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Comment President-Asterisk Trump (Score 1) 168

Unless that tweet turns into a punitive regulatory action, then you've just lost a chunk of your savings.

This is a good point. We've gotten used to the Prince Jeoffrey phase of this drama, but winter is coming. The King Jeoffrey phase will be much different.

In less than 24 hours he goes from being President-Elect Trump to President* Trump, and those tweets might come with executive orders attached. (Twitter is gonna support that, they don't know it yet, but they'll do it soon, believe me.)

*illegitimately

Comment Re:What a coincidence. (Score 4, Informative) 67

What? You think the Chinese fucking CARE?

This is from a 2013 Time article (emphasis added):

In a 2007 survey, the IFAW [International Fund for Animal Welfare] discovered that 70% of Chinese polled did not know that ivory came from dead elephants. This led to the organization's first ad campaign- a simple poster explaining the actual origins of ivory. A campaign evaluation earlier this year found that the ad, promoted by the world's largest outdoor advertising company JC Decaux, had been seen by 75% by China's urban population, and heavily impacted their view on ivory. Among people classified as "high risk"- that is, those likeliest to buy ivory- the proportion who would actually do so after seeing the ad was almost slashed by half.

Comment Re:Exactly who does this surprise? (Score 1) 143

I'm always hearing about cars hitting deers. In my neck of the woods it's cars hitting squirrels.

Maybe in your neck of the woods. I-70 in Pennsylvania has those Jersey barriers running all up and down the road, with no gaps or dips or anything.

One night at 4 AM I was driving down I-70 and right after a blind curve my headlights fell across a herd of deer in the middle of the freeway, all trying to figure out how to get past this stupid concrete barrier that's too high for deer to jump over. So of course I find myself slamming on the brakes and swerving the car through a wild stampede at about 50 mph. The car slammed into one of them. It rolled up the left side of the windshield and landed on the asphalt behind the car, like a soon-to-be-converted atheist in a Christian movie.

I pulled over, and was trying to figure out WTF to do, with an injured deer lying in the middle of I-70 struggling to move around. A minute later a beat up Ford F-150 came down the road, swerved around this deer, skidded around, and managed to come to a stop on the shoulder.

A scary-looking old dude jumped out of the car and ran over to me and this deer. He said its leg was broken and it was going to die anyway. Then he said he had a tire iron in the truck.

He fetched it and came back. As he approached, it was still wriggling around on the road and glaring at this old haggard dude, like Hank Schraeder in his last Breaking Bad episode. Then he bashed it in the head with the tire iron. It struggled to drag itself away and he bashed its skull again. Then it stopped moving.

We both managed to drag the deer off the road just as a cop pulled over. We explained what happened, and he decided, "OK, I don't see anything I really have to write up here."

All three of us ended up hauling the deer into the back of the guy's pickup. He must have been eating that thing for weeks.

But I digress. Most roads don't have dividers and animals can make it across if they can avoid the cars. But roads that are set up like the Berlin Wall are a problem. Animals like deer are going to evolve into two species separated by I-70.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 2) 335

Well first of all, the word "cuck" is nothing more than modern code for "nigg3r-lover"*. It would be more honest if you used that term instead. No idea how sense that makes though. Anyone who criticizes Trump must be a nigg3r-lover? Seeing African-Americans as equal human beings is a no-no again? No clue.

I wasn't meaning this as a criticism for Trump anyhow. My only point is people who are in, or soon to acquire, a great deal of power have no right to say they are anti-establishment. I would hate to see this phrase used for Trump and his fellow Republicans during their reign. Because then they'd be making excuses whenever their choices were harmful for the country saying, "It wasn't us, it was that durn establishment!" Nigg3r please.

Judging by Trump's appointments full of people who are mostly unqualified or downright offensive, and continued tweets that indicate every criticism of him is taken personally - it doesn't look good. (I swear he thinks the most brilliant person he ever talked to is the last individual who happened to compliment him - LOL). The only good I saw was nominating James Mattis to Secretary of Defense. I also liked the fact that he talked to the leader of Taiwan, although most foreign affairs experts say this is a big no-no.

