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Posts by CurlyDave

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  • Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

    04/18/2015 9:17:04 PM PDT · 20 of 57
    CurlyDave to 2ndDivisionVet

    Reparations is the start of a never-ending saga. No matter how much is given it will never be considered “enough”.

    Once the gate is opened it can never be closed...

  • Hacked to pieces with a Samurai sword, the burglars who got a VERY unpleasant surprise (...)

    04/13/2015 9:46:54 PM PDT · 33 of 57
    CurlyDave to Ramius

    I was quite disappointed that there were not pictures of the pieces which had been hacked off of the burglars.

    Leaving a few pieces behind would cure them for a good long time...

  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/11/2015 12:04:27 AM PDT · 30 of 40
    CurlyDave to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Goats are not as benign as writers like to make them out to be.

    We live in a CA town which switched from mechanical mowers to goats to maintain a local park. We used to walk our dogs there, and discovered that when goats ate 18” high grass and weeds, they left behind a 2” layer of little goat berries, i.e. goat dung.

    From a distance, this looks just fine, but up close it is a nightmare. And don’t even ask about what happens in the rain, when dried pellets become reconstituted goat manure.

  • The Apple Watch was 'largely sold out' in just 10 minutes

    04/10/2015 11:08:27 AM PDT · 11 of 20
    CurlyDave to Logical me

    There are apps in the medical/health field which IMHO are real sleepers.

    Continuous blood pressure and pulse rate monitoring are just a baby step, but for people with heart conditions even these could be a lifesaver.

    I can easily imagine an app that notifies the wearer of an impending heart attack and calls 911.

    There is already a business in medallions that older people wear to be able to summon assistance in the even of a fall or other emergency. The watch does that and a whole lot more.

    Either of those applications is easily worth the price of the watch for the right customers.

    This is an initial model, not as useful as it will be in 5 years, but I see a huge potential.

  • Most U.S. 21st Century Population Growth Came in Just 27 Metro Areas

    04/07/2015 10:28:29 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    CurlyDave to servantboy777
    Major (not including minor or recessionary downtrends) reversions occurred in 1921, 1929, 1936, 1973, 1987, 2000, 2007-2008.

    The times between the major "reversions" do not support the concept of cycles with a regular time period. Economics is a much more complex field than most people think.

    Even in introductory college courses, the "no math" or "low math" version is taught. The reality is that pretty advanced calculus is required for serious understanding of economic principles.

    I have never gone wrong guiding my personal portfolio on the prediction that there will be inflation. Under Obama, there is going to be even more inflation than previously. "Quantitative easing" is just another way to say we are running the printing presses at full speed.

    Quality stocks, and real brick-and-mortar real estate both weather inflation quite well.

  • Most U.S. 21st Century Population Growth Came in Just 27 Metro Areas

    04/07/2015 10:05:35 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    CurlyDave to RinaseaofDs
    So, you are for illegal immigration?

    I am in favor of legal immigration.

    The problem we have is that we have theoretically closed our borders, while in fact leaving them wide open. And, we are selectively choosing the worst possible people to offer amnesty.

    People will pay ~$2000 to be smuggled into the US to work in horrible conditions. If we closed the border and then sold green cards for $3000 we would be far ahead of the game and so would the people who came.

  • Most U.S. 21st Century Population Growth Came in Just 27 Metro Areas

    04/07/2015 9:01:43 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    CurlyDave to servantboy777
    ...National debt will continue to rise. Stock market is likely to correct and millions of middle class folks will wake up to see another trillion dollar evaporation of their wealth.

    The evidence is there. Sounds so doom and gloom, but cyclical trends in the markets bare out this point...

    Do you have a reference for these cyclical trends?

    My experience has been that during the course of my lifetime the stock market has richly rewarded those who look to the future, and has punished those stuck in the past.

    In general, those who predict gloom and doom for stocks are the ones who are either unsuccessful in investing or who have no investments at all.

    ...The gubbamint is hiding the real numbers in regards to illegals crossing the border and how many are here now...

