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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:04:11 PM »
Much of that is unsubstantiated sensationalism. GMU is one of the premier economic schools in the world and private funding is never a bad thing. Also a funny thing to indict a company because they operate in a subsidized industry. The same things could have been said about Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Hill; all great men. I don't have any knowledge of eminent domain abuse or other nonsense, so I can't refute that, but I've already left your scathing diatribe much diminished.

Yeah...It did sorta sound like the lefty claims, and with them, most of it is selective...stuff they like in solar and wind (subsidies) is evil in other industries (oil) whereas, I'll bet the Koch attitude is that they don't make the rules, they just compete in the current environment (something we all struggle with) and they'd prefer a truly free market.  That's the feeling I get anyway.  The eminent domain thing may be interesting, if there's actually anything to it.  Same goes for the environmental claims.

Yeah that could be right, but I tend to think they use it as a means to gain power and reap profits.  Especially when they are granted a no bid contract on Wisconsin energy, which is the opposite of free market practices.

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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 18, 2011, 09:08:07 PM »
Typical Alternet ad hom.  My mother sent me a bunch of their bullshit about the "Evil" Koch Brothers.

Agreed, Alternet can have some shit articles.  The Koch Brothers are shit heads though; they're government welfare queens pretending they're free marketers.

Please elaborate and/or substantiate...not being combative; I really want to know.

Well there is a lot to go on here but for starters:
  • They indoctrinate their own corporate lobbyist through George Mason University (which they highly fund)
    The Koch Industry' core business operations involve some of the most heavily subsidized industries in America, including oil, ethanol, agribusiness and logging
    Their family fortune was started through an oil subsidy under Stalin
    They lease federal land for free for their agribusiness operations, log public forests for private gain and have taxpayers cover the operating costs, and routinely use the government’s power of eminent domain to force landowners to sell land to Koch Industries’ various oil and gas pipeline subsidiaries for pennies on the dollar
    They've been given repeated record environmental fines and fund politicians to pass laws in their favor
    Walker has given them a no-bid contract on Wisconsin's state-owned power plants

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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:54:23 PM »
Remember when I said this?

$1,775,800 for opening weekend, give or take, obviously.

From Box Office Mojo -

"Atlas Shrugged: Part I was the top-grossing limited release of the weekend, generating an estimated $1.7 million at 300 single-screen locations. "*

Now, let's everyone kiss my ass.

@Shadowtheweak - This means a near guarantee that they'll make a profit. You'll see the rest. Also, you are incorrect about the budget. Again.

How does it feel to be so. Wrong?


*Edit - The rest of the article was a hit piece, of course.

Na bro i'm actually right about the budget.  1.7 million is nothing for an opening weekend

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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 17, 2011, 05:40:53 PM »
I guarantee this is going to be horrible and boring.

It wasn't.

The A-list actors left the film,

No, that was a different production.

the budget was cut down to $15 million,

No. This production was around 10 million, and it wasn't "Cut down". That was always the budget.

and the cgi looks atrocious.

No, no it wasn't, it was fairly decent. Better than a TV movie or miniseries.

How does it feel to be so wrong?

Actually the whole trilogy is projected at 15 million with this one being more than 5 million.  Good thing they went with this production and hired actors that don't know how to act... The Randian philosophy contained here has been completely dumbed down, so I don't see the point of this movie other than boring the audience to death.   Good luck seeing the next one because it'll never be made.   

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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 17, 2011, 01:29:00 PM »
I guarantee this is going to be horrible and boring.

The A-list actors left the film, the budget was cut down to $15 million, and the cgi looks atrocious.

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General / Re: OHSNAP. Atlas Shrugged Trailer -
« on: April 16, 2011, 03:44:56 PM »
Typical Alternet ad hom.  My mother sent me a bunch of their bullshit about the "Evil" Koch Brothers.

Agreed, Alternet can have some shit articles.  The Koch Brothers are shit heads though; they're government welfare queens pretending they're free marketers.

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General / Re: Cop Killed By Crazy Vietnam Vet [Graphic Video]
« on: April 15, 2011, 05:45:44 PM »
I am making no judgement calls here on someone deserving to live or die in this situation.  I, in fact, do think that ALL cops are assholes. If not for the direct reason that they are assholes themselves, then instead for the reason that they might be "good guys" yet stand idly by while actual asshole cops around them do their asshoish deeds and do nothing about it.

The cop in the video knew the possibilites of dealing with psychopaths like the vietnam vet when he took the job. He balanced that reality with the desire to "protect and serve" He weighed the pros n cons and made a conscious decision to be a cop anyway. I think it was a poor decision. I wont live my life feeling sorry for people that make poor decisions in life. It's too large an emotional burden for me to take on, worrying about every schmuck with a 5 dollar badge that wants to play hero to the world. The real victims here, in my opinion are the cops family members that had nothing to do with the bad decision for their dad or husband to become a cop in the first place. Feel bad for them, definitely.

Now you've confirmed your completely biased point of view.  I too have a healthy distrust of police officers and people in authoritative positions, but to say ALL cops are assholes is a blanket term.  I could use that same exact argument of the cop taking on a dangerous job to when a protestor gets abused by a police officer.  "Well they knew the police were violent and they knew what they were in for why should I feel bad?" etc...  I'm not asking anyone to worship this guy as a hero.

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General / Re: Cop Killed By Crazy Vietnam Vet [Graphic Video]
« on: April 15, 2011, 05:33:33 PM »
He was supposed to be put to death in 2003 but he's been filing appeals for years.  The last one I saw was a habeas petition in 2009.  He'll probably end up rotting in a cell for the remainder of his life.  He's still trying to claim it was a PTSD incident and that he was having a Nam' flashback (Yeah thats why he systematically shot Dinkheller's arms and legs in a suppressive fire fashion assuming that he was wearing a vest....)

he shot the cop's arms and legs?

Yeah he hit the arms and legs before he reloaded and did one last rush shooting the final bullet through his right eye.

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