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Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 521

by drinkypoo (#48276755) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system?

Their memories are simply that short. That's how they forget that none of their interests have been served by their elected politicians, and proceed to re-elect them.

Here in California, however, we re-relected Jerry Brown. That's very like re-electing Marion Berry. Heh heh heh.

Comment: It's not pandering -- it's rejection. (Score 4, Insightful) 711

by fyngyrz (#48273705) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

the 'proud' crap is just pandering to a demographic

You're entirely missing the point. There are many people who feel that gay == shameful, the direct implication being that they want gay folk to feel ashamed. Proud is an in-their-face declaration that they are not ashamed.

That's all it is.

It's the same for any aspect of life for which there are detractors; some people think geekery is a bad thing; hence "geek and proud." Some people think prostitution is a bad thing; hence "sex worker and proud", and so on for a long list of "your prejudices do not define me" issues.

It's a very natural -- and correct -- reaction to a society where people are encouraged to coerce others into specific behavioral channels without regard for the consent or interest of those others.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 2, Insightful) 378

Who gives a damn about what is right or left in the rest of the world, eh?

Yeah, what could we possibly learn from the rest of the world? We know everything!

That isn't germane to the conversation here.

You can't possibly believe that, can you? You must be trolling. Because if not, the alternative is that you are a gigantic idiot. Wait, I've seen your posting history. You may not be trolling. But if you aren't, your use of the word germane in this context may be the funniest thing I've seen all year.

Comment: Figure out which ones are rare and/or special (Score 3, Funny) 41

Figure out before you try to get rid of them which knickknacks and giveaways are actually special somehow. Take all the other ones, put them into bags, and take them down to the your local landfill for recycling. Now put the valuable ones on eBay, perhaps in one or more lots divided by brand. Not expecting to get any notable money, but that would be a nice side effect. It's just a nice way to handle getting paid for shipping, really.

Nobody wanted most of that shit when it was new. It has never ceased to amaze me how an industry which literally creates XL and 2XL customers will have 2000 size M tee shirts made, and 200 size XL, and 0 size 2XL. I've had to see some horrifyingly hairy midriffs in various technical departments.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.