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Comment Re:Uneven (Score 1) 184

you really have drank the coolaid if you think any member of congress is for workers and workers rights. Do yourself a huge favor and avoid the bullshit mantra that dems are somehow behind the working man. They just pander to get their money. In 2008 they controlled half the supreme court, the executive branch, and all of congress. If there was a chance to do ANYTHING for the constantly shrinking middle class that was 4 years they chose to sit on their asses and pretend everything including tropical storms and cancer was bush's fault. Its SOOO much easier to point fingers and deflect failures than to actually solve problems. They were, at the time, paid higher than any previous session of congress yet held substantially fewer days in session than any previous term also. Considering how dire our economy was, they should have taken a 20% pay cut to send a message that they too were not without feeling the pain of financial impact.. AND they should have worked 2x the normal number of sessions to try and brainstorm a fix to that mess. Instead we got record setting number of golf trips. Shakespear had a few things right...

1) first thing to do is kill all the lawyers
2) a pox on both your houses.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

even paper ballots are faked. Such as the 300 abantee ballots 'accidentally' delivered to a person's house, all filled out with different residents names. The only non-corrupt voting method is the one where you have to appear in person and ink-thumbprint your selection on a large paper ballot. Thats how the UN does it. It also takes a very long time to count the ballots. Everyone has sacrificed their freedoms in favor of political expedience.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 5, Informative) 1321

not even close, you must be young. She is unpopular by damn near every veteran who served in the last 20 years. Her disdain for those who put their lives on the line in service to their country is well known. Even when she was first lady her disdain was apparent. Its amazing how times have changed and what used to be a small thing would shame someone into having to resign. 15 years ago Trent Lott was forced to resign because he told Strom Thurmond (someone older than dirt), at his 100th birthday party, gave a toast to try to make that old bastard feel good. Considering that it had been many decades since we had segregation, it didnt even occur to him that Strom ran on a segregation platform. So he was forced to resign. Consider how much dirt is on so many people thanks to silent whistle blowers and Wikileaks. Trent Lott never:

- got caught in Lie after Lie after Lie and later confirmed by Wikileaks
- complicit in the 1990s in denying constitutional rights to 150k veterans because they were drawing social security benefits so there they MIGHT be unstable
- promised to raise the taxes on the MIDDLE CLASS because 'its time they pay their fair share'
- Praised the 'Australian Solution' for gun control and promise the same thing here
- get caught in saying one thing publicly and then privately to the real masters (Goldman Sachs)
- Set up a private mail server. Lie and say its only for personal use. Delete what we now know turned out to be 650k email messages. Violate federal laws which regulate communication under the freedom of information act. Violate federal laws as to who can view classified information and how its secured and handled. Later in presidential debate insist that only those with clearance ever got sent those unencrypted, plain-text, highly classified, email messages only to get caught lying AGAIN when it was discovered she sent her worthless trust-fund daughter highly classified documents.
- Publicly call EVERY SINGLE ONE of your opponents supporters as the absolute DREGS of society (supporters you would want to sway to your side and win their vote btw)
- be so self centered and conceited that even the campaign slogan says it all "I'm with HER". Its ALWAYS about her not the suffering american worker.
- get caught Colluding with the mainstream media and STEALING the primary election.
- get caught organizing an ex-parte communication with an official presiding over her criminal investigation
- get caught cheating during debates because the campaign was being fed nearly ALL the questions in advance
- get outed by DNC favorite Michael Moore in 2007 as being the most corrupt politician by expressly stating that HRC took more donations by pharmaceuticals than every single other senator COMBINED.

so YES .. she IS that unpopular. Even people who are the CLOSEST to her cant stand her as a person. She has the personality of a rattle snake and twice the bite. She should have stopped when the FIRST screw-up hit the light of day. Its pure arrogance and selfishness to become the FIRST woman president that kept her from standing aside and letting a more qualified, or at LEAST significantly less tainted, person have a real shot.

Let me put it this way... she is so unpopular that DONALD TRUMP, an egotistical bastard with no background in politics, won an election against her. She and those around her represent the very essence of the disgusting Animal Farm behavior coming out of government over the last 20 years. The american people are sick of electing more pigs.

I would say there were more Never-Clintons and Never-Trump participants than those ACTUALLY in EITHER of their campaigns. My guess is that there were more Never-Clintons than Never-Trump's. Especially when the MSM ordered the staff to cut the feed any time Wikileaks got mentioned. That is yellow journalism and blatant coverup. People will not stand for some self appointed elitist class making such a thinly veiled attempt to manipulate, misguide, and mislead. It only enforces our opposition tendencies.

