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Posts by asinclair

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  • Why holding the G-7 at Trump’s Doral property is good for the United States

    10/18/2019 10:12:07 AM PDT · 24 of 29
    asinclair to SeekAndFind
    I wonder what the nay-sayers would be bleating if Trump had offered to host the conference at no cost at all to the participants?
  • Facebook wants a photo-ID

    10/18/2019 10:08:38 AM PDT · 26 of 31
    asinclair to McBuff
    Just a thought, but Facebook has been called a “publisher” instead of a “carrier”. The need for positive ID could be triggered by Facebook’s increased exposure to illegal content posted by its customers. Having traceable ID on hand might mollify the LEO when investigations touch on Facebook.
  • The Following Is A Paid Political Message

    10/16/2019 9:31:30 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    asinclair to NOBO2012
    In your list of topics that were off-limits, you missed two:
    • Debt
    • Spending
  • Students Need Real Opportunities for Work—Not More Debt

    10/09/2019 1:45:59 PM PDT · 9 of 15
    asinclair to Kaslin
    from recent high school graduates to those nearing retirement

    And what is that cutoff for "nearing retirement"? There are a number of us who will most likely never retire. Inflation pretty well kicks savings in the butt, and I for one like what I do for a living. If I get eased out, will I able to get the training I need for a new career? What careers are actively looking for seniors?

  • What Democrats Today Really Want

    10/09/2019 9:59:40 AM PDT · 19 of 34
    asinclair to Kaslin
    “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

    ― George Orwell, 1984

  • Conservative Activists Clean Out 50 Tons of Trash from L.A. Homeless Camp: Before and After Videos

    10/03/2019 7:51:45 AM PDT · 70 of 76
    asinclair to Freeport

    Why does this story remind of Tom Sawyer and the fence?

  • Video: Warren Jeered by Trump Supporters at Reno Airport

    10/03/2019 7:45:00 AM PDT · 28 of 31
    asinclair to pepsionice
    ‘Greeters’ should just chant ‘coup, coup, coup’.

    Then the Privileged Person would say "Oh, listen to those bird sing! They are such pigeons."

    Need to find a better word that can't be confused with nature.

  • Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry

    10/03/2019 7:29:36 AM PDT · 9 of 67
    asinclair to yesthatjallen

    Hatch Act violation?

  • IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor

    10/02/2019 2:29:59 PM PDT · 40 of 60
    asinclair to Ken H
    What do they mean by audit?

    As I recall, there are broadly two types of audit. The first audit is a query about specific items in the return, or information the IRS believes is missing. The second type of audit is the research audit, where the IRS goes over EVERYTHING in your return.

    I'm not a tax expert by any means, but the first form of audit is used on "the little guy" and is based on all the reports sent to the IRS from service providers (think banks, employers, clients, brokers) about your business with those providers. The times I've been audited, it's been a letter from the IRS and perhaps a phone call.

    The 1% audits, on the other hand, may well be full-blown research audits, or cover so many IRS irregularity claims, that it takes many man-hours of both taxpayer and bureaucrat time.

    Research audits can backfire. One of my accountants told me a story about one of his clients who was subjected to a research audit. Two weeks and 7 years worth of tax returns later, the IRS ended up owing the taxpayer around eight hundred thousand dollars. So there is a risk. (Don't know all the details.)

  • Gender-Conscious Portland Bans Something From Men’s Bathrooms In City Building [Guess]

    10/02/2019 2:08:47 PM PDT · 20 of 74
    asinclair to Red Badger
    There is another response for men: go to Amazon and purchase a Mail Urinal With Oder Shield. Much less bathroom real estate used in the john while you are peeing, and you only need a stall long enough to dump the liquid. This is not a single-use product, you can use it for as long as you want. I usually replace 'em once a year. (My doctors want me to monitor my urine output, which is why I'm comfortable using one.)
  • Don't assume the Senate would *never* remove Donald Trump

    10/01/2019 4:14:52 PM PDT · 83 of 126
    asinclair to Innovative
    People, this is not a horse race. Impeachment and removal is a process.

    Once the House finishes the job -- if it ever does -- of voting out the articles of impeachment (think of the parallel criminal process of a Grand Jury voting out an indictment), then the case for impeachment becomes plain for all to see. How it goes forward from there isn't clear to me yet, but at that point we are far from a Senate vote to remove the President from office.

    Once we have a bill of particulars, the defense team gets to prepare rebuttals to each and every point. Some here have suggested that as part of that prep work there would be a discovery phase on the part of the defense: the House will already have done its discovery.

