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Wild Bill

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About Wild Bill

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  • Birthday 10/04/1952

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    Hamilton, Ontario
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    building/repairing guitar amps (tube based)
    politics, sci-fi
  1. Logged in to take a gander and what do I see? 30 pages of nitpicking! I still think most are missing the point. The moderators are an extension of who owns MLW. One presumes their approach is sanctioned by that owner. So the state of this board is a result of the moderating criteria. The owner has the right to any criteria he or she pleases, since in the final analysis it is THEIR board! That being said, many times it has been stated that the end goal is to increase membership and activity. If this is true, then that is the only yardstick to measure success or failure. So the question is,
  2. Well, thanks for the kind invite Michael. I will check things out every few months or so. However, if I find it is still the same it will be hard to make the effort again and again. If I want abuse I will pay for it! Wild Bill
  3. Same old, same old! I've actually left MLW twice. This has been the longest interval. However, I heard on another board about this thread and so for the past week I have checked it out from time to time. I invested a number of years and several thousand posts. It would be nice if the board improved. I used to enjoy it a lot and it would be good to come back. Betsy and I are at opposite poles about religion. Still, I think she has made some valid points that many of you refuse to acknowledge. I think too many MLW members have become so righteous in their own POV that they think that anyone wh
  4. Merry Christmas to all foiks of good cheer! It has never mattered if someone agreed or disagreed with another forum member. All that matters is if people stay "civilized." All the very best to those who return the feeling. May any others always get as they give!
  5. I have no idea why any in the West would want any more than the minimum interaction with barbaric cultures. In today's global economy I understand that some interaction is necessary but certainly, tourism is not one of them. When these cultures modernize out of the Paleolithic then and only then should we accept them. In the meantime, they should be shunned. This is the sort of thing that got Morsi booted out of power. Progressive people in these countries have become sick of it!
  6. Now BC, usually we agree but in this case, I differ! Sure two wrongs don't make a right but still, shouldn't we consider the differences in scale? Uncle Sam, having 10 times the population, tends to have 10 times the smoke stacks. You sound like an elephant who, having wet the bed, demands the mouse he was sleeping with share the blame! What's more, Canada has done far more than many American states who share borders on the Great Lakes to clean up pollution. You can still visit the Canadian side of the Niagara River and see the raw sewage on the American side dripping out of pipes that emp
  7. You know, having lived through a number of up and downs in the economy I have come to notice a sad fact that never seems to get mentioned. When we are hurting, governments fall all over themselves to show they are "clamping down" on the "cheaters". Now we all know that some folks DO rip off the system but during periods of high unemployment WHEN THERE ARE NO JOBS is it really fair to be so aggressive, to the point where innocents are hurt willy nilly? We also all know that the governments are notorious for having no brains in making decisions in these areas. Meanwhile, when we are flush nobo
  8. Well, I realize that not everyone lives in a location where this is practical but I am surprised more people don't just put up an antenna and tell the cable and satellite folks to get stuffed! It's called "Over The Air" reception, or OTA. LIke the days of yore, you use a tv antenna of your own to pick up signals. I put one up at my old house and I get about 2 dozen HD channels, all for free! There are pluses and minuses, of course. First off, all the stations broadcast originally in HD, so that's the way you get it. No surcharge for HD with the regular providers. OTA is transmitted on the f
  9. No, trolls come in all sorts. I am referring to the tendency of a large percentage of leftwingers to make personal attacks and just generally be rude and snarky. "Rubble" is a perfect example! I have no cites to back up my opinion, just the experience of a 60 year old man. While I have many leftwing friends I still maintain that whenever you run into a snarky debater it most often is a lefty. I'm not sure why but I think it has something to do with how some lefties seem to feel that only the left has a heart and that anyone else must be BAD! Some of the anti-Harper threads are perfect exa
  10. He's simply being a smart-ass. Take it for what it's worth. Just another example of the charm of the left wing...
  11. Derek, ever read Atlas Shrugged? I won't get into any arguments about Rand philosophy but when I look around today I see more and more parallels with the society she described, where crooked politicians made deals with crooked businessmen and things kept getting more and more shabby. Eventually everything just broke down and stopped working, for lack of any intelligent attention. Is that the way we are going? Will we fulfil that old socialist maxim - "Everyone will at last be equal - equally miserable!".
  12. I don't know or even care if anything will come of it but in the interests of basic honesty, I want you to know I have lodged a complaint about you. If I wanted "rubble" style personal attacks i would be posting on Rubble.
  13. Maybe, but it cannot be denied that an industry that once employed tens or even hundreds of thousands to produce cars now does it with perhaps a 10th that number. Here in Hamilton I remember when my dad was a steelworker. There were about 20,000 high paid steelworker jobs in this town. Now Stelco, once the largest and now owned by U S Steel, employs less than 500 guys at the local mills. So that's 19,500 or so good jobs lost, along with all the spinoffs and all the taxes to the city. Hamilton tried to attract new manufacturing but for a variety of reasons were not very successful. It was als
  14. I'm not sure if you understand about such regulations. You seem to be implying that if and whenever the government raises a standard of safety in a rail car, it is immediately implemented in every rail car that ever travels over a Canadian foot of track. That is just flatly impossible! The number of rail cars is almost astronomical. Large numbers come from the USA and Mexico. Unless it is a matter of life and death there is not enough money in the entire continent to implement upgrades to every rail car in the system. So what happens in the real world is improvements mandated by new standard
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