464 posts • joined 13 Mar 2010
Re: Anybody here heard of the OECD?
You're spot on. It's poor choices that engender hunger in the US. I've seen the shopping carts of the "hungry" EBT-wielders in the US. If I ate trash like that, I'd weigh 500 lbs, too, and couldn't afford 21 meals a week at that rate, either. The problem is that when you take the social obligation away from charity, then it gets viewed as an entitlement, rather than something to help a person to make it to self-sufficiency. Entitlements get spent in the same way lottery winnings do.
I don't think there is any way to turn social spending of this nature into something that accomplishes its actual stated purpose -- much like prisons that create criminals out of those unfortunate enough to find themselves on the wrong side of the law, it's a "feel-good" non-remedy that gets politicians elected.
The cause of activism
Activism is a profession in and of itself. The best activists embrace causes that will not go away, and often contribute to prolonging them, either intentionally, or through the profound ignorance that seems to be job requirement number one for activists. Activism makes an excellent, lucrative profession, with great benefits and public notoriety.
"Poverty" and "Inequality" are the hot ones these days. Poverty has been redefined in the western world to equal the bottom 10% of the local economy, much like inequality has been redefined as being the 99%. Neither will ever go away -- it takes an absolute moron to believe that through some action, they can change 10% into some other number, and an even greater moron to believe that they should make the attempt in spite of the body of evidence proving that with very few, and limited exceptions, *all* past efforts at doing this have failed. By definition, the bottom 10% will always be the bottom 10%. There will always be morons who can't figure that out. The good news for the activists is that by trying to "fix" poverty and inequality, whole new groups of disadvantaged will be created.
Nowhere in the non-first world, are the "poor" graced with computers, cellphones, and cars. They are instead graced with actual hunger. Not the first-world hunger, either, where a morbidly obese person, eating enough overpriced pre-prepared trash at one meal for seven humans, complains that they have to skip one meal a week -- in my unlearned opinion, that just means they need to skip 5 more before they get back to the right weekly caloric intake. Regardless, that seems to be the latest activist rallying cry: "We have to do something about the "hungry" in the US and the UK! It's somehow your fault if you work and pay taxes! Do this right away, before you can think it over!!" It'll be a cold day in hell that I'll feel sorry for a morbidly obese person going hungry. It isn't poor finances that makes them that way, but poor choices, and given that while intelligence is a finite quantity, stupidity has been proven infinite, I don't see a way to eliminate poor choices other than by paying a bounty to idiots to get sterilized.
Our media is clear full of bullshit "documentaries" trying to get you to buy their stupid arguments -- anybody with an IQ over room temperature should be able to figure out that they are the modern day descendant's of Phineas T. Barnum's freak show, out there titillating the masses for pay and notoriety.
If you want to improve society, my best advice is that whenever you see an "activist", punch them in the teeth. (figuratively speaking)
I took a friend who came from actual poverty ($200/month income in 2001) to a US McDonald's, where we watched a woman scarf down three supersized adult meals, fries, ice cream and all. The best part? She had a Diet Coke with it. Apparently, a Diet Coke is a kind of talisman, that you can wave at a 9,000 calorie meal, and have it turn into nothing. Just so you know, like most talismans, it didn't work. I bet she was over 450 lbs. That's not counting her large family (avoirdupoisally, rather than numerically speaking). Needless to say, my companions were amazed by it.
(The only talisman I know of that actually works is my Aluminum Baseball Bat of Pain, which brings on pain.)
What a lovely nutty article.
While the conclusion that economics is not being treated as a science raises a good point, this loosely edited collection of paranoia and non sequiturs "sense makes none it does, with alacrity and much alarm."
Dyslexia strikes again
Read that as "Lana Ikea". Was briefly amused at the thought of all humanity wandering about in the bowels of a cosmically huge assemble-it-your-sorry-arsed-self furniture store. Briefly, mind you.
Re: Romans: people who knew what's what
Do you suppose they'd have cat pictures as well? ...and what would Latin LOLCatSpeak be like? Enquiring minds would like to know.
My guess is they used either some solvent or other chemical action to break the gold and silver up, and later precipitate them out...
Just wondering -- when gold is in solution in mercury, and the mercury is boiled off, what size the gold particles are. That technology's been around a long, long, long time.
I don't call a spade a spade. I call it a BLT -- Beancounter Liberation Tool.
Id, of course, doesn't liberate the beancounters -- it liberates me from them.
Re: Being American..
Why, thank you, Don Jefe. Your post was deliciously insane, and like all true masters of the craft, I cannot tell whether you are serious or not.
Re: KerryTruth®. So nourishing you absolutely want to hear more of it!™
We call him "Lurch" for the uncanny resemblance.
As an American, you're right. All's this was was getting smoke blown up the world's collective asses. It isn't even to keep businesses going -- The American Toom Tabard is only concerned with political goals, and hasn't paid any attention to businesses in the US -- arguably to the world's detriment -- in general, his stunning lack of competence, coupled with his incredible ego and his hyper-partisanship has meant anything he has tried to "accomplish" has turned to shite. He needs to go back to being a nobody community organizer.
Re: Amazon is not Italy.
I remember the retail workers union in St. Louis -- we always marveled at them, as with their "bargaining skills", they wound up making minimum wage, while non-union workers in other towns made double that. The problem is they forgot that once you take that step into collective bargaining, you have to bargain for everything all the time. Non-union towns had to keep up with the market.
Re: No jail time?
Jail time's only for the little guys.
Re: shock horror!
