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May 3rd, 2016 @ 1:35AM

MEMBER SINCE:April 27th, 2003
LAST ONLINE:May 3rd, 2016 @ 1:35AM
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    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    I didn't read the article, but I'm guessing he had a cashflow problem. Much of his total worth was tied up in things like property or the estimated value of intellectual property.
    Posted: April 25th, 2016 @ 1:22PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The Story of Overwatch: The Fall of Titan

    I haven't played video games in years, but I found this video interesting. What a toll it must have taken on the morale of a group of people who had rarely (if ever) encountered failure. I'm glad there was some redemption.
    Posted: April 22nd, 2016 @ 6:07AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Lead (HBO)

    I tried watching the Credit Reports segment, but I only made it a few minutes. I firmly believe that one's credit is generally a good indicator of fiduciary responsibility--especially when assessing people who make under $100k per year.
    Posted: April 22nd, 2016 @ 3:53AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Panama Papers reveal London as centre of 'spider's web'

    If only the politicians (on both sides of the aisle) could get behind something that is so painfully obvious to us average folk.

    There is an old expression that says something to the effect that, "compromise is when two parties arrive at an effective solution that leaves both sides a little dissatisfied."

    I keep that in mind every time I hear that the Republicans and Democrats "compromised". The compromise couldn't be farther from the truth. Republicans want to fund certain constituencies and the Democrats have their favored groups as well. Deciding who gets the money is fought within the context of who has to pay for it all. The "compromise" solution is usually along the lines of no new taxes (Republicans win), spending is increased (both parties win), and we just fund it all through debt (stealing our future to pay for re-election now).

    Posted: April 13th, 2016 @ 6:58AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Tuesday Random News

    Biv - I still can't get my head around the motivation to invade. Like you, I disregard conspiracy theories, oil grab theories, Haliburton and the MIC needed to improve revenue theories, or "getting even with Saddam because he tried to kill my Pops" theories. Your theory is relevant, but I don't feel it's the sine qua non reason. Perhaps it was a contributing factor. As an aside, Iran is proposing a similar move away from the dollar.

    Like many complex situations, I don't think there is any one single smoking gun answer. The average person likes simple answers, so people tend to gravitate toward whichever simple answer fits their own worldview. I wasn't implying that you're in that group, it's more of an observation.

    Posted: April 13th, 2016 @ 4:26AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Panama Papers reveal London as centre of 'spider's web'

    Just get rid of the lobbying and corporatism embedded in Washington.

    You and I both know that's not happening. McCain-Feingold might have been the last, best effort. The Citizens United (ironic name for the lobbying group) did away with that piece of legislation. Now, corporations enjoy all the rights of an individual without many of the drawbacks.

    Posted: April 13th, 2016 @ 4:16AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Tuesday Random News

    Saudi influence on the events of 9/11 was always pretty well known (Bin Laden's nationality, 16 of the terrorists hailed from S.A., the financing trail, etc.). More and more people are questioning why the U.S. was so quick to go after Saddam Hussein and Iraq, when Iraq's sponsorship of terrorism against the U.S. paled in comparison to that of Saudi Arabia.

    I think Saddam made the grave miscalculation of being too vocal against the U.S. and too coy about the status of his WMD program. He really misread the tea leaves, and it cost him.

    I will freely admit that I heavily supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was a colossal mistake that has cost tens of thousands of lives, wasted trillions of dollars, destabilized the Middle East, and cost the U.S. prestige / influence around the world (among a litany of other consequences).

    Posted: April 12th, 2016 @ 1:33PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Panama Papers reveal London as centre of 'spider's web'

    There hasn't been a surplus in decades. Funds meant for Social Security have been included in the general federal budget since 1969. The government then writes an internal IOU to Social Security when it spends the money. That is a big reason why a large amount of the money owed on the federal debt is to ourselves--specifically to Social Security.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/who-we-owe-federal-debt-to-2013-10 ($2.6 Trillion in 2013)

    This wasn't really a big problem as long as the number of retirees vs workers was static. During Clinton's presidency, there was a massive Social Security surplus that helped mask the structural deficit. There never was a real budget surplus.

