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Comment: Re:HOME ownership is key (Score 1) 658 658

I was responding to the point about the time and difficulty associated with the rebates (namely, there isn't any issue). You can dislike the Leaf (I think it's an awful car if it's your only car, but perfectly fine if it's a second car in a household where both people have short-medium length commutes), but it's silly to criticize a post that answers questions as asked.

Comment: Re:HOME ownership is key (Score 1) 658 658

Well, in MD, the check for the rebate ($3K IIRC; it was only $1K when I bought) comes in a month or two, and the dealership does the paperwork. You claim the federal $7500 credit on next year's income taxes (no additional paperwork beyond checking the box and providing a VIN IIRC). And if you have decent credit (I do), Nissan was giving $0 down, 0% interest six year loans. So I haven't paid a penny for my Leaf yet really; I'll hit "paid more than the credits gave me" in December of this year (having bought early last year).

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 529 529

The town already bans most transmitting devices. That's the whole point. The problem is that the wackos want stores to replace and/or disable lighting fixtures because of their "sensitivity", and they want staff in cafeterias to wait on them directly because they'd have to pass through lit areas to reach the food and don't want to. Read the article. I'm fine with self-treating psychosomatics, up until the point where they start imposing unreasonably on others.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 5, Informative) 312 312

The U.S. Constitution says no such thing. Quit making shit up. Article III, Section 3 (omitting the second half which is all about punishment, not conviction):

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

If you levy war against the U.S., it doesn't matter if the U.S. has declared war against you. And you don't actually have to be making war, that's just one way of being labelled a traitor.

Comment: Re:Stuff Happens (Score 1) 334 334

Neither of the hostages were "operatives" to be compromised. The U.S. citizen worked for USAID; he was a foreign aid worker (USAID administers the distribution of U.S. foreign aid money). Calling them "operatives" that were "compromised" (when they were both aid workers working entirely above board) makes it sound like some CIA cover op gone wrong. Please at least read the article before blaming people for ops gone wrong when nothing in fact went wrong.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823 823

Which is likely why electric car manufacturers are adding artificial noise at low speeds and letting tire noise handle it at higher speed. My Leaf emits a "strobing" sound below 18 MPH; above that, it stops on the assumption that the tire noise is enough.

Comment: Re:Express Lane? (Score 1) 216 216

Also, there are arguments to be made that roads are a public good and should be paid for by the public as a whole, not as a premium good for the wealthy. I'm personally opposed to express lanes and toll roads in general; I can (to a limited extent) support tolls on bridges and tunnels that are unusually expensive to build and maintain, but otherwise roads should be funded by gas and car registration taxes and available to all on an equal opportunity basis, no special access for the wealthy.

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