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Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 332

You are confusing income and net worth. The $250k household income target level does show the government feels the same way I do about who is considered "wealthy". That would probably come to about $300k of income before deductions, which would require around $7-$10 million, depending on how much of your wealth is tied in your house or other non-liquid assets.

I hate to break it to you, but a 300k household isn't living high on the hog. They're the neighbor next door. A couple of doctors, or lawyers, computer engineers, or even any married couple in a skilled trade in a high cost-of-living area like NYC is going to hit that target. And for the majority of their lives, they're living a "middle class lifestyle w/ excess" (1-2 extra vacations per year and a luxury car), not a "billionaire lifestyle" (yachts, helicopters, limos, etc). If they hit 7-10 million in net worth (and that's a major if, because I don't even seeing it happen at 300k/year), it won't be until late, late in life, very close to retirement. 300k household income is top 3% of the nation. The kind of money you're talking about is far closer to 500k++ household income, which is generally reserved for business owners/CEOs.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 332

No one is thinking of a regular middle class person who amassed $1.5 million in their retirement account by the age of 65.

You're wrong. That's exactly who they are thinking about. Why do you think all the tax breaks cut off (and tax hikes begin at) significantly lower income levels than 10 million (250k joint was the most recent target income level for hiking costs on). Govt policy never targets those making 10+ million (probably because there simply aren't enough people making that, are therefore not enough money to extract). Media/people may rail against the Enron CEOs of the world, but the actual policy that goes into effect punishes primarily the middle classes millionaires.

I can virtually guarantee this isn't what the AC was thinking of when he mentioned them.

Perhaps that's the problem. In their eager, vindictive zeal to crucify the billionaires of the world, they support legislation that puts the coals to the lesser wealthy, while the billionaires hide their wealth in Ireland.

Comment Re:don't get your hope up (Score 1) 261

Those were also the same sites fawning over pieces of shit like Dragon Age 2, and threw a hissyfit calling consumers "entitled" over the complete shitshow that was the Mass Effect 3 ending.

You must not have waited long enough. Dragon Age 2 has an 82 metascore (anything around 80 is thoroughly average on that site) and a 4.4 User Score (abyssmal). Mass Effect 3 has a fair metascore of 89, given the fact everything other than the ending was awesome about that game.

Seeing as how my general rule is to ignore anything under 80 on Metacritic and to filter out everything in the 80-85 range based on User Scores, I'd say the system works.

Comment Re:The cleanup (Score 1) 259

In actually socialist societies like Germany they are getting rid of coal and using taxation to make sure it pays for the damage it does.

Not really.

One for, most of the gains in renewables in Germany came from nuclear losses:
In 2015, 44% of German power came from coal:

Even the US has a lower percentage coal use (currently around 33%). And the US has been trending downward, whereas Germany has been trending sideways.

And Germany imports about two-thirds of its energy, which comes primarily from fossil fuel sources ( It's just passing on "externality costs" to other countries.

Comment Re:Some hacker, he's not found anything real (Score 0) 333

Can't have voter ID laws, because the DNC says Black people can't figure out how to get a free voter ID. But that isn't racist.

Literally nobody has argued that in the history of Voter Suppression Laws.

No, I'm pretty sure if minorities weren't involved, voter suppression or enabling would be perfectly fine (see gerrymandering). At any rate, there's plenty of examples of new laws disproportionately affecting one party over another (see allowing felons to vote, or lowering/raising the voting age) and they're seen as legal. They're clearly painting this issue as a racial one. Stupidly, I might add. The two political parties attempt to get every advantage they can all the time...either all of it is discriminatory or none of it is. The selective BS is just that...BS. The courts won't freakin touch gerrymandering...but this they won't shut up about. That doesn't make one lick of sense.

Comment Re:So global warming started... (Score 1) 709

"Reducing use of fossil fuels" != "halting all progress" You use the phrase "slow this progress" but the remainder of your comment implies almost halting progress.

I'm looking at the OP's numbers, and it implies no such thing. In fact, it almost exactly implies a ~50% tech reduction. That's far from "halting all progress".

