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by Vigis
Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: News of the World
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: News of the World

This story has been well covered here in the past week or so. Kiryan, tabloid does not mean exactly the same thing in other countries as it does back home. Rather it refers to the size of the paper used, the number of columns, etc. The common denominator though is the sensationalism in their headlin...
by Vigis
Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:27 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Florida Gives in to Kiryanism?
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Florida Gives in to Kiryanism?

ACLU will lose because its voluntary. They aren't guaranteed services as right, they have to apply and meet the criteria to get and continue to receive aid. You stop getting unemployment if you don't file or don't look for work. You stop receiving most if not all public benefits while you are incar...
by Vigis
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: I don't know whether to laugh or cry or just say its coming.
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Re: I don't know whether to laugh or cry or just say its com

Sure Kiryan, pick the most ridiculous reason for them doing it and run with that.... :) The real reason is that the camels are completely destroying the natural habitat and overrunning the native species. Camels were not indigenous to Australia, but they have nothing here to check and balance them. ...
by Vigis
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Florida Gives in to Kiryanism?
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Florida Gives in to Kiryanism?

I've read a little on this new law, both facts based and opinion based. The ACLU is considering a lawsuit on the grounds that the law violates search and seizure because it is a "blanket" requirement rather than be based upon probable cause. Overall, I don't have a problem against it at al...
by Vigis
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Free Speech or Invasion of Privacy?
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Free Speech or Invasion of Privacy?

Full Article Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110606/ap_on_re_us/us_abortion_billboard A New Mexico man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights. The sign on Alamogordo'...
by Vigis
Fri May 20, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB
Replies: 39
Views: 2632

Re: Taking Sides and Hating States: NLRB

I don't know that any of us have enough information to judge Boeing, the union, or the NLRB; and to be honest, I don't feel like researching it enough so I feel comfortable to make a judgment. Here are a few questions I'd need answered first: 1. What is the cost of opening the new plant in SC vs. re...
by Vigis
Mon May 09, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Damn Bush and Gas Prices
Replies: 42
Views: 2603

Re: Damn Bush and Gas Prices

Amena has a good point regarding the increased use of public transport when fuel prices get high. Here in Brisbane, they have a very efficient public transport system (as long as your goal is to get to the city center). Unfortunately, people have become too worried about their own convenience. I, fo...
by Vigis
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: What % of GDP is it appropriate for government to operate at
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: What % of GDP is it appropriate for government to operat

We get to enjoy government cheese. Teflor - If you haven't eaten it, keep your trap shut. It tasted just fine when it was keeping me, my brother, and my sister fed. To the point of the post, there is no perfect number. Just like a business, costs will fluctuate if the dependent variables change. Pe...
by Vigis
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: By the people, for the people
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: By the people, for the people

It's always easy to say that someone else should make the necessary sacrifices or contributions. Whether that is the best course of action is another story. How much exactly do you tax 'the rich'? There is a point when it is obviously counterproductive. I respect politicians who will do the right t...
by Vigis
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Another lesson in bad parenting or do we need more laws?
Replies: 17
Views: 1482

Re: Another lesson in bad parenting or do we need more laws?

I am not sure what you are looking for in this thread Kiryan. Are you bemoaning the fact that parents are creating "prostitots" with their daughters? Or are you arguing that they shouldn't have the choice to do so? I absolutely loathe the whole prostitot thing, but I am never going to supp...
by Vigis
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:45 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Pell Grants
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Pell Grants

Corth, For the most part, I agree with your observations regarding higher education. Since coming to Australia, I have been VERY impressed with the track they take on education. In grade 10, the student and parents determine which track their child should follow (University or learning a trade). The...
by Vigis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:56 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: reasonable discrimination or not?
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: reasonable discrimination or not?

