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Name: Jim Guyton
Gender: Male
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Nederland, Colorado
Member since: Sun Oct 15, 2006, 03:45 PM
Number of posts: 1,108

About Me

Grumpy old fart.

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Anyone have a spare $750M they could loan me?

I finally found a reason to accumulate a lot of wealth (only 1.5B for a party of two).

Boulder company to offer trips to the moon


A Boulder-based company led by a roster of former NASA executives on Thursday announced plans for a privately funded effort to send humans to the moon by 2020.

The Golden Spike Co. is attempting to create a turnkey model for a "reliable and affordable" lunar transport system. The company expects to serve nations or individuals with interests ranging from scientific research and resource mining to national or personal prestige.


The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 launch, the last human flight to the Moon or any human destination outside of low-Earth orbit.

Oh nuts, later on it says:

As for supporters and investors, Golden Spike has an advisory board packed with credentials in space, technology, journalism, film and politics, including former speaker of the House and candidate for U.S. President, Newt Gingrich.

And here I thought they had some serious credibility going for them. Oh well.

Quantum Starbucks -- how UK Starbucks can be profitable and non-profitable at the same time

Looks like Starbucks has taken a page from quantum mechanics. It tells investors one thing (UK operations are doing well and making a profit) and the opposite to the tax man (UK operations have been losing money every year).


Amazing doublespeak and nonsense, all in the name of hiding from taxes.

Disgusting view into the cesspool of a Bain executive's mind: the benefits of outsourcing labor

I can't believe how angry this still makes me. It's a completely revolting quote from a former Bain Capital Partner regarding the "benefits" of outsourcing labor. I'm surprised that this didn't get any coverage after Chris highlighted it on his program.

Here's the quote:
Let's not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is. We not only pay substantially less per hour, we also avoid the costs we would incur if these workers immigrated here. We don't pay for their medical expenses when they show up in the emergency room without insurance.

We don't pay for their pension costs if they don't save for retirement. We don't pay for their children's public education. Nor do we pay for their out-of-wedlock children, their unemployment benefits and workers' compensation, their slip and fall torts, their wear and tear on our public infrastructure, and the cost of their drunk driving, drug use and other crimes.

We outsource pollution, its adverse effects on our health, and its clean-up costs. Neither the employees nor their employers are here to vote and seek political handouts.

- Edward Conrad, former Bain Capital Partner
- Unintended Consequences, June 2012

And the video clip if you'd like to watch Chris Hayes read it.

Mitt, tell me again about all the freeloaders that vote for Obama?

It's not class warfare if we don't fight back.

Trayvon Martin vs. the Bush Doctrine

Doesn't anyone else notice the congruence between Trayvon Martin and Iraq?

And between the Bush Doctrine and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" (aka shoot-first-if-I'm-scared) law?

If we shoot at foreigners just because we're afraid of them, it is so surprising the same thing happens at home?
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