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Comment: Re:How did Rockefeller protect his pipe lines? (Score 0) 195 195

Still, mile after mile of tin pipes traversing and crisscrossing Ohio, Western PA and later Indiana were left unmolested. How was that defended? How could one defend the fiber optic lines?

Some answers in your rant would be good.

Otherwise, the answer is he had enemies who weren't that brutal. End of story.

Times have changed.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 132 132

Wow that is a very low bar. I felt somewhat cheated when I took this course at the local technical college as I thought they were going to go really in depth but didn't. Not really knowing much about DB other than the high level stuff and how to write a simple dumb query that pisses off DBAs I did get something out of it but wanted more.

Comment: Re:College != Jobs (Score 1) 132 132

This sounds not so different from one of the public university systems here in Minnesota. The MNSCU system is comprised of the state colleges (technical and community) that offer various trades and associates degrees and then a number of Universities offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The credits all transfer easily between one of these schools and another. I have a cousin who took advantage of post secondary program for MN high school students and entered college as junior but ended up getting shipped to Iraq with the national guard for a year. He managed to complete his degree in 2 years once he got back and didn't have to shell out any money for it.

Comment: Re:Turn it on them (Score 1) 161 161

What we should be doing is filing FOIAs for all data collected on our elected officials. So in this case I should file a FOIA for Representative John Kline, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, and President Obama. There would be a legitimate reason for the electorate to know who their elected officials associate with, besides it is just the meta data so no big deal or at least that is what I keep being told. Also there shouldn't be any national security issue with receiving this information as these people aren't terrorists and there shouldn't be an ongoing investigation that would be compromised.

Comment: Re:Hey FISA... (Score 1) 161 161

Hey not all Americans are for FISA and we do try to stop the shit they do. Problem is that too many of my fellow Americans are too apathetic to help out even if they do dislike these things. Then there are the people who believe it actually makes them safes since the government is doing something and support it but not real strongly who sadly are probably the majority.

Comment: Re:The founding documents present a path... (Score 1) 161 161

I have already contacted my congress critters. Unfortunately Senators Klobuchar and Franken seem to support these unconstitutional actions with their vote on the USA FREEDOM Act and don't seem to like our freedoms. I have also contacted my Representative John Kline but his is of similar mind in these cases and seems to be even more supportive of these actions in general. Since I am not in either Keith Ellison's or Tom Emmar's districts they really don't want to hear from me but they were both against this bulk data collection and may be sympathetic. Below is the body text I sent off to Senator Klobuchar, Senator Franken, and Representative Kline both in paper form and in e-mail. I specifically mention their votes on the USA FREEDOM act so depending on how your congress critters voted you may need to change that part if you just do a copy paste.

I am writing you today to encourage you begin the process of impeaching Judge Michael W. Mosman on the FISA court who ruled that the NSA may continue the bulk data collection on American citizens. This action was already ruled illegal by the US 2nd court of appeals. Furthermore with the passage of the USA FREEDOM act, which you should have voted against, further clarifies that bulk data collection by the NSA of Americans data is not allowed and will be ended. This still ignores the fact that the US constitution is very clear on on the issue of bulk collection of data in that the government may not issue general warrants, or perform searches without reasonable cause. How is it reasonable that everyone in the United States might be considered a terrorist?

Comment: Re:a solid business model helps. (Score 1) 153 153

Well they had lots of the older instructions online but not for this loft bed. It just may have been too old for even that. I really haven't had a complaint about their stuff in general and even have some of their inexpensive pine shelves. By the way their pine furniture looks awesome if you sand it, stain it, and apply a couple of coats of poly, and while it is a bit more expensive than the particle board stuff it is a lot nicer especially with a good finish applied and will last longer.

Yes I realize this is IKEA furniture, just because it is inexpensive and sold in flat pack doesn't mean it has to be complete crap. It just gets to live in the basement in rooms where hobbies are done where utility is more important that overall niceness.

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