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  • brushfire's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    Yea - its horsesh!t. Just wait for the autopilot nonsense. "Route 1 is showing high congestion - rerouting to a toll road". Mr New Manufacturer - you must comply with autopilot regulation, in addition to crash testing and airbag safety. Its for the children.
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    Today, 12:39 PM
    Modern airbags can deploy at speeds as slow as 8 mph. Many systems have deploy timing that will depend on seat position, weight of occupant, and whether the seatbelt is worn. Again, I'm not discouraging anyone from using some kind of device to disable the annoying alarm - I'm only pointing out that doing so in this manner is doing more than just eliminating the noise. There is more complexity/sophistication to these devices than most people know. I personally wear my belt, and it has nothing to do with the fact that its the law. I think it was made the law to give the police more reasons to stop vehicles, and the safety regulation is driven more by manufacturers wanting it harder for new manufacturers to enter the market. Hence why Tesla is the only new manufacturer to enter the market since Tucker - notice that they are attacking Tesla's distribution in several states (that's not a coincidence). So regardless of how one feels about Tesla as a company (government subsidies), the government is still being leveraged by the established "big 3" to prevent Tesla from competing. Anyhow... I digress.
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    While I personally believe that these safety devises are desirable, I think the reason why they are required by law is more due to anti-competitive practices than safety. The established automotive manufacturers lobby law makers to make these things law. Its easier for a larger manufacturer to produce cars with these features, and therefore they are able to prevent new players from entering the game.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Today, 10:14 AM
    Just wait til you get TPP with a new name... It'll be the TTPP. Trump TransPacific Partnership and it will be huge! So great! And the people will love it!
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 AM
    The whole point of the EPA is to solve or reduce pollution problems that cross state lines. In this case, it actually created the problem, and refuses to solve it. It seems there is no longer any point in the EPA. Time to follow Ron Paul's advice! :cool:
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    Today, 04:24 AM
    This is great news for out-of-state small business owners. It should be named the OR-NV-AZ Small Business Promotion Bill.
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    Today, 04:14 AM
    It wouldn't make sense for the federal government to make it illegal since seat belt use isn't required in all states. #LiveFreeorDie :D
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    Today, 04:11 AM
    My understanding is that both industry leaders, Google and Samsung, already sold over 5 million of their various VR headsets. Google just released a new headset and Samsung is supposed to do so later this year. VR never caused any issues for my roommate or me with our headsets. The problem with Sony not being able to sell more, is that it is producing headsets at a slow rate. I'm loving the technology, and if it only doubles the 2016 sales this year, that's fine with me.
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    That device may get rid of the dinging sound, but it does so by tricking the vehicle's computer into thinking you are wearing your seatbelt. The unintended consequence may be how the airbag is then deployed. If you dont wear the seatbelt, if the bag isnt disabled at all, its timing is affected, so as to keep from killing you. So again, a 10 mph impact might have an "explosive" result as the bag deploys inside your chest. Just a thought.
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    01-13-2017, 08:19 AM
    ...he is not my uncle.
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    01-12-2017, 02:50 PM
    I know, right? Parental endorsements carry a lot of weight amongst the electorate.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    01-12-2017, 01:09 PM
    Uh, I watched the Rand questioning. Tillerson said "in hindsight" Iraq was a mistake. It didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. That's a far cry from saying the invasions were mistakes! If your criteria for judging whether or not interventions are a good idea include whether or not they turn out the way you want them to, then you are still an interventionist! At best, based on his answers, he'd be a more cautious interventionist. But he didn't seem to have a problem with using my money to create his dreamland.
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    01-12-2017, 12:52 PM
    Campaign Trump said he would prosecute. Either POTUS Obama pre-crime pardons, or POTUS Trump ignores Campaign Trump. Its hard to pardon someone who has not been charged though - I wonder if the charge/pardon will occur on the same day?
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    01-12-2017, 06:31 AM
    0.00001% Which is way better than ever! There's no way the power brokers allow something like that to reach a President's desk. The votes may appear "close" for political purposes, but the result is never in question.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    01-11-2017, 08:53 PM
    SB12 passed a NH Senate committee yesterday. Now it goes to the full NH Senate. The vote is expected to be around 14 to 10, with all 14 Republicans expected to vote for it. This bill is on a fast track because the NH Senate leadership, NH House leadership, and the Governor all strongly support it. As written, this is the best Constitutional Carry bill in the nation. If it becomes law, it will be very obvious that NH has the best firearm laws in the nation. While the NH Senate isn't expected to amend the bill, it is possible that the NH House might amend the bill. Feel free to contact your elected officials and ask them to support and pass SB12, the Constitutional Carry bill, as written. Look up your elected officials here. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ A story about SB12. http://www.guns.com/2017/01/11/new-hampshire-constitutional-carry-legislation-makes-it-out-of-committee/
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    01-11-2017, 02:46 PM
    Discernment, folks. In any case, "mandatory" or "forced" anything is bad. Every breath you take possibly contains harmful pathogens. But for some reason, these seem to be useful to people. Even in that case, "forcing" someone to breathe is bad. You don't need to dig up all sorts of data on the pathogens. It's beside the point.
