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Comment: Re:Something to see behind the curtain? (Score 2) 298

From Politifact

We cross-checked the Open Secrets list of the top 100 individuals donating to outside spending groups in the current election against the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires and found that, as of June 19, there were 22 individuals on the Open Secrets list who were billionaires. Of those 22 billionaires, 13 -- or more than half -- gave predominantly to liberal groups or groups affiliated with the Democratic Party. The other nine gave predominantly to conservative groups. (A list of billionaires and how much they donated can be found here.)


The top donor from either party so far this cycle is pro-Democratic -- California billionaire Tom Steyer, who has given more than $11 million and has pledged to spend at last $50 million.

+ - Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago

Submitted by RoccamOccam
RoccamOccam writes: The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators as to whether she had used private email to conduct official business as Secretary of State, more than two years ago. Clinton declined to respond to that question.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

Sen. Proxmire would not be considered as having been in the political right in the country of which he was a senator, which is the country about which we were discussing.

As a side note, the common refrain that 'the U.S. left is "right-wing" compared to the "rest of the world"' conveniently ignores the large percentage of Islamically-controlled countries in the world.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

... It goes back to the Proxmire Golden Fleece Awards where a Senator from Wisconsin would claim to have identified horrendous wastes of money, while the state that he represented (Wisconsin) raked in billions of dollars in milk and cheese subsidies.

Between that and claims of 'Welfare Queens', the political right has played a distraction game to subvert programs like education while lining their pockets with money ...

Just wanted to mention that Sen. Proxmire was a Democrat.

Comment: Re:What they are probably meaning: (Score 1) 169

by RoccamOccam (#49365913) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
I'm speculating, but looking into it a bit, I see that:

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reigns of King Henry III (1216–1272) and his successor, Edward I (1272–1307). [source: Wikipedia]

so perhaps "hanged" is an anachronism that never got regularized due to being ensconced in early English law.

Comment: Domain Name Front Running (Score 4, Informative) 295

by RoccamOccam (#49281747) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?
Whatever you do, don't check with a registrar to see if your domain name is available, unless you're prepared to buy it at that moment! I recently had GoDaddy appropriate a good domain name that I was considering. It turns out that this reprehensible practice is quite common.

System going down at 1:45 this afternoon for disk crashing.