It is fun winding him up and I do it from time to time although I usually arrive too late in the thread for it to get any real notice. He is really no better than the golden girls guy, the apps guy, or the GNAA guy.
I'm gay. I want a pink mode
One of these statements is a lie.
still has in excess of 400 million active users.
I can back that up. I probably have created 2 dozen accounts there each year for close to 2 decades when ever some stupid site wants me to register so I can see or buy some stupid thing. Repeat the next time I want to see or buy something.
I don't mind paying taxes to support good schools but we spend more money on education without getting good value in return.
What you mean to tell me that every kid starting in 4th grad getting an iPad to use in class isn't a good value for education. Or each class room having a smart board isn't a good value. Or the huge amount of administration at modern schools isn't a good value.
I have similar views in that I don't mind paying taxes but there is a lot of waste that seems to happen at the higher levels of government. My city seems to do a pretty good job of keeping to the essentials although they have had a few things I wish that they didn't fund because they were superfluous (the water park come to mind) yet they mostly stick to things like fire, police, water, roads. Even then I do understand that things like parks and community centers are a good thing and from the usage the water park gets in the summer I would assume it has likely paid for its self or will shortly.
Going up from there we have the school district and their love of the next technological gadget and ever growing administration. They do a good job of educating the students (one of the top 5 in the state) but it is very expensive and should probably cost less. When it comes to technology it seems that the smart boards are really just a digital overhead for how they are being used and the ever kid uses an iPad is every kid during computer time plays some dippy computer game of marginal educational value (Number Munchers had way more education value than these games) on their iPad.
Going up from there we have the county I'm not sure what the county does other than run a handful of parks, run the county sheriff's office, local courts, library system, and maintain the county roads yet they take a surprisingly large amount of my property taxes (about 20%) for what seems like very little actual work. One of their big wastes of money recently was a pedestrian bridge over one of the county roads for a bike trail that manage to cost over 2 million dollars for something that would have been better done as a stoplight with sensors and a walk button that worked.
One step again up is the regional met council which has outlived its charter purpose from what I can tell (to coordinate transit and sewer services across the metro area counties) but for some reason can tax me yet is all political appointees by the current and former governor. I have no idea what they actually do or what services they are delivering to me.
Now we move up to the state government which is a giant huge mess with its fingers in a bunch of things some of which basically everyone could agree are legitimate state functions others are more contentious. At this level there seems to be all sorts of silly business going on like building a bunch of sports stadiums that the vast majority of all residents of the state will never use.
Finally we reach the federal government which is a complete cluster fuck, we all have heard about the $200 hammer, $3000 toilet seat, $1500 nut for a bolt stories. At each level they do more but it becomes more opaque and the amount of waste seems to be going up.
and drop a pre-defined amount of cash, it might actually be a rational decision.
This is where a lot of people fall down though. Back in college there was a group of us who would go regularly to the local casino and we did beat the house (we did the same thing as the MIT students were a few years previous at a much smaller scale). Inevitability someone one would want to go along because they thought they could win big. My first response was how much money are you willing to lose. They would always respond back with none and I would tell them that they shouldn't go to the casino then. If they still decided to go I would always hope they would lose not because I wanted to be a dick but because far too often if they would win a reasonable amount, for a college student, they would go crazy and think that is how things are.
We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan