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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Archangel Michael Re:Grim (221 comments)

" let's use cheaper, more effective solutions that will slow down the virus and save lives."

Like what? Bringing infected people to the US. That sounds like a real good way to keep infections out. Or do you not understand the consequences of bringing African Bees to Brazil for "research"?

yesterday
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Archangel Michael Re: why does the CRTC need this list? (298 comments)

Actually, give me one regulatory agency that has shrunk or disbanded itself when it was no longer needed. Off the top of your head. I'm sure one exists, but for the life of me, I can't think of one.

While not "proof" of expanding powers, it is something to contemplate.

yesterday
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Archangel Michael Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (298 comments)

Netflix is providing content Canadians want, and the government is deciding that isn't good enough. Netflix is STREAMING video, and there is a shit ton of content available, most of it isn't Canadian. If Netflix is required to carry one Canadian show, per non-Canadian show, they better start making a shit ton of new shows. Otherwise it is impossible to comply. Basically it shows that the original mandate is no longer feasible because of technology changes. This is exactly what can be expected when the world changes around those that wish it to remain the same.

Good luck making it work.

yesterday
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Archangel Michael Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (298 comments)

CRTC is nothing more than another bureaucratic regulatory agency that is seeking to expand its powers by doing the bidding of the kings and queens, against the interests of the serfs. Anyone that seeks to limit these new expansions of powers is quickly labeled as wanting "Somalia" or "Dirty air and water" or other such nonsense.

The result, is the fear mongers win, and those are the Bureaucrats and Politicians seeking to expand their power and authority, and bribes and future "consulting agreements"

So, the next time a Libertarian mentions limiting government, and you kneejerk into a "somalia" rant, here is what you're actually promoting. This is actual reality of what your viewpoint actually is advocating. Nice Job A-Hole

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Archangel Michael Re:Grim (221 comments)

That wasn't the question. It works, when it is kept. The problem is that people don't give a shit about others, and thus spread death in the name of freedom. Lame.

yesterday
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Archangel Michael Re:Wave power can work (190 comments)

Slave trade exists only where people are considered property. We (the western world) are existing in a "slave" market, where the owners take from the sweat of supposedly "free" people (in the form of "Feudal taxes") not by consent, but by threat of government guns. We've only traded one type of owner for another. The only difference is we supposedly elect our kings and queens, rather than have them born into royalty.

We aren't free.

2 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Archangel Michael Re:Wave power can work (190 comments)

Ahhh, the good old Strawman from leftwingnut crowd.

2 days ago
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iOS 8 Review

Archangel Michael Re:Keyboard (211 comments)

And this is "intuitive"? I have used iOS for a couple years (iPAD) and never seen that used by anyone.

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Archangel Michael Re:Grim (221 comments)

1495 Quarantining of Mercenaries in Switzerland.

While not 100% effective immediately, it did drastically reduced the infection rate. WHICH is really the goal.

Now, if your one of those "100% or don't bother trying" people, you're part of the problem.

But then again, allowing infected people to migrate all around the world seems so much better option. I mean, how else are we going to reduce population by 7 billion people to "sustainable" levels like the Georgia Guidestones suggest?

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Archangel Michael Re:Grim (221 comments)

It is grim because we don't want to "offend" anyone with the proper response (quarantine the zone) . Political Correctness run amok is going to kill people.

How many dead or sick people before we stop worrying about feelings and sensibilities?

2 days ago
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iOS 8 Review

Archangel Michael Re:Keyboard (211 comments)

Tapping a keyboard three times to type special character. No Swype. Caps always showing, regardless of actual capitalization. All but Unusable with one hand (one handed typing jokes aside). Auto Correct that guesses wrong more often than it should. The interface is not as intuitive as Apple or iOS users claim it is, IMHO.

2 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Archangel Michael Re:Oregon... (190 comments)

Then convert the wind power into hydrogen, for longer term storage, when wind is not available. Yeah, it isn't very efficient, but it is better than wasting it on feeding the grid that doesn't need it.

