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Comment Re:What I particularly enjoy (Score 1) 253

Um, no. That's bullshit. In no particular order:

1. George W. Bush passed multi-billion dollar stimuluses on his watch as well. The crisis unfolded in the summer of 2008, remember.

2. In the face of a major downturn, "spending your way out" is the ONLY reliable way to ameliorate it, at least temporarily. You could argue this is just kicking the can down the road, but Democrats did not invert Keynesian economics [wikipedia.org], nor is it a major part of their platform, nor is the Republican platform particularly against it. (On the topic of fiscal responsibility, most of the time they appear to be stuck in the old, rather incoherent anti-Communist propaganda modes. I doubt the majority of them have ever used the word "Keynesian".)

3. Quantitative Easing: ...you do realize that the Federal Reserve of the United States of America answers to neither Congress nor the President, right? They can do whatever the hell they want and no one can veto it. They were the ones responsible for the QEs, and they were run by a Republican [wikipedia.org] during all three QEs.

1) I said nothing about Bush Jr. What does he even have to do with the conversation?
2) You understand that not everyone worships at the Holy Altar of Keynes, right? 'Broken Windows' is bullshit of the highest order, a perfect credo to justify politicians spending money on their pet projects.
3) If you think Fed policy isn't guided by the general policies who sits in the Oval Office, you're kidding yourself. You know who appoints the Fed, right?

Comment What I particularly enjoy (Score 3, Insightful) 253

When Trump talks about spending, it's a "binge".

But a Democrat president can spend like there's no tomorrow and it gets names like "stimulus spending" or "quantitative easing".

No double standard, certainly.
Haven't the Democrats told us since 2008 that the ONLY way out of a recession is to spend money the government doesn't have?

Comment Re: Would it be positive for your customers? (Score 1) 158

It's hard to image that a company that collects so much data could really be caught that off guard. Sure, there might be a strange situation, like a modern Woodstock where thousands of people suddenly descend upon a low populated area for a weekend, but those situations are rare. For the most part, carriers know how much bandwidth they need where and they have the data necessary to predict most changes in the near future. If they're unable to do this then they're just bad at statistics, which is pretty inexcusable.

Comment Personally I hope they donate most to nonprofits (Score 1) 168

...but if they sell them, http://www.eyeflare.com/articl...

Where to buy TSA confiscated items for sale:

US state Website address
Alabama www.adeca.alabama.gov
Alaska www.publicsurplus.com/
Arizona www.azdoa.gov/agencies/msd/surplus_property/public_auctions.asp
Arkansas www.arstatesurplus.com
California http://www.dgs.ca.gov/ofam/hom...
Colorado www.cijvp.com
Connecticut das.ct.gov
Delaware www.state.de.us/dss/surplus/index.shtml
District of Columbia app.ocp.dc.gov/RUI/information/ppd/ppd_main.asp
Florida dms.myflorida.com/dms2/business_operations/
Georgia surplusproperty.doas.georgia.gov - Online auction sales
Hawaii auction.ehawaii.gov
Idaho fsp.idaho.gov/
Illinois ibid.illinois.gov
Indiana www.state.in.us/idoa/surplus/index.html
Iowa www.iaprisonind.com
das.gse.iowa.gov
Kansas da.state.ks.us/surplus/default.htm
Kentucky finance.ky.gov
Louisiana doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/auction.htm
Maine www.maine.gov/bgs/centralserv/surplus/
Maryland www.dgs.maryland.gov
Massachusetts www.mass.gov/portal/
Michigan www.michigan.gov/dmb/
Minnesota www.fss.state.mn.us/auction.htm
Mississippi www.dfa.state.ms.us/Offices/SurProp/SurProp.htm
Missouri www.oa.mo.gov/purch/surplus.html
Montana gsd.mt.gov/local/publicauctions.asp
Nebraska www.corrections.state.ne.us/federal_surplus/index.html
www.das.state.ne.us/materiel/surplus/surplus.htm
Nevada purchasing.state.nv.us/property/auction.htm
www.das.state.ne.us/materiel/surplus/surplus.htm
purchasing.state.nv.us/property/vehicle.htm
New Jersey www.state.nj.us/treasury/dss
New Mexico www.generalservices.state.nm.us/transportationservices/publicstorefront
New York www.ogs.state.ny.us/supportServices/fedSurplus
www.ogs.state.ny.us/supportServices/stateSurplus
North Carolina www.surpluspropertydivision.com/
www.ncstatesurplus.com/ssp/public/ssphomepage/ssp.htm
North Dakota www.nd.gov/surplus/
Ohio www.das.ohio.gov
Oklahoma www.ok.gov/DCS/State_Surplus/index.html
Oregon oregonsurplus.com

surplus.oregonstate.edu
Pennsylvania www.dgs.state.pa.us/surp_prop/site/default.asp
Puerto Rico No website
South Carolina www.ogs.state.sc.us/OGS-disposable-index.phtm
South Dakota www.state.sd.us/boa/Prop. Mgmt/propmgt.htm
Tennessee www.state.tn.us/generalserv/ba04s/
Texas tfc.state.tx.us
www.sugarlandtx.gov/online_auction
Utah fleet.state.ut.us/
Vermont bgs.vermont.gov/business_services/surplus
Virginia dgs.virginia.gov
Washington www.washington.edu/admin/surplus
www.des.wa.gov
West Virginia www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase/surplus
Wisconsin www.doa.state.wi.us/
Wyoming ai.state.wy.us/GeneralServices/index.asp

Comment It's simpler than that (Score 1) 324

"The group "seems to have been in existence for just a few months"

You mean, roughly coinciding with HRC's failure to mobilize her base, and dawning recognition that she wasn't simply going to ascend the throne as planned?

Rather than invent a giant Russian hacking cabal, it's simpler to recognize:
- fake bullshittery news has been with us on the internet since...the internet. Election seasons in particular have always been rife with "did you hear" watercooler talk.
- its far easier to blame "them" on the internet than to accept that "Liberalism Ascendant" wasn't perhaps as inevitable as some thought, and a really shitty candidate CAN still lose an "in-the-bag" election
- not every story that HRC (note that all the 'false news' stories are one-sided; apparently nobody spread false tales about Trump? Really?) claims was fake was, ipso facto, fake. We seem to have quickly and conveniently moved on, for example, from what was obviously some serious seizure issues that have been hand-waved away as "fake news"

Comment Re: Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 184

In today's global economy you can't just threaten to cut off trade with anyone. If China wants to trade with Iran then there is nothing Trump can do to stop it. The same goes for Canada or Mexico and half of Europe and East Asia. Cutting of trade to those countries hurts us just as much as them. You seem to share Trump's dangerous view of the world where everyone is subordinate to the U.S. while we don't depend on anyone.

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