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Bill Gates: Only Socialism Can Save Us from Climate Change

Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years ago to Politics
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Another elitist that believes his success has granted him omniscience... When one becomes so rich and/or famous that they are surrounded by yes-men anything they conceive of is reinforced and contradictions, if recognized at all, are dismissed... irrelevant... Celebrities/the rich and powerful are entitled to their opinions as is everyone, but why do we, as a society, give them special credence when they speak of things outside their field?
Of course it is easy for him to say since he has already secured his place or influence among the elite politburo...
I really wish I didn't have to use this guy's products, for so many reasons...

Respectfully,
O.A.
SOURCE URL: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/02/bill-gates-socialism-can-save-us-climate-change/


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  • Posted by dbhalling 6 years ago
    What is amazing is that these people forget that Hitler was a socialist (national socialist party), the USSR was socialist, North Korea is socialist and none of them have worked. But logic and evidence do not matter if you are a god.
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    • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
      Divide socialists into two camps; everything will be clearer then (on this subject, anyway). One camp is adolescents (of any age) that believe in leprechauns and world peace. The sheeple. There is hope for their education, though some may take decades and some never finish the Middle school. The second camp are the people that know perfectly well how they are screwing others, but it doesn't matter, mainly because those that are being screwed, the sheeple, don't deserve any better.
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  • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
    Does anybody know if Bill Gates was a socialist prior to Microsoft being dragged into court for predatory antitrust violations in the 90's? It was my understanding that Microsoft had no presence in Washington prior to that, and did not spend ANY money on lobbyists until then. He was not a crony and did not play the "game" until he was forced. Then he began to spend big money in Washington.

    I've often wondered if his actions since then haven't been his way of shrugging. A great big F U to everybody whose lives were improved by his products but were nowhere to be found when he was being dragged through the grinder. But instead of walking away, he bought into the system and began taking it for everything he could get. With an honest (to himself) belief that we all deserve what we get.

    Just my speculation.
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    • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
      Not quite. MS has produced very little by themselves. Most of their early products were stolen. Sometimes they would buy a company for their product, sometimes blatantly steal it. In court, they would pay a fee for theft, which, years later when the court would force them to finally pay, was a small fraction of what they stole. Gates has worked the government/"legal" system from the beginning. The "anti-trust" Explorer case was a huge win for MS that established the monopoly.
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      • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
        Interesting. Stealing other companies/peoples products sounds eerily similar to what has been said about Steve Jobs if someone was hesitant to work with or sell out to him. Any references?

        There are no winners in antitrust cases. The so-called "monopoly" was the cause of the case, not the other way around. I actually don't know the official outcome of the case but Microsoft spent millions defending themselves and their stocks dropped dramatically. Gates and Microsoft "won" by going all out in Washington, playing the "game", gaining government contracts, and buying their own politicians, just like everyone else was supposed to.
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        • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
          For one reference, check out the case of DR DOS. DR DOS was an operating system for 8088/8086/80286, competing with MS DOS and IBM DOS. It was better than any others. MS Windows 3.0 and 3.1 ran on top of DOS. MS programmed Windows to crash when DR DOS was detected and display a message to call MS support. The techs were instructed to ascertain that DR DOS was used and “inform” the caller that DR DOS is what caused the problem, “suggesting” that they buy “genuine” MS DOS. Thus, DR DOS went out of business and MS easily pushed IBM DOS out as well. This was in courts for 10 years, eventually making MS pay DR DOS developers about $10M. Now, MS had monopoly of the PC operating system (DOS) and 10 years later paid $10M from a multi-billion market that it now controlled. I would call that very good leveraging…
          As to the “anti-trust” IE case – after years in the courts, MS was found “guilty” – and the penalty?! - $1B settlement, with $900M of MS software, at retail prices, being “donated” to schools and $100M for installation of that software. Now, before anyone gets impressed, recall that Apple has spent a fortune trying to donate free machines and software to schools with a very clear intent that when the students graduate, they will ask for Apple products in their workplaces. With one brilliant stroke, MS wiped out Apple’s dominance in schools, replaced it with their product and assured a monopoly in the workplace. Brilliant!
          I might have relayed this fable once before, but it is just too appropriate for this case:
          The forest animals put the Pike on trial. The Pike was a very bad fish – it was accused of terrorizing the river, eating smaller fish and leaving orphans. Many witnesses were heard from, many speeches – the Pike’s guilt was totally proven. Well, the question then came up as to the form of punishment that it deserved, and a death sentence was unanimous. So the animals voted and decided to drown the Pike in the river!
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          • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
            OK, so your justification for throwing Microsoft and Bill Gates under the bus is another antitrust suit, a bunch of misleading and/or incorrect details about that suit and a conspiracy theory about a competition between Microsoft and Apple in which no legitimate laws were broken, (anti-trust laws are not legitimate).