2 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Archangel Michael Re:Wave power can work (190 comments)

Because artificial manipulations of free markets always works out as intended!

2 days ago
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iOS 8 Review

Archangel Michael Re:Keyboard (211 comments)

The crappy keyboard is one of the biggest reasons I hate my iPad. It is almost unusable for me. There is a reason why all the autocorrect humor is screenshots of iOS.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Archangel Michael Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

You underestimate the power of radical ideologies. While what they appear to be doing is self defeating, it really isn't. It draws in those people who need an identity. People said similar things about Nazi's (yeah I just Godwined the conversation). The one thing Nazi's had, that ISIS doesn't is government. But in today's age, being nebulous, decentralized is an asset, like Hydra (cut off one head two more takes its place). We killed off OBL, but he wasn't really running things when we did, and Taliban and Al Qaeda still remain. And even if they didn't, the people in those organizations just change their name, and regroup. This is the same tactic used by most counter culture politics.

The only effective tactic we have at this time is to target and kill the leadership, until the organization crumbles from lack of leaders. We don't need a standing army to do this, just Letters of Marque.

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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Archangel Michael Re:Misleading slashdot headline (362 comments)

Practical is how we work. Monolithic or Micro based are independent of whether or not something is practical. What is practical in one situation (small robust control system with high availability) may not be practical (complex system of varying hardware) elsewhere.It is a matter of how close to sigma six you need to be, because each degree closer, is a magnitude more difficult to reach.

The fact is, you can talk all you want about what is "practical" in a specific case, and I may be arguing that your "practical" isn't practical for me and my specific case. We'd both be right, but not for each other. This is pragmatism at its core. One size doesn't fit all. Never has, never will.But you can build things so that One Size Fits Most, that works in 95% of the cases.

Systems that are outliers shouldn't be where we decide things for the 95%.

2 days ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Archangel Michael Re:That's government spending for you.. (186 comments)

Boeing - Giant company able to funnel money to appropriate Senators and congressmen
SpaceX - Small company able to funnel less money than Boeing to anyone.

Stop voting for Republicrats and Demicans.

3 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Archangel Michael Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (321 comments)

Please. It doesn't matter what is or isn't mandated by the Constitution.

You have just proposed lawlessness, and implied that it was okay. I hope you realize exactly what you're saying.

3 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Archangel Michael Re:Perspective (321 comments)

Corporations are constructs of the state. They are chartered and incorporated under provisions the state created.

3 days ago

Submissions

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Smart Phones Outsell Computers

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Archangel Michael (180766) writes "Smart phones have, for the first time, out sold computers.

For me, this is a milestone really worth mentioning, as it clearly indicates that smart communication devices are replacing computers. I know my phone can do some 65-80% of what I used to do on my computer.

In related news, Apple is slated to become the most valuable company in the world, partially based on its iPhone sales.

Disclaimer: I own a Droid X."

Link to Original Source

Journals

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Friends and Freaks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 9 years ago

For those that think that adding my as a foe is a good thing, I smile at their foolishness. I just add them to my friends list.

Two more this month have fallen into this little quirk of mine. I never much figured out why people "hate" others enough to be bothered to actually put them on a Foe List.

Love you guys. ;-)

To the few people that have added me as Friends recently, thank you. I know it isn't much, but it is all I have to offer. Please don't feel diminished by the fact that I also add my freaks as my friends, as that is in no way a reflection of who you are.

To everyone else...... HI

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Textbooks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 10 years ago

I have long been trying to advocate community based text books, using the Creative Commons type license. Imagine the combined intellect of all the worlds teachers contributing to a systematic learning collection of textbooks.

I am positive that the books would be much cheaper to produce. And as a bonus each student would be able to write notes( in them ) and keep the text for as long as needed. Perhaps even giving each student the entire course on a CD, to help prevent DeadTree versions.

It would prevent both Right wing and Left wing people from undue influence in the material, and the long term ability to cross check facts and provide alternate viewpoints.