    I do not see this as the disaster many others do. People are voting with their feet, taking enormous chances and moving to the US because they see more opportunity here than where they came from. Most want to work and better themselves. What is the real difference between these immigrants and the earlier waves that propelled the US to its position of power in the world?

    We need these people. Social Security is based on the premise of many workers for each retiree. The people currently in the US have not increased our numbers at anywhere near the rate necessary.

    On a personal basis, I see this trend and look for ways to prosper from it, rather than ways to fight it...


    04/07/2015 8:21:39 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    CurlyDave to EQAndyBuzz
    I would think with this statement, why would any US ally, including Israel even think of purchasing the F35? At least for Israel, they can discuss getting Raptors, although under Obama this won’t ever happen.

    Do they really think they have seen the "very best" that the F35 can do?

    Even Obama can not stamp out all the real patriots in the armed services and their suppliers. I suspect there are unadvertised capabilities...

  • Pico Rivera Chuck E. Cheese Shooters Sentenced

    04/06/2015 8:00:45 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    CurlyDave to Gritty
    I wouldn’t go into a Chuck E. Cheese if I was starving to death and had a million dollars to spend on food.

    If I had that much to spend, I wouldn't either.

    But what if your 5 year old has a birthday and you have $100 to spend?

  • Venezuela reaches the final stage of socialism: no toilet paper

    04/05/2015 9:24:28 PM PDT · 63 of 113
    CurlyDave to Kartographer
    Ab out 15 years ago I was in Russia several times on business.

    The hotels we stayed in had toilet paper, but all of the public washrooms in any of the Russian buildings we entered had baskets next to the toilets which were designed to hold newspapers. They were screwed to the walls at the same height as TP rolls in the US. All of the Russians were quite adept at tearing the newspaper into the proper size squares, which was evident from the pieces still in the baskets.

    This is nothing new for the socialists...

  • Venezuela reaches the final stage of socialism: no toilet paper

    04/05/2015 9:24:19 PM PDT · 62 of 113
    CurlyDave to Kartographer
    Ab out 15 years ago I was in Russia several times on business.

    The hotels we stayed in had toilet paper, but all of the public washrooms in any of the Russian buildings we entered had baskets next to the toilets which were designed to hold newspapers. They were screwed to the walls at the same height as TP rolls in the US. All of the Russians were quite adept at tearing the newspaper into the proper size squares, which was evident from the pieces still in the baskets.

    This is nothing new for the socialists...

  • Chris Christie pardons Philly mom arrested for her concealed weapon in New Jersey

    04/03/2015 8:03:47 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    CurlyDave to SeekAndFind

    Nice in this one case, but NJ still denies basic rights to its own citizens.

  • NPR: Concealed Carry Surging in the Black Community

    04/03/2015 7:59:13 AM PDT · 9 of 24
    CurlyDave to Reno89519
    BTW, has anyone seen update to DC now that they dropped their appeal?

    They have a new may (but almost never) issue law they will try to defend.

    The strategy appears to be that because they have a new law, the old court orders do not apply and opponents of the law have to start all over again in the courts. The opponents (the good guys) are trying to get the court to rule that the new law has to conform to the existing rulings, which it doesn't.

  • The lost nuclear fusion reactor design?

    03/31/2015 9:57:15 PM PDT · 51 of 51
    CurlyDave to Some Fat Guy in L.A.
    Also the Bussard Ramjet from Larry Niven’s stories.

    Actually, Bussard proposed the ramjet, Larry Niven just brought the idea to the attention of the public.

  • ‘Black Brunch’ Protesters Hit Atlanta on Palm Sunday: ‘You’re Scaring the Children!’

    03/30/2015 11:04:58 PM PDT · 10 of 40
    CurlyDave to 2ndDivisionVet

    Where are the Police in all this?

    The “protestors” are clearly trespassing in the restaurant as well as creating a disturbance and refusing to leave private property.

