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Comment: Re:Fiscal cliff - What planet are you from? (Score 1) 639

by WittyName (#42442163) Attached to: The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

Bernanke has injected something like 3 trillion into the economy in QE1,2, and 3. Home prices are down to y2k levels, fuel is low too. Where is this inflation hiding? We need more inflation. Perhaps 3% for a few years to let people get debt down to manageable levels.

Bond investors? Those that shorted bonds in the last few years got killed. Further, bond markets show low yields for DECADES into the future. Negative rates on 20 year bonds at the moment. Seems the rest of the world does not agree with you about the hyperinflation.. A weak dollar would be GOOD as it would make exports easier, leading to higher employment.. Bad for those holding piles of cash though. Problems in europe causing a flight to safety though, thus driving up the dollar. Pity.

Why do you view inflation as bad? Debtors benefit, workers benefit (via higher wages), assets appreciate.. The only losers are those sitting on large piles of cash.

Also, depressions are started by deflation, not debt.

"The only way is to pay out" - Might want to read up on the paradox of thrift: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_thrift.

Basically you are about 100% wrong. Your mistake is using a micro economic solution to a macro economic problem. Resonates with Fox news viewers but is directly contradicted by facts and theory.

Comment: Barratry is a crime.. (Score 1) 631

by WittyName (#33022234) Attached to: Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

But those are the laws. He uses them to his advantage. That he succeeds at the expense of others just magnifies the hypocrisy of it all.

Not really sure if he is seriously believes his wacked shit, or just taking the piss.. Either way, buy some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show! :)

You must admit he has some large diamond hard balls..

Comment: Phelps is a hero! (Score 1, Informative) 631

by WittyName (#33019794) Attached to: Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

He is a retired lawyer, two of his kids are lawyers too. He has this wonderful way of tying the government in knots. For instance his clan/cult have a big house. This is a church. The swimming pool is a baptismal font. All income is tax free due to being a religion. IRS was not pleased, but he beat them.

His views are totally wacko but playing the govt off against itself is just awesome.

Comment: Do not worry.. (Score 1) 403

by WittyName (#32774426) Attached to: Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

It is not THAT bad. The whole nation is NAT'ed. You will not have a proper IP address. almost certainly 10.x.x.x. I use the web a lot, and the vast majority of sites work. Groklaw did not work for me, or BBC. But Tor gets around all of that. BitTorrent is slow due to no inbound connections.

To me the bigger problem is dumbass companies trying to 'help' me by detecting my location and localizing.. Just because I am in Whereveristan does not mean I can read the language. My http headers specify us-en. Do not redirect to chinese, or whatever. Annoying.

Time zones are also a PITA because you are awake and they are asleep, or vice versa.

All that aside, screw the internet, and have fun, eat some new foods, meet some locals, wander around aimlessly. Say "Hello", smile. Many do not speak english, but they all studied it from grade school on up. Write it down. But one of those calculator translator things, and have somebody show you the buttons to put it into english mode. Better ones have sound. About $20-30.

Buy a phone with a SIM card. 110 is like 911 in the states. 114 is tourist help. Free. Everywhere. They speak multiple languages. Tell them what you want, hand the phone to the taxi driver, solved.

Comment: Boredom & 747 full of tapes.. (Score 1) 1015

by WittyName (#31975430) Attached to: Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

Do planets stagnate? Same thoughts reverberating? Maybe some pool their replicator rations and take a trip. Record everything ala googleMaps++, come home you sell the reality show version, the art, etc.

On the way home with objective in hand, mention in passing: "You should check out x, y, and z. Stop by and download our culture any time, and we hope to be back to yours in 100 years. Have a nice day!"

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen

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