Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Would Somebody Please Get These Aliens Out of My Nuclear Missile Silo

Howtomakeadollar likes to link to stories in the news that are somewhat out of the ordinary and explain how you can make money off them. We've done this frequently. You can read a few of them here and here..

Well, today's story is at least as weird as any others we've encountered. A group of six former U.S. military officers have claimed that aliens from outer space have repeatedly shut down nuclear missiles in the U.S. and Britain. Not only is this a real story, but apparently they have convinced some high ranking people at the National Press Club to let them do a news conference. A good summation of their story is here. Now remember, this is a real news story reported by the National Press Club and the London* Telegraph. Its not the national Enquirer.

*London is a city in Europe somewhere

Anyway, Captain Robert Salas, one of the officers who appeared at the news conference, said that in 1967 he personally witnessed a UFO hovering over the Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana, and ten Minuteman nuclear missiles were simultaneously deactivated. Similar stories have emerged from numerous nuclear missile sites around the U.S. and Britain, the most recent of which occurred in 2003. He believes that aliens have come to prevent us from nuclear disaster.

I'm going to come right out and say right now that it doesn't matter if this is actually true or not. Either way, our nukes are in danger. One one hand, maybe there are a bunch of intergalactic peace hippies floating up in the sky and arbitrarily shutting down our nuclear warheads. On the other hand, maybe the Air Force has hired a bunch of hallucinating LSD experiments gone wrong to guard our nukes. Either way, we are in danger, and we need a good security force to protect our nukes. Security forces get paid decent money, so thats how you can make a dollar off aliens.

And don't think for a moment that these are happy aliens who believe in peace. No way. If they are zapping our nukes its because they hate us and want us dead. Maybe they are planning to invade, and are testing our alertness, maybe they are just hoping we self destruct. In any case, nukes are good. Nukes are extremely good for world peace. Nukes have been the most potent force of peacemaking in world history.

Consider the two World Wars of the 20th century. In WWI, roughly 16 million people died, and another 21 million were wounded. Thats astounding. In WWII, about 25 million soldiers were killed, and about 40 million civilians were killed. Thats even more astounding. If it makes you feel any better, most of them were Nazis and Communists.

Lots of people have tried to add up all the deaths in the 20th century due to war and genocide, and they've reached a wide range of estimates, but generally speaking we can say that at least 100 million people were killed in the 20th century in wars and genocides.

Now, lets add up the total number of people killed by nukes since their invention.
Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945 66,000 dead, 69,000 wounded.
Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945 39,000 dead, 25,000 wounded.
So thats a grand total of 105,000 people dead and another 94,000 wounded by nukes compared to 100 million killed without nukes. Also consider that nations with nukes are simply less likely to even go to war in the first place, or be invaded. Since nukes were invented, almost all of the killing has taken place between nations without nukes. Nukes have prevented countless wars, and prevented other wars from escalating.

Now consider that the two largest powers of the 20th century absolutely hated each other. From 1947 to 1991, there was constant tension between the USSR (bad) and U.S. (good). Never before, in all of history, have two nations been as powerful as the U.S. and the USSR and failed to go to war. The reason? Nukes. Both nations knew that if war ever broke out, it would be the end of the world. So war never broke out, and we just had a cold war instead of a hot one. Nukes prevented all out war. How many people would have died if the U.S. and the Soviets had gone to war? How many people died when they did not go to war? 0.

Think about the Cold War some more. During the 1950s and 60s, the USSR advanced through all of eastern Europe, but then stopped halfway across Germany. Why did they stop? Nukes. France, Germany, and Britain all had nukes, and would defend themselves and their neighbors if the Soviets kept advancing. Nukes prevented a communist takeover of all of Europe. How many people would have died?

During the Gulf War in 1991, Saddam Hussein launched a few scud missiles wily nily into Israel because he was a murderous freak. Israel told him that if he kept it up, they would nuke Baghdad. He stopped. Again, nukes prevented a war from escalating.

Obviously nukes are capable of enormous destruction, so maybe tomorrow a nuclear war will break out and obliterate the death toll of the last century. But so far nukes have been a tremendous force of peacemaking. They have prevented wars and ended wars, and never started wars. Nations with nukes are merciful* against nations without them, and nations without them are respectful of nations with them.

*So far. I am certain that Iran, if it gets a nuke, will use it almost immediately against Israel or the U.S... Iran is a thoroughly unreasonable nation, run by suicide bombers. Another disaster would be if a nuke gets stolen by suicidal terrorists. People with an interest in their own continued existence will be very careful about nukes, which is why we need to protect the ones we have. 

If you a re tough guy, go join the military and offer your services protecting our nukes from the warmongering aliens.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Snagged another $5 from swagbucks

Several months ago we blogged about making money searching the internet using swagbucks.  The first two weeks we used swagbucks we made $5.  Not too bad for going to swagbucks instead of google to search the internet.  

Our latest $5 took us a little bit longer this time.  Like most of our ideas... we started out strong, had our expectations set too high, lost interest, got sad, stopped trying.  We didn't totally stop trying, just slowed down on our swagbuck searching.  But, after 3 months of searching using swagbucks we got $5 more dollars!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good source for inspiration!

Howtomakeadollar thinks finding inspiration is important.  Inspiration is key to finding both meaning and significance in life.  Thankfully, there is a website that we have become aware of that provides both meaning and significance! is a great blog for finding both meaning and significance in life.  It is a well crafted piece of work.  The blog will provide you with hours and hours of wonderful reading.  Head on over there and check it out!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Be successful: Lower expectations

Often times in life we become disappointed.  Its true, at least once or twice in your life you will be disappointed.  Most people will tell you to count your blessings, look on the bright side of things, etc... but you will not get that advice from us.  The key to avoiding disappointment in life is to lower your expectations.  This advice is good for life as well as being successful at business.

