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December 21st, 2014 @ 11:47PM

MEMBER SINCE:April 27th, 2003
LAST ONLINE:December 21st, 2014 @ 11:47PM
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    IN RESPONSE TO: Giorgio Moroder - Chase

    A good remix of this track that I used to listen to about 15 years ago:

    Giorgio Moroder vs Jam and Spoon - The Chase

    Or the weird video for the same:
    Jam and Spoon The Chase remix

    Posted: December 21st, 2014 @ 4:15PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: A town ravaged by anger: Before and after pictures show extent of damage to buildings in Ferguson

    bomberman +1

    Also, this was not a racial issue until the usual suspects and race baiters made it into one. The real issue was whether the use of force was justified. A grand jury concluded that there was no probable cause to indict Wilson. Case closed. Move on people.

    Posted: November 27th, 2014 @ 5:31PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: New Computer

    I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Hardware Revolution is a good reference site for those into DIY computer assembly. The site's author does an excellent job reviewing individual components and giving templates for systems within a given budget. You can mix and match on the components as you see fit, but he does a nice job of explaining which parts work well with one another.


    Posted: November 12th, 2014 @ 11:00AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Pintrest?

    No. Just no.
    Posted: October 30th, 2014 @ 5:16AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Walking Dead Season 5

    Yeah, the post credits teaser is worth a quick watch. Good to see (name removed) incorporated back into the story line.
    Posted: October 15th, 2014 @ 12:10PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Help installing Northbridge Chipset Heatsink

    Check the forums or ask on hardware-revolution.com

    That's a pretty good site with lots of DIY knowledge on computer hardware and setup.

    Posted: October 8th, 2014 @ 6:21PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Everyone Comments Thread

    Doner Kebab!
    Posted: September 16th, 2014 @ 6:26PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Credit Card Recommendations?

    Thanks for the post EricC. I've been looking for another card or cards to supplement my Chase Freedom.
    Posted: September 12th, 2014 @ 4:42AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Ferguson Police @ St Louis, MO

    HAHAHAHA SJ, you've really jumped the shark. If I can distill for the general audience what "conversation" means to you, it's the following:

    Agree with whatever Smokin Joe types.

    It's comical. Your reply is so incredibly disrespectful and over the top, I really have nothing more to say. I mean, have I ever called you an asshole or a racist? You're a real fire bomber.

    If I had to put my finger on one consistent EN.com poster that kills conversations, it's you. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that there's an inverse relationship between the rise of you as a regular poster and the general decline in comments and conversation on this website.

    Posted: September 8th, 2014 @ 12:21PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: ISIS (Terrorist Fux) : We're at War!

    America is simultaneously to blame for everything, should do something about it, but should also stay out of world affairs.

    >>That's pretty bad reading comprehension if that's all you get out of the comments here.

    I thought my comment was a pretty concise summary of the comments in the thread (particularly mad_dog's). He's blaming the U.S. for the rise of ISIS (a point no one seems to want to challenge, though it's quite a loaded assumption), claiming the U.S. has no business on other continents, and then in the next breath saying we should at least clean up the mess caused by ISIS.

    We're rotting from the inside, so rejoice America haters, your post-American world is on the way. Hope you enjoy it when it arrives.

    >> What does this even mean? Is it some sort of threat? You think that the World can't function with more than one Superpower?

    My days of TLDR replies are mostly in the past. This is a conclusion without any of the argument. Here's my Cliff Notes version:

    The bottomline is that I've grown extremely weary of the "down with America" sentiment both abroad and (sadly) domestically. I look at expansionist moves by opaque regimes (Russia and China mainly) and I contrast that to a U.S. that is becoming scared of its own shadow and paralyzed by indecision. Russia's recent actions are well noted, but take a look at the island and land claims that China is making. Domestically, I look at the materialism and entertainment orientation of the average American, and I realize we're becoming fat, dumb, and lazy (and extremely debt leveraged). Our ability to project power in the future is being crippled by our indebtedness and the general lack of backbone of our society. Then you have European assholes who have benefited from NATO's protection for decades taking constant shots at the U.S. You're going to find the Russians and Chinese far less reasonable.

    EDITED: 2014-09-08 12:08:18

    Posted: September 8th, 2014 @ 12:06PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: ISIS (Terrorist Fux) : We're at War!

    Spot on Ez. That's why I don't bother responding to these threads. America is simultaneously to blame for everything, should do something about it, but should also stay out of world affairs. We're rotting from the inside, so rejoice America haters, your post-American world is on the way. Hope you enjoy it when it arrives.
    Posted: September 6th, 2014 @ 6:23PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Ferguson Police @ St Louis, MO

    BivRip- Over a week has passed since justinr's reply, and I would submit that this whole Ferguson thing is exactly what I thought it was. That is to say, nonsense that was riled up by the media. Either the media didn't report the facts, misreported the facts, or substituted conjecture in the absence of facts. The usual set of race baiters jumped in (including AG Holder), and off we went. Time will tell if Officer Wilson's use of force was justified, but the more that comes out, the more it seems like his decision had a solid foundation. This doesn't seem to be a very good incident to talk about police violence.

    If you do some research on your source (Center for American Progress), you'll see it's a leading liberal think tank. Your other sources are the ACLU and the NY CLU--both heavily slanted. I'd urge you to take a look at FBI UCR crime stats. If you look there, you will see that blacks commit a massively disproportionate amount of the violent crime in this country.

    LINK: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting

    The interface isn't super intuitive, but you can look at various expanded tables and see the racial break outs. Keep in mind that the FBI lumps most Hispanics into the white category.

    Here's another interesting read:

    2013 NYC LE and Crime Report

    That goes back to your "black people are almost 5x as likely to get" stopped comment. I remember during the stop and frisk debate, it turned out that whites were stopped disproportionately too often when compared to the crime that was being investigated.

    NY Times Stop and Frisk article

    From the article:
    Aides to Mr. Bloomberg furnished police statistics indicating that 87 percent of police stops were of blacks and Latinos, but that more than 90 percent of murder suspects were identified as being either black or Latino. Nine percent of police stops were of whites, and 7 percent of murder suspects were identified as white.

    I'm not going to try and attribute a reason for this disparity in the rate of committing violent crime, but if the race card is going to be played then both sides of the card should be examined.

    Posted: September 6th, 2014 @ 6:51AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Website Redesign: Progress

    I don't know the technical terms for it, but the redesign has been detrimental to my mobile viewing.

    The two main issues are:

    1. The page loads on my phone so that the upper left corner of your website is framed. I mostly have a view of the links along the left side of the site.

    2. I can only zoom in to a certain extent before I can no longer zoom. Also, the text does not automatically wrap around. Instead, I have to hold my phone horizontally (landscape) and scroll the frame left and right to read.

    Using Chrome.

    Posted: August 26th, 2014 @ 8:15AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Ferguson Police @ St Louis, MO

    SJ, I could write for days at what a farce this whole Ferguson situation is, but I'd be wasting my time. There was a giant rush to public judgment, and everyone with some racial axe to grind or a beef with law enforcement just piled on. This country is rushing headlong toward the future it deserves.
    Posted: August 22nd, 2014 @ 8:53AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Ferguson Police @ St Louis, MO

    At this point, I blame the media for fanning the flames of this incident. I've done my best to ignore the Ferguson news, but it's everywhere. I think it has become a self perpetuating news cycle (until something more interesting happens elsewhere). It's like the news media is in full blown cheerleading mode hoping that things continue to escalate.

    I just don't know how this thing gets resolved. People have the right to assemble. People have the right to be pissed off about how Brown was killed. People have the right to be suspicious of how the news media was treated by local law enforcement in Ferguson. However, the violence on Friday night (shootings/Molotov cocktails at police) and continued property crimes against the citizens of Ferguson (looting, etc) can't be ignored by law enforcement.

    What do you do when the presence of law enforcement is inciting certain agitators to act up, and at the same time these acts require the presence of law enforcement to investigate and protect the public interest? Law enforcement can't abandon the town. The troopers can't just strip down a minimal level of protective gear when items are being thrown and people are getting shot.

    The governor hoped to diffuse the situation by removing the local police and sending in a different set of uniforms (the State Police). The State Police Captain did his best to reach out to the public and send the message that peaceful assembly would not be infringed upon. But the situation continues to deteriorate, and now the National Guard is involved. I'm not sure how it works at the state level, but I'm speculating the governor will have to declare some form of emergency and expand the curfew. This really sucks for the people who live and work in that town and who could give a fuck less about the protests. Law and order needs to be maintained, and some liberties may be curtailed in order to clamp down on a handful of provocateurs. All the while though, you can bet the news media will be chirping and talking heads will be yakking away about the police state.

    Posted: August 18th, 2014 @ 12:08PM

    Nebu, if this post doesn't spark some conversations, you should pull the plug on Expectnothing.
    Posted: August 12th, 2014 @ 5:45PM

    No injuries and cosmetic damage...I'm guessing the police didn't come out for that one.
    Posted: August 8th, 2014 @ 7:41PM

    I was wondering if this would work out for you. Sideswipe crashes give people a lot of wiggle room for lying.
    Posted: August 8th, 2014 @ 4:07PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Russian bombers penetrated U.S. airspace at least 16 times in past 10 days

    Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.

    That reads like the bombers were detected on radar within range of U.S. airspace, not actually in U.S. airspace. There's a pretty clear difference, and the headline is intentionally misleading. Poor journalism, but good marketing for clicks.

    Posted: August 7th, 2014 @ 11:17AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The poor door: Block of flats has separate entrances for property owners and their housing association tenant neighbours

    All low-income families are free riders? Of course they are!

    In economics, the free rider problem refers to a situation where some individuals in a population either consume more than their fair share of a common resource, or pay less than their fair share of the cost of a common resource.

    Where I live, 89% of my school district's taxes are paid for through local property taxes. The more land / higher the assessment, the greater the tax you pay. In the context of public schooling, yes, low income housing presents a free rider problem for me. I paid a ton of money for a nice house in a good district, and I face the prospect of decades of high school taxes. I did so for the express purpose of providing my children the best educational opportunities. Those opportunities would out of necessity be diminished if my district was flooded with low income housing (ie, it's a near certainty the low income residents would consume more educational resources than the amount of taxes they would pay).

    I mean, how crazy I must be to think that towns/cities want to maintain some consistent culture.

    I fail to see the connection between culture and low income housing. If anything, there's a negative correlation. Segregation by income level has been happening since the dawn of time. I'm perfectly fine with it. I see it as the natural order of things.

    Now, if you want to just herd all low-income people into busses and knee-jerk uproot them because you don't want to live alongside them, be my guest, vote for that person.

    I'm looking at this article from the opposite perspective--the devastating effect on wealth of moving a bunch of low income residents into a high income area. I assume you're looking at it from a gentrification angle (low income areas becoming high income areas due to professionals moving in). From that perspective, I can perhaps see where you're coming from.

    Posted: August 5th, 2014 @ 4:14AM

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