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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 685

by TubeSteak (#46775073) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Tax cuts are tax relief. When you get a refund it is not a hand out from the government, it is YOUR money being returned because you paid too much. The government runs on your money. It takes from you for the 'common good'... and some of that common good is waste (pork).

You might have a valid point, but without any actual numbers, you're just parroting ideology.
It's entirely possible that 60% of spending is pork, but the 40% that goes to the common good is so valuable that it is worth wasting 60 cents on the dollar.
To actually have a point, you need to show that the common good generated from your tax dollars is not worth the extra pork that goes along with it.

TLDR: I don't take it as a given that your ideological preconceptions are correct.

Comment: Re:Factually wrong (Score 1) 141

by TubeSteak (#46774403) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

The others are usually dictated by citizens or external factors in unexpected ways during a fiscal year. War, 9/11. natural disaster, etc...

I guess "natural disaster" is one way to describe the Bush tax cuts.

The controversy over our budget deficits are an entirely manufactured one,
made all the more hypocritical because the biggest critics are also the most responsible for it.

Comment: Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (Score 1) 151

by TubeSteak (#46752503) Attached to: Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

The CA has to be validated by third party auditors, before it can even be trusted.

All those big box stores that got their credit card numbers hacked....
Validated by third party auditors.

IIRC, one of the stores was actively being exploited throughout the audit process and still passed.

Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 1) 582

by TubeSteak (#46752037) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

"A European schedule"?

I think it's also worth mentioning that a lot of the outbreaks we have in the USA start with someone who recently returned from Europe.

Europe's problems are twofold.
1. A decade of declining MMR vaccinations thanks to the Wakefield craze.
2. Travelers/immigrants from Africa and Asia carrying infections.

Comment: Re:Five hundred years? (Score 1) 843

Think about it. Could you predict the sentiments of every human on the planet (over 4 billion) by asking the last 500 people born?

There are charts that you can use to look up the proper sample size for whatever population and confidence interval you want.
http://www.research-advisors.com/tools/SampleSize.htm

Generally, you over sample in order to account for geographic areas, sub-groups, age/gender/etc.

Comment: Re:Not even trying any more (Score 1) 843

But good luck scaring the kids! It might even last for a few hours until they figure out we've dumped a huge amount of CO2 into the atmosphere for the past decade with almost no upswing in temperature. Once you realize that, you start caring about real pollution again instead of hating on poor old carbon so much.

The people denying man made climate change are also the same dickholes that refuse to enact or properly enforce job-killing regulations on "real pollution".
Look at the recent shit show in North Carolina with Duke Energy and the Republican Governor as a prime example.
Or those idiots in Texas who can't be bothered to inspect massive stockpiles of fertilizer that blow up towns.

Comment: Re:Recycling Personalities (Score 2) 445

by TubeSteak (#46733945) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

In passing, I call attention to the point that those responsible for making a budget can subvert the whole process by just failing to execute their duty. Both the President and Congress have been guilty of that.

This is not a point to be made in passing, it's the entire core of the problem.

Congress hasn't passed an Obama budget since he was sworn into office.
Everything since 2009 has been a continuing resolution based on Bush's last budget.
Even the sequester wasn't a proper budget, as it was just cutting 10% off the previous continuing resolution.
Which puts the lie to your statement that

At the same time, you should understand that you can't "inherit" a deficit. The idea is poppycock. The budget for each year stands fresh on its own.

The real irony of it all is that Republicans want to cut spending by $1 trillion/year.
Which happens to be the exact amount of Bush's not-so-temporary 10 year/10 trillion tax cut which is now in its 13th year.

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1, Redundant) 236

by TubeSteak (#46731547) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

There are recalls all the time on products through honest mistakes people make. Should we call out each of these people individually?

The engineer that designed the part and the replacement lied in front of a Senate Committee when asked if he knew there was a defect.
The engineering manager was deposed in a lawsuit and said that GM made a business decision not to fix the defect.

Those aren't honest mistakes. Those are "bad actors" I'm talking about
People who intentionally do something wrong, don't fix something that is wrong, or cover up something that is/was wrong.

Your entire post is arguing against a position I did not take.

Comment: Re:Seems fishy (Score 1) 136

by TubeSteak (#46731485) Attached to: Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

I wonder if they properly controlled for luck.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

But she signed up, got a little training in how to estimate probabilities from the people running the program, and then was given access to a website that listed dozens of carefully worded questions on events of interest to the intelligence community, along with a place for her to enter her numerical estimate of their likelihood.

"Usually I just do a Google search," she said.

In fact, she's so good she's been put on a special team with other superforecasters whose predictions are reportedly 30 percent better than intelligence officers with access to actual classified information.

It's not luck they've selected for, it's the ability to make educated guesses.

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 3, Informative) 236

by TubeSteak (#46730603) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here. Do they want people to go break the guy's windows? Burn down his house? Call him in the middle of the night or deliver pizza? Apart from potentially removing the guy's livelihood for the remainder of his life because no-one wants to hire 'that guy' ever again, and a lot of abuse being targeted his way, what will this achieve?

Why exactly is it a bad precedent?
The names of everyone involved are going to come out anyways, with all the possible consequences you described.
Our judicial system is usually exceedingly unwilling to pierce the corporate veil and directly hold bad actors responsible for their choices.
So I'm perfectly happy with a society that aggressively shuns those people, regardless of judicial outcomes.

I'm *guessing* GM's goal is to scapegoat a few responsible parties as early as possible,
so that when the management failures are unmasked, there won't be as much heat and vitriol.

Comment: Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (Score 1) 639

i just think it's unprofessional and lazy...her performance in Orange is the New Black is equally as bad, IMHO...very perfunctory

If you hated her in Star Trek and Orange is the New Black, you'll love her in NTSF:SD:SUV
It's a show designed to make bad, unprofessional, and lazy acting really shine

Give it a try. If you find yourself unsatisfied... well, that may have been the point.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbCWYm7B_B4&t=7s

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