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Comment Re:Trump just says stuff (Score 1) 875

I can't say that my life is ruined because of Obamacare, but I can sure as hell tell you that my healthcare costs are outrageous. I am self-employed, and until recently, was paying nearly $700 per month to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for a plan with a $4000 per person deductible for my family of three. That's right: I have to pay over $12,000 in premiums and deductibles before Blue Cross will cover a single cent (except for "preventative care") and they reject half my claims to even count toward the deductible.

I finally decided to hell with them, I wasn't going to pay it any more.

If the goal of the ACA was to make health care affordable, they failed miserably.

Comment Re:Feel free to use my letter (Score 4, Informative) 192

Dear MrKaos,

Thank you for taking the time to write to my office. I always appreciate engaged subjects taking a role in the democratic process.

Please rest assured that this agreement has been properly scrutinized by those who have the proper need to know. Rest assured that TPP is in the best interests of the people who matter.

We do understand that we have concerns, but we really don't care. Why? Because FUCK YOU, that's why!

Now shut up and go back to sleep.

Sincerely,

The Man

Comment Re:Welcome to the Corpocracy (Score 1) 192

I know you're trolling, but... In 2014, I had the chance to vote in a new US Senator. My then current senator was a big supporter of everything that President Barack Obama advocates. Almost immediately, the new Senator that I voted for declared his support for giving Barack Obama the TPA authority he wanted to shove TPP down our throats. I called his office to express my displeasure.

Why did I even bother voting?

Comment Re:Backstabbing criminals (Score 1) 267

It's impossible to be ideologically pure, but this is so flagrant, it aggravates me that they expect me to give them money because OMG STAR WARS!!!

I do subscribe to NetFlix DVD (yeah, DVDs are old-fashioned but the selection is much better than their streaming service). I pay less than $20 per month to see as many movies as I like, and I would pay more than that to take the family out for one night for a feature film.

Comment Re:Backstabbing criminals (Score 2) 267

I am well aware that InBev, a Belgian company, now owns Anheuser-Busch. Whether or not that sale was ethical is a separate issue from the issue of Disney flagrantly breaking the law and depriving American workers of their livelihood and making them suffer public humiliation in the process. All that being said, I have many happy memories of family vacations visiting the "Busch Gardens" park in Florida; great combination of the giant zoo, plus all the rollercoasters and shows. I always missed riding roller coasters when we would visit "Sea World" (owned by the same company), but now Sea World has roller coasters too.

Either one is a great family vacation spot for those of us sour on Disney.

Comment Backstabbing criminals (Score 2) 267

Disney doesn't want to give their money to Americans, so why should Americans be excited to give money to Disney? h1b yada yada yada

I'll wait to see it on NetFlix. The next family vacation to a "Theme Park" will be for Busch Gardens or Sea World. (Now, please dig up some dirt on Busch to tell me I made a bad decision)

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 482

Don't forget suspension! Maintaining the suspension can be as costly as maintaining tires or breaks. Okay, you don't have to pay $20 for oil every 3000 miles, and you don't have to worry about belts as hoses AFAIK, but many of the big-ticket maintenance items are still there! As a matter of fact, other than oil and spark plugs, I don't think that there is a single maintenance item on my car that would have been mitigated by having an electric car.

All that being said, I do want to drive an electric car some day, and I don't want to pay the early-adopter tax.

Comment Re:San Antonio, TX (Score 1) 464

I'll second that! I used to live there, but I thought about moving to Austin. I had a development job at "Fort Sam Houston" (which confuses people, because Fort Sam Houston is in San Antonio, not Houston). For several years, I rented a 1/1 apartment with my wife for less than $700 per month in a fairly nice area.

The funny story is that one day it looked like my dream was coming true; I was brought on as a temp-to-hire for a company in Austin. I was asked to spend the first two months on-site with a client in Denver, at company expense, which was awesome because I had no rent payment for two months! I was placed on a dysfunctional team and let go after a few months. After that, I decided to just take another job in Denver since I had already vacated my apartment and I love mountain sports so much.

The best part of the story is that I had a chance encounter with someone I regularly saw at the client site. He said that the project crashed and burned, so I think you could say that getting fired from that job would be like getting ejected from the Titanic before it left port.

Comment Re:Silicon Slopes (Score 1) 464

I've been to Utah on vacation several times. It is perhaps the most beautiful state in the US, scenery-wise. (5 national parks!) My brother says that his wife briefly lived in Utah as a child and discrimination against non-Mormons was a serious problem for her.

If you're out in Utah, I would suggest taking a walk around Ancient Art sometime, near the town of Moab. It really looks like a landscape straight out of a "Dr. Seuss" book. Canyonlands is amazing, too!

That being said, last time I checked, there are a fraction of tech jobs in Utah that there are in Colorado.

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