            Come on. I am getting tired enough of Microsoft products to seriously consider switching all my stuff to Linux or something but you're not helping make the case for switching.

            So the question still stands. Was Bill Gates a socialist prior to the 90's antitrust suits? Was he a crony? Was he an environmentalist? Or is all this just his way of getting revenge for a vicious attack on him and his company?

            I found this article while looking for information on this subject. Check it out if you want some insight into the mentality of the people pushing the antitrust garbage.
            http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/04/bus...
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            • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
              You're bringing up several topics. First, no one is throwing poor Bill or MS under the bus; more like the other way around... Also, I am not a proponent of anti-trust suits; however, in what I presented above, please tell me what you find "misleading and/or incorrect"? As to the "conspiracy theory" - there's no conspiracy theory - what is so unusual, unnatural or wrong with MS and Apple competing? Don't see a need for a "conspiracy theory" here at all. As to why Apple was donating large numbers of Macs and software to schools, I hope that no one here is naive enough to attribute it to community service. DR DOS case is well documented and easily looked up. Some years ago, it would pop up on any search engine except those run by MS... (no conspiracy here - just facts).

              As to switching to/from MS products - I was not making any such cases. If I were to make that case, however, I would point out that Open Office is easier to use, more logical and free. Also, it is my belief (unsubstantiated) that MS willingly exchanges more data with the government than many other companies are willing to do.

              As to who Bill Gates was prior to his riches? I don't know, but I should point out that the stories that he started his company from a garage are not true. His father was a successful attorney, fairly rich and no doubt sucking on the government tit. It was his father's law firm that enabled the early successes, such as squeezing companies for high fees when any illegal copies of MS product were found or alleged to exist, while MS knew where the distribution of the illegal products occurred, but didn't care - they preferred to follow the product into companies and then squeeze them. Of course, as to "vicious attack on him and his company," I don't know if someone in the government had good intentions or not, but as anything that the government does, the result was not so good...

              Any way, at the stage that Gates and MS are currently, socialism is the best business decision for them - their product is not that great and having a monopoly protected by the government is definitely a god's gift.
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              • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
                Nobody said anything about "poor Bill". What he's doing now is doing more damage to the country than if he had just shrugged, which is my point from the beginning. Maybe that's what he intends. But you (and others) have condemned him on the basis of what amounts to better marketing than the other guy. Of the 3 or 4 articles I looked up, none of them made any clear case that he did anything illegal. Except for anti-trust laws, which are immoral. To use anti-trust laws to accuse him of breaking the law is misleading. He marketed better and won. Maybe he didn't have the best system but that is beside the point. It was done legally, and from the "evidence", morally. And no lawsuit over dr-dos was brought until dr-dos was bought much later by Caldera or someone so the lawsuit wasn't around for 10 (vague info) years and would appear to have started after the explorer suit. I also didn't say there was anything wrong with Microsoft and Apple competing and giving computers and software to schools is just good marketing. The conspiracy theory comment comes from your implication that Gates somehow intentionally set up and used the outcome of a destructive anti-trust lawsuit to cut into Apple's market.

                In all this there was no proof that Gates ever used the government teat to advance his business (other than his father being a successful attorney, which must mean he was sucking on the government tit) until after a very destructive anti-trust lawsuit after which he became one of the biggest cronies in existence. I have also never said that Gates was any kind of a good guy before but in the absence of real proof I could still suggest that Bill Gates has "gone Galt" in a big, bad, very destructive way.

