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Comment: Re:Other. (Score 1) 106

by PopeRatzo (#49787827) Attached to: A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years

I have an interesting story about him that I probably should not share

Since you seem to be a pretty forthcoming fella, let me ask you a question about your part of the country.

My wife's been offered a position at UVM in Brunswick, VT. You have any opinion about quality of life there? I'm a little worried about New England winters, but I can't imagine it's much nastier than Chicago. It looks beautiful and the wife's an avid skiier. We're probably pretty close in age to you, maybe 3 or 4 years younger. I'm semi-retired and teach Chinese martial arts now. I'd hope to do the same up there, even if just casually.

Comment: Re:What else is new... (Score 1) 47

The reason why "global business leaders" don't know about technology is that they are completely divorced from the daily life that normal humans live. They don't have to know shit, so they don't know shit.

And Carly Fiorina, who Portfolio Magazine named as one of the 20 worst American CEOs in history, now wants to be President of the United States.


Comment: Re:I got it! (Score 1) 47

We need Executives to be replaced with H1-B workers. The shareholders will be pleased. Capitalism demands it!

Yeah, but it appears that Capitalism is really demanding that executives be more highly compensated.


Pay for the top 200 executives has gone up 21%. The average in 2014 was $17.6 million.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 12

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 400

by PopeRatzo (#49779771) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Seriously I do feel awful badly for those folks. I hate when bad things happen to anyone, even if they hate me with a passion.

I agree. However, I am reminded of the story of the farmer who's trying to show someone how to train a mule. He starts by walking up to the mule and whacking it on the head with a club, knocking the mule out. When the pupil asked him, "Why did you do that?" the farmer said, "Well, first you have to get his attention."

One has to wonder if a theoretical compassionate God is trying to get Texas and Oklahoma's attention. But then, considering the annual number of tornadoes and other natural disasters that hit Texas and Oklahoma, you'd have think He'd just give up by now and smite the whole region and leave it to the armadillos.

Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 241

by PopeRatzo (#49779751) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

How did you get "the tax goes from 3% to 4%" from "the state raises taxes on car dealers by 30%?"

About your other point, sure some of the dealers may only raise prices by 29% and absorb that other 1%, but you're still missing the point

Are you really that stupid? Do you understand the difference between raising taxes on dealers "by 30%" and raising the taxes on dealers "to 30%"?

Raising taxes from 3% to 4% is a 33% increase in taxes. Raising taxes from 6% to 8% would be a 33% increase in taxes. Raising taxes from 15% to 20% would be a 33% increase in taxes. But even the biggest of those increases, assuming there's no competition and no dealer decides to take a little less profit in order to increase market share, the largest pass-through to consumers would only have to be 5%.

If you don't think only consumers pay taxes...

I never said that. Consumers often pay taxes. In the case of Amazon, the consumers would be paying the sales tax, because up to now Amazon has been able to avoid taxes on the notion that the internet is some magical places where taxes should not exist because...computers or something.

Maybe you can understand it if I explain it another way. If you have ten apples and I take ten percent of them today, and tomorrow I raise the percentage of apples I take from you by 100%, it does not mean I'm taking 100% of your apples.

Here's a nice tutorial on calculating percentage change with a calculator if you're still having trouble. If you need help turning on the calculator, you'll have to ask someone else.


Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 5, Interesting) 400

by PopeRatzo (#49779501) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Seen any suspicious rainbows lately? This might fill you in on what the governmen is doing I hear it targets Christians:

Actually, there was a big stunning double rainbow over Dublin last week as the people of Ireland rejected the teachings of the Church and approved same sex marriage.


Texas, on the other hand, outlawed gay marriage and got deadly floods and tornadoes.



Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 5, Insightful) 400

by PopeRatzo (#49779463) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

What is so hard to believe that we created the "god" myth? It's been done many times over the ages, so we have more proof of that than the other way around.

Yes, but all those other people who created gods were just making them up, whereas the god we made up is the Real Thing!

Comment: Re:Why is this dribble on the front page? (Score 1) 400

by PopeRatzo (#49779451) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Maybe the anti-creationist, anti-Christian witch hunters set this bogus thing up, just to have an excuse to go after the Christians.


But maybe the Creationists set it up just to make it look like the anti-Christian witch hunters set it up so that then they could say, "Look how we're being made to look stupid and a little evil by the anti-Christian witch hunters who are all hiding in plain sight just steps away from the Christian churches that are on every other block throughout the United States.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy