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Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 2) 144

by AK Marc (#48909765) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

...but lets not pretend that the reason you identify police on Waze exists for any other reason but to let other speeding drivers know to slow down until they pass the cop and speed back up to well above the speed limit.

it also causes traffic jams when cops pull people over. It's for route selection. You can "avoid" routes that may have speed traps, as well as possible slow-spots from cops pulling people over.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 144

by AK Marc (#48909751) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App
How about illegally low speed limits? The State of Texas sets out guidelines for setting limits. The places setting them must abide. Most don't. They set the limit the lowest they think they can get away with. This causes traffic jams and unsafe conditions. If a cop is sitting on the side of the road running radar, that's "proof" that the limit is unreasonably low.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 236

by AK Marc (#48909617) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
Then, if the US abandons the dollar, what would be the options? GBP is too small now. With the Euro, it's less accepted in Europe. I think one of the reasons the EU pushed for a unified currency is to get away from the pound. Many places in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and elsewhere took the pound alongside the local currency, making the GBP the default currency of travel.

The AUD, SGD, and others in Asia-Pac are too small to handle the demand of the US, though Aus would do whatever the US asked. The Yen is in no better shape and the RMB/Yuan is closest, but the US couldn't ever pull that off politically. So if the US abandoned the USD after a collapse, what would the US use? Canadian dollars? Peso?

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 236

by AK Marc (#48908913) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
It's the only other currency large enough to work at the moment. And I didn't think there were multiple printers of it, but a single issuing authority. Wasn't that the whole deal with Greece? They wanted to inflate their way out of debt, but Germany didn't want inflation, and there's a single act for it. Just add the US to the EU zone. Other than the militia members that would see it as a cause for open revolt.

Comment: Re:"A hangar in Mojave" (Score 3, Informative) 30

by Bruce Perens (#48908157) Attached to: Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

That's actually what it's like at "Mojave Spaceport". Hangers of small aviation practicioners and their junk. Gary Hudson, Burt Rutan, etc. Old aircraft and parts strewn about. Left-over facilities from Rotary Rocket used by flight schools. A medium-sized facility for Orbital. Some big facilities for BAE, etc. An aircraft graveyard next door.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 236

by AK Marc (#48907543) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
You are wandering off topic again. Would the worse damage to the economy come from defaulting on bonds, or printing to pay them off? In my opinion, the damage would be the same (presuming you use the tactic to wipe the debt, not just to extend it or pay off a small portion of it), and defaulting is simpler. So the discussion of printing to pay off the debt (all of it, not the "inflate it down" tactics that have/are being used) is pointless. It's the worst way to accomplish the task.

Just default on any and all debt. At least then, much of the damage will be international, while printing to eliminate the debt will do 100% direct damage only domestically (with follow-on effects that will affect the world, but not directly). So many bonds are held internationally, that the damage will be more spread around the world to simply default.

Though in either case, it would be less damaging to swithc currencies at the same time. Adopt the Euro when eliminating debt, so you don't have any concerns about lack of "faith" in your currency.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 5, Interesting) 359

The problem with the electoral college is not that it exists, it's that it's being used improperly as a flawed proxy for the popular vote instead of as it was originally intended, which was to reflect the will of the individual states, not the people.

Are you sure that's how it was intended? The EC has state-apportioned representatives because the constituents of the Continental Congress and later the Convention were colonies, later called states. Neither the US constitution, nor does any commentary I'm aware of, state that electors are pledged to represent the interests of their state.

Of course, at every crucial point in history prior to the 1860s, somebody suggests reducing the power of states in favor of either democratic populism (Jackson) of federal power (Hamilton, Washington...), and the argument against goes something like, "You're just trying to abolish slavery!" American federalism was invented as a pretext to sustain slavery in the colonies where it was economically entrenched.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 1) 508

by AK Marc (#48906329) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
They are not on the fucking wrong side if you put them on inside out. And it's not like that social faux pas will be my biggest of the day, so if it makes it easier to dress, put on your wife's shirt, and wear it inside out.

Why can nobody else figure these solutions out. Genius I say.

So button up pants, and women's shirts on inside out. Shoes are optional, but not a fucking hat.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 359

"Whatever the boss says, goes" is still a constitution. The Fürerprinzip is a constitution.

Even if what the boss said went in Saudi Arabia, they still needed a way of picking the new boss, and their method has remained codified for over 70 years. If there's a government, there's a constitution.

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