                I'm not sure how I ended up being the one defending the guy but you're going to have to come up with better proof of his early cronyism or other evil tendencies than some anti-trust suits to convince me.

                As for Linux and Open Office, I'm going to have to look into it more because this windows 10 virus is starting to piss me off. I'm just not sure I have it in me to change everything over (only 10 computers, I think) and learn a whole new system and run the programs I have to have. I can keep Windows 7 working but I don't know how much longer I'll have that choice.
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                • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 6 years ago
                  Let's review the government teat. He put out a prodcut which was invariably shoddy in it's first release or worse. Never finished it and went on to othere shoddy products. has a strangle hold most of the computer market. ....and became a multi billionaire doing it. Conspiracy to defraud and add the number of people involved RICO.

                  Never happened and continues to never happen. GMC got a way with it, any big corporation gets away with it while their competition is harassed out of business.

                  Somebody has got to be sucking front teat. And that somebody is one or more of the billionaire democrats and socialist billionaires and secular progressive billionaires
                  Now I don't mind bililonaires they give people jobs and so do millionaires or investment firms and funds in the same wealth catagory. But anyone who consiistently without fail puts out a POS which remains a POS for most of if not all it's lifetime has got to be in bed with the government.

                  Otherwise there name would be Enron.
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                  • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
                    Lets don't forget that shoddy product once held approximately 90% share of it's market. A market that grew so rapidly because of the goal of the creator of that shoddy product to place his product in every household in the country by making it cheap enough for anybody to own. A shoddy product that I own at least 10 examples of because they just work most of the time and I can keep up with keeping them running. OK, not Vista, and 8 was no better. 10 is not promising.

                    Why the hell do I keep ending up defending the guy and Microsoft?
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                    • Posted by mccannon01 6 years ago
                      What you all are missing here is to get that 90% market share Gates only had to make one sale and that was to IBM. Inside corporate America at the time if your computer didn't say IBM, it wasn't considered a "real" computer by management. As soon as MS got its OS onto an IBM, all corporate US genuflected regardless if it was any good or not. The magic letters I-B-M MADE it good! The enormous revenue flowing into MS from the business world made it more possible to offer home office machines that people could afford. MS became the new IBM due to weight of numbers, not necessarily quality. The rest, of course, is history.
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                • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
                  Linux - every time that I've tried it, I had some programs that wouldn't run on it natively. But I use Open Office simply because it is better (in my opinion).

                  You're raising a possibility that Gates has "gone Galt." No one here can say. From that point of view, Obama can be regarded as Amerika's savior - if the sooner the country self-destructs, the sooner it can start working on a re-birth.

                  BTW, as to "conspiracy" to cut into Apple's market - I wasn't present in the boardroom discussions, but obviously this is the result. I simply find it hard to believe that the thought hadn't occurred to Gates and his lawyers.
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                  • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
                    OK, "savior" is a bit much but if the self destruction must come then the sooner the better. Did Gates go Galt? I doubt he has the philosophical base to do it intentionally as we might but he appears to have gone into court a businessman and come out a crony with a chip on his shoulder.
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                    • Posted by strugatsky 6 years ago
                      I tend to agree. Don't know him personally, of course, but I do think you're right - he's not the intellectual type. Buying a good chunk of Africa, as he is currently doing, maybe a good indication of how sick he is of Amerika.
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                      • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
                        Maybe he is going to start his own little socialist utopia where he and all his socialist buddies can go and live happily ever after, ever striving to reduce their carbon footprints until they are all completely carbon neutral.
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  • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
    I read about this yesterday on wattsupwiththat. The quote headlined on that site is -

    Bill Gates: “If you’re not bringing math skills to the problem,” he said with a sort of amused asperity, “then representative democracy is a problem.”

    I have no problem with MS being used quasi-universally by the gov - they need a consistent platform and MS is the only real choice. The Gates Foundation has also been almost single-handedly underwriting HIV medicine in Africa - so I think that Bill Gates thinks he means what he says (albeit not to the extent that he would live in an efficiency apartment).

    He has fallen big time for the 'If you're rich, they think you really know." meme. He does not have sufficient insight to understand why he was able to succeed: He introduced a powerful tool into a virtually unregulated technological niche.

