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ugh its Troika
May 2, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


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Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


Kung Fu Fist Fuck
Aug 9, 2009



enjoy your timeout

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
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Isn't that a after-action or whatever

I don't know how these things work

Kung Fu Fist Fuck
Aug 9, 2009


Snowdens Secret posted:

Isn't that a after-action or whatever

I don't know how these things work

me either they keep changing the rules its kinda weird

EBB
Feb 15, 2005

What, Me Worry?


Snowdens Secret posted:

Isn't that a after-action or whatever

I don't know how these things work

Second gunman gets probated for being late to the punch

ugh its Troika
May 2, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


You can only be a second gunman if the first post of the new page ISN'T a sniper image. Otherwise you just get probated.

Also, 39th post is safe if they post a spotter.

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


Your sniper gently caress gently caress games are getting us off target, here's what matters about this FCC poo poo: will it mean that I can download videos from Estonian Lesbian Amateur Horse Jerkers faster?

RandomPauI
Nov 24, 2006




Grimey Drawer

Comcast will tell you that it's downloading faster but it'll really be the same speed that it is now. You'll also be paying more.

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


I don't really have a great way of explaining this but the 'charge more for Netflix' thing is a business model from 10+ years ago and Comcast's silliness is going to run up against fiber and other new stuff on the landline side and on the other side from people increasingly consuming 'net media over mobile. So really in this context you should be worried a lot more about whoever's trying to buy T-Mobile, market penetration of the Wal-Mart phones etc etc. Comcast's really looking right now like the guys that wanted to put extra anti-copying fees on cassette tapes when everyone was buying CDs and MP3 sharing was just taking off; their cable business plan goes from bad to fuuuucked in the fairly near term and Netflix fees won't save them.

Also lol at 'regulating like a utility', not only are our utilities an embarrassing travesty for a first-world country but these industries are already regulated out the wazoo and that accomplishes its primary purpose, which is keeping out competitors and maintaining regional monopolies. There's a crazy amount of money in a variety of redundant state and federal programs to cover psydude's fear that poors and rurals won't have internet; you would be shocked to learn they tend to be mismanaged, cronyist and ineffective, almost as if it's on purpose.

I mean come the gently caress on it's not nearly as hard to give net access as people think.

Someone should do an effortpost on this VA meltdown thing.

Courthouse
Jul 23, 2013


Snowdens Secret posted:

I don't really have a great way of explaining this but the 'charge more for Netflix' thing is a business model from 10+ years ago and Comcast's silliness is going to run up against fiber and other new stuff on the landline side and on the other side from people increasingly consuming 'net media over mobile. So really in this context you should be worried a lot more about whoever's trying to buy T-Mobile, market penetration of the Wal-Mart phones etc etc. Comcast's really looking right now like the guys that wanted to put extra anti-copying fees on cassette tapes when everyone was buying CDs and MP3 sharing was just taking off; their cable business plan goes from bad to fuuuucked in the fairly near term and Netflix fees won't save them.

Also lol at 'regulating like a utility', not only are our utilities an embarrassing travesty for a first-world country but these industries are already regulated out the wazoo and that accomplishes its primary purpose, which is keeping out competitors and maintaining regional monopolies. There's a crazy amount of money in a variety of redundant state and federal programs to cover psydude's fear that poors and rurals won't have internet; you would be shocked to learn they tend to be mismanaged, cronyist and ineffective, almost as if it's on purpose.

I mean come the gently caress on it's not nearly as hard to give net access as people think.

Someone should do an effortpost on this VA meltdown thing.

This is less a government regulation/free market thing and more a corrupt monopoly coupled by legislation by lobbyists thing. Which is of course not going to happen. Net Neutrality however is one of those reasonably clear cut things where there is no real argument on Comcast&friends side apart from lobbying money. There are plenty of countries that manage to regulate and manage internet infrastructure competently on both the private and public side.

As for internet access, there is a marked difference between 56k modems, starbucks wifi and fiber. Especially on the business side. It's similar to roads and railways, a single lane gravel road won't cut it if you want there to be industrial/commercial growth.

What's happened at the VA? It can't have gotten worse than it already was, can it? I figured with drawing down the wars they'd have some breathing room to catch up at least a bit?

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


First link from google news, someone could do a much better writeup:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/16/politics/va-scandal/

quote:

For six months, CNN has been reporting on delays in medical appointments suffered by veterans across the country and veterans who died or were seriously injured while waiting for appointments and care. The VA requires its hospitals to provide care to patients in a timely manner, typically within 14 to 30 days.