Any time I have ever had to deal with an employee due to potentially discriminating situations, I always make sure it is tied back to performance or being under-qualified. Let me tell you, firing somebody here is way harder than in the US. Last one I had to let go, I had to pay 4 weeks severance AND...
by Vigis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:45 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Pell Grants
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Pell Grants

Kifle wrote:
Teflor Lyorian wrote:Umm. Just pay your income taxes?


I think the point would be those who've used the program using their benefits to pay back into the program -- freeing up funds from income taxes for other things.


EXACTLY!
by Vigis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:43 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Pell Grants
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Pell Grants

Umm. Just pay your income taxes? I just tried to pay my income taxes. However, I am getting 100% back from both federal and state because I have lived in Queensland Australia for the entire year. I find it hilarious that most conservatives are against programs that benefit lower class individuals (...
by Vigis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:10 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Pell Grants
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Pell Grants

I was having a discussion with a college professor today about student loans, Pell grants, etc. The professor and I shared very similar views regarding Pell grants, especially considering the federal deficit. My personal belief is that Pell grants are a great thing. I would not have been able to aff...
by Vigis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:12 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: reasonable discrimination or not?
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: reasonable discrimination or not?

For the purposes of the article Kiryan posted, the company is most likely within their legal rights. GLBT is not a protected class at a federal level, and only protected in a handful of states. Decisions on past cases have set the precedence that an individual's sex is determined by their DNA, not t...
by Vigis
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Curious to know others thoughts on this article
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Curious to know others thoughts on this article

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110324/ap_on_re_us/us_maternity_tourists Do we call it capitalism or is it exploiting a loophole? SAN GABRIEL, Calif. – For months, neighbors noticed a number of pregnant Asian women coming and going at all hours at an upscale townhouse development in suburban Los Angele...
by Vigis
Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: apple pulls "anti gay" app
Replies: 37
Views: 1790

Re: apple pulls "anti gay" app

If Apple were a government entity, I would be against the app having been removed. However, their ONLY responsibility is to their shareholders so anything that may negatively impact profits has to be cut out immediately. Here is a hypothetical: I manufacture dildos in the image of Jesus Christ. The ...
by Vigis
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is Anybody Really Surprised?
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Is Anybody Really Surprised?

Actually, I'm not a democrat. I'm not a republican either. I actually voted for Bush for his first term. What does not surprise me at all is that a contributor was given a very lucrative contract. The only difference between political parties is the lie they tell you before they rape you, then the l...
by Vigis
Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is Anybody Really Surprised?
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Is Anybody Really Surprised?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/18/pentagon-overpaid-billionaire-oilman-200-million-audit-finds/?test=latestnews Pentagon Overpaid Billionaire Oilman By Up to $200 Million, Audit Finds Published March 18, 2011 | FoxNews.com Defense Department's inspector general estimated that the department...
by Vigis
Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: healthcare law will cost 800,000 jobs.
Replies: 189
Views: 7674

Re: healthcare law will cost 800,000 jobs.

New evidence was relased today that has finally closed the debate between Intelligent Design and the Theory of Evolution. Kiryan, I apologize for disagreeing before - you were correct the entire time! Here is the evidence: "The Theory of Evolution is just alist of animals that Chuck Norris deci...
by Vigis
Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: The responsible choice, not being a parent anymore LOL
Replies: 18
Views: 890

Re: The responsible choice, not being a parent anymore LOL

Oh Please! Men make this choice all of the time, they abandon their families to marry the 20 year old, do nothing except cut a check every month to "support" the kids, then bow out. My son is absolutely fine with the fact that his biological father gave up when he was 3 because he has me. ...
by Vigis
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: healthcare law will cost 800,000 jobs.
Replies: 189
Views: 7674

Re: healthcare law will cost 800,000 jobs.

