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Stephen Rynas
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Intuit a despicable company. Intuit just removed features that have been historically part of the TurboTax program without informing the customer base. Evidently some in the media found out about it and made it public. Intuit recently offered an faux-apology for this supposed "mistake".

Intuit proposes to refund$25 dollars after you pay even more to upgrade to the Premier version. If Intuit was really serious about helping their "valued customers" they could have taken one of two possible actions listed below instead of demanding even more money to "fix" a product that they broke by downgrading.

1. Intuit could restore the features they egregiously removed through an on-line update.
2. Intuit could allow you to upgrade to the Premier version at NO charge.

http://www.mouseprint.org/2015/01/06/warning-for-turbotax-users/

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2867286/microsoft-subnet/intuit-gets-greedy-nearly-doubles-price-of-turbotax.html
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There is currently no smoking-gun that documents that Assad actually used chemical weapons.  Sure, the Obama administration has dug-up selective “facts” that they cite to assert that Assad used the chemical weapons. But based on other un-truths, why should we believe the Obama administration?   

For example, Kerry in making the case for US military involvement claimed that at least 1,429 people died.  However, according to Doctors Without Borders that the death toll is much lower, at around 355 people.

Morevoer, an internet search will disclose that the rebels may have been the ones who used the chemical weapons.  According to RT.com (May 31, 2013) Turkey found sarin gas in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists. Infowars.com reported: "Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much."  Before taking any military action, the US needs to investigate the possibility that the chemical attack came from the rebels.  Even Putin called for further investigations.  The US, as of now, is making a rash and premature decision.

The Obama administration cites that over 100,000 people have died.  That figure may well be true, but the Obama administration ignores that this is a brutal civil-war.  Both sides are doing the killing.  The rebels are not simply standing in front of Assad's troops with flowers.

The Obama administration with much fervor points to Assad's atrocities.  Again the Obama administration purposely suppresses from the public the fact that the rebels also commit atrocities that are just as horrendous.  The New York Time on September 5, 2013 finally got around to publicly exposing rebel atrocities, in the article “Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West”.  Unfortunately, this article neglected to delve into the issue that the rebels have been targeting Christians.  According to TownHall.com (September 5, 2013) Syrian rebels attacked the Christian village of Maaloula and beheaded a Christian priest.  Clearly, if Obama seeks to punish Assad, Obama should also be explicitly condemning the rebels for their atrocities.  It is quite disingenuous of Obama to publicly assert that one person is “bad” and then to ignore the “bad” behavior of others.  So who should the US bomb?

The Washington Post on September 5, 2013 wrote: “Obama and top administration officials have argued forcefully that a U.S.-led military strike is needed to enforce an international ban on the use of chemical weapons ...”. What's wrong with that statement? No one appointed Obama as the UN Secretary-General with the authority to enforce international law.  In fact, the real UN Secretary-General Ki-Moon was quoted by Reuters as stating: "U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense or with Security Council authorization, remarks that appear to question the legality of U.S. plans to strike Syria without U.N. Backing."  Based on Mr. Ki-moon's statement, Obama is mistakenly asserting authority that he does not have.  Obama is making a mockery of due process.

The Obama administration has been “selling” the proposed attack on Syria as a simple limited, no boots on the ground, slap on the wrist to teach Assad a lesson.  Well, an attack on Syria, even if limited, is an act of war.  Assad would have a right to defend himself and may even strike-back.  The Obama administration apparently has not contemplated the fact that Assad, in defending Syria, could sink one of our warships and/or shoot down the cruise missiles.  What happens then?  Escalation?

What happens should the Syrian rebels win?  Will Syria become an Islamic theocratic state systematically repressing the few remaining Christians and murdering the Alawites?  Will Syria become unstable like Iraq and Egypt?  Simply getting rid of one tyrant will not mean that democracy will bloom or that another tyrant won't re-emerge.  How will the Obama administration handle Syria then?
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Another article pointing to how some are trying to eliminate the concept of "sale".
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Obama's Manufactured Sequester Armageddon
Obama has periodically decried Kabuki theater style "manufactured" crises and urged the political community to make long-term decisions instead of temporary short-term fixes that simply kick-the-can ...
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Obama is responsible for the sequester. He now seeks to renege on his deal. Not only that, but Obama has failed to plan for the coming sequester. Now that the deadline is approaching Obama is all of a sudden spewing fear and financial Armageddon as if it is a problem that he did not create.
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How to Auto-Mount an External (Networked) USB Flash Drive
Backing-up your user files onto a different storage device is very important. Backing them up onto another location on your hard drive works, but if it fails you potentially lose your files. For tha...
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Obama is a populist proposing "bread and circuses". He is moving the conversation from "everything on the table" to now advocating divisive utopian principles such as taxing the "evil" rich to "protect" the middle class and the need to remove the constraint of a debt limit to "foster economic growth". It also appears that Obama has "disappeared" his offer of a "reasonable fair deficit reduction plan" from the public discourse. It is all smoke and mirrors with implied continued unrestrained deficit spending.
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To "capture" the WindowsXP market, the Linux community needs needs to advertise. Many WindowsXP users may not know of Linux and/or they may consider Linux to techie. The Linux community needs an advertising campaign that will raise public awareness of Linux as a viable alternative to MS Windows.
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Obama claims to deplore manufactured crises, yet he is doing just that.
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Obama has not submitted his required draft budget proposal, yet he is demanding that Congress prepare a budget to "fix" the sequester. Quite duplicitous of Obama since the sequester was his idea and now he is attempting renege.
The sequester deadline draws near and the rhetoric is increasingly hysterical. According to some, doomsday will occur. The Washington Post recently published: "Obama presses Congress for Stopgap Seque...
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Charles Krauthammer notes Obama's lack of compromise.
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