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Discussions - Public / Re: The Las Vegas shooter: a suicidal sociopath
« Last post by The Gorn on October 04, 2017, 11:28:11 AM »
I haven't watched much today.  I'm waiting for my nightly news fix.   :(   I just hope I don't have to see the brother spouting off again about how shocked he is about his wonderful brother.

That, plus the hospital bed interviews and the witness commentary... at this point the coverage is all redundant soap opera level emotional noise.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The Las Vegas shooter: a suicidal sociopath
« Last post by I D Shukhov on October 04, 2017, 11:26:41 AM »
I haven't watched much today.  I'm waiting for my nightly news fix.   :(   I just hope I don't have to see the brother spouting off again about how shocked he is about his wonderful brother.

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Yeah, right. What a load of absolute bullshit...

My first reaction when a family member is convicted of a mass killing is to state that I have a clean conscience. 

Because above all, I'm not shocked in the least. These things happen, after all. The first thing to pop into my head is to disclaim responsibility.

She probably owns a mansion in the Phillipines by now. Ok, I'm indulging my own probably wrong but nevertheless compelling theory.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/girlfriend-las-vegas-shooter-stephen-paddock-returns-u-s-article-1.3539817
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Discussions - Public / Or, a Lee Harvey Oswald style patsy for a larger operation!
« Last post by The Gorn on October 04, 2017, 08:12:26 AM »
Clearly we on the ground and we in the mass public know absolutely nothing of this guy's mental state, his political affiliations, his motives...

It's completely negligent to not consider that this guy wasn't acting alone, based upon other facts that the press and law enforcement appear to be suppressing.

I'm going to drumbeat with a story that you don't see on mainstream news channels, which are busy with repetitive, grief porn and gun porn based articles and stories about the shooting:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vegas-shooting-stephen-paddock-attack-warning-eyewitness-what-happened-latest-news-updates-a7978821.html

There are also stories being vigorously blamed as fake news that allege that the guy and his girlfriend were Antifa - associated.

Of course. Antifa doesn't exist and isn't a significant threat.  It's wrong to talk about these things. We have to stay with whatever ABC and the NY Times says.

Last points:

Pychopaths and sociopaths bent on mass murder want to see the terror on the faces of victims. The guy's shooting position from 300+ yards away made his attack antiseptic from his point of view.

ISIS claims this particular attack, and they don't claim every single attack.

My theory is this guy was somehow contracted by ISIS to conduct this shooting on the premise that his girlfriend was to receive a windfall of money in exchange. She appears to have fled the country prior to the attack.

To collect significant funds, without any financial reporting to the US authorities?

It doesn't add up and it doesn't make any sense and it doesn't fit lone weirdo dynamics we have seen before repeatedly.

There's been gloating about the shooting, being of country music fans. Mostly white, mostly conservative.

http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/02/cbs-fires-lawyer-facebook-comments-las-vegas-shooting/

My opinion is that this is the start of a wave of violence to culminate in something large scale on the anniversary of the election.
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Discussions - Public / The Las Vegas shooter: a suicidal sociopath
« Last post by I D Shukhov on October 04, 2017, 07:55:17 AM »
I think there is a subtype of suicides whose brain expands the victim list of not just themselves but others as well.  The smallest set of victims would be a 2-person murder-suicide you read about all the time in the paper.

But a much more disastrous type of this is when the suicide also happens to be a sociopath as in the case of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanwings_Flight_9525 :

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The crash was deliberately caused by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies and declared "unfit to work" by a doctor. Lubitz kept this information from his employer and instead reported for duty. Shortly after reaching cruise altitude and while the captain was momentarily out of the cockpit, he locked the cockpit door and initiated a controlled descent that continued until the aircraft impacted a mountainside.
  (killing all 150 people on board)

Clearly Paddock was like this.  Depressed, suicidal and sociopathic.  If a depressed person commits suicide it's a tragedy, but if a depressed sociopathic person is suicidal it becomes a public health issue.  Not sure how society protects itself...

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Somewhat off topic tangent  -

I just did a small plumbing project in our house.

We have a sump pump that directs infiltrating basement water into a drain outside, and the part of the yard where the drain outlet is has become a swamp.

So I created a new drain in the basement, to take the water from the sump pump and direct the flow to the opposite side of the house and the yard, in what I hope is a much drier area that can take the water better.

