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Comment Re:scare mongering getting old (Score 1) 77

I froze my credit records at the three big credit agencies a few years back. Just for anyone's info, you go to their sites and route around until you find out which stupid pet tricks they make you perform to do it. If I recall, two were relatively easy, one was a royal pain in the tookus to find out how. Each charges between $10-$15...back then, dunno what it is now.

If you need credit, you can get them unlocked for a period of time before the lock goes back on. I think it varies between 30-45 days. And of course you get to pay those weasels $5-10 to unlock your own information. I take that back, weasels are honorable, they are no weasels.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 4, Insightful) 392

Citing sources is no panacea, the BS artists will only cite each other in circular jerk of stupid citing.

Whether we like it or not, it comes to chains of trust. Sources such as proper news organizations need to be properly compensated for the money it takes to properly vet stories. And right and left wing-nuts shouldn't have any gravity associated by the rest of us with opinions about "fake" news from those sources they don't like.

The push for private grade school and high school education over public education will only make the problem worse. Many of those private schools are only interested in providing thought silos so that kids cannot ever get honest opposing views. Hiding behind "religious freedom" becomes merely a term for hiding behind ignorance.

Comment Re:How hard is it, really? (Score 2) 408

I am signed up as well, but still pissed about how they did it. I was enticed by the $15/mo. trial subscription for a one month trial. Then they simply continued charging me. I thought it was deceitful. I only put up with it because I rather like the in-depth journalism.

I think what bothers the Trump supporters is that the stories are not supporting of Trump. I would argue that the major events covered are simply not supported by Trump's world view....well, he doesn't have a view so much as an ego, and the stories do not support that ego.

Comment Re:Failing business (Score 1) 408

Wait until he decides that, being the King of Debt, which he proudly proclaimed, decides the U.S. should have a lot more of it. And his Republican Fausts in Congress are going right along claiming the increase in the economy will wash out the extra money they are willing to spend under Trump which they were unwilling to spend under Obama.

They love to point at Kennedy and Reagan. However, when tax rates are relatively high, you can get a big bang for your buck lowering them...all other things remaining equal. In today's economy, tax rates are relatively low, lowering them further won't get the same return. Worse, companies are learning to treat every down cycle as an excuse to automate more, and now the economy is gotten very good at providing that extra automation.

There is story about the oil fields in Texas. The price of oil is back up, they are pumping more. Do the jobs return? Bzzzzzt, wrong. The companies got lean by automation during the low oil price years (those that survived are now the leanest of the lot), now they simply crank their machines and computers harder. No real increase in jobs, Trump and his mercantilist economy cannot exist. In that sense, Trump fails to exist as well.

Comment Re:Hard to read (Score 1) 408

They are just echoing the anti-Obama people who went before. We were treated to "stories" about his birth in Kenya even after his Hawaii birth certificate was published. We even had a presidential candidate honk on about it long after it was a dead horse.

Before that, it was the anti-Bush people who decided their inside joke was to call him a Nazi.

Before that, we were treated to the Bible thumpers thumping about Bill Clinton and Sex...funny how the Bible thumpers are fixated on Sex.

Before that, it was the anti-Bush (dad) people, they were a bit subdued but whined drearily about his tax increases.

Before that, it was the anti-Reagan people who threatened us with nuclear annihilation.

I'd go on but you get the picture. The U.S. has always had a group of crazies who fixate all their frustrations on the current White House guy. I will admit Trump gives them (and myself) much more fodder to work with...which is surprising really since he has so much less upstairs to work with.

Comment Re:Basic Physics (Score 1) 69

I think you are giving the 9/11 conspiracy "theorists" too much credit, "theories" come from people and they do not spring forth from a vacuum. The general idea seems to be that one can generate a new "theory" by denying what the scientists and engineers say. There's not much thought that goes into it, it isn't as though they are confusing science and/or engineering. It is that thought at that level is beyond their interests. They are merely using the interwebs to create a personae for themselves that they are unable to obtain through honest hard intellectual work. The interwebs shows them a way get notoriety, they've seen others do it, and, having no other claim to fame, they decide to invent one just for themselves.

Comment Re:That much demand for being lied to? (Score 1) 202

Yes, you are misguided, but only temporally speaking. Right now, companies are rewarded for CYA. So they do what companies and MBA dicks do, they pay off the source of the interruption, claim Victory with Honor, and move on.

What may change in the future, and I expect it will, is that the financial repercussions will become so onerous that companies will start to pay dearly for their security screwups. However, a dynamic economy will provide some relief. Insurance companies will start offering CYA Security Insurance, Friend of the MBA in a Jam. That will hold off the stockholders who notice the bottom line...until the hacks get so bad that CYA Security Insurance rates rise to the point that it is more cost effective to put money into company security. That doesn't mean it will be a well-thought out reaction. It will be tainted with MBAitis of trying to get by with the mere will-o-the-wisp effort...until they get really reamed. Then, heads will roll, scapegoats will be found, fired, and given their golden parachutes.

After a long period of this stupidity, company governance will slowly, grinding their teeth, put the money into protecting their asses from security exploits because the wolves on the other end, i.e., stockholders, institutional investors, the Press, etc., will have have sharp enough teeth to take a significant bite out of managements' collective financial arses.

So no, we won't get to roast MBA Weenies on the spit, but we'll at least know which companies not to buy stock in...if we live long enough for it to make a difference.

Comment Re:Bubble (Score 4, Interesting) 490

You do realize that if the banks and the financial system had seized up, no one would be buying anything for a long, long time, yes?

Many bank shareholders lost plenty. The systemic risk was enabled by weak federal oversight and did not only involve the banks. The developers, the real estate agents, the local pols, dear sainted Americans who (flipped houses and/or bought stupidly and/or double mortgaged), etc. The list is of perps is long.

And what lesson did the pols learn? Screw all the banks equally, even the small-town banks that were not part of the problem. And now the goal is to remove as many constraints as possible, without fixing any of the underlying reasons the perps were able to walk away with the loot.

It may take a bit of time, but there will be another bubble, and the rules will be such that the fed. gov. won't be able to make the financial sector liquid again very easily. When that happens, watch out.

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