here in 1776 and has occurred in many other places both before and since -- in Nazi Germany, in Cambodia, in Venezuela, Russia and elsewhere.  History tells us that the retreat to provenance is the true "last stand", and frequently fails with the outcome being no better and sometimes worse than whatever you labored under before.

I do not claim to possess the wisdom to know whether such a time has arrived once again, for I am not convinced that civil society has indeed failed in its essential mission to protect the fundamental rights of all against abuse, including abuse by those who claim the mantle of government power.

But today we ought to contemplate long and hard exactly where that line is, and whether these usurpations, long being too numerous to list and which have to date gone unanswered in civil society and its alleged structure of laws despite being apparent rank violations of not only statutory and constitutional law but in addition the very principles of provenance and fundamental civil rights, have in fact crossed that line.

May God guide us in that examination and protect us from a foolhardy refusal of the civil authorities to punish those who engaged in all such conduct in accordance with standing statutory authority under 18 USC 242 and 42 USC 1983, never mind the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments to our Constitution, as the probable outcome of that refusal, should it continue and be amplified, leads to dark days ahead that nobody in their right mind wishes to bear witness to.

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Oh my....

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $9.3 billion or 4.0 percent to $240.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up two of the last three months, followed a 1.4 percent February decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.2 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 2.6 percent.

Transportation equipment, also up two of the last three months, drove the increase, $9.5 billion or 13.5 percent to $80.3 billion.

The entire increase was driven by transportation, including aircraft.

Pay very careful attention right here ladies and gentlemen because this is a quite-reliable leading recession indicator:

That's three months of negative new-order numbers sequentially in non-defense, non-aircraft.  Aircraft have to be excluded because their swings are utterly enormous; 30% swings (as with this month) or even 100%+ swings (as for defense aircraft and non-defense a couple of months ago) are quite common and trash any sort of comparisons that include them.

The only bright spot is a very material (10%) rise in computers and related products in both new orders and shipments this month.  That's a serious outlier but the three-month series of declining orders for both fabricated metals and machinery are extremely bad news.

In addition inventories are at the highest level since the initiation of this series in 1992; inventory builds add to GDP but if unsold wind up destroying corporate balance sheets when they have to be disposed of at fire sale prices or written off entirely.

In the context of the number of people calling for Nasdaq 10,000 (!) by 2016 this morning, a clean double from where it is today, I think it's quite safe to say that the macro and market environment looks disturbingly like late 1999 or the first few months of 2000.

The warning is a two-edged sword -- in 1999 it was evident that the economy was slowing and tech valuations were ridiculous.  Today those valuations are even more ridiculous (Amazon's stock is up $50, more than 10%, on deteriorating margins in their "cloud" business and the economy is slowing again) but in 1999 the Nasdaq doubled before it all blew up.

Be careful.

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Put a fork in her, she's...

smiley

Becker said his company went from "a worthless shell company overnight -- became this ...huge uranium mining deal."

And then soon after that, Becker said, "Bill Clinton got a huge donation, $31 million from Frank Guistra to his charitable foundation, followed by a pledge to donate $100 million more."

Oh boy..... I had heard $2.5 million, plus $300k in speaking fees.  $31 million?!

If this gets tagged on Billary it's over; she's going to be lucky to avoid an indictment.

President?  Good lord folks, even if you're a Democrat you better not support this level of apparent corruption!

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