  • Haters Of Self-Defense Face Unrelenting Defeat Everywhere

    03/29/2015 8:25:28 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    CurlyDave to rktman
    The real problem is that in the most RAT-infested states: CA, MA, NJ, etc. progress is being turned back.

    In CA, the Peruta decision which would have made the entire 9th circuit shall issue has gone to en banc review. If the judges on the court were in favor of this decision they would have just let it stand. The only reason to review it is to overturn it.

    We will evolve into a country where criminals are favored in liberal areas and suppressed in the rest of the nation.

  • Cashier, 18, buys custard for little boy who was $2 short...and gets rewarded

    03/29/2015 7:43:08 AM PDT · 12 of 44
    CurlyDave to St_Thomas_Aquinas
    My wife works at a supermarket. She said that customers routinely help out other customers who come up short at checkout.

    I used to do this several times a year. But for the past few years, I had stopped just because I don't know if someone is going to feel "dissed" if a stranger helps out.

    One of the primary purposes in a supermarket is to keep the checkout line moving. The customers who most frequently come up short are the same ones who do not seem to care if they hold up the line...

  • 10 Proposals For Eliminating The Racial Wealth Gap

    03/28/2015 7:20:23 PM PDT · 65 of 83
    CurlyDave to theBuckwheat
    ...The number one way to bring true economic equality is to stop the Federal Reserve from creating money out of thin air, by which financial assets are bid up and the time-value of money is suppressed to near zero. If there is any unfairness, people who tend to hold large portions of their wealth in classes of assets that are financed by the Fed’s money-printing are boosted, and the entire nation must stand behind the resulting credit bubble...

    Do you remember when you were in school and people told you that school was preparing you for life? Well, the issue you point out is one of life's intelligence tests. Oh, no one calls it that, and they don't pass out paper and pencils for your answers, but the wise man puts his wealth in assets which tend to keep up with inflation.

    Being able to recognize the intelligence tests that life challenges you with and being able to get the correct answers is very important.

    If minorities insist that learning this skill is "acting white" they will never advance. The truth is that it is "acting wealthy". There are plenty of poor whites who did not pay attention in school...

  • 10 Proposals For Eliminating The Racial Wealth Gap

    03/28/2015 7:09:00 PM PDT · 64 of 83
    CurlyDave to MSF BU

    Sociologists make a distinction between voluntary immigrants and involuntary immigrants.

    People who come to any country on their own tend to do well, those who are forced into another country do not do well.

    I am certain that Thomas Sowell understands this distinction.

    Native Americans are involuntary immigrants, even though they are a special case where the foreign country came to them...

  • Fed up with Garmin GPS -- any suggestions?

    03/26/2015 3:34:51 AM PDT · 83 of 126
    CurlyDave to EinNYC
    ...I just want to keep a GPS in the glove compartment and connect it when I have to find my way to an unfamiliar place, or find a better route to somewhere I’m going...

    I think this is your problem. I have used the Garmin GPS units for years, and have not had the problems you are describing. But, I keep mine on the dashboard of my car and keep it turned on all the time.

    I think your problem comes from keeping it in the glovebox and only taking it out occasionally. It likes to know where it is and it can't update its location when it is turned off and in the glovebox. DW and I have five Garmin units between us, one in each of the vehicles we drive even a little. (Her car, my car, son's car, sports car, 4x4 hunting truck.) I have had the problems you describe, but in the past few years they have been very rare. Maybe once per year, always in very rural settings.

    The unit in my hunting rig even works on the Forest Service roads way out in the boonies.

    OTOH, I almost always either look up the address of someplace I want to find, or if I want to find a store by name, I wait until I am reasonably close to the store to search for it. I never expect it to give me an intersection, only a street address. Don't expect it to be something it is not meant to be.

    Get a bean bag mount for your Garmin and keep it on your dashboard. The newer models will show your speed and the local speed limit. This has saved me enough tickets to more than pay for the unit. The speed indicator is far more accurate than the one in your car. I connect mine to my Mac every few months and update both the software and the maps. From the reviews I read, there is no better car GPS than the Garmin.

