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Posts by asinclair

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  • Government Can’t Fix Healthcare

    08/06/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · 7 of 12
    asinclair to Oldpuppymax
    “Healthcare” is not just insurance. Obamacare focused exclusively on insurance. Medicade is just another form of insurance. NO ATTENTION was paid to what is ballooning the costs of medicine. So Obamacare was doomed to fail from the beginning.

    Identify the true cost drivers, and address those issues, and you can have affordable medicine, and less involvement by government — especially by the court system.

  • Republican unity thwarts Democrats’ plans to block Trump’s Cabinet nominees

    01/04/2017 8:59:46 AM PST · 23 of 27
    asinclair to upchuck
    Schumer: “The bottom line is, the president-elect ran as a change agent. He ran against the establishments of both parties. He promised to change the way America operates, to oppose elites, drain the swamp and pay attention to working families. But since the election, he seems to have forgotten that."
    What Schumer fails to mention is that many of Trump's picks have one very significant common factor: they were successful in the business world, they proved they know how to get things done. Even the politicians that Trump has picked have accomplishments. None of them are "just talkers" like so many who served in prior Presidents' cabinets.

    OF COURSE they have potential conflicts of interests, how can one be usefully successful in today's climate and not have hands in a number of pies? This is the one problem I see with "ethics" as currently defined by the Democrats: good people are good because of what they have accomplished, which leads to potential conflicts. Why do we require incoming people to strip naked before they can serve the public good?

    Yes, resolving potential conflicts is good. The Democrats haven't given the President-elect's choices time to strip their lives sufficiently to satisfy the Hard Left. In fact, I think it would be fiscal suicide to perform the strip-tease without a promise that the candidates would be confirmed post-strip.

    It's too bad that "ethics" doesn't extend to political entanglements, as demonstrated by the Obama picks.

  • CNN Crew Jokes About Trump Plane Crashing Before Carrier Speech

    12/04/2016 9:39:30 AM PST · 35 of 36
    asinclair to JohnG45; treetopsandroofs; Admin Moderator
    I'm glad that the level of debate and discourse hasn't changed much over the past twelve months. It reminds me of a kindergarten recess; in that locale, when one can't muster ideas or facts to refute a statement, one resorts to put downs and name calling.

    And CNN’s “apology” is about as sincere as Obama telling us “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” I suspect it was the lawyers talking, to stop-punch any lawsuits and also to have a statement on record to counter any barbs about the event.

    Hope you enjoy your echo chamber.

  • CNN Crew Jokes About Trump Plane Crashing Before Carrier Speech

    12/02/2016 10:23:21 AM PST · 24 of 36
    asinclair to JohnG45
    Where is your head? Oh, don't bother telling me because I know the answer.

    Do you? Tell me your answer, I'd be interested in knowing how accurate you are in your crystal-ball gazing.

  • CNN Crew Jokes About Trump Plane Crashing Before Carrier Speech

    12/02/2016 10:01:40 AM PST · 16 of 36
    asinclair to treetopsandroofs
    You mistake me for a progressive. I'm a government minimalist. And I like it when government is closest to the local voters. This is the danger of Constitutional "featureitis" that has plagued us for many decades -- the monster grows larger and larger.

    As for defending Big Media, no. I'm defending the correct practice of good reporting -- something that was missing from Big Media in this election cycle.

    Mis-characterizing the hot-mic event as a "joke" is not acceptable to me. So I call "foul".

  • CNN Crew Jokes About Trump Plane Crashing Before Carrier Speech

    12/02/2016 9:05:20 AM PST · 8 of 36
    asinclair to tekrat
    I watched that clip, from a position of someone who has been involved in spot reporting via radio/television. Was it joking? Or was it doing the job of the TV/radio spot-reporting journalist and producer to be prepared for any eventuality?

