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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: Today at 08:50:58 pm
I really wished my "Hilfly is a crack baby" survived long enough to make it here. Alas, it was deleted too soon Sad.
Even if it hadn't been deleted, it wasn't funny enough.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of StatesRights? on: Today at 08:49:29 pm
What happened to him anyway?  

He got tired with us and unlike jmfcst, he didn't decide to go out with a bang leading to his banning, so he can still post and I wish he would.  He had some unpopular opinions, but I don't recall him being trollish about it.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Koch Brothers Attack Imminient National Threat to Taxpayers---The Columbus Zoo? on: Today at 08:37:40 pm
Ah, yes, noted supporters of the elderly and disabled Charles and David Koch.

Come children, the disabled exhibit is next and then we'll go see the lions!
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How early did some major D pols privately support SSM? Who privately opposes it? on: Today at 08:31:44 pm
As for the Clintons, Bill Clinton made gay rights a plank of his 1992 presidential campaign when he promised to allow gays to serve in the military so it follows that he and Hillary would support same-sex marriage. He was a lot more political about it though, he signed DOMA to try to take away the issue from the Religious Right which was pretty underhanded. That was a big mistake in my opinion, but one that Obama rectified.

Had Clinton vetoed DOMA and managed to get his veto sustained, then there likely would have been added pressure for a 28th Amendment.  Besides the possibility that Congress itself would have set a Defense of Marriage Amendment to the States, it's entirely possible that enough States would have called for a Convention to propose it.  (More likely, it would have gotten close to their being a Convention and Congress would send the Amendment to the States itself to keep a Convention from happening as was the case with the 17th Amendment.)
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 50 Years into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back on: Today at 08:13:58 pm
I agree with all that Badger.  It's why if we want to solve the problem of these pockets of locational poverty, urban or rural, we would need to offer a better safety net for those who do leave for a better opportunity elsewhere than we currently do.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FCC poised to destroy net neutrality on: Today at 08:11:09 pm
Someone has to pay for the bigger pipes.  If not the content providers then it would have to be the ISP subscribers.  Since the subscribers don't need bigger pipes between themselves and the ISP right now, they see little to no reason to pay for extra for stuff they don't see.  I really don't see a problem here.

Someone already pays for the networks to exist.  We've found a way to do that.  The data capacity of the internet keeps expanding and doesn't necessarily create expenses out of proportion with the current economic model.  Remember, a bigger pipe is actually cheaper on a bit per second basis.

Ah yes, the Cheaper by the Dozen syndrome.  And while it is true that per item they are cheaper, the greater quantity does mean there is an increased cost.  We went thru a long period where we had glut of backbone capacity because of the internet bubble that popped in 2000.  That's done.  Increased capacity needs to be paid for by someone or the ISPs won't do it.  Indeed, they shouldn't do it.  Yet because the data needs of individual subscribers haven't expanded past the advertised size of their local pipes to the ISP, those subscribers reluct and resent footing the bill for increased backbone.  Indeed, since it is the massive central source content providers that are creating the demand for increased capacity, it makes sense that they be the ones to pay for it.

Maybe, I'm not an engineer so I'm not really sure either way.  But, I've heard that advances in fiber optic technology, cellular data and WIFI are basically keeping pace with the internet and web.  This was in a lecture by one of the inventors of the internet I attended a few years ago.

The technology is not the problem.  The problem is who is going to pay for all that hardware.

The ISP. It's like if a store would ask his manufacturers and distributors to pay for maintenance on the store. It's an investment on better service.

Actually, supermarkets around here routinely charge stocking fees to manufacturers for shelf space that is either expanded or at eye level where it will catch the shopper's eye.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is it better to have an exciting or an uninspiring personality in life? on: Today at 04:35:16 pm
Both (normal, Nixonian).

Jay or Richard?
8  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: Today at 04:31:57 pm
I'd like to point out that in OTL, the Trans-Siberian Railway was not yet complete by the time of our Russo-Japanese War, tho the Trans-Manchurian was complete and did give a rail connection to Vladivostok and via the Chinese Eastern Railway to Port Arthur.  However, the Trans-Siberian and its subsidiaries were single track lines with limited sidings and thus were a logistical choke point during the whole war.

Also, as long as we're on the subject of railroads, German and Russian railroads do not share a common gauge and thus until the lines are regauged to the attacker's gauge (a labor intensive process that takes lines out of service to trains of any gauge until completed) or given a third rail to allow trains of either gauge to use them, they will be of limited use to any attacker.
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should felons be allowed to vote? on: Today at 04:05:45 pm
Maybe after they serve their sentence, but not before then.  After all, they gave us Al Franken.