  • The Death Throes of Common Core

    03/25/2015 11:52:12 AM PDT · 8 of 19
    CurlyDave to BitWielder1
    Tell him it won't hurt him one bit to know two different ways to do something, then he can choose which one works best for him.

    But he can't choose. He gets zero credit unless he does it the common core way.

  • Just Upgraded To New Apple OS X, Need Help, With Safari, Vanity

    03/24/2015 11:45:23 AM PDT · 35 of 45
    CurlyDave to Swordmaker

    To see the full website address in the new Safari (8.0.4), under “Safari” in the menu bar, open “Preferences”, choose “Advanced” and then check the first item “Smart Search Field: Show full website address” in the “Advanced” tab.

  • A promised 'right' to fast internet rings hollow for millions stuck with 20th-century speeds

    03/24/2015 11:29:02 AM PDT · 19 of 26
    CurlyDave to taxcontrol
    Any person in the US can have Gigabit Ethernet to their house. All they have to do is pay the local carrier to bring fiber optics to their house. If they can't afford that, they can make their own decisions as to the trade offs of speed vs cost. It is call the free market and it does NOT need government to interfere.

    Internet interconnection is different then ethernet, this makes your post suspect from the start. I am not so sure about the availability of really high-speed internet if the customer is willing to pay.

    We are in a small town in southern Oregon. 8 years ago, I checked on even getting cable internet to our house, and the cable company was not willing to extend their network the 4000 feet we needed. Even if we paid for the entire extension ourselves. I told them that $20k was not out of the question, although I would have preferred less.

    For years we had DSL from the local phone company, which was advertised at 1.8 Mbps, but measured 0.3 to 1.2 depending on the day and who had squawked the most recently. They had a few good pairs, which they would rob from someone else when we complained. Then they gave them to others when they complained and put us back on the noisy ones.

    Right now, we have a provider who has microwave internet, which is not very common. We get almost 3 Mbps which is great compared to the old DSL, but not "modern" in any sense.

    I admit, I never checked on fiber optic, but suspect that right-of-way issues would make it impractical for costs under several million$.

    We would love to have any improvement.

  • The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point” now in the open

    03/24/2015 7:59:39 AM PDT · 15 of 27
    CurlyDave to butterdezillion
    The passage is usually translated:"...for it is a man's number..." which has a significantly different meaning than the passage without the word "a".

    "666" is frequently thought to refer to Nero, who persecuted early Christians without mercy.

  • Man Says He Was Deported to Mexico Despite Proving US Citizenship

    03/23/2015 9:40:17 PM PDT · 59 of 65
    CurlyDave to kaehurowing
    Were his parents legally in the U.S. when he was born? If not, he is an anchor baby and is not a U.S. citizen.

    Where did you learn this?

    The constitution says that anyone born in the US is a citizen. The legal status of their parents is not mentioned. If he was born in the US he is a citizen.

  • Sun setting on daylight saving time? States consider alternative to clock-changing ‘hassle’

    03/21/2015 10:19:48 PM PDT · 145 of 156
    CurlyDave to John Valentine
    The US is on Daylight Savings Time for 2/3 of the year already, but if it were made standard year round, there are places that would see nightfall at 3 or 3:30 PM during December and January....

    You have it backwards. DST always adds another hour of light in the evening and subtracts one in the morning. The problem with year-round DST is darkness in the mornings, particularly darkness before school starts for children. Whenever it is tried, every kid hit by a car on the way to school is blamed on winter DST. There is a strong possibility that they are right.

  • 137 killed, 345 injured in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

    03/20/2015 8:40:04 AM PDT · 25 of 79
    CurlyDave to McGruff
    Muslims vs Muslims. Let’s stay out of it.

    Both sides need much foreign aid, in the form of weaponry.

  • 'Please Don't Shoot Me': Dog Walker Begs for Life Before Deadly Shooting (Philadelphia)

    03/19/2015 10:21:46 PM PDT · 42 of 67
    CurlyDave to Leaning Right
    Rule Number One is situational awareness.

