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by kiryan
Tue May 17, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 5433

Re: Your vaunted public servants seving the public

o'rly sarvis, do you know how much cops make? and then how much they make in overtime and benefits. Its quite lucrative actually. I wouldn't call them overpaid because the tolerance for mistakes is 0 and really since they are authorized to use deadly force, I really think you need more than a candid...
by kiryan
Tue May 17, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Your vaunted public servants seving the public
Replies: 64
Views: 5433

Your vaunted public servants seving the public

If you don't listen to the clip you aren't entitled to comment. Threatened with death by the police for legally and openly carrying a firearm. I do think he needed to comply with the officer's commands instead of trying to argue with them and just sue them for their behavior after the fact to change...
by kiryan
Tue May 17, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: They Got Bin Laden
Replies: 30
Views: 2453

Re: They Got Bin Laden

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/17/sources-navy-seals-knew-bin-laden-mission-shot-deal/ The best blow by blow account so far. Assuming its accurate, they killed OBL at t+15 and spent 23 minutes or so blowing crap up and gathering the evidence / prisoners. What is really interesting and I'm s...
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: FMH, there is a fat gene?
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: FMH, there is a fat gene?

No, but It would surprise me to find a "genetic master key" "responsible" for 30% of the japanese population to growing blond hair over a period of 30 years.
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: wow, and i thought their job was to provide healthcare
Replies: 2
Views: 365

wow, and i thought their job was to provide healthcare

Its ridiculous that we have to have a law that says a doctor should not be asking and tracking whether there is a gun in the home. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/16/dr-marc-siegel-doctors-right-invade-patient-privacy/ Not surprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out ag...
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

No sarvis, having lived in OC, having frequented all the beaches named, I think the maximum they should make in OC is 80k with dramatically lower pension benefits.

MAXIMUM
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Imperialist Democrats Threaten Libya - NO BLOOD FOR OIL!
Replies: 91
Views: 4614

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

Interesting UN program... Gadaffi gives the UN money who turns around and gives it back minus a 3% "management fee". Sounds like it amounts to putting a gold seal of approval on his regime for a paltry 15-25 million. That's apparently the price of legitimacy... although it makes me wonder ...
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

No sarvis, the lifeguards in the article I posted are making that much or more and its an outrageous abuse of the tax payer.
by kiryan
Mon May 16, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: FMH, there is a fat gene?
Replies: 5
Views: 573

FMH, there is a fat gene?

So I don't know what this means other than they have a promising area of research that may lead to genetic treatments for obesity. I suppose I should give a little more credence to the genetic argument some people blame their obesity on. However, I'd like to say it still doesn't really explain why t...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

None of that changes the fact that you said lifeguards should earn $80k, and they actually earn the equivalent of $77k. You know you like to criticize my reading skills, but your's aint so hot either. the maximum I think would be reasonable would be around 80k emphasis MAXIMUM If you retire after 3...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

The difference being you can walk uptown and into a bank.
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

are banks in up town saying sorry we don't serve customers from downtown? Quit being retarded. They can pick up the phone and call an uptown bank, they can take the bus up there. whatever, Yoshinoya not opening up a restauarant in whitesvill, MT doesn't make it discrimination. It makse it a business...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

unskilled labor is making 120-200k+ a year A) You have a strange definition of unskilled labor First, they have to maintain a level of fitness that many people can't. Second, they need to have first aid skills (NOTICE: Sarvis can't see this) So do Army Privates. and special training to know how to ...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

no matter how rich you are, I don't want your asset on my books. You do realize it would be the new house on the books, not the old one in the "blighted" neighborhood... right? If you are trying to say that the bank wouldn't give you a loan on a new property in a different neighborhood be...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

Well the cheapest house in Manhattan Beach a somewhat more exclusive community was 500k in 2002. Newport beach does have some slums, but I would imagine that its roughly the same down there. Do you pay a McDonald's burger fliiper 50k a year because he lives in NYC? I have serious problems with the i...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

Still, you haven't refuted that there aren't any lifeguards that aren't pulling 200k in compensation. At all. The link to the park's recruitment website is fine, but that is by no means all of the lifeguards. I am not required to refute that claim. This is a thread expressing outrage that "lif...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

Hmm thats fair. however when you refinance, you are generally paying off the old loan and making a new loan usually with a new entity. I could probably understand it being invalid discrimination if you are redlining properties on which you already own the loans... but I wouldn't willinglly pay off a...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2011/05/11/6625853-dude-wanna-make-some-big-bucks-try-lifeguarding More than half the city's 14 full-time lifeguards collected more than $150,000 in total compensation last year, and two made more than $200,000, according to The Orange County Register. A look at the 20...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

so your position is that because you could make similar claims for any variety of reasons, the most likely scenario (working a normal 8 or 10 hour day) is not accurate?
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

