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Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 244

Butte is a union town where the union's demands killed the economy. There's probably more to this than meets the eye... I haven't kept track of Butte politics in a long time, but would guess there's been anonymous pressure in directions that didn't suit whatever's left of TPTB.

But yeah, it does break the implied contract with existing commenters, and which of my real names would you prefer?? there's no law that I have to use the one on my birth certificate; so long as I have no intent to defraud I can call myself anything I like. I'd suggest a spate of posts by ... oh, say, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

They don't want people with great credit and great ability to pay up. They want people who can't pay it off, so will carry a balance and therefore pay interest, which is where the credit companies make their money.

If you're not quite able to pay off your card (so that interest keeps accruing), but can make regular payments and won't quite stiff 'em, that's their notion of an ideal customer.

A customer who keeps their credit card paid off all the time is just an expense.

Comment Re:Change the interface! (Score 1) 262

I briefly ran Warp 3... briefly because

1) It wasn't useful without running Windows on top of it so I'd have some reasonable array of apps, and the exact same app doing the exact same task not only used 4x the memory it did in plain Windows, and ran at about 1/4th the speed, it was also much more likely to freeze up. And any task that was prone to exhaust resources in Windows (which was generally recoverable if one closed the offending app) could be relied upon to crash Warp.

2) When (not if) Warp crashed, it was prone to nuke something it required to boot. I've forgotten the details, but I found a reference to the exact cause in the manual (so it was a known issue!), and tho getting it bootable again was an easy fix it was also tiresome to have to do it every other day.

So after a few days of this it was marked FAIL, and I went back to DOS/Windows. OS/2 must have merit as an embedded OS, or it wouldn't have any traction there in the first place. But it was no mystery to me why it never caught on as a desktop.

Comment Re:Inflation? (Score 1) 674

That may be, but it doesn't address how much bureaucracy is involved in getting to that point. It's not just collecting and redistributing someone else's money; it's paying for the employees and facilities required to do so. If they work in a nice building and are unionized and get benefits and retirement pensions (and show me somewhere that's not the case?) well, there's your overhead, and a great deal of the reason-for-being for many gov't programs.... if the program goes away, so do all those union jobs, and more to the point, so do the union dues (not to mention the union members and program recipients who can be relied on to vote Democrat).

Comment Re:decline in leadship quality (Score 1) 289

OK, I'm coming out of cryogenic storage to tell you to shut up. You opened this subthread with *bizarrely ignorant claptrap*, and should have shut up when the first reply called you out on your lies. But now you're doubling down.

Lincoln could not be the "trigger that started the Civil War" when he was elected *after the war started*, after the majority of the Confederate states had already seceded, the last 4 were already proceeding with secession, and the Confederacy had already started shooting at the Union. Which should have been enough facts to shut you up, but I suppose you enjoy the kind of BS sometimes known as "from the South's perspective": any lie to deny the truth, however bizarrely ignorant.

Lincoln wasn't a "two-bit" lawyer prior to his political career, he was an extremely well accomplished lawyer. And he didn't have "zero experience", he had represented Illinois prominently in the US House of Representatives, and served in the Illinois House of Representatives for 8 years prior to that.

Lincoln was of course recognized as a good leader while destroying the Confederacy, being reelected to do so. That is the very definition of "recognized as good leader": reelected wartime Commander in Chief of the USA. Yes, the US press and many factions are always highly critical of any president; "universally recognized as a good leader" doesn't even belong to FDR.

Oh, how about your BS about Lincoln's "razor close" first election? Lincoln: 1,866,452; Douglas: 1,376,957; Breckinridge: 849,781; Bell: 588,789. That 489,495 margin over #2 was a *landslide* 10.4%, . What the hell are you talking about? You also said something deranged like "but if the South had been voting in the second election". What about "but if the South had freed its slaves instead of seceding"? Because they're equally nonsensical hypotheticals. And your Electoral College split 4 ways because *there were 4 candidates*, no reflection on Lincoln's leadership. But Lincoln's 180 EVs to the combined total of the other 3 at 123 EVs was an even bigger landslide than the popular vote. The words "razor close" don't describe any aspect of Lincoln's *landslide victory* over a full field, representing a new party in a large war-divided country.

And how does maintaining his commitment to Emancipation, even in face of a resigning Cabinet member (showing Lincoln's commitment to including even those who disagreed in his Cabinet, more committed than they were to staying), show anything but deeply effective leadership - as the government didn't suffer, but instead the nation was kept together even despite the war?

Your spin on all that crazy talk is that Lincoln turned out to be a leader who rose to the occasion, despite no reason to expect it. But in fact Lincoln gave all indications of being an exemplary leader from start to finish of his presidency.

Were you perhaps educated about Lincoln out of some "ex" Confederate state textbook? In any case, who taught you that when you're totally wrong you should ignore being proven wrong and double down with even more wrong?

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.