Dr. Dotnetsky's Cool .Net Tips and Tricks No. 26

Dexter Dotnetsky chimes in for the new year with his usual collection

Well, looks like we all made it into 2010. Congratulations. Dr. Dotnetsky is not very enthused about where this country has been going economically and politically, and even less enthused about the steps having been taken to “fix it”:

From IMF Data published in an obscure corner of the Wall St. Journal last Thursday:

In 1999 the dollar comprised 77% of the world’s “reserve currency”; by 2009 it was 57.5 %. (The Euro went from 18% to 25.5%).

My guess is that in the next year it will drop to about 50-55% and by 2019 to 30%.

Some very foolish people (and some very politically motivated banks) are buying treasuries. This is described as a “successful auction”: 2.1 Trillion (with a “T”) of US debt was sold in 09….by far the record and three times the 08 sales. In 2010 Treasury plans on selling 2.45 trillion.

These fools (Summers, Geithner, Bernanke, et.al.) will destroy the economy within 36 months. This business about a “recovery” is pure horse manure. All you’ve got to do is look around you.

They are even trying to kill the market with this idiotic tax on “transactions”. This kind of Keynesian voodoo economics was shown to be useless decades ago, yet these buffoons (including even Obama) want to take us back to the 1930's.

Dr. Dotnetsky really believes that you would have to completely forbid the sale of debt (treasuries) as well as moving to a bullion backed currency because it has really gone too far. The entire tax code favors debt over equity and that’s the way the investment banks / big government want it. While I think this country is already finished as a world power, the problem is that there are few, if any, sanctuaries from this nonsense.

In California, they absolutely refuse to cut spending so that they are now begging the federal government for money i.e., contributions from Iowa and New Hampshire, etc. This has become so endemic to the American character that it’s difficult even to envision a solution.

What we really needed was a shrinkage of government and the “invisible hand” to clear the markets normally. Instead we get Keynesian Government spending and a “TARP”.

It’s interesting that GM is now in a position to shut down Saturn, Pontiac and Saab rather than to sell at firesale prices. The only reason they have the luxury of doing this is because they are now, literally, “Government Motors”. Had they gone into receivership, those brands would have been sold for trademark value and the hard assets bought by Toyota and Nissan. Thus the truth is revealed: the progressive/liberal franchise is expanded through the unholy alliance of Organized Labor, Investment Banks and the usual Useful Idiots in Congress. Combine this with continued mega- expansion of government workers and new agencies contained in the Healthcare fiasco and …voila! An authoritarian state with benign serfdom for you and me.

The Roman Empire lasted longer than the United States and it too fell to the hands of barbarians who replaced it with nothing like the economy, literature, art and science that had flourished - that decline lasted for thousands of years after.

Enough ranting.

Dr.Dotnetsky’s Holiday Vodka Lime Salsa

This is not salsa for sticking Tostitos into while watching football. This is for Carr’s Table Water Crackers, perhaps with a thin slice of apple and some Double Gloucester or Cheshire cheese on them, before a nice dinner, along with other tasty hors d’ouvres.

4 Roma (or similar small) tomatoes (chopped)
2 Shallots or one medium onion (diced)
6 Cloves of Garlic (diced)
2 Cerrano or Jalapeno Peppers (diced)
1 teaspoon Cumin
3 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro or "Culantro" (chopped)
½ Cup High Quality Vodka
4 Limes - only the juice
Black Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

First off before dinner is prepared, you'll want to make your vodka-lime salsa, so it can marinate in the fridge for a hour or two. Put your tomatoes, shallots, garlic, peppers, cumin, cilantro, vodka, lime juice, salt, and pepper into a bowl, and mix it all together with a spoon, making sure that the tomatoes are all fully covered with the liquid so that they nicely marinate. Put this in the fridge.
And voila, you have done it!
As alluded to above, this should marinate for at least an hour.
It can marinate for far longer than that, so you can make it well in advance.

Dr. Dotnetsky’s Coolest Silverlight (and related) Links

These are the most popular Siverlight (and related) links from the last week or so, as calculated by the Official Dr. Dotnetsky Link Smoke Test Algorithm:

BCL Team Blog : Introduction to Code Contracts [Melitta Andersen]

Peter Bromberg's UnBlog: ASP.NET MVC " Do I Really Need It

Primary Objects - Creating Silverlight Web Applications with Linquify, LINQ to SQL, WCF

Driebier.net - Large file upload using Silverlight, ASP.Net and WCF, Part 1

Jeff Blankenburg | Blankenthoughts: Day #25: Silverlight Outside The Browser (Part 3 of 3)

Snowball - The Blog - Silverlight Advent Calendar: December 19th: Entering credentials via ClientHttp

Property Value Editors for Silverlight Controls

Silverlight tutorial: CommandLink Control with Blend 3 and Behaviors

Go forth and be merry, ye brethren developers! Mmm, that salsa goes great with this Sobieski Martini!

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