Amena, hmm interesting question, i'll respond later, but is workign for the government really "capitalism"? I'm really not so sure about this notion that unions are operating like corporations... and in a capitalistic mindset... maybe they are. Maybe its time to revoke their exception from...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

Are you saying you don't think these lifeguards are being compensated at 200k a year. That, assuming the research for the article is accurate, is factual. Teflor misspoke a bit by saying their "salary" was 200k a year, but their total compensation for 13/14 was > 120k (assuming the financi...
by kiryan
Fri May 13, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

That is exactly what I understand redlining to be... and I realize its prohibited by federal law... but I'm saying geographic area needs to be something banks can consider and use. The fact you know live in a bad neighborhood where your home value is spiraling downwards at no fault of your own is a ...
by kiryan
Thu May 12, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: More CPS bad behavior
Replies: 26
Views: 1798

Re: More CPS bad behavior

an advice columnist's research on "Can a parent lose custody of his child because he's a neo-Nazi?" the answer and some of the history are interesting. http://www.slate.com/id/2293768/?gt1=38001 Yes. Custody disputes are decided under the vague "best interests of the child" stand...
by kiryan
Thu May 12, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

Re: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage cri

fair criticisms... especially about being objective. but on the other hand, geographic areas should be able to be redlined and can be "too risky" to lend in even if there is no question on whether the borrower can afford it. Blight spreads and the quality of the asset could be diminished a...
by kiryan
Thu May 12, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: damnit now they are shutting down the coffee shops I go to
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: damnit now they are shutting down the coffee shops I go

God makes exceptions for hot thai and vietnamese chicks.
by kiryan
Thu May 12, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 2153

lol, did we learn nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis?

I thought even the democrats got the message, you can't loan money to people who have no money and aren't credit worthy. They are again trying to force banks to make bad loans, make loans in neighborhoods in decline, make loans to people who statistically are a higher risk. They call it discriminati...
by kiryan
Thu May 12, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

You can always count on Ragorn to backup the poor government workers.

Perhaps "poor" was a bad choice of words.
by kiryan
Wed May 11, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: damnit now they are shutting down the coffee shops I go to
Replies: 3
Views: 556

damnit now they are shutting down the coffee shops I go to

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/05/my-entry.html Seriously, I used to go to these all the time and they are gRRReat!!!! only thing better than overpaying for a starbucks, is overpaying for a starbucks served by hot chicks in lingerie and swim suits where you can smoke, despite the state b...
by kiryan
Wed May 11, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Damn Bush and Gas Prices
Replies: 42
Views: 2940

Re: Damn Bush and Gas Prices

Corth I've been thinking that issue for a while. It does seem there is empirical evidence for speculation causing a run up in prices. That is speculative supply vs demand that is separate from the actually commercial supply and demand fundamentals. I think in some sense we are missing here is that ...
by kiryan
Wed May 11, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

... nit picking points... boy thats the kettle calling the pot black The points I cited after the article are lines directly from the article... you choose to emphasize the last 2 sentences of a 5 sentence paragraph, the two shortest sentences that I included primarily because they were short and it...
by kiryan
Wed May 11, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oh those special interests.
Replies: 127
Views: 7722

Re: Oh those special interests.

You can hate fire fighters to the list of honest hardworking government workers that I hate. Go ahead, tell me that life guarding is a tough, dangerous job, that only the best of the best can do and should pay 100k to 211k. The navy seals who killed OBL reportedly make 60k a year. To be fair thats t...
by kiryan
Tue May 10, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: the ultimate in regulation retardation.
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: the ultimate in regulation retardation.

are just as bad as the avocado marketing people as bad as the McDonald's people, the fish industry etc. The problem again is government propagandizing its subjects. If they don't know, they shouldn't be telling us how to live. Even if they do know, its really none of their concern whether we drink m...
by kiryan
Tue May 10, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Damn Bush and Gas Prices
Replies: 42
Views: 2940

