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by Todrael
Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Toril 2.0 Discussion
Topic: Rambling about July 1, 2008
Replies: 16
Views: 7731

Re: Rambling about July 1, 2008

+2 years (forgot to post last year)

for a total of 5 years and 7 months of development
by Todrael
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: The New Stock Market Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2034

Re: The New Stock Market Thread

Recently, I bought a bunch of VTSAX.
by Todrael
Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Jon Daily Goodness
Replies: 27
Views: 4504

Re: Jon Daily Goodness

Seems that he poked the bees nest. More Jon Stewart vs. Fox News.
by Todrael
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Jon Daily Goodness
Replies: 27
Views: 4504

Jon Daily Goodness

Realized the old thread was in General, decided to restart it here.

Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday, talking about the political machine. Good stuff.
by Todrael
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Imperialist Democrats Threaten Libya - NO BLOOD FOR OIL!
Replies: 91
Views: 4451

Re: Imperialist Democrats Threaten Libya - NO BLOOD FOR OIL!

* War is bad. * Madmen dictators are bad. * Imperialism is bad. * Slaughtering civilians is bad. * Exploiting other countries is bad. * Overspending on the military is bad. * Leaving civilians undefended is bad. * George W. Bush was bad. * John McCain would have been bad. * Obama is bad. I see no co...
by Todrael
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: The 'Singularity'
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: The 'Singularity'

It's a complex and confused meme since so many people are entering the space and diluting the word 'singularity' for their own purposes. Most of it is an attempt to predict the future, to see where technology is going, and what kind of impact that can have on us. There are three primary definitions:...
by Todrael
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: poo chat
Replies: 5
Views: 913

poo chat

I was cleaning up my old files today, and came across one called poo chat.txt. It is reproduced here for your benefit. ------------------------------------------------ Start of Arilin buffer: Tue Apr 30 22:09:38 2002 [09:40:43PM] Arilin: blah. i hate trying to get people together to do stuff :P [09:...
by Todrael
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now

I said 'costs the government' - the premiums to employees are lower than that, as shown by Teflor. The dollar figure I quoted was the 'benefit' portion.
by Todrael
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now

The average age where I work is 50; there's got to be a bunch of 70+ to offset new hires. From the premiums I linked above, the most popular plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard) costs the government $363 for one person and $815 for family coverage per month. I'm not sure how that compares to the c...
by Todrael
Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: No One's Raising Taxes Right Now

Federal salary tables are publicly available on the OPM website . We work for you, so this is stuff you guys get to know. I'm a GS-12 step 2 in 'Rest of US', basically as high as I can go unless I enter management. I was including a 5% matching contribution to my 401k, since it's a straight cash ben...
by Todrael
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Getting Cancer getting easier by the day...
Replies: 26
Views: 1153

Re: Getting Cancer getting easier by the day...

*whoosh!* This sounds like a job for Math Man! The Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) used in cost-utility analysis (CUA) is the standard practice. "In North America, US $50,000 per QALY is often suggested as a threshold incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for a cost-effective interventi...
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 3432

Re: Greece

teflor the ranger wrote:Ok, California will still be bullshit in 2015. I don't predict much better for many of you.

I draw the line at personal attacks and by this point it's quite obvious you won't be attempting to be more rational. I see no reason to continue engagement with you.
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Union hero!
Replies: 8
Views: 506

Re: Union hero!

So which is it? Are we losing jobs to China, or are we getting excellent pay at brand new factories?
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Do you have the right to overthrow your government?
Replies: 16
Views: 783

Re: Do you have the right to overthrow your government?

Teflor linking to the UN? Is that sarcasm? A joke?
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Greece
Replies: 74
Views: 3432

Re: Greece

Please make predictive statements like: "California will go bankrupt by 2015 primarily due to social spending, and the testable metric I will use to measure this will be X (% of per capita GDP spent, or whatever)."
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: 1 in 8 americans on food stamps
Replies: 31
Views: 1650

Re: 1 in 8 americans on food stamps

My brother's on food stamps. He has a job. I wonder what the income requirements are.
by Todrael
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Union hero!
Replies: 8
Views: 506

Re: Union hero!

We didn't want those jobs anyway. Or were you going to be the one to work for $2 an hour, 10 hours a day, every day, in very dangerous conditions, living in company housing, buying from the company store, ready to be fired at any time for any reason, to undercut the Chinese? Talk about 'soft slavery...
by Todrael
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Do you have the right to overthrow your government?
Replies: 16
Views: 783

Re: Do you have the right to overthrow your government?

I think you're equivocating on the term 'right'. 1. Are you asking if it would be legal? No, it's not legal. Elections are the proper and peaceful means of handing over power for a democratic republic. 2. Are you asking if it's possible? It's most certainly possible, and has occurred many times in m...
by Todrael
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Government Supports Funeral Protesters, Orders Family to Pay
Replies: 51
Views: 1823

Re: Government Supports Funeral Protesters, Orders Family to Pay

Right, so Clinton's so-called "Free Speech Zones" are perfectly acceptable. Wouldn't want 'protesters' mucking up political rallies, after all.
by Todrael
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: iPad
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: iPad

Or you could buy something else. That doesn't work as well, and isn't as easy to use. I thought free market good?
by Todrael
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:25 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Government Supports Funeral Protesters, Orders Family to Pay
Replies: 51
Views: 1823

Re: Government Supports Funeral Protesters, Orders Family to Pay

I have a challenge for you, Teflor.

