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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama vs. McCain - My Research PT. 1 on: June 28, 2008, 05:26:47 AM


It makes no difference.. for-profit or socialized medicine - The lawyers, pharma/insurance companies, medical equipment/sundry wholesalers and unionized health care workers get the benefits while self employed people like myself get the shaft.

Will wholesale prices be standardized and regulated?

Who awards the contracts?

How do we handle the price of patented drugs?

What about cheap unregulated Chinese generic pharmaceuticals ?

What about no fault medical malpractice?

Will health care workers be tenured for life via union contracts?






 
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Everyone in this forum please read on: June 25, 2008, 02:34:29 PM
Hell, just shut down GT.  I mean, there's plenty of other gaming forums around.

+1 petty
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Everyone in this forum please read on: June 25, 2008, 07:20:31 AM
Just shut the P&R forum down. Nothing is debated here that isn't already argued about on thousands of other political forums.

4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: "We (the government) should own the refineries" on: June 21, 2008, 01:16:51 AM
Dams create new recreation opportunities and actually increase business profit to the local region. Shasta Lake is a perfect example of this in action. Oroville Dam and the two after-bays provide excellent mountain biking trails, camping, sailing, canoing,  picnicking, sail boarding, fishing, water skiing, tubing, house boating and even.. radio control clubs hang out and race their models on the glass flat waters of the after bay.


I've not only done my research I've worked directly with the USFS to build single track motorcycle trails on the Western Slope of the Plumas National Forest. I spent 10 years working on OHV user projects including donating the time, labor and material to repair warming huts, natural spring drinking water sources, pit toilet huts and even painted them to boot.. and on my dime. Me and a bunch of buddies spent many weekends mapping old skidder trails and even re-discovered part of an old Indian migration trail.  I've logged hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours to help make OUR outdoor recreation areas a better place to visit.


http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas/projects_and_plans/ohv_route_designation/




5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: "We (the government) should own the refineries" on: June 20, 2008, 08:00:27 PM
Federalizing refineries won't help reduce gasoline prices if the oil producing countries limit oil pumping at the wells.

It may be popular to hate on the major US oil producers but it doesn't change the supply and demand problems we face.

1) Build new high tech coal power plants - we need more energy production across the national power grid.

2) Government funded X-Prize contest for the best affordable solar panel kit - Requirements: 8'X4' panels with retrofit mounting hardware (facia boards, chimney or roof jacks). No battery storage systems for this first stage.. we just run the power right back into the grid via the utility box. Install 5,000,000 of these passive units and put them on the roofs of homes in LA and the California Central Valley. In fact most western states will benefit from this.

3) Hydroelectric power is truly green power: Design new fish ladders as this is one of the major sticking points for environmental groups.. all other complaints are just cock-blocks. White water kayaking and rafting on the Tumwater? tough shit and get over it.

Thoughts and impressions?

6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER - How the Hell do I Survive? on: June 08, 2008, 10:45:36 PM
As far as mods are go - I really like Fatraps Run and Gun 1. Its mildly insane and adds another human NPC faction known as Strangers.

Quote
FatRap
BTW.... I am currently testing a couple of add-ons..... . It allows NPC's to throw grenades, to drag corpses away from the campfires, to use different armors and to heal their wounded comrades! It is sweet!

http://forums.filefront.com/s-t-l-k-e-r-soc-modding-editing/351884-fps-run-gun2.html
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I haven't bought a game yet this year, help me choose. on: June 08, 2008, 10:17:41 PM
STALKER prequel Clear Sky is due out Q4 2008 (maybe)

Pickup 2007 STALKER: Shadows of Chernobyl for $20-25 bucks - tons of really top notch mods are available too.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ironrod: McCain supports manned exploration of Mars on: June 08, 2008, 09:35:48 PM
I'll support manned Mars/Moon missions once we have the proper heavy lift systems for transporting construction materials from the Earth surface to low Earth orbit. The first real construction project should be a multi-purpose 2001 Space Odyssey type space station which would also be used as a staging point for longer distance missions.

