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11:39pm 23/08/2011
  Earthquake in San Leandro, no clue on magnitude yet. USGS is slowwww.

edit: 3.9 2011/08/23 23:36:54 37.748N 122.137W 9.1km(depth) 4 km ( 3 mi) NNE of San Leandro, CA
Took you long enough USGS, that was a good 3 minutes!
 
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Hillarity   
08:35pm 25/04/2011
  So, a friend of mine who shall remain nameless to save possible embarrassment just said something that made me laugh out loud. To really understand the conversation you first need to know generally speaking he is very firmly liberal.

Me: You have to understand, the makers would be to be crazy to think that Atlas Shrugged would win much critical appeal. The subject matter is the antithesis of what they believe in. Sure, there is some small amount of diversity of political thought among critics, but generally they trend from very liberal to extremely liberal. You can't expect them to enjoy a movie like Atlas Shrugged.

Him: What are you talking about? I thought the book was about getting away from current society and moving towards one that benefits those better at what they do.

Me: You mean moving towards more of a meritocracy?

Him: Yeah.

Me: Dude, you realize that's a conservative ideal, not a liberal one, right?

Him: what? I've always thought of it as liberal.

Me: Why? Because it seems fair?

Him: Yeah!

Me: Yeah, fairness is a conservative thing. Equity is a liberal one.

At first I thought he was joking, but once I realized he wasn't I couldn't stop laughing.
 
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Atlas Shrugged, late night quick review   
09:35pm 21/04/2011
  5 minutes until atlas shrugged, will review after! I enjoyed the movie quite a bit though I can understand why people used to being able to sit back in a trance and still understand everything that's happening wouldn't get it.(and thus, would hate it) The movie has a bit of a frantic pace as it skips scenes from the book (understandable, but a few of my favorite parts got cut) while still trying to deliver the overarching message and general feel. In a way I was glad that steph hadn't read the book because I was able to use her to gauge if the movie is understandable and enjoyable in more than a nostalgic sense, thankfully she loved it and is looking forward to the future installments just as much as I. Oh, and the ending was perfect.  
     
 
The Federalist Papers   
06:39pm 21/04/2011
  Finally getting around to reading the federalist papers, I'm debating writing up a post every time I finish an essay with my understanding of the meaning and what I draw from that. (in terms of what's going on now and/or general hypothesizing) Would anyone care / read them if I went to the effort? (I might do it anyways, just for personal records and to help it stick in my mind)  
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Hat tip: mrmeval   
09:47am 20/04/2011
  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/happy-tax-day/

A very well written post, even if you don't agree with every single idea (which I'm not sure if I do) they all have enough merit to be given a long time thinking and some debate.
 
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09:50pm 19/02/2011
  Stay classy, libs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjFbMDp5Pg8
 
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11:40pm 27/01/2011
  http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/27/egypt.protests/index.html?section=cnn_latest

They want the same kill switch over here. What a terrible idea.
 
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07:01pm 07/01/2011
  Dear Amazon.com Customer,

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Drop me comment and I'll send you the code if you're interested, I will not use it.
 
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Kara   
10:15pm 22/12/2010
  Has anyone else notice the upper (flying only) entrance to kara? It's unusable now, but they already have the dual gryph roosts there so it would appear they plan to add a FP there at some point. (presumably when they add the instance behind the un-openable gate)

Anyone heard anything about a kara raid or 5 man?
 
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01:56pm 13/12/2010
  According to Rangel he was censured because people were afraid to defend him, lest the lose some commit apointment due to how "super partizan" things are right now. I agree, things are super partizan, now which party is currently in control?

I also think it's interesting that he said that he thinks it's a religious duty to extend unemployment and ensure everyone who wants them can get food stamps. Apparently opposing those a sin.
 
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08:24pm 10/12/2010
  I'm gonna have to track down some more steve byrne. This guy is fantastic.  
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Why I hate Jerry Brown   
03:07pm 27/10/2010
  There quite a few very compelling reasons I could say I hate Jerry Brown. There are roughly an equal number of very good reasons why I don't like Meg Whitman. Of course the number doesn't matter, what really matters is the importance. For today, I'm just going to cover something I was ranting about while chatting with Stephanie earlier.

First, a little reading.
http://www.planetizen.com/node/39568

That's a nice, small piece to give one a baseline understanding of the issue. Lets delve deeper into it, though. Why does he think it's so important that the will of pleasanton voters is overturned? His claims are that there are 2 reasons why the will of the people AND local elected officials should be disregarded.
1- Communities need to take on their "fare share" of housing.
2- More houses being built in pleasanton would lessen the "environmental impact of urban sprawl".