    It is a literal shame to see him coming down so pointedly on the side of socialism. This is terrible, but most of the tech-geniuses think that they should make the rules because the 'stupid little people' cannot be trusted to do so.

    Jan
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello Jan,
      Indeed. Einstein was brilliant in his field, but... many are unaware of his ill-founded dedication to the league of nations. Some people because of their outstanding intellect in a particular field make incredible leaps for humanity, yet seem to be lacking common sense. Many people fallaciously seem to believe that these people must also hold the wisdom of the world and answers to all problems... The Media is filled with such followers.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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      • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
        Alas, you are correct. Einstein had a degree of introspection that Gates lacks, I think - which does not keep Einstein from being fallible, just that he was more aware of his limitations.

        I am an admirer of Bill Gates, but I am totally opposed to what he does in the 'second and third person parts of speech'. When he says "I am doing such-and-so." he is fine; when he says, "You need to do this." he is not.

        As you observe, this is true for a large portion of humanity.

        Jan
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        • Posted by ShrugInArgentina 6 years ago
          Einstein was also an altruist.

          His own words leave no room for skepticism:

          "Only a life lived for others is worth living."

          https://www.galtsgulchonline.com/post...
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          • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
            He was an altruist and a deist as well as a genius, but he had a lot of insight. If I cherry-pick amongst his quotes, I can come up with some that are remarkable:
            • Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
            • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
            • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
            • The environment is everything that isn't me.
            • People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
            • He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
            • Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
            • I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
            • I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
            • I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
            • A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. Information is not knowledge.
            • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
            • Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow - perhaps it all will.
            • Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
            • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
            • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
            • Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

            Jan
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            • Posted by $ 6 years ago
              Hello Jan,
              My favorite: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
              Regards,
              O.A.
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              • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
                That is a good one. I also like the "I know not with what weapons WWIII will be fought, but WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones" quote. I think that was what made a lot of people see that when your tech has developed sufficiently that you could destroy the planet we had to evolve more self-control (at least until we have force field technology...!)

                Jan
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                • Posted by $ 6 years ago
                  This is what terrifies so many regarding Iran getting nukes; they seem unimpressed with mutual assured destruction... probably all those virgins waiting for them in the afterlife and all. Time for Reagan's star wars program (force field technology being yet outside our grasp). We need to insure they fall back on them. They want nukes... that way they shall have them and learn self control. I am impressed with our own restraint since 1945. I suppose that says something positive about our culture... our humanity. The problem: Radioactive fallout doesn't just stay in Vegas...
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                  • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
                    Chuckle. (Glad I was not drinking something when I read the last line.)

                    I read an article about Ireland, and the key there seems to have been to 'cobble together some sort of peace' so that a generation could grow up without having gang-warfare-death as part of its natural environment. Once parents were able to raise a single generation of kids without having to become blase about half of them getting killed, and those kids were able to grow up being able to think of 'what they wanted to do with their lives' the urge to relentlessly kill-and-be-killed withered away.

                    This is a solution that is strong because it partakes of human nature - no parent wants to see his kids slaughtered. We do not have an entry point into this that bypasses the religious fanaticism of the ME, however. Hating, killing, and dying are as normal a part of their lives as going to the grocery store is of ours.

                    Jan
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 6 years ago
    I think the government did him some injustice some
    years ago; and some Objectivists, believing him to
    be a sort of Hank Rearden, tried to reach out to him, and said there was no record of a response by
    Bill Gates.--It appears that they made a great mistake if they thought he was a Rearden. He
    seems more like an FDR, except that (from what
    I understand) FDR inherited his money and so-
    cial position. I expected that a self-made man,
    at least, would be better than that.
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    • Posted by kevinw 6 years ago
      This is along the lines of what I was asking. I would not have compared him to a Hank Rearden but I could definitely understand him being so pissed off after being dragged through antitrust lawsuits for his company being too successful that he would go all out, completely overboard, playing the game better than anybody ever has and taking the system for all he could get. And do it because the people who put him through it or stood by while it happened deserved it in his mind.

