Supposed to be coming out with an e-book version, too.
"A balloon is just hot air in a sack. Nothing machine-like about that,"
So obviously your head isn't a machine either
Kittinger was a contestant on the "What's My Line" game show in 1956, in honor of an earlier altitude record he set in a balloon:
Very personable guy; there's a brief interview with him afterwards.
The fact is (and you can look this up for yourself, the top 1% of taxpayers (all those really rich folks) pay 1/3 of all income taxes. The top half of all taxpayers (still considered rich by many here) pay 97% of all income tax. Over 40 million households pay no income tax at all. That's why it is so difficult to give a "fair" (not) tax break to the bottom half of the population. They don't pay enough tax to give them a cut on.
P.S. Of course, that's not the only tax burden people acquire. Sales taxes aren't based on income, so you can say the 'poor' are unfairly burdened by a tax like that. And, so, too do widows on social security being taxed out of their homes because of high property taxes. So I'm not satying the poor are fairly taxed.
But I do get sick and tired of people claiming the burden of income taxes is on the rich when the 'rich' (depending on how you define them: Usually those who make more than you do) pay 97% of the income taxes already.
I've seen many compromised Linux machines sending out spam. Especially prevalent in Germany, where 1&1 and similar mass hosters provide hosted very cheap rental of Linux servers.
Of course, the issues are the same as those of compromised Windows systems:
* Not up to date on security patches
* Admin doesn't know what he's doing
* Using insecure legacy versions of software
According to what I've read, that is exactly why it's behind closed doors. Apparently the first thing that happens is each country makes ridiculous claims, and they ask for ridiculous deals, and then they slowly work their way back to reality. If it was all in the public eye, everything would be nice and politically correct, but they would never agree or disagree on anything for fear of exposure and they would never get to the guts of the treaty in the public eye. Really disingenuous that they are only inviting those pushing for the treaty and not those that are against such legislation. Makes the discussion and perspective rather one sided.
Does anyone know if this will be an 'executive' treaty, or one that will have to be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate? I can't imagine that regardless of what goes behind closed doors, the voting public will be too kind to any politician that sells it's citizens down the river.
I try as much as possible to unblock sites I visit frequently and want to support, but it's practically impossible for me to concentrate on reading an article with some damn flashing/spinning ad vying for my attention. When these appear too frequently I have no choice but to put the site back on the block list.
I have the same problem. Animated adds make the site effectively useless to me. However, as I care more about my sanity (such as it is) than someone elses economy, I block as much as possible.
Are these contractors perfect? Absolutely not. I have seen failures that could only be resolved by kicking the contractor out. This is obviously painful to the contractor, but very disruptive to the state. States could save themselves this disruption by changing some of their procurement rules (e.g., the bidder with the lowest bid price exceeds a minimum technical score) that reward lower quality proposals. They could also increase the Medicaid program's performance by optimizing their end-to-end business processes prior to issuing an RFP. Many states' business processes are fundamentally broken. If you compare the head count used in a state-staffed operation vs. the head count used in a contractor-staffed operation, you often see a two- or three-to-one difference. Medicaid RFPs are notoriously ambiguous and routinely include phrases such as "including but limited to" in requirements statements. Fully modeled and documented processes generate fully developed use cases.
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux