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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

e3m4n Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

yes they are. As a resident of this state I can assure you that my tax money is/was part of that $18million grant. I have no choice but to pay taxes, therefore I am being compelled to contribute to the erection of the place.

about a month and a half ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

I am as shocked as you probably were.. the government rarely, if ever, lowers taxes even if they were to reduce their expenses by 50%. They would just find more shit to waste money on :-) Think about all that non-working security equipment that turned out to be vaporware for airport security. That was billions wasted for what they thought was an 'easy button'. I'm sorry but I kinda expect my government to at least be old enough and wise enough to have learned a loooong time ago that nothing in life worth having ever comes easy.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

a couple hundred. btw PRI is 23 channels.. one channel is the D-channel signalling. This is how he is oversubscribing. I understand the idea of oversubscription, I run an ISP and ITSP. However, I am not taking taxpayer dollars. I am providing a service and use over subscription rations to balance the actual demand with costs. If the demand increases I am forced to increase my costs without an increase in revenue, this is the nature of the strategy. To get a CLEC license and then simply buy a PRI and oversubscribe to these rooms seems a lot shadier of a method when you are telling the FCC that you are providing more than you actually are in this situation.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

its interesting that I have to charge my customers 15% of 64% yet when I look at other carrier bills like Nuvox (now Windstream) their $600/mo bill for various phone lines and phone packages; I only see a few dollars charged for USF. They are definitely cheating the system, perhaps through legal loopholes, perhaps not. Remember Adelphia? Just because the company is full of harvard business and harvard law graduates doesn't imply that they are using legal and extralegal loopholes. Sometimes they just cheat.

as far as the analogy that ATT is paying the 15%, thats not entirely accurate. Yes there might be a USF fee on my bill of $15, but I wouldnt go as far as to say if it were to go away that my ATT core charges would go up as a result. Its not coming out of their profits, they simply pass those costs on to the consumer. Ever see a Vonage bill? They lost a lawsuit to Verizon over a patent issued 20 yrs after the invention of DNS. Instead of that coming out of their profits, they charge the consumer an extra $5. However their website wont add this $5 to the price of their service when shopping around and comparing prices. I have seen first hand the way these carriers quote services. Its _amazing_ how a $400/mo PRI quote suddenly becomes $575 when you get your actual bill due to all the fees and taxes added. None of those were ever disclosed in a quote even thought they really could calculate a lot of this, at least to a rough estimate level. As long as Norlight or Paetec run around quoting $400 PRI, it will be unlikely that ATT raises their core pricing even at the demise of some of the taxes. There is still a race to present the smallest quoted price and then nickel and dime the shit out of people through hidden charges. I just dont see a big concern by them to eliminate the USF.

BTW those Federal Subscribe Line fee's go directly into their pockets and none of that is ever quoted in the price either.
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedi...

 

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Bullshit, I am a small ITSP and I cannot get any USF money. Yet when I go around into government housing I see signs everywhere about 'need a land line? cant afford it?' and those signs are for ATT. They are giving them 'free' phone service and collecting $50 from the USF for that basic residential analog POTS line. The original intent was similar to those rural electrification subsidies. Those days are long gone. Now its just another nightmare like those medicare scams "If you have medicare and want one of these motorized carts, you cant be denied for any reason" even if you happen to be on medicare but just ran the Boston marathon.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

That was its old use... havent you read up on the USF being applied to internet connectivity? It currently is only levied on interstate long distance. You do realize that in 2003 it was only 5% and now its 16.3% right?

I know of one company scamming the USF right now. He claims its all legal, but he sells phone service to nursing homes. Why a phone company should be getting $4000 a month to deliver a single PRI to a nursing home is ridiculous, but he charges for a dedicated line in each and every room of the facility and only drops in a single PRI. The concurrent call count for all the rooms combined is maybe 6 including the nursing staff using the phones. So to defraud the government for all these 'lines' that dont really exist is insane.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

the roku screensaver is effective and simple.. its the word ROKU moving from spot to spot on the screen every 10 seconds or so. I see no reason to have anything more elaborate. A blank screen could be confusing when switching inputs and you want confirmation that its working without having to go find the damn remote.. seeing that floating ROKU tells me I switched over to that input, or it tells me my harmony remote is confused and i need to use its 'help' button to get it back in sync with the input the TV is really on.

about 6 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

e3m4n Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

you are already paying for this... SEVERAL times the goddamn major TELCO's lobbied congress for additional charges...

