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1501  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Do-It-Yourself Opposition Research on: February 14, 2013, 01:05:21 PM
Property Ownership
 
Your County Treasurer’s office can provide information on where an individual owns property within the County, the value of the property and frequently when the individual purchased it, the purchase price and from whom they purchased it. The County Recorder will have additional records pertaining to property, including mortgage documents.
 
In many counties, it is possible to search such records online, but doing so sometimes requires paying a fee. 
 
Property Tax Payments
 
Once you’ve determined what properties that an individual owns, your County Treasurer can also provide information on how much the individual pays in property taxes, whether they’ve paid on time and whether they have ever had to pay interest or other late penalties.
1502  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Do-It-Yourself Opposition Research on: February 14, 2013, 12:33:38 PM
Turn off Fox and MSNBC, and check to see who's funding a candidate's campaign coffers. If Americans did those two simple things more often, we'd be a lot better off.

That can be helpful, but the result of Citizens United is that outside entities can spend as much money as they like for or against a candidate as long as they aren't explicitly coordinating with a candidate in the race. This is a joke because it isn't practical to constantly monitor covert communications to discover coordinating efforts and because the law is easily skirted via technicalities (candidate C announces at a press conference the importance of pointing out the flaws in his opponent's tax policy, after which all the outside groups subsequently begin beating that drum, though no communications were shared between staff members).

SuperPAC's require a name and address for each donor which they subsequently report to the FEC, but does anyone think the FEC is verifying all of the data they've been handed? Further, people can donate via a corporation or LLC, and if it's got unclear ownership structure, the identity of the donor is obscured. Finally, due to some IRS law or other, any group can from a non-profit wing and take unlimited anonymous donations as long as only half the money is spent on politics and as long as that which is spent counts as "issue advocacy."

I don't know how likely it is, but for all we know Al Qaeda, foreign governments, and other undesirable elements could help fund an American campaign if they really wanted to.
1503  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Anti gun "people" being owned by pure logic and patriotism. on: February 14, 2013, 02:57:42 AM
Some people in this thread do not know what 'logic' means.

(There is at least one x such that (x is a person and x is in this thread) and x does not know what 'logic' means.)
1504  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Do-It-Yourself Opposition Research on: February 14, 2013, 01:21:25 AM
News Searches
 
One of the best sources of good information about candidates for public office is the most obvious:
newspapers. Thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to search newspapers for articles in which a candidate is discussed or quoted. Most newspapers now have online search engines (though an increasing number of them charge a fee to retrieve articles from their archives), and search engines like Google offer a news search that generally does an excellent job of flagging (more recent) articles from large and small newspapers. 
 
Google’s Advanced Search Options can help to narrow your findings using specific words, phrases and dates. There's also a feature allowing you to pull search results based on publication, location and source author. Other options for searching newspapers include pay services such as Lexis Nexis and Newsbank.   
The upside of these services is that they are much more comprehensive and generally have a deeper archive than you’ll find through a standard Google search. The downside is that both can be very expensive.
1505  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Do-It-Yourself Opposition Research on: February 14, 2013, 01:13:17 AM
An increasingly integral component of contemporary American politics is in-depth research on opposition candidates. A candidate may have his own campaign conduct such research, though if funds are limited this function will typically be delegated to party organizations or political advocacy groups of one sort or another; alternatively, consults may be utilized.

The goal is to find dirt and then utilize it at the right time in the campaign, either sending it to the media anonymously or publicly releasing and commenting on the information.

This series of posts will educate Getbiggers on the basics of such research: the use of publicly-available tools to create a research document on a given candidate. These are just the basics, but I hope this will be of educational value all the same.
1506  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Johnny Falcon Please Remember on: February 14, 2013, 12:33:41 AM
To wipe your bum properly be a better friend to your poop shoot.

I don't know if there's any background context to this post, but I concur all the same.

Failcon, I recommend either baby wipes or 'Wet Ones' for cleaning your undoubtedly massive stinkhole after a wave field disrupting, bean-induced pyramid shit that sounds like your 1960 Ford F250's sputtering engine when it won't start due to a loose spark plug as it echoes off the porcelain, spraying doo doo spackle across your 400 pound posterior and blowing out the windows of your $2,000 trailer as you confusedly contemplate the nature of Russellian physics in a sniffed paint haze.
1507  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 11:30:05 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtRS4wuvBU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtRS4wuvBU</a>
1508  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 10:55:45 PM
TL;DR

This is the funniest fucking film in the history of mankind (unintentionally so). It will produce laughter in you akin to if you were on pot watching any other movie; I can't imagine what it is like watching it on drugs. The film is a constant string of horrible deliveries of already bizarre dialogue and the main character sounds and acts like Jean-Claude Van Damme with down syndrome.

