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Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1139

Note: I like guns. Own several. But the constitution does not specify 'arms' very specifically. People, generally, cannot own weapons of mass destruction (nukes, cannons, explosives, etc.. ). The people that are allowed to own weapons with huge destructive capabilities have to go through a much more restrictive process of checks, licenses, fees, etc..

There is nothing in our constitution that would block our ability to regulate the level of "destructiveness" a person is able to own. We do it already to several classes of weapons. We could choose to apply stricter regulations, background checks, etc.. to lower levels of weapons.

My first response to this was going to be... less understanding...

However, after thinking about it, there is a fair point to be made there... clearly we aren't going to be selling nuclear weapons at Walmart, so the limit has to be somewhere between a BB gun and a nuclear weapon. The question then becomes, what is that limit?

My primary issue is that those "restrictions" are also set by the very same government that should fear its citizens, rather than the other way around.

I don't want people to walk into Walmart and buy a 50 caliber machine gun without some serious background inspections, licenses, mental health checks, etc..? Do you?

Ahh... yes and no... the problem is if you allow the government to have a list of everyone who has weapons, it becomes very easy for that same government to take them all away. Of course, the NFA is more than 80 years old now, so perhaps that ship has sailed.

I do think that select-fire weapons should be legal to purchase again, but you're right, they probably shouldn't be sold over the counter.

If not, then what is the issue with applying stricter control to handguns? It isn't taking away your right to own the gun.

Handguns are person defensive weapons, those along with shotguns and semi-automatic rifles should not have very many restrictions on them.

The other consideration is that plenty of places "allow" you to have a handgun if you're special. If you're not, tough luck.

Any permitting system should be on a "shall issue" basis. My gut response is against such systems, however I'd be willing to compromise on the issue, in return for a few things. Most notably I want national uniform laws that allow concealed carry, national "shall issue" laws to any permits required for guns, and I'd like the 2nd amendment updated to make it very clear that the right to buy and own guns and hold them in personal possession is clear and confusing.

Comment Re:Labor cost to install remains the biggest issue (Score 1) 175

So if you have 2 guys doing each panel, and it takes 2.5 hours to do each panel (it doesn't, but lets say it does), and you pay them $20/hr, you're at $100 a panel.

Fair enough, double that to $200/hr since the company has to make money.

$3,200 for 16 panels.

Out of $18k install costs, that still isn't much, and these new panels don't cut the panel count in half. :(

I'm honestly not trying to be hard about this, I just don't think the cost of adding one more panel to an install makes THAT much difference.

Regardless, I'm still hoping to hear someone suggest a company in the Dallas area that doesn't charge stupid rates.

An installed cost of $2 per watt would get me really excited about it. The current prices of $3.50 per watt just make no sense.

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 1) 356

Wars do not have to be declared... No on has to "sign up to it".

Now, I'll agree that the "war on terror" is just as useless as the "war on drugs", but that is another topic...

The US has been at war with someone since the end of WWII, this isn't new.

100 years ago, The British Empire was at war with someone most of the time as well, that wasn't new. Before them it was the Spanish, before them it was someone else...

Welcome to the human race. :(

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 4, Insightful) 356

All I know is that I lack enough information to have an informed opinion, as do 99.9% of the people posting about it.

Clearly something went wrong, either intentionally or by mistake.

It sucks, but frankly that is war. It makes the news, barely, and then life goes on. The sad thing is that most people care, but not enough to do anything about it.

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 0) 356

Before calling other people ignorant, you should first check to make sure you're not ignorant.

Mistakes happen in war, people get killed. It sucks, but that is how it is.

If you don't like it, don't have war. But since it takes 2 sides to agree to not have war, if one side wants to fight, you either fight back or die.

This is the human condition.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 356

I once checked out an archive of old Nazi political cartoons, and indeed they made use of that very sort of thing. There was one incident for example where the allies accidentally bombed Switzerland not long after hitting a hospital in Germany during a bombing raid. The cartoon played on the similarity of the Swiss flag and the Red Cross flag, with the allied pilot apologizing to the Swiss on the grounds that he got the flags mixed up.

Yes, but that was Nazi media directed to Germans, not US Media directed to Americans...

We couldn't have won WWII if CNN was doing what they do today...

War is hell, it sucks, but the quickest way to win is to destroy the enemy until he/she finally figured out that their ideas and ways are lost and agrees to convert. Or die, either is fine.

It took the use of nuclear weapons against Japan to finally get them to cry uncle and give up their ways.

Comment Re:Labor cost to install remains the biggest issue (Score 1) 175

Making them on the ground isn't hard, and frankly the racks that hold the panels aren't expensive, it is getting them on the roof. :)

We just don't have any real competition here, there aren't a half dozen companies pushing for business, so the prices aren't reasonable here.

Comment Re:Labor cost to install remains the biggest issue (Score 2) 175

That is why I think $18K to install it is beyond insane...

I just haven't found a reasonable local company...

As for the power itself, $35K works out to about 12 years of my power bills, but even that is too much since a 10kw system will only reduce maybe 40% of my bill.

It is too expensive. At $25K before tax credits, it starts to make sense.

If good panels can be had for less than $17K for the whole kit, of course the cost would come down further.

Maybe other areas have decent competition and suppliers, if the price is lower in other places, I could understand why more people have solar.

But according to the solar association in my city of 250,000, only 150 homes have had solar installed. I've never seen one of them.

No one around here is doing it (well, almost no one)

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