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[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - Exxon stock is higher than it was when gas hit $4 / gal. It's higher than it was 1 year ago, than it was 2 years ago.
dividends per share higher than a year ago...
there's reality...there's these weird false memes. [/quote]

reality is a very much so overinflated stock market bolstered by fake cash.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 - 05:44

Downtown Athens businesses not expecting Black Friday boon

[quote][b]Greg Benson[/b] - And, like the sheep we are, 95% of us will head to our beloved boxstores.
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if by sheep you mean the lowest prices...then baaaaaaaa. There is very little in the way of a deal in the downtown area...maybe if I wanted a off the wall present for someone or something..maybe Id venture into the panhandler/parking/urine/sour beer smelling hell and shop.

posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:14

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

I have np with the results they found as long as it was fully innvestigated which it looks like it was.... I would like to ask if there would have been any different actions taken if it had been Ambassador Chelsea Clinton over there at the time of the attack.

posted @ Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 21:29

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

but they werent giving them a fast lane service that I saw... they were just charging them for access to the normal speeds. They throttled them since they were a huge data hog and when they paid up they allowed them normal access speeds. I have no problem with ppl/entities that are huge data hogs being made to pay for normal access speeds. This way the normal user wont get the screw in rate hikes while data hogs will pay more.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 14:12

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

[quote][b]Jerry NeSmith[/b] -
Why would they go out of business? Their costs are fixed. It does not matter how much Netflix streams across their wires, the cost to the ISP or cable company is the same. And the their television signals (on a different bandwidth) are not affected.
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it costs cable companies 2 ways... first off they lose all the subs from ppl that used to watch tv via cable and pay for it....now they just suck of the bandwidth and use netflix saving a lot of money. Secondly, netflix adds a ton of bandwidth used to the system forcing the providers to upgrade the system to cope with demand without getting reimbursed for it.

You buy an electric car subsidized by the govt since youre thinking green yaaaay...... next morning your neighbor is in the passenger seat for a ride to work giving you a couple of dollars for the cost to recharge but nothing else.... next week there are 50 ppl standing by your four seater wanting a ride on the same terms since it saves them tons of money...yay for them suxxor for you.... you upgrade to a natural gas bus to accommodate all the new riders but get no more money in return than before... yay for them saving money.

In a few years Im guessing tech will catch up to the problem and govt (taxpayers) witll be footing the bill for info hgwy just like real roads, but for now, Im not seeing how the cable companies are going to make a workable model for profit unless the greatly increase the costs to customers or force content only (ie netflix) to pay (still making the consumers pay down the road). At this point, netflix is living the dream tossing out content over the waves for free.

Try watching netflix all day using 4g over a cell phone.... (no wifi) see how much it costs...they get to charge for use, why not cable companies?

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:48

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

not sure I see how cable companies are supposed to stay in business if they cant charge companies like netflix for data usage rates or something..... I know tons of ppl that dont buy the cable tv packages and use only netflix for entertainment using the cable internet only. That's a huge hit on income for isps. Only leads to two things if they cant charge these 'data hogs'... they either skyrocket the amount charged for access to the internet for all users or go out of business.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 00:10

Henry: Democrats were GOP's best friends in election

[quote][b]dahreese[/b] - You Republicans need to make up your minds; here you are from one side oy your mouth calling for government to get out of the way and let us make it happen, and from the other side of your mouth you blame Obama for lack of a better economy.
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By getting out of the way, we mean stop making rules/fees/taxes etc on businesses (small and big business) that lead to uncertainty in the economy. We dont need sunshine blown up my ass every time I turn on the tv by overpaid pundits. Obamas/big govts version of helping isnt if that is what he/they is trying to do.

I guess youre missing the point that Obama is big govt incarnateand I want them to get out of the way.... I dont need/want him to pull us up, I want us to pull us up. If Obama is impeding certainty, then sure Ill blame him...If anyone is impeding the economy, I will blame them... same thing went for Bush who never saw a spending bill he didnt sign... blamed him too.

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2014 - 23:59

Henry: Democrats were GOP's best friends in election

[quote][b]swimdawg68[/b] - the majority of the middle class are not better off six years later.[/quote]

this point is all kinds of true... the middle class is sucking butt atm in a big way with stagnant or decreased pay. Every some political tardo gets up there and says how much better we're doing financially makes me want to kick kittens. Sure the upper class and maybe upper middle class are doing great...they have spare monies to put in a artificially inflated stock market (tho when it collapses there will be tears all over). The middle class and lower middle class are just trying to hang on to being middle class at this point. The middle class doesnt want handouts from the govt...they want gainful employment where hard conscientious work equals a decent life. More or less get the govt the hell out of the way and let us make it happen.

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2014 - 17:06

Climate-change deniers are like cult

which side of this debate is more set in their opinion? seems like neither is able to fathom that they might be wrong..... and when you cant admit you might be wrong, bad research is sure to follow. Goes for anything btw not just global warming or lack thereof.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 16:14

Construction well underway at mammoth Vogtle nuclear site in rural eastern Georgia

@retiredandhappy: I dont personally agree with it at all.. if it makes business sense, then the business should foot the bill. Happens all over tho.... any of you guys go to UGA remember being charged extra fee to build the"Spacenter" four years before they broke ground for it?

posted @ Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 18:58

Solid U.S. hiring numbers likely, but Americans anxious

main problem is as hinted at in article.... these jobs added are mainly lower paying part time jobs. Until we get real jobs being added along with higher pay, there will be unrest.