The most disturbing and striking problems emerged in Arizona last month as inside sources revealed to CNN details of a secret waiting list for veterans at the Phoenix VA. Charges were leveled that at least 40 American veterans died in Phoenix while waiting for care at the VA there, many of whom were placed on the secret list.

But even as the Phoenix VA's problems have riveted the nation's attention, numerous whistle-blowers from other VA hospitals across the country have stepped forward. They described similar delays in care for veterans and also varying schemes by officials at those facilities to hide the delays -- in some cases even falsify records or efforts to "cook the books."

The secret waiting list in Phoenix was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers there who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources who spoke exclusively to CNN.

They're currently in the deckchair-shuffling phase but this very well might cost Shinseki his job. It's not taking much digging to find more and more and more rot, although the chances of real reform are pretty low at this point.

Note: Washington Times has really been the investigative drivers of this story (lol CNN, no planes there you dummies)

Courthouse
Jul 23, 2013


Snowdens Secret posted:

First link from google news, someone could do a much better writeup:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/16/politics/va-scandal/


They're currently in the deckchair-shuffling phase but this very well might cost Shinseki his job. It's not taking much digging to find more and more and more rot, although the chances of real reform are pretty low at this point.

Note: Washington Times has really been the investigative drivers of this story (lol CNN, no planes there you dummies)

So the news is that the VA pretended like things were not as bad as everyone kinda knew they were?

psydude
Mar 31, 2008

Perry'd.


A lot of small and medium sized municipalities have been investing in their own fiber infrastructures in recent years, whether it be by buying up existing dark-fiber lines, or building new ones. With population densities increasing in all types of cities due to the general trend of ubanization, I don't think it's too far-fetched to predict that we'll begin to see low-cost, public fiber popping up all around the country. This was actually one of the things Google was hoping to spark, and it looks like it's beginning to take traction.

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


Courthouse posted:

So the news is that the VA pretended like things were not as bad as everyone kinda knew they were?

I figured it'd be relevant and interesting, considering how many of us have to deal with the VA

Courthouse
Jul 23, 2013


Snowdens Secret posted:

I figured it'd be relevant and interesting

It is, I just thought you meant they'd had some new scandal. We already knew people weren't getting treatment in a timely manner. But I guess now that they have it on paper there might be some little change for the better? Who'd be in the wings if there are firings at the top?

Iseeyouseemeseeyou
Jan 3, 2011


The economic incentive to annex Crimea has finally come to light. iirc, the southwest of Ukraine has a significant russian-ethnic population :tinfoil:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/world/europe/in-taking-crimea-putin-gains-a-sea-of-fuel-reserves.html?hp

quote:

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

iyaayas01
Feb 19, 2010

Perry'd


Snowdens Secret posted:

First link from google news, someone could do a much better writeup:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/16/politics/va-scandal/


They're currently in the deckchair-shuffling phase but this very well might cost Shinseki his job. It's not taking much digging to find more and more and more rot, although the chances of real reform are pretty low at this point.

Note: Washington Times has really been the investigative drivers of this story (lol CNN, no planes there you dummies)

Also their response to this was to force a some functionary to resign. Said individual was due to retire anyway in like 4 months.

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...13fb_story.html

good news dudes, the steelworkers have been deployed, Eastern Ukranian stability imminent!

Courthouse
Jul 23, 2013


Something, something, BENGAZI!

quote:

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Forces apparently loyal to a renegade Libyan general said they suspended parliament Sunday after earlier leading a military assault against lawmakers, directly challenging the legitimacy of the country's weak central government three years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Libya's leadership condemned the attack and vowed to carry on.

A commander in the military police in Libya read a statement announcing the suspension on behalf of a group led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a one-time rebel commander who said the U.S. backed his efforts topple Gadhafi in the 1990s. Hours earlier, militia members backed by truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rocket fire attacked parliament, sending lawmakers fleeing for their lives as gunmen ransacked the legislature.

Gen. Mokhtar Farnana, speaking on a Libyan television channel on behalf of Hifter's group, said it assigned a 60-member constituent's assembly to take over for parliament. Farnana said Libya's current government would act on as an emergency Cabinet, without elaborating.

