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  • On 16 Sep 2014 in One Thing You Can Always Count On, marcus said:

    Mish says

    One Thing You Can Always Count On

    Me commenting on the stupid ones ?

    Your benefactors never meeting a tax cut they didn't like ?

    I don't know, I give up. Guess I'll have to read it.

  • On 16 Sep 2014 in We've All Been There: Florida man chokes wife over lack of fried chicken, marcus said:

    Fail

  • On 16 Sep 2014 in I have a vagina , so should be paid as much as a dick law blocked by repubs, marcus said:

    lostand confused says

    I have a vagina , so should be paid as much as a dick law blocked by repubs

    How much are dick laws blocked by republicans paid these days anyway ?

  • On 16 Sep 2014 in I have a vagina , so should be paid as much as a dick law blocked by repubs, marcus said:

    This is a stupid fucking thread, which proves that it's not as easy as it once was to make up believable criticism of democrats.

    THe captiain certainly got into the spirit of it though.

    CaptainShuddup says

    Don't sweat it, the Dems aint done yet, before they are through, it will be mandated that all women must make more than a man period.

    Even hamburger slinging bitches will be pulling in more than a trial lawyer.

    We aint seen no kind of Crazy yet. I don't think you assholes realize who you're dealing with.

  • On 16 Sep 2014 in I have a vagina , so should be paid as much as a dick law blocked by repubs, marcus said:

    lostand confused says

    I just don't get this

    You've made that very clear.

    lostand confused says

    I have a vagina , so should be paid as much as a dick law blocked by repubs

    lostand confused says

    Does this mean I am victim of discrimination, because I am not as successful as meg Whitman??

    Even the article (your link) said it very clearly:

    Women working full-time in the U.S. earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau. A small portion of that gap, economists say, is due to employers paying women less than men for the same work.

    So a small part of the difference is due to women being paid less for the exact same work. It seems to me that if republicans were smart they would go along with a law that ONLY applies and in very well defined terms to situations where a woman is paid less for the exact same work.

    And "exact same work" would invariably have to include experience, productivity, job reviews or evaluations (which are subjective in part) which would render the law mostly symbolic.

    But republicans are too politically stupid to do that.

  • On 15 Sep 2014 in People like this should be sued, horse whipped and banned from teaching, marcus said:

    Good job understanding what caused the mess we're in. You prove my point.

    marcus says

    they definitely do have serious issues with facts, truth and reasoning in general.

    I'm sure you think the reason that the federal reserve is "pushing on a string" with their monetary policy, the advent of "QE" and the liquidity trap that goes back to 2009, are somehow all Obama's fault.

    Hell, who am I kidding, you don't even know what I'm talking about.

  • On 15 Sep 2014 in People like this should be sued, horse whipped and banned from teaching, marcus said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    Marcus doesn't resort to calling people Hitler when he's losing his position in an argument.

    Yes. Right wingers do live in their own bubble of ignorance and hate, and they definitely do have serious issues with facts, truth and reasoning in general.

    It's only the last of these that I try to help kids practice, and fortunately it's in the context of Mathematics.

    So far, right wingers haven't been challenging Mathematical concepts and truths. But give them time, I'm sure they will eventually, if they want the future republicans to be sufficiently incapable of the most basic use of logic and reasoning.

    As for me, I never get in to politics with students. I wouldn't even know how to do that in an unbiased way, but I know some history teachers that do this fairly well. Actually a couple of them are conservatives believe it or not, and friends of mine. Yes, it's true, conservatives (republicans) teaching in public schools.

  • On 14 Sep 2014 in S&P 500 Index in decline according to this Elliott Wave update for w/e 9/12/2014, marcus said:

    Elliot wave is awesome at telling you after the fact exactly what happened.

    As for helping you make decisions about what to do in the present, or predicting the future ? Not so much.

  • On 14 Sep 2014 in Stop predicting the dollar will collapse, marcus said:

    I looked at this thread in ingonito mode to see what the graph was that Iwog was talking about, and see it was BB's grapgh above.

    hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah.

    Ohhh.....good one....

    Roads, highways, sewer systems, dams, levies, piers, bridges, canals,...
    these are the so called public works government spending(often with private contractors) represented in the graph. It does stimulate growth in many ways, beyond just the money spent on construction going in to the economy, but what ... it somehow ads volatility that is damning evidence of what ?

    Is Indigenous trying to make Iwog look good,.... AGAIN ?

  • On 14 Sep 2014 in I never should have followed my dreams, marcus said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    I thought you Clowns swore off self determination, and swore allegiance to, and elected a Commie.

    "I thought" is my main problem with that sentence.

    When did being off the charts gullible and getting the anger emoting part of your brain all tingly by listening to and believing right wing lies on Fox news and talk radio, start counting as "thinking ?"

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Do the religious disown their gay children at higher rates??, marcus said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    crime against humanity has been committed because some parents somewhere were dissapointed at the news of that their child is gay.

    Even still ? Wtf ? Why do I even say anything ?

    marcus says

    But this isn't about whether it's normal to have expectations for your children, it's about whether you would disown your child for not meeting those expectations.

    "A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families"

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Time for revision charts, but I'm not holding my breath, marcus said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    Greenasses argument has been falling a part faster than a paper mache double headed dildo in a Lesbian porn flick.

    What, now you think you're Dennis Miller or something ?