Space Elevator - build it first and the rest will fall into place.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3823-supertough-nanotube-threads-created.html


Another important topic needs to be discussed as well. During the 18th-19th centuries the East India Trading Company actuarial tables show a loss/comfort level of about 17% - 17% of its active trading ship fleet and all those aboard as lost at sea.

Whats NASA's comfort level? Whats our comfort level?

Sweden EITC - During its existence from 1731 to 1821 the SOIC launched 132 expeditions. Of these a total of 8 ships were lost. Not sure about the English and Dutch firms but the 17% figure sticks in my head for some reason.



9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Lincoln-Douglas style debates with McCain & Obama? on: June 05, 2008, 08:46:06 AM
The media labeled McCain a maverick 25 years ago - which was just beltway speak for Republican backstabber. Now he's a neocon buttboy?

Do you even have any conservative friends or are we just Ted Rall/ Tom Tomorrow caricatures to you?

Nuts. Absolutely effin crazy.

10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: South Korea and American Beef on: June 04, 2008, 01:25:20 AM
Coors mash byproduct is one used around here, and distiller's grains are gaining in favor to replace some of that corn nationwide.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. sells its barley mash waste to a local feed lot.
11  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: South Korea and American Beef on: June 03, 2008, 05:39:52 AM
chose a slaughter house at random and brought out these images of cows too sick or injured to stand.


3D meat - diseased, disfigured and deformed(?)

Presently, jerky-type pet treats are manufactured by grinding frozen 3D beef and beef lungs and combining the ground product with a small quantity of fat and a small quantity of wheat (approximately 10%), a flavoring blend of spices and artificial smoke flavor. The amount of fat added is typically adjusted according to the fat content of the 3D beef and beef lungs (typically about 8%). The mixture which results is then forced through a forming dye typically by "V-Mag" type of pump. The shaped product is then cut to a predetermined length and placed on cooking racks which are constructed of expanded metal trays. The formed blend, which contains approximately 62% moisture is then "cooked" in a convection type low temperature oven for approximately four hours. Although this process results in a suitable finished product, the yield from this process is only approximately 45%.


Years ago an AG buddy told me 3D meat was auctioned to fast food chains. No idea if that was true or not.
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: South Korea and American Beef on: June 02, 2008, 03:49:14 PM
The rally numbers are probably inflated and like Ale said - more of a protest against Bush than any real fear of mad cow tainted beef.

PS: Korean food and especially the BBQ is OMG good.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So my son asks me, "How is Obama doing, dad?" on: May 22, 2008, 11:33:03 PM
EDIT= My intent was to find out if the Dead played Portland. IF they had opened for him then the crowd would have been even larger.

EDIT2= http://www.dead101.com/1335.htm - the site incorrectly states 500,000 people attended the concert.. it was 1M. 1991? Gawd i'm getting old  icon_cry I'll be in the bummer tent. drool





Grateful Dead Reunite for Barack Obama Benefit Show


2/5/08, 9:23 am EST


Barack Obama wants to bring America together, and he has started with the Grateful Dead. The feuding members of the fabled Sixties psychedelic rock group dissolved their business operations several years ago. But last night at the Warfield Theater before a sold out election eve crowd, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart were singing “Come Together” on behalf of the Obama campaign in San Francisco.

Before the show, the three living Dead faced the press in a curtained-off nook of the Warfield basement; they had just finished a ninety-minute afternoon soundcheck that would serve as the show’s sole rehearsal. “I think that we all knew Obama was the guy for us, but we hadn’t talked about it because we’d all been doing our own thing,” said bassist Phil Lesh. Mickey Hart admitted that band members hadn’t seen each other in “years and years.” But “we knew instinctively, intuitively that we were all together on this,” said Bob Weir. “We came together and we’re doing it.”
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So my son asks me, "How is Obama doing, dad?" on: May 22, 2008, 11:28:34 PM
Garcia is dead ?