Figuring out the path the pipe should take; figuring out the fall of the pipe for good drainage; determining where to place the pipe hangers; busting a hole through the basement wall with a chisel and a 3 lb hammer; assembling everything; planning the connection to the sump pump itself which was completely undisturbed; all were immensely satisfying.

This was a lot bigger job than what the waterproofing company had to do. They only had to take the water about 12' away from the pump outside. I had to buy 5 10' sections of 1 1/2 inch PVC.

I wound up with three scrap pieces totaling less than 2 feet. That's it. Talk about close!

I did a far, far better job than the crap job that was done by the basement waterproofing company when they put in the original drain back in '98. Their glued joints leaked because they were in a hurry, and there is a sag in one 8' run of pipe where the water always collects.

My job is straight, professional looking, every joint was primed and glued perfectly. The water just jets out much faster now because I planned the run of pipe with many fewer 90 degree bends uphill so there should be much less resistance to the pump's pressure.

I know this kind of work would get really old if I did it 5 days a week 40+ weeks a year. But it was a lot of fun. A big change in thinking and skills required and mental gears. I can see doing something like this and staying normal.
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What I find interesting is that there is a complete disconnect between what the media says the programming field is versus what its really like. They are selling the streets are paved with gold but after people go to school they discover its not. I know tons of young people who went to school and than bailed out of it after spending a long time unemployed.

Exactly. That's what I meant. There's a common assumption that programming creates career momentum and is well respected. Nothing is farther from the truth.

Saying you're a programmer in most business environments is about as powerful as saying that you know how to handle a hacksaw or a wrench.

Actually its worse because in most business environments they regard IT people as unnecessary evil to be downsized at the first opportunity. Nobody in business likes IT people and that includes the IT companies.

Take a look whom the executives are in most of these companies - they NEVER come from IT even in technology companies. The vast majority come from marketing, finance and legal.

You are better off handling that hacksaw or wrench. At the very least you know how to get rid of stuff ;) .
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I think in urban areas the electricians work for someone else like big electrical houses but here in suburbia I would say the vast majority of them are independent as most they have 1-2 trucks with their name on the side along with their license number.

In the urban areas they for sure are in the union and make good money. I know a guy who is a longshoreman's electrician - he makes almost 180K per year just taking care of the machinery.

As for the independent ones here, they are making great $$ with little to no marketing. They are in Angie's List, Home Advisor, Yelp or just plain word of mouth/friends. Not sure what the fees are for stuff like Angies List.

From what I can see with these guys they are jumping all the time from job to job. Its pretty much nonstop. My friend had a tough time even getting one to come to his house, they are that busy. From what I hear the commercial electricians make more than the residential electricians.

But in either case they are doing well. Just from casual observations at my gym - all these guys are in the gym by 4-4:30 and they have been out of work for an hour already. Many have 2 houses and a boat. They are doing great.

Credentials in IT is a giant farce and is driven by the vendors. It has no real value and they love sticking you for a new test fee when the new version of whatever it is comes out.

Now with electricians and plumbers its driven by an industry association who sets the standards and they are not beholden to the vendors. Than on top of it the state legislates the licensing. Here in the PRNJ the plumbers/electricians have a seal like a notary public and all permits have to be signed and stamped by the contractor. You want to talk barrier to entry? The town wont give you the permits unless they are signed and sealed.

Something else I have noticed - these blue collar guys are very, very down to earth. The aspie thing that we encounter in IT doesnt really exist. These are more meat and potato kind of guys, more rough around the edges but I think they enjoy life more than people in corporate. You can be friends with these guys, much more so than the corporate assholes you encounter in IT.
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Discussions - Public / Re: What used to be "Realrates BBS" on Yuku is now...
« Last post by The Gorn on October 02, 2017, 11:06:25 AM »
Many user icons stayed the same. For instance, TRexx's Rexx teddy bear icon is there. I noticed that the migration trashed most people's signature blocks if they used basic HTML in their sigs. The tags are interspersed with text.

I bet they just did a wholesale migration of all of their boards as part of the buyout. The content attracts members. Who knows, maybe someone will come back and start using the board again after 15 years. :P

I'm really happy I moved this site off of Yuku years ago.
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Discussions - Public / Re: The two best articles I've seen on the Equifax Hack
« Last post by benali72 on October 02, 2017, 11:04:30 AM »
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