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  • Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

    12/15/2017 9:48:46 AM PST · 5 of 10
    fireman15 to COBOL2Java

    This story has a great narrative that fits perfectly in the good Professor’s book. The problem with great narratives is that the facts never fit perfectly into them. The first iPhone was an evolutionary product that borrowed a great deal from other devices that were previously conceived by others.

    It had an improved touch screen that was a little better than other phones of its time period. But the only thing truly revolutionary about the first iPhone was Apple’s extraordinary marketing effort. This successful marketing effort led to previously unimaginable profits for electronic trinkets. The pursuit of profits altered the direction of cell phone development and research.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/15/2017 8:45:50 AM PST · 40 of 40
    fireman15 to Yosemitest

    Thursday Dec14, 2017, my aunt in Sylacauga, Alabama, say they’re finding fraud everywhere in that election, and that NOT ONE military vote was counted at city hall.

    Unfortunately, the likelihood of fraud often increases when new technology is implemented. In this instance both Democrats and the establishment Republicans in other words those who are in charge of safeguarding the sanctity of the election both wanted Judge Moore to lose. They hit him from every side with every dirty tactic imaginable.

    Judge Moore is a good and decent man; he was a good candidate. Yet even in this discussion and others on this forum we have many who are now dragging his name through the mud. It demonstrates to me the power of the elite and their ability to influence even those who believe that they are independent thinking conservatives.

    Thank you Yosemitest for sharing what you have observed in this election and shedding light on the situation. Many others even here... immediately stuck their heads up where the sun doesn’t shine and have no desire to explore the obvious possibility that once again the fraudsters have stolen another election from the rightful winner.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/15/2017 8:29:35 AM PST · 39 of 40
    fireman15 to fireman15

    I meant to say...

    I believe that the primary point is that destroying the digital records increases the expense and thus decreases the likelihood of a recount.

    In most cases in a close race the Democrats like being able to count the ballots over and over and over again until they get the results that they want. This happened twice in our governors race in Washington. Votes were literally manufactured after the election. If digital copies of the votes actually cast existed... it would have made it more difficult for this type of fraud to have been perpetrated.

    In the special election in Alabama for some odd reason it was decided at the last minute that the authorities wanted to make it more difficult and expensive to do a recount and also eliminate one of the safety mechanisms built into their new voting system. The most likely explanation is that this was not done on a whim.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/14/2017 6:00:39 PM PST · 37 of 40
    fireman15 to oincobx
    What do you think the digital images of the ballots will show that cannot be captured by the actual paper ballots that are retained for 22 months?

    I believe that the primary point is that destroying the digital records increases the expense and thus the likelihood of a recount. Why do you think that the digital copies should be destroyed?

  • John McCain, battling brain cancer, in Walter Reed from effects of treatment

    12/14/2017 9:32:02 AM PST · 114 of 133
    fireman15 to Psalm 144

    Love your new tagline!

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/14/2017 9:27:34 AM PST · 30 of 40
    fireman15 to Yosemitest

    Thank you again for pointing out the improbable anomalies in the vote tally numbers. This last minute ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court allowing digital voting records to be immediately destroyed is suspicious and hints of collusion on a large scale as well.

    Nastiness is getting to be endemic in every form of social media. It is sad, but unfortunately must be expected here as well.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/14/2017 9:12:28 AM PST · 28 of 40
    fireman15 to VanDeKoik
    Most people thought the charges of wrongdoing were bogus, but they still saw him as creepy-ish.

    Well of course they did! That is the primary goal of a smear campaign made up of unproven allegations... make the sheeple feel like the target of the allegations is “creepy-ish”.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/14/2017 9:07:24 AM PST · 27 of 40
    fireman15 to dowcaet
    Since the Democrats were successful in sliming Roy Moore with sexual harassment allegations

    In this situation they had plenty of help from the Republican side of the aisle. This situation shows the lengths to which Republicans are willing to go to help defeat a conservative outsider.

