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Comment: Re:Poisoning fish? (Score 1) 244

by Mr D from 63 (#49755699) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads
Since they just list the 'bad things' that these mbeads can do, but don't list the extent to which they are actually impacting things, we don't know how bad the problem is. If just .001% of a species of fish is having indigestion, then it might not be worth getting alarmed over. If is it a lot more species and much higher percentages of them caught in the wild show significant ill effects, then its a problem that needs to be dealt with.

From my experience, when those details are left out its often due to the fact that the real world numbers are small. It would be nice if the author of the article gave us that critical information so we weren't left to assumptions.

(smarts ass reply pre-emption: Yeah, I can go googling around and try to find out....but maybe I got other things to google tonight.)

Comment: Re:risk is extremely low, consequences extremely h (Score 1) 230

by Mr D from 63 (#49752561) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

I skimmed TFA, and it seems a lot of it talks about why I shouldn't be afraid of dying to an asteroid strike.

I'm NOT. Never have been.

The article generalizes that we are all as stupid and the general population, which has a tremendously skewed risk perception, in part due to media that also doesn't understand risk and/or intentionally ignores it. Unfortunately that ignorance drives our policy makers as well.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by Mr D from 63 (#49739097) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Are they going to charge trucks 6000-9000 times what they charge cars? Because that's the difference in wear and tear on roads between the two.

Not if you include local neighborhood roads where those trucks don't typically drive. And why are you assuming all the money is for repair from vehicle damage? What about new roads, lane additions, re-routes, etc? What about simple weather related degradation ( such as wash-outs or freeze-thaw potholes)?

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

by Mr D from 63 (#49736745) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Because roads still need to be maintained no matter what's driving on them. ........... Maybe a per-mile charge is better.

The biggest problem I see is getting out of state vehicles to pay their fair share as they drive through. If all states did per mile tax, it might even out, but it gets complicated any way you try to reconcile.

In addition, you would get a lot of border residing out-of-staters coming over to fill up. I bet the owners of gas stations on the first exit inside Oregon are cheering this on.

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