      This article from the New York Slimes appears to be prior to the final judgment but many of the comments by the writers and the judges involved show just how totally f%&*#'d up the antitrust system is.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/04/bus...
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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 6 years ago
    "Karl Popper blamed Plato for the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century, seeing Plato's philosopher kings, with their dreams of 'social engineering' and 'idealism', as leading directly to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler (via Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx).[2] In addition, Ayatollah Khomeini is said to have been inspired by the Platonic vision of the philosopher king while in Qum in the 1920s when he became interested in Islamic mysticism and Plato's Republic. As such, it has been speculated that he was inspired by Plato's philosopher king, and subsequently based elements of his Islamic Republic on it, despite being a republic and deposing the former Pahlavi dynasty.[3]"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philoso...

    How many philosopher-kings does it take to destroy America?
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    • Posted by $ jlc 6 years ago
      Very interesting post j. The philosopher-king is a powerful archetype and, like The Prince, was possibly 'as good as you could hope for' in many societies in history. But we can do better than that, now and the philosopher-king is a big step backward into the illusion of a fictional heaven on Earth with a benign despot in control.

      It was even more interesting when I kept reading "Pluto" for "Plato"...

      Jan, needs more coffee
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    • Posted by khalling 6 years ago
      Popper was half right. He misses the most important reason for Plato being the inspiration for these people-which at the metaphysical/epistemological level -


      ONE CANNOT KNOW REALITY

      the best we get is a blurry version of reality. This is not inconsistent with Popper's overall ideas. so, can we say Popper is complacent with Plato
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      • Posted by j_IR1776wg 6 years ago
        While Popper is not my favorite, he did nail the Plato to Kant to Hegel transmission line to the 20th century dictators clearly. All Platonists dismiss the evidence of their senses and suffer an overblown opinion of their self-importance like Bill Gates.
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  • Posted by copperop 6 years ago
    Climate Change was invented to force socialism upon us so this statement follows that progression. With socialism it will be a lot easier to not get confused by facts. Facts like the recent NASA study that Anartica is not really losing land mass. And it will be easier to eliminate people who don't perpetuate this belief, like the firing of French meteorologist recently.
    Creative thinking on ways to solve problems will be stifled and there will be just a mindset of diving up an ever shrinking pie and subjugating the proletariat.
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  • Posted by term2 6 years ago
    I always thought Gates had no vision, and this goes to show this view is right. I dumped PC use several years ago, never to return. His products had no vision. People bought them because he somehow made it mandatory to get his windows software. Now the Mac's are better products and we switched our company to them. We also dont need the IT people that are required with pc's/
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  • Posted by fosterj717 6 years ago
    this guy is an absolute moron!!! The only reason that he has his billions is because IBM was absolutely brain dead when they gave him the DOS operating system.

    Gates is the luckiest man alive today because of that act of stupidity!!! Now we must endure his incessant preaching about Socialism (of which he will never have to participate in himself being that he is one of the oligarchs) saving the world, which is about as absurd as Mitch McConnell's liberal strategy of doing nothing in the Senate but endorsing the policies of the worst president in the history of the country!

    America! we can do better and if we can't? Then it is time to head to the Gulch! For what its worth!
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  • Posted by broskjold22 6 years ago
    Global temperatures have not risen in over a decade and yet China and India want us to pay reparations for emitting carbon since the inception of the industrial use of oil. I said previously we don't accept ex post facto laws, even if we accepted a UN resolution - which we should not. I am sure we're all in agreement.

    But if the Democrats get into the UN and compromise everything, we will get stuck paying the bill. The Republicans have no real strategy to deal with a UN resolution besides rejecting the resolutions, but do we trust them to follow through? Meanwhile, Obama cuts our military. This is where strategy arises.

    Basically, here's the plan. "America is addicted to oil." Thus, we need "rehabilitation", not punishment. Rather than allow other nations to sue us, we commit to "infrastructure" changes and, hell, might as well through in tariffs on foreign oil to pay for it. Then, we use our war on drugs strategy to place the blame on the producers: OPEC, asking them to pay for half of our bill.

    Sounds ridiculous? Then consider why other nations would hold us to a higher standard than they hold themselves, claiming that we are destroying the world and have been since... since the Industrial Revolution.

