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I've been working on a secret software development project, and it's been so rewarding. Never have I poured so much effort towards a goal in such a small time-span. 500 hours logged since late September, 130 this month alone.

 

I still am not sure if it's going to work as planned, but I've been running on some sort of opposite Murphy's law since inception: everything that can go right, goes right. There's plenty of times I was banging my head, but never have I encountered a problem I haven't been able to work myself out of--oftentimes with surprisingly better results than I'd ever expected.

 

If it's a fraction as successful as my tests indicate, I'll be a very happy individual.

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I've been working on a secret software development project, and it's been so rewarding. Never have I poured so much effort towards a goal in such a small time-span. 500 hours logged since late September, 130 this month alone.

 

I still am not sure if it's going to work as planned, but I've been running on some sort of opposite Murphy's law since inception: everything that can go right, goes right. There's plenty of times I was banging my head, but never have I encountered a problem I haven't been able to work myself out of--oftentimes with surprisingly better results than I'd ever expected.

 

If it's a fraction as successful as my tests indicate, I'll be a very happy individual.

I mean, technically Murphy's Law also says all the good things happen too. Like, it's more about "lots of people will use it and all the edge cases will be hit" than about "Everything's gonna go wrong!"


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I'll scrub until the damn thing comes off

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I goofed and I may have removed my avatar. whoops.

 

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made new one, oh well. RIP image of me drinking and looking like a butthead

I think I like that one much better, in any case.


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Oh gosh, that new avatar is terrible.

Also, how can I ever tell now which one is RPG?

 

[bleep]ing tight schedule... Going to Poland tomorrow...


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So I've noticed this thread's regulars all follow similar trends.

 

RPG is constantly dealing with psycho exes.

Muggi reminds us of the joys of polygamy.

Saq is totally oblivious to how much chicks dig him.

I strike out every other week.

Kalphite wages a war against the friend zone.

Randox pretty much stays rational.

Etc, etc

 

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Well I finished the Betsy DeVos hearing while cleaning this morning. Been listening to it while bike riding, etc.

 

I'm surprised Warren's questions didn't receive more public attention. She really pushed DeVos. But most of all, her respones to Kaine's questions infuriated me the most:

 

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Kaine: Do you think K-12 schools that receive government funding should meet the same accountability [outcome] standards?

DeVos: All schools that receive public funding should be accountable, yes.

Kaine: Should meet the same accountability standards?

DeVos: Yes, although you have different accountability standards between traditional public schools and charter schools.

Kaine: But I'm really interested in this--should everybody be on a level playing field. So public, public charter, or private K-12 schools, if they receive tax-payer funding, they should meet the same accountability standards?

DeVos: Yes, they should be very transparent with the information and parents should have that information first and foremost?

Kaine: And if confirmed, will you insist upon equal accountability in any K-12 school or educational program that receives federal funding, whether public, public charter, or private?

DeVos: I support accountability.

Kaine: Equal accountability for all schools that receive federal funding??

DeVos: I support accountability.

Kaine: Ok, is that a yes or no?

DeVos: I support accountability.

Kaine: Do you not want to answer my question?

DeVos: I support accountability.

Kaine: Ok, let me ask you this. I think that all schools that receive tax-payer funding should be equally accountable. Do you agree with me or not?

DeVos: Well they don't, they're not today.

Kaine: But I think they should. Do you agree with me?

DeVos: Well, no, because--

Kaine: You don't agree with me? Let me move to my next question. Should all K-12 schools receiving governmental funding be required to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?

DeVos: I think they already are.

Kaine: But I'm asking you a should question. Whether they are or not, we'll get into that later. Should all schools that receive tax-payer funding be required to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?

DeVos: I think that's a matter best left to the states.

Kaine: So some states might be good to kids with disabilities, and other states might not be so good? And then what, people can just move around the country if they don't like how their kids are being treated?

DeVos: I think that's an issue best left to the states.

Kaine: But what about the federal requirement? It's a federal law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Let's limit it to federal funding. If schools receive federal funding, should they be required to follow federal law whether they're public, public charter, or private?

DeVos: As the senator referred to--

Kaine: Just yes or no. I've only got one more question.

DeVos: --a Florida program there's many parents happy with the program there, and--

Kaine: Let me state this. I think all schools that receive federal funding (public, public charter, or private) should be required to meet the conditions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Do you agree with me or not?

DeVos: I think that's certainly worth discussion.

Kaine: So you cannot yet agree with me.

 

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(Approximately 2:53:30 into the C-SPAN broadcast.)

 

Next is Rex Tillerson's.


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Had a really interesting "conversation" with someone on Tinder earlier today. We were talking about random shit, making smalltalk i guess, when she asked me how tall i am. In response i asked her how much she weighs. She seemed quite taken aback and told me it's rude to ask women what their weight is. So i asked her how is it any different from asking someone how tall they are, and why it should even matter. I told her that in fact i find it much more rude to judge someone on their height that it is to judge them on their weight, since in most cases you can control your weight but you can't control your height.

Argument got pretty heated, as i pretty much expected, and i still managed to get a date :D

At the end of it all she asked me if i was going to tell her how tall i am or not, so i told her if she was really curious she can find out by going on a date with me. Honestly she seems like a bit of a [bleep], and she seems like a very high-maintenance girl based on some of the things she said, her views and opinions on certain things, but she also seems to be pretty hot. So i'm game.

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On this day Jan 28th, 2017 I regret my initial support for trump and hereby join the [bleep] trump bandwagon. Its been brewing for a bit but the Muslim ban thing - even on people with green cards with no notice - has crossed the line.

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He also removed the director of national intelligence and chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs as regular attendees to the principals committee.


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On this day Jan 28th, 2017 I regret my initial support for trump and hereby join the [bleep] trump bandwagon. Its been brewing for a bit but the Muslim ban thing - even on people with green cards with no notice - has crossed the line.

I have some bad news and some worse news for you.

 

Bad news: 8 down, (at least) 1,453 days to go.

 

Worse news: even if Trump were somehow removed from power, Pence would be next. Unlike Trump, it is quite clear that he is much more ideological and would pursue the same sort or more extreme hardline policy. The rhetoric might be less stark but I don't see that it would be much of a difference; in fact, the agenda would just progress more smoothly.


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Worse news: even if Trump were somehow removed from power, Pence would be next.

Unlike Trump, it is quite clear that he is much more ideological and would pursue the same sort or more extreme hardline policy. The rhetoric might be less stark but I don't see that it would be much of a difference; in fact, the agenda would just progress more smoothly.

I don't know if I entirely agree with this. Certainly on some issues Pence is more hardline (social conservative ones, for instance), but I think he's less of a populist (he doesn't seem like a fan of the immigration changes, for one), and as a result may be inclined towards more reasonable policy.


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I'd like to say I told you so Ring, but now we're both in this shit hole

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It's not a muslim ban. It's 120 day bar on refugees to improve vetting and a 90 day bar from entry to the US with exeptions. After the 120 days we're going to have a cap of 50,000 refugees per year, which is about average over both Obama's and Bush's presidencies.

 

The biggest issue is that current visa and green card holders are also blocked. He should not have done that.


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Worse news: even if Trump were somehow removed from power, Pence would be next.

Unlike Trump, it is quite clear that he is much more ideological and would pursue the same sort or more extreme hardline policy. The rhetoric might be less stark but I don't see that it would be much of a difference; in fact, the agenda would just progress more smoothly.

I don't know if I entirely agree with this. Certainly on some issues Pence is more hardline (social conservative ones, for instance), but I think he's less of a populist (he doesn't seem like a fan of the immigration changes, for one), and as a result may be inclined towards more reasonable policy.

 

 

 

I also don't think Pence would be as much of a loose cannon.


