• luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 03:43 AM
    That was a nice read. I've seen some documentaries on this case and it's still very interesting. Just a nice story, how nobody really got hurt and the hijacker got away with a bunch of money, never to be seen again. A parachute definitely is the most important accessory to wear when jumping from an airplane, apart from that, maybe not suitable but it could still work fine.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-17-2018, 11:31 AM
    It's physics, everything is. Have no fear however, mass extinction is coming, we just don't know when. I know this because, we can not keep growing our population forever. In my opinion most problems that humanity is experiencing are caused by overpopulation. When I see people advocate for vegetarianism so we have more food to feed people instead of cattle, I appreciate their intent but it's foolish. Okay, everybody becomes vegetarian, we have more food, we keep procreating, then what ? What is the next limit, where there simply is no space anymore ? Will the world become one large city with a 100 billion people ? Probably not, mass extinction will kick in before that happens, it will come in the form of; war, disease and natural disasters. You can try to deny it but it won't change the fact I'm right. ;). It could start tomorrow, or maybe it will take a century. That I do not know.
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    05-16-2018, 01:28 PM
    Funny, I think we can agree the CR-V is an awesome car, but I probably like it for other reasons, the drivetrain and engine. I like how you say adult and kid friendly, I have to say, kids generally are really nice in my car when I ask nicely to not touch anything that doesn't need to be touched and to just relax and listen to the music.. I do adapt a bit when I have kids in the car, but not too much. Good thing your husband is helping out. I find that funny, men generally don't see a problem with their wife cleaning the house, however, as far as I know in most cases they clean the car.... :p Psychology is funny.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-16-2018, 11:57 AM
    Sounds good! Even though a car is meant to be used, it's much nicer to drive if it's clean... I've got a 2007 and I would say the interior of mine is 95% of what it was when it was new. The exterior is a little fucked, scratches and stuff.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-16-2018, 11:46 AM
    I do some detailing from time to time. Not a lot since I daily drive my car... 500mi each week, since it rains so much overhere it's not really worth it to keep the outside spotless. My rims are full of brake dust after a week... The inside however is easier to keep nice. I use a nice nylon brush to get the dust out of small gaps and stuff. Washing and oiling the leather seats/door panels. All plastic stuff gets a quick wipe with cockpit spray. Carpets are vacuumed. Windows are cleaned with an aerosol type window cleaner (great stuff.. spray it on, and wipe it off with a clean dry paper towel and the window looks showroom quality). I try to do this as frequently as I can, but usually most of these items happen every three months.. Seats maybe only once or twice a year. It costs some time to do but if you spend 10 hours each week in your car, you learn to appreciate the effort:p
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 11:35 AM
    Bad enough to exit your vehicle when you've obviously been told not to... but these people even let their kids out of the car. You can't fix stupid.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 11:30 AM
    The Amish suicide rate is actually about half that of the general population (not zero). Yet the Amish suffer from other problems, including increased polydactyly (extra fingers), dwarfism, other genetic issues, etc. The problems we face as Americans won't be solved by becoming Amish (or Mennonites, or Hutterites), but we definitely do need to return to that sense of community that I remember from the 1970s, and that got stripped away in the 1980s.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-10-2018, 02:32 AM
    Looks like a cat to me.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-09-2018, 07:48 AM
    This will be a little controversial here, but I think it started with Reaganomics, and the idea that "greed is good": that unrestricted profiteering would lead to a "trickle-down" effect, where the poor would benefit. But that didn't happen. The rich got richer, but the poor didn't benefit. During the Reagan years, the national debt tripled, and we became a debtor nation. The "greed is good" mantra convinced many otherwise good Christian people (and later their children) that it was okay to forget the teachings of the Bible and become greedy, robbing their neighbors and cheating friends. It just became "good business". We saw the effects of this greed a generation later in the 2006 economic crisis, where millions lost their homes, but the richest just became richer, in part due to a huge loss of ethics in the finance world. After Reaganomics, the policies of Bush and Clinton didn't rectify the track America was on. I think Perot could have turned things around, with his campaign to reduce the national debt, and his campaign against NAFTA, but once NAFTA was signed and millions of American jobs went overseas, we were screwed. Bush Jr's endless "War on Terror", and Obama's continuation of that unwinnable war (after campaigning against it), further emptied America's coffers. Improvements to infrastructure that could have been made here in the US were instead spent overseas. I personally witnessed the closure of post offices, schools, and other local government, which helped keep local money local, in favor of more centralized systems, which led to the closure of local businesses as people drifted to larger, more prosperous areas, as Rural Flight eroded communities, especially in the Midwest, but elsewhere as well. Trump is clueless, and will continue many of the same destructive policies: plenty of spending on the Military Industrial Complex, a continuation of the growth of the National Debt. This man, with his golden skyscrapers, is the very definition of Reagan's "greed is good" mantra. He's the very emblem of what has gone wrong in America financially.
