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Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 364

by cwAllenPoole (#35164520) Attached to: Insider-Trading Suspects Smash Hard Drive Evidence
Yes, the number was exaggerated, but the problem is still impossibly immense. When the trucks are full, they go to way-stations where the garbage is pooled. Once that has happened, it is then shipped to some alternate source. Dumping particles on top of each other like that will ensure a relatively random distribution, even if we assume that it wasn't randomized to begin with.

Once it is picked up at the way-station, then it is sent to a dump where it will be mixed with other debris. Sure, it will not be 32,600 tons of filth to sort, but it will be far from cheap to close the dump (so that nothing new will enter -- something else left out of the original statement) while 1000 people look for a hard drive which will very likely have extraordinarily corrupt data.

So, while I may have exaggerated, I'll wager you're over-simplifying. I think it far more likely to be something which takes months and costs at least several million dollars to get something which isn't worth it.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 364

by cwAllenPoole (#35164214) Attached to: Insider-Trading Suspects Smash Hard Drive Evidence
Seriously? With 32,600 (http://www.observer.com/2008/wasted-new-york-citys-giant-garbage-problem) tons of garbage being generated per day, even if we assume 8 pounds of garbage sorted each man hour, that makes it 8.15 million man hours *per day*. That means with 1 million people you might be able to get to those drives in what, a couple of years? Maybe?

Comment: Re:What... (Score 1) 906

by cwAllenPoole (#26582001) Attached to: Obama Sides With Bush In Spy Case
But you have still chosen to be in a position to be screwed. Your entire business can burn down, that sucks, but it was your business and, except in the case of arson, you lost it fair and square, no one forced the building to catch fire. There is a bad crop one year so the farm is lost -- well, no one forced the bad crop upon you.

It sucks, but you have at least taken your own risks. If you get screwed you get screwed. But, along the way, in the private sector, you can use your money as you will. If it comes to it, you can (literally) sell the farm, cut your losses and change where you are in the private sector. You might lose an important member of your staff, you might overhire, you might get sued, but YOU still got into that situation.

When it comes to money, I generally look to the rule of cost-benefit analysis. What does the government cost me? 25% of my income before I see it, 7% sales tax, property taxes, taxes on alcohol and tobacco, and likely soon a tax on owning a second car (how is my wife supposed to get to work when she works different hours from me?) Yet, for this, I get wars I don't like, causes I don't support, and people in office I don't trust. And I will admit, there are a number of things I benefit from in the federal/state government (mostly the highway system), but I will also point out that (as often as not), the government causes as many problems as it solves.

Oh, and one more thing, eventually this debt will have to be REPAID. How is that going to happen if the government continually becomes BIGGER? It simply cannot. So, this either leaves us with a government which defaults on its debt, or inflates the dollar to compensate, neither of these sound particularly appealing.

Comment: Re:What... (Score 1) 906

by cwAllenPoole (#26581575) Attached to: Obama Sides With Bush In Spy Case
I fully support taxation which is for certain things. I believe a municipality has the right to tax its citizens for the police force. I will even go so far as to say there are things which necessitate government involvement. My object comes from something deeper.

In 2006, Governor Corzine announced that he was raising the sales tax to 7% to accommodate for budget shortfalls (God forbid he CUTS spending). A week later he said that he was pledging $2 million for sidewalks. Now, I like sidewalks as much as the next pedestrian, but when the state is already in $37 billion in debt, mightn't it be a good idea to avoid spending more money? But this is what the government has done, without fail, in the state of NJ and it is what DC does as regularly, if not more often. For goodness sakes, the initial $800 billion federal relief plan included exclusions for factories which made wooden arrows for children. This isn't intelligent spending.

Oh, and I have a pump, and power from a co-op. The major roads I normally take to get to work are municipal roads, if I take state or international roads for more than about 5 miles, I get stuck in about 20-30 minutes worth of traffic.

Comment: Re:What... (Score 1) 906

by cwAllenPoole (#26581189) Attached to: Obama Sides With Bush In Spy Case
No, I understand.

Any time an economy bases a large portion of its business on not only credit systems, but on speculative credit systems, it is subject to a periodic rise and fall. And often one immediately follows the other. This is something which will happen because speculation and credit are both highly tied into human emotion. When the world feels like spending, it thrives, when it gets scared, it starves. This is the way of things.

Here's the thing though. If the entire economy goes bankrupt, if I starve because of it, I have not been forced into that situation. Even if I felt that I had no other options, no one has held a gun to my back and forced me to get a mortgage. Someone is forcing me to pay for government and government waste and they waste it.

I don't think I really need to argue about corruption in NJ, but as far as waste -- I have worked with people on welfare, I was a case manager at a non-profit once and trust me, the government sucks at its job, consistently. I have seen them screw the poor and demand help for people who could not account for hundreds of dollars per month in their budgets. Is this right? Would I ever willingly buy something which functioned like that? For losing 1/4 of my paycheck to this incompetency, I'm getting jack in return.

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