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    12-08-2017, 01:48 PM
    Does this mean I have to register as an engineer with the state before I can attend Engineers Anonymous meetings in Oregon?
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    11-25-2017, 02:44 PM
    When do you suppose was the last time Hillary actually drove an automobile herself? It's really not going to be much of a transition for her to go from chauffeur to AI-uber. There'll be no need any longer for a motorcade - everyone else's car will be informed via the network to get out of her car's way. As for those who want to continue with driver-controlled IC automobiles: the market will decide if there are enough of them to construct private highways and roads where they can be utilized. Otherwise they'll get to drive them on their own property, and their neighbors who will allow them to drive on theirs. This battle was lost long before the advent of self-driving cars - it was lost when government drove (pun intended) private roads nearly out of existence. The last time I checked the percentage of people advocating for privately owned and operated roads was in the noise.
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    11-25-2017, 11:08 AM
    2017-05-23 DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal 2017-07-14 House passes budget-busting defense policy bill 2017-09-18 Senate passes $700 billion defense policy bill 2017-11-08 Senate, House Release Compromise FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill
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    11-21-2017, 08:48 PM
    Nerdized Tuvan Throat Singing
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    11-21-2017, 06:21 PM
    Forgetting the safety concerns ... just dealing with the labor impact (union and non-union): 1) Did bank tellers stop the advance of ATMs? 2) Did grocery store cashiers stop the advance of do it yourself checkout lanes? 3) Will fast food workers stop the advance of food ordering kiosks? What businesses consider is which option does it cheaper, faster, better === Edited to add === On the grocery store checkout process: the next step is to RFID tag each item in the store. Then the customer simply rolls their cart past the detector which rings everything up automatically. The customer pays with credit card and bags the items himself. You'll probably even have robots rounding up carts in the parking lot.
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    11-21-2017, 02:25 PM
    I don't think there's enough evidence here to either confirm or disprove it. For instance there's 30 older men (which by itself is not a sample size I'd be content with for any study). It doesn't say they split them into two equal groups (15 in equal groups is an even smaller sample size). It doesn't say if the two breakout groups have similar age makeup - calling them "older men" could mean anything. It doesn't say if the two groups have similar activity/exercise profile distributions. Without adequate exercise you're basically using protein to grow nose hair, ear hair, head hair (if you have any left), fingernails, and toenails. It doesn't say anything about testosterone levels and if that's controlled for - which is a real biggie after you hit 60. Honestly, for a viable study, you'd need at least 5 to 10 samples in the high protein and low protein groups for each attribute that you're controlling for (specific age, specific activity/exercise levels, specific testosterone levels, and probably many more) 30 test subjects is just not enough sampling points for everything that needs to be controller for.
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    11-20-2017, 02:11 PM
    If Mueller has anything on them, then I think they can count on Trump ... otherwise I see gravy and cranberry sauce entering their futures.
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    11-19-2017, 06:46 PM
    And if you can't afford it on your own, student loans are available
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    11-19-2017, 06:40 PM
    I was hoping Zippee would weigh in with an updated map; but thanks for the comedic relief, I needed it
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    11-19-2017, 03:41 PM
    BTW: It looks like the map with the push pins and markers comes from Mother Jones in a SEP2013 Article. What's more the push pins represent 2012 and 2013 training operations where the local troops were sent to US-provided training in a third country - so they don't necessary imply current US military feet on the ground. We're looking at data that's four or five years old. The article goes into details of the map in it's narrative. I don't see Madagascar mentioned in the article at all.
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    11-19-2017, 02:53 PM
    Nope. The US has a drone base there. I was stopping back on this thread to see if we'd figured out which country was the one being ignored.
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    11-16-2017, 08:01 PM
    No, the moral thing would be to steal the same amount from everyone, not proportion :rolleyes: Jeesh, WTF are we talking about with moral stealing? No theft is moral; and thieves take from whomever is easiest to steal from. So steal from liberals - they're probably not packing heat.
