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carsonogenik 119 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 25, 2016 8:57 PM Member since: Dec 30, 2001
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  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 8:57 PM Flag

    "More "fun facts"...what is the population of either Scotland or N Ireland?"

    Scotland: approx 5,373,000
    N Ireland: approx 1,800,000
    England: approx 53.000,000

    "I lived and worked there and hated every second of it but I have to give them credit for their strong loyalty to their traditions."


    "When you think about it, they are no different than any other member state (just look at the violence anytime they play futbol)."

    Futbol is a spanish/portuguese term; actual "football" is more akin to what rugby players do; the North American version involves huge guys with pads and helmets running into each other.

    "The EU is a failed experiment...not unlike our attempts to strip state's rights in favor of control from Washington."

    The EU is a deeply flawed and mismanaged construct...but if you think the EU is comparable in any way/shape/form to the US Constitution you're even dumber than I imagine. Seceding from the UNITES STATES of AMERICA will no doubt enhance your freedom....but at what cost??

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 8:13 PM Flag

    A noted economist once stated that "Economics is the only discipline in which two people can have completely opposite views and each can win a Nobel prize in that same discipline."


    Economics has been an active matter of organized human social behavior since people began trading over 10,000 years ago; indeed, the creation of writing itself is often attributed to ancient accounting records.

    via the online etymology database:
    economy (n.)
    1530s, "household management," from Latin oeconomia (source of French économie, Spanish economia, German Ökonomie, etc.), from Greek oikonomia "household management, thrift," from oikonomos "manager, steward," from oikos "house, abode, dwelling" (cognate with Latin vicus "district," vicinus "near;" Old English wic "dwelling, village;" see villa) + nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatic). Meaning "frugality, judicious use of resources" is from 1660s. The sense of "wealth and resources of a country" (short for political economy) is from 1650s.

    What is the name of this "noted economist?"

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 7:43 PM Flag

    I hope to see everyone at the Peter Luger's reception and party. Carcinogenic Carson can have Tuna and dry baked potato and some salad. Some red wine is good for the heart.

    Aww, thanks so much for taking my health into consideration.

    Will oxygen tanks be provided for brooklake?

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 6:02 PM Flag

    Do you live there? If not stay out of it...

    What the Brexit vote means for the US: Tighter financial conditions

    While the US economy and the companies in the US stock market have limited exposure [hahaha] to the UK, they're all nevertheless affected by what's unfolding.

    The first thing most economists are flagging right now is tighter financial conditions. Simply put, tighter financial conditions means that it is harder and more expensive for businesses and consumers to get money. That in turn leads to less borrowing, less investing, and ultimately less economic activity.

    And these tighter financial conditions are appearing in the US.

    "The sharp fall in stock prices in most economies and the widening of credit spreads represent a tightening of financial conditions," Wells Fargo's Jay Bryson said. "If financial conditions remain tight in coming weeks, economic activity in many economies could decelerate from already lackluster rates of growth."

    On Friday, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) plunged 75 points or 3.6%. The Dow (^DJI) fell 610 points or 3.4%.

    Expect the Fed to keep monetary policy loose for longer

    This comes at a time when the Federal Reserve has been planning to actively tighten financial conditions through tighter monetary policy. Why would they want to do this? Because the economy has made great strides in the past seven years since the end of the financial crisis, which means the economy is actually at risk of overheating.

    But with these new developments out of the UK — combined with other recent signs of slowdown — economists agree that tighter monetary policy — which the Fed has been rolling out with interest rate hikes — is likely to be put off for now.

    “The Fed will likely delay the hiking cycle,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Ethan Harris said.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 5:01 PM Flag

    No - actual petition signatories are more like 2,000,000... but in any case Thursday's vote is unlikely to be reconsidered. That would present an absolutely terrible precedent.

    The total vote on Thursday's EU referendum was 51.9% to leave, 48.1% to remain, with over 30 million people voting (72% turnout). If the vote was like 50.5 to 49.5 there might be an argument for reconsideration.

