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by Ghostbear
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

It also seems to be based off the idea that Palin is still a power player. I'm not sure she has any true political clout left. She's still a celebrity, I suppose, but I think most of the people who took her seriously (baffles me that they ever could...) have stopped doing so. Oh, you just had to rem...
by Ghostbear
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I rely on prediction markets for my probabilities of success. Romney is at 69% , Cain is at 5.4% (for the Republican nomination). That seems like a fairly good estimate between them. Not quite related, but the other day I saw the clip of Pawlenty refusing to confront Romney directly at one of the d...
by Ghostbear
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Even with Cain's polling holding its ground for the most part, he's still in a poor position to win the nomination I think. Romney is all but certain to win the NH primary, and Nate Silver had a post (can't find it again for the life of me though, sorry) showing that the NH primary is far more predi...
by Ghostbear
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut
Replies: 77
Views: 8208

Re: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut

One thing I've wondered.. From my various readings, it's my understanding that most (all?) countries in the Eurozone don't actually fully meet the qualifying criteria for joining the Eurozone in the first place. I don't know anything about the criteria to guess whether they could have averted events...
by Ghostbear
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3525174

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Engineering is an inherently creative profession, so I don't know where the "engineers lack creativity" thing comes from. That's an easy one. Engineering involves math. Creativity is generally associated with art. Most people see art and math as diametrically opposed to each other. Theref...
by Ghostbear
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Belial and others have highlighted before that one of the goals is to remove the banks' ability to enact such policies to begin with. BoA choose to enact the fee, and they choose to rescind it; what people want is for their to be a situation where BoA could never have decided to create that policy ...
by Ghostbear
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Such an attitude in the face of BoA changing policy due to public outcry is willfully ignoring reality. I agree that enacting laws is a good measure to prevent future irresponsible behavior, but I don't think it's the only path to pursue. Also, BoA changed it's policy without any law pressuring it,...
by Ghostbear
Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Even ignoring the fact that most of it boils down to conservative policies, the tax reform one must be based on some strange numbers. His site says that with the 17% tax and $50,000 exemption, it'd have revenue at 18% of GDP. Considering that that plan sounds like a tax cut for, well.. everyone, and...
by Ghostbear
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas
Replies: 31
Views: 5433

Re: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas

I'd be interested if the US could price the cartels out of business by legalizing drugs, but judging by what happened during the end of prohibition, the cartels would just move on to other forms of organized crime. While that is almost certainly true, it would still be somewhat of a success. If the...
by Ghostbear
Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse opens petition site
Replies: 224
Views: 31011

Re: Whitehouse opens petition site

I suspect all the answers will end up along those lines. No new policies are going to be created by this site. :( Not true. Whether it was actually coincidence or not, the administration is saying that the student loan reforms that were announced this week were unveiled in part because of the petit...
by Ghostbear
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I wouldn't call shaking barricades and screaming in police officers face 'peaceful protest'. I wouldn't call shooting protestors or throwing flashbangs a 'reasonable response' either, but lets not try and paint a picture of tyrannical police officers stomping on your civil liberties, when you're pa...
by Ghostbear
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse opens petition site
Replies: 224
Views: 31011

Re: Whitehouse opens petition site

I suspect all the answers will end up along those lines. No new policies are going to be created by this site. :( I understand the political aspect of it; the amount of opposition from older voters would be enormous, but the boiler plate style of this response implies to me that they have no intenti...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Happy 10th Birthday Windows XP!
Replies: 25
Views: 4328

Re: Happy 10th Birthday Windows XP!

What's the difference between Windows + D and Windows + M? After not knowing about either and sitting here at my desk and pressing both back and forth and back and forth and back and .... you get the idea. There doesn't seem to be a difference. For me, Win-D can be used a second time to restore the...
by Ghostbear
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 9392

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

Ghostbear: If your introductory college economics classes failed to mention that perfect competition is impossible, that's the failing of whichever professor was teaching that course, not of economics in general. Economists are well aware of the issues of assuming perfect competition, and a great d...
by Ghostbear
Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 9392

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

Except there's no reason to believe that even the mythical perfect market would do that. It just seems like wishful thinking. People want to believe that a perfect capitalism will act to optimize goodness, but that's not what it's for. It's for optimizing profit. It's like saying that a wire with n...
by Ghostbear
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 9392

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

There's no reason to think that 'perfect' markets in the economist's sense would be just and fair. Or, for that matter, that capitalism could exist with such markets. They're just a fairy tale. Like the mythical emperor who would surely improve the lives of his subjects, if he only knew of their pl...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 9392