Stop trolling and stop reposting myths that have long been debunked.  Just because you keep repeating it doesn't mean it's true.

It's probably best to just ignore trolls like Oldies.

Until I took a look at your user name and not just your avatar, I was all set to post this in the Irony Ore Mine.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FCC poised to destroy net neutrality on: Today at 03:52:26 pm
Someone has to pay for the bigger pipes.  If not the content providers then it would have to be the ISP subscribers.  Since the subscribers don't need bigger pipes between themselves and the ISP right now, they see little to no reason to pay for extra for stuff they don't see.  I really don't see a problem here.

Someone already pays for the networks to exist.  We've found a way to do that.  The data capacity of the internet keeps expanding and doesn't necessarily create expenses out of proportion with the current economic model.  Remember, a bigger pipe is actually cheaper on a bit per second basis.

Ah yes, the Cheaper by the Dozen syndrome.  And while it is true that per item they are cheaper, the greater quantity does mean there is an increased cost.  We went thru a long period where we had glut of backbone capacity because of the internet bubble that popped in 2000.  That's done.  Increased capacity needs to be paid for by someone or the ISPs won't do it.  Indeed, they shouldn't do it.  Yet because the data needs of individual subscribers haven't expanded past the advertised size of their local pipes to the ISP, those subscribers reluct and resent footing the bill for increased backbone.  Indeed, since it is the massive central source content providers that are creating the demand for increased capacity, it makes sense that they be the ones to pay for it.

Maybe, I'm not an engineer so I'm not really sure either way.  But, I've heard that advances in fiber optic technology, cellular data and WIFI are basically keeping pace with the internet and web.  This was in a lecture by one of the inventors of the internet I attended a few years ago.

The technology is not the problem.  The problem is who is going to pay for all that hardware.
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Do you mostly hold the same religious beliefs as your parents? on: Today at 03:49:50 pm
I'm now happily attending an Episcopal church, which also has some stark regional divides...

Really?
12  General Politics / Economics / Re: Which is worse Hyperinflation or Deflation? on: Today at 03:36:49 pm
Hyperinflation doesn't just mean above average inflation. The standard definition used is at least a 50% increase a month.

Upon some research it appears Italy in the 80s had inflation at a rate of a bit over 20% a year. That's pretty bad, but not hyperinflation.

Ah, mine was a semantic mistake then. I had no idea hyperinflation was supposed to be so hyper.

If we compare things that are comparable (that would mean a -33%/month deflation or so, which of course isn't very realistic), deflation remains worse though.

Except for bitcoins, and then only if you accept them as being a real currency, I don't think there has ever been an example of hyperdeflation.  Indeed, I fail to see how a broadly circulating currency could have such a thing happen to it.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FCC poised to destroy net neutrality on: Today at 01:34:26 pm
Someone has to pay for the bigger pipes.  If not the content providers then it would have to be the ISP subscribers.  Since the subscribers don't need bigger pipes between themselves and the ISP right now, they see little to no reason to pay for extra for stuff they don't see.  I really don't see a problem here.

Someone already pays for the networks to exist.  We've found a way to do that.  The data capacity of the internet keeps expanding and doesn't necessarily create expenses out of proportion with the current economic model.  Remember, a bigger pipe is actually cheaper on a bit per second basis.

Ah yes, the Cheaper by the Dozen syndrome.  And while it is true that per item they are cheaper, the greater quantity does mean there is an increased cost.  We went thru a long period where we had glut of backbone capacity because of the internet bubble that popped in 2000.  That's done.  Increased capacity needs to be paid for by someone or the ISPs won't do it.  Indeed, they shouldn't do it.  Yet because the data needs of individual subscribers haven't expanded past the advertised size of their local pipes to the ISP, those subscribers reluct and resent footing the bill for increased backbone.  Indeed, since it is the massive central source content providers that are creating the demand for increased capacity, it makes sense that they be the ones to pay for it.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: Today at 01:20:32 pm
Debate or attack ideas, not people. - Your friendly neighborhood spidermod.

Which of the above posts are you referring to?  Or do you mean we cannot attack the putz attorney that resigned?

Some posts that were attacking other posters that have been deleted.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Permanent duty station: USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, CA on: Today at 06:58:33 am
In Canada, boats and submarines are named after cities.



