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Comment: Re:Neither do I (Score 1) 538

I'm not sure if much of the rest of the world is significantly better - there are some very corrupt systems out there and some truly batshit politicians in a lot of countries.

If America were to draw up districts in a neutral fashion, put some curbs on the revolving door between industry and Congress, overturned Citizens' United and made donor transparency a requirement, that would address most of my objections.

Comment: Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 1) 330

by haruchai (#49410859) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

?? Someone didn't understand what I wrote.
Very few people commute beyond the range of a typical EV daily and you'd still have 2 (or more) VEHICLES just not all ICEs.
It's the trip to the cottage, out of town to see the relatives, or the long drive that's the challenge.

So for people who live in any number of 1/2 modern cities, all you need is ready access to an electrical outlet.

Comment: Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 1) 330

by haruchai (#49407319) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Of course, it's not an impossibility that Tesla may run into financial trouble but I don't see them fading away any time soon.
Musk et al have simply done too much of an excellent job in making the mass audience aware of the possibilities of EVs, even if it's at a premium.

Even if the players in Detroit aren't interested in Tesla's corpse, if they were to end up on the rocks, there are other players.
I can see Renault, Peugeot-Citroen, Mitsubishi, Kia or Hyundai, either alone or in partnership, eager to buy it at a discount and that would give them ownership of a desirable brand, with a worldwide exclusive, hi-powered charging network and a partnership with Panasonic, Solar City & Silevo.
They'd be mad to not, at the very least, make an offer.
Musk may crash & burn but unless someone invents a compact Mr Fusion by 2020, his eVision will come to fruition within a decade.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

That's what term limits are for and they really, really need to be applied at all levels of government.
Now, since some individuals have held public office at several levels of government, let's say that you can't hold elected office at any for more than 8 yrs for the same position or more than 20 years consecutively for all levels combined.

At that point, I'm not sure if you should be barred from elected office entirely or be forced to sit out for 8-10 years.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

Any system will have defects but the current one in the USA is rigged.
You want to be president? Might cost you & your backers a cool $Billion+ to lose.
Are the voting districts fair? Hmm, instead of having an arms length agency with oversight to draw the boundaries, let's have the 2 major parties take turns drawing the maps as they see fit every 10 years.
So what if you get a few districts that look like a dragon trying to pick its nose with its tail.

Let's have companies write the legislation that will be used to oversee them. I'm sure they're all good honest capitalists. And let's appoint prominent people from those very companies / industries to also be the cop on the beat. After all, we can count on them to prosecute their friends, who they'll probably work with again someday.

There are FAR more corrupt governments that America's but they could be so, so much better.
Canada's appear to be pretty clean although it seems that there are fewer checks on the Canadian PM vs the US President if the prime minister of Canuckistan holds the majority of seats in the House.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

Then make one of their choices "None of the above".
If you can't get more votes than that non-candidate, you don't get a majority government or there's some limit on the powers that you have if you end up in power.

That way people who don't know who to choose or who feel they have no appealing choices can still make their votes matter.
Give that option and there might no need for compulsory voting.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 330

by haruchai (#49405671) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Tesla has been doing their share for charging, at least for their own autos, The speed of deployment of the Supercharger network is impressive given the relatively small size of the company. I believe that the current availability in America is almost 200 locations with usually 4 - 8 charging bays each and plans to double that number by Fall 2016.

They've also installed hundreds of 80A chargers capable of 10-20 kW at restaurants, malls & hotels.

Comment: Re: The authors found that batteries appear on tra (Score 1) 330

by haruchai (#49405615) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

In the USA & Canada, a great many households have 2 (or more) cars. Many of my friends have ready access to 3 or 4 vehicles when you count adult children who live at home or nearby.

One family I'm very close with have 2 vans at home and regular use of either their son-in-law's car as he usually drives his pickup or his plumbing van or their younger daughter's midsize car as she prefers using a van when she has to ferry around her 3 kids who are 2, 5 & 9 yrs old.

During the warmer months, they'll take turns at the family cottage on the lake which is 3-4 hours away.

And they're not unique among families where 2 or more people their own businesses. I can see potential to replace 2 of those vehicles right now and another in a few years with EVs and no disruption to their regular routines.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?