Driving? I much rather play sports on Mars! Jump higher (almost 3x), leap longer...
Personally, the moment you talk about 'in-flight' refueling, I'm thinking what you need to do is make a strong hybrid - battery assist, but also with an engine, most likely diesel*, perhaps even a turbine like what's in the M1(updated and smaller, of course).
This gives you monster power when you need it, and increased efficiency which also increases the range. Between the armor and the battery weight, many things that would normally stop a vehicle won't stop the presidential one.
*less likely to explode if attacked by something like an IED, RPG, and such.
Again, this should all be covered by the company that wins the bid. If they don't like it, they shouldn't bid on the contract.
>because most of the requirements are out of date,
Contractor's fault. If the requirements are impossible, tell the customer and don't bid.
>were written by somone who had no idea what they were asking for
Same as above.
>or are missing critical pieces of functionality or details.
Same as above.
>Then you find out you need to integrate with a 35 year old Wang mainframe that runs some weird esoteric algorithm that no one alive understands.
If that's in the contract you signed, you need to do it. If it isn't in the contract, don't do it, or re-bid for that portion.
This would all be much simpler if both parties simply adhered to the terms of the contract. If the terms are unrealistic or impossible, don't bid.
I don't believe corporations should be able to freely spend their money on partisan politics. The Citizens United decision was a travesty.
So what? Just because you don't like the ruling doesn't mean that it was flawed in some way. The basis for the ruling was that the "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act" unfairly made it illegal for corporations to do issue advocacy ads (which are expressions of free speech), but not other categories of people. This created an unconstitutional constraint on free speech by groups of people organized in the form of a corporation.
Recall that I spoke of restrictions on the right of people to act on behalf of a corporation? This is one way it can happen. If I spent $1 million of my own money to take out an attack ad on President Obama, it would be legal under the above law. Similarly, it would be legal, if I spent $1 million of some other individual's money. But it becomes illegal, if it's $1 million of a corporation's money. The people whose interests the corporation represents just had their First Amendment rights taken away.
And the idea that certain privileges should have a subsequent impairment of rights is a poisonous belief. There are certain situations where these are baked into the Constitution, such as when the person holds a political office or government position of power. They are held to theoretically higher and tougher standards than a normal person and a variety of concrete restrictions have been placed on their power.
But the same is applied to other classes of people, such as people who own property or drive (drug seizure laws), or who fly (the ongoing security theater in US airports).
Finally, there's really no way to make the law workable since it can't ban political speech without violating the First Amendment.
Not where i live there isn't. ( for any of those groups )
..well, so pretty much have all the FUD-spreaders in the CDC, government, and NGOs who've been all telling us that "any moment" we could get a "deadly flu" since the (ha ha ha) Sars "epidemic".
All I've ever gotten is the "Cry Wolf" heebie jeebies.
Once you can replace an 18 wheeler's diesel engine with an electric drive system, then you've changed the world and made a real impact on emissions.
Why bother? Just run the diesel engine you already have on biodiesel.
Besides, there are far more effective ways for the president to "Lead" us into a greener future. (Maybe cutting back on those vacations that are half a planet worth of jet fuel away for one.)
More like "vacations that are a full plane load worth of secret service agents and other assorted aides away" -- if the Prez flew commercial it wouldn't be such a big deal.
Netflix is getting good at making recommendations.
The gay and lesbian section is now entirely full of movies about hot lesbians.
Insert Goat.cx here (pun intended)
I love you too, APK. But my heart is promised to another.
I am also in the Bible belt, and the condoms are out there for anyone to pick up. I believe the biggest issue with contraception is people are embarrassed to buy it because they don't want people to know about their sex life. This leads to either theft, no sex, or pregnancy depending on the individual.
But that's not the same as the OP and other posters saying that contraception isnt' available unless ACA or the like is in place.
It's out there always has been, just a matter of people getting it. I think they mean to say, it only matters if someone else is PAYING for it.
Conflating availability with who is footing the bill.