I am not sure how this would play out with the teacher's unions and the school districts though

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Democratic Con

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

WHY would the Democrats put Jimmy Carter up criticizing Bush's record? He sure didn't do a good job when HE had the chance.

In fact, If I recall the economy of Jimmy Carter was called Stagflation. High Unemployement, High interest, high taxes, no growth economy under his watch.

In fact, Militant Islam got a foothold in Iran under his watch. In fact, terrorism got a foot hold under his watch. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis? Remember the botched attempt at a rescue.

In fact, the moral of the US was much worse when HE was president. Why anyone would listen to him is beyond me.

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Boobies

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I just found the best site for pictures of Boobies. A must see for everyone who likes Boobies. They have pictures of all sorts of Boobies for you to look at.

http://www.rit.edu/~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/Boobies.html

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Orkut

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Saw this news item posted on slashdot:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/23/1738250&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=95&threshold=-1

Thought it was interesting conceptwise. That was, until I realized that the membership was secret to start with. To join, you must be invited, to be invited, you must know someone who has joined, to know who has joined you must be a member, a form of catch-22.

Then I realized all it takes is one bastard to ruin the whole "Trusted Network of friends. I then understood that the whole idea would be broken in a matter of days.

What a bunch of elitist morons. Hey wait, that is redundant.

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Goofy Ratings

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Lets start off by examining one of the scores from one of my posts.

(Score:0, Insightful)

Since I start off with a +1 on all my posts, this seems a bit .... Weird. I have been moderated DOWN for being insightful?

A close look at the score table below will explain how this happens.

Starting Score: 1 point
Moderation -1
    30% Insightful
    70% Overrated

30% think it is insightful, and 70% overrated. Since I am thinking that Slashdot rounds the numbers to the nearest 10% so that I have one "Insightful" and two Down mods, the last being "Overrated" for a total of three.

The "Overrated" mod is kind of funny to me. It means that the post has at least SOME interest, just not enough to rate it up, but not really worth modding down, except that is exactly what they are doing.

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Thanksgiving

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So this week has Turkey day on Thursday, where we eat enough turkey to sleep for a week afterwords. The magical chemical that makes one sleepy is Tryptophan (or does it?). It is, however, a neat little amino acid.

http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/bio/aminoacid/trp_en.html

Eating Turkey which contians elevated levels of Trytophan is probably NOT the cause for all the sleepy heads on Friday.

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/FoodSafety/foodtryptophan.php

So, what is the cause? Probably over eating and all the alchohol consumed. But what is Thanksgiving except an excuse to eat and drink too much?

A nice bottle of Merlot, and a Chardonnay (for those that don't like real wine) will be on my table, as well as sparkeling cider for those that don't like alchohol and the kids.

I will be carving the bird using the "Presentation" method described HERE

http://www.eatturkey.com/foodsrv/manual/serve7.html

I sharpen my own blades, so the knife will be sharp. Nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife. So take the time to sharpen those dull knives.

http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/oct01_cooki_1.htm

http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/pages/c00150.asp

Having work in many kitchens, I can sharpen a blade from very dull to very sharp on a Steel in about 1 -3 minutes. Only on the worst blades, ones with nicks and such do I ever sharpen on a grinder.

Pumpkin, Pecan, and lemon meringue pie are for dessert. Nobody likes Mincemeat Pie, except me, so I don't get my favorite for another year.

I will be making my own yeast rolls using a family recipe from France. They are so simple, yet so good.

Anyway, hoping you and yours have a very nice Thanksgiving. Take time to reflect on all the things you really are thankful for.

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Famous Friends and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hey Bethanie,

Your tag line is famous. I now predict that it will become the next Slashtroll line.

1. Imagine ....
2. Overlords ....
3. Natalie Portman ...
4. "Do you want fries with that"
5. ????
6. Profit

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/28/1710229&mode=thread&tid=137&tid=184&threshold=0

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Moderation .... AGAIN

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I must be facinated by the whole moderation process. But I have noticed something quite recently. That is not that many articles are getting moderated. And the ones that are moderated remain at 3 or 4 longer than ever.