    Fun facts:
    Scotland voted by 62 percent to 38 percent to remain in the EU; N Ireland voted 56% to remain, 44% to leave. England voted strongly for Brexit, by 53.4% to 46.6%, as did Wales, with Leave getting 52.5% of the vote and Remain 47.5%.

    Following the results of Thursday's UK, both Scotland and N Ireland are making noise about seeking independence from the UK. Good times.

    Note: The Republic of Ireland is not an EU member.

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Kingdom's stunning vote to leave the European Union was driven by much of the same sentiment that fueled Donald Trump's insurgent march toward the Republican presidential nod: a rejection of economic globalization and the elites who favor it by those who feel left behind.

    Many economists warn that the British vote to leave the EU, dubbed "Brexit," could cripple that nation's economy — just as many say Trump's ideas would stifle U.S. growth or even trigger another recession.

    Millions of voters have defied those concerns. The Brexit vote and Trump's widespread support reflect a sweeping rejection of expert opinion in advanced countries. Yet that rejection itself could raise the likelihood of further economic harm, some economists warn.

    "At some level it is a cry of frustration but one that could end up hurting an already economically harmed part of the population," says Eswar Prasad, an economics professor at Cornell University and former official at the International Monetary Fund. "That is the remarkable irony here."

    At first glance, the U.K. and U.S. economies look comparatively healthy. Both have low unemployment rates. Both have recovered from the Great Recession better than either continental Europe or Japan. Yet in both countries, those figures conceal underlying weaknesses.

    David Blanchflower, an economics professor at Dartmouth University and a former policymaker at the Bank of England, says average weekly pay in the U.K., adjusted for inflation, remains 7 percent below its most recent peak, reached in 2008.

    Stark regional differences are also evident in both countries. London has boomed in recent years along with its thriving financial sector, and home prices in the city have soared. By contrast, steel plants and coal mines have closed in Northern England and Wales.

    A similar economic divergence is visible in the United States....

    Blame the foreigners instead of the rulers!

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 25, 2016 3:44 PM Flag

    Trump’s controversial immigration policies derives from white Christians, most of whom also believe their religion — and even their race — is now disproportionately discriminated against.

    Its not that whites and/or Christians are being discriminated against, but rather that such classes are no longer conferred "preferred member" status as in past decades and centuries. The implicit assumption of white supremacy is merely a form of passive bigotry; same goes for Christianity and oh yes kids, patriarchy.

    Bill O'Reilly nailed it when Obama's second-term win became official: the days of the white male hegemony are over. It's just not a "traditional" America any more.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 21, 2016 8:21 PM Flag

    I must disagree. We are talking about lunatics, a class defined by

    a) religious fundamentalism
    b) political fundamentalism
    c) 2nd Amendment crazies

    99% of the time that means right wing nuts. I don't know what you mean by 'recent mass murders' but if Congress would operate in favor of to its voting constituency instead of its donor/lobbying class, assault weapons would have been banned long ago.

    Democrats and Independents are largely (corrupt) moderates; Republicans are mostly insane because 20-30 years of sucking Faux News and Rush Limbaugh rhetoric and a cowardly press.

    If the US would simply stop assaulting Muslims on the other side of the world with bombs, bullets and drones and instead make a gift of food, medicine and and money, we might have a chance at peace.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 21, 2016 7:23 PM Flag

    Hi rhjc00

    I just emailed the Yahoo abuse channel ( concerning your constant and repetitively stupid and inane spam. Whether this attempt to ban you will be successful I can't say; however, I can say that my previous attempts at banning posters from this message board have a 33% success rate (2 of 6) since my first complaint (2002).

    This is not a threat; its already been done.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 21, 2016 5:03 PM Flag

    I must regretfully decline; my most recent lipid panel indicates high triglyceride levels (221 mg/dL) so I won't be going anywhere near a steakhouse in the near term.

    As I will not be in attendance, I request that in the interests of maintaining a truly entertaining and insightful reception of this board's alumni that you please forward your invitation to Mr Barry E Schwartz.

    Los mejores deseos,


  • The new filing shows the campaign had only $1.3 million in cash on hand at the beginning of this month, in comparison to $42 million on hand for the Clinton campaign.


