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Uncle Bob

18 December, 2015 (10:54) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

GOP’s vocal bullshit

13 December, 2015 (09:24) | Economics, Politics, Science | By: admin

Today’s gop will go down in history right along side the church of millenia’s ago, who excommunicated and otherwise imprisoned men of science for writing about their prescience observations. To hear the turtle claim that ‘The President should remember that the historic agreement is subject to being shredded in 13 months’ is a slap in the face for all of us technically inclined and blessed and an absolute disgrace for America in the eyes of the world. What is wrong with these folks? Is their hunger for absolute power so strong that they are willing to tell any lie, provide opposition solely based on some asinine political agenda, that they would put in jeopardy our very existence and right to life on this planet? Make no bones about it, climate change is real and is at the very least costing untold billions and in some cases, actually killing powerless people across this planet. No mr. turtle. It takes more than some idiot senator from oklahoma throwing a snowball in the well of the senate to disprove that our planet is warming and you folks will all face judgement day when you face your god and he laughs in your face when he hears that you believe you deserve a place in heaven.

Stupid is as stupid does

12 November, 2015 (12:50) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

And they don’t come much more stupid than that cuban canadian sen cruz. Seriously, he claims that the debates should be moderated by republicans that would actually vote republican? And he is referring to cnbc! This is a network that prefaced the debates with commentary from some guy named joe who bragged about being a flaming liberal in college, but you know what, now that he is a grown up he realizes the only people that know anything about business are, you guessed it, conservatives. I almost switched the debate off before it started(of course I switched off a mere 15 minutes in). They don’t get any more right wing conservative dumb than cnbc. Hell, that guy santelli helped start the now dying t-party! Apparently cruz had planned to use that “bash the liberal” media talking point regardless of where the debate was hosted. And of course cruz got his wish as the next debate was held by fox business. And they asked an even more embarrassing question pointing out that job growth under democrats far outstripped job growth under republicans. No, the bullshit about how only conservatives know anything about business is just that, bullshit. Their views are that it is ok to lie cheat and steal to keep money in the hands of the 1%. That isn’t a lie, it is fact. It is called neoclassical economics. And it contains a fundamental flaw with one of it’s assumptions. Namely: People act independently on the basis of full and relevant information. That is nonsense. These folks believe in the free market to the extent that it creates monopolies and oligopolies. And anyone that has studied basic economics knows that the primary feature of monopolies and oligopolies is that they erect barriers to the market place, to protect their own interests. This is why you see these folks demanding an end to food labeling, heaven forbid that consumers can operate in a free market that includes preferences for country of origin. And that is why (reaganism) Americans pay twice as much for almost everything as does the rest of the world. No, mr. stupid is as stupid does sen cruz, we can all be sure that any box of chocolates springing from your hands will be laced with arsenic.

Had to turn it off

10 November, 2015 (18:38) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

What you ask? The latest republican debate. seriously? All they got is warmed over political mush masquerading as sound economic advise? HAHA. Let’s take the first question, “Do you support raising the minimum wage to $15/hr?”. Not one answer even came close to addressing the problem. No, cutting taxes ain’t right. No, I don’t give a damn that your mom and pop aren’t rich. No, it’s not those evil tax and spend democrats. NO, NO, NO. The problem is that macro economic policy has made it far too easy for capital to move manufacturing overseas which created that sucking sound as middle class jobs left the country. Since flipping burgers is all that is left, it is little wonder why so many are demanding a living wage. And yet, there was the donald, up there telling all Americans that America cannot compete unless all Americans work for slave wages. And why did capital move so quickly? So those with capital could make a killing. Did I benefit? Hell no, my sneakers still cost $100. And the so called conservative republican answer is to recommend making it even easier for capital to move. The problem is simple. Capital takes flight so quickly that it is not possible for most Americans to retrain and re-educate to keep up. A manufacturing plant can be gone inside of a year. It can take a decade for the average American to retrain and get the appropriate experience. We have heard their story before, done that, been there. So you see, I had to turn the debate off.

You can’t let a Republican win!

