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Comment: Re:Anecdote, completely non-scientific (Score 1) 120

by volmtech (#48949551) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?
I'm sure most commentators here have smart children. My oldest daughter started reading when she was three and now has an English PhD. My college junior son has his own Minecraft server and builds computers for his friends. The trouble is smart people do most teaching and we can't really empathize with the less intelligent. They have less need to know things, they just want entertainment.

Comment: Check your facts (Score 1) 420

by volmtech (#48886873) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut
Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to Duke, said Scalise spoke at a meeting of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association -- not affiliated with the European-American Unity and Rights conference that was held in the same Metairie hotel -- two-and-a-half hours before the white nationalist event started.

Never let the truth get in the way if you are a Liberal.

Comment: Re:Not so difficult (Score 1) 512

by volmtech (#48884557) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
I do not believe American export man hours equal import man hours. Look at the disaster happening in North Dakota as fracking jobs disappear due to the sudden drop in oil prices. We mostly export raw materials or automated factory goods. Great for corporate profits but little value to the American worker. All the job growth is in service industries, where is the money coming from? Record number of people on food stamps and disability, eighteen trillion dollars of debt. Found it!

Comment: Re:Lest we Forget.. (Score 1) 130

by volmtech (#48883811) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild
Who remembers the Alar scare? When the news broke panicked mothers rushed to schools to pull apples out of their child's lunch. The FDA had pulled Alar's registration but allowed all remaining stocks on hand to be used. Unfortunately most orchards had already been sprayed and with the panic no one was buying. Many farmers lost their orchards.

Comment: Re:Stick cards in your spokes (Score 1) 820

by volmtech (#48883571) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Maybe I'm wrong but I though an internal combustion engine was basically an air pump. Getting the air in and out in an efficient manner produced more power. I flipped the air cleaner cover on my 68 327 Impala because it allowed more air to the air cleaner than the one and a quarter inch hole on the side snout. It had nothing to do with the sweet moan from the spread bore carburetor at full throttle.

One of the best sounding exhaust I ever heard was on a ten wheel flat bed truck with a big block V-8. The owner had simply welded a three ft section of six inch black pipe to each exhaust pipe in place of a traditional muffler.

Comment: Re:Why is lack of male nurses not an issue? (Score 1) 479

by volmtech (#48833417) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

My wife just started nursing school. Tonight she is going to practice doing a bed bath on me. I hope she wears her naughty nurse outfit ;)

She has been helping take care of her invalid mother for almost ten years so she knows how. She just needs a male patient and figured I would enjoy it. Out of the fifteen students in her class, one is male.

Comment: Re:The pendulum swings too far... (Score 1) 441

by volmtech (#48832237) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now
Take your first sentence to it's logical conclusion. Ban all things pertaining to fossil fuels. Most people do nothing productive, they can all stay home. Many of those now unemployed can then start work on the all renewable infrastructure. It will require a North Korean style totalitarian government because the sacrifice and deprivation of a carbon free existence will be intolerable to all but a few of the population. Of course those few will gleefully man the guard towers and put aside their fear of guns.

Comment: Re:Just hire a CPA (Score 1) 450

After years of my business breaking even, meaning no profit but no loses either, I had to sell some land to repay the loans I had been living off of. This triggered a large capital gains tax. I shifted expenses forward to cancel that out. The next year with less expenses I made a large paper profit and had to pay the Social Security and income tax on that profit that wouldn't have be due on the capital gains.

The smart me thought me knew what he was doing and the lazy me didn't take the few minutes to figure it both ways the first time. This cost me $50,000 in penalties and interest when I couldn't pay it. A CPA would have saved me more than $25.

Comment: Re:Stop trying to win this politically (Score 1) 786

by volmtech (#48785063) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Until everyone gos to war against climate change nothing will happen. In 1941 the US was at war. There was a real threat of invasion yet there was still the need for a military draft because many men wouldn't volunteer to fight. Until everyone is forcibly drafted into the warming war, few are willing to suffer the consequences.

There will be food rationing, travel restrictions, and many deaths, remember, this is war. Until the politicians declare war and institute the draft most will be conscientious objectors.

Comment: Re:We already know something about long-term expos (Score 1) 132

by volmtech (#48784971) Attached to: Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression
I was a maintenance tech at a produce packing plant where we received bulk semi loads of potatoes. We weighed the trucks in and out to calculate the delivery weight. One guy was HUGE! I made sure I watched the digital scale readout as he got out of his truck to get his scale ticket. He was over 600 lbs. He took his papers and then climbed the stairs to the second story office.

Comment: Re:Tell that to Alaskans who get BI of US$1000+/ye (Score 1) 109

by volmtech (#48784831) Attached to: Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland
As a mental exercise two years ago I took the time to calculate what my investment would have been worth if my yearly SS contribution was put in the stock market starting with my first paycheck in 1970. Most of my life I made less then forty thousand a year. It would have been six-hundred and fifty thousand. For gold it would have been the same. I calculated Apple stock and almost got sick. Most people probably use up that much in Medicare but that is another discussion.

Comment: Re:Why stop with rides? (Score 1) 160

by volmtech (#48778211) Attached to: Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town
Are restaurant licenses limited? Do they cost a million dollars each? Would you be happy if your town decided that five restaurants was enough? Or if one of them had to be in the part of town that wasn't safe after dark? Would prices be cheaper if the wait time was always two hours? Nothing wrong with safety regulations. I don't think social engineering and guaranteed profits are right.

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst