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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

PseudoCoder We've weaponized the IRS, whynot the terrorist DB? (256 comments)

Let's see who gets a FOIA request for their entry criteria and see what it takes to get into this DB. I've read of at least 2 stories (Army and FBI) where government sensitivity training is already classifying some conservatives or Christians as "extremist", somehow forgetting about the people with the black flag that have a stated goal of terminating all of us.

“It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

—Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna

"...the Muslim’s real enemies, not only Israel but also the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded.”

—Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi

about two weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

PseudoCoder Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

http://fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/880818.htm

That's the Hamas charter. It won't take long to get to the part in the preamble where it quotes Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna:

"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors."

Also check out articles seven and thirteen for a brief but concise education on Hamas and their foundational beliefs regarding dealing with Israel.

Another choice quote from al-Banna:

“It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

Let's try this one from Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi:

“...the Muslim’s real enemies, not only Israel but also the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded.”

Muslim Brotherhood's mission statement:

Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!

This may not clear up your hatred of the Jews, but it will at least help you deal with my "big lie".

Bonus round: This is the photo of the grand Mufti of Jerusalem meeting in with Hitler in 1941, in case you want to deny the Islam-Nazi connection too. You wanna guess what they were talking about?

http://www.lookingattheleft.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/_husseni-hitler.jpg

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

PseudoCoder Re:Mod parent DOWN (514 comments)

Perhaps he could even get a bunch of athletes and rappers to just read to kids.

That's assuming these athletes and rappers can even read. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/...

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

PseudoCoder Re:Lost the "tech" in tech support (234 comments)

Good stuff! Just switched to Verizon FiOS, so Comcast is hopefully a thing of the past. I'll use this if I ever have to get on the phone with Verizon, but my previous experience with FiOS included 0 support calls.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

PseudoCoder Re:Lost the "tech" in tech support (234 comments)

I tried the Google DNS servers with no luck. At first I too thought it was the intermittent Win7 stuff coming out of hibernation because that was my use case, but my wife's iPad and our cell phones were also taking forever to load a page, mostly hanging at the very beginning of the request.

Anyway just cancelled Comcast yesterday and my pages load blissfully fast at 15Mbps as opposed to taking forever at 50Mbps.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

PseudoCoder Lost the "tech" in tech support (234 comments)

I can understand wanting to save money by putting tech script as the first line of tech support, but it gets a little tiring when want to skip to the advanced folks and still they want to stick to their script and ask me to reboot the modem as if I hadn't done that 3 times already. If it isn't low hanging fruit for the script readers it's not going to be a very successful or efficient support call.

Seems some DNS issue that isn't solved by reboot kept all of the devices in my network from getting reliable connections for about 10-15 minutes after starting to browse. I did some of the obvious stuff; reboot modem, try other DNS servers, etc. Doesn't matter now. Switched to FiOS and now pages load before I can blink.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

PseudoCoder Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

The racist extermination war is currently being waged by Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, et al who actually, as a point of fact, have jihad and the extermination of the Jews in their charter. If Israel wanted to take over Gaza for oil they would have done it already, and they would not have pulled out all their settlements for the last peace "agreement" that always seem to only go one way.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

PseudoCoder Re:I would (868 comments)

I seem to remember a loud guy with a short mustache who also categorized Jews as a separate sub-species. He was charismatic and passionate, but turned out to be a real cruel and vicious killer. That's not opinion; that's history.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

PseudoCoder Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

The reason they haven't done it is simple; it's not their stated goal and it never has been. On the other hand, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood etc have jihad and extermination of the Jews in their charter.