FEDERAL SUBSCRIBER LINE fees
UNIVERSAL SERVICES FUNDs
FEDERAL ACCESS fees

these all exist so the FCC can give ATT more money to build broadband to every home. Yes the USF predates the 1994 telecom act and later laws, but its constanty evolving. The FCC, right this minute, is considering USF charges on your internet connection as well.

the telcos got government permission to bill you and everyone else extra BILLIONS to build out an infrastructure that was supposed to provide 50Mbps connections to the homes. Instead they rolled out DSL (at the time 1.5mbps x 256kbps) which was a technology they already had and pocketed the rest. To this day you are still being charged these extra fee's for a buildout that was declared 'completed' years ago.

http://www.newnetworks.com/Sho...

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

e3m4n Re:So they'll just add (249 comments)

unless they can search his cell phone while he is still driving, there can't be any imminent threat as the threat has been neutralized the moment the driver stopped his vehicle and surrendered to roadside interrogation. There could be other 'word trickery' employed about other things though. Using the patriot act to go after regular criminals is a good example of more police required to police said police.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re: Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

It's been well documented that several planning parenthood organizations and ACORN affiliates were rubber stamped without questions as to how many times a day they pray and who were their donors. Questions they actually asked of other groups. In fact they didn't receive a single question. The tea party should have set up fake planning parenthood companies to get automatic free passes.

It's simply wrong regardless. Determining a non profit does not require questions about religious beliefs and/or submitting a detailed list of donors to then turn around and audit them also. This is the US version of the Schutzstaffel and not an accounting firm. There should not be a legal arm, not should they be purchasing hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo. If someone is violating tax laws let the FBI handle it. It does not require the irs to be outfitted with hundreds of SWAT specialized divisions with tanks and body armor. Wake up before it's too late and you realize that you're a character in Animal Farm.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

just like marital affairs, if they will do it with you, they'll do it to you. Never marry someone who cheated on their spouse.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

repeal the 16th amendment! Id be for that.... considering nearly HALF of all the money they collect is spent on the IRS infrastructure its time to fire all those fucktards and start over.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re: Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

they love the 2 party system.. they both keep selling the bullshit that the other party is entirely evil and they are angels of god. They both suck and ironically are both evil civil right stealing assholes. Where are the outraged persons who hated bush stealing civil liberties with the patriot act? Where is there outrage over the last 6years? fucking hypocrites is what they are... its a shame they can stand to look at their pathetic asses in the mirror every morning.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

such as "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" while under oath? The only consequence he suffered was disbarment.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

e3m4n Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

using your position of power to use groups as your personal S.S. division of the political party to silence opposition is the heart of it. Not only did these groups get targeted and never approved, while other parties got rubber stamped without so much as a single question, but they also demanded a list of ALL donors so they could audit their personal taxes as well. This is tantamount to political harassment to prevent anyone from donating money in order to avoid said harassment. This is called EXTORTION UNDER THE COLOR OF AUTHORITY and its one of the most egregious crimes someone in authority can commit. Its no different than a cop showing up and saying that he saw you speeding the other day and you need to pay him to avoid going to jail for reckless driving. Its an absolute abuse of authority. As a libertarian I find any and all parties that practice this intimidation entirely revolting.

about 6 months ago
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As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

e3m4n Re:Eric Burger asks, how did it come to this? (250 comments)

regardless if it was the last 5 years or the last 14 years, its fairly obvious that they are a shadow of what they used to be.

about 6 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

e3m4n Stevens is an idiot that doesnt follow history (1633 comments)

United States v. Verdugo-Urquirdez, 110 S. Ct. 3039 (1990). This case involved the meaning of the term "the people" in the Fourth Amendment. The Court unanimously held that the term "the people" in the Second Amendment had the same meaning as in the Preamble to the Constitution and in the First, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments, i.e., that "the people" means at least all citizens and legal aliens while in the United States. This case thus resolves any doubt that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right.

about 8 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

e3m4n Re:It's an odd phrase (1633 comments)

even before our constitution every settler was REQUIRED to have at least TWO muskets, a bag of powder, and so many pounds of ball shot. It was expected that every able-bodied male of 14 years old or older (at the time that was enough to be considered a man enough to fight) to participate in the defense of your town, state, or property from invaders.