- Had the MSM taken a much more transparent and FAIR reporting instead of trying to manipulate create a Clinton VS Bush showdown as early as may 2015
- Had the DNC not cheated to rig the primary election
- Had the clinton campain stepped aside in the wake of the whole email incompetence scandal, for the benefit of the american people and the democratic party, allowing a candidate with MUCH less baggage

you probably would not be looking at a Trump presidency right now. The biggest failings of this whole cycle was the decision that this was THE YEAR to have a woman president right after the first black president, to such a degree that they practically covered up way too much shit they otherwise would have outed from the beginning. I would love to see a woman president. Just not THAT woman. The idea that 'any vagina will do' leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. There are 125.9 Million adult females in the united states (2014). Only 1 is named Hillary R Clinton. Out of those 125.9 Million at the very least ONE is as qualified or MORE qualified to be POTUS. More than likely 1% as fit and qualified that have no long history and baggage of corruption. Never pick someone with so much baggage. 319 million people in this country. I for one NEVER want to see another one named Clinton OR Bush. Didnt we learn from history that the sequals are NEVER as good as the first? (Adams anyone?)

Comment Re: The ways this could be abused is immense (Score 1) 161

both for and against.

“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”
                                                                          Friedrich Nietzsche

you will have those already wanting to believe screaming vindication, and those who don't want to believe arguing vast russian conspiracies. Maybe there is some truth to this whole living in a simulation theory after all. When a copy cannot be distinguished from real, when does it start becoming real itself?

Comment Re:Adobe Trump! (Score 1) 161

yes, you will have experts at lip reading and body language arguing both for and against the authenticity of a recording. So just like attorneys, these paid 'experts' are going to be the only winners in this shit. In the end you will still be as confused as ever, but a lot poorer as a result.

Comment Re:Moving to a truth-free society. (Score 4, Insightful) 161

“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.”
                                                                          Friedrich Nietzsche

People will believe what they are told because they already want to believe it. It wont even matter that the real audio source is available for independent review.

Comment terrible idea (Score 1) 474

This is the same 'logic' that created our welfare system mess in the USA. It seems easier to just hand out money than it does to hand out jobs. While the math may make sense in that there are less management costs associated with it, the cost to basic human and social values is devastating. Anyone toying with this idea must not have children or else they have some very spoiled and very 'entitled' children that will find survival as an adult a rather difficult endeavor. We arent raising children, we are raising adults. By the time they turn 18 its our job to prepare them for the wild jungle of life on this constantly changing and crazy planet. Adults are managed much the same way. What sort of values and ethics are we instilling if we deny someone the self respect and pleasure one gets by making it on their own? I am not advocating not helping. I am advocating a public jobs program where jobs can be had and rewarded on a task-based relationship. It provides people with the self respect of providing for themselves instead of feeling like a failure for needing help. It gives them work ethics that hard work is rewarded. It provides instant feedback to the worker as his pay is rewarded upon completion. Does it cost more? Yes, but the benefits to humanity justify this arbitrary value we put on a monetary system. I argue that not building ethics and values is a significantly greater cost to humanity in the long run.

Comment It takes a village (Score 1) 151

In 2002 I moved into a newly developed neighborhood. We actually did our closing on Halloween. The following year I realized rather quickly that the participation in my neighborhood was rather dismal. At the time, my daughter was born just a little over a month after we closed on our house. A few years later, we found ourselves trick-or-treating in other well-established neighborhoods just to give our daughter the real experiences. I took note that this older neighborhood really went to great extent to give the kids that spooky halloween feel. Some things I noticed were that one person put one of those metal outdoor fire pits in their driveway and burned wood to give it that campfire smell all throughout the neighborhood. The adults handing out treats took the time to also dress up in costumes. There were houses that decorated in full fledged themes with live actors of things link a mad scientist laboratory, etc.

  It has taken more than 10yrs to get my neighborhood to come around, but it seems like its on the right track. There are several stuck up retired old people that still screw up the process. Imagine going house to house and seeing a home with yard decorations for Halloween, porch lights on, garage lights lit on either side, sometimes even interior lights lit, only to discover that there's no one home. These people are so stuck on their lights being on to show off their home they don't even realize its implication for Halloween. Honestly, if toilet paper hadn't become so expensive, a healthy dose of eggs and TP would easily rectify the situation.

