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Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 3, Interesting) 154

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. -C. S. Lewis

Yeah, I'd rather have sleazeballs in office than someone ideological do-gooder whom thinks they know what's better for me, and proceeds to act on it to the detriment of my actual wellbeing.

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 1, Troll) 154

I know you don't get it. Most people don't. And no, you're not a smart as you think you are.

The fact is the GOP Establishment (Washington DC) is in alignment with Democrats with mutual (but differing in other areas) interests. In effect, it's Trump vs. the World at the political and geo-political level. So here comes Trump, trolled the entire process, and WON election. Shell-shocked the fuck of the entire political echo chamber. I mean, how could "the pussy grabber" win?? Easy. Real real easy! He wasn't a conservative. This wasn't an election about values. It was an election about justice. It was rural vs urban. And, it's being played out all over the world. It's how the Brexit happened. It's how the world is pivoting away from Globalism due to the stratification of wealth it has caused, eviscerating the middle-class in the process.

Ok, so again your asking "why Mueller?". Notice all the others that smell opportunity after a Trump victory? Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos (maybe), Kid Rock, Dwayne Johnson - AKA The Rock...all of them are OUTSIDERS. Even to a lesser extent, Bernie Sanders was an outsider to the DNC. In fact, the Deep State FBI is going after his wife. Never mind the fact the Clintons have entire cemeteries while Jane had few skeletons in the closet. The DC establishment has a few fires to put out, and they will punish and stamp out anyone who's not them. They will not let that insolence to their way of life stand!

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 1) 154

She's protecting herself from going to jail. By accusing someone else for the very actions she's been involved in (collusion with Russia), it make it all more difficult for the shift in blame to be shifted back to her; specifically if it's over the same thing. She's smart to be pro-active in deflecting her criminal activity.

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 1, Troll) 154

Trump didn't collude with Russia. If he did, there would already be articles of impeachment and Pence would be the acting POTUS. Period. The GOP establishment wants nothing to do with the fallout! As for CNN and the rest of the mainstream media. Everything they've reported has either been exaggerated from supposition or outright fabricated. Essentially everything brought out against Trump in this regard is a big giant nothing burger.

As for the accusations, they're true.

As for Robert Mueller himself has close ties to Comey. While is in of itself isn't a problem per se, it's highly biased. For a high profile investigation, Mueller shouldn't even be leading this. It's more or less a conflict of interest.

Comment Re:At least they're honest (Score 1, Flamebait) 154

Oh please. Robert Mueller investigation into Trump is staffed with people whom have had direct campaigning with the Clintons. His scope into the investigation is unlimited. The point isn't to nail Trump on anything with Russia; no, that's bonus points. Rather, this entire *legalized* fishing expedition into trump is to gather anything that could be used against him and the GOP for the 2020 election cycle. In addition, to slog the Trump administration down so effectively he's a lame duck president that can't push anything through the door policy-wise.

It's a cold civil war. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Anything goes. No matter who ends up winning, we all lose. If Trump doesn't end up as the next Julius Caesar, totalitarianism will just take another form via the "Deep State".

America is done! The only question is what happens next?

Comment Re:Rust Belt (Score 1) 142

It is protectionism, and I can with all intellectual honestly DEFEND it! Think about it, the H1B program (in it's current abused form) is a program of indentured servants that exports wealth and opportunity away from most Americans and into the hands of the 1% and relatives overseas in the form of remittance. Did you know that as of 2014, the US was the larges source of outgoing remittance @ 56 BILLION for the year?! In contrast, India was the world largest receiver of remittance at $72 BILLION as of 2015. So net outflow from US to India is just under 11 BILLION for 2015.

11 billion. Think about it. Rather than have our government print money to cut a check to those unemployed or unemployable, I'd much rather pay of that debt via inflation through protectionism; because at least a substantial amount of those Americans can finally get back into the work force. Meaning, someone that's unemployed is worse for the nation than someone that is employed, but drives the cost up. I know it sound paradoxical, but we need to increase the velocity of wealth via trickle-up or trickle-down; because, right now we have a trickle-out. We're hemorrhaging wealth overseas and into the top 1%. As of now, the lower and middle class are getting fucked from both sides!

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 697

In pounds-per-square-inch, sure, buses cause more damage to roads. However, in terms of MPG per person, a bus yields far better efficiencies.

Buses: At average passenger loads, buses achieve 3262 BTU per passenger-mile, or 38.3 pmpg. Per BTS data, buses average 6.1 diesel mpg, or 5.5 gas mpg. With a full load of roughly 60 passengers, a max pmpg of 330 is possible. The huge difference in average and max pmpg implies that buses are usually almost empty – perhaps smaller mini-buses should be used by more fleets.

Comment Re:Rust Belt (Score 4, Insightful) 142

H1Bs puts a deflationary pressure on the market, while the savings go toward the 1% with the H1B holders wiring money back over seas. This does NOTHING to help the lower and middle class Americans on US soil. The H1B program ought to be scrapped in its entirety unless serious reform is made to the program to prevent the exploitation currently going on with it.

Comment Re:How does scarcity not work in their favor? (Score 1, Insightful) 135

Artificial scarcity that you can control, is the new hotness. Apple has become a fashion company. In many ways, it already was one. It really became prominent with the Apple Watch and all the band accessories. That's what Apple needs to do with the iPhone. Mass-produce the specs, but limit the case edition to different material. Software (iOS) doesn't give a shit about esthetics and materials. However, it does care about a unified hardware platform. If Apple isn't careful, they could really fuck themselves by creating too many hardware permutations of iPhone.

Comment Re:If you thought enterprise IT was just software (Score 1) 353

All water under the bridge now. But, I'm actually very thankful for this job, and its outcome. It served a very valuable life lesson, and served me well. You can't really buy that. Major ROI of my time there :)

Respect goes both ways. While I could have negotiated, why? No, seriously, why?! They obviously didn't have enough respect for me to put me back on the original job I was hired to do. Why would I want to fight for it? That tells me it could happen again. No. I'm passive aggressive for sure. But, what matters to me is not the actions people take, rather, the actions people don't take.

Me quitting that job was mutual. They quit on me, so I quit on them. Business as usual.

Comment Re:If you thought enterprise IT was just software (Score 3, Interesting) 353

Yes, it was a union shop last I worked. That was the other final nail in the coffin for me at that place; my union dues took a giant bite out of miniscule paycheck. As long as it's voluntary, I'm ok with Unions; and for people that make it a career to work there, being part of the Union is probably a good thing. But I was young and got suckered into signing the dotted line. I take full responsibility for not knowing what the fuck I was signing; lesson learned. But, at least they could have advised us a little more clearly on which scenario would best fit someone in my situation that only wished to work part-time and for a limited period. There's no way in hell I would have gotten a benefit from paying those dues, and I think they knew that!

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