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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 459

Actually it could, because there are only a small minority of people that are politically active. What you need to do is start early in the process of candidate selection where fewer people participate. You could effect both major parties and make sure that the candidates that end up on the final ballet from both parties are from your organization. Something like this happened locally here. The police in the area hated the elected sheriff who had been in office for years and years. At the county party convention I'd say about 1/5 of the 400 people there were police officers who all very vocal about their support for the new guy who they picked themselves. The incumbent didn't get enough votes to even make it to the primary election, ensuring that he wasn't an option at the general election save by write-in. The same also happened to Bob Bennett in Utah too. A small group organized and flooded the local precincts with their members. However, when Orrien Hatch came up for re-election he was wary and careful to flood the precincts with hundreds of people. Usually a precinct elections will only have 20-30 people show up, but that time there were over 150. The lesson is that it can have an effect, but not only as a surprise tactic.

Comment Another possibility (Score 0) 249

Here's a scenario that hasn't been argued. What if an insurgent from some middle eastern country has worked their way into the Russian Army as a missile operator and purposely fired at the plane to bring it down with the hope of plunging Russia and the US into war with each other. The middle east has no love for either Russia or the US and if they were busy with each other perhaps the middle east would be left alone.

Comment Re:If a software dev make $250-500k a year... (Score 1) 166

Ahh, the dot-com bubble all over again. Between 1996-In 2000 when I was in college it was like that. What happened was lots, and lots, of people in the CS program. The ones chasing the money ended up hating programming, and because of that were horrible at it. When the bubble burst they found themselves out of work and out of the field, and they were probably glad too.

CS is a special kind of hell for those that aren't passionate about it.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 535

Even if it WAS a real gun, it's not like a Stormtropper can actually hit anything!

Also, I went to that elementary school until mid-year 2nd grade

I must say your grammar is quite good for someone who was kicked out of school half way through the 2nd grade.

Comment Not much (Score 0) 336

If you have *real* programming experience your don't need much. Learning a language doesn't take too long if your willing to put in the time. Case in point. I got a job programming in Java, even though my Java experience was all from college 10 years previous. Eventually converted that job from a Java job to a c# contract with no experience, and then with the 6 months experience in c# landed a full time job programming in c#.

Comment Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094

I think you have this backward. If you believe that taking a job that pays minimum wage is suppose to pay a living wage then your already in trouble. There are too many people that can do those jobs to justify a higher wage, and the service that they provide is not invaluable enough. A person will only pay so much for a burger before they just decide to buy a loaf a bread and cold cuts at the grocery store and make their own sandwich. Flipping burgers was never meant to be a life long career choice.

If you're so stuck in a rut then seek help! There are many programs both provided by the government, non-profits, communities, and churches that can help you qualify for better employment.

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