More importantly, you're completely dodging the point being made by trying to claim exaggeration. In simple form: all things have a cost (Perhaps not zero sum, but a cost nonetheless). And every hour of our time or dollar of our money that we throw at accelerating green adoption is an hour/dollar that could have went towards any number of things, like curing cancer or reducing poverty. Is the relationship one-to-one? No. Is it more relevant/substantial than you're trying to claim? Yes.

Comment Re:Democrate here (Score 1) 528

Hilary is a compromise between our right wing and our progressives. That's kinda the point of progressivism: Progress. Hilary is progress.

No, it really isn't. Kasich would have been the compromise between the right wing and the progressives. Hillary isn't even remotely close to the middle. On defense spending, she's a hawk. On anything else, she's effectively Obama #2. When she comes up with any feasible plan to reign in Mandatory spending without "just tax the rich people more", I'll begin to see her as a compromise. But otherwise her plan is the same as Obama's before her: "spend more, tax the rich more, enlarge Mandatory spending." I see no deviation from that agenda.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

Voting for a third party will almost always mean a vote taken away from a major candidate that is closer to what you want, thus supporting someone you less want to win.

Short-term thinking that ensures long-term corruption. Who cares if "your guy" doesn't win this particular election? It's exactly that train of thought that cements the "spoiler effect" into existence. What's more important to you? The next 4 years, or the next 40? For me, it's the latter. So my vote is third party. Early and often. You think a Republican or Democrat will ever push to change our voting system from "first past the post"? A 3rd party would. It would only take one win to make that happen. And then our politics are changed forever. Dream bigger, my friend.

More importantly, winning the election isn't the only relevance of the vote. It also sends messages to the establishment about their constituents. The rise of the Tea Party and the fiscal republicans was largely due to the success of Ron Paul, despite losing in the primaries. I guarantee you Bernie Sanders' success/popularity will have a similar effect on the Democrat establishment. One thing is for sure: the victory of Trump is going to cause huge ripples in the Republican establishment. Their usual tactics won't work anymore, and they know it.

Comment Re:Goto (Score 1) 674

Using GOTO won't save you from having to clean up all those little memory allocations and free() statements that you just jumped past.

Not true. So long as you initialize all your variables to NULL, and you never prematurely return from the function, having a final "goto CLEANUP" with NULL checks + deallocations at the end of the function, you can always ensure proper cleanup.

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 1) 1017

No, the Time article is perfectly clear. What is not clear is where you get your twisted ideas from. You haven't been able to support them yet.

You're deliberately being obtuse, or ignorant. I've produced 3 links and at least 2 quotes. You've produced nothing. If you'd like another link showing the timeline, here ( But I'm done trying to talk to a brick wall. Again, the basic timeline:
October 2014: State Department subpoenas work related emails
December 2014: Clinton turns over ~30k "work related" emails that she filtered herself (no third party) and deletes the other ~30k which she has deemed "personal"
March 2015: Investigation deepens and two more subpeonas are produced seeking additional emails on her server (however, these emails cannot be searched for, since the remaining emails are now deleted)

If you'd like to produce any facts than contradict the above points, other than just rambling, feel free. But I've yet to see a single link from you. Quite simply, she unilaterally deleted half her emails when she knew she was under investigation. Not a single person other than her or her staff made the determination of which of the emails were personal and which were work related. Since no third party made the determination, there is then no way to know if any of the 30k emails that were deleted were "work-related." Since they no longer exist, they can no longer be produced in further subpoena requests.

So basically she personally chose the ones she believed were work-related, turned them over, and then promptly deleted the rest.

Do you have a source for that grand statement?

Yes, at this point I've produced 3 links, all of which say the same timeline/details. You're clearly ignoring all of them, and I'm tired of reproducing links that say the same damn thing. You're either a Hillary shill, or just dense.

Are you telling me you leave all your email in your inbox and never delete anything? Maybe you don't get much email, but for those who use email for work that would be a huge volume of email.

No, I do not routinely delete 30,000 emails on a "regular basis". Nor do you. Nor does she. You're choosing (seemingly deliberately) to ignore scope and timing. Because the use of the term "routinely" and "30,000 emails" (which represented HALF of all her mail at the time) together is the part that flies in the face of logic. And verifying that "routine" is trivial...ask her if she's deleted 30,000 personal emails from her work account in the past 6 months. If she hasn't, she's a liar.