  Just like a neighborhood association, a group of people dedicated to making a kickass neighborhood for halloween requires a community to coordinate. I would recommend mailing everyone in your neighborhood a good 45 days in advance and explain what you want to achieve, where it has gone wrong in the past, and what you think can be implemented to bring about that change. Make sure you ask for ideas to help get to where the neighborhood should be. My advice is to treat halloween like coordinating a big part, wedding, block party, etc. You need lots of other neighbors to decide to do it up too. Once you think you've got something worth going to (if you build it, they will come), contact your local paper to see if they will run a story. Once word gets around, your neighborhood could become one that other kids import themselves to.

Comment Re:I should do this (Score 1) 215

get more information about the bill collector. If its not a direct creditor, but a actual collection attorney or agency, fax them or mail them a Cease & Desist letter telling them to never call you again in accordance with the FDCPA [15 USC 1692c] article 805

(b) COMMUNICATION WITH THIRD PARTIES. Except as provided in section 804, without the prior consent of the consumer given directly to the debt collector, or the express permission of a court of competent jurisdiction, or as reasonably necessary to effectuate a postjudgment judicial remedy, a debt collector may not communicate, in connection with the collection of any debt, with any person other than a consumer, his attorney, a consumer reporting agency if otherwise permitted by law, the creditor, the attorney of the creditor, or the attorney of the debt collector.

(c) CEASING COMMUNICATION. If a consumer notifies a debt collector in writing that the consumer refuses to pay a debt or that the consumer wishes the debt collector to cease further communication with the consumer, the debt collector shall not communicate further with the consumer with respect to such debt, except --

(1) to advise the consumer that the debt collector's further efforts are being terminated;

(2) to notify the consumer that the debt collector or creditor may invoke specified remedies which are ordinarily invoked by such debt collector or creditor; or

(3) where applicable, to notify the consumer that the debt collector or creditor intends to invoke a specified remedy.

If such notice from the consumer is made by mail, notification shall be complete upon receipt.
(d) For the purpose of this section, the term "consumer" includes the consumer's spouse, parent (if the consumer is a minor), guardian, executor, or administrator.

if they continue to call you can file suit in your local federal court against them for $1000 fine per time they violate it. Either they violated 805(c) and call you after a C&D or they refute that you are defined as a 'consumer' iaw 805(d) in which case they, under oath, admit to knowingly 805(b) and continue to contact you as a third party. Either way its $1000 per violation opting for 813(2) under civil liability.

Comment Re:'OWES' is the operative word. (Score 1) 215

and this is why losing appeals should come with a consideration of steeper penalties. Perhaps a court ordered suspension of services for 5 days would do the trick. "TWC, you are ordered to close your doors for no less than 5 days. You are to provide no phone service and no Cable video or internet services." I would deliberately pick a 5 day period that fell on either NCAA playoffs, World Series, Superbowl or something equally high profile. Imagine how pissed off you would be as an innocent consumer if you knew that because your provider was such a fucking asshole they literally got an injunction which impacted nearly everyone you know. Their revenues would go down, people would call in and wait for hours demanding credit on their bills, some people would leave their contracts and get internet or phone service from another provider that might be less at risk of having such injunctions slapped against them.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 215

thats only because a collection agency is regulated by the FDCPA which explicitly lists requirements and punitive action in the amount of $1000 per violation for non compliance. Sending someone a letter, fax, email that says "do not call me" is defined as a cease and desists. They must then ONLY use US Postal mail for delivery. Verbally saying you cannot take calls at work and this is your work number also counts as a C&D for the work number only. Most collection agencies spend massive time training people about the requirements of the FDCPA because they can lose their asses very fast. They are often small businesses of fewer than 20 employees and they had to register a bonded cash deposit with their secretary of state. If you win in court you get that money straight away and they have to re-bond to retain their business license. TWC could give a shit. Not only are they a billion dollar corporation, but they have half the senators and congressmen in their back pockets. Its hard for the NSA to spy on you all the time if the phone companies are not helping you spy on their customers. This is also why all the anti-competitive behavior against smaller ISPs has been ignored and downright OKd (see verizon removing copper from customer property so competitors cannot even provision services). This is partly why they have this culture of this sort of behavior. There is no telling what sort of murder they are capable of getting away with when the Obummer spying programs depend so heavily on their cooperation.

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