So for the first item we have the assertion that every community should take on their "fair share" of housing. Why should a small community be forced in the name of fairness to grow? I suspect there's one very good reason that Jerry Brown wants pleasanton(and all other small towns) to face unchecked growth in the name of "affordable housing". When a nice city Pleasanton turns into an "affordable" place like oakland, the politics of the town change. The liberal agenda merely sees it as unfair that pleasanton is too expensive for everyone. Pleasanton has great schools, lots of parks and open spaces and very low crime. They think everyone should be allowed to live there, regardless of if they are working, on welfare or not. The liberal dems just see a nice place, and feel the need to destroy it as it's "unfair".

They don't see that places like pleasanton not only should be allowed to exist they NEED to exist. If nice places are destroyed what is left for people to aspire to? If I were born in the ghetto of Oakland, I would do every damn thing I could to claw my way out so that I could move to a nice place. Nice places provide an incentive for people to not just sit on welfare and live at the bottom. If there's nowhere nicer to go, where is the incentive to do more?

As for the environmental impact of urban sprawl? What a joke. You want to make a dent in the environmental impact of commuting, go fix LA. Don't try to fix it by remaking the greater San Fransisco Bay Area in LA's image. We don't want your smoke, 5mph hour commutes and shitty living conditions.

I don't understand why some otherwise reasonable people think Brown is right for California. This guy isn't fit to sit at the head of a HOA, let alone the whole state. (hell, heads of HOA's at least only care about what goes on in their area, they don't sure the community across the street for having different rules)

Do me a favor Jerry, I was born and raise in Pleasanton. Keeping your fucking paws off my town.
 
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08:33pm 26/10/2010
  http://www.auburn.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1139741

This guy is fantastic.

Oh, War Eagle by the way.
 
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Hat Tip: Cristophrawr   
08:45pm 17/09/2010
  http://www.usma1994.com/classnews.aspx?newsid=16

I read a couple other articles about it and from everything I can tell the facts are unanimous. Fuck that shit with Oscar Grant, he was an asshole. Where are the mass protests over this? Where is the news coverage? I assume the (totally unbiased, just ask us!) media are going to continue to ignore this because he dared to have a CCW. Exercising your constitutionally protect right to protect yourself is, after all totally unreasonable. The guy's job duties included helping people having trouble with their pacemakers, this is a man who not only served in our armed forces but also choose a career where he was responsible for servicing equipment that kept people alive! A true travesty, and the broken system we've got makes it very difficult to hold people accountable when something like this happens. (I swear I will never understand why we let the media choose which public officials are held accountable and which are not)
 
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06:17pm 17/09/2010
  http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/63228/20100917/american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-arra-los-angeles-stimulus-wendy-greuel.htm

I can almost guarantee the money that did end up in the private sector went to union schmucks. Shovel ready is a myth.
 
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THE INTERNET IS COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN   
11:13pm 12/09/2010
  http://gawker.com/5636011/stupid-california-police-warn-parents-of-pedobear-the-pedophile-masco

Watch out, dangerous meme's are on the loose.
 
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More proof the government being involved in health care is bad   
09:50pm 30/06/2010
  http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/30/va.hospital.hiv/index.html?fbid=FvffIG7yjul
For those of you that haven't paid much attention, it was not long ago that the VA made a similar mistake by not cleaning a camera that is used to scope out assholes, noses and throats. If these aren't compelling reasons why less government influence, rather than more, in our health care is a good thing I don't know what is.
 
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I like my new bookmark   
06:50pm 08/06/2010
   
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02:02pm 03/06/2010
  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/06/friends_foes_hit_cuccinelli_ov.html


Go Cuccinelli. The Westboro Baptist Church may be the source of much disgusting filth, but I support their right to spew it. I will feel pity if the case goes against free (if sad and misguided) speech. Sad to think many Virginians are against this when they've made much progress towards allowing people to exercise their 2nd amendment rights.
 
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Stolen word for word because it's important   
02:35am 28/03/2010
  “I quit when medicine was placed under State control some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I could not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything—except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, but ‘to serve.’ That a man who's willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards—never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness at which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind—yet what is it they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands? Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in the operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

-- Ayn Rand, from Atlas Shrugged
 
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