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

Reading the NYT article, it seems to me that the issue here is that no one in charge listened to any complaints until the problem exploded. Something needs to be done with this (and other agencies, corporations, groups, etc. as well, I assume) to make them actually take notifications seriously befor...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Modern sōkaiya have developed other, similar methods to accomplish their goals. One example is the banzai sōkaiya, who disrupt business places with their cries of "Banzai!" and praise of the Emperor until they are quietly paid to leave. This is more of the line I was going for. Technicall...
by Ghostbear
Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I guess the difference between you and I... is that I still see the former case to be already a dick move on the part of the protesters. Its intimidating as hell when ~25 loosely organized people walk into a business demanding something. With the advent of malicious flash mobs (the ones with lootin...
by Ghostbear
Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

That analogy only works if the pro-life person wanted to conduct business at the abortion clinic. I'm going to have to call bullshit on your implication. The Citibank protesters were there to protest, and you know it. I somehow doubt that Citibank would have an issue if a few dozen people walked in...
by Ghostbear
Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 437801

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]

I couldn't find the option in Windows 7 I'm pretty sure this will work: right click on an empty spot on the desktop, select "Personalize"*, at the bottom of that screen is a "Desktop Background" option, select that. Then, from there, look at the bottom again, and you'll see an o...
by Ghostbear
Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Citi Bank is private property. Who the fuck do those guys think they are? No seriously. Stay in the streets, protest correctly, and get your message out. Whether you like it or not, Citi Bank is its own place. How would you like it if protesters entered YOUR business and loitered for who knows how ...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15919

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

Germany was defeated by Hitler. Had he not made certain stupid, obvious mistakes, things would have gone far differently. For example, attacking the Soviet Union, declaring war on the US, invading Africa, and failing to follow through on conquering the British Isles. Having made the above mistakes,...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238316

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I'll just leave this link, full of better charts than I could find, here: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-wall-street-protesters-are-so-angry-about-2011-10?op=1 We can see the result of this 30 year experiment with trickle-down economics, and it isn't pretty. I always find it depressing when I ...
by Ghostbear
Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harry Reid Uses "Nuclear Option," Limits Amendments
Replies: 9
Views: 2079

Re: Harry Reid Uses "Nuclear Option," Limits Amendments

So, they took one option to reduce the number of filibusters on a bill. Makes sense, as the republicans have been filibustering every bill for the past 2 years, and they want to do something. From a strategic point of view, it makes some sense to get rid of the filibuster in general. It isn't the o...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

One would think he'd try to pull a Clinton. Winning a second term may be in his best interests, but it won't work out too well for his party if he uses the Do-Nothing-Congress strategy. He could barely pass bills with a super majority, nothing will get passed with the current Congress, and can you ...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Do-nothing-Congress. I wonder if it'll work. It'll definitely piss off the Democrats in Congress. Republicans may pick up even more seats if he does so. I don't know if that's so great for him in the long run. I doubt that even the most optimistic outlook for Republicans would have them winning mor...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

According to Silver, Rasmussen was wrong by about 6% points and was biased by about 4% points. At least that's what I understood from the article. That sounds about right from my recollection, but I believe most pollsters were / are off by more than a net 2%. This particular poll itself is still fl...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305415

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

While Obama probably isn't the favorite to win, I would not say his defeat is guaranteed either. Many comparisons have been made towards Truman in 1948; if Obama can successfully make his campaign be against Congress (which has an absolutely atrocious approval rating; people love Obama compared to w...
by Ghostbear
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 28724

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

I don't really feel Oflick was being hostile though, s/he was just discussing the event from their perspective. Maybe I'm just biased though, because it is a take on the event I generally agree with. More focused on jobs though, he was a good, capable businessman. I feel people give him too much cre...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 14135

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

Yes, I think there are situations where assasinating people, even your own citizens, is potentially justified. Though my standards would be pretty high. A high certainty that this person is indeed planning a dangerous activity of significant scale, that the assasination will seriously impede this a...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 14135

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

Realistically, there wasn't a way to deal with this guy, outside of creating a new court for this specific case. I'm fine with holes in our legal system as long as such holes don't apply very often. Anwar al-Awlaki is an exceptional case that required exceptional ruling. If this becomes the status ...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 14135

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

We're not at war with Al-Qaeda Why the hell not? They're an organization with weapons and troops that are fighting our military. I feel it is worth noting, that since much of this discussion is based on the legal perspective of events, that the last time the US has declared war was June 5, 1942 (ag...
by Ghostbear
Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 14135

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

We're not at war with Al-Qaeda Why the hell not? They're an organization with weapons and troops that are fighting our military. I feel it is worth noting, that since much of this discussion is based on the legal perspective of events, that the last time the US has declared war was June 5, 1942 (ag...

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