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If Obama lets Putin push him around, Democrat politicians will be washing cars for a living for the next 20 years. If Putin lets Obama push him back to the Russian border, Putin is likely to face a coup for being weak against the decadent West. Putin is trying to posture and like a rooster that crows too much, we should break his neck, pluck him, put him in a pot and make soup.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119259/isis-history-islamic-states-new-caliphate-syria-and-iraq
If Putin can't push the West around he's gonna be seen as impotent to the Russians and they'll overthrow him too. If Obama can't push Putin back to his border, you could get Ronald Reagan's conservative chimp Bonzo elected as our next President. Both of these men are in big trouble politically, Putin more than Obama. But the writing is on the wall. Obama better not take his finger off the trigger or Democrat politicians will be washing cars for a living for the next 50 years.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117132/cold-war-rhetoric-between-obama-and-putin-obscures-larger-issue
Putin knows we don't want to push the border as "far East as it will go" The West just wants to push it back to the Russian border. He knows that. For the sake of his own political influence with Russians, he wants to see what he can get away with. Resisting a decadent West is as politically important to Putin as it is in Islamic countries. Hating America and blaming her for all the problems in the world is the same as Hitler claiming Jews were the problem. You have to have a scapegoat and get people to believe it.
Putin is worried about Putin. Seen being weak against the West is against his own ambitions. That might get the Russians to think they don't like him either. Ukraine should be granted immediate EU admittance because they've asked for it.. Putin needs to get nudged and if necessary kicked back across his border.
That might be the political end of him in Russia as well. If he can't push the West around, he's impotent. And basically, the truth is, he is.
@jupiterfire12 That's sort of like let Hitler play with a rather worthless, impoverished Germany. They won't stay in their own yard., I don't know what we are doing, but it isn't working. I wish somebody was smarter.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119259/isis-history-islamic-states-new-caliphate-syria-and-iraq
@Malcolm Finch @webranger1962
No, I'm just a former customer of these folks not too impressed with baloney and a "creative" price structure.
1 year, 2 months ago on Why DMS will be open source.
No. Let's say we aren't smoking hops and that they sell a developer license. I don't live in a trailer. I don't pay $20 a year for my subscription to yard trash magazine.
These guys release competent products. It seems like a yard sale in a trailer court for the pricing.
Anybody who was for real would just pass. Anybody who couldn't replicate anything this stuff does in half-hour isn't a web developer. But, you could save some time. But that would require pricing that wasn't spammy.
Download wordpress. Find a nice theme. And unsubscribe to this thread.
@nphaskins I too have seen DMS since alpha tests. It's going to be all worth it in the end.
Uh.... please explain. I dropped $100 on a theme I needed a subscription to make work. No dice.
I wanna see that. So far, we sold you something. Then we need more money to make it actually work. Trust zero.
I feel burned by the Pagelines theme I bought. Within a few months we had our hand out for more money.
Free or TBD?
Actually, invited by email, I assume for being a customer. I am not averse to doing business. I am saying that's not gonna happen and stopped happening with the subscription model and the very fuzzy terms of a potential new agreement. Sell me a theme for $100 and make it good for a couple years. That I can use and sell. Fuzzy don't work.
This is were I ended my use of pagelines. I bought a theme. Then they changed the game.
I don't know who pays you, but I got Russians that will work for $4.
Really. Look guys. We'll develop our webs. Cost to be determined later? How do I make that fly? You promise to be fair. I don't think what happened with Pagelines themes was real cool. Trust you?
Look. What's it worth? It's wordpress theme. How neat? It's not something we can't live without. When pagelines themes went to a subscription model, I dumped it. When JW media player went to a subscription model, I dumped that. Now we're supposed to adopt this software with "In the comments section, people are spending a lot of time debating update pricing changes that may or may not happen. If you want to participate, please hold off on your judgement until those announcements are made. We promise to be fair and provide a totally awesome FREE product."
I'm not spending any time doing anything until you guys figure out what you are doing.
Sell me a theme for $100, I'm in. Ding me for a recurring fee. No way Jose.
No. I was a customer. Now I'm not. I don't think I am much different from anyone else.
@Malcolm Finch @TampaGreg
This is where I dumped this code and wrote my own.
@etc @webranger1962 @griffinco @fishfirewrite
What part of no are you having trouble understanding?
@etc @webranger1962 @griffinco @fishfirewrite
Open source doesn't mean free and we seem to be discussing a subscription fee. Recurring expenses are the bane of my existence. I don't care if this thing was Jesus and walked on water. If it's not "I bought it, I own it", I'm gonna pass.
I think everyone here likes these products but not enough to take them on these terms.
That was a little terse. Let me explain. I am a former pagelines customer. I had no problem chunking out $80 for your theme. But I am a former customer. I wrote my own theme. Recurring web expenses are a pain in the neck. It's just a matter of general principle that I'm not keen on recurring expenses. It's not even so much the money as just another expense I have to keep track of. I do work for other people too. I'm not keen on selling them a recurring expense.
Sell your themes. Sell updates that matter. I'm in. Your recent subscription model makes me out, with extreme prejudice. You guys have a good product. I want "I bought it, I own it". Anything else is a deal breaker.
I'm really not trying to be a jerk. I am just telling you how you lost a customer.
I don't see how this makes sense "for the sake of business" because there is no way in hell I'd pay a subscription.