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Comment: Re:toxic microbeads? (Score 1) 158

by istartedi (#49756749) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

It turns out that when you take materials that are usually not a problem, and change their surface chemistry, they can become problems. Take carbon, for example. Pencil "lead" is graphite. Not a problem. OTOH, take a look at a bottle of graphite lock lube. It's the same element, in a fine powder form. There are all kinds of warnings on it because it can get into your lungs.

IANAChemist but I think a real chemist would agree that surface chemistry is an exciting new field, and we don't know enough about it. Sometimes you can get exposed to things in weird ways because they're small.

To take an oddball analogy here... jumping up and down on a mile high peak is not a problem. People do it all the time. Now shrink the mountain down to six feet and try jumping up and down on the peak. Ouch.

Comment: Just up the registration (Score 1) 822

by istartedi (#49739665) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Just up the registration renewal fee. I'm assuming Oregon already has an annual registration fee similar to other states. The vehicle weight, age, and fuel type are already information the state has. You could tax electric vehicles just slightly more, but not so much that it hurts. This could be phased in gradually, until we might get to a point where there are few gasoline-powered cars on the road, and infrastructure is funded mostly from registration fees. It would also be a helluva lot less Big Brother.

Comment: Re:Yep, pretty much (Score 1) 360

by istartedi (#49698391) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I'm not going on a fishing expedition for new music. That's probably part of being middle-aged and having priorities. It's also not my job to wade through all the crap and get to it. I qualified "died" with "virtually" because I still get exposed to interesting things through musician friends (Jazz) and community radio, where "the last DJ" is still allowed to "play what he wants to play".

Comment: Are we still trucking hives? (Score 1) 219

Honest question, I really don't know. Are we still trucking hives all around the country? IMHO that should have been one of the first things to stop when this crisis started. It seems like the opportunity for pathogens to spread multiplies when you truck colonies 500 miles.

I can see this being a vicious circle: Not enough local bees. Truck some in. Trucked-in bees whack local population. Hey, things are worse. Now let's truck in MORE bees...

Comment: Arsenal of Democracy Ignorance (Score 4, Informative) 54

I'm seeing a lot of ignorant comments about the phrase "arsenal of democracy". Please educate yourselves. This phrase comes out of the WW2 era in which these birds flew. Manufacturing weapons was a huge part of the US contribution because we could do it without having to worry about Axis bombers hitting our plants. The AoD helped kill the Axis. Please try to separate it from the modern issues. This is history we're talking about.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson