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Comment: Re: Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 239

by Immerman (#49499053) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Not necessarily - start high enough, with a favorable wind and a paraglider-style chute and you could possibly make it from non-restricted airspace, especially on a nice hot day with the heat-island effect was providing a strong updraft. Or you could be launched from a catapult/cannon/etc.instead, if you could somehow get it close enough avoid raising suspicion ahead of time...

Then again, Wikipedia at least classifies paragliders along with hang gliders as aircraft, and a determined lawyer could potentially get even a standard 'chute recognized as such, should a really lucky parachutist manage to make it. Now you've got me curious as to the legal classification. I'd think they'd be classified as ultralight aircraft, at most. But that seems rather generous.

Comment: Re:America! Fuck yeah! (Score 1) 239

by Immerman (#49498995) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Did he even need a pilot's license? The article doesn't seem to mention anything about licenses, and the 'copter looks like it *might* full under the weight limit to be classified as an ultralight, which does not need a license to operate (~250 pounds unloaded, not counting safety equipment)

Of course if he was honestly attempting to deliver mail then that probably wouldn't count as recreational usage, at least not if it was mail he was supposed to deliver for reasons other than his own satisfaction, so I suppose he'd need a license anyway. But then he had to know he'd be stopped, he even called ahead, so clearly he didn't actually intend to deliver the mail - rather he wanted to create a media spectacle, which I think could be argued as recreational.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 239

by causality (#49498253) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Well, the constitution does say any American citizen has free travel between areas within the US. So if I was this guy, I'd sue the federal court. Fun fact, because it's a federal issue, he's constitutionally promised a jury of at least 6 people if the suit is for more than $20. At that point, it really doesn't matter what the federal judge says, it's the jury. And since the US is a country of "letter of the law", the federal government is going to have a hell of a time defending this action when the constitution explicitly prohibits it.

Sure thing. All it will cost him is his life savings plus whatever debt he incurs.

Comment: Re:That's great news! (Score 1) 495

The point is not that no one else has problems, obviously they do. It's just that if everything else were the same, and you were *also* black, you'd almost certainly be even worse off. Being a white man is kind of like being born with a +10 ring of luck. Doesn't mean you didn't also get saddled with a -60 luck modifier, it just means you have it that much easier than you would have otherwise.

Comment: Re:TGIF (Score 1) 142

Some are so long as they are fairly modern and a working breed. From what I understand the brittany is and they seem to be a wonderful animal. One that has the hunt instinct will look forward to it and knows what it looks like when you are getting ready to go and wants in the truck. They also have a great temperament and from what I have seen and read don't seem to have the health problems that other older breeds have.

Comment: Re:How much CO2 is generated.. (Score 1) 119

Well most of the vehicles used in mining are electric drive so does it really matter what the generation source is behind them? Also the ball mills and other equipment typically involved in refining the ore don't seem to really care where their electrons come from either.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 119

My experience would dictate that it takes far less than an century. I dispose of all of the leaves, BBQ ash in the garden plot in my backyard. When I moved in the dirt that was there was about 2 inches below the concrete (just some ugly unkept bush was there), now it is at least an inch above (I have to shovel it back in) and when I till it in the spring it will fluff up another 3-4 inches. Then again I am disposing of all sorts of stuff in there, all of the leaves from trees, fish and bits of fish, and BBQ ash so there is a lot of material that ends up in there.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 119

No with trees you need to cut them down and harvest the wood. If used in durable goods it becomes a very effective method for sequestering carbon. If you really want to go for long term sequestration then dig a giant hole and then fill it so there is a giant pile of harvested trees and then cover it with dirt.

Comment: Re:Feminism ruins society again... (Score 1) 562

Sounds not too dissimilar to my oldest. Initially we enrolled him in gymnastics to help out with coordination and balance (he really had problems). After the first 3 months we asked him if he wanted to keep going and he has said yes every time for the past couple of years. He is almost the only boy there but if he enjoys it and it has done wonders for his coordination and balance.

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