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    11-16-2017, 12:46 PM
    I've been looking at this from the viewpoint of logical consistency, and I just don't get it. The story last week was that the three wealthiest people in the United States (Gates, Bezos and Buffet) had greater wealth than the poorest 50% of the people in the country. Then the progressive argument based upon that was that something needed to be done to the income tax code to remedy this. Now income is not the same thing as wealth. Gates, Bezos and Buffet don't earn more income than the bottom 50% of the country. Buffet was making $14 or $15 million a year by the last tax forms he released. They're wealthy because the stock they own was once worth pennies per share and is now worth hundreds of dollars per share. It doesn't become income until they sell it. Now not to give the progressives any ideas, but if they were logically consistent then shouldn't they be advocating for a wealth tax rather than an income tax? <<SHIVER>> imagine how intrusive the IRS would be under that scenario Edited to add: Do you think Warren Buffet would be as enthusiastic about going to that type of "fair taxation" as he is on increasing rates on high income earners?
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    11-16-2017, 12:21 PM
    You'll probably be fine so long as you remember to use your body camera and microphone at all times - and copy Danke on the feed for assured offline backup.
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    11-15-2017, 02:28 PM
    I don't think there's a playbook; but I'll bet we can come up with a few "plays": 1) Don't allow your wife to enter into the mix - particularly if she doesn't have her facts straight. She remains a sympathetic figure so long as she relays those generic "Stand By Your Man" platitudes when asked by reporters for a comment. With the right air of indignity she can put a reporter in his/her place which directs attention to the reporter and away from her husband. Allowing her to go on Fedbook with false information on how long restaurants have been around shows her as being complicit in a whitewash - which detracts from her husband's credibility, and brings the conspiracy theorists crawling out of the woodwork. Anyone else have any "plays" for a playbook?
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    11-14-2017, 07:05 PM
    Good point. I guess that I'd clarify that by saying that where I grew up, they weren't the kind of men that most daddies wanted to see their little girls running around with.
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    11-14-2017, 07:00 PM
    I'd be just as happy with an Attorney General that didn't enforce federal laws (most seem to penalize people for consensual activity). As for Fusion GPS, I'd say the same things I current say to the people harping about Russian Interference ... One of the most critical elements of a democracy is an electorate that is educated, informed and capable of crtically questioning any information it's presented with; if you don't have that then foreign propaganda, and the source of funding for a dossier are the least of your problems. As for Uranium One, the problem isn't that someone did something - the problem is that government granted those people the power to do something.
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    11-14-2017, 12:43 PM
    It was the late 60's when I was 16. Yeah, there were people (I should say men) that bought beer for kids at that age - but they weren't the reputable people in town. If they were caught, they were prosecuted. They dispensed weed and coke too. They were generally guys out looking for a little strange (male and female strange). I only knew a couple of men beyond college age that dated 16-18 year old girls. Even the 24 year old guy caught the "ewwwww" factor when he came to the Junior Prom. But I grew up in the North (the Adirondacks), and it may have been different in the South. In Moore's defense, his wife is 14 years younger than he is - so he definitely likes younger women. She was 22 when they met though (he was 36) - and there's a big difference between 16 year-olds in high school and women who have seen a bit of the world and aren't quite so naive. I'm not a fan of the guy, but I don't think he needs to withdraw over an accusation, or multiple accusations. Let the chips fall where they may and let the voters decide.
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    11-14-2017, 10:10 AM
    I was just putting a face and profile to the person quoted in the article. Contact info at the link I included if anyone had comments or questions (or if Danke wanted to ask her out) I was a consultant at JPL for about six years in the 80's, and stay in touch with what's going on there. I forget when this particular study came out, but the original public release story from JPL came out last Tuesday (07NOV) and can be found here. Y'all might want to read it and compare it to the the SHTFplan.com story to see how SHTFplan spun it by leaving some information out.
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    11-14-2017, 09:08 AM
    Dr. Helene Seroussi is a Scientist at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Sea Level and Ice Group. Her research interests are focused on better understanding and explaining ongoing changes in the cryosphere, as well as reducing uncertainties in the ice sheet contribution to sea level rise using numerical modeling. She is interested in understanding the interactions of ice and climate by combining process studies, state-of-the-art numerical modeling with remote sensing and in situ data. She graduated from École Centrale Paris (France) in 2008 and received her PhD in 2011 in ice sheet systems numerical modeling and data assimilation from the same university. She Is a member of the scientific committee of ISMIP6 and co-chair of the MISOMIP project.
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    11-13-2017, 08:52 AM
    From earlier this year: Army to spend $300 million on bonuses and ads to get 6,000 more recruits That works out to $50K per new recruit.
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    11-12-2017, 10:56 AM
    Hot diggety dog ... I think we've finally found our path to anarchy!
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