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Comment Re:The rules are simple. (Score 1) 1111

True enough, but consider things from the ability to pay vantage point.

Individuals are limited to $2,000 campaign contributions. Result: The system crushes them like bugs.
Small corps. yield small donations, if any at all. Result: Crushed at the discretion of the prosecutor handling the case.
Giant corps. yield continuing enormous donations to hordes of politicians and their associated parties. Result: Here's a bailout for your corp. and we could smack-down a competitor while we're at it, too.

Comment Re:Some people seem to forget... (Score 2) 1051

Travel by X is a privilege
Travel by Y is a right

Which ones go where?
private horse drawn carriage
company owned horse drawn carriage (stagecoach)
privately owned vessel
privately owned automobile
company owned automobile (limo/bus)
privately owned aircraft
company owned aircraft

The constitution is silent on specific modes of travel. I take that to mean that all modes of travel belong in Y.

Comment Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (Score 1) 599

It's the 4 cyl. It handled I-285 in Atlanta quite nicely and does well in Denver, but way up here (9,000') it's pretty pathetic.

You're right, a hard top and real doors would address some of the problems. Then again, so would a small pick-up truck. Lesson learned.

Comment Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (Score 1) 599

Jeep, are you serious? Try living with one for a month.
  • Don't get lost. If you need to read a map, the only interior light source is near the fuse block by the driver's feet.
  • My '02 has a soft top and half-doors, everything flaps in the breeze when I'm heading down the road at speeds over 45 mph.
  • On US-50 outside of Pueblo, I ran into a headwind, it could barely maintain 50 mph, in 4th gear, at full throttle.
  • I have to use low range to go up my driveway, partly due to the lack of torque and partly because of the open rear differential. (My 20 yr. old Honda had little problem with the same driveway.)
  • Try putting a picnic cooler in a Jeep sometime, it won't fit under the tension bar for the rear window. You'll have to unzip it. Did you know that dust jams zippers? Here, in the desert, there's no shortage of dust.
  • For a vehicle that may actually go places where the terrain isn't level, why isn't there a way to keep the tailgate open?
  • Don't let the tailgate slam either. The mass of the spare tire will actually cause it to cave-in.
  • BTW, I hope your elbow is starting to feel better, after you smacked it against the mounting peg for the half-window.

There are after-market solutions for most of the problems that I've listed, they simply require you to "Just Empty Every Pocket". If you'll buy my 22 MPG Jeep, I'll go buy that 45 MPG Range Rover that I've recently read about.

Comment Re:In 1970 dollars, please. (Score 1) 868

Go back a few more years (to 1964) and the dollars were exchangable for on a 1 for 1 basis for silver dollars.

Your hour at Wally-world would buy about 40 gallons today. After you fill up your tank, think about the 130 gallons that a 1910 dollar would have bought.

All figures are based on $3/gallon. The melt value of the coins is based on Friday's closing prices and taken from

Comment Re:Why are we assuming E/M transmission? (Score 1) 388

some other form of communication that we are unable to detect.

If there is such a civilization, let's assume that they have figured out that form of communication. All we have to do is to stick some rocks, bits of wire and some twigs together to find it. We might not be able to detect it efficiently enough or correctly demodulate the signal, but just finding the presence of a signal would be a breakthrough.

Think back, it would have been possible to build an AM receiver a few thousand years ago. All you need is a coil of copper wire connected to an interleaved pile of gold foil and parchment. That's a tuned circuit, now hook that up to a rock (galena) and you have most of a crystal radio. A piece of quartz with some foil stuck to it might be enough to act as a sound transducer.

What would it have received? Probably just static from a nearby thunderstorm. Once someone worked out that lightning made the quartz crackle, it could have served to jump-start the development of electronics. That development may have been totally mis-guided and cloaked in alchemical style jargon, but it would have been progress where there was none.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.