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Comment: Money Doesn't Matter Much (Score 1) 1089

by maz2331 (#49296627) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Actually, money doesn't matter much once a candidate hits the "saturation point" in advertising. We've seen that quite a few times where one side or the other will outspend their opponent by 7 to 1, and yet still lose. Money only matters if one candidate can hit saturation and the other can't.

Comment: Re:Carrot and shtick? (Score 1) 262

by maz2331 (#48504597) Attached to: Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Brown was hit with 4 non-fatal shots that would have stopped probably 95% of attacks, and kept coming. Remember, he was high as a kite at the time on weed and adrenaline. He didn't stop his attack until he took a round in the brain. Pistols are not really that effective at putting someone down quickly if they aren't afraid.

No amount of training would change the outcome in this case.

Comment: On Grounds of Standing Alone.... (Score 5, Insightful) 385

by maz2331 (#48099223) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

...this case should have been tossed. One can't file on behalf of another (unless they are a legal guardian or hold a power of attorney), and the plaintiffs also can't show any personal harm to themselves.

If they feel strongly enough about the issue, the remedy is political. Convince enough people that 2/3 of Congress and 3/4 of state legislatures will agree, and pass a Constitutional amendment.

Comment: Re:Leasing a car... (Score 1) 126

by maz2331 (#48087859) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

As a CPO buyer, I don't care why they do it, but do like that I can get a 2 or 3 year old car at a substantial discount, while facing a much shallower depreciation curve. A BMW dealer mentioned to me that about 1/2 of their business is leases and about 1/2 is CPO & Used sales. Relatively few people buy outright new.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.