On the way to work this morning a co-host of some local radio station made an interesting point I thought. While "Republican In Name Only" traditionally meant a Liberal Republican, and therefore one who didn't really belong in the party, as the GOP nowadays seems to just want to be Democrat Lite, then to be a Republican is to be a moderate Progressive. Making me not a real Republican. Now I'm the RINO.
I appear to be in the market for a new KVM as my current one has all but stopped working. Any recommendations? Minimum 4 outputs. *Must* do VGA. My current one has mini-DIN for keyboard and mouse, which has sort of worked some of the time with USB-PS2 converters. I could probably go for a full USB only one, but I'd need to get new cables.
Hunter S. Woodward stood in the corner of his windowless office, tapping his pencil against his lip. In 25 years as a journalist for the AP, Hunter had never come across a situation like this before. This was a story, but one of disappointment. Newsweek had identified the man sitting in the chair behind him as Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin. And the real story, the story Woodward had wasted a pizza on, was that Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, the man actually sitting in that chair, was nothing of the kind. An engineer who barely spoke English, and beyond a few circumstantial coincidences, had nothing in common with Bitcoin's creator.
"OK, Dorian, I... thank you very much again, and I have one more favor to ask, would you mind just confirming the details one more time, just so I know my notes are correct?", Hunter said, "You've already been the victim of one bad story, I want to make sure I, at least, get it right so you can get some peace."
"Of course", said Dorian. "Go ahead."
The veteran reporter strolled idly across the room, past the bulletin board, to lean on his safe. The safe was open of course, the need to keep it full of paper files of confidential material was another thing lost to new digital era that the real Nakamoto was a part of, and was empty save for the gym bag Woodward kept there.
"So... you came to this country in 1970 when E. E. Hunt corporation recruited you and sponsored your visa, you liked the sciences so you got a degree in Physics from Yale..."
"Yes, yes, physicals, yale, yes"
"...but you never liked the mathematics part. You had never heard of Bitcoins until you were first told about them two weeks ago by a friend called Ryder Shia..."
"Good friend Ryder", smiled Dorian. "Very nice man. Environmentalist, always saving the planet. Knows about Bitcoins, good with money."
"...whose birthday you were celebrating."
"...surprise Brithday", said Dorian. "Told me after he went on celebratory vacation. My English... not so good", continued Dorian, wearily, "But... yes yes, you say, uh, correctly?"
"Well thank you Dorian, and again, I'm so sorry. I hope at least you enjoyed the pizza!"
"Of course", said Dorian, "Glad to help. I go?"
"Of course", said Hunter. "I'll call you a cab."
Dorian staggered up, and with a wave left the office. Hunter examined his notes again, fingering the lock on his safe. The manufacturer's name, Yale, seemed oddly suspicious for some reason. And yet.
Hunter took his coffee mug from the desk, and took a sip. As he did so, the journalist's face froze, and the mug fell from his hands.
"I got degree, Physicals from Yale"
Hunter's gym bag, his physical training equipment, sat in his Yale safe, in clear view. Dorian couldn't have known it was a gym bag, surely? It was open, but only the fabric of some clothes, and his deoderant were visible. Degree brand deoderant. Coincidence. It must be. But.
The journalist's eyes switched to the bulletin board. A large poster dominated the board, "Ride Shares", it said, "Save the planet and some money!"
"Good friend Ryder. Very nice man. Environmentalist, always saving the planet. Knows about Bitcoins, good with money."
Beside the Ride Shares poster was another advertising an Easter Egg Hunt, and beside that, almost as prominant, was one announcing "Ssh! Birthday surprise!", reporting on a party being prepared for a coworker for the day they returned from vacation.
"Surprise Brithday. Told me after he went on celebratory vacation"
Paniced, Hunter picked up the phone. "Has Nakamoto left the building yet?", asked Hunter. The voice on the other end was non-commital. "I think I just saw him... hold on... no, I can't see him."
Hunter dropped the phone and ran out of the building.