It is not that simple. There was a lot more to the Civil War than the false dichotomy of "free the slaves" vs "keep the slaves" people have reduced this to. Lincoln was a political hack in the extreme. Slavery didn't need a war to bring it to an end -- in many nations at the time, it ended, simply because it was no longer profitable. (not that slavery has totally ended as of this day -- there is a lot of slavery yet in this world.)
Another use for goats.
You know, a good goat will do that.
a +1 for your +1.
Re: A can of worms..
Looks like the Dyson Sphere of influence is shrinking.
That's a joke, son, get it?
Re: A reminder of how puny we are
Easy there, Ozymandius.
Why "male(sic) a big deal about it"?
It's freudian! We have sunspots, and we now have sunspooge -- the stellar daytime equivalent of nocturnal emissions.
[I know. BAD DOG PERLCAT!! NO BISCUIT!]
That's going to lave a mark -- not.
A news organization that makes it a practice to not hear opinions and facts that it does not like? Humorous.
Re: @Ragarath - The Smell!
Bet it gave them no end of amusement to use that old saying: "Clean enough to eat off of."
./= "...and it burns burns burns us" ./=
Re: Right-angle poo
In the US, it's usually called a "mud pipe".
The Beast of Cupertino will be out at the dig with their C&D's in 3..2..1...
Have fun searching for pictures of a modern lissoir.
Alternate search suggestion:
"Did you mean pissoir pictures?"
Re: Just a heads up.
...actually, yes we can. We have to rise up, and push our states to use the 10th amendment tools we already have.
We can't rely upon ANY of the feds to rein in their lawlessness -- voting the bums out will just get us new bums in. There's a LOT of usurpation of State's Rights going on, from DOMA, to drug laws, to the whole metric shit-tone that has happened in the past 12 years.
I'll just stand way off while you...
try to fire a rocket engine that has spent 40+ years on the seabed. It's been nice knowing you. I've included a lovely icon of what the last moment of your life will be like.
"Carter", "non-functioning" -- in the same sentence.
You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
I used to think he was a weathervane for crackpot ideas -- I'm not so sure anymore that there's even that much consistency to his babble.
Re: Nostaglia isn't what it used to be...
....and don't forget the Foul Beast's including an emulation of Netware 3.12 as network services. Novell left an opening at 4.x NDS, with small shops wanting to keep the bindery on their small networks, and M$ gave it away.
I saw that, and said "well, so much for me getting a 4.0 CNE."
In other news...
Moss is *shocked* to discover that the feds are spying.
Hope he gets over his case of the vapours pretty soon.
Re: Strongly Agree: Backups don't really matter.
I can condense it down even further.
Nobody ever gets fired for backup failures. They get fired for failing to restore.
Re: Alternatively, it might be home
Hooray for Hooloovoo.
Amusing. Criticising Simon's grammar.
"That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it works."
Our government hates competition.
Re: Better left to the authorities
Tom 13's got a very good point. There are a LOT of innocent (or at least not proven guilty) people in jail because of faked results. We've descended a long way from Maimonides' ideal of letting a thousand guilty go free rather than imprison one innocent man. With predictable results.
Re: Carbon dioxide
You have to love our educational systems. They'll teach you how to be a good little slave of the state, but they cannot teach you how to succeed, nor how to think. Just believe whatever version of the truth they tell you. That is all.
Re: Compelling reasons for reviving the ether
Should be easy to detect, then. Just use an ether net. (Hey, it works for catching the ether bunny.)
I realize I should be beat for those puns. That's why I'm running for the door.
Re: Mostly harmless
I notice that while he wants to bring US leaders "to justice", he only wants to bring certain ones to justice. I call BS. This is not justice. This is just politics.
Re: Cue a random word generator.
I'd help contribute to their database, but my hovercraft is currently full of eels.
I prefer a viton barrier, due to the higher level of heat generated. Rubber tends to break down.
Helpdesk caller: "I knew that there was something strange about the helpdesk girl, but she was *so* convincing when she asked me what color my underwear was."
Re: Oh yeah?
At the risk of irritating people, I have a hard time getting excited about dual booting machines. M$ has never played nice, and probably never will. In the meantime, a *IX can host multiple virtual machines, including the M$ "products". All's it takes is a little beef in the machine spec, and you can have cake, and eat it too. Running OpenSUSE, with Virtualbox, have 5 different VM's running at same time, no appreciable performance deterioration. All on a laptop with 32GB RAM.
"Linux people do what they do because they hate Microsoft. We do what we do because we love Unix. "
Theo De Raadt. OpenBSD Founder
Now we have gasoline, air, and a match. Wacky hijinks to ensue.
Re: Ok, lets get this clear for people...
You don't need to add anything about computers; the conversation's about BACON!!!
While you're plugging different foods, in the States, R. M. Felts out of Ivor, VA makes traditionally cured bacon and ham. Cured to being shelf-stable, no fridge needed. They ship, too.
Very tasty. Just need some beer to go with your bacon sarny, and meat's back on the menu, boys!
No, Dilbert has no idea. The character that understands the BOFH is Wally. Wally is a Zen Master of a different dojo. Dilbert is just there as filler between Wally episodes.
Here we have another sad tale of two groups that forgot that it's "Pillage *then* burn."
Re: Is it good or bad?
I was always told to shave a strip down the middle. put lighter fluid on one side, light it, and stab the little bastards with a fork as they ran for cover.
Re: what you did there, I saw it
I hear that business is humming.
Re: What was that?
Which one of you is Brian?
Re: "Sound like the young man didn't have a sense of humour,"
Uhm, you read the part where they said he was a lawyer, right?
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