Robert57
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2395 days ago

Canada could have adopted French cuisine, British culture, and American technology. It wound up with American culture, British cuisine, and French technology.

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2410 days ago

Romney said, "I made a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups said 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women!"

He was lying. What actually happened is MassGAP, a woman's group, compiled a binder of good cabinet candidates before the gubernatorial election. After Romney won, they gave it to him and lobbied for the women in it. He did not ask for it, he responded to political pressure.

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2411 days ago

Obama won New Jersey 58-41. He would have won with or without the hurricane. Perhaps the question implies Obama used the bully pulpit to enhance his nationwide image. What's the alternative? Put the Presidency in blind trust for the campaign? He might just as well have stumbled, as Bush did after Katrina.

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2411 days ago

Failure of voter fraud cost Romney the election.

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott's attempt to disenfranchise 7,000 black voters was stopped by county supervisors, most of whom are elected Republicans. There was no such resistance when Jeb Bush did the same in 2000.

In Ohio, an "emergency" software change was brought to light. It changed the export format of county computers from PDF to CSV (unencrypted comma-delimited ASCII text) so they could be emailed from counties to state and added to state totals without manual intervention. Voter fraud depended on a man-in-the-middle changing totals en route, the same technique used in 2004. The deed required no sophisticated hacking, just knowledge of the state's userid/password so the email could be retrieved, deleted, edited, and resent. Any of us could have done it. A state judge put them on notice he would be reviewing totals after the election, thus depriving them of an opportunity to alter totals.

The problem is GOP IT guru Mike Connell was not around this time. He was killed in a single-engine plane crash in 2008 after he rejected a Karl Rove order to "take the fall" for Ohio in 2004. He must have been really good with computers to be worth his $800K salary.
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6214

In Colorado and elsewhere, voting machines owned by Hart Intercivic did not malfunction as planned. Perhaps they were fixed when it came to light that Hart is owned by Bain, Mitt's son Tigg, and a cabal of Romney supporters , two of whom paid $50K to attend the infamous "47% meeting."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/10/20/ro mney-family-investment-ties-to-voting-machine-company-that-could-decide-the-election-causes-concern/

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2422 days ago

Comment Icon Robert57 commented on a review of Pedophilia in Illegal Sex Acts:
I think the age of consent should be:
.. 14 so long as the other person is not more than 3 years older
.. 16 without the 3 year restriction
.. 18 if the other person is a guardian or teacher
.. 18 for porn and prostitution

The US is not uniformly 18. Many states put the age of consent at 16 or 17.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Age_ of_Consent_-_North_America.svg&page=1

The age of consent is 18 in much of east Africa, the Middle-East, and Turkey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Age_ of_Consent_-_Global.svg&page=1

Sentencing for child rape, first offense:
http://mamaduck123456.blogspot.com/2010/12/sentenci ng-for-child-rape.html

Pedophilia victim statistics:
http://mamaduck123456.blogspot.com/2011/04/statisti cs.html

2440 days ago

From an old cowboy movie: You block the pass; I'll tackle the coach.

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2460 days ago

Causes are full of women with low self-esteem. Their degree of desperation is inversely proportional to the quality of the cause. If you can't get laid at a Scientology convention, you might as well get married and subscribe to a porn site.

Too shallow? Women can put men to shame when it comes to shallowness. If you don't think so, watch gold-diggers working Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, or the secretarial pool of any hedge fund.

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2466 days ago

First there were land lines costing $30 per month. People complained they were too expensive. Poor people could not afford phones. Land lines were replaced by cell phones costing $71 per month (2012 average). People stopped complaining despite double the cost, lower voice quality, and customer service from India. Every poor person in the ghetto has one. If they can't afford a cell phone, government gives them a free one so they won't be deprived of a necessity.

The average US teenager sends or receives 3,339 text messages per month, more than 100 per day. That's the average, meaning half send more then 3,339. Some telcos charge $20 per month for unlimited text, despite the fact it is the least expensive traffic they carry. It is low bandwidth (max 1,280 bits) and insensitive to lag. A voice call uses 64,000 bits per second and is very sensitive to lag. What's wrong with this picture?

If I had seen a business plan for a portable phone that cost twice as much for lousy service, I would have said the market is small. It will sell to businesses that need portability, but it will never replace the land line for consumers. Why do they need a portable phone, so they can yack on it while they are grocery shopping or sitting in a waiting room? So students can send text messages while sitting in class? Don't be ridiculous. I'll short the company.

But then, I would have said the same about bottled water. This shows common sense is no good for predicting consumer behavior.

I have a cell phone for emergencies and traveling that I use about once a month. I tested its killer navigation app and have not needed it since. I'm grandfathered into a prepaid plan that costs zero per month, ten cents per minute. I have to kick in $20 per quarter, but it's not spent until I use it. I don't know how I'll ever use the $200 in my account.

I was one of Vonage's first customers when they opened in 2004. VoIP phones are a cool technology that makes sense, yet they are not even on this list.

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2471 days ago

Deleting his ratings, profile, and fans is a creative way to get rid of someone. Few reviewers would continue without ego strokes.

We all need to be called stupid to keep us humble. Teenagers traditionally perform that service in the fleshspace. If you don't have access to teenagers, you will have to use a site like topix.com.

An RIA mystery will be solved if Aryan Dan does not make another appearance.

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2474 days ago

A computer is a machine that's not as intelligent as a human being, but more intelligent than a programmer.

In 1962 I fell in love with an IBM 1401 housed in a Marine Corps 6x6 truck on Okinawa. I knew at first glance what I'd do for the rest of my life. I wrote my first program two months later.

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