OMG
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So now we torture on behalf of the Chinese? on: May 22, 2008, 07:48:50 AM
Its past time we close Gitmo and send the mujahideen home. Take the prisoners to the Afghanistan/SWAT border and release them back into the care of the Taliban. If the former Gitmo detainees choose to fight against US/NATO forces they will either be killed in combat or captured and detained by the Afghan government.

Its a win-win situation. Can we send John Walker Lindh back too?

16  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: May 22, 2008, 06:33:31 AM
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/business/article2431509.ece

"The server parks will now be dimensioned to handle 600,000 to 700,000 subscribers," Funcom said in a statement. It said the collector's edition of the game had been sold out in all markets, adding over 110,000 copies had been produced.
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So my son asks me, "How is Obama doing, dad?" on: May 22, 2008, 05:57:48 AM
Did The Grateful Dead play a free concert prior to Obama taking the stage in Portland? I heard something about this but search engine results aren't confirming it. The Dead have a huge following on the West Coast and in the past the Eugene, Oregon concert was the epicenter for all things Dead - this concert location was considered Mecca and all Dead energy radiated from that single place.   
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this look like a Pentagon PSYOPS against the US? on: May 21, 2008, 02:23:38 AM
The overwhelming majority of media analysts/consultants are also working as defense contract rainmakers. These consultants are privy to information that most reporters can't get access to.... which leads to broadcast and print media editors and producers turning a blind eye on obvious conflicts of interest in exchange for insider information.

The Pentagon -  aided and abetted by Bu$hCo - discovers this weakness in the system and decides to game the gamers. The media, the pentagon and the morally bereft consultants are all in on the same game - its the taxpayer who gets the Molly.

The problem isn't just "Bush" and his evil band of Barad-dûr Orc...and its not a conspiracy. Its a complicated cause and effect relationship which has taken decades/centuries(?) to produce.


New Sig:

Government and its institutions are inherently evil - or at least trend in the direction of badness and never ever trend towards goodness.




 

19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this look like a Pentagon PSYOPS against the US? on: May 17, 2008, 10:59:58 PM
Fire and prosecute the people involved in this PsyOp public relations campaign. Blacklist the media consultants that have profited from this criminal endevour. This is just more chaff on the political radar screen because we all know no one will be fired or tried in a court of law or serve time in prison. At least we know the Senate will root out the problem of HGH steroid use in the MLB/NFL right? Cynical but true.

I understand that you want to drive this post down the PsyOp road and I don't blame ya - I'm a long time government "disliker" - but choosing to ignore one of the two major components in this story is  just plain myopic.

The people the NYT/NPR reference and use as evidence to further the PsyOp story are just another layer of consultants that are the end product of the Washington DC news media industry. These folks exist to create consulting firms, think tanks and non-profit.orgs.The same people who run these shell companies invite one another to sit on each others board of directors (nice way to pad media/resume credentials). It's a nearly impenetrable maze of interlocking corporate directorships all woven into the fabric of the media culture surrounding Washington, DC. San Jose, Ca. and the surrounding area is referred to as Silicon Valley for good reason.. what should we call a region that builds up thousands and thousands of consulting firms all designed for one purpose.

Why did the NYT's quote Major Bob Bevelacqua when they damn well know he's a self promoting money grubbing liar. Is his word now golden since he confessed to Pinchy? - three card monty. Google results show Bevelacqua is universally reviled by Free Republic and Wonkette. Strange bedfellows indeed.

Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste now works for various consulting firms and .orgs groups... in the Washington DC (government_media_plex?) area of course. This guy has worked for left/right and pro/anti Iraq war advocacy groups. Talk about workin' a room... Can't attack this guy since he's an Iraq vet.

