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Comment Re:Just a warmup for the PTP (Score 1) 11

The only good that can become of a Trump presidency is that it may destroy the Republican party.

I was telling myself that for a while; and then realized that it was just something I was telling myself to make me feel better. Trump couldn't destroy that party if that was his initial intent; they will happily swing their beliefs to whatever set brings them the most power. If he suddenly declared himself a Scietologist tomorrow, they would say that was the greatest philosophy they'd ever heard of. As it is I expect we'll see them distributing copies of "the art of the deal" at their next convention.

There were times that I wondered if Trump actually was setting out to covertly make the GOP look ridiculous, then I realized that is not something he is capable of in any manner.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 11

I've suspected for some time that the US has been hurtling towards final fragmentation into independent nations. I was all but convinced we would be going down that path - perhaps violently - if Hillary won the white house. Honestly if she had won (nevermind that of course she did win the election) we probably would already see either secession proposals from Texas and Alaska or the very open build-up of armed "militia" groups. The GOP is too much in love with Trump to realize they just appointed a fascist idiot as their leader however, and the democrats don't - as political party of elected officials - have the spine to do the same. Only if actual people start rising up will we see a change, but it seems that we have gone too far now to make it very likely that we can save this country.

It is probably time to think about where our nuclear weapons are located - geographically - to get a sense of how to fracture the country into new nations in a way that the fewest number possible end up in the hands of future fascist idiots.

Comment Definition Request (Score 1) 2

I'll admit I am not a part of the larger LGBTQ community, so I am missing something here.

Can you please tell me what a "straight transsexual" would be? When you use the term

straight transsexual women

(which you mentioned in the context of a "repressed gay man") does that mean someone who is born male, identifies female, and then as a female has sex with males? I just want to make sure I know what is being discussed. I don't dispute the legitimacy of the label I just want to understand what it means.

I once had a grad student (who I guess would qualify as a Q-female) try to explain all these to me and I was left somewhat puzzled. All I understood in the end was that she was describing one particular event that was upcoming at the time (has since passed years ago) where I - as a "cis-male" - was about the only person not welcomed in the crowd.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 11

There is no spite here. This is about preventing the end of our democracy and perhaps the end of democracy worldwide. We have just inaugurated not only an arrogant ignorant dickwad who is less informed than a typical high school senior of the workings of our high school government, but we have done so at a time when the world needs logical and intelligent leadership.

We have failed the world

And it would be one thing if the US were a smaller player on the world stage. Regardless of your take on what "American Exceptionalism" means - and whether or not it matters - the US still has one of the largest nuclear arsenals anywhere and now we have an angry orangutan sitting at the button. This would be a small mistake if we were a small country without these weapons at our disposal but we are not. Even once he sinks our economy we will still have our weapons and his temper.

And once his administration collapses in a giant inferno we are then stuck with either President Pence or President Ryan - both of which are terrible realities. Being as Trump gets to appoint the head of the CIA we'll have a hard time expecting them to take care of this for us.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 11

I can not imagine a reason to wish him success. As far as I am concerned he is a terrible human being. As I already stated pretty well his entire life is one giant lie after another. It is nearly impossible to imagine a scenario where his success could possibly be good for me, and I can imagine many scenarios where his success would be terrible for me. I am hoping that he quickly gets exposed as being part of a giant administration-ending scandal, and hopefully it includes both Pence and Ryan as well so we can sweep them all out early as they are - as hard as it is to imagine - even worse.

I think one thing this has really confirmed is that indeed there is no God. I cannot imagine why any "benevolent higher power" would want to allow this to happen to his "Creation".

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 11

The point is that basically Trump's entire life is a series of lies. He even lies about his physical traits, apparently because he is so used to lying that he can't seem to bring himself to be honest on anything. He willingly shits on the truth any time that he expects doing so will bring him more wealth and/or prestige. As we all know, even his last name is a lie.

Comment A fool and his money... (Score 1) 390

Early adopters paid the costs of being early adopters on this one. I was starting to ponder the idea of purchasing a 3D TV for my next set but I couldn't really justify buying a new TV of any sort recently. Not everyone has that kind of disposable cash lying around. It wasn't so much that 3D costs that much extra (it generally didn't, especially if you didn't need extra glasses), it was that I just wasn't interested in a new TV beyond my 42" plasma.

This is much the same as when I find myself discussing consumer electronics purchases in general; while some people say they buy a lot more stuff online than in physical stores, I find I'm just not buying that much stuff in general. I used to average $1,000 or so a year at best buy, now I spend closer to $200-300 a year and the difference goes to pay for things that are not consumer electronics at all. In other words, in my case best buy isn't losing my money to amazon they are losing it to nobody.

Comment Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 4, Insightful) 308

The "elite" schools, based on their reputation, generally only attract applicants who believe they can afford to go there. I had exceptional ACT/SAT scores but I was not interested in the financial burden of such schools so I went to a large public research university instead. However people who are living lifestyles that can afford such expenses will consider applying. It didn't matter in my case that there tuition assistance and financial aid; the cost gap at the time was still too enormous between podunk state and Yale to even consider bothering with an application.

Even if the gap has reduced on the tuition level, the cost of living at those schools is still very very high and the students know that.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 795

I suspect he was motivated by notoriety as much as anything. He knew what his options were and what the consequences would be; I don't for a moment think he is or was stupid. He chose this path on purpose but I am not convinced it was solely altruistic. After all, if he really wanted to ensure that the people were talking about the program and its wrongs that he shone light upon, what better way would there be for him to do that than to come back to the states and face a public trial? The longer he stays abroad the less the American public will be discussing the matter - especially now that we have elected a professional internet troll for POTUS who will be serving up a new controversy to the American people at least twice a day.

Comment Re:Is that constitutional? (Score 1) 139

This sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

I think those people have already proven their masochistic side by signing up for Verizon.

I'll play devil's advocate on this part and say that I have lived in places where there were dead spots that were only penetrated by Verizon. T-mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all failed where Verizon did not. You pay for that additional coverage, but it is available.

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