    Why people wear earbuds and all sorts of distractions in public places is a complete mystery to me.

    The more "diverse" the area the more I stay attuned to what is happening around me...

  • Dog germs may be good for you

    03/19/2015 12:05:32 AM PDT · 27 of 74
    CurlyDave to upchuck
    ...The NO TRESPASSING sign...

    You missed the railroad track 50 feet away.

  • It looks like there's another Democratic presidential candidate

    03/18/2015 9:07:42 AM PDT · 53 of 68
    CurlyDave to SeekAndFind
    Since leaving office in January, O'Malley has been traveling the country and laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign. During recent visits to Kansas, New Hampshire and elsewhere, O'Malley has delivered a progressive populist message. Specifically, he has called for reinstating Glass-Steagall banking regulations, hiking the capital gains tax, increasing the minimum wage, raising the threshold for overtime pay and strengthening collective bargaining rights.

    The capital gains tax is already too high, Seattle is discovering that raising minimum wage kills jobs, and strengthening unions will only lead to further polarization of the work force.

    We need jobs.

  • Here's how much you should have saved up for retirement by now

    03/12/2015 9:54:35 AM PDT · 33 of 56
    CurlyDave to petercooper

    I retired six years ago. DW is retiring next year.

    I don’t think the table takes into account pensions and SS payments. It hard to tell from just the table.

    1. If you are fortunate enough to have both, you can capitalize the expected payments and substantially reduce the amount you need to personally have.

    2. From the position of been there, done that, I can tell you that the more invested savings you have, the better when you retire. DW and I lived well below our means, enduring the derision of relatives, and ex-spouses. Now that we are retired, the peace of mind that we have is well worth the sacrifices we made.

  • UPDATED: Retired Correction Officer Shoots Man During Dispute In Brooklyn Subway

    03/11/2015 10:12:52 AM PDT · 15 of 60
    CurlyDave to redreno
    I would sure like to know why I, as a retired engineer, am not allow to carry to protect myself like this retired corrections officer?

    Am I less worthy?

    Less intelligent?

    More likely to commit a crime?

    I have a fair pension and an just a good a target for a robbery.

  • Decades after divorce, U.K. millionaire faces claim from ex-wife

    03/11/2015 8:44:41 AM PDT · 19 of 31
    CurlyDave to WayneS
    ... the guy should have taken better care of his kid once he began to make a good living.

    That depends.

    Did he even know where the child was? My ex tried her best to keep my child as far away from me as she could. The only thing she wanted was the support payment.

    If she kept good relations with him over the years, I think he should help her, and he definitely needs to be in his son's life, but if she was a witch toward him, he owes her nothing. In fact, the lawsuit has "witch" written all over it. An approach based on honey instead of vinegar would probably get results.

  • Chinese Officials Just Confirmed They're Building A Second Aircraft Carrier

    03/10/2015 11:12:36 PM PDT · 32 of 39
    CurlyDave to robowombat
    ...why if it is a waning weapon system are the Chinese expending a lot of resources to build an ever more capable and larger carrier air arm?

    It is probably a waning system when stacked against first-world countries with modern navies.

    It will do quite nicely against third-world countries.

  • GeekWire: Good Chance Hillary's Homebrew Server 'Compromised by Foreign Intelligence'

    03/10/2015 9:27:35 AM PDT · 17 of 35
    CurlyDave to PJ-Comix

    I would surely like to know where the “home-brew” server came from and who installed and maintained it.

    I looked at the Clinton Foundation financial report and in 2013 they were a $350+ million concern, with $50-100 million in free cash. They may have their own server, but it wasn’t an old computer repurposed for this use, it was a brand-new one bought and installed specifically for this use.

    Why would it be in their extra bedroom, if it was there? The best reason I can think of is Secret Service protection. Any Clinton home gets the best physical protection the US government can provide, which means access is very restricted. And all at no cost to Hillary.