The NYT's is complicit in the whole charade but it tries to manipulate the story so it appears that they are watching this unfold from an outsiders perspective. Tyrell would be proud - this sort of mind**** usually requires replicant implants.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this look like a Pentagon PSYOPS against the US? on: May 17, 2008, 06:35:43 PM
Heyward reacts as if this sort of news fixing is new to the media/government complex. Its up to the news networks and men like Heyward to vet their hired analysts and ensure that the people they contract are acting in a professional manner. Heyward damn well knows this sort of shitte goes on all the time but only now has the cahones to speak out about it? after an effin' lifetime in the News business? Yeah right..  Heyward passed off on the RatherGate horseflop fiasco and is now a trusted NYT's media analyst/consultant? What hubris.

All these people have dogs in the fight - Robert S. Bevelacqua made a living sucking up to Fox news and Pentagon officials. How much dirty money did he make before stepping forward? Maybe he should donate that dirty money to charity and get out of the news media/journalism field. I'll bet 1000 to 1 that he is still in the same business doing the same work he always has. Heck.. I won't even bother to Google his name.. I bet he works for a shell company that contracts out for consulting work in one way or another.. in Washington DC of course.

Reporters receive leaked information via pentagon officials all the time - it's all part of the never ending inter-governmental political infighting .... and that access don't come free either. The public should demand the fifth estate be held to the same standard as any government office or official

Before his promotion to President, Heyward was:

Executive producer, CBS Evening News
Vice President, CBS News (October 1994-January 1996).
Executive producer CBS News Eye to Eye (February 1993 October 1994).
Executive producer 48 Hours (January 1988).
Senior producer CBS Evening News With Dan Rather (May 1986 October 1987).
Producer of the CBS Evening News (1984-86)



EDIT 12:02PM  - couldn't resist Googling this guys bio:

Bob Bevelacqua

Major Bob Bevelacqua is a former U.S. Army Green Beret who works with the WVC3 Group in Reston, Va., an elite security group that provides homeland security services, support, and technologies to government and commercial clients

Bevelacqua has a 17-year history of worldwide military experience, including combat in the Gulf War; riot control during the L.A. riots; a peacekeeping mission in Haiti, security assistance missions in West African countries; and numerous anti-drug missions on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Books:
Major Bob Unvarnished, October 2004
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Finally, the President gets it... on: May 16, 2008, 10:06:11 PM
I want him to show regret and remorse for the families he's ruined in service of a cause that will never come to fruition.

This is where Clinton bites his lip.. Its the cue for mass ululation.


Oh and IIRC there was another one president (Eisenhower?) who specifically gave up golf during a time of war...

Eisenhower didn't bother to attend Patton's funeral.
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bob Barr steps into the presidential race! on: May 16, 2008, 09:41:17 PM
Bob Barr was the lead law counsel for the House impeachment of Clinton correct? He then retired from the House and took a cush job at the ACLU? - weird. And now... after serving many many many years in the Republican party he has what can only be described as an idealogical epiphany and declares to the world to be Libertarian?

Dunno what this guys game is but its more akin to Three Card Molly than Yahtzee.

23  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 14, 2008, 10:43:05 PM
Pac Man
Missle Command
Frogger
Centipede
Asteroids - Back in the early eighties I bought one of these at an auction for $225 and put it into a donut shop (Belmont, Ca.)  It usually made ~40 bucks a month and the split was 50/50 with the owner. Later I put it into a high traffic liquor store ( Chico, Ca.) near 10 frat and sorority houses and it made decent money there as well.

I never tracked how much coin it generated but it turned out to be a great investment. It finally broke/fried after about 13 years and I gave it to some kid.

24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is the U.S. military becoming a Counterinsurgency Only force? on: May 09, 2008, 03:44:55 AM
That was a good read. Theres far to much information to absorb .. I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in it Roll Eyes

Military men have been arguing over this sort of thing forever - Prussian military caste vs. the steel arms of Krupp or trench warfare vs tanks.

They all seem like bright men and I hope they work out a good solution.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is the U.S. military becoming a Counterinsurgency Only force? on: May 08, 2008, 07:27:47 AM
Writing reports and analysis is what these pentagon people /military officers do - its their bloody job. That may sound obvious but the amount of paper these guys churn out is simply astounding.. and most of these reports end up in a file cabinet on the 40th basement floor of warehouse 1234/a. But - and I'm not trying to minimize this specific report - But the news media cherry picks reports like these from thousands of more mundane reports. A more compelling story would be the discovery of a paper written by Petraeus outlining the opposite type of military strategy/tactics of what he has done to date in Iraq.