Comment Re:Wasserman-Shultz will get a job in administrati (Score 1) 769

No, because of an effect called Duverger's Law

Duverger's Law only works because of prevailing perception that there's only two parties that matter. In a vacuum, in a brand-new country that just stood up three parties and had an election, there would be no such effect. The effect is the result of perception of a wasted vote.

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 1) 1017

It does not appear you felt the need to read the page you linked to. It wasn't merely that they were deleted after the request, they were deleted after fulfilling the request. In other words the state department had them before they were deleted. If the state department did not retain the emails from a former employee, that is a different matter than what you allege here.

The linked page is obviously not clear then, because she did not turn over the full contents of her inbox to the State Department ( "It was only then that Mrs. Clinton instructed her aides to cull through roughly 60,000 emails that had passed through the server and turn over those involving official business. Those amounted to roughly half of the total.

This is confirmed on a number of sites ( "While more than 30,000 emails were turned over in all, an equal number were deleted because they were deemed by Clintonâ(TM)s team to have been personal in nature."

So basically she personally chose the ones she believed were work-related, turned them over, and then promptly deleted the rest.

Burned them to where? Optical media somewhere?

"Burned" as in "deleted".

Being as you couldn't be bothered to read the piece you linked to earlier enough to realize that it does not support your allegation, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this misread either.

You clearly have spent zero time actually researching this, as you've gone out of your way to form a singular opinion based on one website that doesn't clearly portray what actually occurred. In simple terms: "State Department requested work emails. Hillary (not a third party) singlehandedly decided which of her emails were work-related. She handed approximately 50% of her emails to the State Department and then immediately afterwards (at some point in the several months following) deleted the other 50%. The implication here is that she didn't want an independent third party scouring through the contents of the remaining 50% of the emails, so she deleted them before anybody could dig deeper into the investigation. And shes trying to justify it under some claim of "everybody cleans up their inbox from time to time". You're deluded if you don't see the shadiness.

Comment Re:Does this surprise anyone? (Score 2) 1017

There is no evidence whatsoever that the emails were lost after the subpoena was issued.

THAT's your standard of guilt? That's like the crackhead desperately flushing the drugs down the toilet with the cops knocking at the door. All reports I've heard said the deletions occurred after the State Department requested the emails:

She knew she was under investigation, and she burned the emails as soon as she possibly good before anybody could question what she believed were the only relevant emails. What she did screamed guilt. Even her statement was sketchy as hell (

I turned over everything I was obligated to turn over. And then I moved on,â Clinton told Keilar on Tuesday. âoePeople delete their personal emails, their work-related emails, whatever emails they have on a regular basis. I turned over everything that I could imagine.â

Yeah, people mass scour/delete 30,000 emails on a regular basis -- right. I would like to see some kind of historical account showing she's engaged in this behavior in the past. Or even since. I'd bet a dime to a donut she hasn't deleted shit in the past (if she did, how would she accrue tens of thousasnds of emails?)

Comment Re:Wasserman-Shultz will get a job in administrati (Score 1) 769

Go ask Republican Nominee Jeb Bush how much perception and blatant support from the national committee dictates everyone's votes.

I don't follow your point. Bush was running against many other Republican candidates, all wishing for their party to align behind them. They took far too long to do so, which is why you never saw a mainstream candidate "dictated" by the powers-that-be.

A better example of my point is what happened to Cruz's polling numbers when it was just him, Trump, and Kasich. The party aligned behind Cruz, not behind Kasich (with the message being "he's the only one that can get the votes to beat Trump"). And the effect was obvious. Kasich's surge was far more muted compared to Cruz. However, it was also too late to stop the Trump train at that point.

If you want another example of perception vs reality, just look at third parties. I can't count the number of people who have literally made the statement "well I really wanted 3rd party candidate X, but I didn't want to throw my vote away." That's perception driving action at its finest right there. You have people literally choosing not to vote for the person they want because mainstream opinion has drilled it into them that it is a hopeless cause.

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