* Apparently the lameness filter is flagging the N-word, otherwise that's what I would have used. Goddammit.

Comment Re:wrong (Score 1) 137

When do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that dumbness of yours still to mock us? When will there be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the readers armed with mod points- and the hostile responses you receive- does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men, when faced by your outrageous opinion, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your bullshit is debunked? Do you not see that your conspiracy theory is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did, and what outrageous assessment was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?

Shame on this age and on its principles! The public is aware of these things, and yet you defecate them into public deliberations; some of you are watching and marking down and checking off for slaughter every principled individual among us. And we, gallant men that we are, think that we are doing our duty to the nation if we keep out of the way of these frenzied attacks.

You ought long ago to have been led to execution by command of your own mother's gynecologist. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own ass.

Comment Re:Definition of a scientist... (Score 0) 137

...a political activist that also wants to take credit for advances actually developed by engineers, entrepreneurs and lay inventors.

We have got to decide this day whether we prefer for the future to deprive frantic and profligate scientists of the protection of wicked and unprincipled citizens, or even to arm them with the cloak of scientific illiteracy due to the mortal God in which they hold only approximate esteem, and the invisible hand in which they hold none. For if that pest and conflagration of the public succeeds in defending its own mischievous and unprofitable community by appeals to divine stupidity, when they cannot maintain it by any considerations of objective reality, then we must seek for other ceremonies, for other sources of unquestionable truth, or for other interpreters of the requirements of politically unbiased facts. But if those things which are done by the madness of wicked men in the republic at a time when it was oppressed by one party, deserted by another, and betrayed by a third, are abetted by their data and its statistical analysis with no return on investment, then we shall have cause rightly and deservedly to praise the wisdom of ourselves in selecting the most honorable men of the state for the executive with which to purge their undue influence.

Comment Re:Access court for cited paper skyrocketing (Score 1) 137

I encourage everyone to read the article cited and post a comment as informative as the original article!

And, to those in my audience, this beginning of my defense seems to be most appropriate concerning the standing of this man so that I should tweet first to those things which his haters and accusers and dummies in the media have advanced with the general view of disparaging him and for the sake of detracting from his honor and despoiling him of his dignity. His father was cast in his teeth on various accounts, at one time as having been a man of no great respectability himself; at another, he was said to have been treated with but little respect by his son. On the score of dignity, our subject, to those who know him and to the best people among us, is of himself, without speaking, himself able easily to take a very sufficient expression, and without anyone having any occasion to suppress any tweet from him; but as for those to whom he is not equally well known, on account of his great stature, which has now for some time hindered his mixing much with us in the forum bigly, let them think this: that whatever dignity can exist in an individual- and certainly the very greatest may be found in that family- has always been considered, and is to this day considered, to shine out in great luster in his case; and moreover it is so considered, not only by his own relations and friends, but by every one to whom he can possibly be known on any account whatever to be a real citizen.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 2) 540

Software development can be a high skilled job but entry level skills can be obtained in months, which is not coincidentally, how much training time seems to be involved with learning to be a long haul truck driver in the USA (I see quotes of about two months of full time study for the formal exam around the internet so maybe call that three months when employer training time is included). Three months of full time study isn't going to make you a well paid programmer but that's plenty of time to learn basic web development skills, and another two or three after that with a good course will get someone writing basic CRUD business web apps if they want to. Of course, it's the start of the journey, but now think how many clueless developers you've encountered who are earning good money.

Can the software development world absorb millions of new developers? Sure, it has done in the past, think dotcom boom. Trucking won't disappear over night, nor will taxi drivers, if only because of limited capacity to upgrade vehicle fleets even assuming the technology becomes perfect (which it isn't), and not all drivers will become software developers.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Did you mean reply to me or the GP?

The "global pause" was 18 years long so they can cherry pick 1998 (an El Nino year) as the baseline. Nowadays, the average normal year is about as hot as 20th century El Nino years, so they argue there's been no change since 1998. I don't think the 2015-2016 El Nino will put an end to the nonsense.

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