    The problem is much worse now. Social Security no longer contributes much of a surplus to wipe away the federal deficit. In fact, there was a year or two in the past decade where Social Security actually took in less than it paid out. This problem is only going to continue growing since the Social Security Ponzi scheme is no long sustainable.

    If you Googled "Clinton Budget Surplus Myth" you will get a ton of results. Some are very politically slanted, but the more balanced articles will say that while public debt went down, intra-governmental debt went up.

    EDIT: Most folks in these comments make valid points, and not all of them are in opposition to one another. Basically, the government needs to cut discretionary spending and transfer payment programs (like Social Security, etc). At the same time, the government needs to do a better job of closing tax loopholes and shelters. It's not do one thing or do the other. In some cases, it might be necessary to raise taxes--but only after addressing fraud, waste, abuse, and tax cheats.

    EDITED: 2016-04-12 13:15:05

    Posted: April 12th, 2016 @ 1:11PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Panama Papers reveal London as centre of 'spider's web'

    Charkoth is correct. The sooner we hit bottom, the better. I'm not getting younger and I'd like youth on my side when dealing with the transitional period.
    Posted: April 12th, 2016 @ 9:49AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Nerds Rejoice

    Great. More guuurl power.
    Posted: April 7th, 2016 @ 11:08AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Old Police Chases

    The guy's name is Ryan Stone. He was convicted and sentenced to 160 years incarceration for this crime spree. During the course of these crimes, he struck a Colorado Highway Patrol trooper who was on the shoulder trying to deploy spike strips. Stone made no attempt to avoid the trooper. A crash reconstructionist estimated that Stone hit the trooper at 94 mph. The trooper's leg was broken in approximately 20 places (among other injuries ). Amazingly, the trooper returned to duty less than two years later.

    Here's the arrest affidavit for this incident:


    Posted: March 25th, 2016 @ 7:59PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Disney announces fifth 'Indiana Jones' film

    So basically he can play the Sean Connery role from The Last Crusade. I wonder who the villains will be?
    Posted: March 15th, 2016 @ 3:04PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    The author, Seymour Hersh, broke some big stories in the 70s and 80s. In the last 20 years or so, he's gotten progressively less journalistic and more batshit crazy.
    Posted: December 22nd, 2015 @ 6:35AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Happy 20th Birthday WarCraft II

    That's really an amazing run. Hard to believe that a video game could change the course of your life. I've heard of folks getting addicted to MMORPGs and suffering negative consequences. In your case, it lead to a stable career that's allowed you to live in California, buy a house, and raise a family.
    Posted: December 19th, 2015 @ 5:46AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Scoot Weiland - dead @ 48

    STP made it big during my senior year of high school in 93-94. I still remember going with my college freshman year roommate to see them in concert. It was the first concert I ever went to. It's crazy to think that was 21 years ago. I'm shocked Weiland lived as long as he did. He's been self-destruction for decades.

    I don't think their music was all that remarkable, but hearing their songs takes me back to a different time.

    Posted: December 4th, 2015 @ 12:24PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: My laptop ram is Straight out of Compton

    Re: Russian Moon Base

    U.S. was there over 46 years ago. Russia hasn't put one single person on the moon. Baby steps, Russia...baby steps.

    This report is about as credible as the Russian drone ballistic missile submarine that was allegedly leaked by mistake.

    Posted: December 3rd, 2015 @ 7:00PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: This Unicorn Changed the Way I Poop

    I saw this on Shark Tank last year. Seems legit, but maybe get a lower toilet as an alternative to keeping that bulky thing around.
    Posted: November 19th, 2015 @ 1:09PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views

    Poor Google. Has anyone setup a Gofundme for them yet?
    Posted: November 11th, 2015 @ 3:27AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Time Change

    Fall back is great, except for the whole getting dark at 4:30 PM thing. Spring ahead is a mofo, but I love those long days.
    Posted: November 1st, 2015 @ 12:00PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 3

    I'm still holding out hope that it was (name redacted)'s body on top of (name redacted) that was getting ripped apart. The statement from the producers that was read on Talking Dead did nothing to clear up the ambiguity. Most other major characters have been given a bigger send off, so I'm thinking there's a chance (name redacted) is still alive, if not in deep shit.
    Posted: October 28th, 2015 @ 11:43AM

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