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2012-06-15 10:57:22 AM
The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.
 
2012-06-15 11:10:50 AM

Mentat: The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.


Unless those winners are corporations. Because corporations are people, my friends.
 
2012-06-15 11:18:52 AM
Nice one, Subby.

+eleventeen.
 
2012-06-15 01:01:03 PM

Mentat: The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.


I think protecting people from unauthorized third-party charges is pretty cool. I also think my sarcasm detector might need tuning.
 
2012-06-15 01:44:39 PM
Is cramming that thing where you get a text message that says "Reply xxxx to this number to opt out of our service" and if you don't, then you get a $5 a month charge added to your cell phone bill?

Because seriously, fark those guys behind that idea with a balsa wood plunger.
 
2012-06-15 01:45:55 PM

Mentat: The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.


Except that you don't seem to understand that there is a difference between "choosing winners and losers" and "protecting the right to contract."

Cramming is the practice of charging people for services that have not agreed to pay for. That is a violation of basic contracting principles that have governed western civilization for hundreds of years and no one except for the most extreme anarchists suggest that government shouldn't be in the business of enforcing contract principles. Even minarchists generally agree this is one area the government must absolutely be involved in (see, for example Walter Block).

Somacandra: I think protecting people from unauthorized third-party charges is pretty cool. I also think my sarcasm detector might need tuning.


Yes, I suspect the post was sarcastic, but it was poorly used sarcasm. Government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers when everyone is playing by generally accepted contract rules. When people are breaking those rules then it is absolutely the job of the government to make sure they lose rather than win.

See the difference?
 
2012-06-15 01:46:08 PM

Mentat: The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.


Tell that to William S. Sessions, Director of the FBI.
 
2012-06-15 01:49:17 PM
Link

What are you cramming and where are you cramming it?

/tapping foot excitedly in anticipation of a "no" vote
 
2012-06-15 01:50:26 PM
hmmmm.....meant for that to be an image and not a link.

feh.
 
2012-06-15 01:54:50 PM
The Tea Party can cram it.
 
2012-06-15 01:59:03 PM

Karac: Is cramming that thing where you get a text message that says "Reply xxxx to this number to opt out of our service" and if you don't, then you get a $5 a month charge added to your cell phone bill?


Actually I think those texts that say "Reply xxxx to this number to opt out of our service" are really saying "Reply to this text so that we know someone reads it so we can bombard you with even more text messages." But then again, it may just be that the tin foil lining in my hat needs to be adjusted.
 
2012-06-15 02:13:56 PM
Will President Bill Clinton sign it?
 
2012-06-15 02:14:35 PM
I fully support enhanced interrogation techniques for these assholes.
 
2012-06-15 02:18:32 PM

Talondel: Karac: Is cramming that thing where you get a text message that says "Reply xxxx to this number to opt out of our service" and if you don't, then you get a $5 a month charge added to your cell phone bill?

Actually I think those texts that say "Reply xxxx to this number to opt out of our service" are really saying "Reply to this text so that we know someone reads it so we can bombard you with even more text messages." But then again, it may just be that the tin foil lining in my hat needs to be adjusted.


No, theses scams work like this.

Step 1: You (or somebody you've pissed off) punches in your cell # into some website.
Step 2: You receive a text message from the scammer that says "If you don't want to sign up for our service reply 'STOP' to this number"
Step 3: Since you've never signed up for the service in the first place, and have no idea WTF it's talking about, you just delete the message.
Step 4: Your cell bill gets a 5 - 10 dollar a month third-party charge added to your bill, in the hopes that you'll never notice it.
Step 5: (optional) Some of the shadier cell providers won't refund these charges or block the scammers because they're getting a small piece of the pie.
 
2012-06-15 02:27:51 PM

Karac: No, theses scams work like this.


these mystery charges can be added to your bill when you:
-Text a special number to get sports alerts
-Participate in a TV game show
-Vote in a competition using your phone
-Give your cell phone number to participate in a survey.


Oh look, something only a total idiot would do
 
2012-06-15 02:31:04 PM

Guidette Frankentits: Karac: No, theses scams work like this.


these mystery charges can be added to your bill when you:
-Text a special number to get sports alerts
-Participate in a TV game show
-Vote in a competition using your phone
-Give your cell phone number to participate in a survey.


Oh look, something only a total idiot would do


Or your biatchy neighbor who happens to have your number.
 
2012-06-15 02:33:08 PM

Karac: Or your biatchy neighbor who happens to have your number.


Damn you Mr. Rogers!
 
2012-06-15 02:33:23 PM

Karac: Guidette Frankentits: Karac: No, theses scams work like this.


these mystery charges can be added to your bill when you:
-Text a special number to get sports alerts
-Participate in a TV game show
-Vote in a competition using your phone
-Give your cell phone number to participate in a survey.


Oh look, something only a total idiot would do

Or your biatchy neighbor who happens to have your number.


Actually, what keeps a company from just punching in random cellphone numbers and hoping to find people that won't check their bill?
 
2012-06-15 02:38:06 PM

Guidette Frankentits: Karac: Or your biatchy neighbor who happens to have your number.

Damn you Mr. Rogers!


www.workdistraction.com

"Hey neighbor, maybe next time you'll keep your dog from defecating on my lawn like I asked you too?"
 
2012-06-15 02:59:41 PM
Vicious Bagpies

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Ireland, that's where the pipe started.. have to wear a kilt or you'll look retarded
Don't worry I don't slip on the pipe, pumping out melodies even while I type
You say you've some haggis, so what, your sheep is weak so give it on up
So ill at the pipes it makes you wonder, blastin out notes like thunder
and just when you think it's over, I'll rock your shiat like a four leaf clover
I'll be piping harccore on the floor making panties bubblin' from Belfast to Dublin
With my pipes you've just been told farker give up tha gold. PEACE
 
2012-06-15 04:04:05 PM
The Tea Party knows how studying works?
 
2012-06-15 08:02:31 PM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Mentat: The government shouldn't be choosing winners and losers.

Tell that to William S. Sessions, Director of the FBI.


www.toplessrobot.com
I recognized this and immediately lol'd
 
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