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Comment Re: Indeed! (Score 1) 333

Yes. If I throw someone under a bus, its the bus that killed them. I only share responsibility. If I shoot someone, its the bullet that killed them. The gun is an accessory. I'm just sharing responsibility. If I come across someone in white water rapids and elect to not let them into my boat, and they're killed by rocks, its the rocks that killed them, the water an accessory. I bear no responsibility as I didn't do anything that wouldn't have happened had I not been there.

We need look no further than the US sending back Jewish refugees in world war II, where most were killed. While the Nazi's were to blame for their death, our actions made us just as complicit if not moreso. Had we taken them, they wouldn't have been killed. When a result is a practical surety and ones actions can negate or fulfill that result, the one taking the action bears responsibility.

When you're able to prevent injury or ameliorate it at low cost and low risk to yourself, you're a hero. When you refuse or make the problem worse, you're a dunce.

And I'm sure that bringing light on these folks, having them sell or discard all of their belongings, bringing them to an airport under surveillance and then sending them back to that same surveillance...only with nothing and nowhere to go...certainly looks like we made things worse for them by the action.

Comment Re:Indeed! (Score 1) 333

You can vote based on what someone has done previously, and that isn't that complicated to figure out.

Trump lied, stole and cheated people to the extent where he has been sued more than anyone else, probably in the history of the world, after which US banks and many others refused to lend him money or support his "projects", which often crashed and burned, costing investors tons of money. Yet he always walked away with his pockets full. His patterns are well established from 50+ years of observation. Based on those, he'll lie, cheat and steal whatever isn't nailed down. And...ta da...

Clinton's hubs presided over the greatest economic expansion in most of our lives. She tried to bring everyone health care back in the 90's. She served very well as first lady, secretary of state and in the senate. Based on her historic patterns, we'd have gotten fair, reasonable and competent leadership. We'd have enjoyed far better relations with other countries. We'd have not tried to implement an illegal travel ban. We wouldn't be undoing the financial regulations that protect us from wall street psychos trying to smash the world economy into the ground, again. We wouldn't have put people like Tillerson on the cabinet.

Did ya know that Tillerson is working to revive the $500B arctic oil deal with Russia and Exxon, and that Russia "sold" 19% of their state run oil company through a series of shell companies that can't be traced, and that the "golden showers" dossier put together last summer said that Putin had promised 19% of the company to Trump if he became president and revoked the sanctions so that deal could go through? And the Russian who gave the tip to the spy that made the dossier showed up murdered in the back seat of his car about the same time the deal went through, around a week ago?

Trump already doubled his net worth on that deal and I'm sure he'll be on the Russian gravy train for many, many decades. Until Putin kills him, that is.

Comment Re:Stabile (Score 1) 25

As someone who has used the streaming version of sunday ticket, the problems with under provisioning network and server capacity are always an issue.

Directv says the problem is on my end. With my 240Mb/s internet connection and AC5300 router. I can stream multiple 4k netflix streams while my kid games online without a hiccup. Yup, must be on my end.

Of course, you can't cancel sunday ticket and canceling directv often carries an early termination fee. This will be pretty different for directv from a customer service perspective. You can't give BS excuses and keep the customer.

Comment Re: 50 Shades of Orange (Score 1) 161

Other than it not being true as a legit birth certificate was produced, riddle me this Batman...lets say he was born in Kenya, is a muslim, and wants to take all of our guns.

He had 8 years in office. What exactly did he do that makes any of that relevant?

(...waiting for the blurry obfuscated implausible answer, like "he destroyed the economy" when he produced the a huge economic recovery or "he cozied up with Isis" when in fact he bombed the crap out of them, or "he was too soft on our enemies" when he came into office with the vast majority of voters saying they wanted to get out of the two wars we were already in and not start another...)

Comment Unfortunately half of it is fraud (Score 1) 68

Amazon is having a serious problem with newly launched sellers who take the money and either ship nothing or ship something insignificant. It can often take a month for things to get worked out and by then the 'seller' is already gone with the money.

And aside from fake product reviews I've seen sellers with fake seller reviews. Here is my story.

I see a "new" pc from a seller with lots of great reviews for a decent but not absurdly low price. When I get the machine, the disk drive and some other stuff are loose inside the case so I open it up and put everything back where its supposed to be, but note in the process that the disk was made in 2012. Checking the smart data, its also been on and running most of those 4 years and is starting to get the "I'm going to die soon" whine. I also see that the windows license is a gray market job and the dvd drive was made in 2010.

I contact the seller, who lets me know he's just one guy working out of his garage. He insists that the PC contained 100% brand new parts when he shipped it, and that while I'm welcome to return it at my own expense if it has any old parts in it when he receives it he's going to charge me a restocking fee to replace them. I contact Amazon who completely "ole"s it and says that since the seller offered to let me return it, that's my only recourse. So much for the A-Z guarantee.

In going back to look at the seller reviews I see thousands, generally 15-20 per day. How does one guy selling mostly used computers out of his garage acquire and ship that many every day? About 5-6 pages of seller reviews in, I realize that almost all of them are titled "5 stars" and have one word in the review text, almost always "good" or "great", never any capitalization or punctuation. What are the odds that someone selling thousands of used computers every year never have a problem or complaint?

So I wrote a bad one star seller review with just the basic facts. Amazon accepted it and it got deleted about 2 weeks later, presumably when I wouldn't still look to see if it was there.

The message to me was clear. Amazon wants to make money and anything that disrupts that is quickly dispatched. They weren't interested in fixing my problem, the seller reviews were obviously faked through some means, and as long as the balance was positive they're okay with stuff like this happening.

I'd recommend only buying from amazon as the seller and fulfillment and not to count on the product reviews. I've already had plenty of companies show me how they end run around giving people free product in exchange for a review so it looks like I was a verified purchaser.

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