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Comment: Terrific, let's shut down the fossil fuel plants N (Score 1) 608

by mpercy (#48137233) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

See how faar that goes before the latte sippers complain about the power going out all the time.

Polution is bad, mkay, and we should be preparing for the day when cheap fossil fuels are not available, And dumping CO2 into the atmo is probably exacerbating if not causing "global warming".

But it seems like every week we get something like this. They sure are trying hard to sell their fantastic (pun intended) power supply be it wind, solar, or Tesla's magic battery dust.

Comment: I have one real Model M and one vintage clone (Score 1) 304

by mpercy (#48097663) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

An NMB Technologies RT8255C+. Have had them both for years and years. Lovely train of legacy to usb adapters on each of them too.

I also have 3 Logitech TrackMan Marble/FX. Bought two on ebay when they stopped being sold.

When forced to use different keyboard and normal mouse, can barely get through the day.

Comment: Never seen "Ancient Aliens" on History channel (Score 1) 173

by mpercy (#48002017) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

On that show and others like it, *everything* on this planet is a result of meddling by visitors from outer space. Every ridiculous claim proffered, like George Washington cross the Delaware on the advice of some little green man, or that Bigfoot is an on-going genetic experiment by aliens, is preceded by the phrase "Ancient Astronaut theorists believe that...".

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by mpercy (#47997385) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore — equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird — Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening’s dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth.

“I have $80 bucks left!” Magida said. “I’m so happy!”

“I have $12,” Mak said with a frown.

The two friends weren’t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit cards, the official new term for what are still known colloquially as food stamps.

Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate, had been installing museum exhibits for a living until the recession caused arts funding — and her usual gigs — to dry up. She applied for food stamps last summer, and since then she’s used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away.

“I’m eating better than I ever have before,” she told me. “Even with food stamps, it’s not like I’m living large, but it helps.”

Mak, 31, grew up in Westchester, graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else. About half of his friends in Baltimore have been getting food stamps since the economy toppled, so he decided to give it a try; to his delight, he qualified for $200 a month.

“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. “I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it’s great that you can get anything.”

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 907

by mpercy (#47997319) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

From Delta.com:

Funding for the FAA expired on July 23. At that time, Delta stopped collecting several taxes imposed on ticket sales, including a 7.5 percent tax on the base ticket price, a $3.70 segment tax and facilities taxes on international travel and travel to and from Alaska and Hawaii.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has advised that travelers who paid for tickets on or before July 22, 2011, for travel beginning on or after July 23 and prior to the reinstatement of FAA funding, may be entitled to a refund of those taxes.

OTOH, Congress *retroactively* reinstated the tax about 2 weeks after it expired (Aug. 5, 2011, with collections resuming Aug 8, 2011), so the airlines probably had a good reason to keep the fare+tax cost the same even when the tax portion temporarily went to $0.

All in all, a poor example of "the market doesn't work to lower prices".

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 907

by mpercy (#47997219) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

And that situation lasted about 3-5 days before informed customers demanded that they stop jacking fares...consumers knew the tax expired and knew the carriers were screwing them. Since some carriers broke down immediately or quickly, eventually all stopped. Competition did that, and did it in short order, albeit not instantaneously.

Comment: Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe that (Score 1) 173

by mpercy (#47996969) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

*every* *damn* *thing* can be traced back to alien visitors. Because puny humans could never have accomplished anything without them.

They never answer my question of who setup the ancient astronauts? If they could evolve to their functional status as spacefaring beings, couldn't humans (eventually)? Otherwise, is it ancient astronauts all the way down.

My wife cannot seem to walk away from those shows! Even though she doesn't believe them.

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