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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2017, 12:12 Mr. Tact
 
I considered making a large payment on my mortgage, but in the end decided 3.875% money is pretty cheap. I'd rather keep my money in the S&P 500 fund. That was a good decision. Besides, between my mortgage interest and my property taxes, I'm already in the better to itemize category...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 11, 2017, 11:38 Mr. Tact
 
Other than AT&T getting closer to returning to their glorious past of being a monopoly is there any good news around this merger, specifically to the consumer? I doubt it, but I'd be willing to listen to arguments...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 11, 2017, 07:19 Mr. Tact
 
Did the CEO know? Possibly, even probably. Did a senior executive know? It would seem highly unlikely at least one didn't. Fairly reasonable to assume a group of engineers isn't going to decide on their own, without consulting management, to design and implement an engine system to bypass emissions testing. Hell, there are probably cost cutting systems which got in the way. Cost guy, "Why did the cost go up?" Engineer, "Just doing what management told me to do."

That said, I don't know about in Europe, but no senior management in the US will do any jail time over this. The most serious thing which might happen is a fine or at absolute worse a suspended sentence. However, I seriously doubt there will be that much accountability.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 22:08 Mr. Tact
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 9, 2017, 13:24:
Something like spanish flu would kill the US as a functional nation within 30 days. Yeah, you are immune if you survive, you are also now starving and facing anarchy and a new dark age... death would be preferable
It would have to be worse than the Spanish Flu was, from the Wiki page:

"The global mortality rate from the 1918/1919 pandemic is not known, but an estimated 10% to 20% of those who were infected died. With about a third of the world population infected, this case-fatality ratio means 3% to 6% of the entire global population died."

That's not to say some kind of "super flu" couldn't wipe out 50% or more of even western countries. My feelings are split on surviving such a calamity. On the one hand, living over dying is a pretty big win. And it would be interesting to see which horror author got it right. On the other hand, it would probably just mean a longer more painful death in the long run...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 15:16 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 10, 2017, 14:57:
Sometimes get billed even if you don't have it. bureaucracies are the best.
Nice. And not particularly surprising... However, I would ask... were they sending monthly bills? If so, why didn't he call after the first month without power? Then he would have gotten their BS story and could have cancelled, saving seven months worth of billing. If they weren't sending him a bill for those eight months, that would seem to be an indication on their part he didn't deserve to be billed.

Edit: Looking more closely, looks like the billing is quarterly -- making his options more limited.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
13. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 10, 2017, 14:50 Mr. Tact
 
Trump doesn't have dementia. He simply doesn't know or care about anything other than his personal needs -- to be adored, to make money, to grab pussy. He is a very simple person.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 14:47 Mr. Tact
 
Apparently you are confirming, without looking at your bill, you have a very minimal monthly fee for connection to your electrical provider. I envy you that since as I indicated, if I used absolutely no power or gas in a month I would still pay $39.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 14:35 Mr. Tact
 
That's great -- it totally ignores what I said, but it is great.  
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 14:32 Mr. Tact
 
Yes, however he wasn't the only one claiming eye brow trimming...  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 10, 2017, 14:06 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2017, 14:02:
Things have become so tribal, that Republicans can't think straight.
Fixed that for you...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 13:53 Mr. Tact
 
BobBob wrote on Jul 10, 2017, 11:26:
I've managed to get my electric bill down to $15 a month. No solar panels.
Either you mean $15 of actual power charges, or you have a far better setup with your power utility than we do with ours. Here, the monthly charge for being connected to the electrical grid is just over $17, another $21.82 for being connected to the natural gas. Yes, nearly $39 a month for the privilege of being connected...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 13:46 Mr. Tact
 
Start seeing a better barber? I haven't ever trimmed my eye brows, not my job.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 09:22 Mr. Tact
 
shul wrote on Jul 10, 2017, 08:47:
No profit?

it had 2 million views, I think he is good
I doubt it was monetized.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 9, 2017, 16:04 Mr. Tact
 
The power utilities can take a flying leap. So tired of seeing the fee for being connected to their service being more than the cost of the power I am using. While I understand the supposed reason for this, I am unconvinced it isn't total profit and PR these days.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 8, 2017, 11:37 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 8, 2017, 10:15:
I didn't know it was Video Game Day. I just assume every day is a video game day. ;P
It is.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 8, 2017, 07:58 Mr. Tact
 
Damn Bats! Half a mill? Clearly doing better than I ever did. Congrats.  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2017, 21:18 Mr. Tact
 
I bought in 2005 and my value is about where it started (Central Illinois) -- bought for $176.5k, current value $183.8k. And frankly, with our high real estate taxes, I'd rather the market not heat up...  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 6, 2017, 21:12 Mr. Tact
 
I hope it happens. To date however, I haven't really seen reason to believe it will.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 6, 2017, 20:00 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2017, 19:24:
I agree Pence would be worse. And if he were impeached, it gets even worse with the Blu-ray Granny Starver, Paul Ryan.
Paul Ryan is a great example of an excellent politician. That is to say, he knows how to play the media/public. When he first rose to prominence, I initially thought he seemed like a reasonable guy. But it didn't take too long to realize my initial impression was incorrect. His ideas on what the federal government should look like are radical. Here is a guy who was thinking while in college about how he wanted to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan's picture of what the US federal government should look like would not be recognizable by most US citizens.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 6, 2017, 18:24 Mr. Tact
 
First, currently there is no information available publicly which would lead to an impeachment and then removal from office of Trump. It is not even close. Second, even if it did happened, Pence is worse. Sure, we'll no longer have the POTUS tweeting nonsense -- because he will be busy getting legislation passed which will make the Ds reflect fondly on the Trump administration. No matter what happens, US citizens are in for a world of pain even if 40% of them (the Trump supporters) don't realize it yet.  
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