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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

PortHaven Re:It's a subtle political problem (125 comments)

We don't vote for these people. Heck, half the times the exit polls are in total conflict with the results. Districts show no or less votes than people who actually cast their ballots.

What we need is a national election website. Where every candidate basically has a page. Can discuss their views on specific issues. Post videos. Etc.

And then we can elect the one we actually like. Instead of getting selected politicians.

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

PortHaven Re:What's the problem? (125 comments)

Well, when they have passes laws preventing any alternatives. What choice do you have?

And you're doing your math wrong. You are saying 98% of voters support it. But you're forgetting that the percentage of voters is rather low, around 50% of eligible voters. And lower than 2004 and 2008. So in that regards, at least half the population has voted NO to the Democrats and Republicans.

http://www.abc15.com/news/nati...

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

PortHaven We pretty much did that... (125 comments)

Most of the FDA are lawyers and beauracrats and would have a tough time telling a cow apart from an ass, without looking in a mirror.

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

PortHaven Millions of people care... (125 comments)

But what difference does that make. People have realized that voting, if you even still believe your votes are valid, doesn't make a difference.

People basically feel that a) this is wrong b) no one listens c) there is nothing they can do

And if you think this is going to go on forever, look at BLM and Nevada. People are starting to feel their only means of stopping such corrupt government beauracracy is the use of arms.

That is sad...we should never be at that point.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:No, That's incorrect... (306 comments)

"rather I'm just VERY good at money management"

No you're not...perhaps you're just living a simple life, that may be.

You make less than $10,000/year.

I'd like to know how you afford a somewhat new vehicle. (3 years old is considered somewhat new btw). But for even most cheap new or nused vehicles, you're looking at around $250+ easy.

So of your $850. We've dropped it to $600.

"I drive in a 2005 Buick Regal that I got for some trivial amount some 5 years ago (I think $1,500?)"

Let's see, so 5 years ago, 2009. You got a 4 year old Buick Regal for $1,500. Okay, so in other words, someone handed you a gift horse? or you bought a stolen/damaged vehicle. Because you'd be hard pressed to buy that car for $1,500 today. Ah...salvage title, now the truth comes out. Not every state allows those to be easily registered btw. Nor are they always safe, all appearances aside.
And individuals with children should be extremely cautious about taking such risks.

"my tablets and smartphones seem to do a better job at those tasks."

You've admitted to having tablets and smart phone.

Let's knock off another $50/month for those.

$800

Okay, so you now have $800/month. This has to go to rent, food, etc.

How much is your rent? Are you freeloading off a friend/roomate who covers most of the burden (mortgage, heat, utilities) and is just look for a roomate to ease that burden and drop some spending cash in his pocket?

Let's say you're frugal on food...$75/month?

And you still do some major travels, internationally? Disney? etc? We're not talking about freeloading with friends or camping.

****

Sorry, I'm calling BS on this. That doesn't mean you don't have an excellent life, one that likely brings you far more happiness than most. Nor that you don't manage the small amount of money you have very well.

That's cool that it works for you. And simple = good. But you don't really fall into the middle class.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:No, That's incorrect... (306 comments)

Must be Ar-Kansas...

Cause for many of us, even once we pay off our mortgages. We still owe about $4K-$8K in taxes, and home insurance. And I guess not every person, not even in IT, needs internet or a cell phone.

$2,500/month
-$1,000/month house
(that's for a $100K home ($500 mortgage, $500 taxes + insurance), maybe there are low taxes so $750 where you live.)

-$300/month Utilities (and I'm being rather kind, that's electric, heat, water, etc)

- $25/month Phone

- $25/month Internet (can anyone find even DSL at this price? for me its closer to $60)

- $300/month Food for 6, lots of rice and beans.

- $50/month Gas

Okay, we're at $1,700 of the $2,500. We've gone with excessively low dreamy estimates (about half of what most of us would actually pay). We have left out health insurance, you got the free ride on Obamacare, right? And we left off cars. Cause you bought a Honda 15 years ago and it still hasn't died. Unlike many of us, who've done ALL the required and recommended maintenance, and still had our cars die or need major repairs.
 