    The Clintons are selfish people with an agenda that is bad for our country, but they aren’t stupid. She knew the computer would be the target of attacks and yet wanted it completely under her control. I think she spent the money to do this right.

    This was not some teenybopper’s homemade server.

  • Green Fiasco: 92% Of Swiss Voters Reject Carbon Tax In Referendum

    03/10/2015 12:26:07 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    CurlyDave to steve86
    ...guns are not usually even stored on the owners' premises.

    This is just plain not true.

    While I have known only a few Swiss citizens, they all stored their military rifles at home.

  • Drudge Report pandering to the left?

    03/08/2015 12:40:09 AM PST · 44 of 50
    CurlyDave to Rides_A_Red_Horse
    Didn’t Drudge break the Monica Lewinsky story?

    You are sort of right. He was the first to publish it, and it put him on the map, but the rest of the story is that the real heavy lifting was done by people at another news source (Time maybe?) who could not get enough corroboration to have their editors publish it.

    So, they gave the story to Drudge and he ran with it.

  • Why companies are rewarding shareholders instead of investing in the real economy

    03/07/2015 10:17:06 PM PST · 25 of 32
    CurlyDave to Lorianne
    Another article on economics written by someone with no knowledge of the subject.

    I you really want to know why wages are low, there are two reasons:

    1. There is no recovery. We are still in the Obama recession. When the government talks about recovery, they are lying to you, and

    2. Obama has increased the labor supply at a time of stagnant labor demand. This produces wage and salary declines.

    Amnesty may produce more democrat votes, but it is lowering living standards.

  • LA to Pay $50K to Detained Photographers and Teach Deputies That Photography is Not a Crime

    03/07/2015 9:28:08 PM PST · 9 of 31
    CurlyDave to SWAMPSNIPER
    This is a total insult to freedom. $50k is not even going to be noticed in the LA budget.

    The training will consist of teachings on how to not get caught.

  • Oregon abolishes its hopelessly bungled health insurance exchange

    03/07/2015 9:10:48 PM PST · 11 of 18
    CurlyDave to Star Traveler
    It looks like Oregon will be one of those states that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule against ... :-) ...

    Actually, Oregon may be one of there very sticky points in the court's ruling. They tried, but failed to put a state exchange into place. I can certainly imagine some lawyer asking: "Should the citizens be penalized for the incompetence of their government?"

    Of course, my answer would be: "You elected them, you live with the consequences." OTOH, liberals are never very big on consequences for foolish actions.

  • High School Principal Excludes White Students From ‘Black Lives Matter’ Event

    03/07/2015 8:32:49 PM PST · 37 of 85
    CurlyDave to 2ndDivisionVet
    ...Further conversations among and across other racial affinity groups shall take place at the high school in the coming months and into next year...

    Suspend his lying @$$ without pay until they hold a white students only event, and then fire him.

  • Wisconsin police fatally shoot black teen, prompting protest

    03/07/2015 11:40:53 AM PST · 32 of 39
    CurlyDave to silverleaf
    ...Don’t they have search warrants to go into people’s homes unless there is violence occurring inside that home?

    If the police are in "hot pursuit" of a fleeing felon, they can enter without a warrant and even search without a warrant.

    They do not need to chase him into a particular apartment in order to be in "hot pursuit". If a witness tells them that he entered a certain door, that is good enough. The report of a battery might establish probable cause for a felony.

  • A Letter From Black America (Yes, we fear the police. Here’s why)

    03/07/2015 10:30:59 AM PST · 49 of 78
    CurlyDave to ScubieNuc
    When it said that three of the six are “journalists”, I concluded that their degrees don’t mean a whole lot. Therefore, I had no more interest in reading the article.

    The truth is that you didn't have much interest in reading it in the first place, either that or you need to work hard on your reading comprehension.

    There were four adults, who hold six degrees among them. Among the four adults, there are three journalists.

    Before you dismiss out of hand the complaints of probably responsible people, at least pay attention to the complaints.