    Nothing messes up live spot reporting like surprises, especially surprises that no one on staff anticipates. When a shocking event occurs, you either have to respond “off the cuff” (which never goes well), or you thought through the possibility (impossibility) beforehand and do a credible job of covering it when it happens.

    Joking? No. Covering the bases? Yes.

    It’s unfair when people lambaste someone for doing their job right.

  • More than 60 percent of Windows users would switch to Mac for more privacy

    08/04/2016 5:45:19 PM PDT · 19 of 70
    asinclair to Swordmaker
    I've been showing Linux Mint with the MATE desktop to hard-core Windows users. This is especially true with those users with Windows XP hardware -- Mint can be installed while preserving their Windows environment.

    Then there was the Dell laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from 8) that I just picked up at a yard sale -- and Mint on that puppy looks and feels good. That laptop had UEFI, and the Mint install went in very smoothly...and I can still load Windows 10 when I want to hurt myself.

  • Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple

    06/09/2016 12:10:42 PM PDT · 59 of 71
    asinclair to Sub-Driver
    Actually, if you really, really look into who did the ENGINEERING for the components used in the iPhone and other smartphones, you need to look at Bell Labs, a NGO dedicated to providing good telephone service in its first 80 years of life.. Both iOS and Android OS can trace part of their ancestry to Unix, a Bell Labs skunks work project. As for government, the government itself didn't ENGINEER the inventions, private industry did, under contract with DARPA and the four branches of the Armed Forces. Not to mention all the fallout from NASA and its contracting to NGOs for Mercury/Gemini/Apollo and the Space Shuttle.

    Basic research? Look to the network of universities and their associated National Laboratories -- more NGOs who moved technology forward.

  • (Vanity) Is HRC eligible under the 22nd Amendment?

    05/15/2016 6:13:52 PM PDT · 1 of 36
    asinclair
  • Which presidential candidate will do the least harm?

    03/09/2016 8:09:15 AM PST · 16 of 74
    asinclair to napscoordinator
    He has a knack for knowing how to win.

    I can see how Donald Trump, if he goes all the way, could be like a dog chasing cars. One day the dog catches one. Puzzled look on his face: "NOW what do I do with it?"

  • Which presidential candidate will do the least harm?

    03/09/2016 8:02:26 AM PST · 15 of 74
    asinclair to Vigilanteman
    The key to the Presidency is who the office-holder picks to advise him/her, and the alliances s/he forges with Congress.

    With Clinton, we already know the type of people she will surround herself with, and who she will talk and listen to in the House and Senate. There is a lot of precedent to examine.

    But what about Trump? Frankly, we don't know much about who he will bring to the White House. We do know, though, that in the past he has surrounded himself with people who, by their results, show they get jobs done in the building trades when they are allowed to. How will he pick his advisers, Cabinet, and consultants?

    Donald Trump never served in the military. That puts him at a severe disadvantage as Commander In Chief. (Hillary didn't serve, either. Neither did Obama.) Trump would need to select a military adviser who knows the Armed Forces inside and out That puts our safety in the hands of an unelected person...but what else is new?

    We know what's in store for the country if Hillery is elected. Da Trump is a murky read. Do you go with the devil you know, or the potential devil you don't know? That is the question.

    The tie-breaker may be the Supreme Court, and the nominee thereto. With Hillary, we get a liberal, or worse, judge. With Donald, who knows?

    This is one tough election year. And it will affect downballot results.

  • Nevada Democrats Screw Military Voters

    02/18/2016 8:29:01 AM PST · 14 of 17
    asinclair to C19fan
    This is 2016. The age of Internet, of Skype. Instead of having to phone in using POTS (plain ol’ telephone service) the military people should be able to use an Internet connection via Skype to participate in the caucus. This has several advantages for our servicemen and -women: they don't have to locate a commercial phone; they don't have to stand there for hours at said commercial phone; and the Skype call can also carry video.
  • Former House Oversight chairman: 'FBI director would like to indict Clinton and Abedin'

    01/29/2016 11:19:42 AM PST · 34 of 49
    asinclair to blueunicorn6
    So, Hillary Clinton had easy access to a secret e-mail system. Why didn't she use it?