I went to high school in Montana. During physics, my teacher actually taught us about ID. The lecture went thus: Teacher: What is the difference between physics and the theory that somebody named "Fred" (yes, he specifically used the name Fred) created the universe and the fossil record al...
by Vigis
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:47 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Latest Whale Hunt Seasons Catch Short of Target
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: Latest Whale Hunt Seasons Catch Short of Target

In and of itself, I have no problem with them hunting whales. It is the wholesale nature of commercial hunting and the inhumane slaughter of whales that I dislike. It was done commercially in the 1800's and reduced the population to dangerously near extinction so the blubber could be rendered into o...
by Vigis
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Latest Whale Hunt Seasons Catch Short of Target
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: Latest Whale Hunt Seasons Catch Short of Target

Now, if they can just get the cove shut down....
by Vigis
Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Middle East / Egypt
Replies: 64
Views: 2118

Re: Middle East / Egypt

Popped back onto the boards to read everybody's opinions as I hadn't read this thread since I posted in it. I started reading at that point, then went through all of the subsequent posts. I am not kidding when I tell you that at one point I seriously forgot the topic of the thread I was reading. For...
by Vigis
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Middle East / Egypt
Replies: 64
Views: 2118

Re: Middle East / Egypt

Interestingly enough, I have found much less slant in Australian reporting than what I saw when living in the US. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to get news on the Middle East. LOL, as I write this, they just showed the makeshift helmets that the Egyptian protesters are wearing (one dude h...
by Vigis
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:52 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Interesting Question as far as voting.
Replies: 40
Views: 2112

Re: Interesting Question as far as voting.

I moved to Australia for work last November and had the privilege of being here for an election. Here, they only vote for the party, then the party elects the prime minister. Additionally, each and every person of legal age is REQUIRED to vote. If they do not show up at the registry on voting day, t...
by Vigis
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Before Sarvis, Teflor, and Kiryan
Replies: 29
Views: 1643

Re: Before Sarvis, Teflor, and Kiryan

Something Constructive Goes Here.

You may all thank me for my contribution later :)
by Vigis
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: A description of my day today
Replies: 57
Views: 2538

Re: A description of my day today

The entire problem around Healthcare is the current cost to many. Why is it so high? There are many reasons, many of which are "bad" reasons. But the crux of the matter is that the actual "cost" of everything has been blown out of proportion. The cost of an MRI varies between $2...
by Vigis
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: government in the business of increasing revenue
Replies: 48
Views: 1081

Re: government in the business of increasing revenue

I missed nothing, you articulated it very poorly. You spoke about cutting costs as a launching point to a completely different discussion. I was mostly pointing out that you had completely failed to make any real sense. You missed the point. Re-read (or, read for the first time?) the first sentance...
by Vigis
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:54 am
Forum: T2 Gameplay Discussion Archive
Topic: Quest rewards
Replies: 25
Views: 1254

Re: Quest rewards

http://www.ndiservices.org.uk/Animations/axe_to_grind_md_clr.gif Gormal, I read through the thread the other day so when I saw new posts in it I scrolled down to the bottom real quick. When I saw an image of a guy torturing a goat, I thought to myself "Feh, somebody doing Gormal goat jokes aga...
by Vigis
Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:29 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.
Replies: 40
Views: 1089

Re: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.

You hit the nail on the head Corth.

It's kind of like carrying a condom, you might never need it but you sure don't want to need it and not have it :)
by Vigis
Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:09 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.
Replies: 40
Views: 1089

Re: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.

Sarvis wrote:Frankly, if anything knowing how much firepower you have should let them know not to fuck with you, shouldn't it? ;)


Bush Doctrine....
by Vigis
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:38 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.
Replies: 40
Views: 1089

Re: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.

Absolutely. 2 quick reasons and I'm out because I won't hijack the thread, if another starts up on the subject I might pop in and comment. Reason 1. My personal life would not be regulated. I take the proper precautions (diet, exercise, etc.) to avoid a condition that is, in most cases, self inflict...
by Vigis
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.
Replies: 40
Views: 1089

Re: Democrats new formula: cut taxes and raise spending.

