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  • Connecticut Joins the eTax Fray (Internet to Be Taxed in Conn.)

    03/23/2010 10:36:02 AM PDT · 3 of 8
    underground to Andrea19
    No one seems to learn! I work in e-retail myself and I've written previously about how these affiliate taxes have played out in the states that implement them. Long story short, there is no way that my web-based business and affiliate partners will ever be able to conform to a bunch of sales taxes passed by each various state and country in the world. Its much easier for the big partners to just abandon taxed states and take their jobs elsewhere. One click and your affiliation is terminated - its so easy to end this type of business relationship, and there's no shortage of people in other states and countries who are willing to do the work and spend the money in their own communities instead.
  • LIVE THREAD: U.S. House on Bailout Bill

    10/03/2008 6:56:43 AM PDT · 30 of 618
    underground to careyb

    Kinda funny to hear Pence and Kucinich rise against the bill from completely opposite perspectives. At this point, I don’t care why people are against the bailout, there are so many legitimate reasons they can take their pick.


    10/01/2008 10:31:34 AM PDT · 7 of 57
    underground to screaminsunshine
    I called my Rep on Monday, called both my Senators today.

    The Rep voted for it after his staffers told me everyone was calling in against. He's lucky he did this after his primaries were over, because I doubt our gerry-mandered district would ever vote for a Dem. At this point, I'd take a Dem who voted against the socialist banking takeover over a Rep who voted for it. We can see where their loyalties lie and honesty, integrity, and loyalty to the constituency are the main things we need these days.

  • Where Did All The Threads Go??

    09/24/2008 8:59:57 AM PDT · 10 of 273
    underground to KoRn

    Uh oh...

  • Palin inhaled marijuana smoke

    09/01/2008 11:08:14 AM PDT · 79 of 118
    underground to chris_bdba

    He’s right on that edge... Some people call the sub-generation “generation Jones” but either way he’s right on the cusp that implies some kind of mixed influence. I definitely see some of both... the boomer entitlement and some of the Xer rebelliousness

  • Palin inhaled marijuana smoke

    09/01/2008 10:56:23 AM PDT · 70 of 118
    underground to PackerBoy
    As time marches on, it will be harder and harder to find candidates who have not "experimented" with drugs, has premarital sex, etc.

    Especially with Gen-X so apparently eager to get into politics. Baby boomers (Bush, Clinton) might have felt the need to hide it or downplay it, but Genetion X (Palin, Obama) will out-right flaunt it.

  • Police Target Student Drug Use/ Top Government Schools, Montgomery County, Maryland

    09/01/2008 10:45:03 AM PDT · 6 of 9
    underground to wintertime

    No, I went to a Catholic school and got a great education! Won a few awards, got accepted to a few ivies, got big scholarships.

    In defense of homeschooling, I think the most important things I learned at home: how to read, and how to enjoy learning. But even like the article mentions, school might help create the networks, but most of the activity goes on away from there.

  • Police Target Student Drug Use/ Top Government Schools, Montgomery County, Maryland

    09/01/2008 9:44:07 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    underground to wintertime

    Don’t wanna burst any bubbles here, but the homeschooled kid in my neighborhood used to come smoke with us in the woods in the afternoon

  • Freeper Needs Help Setting-Up Secure Communications

    08/17/2008 9:13:04 PM PDT · 41 of 41
    underground to underground
    I agree with the advice of PHPBB and a shared webhost like dreamhost or bluehost. You don't have to be incredibly technically inclined to rent some server space and build a forum. Heck, dreamhost sets them up automatically through a script with a single click...even I can do it! Add in a dreamhost coupon and the total annual price after coupon is about $70.

    Since you'd own the forum, you can set it up to only be visible to registered members, and you can set it so that new registrations have to be approved before they have any access.

  • Fair-Weather Federalists (Another reason I won't vote for McCain)

    08/16/2008 7:33:19 AM PDT · 11 of 228
    underground to Ron Jeremy

    Comrade, you must abandon your personal conservative philosophy and submit to the greater good of the party. Anything less than absolute and unquestioning support would be socialism.