    The insane envy of nations requires a strong military. Obama wants to be liked and is so angry at the rest of us for not being liked. By whom? By hypocrites, looters, and frauds? Give me a break.

    As for Gates, I'll never want to use his product ever again.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello broskjold22,
      A lot of good points... I have also noticed a lot of ex post facto, attempted of late.
      So many things this administration is doing, seem to be by design, with the object being the destruction of our unique heritage and prosperity.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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    • Posted by blackswan 6 years ago
      For an operating system, try ubuntu. There is also an office suite that almost exactly mimics ms office (there are some formatting issues). What's more, it's all free (open source).
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  • Posted by ProfChuck 6 years ago
    Another good reason to switch your OS to LINUX Ubuntu. Between WIN 10 and Gates collectivist orientation I am beginning to wonder if Microsoft products are safe. I am running WIN 7 on one of my machines and I keep seeing a lot of network activity even when my browser is turned off. What is my computer telling Microsoft about my system?
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello ProfChuck,
      Indeed! What is your computer or mine up to? Do any of us really know what kind of twisted Orwellian nightmare we might be neck deep in? The day when our computers became the tools of big brother has long ago passed.
      Telescreens are now ubiquitous.
      Regards,
      O.A.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 6 years ago
    This recent popularity in Socialism ALWAYS reminds me of one thing - the book "The Stones Cry Out", about Pol Pot's assault on the people in the name of "the greater good". Everybody who utters this word, Socialism, won't get an ounce of attention from me until they read that book. At least then they'll be an enlightened evil person, vs. an ignorant one.

    I'm telling you guys...that book changed my life. As a father and lover of liberty it was tough to get through.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello Abaco,
      Although I feel well relatively well versed on the pitfalls and evils of all the derivatives of Marxism, I am always interested in more. If you please, could you post a book review on this book (The Stones Cry Out) and provide an ISBN.
      I would like to read your review of it and probably add it to my already lengthy list.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 6 years ago
    kevinw, It is one thing to be p----d off and leave
    others to their fate, believing that they deserve it,
    and quite another to go over to the enemy and ac-
    tively participate in their evil. However, another
    character from Atlas Shrugged has just occurred to me--the conductor on the doomed
    train at Winston Tunnel, who, not wanting "to be
    a martyr for the sake of allowing people to in-
    dulge in their own irresponsible evil", actively
    gives the signal to the engineer to proceed, and walks off the train. I can't condone his ac-
    tion in that case. He certainly had a right to walk off the train; but I condemn his actively
    giving that signal.--(Ayn Rand appears to think that they all deserved their fate, but then the conductor doesn't really know that, not having talked with all the guilty people. And then, there were some children aboard).
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello LibertyBelle,
      Thank you for your contribution. I do enjoy reading your thoughts. :)
      One helpful hint: Since you addressed this entry to kevinw, you may consider re-posting it directly to him by using the reply button directly beneath his comment which you are responding to. In this fashion we may all still read your thoughts and kevinw will get an e-mail letting him know you have replied to him. Your reply will then fall directly beneath his, as apposed to using the general comment entry box at the top ("Add Comment" box) whereby all comments are placed at far left as if directed generally and to the blog originator.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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  • Posted by fivedollargold 6 years ago
    Gates' bridge partner, Warren Buffett, has stated that he will leave the bulk of his estate to the Gates Foundation. This is incredibly dangerous to the United States should this foundation turn its billions towards Soros-like projects devoted to ultra-liberal political causes. Yeah, this would violate the law, wink wink, but the IRS only attacks conservative organizations, at least under the current POTUS.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Hello fivedollargold,
      It is good to hear from you.
      Dr. Ferris replies, "Laws are of no use unless the right people break them."
      Gates is not one of "the right people." He is above such things. He must be tight with Hillary... and her comrades...
      Regards,
      O.A.
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  • Posted by fivedollargold 6 years ago
    Curious attitude from someone that made his jack from capitalism. As an aside, Libre Office seems to be more compatible with MS Office than Open Office in fivedollargold's opinion. In fact, he heard that the same guy was the main developer of both.( Libre Office & Open Office)
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    • Posted by mccannon01 6 years ago
      I believe you are correct in saying the roots of the two systems are the same. I've used both and am now using Libre exclusively. I believe Libre Office is the "next gen" Open Office and will be the most supported into the future. Someone correct me on this if I'm wrong.
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  • Posted by $ TexOwl 6 years ago
    I wonder what might save us from the predatory greed of this mental light weight? It might be worth thinking about - Few people are beholden to the fortunes of timing and chance as Bill Gates and very few are as universally detested for his and his Company's hypocrisy!
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    • Posted by $ 6 years ago
      Greetings TexOwl,
      Bill was in the right place and had the right idea at the right time. He was smart enough to answer the door when opportunity knocked. He doesn't strike me as a well rounded individual. His philosophical foundation is wanting. Unfortunately some of the software I must use requires a MS OS.
      Respectfully,
      O.A.
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      • Posted by $ winterwind 6 years ago
        O.A. [& TexOwl]
        Bill Gates was in the right place at the right time to pay a starving computer genius for the rights to what became eventually became Windows.
        No ideas necessary.
        You know that computer guy as CyberWizard.
        ww
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        • Posted by $ 6 years ago
          Hello winterwind,
          Remarkable. If it pleases, you should make a post on the subject.
          I would like to hear more. perhaps you can get the CyberWizard himself to do so. We don't hear enough from him of late. :)
          Regards,
          O.A.
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          • Posted by $ winterwind 6 years ago
            I'll do what I can. He is somewhat busy trying to find a job. I don't know if you know this, but engineers expire at the age of 60. Or so it seems. Why hire a brilliant guru at a relatively high price, when you can get someone good enough: "you mean this "hardware" has something to do with software? how could that be?" for a lower price? I would answer "so your company won't tank" but they don't think about then, they think about now. Their good news is that we don't have to pay the guy we hired nearly as much money as the guru, and we don't understand what he says either. morons.
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            • Posted by $ 6 years ago
              Understood. Perhaps you can write a bit about it and just get some limited input from him.