If you are expecting to start a business and make millions of dollars right away... your expectations are too high.  You should lower your expectations.   Instead of expecting to make a million dollars, you should strive to not lose a million dollars!  That way you will never be disappointed (unless you loose a million dollars of course).

Lower your expectations and you will be successful!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hippie Pothead Steals Idea, Burns Toast

Well, I suppose it was inevitable that someday some goofy jamoke would get rich off an idea that was first published here. I just didn't expect it to be a hippie, and I didn't expect it to be Jesus toast. It serves us right for offering our brilliant and innovative ideas for free, and being too lazy to actually do anything with them.

In any case, on February 17th, 2010, we published a blog about making money by selling toast that looks like Mary or Che Guevara or Abe Lincoln. We also suggested modifying a toaster to make these images appear.

Well, today someone did just that: I give you
This man wants to sell you a Jesus toaster. He is serious.
You may also be interested in knowing that he sells pot toasters too. Errr, that is, toasters that make pot leaves appear on bread. Not really meant for toasting pot, although I'm sure he's tried it, and I would guess that he liked it. Again, this is not a joke. Its a real product.

On his website, he says he thought of the idea in "the spring of 2010." The spring of 2010 of course followed shortly after we posted our blog about the idea, and I'm just going to assume he took our idea and ran with it, and never even gave us a shoutout.

Well anyway, we never actually made the toaster, and he did. We never patented the idea, and he did. We never took the risk of ordering a major production run of these toasters, and he did. We never issued a massive media blitz about it, and he did. So it looks like capitalism, ambition, and resourcefulness always win. I'm surprised it was a hippie who possessed all these qualities, but more power to him.

BTW, I'm not just calling him a hippie because he looks like a hippie and sells pot leaf toast. He says right up front that he's a hippie. Plus he lives in Vermont, so I think its a fair assumption from the get go. 

Again, the place to go for all your specialty toasting needs and desires is

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Russian Finance Leader Turns to Alcohol for Answers, Suggests You do the Same

Ok, well, in our last attempt to solve the global financial crisis, we suggested destroying stuff as a means of stimulating further production. This idea was, of course, utter lunacy, and has not worked very well. Nonetheless, if you are looking for an economic theory to justify your most recent car accident,Keynesian Economics is a good place to start.

But, if you are more inclined to discussing fiscal policy while falling into a drunken stupor in a smoke filled bar, then you should forget about Keynes and head to Russia. After all, if we learned anything from the past hundred years, its that when you need a good primer on effective economic theory, you should ask the Russians. And, naturally, just when the world needs a good idea, the land of 100 trillion rubles has come up with one.

Just this week, Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin urged all Russians to "Drink more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes..." Not kidding. Kudrin has been finance minister of Russia since 2000. He says that high taxes on cigarettes and alcohol help pay for Russia's social services, and he believes that if more Russians drink and smoke more, they may be able to pull Russia out of its deficit. Kudrin is the Russian equivalent to the U.S. Treasury Dept. and Federal Reserve combined, so presumably he knows something about economics. However, after looking into it, I've found that his primary qualifications for the job are: 
1. Vladimir Putin appointed him.
2. Everyone who disagrees with Vladimir Putin has died in mysterious cases of accidental firing squad. 
One of these two men rose to the top of the Soviet KGB and took control of Russia through assassinations, threats, and rigged elections. The other is a villain in a James Bond movie.
Well, enough about Czar Putin. Lets talk economics. Specifically, does this idea make any sense whatsoever? Lets consider the angles. Russia's primary exports are:
1. Oil, which they sell to China and Europe,
2. Black market weapons, which they sell to Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and me.
3. Thats it.

So, from the perspective of a finance minister with no professional qualifications whatsoever, it is easy to see how you could wind up turning to the bottle for your answers. Oil is good for your country, but oil alone can only get you about as far as Iran, which is a pretty lousy country. Selling nukes to third world dictators is a dodgy business that you would rather not think too hard about. This leaves you in a bad situation. May as well find solace in the drink. And once you're getting drunk and puffing on a cigarette, you may as well become a government appointed pusher and get everyone else to join you.

And now, some fun with pictures
Here's Vladimir Putin waving a crazy gun around in public. I think he's a reasonable guy to be in charge of the world's largest nuclear weapon cache, don't you? Aren't you glad the U.S. took the lead on nonproliferation?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Make money from a giant horse

Most people stay away from buying horses.  Horses usually cost a gigantic amount of money.  But, if you buy a gigantic horse... you can actually make money.  Its true... I saw it with my very own eyes at the fair.  People were actually paying money to see to see Sampson the Giant Horse.

So... buy a giant horse, join the fair, and make money!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

When you fall down... get up again, and again, and again, and again

This video doesn't really have anything to do about making money... but it does have to do with not giving up.  Whenever you fail... in life or in business.... trying again and again is vital to success!

Enjoy the video... we hope it is inspirational for everyone to be thankful for what we have in life as well as helping us to not give up.  Try again and again and again every time we fail in life and business!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Make $0.60 from blogsvertise

Several weeks ago we posted this blog about a website that has information on buying a house.  We made $0.60 from this post.  Not too bad for about 5 minutes of work.  Better than the $.0024 per hour we have made working for the same company for 5 years!

The blog that we made $0.60 from was assigned to us from blogsvertise.  Since we have been blacklisted from google's Adsense, blogsvertise has been one of the few ways we have been able to make revenue from blogging.  So if you're looking to sign up for blogsvertise, it is not a scam.  You won't make a ton of money... but you will make some... which is better than none!

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