9 November, 2015 (08:14) | CIA, Economics, NSA, Politics | By: admin

I get so tired of hearing so called progressive pundits like Thom Hartman claim that he will support the hill if she becomes the nominee because she is better than having a republican in the white house! Seriously? Doesn’t that fear card belong to republicans? And since when it it acceptable to elect a republican masquerading as a democrat? Why the hell has this man had the bern on his show for the past 10 years and then go around and stab him in the back with this silly notion that the hill is a democrat? It is clear, that when democrats run as republican lite, they lose. And where did this mantra of the corporate media come from that the hill will win? What examples of this exist in the past? None. The hill was in the exact same position as the presumed nominee eight years ago and then lost it all to that black guy. I am tuning out and turning off any and all conversations that anyone anywhere has about the hill. It is sheer corporate bs. The hill is a loser, plain and simple and I will never support her despite her whining about about being a woman. Who gives a frack? This guy has it right, and I am including his recent post on 10 reasons he is only voting for the bern. Why? Because I too will also write in the bern for president on my ballet if it comes to that. 1. The Iraq War. Sanders was on the right side of history. Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War, using the same intelligence reports as Clinton and Bush. He also foreshadowed the dire consequences of Iraq. In contrast, Hillary Clinton voted for Iraq and now calls her vote a “mistake.” In 2005, Senator Clinton even said the “insurgency is failing” after a visit to Iraq. I want President Bernie Sanders, who was recently given the Congressional Award by the VFW and stated on CNN that “I’ll be damned” if he sends more Americans back to the Middle East as president. Mass shootings are happening under President Obama, so gun violence can only be solved by Congress, not the president. However, Senators can’t send troops abroad unilaterally, but a president can bomb anywhere and deploy troops at will, without Congressional approval. The AUMF gives the president a certain time period to engage in war and send troops anywhere, without Congressional approval. Regardless of her neoconservative outlook on war and foreign policy, certain “Facebook Liberals” who hate Bush but love Hillary also forget that Clinton and Bush aren’t very different in terms of foreign policy. As Jacob Heilbrunn writes in The New York Times, “It’s easy to imagine Mrs. Clinton’s making room for the neocons in her administration.” President Obama just sent Americans to Syria, and might even send more American soldiers in the near future. There’s no doubt President Hillary Clinton would send more Americans to the Middle East. I’m not certain we need a president who jokes, “We came, we saw, he died,” and then helps usher a devastating civil war in Libya with her decision to oust a dictator. You can hear Secretary of State Clinton utter the words in this CBS News segment. 2. The Keystone XL Pipeline. Bernie Sanders has always been against Keystone XL. Keystone XL may threaten water acquirers that irrigate much of the U.S. We know President Sanders will continue President Obama’s vetoes of Keystone XL. Clinton was once inclined to support Keystone. She has now evolved, along with a number of other issues. I simply do not trust President Clinton to veto Keystone legislation. 3. Euphemisms. Bernie Sanders never uses euphemisms. I trust Bernie because he speaks clearly; English is a means to communicate, not shield from criticism. Clinton, on the other hand, lives by euphemism and I explain why Orwell would vote for Bernie Sanders in a recent YouTube segment. From a “witch hunt” to wiping a server used out of “convenience” with a “cloth,” too many words are used to hide the truth. 4. One candidate is the Charles Darwin of politics. The other is Bernie Sanders. Clinton always evolves; usually following Bernie’s lead on issues. I wouldn’t sign a contract with an “evolving” clause, nor would I want a president who continually evolves based upon reasons unknown to the average voter. 5. Presidential powers. On war and foreign policy, I want a Democrat, not a Republican. I explain this viewpoint in a recent article. Sanders is the Democrat on foreign policy, while Clinton is another Republican in 2016. 6. The TPP. Sanders has always been against the TPP. Clinton supported it 45 times, but now says she’s against it. As POLITIFACT states, “It’s up to voters to decide how they feel about her changed stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but we rate Clinton’s reversal as a Full Flop.” 7. Clinton’s 3:00 a.m. ad and Racism. Bernie Sanders has a comprehensive racial justice platform. Clinton’s 3:00 a.m. ad in 2008 had a “racist sub-message” according to one Harvard sociologist. 8. I want a Democrat in the White House. I don’t want a moderate Republican on Wall Street, or a neocon pertaining to war. 9. The DNC needs to end its fear of being too progressive. I’ll only vote for Sanders because progressive politics are mainstream. This isn’t 1972 and Nixon is no longer with us, unless you equate Clinton to Richard Nixon. 10. Bernie Sanders is a “once in a lifetime candidate.” Clinton represents establishment politics. If you’re not voting for Sanders in 2016, don’t ever again complain about Wall Street, perpetual wars, or money in politics. Thank you H. A. Goodman!

