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Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 405

In a National Sales Tax plan

It doesn't matter how much Wealth someone has. Who cares how much wealth someone else has? We don't tax Wealth in the US. We tax Income

Wealth doesn't matter with Sales Tax, because we would be taxing spending. That inherited wealth that moves from generation to generation? Who cares how much money someone has in the bank doing nothing. When they spend it and try to improve their quality of life, it gets taxed.

It is a shallow and covetous person who cares about how big someone else's bank account is. What we really care about is how that person spends their money to give themselves a better standard of living than their neighbors.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 405

I've always said the exceptions in a National Sales Tax would be

1. Food - All Food
2. Health Care/Medicine, including OTC
3. Clothing under $100
4. Primary Residence - have to apply for refund, demonstrating it is primary residence, this one will get complicated

Those things take care of the truly poor.

Comment: Evergreen Supertanker 747 (Score 1) 112

by weiserfireman (#47929309) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

This is an amazing water bomber. It drops from so high, the water just mists down like light rain.

Because it is a pressurized system, they can control how much they dump where.

For example, maybe they do 4 drops from 1 tank load, 25% on each drop in 4 different locations

Yes, I am a wildland firefighter, I have been on fires where these planes were working
(Engineboss, Strike Team Leader in Training)

Comment: hahaha (Score 5, Interesting) 155

by weiserfireman (#47913447) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I love the courts logic.

Dealer Franchise Laws were prevented to promote the Franchise model.

If a car company sells franchises in the State, it can't then open Company Stores and undercut their Franchises.

But if the Car Company has no franchises, there is no one being hurt.

Car Dealerships can't sue because they don't like a new Car Company's Sales Model.

Reality is the Franchise owners were licking their chops thinking of all the money they would make selling Teslas in their dealerships. They got butt hurt when they found out Tesla wasn't going to sell them Franchises.

Comment: Re:Yeah right, "diability claims" (Score 2) 144

I was in a meeting with our Workman's Comp Carrier recently

A representative of the carrier said "If a person doesn't return to work in 6 months, the odds are they will never work again in their life".

Made sense, 6 months is the disability term required to get SSI

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 3, Insightful) 454

by weiserfireman (#47507783) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Israel's pre-1960 borders? The ones were the West Bank belonged to Jordan and Gaza belonged to Egypt?

If it brought a real chance at peace, I believe Israel would agree to that. But Jordan doesn't want the West Bank anymore. Egypt doesn't want Gaza. Israel's pre-1960 borders still would not create a country called Palestine.

Jordan and Egypt don't want to deal with the Palestinian problem anymore than Israel does.

Comment: Re:Remote Kill Switch. (Score 1) 443

Since GM runs ads about how they can remotely kill OnStar equipped vehicles, I am sure that if the capability exists in Tesla Cars, they wouldn't need a warrant to do it. They would only need authorization from the owner. Only time Tesla would need a warrant from the police is if the police are chasing the Owner and the Owner won't grant authorization

Comment: Re:Jurisdiction (Score 1) 173

I believe that this is a split from the 5th Circuit who ruled warrants are not required for this data because 3rd party doctrine. It can''t be a search of your private information because it isn't your information, it is Verizon's or AT&T or Sprint. It is about you, but it isn't yours.

Thereby increasing the likelihood that this will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court

It may be time for the Supreme Court to address this issue directly. But they ruled just a few years ago that pager records didn't require warrants.

Comment: But this is a light fire year (Score 4, Informative) 379

by weiserfireman (#47033971) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Every year there are devastating fires somewhere. But we have to look at the acreage and number of fires.

Last year was a light fire year. About 20% lighter than the 10 year average.

So far this year, we are about 15% behind the 10 year average in the number of wildland fires. And we are about 50% behind in the number of acres burned.

Honestly, I still expect overall the world's climate will be getting wetter with global warming. There might be some regions that will get drier, but warmer oceans mean more evaporation. Warmer temperatures mean the air can hold more moisture resulting in higher humidity. Eventually that higher humidity has to result in more rainfall somewhere. But even if higher humidity doesn't result in rain, higher humidity does result in less aggressive fire behavior.
      I am not a climate scientist. I have a lot of people scoff at me when I say this, but they never explain how I am wrong. I can read the projections but the projections never seem to include the increased levels of ocean evaporation that I expect.

Comment: Re:Distillation versus Reverse Osmosis (Score 1) 420

Flash type vacuum distillation plants are very common and very well understood technology.

I can just about guarantee the desalination plant that Santa Barbara built 20 years ago was this type. Reverse Osmosis plants were brand new cutting edge technology back then.

Comment: Re:lol, wut ? (Score 1) 420

I was a nuclear technician in the Navy. We used Pressurized Water Reactors. My understanding is that most US commercial reactors are pressurized water reactors too.

Primary coolant loop is pressurized water. Primary Loop is pressurized and never boils, never produces steam. Pressurized so it can carry lots of heat without boiling. Water transports the heat to a Steam Generator in a secondary cooling loop. The water in the secondary loop boils and produces steam. The steam is used to spin steam turbines attached to generators and main engines.

Lots and lots of steam.

Comment: Re:And with that yoiu get POWER! (Score 4, Informative) 420

Their mothballed desalination plant won't be a reverse osmosis system. It will be an older flash distillation plant.

Probably steam powered. I ran and supervised the operation of 2 multi-stage 100,000 gallon per day flash distillation plants in the Navy. They have very few moving parts and were very reliable. They just took a ton of steam to operate. Steam for the ejectors that pulled the vacuum, and steam for the heating elements. Lots of electricity for the pumps.

But they are talking about a plant that can produce millions of gallons per day of fresh water. It will be very clean and soft too. Expect 0 hardness on the output. They probably will be adding minerals so the output has good flavor.

Comment: Re:A drop in the bucket. (Score 4, Informative) 420

So what you are objecting to the the Practice of Water Rights

Water Rights are a legal principle, not Federal Micromanagement. The water belongs to the person with the oldest rights to it first. Need isn't part of the equation.

The person who's water rights were established in 1849 have priority to the person who's water rights were established in 1999.

First come first served. Water Rights are inheritable and sellable. Those farmers have water rights that are older than the residents in the Cities. That is why they get first dibs. Not because they are propped up by the Federal Government. But because the process of water rights was established by Common Law, and supported by California and Federal Courts.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson