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Comment Re:Is my time free too? (Score 1) 654

Costs include the transit time. As others have noted, public transit is much slower than driving in most cases. I commuted via rail near San Francisco for years (caltrain) and considered it ok. Not smelly, not too crowded except on a MLB night. Still, useless now to take transit as wife simply is no longer able to walk far enough to make use of the limited times and access.

Comment Re:That's mostly just the US. (Score 1) 786

RyanFenton: the use of various techniques to discredit aspects of science that suggested companies had to change their behavior began in the 1950's. For example, denying that smoking harmed health. Denying that chemicals were poisoning birds. For the details see "Merchants of Doubt" by Oreskes and Conway.

Comment backyard light (Score 1) 243

Currently using an inexpensive single-led backyard white light. 6 inch square solar panel. Small battery hidden somewhere inside. Stays astonishingly bright all night illuminating a rose tree (pointing a bit down, not up at the sky). Way more than enough to read by. Something to free much of the world from darkness.

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