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AverageBear's most recent comments:
- On 20 Aug 2014
Fraying 1980s Billionaires,
Afterwards, when the place went into this long term Ballmer quagmire, it became a sweatshop without the setup of a startup company, long hours plus creative input from workers. That's when many of my acquaintances joined and in the end, none of them liked it nor thought it was a good place to be, for more than a couple of years because it was all about Ballmer.
Here's the deal. You sound a little emotional and have a moral opinion or problem with MS and Ballmer. And that's OK. I have no problem with that. It sounds like you (or, your friends) were inside the MS shitstorm than I'd ever see, and know a helluva lot more of what went down.......I try not to get emotional when investing. (imagine Jack Nicholson's voice in "A Few Good Men")... "Within a successful shareholder-friendly company, you want a person like Ballmer on the line. You NEED a person like Ballmer on the line. Either way, i don't care. I'm going to keep my shareholder's happy".....
MS turned from a high-growth startup company, and transformed into a reliable Dividend Growth (blue-chip) company. Over 30 years, and still successful in an insanely changing tech industry.
I'm sorry Ballmer treated your friends like shit, but that's your friend's problem, not yours, mine, or the shareholders of Microsoft. Ballmer didn't turn Microsoft into a 'quagmire'. He did his job, and he did it REALLY well. Not many people can guide/transform a high-growth "startup" into a solid, reliable money-making machine; especially during some really transformative years in the tech industry no less.
It sucks that these developers were Ballmer's bitches, but they allowed it to happen, and tolerated it to make a good buck.
It sounds like Ballmer was a true asshole. But guess what? If you had a serious skin in the game (say a 6-7 figure investment in MS), you'd sure as shit want Ballmer running the game to make you money. Did MS fuck up some serious opportunities to continue the dominance (it has lost)? Sure. Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda-Whatever.... If you were, or are a long-term shareholder of MS, you can't hate Ballmer for growing your $$. If you do/did hate him for not making you enough $$, then you can't blame anyone else but yourself for not realzing a better opportunity cost for your dollars to work harder for you somewhere else.
I'm positive you'll find managers like Ballmer at Apple cracking the whip both in the US, and in China to design and put those iPads and iPhones together. But if you are an Apple shareholder, don't kid yourself that it's all unicorns and rainbows for all employees of Apple, cause it's not. Same can be said for Intel, etc....
I want to be an owner of these blue-chip, money-minting companies, and not work for one.... I'm hoping I can put in 10 more years of work, quit, and live off the dividends in my early 50s. Then I can spend time drinking beer w/ my sons, get a front row seat, and enjoy watching these clowns enjoy their 20's and 30's like I enjoyed mine.
- On 20 Aug 2014
CNN is so desparate to keep this thing going...,
I started reading this tripe, and somehow it reminded me of Chris Rock's bit... "How NOT to get your ass kicked by the Police"...
I'll never know what it's like as a black man when encountering the police. But whatever color you are, you treat them with respect. You do not know if the guy with the gun and badge had a good day or not. It behooves you to 'be nice', and swallow your pride any time you deal w/ the police. You may never know it, but they appreciate it when you kiss their ass and show respect.
Now on to the show. Chris Rock if fuckin' hilarious......
- On 20 Aug 2014
Cherokee Lizzy came out with 11 Commandments of Progressivism,
Race is becoming less an issue every year as inter race couples marry and procreate. Then their kids do the same and how confused would that 1/4black, 1/4 Asian, 1/4 white, 1/4 Latino kid be when it comes time to check the "ethnicity" box on his college admission form? Is he an oppressed minority or an elitist cracker?
Quigley, you have a point. But when you lie on a job application, and the employer allows the lie to perpetuate for it's own personal gain (Harvard bragging they now have a woman 'professor of color'), that's a completely different matter. Then on top of all of this, the liar (that would be Liz Warren) takes her career public, she lies about the lie she used to 'game the system'. (Harvard does not hire professors out of Rutgers; sorry but it's the truth)...
See, it's OK to lie when you are a liberal. The press (MSM, Boston Globe, et al), will give you a pass, and spike an 'inconvenient truth', but won't have the same sympathy if you aren't a liberal. It's just the way it is.
Thank God Boston is a two paper town, with the Herald, calling out BS on both sides of the isle. If the story gets traction, the Globe is then forced to at least mention any transgressions a liberal might have done.... Sad, but it's just the way it is.
And now all of the low-info liberal voters are rallying around Liz Warren for president. Un-fuckin'-believable. I can't wait to see her in a debate again. It's a shit-show of stammering, repeating 3-5 phrases that are unrelated to the question ("the middle class is getting hammered"), while having that stupid granny, "deer in the headlights" look....