Ah yes, the HMCS Hotlink Denied
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Quinn: Black Republicans Like Pro-Nazi Jews on: Today at 06:48:01 am
Not to mention that he insulted Nazis by comparing them to Republicans. Wink
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: Today at 06:42:18 am
While my sympathies are with the Ukrainians. even I have to to say that's some pretty blatant propaganda.  At least it's closer to reality than what Putin's friends have shat out.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Permanent duty station: USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, CA on: Today at 01:38:32 am
Never was a fan of naming ships after Presidents, and even less of naming ships after living people, so needless to say I was not pleased when the name of CVN-76 was announced (Reagan was still living then).  However, since I see no chance we'll end the deplorable habit of naming ships after presidents asince Reagan is dead now, I no longer dislike the name USS Ronald Reagan, but I still find the USS George H. W. Bush and USS Jimmy Carter to have unacceptable names.  Thankfully we don't have a USS Bill Clinton or a USS George W. Bush, but I fear there will be a push to name CVN-81 the USS Barack Obama (or even the CVN-80 if we get a President willing to brave the ire of Trekkies to rename it from Enterprise before it gets officially christened).

George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter both had distinguished naval careers.  

True but they are still alive.  Once they are dead, I'll have no problems with naming ships after them.
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should felons be allowed to vote? on: Today at 01:34:39 am
Other:  Unless their crime involved crimes against the election laws, they should be allowed to vote once they have finished probation.  Electoral crimes should result in permanent disenfranchisement.  The reason I have for not wanting felons to vote while in jail or on probation is that their situation makes them vulnerable into being pressured into voting the "right" way and not because felons are unworthy of the franchise.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: Today at 01:27:51 am
Debate or attack ideas, not people. - Your friendly neighborhood spidermod.
21  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Why are US state flags so terrible? on: Today at 12:52:51 am
It could have been worse:
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Do you mostly hold the same religious beliefs as your parents? on: Today at 12:41:57 am
No for me.

My background is extremely mixed.  My dad is a life-long Hindu (originally from India), while my mom was raised Lutheran here in the Upper Midwest.  She is now very flexible religiously, and her beliefs combine aspects from many traditions.  She likes Unitarianism, and holds some beliefs from the eastern religions.

I was never really raised to belong to a certain tradition, but my personal beliefs fit in most with liberal Protestantism.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seems to be a good fit for me, and I plan to join after getting certain church positions clarified to me by a pastor.

My mom would be fine with that.  While she no longer holds the traditional beliefs, she doesn't have a problem with liberal Christianity, and certainly not with the Lutheran denomination she was raised in.  My maternal grandmother did want me to get baptized, so I was baptized at the Episcopal church in my neighborhood during my young childhood.  I was never confirmed though, and I've hardly ever been to church.  Being Episcopalian would certainly be a possibility if it turns out that the Lutherans are just too conservative to me, but at least some ELCA congregations seem to be what I'm looking for.

Let me know if I can help.  While not a member, two of the churches I regularly attend are ELCA congregations, so I have some familiarity with their doctrine.  Indeed, I suspect that were it not for my Universalist impulses and my indifference on the doctrine of the Trinity, I could have easily ended up joining an ELCA church.  (Or if I had been unable to find a UU church that was comfortable with my Christianity, I might well have done decided to be a regular attendee even if I were not a member.)
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list on: April 23, 2014, 11:21:14 pm
Sadly, politicians are Washington are too weak.

The only proper answer is firing the director, the associate director, the assistant director, the chief of nursing and the medical chief of staff with life-time ban on working for government and without any dismissal compensation, with a law mandating it if needed.

Not only that, but all five need to have their medical licenses permanently revoked.

Of them, only the associate director and the medical chief of staff are doctors. Chief of nursing is a nurse, Assistant Director is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (so, no licence). The director (the true boss) has a MBA and did no studies in medicine and science.

Then revoke their driving licenses, their hunting and fishing licenses, their pet licenses, and any and all other licenses they do have!
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The PA and Hamas reach agreement on: April 23, 2014, 11:16:56 pm
Hamas will control the West Bank in six months. The peace process is entirely over now. Batten down the hatches.

Indeed and Israel bears the entire blame for that.

If the genocidal terror cult of Hamas wasn't bound and determined to kill every last Jew in Israel, things might be different.

And if the Zionists weren't bound and determined to push the Arabs off their land, things might be different.  However, playing the blame game won't get the situation any closer to a solution.  It may well get worse for the next little bit, but the apparent desire of the Zionists for the Palestinians to roll over and be good obedient poodles in the kennels set aside for them was never going to work.  Not enough poodles.  I don't know what the solution is, but the existing approach certainly was not a stable solution and it never could have been.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list on: April 23, 2014, 10:57:06 pm
Sadly, politicians are Washington are too weak.

The only proper answer is firing the director, the associate director, the assistant director, the chief of nursing and the medical chief of staff with life-time ban on working for government and without any dismissal compensation, with a law mandating it if needed.

Not only that, but all five need to have their medical licenses permanently revoked.
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