    Even though I am a white guy, I have always lived well below my means, and when I was young, I was subjected to a lot of the police harassment they describe. When I had an old car, and longish hair, I did not get much respect from the po-po.

    The big difference is that I could cut my hair and buy newer cars. Suddenly -- respect. A black guy can do that, but he still gets less respect than average.

    My differences with the article are that the author shows no comprehension that she has any responsibility for fixing the problems she describes. And, she lumps justified police killings in with unjustified ones, strongly implying that they are all the fault of the police.

  • Ohio terrorism suspect says he would’ve shot President Obama

    03/07/2015 3:13:09 AM PST · 24 of 33
    CurlyDave to Boomer
    He just needs a job. Right?

    In this case, we will make an exception. A haircut, a shave, and then a job.

  • Like ‘Just Say No,’ but With More Kalashnikovs

    03/07/2015 3:09:53 AM PST · 9 of 17
    CurlyDave to nickcarraway
    I call BS on the whole story.

    I have never seen a junkie capable of digging even a shallow hole, much less a "tall" one.

    The cost of feeding one for weeks at a time is higher than the value of the work they would produce.

  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/04/2015 3:09:27 AM PST · 24 of 45
    CurlyDave to RginTN
    He had 46 marijuana plants...yeah right it was all for his personal use!!

    My best friend needed a liver transplant several years ago. This was a debilitating medical condition, both before and after the operation. He spent many years on disability. Before he became ill he was an excellent engineer and in the top 5%, maybe higher, of wage earners.

    Afterwards, he was poor. Grinding, life-sucking poverty. He did not use, or need medical marijuana for his condition. But I would never question the decision of a very ill person to grow a little extra so as to relieve both the symptoms of the disease and his financial needs.

    What good does it do to help relieve the physical pain if we leave the patient in poverty? There are no cartels, no DOJ gun-smuggling operations, and no real harm to the US. Give him a little room to both relieve his pain and take care of his other needs.

    I applaud the jury decision.

  • PHILIP LABONTE: ERIC GARNER Was Killed By The Government, Not The Police

    03/02/2015 6:15:51 AM PST · 9 of 11
    CurlyDave to Mr Ramsbotham
    If it hadn’t been for the tax laws, Garner would not have been selling cigarettes in the first place.

    As right as you are, what line of work would he have taken up?

    The skills required to sell loose cigarettes are minimal, but the earnings are higher than other low skill jobs because the activity is illegal and there are risks.

    This is a big problem. Jobs with even moderate pay require skills many workers do not have.

  • 'Millionaire' Blockbuster Author dies in Crash

    03/01/2015 10:08:00 PM PST · 36 of 41
    CurlyDave to max americana
    It appears you are a learned man of great refinement.

    I see why you came away from the book with the ideas you present so clearly.

  • 'Millionaire' Blockbuster Author dies in Crash

    03/01/2015 9:22:48 PM PST · 33 of 41
    CurlyDave to max americana
    When I interned here in L.A., every “slave” read that book. There’s nothing wrong splurging in something expensive once in a while as it’s a reward system for your hard work. The main message I got was try not to spend more than you can make, and to make money, you need money.

    Maybe you should re-read the book.

    The message I got from it is not that "to make money, you need money". The message I got was that it is possible to save enough to become wealthy through investment.

    Clearly, somewhere along the way the savings and investments you have are going to become substantial, but this is a far cry from needing money to make money.

    The concept of "splurging on something expensive as a reward for hard work" isn't in there either. The idea is to save first, then lower expenditures to fall within what is left.

    The reward for this is security in retirement, possibly retiring early, and never having to worry about money.

  • Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized

    02/27/2015 10:59:08 PM PST · 29 of 94
    CurlyDave to doc1019
    Doesn’t matter what SAT score they receive, their ability to work their way through the course material is what matters. A large percentage of blacks that enter College drop out during their first year. Just because you get an augmented SAT score doesn’t guarantee you will make it in College.

    It does matter.

    For every student who is admitted through an "augmented" score there is a more deserving student who was denied her chance to attend a top-rated university.