    In a speech on the economy on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns and wondered out loud what he is trying to hide.

    "You have to ask yourself, what's he afraid of?" she asked, musing that he may have avoided paying taxes. "Or maybe he isn't as rich as he claims."

    Clinton's speech comes the day after new FEC filings showed Trump's campaign with a paltry amount of cash on hand for a major party presidential campaign and Trump being forced to loan his campaign $2 million to keep it afloat.

    Clinton also warned that a Trump presidency would hurt the economy, noting that economists say the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would "would throw us back into recession."

    "Just like he shouldn’t have his finger on the button, he shouldn’t have his hands on the economy," Clinton said, comparing Trump's danger to national security to his potential impact on the economy.

    Clinton bashed Trump's businesses practices, noting that he has filed for bankruptcy several times.

    "He's written a lot of books about business. They all seem to end at Chapter 11," she said.

    Gonna be a LOLOCAUST

  • Reply to

    Wheels Coming Off the Trump Bus

    by debka_files Jun 20, 2016 4:52 PM
    carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 21, 2016 2:50 PM Flag

    psst - TRUMP IS BROKE

  • Reply to

    Hack ISIS website?

    by crueloption Jun 16, 2016 10:40 PM
    carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 19, 2016 1:28 AM Flag

    "Does anybody know why terrorist recruiting websites are not hacked, deleted, or subject to denial of service interruption?"

    The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

    China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran are very good at suppressing freedom and websites. But they are unhampered by the above.

    "Seems to me there are some on this board who know a thing or two about how websites work."

    Its less about the websites than specific domains and network protocols housed on servers; ca 1995-1998 I could access virtually anything on any site via hacker warez (after an hour of typing UNIX command codes). HTTPS authentication layers made hacking websites almost impossible, especially to n00bs like me.

    Aside from www domains, there are also www2, www3, etc.

    I myself currently utilize TOR and PGP, which is about as secure as you can get when surfing the interwebs and hiding data. But here's the thing: the NSA employs thousands of hackers for one task: breaking secure systems is their job.

    Meanwhile, the current number of networked IP devices is currently assessed at 340.3 trillion so good luck with that/

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 18, 2016 9:56 PM Flag

    Mostly true, but the ME situation is far more complex and convoluted than that.

    First, there's the history of the Jews in Palestine, beginning roughly 3200 yrs ago. Historical records indicate a long series of Jews being conquered, returning, being conquered again, and then ultimately expelled by the Romans.

    Second, there's the Sunni/Shia schizm, which is essentially a disagreement between factions over who should lead Islam following Muhammed's death in 632 CE. The Sunnis believe that the father of Muhammed's wife (who was also Muhammed's BFF) should lead Islam while the Shiites assert only the Prophet's descendants are the rightful successors. Muhammed's sons were assassinated by Sunni troops in 680 and things kind of went downhill from there. Sunni adherents currently comprise approx 85% of Muslims while Shiites occupy the remaining 15%.

    After the Ottoman Empire went toes-up at the end of WWI, Britain, France and Russia basically agreed to take over the ME (including Palestine) and subsequently reneged on promises to allow Muslims the right of self-govt. (interesting aside: one stated goal of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh is to overturn that agreement).

    During WWII, Germany aligned with Arab leaders to
    (a) exploit Arab discontent with Allied nations Britain, France and Russia (see above)
    (b) unite both sides in hatred of Jews (via Biblical scripture, all Jews are descended from Abraham's son Isaac and all Arabs are descended from Abraham's son Ishmael - and apparently the Old Testament says bad things about Ishmael)

    After WWII (1948), the UN established the state of Israel. Jews immediately cited Biblical scripture (ie Zionism) and summarily reduced the residing Muslim population to second-class citizen status.

    In 1953, the US and Britain successfully conspired to overthrow Iran's elected PM...because he wanted to nationalize Iran's oil and gas. Results? Cheap oil and the Shah (who really was a monster) and then the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

    Enter Saddam Hussein.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 10:41 PM Flag

    Yeah, Obama is so cold and uncaring.