    From what I understand, she didn't have a secure Blackberry like her boss. To read secure e-mail, she would have to be physically be at a secured terminal (protected by TEMPEST), which would have interfered with her speech schedule. Not to mention leaving an electronic paper trail.

  • Editorial: Opposition to gun buyback program is indefensible (barf alert)

    10/21/2015 6:46:47 AM PDT · 6 of 25
    asinclair to rellimpank

    Just how many guns are turned in by government employees, particularly employees who are not policemen, armed services, FBI, or Marshal Service?

  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 5:55:33 AM PDT · 23 of 52
    asinclair to Cowboy Bob
    The governments keep raising the bar for pollution and mileage. It is past the point of being unrealistic.

    Already saw an article stating that "this will be the death of diesel, and Europe will have to move to electric/hybrid, like Japan did."

  • EXCLUSIVE: Hillary's email firm was run from a loft apartment with its servers in the BATHROOM,

    08/18/2015 7:32:57 AM PDT · 48 of 91
    asinclair to Hojczyk
    I have to take exception to the insinuation that the server was physically insecure. We know nothing about the circumstances surrounding the operation. Did Platte River have technical people on-site 24/7 monitoring the equipment? Many server room operations don't -- but this is a small company using a residential building where employees lived in the same building, fer cry eye. Also, I notice in the picture that the particular apartment that was being used as the "server room" had *no* markings other than the apartment number -- that's lots of points for physical security.

    As for when the server was in Clinton's house, if the Secret Service was co-located in the house, that speaks for good physical security, too.

    Yes, physical security is important, but you have to look at the entire attack surface presented to the world. With not a lot of effort, one can reduce that surface to a very small footprint.

    Part of the analysis of the attack surface would include which operating system was running on the server box, and the number of services the box exposes to the Internet. The more services, the more opportunity for successful penetrations. Not to mention updating the software regularly to close security holes.

    If I was doing an investigation, I would concentrate more on network security at the two locations. Did they have a NAT (Network Address Translation) box acting as a cut-out to the mail server? (If you don't have direct access to a server, you have a hell of a time breaking into it.) How about intrusion detection and mitigation? Did the company sell co-located servers, which would allow an outsider access to the inside network? What network protection was provided at Clinton's house -- not too many people would have security appliances in a private residence. Do YOU have a Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliance) stuck somewhere in your home?

    I would suspect the FBI either knows this, or hires professional security consultants who do.

    Something to consider: hard disks are VERY EASY to swap. What if, before presenting the server box, someone swapped the old hard drive with a freshly wiped $135 (Office Depot price) drive, and further did a fresh install of software? Hard to read out data that never resided on the hard drive, no matter how many layers of magnetic recording you delve into. And how would you tell the difference between that fresh drive that has been wiped, and a used drive that has been wiped?

    Yes, I've done system and network administration at a Web hosting company. Not in a bathroom closet, but in a storefront. The server room was behind substantial walls and used biometric locks. And its own alarm system.

    Did I mention that I have my own mail server in the kitchen? Unlike the Clinton server, it's Linux based, and it sits behind NAT (another Linux box, no services running, acting as my firewall for my home network) so that it's not openly accessible to attackers in the world.

    Time to prepare some more popcorn as this farce plays out.

  • Income Inequality, are Dems serious?

    05/03/2015 8:51:00 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    asinclair
    Democrats talk a good line: "We [Democrats] need to fix income inequality in this county." Yet what are the solutions Democrats propose? Wage and price controls (minimum and maximum wages, rent controls, unions), income guarantees, more public spending (on education, "resources for children", health care), and changes in tax law ("soak the rich", mine inheritance transfers, close down corporate loopholes and deductions).