It makes me wonder if the moderation system is starting to fail or if the SlashDudes have changed the parameters.

I have seen several posts that were RIGHT on target or just plain funny stuck at 1. That is another thing, I don't see many +2s anymore either.

Anyway, it is anecdotal evidence at best; my observations. Nothing scientific or anything.

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Tired

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have been so tired lately it isn't even funny. Physically, not sleepy. Yet right now, I am sleepy tired, and it is just after 1:00pm.

It isn't like the job of a geek is all that hard. it isn't. The hardest part is lifting equipment on occasion.

I have tried the working out, eating better stuff to no avail, except that it makes me MORE tired. I have had a checkup, and my health is okay.

I just don't get it. Can I get a nap with those fries?

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Total Recall or not?

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I will be most likely holding my nose tomarrow as I vote in the Recall of Greyout Davis. I don't want any chance of that idiot or his Racist Clone in office on Weds.

Ahhhnold is going to get my vote (Voting early, often). It looks like it is going to be tight.

If it wasn't tight I would have voted for the Porn Starlett, just to waste my vote, and show my contempt for the whole Election process. (I view the whole thing as rigged anyway).

As for the allegations against AHHHNOLD of womanizing, groping or otherwise crude behavior, if this monkey is the best they can come up with, they are really hurting.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20031006/i/r1346780462.jpg

Seriously, when I saw the woman, I though "Planet of the Apes", and no makeup required. If Arnold did grope this woman, he really DOES need to be locked up, for INSANITY.

This should be interesting.

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Internet Taxes

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, here is where things get interesting.

We should be taxing the crap out of things that are harmful to society, and untaxing things that are actually GOOD for society.

Is having an income good? If so, why are we taxing it?

Think what would happen if we taxed PORNO instead? or Drugs? Or Prostitution? or whatever. Taxing stuff that makes society better is just plain STUPID.

I wouldn't be opposed to a sales tax on Internet purchases, in the current wacky tax/spend system we have today. But here is how I would set it up.

Any Purchase made by or through a internet source or destination inside the USoA would be taxed at a FLAT rate, to be evenly divided among the origination and destination states.

For instance, Ma&Pa Internet Sales INC, sells me a $100 pair of gold plated plastic spoons. They are in Texas, and I am in South Dakota (not really). Texas and South Dakota get 1/2 of the collected sales tax. Let us say that sales tax is 4% that would mean SD and TX would both get $2 each.

Now, if I were in say London, M&P would still collect 4% tax. Tex would get $2, and the other $2 would go to some other fund.

If on the otherhand, M&P were in London instead, that is a tricky issue. I think Import duties and other such restrictions would then apply.

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Religious Wackos

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, so I see a post today on some more smart card privacy invasion. This time data tracking who goes where using Public Tramsportation in London.

This time, I can't help myself, and hint that I am one of those WEIRDOS that actually believes in the Bible.

The question is though, would this and should this one aspect of my life affect what others think of topics not even related?

In other words, does the fact that I actually believe in something bigger than myself, affect my ability to comment insightfully or otherwise on topics outside that relm?

Does this totally change how people see me? Not that I really care. I think it is something people should know, because it is important to me.

I should point out that I am not a Luddite either. Since I can remember, I have been facinated with technology, and gadgets and such.

However, I also see the amalgamation of technology coming together in a way where a single entity could control most every aspect of our lives.

This is something I am watching very carefully.

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Elections, voting systems etc

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, the Circuit Court for California are debating the merits of various voting methodologies. Specifically Punch card ballots.

The case involves mostly liberal politicos calling for a suspention in the Recall election of California based upon the notion that an inanimate object can cause "Disenfranchisement" of a certain clase (or classes) of people.

What nobody has brought up, is the disenfranchisement of those who support the recall, if the process is held up for MOSTLY political reasons.

The whole reason this is being suspended isn't because of punch cards, it is because of Grey Davis vs Arnold (and the gang of 135). If this was the other way around, I would be willing to bet a ton of money that they would be quiet, not saying a PEEP.