              All the best on finding a new job, CyberWizard. Young people may enter the field for less money, but if their designs stink then it is penny wise, but pound foolish.

              In my business I am constantly frustrated by young "designers" (I wouldn't call them "engineers") that provide CAD designs for me to work with. There is no common sense or "manufacturability" considerations in the design. If they can draw it, you should be able to manufacture it, seems to be their motto. I struggle to produce molds for parts that should have been designed as multiple details and bolted together... it seems they don't care about practicality/cost of manufacturing. Most of the time I believe they don't have a clue about the process of manufacturing they are designing for.
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              • Posted by plusaf 6 years ago
                Reminds me of my parting comment when I retired from a once-reputable company...

                "Sure... give me lots of money to get my sorry, old overpaid ass out of here... then hire two or more kids to do the job at less total pay... And I'll guarantee you that in time, they'll reinvent many of the Problems My Generation Solved years ago... Good Luck with that..."

                And since then, they've gone through a raft of ineffective CEO's, a ton of layoffs and restructuring. Good luck with that...
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  • Posted by draco1129 6 years ago
    "I really wish I didn't have to use this guy's products, for so many reasons..."

    This seems to be the sentiment of a substantial number of people, however as everyone knows; alternatives are few, which are within the budget of most people. And so; there's an obvious void in the market to be filled. Among candidates to fill that void are Linux OS and Amazon Fire OS.

    Linux OS would have to be taken down off its arrogant developer pedestal and developed to be a true market OS with a complete office package, and Amazon Fire OS would have to be revamped to support a full host of office and internet applications. But both could be easily accomplished if those responsible for those decisions in each company would make a serious real time market evaluation of the void and invest accordingly.
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    • Posted by mccannon01 6 years ago
      I shrugged MS at home in 2010 and went Apple.

      Currently in my retirement, I'm doing some development work on a Linux system and found the "Libre Office" suite of office apps works quite well when you need office tools. The same suite can be installed on MS or Apple systems, too, and it's a free download (make a donation if you like it). It's native files can be sent unconverted to any OS using Libre Office or you can export the files into MS compatible formats. So far I haven't experienced any problems other than the usual learning curve getting used to another office product.
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