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:03

Election proves Americans have no clue about solving problems

another 'I believe this to be so so the majority must believe it is so' whine galore.

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 08:50

Atlanta-Charlotte megalopolis might swallow Athens, endanger wildlife, change climate

ok city pplz..... we need to off half of you...time to draw straws.

posted @ Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:02

Oconee voters approve liquor referendum

No biggie. I know a lot of ppl that like it. Just wasnt for me (or my wife).

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:48

Oconee voters approve liquor referendum

[quote][b]yeti[/b] - @smashedwordbroken: I believe you are correct about the different clientele for Olive Garden and Chops and Hops. [/quote]

Maybe Im out of the loop or something, but my one time at chop and hops sucked..... is it really all that good to others? did I just hit it on a bad day or something?

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:03

Oconee voters approve liquor referendum

....bring on the PF changs

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:06

Oconee voters approve liquor referendum

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - "Next thing you know there'll be 30, maybe 40 strip clubs."
Never mind the fact that Athens can't even support one strip club.
It won't be as bad as predicted, nor will it be as good as it is predicted. [/quote]

not sure why this was even an issue since just this last mnth the Ga supreme ct upheld Brookhavens new rules about separating liquor and nudity in an establishment effectively neutering strip clubs in counties that want to.

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:13

Special ed, achievement gap can pose problems for Clarke schools

this is one thing that linking testing to performance eval has lead to a huge increase in..... youre a lot more likely to be tossed in a LD label now (so you arent counted for scoring) than any time previously.... there is no incentive to help these kids and all kinds of reasons not to.

It's just a big ball of reasons of which this is one....

.... as non pc as it is, ppl shouldnt have kids they arent able to take care of
... parents have to be held responsible in their kids education to some extent..if they dont want to be, then dont have the kids
.... if the kids arent interested in an education (book learning type) then get them into a tech type of program and teach them trade skill and quit wasting time and leading to more failure down the road when they enter real life

until we give these kids a real chance at success, how can we act surprised when they fail? It has gone on for too long and will take harsh non pc measures to fix it,,,, the throwing cash at it and poohing poohing we have going on now is all fail.

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 03:12

Schram: Campaign financing system undemocratic, wasteful

Timberlake: Global warming is political, not scientific, issue

it's actually hard to have a real discussion on global warming anyways....the go to method of 'discussion' at this point is ATTTTTTTAAAAACK ATTAACCCCK anyone that doesnt believe as you do. Im guessing it was the same way for ppl that didnt believe the world was flat....... "the world isnt flat" hang em high!!!!!!

posted @ Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 13:25

NCAA doesn't reduce Gurley suspension on Georgia appeal

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - I'll agree 100% that there is a lot of hypocrisy in college football. But, until they change the rules, a rule is a rule...And Gurley decided to break the rules and put himself before the team. Gurley will become a millionaire in the spring and he could care less what happens to Ga. Personally, I hope he doesn't come back. I agree with Oistrakh. Chubb is Da' Man.
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I agree that a rule is a rule and he broke it and the punishment is fair...What I dont understand is why the NCAA is letting that pos qb from FSU that has 3x the signed materials with the same vendor slide and not even investigating him.

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:01

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

[quote][b]Green[/b] - Glad I don't live in Oconee. Love my high speed internet!
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90+ % of oconee has very high end high speed access...just hasnt been added to the new subs and some outlying rural sections.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:21

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

@mpd0.59: youd think that but..... charter has the rights in the a/c oconees areas and no other cable companies are allowed to encroach. Comcast cannot legally come in and put in cable here. Dsl and satellite can come in np, but they have a govt sponsored monopoly (which all cable companies did and I think still do). They put up the initial outlay of cash to put in the cables/lines/etc and in return the govt allowed them the monopoly for that area. That's why there is a problem now. They dont want to pony up the cash to put in new lines to new subdivisions and outlying areas and that might lead to them losing the monopoly if someone pushes it. They are able to sell the rights to outlying areas to smaller or other cable companies (like the one that used to cover some of the bogart area) but with dsl and satellite around, the margin has gotten to small for that to make sense for companies to want to.

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Im wrong on the monopoly..... researched a bit and found that the monopoly was done away with in the state of ga in 2008...that being said, no other company has filed with A/C for permission to provide cable here so the current result is the same and likely to stay that way since any new company would have to come in and put in new lines to anywhere they want to provide cable (since charter doesnt have to let them use theirs) and that doesnt make economic sense... thankfully, fios (or maybe something better) will be here soon and we can switch over hopefully.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:18

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

I have np with her breaking quarantine as long as she is held 100% financially and legally liable if she does come down with symptoms and infects someone else.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:13

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

@mpd0.59: not sure in this case.... is it free market or does charter still have rights to the area?

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:00

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