Sorta OT: Buffet buys BNSF

Saw the headline today on my business page. Dunno what the consequences and repercussions of this are, but it seems like just another one of
those things that capitalism is so good at: big fish getting eaten by even bigger fish.
Article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/11/03/financial/f044555S64.DTL
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On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:33:17 -0800, David Nebenzahl

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Idiot, David's not advertising or promoting anything; nor was anyone else. Therefore it's not spam; merely a business news item that's of interest to railroad buffs: and he *did* label the thread "Sorta OT".
Of course, being Ray Haddad you no doubt have your own private meaning for "spam" as you seem to have for so many other words, and will insist in the face of all evidence that anything you don't like (or for that matter anything you *do* like but which was posted by the wrong Netzian) is actually "spam".
What a maroon.
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Bzzzzt! Wrong answer. It's not at all about MODEL railroading. Take your stupid theories and stuff them. Tools are used for model railroading and he shouldn't have tried to stomp the thread like he did. Now grow up and play nice, mate. -- Ray
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Railway modelling generally has as it's theme prototype railways. Therefore, anything that's liable to change the appearance of our prototypes is on topic.
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On Wed, 04 Nov 2009 11:07:33 +1300, "Greg.Procter"

Thank you. Case closed. You see, tools are also used by model railroaders. When's the last time you gnawed through a piece of flex track? Or cut some MDF with your fingernail? -- Ray
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Err Ray, your post seems almost negative in attitude! I'm a hobby engineer, so if I don't have the right tool I either make it or buy it. The last time my tool collection was in a state where I needed to chew through flex-track or scrape my way through MDF was around 1969.
IMHO tools are on topic if the intent is to make/alter something for a model railway, whether you're asking how hard you should bite flextrack or what is the best way to trim your nails so you can best score MDF.
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On Wed, 04 Nov 2009 11:34:42 +1300, "Greg.Procter"

And you consider this little "Err" bit to be what? Funny? Condescending? Negative? I label it as all three.

So then, you make your own table saws, band saws and pliers?

Tools are tools. We use them in our hobby. End of discussion. -- Ray
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It's an indication that I consider your comments to be in error - somewhat like your commonly used "Bzzzzt" but not as outrightly dismissive. I wouldn't have thought of it as "funny".

Hmmm, (that's a thinking pause) I have made my own miniature table saw for very fine work, and a pair of pliers which are 1/4" long, although that was to improve my skill with the milling machine.

I hope it's not the end of tool discussions! I'm sure there are people on this ng who have knowledge and/or experience which is greater than mine, even if you know everything!
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On 11/3/2009 1:37 PM Ray Haddad spake thus:

What tool thread did I "stomp", pray tell?
I *did* stomp a *spam* thread (read it and study it to understand just what spam is). The only tool thread I participated in was the recent one where I forwarded a humorous (and also off-topic) post to a couple other newsgroups; hardly "stomping" on it.
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On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:47:53 -0800, David Nebenzahl
No. You stomped a tool thread. -- Ray
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On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:47:53 -0800, David Nebenzahl
David, you are correct. I misread your post which was a single line. It's my fault and I apologize. -- Ray
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On 11/3/2009 7:03 PM Ray Haddad spake thus:

Fair enough.
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Ray old buddy, when you jump on and insult someone, you have to apologise twice as hard when you finally figure you boobooed. We can all make mistakes and most people will give a little leaway when somebody admits their mistakes. You on the other hand jump so quickly and heavily that you're liable to get very little.
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On Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:10:37 +1300, "Greg.Procter"

I bow to your experience, Greg. -- Ray
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On 11/3/2009 12:33 PM Ray Haddad spake thus:

Nice try. (Not really.)
You obviously don't know what spam really is. This is not it.
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On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:25:29 -0800, David Nebenzahl
That's right. But neither did you when you stomped on the tool thread. Grow up, David. This is NOT your own personal newsgroup. Get over yourself, mate. -- Ray
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Might also note that it is th big fish that have the money to keep things going through the lean times.
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On Tue, 3 Nov 2009 12:47:24 -0800, Bob May wrote:

Uh, like you and me and the rest of the folks who are going to pay back the cost of saving Goldman-Sach's and others' bacon? Not to mention the benefit to people like Warren Buffet when we keep the international big money system from collapsing in a shambles. But now the GOP who were perfectly happy to have big finance bailed out (let alone provide 80% or more of the vaunted 2000 tax breaks to themselves and their friends or sponsors, or pour tons of money down a rathole of a war that only a bunch of NeoCon wanlers wanted) are suddenly leery of spending enough money to save all the little bacon stashes of folks left out of work by the rich foilks' panic. When a bank teeters on the verge of collapse, it's a tragedy. When millions of poor and middle class people are out of work, it's an "economic adjustment".
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On Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:25:55 +1300, Steve Caple

Hang on there - it's the US's actions that have destabilized the World economy - don't go claiming credit for saving the life of someone you just shot!

Totally agree, with that one exception.
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