  • Scott Adams drinks coffee and talks about the lack of Trump persuasion in the Roy Moore campaign

    12/14/2017 8:54:29 AM PST · 21 of 40
    fireman15 to Yosemitest

    The interesting thing to me is the number of people here who have changed their tune and are immediately spouting off about what a loser Judge Moore is. It took a massive effort from both sides of the aisle with a coordinated smear campaign, tens of millions of dollars, and what appears to be out and out vote fraud to bring him down.

    The good thing is that situations like this cause people to let their guard down and show their true colors. Even this forum has a whole lot of people who are as easily manipulated as a herd of sheep only with nasty attitudes.

  • Scientists Are Making Smoothies With Potato Milk

    12/13/2017 5:55:50 PM PST · 7 of 38
    fireman15 to nickcarraway

    I have drank approximately 11,000 gallons of milk in my lifetime. When I was riding my bicycle approximately 300 miles a week I used to average around a gallon a day. I was a member of a racing team that was sponsored by the dairy farmers in our state. More typically I have drank approximately a gallon every two days.

    I switched to non-fat about 30 years ago. Although I have never noticed any negative side effects that I would attribute to excessive consumption of milk, I have had concerns that too much milk might be bad for me. So I have tried various substitutes over the years but have never really enjoyed any of them.

  • Zeroed In: Sebastian Gorka Talks Politics, the Media, and 7.62×39

    12/13/2017 10:10:57 AM PST · 11 of 14
    fireman15 to bigbob

    I always enjoy seeing him on TV. This was a great interview. He certainly seems to be the real deal.

  • Live Alabama Election Results: Roy Moore and Doug Jones Compete for Senate Seat

    12/12/2017 7:06:49 PM PST · 1,282 of 2,089
    fireman15 to CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

    The Democrats are learning from the last election. Their vote manufacturing machine is working all out right now.

  • Graphic Video of Daniel Shaver begging for his life before being Shot by Police

    12/12/2017 9:08:55 AM PST · 33 of 68
    fireman15 to Jolla
    I agree 90% is too high.

    I too am sickened by this video, but I worked with the police just about every day that I went to work for 25 years. Your original 90% estimate of police being good people trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability was probably about right or maybe even a little low. The problem is that the small minority that are idiots can create a huge amount of problems.

    I actually responded with my crew to a screwed up mess where the police were doing CPR on a guy still in handcuffs. My immediate first thought was that they must have done something really bad... because the police basically never do CPR on anyone. And I was right.

    Sure enough they had handcuffed this huge, fat drunk guy that they had been trying to get under control and left him face down. By the time they realized that he had stopped making noise and fighting because he had lost consciousness from suffocation... he was dead.

    Their pathetic efforts at CPR were completely useless. None of them realized that they needed to get the cuffs off the guy before they could do effective compressions.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 11:52:40 AM PST · 58 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel
    I should reexamine my stance on him. It is like an opinion made under glass, when one is a child without any context or real world experience.

    We have no personal knowledge of what the Admiral was like either other than what he wrote and what others have written about him. We have never discussed this with the family member we know. We do know that the Zumwalt family has had members serve in every American War since the Revolutionary War.

    The Admiral's surviving son, Lt. Col. (Ret.) James G. Zumwalt has written several good books and many articles on foreign affairs. My favorite quote from him is, “Iranian Nuke Site Like Barack Obama’s Original Birth Certificate – All Inspection Efforts Rejected”.

    It is always a good idea to reexamine their long held opinions every once in a while. We were blindsided by the actions of the Bush's and others over the past couple of years. We thought we knew something about their beliefs and character. But then there are other historical figures who we have had low opinions of who turn out to be much better than we originally gave them credit for. It might be the same with the Zumwalt class “destroyers”.

    I do apologize for taking the conversation off track.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 10:38:28 AM PST · 49 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel
    I didn’t have much respect for Zumwalt, and the ship is a real challenge for me.

    I assure you that I am not offended by your comment because I think I understand where you are coming from. But we personally do know a member of the Zumwalt family. We care about her and respect her greatly. We last saw her a month ago at a Veterans Day event put on by one of our local VFWs. The Zumwalts are unquestionably a great and patriotic family. I will not go into detail, but ironically the ship seems to have some parallels with some of the family members which probably only those who are acquainted with them would recognize.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 9:45:14 AM PST · 41 of 78
    fireman15 to rlmorel

    I love your photoshop work and think that it is a big improvement.

