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by JD
Today, 16:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 999
Views: 41787

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

It sounds like a way to gain potentially embarrassing information about people you can then use to get them to over your demands. They did the same thing with LGBT groups, repeatedly encouraging people in crisis to reach out to them for "help." It was an operation to develop assets within the US. S...
by JD
Today, 15:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 999
Views: 41787

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

It sounds like a way to gain potentially embarrassing information about people you can then use to get them to over your demands. They did the same thing with LGBT groups, repeatedly encouraging people in crisis to reach out to them for "help." It was an operation to develop assets within the US. S...
by JD
Today, 13:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 999
Views: 41787

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I'm interested in the latest reports on the Russian trolling efforts but also kind of baffled. I mean, we're all shitting our pants over what basically amounts to a bunch of stupid Instagram memes? Americans are quite capable of creating those without any help, from what I can tell. One Facebook pa...
by JD
Today, 12:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 393
Views: 21379

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

It makes me wonder if the switchblade ban could be overturned. Technically, the same argument should apply - they're "arms", and you can't outright ban them just because you don't like them - but they don't have the same historical and sporting appeal.
by JD
Today, 11:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 999
Views: 41787

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I'm interested in the latest reports on the Russian trolling efforts but also kind of baffled. I mean, we're all shitting our pants over what basically amounts to a bunch of stupid Instagram memes? Americans are quite capable of creating those without any help, from what I can tell.
by JD
Today, 11:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Guns and Whatnot.
Replies: 393
Views: 21379

Re: Guns and Whatnot.

by JD
Yesterday, 18:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6623
Views: 212228

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Some small businesses will encourage cash as part of their small business charm, but an actual discount is rare in my experience. For values of "small business charm" equalling "pocketing the cash and not reporting it for sales tax", in my experience! And $3?! Around here most places don't like to ...
by JD
Yesterday, 14:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6623
Views: 212228

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Also, if you really need a credit-card-type-thing but can't or won't get a regular credit card, you can go buy a refillable gift card and fill it using cash. They sell those at every Rite Aid and such. And Torres is ignoring the fact that dealing with cash imposes real costs on merchants too - it dr...
by JD
Yesterday, 12:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1699
Views: 57234

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

no incentive to actually have employer-provided healthcare IMO that would be a good thing -- the idea that health insurance is something you get through your job rather than something you get on your own is a huuuuuge problem with the current (and pre-Obamacare) status quo. Yeah, IMO going down the...
by JD
Yesterday, 11:21
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1373
Views: 49924

Re: cars and how they get that way

Lincoln is bringing back suicide doors! Doesn't look as good with the B-pillar, though.
by JD
Yesterday, 11:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2298
Views: 146514

Re: Market Failure!

If you only look for certain, reasonably well-known things, you don't tend to run across the phenomenon too much, but it's definitely there. You can usually identify these things because the items have names that are about a mile long, because the sellers lard them with every possible keyword they t...
by JD
14 Dec 2018, 14:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4008
Views: 139509

Re: When journalism goes bad

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/12/13/robinhood-savings-account-interest-rate/2300383002/ : Fintech investing platform Robinhood on Thursday introduced its own no-fee checking and savings products that earns 3 percent. That is three-quarters of a point higher than the next-best available r...
by JD
14 Dec 2018, 13:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1699
Views: 57234

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

Also. I really don't think things like cost to taxpayers is a concern. Call it a hunch. Yeah, because to most people, single-payer healthcare is "free". Frankly I suspect that single-payer healthcare is inevitable at some point, because the Democrats are eventually going to have the seats to ram it...
by JD
13 Dec 2018, 14:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Music for the Masses
Replies: 1157
Views: 80023

Re: Music for the Masses

I've always liked their sound but have always been up and down with most of their stuff. However, this new album I think they really nailed it. I dig almost all the songs on it. This one in particular. Also I only found out a few months ago the singer is a dude. Kind of obvious in retrospect I gues...
by JD
13 Dec 2018, 13:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6623
Views: 212228

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

The NY City Council is considering making it illegal for businesses to not accept cash, because those useless assholes have never had an idea beyond "What can we ban today?": https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/29 ... -business/
by JD
13 Dec 2018, 12:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1699
Views: 57234

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

The Democrats are gearing up for another run at "universal healthcare", which can mean nearly anything when you look at the various proposals...except that they all agree that it means that the government should set prices.

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by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4008
Views: 139509

Re: When journalism goes bad

Rarely has there been a better example of Betteridge's Law: Does Trump Even Understand How Tariffs Work?
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11969
Views: 695602

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

John Dingell has some plans on "how to save government": https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/john-dingell-how-restore-faith-government/577222/ (spoiler: "saving government" looks remarkably like the lefty shortlist of demands) It's interesting mostly because of who the author is (Dinge...
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 14:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Vote or Die
Replies: 205
Views: 4336

Re: Vote or Die

In looking at Arizona election results, I noticed a distinct lack of libertarian candidates. Turns out that wasn't a fluke, per Warren Meyer: Well, it turns out that the Arizona state legislature changed the rules for third parties explicitly to get the libertarian party off the ballot and prevent ...
by JD
07 Dec 2018, 11:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 494
Views: 17503

Re: Op-ediots

My favorite joke about a Soviet leader is that a guy stood up in Red Square and shouted "Kruschev is an idiot!" He was given a twenty year sentence: Five for illegal protests and fifteen for revealing state secrets. So these three guys in the gulag are talking, and one of them says, "I stole from m...
by JD
06 Dec 2018, 17:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11969
Views: 695602

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Baby Name Voyager: http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager It's kind of amazing how faddish many, many names have been. Howard? Huge about a hundred years ago, almost nothing now. Courtney? Massive in the 1980s and 1990s, pretty much nonexistent otherwise. Elaine? Big in the 1920s-40s, then fades ...
by JD
05 Dec 2018, 10:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worthwhile Image Finds
Replies: 200
Views: 10941

Re: Worthwhile Image Finds

What really makes it is the name of the image.

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by JD
04 Dec 2018, 15:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: On the modern electric guitar
Replies: 245
Views: 26090

Re: On the modern electric guitar

After reading about neck dive on the Thunderbird and how people dealt with it, I modified my doublecut guitar by moving the strap button to the neck plate. Boom, instant neck dive fix. Wish I'd thought of that earlier. Also, I replaced the barely-adjustable "lightning bolt" wraparound bridge on it w...
by JD
03 Dec 2018, 16:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 655
Views: 24983

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Is there a more successful snake oil out there than emergen-c? $10 for thirty packets of vitamin c and sugar. That has to be killer profit margin. Shit. I can get 500 five-hundred milligram vitamin C pills and five kilos of sugar for that at the Great Satan Store Walmart. I noticed that at Rite-Aid...