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Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 1) 385

instead of spouting typical "literal reading" ignorance

(a) You chastise me about that then provide cut/pasted excerpts from the Constitution - which is *literally* a literal reading? Talk about irony. (b) I know all that, and it was mentioned by another poster (to which I replied as in (c)), so you're late and short. (c) Doesn't change my point that Congress passes the laws in this country - treaties and "recommendations" to Congress not withstanding. (d) You're (obviously) a pedantic dumb-ass.

Cheers, have a nice day! :-)

Comment Re: "Advanced battery technology" is a flashlight (Score 1) 178

Larger cells mean inability to control the heat which is what really destroys the cells. In addition, with high parallelism, they are able to deliver a great deal more amps as well as charge much faster. IOW, the use of massive cells was an intelligent choice, not one forced on them. In addition, the wrappers are not the same as what goes into your laptop.

Comment Re: Sakura Battery (Score 1) 178

Uhm. Humm. Have you wondered why Tesla has the ability to do a supercharger and not ruin their batteries? Or why their batteries will outlast others? Or why they have such amazing performance? It is because they choose to go with small batteries. It was not forced on them. They wanted high parallelism in the batteries.

Comment Re:Not doing his job? (Score 1) 385

Unfortunately, it's not true they just say "no". They say "no" to big stumbling blocks, not everything. In fact, the record shows plenty of laws passed. Somewhere upwards of 95%. But on big issue items, where the two parties have fundamentally different approaches/solutions, there is nothing moved forward. As it should be.

Indeed. On the other hand, of the ~260 "laws" on that list there was plenty of BS (cursory review below). So I'm not saying that what Congress does could be done by semi-trained monkeys, just (at least) 31% of what they do.

  • 63 (24%) - were to name Post Office buildings
  • 10 - were to (re)name other things
  • 5 - to (re)appoint people to the Smithsonian Board of Regents
  • 1 - to "facilitate the hosting in the United States of the 34th America's Cup by authorizing certain eligible vessels to participate in activities related to the competition, and for other purposes"
  • 1 - "Amends the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 to express the sense of Congress that the President should continue to support radio, television, and Internet broadcasting to the people of Belarus in languages spoken in Belarus"
  • 1 - "To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and to provide for the permanent display of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol."

Comment Re:Far more abundant than lithium? (Score 1) 178

The cost of raw materials tends to drop as the demand rises. This sounds counter intuitive but what happens is that technological advances in finding and extracting raw material generate price drops. Think shale oil.
In theory the Earth is a finite resource, in practice human ingenuity overcomes scarceness.

That's like saying, "I didn't die between 9am and 11am this morning, so I have overcome death!"

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 228

Of course, it often gets confused for socialism in the US, because "socialism" is on its way to becoming a word like "hipster" where it means whatever you want it to mean.

Well what are the socialist countries, then? What is all the "European-style Socialism" we're always hearing about and how the hell is Barack Obama a Socialist?

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.