From now on, you can't use the words 'freedom', 'liberty', 'slavery', or the phrase 'put a gun to the head'. For extra points, don't use any other phrases that we might see repeated endlessly on Fox News.

I'm curious as to how you'd still be able to communicate.
by Todrael
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:21 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Democrat Party Leader Uses Federal Government to Silence Man
Replies: 19
Views: 1039

Re: Democrat Party Leader Uses Federal Government to Silence Man

We do not assassinate! Only commit "extrajudicial prosecution". *cough*
by Todrael
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The NY Times on CNN
Replies: 17
Views: 688

Re: The NY Times on CNN

You're equivocating. Nobody in the US uses 'liberal' to mean what it actually means.
by Todrael
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The NY Times on CNN
Replies: 17
Views: 688

Re: The NY Times on CNN

Exactly :)

Hilarious.
by Todrael
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The NY Times on CNN
Replies: 17
Views: 688

Re: The NY Times on CNN

If there's no market for objective news, fact checking, and in-depth journalism, then I suppose the American public deserves to be uninformed. Not that CNN has ever done any of those things, as Jon points out regularly. I also think it's pretty funny that the linked NYT article is an uninformative o...
by Todrael
Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: taking up the slack

Greedy capitalists. (lol)
by Todrael
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: taking up the slack
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: taking up the slack

The biggest problem I have with the above discussion is that it's all predicated on money being the ultimate purpose of our actions: economic growth, employment efficiency, etc.

I went to college because I wanted to learn.
by Todrael
Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: iPad
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: iPad

Too expensive, and I don't have any niche for it. I've got 6 computers / 4 screens within arm's length of me while at home, and when I travel I bring my MacBook everywhere. I'm waiting for the eReader market to mature and drop the DRM and price of e-books before I get something for that purpose. The...
by Todrael
Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: HFCS
Replies: 31
Views: 1702

Re: HFCS

Tanaras wrote:[Jones soda is] also bankrupt and being sold to the highest bidder right now (not very high numbers I might add)

Damn :(

We produce too much (heavily subsidized) corn. They've had a few segments on the Colbert Report recently about cat litter made entirely from corn and baby diapers made from corn.
by Todrael
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

kiryan wrote:Obama and the Democrats have escalated partsianship

You lie!
by Todrael
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: HFCS
Replies: 31
Views: 1702

Re: HFCS

Jones Soda uses real cane sugar, though it's a bit more expensive, and of course not the same taste as the major brands.
by Todrael
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

kiryan wrote:If Democrats had actually reached out and governed from the center, we would have the change Obama promised.

You lie!
by Todrael
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

The Daily Show talks about Republican calls to violence.
by Todrael
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 25
Views: 1356

Re: Price Discrimination

And who manipulated government to manipulate the market?
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Sarvis wrote:Agreement is not allowed!

I disagree...
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

It seems we're in agreement, then.
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Okay, if you don't count the DoD as domestic, then how about the Wall Street bailouts and jobs programs? Sarbanes-Oxley had major impact on business. No Child Left Behind had major impacts on education. The Do-Not-Call list is pretty recent (good times, that one). The Patriot Act is still pretty unp...
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

The annual DoD budget, which includes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, likely has greater impact on the general population, both positive and negative. A new bill is drafted every year, with lots of input from the President, the military, and various members of Congress. It requires approval and vo...
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Saying it's big doesn't mean it's big. You're falling for the rhetoric as much as Kiryan.
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

What? Like universal health coverage? The biggest domestic legislation in over 45 years? Biggest how? In cost? Medicare reforms under Bush cost more. In page number? Not exactly a meaningful metric. In effect of change? No single payer, no public option, slap on the wrist penalties... you'd be hard...
by Todrael
Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Politicans to American people, calm down?
Replies: 80
Views: 4723

Re: Politicans to American people, calm down?

Yeah, once the baby boom generation gets into power, we'll see some real change around here!
by Todrael
Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:56 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: healthcare, taxes and wages
Replies: 33
Views: 1786

Re: healthcare, taxes and wages

Oh noes, it hurts the Amish, too! haha
by Todrael
Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Healthcare Reform
Replies: 74
Views: 4633

Re: Healthcare Reform

kiryan wrote:this is outright evil.

No, this is evil.
by Todrael
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Paranoid Cops?
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Paranoid Cops?

This is just the average American, sick of government oppression, desirous of liberty, standing up for his rights and trying to free himself from soft slavery.
by Todrael
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:55 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: healthcare, taxes and wages
Replies: 33
Views: 1786

Re: healthcare, taxes and wages

teflor the ranger wrote:My health insurance went up along with my taxes. Proof enough.

Even before the bill was passed?! Wow. I didn't realize time travel was in there, too.
by Todrael
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:49 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Aiding and Abetting
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Aiding and Abetting

I think the United States of America should make it impossible to graduate high school without courses in logic, rationality, and critical thinking.

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