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Comment: Re:Government shakedown (Score 1) 153

by ewieling (#47251609) Attached to: Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

How about because of equal protection before the law? The government should be negotiating on behalf of all the people it represents.

"The most common type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a nonprofit organization is exempt from federal income tax if its activities have the following purposes: charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering amateur sports competition, or preventing cruelty to children or animals. " from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5...

When consulting I would often do work at discount rates for a medical clinic which had a sliding scale fee setup and for a law group which defended death penalty cases for indigent clients.

Non-profits do a lot of good stuff, people should help them. Stop being so miserly.

Comment: Re:Or call your credit card company ... (Score 1) 228

by ewieling (#47173793) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
A number of years ago I informed my bank I would be traveling outside the country and which dates I would be gone. On the way to the airport I stopped at the ATM to take out money. It ate my card because I had not left yet. Thankfully, I was at a branch of my bank so they could give my card back immediatly. If I had been at another bank's ATM I'd have been screwed.

Never, ever, ever, ever trust a bank to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:blame Republicans for Robber Barons (Score 1) 140

It used to be so simple. Democrats wanted heavy regulation of business and light regulation of what I do in my bedroom. The Republicans wanted light regulation of business and heavy regulation of what I do in my bedroom. There are exceptions to both generalizations, of course.

These days the Republications want to privatize profits and socialize risk. The Democrats are a bunch of spineless wankers. Both are entirely useless for anything but looking foolish.

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

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