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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 47

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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Journal Journal: Gimpy text and Mars

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

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Journal Journal: Table of Contents

I've spent the last three days working to fix the ePubs and AZW3s of Yesterday's Tomorrows. I had just ran it through Calibre and did a quick check, noting that the table of contents didn't display anything.

It took a lot of research and learning to fix the ToC, and while doing so discovered something even worse - some of the illustrations were covering up the text. Damn!

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Journal Journal: Yesterday's Tomorrow is now available!

It turned into a beautiful thing. It's full of illustrations, plus photos of the authors and covers of the magazines the stories were printed in. It has the first use of the word "astronaut", the cover story of the issue of Astounding that is said to have ushered in the "golden age of science fiction, A.E. van Vogt's first published science fiction, a few other firsts, and five stories that are printed from cleaned up scans of the magazines. There are biographies of all the writers in the boo

Comment Re:Forget party, all that (Score 1) 21

What's so damned special about relationships? If it's about equality, then tell me, why does a childless married couple pay less in tax than a widow with a child who earns the same as the couple? I'd say the widow's relationship to the child matters to society, the couple's relationship doesn't matter to anyone but them.

Why is it legal to discriminate on the basis of marriage?

Why does any government in a secular country have anything at all to do with marriage?

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 430

What sort of work are you in? Any sort of tech job should pay more than that. I made $15-$20 / hour delivering pizza in college. And than was in South Carolina in the '90s, when gas was 45 per gallon and a decent two bedroom apartment was under $400 / month.

Comment Re:A little more bias in the post, please. (Score 1) 161

I think you may be confused, this is just a strict anti-microsoft bias (which is very common here)

I don't think so. Anti-microsoft bias focuses on their piss-poor products, or their business practices that make it harder for us to acquire good products.

especially to someone like you who probably thinks "socialist" is a swear word.

You mean somebody with at least a basic understanding of economics?

Comment Re:Compartmentalize the budget (Score 1) 161

Slavery was not a big issue for the seceding states. They were primarily concerned about tariffs. Their ships exporting cotton to Europe would come back full of manufactured goods, and Lincoln's proposed protective tariff would have hurt them significantly. The Corwin Amendment (the first attempt at a 13th amendment), which would have enshrined the legality of slavery in the Constitution, was well on its way to passage. Lincoln (who was far from an abolitionist) even entreated the states to pass it during his inaugural address. The Simpsons addressed this dumbed down look at the war quite well.

Virginia, the largest slave holding state, didn't secede until the Union attacked the Confederacy, and cited that as the reason.

The republican congress didn't even bother trying to pass the 13th amendment outlawing slavery until the it looked like the courts would overturn the emancipation proclamation as an illegal executive order (all those newly freed southern blacks were voting republican, and a return to bondage would cost the republicans their majority).

Comment A little more bias in the post, please. (Score 1, Interesting) 161

Could you put a little more socialist bias in your description of the events?

Why no complaints about the 50,000+ six-figure jobs Microsoft created in King County? Or about how Seattle and the Eastside have some of the best public schools on the planet, funded by property taxes, paid by homeowners who work for MS, Amazon, and Google among others? Or about how the technological innovation these companies, and others, provide, funded by the money they don't have to pay as taxes, has improved the abilities of humans around the world to access information and training?

I'm guessing that as a typical socialist, you're unable to understand the concept of opportunity cost (i.e. when taxes remove money from the private sector, the private sector has to cut R&D, expansion, or other expenditures). You probably think that a broken window is good for the economy, despite what Bastiat proved.

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