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Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 3, Interesting) 149

This happens for many large businesses, Wal-mart, Bass Pro shops, et cetera. It is supposedly good for the region to have the large business, so tax breaks are commonplace. I find it strange that this is being pointed out for Tesla specifically. The oil companies maybe are not happy.

Comment: Re:One way to avoid (Score 1) 160

by fightermagethief (#47855879) Attached to: The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

I just had to check my spam folder for a message and wandered into the pile of spam that had accumulated there. I found this message, below is my response.

From The Desk of Barrister Wang Guoliang
61/Floor, Two international finance streets
Center, Hong Kong P.O. Box No. 172

Dear friend,

Hope this mail meets you in good time, not minding how strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not met personally or had any dealings in the past.

I'm Barr. Wang Guoliang, i'm the Personal Attorney who represented the interest of one Mr. Andreas Schranner a Business Man. I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit for both of us.

After careful consideration, am soliciting for your assistance based on this proposition below, Mr. Andreas Schranner, a German National 64 years of age and a very prosperous property magnate made a deposit for investment, this amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this Suspense Bank Account stands at- $93.5MUSD {Ninety Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars} only.

He named his wife Mrs. Maria Schranner as the NEXT OF KIN to his Estate; unfortunately Mr. and Mrs. Maria Schranner were killed in the 31 July, 2000 aboard German Concorde Flight AF4590 heading
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating this fund left behind by my late client Mr. Andreas Schranner because the Bank have asked me as his Personal Attorney to produce his next of Kin, the Banking System here in Hong Kong stipulates that if such money remains with the Bank for a period of 10 years it will be transferred into the Hong Kong coffers of account of the Treasury In order to avoid this development.

First priority, I want you to know that as the only person privy to the files of my deceased client, I have the power to present you as the next of kin to my Late client and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law of your country and my Country too.

My questions are:-

1. Can you be Trusted?
2. Can you handle this project?
3. What will be your commission?

Finally, it is our humble prayer that this information as contained herein is accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the privacy it deserves.
May I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free and i have taken care of all necessary modalities?

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Wang
Attorney At Law

Dr Wang, I am humbly interested in your monies. Keep me regards as all
the details. I am a doctor too, you know.
Humbly regards

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 1) 217

As someone who has smoked daily for a decade and a half, that sounds like a pretty accurate description to me. The only thing I would really add is that some of the things you mention, I view as positive effects, such as disconnectedness/detachment. You can sort of recognize any of these effects and try to mitigate them, but then you are just playing emotional intelligence catch-up and not functioning at your optimal level. It does seem to take a herculean effort to start and finish something tangible.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by fightermagethief (#47717197) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Yes, death is a bit of an exaggeration, but southwest Texas in the summer with no shade in sight feels pretty close.

>As to being disgusted by the need to drive to get groceries, the local restaurants you frequent drive to get groceries... or things are delivered by truck. What does it >matter if you do some big shopping runs at weekly or even monthly intervals that keep you supplied? I have an aunt that uses a specialty butcher that has deals with >local cattle ranches. She gets the best beef you could imagine. She also gets fresh eggs, fresh produce, and locally made cheese.

This sounds expensive. I don't care if someone else wants to drive to get food in bulk and then sell it to me. It's all about convenience and price for me.

>As to it being cheaper for the very poor... only because they're subsidized. You take away the rent control, the EBT cards, and other crap and they could not afford to >live in the city. And without that, many of the economic systems that rely on their labor would collapse... and that would mean much of what keeps the modern city >viable would fall apart. Those same people would probably be a lot happier in small towns where they could at least feel like they are a part of a community rather >then just a number in a machine.

You can get the same subsidies wherever you are. Housing is only for families and they are being marginalized to the edges of cities everyday. There is project housing in rural areas. You could argue that a person might feel insignificant in the wilderness, but I think this is just a matter of preference/mood.

>I'm sorry, but that is 180 degrees off correct. Rural communities have the lowest crime anywhere. Suburban areas have slightly more crime and the cities have the >most crime. Typically the crime rate goes up with population. Think about it... more victims and more anonymity. If someone starts doing that in a small town... very >quickly everyone will simply know who you are and what you do. It doesn't work. The sort of criminal you get in small towns tends to be drifters... traveling criminals. >But they're not very common.

Yes, there is more crime in populous areas in general, but that wasn't my point. The safest parts of cities are often the most crowded. The parts that look similar to a suburban neighborhood are where the most violent crimes take place. Police response time, monitored cameras, plainclothes officers abound in a wealthy city and crime is pretty scarce in the nice parts of town when population density is taken into account. You have to worry about different things in different areas though. If I stay on the right streets, then San Diego is a very nice place to live and I don't feel the need to carry a weapon. People/criminals are more fearful of the police in the city. In the backwoods of Georgia, it might be a rarity to run upon a murderer, but there is no one within 10 miles to help you out and that is a whole new kind of situation. You could be kidnapped and sold into a human trafficking ring. In the city, at least you can be afforded the ignominious death of being gunned down on the sidewalk. Much quicker!

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 3, Insightful) 276

by fightermagethief (#47714491) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

What you say sounds reasonable, but I think it just depends on how you look at it. On the way into California, going through remote areas of Texas and New Mexico felt like hell on earth where running out of gas and losing your phone could mean death. I have always felt disgusted with any place where I was forced to own a car just to get to a grocery store. I don't necessarily talk to a large portion of the people around me, but it is nice to see signs of life. If you are comfortable, then that lush, verdant grove is going to be quite peaceful, but if you need a physical bank location, then it might piss you off how spread out everything is. People say it is more expensive to live in a big city, but at the bottom of the economic scale, it is much cheaper. Even crime has a population based trade-off, where in extremely populous/busy areas, crime is scarce because there is always someone around to call the cops. Crime is the worst in poor, urban neighborhoods where no one walks around. I don't see how anyone could prefer to live in rural areas, except perhaps the enthusiast.

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