A must see.

Bodybuilding related, the main character looks rather ripped in the first sex scene.
1509  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 10:50:50 PM
Some clips to whet your appetite

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCj8sPCWfUw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCj8sPCWfUw</a>



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOEESGYyiv0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOEESGYyiv0</a>



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVvfau1fWrI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVvfau1fWrI</a>
1510  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 10:48:08 PM
Midnight circuit

The Room played in the Laemmle Fairfax and Fallbrook for the next two weeks, grossing a total of $1,800 before it was pulled from circulation. During one showing the second week of its run, the sole audience member in attendance was 5secondfilms' Michael Rousselet, who found unintentional humor in the film's poor dialogue and production values. After treating the screening as his "own private Mystery Science Theater", Rousselet began calling friends on his cell phone during the ending credits, encouraging them to come to the theater and join him in mocking the film for its next showing. After joining Rousselet, his friends began a word-of-mouth campaign that resulted in about 100 attending the film's final screening.

After the film was pulled from theaters, those who had attended the final showing began e-mailing Wiseau telling him how much they had enjoyed the film. Encouraged by the volume of letters he received, Wiseau arranged to book a single, midnight screening of The Room in June 2004. With the film having developed a word-of-mouth reputation as "the worst movie ever made", the screening proved successful enough that Wiseau booked a second showing in July, which itself spawned a third showing in August.

Demand for tickets soon rose to the point that Wiseau had to book the midnight showing on two screens before ultimately scheduling showings at multiple theaters around Los Angeles. Several celebrities became fans of the film, including Paul Rudd, David Cross, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, and Kristen Bell, and they began to promote the film to friends and co-stars. Bell and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas were particularly aggressive in attempting to spread word of the film, slipping references into episodes of Mars "as much as possible". The film eventually developed national as well as international cult status, with Wiseau arranging screenings around the United States and in Canada, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The film now shows on the last Saturday of every month at the Laemmle in Los Angeles, with tickets regularly selling out in advance. Fans interact with the film in a similar fashion to The Rocky Horror Picture Show; audience members dress up as their favorite characters, throw plastic spoons (a reference to an unexplained framed photo of a spoon on a table in Johnny's living room), toss footballs to each other from short distances, and yell insulting comments about the quality of the film as well as lines from the film itself. Other cinemas regularly showing The Room include The Drexel Theater in Bexley Ohio, which shows it on the second Saturday of every month at midnight, The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, who hold a screening every month, the Metrocinema in Edmonton who screen the film the first Friday of every month, and the Coolidge Corner Playhouse in Boston, which shows the film approximately four times a year, and the Prince Charles Cinema in London, which has monthly screenings and a permanent sign outside advertising the building as 'The London Home of The Room'.
1511  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 10:47:07 PM
Initial reception

The Room premiered on June 27, 2003 at the Laemmle Fairfax and Fallbrook theaters in Los Angeles. Wiseau additionally arranged a screening for the cast and the press at one of the venues, renting a spotlight to sit in front of the theater and arriving in a limousine. Ticket buyers were given a free copy of the film's soundtrack on CD. Although Robyn Paris recalled the audience laughing at the film, Variety reporter Scott Foundas, who was also in attendance, would later write that the film prompted "most of its viewers to ask for their money back — before even 30 minutes [had] passed." IFC.com described Wiseau's speaking voice in the film as "Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient." The Guardian called the film a mix of "Tennessee Williams, Ed Wood, R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet".

The film currently holds an approval rating of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes.
1512  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / The Greatest Film in the History of Cinema on: February 13, 2013, 10:45:28 PM


The Room is a 2003 American independent romantic drama film starring Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed, and produced the feature.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6g11A36xA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6g11A36xA</a>
1513  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: do you guys believe in quantum mechanics? on: February 13, 2013, 06:40:44 AM
what's with greek guys and funny spellings of "homo"?

i've noticed this trend, any insights?

edit - perhaps i've answered my own question...

Hahah. I'm not aware of any specific Greek connection.
1514  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: galeniko.... on: February 13, 2013, 03:57:53 AM
face it groink and galeniko had their asses handed to them, and in present day real life will have their asses handed to them in real life

As opposed to in fake life?

Cswollenhead, do you remember what it was like to think before you used drugs, or is it just an incomprehensible fog, forever murky and increasingly distant from your current conspiracy theories and dreams of thuggish grandeur?
1515  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 13, 2013, 01:46:20 AM
Whatever I think of his lifestyle -- and my opinion isn't really relevant anyway -- Galeniko has generated the best thread of the year, with all the variety of personalities of this place hilariously on display. Whether conscious or not, he deserves praise for this deed.
1516  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: galeniko.... on: February 12, 2013, 11:18:13 PM
CSWOLLOW are you saying you want to smoke groinks pole like a blunt too?