Windows 10, NSA’s wet dream OS

3 September, 2015 (10:18) | Economics, NSA, Politics | By: admin

Microsoft has entered the “big data” scam with a vengeance. This is the same model companies like facebook use, offering you some free service that encourages you to upload all of your most private information, and thereby giving that data to facebook for free. facebook then in turn monetizes that information and you don’t get a fricken dime out of it. At first I said, wow, I get microsoft’s latest os for free! Then I installed it on my test machine and once I got over the flashy new design, I turned bright red with rage at what was happening. When I tried to enter data into the search box, bing started pushing content at me, wtf. I didn’t ask for that crap. If I want to go to some corporate “news” website I’ll type the address into my browser. Next, it started updating itself without nary a word, except to tell me that it was going to schedule a reboot at 3am, cause it thought that would be a good time to reboot my machine to install what ever the hell microsoft deemed in their best interest. Furthermore, you are prevented from altering this behavior in any significant way. The os is also setup to steal from you! Steal what you ask? Your bandwidth. This os expects you to agree by default to sharing your bandwidth to spread microsoft’s downloads to your machine to be distributed to others, peer-to-peer with your pc and your internet connection. Seriously? A billion dollar company expects me to foot their bandwidth issues? Isn’t that how a virus and other malware spreads? The os is also designed to create an advertising profile of you and your Internet habits. All without your consent. To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more. Then I caught wind of microsoft’s privacy policy which clearly states that they reserve the right to upload ANY of your data to their servers. And I do mean ANY, based on their judgement and their judgement alone. The NSA must be creaming their pants. Turns out that rather than having a pc with a stand alone os, you now have a pc with much of it’s functionality based in the cloud, microsoft’s cloud. We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services. If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features. Use of the Program software and services is at your discretion. Many features that transmit data to Microsoft are enabled automatically. You will not have the option to turn off the transmission of data for certain features in the Program software and services. To stop the transmission of all data, you must completely uninstall the Program software and services from all of your devices. This may require you to reinstall your devices operating system. Also, when device encryption is on, Windows automatically encrypts the drive Windows is installed on and generates a recovery key. The BitLocker recovery key for the users device is automatically backed up online in the Microsoft OneDrive account. And in the cloud, microsoft will add any and all of your personal data located anywhere on your disk drive. And to top it off, despite microsoft’s claim that you can turn off most of this criminal behavior in the privacy settings, test reports show that the os continues to communicate with microsoft’s servers, and the purpose of these communications are still to date unknown. Add to that, that any encryption you may deploy can be compromised by microsoft, or the NSA because your key has been uploaded to microsoft. This is completely unacceptable. So I did what any informed freedom and privacy loving American would do, I ran the de-install procedure. Of course, afterward, my pc failed to reboot. So it is on with the re-installation of Windows 7 from scratch, to be followed by a a complete system restore. You did make a full system backup prior to running the Windows 10 installation, didn’t you? My advise as a computer professional? Delete the KB3035583 update. The sneaky Windows 10 update alert is the result of KB3035583 update, a Windows 10 upgrade preparatory package. The update created a new directory in C:\Windows\System32\GWX and installs some executables and files that serve as a notification tool that could display banners and other ads for Windows 10 as the launch date approaches. Meanwhile, the GWXUXWorker.exe file acts as the Windows 10 downloader. Windows 7 is a fine OS and it will be around for a good number of years. Stick with it and when the time comes to replace it, look to something like Linux Mint. If your pc contains any confidential or proprietary information you would be well advised to stay away from Windows 10. The bottom line is that microsoft’s windows 10 is the ultimate piece of spyware designed not with your needs in mind, but the needs of microsoft’s shareholders. I wouldn’t doubt for a second, that the NSA had something to do with all of this. Certainly microsoft will try to spin these “features” in their efforts to make the “os” a service incurring a monthly service charge. While that might make sense for an Adobe app you might need once in a while, the os is required by the […]

Corporate advertising ruining the web

27 August, 2015 (10:53) | Economics | By: admin

How many times have you landed on some page of interest only to be pushed some ridiculous video advertisement or have the page automatically start playing some worthless video and otherwise waste your time? Push marketing seems to be all the rage. And it turns my stomach. I turn to the web to gather information. Often times that information is obfuscated behind a never ending blast of commercials and ridiculous video clips that I would never intentionally view. Enough! Anyone that designs a webpage that operates in that manner should be immediately fired. Not only will I immediately back out of these types of pages, I will never purchase a product from those advertisers, ever. Get a clue folks, stop ruining the net. If you have to trick folks into viewing your commercials, then perhaps you should find a new line of work. But you can and should click on the un-american SecureAmericaNow.org ad that quite often graces my pages. This neo-con organization will try to make you believe that their israeli propaganda is of vital national import for our security. The facts are, it is nothing but a deception to try to cover up the fact that israel is guilty of war crimes. Death to israel.