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    05-08-2018, 10:16 PM
    "I've got a bad feeling about this."
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-08-2018, 01:29 PM
    I'd take one for free. I have friends who have had ex police dogs for as long as I can remember, they have had many. Most of them very sweet dogs, some came with a manual. Overall, no reason to euthanise them. Funny btw, how on the one hand, a dog like this is counted as an officer and on the other hand can be euthanised because they're surplus or too expensive to train. Eh, funny, no, fucking sad actually. But hey, government is made up out of people, so what do you expect.
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    05-07-2018, 07:38 PM
    To be fair, the Dems are no better. (Not worse, just no better).
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 05:43 PM
    Haha! (But actually, never say that to a cop. It's a license to kill).
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 01:01 PM
    I think we need a secret billionaire for this. Maybe it would be a good investment to send the congress on a cruise...
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 12:25 PM
    Not where I'm from. ;) But you're right, I'm butchering my English numbers...
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 12:18 PM
    Half of it was already scheduled to be destroyed by nature within the next ±24.110 years, after that, the next half will be destroyed. :D
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 12:04 PM
    You people are my extended family. I know this because, you people can be the most irritating, difficult to work with, sometimes obnoxious and many times damn stupid people.... Yet, I keep coming back. So yeah, that means you're family. :D
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 11:54 AM
    Well, if someone were to sponsor us, I would go on this trip with y'all... But only as a sort of missionary for freedom.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 11:33 AM
    Funny.. If it were Pu-238 (which it's most likely not), it would likely have been purchased FROM the Russians. (wikipedia) P.S. IMO Pu-238 is the most interesting radioactive isotope... Just look at the Voyager probes, still under partial power, after 40+ years..
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 11:30 AM
    I would disagree slightly. On paper gold is not backing our money. In practice however, it still holds this function to a certain extent. This is why it's still there (at least, we assume it is). It's a good hedge.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 11:05 AM
    Well, if he cut your grass and then fertilises it as well.................
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 11:02 AM
    Well, dirty bomb ? With just one gram even that may be overstated, a dirty firecracker may be a more appropriate name... It's not the radioactivity per se that is causing the hazards. Pu-239 is an alpha emitter, which means, a piece of paper will fully protect you against the radiation that comes from it. However, inhalation of Pu-239 is very dangerous as these alpha particles would form, be absorbed by longue tissue and change your DNA. Ingestion through the digestive tract, less dangerous as most of it will come out the other end. In any case, a gram is not enough to be afraid about, unless someone just spilled it on your desk. :D
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 10:47 AM
    I would go if they paid me $92,990, apart from that, HELL NO. While I would love to circumnavigate the world in a boat, I'd like to do it in a sailing yacht. Not with a couple hundred tourists... No thanks. Btw, If you go together with a few people, you can purchase quite a nice sailing yacht for 92k x several people... And sell it afterwards, when you don't sink.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-06-2018, 09:42 AM
    Tourism to the US brings in $187 billion a year. The idea of closing America to foreigners "for a while" is insane.
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  • RJ Liberty's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 06:12 PM
    Is Bill Weld setting up a run for president in 2020?
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    05-05-2018, 02:22 PM
    Japan was considered "overpopulated" in the 1920s, when there were only 56 million people there. There were 128 million people in Japan in 2010. There was a decline to 127 million in 2015: they lost less than a million people in five years. That's a drop in the bucket. The Japanese have simply decided to have fewer children. Please spare us "Japan is in terrible shape" the-sky-is-falling stories based on projections which didn't even pan out. From the article: "the rate of Japan’s population decline predicted in the latest figures has slowed slightly from earlier estimates in 2012." A .7% decline in population (that's .007) is not at all the same thing as "Japan is in terrible shape". Japan experienced stagflation for years in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000, but bounded back every single time. Again, this does not mean "Japan is in terrible shape". I told my friend Olaf, from Hamm in Germany, today that I was discussing with a fellow American about the dire predictions being made about Germany (by US right-wing media): the loss of German culture, the demographic crisis, and he had a good laugh. He explained to me (even though I already knew) that certain media outlets in the US have convinced millions of Americans that the sky is falling in Germany (and elsewhere), especially regarding the refugees. He said he hears this all the time from Americans; they ask him where he's going to go, now that his homeland has been overrun by horrific hordes from the Middle East. He just laughs; he can't believe how brainwashed these Americans are.
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    05-05-2018, 01:21 PM
    I'm glad they caught the pooperintendent; what a turd!
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    05-05-2018, 02:42 AM
    What is the mental disease? Surely there's more than one. And what evidence do you have that German culture and politics are dead? What evidence do you have that Japan is in terrible shape? These nations enjoy a high standard of living. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
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