Who is to say Americans won't stand for it? I think Americans will probably at some point demand it. We already have Americans who demand that every legally owned firearm in this country should be registered with the government. I find that by far a more dangerous and scarier scenario than requiring...
by Vigis
Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Kiryan lays down the law
Replies: 214
Views: 5771

Re: Kiryan lays down the law

I'm still trying to figure out what this "tramp stamp" everybody has mentioned is. The pictures I saw were all of "Splat Tats." :)
by Vigis
Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The auto makers
Replies: 108
Views: 4412

Re: The auto makers

Tasan earlier mentioned logistics and Corth earlier mentioned greed. I work in the transportation industry (trucking). While my company does not directly service the automotive industry, we have seen the collapse coming. We saw more trucking companies come into the retail, food, and manufacturing bu...
by Vigis
Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Worst Case scenario
Replies: 223
Views: 5802

Re: Worst Case scenario

I am going to jump on the bandwagon and agree with darned near everything that was said in this thread; appearances matter. Kwirl and Sarvis, There is a way to get around the bias of first impressions based upon visual cues, I just don't know that many people are smart enough to figure it out. I fac...
by Vigis
Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: T2 Areas Discussion Archive
Topic: No identify
Replies: 39
Views: 4339

Re: No identify

What about creating a scroll with a greater identify type of spell that would allow you to ID a !ID item? Make it cost quite a bit or put it on a rareload global so they weren't all over the place. Could be a pretty decent plat sink. The only problem, I think, would be that everybody shares every pi...
by Vigis
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Stupid Stocks
Replies: 59
Views: 1939

Re: Stupid Stocks

Sarvis, Does your company offer employee stock options? Mine gives me an extra 15% on top of what I buy and I immediately own it. If I buy $20 worth of stock, I can turn around the same day and sell it for $23. Do that every day and you will double your money. Most companies though will limit it to ...
by Vigis
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: My puppy almost died
Replies: 20
Views: 1132

Re: My puppy almost died

At the edge of a cornfield my guess is that it was a racoon. They can be vicious bastards and I've seen them tear the hell out of a fully grown blood hound.
by Vigis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Got Cognitive Ability?

The triangles were a little tough, but I was able to get most of them in a few minutes. I had to guess on 3 of the pie questions just so I could finish the test. I even broke out excel for one of them and couldn't find anything in common that would work for all numbers in the sequence. It was somet...
by Vigis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Got Cognitive Ability?

Kifle, check your PM too. Rags, I don't have an answer to yours yet, but I'll see if she can dig it up. Shalath, Yer hosed. I can't give you the answers to all of them; it would break the IRB protocol and get her in lots of trouble because the only way to find which test is yours is to break anonymi...
by Vigis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Got Cognitive Ability?

Check your PM Sarvis.
by Vigis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Got Cognitive Ability?

Kifle, No firm deadline on it, but I think they want the 300 completions before the end of summer. Then she needs to finish the item analysis. It just went up on Saturday and she has about 20 or 25 completes so far. Ragorn, You're comment is going to the company when she gets everything finished and...
by Vigis
Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:45 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: GenCon anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Re: GenCon anyone?

Heya Nok! I've never attended any conferences, but since you appear to be checking this thread, thought I'd say howdy :)
by Vigis
Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: Got Cognitive Ability?

BTW, this is an open test, so feel free to email it or post it anywhere you want. Again, appreciate the help!
by Vigis
Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:43 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Sad News: Cardolan/Garal/Kossuth/etc.
Replies: 47
Views: 3755

Re: Sad News: Cardolan/Garal/Kossuth/etc.

First off, I'd like to apologize for this message being so late. I knew Jason only through Toril, but we were friends. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a great person to talk to and to play the game with. When he was an admin, he never let our friendship get in the way of a fair decision (mu...
by Vigis
Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:29 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Got Cognitive Ability?
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Got Cognitive Ability?

Hey all, Erin is doing some contract work for a company in CO and needs to get 300 people to complete the test linked below. There are 32 to 34 items, it really depends on how smart you are as to how long it will take. I finished in 3 minutes (Just kidding, I'm not allowed to take it because I know ...

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