    When we see the charges, and some (but not all) of the supporting material, we the people may be able to speculate how the Senate might vote, if and when they finish with a trial. One question is how Chief Justice Roberts will rule on evidence motions. It's possible that evidence ruled out of order could weaken or even demolish the House case.

    Remember that in our criminal judicial system, the juries arrive at their verdicts based only on the evidence presented. Whether that will hold in a Senate trial remains to be seen. Would the public have input to their Senators, and if so what are the rules for said input?

    There are lots of unknowns still.

  • Report: 2 out of 3 Child Porn Reports Related to Facebook Messenger

    10/01/2019 3:46:55 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    asinclair to ransomnote
    This is the Time Magazine Cyperporn article all over again. Perhaps it's a ploy to “protect” Facebook, but Occam's Razor suggests this is just overblown reporting for rating's sake, and not part of an Evil Plot(sm).
  • America’s History Teacher Provides A 12-Minute Master’s Course on Impeachment

    09/28/2019 5:52:45 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    asinclair to ridesthemiles
    These fools cannot even do simple math. 2/3 of 100 is 66.6666666666666 to infinity. Rounds off to 67.

    Is the number 100, or 101? In other words, does the VP get a vote in these proceedings? My suspicion is "no", but I can't find any authority that says one way or another. There can't be a tie, after all.

  • Even the illegals are fleeing California -- and half the state's voters want out, too

    09/28/2019 8:44:47 AM PDT · 15 of 32
    asinclair to SeekAndFind
    I'm in IT. Most of my earlier life was spent east of the Rockies, in places like Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Before taxes and housing costs made life unbearable in those states.

    I took a job in Riverside CA. That's where I damaged my lungs, according to my pulmonologist. And watched the neighborhood morph to foreign-born in the short time I was there.

    That didn't last long; fled to northern Nevada, where I've been ever since. Now on 24-hour oxygen therapy, working from home (at my employers request, I might add, before the therapy started), watching Clark County going further blue toward ultraviolet.

    This in spite of a number of Cali people trying to entice me to leave the Silver State and go into the Golden State. My answer:

    No.

  • Immigrants afraid of Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule are dropping food stamps, MediCal

    09/23/2019 8:54:03 AM PDT · 43 of 47
    asinclair to 2ndDivisionVet
    So many people are asking “Where is Daddy?” with regards to the seven children. I suspect that answer is that “Daddy” is the prick who paid her $5 for a quickie, or $20 for an all-nighter.
  • DEMOCRACY DIES IN PAYWALLS

    09/22/2019 11:57:05 AM PDT · 33 of 50
    asinclair to rintintin
    Each newspaper (and magazine) consist of two rather separate businesses. The first business is to attract eyeballs with content the people behind the eyeballs want to read. The second business is to sell access to those eyeballs to advertisers who want to expose their message and are willing to pay for it.

    For certain publications, the business model is good enough that the publishers can give away the papers, usually to "qualified readers." The sponsored content goes along for the ride.

    The selling of newspapers started in the streets, with "newsboys" hawking the papers for coin in areas where there was a concentration of people, some of whom were willing to let go the coin.

    In the cities, the idea of the "news butcher" grew, where a storefront or kiosk would sell several different papers. In suburbs, "paper boys" would solicit subscriptions from people at their homes, and then deliver a paper every day. In the rural areas, the postman would deliver "second-class mail".

    The subscriptions would pay the costs of providing the paper to the readers (news butcher, paper boy, post office) whereas the cost of the content would be covered by advertising revenue. Readers tolerated, and in some cases welcomed, the advertising because it was *there*, and could be easily bypassed. I'm thinking of the Sunday grocery shopping ads, where first my mother, then my ex-wife, would note particular sales and clip coupons.

    People would subscribe to a variety of publications, because it was easy to do so and didn't require specific action on the reader's part other than to pick up the newspaper or magazine and open it up. The ethics of the journalism community was to report the facts, not necessary try to mold the reader's view of the facts (outside of the clearly-marked editorial pages).

    In the late 20th, you started seeing more bias in the main stories from the several newspapers and magazines. The fall of television news' "Fairness Doctrine" is an indicator in another medium of the trend, which continues. Then the newspapers started to cease publication, or would merge with other newspapers. Fewer and fewer editorial points of view. Magazines have had their own shrinkage.