Out of Touch Punditry Should Get a Grip

24 August, 2015 (11:41) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

I get a kick out of those self-delusional brilliant pundits screaming that all those pundits bashing the hill about benghazi and her email server should all get a grip, cause there ain’t no there there. Kind of sounds like it depends on what the meaning of is is. The bubble folks living in our nation’s capital seem to be getting more and more desperate as the hill’s ship keeps sinking. The press is desperate to keep their cush jobs disseminating propaganda that we are supposed to believe passes for news. And they all know that the right leaning corporatist state promoting the clinton campaign is their one and only meal ticket. What other explanation is there when clear data shows that time after time the decisions and rules and regulations actually passed by the washington crowd time after time ignore the desire and wishes of we the people and continue to favor and promote the agenda of the upper 1%, our so called elites. These elites are no better than liars and crooks, and quite frankly whenever I see some multi-million dollar home the first question that pops into my mind is not, gee whiz I wish I was as smart as that person, but how many folks did that person ripoff to obtain their wealth. Other than the nightmare of having the so called right wing conspiracy hound the hill for 4 years and having to actually listen to all that crap, what is far more important is the candidate herself. It is all best summed up by her statement following her last loss in iowa. Then, as now, it is clear. The clinton campaign is not about what is best for our country, it is what is best for the candidate. Time after time the hill refuses to answer critical questions. This mirrors the actions of most of the politicians in washington, who we are told we should all respect because they put themselves out there, all the while refusing to take critical votes prior to their elections. Claiming they can’t vote on this or that, cause they fear that their constituents won’t vote for them. Really? And when you add in the fact that the hill is completely uninspiring on the stump as she drones on and on about this and lecturing us on that while pointing her stubby little fingers at everyone. Vote for that ol fart? HA-HA. No folks, the hill couldn’t beat that black man and how anybody can say with confidence that she is the overwhelming favorite, just goes to show you how really, really stupid the pundits are. I’ll never vote for her and you shouldn’t either.

McCaskill should just shut it

12 August, 2015 (12:02) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

They say that those living in the bubble in our nation’s capital are always the last to know or figure it out. The psuedo democrat Claire McCaskill is one such individual. “People are really aggravated at the government right now,” McCaskill said. “There are a lot of people that are just going, ‘Really? You guys can’t get anything done? All you do is fight.’” Hey claire get a clue, we are talking about YOU! The fact that you somehow believe that those comments refer to everyone and anybody but you is exactly what we are talking about. You don’t get and you never will. The bern is all about we have had it and we ain’t gonna take it no more. So just shut it claire, else be left out in the cold wondering what the hell just happened. Hillary will never be potus.

Tahoe Truckee Medical Group Ripoff

20 July, 2015 (09:00) | Economics, Politics | By: admin

I called these folks up to renew a prescription and was told that since the doc hadn’t seen me in a whole six(6) months that he wouldn’t renew the prescription unless I came in for a checkup. The last visit I made to this office I spent nearly an hour waiting and then got charged $250 for a half hour discussion with the doc. I imagine that outrageous charge is to pay for the 3 girls who seem to spend all of their time filing paperwork in the dozens of shelves that surround their desks. These folks are living in the stone age. The prescription costs around $5/month. So these folks want me to spend $500/hr to visit with the doc to refill a prescription that I could refill for 2-4 years at the same cost. The entire Tahoe Forest medical system is nothing more than a huge money sink. These folks are no different than Alex Cushing who after charging you over $1000 for a season pass has the audacity to send you a letter afterwards asking for more money. I don’t know why folks put up with this nonsense. Why are we forced to pay double what the rest of the civilized world pays for healthcare and get substandard results? Quite frankly I don’t think any of these folks give a damn about our health, they are just in it for the money. My alternative? Pay $3 or $4 thousand dollars per year for a health insurance policy (with subsidies) so that I can pay the first $5-$10 thousands dollars of expenses out of pocket. I would get a $45 doctor visit. Whooppee!