Cannibalized artillery - How long would it take to reform artillery units and get them ready for set piece WW2 style line work? The Army has been training for it since 1775... so I'd wager not long.

Overstating success [COIN] - The Army remained in its static WW2 styled battle formations for most of the Vietnam war and where did it get us? Quagmire? Iraq may be a hornets nest but it ain't no Vietnam.


We've done all we can do in Iraq and its now up to the people of that country to grab the brass ring - and they better grab fast and with both hands because "change" means one thing.. You got two years and then its Adios Amigos
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 5th Anniversary of "Mission Accomplished" on: May 04, 2008, 09:00:43 PM
What the heck - I'll bite  icon_wink

http://www.longwarjournal.org/
GMLRS strike knocks out Special Groups [QODS] command center in Sadr City

The Mahdi Army and the Special Groups have intentionally fought amongst the civilian population and use civilians as human shields in an attempt to inflate civilian casualties and create a media backlash against Iraqi and US operations.

The Lancet and other western publications typically use figures released by QODS force media officials. Most of these press releases quote unnamed sources and the casualty figures cannot be independently verified.

Sadr City barrier 'a magnet' for Mahdi Army attacks

The large majority of the direct attacks by the Mahdi Army against US and Iraqi forces in Sadr City are occurring on Qods Street, where a barrier is being erected to separate the Iraqi Army and US controlled sections in the south from the northern portion of the district

Combat engineers continue to build the first in a series of concrete barriers designed to control/choke point weapons and explosives trafficking. This system worked well in Fallujah and helped/resulted in the pacification of  Karmah

http://www.indcjournal.com/
Where in the ... (Update, FOB Loyalty & a JSS in SW Rusafa)

The weather cleared and I made it out of the International Zone to Forward Operating Base Loyalty and on to an embed at Joint Security Station (JSS) with White Platoon, Blackfoot Troop, 3-89 Cavalry, scouts for the 4th Infantry Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division.

This guy is currently embedded in Iraq. I don't often read his blog but I do recall he is center/right but by all means not a hardcore neocon.

Summary

-  Everyone debating this topic just talks over one another and we can never get past the No War For Oil/ Baghdad Victory Parade nonsense .

Example - Obligatory four year old Bush_in_ flight_suit photo.



27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mods -- need help on: April 13, 2008, 12:49:11 AM
Smart Mod Manager - Very handy.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/smart-mod-mgr/
 

Current favorite mod:. Fatraps Run and Gun #1 easy  #2 medium  #3 hard  - Combines mods from different authors and scripts written by Fatrap.

http://forums.filefront.com/s-t-l-k-e-r-modding-editing/351884-fps-run-gun2.html

Requires starting a new game. Old save-games will crash the client.

If you try to over-write files, your game will probably crash.

Must have Patch v1.0004 installed.

Works with v1.0005 but some files must be changed.

Most mods require:

Note! To use this mod you must edit the file "fsgame.ltx" in
your installation folder...
for instance C:\Program Files\THQ\S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl

Change the second line from:
$game_data$ = false| true|

to:
$game_data$ = true| true|

28  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 07, 2008, 08:19:01 PM
Funcom has always been under capitalized and understaffed and this leads to a very slow and poorly tested patching process. Don't just take my word for it - go to anarchy-online.com and check the individual patch release dates. Heck go read the Anarchy Online game forums as well.

I don't think Funcom is ready for the major leagues - they just don't have the money for the type of programming and coding talent that SOE, Blizzard and the other big game companies employ. I know FC lost some of its best talent to Blizzard - Marius worked on Shadowlands and headed up the AI expansion before he jumped ship 20+ months ago.

PS: Funcom didn't drop the NDA on the AO expansion Alien Invasion until 1 hour before it went to the live game servers.
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