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Comment: Re:Control... (Score 0) 926

by hallkbrdz (#45383079) Attached to: Where Does America's Fear Come From?

Right. As it is they could care less what we think or want. They buy votes with our own tax dollars and do whatever is necessary (completely lie) to get re-elected. They completely ignore the Constitution (our laws for them) and no one (the free press) holds them accountable.

We must ensure that they fear us instead. We must remind them they are public servants - and we are their masters, not the other way around.

Comment: Re:Better model needed (Score 0) 355

by hallkbrdz (#45180773) Attached to: The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science


The answer is first SHRINK IT. Then bin the horrible excuse of an income tax and replace it with a national sales tax so everyone pays tax.

Look at this list of departments and agencies and tell me you have even a clue at what half of these do for us taxpayers - and how they don't overlap other federal or state agencies. The size of the federal government is obese and needs to be put on a diet. Simply getting rid of departments and agencies that do not have to be at the federal level would be a good starting place (e.g. Dept of Education). Others like pure science, NASA, etc. should remain at the federal level.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 355

by hallkbrdz (#45180731) Attached to: The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

> Did Obama let it happen?


Congress - the House and the Senate must work together to pass a BUDGET before the current one expires. That is then signed into law by the current President.

This CR business is a real problem, and the Senate seems uninterested in actually doing to work to create one. Instead of normal, yearly budgets passed in the spring, in plenty of time - we just keep taking onto what we had the previous year in a "crisis" mode not long before 1 October. That honestly IS in a good part Obama's fault. The democrat held Senate has not passed a budget since April 2009! And democrats still had the majority in spring 2010, so no excuses there.

Comment: Re:Never gonna happen. (Score 0) 472

by hallkbrdz (#45078087) Attached to: How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

Slightly disagree, but it could be a regional thing. Here SUV drivers are the worst offenders - and mainly Lexus ones at that, with Range Rovers right behind. Pickup trucks (mainly with lift kits) come in second.

Motorcycles, and sports cars are near the bottom of the jerk list from what I observe. Mainly, because motorcyclists don't last long if they are, and sports car drivers soon get run over by semis or get tickets if they drive that way.

Comment: Re:Never gonna happen. (Score 0) 472

by hallkbrdz (#45078051) Attached to: How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

Its a combination of MANY things. Brake effective force, tire grip, mass of the vehicle, number of tires, drag, etc.

To say that it will be smart enough to always stop within 1 inch - is insane. Way too many variables to include to be that accurate. We are dealing with mechanical components in the real world that are always less than ideal, not some ideal lab condition.

Comment: Re:This solves nothing (Score 0) 233

by hallkbrdz (#44998209) Attached to: Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms

Actually the problem is that 3rd world nations burn a lot of wood (bad since it both pollutes AND reduces a carbon sink - trees), coal, and animal dung with no pollution control equipment at all. On the other hand, our cars and power plants here put out so much less pollution than we did 50 years ago, that there is not much more we can do to make them cleaner. In fact, today's diesel engines actually clean up the air since what goes out the tailpipes is cleaner than what goes into the engine.

So - want to get rid of bulk CO2 sources? Wipe out 3rd world nations. Problem solved.

Yes - that is harsh, but that is the simple truth.

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin