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Comment: The enemy of my enemy... (Score 1) 175

by erp_consultant (#49489371) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

is my friend. It's kind of interesting to watch all of this shake out. Apple and Google hate one another. Microsoft has traditionally been anti-open source. Google hates Microsoft. Apple embraces open source...as long as you play by their rules. Microsoft and Apple have an alliance, albeit an uneasy one. IBM hates Microsoft and now had teamed up with Apple.

So Microsoft figures the best way to get Google is to team up with Apple and Cyanogen. We'll see how effective it is but it seems like a bit of a desperation move on Microsoft's part.

Comment: Terrible idea (Score 1) 231

Campus rapes? You mean like the one that occurred at the University of Virginia? Except that it never occurred. And the press is still treating the accuser like she is some sort of victim when the real victims are the young men that were falsely accused. If i were one of those guys I would be suing that devious bitch to high heaven.

It's just too easy to make false accusations without any real consequences. I could see this sort of system very easily used as revenge or blackmail.

Comment: Good for him (Score 2) 466

The cynical side of me wonders if he still maintains stock options, etc. but that is besides the point. The point is that he did it when he didn't have to. More importantly he is raising the salaries of others at the same time that he is lowering his own. It might be symbolic to a certain extent but I'm betting that the people that got raises are not seeing it that way.

Well played Mr. Price, well played.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by erp_consultant (#49479517) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Good points. To me, the email server is at the center of it all. Therein lies the evidence for all of the current scandals. Unfortunately, it has been wiped clean so it's going to be darn near impossible to prove anything.

If she had nothing to hide then why did she have the server wiped? It seems to me that would be the perfect way to shut up all of her critics - turn over the emails and then we will all see that everything was above board. Except that its not. So now are left to speculate as to what happened and based on her track record I'm betting dollars to donuts that she is lying about Benghazi and the Clinton foundation.

But all of those email messages still exist in the recipients inboxes. You can bet that Republican operatives are looking for them right now. And if any of them surface, and they are damaging, Clinton is finished.

Comment: Par for the course.... (Score 2) 292

Nothing about this group of idiots surprises me. Typical federal government cluster-fuck.

So now that the ball gropers have been let go (3 months later, but probably pretty fast by Fed standards) I would presume that the "gropees" are lining up the lawsuits. This is going to be hilarious. Watch how the surveillance tapes and emails disappear when asked to produce them.

Comment: Re: Hmmmmm (Score 1) 676

by erp_consultant (#49464819) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

I think what will sink Rand Paul is his criticism of the "Neo-Con" branch of the Republican party. Neo-Cons are the pro military people and Paul is firmly an Isolationist, or very close to that. Already Charles Krauthammer has criticized Paul as having a foreign policy position close to that of Obama. The kiss of death for any Republican candidate. I have seen interviews on Fox and he is being treated like an outsider. If you didn't know better you would think he was a Democrat.

Republicans always seem to fall into this trap in modern times. If a candidate doesn't conform to the party narrative for even one issue (abortion, pro-military, Christian coalition, etc.) they are immediately thrown on the scrap heap. What they are left with is someone that toes the line but is un-electable. McCain. Romney. You get the idea.

Personally I would like to see Rand Paul as the nominee but I doubt that the Republicans can get out of their own way.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by erp_consultant (#49464667) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

"If she makes it as far as public debate I cannot wait to see her drilled for this." - And this is the Democrats worst nightmare. Carly Fiorina is the perfect proxy for this. She can attack Clinton mercilessly about the email server, the Clinton foundation and Benghazi while the real Republican candidates sit back and watch the fireworks. If it were Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio attacking Clinton they would face the same "anti-women" charges that Rand Paul is getting now.

Everyone knows that Fiorina cannot win the Republican nomination but she will have served her purpose by being the Clinton attack dog.

If this scenario plays out the Democrats will be screwed and they know it.

Comment: No surprise at all... (Score 2) 676

by erp_consultant (#49463943) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Hillary is now the official front runner for the Democrats. She will raise a ton of money do doubt. But she was also the front runner back in 2008 until this obscure Senator named Obama came out of nowhere...and the rest is history.

For many Democrats, Clinton is too centrist. Certainly to the right of Obama. They see her as being just a little to cozy with business types. She has a lot of well documented baggage - past and present. Democrats are torn between supporting someone they believe can win (Clinton) and a less flawed candidate with a lesser chance of winning.

Her resignation from the Clinton Foundation is quite timely. I'm sure that we are going to hear about questionable donations from foreign heads of state to her foundation and allegations of pay-for-play. It all ties in with the secretive email server and the subsequent disappearance of thousands of email messages that were not only never turned over they were willfully destroyed.

I think that some in the Democratic party fear there is a smoking gun and that if someone manages to get to the bottom of it their chances of retaining control of the White House drop to nearly zero. It would not surprise me to suddenly see Elizabeth Warren emerge as a candidate, despite her repeated denials that she is running.

Having said all of that I don't think that Jeb Bush is the answer. We need someone new and fresh ideas.

Comment: Re:Holy Fuck (Score 2, Interesting) 304

by erp_consultant (#49430603) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

Bingo. This is nothing more than an excuse to pony up more money for research on "Climate change" or "Global warming"...or whatever the heck they are calling it now. Naturally, the Environmentalists and research scientists love this. Beats getting a real job I suppose...but I digress.

These climate models that this is based on are complete rubbish. There are so many variables that you can make them reach any conclusion you want simply by changing the values you input. We can't even predict an accurate weather forecast more than 10 days in the future. How could we possibly predict what the weather is going to be like in 100 years? Or 50 years? Or 1 year? Or even next month.

Don't take my word for it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

Have a read at that article.

I'm all for conservation and having more fuel efficient cars and less pollution and all that. I'm all for preserving the forests and ice caps. But let's not pretend that "climate change" is to blame for every drought or hurricane.

Comment: We reserve the right to refuse service... (Score 1) 1168

to anyone. You have probably seen these signs in restaurants and other businesses. But in today's world, can a business owner really refuse to serve someone? The answer is it depends.

The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees: "full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.". The Americans with Disabilities Act extends this to include people with disabilities. So currently, federal law does not extend these rights to sexual preference.

Some states, such as California, have extended the Civil rights act to include sexual preference. It passed something called the Unruh Civil Rights Act which makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual preference and what it calls "unconventional dress". Other states have done similar things.

The point here is that currently it is a State's rights issue, not a Federal issue. So states are free to adopt the Federal Civil Rights Act as is or they can extend it to include other things, like California has done.

What Tim Cook and others are trying to do is have it become a Federal issue so that the Federal Civil Rights Act is amended to include sexual preference. Much like gay marriage proponents are attempting to do. Then states will be powerless to invoke their own individual standards.

We can debate whether or not it is the right thing to do but at the heart of it is a Federal vs. States rights struggle.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 496

by erp_consultant (#49332817) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

It does stave off hunger. Think of your stomach as a big balloon. It can only hold a given volume. Fiber expands when it mixes with the liquids in your stomach, thus filling you up sooner. There are receptors on the inside of the stomach wall that send signals to your brain telling it when you are full. Basically, when you think you're full, you're full.

In my example above I noted that I use Flaxseed as my source of fiber. To claim that this has no nutritional value is flatly false. The fiber in it will help to regulate your insulin levels which helps to control how quickly energies are burned up, with sugars being the quickest. It's also good for your digestive system. The flaxseed itself contains a lot of Omega-3 which helps you in a variety of ways: lowers blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol levels, helps reduce arterial plaque. It contains something called Lignans which contain antioxidant properties.

Flaxseed is one of the healthiest things you can consume.

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