Further, to insult the core group(s) of voters by insiuating that they are incapable of punching ONE HOLE is incredible. Besides, if people are that stupid, then their votes shouldn't count. I mean, if you can't figure out a ballot, perhaps you shouldn't be voting.

I think it isn't any supprise to note, that it is the DEMOCRATS who are courting the STUPID vote. That should be an indication of what it takes to be a democrat.

Remember, I am Libertarian, not a Rebublican. They have their issues too.

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Strawberry Daquiris

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

I am taking advice from my personal slashcounselor to post a recipe. The only thing is, this recipe is (was) top secret and only known by a few close associates before today.

It is my recipe, I made it up, and everyone who has tasted it claims it was the "best ever".

16 oz frozen sweetened strawberries.
1 12oz can Kerns Strawberry Nectar.
1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1/4 - 1/2 cup Rum dark Rum (optional)
Whipping cream to top.

In a blender mix strawberries, nectar and 1/2 & 1/2. The Can of Nectar should be VERY cold, almost frozen. The 1/2 & 1/2 is used to help thicken and smooth the blend. Blend till smooth and creamy.

If you use rum, that too should be VERY COLD. Colder the better, as the cold helps keep the Mix THICK.

Pour in to small glasses, and top with Whipping Cream. If it is fresh strawberry season, you can add a fresh strawberry on the edge of the glass for an elegant touch.

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Of Karma and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

Okay, so my occasional slashcomment is modded as "funny" or "insightful" often enough to give me good karma (for what ever that is worth). So how come there are hardly any "Fans" out there.

Thank goodness, one of my friends actually lets me know that at least there is someone as crazy as I am out there. You know who you are.

Anyway, short of being a girl, how does one become famous on slashdot? Any Ideas? Bueller? Bueller?

On a sad note, one of my favorite musical artists died last night. Tonight, I will walk the line one last time.

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Is it the tools or is it the user

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

Okay, one of my bosses comes to me today (Thurs) to try and promote the latest greatest "Content Management System" for our web site. But the story doesn't start there, it starts tuesday at the bi-monthly tech meeting for all the techs in the department (spread across various sites).

At that meeting, this boss (not pointy head by any stretch), mentions that several schools have set up new web sites using this Content Management system, and mentions how crappy my web site looks, and how it could be helped by a "content management system" like this.

That is when I first mentioned that I am running a content management system, that didn't cost a dime. And the site's crappy features were do to NOBODY willing to learn how to use the system.

She was explaining all the various things that this new system could do, and I kept saying "Mine does that" to EVERYTHING. No FTP (yup), No HTML (Yup), Management features (yup), secure editing (yup)......

Well that went over like the lead brick I knew it was. Which leads us to today's meeting (un announced). She showed me the system (looks nice, easy etc). And I gave a tour of ours.

It was then that she realized that it wasn't the tool that was causing problems, it was the people.

Which gets me to my next point. Why do people use the phrase "I am not techological" to mean "Don't even try to teach me as I am not willing to learn"?

I mean how hard can it be to WYSIWYG a Web Page? Cut and Paste from WORD etc. I could understand if I were talking about Perl or the intracacies of Network protocols and the OSI model.

But I am not. I am talking about click here, click there, type this, and bam, you have a web page. Want a calendar, click "Calendar", want to add an image, click "Image".

Yes, it is NOT the tools, it is the PEOPLE. Spending money on a "professional" system is not the answer, unless it is "why are we broke?"

---steps down off of High Horse---

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Moderation points, I have them again.

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

Okay,

I have moderation points again. But this time, I am taking requests for moderation, both UP or down. First five suggestions taken will be awared the points.

The only restrictions I have are,

1)Trolls will be Modded as -1, at my descretion
2) Find the obscure post that deserves moderation
3) If you comment on a request, and I think you are trolling for Moderation points I will MOD you -1

I don't have the time or energy to read every post. I am looking for truly "INTERESTING" or "FUNNY" posts that have been ignored and neglected.

On your mark,
Get Set,
GOOOOO!

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