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21) Message boards : Politics : Do you trust China? (Message 1436011)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
If nukes were involved, It would be short. I dont know how many nukes China has But the US would win. Kinda win any way, I would guess mnay US cities would be gone, but so China would not have any major cities left.

If nukes are involved, everybody loses.

Not everyone. Those that are vaporized win.
22) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1436010)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I can make graphs that defy logic, too. It's pretty unclear what exactly that graph is supposed to measure. If its deficits then where are the 2 years where Clinton ran in the black. if its the Rolling Stones chances of a reunion tour, I'd buy it

Well bitch at the person who drew the graph. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/10/how-partisans-should-respond-budget-deficit-hitting-five-year-low/71115/
23) Message boards : Politics : Thor is the designer! (Message 1436009)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
It is dawn on Thor's day, but somehow I predict more goblins today than followers of Thor.

All hail Thor.
24) Message boards : Politics : Can we really trust IT? (Message 1435872)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.

According to a top-secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, the NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records — including “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, as well as content such as text, audio and video.

The NSA’s principal tool to exploit the data links is a project called MUSCULAR, operated jointly with the agency’s British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters . From undisclosed interception points, the NSA and the GCHQ are copying entire data flows across fiber-optic cables that carry information between the data centers of the Silicon Valley giants.

The infiltration is especially striking because the NSA, under a separate program known as PRISM, has front-door access to Google and Yahoo user accounts through a court-approved process.
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In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the company has “long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping” and has not provided the government with access to its systems.
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At Yahoo, a spokeswoman said, “We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.

So, if you knew someone could do it (man in the middle), why did you allow (encourage?) them to do it?
25) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1435869)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I know they aren't going to like this chart ...

but it does look like the sequester and the grand standing are having the desired effect of forcing spending down.

Of course that is just exactly opposite what my econ prof said was "right."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-budget-deficit-680b-lowest-years-20732055
For the first time in five years, the U.S. government has run a budget deficit below $1 trillion.

The government says the deficit for the 2013 budget year totaled $680.3 billion, down from $1.09 trillion in 2012. That's the smallest imbalance since 2008, when the government ran a $458.6 billion deficit.

The deficit is the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending. It narrowed for the budget year that ended on Sept. 30 because revenue rose while spending fell.

Revenue jumped 13.3 percent to $2.77 trillion, reflecting a slightly better economy and higher tax rates. And government spending declined 2.4 percent to $3.45 trillion, in part because of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect in March.

26) Message boards : Politics : Thor is the designer! (Message 1435868)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Got a while to Thor's day here, but I'm getting ready.
27) Message boards : Politics : Behold HIS MIGHTY Hand (Message 1435867)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
[sarcasm]

Ya, *letter* of the law... that always leads to good things.

[/sarcasm]

I know, when we don't follow it we end up with taxes that look suspiciously like mandatory health care ...
28) Message boards : Politics : Behold HIS MIGHTY Hand (Message 1435831)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I have taken and administered similiar oaths. ... Air Force

Ah, I see the problem right away. Military <> Civil. The military frequently does and requires otherwise unconstitutional acts and actions, but that is expected hence the words "military coup."

Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 603 wrote:
Before testifying, a witness must give an oath or affirmation to testify truthfully. It must be in a form designed to impress that duty on the witness’s conscience.
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Affirmation is simply a solemn undertaking to tell the truth; no special verbal formula is required.
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1 U.S.C. §1;

If you don't like the United States Code, isn't that what you swore to uphold?, then you can write your representatives and ask them to change it.
29) Message boards : Politics : Behold HIS MIGHTY Hand (Message 1435790)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
She took an oath at the beginning.

"Ma'am, please raise your right hand... do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"

And I saw her lips move that looked like "I do."

The first thing I noticed is that she did not have to repeat the oath and there was no "SO HELP ME GOD" at the end.

Rule 603

I see you haven't served jury duty in a long long time. What other gems are we going to know from your venting?
30) Message boards : Politics : Behold HIS MIGHTY Hand (Message 1435775)
Posted 174 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Behold the mighty hand of the federal government!
Lo and behold single men must have and pay for maternity care insurance!

Been that way since 1965, medicaid ...
31) Message boards : Politics : We Are Family (Message 1435619)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
This family it totally nuts!!

Good to see you consider yourself part of the family.

I'm the neighbour who plants leylandii along the fence.

And I'm the one with the chain-saw.

Nah, you're the crotchety uncle that had his dreams of becoming an (horror movie?) actor frustrated.

Be careful, I'm also the one with two winches for dragging objects out of the mire.

Is that why you are always mucking about? ;)

32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1435468)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
http://screen.yahoo.com/trending-now/trending-redditor-posts-pov-video-110000374.html
33) Message boards : Politics : UK Utilities in a mess (Message 1435450)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I totally agree as our governments here have been doing this since the late 80's and where privatisation has step in the prices have sky rocketed out of this world (plus what they have sold off has always made a good profit for the public purse).

Interesting. For most of my life the public electric company, publicly traded to boot, has been able, or required by the PUC, to charge lower rates than the municipal electric companies, unregulated, here in Los Angeles county California. This may be because the municipals have been forced by their politician overseers to overcharge to fatten up the municipal general fund.

Oh well, different corrupt politicians in different corrupt offices I suppose.
34) Message boards : Politics : We Are Family (Message 1435375)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Errrr, I'm a second Cousin, twice removed, once replaced, vertically homogenised, and I plead the Fifth Amendment. I can't help it if I'm on the email distribution list for family updates ....

I didn't know you on that side of the pond had a Fifth Amendment to plead.
35) Message boards : Politics : Best examples of SD, Stupid Design (Message 1435243)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Bottom feeder in the Mariana's Trench?
36) Message boards : Politics : We Are Family (Message 1435240)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
This family it totally nuts!!

Good to see you consider yourself part of the family.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 200 - If you know what I mean :) (Message 1435238)
Posted 175 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Someone puts BK above In-N-Out? Well, I suppose if you are after something besides a cheezeburger.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 200 - If you know what I mean :) (Message 1435177)
Posted 176 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Just a drive by ...
39) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1434942)
Posted 176 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
I've noticed the price disparity in poor neighborhoods vs average to well off as well. Bought an Icecream cone at Dairy Queen and noticed a variation in price from $1.99 to $2.99 for the same item.

I assume the reasoning is the higher instances(unsubstantiated) of loss from employee neglect and theft to actual robberies.

One would think the better neighborhood would cost one more moeny because of the location. Traffic is the big difference. More people are going to go through a nicer neighborhoods DQ than an old shabby looking one.

Could be loss and theft, but I suspect it is more likely vandalism related, having to spend more money keeping the building up and perhaps having to have another employee onsite for security reasons.

As to traffic, that may be reverse. In a poor hood people are on foot and can't go to the upscale hood.
40) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1434939)
Posted 176 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier
Empathy is the most obvious reason that people give...and it seems there is a relation between how much empathy you have and how wealthy you are:

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

Nice article. Too bad they don't have a study over time to see if being greedy as a child and through your adult life results in being wealthy.


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