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Comment: rahvin112 needs to put up, or STFU! (Score 1) 362

by sgt_doom (#49607035) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
So all those SEC filings I've perused over the years, all those GAO reports, and various other books and reports and filings on deferred income and hedge fund managers and hedge fund people and private equity types is all lies?????

I think not, mofo! So how's about putting up or STFU! And to those ignorant of forensic finance, the super-rich and the hedge fundsters and private equiteers routinely give themselves "loans" from their offshore monies, which means they transfer their money back themselves in not taxable form, since their so-called "interest" they pay is not only non-taxable, but is really just transferring more money offshore!

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 1) 362

by sgt_doom (#49606991) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Contrary to your ignorance, there is a parliamentarian procedure (I believe it is called "mediation") which allows the Executive branch to invoke it and therefore allow for a one-vote only majority on financial legislation, as opposed to the usual two-thirds majority required. (This only applies to financial legislation.)

This was invoked many, many times during the George Weasel Bush administration, but has yet to ever be invoked during Obama's time in the White House.

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 362

by sgt_doom (#49606973) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Excellent points, overall, his record is the best, it is on a few individual items where he falters, i.e., voting down the food stamp legislation and then stating he had second thoughts about that vote, and not being VOCAL ENOUGH about jobs offshoring and the use of foreign visa replacement scab workers!

Comment: Screw skepticism, it violates the law! (Score 1) 362

by sgt_doom (#49606935) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Sanders is very skeptical of the H-1B program, ...

Huh???? It ain't about skepticism, and if Sanders, a congressional critter, and supposedly with a law degree, still CANNOT figure out that it is AGAINST THE FRIGGING LAW!!!! American workers cannot be replaced unless it is proven that no qualified workers can be found, AND SINCE THEY ARE in the effing position to begin with, that goes against the law.

Which is why the next two videos are soooo fundamental and sooo important:

Comment: Re:It's not really about the code... (Score 5, Informative) 78

I used to work at a large company that specialized in "e-trading". They paid a fee for access to second order quotes, which meant that they knew about not just the current price of a security, but the actual stream of bid and ask prices from individual investors. If you have access to the stream, you can just write code that slightly underbids and offers slightly overpriced shares, so you get to nickel and dime investors all day with sub-millisecond accuracy. It was basically software that stole money from everyone all day.

Comment: Re:Atmosphere study is in NASA's fucking 1958 char (Score 4, Interesting) 172

by MillionthMonkey (#49604035) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Every nation on earth has weather and climate scientists. WTF do we need NASA to study the weather?

First of all, weather is not climate.

Second, those scientists in other nations depend on the data collected by NASA, since no one else can do it as well.

Third, the idiot currently heading the committee that plans to eviscerate the NASA earth sciences program to the tune of $300 million per year sees no problem blowing hundreds of times as much money on Cold War fighter jets. One might ask,why do we need to spend $1.5 trillion dollars on F35 strike fighters that can't turn, can't climb, run hackable software, and explode when struck by lightning or running on warm fuel?

This is not about the money at all. They just don't want anyone looking into this, period.

Comment: Re:Did a paid shill write this summary? (Score 1, Funny) 172

by MillionthMonkey (#49603901) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

And what about that space stuff? Remember the space stuff?

Why yes, we just saw a story about space stuff:

NASA hopes to send the first round-trip, manned spaceflight to Mars by the 2030s. If the mission succeeds, astronauts could spend several years potentially being bombarded with cosmic rays- high-energy particles launched across space by supernovae and other galactic explosions. Now, a study in mice suggests these particles could alter the shape of neurons, impairing astronauts' memories and other cognitive abilities. In the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with executive function, a range of high-level cognitive tasks such as reasoning, short-term memory, and problem-solving, neurons had 30% to 40% fewer branches, called dendrites, which receive electrical input from other cells.

It's pretty clear that Republicans are seeking to get people into space so they can expand their voter base.

Comment: National debt (Score 5, Informative) 362

by MillionthMonkey (#49602617) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Obama has cut the budget deficit in half since 2008. (Bush left it at $1.5 trillion per year, and now it's about $750 billion). Since $750 billion is still greater than zero, the national debt continues to rise, at about half the rate that it did during the Bush administration- when, if you recall, no one seemed to be complaining about it at all.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 697

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49596307) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

California has been in drought for 9000 of the last 12000 years. It's the normal state there. Switch from avacado to chia, and you'll be fine.

The Midwest is another story. We've been planting our favorite foods there so long that we've destroyed the ecology of the place. Thus the "Dust Bowl" phenomenon.

But there is one way to deal with this- bunch grass grazing. It's working well in the Eastern Oregon Desert; but it's hard to manage.

Adapt, work with the ecology, not against it, with climate change, not against it. The earth will survive, human beings are not guaranteed to; but we do have one advantage- invention.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten