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Comment: Does your state have a Public Service Commission? (Score 1) 509

by Nutria (#48465579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Have you complained to them about the power reliability?

I live in a conservative suburb of a southern city. The state is "blue", hates taxes, and lets the power, telephone and cable companies run their lines on poles. (Part of the justification is that the water table is pretty high, and it rains a lot.) But... my house went more than a year without a clock-resetting power flicker, and that one lasted only a few seconds.
One thing that I do know that the power company does is make an annual drive through each neighborhood looking for tree branches that hang too close to the lines, and then cuts them off. Presumably, they perform other sorts of behind the scenes maintenance, in order to keep reliability so high.

Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 1088

by Nutria (#48456123) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Let me then rephrase my original point:
if there were more blacks on the grand jury, and that grand jury had voted not to send the case to trial, then the appearance of voting along racial lines would have been minimized. Remember: perception is reality.

eugenics, and forced sterilizations.

Well, they do seem to be great ideas (kinda like Communism). The problem (which I do not think we can ever solve) is determining rules that do not devolve into racism and pseudo-science and thus terminating perfectly viable genes.

Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 1088

by Nutria (#48455435) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

you're presuming that this is a racial issue

Since I'm from the South, you'll have to trust me that the whole situation is a racial issue.

that both the black and the white jurors disregarded their job and instead just voted based on their political convictions.

Actually, no I'm not. But the appearance of racial voting that would not be there in a more equally mixed grand jury.

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