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04-25-2010, 11:23 PM #205
How about increasing your court/shuttles cost to $14. Travel $5. But borrow $4 for your dinner money.
Yes, there will be a big jump in court/shuttles fees of $4, a huge 40% increase. And you are in deficit $4 every time you play. Guess what, it is better not to play and you will be $20 a head or you can use plastic shuttles that will last 2x long as feathers. That way, you can still get by with some dinner money.
That is what Madam Curie did. Save on dinner and reuse lab equipments. Many great Polish academics did that too.
04-26-2010, 12:56 AM #206
since u gave an example of feather vs plastic, i can say since i played feathers, my costs went up. U see, i found lower end feathers are craps, so i have to buy higher and higher grade with time. I even find victor blue and green champion are too lousy. Now i only trust premium grade of premium brand. Plastic playing is free because the club provides them.
Let me use a better analogy than your feather vs plastic. Remember when we invented computers and experts think workers will have more free time?? Wrong, we r working harder than before. With electronic storage, we are going to save tons of trees because we drastic reduce paper usage, wrong. Remember how improving fuel efficiency of cars and the world will use less oil? wrong. When obama say a publicly run health care will cost less than before? LOL, i say laughablely, wrong 2 times. Health care cost can not go down, private or public. Secondly, gov't run anything, costs goes up.
Last edited by cooler; 04-26-2010 at 12:59 AM.
04-26-2010, 04:10 AM #207
04-26-2010, 09:11 AM #208
Debate? what debate when can't answer or avoiding the questions..
cooler, of course that's obvious. But those supporting the just passed H.C. law are trying to ignore, they know it full well but they believe having control of the taxpayers' money is better..
Mr. t, how in the world will the govt. get those money back from people who always get a free ride when those people can't even afford to pay the govt. back!...It doesn't matter if the govt. gets all the money from those people who don't pay their fair of taxes, the money still won't be enough..
Just cut the federal spending of the govt. and we'll see the deficit/debt slowly go down..
U.S. needs a conservative president next..
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04-26-2010, 09:46 AM #209
As I have said earlier the US is coming out of this recession much better than the EU and Japan. This speaks for itself. The US will at least have a positive GDP growth of about 3.5% this year and maybe slightly lower in 2011. If not for the stimulus package and the recent Obama health care reform, the US government credit rating would put the nation at risk. This at least is now behind us, unless Americans start rioting all over the country.
In contrast we have Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain who are being downgraded in their sovereign credit rating and are at risk. Even Germany, the UK, and France are not immune from a probable down-grading of their sovereign rating.
The US and Australia are the lucky western economies that are now from the danger zone.
So, why are Americans like those we have in this forum so misinformed? It gives other 3rd party observers an impression that the US is a gang land society divided into big warring factions, in the manner of "either you are with us or against us". No wonder, neither side can see the logic!
04-26-2010, 10:08 AM #210
Yes, you live in a communist country. It might be OK for your gov to take your money just because it say so. We live in a different society where it is not OK to rob Peter to pay Paul legally. 2nd, Yes, US has a lot of resource. Does that give the gov the right to just sell them and pay for their spending spree? Yes, it can do that. But I believe you also know the chinese saying of "even if you live in a rich mountain, you sit and do nothing, eventually you will use up all the resource" (sit mountain eat empty. i just want to butcher those chinese saying once a while). So I am calling you a short sight and you missed the entire picture.
04-26-2010, 10:28 AM #211
04-26-2010, 11:25 AM #212
Of course it is not only ok but a moral imperative to rob Peter to pay Paul in the US.
This is because all the Peters rob everyone in sight and claim them as their own property. That is why the Peters cry foul when their stolen goodies are re-stolen from them to be given back to the Pauls who were robbed by the Peters. This is called recovery of stolen goods?
Now you know why guns are so easily available in the US. They are essential tools for daylight robbery.
04-26-2010, 12:07 PM #213
04-26-2010, 12:20 PM #214
There are no country in the world which doesn't have guns. Countries that ban gun only take guns away from the good people, the evil doers WILL ALWAYS HAVE GUNS. Only suckers believe the premise that banning guns will lead to utopia state
Last edited by cooler; 04-26-2010 at 12:26 PM.