    08/15/2008 12:18:30 PM PDT · 55 of 55
    underground to Oratam
    My 10-year outlook is pretty pessimistic, but I see a "once in a lifetime" buying opportunity after that.

    Bubbles are definitely on my mind...


    08/15/2008 12:07:02 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    underground to Oratam
    I should add please don’t regard bubbles as missed investment opportunities. Please, please, please do yourself a favor and think for the long haul.

    how to get rich rich, how to get poor


    08/15/2008 9:26:36 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    underground to Oratam
    Please explain to me your generation's fascination with PBR when there are so many better beers on the market. I'm really curious.

    Its kind of cool to be cheap. All the good bubbles popped before we had established careers and investment capital, now the bad bubbles like debt & commodities are inflating.

    If you think PBR is cheap, you won't believe what I paid on my car insurance!


    08/15/2008 7:31:15 AM PDT · 19 of 55
    underground to P.O.E.
    I think this generation is going to get a lesson in applied Marxism by putting Obama over the top.

    I think you're right. I'm at the "early-wave" of Gen Y, so I'm old enough to remember that a large part of "Clinton's great economy" was Newt's Contract with America.

    But I don't think Obama's younger supporters will cut him much slack. When they learn the lesson in applied Marxism they'll be angry. They are young & naive enough to think that Obama is the new FDR - in reality he will prove to be more like Hoover.

    Personally, I might only be 26 but I've had enough of the Republi-Donkey-crats and their federal government to last a lifetime. Don't count my generation out yet - we have a fierce independent streak that can be seen in the sharply rising number of young people starting up their own businesses. We are disproportionately interested in politics, and we go head-to-head with the dinosaur media on our blogs.

    We might 'experiment' with socialism a little bit in college, but we can also see the failures of our 'flower-power' elders. If Strauss & Howe's generational theory holds, people my age are of the same cohort as Thomas Jefferson and today's 14 year olds are of the same cohort as Madison.

    Nicknamed "The Republican Generation"
    [They] grew up as the precious object of adult protection during an era of rising crime and social disorder. They came of age highly regarded for their secular optimism and spirit of cooperation. As young adults, they achieved glory as soldiers, brilliance as scientists, order as civic planners, and epic success as statecrafters.

    Trusted by elders and aware of their own historic role, they burst into politics at a young age. They dominated the campaign to ratify the Constitution and filled all the early national cabinet posts. In midlife, they built canals and acquired territories, while their orderly Federalist and rational Republican leaders made America a “workshop of liberty.”

    I know, I know.. Almost too good to be true. I have to be optimistic because the alternatives stink.

  • QUESTION: Diet & Exercise - What do you do?

    08/12/2008 10:59:14 PM PDT · 41 of 68
    underground to Bear_Slayer
    I have a very unique solution that literally only works for some 1-2% of the population, but the more general idea could be helpful for a lot more people...I'll try to explain but this ended up being a loooooong response!

    How much do you exercise per day (or week)?

    About 3-4 ~1 mile walks with the dog each week.

    What type of diet (eating style, foods, calorie intake) do you eat?

    I use 3 rules:

    -Minimally processed foods.

    -Only high quality fats and oils (olive oil, sesame seed oil, real butter, real cheese, sour cream). I avoid corn, canola, soybean - I think those are truly that much worse for you and mostly touted for their economic efficiency. Only fresh vegetables, only low-fat high protein meat. Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, these are like jet fuel when added to red meat protein. (I live in the richest country that ever existed, I'm not going to pick my food based on what is easily mass-manufactured.) The first priority is taste & nutritional quality, but I more than make up for the extra dollar cost of the higher quality foods by cooking them myself.

    -Third rule is very unique to my own immune system: No gluten proteins (wheat, rye, barley). Like I mentioned, this only affects 1-2% of the general population, but some 15-20% might have a similar problem with a different set of proteins and the likeliest culprits would be milk, corn, soybean, other types of beans & grains, even shellfish or generally anything that can trigger an allergic response... Even plants have chemical defenses and not every person is necessarily adapted to handle every unique type of chemical defense.