    "I am deeply disappointed and ashamed of the behavior by our president. He is an insensitive and uncaring person lacking any genuine human emotion of compassion or sympathy. He has displayed such over and over."

    110% wrong. But of course every time Obama displays anything resembling empathy, right wing nuts like yourself believe it either a faked response or magically aligned with Malcom X qua Muslim agenda of Kenyan socialism.

    Coming from an historically obtuse and delusional tradition of political thought that has deified Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and having the temerity to ask if slavery was really all that bad (and whether the US Civil War was actually about something more than treason in defense of slavery) your biggest problem is acknowledging Obama is not only African-American, but far smarter and wiser than you and your ilk.

    At a guess, I bet he doesn't care about advancing your insane right wing agenda.

    Come January 2017, POTUS Hillary Clinton and the Dem-controlled Senate will result in mass suicides. (tip: buy a tank of helium and put a bag over your head. after 2-3 minutes of breathing helium you'll pass out; after 6+ minutes you will be dead)


  • Reply to

    re Sarah Palin

    by carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 8:00 PM
    carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 9:13 PM Flag

    "I think Sarah Palin is solid on the issues and that Obama and Hill are far Left which is very very bad. Obama is strangely anti-American and pro Islamic radical. Sarah Palin did not pave the way for the Iranian Islamo-Nazis to obtain nuclear weapons. Obama did that."

    To deconstruct:
    "I think Sarah Palin is solid on the issues"
    -you do not think at all; you merely react in accord with your simple tribalist identifiers
    -Palin has repeatedly demonstrated solid and unforced errors on any/every current issue; its as if she was marooned on a desert isle with Gilligan translating for a Hollywood sexpot on behalf of the Howells

    "Obama and Hill are far Left which is very very bad"
    -Both Obama and Clinton are easily defined as moderates; Obama is a kind of FDR wannabe, and Clinton is a kind of JFK wannabe. Neither of them remotely far left.
    -Define what you mean by 'far left.'

    "Sarah Palin did not pave the way for the Iranian Islamo-Nazis to obtain nuclear weapons. Obama did that."
    -Sarah Palin has been and will always be a national embarrassment.
    -The Obama/Kerry deal with Iran strictly prohibits Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and subjects Iran's reactors to constant examination.


  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 8:16 PM Flag

    I note that even the lefty humanist Pope hasn't called FL Gov Rick Snott (R-Lex Luthor wannabe) to express sympathies.

    Gee I wonder why

  • carsonogenik by carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 8:00 PM Flag

    Only in the US would that moron be considered a serious political contender.

    By extension, Trump is the obvious choice for Republicans.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 4:54 PM Flag

    "If you put his birth certificate up to an ultraviolet lamp t said he was born in Iceland and his real name is Nors Erickson. He has already given Norway plans to invade the United States. If you don't believe me, look it up."


    Also, since the Vikings discovered America 500 years before Colombus, this continent already belongs to Norway by virtue of property rights.

    As for the O'Bama name...well, that's all about his Irish heritage.

  • carsonogenik carsonogenik Jun 15, 2016 4:03 PM Flag

    The Orlando terrorist attack the deadliest terrorist attack since 9 11, you would have think Obama and his administration would have had time to prevent such a disaster.

    Really? How exactly could the Obama Administration have prevented this attack??

    via NY Times (JUNE 13, 2016)
    "WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director said on Monday that the gunman in the mass killing in Orlando was on a terrorist watchlist from 2013 to 2014, but that months of intense investigation into his foreign travels, his inflammatory language with co-workers and his possible motivations did not produce enough evidence to arrest him.

    "The director, James B. Comey Jr., defended his agency’s handling of its past inquiries into the gunman, Omar Mateen, telling reporters that there had been no indication that F.B.I. agents in Florida missed any chances to apprehend or prosecute Mr. Mateen before the deadly rampage in which he proclaimed his allegiance to the Islamic State.

    "The attack highlighted the difficulty the American government faces in addressing the threat from the terrorist group. Unlike Al Qaeda, which favored highly organized and planned operations, the Islamic State has encouraged anyone to take up arms in its name. Often, that means the F.B.I. is looking to identify people who have committed no crime."

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