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Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by DexterIsADog (#49105107) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?
Wrong. Doing anything other than actually driving impairs one's ability to drive safely. Even listening to the radio and audiobooks.

And I didn't describe "white knuckle" driving, I was describing driving on nearly any highway.

I think you're caught up in a perception that you don't realize, because you've lived with manually driven machines on public roads all your life.

Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by DexterIsADog (#49092155) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

Driving a familiar route should be "management by exception"...

No. Just no.

When you are piloting a multi-ton death machine inches from others, you should not be doing anything but driving. The 32,479 traffic fatalities in 2011 were the lowest in 69 years. We lose that many people because of attitudes like yours. There's no other way to say it.

Comment: Re:Literally? (Score 1) 645

by DexterIsADog (#49092133) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?
You're still missing the point. The U.S. throws itself into these situations, tries to finesse the outcome so people we like end up in power (usually despotic assholes), and makes it worse.

As Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef said recently when asked what he thinks the U.S. should do in the latest situation, "how about nothing?" He suggested we try fucking off, and letting the people in the region handle it.

I agree - making a list of all the countries who are *not* in the region but happy to participate in bombing it, I think we should try fucking off for once.

Comment: Re:Subsisides for rich people? (Score 1) 257

by DexterIsADog (#49061987) Attached to: Tesla Factory Racing To Retool For New Models

I'd like to see the average income for a Tesla owner, I imagine it is relatively high. I also imagine most would have bought a Tesla regardless of the tax break, so I agree we should not be subsidizing the sales of cars for higher income individuals.

I'm still in favor of the professionals making laws and public policy, rather than leaving decisions to *your* imagination.

But still... let me give it a try - "I imagine that Assad and the Syrian rebels would come to some accord if the U.S. threatened to nuke the entire country, so let's start with one of their smaller cities, and see if they take the hint."

Hey, I like this!

Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by DexterIsADog (#49061929) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

I wish I could do that, but I'm personally unable to listen to an audiobook while doing anything else without completely losing track of what's going on in the audiobook. The few audiobooks I've listened to in my life (definitely fewer than 10) I listened to while driving or while just lying in bed, actively listening.

You don't count DRIVING as "doing anything else"? Lovely. I hope I don't live near you.

Comment: Re:Literally? (Score 1) 645

The point is there's a bully. There's a need for someone that can help to help. I don't see why it's an issue that the world wants to help.

When 80% of bombing missions against ISIS are lead by the U.S., it's not "the world wants to help" it's the U.S. continuing to do what has failed for a hundred years, and almost certainly making it worse.

For a change, instead of killing lots of people in a fight halfway around the world, it would be heartening to see the U.S. let the regional countries decide how to respond.

I know you will continue not to understand, so feel free to have the last word. You're not showing comprehension of the point.

Comment: Re:Dell Venue 8 7000? (Score 1) 120

The name had washed over me completely when I read TFS. Not only the name, but the fact that we were talking about a Dell device. This thread has now set the name in my head.

There you go, and you can thank the folks I responded to for helping to set the hook.

I don't make the rules, I just make fun of them.

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