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Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 1) 465

> the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system.

Americans have to get over their fear of socialism and accept that, all other things being equal, a community that works together is stronger and more prosperous than one that does not.

Except that the concept of "self reliance" is enshrined in the US constitution and is such a part of the American psyche that I don't know if it can ever be removed.

(bear with me .. this may seem like a left wing rant, but it is not)

For example this is seen in the 2nd amendment where the right to bear arms is enshrined. But why would you give someone the right to individually bear arms? That can only be because you want to allow them to be able to unilaterally act in using those arms. Thus in the 2nd amendment you are stating that an ideal of being an American is the power to act (for better or worse) as an individual.

How can you convince a society to act in a way that is un-selfish when the their society is fundamentally founded on the opposite?

Comment Re:Conversion typo (Score 1) 138

300 meters is 984 feet.

I'd love to know how this "typo" was produced. TFS looks like a simple cute and paste from TFA, yet the TFA has the correct number in it.

NA: We'd usually expect a canal to be built for this kind of purpose, so why a tunnel?

Because in this case we are crossing a hill which is more than 300 m (984 ft) high. The only alternative is a tunnel. From a maritime point of view this is still a canal, but with a "roof."

It's almost as if the error was deliberately introduced.

Comment Re:FAKE NEWS! (Score 4, Informative) 529

But speaking of asking questions unrelated issues, you should listen to some of the Republicans asking questions. They're more concerned with whether the freedom of press applies to news organizations publishing classified leaks than the actual issue of Russian meddling with the election.

Killing off the free press was always one of Trump's stated goals with his desire to open up libel laws in order to facilitate suing the press.

Comment Re:bloviated shit gibbon (Score 5, Informative) 529

you have evidence current plays golf more often than Obama did; also we paid for Obama's Hawaii vacations including 2008 vacations before he became president. so, do you really have a point?

It's been well documented that Trump is spending public tax dollars at rate well over double what Obama did, in order to fund his trips to his private club.

All the time while Camp David stands empty.

And then you have secret service costs for Melanie in NYC, and the secret service costs for his sons as the fly all over the world undertaking private business dealings.

This from a guy who basically campaigned on fiscal conservancy.

Comment Pittsburgh is fine ... (Score 3, Interesting) 126

Pittsburgh is a great place unless you want to see the horizon. With all those rolling hills the most you can really see in any direction is about a 1/2 mile. After growing up in a place where I could see the horizon I actually felt a bit claustrophobic in Pittsburgh.

And it ranks just behind Seattle for cloudy days, so don;t plan on seeing much in the way of sunlight.


At the opposite end of the spectrum I loved living and working in Salt Lake City for the vistas and the sunshine (other things not so much)

Comment Re:Potential Damages? (Score 4, Interesting) 318

I guess a potentially more interesting question is whether that drone could have done $3.4 million of damage

Note that this is purely a thought exercise and I would never ever think about doing this in real life (FBI take note of this disclaimer!)

1. Buy some large sized consumer drone off craigslist for cash. (bonus points for showing up in a stolen car and having a disguise)
2. Modify them to drop small canisters of red paint.
3. Re-flash the software to ignore all flight restrictions
4. Wait until the president is at Mar-A-Largo
5. Program the drones to fly to 1000 feet, drop down over the target and release their "bombs" over visible areas and then fly out to sea on a random flight path until their batteries run out
6. Release the hounds^w drones at night (or more bonus points for the middle of a golf game)
7. Wash. Rinse. Repeat at other locations.
8. Sit back and watch the government spend a shitload more than $3.4 million as they try to control the situation.

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