    OK, we have a paywall with publications -- in order to read it on the Internet, you have to subscribe. The problem is that it isn't just a matter of forking over money from time to time; you have to deal with the DRM issue. Access tokens are unique to each publication. You have to "sign in" to read the content, which is particularly irksome if you are steered by the headlines services like Google News and the Drudge Report, to name two. Or by searches.

    Not only are we back to the coin model, but you have to have a coin specific to each publication. No coin, no access.

    In my father's house, we subscribed to a number of publications:

    • The Wall Street Journal
    • The Journal American
    • The local paper
    • TIME magazine
    • LIFE magazine
    • Popular Mechanics
    • Popular Mechanics
    • Arizona Highways
    My brother and I would buy other publications from time to time from the newsstands: comic books, QST, 73s, Popular Electronics, Radio and Electronics, and others.

    For the subscribed magazines and papers, Dad would pay for multiple-year subscriptions, so that he wouldn't have to mess with sending checks too frequently. When we started seeing Publishers Clearinghouse fliers, we would sign up for multiple subscriptions, sending one check.

    The newspaper and magazine industry has not evolved to the point that paying for the product now is as painless as it was in the 60s and 70s. Couple that with the unstated bias for the publications, I refuse to subscribe to any paywalled publication whose editorial content does not strike me as balanced and complete.

    Which is why I have no subscriptions to a paywalled publication.

    Instead, I peruse both left and right headline services, in the hope that my effort will provide me with a complete picture. This is in line with the concept "The proper cure for bad speech is more speech." A good example: the Boeing 737 Max problem is far more complex than the MSM makes it. Yes, Boeing engineers made a bad decision. But the number of bad decisions by everyone involved is in the high two digits, or low three digits. Lots of players. Try to gleen that from the newspaper reporting to date.

    I try to read multiple and varied sources. No matter how much I have to hold my nose doing it.

  • YANG: I’ll Cut Down On Meat Consumption By Making It Expensive

    09/20/2019 8:33:21 AM PDT · 34 of 148
    asinclair to AnotherUnixGeek
    At some point in our nation’s history, it became acceptable for politicians to use taxes to make people behave in ways politicians want them to behave.

    Which is how, at the federal level, we have an insane amount of tax law, which makes it hard for everyone. It has created a booming industry of "tax preparation" that further drains money. "If you want less of something, tax it; if you want more of something, subsidize it." It's too bad there is no subsidy for common sense.

  • Five Things President Trump Can Do to Confront and Prevent a Homelessness Tsunami

    09/16/2019 2:15:48 PM PDT · 71 of 76
    asinclair to Oshkalaboomboom
    if you have a job and still can't afford to pay for housing you might want to consider looking for a job in a place where you can afford to live.

    The problem is that one has to be able to find a job in an affordable area. Many STEM jobs requires that their employees come to work each day in a housing-challenged area. Work-from-home is still not an option for many people.

    I'd start with Washington DC, particularly with some people jonesing for "solutions" of climate change. If we start by eliminating all the air travel for our elected officials, and eliminating commuting for all the bureaucrats, then jobs could move to less-expensive areas.

    Don't hold your breath. "Tis for thee, not me."

  • Five Things President Trump Can Do to Confront and Prevent a Homelessness Tsunami

    09/16/2019 9:08:41 AM PDT · 26 of 76
    asinclair to unixfox
    Maybe the parents should think about getting a job and quit doing drugs and alcohol. Or am I just being cruel.

    Considering that so many of the homeless in San Francisco have jobs, your advice of the first part is useless. I agree about drugs/alcohol. In looking at the homeless reports in both large and small cities, the problem is that there are too many people and too few housing choices. "Affordable housing" in the larger cities is in the same class as Obama's "affordable health care" -- an oxymoron.

    For many of the cities with homeless problems, the issue is that those cities are attractive nuisances. You need to eliminate the attraction to get the homeless to move on, and perhaps live where they can afford housing on the wages they earn.

    Want to talk about health care costs? Listen to hospital administrators who complain about the number of "freebie" patients -- and how they have to boost the fees charged to the rest of us to cover the cost of free-loader care.

    Welfare programs et al just further encourage inappropriate choices. (I remember hearing the stories of groups of unemployed and seldom-employed actors in LA pooling their benefits money and living in nice places, renting nice cars.)

    As for the children, that's another problem. How come the Democrats never talk about requiring a license to bring a child into the world, complete with credit and background check?

  • Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism

    09/12/2019 11:10:39 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    asinclair to fruser1

    DuckDuckGo as an exercise to the reader.