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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Borat Thread
« on: October 2, 2006, 10:39 AM »
Isn't that Freddy Mercury?   :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Wal-Mart
« on: September 28, 2006, 12:36 AM »
I admire Wal*mart for their brutal efficiency.  That's the main reason they're so successful, and their prices are so competitive.  They've forced the rest of the industry to do the same.  And as a result, prices at Target, Kmart, and your local grocery story are 10 or 20% lower than they would be absent the stiff competition.  This has been a huge benefit to the American way of life.

I'm going to pull some numbers out of my butt here based on something I read years ago.  So the numbers, while generally representative, are probably not 100% accurate.  But here goes...

Back when Welfare began, to decide on the exact income of a family to be labeled the "poverty level," they based it on a percentage of the family income necessary to buy enough food to  avoid hunger.  And the percentage was something like 40% of the total income needed to be spent on food.  Then they calculated that a family would need to earn $10,000 per year or something to survive.

Now, 50 years later, they still use that same percentage to calculate the poverty line.  But now, with the intense competition in the grocery business, your average family only spends like 10 or 15% of their income on food.  So now even people at the poverty level have an additional 25 or 30% of their income to devote to other expenses.

That's how much people have benefitted, in large part, to Wal*mart.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Infidelity.....what say you?
« on: September 26, 2006, 03:23 PM »
I was thinking the same thing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 25, 2006, 03:38 PM »
If Axl was in it for the money we'd have a dozen GnR albums by now.  He's super-anal about his art, and really couldn't care less about the money.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 24, 2006, 08:46 PM »
I think dropping a full dollar in a month is a little more that a seasonal thing, even after adjusting for inflation.

Yeah... obviously Big Oil is giving their Republican a hand for the November elections.   ;)

10 to the minus 40 is not a negative number.
It's .0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%
give or take.

But yeah, the idea sure does conjure images of the universe imploding.  Maybe us creating a second big bang.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Eragon
« on: September 20, 2006, 09:48 PM »
I heard that the story was pretty much Star Wars exactly, except with dragons.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 15, 2006, 08:29 PM »
Woah what's with all the fractions and upside-down question marks?

This forum has issues with FireFox from time to time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 15, 2006, 12:48 PM »
They're real, and they're spectacular so no soup for you!�� :P

Ah... didn't recognize the brunette with all that makeup plastered all over her face.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: September 14, 2006, 04:26 PM »
Because kids are too lazy to get off their couches.   ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 13, 2006, 11:23 PM »
Yeah, if you're in to plastic.   :P

Michonne is in every way more attractive than those floatation devices.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official JD Movie Review Thread
« on: September 12, 2006, 03:44 PM »
Why would they even bother making a full-sized Bumblebee?  Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just use the CG modle that'll be used for most of the shots?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official JD Movie Review Thread
« on: September 12, 2006, 11:43 AM »
I didn't know Soundwave was in it.  A 4-foot tall Soundwave??!!  That's just ridiculous.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: the turkish version of star wars?
« on: September 10, 2006, 08:50 AM »
We screened this at the PSWCS Summer Social one year.  It's truly terrible, on an unwatchable level.  In 5-minute incriments it's amusing how bad it is, but to sit and watch the whole thing through you'd need to be masochistic.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 9, 2006, 11:07 AM »
Could happen, but in reality, chances are that 1 year from now we're going to have rationing, gas lines, and $8/gallon gas.  I'm not sure why I'm the only one here talking about this.  You guys see what's about to happen, right?

That's not going to happen.  If suppliers allowed prices to soar like that they'd be slitting their own throats.  They're fully aware that there are prices the market simply won't bear.  Such high prices would prompt innovations in alternate fuels that would render their product obsolete.  The current prices were not driven by supply or demand, but by idiot speculators playing the futures market worried that the Middle East is going to blow up.  And as such, it's correcting itself.

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