Nakamoto had left quietly. "This way to leave please?" he'd asked the security guard at the door of the AP building. "Have nice day good", he said as he stepped out. He walked to the waiting taxi, and got in. His voice changed, he muttered "Get me to LAX airport, my good man. There's a Bitcoin in it for you if you can get there in fifteen minutes."
Posted a few comments on this Ask Slashdot article yesterday. Come back, and they've disappeared. They've not been deleted - I can still access them, from the recent comments area of my profile - and they've not been downmodded either. Not a Beta issue, as I'm not currently on it.
How do you encourage [citizen engagement] while simultaneously taking away the ability for citizens to vote for representation in the senate?
is rooted in a non-grasp of what the Founders were out to achieve. See http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Constitution-Akhil-Reed-Amar-ebook/dp/B000SEPKIU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393979724&sr=1-1&keywords=akhil+reed+amar for some desperately needed understanding.
The Senate is to be a set of ambassadors from States, to DC. Much of our collapse is due to the States being diminished as political objects. The House, inevitably, is going to want to borrow and spend endlessly; the Senate is supposed to be the adults in the room. OOPS! The Senate's not going to pass a budget. Why? It's an election year! They'd rather protect their careers than do anything statesmanlike. Do. You. Fail. To. See. The. Problem, damn_registrars, you ignorant SNL reference?
By your degenerate, MOAR VOTES==BETTA logic, we should have the Supreme Court run for election, as well.
Soylent News is (dissenting) people.
Hi all! You Batman fans probably already know that 2/3 of the cast did a Public Service Announcement in 1973 for the US government. It was an equal pay for equal work piece. One thing that makes it so funny, besides being funny anyway, is Batgirl's complaint about not getting paid as much as Robin. in the series, Yvonne Craig made over 3X per episode what Burt Ward made! See the links in the video description on YouTube for more details.
Since the Kochs are the bad guys, I'm sure my stable of trusty analysts can help me see where these free market principles are insincerely or incorrectly spouted:
"I think one of the biggest problems we have in the country is this rampant cronyism where all these large companies are into smash-and-grab, short-term profits, and that's true even at the local level," Koch explained.
Companies have created an environment in which entering an industry comes at a serious cost that off-sets innovation and economic development. Cab drivers can pay anywhere from $100,000 or $300,000 to get a medallion to drive a taxi, while hairdressers must pay for a two-year education for a license to style hair.
Koch freely admits the subsidies in place are ideal for large companies like his because they make more money through a marketplace that is difficult to enter.
Read the whole thing.
Suitable for when you see
Someone cover himself in turd
And trundle on all merrily
At first you think him unaware
He's covered himself in filth
You try hygienic ideas to share
But it starts to look like stealth
For his crap-splattered ideas go
From this sewer to that
With only moral inversion to show
Under his fecal hat
And then you wonder if at last
This scatalogical glee
Is only someone having a cowpie blast
As the service is so free
It thus seems best to point & laugh
At this moronic git
His Biden-esque mind is born to gaff
And that's just how the bulls hit.
Right, and American chattel slavery was just having a few guests over wearing heavy bracelets.
Man, I wish the United States hadn't been so foolish as to elect that airhead Mitt in 2012. So many valid candidates, and we go with a no-talent vulture capitalist clown.
When have I not defended even the parts of the Constitution that I oppose, specifically
Being as you are supporting movements to overturn the 1st, 5th, 13th, 16th, 17th, and 22nd amendments at least in part, you are not defending the entire constitution. Considering you especially don't see the 5th as relevant to your political agenda, you are very much one who does not practice what he preaches regarding defending its ideals.
This malarky would make sense if Article V didn't exist, I guess. However, we do have Article V, and we also have an example pair, Amendments 18 and 21, where something was tried and rejected.
So, I invite you to lay by your dish, damn_registrars. Yet another one of your asinine accusations, "you are not defending the entire constitution", is revealed as pure bunk.