And when they're done with the Jews they're coming after the rest of us infidels. Domination and subjugation is at the core of militant Islam. That's not islamophobia; it's history. Remember when that caliphate thingy was the kind of kooky stuff that kooky conspiracy theorists talked about and the brilliant intellects at CNN ridiculed? Wanna look at ISIS's little bit of handy work in Iraq and what they're calling themselves? (hint: it rhymes with aliphate)

about three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

PseudoCoder Impressive climb rate for a drone (310 comments)

One of the helo officers claims this thing went from 0-2000 ft in 2 seconds. I'll believe that out of a model rocket, or maybe a Diamond Dust with a tuned pipe, but not out of a quadcopter loaded down with a camera. This officer was likely exaggerating what he saw for effect.

about a month and a half ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

PseudoCoder Re:you would think prop wash would down the drone (310 comments)

I've personally seen how the rotorwash of a helo more than a half mile away turned over a 25 lb aircraft during a design competition fly-off back in my college days in Florida. Damn good pilot from Univ. of Puerto Rico recovered a highly loaded bird from fully inverted and brought it in. I have no doubt that a 5 lb quad-copter would get tossed around like a speck of dust. Either they weren't that close, or the autopilot did a hell of a job keeping the thing upright and under control.

about a month and a half ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

PseudoCoder Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

That's progressivism for ya. Turning ever-more basic traits of human nature and existence into "rights" people are entitled to and building up the grievance industry. I hope we get better at identifying when people are trying to create problems to propose "solutions". Like crying about "inequality" with one breath while advocating for "diversity" with the other.

about a month and a half ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

PseudoCoder MySpace to the rescue? (364 comments)

Sounds like an opportunity for MySpace to try to reclaim some of that territory. Anybody know if MySpace has the chops to turn this into a good thing for them?

about 2 months ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

PseudoCoder Response time and voice controls (148 comments)

The less time we spend touching the screen, the better one can keep their eyes on the road and avoid becoming absorbed with the gadget. That means sensitive touch controls with very little lag, quick look-up times, and voice inputs. Google/Bing integration would keep data entry to a minimum too; if I've already have a place marked on the maps, I wouldn't have to enter it into the system all over again.

Of course I have no time to watch movies on my screen or visually sort through ads to get what I need.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder Re:Exactly! (1040 comments)

Because progressives have twisted the perceptions of economics and morality according to Marxist principles and the risk/reward/consequence dynamic that is a fact of life. It's not a moral imperative to create jobs. It's a moral imperative to treat people well, and how that translates into pay is totally subjective and legislating that will always hurt somebody. Hiring is done as a necessity to support the business, not the employee. The pay should reflect the value that the employee brings to the business, balanced against the revenues. If the business operates at a loss, or does not generate enough profit to stand for itself and build a healthy reserve to sustain itself during lean periods, eventually the whole thing will come down and the job creators have to consider this at all times and adjust accordingly, otherwise EVERYBODY loses their job.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder Re:What if you already make $14? (1040 comments)

The point I was trying to make was a different one: increasing the minimum wage to match actual minimum living costs won't be cause of hyper-inflation.

True, but a drop in the bucket is meaningful when the bucket's already full.

My view is that the status quo where people end up working on such a low compensation that their personal finance situation is unsustainable, is already unfair.

I don't think it's unfair that I can't live in Beverly Hills; I don't have a right to live in BH and yesterday I had to drive by my local Maserati/Lamborghini dealership knowing I have no business being there either. We have mobility here in the US. Making a living is cheaper elsewhere but many are not willing to use their mobility to go there.

Seniors do it all the time. Once they retire and their income is lower, they change their lifestyle to fit their reduced income. They've taken on the responsibility of preparing for their retirement. In my youth, I'm choosing to go the other direction and "burning the midnight oil" to increase my income to improve my family's lifestyle in the short term and in the long term have a reserve for when I'm no longer working.

If instead I force someone by way of government to give me more of their money for the same work, I'm taking away from someone for my gain. That's not fair either. It's their business, their resources, their time and treasure on the line. "Tweaking" the market to make it more fair is a slippery slope and shifts the responsibility of making the economy work to the "tweakers" instead of keeping it in our own hands. "With great power comes great responsibility." So we give them responsibility and power all with a single vote. Then we complain when "we don't have a voice".