    So, what is missing from all these proposals? The workers themselves. Where is the link between the workers' efforts and their remuneration? Most of these solutions interject government in some way between the people with money and the people without money, and with little regard for how each worker contributes to the bottom line of the company. Indeed, too many of the current "solutions" (think unemployment payments and food stamps) encourage people to not work to their maximum potential.

    For income inequality to be brought under control, the focus needs to be on all the workers -- the people who make profits happen -- and not just on management...or government. That's not to say that exiting participants of the bonus pool don't have an effect on profits, but the remuneration may far exceed the contribution to the bottom line. Incentives need to extend further downward.

    In publicly-traded companies, encouraging employee ownership participation is one way to reduce the inequality. Profits are distributed to shareholders, whether they be institutions, mutual funds, or employee-held stock. In a company I once worked for, they had an employee stock-purchase plan that offered stock to all employees at a reduced price, and provided for payroll deduction to buy stock. But it wasn't all about the dividends; employees were kept abreast of the shift in stock price, and managers let employees know how their activities affect it. It provided focus, it did.

    Private companies have the option of paying bonuses to all employees per a formula, but there is no requirement for a company to do so. In this case, some companies need an incentive to share the profits. Bonus payouts are tax deductible. Increase the deduction over and beyond the dollars-and-cents, and the program becomes more attractive to the owners. So my suggestion is to change the tax code to encourage profit-sharing, but instead of having the government collect and re-distribute money, Congress provides a tax credit for an all-employee bonus and/or profit-sharing program over and above the regular deduction.

    There are two good reasons to do this. First, it directly rewards the working employee who contributes to the success, and the profit, of the company. Second, it will cost less to implement, because the administration of the plan rests with the company, and not the IRS or other government bureaucracy. Third, the economy as a whole benefits because profit-sharing money paid directly to the employee is more likely to be spent, not saved. Or invested in college savings funds.

  • Seattle minimum wage increase takes effect and eating out gets more expensive

    04/04/2015 11:54:32 AM PDT · 43 of 70
    asinclair to tanuki
    Ms Kshama Sawant, how much per hour does a Seattle City Councilwoman make? $15/hour?
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery calls veteran 'enemy' during marijuana debate

    04/01/2015 7:50:41 AM PDT · 26 of 104
    asinclair to DiogenesLamp
    dangerous chemical threats, of which Marijuana constitutes one of the lesser ones

    Have you looked at the history behind the current stance on marijuana? Can you point to any studies showing the harmful effects of marijuana, or its active ingredients?

    The original laws, before the Civil War, required labeling Cannabis as a "poison". Indeed, up to the 20th Century, the issue was about labeling, not prohibition.

    Things didn't start to get tense until -- wait for it -- there were an influx of Mexicans. Reportedly, many Mexicans smoked marijuana to relax after working in the fields. Before the Great Depression, there still weren't any prohibitions. After the Great Depression, there was a slew of actions, including the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930. There were lots of claims by the head of the FBN, which resulted in the various States adopting laws to regulate Cannabis.

    The Federal government used to look more kindly to Marijuana, with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. Further, The Department of Agriculture and the US Army encouraged farmers to cultivate hemp between 1942 and 1945 (not for smoking or THC extraction).

    For further reading: the Lagurdia Commission of 1944.

    Then SCOTUS lent its paw, declaring the Marijuana Tax Act to be unconstitutional, in 1969. Oops.

    Bottom line: the eventual prohibition was based on questionable studies -- bad science. Not surprising, as most of the arguments against the weed were emotional, not considered thought.

    (Disclosure: I am not a user of marijuana myself, and don't anticipate a need to become a user.)

  • Indiana Lawmakers Admit “No Gays” Signs Will be Allowed

    03/31/2015 11:08:08 AM PDT · 29 of 55
    asinclair to EveningStar

    So, what is their reaction to a “No Guns” sign in shop windows?