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“I had a feeling we weren’t coming back from this fight when it began.”

“Do you have any regrets?”

“I don’t. It seems surprising, I know, but I wouldn’t change a thing. This is how it was meant to be.”

“Huh, you never really notice how lovely the day is until you realize you’ll never see it again.”

“Mmmhmm.”

 

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Fun fact: Iran subsidizes birth control. Therefore if your anti-birth control you are more extreme than a radical muslim country

 

 

 

It's not a muslim ban. It's 120 day bar on refugees to improve vetting and a 90 day bar from entry to the US with exeptions. After the 120 days we're going to have a cap of 50,000 refugees per year, which is about average over both Obama's and Bush's presidencies.

The biggest issue is that current visa and green card holders are also blocked. He should not have done that.

 
I think we agree here. I don't think America is obligated to have open immigration and the specifics of how many people is up to politics. That said blocking visa and green gard holders with no warning was bullshit. To me thats him trying to [bleep] with people and show off how powerful he thinks he is. It was clumsy and ignorant especially since people who have them are already well vetted. 
 

 

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Or maybe it was someone in the republican party who wrote the order knowing full well "Ole Small Hands" would sign it without reading it so he'd finally loose traction in his nose dive into executive orders. I'm convinced Trump is doing all these outrageous things because his whole platform was based on these outrageous things and "because he's not a politician" he's going to make them happen. And to his credit, he's doing them. Do I hate it? Absolutely, but if you're only just now seeing him as a "loose cannon" you clearly haven't been listening the past 18 months. Would Pence make a better leader? In my opinion, maybe. In my book he's simply a more predictable evil. Trump's "wildcard" behavior is absolutely a power trip to him, but it's also a way of showing "I said it and I meant it". Pence hasn't said much I like, but at least we've seen his style of conservative republicanism before. Pence would be like a softer version of Trump with a heavy after-taste of Bush jr.

 

But hey, in my book this has all been part of Russia's plan since Crimea. Putin manages to win the hearts of radical mid-eastern groups by weakening the structure of their long time western foe. Russia and the US have been in a proxy war since the Cold War and now it's finally starting to hit American soil. Terrorist cells have wanted to cause mass chaos in the US for ages, and with such a polarized political environment, it's only a matter of time before Putin turns his back on Trump and becomes the only world super power. Who better to avenge the fall of the USSR than a former KGB guy?

 

But I for one welcome our communist overlords.


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As far as that goes the only politician on the left or right to talk about how our actions in the middle east lead to greater radicalization was Ron Paul. Who got booed for suggesting the golden rule for foreign policy :lol:

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I believe that as a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, the US actually does have obligations to take in refugees, and obligation that current ban prevents the US from fulfilling.  I'd also point out that, when we look back in history, the countries that turn away those fleeing persecution or war rarely end up looking better for it.

 

On a slightly different track, since this throws yet another wrench into the process of the US granting citizenship to those people who risked their lives (and those of their family) to aid the US army as interpreters (of both language and culture) in Afghanistan and Iraq, I think it's well past time that Canada and perhaps other willing NATO members stepped in and offered these people and any family still outside the US citizenship in our own country, or at least permanent residency, to either provide a safe haven while they continue to pursue US citizenship, or as a new place to call home.

 

My thinking is twofold. Aside from providing some safety to people who earned it many times over, it also builds goodwill for us and other NATO members if we have need of interpreters in the future, which is almost certain that we will sooner or later, and it's going to cost us soldiers lives if people wont help us because they don't believe we will help them back.

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Trump asked Giuliani how to ban Muslims constitutionally, so I think it's safe to say he's behind this.

 

It's going to be a long 4 years. Everyone do the best you can to keep him from normalizing hatred. It's not OK to treat other people like this and we can't become complacent.

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I goofed and I may have removed my avatar. whoops.

 

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made new one, oh well. RIP image of me drinking and looking like a butthead

 

You mean this one?

 

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