04-26-2010, 12:34 PM #215
04-27-2010, 02:57 AM #216
the underlining secret is out, the smoking gun of why and what led to the the financial crises
SEC watching porn instead of financial industry
Wonder why they missed the financial crisis? Or Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme? A government report obtained by ABC News reveals that SEC employees were focused on something else: porn.
By Husna Haq, /Correspondent / April 23, 2010
Just when it was beginning to repair its reputation with its high-profile case against Goldman Sachs, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suffers another major blow: Senior staffers there were surfing Internet pornography – as much as eight hours per day, in one case – when they were supposed to be policing the financial industry.
Perhaps this helps explain why the SEC didn't see the financial collapse coming. Or did nothing to stop Lehman Bros.’ questionable accounting tactics. Or Bernie Madoff’s dubious “investing” strategy."
They were busy with other things.
The information comes by way of a disturbing SEC memo to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), who requested that the agency’s internal watchdog conduct an investigation. ABC News broke the story on its Thursday evening newscast.
The investigation found 31 serious offenders over the past two-and-a-half years, 17 of whom were senior SEC officers with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $222,000 per year.
The AP reports these highlights –
• A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office. He agreed to resign, an earlier watchdog report said.
• An accountant was blocked more than 16,000 times in a month from visiting websites classified as "***" or "Pornography." Yet, he still managed to amass a collection of "very graphic" material on his hard drive by using Google images to bypass the SEC's internal filter, according to an earlier report from the inspector general. The accountant refused to testify in his defense and received a 14-day suspension.
• Seventeen of the employees were "at a senior level," earning salaries of up to $222,418.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R) of California, called the scandal “nothing short of disturbing that high-ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at pornography than taking action to help stave off the events that brought our nation’s economy to the brink of collapse.”
But, as the Washington Post reports, it’s not the first time government workers have been caught accessing pornography on the job. Employees at the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, and even a chief judge of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have been caught looking at pornography or posting sexually explicit content on personal websites.
04-27-2010, 04:45 AM #217
Obama may not be appreciated by some Americans but the rest of the world sees in him the brighter side of America. Some of the things he has put in motion that may escape the average American's understanding of their significance include two recent initiatives from Obama :
1. The US president has initiated an exchange program with business people throughout the Muslim world. Right now the first such exchange program meeting, the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, is underway in Washington, DC. This is a significant bridge between the US and the Muslim world. The regular exchange program will bring Muslim business people together with their American counterparts to promote business opportunities in Silicon Valley, technology, telecommunications, health care, education, infrastructure, etc.
2. Until recently, only China has been sending their top government officials to US universities and government agencies in the US to study and learn what the US is all about, in politics, business, culture, eduacation, etc.
It was all one way traffic as the US did not think it had anything to learn from China by reciprocating such visits.
Obama has changed that and has for the first time sent the US's top 17 government officials to a prestigious Chinese university for a short course to learn the Chinese way. Twelve of the 17 delegates are Executives or Heads of government departments, including heads of Homeland Security and Commerce, the Aeronautics & Space Administration, and the Federal Executive Institute. The Americans were taught and also discussed with the Chinese scholars disciplines such as China's political system, Military Strategy, Energy Policy, etc. Sensitive issues were also discussed including Tibet, the 1989 June 4 Incident, Taiwan, and everything you can imagine.
The American participants said they have gained a lot of understanding of the broader Structure of the Chinese government and how things work so efficiently and well in China.
Perhaps the next step is to send some congressmen and women there. Who knows, there is nothing to lose. They may in fact come back and transform America.
04-27-2010, 12:16 PM #218
Among one of many issues/ideas/topics discussed at the recent US-China Government Executive Global Leadership Course attended by 17 top US government department heads in China was about military threat to China. A top Chinese military strategist considered the US to be the biggest perceived threat to China.
Such frank exchange of ideas is very much welcome and will serve to reduce misunderstanding.
04-27-2010, 03:51 PM #219
Dive! Dive! Dive!
04-27-2010, 09:20 PM #220
The EU is letting the world down. With Greece being downgraded to junk status and Portugal also being downgraded, the European contagion might spread all the way up through Spain, Ireland, Italy, and then the big boys Germany, France, and the UK.
This is the folly of not putting in a stimulus package the way China and the US have done.
04-27-2010, 10:04 PM #221