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    01-11-2017, 09:51 AM
    If only it were true... Obama is like herpes - I'm sure he'll be back, inflamed, and at the most inopportune (speaking relatively) time. Not unlike Jesse Jackson or father pfleger.
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    01-11-2017, 09:22 AM
    I owe you a more detailed response with some quotes from the articles you cited - I simply dont have time at this very moment to give you the reply you deserve. I did want to thank you for entertaining the discussion, and also point out that I was not speaking in absolutes. The focus on my discussion, and the topic in general, seems to be the homicide rate in Chicago. We'd agreed on the fact that the great majority of the homicides are due to gang violence. It seems we may also agree that the homicide rate declined after the repealing of prohibition. I dont want to put words in your mouth, but I might further assume that we both agree on the fact that making drugs legal would have a similar impact on the gang violence and homicides in Chicago. IMO this approach would yield better results, at a lesser overall social/financial cost than the militarization/federal military action idea. You do bring up a good point about the incarceration rate. That's a very interesting discussion as well, but probably one that needs its own topic. The so called land of the free does have the highest incarceration rate in the world - how unfortunate. Lastly, there is something to be said for the unskilled job base, and lower levels of employment. Yet another topic that would be interesting to discuss is the big push in IT for artificial intelligence. When coupling this effort with the effects of inflation, I think the future looks very gloomy for the lower class and the non-technical workforce. Naturally there will be an equilibrium, and some jobs can simply not be automated in a practical fashion, but things will probably look more like they do in China and India, at least from a workforce standpoint. ..sorry for the tangents, more to come.
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    01-10-2017, 01:01 PM
    Rand Paul just removed any pretense that those GOP politicians care about balancing the budget. Kudos again to Rand. And kudos for the other 13 that supported it.
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    01-10-2017, 12:52 PM
    I hate to burden you with a follow up, but can you please give me some examples? Which other forms/markets? When a business has to pivot, what does that do to the business? If you lost your job today, how might that affect you as you try to find work in a new industry? What evidence can you provide, in terms of historical examples? The repealing of "prohibition" resulted in a substantial decline in gang related crime - I would be interested in some other example of how resilient these street gangs are to changing markets. Perhaps counterfeit ipads and handbags might not result in the kind of violence we see with the drugs.
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    01-10-2017, 11:53 AM
    A few points to make: 1. The bigger issue here is how deficient the CPD are in clearing these cases. 70-75% of all of these homicides/shootings result in no convictions. That means >530 homicides do not result in a conviction - of the 4000+ shootings, I wonder what the clearing rate is for those. Regardless, I call that failure on the part of government. Chicago's prevention strategy (making gun ownership onerous or cost prohibitive for nearly all families - in effect prohibiting practical ownership) is about as effective as its crime solving strategy... 2. You've hit the nail on the head, with regards to identifying the problem. I completely disagree with your solution though. Militarizing the police force, or calling in the military creates more problems than it solves. Arming government to control its population is never a good idea - a government should be able to stand on its own if its truly run/controlled by the governed. 3. The gangs have to be getting their money from somewhere. Guns and ammunition still cost money, and there's often a reason for these slayings (ghetto justice) and collateral damage. There are so called unholy alliances between gangs and police, which enable a lot of this illegal activity. Ron and Rand have advocated the legalization or decriminalization of drugs - more importantly, we must, as Milton Friedman discussed, provide a lawful and economic alternative to these black markets created by prohibition. The morality of drug abuse cannot be address by law - this has been proven and best demonstrated during prohibition and its repeal. The same issues we see today occurred during prohibition, but the difference is that there are some who are capitalizing on the black markets that prohibition creates. Whether its the prisons, the police forces, or the connected/corrupt politicians. The bottom line is that our so called "war on drugs" is an absolute failure, and its to blame for all of the gang related murders. So create some lawful competition for these drugs, and take away the revenue stream. History tells us that without the incentive, the gangs will subside as will the violence normally associated with them.
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    01-09-2017, 11:15 PM
    This is a very close game :D Not great defense, but that's what I expect in college football. It was nice to see AL finally fall behind, if only for a couple minutes.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 09:53 AM
    :rolleyes: Yes, you are right. The left talk about preserving individual liberties and ending wars. Then get elected and do the opposite. The right talk about preserving economic liberty and reducing spending. Then get elected and do the opposite. I'd really like someone to show me how the results are different. The rhetoric is just to encourage fundraising from their cheerleaders.
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    01-09-2017, 09:10 AM
    Well, I've never been to a professional wrestling event, but yeah. I'd expect it to be exactly like that.
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    01-09-2017, 08:51 AM
    It's not bad entertainment if you get free tickets. I wouldn't pay to go. (You'll spend enough on concessions anyway.) They're very scripted - it's like watching a play with heavy machinery. If you go in with that mindset, they're not too bad.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 07:31 AM
    More Team Blue vs. Team Red BS. It's 2017 and lots of people on the right are still crying about Obama. Here in reality, government still grows. I don't care which figurehead is leading it or whose cheerleaders are happier.
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