Farnana, who is in charge of prisons operated by the military police, said forces loyal to Hifter carried out Sunday's attack on parliament. He also said Sunday's attack on Libya's parliament was not a coup, but "fighting by the people's choice."

genderstomper58
Jan 9, 2005

by XyloJW


Another mokhtar? :eyepop:

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


Show of hands, who read that as Khalifa Hitler

:wave:

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


I was extremely disappointed that he is in fact NOT a Hitler

genderstomper58
Jan 9, 2005

by XyloJW


maffew buildings posted:

I was extremely disappointed that he is in fact NOT a Hitler

There can be only one :(

Full Battle Rattle
Aug 29, 2009

As long as the times refuse to change, we're going to make a hell of a racket.


Snowdens Secret posted:

Show of hands, who read that as Khalifa Hitler

:wave:

Oh yeah.

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
Someone got you a obnoxiously racist av.


genderstomper58 posted:

There can be only one :(

Someone's never seen The Boys From Brazil

genderstomper58
Jan 9, 2005

by XyloJW


Snowdens Secret posted:

Someone's never seen The Boys From Brazil

sounds like a highly illegal gay porn

OMFG PTSD LOL PBUH
Sep 9, 2001


genderstomper58 posted:

sounds like a highly illegal gay porn

I'll send you the anime of it

Courthouse
Jul 23, 2013


Snowdens Secret posted:

Show of hands, who read that as Khalifa Hitler

:wave:

It's his secret grandson from an illicit encounter with a Bedouin woman when he was down there inspecting Panzerkorps Afrika. Now hellbent on restoring the Caliphate and finishing what his grandfather started, thus ushering in the second coming. Just like your nana told you in all those chain-mails you never read.

Courthouse fucked around with this message at 11:33 on May 19, 2014

MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...



Snowdens Secret posted:

Someone's never seen The Boys From Brazil

Only the finest Brazilian fart porn.

MazelTovCocktail
Jun 23, 2012

Gritty's gonna cut you.


Courthouse posted:

It's his secret grandson from an illicit encounter with a Bedouin woman when he was down there inspecting Panzerkorps Afrika. Now hellbent on restoring the Caliphate and finishing what his grandfather started, thus ushering in the second coming. Just like your nana told you in all those chain-mails you never read.

Are you one of Tom Clancy's ghost writers?

Naramyth
Jan 22, 2009

Australia cares about cunts. Including this one.

genderstomper58 posted:

There can be only one :(

Hilterander.

Mr. Samuel Shitley
Jun 15, 2007

by XyloJW


MrYenko posted:

Brazilian Fart Porn.

Great username right there

Kung Fu Fist Fuck
Aug 9, 2009


Mr. Samuel Shitley posted:

Great username right there

why gently caress around with a vague concept when you could just use swap.avi?

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/19/student-debt-presidents.html

In a shocking development universities where kids end up with more debt for their Bachelor's in White Knighting and Trans-Racial Slam Poetry have executives paid higher. If only these children had had the foresight GIP had to go whack off in a shed in the desert or an abandoned for four minutes hull on a ship to get their education paid for.

Or be born into a white, upper middle class family where they tell you to go to college and it's taken care of like I did :smug: I did spend most of my time in college jacking off, though, as one should

Surely the lovely job market, terrible student debt loads carried and terrible student debt policies won't have a negative impact on our nation in any way shape or form, will it?

maffew buildings fucked around with this message at 01:51 on May 20, 2014

EBB
Feb 15, 2005

What, Me Worry?


A gun and a single bullet are a hell of a lot cheaper than a BA in gender studies.

Mad Dragon
Feb 29, 2004



EVA BRAUN BLOWJOBS posted:

A gun and a single bullet are a hell of a lot cheaper than a BA in gender studies.
And a greater contribution to society.

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


A great deal of my time was spent imploring my younger college aged employees to: major in something that involves math or physical science because the long term prospects are so much better, hurry the gently caress up and finish college and don't spend all your time on a beach smoking pot or get a girl pregnant. Since this is Hawaii I have not held out high hopes for any of these things occurring. This is one place where telling kids "You should consider the military" is actually IMPROVING their chances at not being a gently caress up in life.

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008
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The cost of a fairly mundane college education has so far outpaced inflation that even the white upper middle class folks can't afford it without debt, especially if god forbid they have more than one kid. Most of the time you see college cost discussed, it's related to starting salaries of the grads. But (and I can't find the numbers at the moment) when you compare tuition to the parents' salary, it's gone in the last few decades from something like 2-3 months income to 2-3 years income to send a kid to get a 4-year degree.

This gets way, way uglier when you start looking at the numbers differences between two- and one-parent households but that's also way beyond the scope

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Mad Dragon
Feb 29, 2004



My friend's kid wanted to apply to a $40k per semester school, and they wanted $45 just for the loving application. :what: Needless to say, she's going to community college in the fall.

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