Sorry if I'm too much of a smart-ass, and thanks for the exchange. Cheers.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder Serious economy mismanagement, continued... (1040 comments)

I didn't even mention unfunded liabilities, which are estimated conservatively at about $90 Trillion (with a T) and more aggressively at $120-200T. Here's a tid-bit from only one of them, Social Security, not from a right-wing paper or blog, but from the official Social Security website's actuary report. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/

Social Security’s Disability Insurance (DI) program satisfies neither the Trustees’ long-range test of close actuarial balance nor their short-range test of financial adequacy and faces the most immediate financing shortfall of any of the separate trust funds. DI Trust Fund reserves expressed as a percent of annual cost (the trust fund ratio) declined to 85 percent at the beginning of 2013, and the Trustees project trust fund depletion in 2016, the same year projected in the last Trustees Report.

Wanna check Medicare/Medicaid? Federal pensions? State pensions? Food stamps? All overloaded beyond capacity. And the only answer you get from anyone is to keep voting for the same people and keep doing the same thing.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder Re:What if you already make $14? (1040 comments)

Yes, I read your post and I misquoted you on the advocating mediocrity. Reading too many other posts and crossed my thoughts; my bad on that.

The entrepreneur will likely relocate, and look for another business opportunity with a different cost structure. That's what I'm doing. I abandoned the first business and am starting another one so I can profit from my personal investment in a different way. Not speaking from theory, but from very real experience. I have the economic scars to prove it and here I go again with a different strategy.

If your calculations were the only factors influencing inflation your numbers would barely start to make a shade of sense. But real inflation is built with things like food prices (which by all accounts are on the rise at a rate higher than the nominal rate of inflation), energy costs (which are also rising and about to skyrocket with more EPA regulation), and devaluing currency (which we are doing at a pretty good clip via Quantitative Easing and more printing money electronically to pay for our growing national deficit spending).

Remember that trillion you found from increasing minimum wage? We're overspending by more than that every year and borrowing from China and ourselves to pay for it. Serious economy mismanagement? We've been there for a while, but the media ignores the actual numbers. From every angle our government is making promises our pockets can't keep and my now-9-month old was born with about a quarter million dollars debt to his name because "we have to do it for the children".

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder Re:Who hires workers they don't need? (1040 comments)

What business hires employees they don't need? If you lay people off because the minimum wage is raised, who takes over the work those people did? You can spread around some of it to other employees but that only goes so far. Every single place I've ever worked at had just enough or usually less than enough people to do what needed to be done. Productivity has never been higher in the U.S.

OK so some businesses will not be able to either give up some profit or raise prices to accommodate the higher wages... they go belly up. But then whatever services they provided will be unavailable & someone will jump in & fill that gap. It's hard to believe the claims of job losses tied to the minimum wage.

It's not an employee you don't need. It's an under-performing load you wouldn't want anyways, or a tough choice you have to make having to let go of someone you actually like just to keep the rest of the business afloat. Starting a business is getting harder and more expensive than it was before. The new businesses that you say will jump in and fill the gap will have a higher cost structure than their predecessors, so the incentive is lessened, to the point where it's better to just not try.

There is no moral obligation to create jobs, and it's not the dream of the entrepreneur to create jobs either. "Progressivism" has successfully broken our view of the risk/reward/consequence dynamic that is a fact of life and replaced it with academic sophistries that ignore history and destroy economies for the sake of "equality". If I take a risk, I should be rewarded if I am successful, and should suffer the consequences if I am not. If we are all subject to that dynamic, then that is true equality. When you try to mess with that to manufacture equality, you get bailouts and cronies of the decision makers getting rich.

It's easy to see that most of the commenters here haven't started or run businesses and are commenting on real situations from an idealized or hypothetical perspective. Please go out and try to start your own thing, then ask why or why not.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

PseudoCoder From the bastion of Marxism that is Seattle... (1040 comments)

Where the neighborhood of Fremont has a statue of Lenin, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Lenin,_Seattle) and people have voted in an openly-socialist council woman (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/seattles-socialist-councilwoman-on-why-capitalism-offers-nothing-for-young-people/).

It's trendy up there... (http://www.socialism.com/drupal-6.8/seattle)

about 3 months ago

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