Even field artillery was considered a 2nd amendment issue

United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1876). This was the first case in which the Supreme Court had the opportunity to interpret the Second Amendment. The Court recognized that the right of the people to keep and bear arms was a right which existed prior to the Constitution when it stated that such a right "is not a right granted by the Constitution...[n]either is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." The indictment in Cruikshank charged, inter alia, a conspiracy by Klansmen to prevent blacks from exercising their civil rights, including the bearing of arms for lawful purposes. The Court held, however, that because the right to keep and bear arms existed independent of the Constitution, and the Second Amendment guaranteed only that the right shall not be infringed by Congress, the federal government had no power to punish a violation of the right by a private individual; rather, citizens had "to look for their protection against any violation by their fellow-citizens" of their right to keep and bear arms to the police power of the state.

Presser v. Illinois, 116 U.S. 252 (1886). Although the Supreme Court affirmed the holding in Cruikshank that the Second Amendment, standing alone, applied only to action by the federal government, it nonetheless found the states without power to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms, holding that "the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provision in question out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms, as so to deprive the United States of their rightful resource for maintaining the public security and disable the people from performing their duty to the general government."

U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939). This is the only case in which the Supreme Court has had the opportunity to apply the Second Amendment to a federal firearms statute. The Court, however, carefully avoided making an unconditional decision regarding the statute's constitutionality; it instead devised a test by which to measure the constitutionality of statutes relating to firearms and remanded the case to the trial court for an evidentiary hearing (the trial court had held that Section 11 of the National Firearms Act was unconstitutional). The Court remanded to the case because it had concluded that:
** In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a "shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length" at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.
  Thus, for the keeping and bearing of a firearm to be constitutionally protected, the firearm should be a militia-type arm

about 8 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

e3m4n never going to happen (1633 comments)

it takes a 2/3rd majority of both house and senate to amend the constitution. Thats never going to happen. We cant even get enough to agree in order to override a veto from the POTUS. You also have the 1936 SCOTUS ruling that says that you should be allowed to have the same weapons used by the military of the day. At the time, a short barreled shotgun was NOT used by the standing army. So he violated the NFA by not registering it and paying his $200 tax stamp. The ONLY reason the 1986 full-auto ban still exists is because NOBODY has yet brought it before the courts and sited the 1936 SCOTUS ruling. Clearly 3-shot burst and full-auto M4's are widely used by many branches of our military.

btw today's state militia is the Sheriff's department and by extension the local police forces granted their authority from said sheriff's departments.

about 8 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

e3m4n Re: Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hol (1034 comments)

while I agree on principle to what you are writing, I completely disagree that this requires the sort of response being afforded to some assholes in hollywood.

      If I owned a product and someone else started copying and selling it, the most protection I am afforded is a Civil lawsuit to prove I am damaged and then financial compensation is awarded against the defendant.

        Yet the exact same crime done to big studios suddenly comes with a jail sentence and violation of about half a dozen civil rights. I would say that would be a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, since by way of financial discrimination, my rights are treated differently than those major studios; except that the 14th amendment only seems to tell individual states what they could do. No one had any idea of a federal police state (FBI) in 1868. So they appear to operate outside the law.

about a year ago

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Scammers steal millions, pennies at a time

e3m4n e3m4n writes  |  more than 4 years ago

e3m4n (947977) writes "Inspired by either Superman 3 or Office Space, it appears some criminals embarked on a credit card scam involving small amounts that went unnoticed by 90 percent of their victims with charges as small as $0.25. I guess they didn't forget a mundane detail as they ran this scam for several years."
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Seinfeld's Good Samaritan law now reality?

e3m4n e3m4n writes  |  more than 4 years ago

e3m4n (947977) writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for 1 year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."
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Postal worker steals 3012 netflix DVD and only fac

e3m4n e3m4n writes  |  more than 5 years ago

e3m4n writes "Now how exactly is it that Jamie Thomas gets fined 1.92 Million dollars for 'making available' a mere handful (as in 24) of songs and yet someone abuses such a high position of trust, and tampers with the mail is only assessed with $38,500 in damages??? How is this NOT a violation of Jamie Thomas' 14th amendment rights — equal protection under the law??? I am not a lawyer so if anyone IS a lawyer, please help me understand. From where I sit, this is another shining lesson that if you screw up, make sure you do it on an Exxon Valdez scale, so as to escape a proportionate level of punishment."
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