    A more general rule of thumb would be to "eat similar to what your ancestors ate." Chinese medicine has advocated an elimination diet for thousands of years and Western medicine has only begun to confirm its benefits in the last fifty years (since actually just after WW2 cut parts of Europe off of wheat supplies): Cut back to a really simplistic diet of meat and fresh vegetables. Once you get used to the energy rush you can introduce other things back in slowly and make a mental note of what drags your own metabolism down. If it makes you feel particularly tired, its probably going add weight too.

    Even with all that in my way, I consider a perfect dinner to include something like this:

    -8-12oz steak fried in olive oil
    -onions fried in that olive oil (and maybe some extra cane sugar)
    -broccoli covered in mozorella
    -mashed potato with mayo or baked w/ sour creme. And more cheese.

    I can still have pastas and starches as long as they are rice-based so I have nothing against the massive consumption of carbs.

    For snacks I'll drink a lot of coffee & tea with sugar and milk. Raisins, nuts, chocolate, any other fruit or maybe even some potato chips once in a while (ingredients potato, oil, salt)

    Are you over-weight?

    I easily eat 3,500 calories and I'm still trying to gain about 5-10 pounds.

    Were you once over-weight and how much weight did you lose?

    When I stopped eating wheat (and this includes bread and most convenience foods) I lost about 50 pounds

    In what time frame did it take you?

    2 months

    What do you do for self-discipline (motivation)?

    I feel better and honestly the food tastes better too. The most discipline I have to exercise is in the kitchen making sure I have food prepared in advance anytime I'm away from home - my alternative was to be pretty sick so it was extra easy...At first it was tough in the grocery store, but

  • Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs

    08/07/2008 6:26:18 PM PDT · 31 of 128
    underground to FreedomPoster
    It doesn't cover a fraction of the events that I've seen just in the local news.

    A few months ago, the police shot dead a 70-something year old man because he was trying to break up an undercover sale they were conducting in his front yard.

  • Special Report: Pot Farmers Ravage Bay Area Parks (Many Pot Farms Located On Public Land)

    08/05/2008 1:40:41 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    underground to nickcarraway
    Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in California the U.S.A.

    (and has been for hundreds of years)

  • Ohio officer acquitted of killing mom holding baby

    08/04/2008 7:26:50 PM PDT · 15 of 73
    underground to wendy1946
    The war on drugs and no-knock raids have to go. I’d have very likely voted to convict and color would not have mattered.

    Its all part of a tangled socialist mess-

    We have welfare to "save" people from bad decisions, but that isn't sustainable because you can't just reward bad decisions forever without society collapsing..

    So we've moved onto the second more fascist phase of socialism: Use force - even deadly force - to stop people from making bad decisions in the first place.

  • Google Goes Goo-Goo for Obama

    08/01/2008 5:59:30 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    underground to Raquel

    Half the sites listed are suffering from duplicate content penalties and weak backlink profiles.

    However, the other half don’t look like they should have been penalized at all.

    Blogger’s systems are automated and the sites have all been reinstated, so I’m guessing that some Obama fan-site put links to them because the “flag blog” button is an easy way to shut someone down. Technically, the same could probably be accomplished (temporarily) if a group of people went around targetting pro-Obama sites.

    If enough organized Obama supporters clicked that in a short enough amount of time, they would trigger a blog lockdown until manual review could be done.

    Anyway, this is why I advise against using free hosting for primary sites. Shared hosting only costs $6-$8 a month and you have a contractual claim to your data and site access. With free hosting, you have to just take what they give you...

  • Tell Congress before they Recess to Stop Oil Speculation Now!

    07/30/2008 2:46:53 PM PDT · 23 of 55
    underground to All
    For the record...

    Speculate: 1a: to meditate on or ponder a subject : reflect

    Are you a commodity speculator? If so, its probably a good thing.