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Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 433

What does the engineering difference between those two styles of air brakes have to do with the judgement call of when or whether to apply brakes in the first place? Is the fact that a guy in Nice, France chose to run down 84 people with an air-brake-equipped truck just an engineering failure, as far as you're concerned?

Comment Re:missed opportuinity OP (Score 1, Troll) 121

Total garbage clickbait headline. Slashdot becomes even more tone-deaf each day. The headlines are downright political trolls. This one is copied verbatim from the linked article. It's never more obvious that the people who write articles aren't the ones who write the headlines, when you read this:

The Miami Herald ( ) reports that under the proposal, acceptable levels of toxins will be increased for more than two dozen known carcinogens and decreased for 13 currently regulated chemicals.

I don't know the reason for relaxing the standards for the >24, but the fact that they are being tightened for 13 and many more are being added is important. It sounds like some knowledgable people might be doing their best to balance economics and public health. We hope there is a scientific basis. They could also be giving a corporate handout-- I don't know. Maybe some progressives would be interested in finding out instead of screaming "baby killers" (see the article) when they find out DHMO levels are going up.

Comment Re:Not violating the law (Score 1) 607

No, it's saying they can't promise them the quality of the offer. Other emails draw attention to the fact that the sorts of appointments that can be handed out are going fast, and there's even a "last call" to staffers to get them the donor names/numbers so they can get it wrapped up. Yeah, it's relevant, because the very act of talking about the quality of the appointments left to dole out conveys the routine-ness of the DNC's activities in this regard.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 2) 607

To be fair, the Republicans managed to toss the Democrats the most easily defeatable opponent ever in someone who is consistently offensive to nearly everyone including most of the party he is nominated for and the Democrats still couldn't actually field someone who could soundly beat him.

There was never a Democratic presidential nomination contest. Hillary's victory this week was decided on years ago. Maybe Bernie was the last to be told, but didn't you think it strange that the Dem contest was just Hillary vs. Bernie (plus the occasional third guy)?
The Republicans had over a dozen people vying for the spot, and say what you like about the man, but Trump got the votes, and the Republican establishment hated it. It was a real contest.

Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 1) 607

Go to any of the numerous news outlets that have already culled out the boring email from the big dump, and just dig out the stuff from DNC finance boss Scott Corner. He's actually somewhat apologetic that he can't promise some contributors would get anything better than "The President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History" in exchange for being loyal campaign supporters.

Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 1) 607

Why so rude?

I was responding in a tone I thought appropriate to a comment in a tone that couldn't be serious. DNC finance boss Scott Corner's solicitations of names and contact info and the ensuing conversation about doling out appointments to supporters (even as he tried to lower expectations about just how juicy a given appointment might be for supporters - he apologetically said "It’s much more likely they’ll get something like ‘President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History.’") has been widely reported. Anyone who's actually interested in any of this would have to go out of their way to avoid reading highlights like these. Numerous outlets have already done the dirty work of digging out the "interesting" emails from among the pile of more mundane stuff, so you don't have to hunt them down yourself.

Comment Re:And still people won't vote for Gary Johnson (Score 1) 607

One party nominated a racist

Have you read the emails? You know, where Clinton's DNC operatives are gleefully making jokes about Mexican ethnicity, ridiculing a black woman over her name, that sort of thing? Not paying attention when Hillary Clinton makes remarks about getting some "colored people time" in her schedule? No? Too distasteful for you? I see.

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