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The Lounge / Re: Anything Good Happen Today?
« Last post by RavynousHunter on March 19, 2018, 07:28:33 pm »
I actually finished an OS assignment ahead of time.  Its the last one, but damn it, I'm proud of myself!  I even tested it!
Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by Id82 on March 19, 2018, 07:02:26 pm »
Does Trump not realize how guilty he's making himself look? News is coming out that he wants to try to fire Mueller. Innocent people don't get defensive. If he truly had nothing to hide he wouldn't care that someone was investigating him. I don't know if he had some sort of collusion with Russia but there is some shady shit going on. Money Laundering scandals or some unknown business deals.

There's a reason Trump never released his tax returns, keeps defending Russia and Putin, has had campaign aids that have known connections to Russia like Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Carter Page, Roger Stone, Had DTJ meet with a Russian person to get dirt on Hillary and admit it in an email, the hotel in Azerbaijan that seemed to be constructed with dirty money, how a powerful Russian Banker met with Jared Kushner, revealed top secret declassified information with Sergei Kislev in a closed door meeting while bragging that the investigation against him was over, firing Comey, did a business deal to open a hotel in Toronto funded but a powerful Russian entrepreneur Alex Schnaider, requested Russia to hack the DNC to find the missing emails which then culminated in the Guccifer 2.0 hacker who might have Russian roots hacking the DNC, The fact that Mike Pence denies knowing anything, how Trump had sold a 100 million dollar house to a Russian fertilizer king during the housing crash, and how the fertilizer king showed up at a Trump Rally during his campaign at Concord North Carolina, how Devin Nunes has access to the white house and has business deals with Russian Miner corporations, says Russian investigations are all fake news, why Jason Chaffetz denied started an investigation into possible Russian Collusion and then happens to quit and go back to private life during the investigation, how Mary McCord the lead DOJ during the investigation decides to resign from her position and why Pam Bundy who was part of the Trump university scandal was appointed by Trump to head the investigation, the blaming of Flynn on Barack Obama, why Poland and British intelligence officers gave information regarding the hacking to Paul Ryan back in 2015 and did nothing with it, how Trump knew about Flynn's involvement with the Russians and hired him anyway and his constant attempts to poorly derail the investigation all together.
Something is going on.
Politics and Government / Re: Six More Years for Putin
« Last post by SCarpelan on March 19, 2018, 04:41:02 pm »
It's possible but I wouldn't be so sure about that. If someone gets majority of the oligarchs behind him or Putin sets the table for a successor they can just step in to fill the void. The government institutions will stand behind him to preserve their own power specially since I suspect the Soviet era authoritarian mentality is till ingrained in these institutions. Maybe the new ruler will be more of a puppet for the oligarchs but I doubt the whole system collapses.

If Putin dies suddenly the power struggle will be most destructive. If he just gets more frail and his death/retirement can be foreseen from far enough there will be time to perhaps have the struggles mostly done by the time he is gone.
Politics and Government / Re: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
« Last post by dpareja on March 19, 2018, 03:43:09 pm »

Rand Paul went on CNN and decided to be more useful than the Senate Democrats.

He said he'd filibuster Mike "Edward Snowden should be killed" Pompeo and Gina "Burn the torture tapes" Haspel when they come to a vote for their nominations as Secretary of State and CIA Director respectively.

Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, is of the opinion that they should be heard out before he says anything about whether Senate Democrats will try to block them.

I wonder which committees Sen. Paul sits on, because if he and all the Democrats on a committee hearing them vote against advancing them, that effectively kills their nominations because I believe moving them to the floor without being advanced from committee can be filibustered, so unless McConnell's willing to tinker with the Senate rules some more, that's probably a nonstarter.

EDIT: Of course, if he is on the relevant committees, but does what Lisa Murkowski did with Betsy DeVos and votes to move them out of committee and only vote against them on the floor, then Pence can break the tie. (Although even getting a tie would require flying McCain in, because otherwise the vote would fail 49-50 if all the Democrats and Independents vote against.)

EDIT #2: Oh, and further to my point about McCain, getting him to the floor might actually work against Pompeo and Haspel, since he's vehemently against torture, having been tortured himself.
Politics and Government / Re: Six More Years for Putin
« Last post by ironbite on March 19, 2018, 03:39:52 pm »
I wonder if Putin knows that when he kicks the bucket, Russia goes down with him.  He's the only thing keeping that whole thing from coming apart right now.  Nobody stronger then Putin, that's the way.  Only he's mortal and edging into his 70s.  Granted he's a very fit man but one has to wonder how many more years he's got left.

Ironbite-the mind does slow down eventually.
The Lounge / Re: Things That Annoy You
« Last post by dpareja on March 19, 2018, 01:20:32 pm »
If your computer is 11 years old, it's long past time. Computers have an effective lifespan of 5-6 years normally.

It sat dormant for four years, so while I got it 11 years ago, it's really only seven years old as far as use time is concerned.

But since it works fine otherwise (cleaning out all the dust cut the CPU temperature by about twenty to twenty-five degrees), I'd rather just replace the power supply. If need be, once I've done that, I could then replace the motherboard at a future date. (And then you get the old puzzle about the ship where every plank has been replaced--is it still the same ship?)

EDIT: Replaced the power supply. Its fan was kinda shot due to dust accumulation. Might replace the motherboard next, but we'll see. Seems to work fine.
Religion and Philosophy / Re: Christian News Network fundies
« Last post by Jocasta on March 19, 2018, 11:35:34 am »
Hmm, I say, hmmm.

On the subject of downvoting, my best advice is:  what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

It is, after all, the ONLY existing way I know currently of showing Lady Checkmate that you disagree with her, hate her guts, and that she’s full of shit, which SHE CANNOT CENSOR.  Of course, it has to be a completely anonymous account which she can’t see in anyway otherwise she bans you and then you can’t downvote.  But I know she hates those downvotes with a passion and privately seethes with anger that she can’t do anything about them.  Which makes them great fun.

Likewise, it’s therapeutic to downvote Amos when he’s said something incoherent or Guest Verified when he’s trying to goad you into saying something angry with a smirking insult.
Religion and Philosophy / Re: Christian News Network fundies
« Last post by KingOfRhye on March 19, 2018, 09:38:28 am »
I have that add-on for Firefox that lets you see how many downvotes your comments get on seems like every one of my comments gets exactly one downvote.  Like it could be a completely innocuous comment, like I could say that it's a nice day outside or something, and someone will downvote it.  Kinda makes me think it's one particular person doing that just because they don't like me.  Oh well, I ain't gonna lose any sleep over it, anyway.
Politics and Government / Re: Six More Years for Putin
« Last post by SCarpelan on March 19, 2018, 08:35:49 am »
Time to go anecdotal. I discussed Russian politics last year with a Russian woman who is on a teaching gig in the local University. She told that her ex-husband was a primary school teacher and when elections came the teachers were given quotas of how many parents they were supposed to talk into voting for the ruling party. In another election her current husband was a city/town council member. The council members were given lists of passport numbers and they were put to work forging voting records that showed that these people had voted.

I'm quite sure that the open election fraud is not meant to ensure victory for Putin - that would happen anyway. The purpose is to make sure people know the process is corrupted so they don't even try to challenge him and to make the corruption and oppression part of everyday life so people just accept it as normal in every level.

Edit: To make my point more clear. The openness of the election fraud is meant to demoralize people, Putin doesn't even want to be subtle with that stuff.
The Lounge / Re: The Funny/Stupid Pics Thread
« Last post by Askold on March 19, 2018, 05:46:57 am »

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