    If I would have read more of the article before commenting... I would have seen that every objection that I had was already included in the article in greater detail. Your points in previous posts are very valid as well. Occasionally something that looks like a duck and quacks like a duck or looks like a huge waste of taxpayer money actually ends up having redeeming qualities at some point.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 9:07:55 AM PST · 34 of 78
    fireman15 to sukhoi-30mki

    It is hard to believe this monstrosity is real. It looks like something out of the cone head movie. Is there any point in trying to make a huge surface ship more “stealthy”. A submarine obviously could benefit from detection evading technologies, but a huge surface ship??? What a waste of billions and billions of tax payer dollars. The Navy should be ashamed.

  • ‘Glad to be alive’: Family describes Hill Country road rage shooting (TX)

    12/06/2017 8:56:48 AM PST · 9 of 17
    fireman15 to bgill

    The video and story just add to the confusion. What the driver/dad said who beat the guy until his hand and arm were broken in two different places didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Why did the police officer allow someone to beat the crap out of another person who had already been shot? And they are saying that their car that has a little dent in the rear quarter panel can’t be driven and they can’t make an insurance claim to get their car fixed until they know the name of the other guy who attacked them? Did they have their own insurance?

  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 10:13:50 AM PST · 3 of 4
    fireman15 to Robert A Cook PE
    “Your mileage may vary.”

    In Washington State if the dealer does not mention this “fee” specifically ahead of time in their advertisements in print that is the “same typeface as standard text and bolded, capitalized, underlined or set out to be conspicuous”, they cannot legally add it in.

  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 9:52:20 AM PST · 1 of 4
    fireman15
    My wife and I are downsizing and moving into a smaller home in a less expensive neighborhood. We have been renovating a house originally built in 1900. It has been raining almost every day for the last six weeks. We realized that it would be very helpful for our continuing work and moving our stuff to have an enclosed utility trailer.

    We started watching Craigslist looking for a used one, but found nothing that really fit our needs. So using the ads from dealers to comparison shop I found that I could "save" a couple hundred dollars by driving a hundred miles to pick one up. I spoke to the "owner" of one of the companies and made sure they had one of the advertised specials ready for us to pick up.

    So we drove two hours down to this place and he had a stack of paperwork for us to sign and then added in the cost of a spare tire, tax and licensing fees, and a 3% fee for using my wife's credit card. So he came back with the receipt after he already charged her card and I saw that the total for our $2799 enclosed trailer was over $3500. In my head I had figured that it would be approximately $3300 with the spare and taxes.

    So I asked the "owner", "How much did you charge us for that spare tire?" He said $140. So I started looking through his paperwork to figure out where the discrepancy was and I found, "Negotiable Documentary Service Fee - $150".

    So he started giving me this song and dance about how everyone charges this fee on utility trailers and I just hadn't noticed it before and he needed the money because he gave us such a good deal on the trailer. I replied that the utility trailer I have been using cost just $250 from Harbor Freight and I would have noticed an additional $150 fee.

    I said that I knew he was giving us a pretty good deal on the trailer and that is why we were wasting almost our entire day driving down to his location. So after a heated argument and him accusing me of being unreasonable in a number of ways... he ended up giving $75 of the fee back.

    When I got home I looked up the legality of not disclosing a fee in advertisements that makes it appear that a company's advertised special is better than it actually is. I found on our State Attorney General's website this tidbit,

    "In order to charge a documentary service fee, the dealer must include a disclosure about the fee in its advertising. Absent proper disclosure of the fee in print, radio and television advertisements, a dealer cannot charge a documentary service fee of any amount.

    The law varies a bit from state to state and is charged mostly by car dealers, but also RV and trailer dealers. In some other states there is no limit to the amount they can add on. But in Washington, if they do not disclose that they may add in up to $150 for this fee in their advertisement, then they can not do it. I thought this knowledge might save some other Freepers a little money in future transactions.