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Comment I do (Score 1) 290

I wear a watch daily. Sometimes I like to know what time it is. Not everyone carries a phone with them everywhere they go. Not everyone works in the meat, food or child industries. I have no desire for an Apple watch (especially since they don't make a left-handed one) - or even a digitial watch (I wear a Seiko Big Boss, https://watchpage.wordpress.co...), but I see no denigrate those who do. Hell, I have AAPL stock. I'll be happy if everyone on the planet buys an Apple watch.

Comment Yes, it is (Score 1) 394

I have a LinkedIn profile, purely for career purposes. I pretty much only deal with it when it is time to look for a job since relocating 5000 miles from home. I've updated it twice. I have no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no whatever other crap there is out there. I do just fine. Don't miss it, don't want it, not going to have it. I also do not use text messages, they are blocked from my phone. If you want to reach me, you can email (preferred) or call. I ditched pay TV in 2009 too. Don't miss that either.

Submission + - Air Force Shuts Down HAARP (adn.com)

registrations_suck writes: The Air Force is shutting down HAARP. Subject to all kinds of conspiracies, blacked out on Google Maps for years, and its true mission, as described by those in the know, being dubious for years, HAARP gives people like me and Alex Jones the heebeejeebies. I'm glad it's shutting down, but I wonder what is replacing it.

FAIRBANKS — The U.S. Air Force gave official notice to Congress Wednesday that it intends to dismantle the $300 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Gakona this summer.

The shutdown of HAARP, a project created by the late Sen. Ted Stevens when he wielded great control over the U.S. defense budget, will start after a final research experiment takes place in mid-June, the Air Force said in a letter to Congress Tuesday.

While the University of Alaska has expressed interest in taking over the research site, which is off the Tok Cutoff, in an area where black spruce was cleared a quarter-century ago for the Air Force Backscatter radar project that was never completed. But the school has not volunteered to pay $5 million a year to run HAARP.

Responding to questions from Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski during a Senate hearing Wednesday, David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, said this is "not an area that we have any need for in the future" and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going. "We're moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do," he said. "To inject energy into the ionosphere to be able to actually control it. But that work has been completed."

Comments of that sort have given rise to endless conspiracy theories, portraying HAARP as a super weapon capable of mind control or weather control, with enough juice to trigger hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes....

Comment But I don't own a cell phone! (Score 1) 292

[quote]There will come a day, however, when you'll be able to transfer funds just by holding your cellphone next to someone else's and hitting a few keys — and this is just one of the ways we'll wean ourselves off cash.[/quote]I don't currently own a cell phone. I also don't WANT a cell phone. But now I'm going to have to get one, just so I can buy stuff? That sucks.

Comment Headphones suck, so does noise (Score 1) 405

I hate wearing headphones. They suck. I hate having to listen to something. However, the people in my work area are so fucking loud, it is just ridiculous. They have hour-long speaker phone conferences all fucking day. Sometimes they are so loud, I have difficulty listening to what is on the headphones, even at full, ear bleeding volume. No one, the people involved, nor the top management, including the CIO, understand the negative impacts, or if they do, they certainly don't care.

We have two offices currently going unused. I've begged top management to either move two of us "need quiet" people in there, or at least move the two loud fuckers who are on the speaker phone ALL FUCKING DAY to the offices. However, they refuse. Why? Because offices are for managers, and none of the people involved are managers. In the meantime, we have a low productivity environment and offices that are going unused. They've BEEN unused, since I got here - except for the 3 months that I was assigned to an office because I was doing "confidential" work. Once that project was over, I got put back in the noise infested shithole, for no reason other than "offices are for managers."

It's ridiculous. Headphones do not help. I can't wait to quit this fucking job - just as soon as it is convenient. In the meantime, I am working at 50% capacity (at best), because I can sit here for hours and not be able to concentrate enough to do any work.

On the upside - I've discovered the Alex Jones radio show and I can keep myself entertained all day.......except when it is too loud to hear, even with headphones.

Comment Too lazy to get ahead (Score 2, Insightful) 515

In other words - people who are too lazy to "get ahead" will spend some of their laziness on electronic doodads when they have the opportunity to do so. Who would have guessed?

And before you jump on the "too lazy" part of what I just said - if you're poor or down & out, and you're playing XBOX instead of going to the library to learn whatever, or you spend the money on an XBOX instead of something that would provide you with the knowledge to get ahead, then yes, you're lazy.

For most people, getting ahead takes hard work. It's a lot easier to seek out entertainment than the knowledge and skills required to get ahead. This article seems to be right in line with what most people would expect.

Comment Re:Just pay people to vote how you want (Score 2) 131

Isn't selling your vote illegal?

So is speeding.

So what?

I used to be all concerned with abiding by the law. Then one day I woke up and realized that the law isn't written by people like me. Nor is it written for the benefit of people like me. The law is written by and for the benefit of those who have the ability to meaningfully influence or manipulate the process.

Once I realized that, I decided "fuck the law" - I'm doing whatever I want that serves my interests and that I feel I can get away with - just like our overlords.

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