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Comment: Re:Such a Waste (Score 2) 43

by rmdingler (#47562771) Attached to: The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released
That's what I thought to begin with during the First Trilogy, to be quite frank, and I probably wouldn't have suffered the first 6 hours of "incomplete story" except that my boys were children and I was accustomed to being disappointed at movies they preferred.

Yawn like the Spiderman movies.

Midway through the final chapter of the Trilogy, when Theoden's rallying the troops on the hill and the sun is rising... man, I'm All In. I'll give this the benefit of the doubt.

Comment: Re:You needn't charge anything (Score 2) 209

by rmdingler (#47562121) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Father here.

Just accompanied my son to a credit union to begin to build his credit with a secured card... he wants a newer vehicle, has saved well, and was able to transfer the necessary security from his account with the financial institution for his pending secured credit line.

His loan officer told him his credit score would reflect more positively if he used only about 60% of his available credit line each month, and left 15 or 20 dollars per month in carryover balance, instead of paying off the entire balance each month.

Truth or bullshit?

Comment: Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (Score 1) 147

by rmdingler (#47554481) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children
This makes great sense.

In the wild, other mammals are completely capable of reabsorbing fetuses into their bodies during times of stress, giving evidence that the birth of a litter of young is predicated on environmental factors.

If a mammal uses resource surplus & hardship as a determining factor to give birth, it is not much of a stretch to imagine genetic predisposition is formulated by those factors as well.

Comment: Hydrocodone, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine (Score 1) 479

They're not an epidemic solely in Silicon Valley, and although I get

that location makes it a nerd story, you can tell this same sad tale in nearly any modestly sized City.

An interesting question is, "Are the abused prescription drugs more widely available to top earners?"

The oxys and hydrocodone are super-addictive, and may (to their detriment)

be more widely available by prescription to folks who seem to have their act together... physician's discretion, if you will.

Comment: Re: Clever editors. (Score 1) 285

You are still thinking short term. It doesn't matter how much CO2 they emit today. It matters how much CO2 their children and grandchildren will emit when they grow up. Nigeria's economy is growing rapidly, as is the per capita CO2 emissions. More importantly, most Nigerian women have more children than they desire. So more convenient and available contraception will have a big effect.

Comment: Re: Clever editors. (Score 4, Insightful) 285

by ShanghaiBill (#47539629) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Here you go. Greenpeace exec commuting on commercial air every week between Amsterdam and Luxembourg.

That was not a "private jet". Adding yet-another-passenger to a commercial flight emits about as much CO2 as driving the same distance. How far is it from Amsterdam to Luxembourg anyway?

See, like most liberal assholes, it is do as i say not as I do.

That is a dumb standard. You should do what someone says, or not, depending on whether their argument makes sense. That they are hypocrites is irrelevant. In this case, Greenpeace's argument is silly. Electricity is fungible, and it doesn't really mean anything to say that the source of power for one particular use is "clean". All that really matters is the overall emissions. But even that is silly, since subsidizing clean energy is a pretty dumb way to combat global warming. A far better way to reduce CO2 emissions would be to buy condoms for Nigerians. People that are never born emit far less CO2 than those that are. Long term problems require long term solutions.

Comment: Doomsday Chronicles (Score 1) 90

by rmdingler (#47535657) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms
A scenario that is purported to lead to medieval living conditions virtually overnight.

At least it's not Zombies. In fact, if you can survive the initial purge while a great percentage of survivors fight (and die) over the food & water they can find on the ground, you will stand a pretty good chance of eventually returning to civilized living.

As sad an advantage as this may seem to be, the governors will be working overtime to get back in contact with surviving taxpayers.

"You tweachewous miscweant!" -- Elmer Fudd