    Yeah you're right. There's infinite oil and it only gets easier and easier to get to and global demand for oil will never increase. Peak oil is all a scam foisted on us by those greedy dirtbags that are only thinking of how they can sell us fraudulent "green energy" deals.

    And when oil goes to the moon again, and they say it's supposedly due to trends of supply not keeping up with demand, we'll know it's just the speculators playing their games again.

    Right ?

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Do the religious disown their gay children at higher rates??, marcus said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    Now I know that the new way we do things is just take one side into consideration and ignore everyone else's feelings.

    NO, it's not about that at all. Why do you have to twist it to a totally different point ?

    CaptainShuddup says

    But there's nothing wrong with expecting your child to turn out a certain way.

    Of course there isn't. Expectations or hopes, whatever you want to call them. Although it's stupid to go in to rearing children with strong assumptions about who your child will be.

    But this isn't about whether it's normal to have expectations for your children, it's about whether you would disown your child for not meeting those expectations. I've heard of a child being disowned for even seemingly smaller issues, like changing their mind about being a doctor, and I (like most people) find that kind of parental behavior to be truly bizarre.

    Let's face it, everyone is selfish in some ways, but there are some really emotionally impaired control freaks out there.

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Nevada gives $1.3 billion to Tesla but can't afford a medical school, marcus said:

    HydroCabron says

    A tax credit or exemption is no different from writing a check from one group of taxpayers to another.

    I disagree. If a company that is going to employ 6500 people moves to a state because of tax breaks, that only costs other taxpayers in the state if the tax credit part of the deal is greater than the net new tax proceeds that are generated by the company locating there.

    Actually it's not just net new tax proceeds, it's also the reduction in unemployment benefits and medicaid that results from the 6500 new jobs. Hard to quantify, but what you're saying is probably not the case.

    MAybe I'm missing something, but states have done this for a long time. I don't see how it's part of how the US is broken (not that it isn't). It's actually an example of something that still works in the 'United States.' Because you know, ...the way we are a bunch of .. united.... states.

    Possibly you mean it costs taxes that some state should have recieved if they all stuck together and didn't cut deals to get a little more economic activity for their state. THat may be true, but we're also competing even with other countries for where businesses locate.

    In the case of Tesla, it is unique, since they (their product) are competing with lower cost fuel options to get through the expensive period of bringing electric cars up to where they are cost competitive with the gas guzzlers.

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Tesla deal is bad for Nevada, marcus said:

    Another misleading headline, although this time it's the article's headline.

    IT reflects an opinion of at least one person.

    A bad deal, that is one that is poorly negotiated or doesn't get as much in promises from Tesla as some would have liked, is not the same as "bad for Nevada."

    I guess maybe they mean bad in terms of opportunity cost ? That is it's bad to have a deal with Tesla which isn't as good as the deal that they would have liked to have. It's sort of like comparing how this deal works out for Nevada to a parallel universe where Nevada cut a better deal with Tesla.

    They beat out a handful of other states trying to get the plant for their state. That much is known.

    The governor's response to that representative of the watchdog group saying the deal is bad:

    "The 6,500 jobs number is a projection based on several unbiased reports and, as detailed at length yesterday, if a company does not create jobs, they do not receive the tax credit. The Nevada Legislature conducted a comprehensive and thorough review of this legislation. Unanimous support from the Legislature confirms that this deal is good for Nevada."

    Sounds like it's good for Nevada to me. But maybe they could have gotten a better deal for the state, which is what that watchdog group apparently meant when they said it's bad for Nevada.

    You have to read through the politics.

  • On 13 Sep 2014 in Nevada gives $1.3 billion to Tesla but can't afford a medical school, marcus said:

    "Nevada gives $1.3 billion to Tesla"

    Well that's a little deceptive. The biggest part of it is a sales tax exemption worth $725 million. I have to believe that it's a net positive for Nevada's coffers in the long run. All the employees pay Nevada taxes and a spend their cost of living there. And after 20 years, if Tesla is huge, who knows ?

    That sales tax exemption for the batteries is probably actually be passed on to the consumer, improving Tesla's chance to be successful.

    I'm not saying it's wise or not, just saying that they didn't actually give Telsa 1.3 billion.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!, marcus said:

    Peter P says

    Have you checked out the Sony Xperia Z Ultra? It is a phone (so apps like Uber will work) but it has a huge 6.4-inch display.

    I do use a phone some, so I'm not going to go bigger than the Note4. Like I said, I'm trying it. Maybe it will be awkward, and my next phone after the Note (or iphone 6 plus if I get radical) will be smaller. Although I doubt that.

    I've never been the super early adapter. So I'll wait for all the user recview after both have been out a month or two.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Would you eat out this pair of black buns if you had the chance?, marcus said:

    The black cheese is weirder than the black bread.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!, marcus said:

    Peter P says

    It can work well if you regularly use a bluetooth headset

    That's okay. I have big hands, and I don't talk on the phone that much. Very little for my work.

  • On 12 Sep 2014 in Dear iPhone 6 users, welcome to 2012!, marcus said:

    Peter P says

    It was okay but the form factor was awkward to use as a phone.

    I know it might be awkward, but I want to try it.

    I like that it's on the bodrer between tablet and phone. That is I like the big screen. Not that in to tablets. I use a kindle for my ebooks. But I'm just going to have to see whether I find it awkward (versus the upside). I might have to start wearing sport coats or other types of jackets more often, just for holding my pocket computer/phone.

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