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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Pro-tip: Gambling is a bad idea.

If you're going to play the stock market, play the long game. There is no way you can beat the guys who own the market in the short term. And if they don't post long-term gains they will never convince anyone to put their money in.

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jgardner 6 points ago +6 / -0

Why is Mailchimp even looking at the emails we send?

This looks like... FASCISM!

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jgardner 4 points ago +4 / -0

Yep, my portfolio is taking a serious beating -- BUT I'M STILL VOTING TRUMP!

2021 is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER!

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

Remember kids, the great American hero General Patton said you win by making the other guys die for their country!

NO MORE AMERICAN BLOOD!

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jgardner 4 points ago +4 / -0

Who you calling a--- my mom and dad were MARRIED, unlike most democrats!

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

No, it never did. Bill Nye the Science Guy has always been a clown. Asking me to take him seriously (I grew up watching him on Almost Live) is like asking me to take Bozo the Clown seriously.

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

He is literally a comedian. He started out on a local comedy show in Seattle where he played the role of a blundering scientist whose demonstrations would fail.

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jgardner 5 points ago +5 / -0

If you watch porn you will end up like Hunter.

Please don't watch porn. It does nothing but make you miserable and sad.

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yes.

We grew up watching Red Dawn and waiting for bombs to drop.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is probably our biggest ally in the world today. They are doing more to secure our freedom and future than anyone else, including Israel.

And that place is in Saudi Arabia.

I don't mind nuking Iran ayatollahs though.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Will Europe ever embrace war if it is needed to protect themselves and their people?

Has Europe ever embraced war?

Europe taught the world to war.

America taught her how to win.

I feel sorry for muslims who think they stand a chance. Their best strategy is to try and live peacefully with Europe.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's like that scene in Monty Python's Holy Grail:

SHE TURNED ME INTO A NEWT! ... I got better.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Still, it's awesome to imagine what 33% GDP growth would look like over a given year.

With Trump, it's possible!

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jgardner 3 points ago +3 / -0

FEAR NOT FELLOW PEDE...

Fraud has ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS been a part of the American voting experience. The Founding Fathers knew FULL WELL how easy and how prevalent fraud will be.

Your first line of defense is to VOTE. "If it's not close", Dennis Prager says, "They can't cheat!"

Your next line of defense is your elections department. The way most states do it, this is highly fragmented It would take thousands of people working across the state to corrupt the whole thing.

After that, the courts are where you turn. But you can't go to the courts on suspicion of fraud -- you need evidence. So volunteer as an election observer if you are not already a poll worker. And if you see something, document it and pass it up to the party and bring it to a judge.

Suppose they corrupt the whole thing, and you have evidence, and the judges do nothing. The next line of defense is the state legislature. The constitution empowers the state legislatures, and the legislatures alone, to determine who the electors are. In 2000, in Florida, because the elections department was corrupted and there was the chance there would be no result for Bush v. Gore, the Florida state legislature readied a bill to appoint electors directly. The elections department certified Bush the winner shortly after that (the legislature would've named Bush anyway, so it was moot.)

Suppose the state legislatures screw everything up, and the entire nation is looking in awe at the fraud and corruption in the state. The electoral votes are read in a joint session of congress, and congress can, and has rejected entire states from having their ballots read. They did this during reconstruction with states that refused to adopt laws and constitutions amenable to reconstruction efforts.

That is your last line of defense, though.

And keep in mind -- if no one gets a majority vote, then the House of Representatives chooses the president, and they vote by STATE. Meaning, each state gets 1 vote. If it comes to that, Trump is our next president. Pelosi may have a majority of the representatives, but she does NOT have a majority of the STATES.

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jgardner 10 points ago +10 / -0

People express concerns with a vaccine that makes 80% of the people sick: BANNED BECAUSE IT COULD HARM A LOT OF PEOPLE

Muslim makes threats to commit genocide against a Christian nation: A-OK! No danger here!

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jgardner 4 points ago +4 / -0

I never understood why people who deal with writing code, reading code, writing and reading manuals and documentation, should be so focused on in-person meetings.

If you need in-person meetings to understand something, you're probably not going to be a very good developer.

I would love to work with a deaf person. I really don't like having in-person meetings where nothing is recorded, and people can't remember what was said, and the person who is trying to present facts is continually interrupted with the most stupid questions imaginable. Like, does anyone read the documentation or the code before the meeting? Or do they expect the one guy on the team to explain every line of code in a 10,000 line project?

The industry is ridiculous right now, and part of the reason is that a lot of not very bright people think it's an easy way to make money, and a lot of not very bright people have no problem transferring their funds to these so-called developer.

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jgardner 21 points ago +21 / -0

It was... five years ago? Six?

I was interviewing for software jobs in startups at the time. My resume is glorious.

I sit with a man starting a branch of an already established company in the US. He has as many Indian and Chinese programmers as he wants, making a tiny fraction of what a US grad would make. And I'm interviewing him.

See with software, it's quite a bit different from other jobs. We're not fungible. The success or failure of a project depends on the qualities of the software engineers. It is vital to get the right combo of skills so that you can make superior software that makes a ton of money.

So he tells me that he wants to open up a US office. He has convinced his company that they need a team of highly qualified, top-paid US professionals. Why? Because without US software developers, you can't write software that just works. You need the US engineers to tell the other engineers to stop sucking so much at their job. You need them to coach and mentor and drag the projects across the finish line.

He had a good spiel, but it struck me: No one else in the world can write software like Americans. Why do we import foreign workers? Because no one else can write software.

It's like we've got an award-winning herd of cows, and we're bringing in inferior cows --- for what? So we can make sub-par beef that can't even cover the costs of making beef?

Anyway, he ended up never giving me an offer. Didn't matter. The company I ended up working for is successful. (They had a small team of Indian engineers and a large team of Americans. The Indians, it turns out, can't cut the mustard.) The next job I got was bought by a mega-corporation, so I can't complain.

Why in the world do we import foreign workers? If they are so good, they can write their own software. If they aren't, keep them the hell away from us.

The way Trump is handing out H1-B's will mean I should probably get back in the game. It looks like the mega corps will either be giving everyone raises or rethinking whether they want a bunch of imported software engineers mucking everything up. My last job at the mega corp had like 2 Americans and 100 Chinese and 200 Indian programmers, and they were complaining about diversity. I was like, "What? Are you trying to match the world population or the US population? If the former, fire all the Indians, and hire only Chinese. If the latter, then fire them all and let us two Americans do our damn jobs so we can get the project over with."

I had "communication issues", see. They want me to free them from all liability before they'll let any employee of the company speak about my service.

Why?

Because they know I'll sue their pants off and win for lying about me.

But whatever.

Send em all home, let them code from their slums, I say.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yes, fraud is when you lie so bad that they lose something of value.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yep, you completely missed the point. Whoosh!

The swearing on the Bible comes from a time when we thought we could force people to tell the truth with the fear of God. Many Christians still think this way. But it is not magic, and it wouldn't even work on an atheist.

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

True.

But if we paid attention at all to what the Son of God, we'd know that the threat of damnation just isn't very effective. We should tell the truth always because that is what God did when he was on the earth.

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jgardner 2 points ago +2 / -0

It started when u/doggos started fixing things.

We always had the traffic, but we were swamping our own servers so it wouldn't get recorded.

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jgardner 1 point ago +1 / -0

No changes without approval of congress.

It's way to easy to much with these algorithm.

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