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Comment: Re:Nice Synergy (Score 0) 347

Hold on there, big fella! Once you - as an organization - apply to the IRS for a tax-exempt status and swear under penalty of law that you are not engaging in political activity (and let's be clear - tea party organizations are by definition 100% political), then you *should* expect the IRS to come sniffing. Do not extrapolate that simple reality into "OMG - if I support X party then they're going to audit me!!!". Reality check, please....

Comment: Re:In the late 70s (Score 2) 230

by GerryGilmore (#46881915) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
Actually, Data General had a line of card punch and reader machines (I think they were OEM'ed, though) in the late 70s. I know because I was DG Field Engineer and had to work on those during election cycles. That's why I knew what "hanging-chad" was very early in the 2000 election fru-fru.

Comment: Re:At the risk of being flammed into oblivion (Score 1) 146

by GerryGilmore (#46779469) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers
I do. The thing that you're ignoring is this: the combination of my insurance premiums through work; my employer's premiums to the same insurers; medicare; medicaid; VA and a few others dwarfs - on a per-capita basis - what anyone else in the world pays for coverage. And that coverage, in case you haven't noticed, is ridiculously complex with tremendous gaps and inefficiencies that make the whole experience much, much worse than any dealings with the IRS - and I've had a few. In each case I found the IRS to be very helpful and pleasant to deal with. As opposed to, say, AT&T...

Comment: Re:Just think, you could have had universal health (Score 1) 723

by GerryGilmore (#46718921) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
Excuse me? That whole post made no sense whatsoever! How did you get health care without insurance or a very large wallet? And don't hand me that crap about ER coverage being "free". It's not! Once you leave the hospital, you're going to have to make a detour through the business office where you'll get a full walletectomy before you can leave, and if you don't have cash, you'll have the collection agency knocking at your door.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 723

by GerryGilmore (#46718799) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
You are conflating 2 separate things: improvements in diagnostics and treatment, and access to those things. Plenty of acute care (and non-acute) treatments and tests such as CAT scans, etc have improved dramatically over the last few years, so what's your point again? Oh! Right! If the government is involved in making access to these things, it's Bad(TM). Obviously, the OP pointed out that world-wide experience shows that single-payer, universal coverage is far more efficient and - oh, yeah - compassionate than our layers upon layers of BS insurance companies and their "Utilization Review Committees", aka "Death Panels".

Comment: Re:"George Soros Institute for Economic Thinking" (Score 1) 91

by GerryGilmore (#46625085) Attached to: Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography
Since you're already modded to +5 I won't bother, but - Kudos for not being one of the mindless cumwads who automatically reject anything that anyone else says just because they are associated with ${political party or person's name who we've been conditioned to hate by propagandists}. Without critical thinking, there is no thinking possible at all.

Comment: Thinking of us as "resources" (Score 2) 323

by GerryGilmore (#46547749) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker
To me, the whole concept of the former "personnel" department becoming "human resources" is a reflection of the mindset that real people with real desires to advance, and real desires to keep up with technical changes and advances, and real desires to feel like we're really contributing to the success of our company are, well, passe. In that mindset, we're all just "resources" that can fit onto a spreadsheet or HR template. A true story from my days at Dialogic - a company that made telecom gear. After finally getting management buy-in to release a Linux version, I was in a meeting with engineering management and they started wondering about getting the "resources" to do the driver and porting work. I suggested looking at working to get some input from some experienced open-source driver maintainers on a contract basis to get some of our existing Solaris versions ported. They laughed and said "Oh, we can't do that! We'll just pull some resources from our Windows team and they'll be fine." Ha! For some reason, they just couldn't grasp the concept that there was experience, knowledge and - ultimately - passion for what you are doing that translates into real achievement.

Comment: Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (Score 0) 162

Besides which, what gives the Catholics the right to opt out of things they don't like? People who don't support war are "forced to pay" for it anyway. People who don't like corporate welfare are "forced to pay" for it. People who don't like government spying are "forced to pay" for it. etc. Hiding behind your religion like it's more sacred than the Constitution is what makes me, an atheist, arguably a Better American(TM) than you, so get off my lawn!

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