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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Mom (Message 1474074)
Posted 70 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Allie I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful special person. She will be missed. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Gary
2) Message boards : Politics : Election Soundbites (Message 1469810)
Posted 81 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Too outrageous a post and my RAC hasn't dropped fast enough even though I promised myself ... grrr

Lets talk about the present day:

Most of social security is pensions that people have paid into on the understanding that they would be there when they retired. They did make plans for their old age. Now you want to take it away from them? What sort of monster does that?

Barack Obama! That's WHO!

Hard facts:
Mr. Obama CUT the money flowing into the Social Security Trust Fund by 2% in 2011 and 2012.
The Trust Fund did not have enough cash to pay out the benefits Congresses have promised before the cut.
How can it make up the additional shortfall? Why they will just have to cut even more benefits. I ask you what kind of monster does that?

I know hard facts are a royal PITA when you want to make broad brush comments slapping someone for a position you imagine them to be taking, but


If you look back you will find this fiscal conservative real libertarian (not a tea idiot bible thumper calling them self one) has advocated that the Social Security tax rate must rise and the income cap come off. You will even find I called for the Trust fund to be fully funded. (Fully funded means that if not another dime comes in the fund has enough to pay out ALL future claims)

Now want to know why the USA had to bail out GM? The pension fund. The USA was on the hook one way or the other. As the GM pension plan wasn't fully funded, it was guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation which is ultimately backed by the US Government, like the FDIC. So either they bail out GM or they bail out PBGC!

Now think about the Social Security Trust Fund. How mad were you about the GM bail out? That was for just a tiny tiny fraction of the entire Social Security Trust Fund. Ready for your medicine? What kind of Monster cuts the income to a pension plan that already doesn't have enough cash in it to pay out the claims it is going to get?

A politician looking for votes and counting on you to be so stupid as to vote against your own long term self interest.

Oh, and ES, it isn't you, it is how skilfully your perception of reality has been shaped by others intent on deception. Oh, in this case there are real numbers to run and they are run by others in addition to bureaucrats because it is how the big boys rate the US Sovereign credit rating; you do remember the cut in the rating don't you?

Now as my RAC continues to fade ... I'll return the thread to a world of false talking point delusions and half truth forked tongue sayings ...
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodbye (Message 1437452)
Posted 167 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Goodbye.

Computers are on NNT.

PM notice is off.
4) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1437216)
Posted 167 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
We could spend the next ten years trying to define those terms.

...

Lets define GREED.

Okay. Why don't we have some people start by tossing out some numbers for profit % that is reasonable and where it becomes GREED.
5) Message boards : Politics : We Are Family (Message 1437109)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I've been banned before.
How about you?

working on it without success. They keep moving that danged line

Banishment,
Banishment,
Oh purgatory,
Where art thou,
Try I must,
Try I might,
Why won't you let me in?


Gary, seeing you banned would be odd and sad.

Could happen any day now.
6) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1437108)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
There are to many cheap assed companys out there that do the same thing today. And it will get worse now that Obammy care is the law.

Maybe the company you work for will make you a part time piece of crap so they can make more profit.


It is not companies being cheap assed, it is companies maximizing profits without breaking the law (or at least without getting caught). Free enterprise is great for maximizing profits, but it has no conscience and will never do "the right thing" unless there is a profit in it. That is why we need governments to regulate them, set minimum wages, provide education and health care, and so on. And we need taxes to enable governments to do this. Free enterprise will buy and sell you, if they can get away with it. They will also push to minimize taxes, not out of some great philosophical understanding of how the universe should work, but just to make more money. At anyone's expense.

Have you ever noticed that as soon as government sets a regulation saying if you do more than X you have to do Y that every business makes sure it does not do more than X? The regulation is permission to be amoral.


Yes I have noticed it. Its been going on for years but seems to have exploded by more business'es. And your right it is amoral.

Yes the fiduciary duty is amoral. But then again a duty crafted by lawyers and enforced by courts has no chance of being moral.

7) Message boards : Politics : Can we really trust IT? (Message 1437105)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Anything 'important' does get the eyeballs to make it all secure and robust. As proven by the main projects.

"Main projects?" Top 7 projects here and 100% fail.

What were you saying? That the "main projects" are the bottom 7 projects?

Sorry, Martin. People are people. FLOSS or proprietary doesn't make any difference. Still human.

The reality you refuse to confront is a project is no better than its worst coder. Toss more people at it and the likely-hood of bad code actually goes up, not down.
8) Message boards : Politics : Can we really trust IT? (Message 1437038)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Martin's many eyeballs theory debunked ...
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2059580/opensource-software-projects-need-to-improve-vulnerability-handling-practices-researchers-say.html
Many open-source software developers need to improve the way in which they handle vulnerability reports, according to researchers from security firm Rapid7, who recently found and reported vulnerabilities in seven popular open-source software applications.

There’s a line of thought among some users that open-source software is more secure than commercial software because there are more people looking at the source code and providing feedback or because open-source projects can patch issues faster.

Rapid7 worked with Brandon Perry, an application security engineer and regular contributor to the Metasploit penetration testing framework, to test that theory, said Christian Kirsch, product marketing manager at Rapid7, in an interview Wednesday at the RSA Europe security conference in Amsterdam.

At the beginning of August, Perry selected seven of the most popular open-source web applications hosted on SourceForge.net and started looking for vulnerabilities in them. Within two weeks he found security flaws in all of them, Kirsch said.

The researcher found an issue that could allow remote-authenticated attackers to execute commands on the underlying operating system in six applications:

9) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1437023)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
There are to many cheap assed companys out there that do the same thing today. And it will get worse now that Obammy care is the law.

Maybe the company you work for will make you a part time piece of crap so they can make more profit.


It is not companies being cheap assed, it is companies maximizing profits without breaking the law (or at least without getting caught). Free enterprise is great for maximizing profits, but it has no conscience and will never do "the right thing" unless there is a profit in it. That is why we need governments to regulate them, set minimum wages, provide education and health care, and so on. And we need taxes to enable governments to do this. Free enterprise will buy and sell you, if they can get away with it. They will also push to minimize taxes, not out of some great philosophical understanding of how the universe should work, but just to make more money. At anyone's expense.

Have you ever noticed that as soon as government sets a regulation saying if you do more than X you have to do Y that every business makes sure it does not do more than X? The regulation is permission to be amoral.

10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodbye (Message 1436796)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Thank you Dr. Fred. Your ideas for topical moderation are so perfect.

@WK, I haven't bitch slapped them over all the UFO threads in the science section. Nutters are out there with their tin foil hats.

All I have to say is get the dang ignore working right, when you put in a filter, make them completely disappear. Have that <plonk> sound play if you must, but they should evaporate otherwise. And that is Dr. A's fault!

And if you must, and you must, auto disable the filter for the moderators, sorry nutters come with the job.

And if you can, I know it would be a DB load, how about a number of people filtering showing on the users public account page! :)
11) Message boards : Politics : We Are Family (Message 1436677)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I've been banned before.
How about you?

working on it without success. They keep moving that danged line

Banishment,
Banishment,
Oh purgatory,
Where art thou,
Try I must,
Try I might,
Why won't you let me in?


12) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436674)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
walmart employees are the food stamp shoppers.

Might force Walmart to give them over 30 hours a week and put them on Obamacare policies. ;)
13) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1436672)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Wow, some women really do need start living in the real world......

Barbara Hewson, the rapist's friend

Well, she is right. They aren't locked into a chastity belt, wearing a burka and accompanied by an armed male relative, so of course they are at fault. As we know men are incapable of controlling themselves so allowing the merest hint of femininity to exist is the reason.

With her thought process I almost hope she gets some personal reason to reflect upon it.
14) Message boards : Politics : In HawaiianHustlin'Hussein's UNIVERSALIST Ideal WOrld, yOu Start WWIII wif a PhOne and a Pen. Oh, and wif a TeleprOmpteR. Start and LOse dat 'is'. PhoneAndPenPitifulPOtus. Name 'em and Blame 'em. (Message 1436593)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Do we really have to put up with all this? I mean, a joke is a joke, but a pantomime?

Sit down,
Open mouth,
Chew corn,

Or, go to community preferences,
corn filter engage

15) Message boards : Politics : Parents role in Education ? (Message 1436542)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
The unemployed 21-year-old admitted causing criminal damage at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Smith, who has 44 previous convictions, had applied for a job in the Army but was not selected "because of his convictions as a young boy". The 21-year-old had planned on going to Fusilier Rigby's funeral but was unable to attend as he was arrested.

21 years old and 44 previous? Needs to be locked up for a long time.

Liking our 3 strike laws are you?
16) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436363)
Posted 169 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24767932
Retailers and grocers around the US are concerned about the possible negative impact the reduction will have on consumer spending.

So nice to know they are worrying about their precious profits ... much more important than
Benefits to the supplemental nutrition assistance program (Snap) will be lowered by $36 (£22) a month for a family of four, officials say.

Some 47 million low income Americans will be affected by the cuts.

...

About one in seven Americans relies on Snap, also known as food stamps.


17) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436238)
Posted 170 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
In other words, those that have their cake and eat it today want to keep it. Sod the future, it's not our problem.

The day will approach when it will be their problem, so what then?

More political posturing?

They expect they will be pushing daises up when it hits the fan so why worry about it!
18) Message boards : Politics : Behold HIS MIGHTY Hand (Message 1436235)
Posted 170 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Are you shouting to be heard by someone or are you doing it just to be rude?

Cheers.

I'm sure that is the way he talks to random people on the street.
19) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436094)
Posted 170 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I agree that the Social security should be a separate fund. However, they typically have that money on hand and the money isn't just going to sit in a vault somewhere.


They have it on hand?

And just where is this (approaching) $17 Trillion dollars of social security trust fund?

(strong hint: it's in the hands of children yet to be conceived)

No, it has been given away. Why is this number such a good match to the debt ceiling? Remember the Trust Fund can only buy US Treasury securities and the debt ceiling is financed by the sale of US Treasury securities. Remember the econ prof said it would be wrong to pay off the debt --- your future social security check.

20) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436035)
Posted 170 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
BTW the decreased deficit is less about reduced spending and the shutdown than actual tax revenue.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131030/us-fy-2013-deficit-down-375-tax-revenue-rise-outlay-cu
In fiscal 2013, total revenues grew 13.3 percent to $2,773.98 billion, ... the termination of cuts to ... social security taxes at the end of last year.

It seems that increased tax revenue is the easiest and least painful way of debt reduction.

Social Security taxes 100% belong to the Social Security Trust Fund. What is this thinking that they are just general fund money? Are we beginning to see the issue here? Trust Fund money burning a hole in Uncle Sam's pocket! If a private person did this, they would call it a Ponzi Scheme and send all of Congress to Leavenworth. Remember this is why the Feds had to bail out GM, unfunded pension plan. Who is going to bail out USA? China?!


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