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Except (306 comments)

That has died for the common man. The middle class has no where to invest his wealth. One used to be able to put one's meager wealth into a bank or a bond and accue an easy 5% interest. Now, it's 0.02%

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Bet you... (306 comments)

It gets trashed within 3 years.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Honestly, (306 comments)

If I could do so with some semblance of security for my family. Maybe, cause well, working 70 hours and not seeing your family rather sucks.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:Never was the class of Leisure (306 comments)

It is also possible to have 1 & 2, and never succeed in opportunity. In fact, some of the greatest folks. Likely would not have been anything if not for #3.

Steve Jobs is a great example, without #3 (Steve Wozniak), it is unlikely Steve Jobs would have gotten anywhere beyond mediocrity. The pairing of the two enabled success.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:By what definition of "rich"? (306 comments)

But you have to realize you're still focusing on "middle values" rather than a "middle class lifestyle".

If 80% of middle-class Americans fall from the middle-class. The middle class has "shrunk".

For instance, we could have a class break down like thus...

1% = Wealthy Elites
3% = Middle Class
97% = Lower Working Class

In fact one aspect of economic fascism was a two class system (vs 3 class in capitalism/socialism and 1 class in communism). A labor class and an aristocratic class.

In fact, what we'd really like to have in America is about 70% of Americans in the "middle class" tier. Think of it more as the equivalent of the "mercantile tier" or "landowner class" hundreds of years ago.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:By what definition of "rich"? (306 comments)

No, that's the whole point. "Middle Class" has NOTHING to do with being in the middle of income, etc.

I personally consider myself to have just recently entered the lower middle class. I own a fixer upper house, and two mostly new vehicles (granted one is a Nissan Versa - cheapest car you could buy). That said, I have zero retirement or savings after 2008.

Middle class is not just about income, but about security, staying power, etc. I would categorize another aspect of middle-class being that one in the middle class could retire at 50-55 if they had too. A working class folk could NOT do that.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:Middle Class != Rich (306 comments)

I have a friend who graduated with a social work degree. Discovered, there are lots of jobs, but none that pay. (Wife and I shook our heads seeing an ad for a social work position requiring a masters, it offered $35K salary - how do you live on that, let alone pay off a masters?)

So my friend went back to school for nursing. Senior year she failed a class for a second time. *boop* Out of the program. Now stuck with a ton of student loans she'll never be able to pay.

Colleges are protected their from bad business practices. They might as well rape and pillage the young.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven This statement is true... (306 comments)

"A study in 2006 revealed that Americans with a household income of more than $100,000 indulged in 40% less “passive leisure” (such as watching TV) than those earning less than $20,000."

I can attest, that I work 40, commute 2+ hours a day. While those under $20K receive Section-8, Food Stamps, etc. And yes, they often have more free time to watch TV than I do. I get to watch Game of Thrones & maybe one other weekly show.

Heck, we had friends who fell on rough times stay in our guest bedroom the past year. And I can personally attest that they've probably watched as much TV in a week or two as I have all year.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:A few reasons for this... (306 comments)

Please note this guy is a consultant, so take his claims with a grain of salt. ;-)

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:dog bites man (306 comments)

Realize the average blue collar worker picking up an extra 10-20 hours a week in the 70's, likely made $35,000 a year, equivalent today to $100,000.

So actually no, the real thing is that when adjusted for inflation, we are likely making far less than yesteryear for the amoun of work we do.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:When you have 3 jobs (306 comments)

Well the rich do it by including their commuting time as part of their "hours worked"

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:Never was the class of Leisure (306 comments)

It takes three things to make money:

1. Work
2. Ability/Skill
3. Luck

Without all three, you do NOT get rich.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

PortHaven Re:By what definition of "rich"? (306 comments)

Most of the poor and starving in Africa and India are not in debt either.... I will call them rich and see how they react.

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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