That's certainly how I read that comment. Cswollenhead's true motivations coming to the fore!
1517  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: do you guys believe in quantum mechanics? on: February 12, 2013, 09:53:27 PM
I don't know what the implications are. Anyway, I don't think intuition has much role to play as far as theoretical inquiry is concerned, meaning what we "think" of quantum mechanics isn't particularly relevant. As weird as it gets, the objective criteria (predictive success, etc.) are what matter.

I do think it is sad that it gets hijacked and misused by fagets like Deepak Chopra, though.
1518  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: What is the most physically challenging thing you ever did? on: February 12, 2013, 09:33:27 PM
Is this in response to something someone here said? I'm detecting a subtle trace of defensiveness.

1519  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: I need Getbig's help. Whietboy problems. on: February 12, 2013, 07:20:00 PM
So you're saying only whites lie about not being able to afford xbox gold, and pretend you can't log into your account at a friends house?

That sort of Walmart-employeeesque behavior is not limited to "whiet" boys, for sure.
1520  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: I need Getbig's help. Whietboy problems. on: February 12, 2013, 06:58:18 PM
Only white people play video games?
1521  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 12, 2013, 01:32:35 PM
Wow syntaxmachine….can’t believe you went through all that for someone named “borracho” on getbig. Sure it’s no big deal to you as you’re probably used to doing so for your school assignments and what not. You seem like a very intelligent person… but then again we’re on a bodybuilding forum with a bunch of meat heads so anyone with more than half a brain (not me) will stick out….good for you!!

Bud...your youth is very apparent in your posts and I find your passive aggressive posts very irritating. Look, I know many people from all walks of life who are absolutely miserable regardless of career, income, marital status, etc.  I’m all for people getting an education and I hope you do succeed in your career….really I do…. but you come here talking about serotonin receptors…ahaahaa come on man gtfo with that shit.  


1. I was aware you were feigning interest, but that was fun for me regardless. "All that" wasn't very much, I promise.

2. The passive-aggressiveness of my posts varies depending on how annoyed I am that day.

3. Finally, all I ever claimed was a generalization about lifestyle, which -- for the third time -- won't apply to everybody; there will be exceptions (you point to some in the portion I bolded). That said, I'm pretty confident in its veracity and unless I die prematurely will gladly renege on here years from now if it was made in error. Then I'll start using drugs, sending penis pics left and right, and all the other behaviors you seem to think we aren't allowed to have any opinion about whatsoever until x years old.  Undecided
1522  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 12, 2013, 01:14:40 PM
I agree.  I feel that Galeniko is certainly becoming rookie of the year here on GetBig and will prove to be a fine addition to the forum.

"1"

My dear sir,

Apparently there's a curse surrounding "Rookie of the Year" awards: nobody ever wins them twice. Galeniko has been posting here for over a year!
1523  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 12, 2013, 01:26:23 AM
if you're not an obese virgin, you're proof of a benevolent deity.

Thank you.
1524  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 12, 2013, 12:06:07 AM
Actually it is.  Appropriate means to take something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission (according to Google).  I think it's time to check your ego a little, you're smart for sure but that was quite egotistical.

1. I said that he was appropriating my style, particularly in the use of hyphenated clauses -- something I do all too much of around here. People are allowed to have styles within a language that others subsequently utilize to some degree. Maybe that gale suddenly started utilizing hyphenated clauses in response to me is a coincidence, maybe not. Anyway, none of this entails my having a "patent on the English language." A patented style within the language, perhaps, but nothing more.

2. Whether the definitions in a dictionary-type resource really tell us the "meanings" of words is debatable and in any case probably shouldn't be relied upon in arguments ("The dictionary clearly says that an atheist is someone who denies God. Therefore you are just denying God!")
1525  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: a word to the haters who call me small, "you look small" etc.pic of today on: February 12, 2013, 12:02:16 AM
it's kind of cute.  the state school blowhards who come on here and pepper their posts with all kinds of allusions and shit.  i'm curious about what they're trying to prove... "i failed at life, but I'm impressing getbiggers - wooo, look at me!"

YES, this is exactly right. I have no real prospects in life outside of this forum -- I have achieved nothing, am achieving nothing, and will achieve nothing -- and desperately need to justify my student loans somehow. I'm also a virgin that doesn't lift weights and am 280 pounds, morbidly obese!

dr. chimp was the original, but he's spawned a couple of imitators lately.

I am the new breed, not an imitation.
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