Re: Damn Bush and Gas Prices

Corth I've been thinking that issue for a while. It does seem there is empirical evidence for speculation causing a run up in prices. That is speculative supply vs demand that is separate from the actually commercial supply and demand fundamentals. I think in some sense we are missing here is that t...
by kiryan
Tue May 10, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: the ultimate in regulation retardation.
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: the ultimate in regulation retardation.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110509/ap_on_re_us/us_food_and_farm_chocolate_milk ==yep, they want to ban chocolate milk. Its soda in drag. Its candy they way, but heres the real fucking problem. "We've taught them to drink chocolate milk, so we can unteach them that," Cooper said. "Our...
by kiryan
Tue May 10, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

its not al qaeda you have to be worried about, its the pakistani CIA and sypathetic officers... We just walked into their house and bitch slapped them in front of the whole world. To make it worse, our politicians are rubbing it in and doing some political grandstanding. In their mind, we should be ...
by kiryan
Mon May 09, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

fug, blowback on this could spiral out of control in a bad way... basically one fringe line of thinking is USA will someday come and steal the Pakistani nukes as part of an Israeli / US plot... Given the muslim population in Pakistan, this could easily be developed by anti-west forces into a battle ...
by kiryan
Mon May 09, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

Hmm... as of 3 years ago, you could buy soda and candy bars on foodstamps in Oregon. Maybe your state was smart about it. I might be more open to social services if they were run effiicently and without abuse. WIC is a much better program than foodstamps, but there are a lot of people who would crit...
by kiryan
Mon May 09, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Damn Bush and Gas Prices
Replies: 42
Views: 2940

Re: Damn Bush and Gas Prices

first stem cell research wasn't banned. Federal money was banned for research on NEWLY created stem cell lines. The 21 or so existing lines were fine. Private research was not affected in any way shape or form... the biggest advance in stem cells so far in my opinion has been the research that lead ...
by kiryan
Mon May 09, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: the ultimate in regulation retardation.
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: the ultimate in regulation retardation.

I tend to think its over diagnosed at this point.

Going with Ashiwi's point, there was an article today about South Korea having a rate of 1/30. At some point we're just diagnosing normal.
by kiryan
Mon May 09, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

I'd rather almost say bring it on and get those extremists out in the open when they are unstable foaming at the mouth to avenge OBL's death.

Ooh good point on the bad press of American's behaving badly. I still think we should've made my OBL toilet. Just need to make it bomb proof.
by kiryan
Sat May 07, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

Nod.. hard to say whether it was related to the wikileaks thing or not... I haven't followed the wikileaks stuff, but it probably could've been a factor. I also read an article about how Pakistan captured a important militant a several months ago in the same city, but kept it low profile until somet...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

diso... I really not sure how holder figures it was a legal raid. maybe, we have a secret agreement with Pakistan... but ... whatever. I don't think the rest of us care if it was legal or not... I personally don't care. The rest of the world can hate on us if they want, but we weren't going to let O...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

parents are not obese. My dad eats a lot, my mom hardly ever eats (and gains weight when she does). My dad eats candy 3 or 4 times a week (which is why we had the boxes of snickers) I ate maybe 1 candy bar every 2 weeks. I stopped eating lunch in elementary school because I refused to eat cafeteria ...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

no, the fact that they "need" more than 1 meal a day is not clear to me at all since for 10+ years I ate only 1 meal a day. and I had steak for dinner, fruit constnatly shoved in my face, boxes of kit kat, m&ms in the closet and as much cash as I wanted to go out and eat, a 2 liter of ...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/06/bin-laden-killing-white-house-pentagon-cia-botched-storyline/ an article on the communication missteps. Really, the mistakes are significant when you consider the roles of the players, but its like focusing on the mole hill and ignoring the mountain. Still,...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of the OBL raid?
Replies: 20
Views: 1759

Re: Criticism of the OBL raid?

the bulk of the criticism now seems to be surrounding whether he should've been captured and whether the US forces just went in and butchered everyone. First, I think given hindsight, it was certainly possible to capture bin laden. The administrations line on this is weak from Holder saying they act...
by kiryan
Fri May 06, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

if the kid could star in an ethiopian food bank commercial, then no you're not going to hear any complaints from me although I might still wonder philosophically if government should be able to get involved. if its the government's opinion that your kid is "failing to thrive" and orders yo...
by kiryan
Thu May 05, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

I 100% agree Amena. In human services field over the past 15-20 years they have been adopting two attitudes A) maintain and preserve the dignity of the people served B) get everyone who qualifies enrolled On the surface, both those sound like good and noble goals. Point B flies in the face of what m...
by kiryan
Thu May 05, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Current Events & Politics
Topic: Food Stamps
Replies: 37
Views: 2146

Re: Food Stamps

Sarvis, do you think that 1 in 7 people in America would starve to death if we cut food stamps off? Some definitely would, but most would not. How many people do you know on food stamps and welfare? I've known more than a couple dozen over the years and less than half in my opinion were deserving......

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