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Comment Re:Close.. (Score 5, Interesting) 391

Too much Fa(r)cebook.
Seriously, the number of people who spend all their relaxation time buried in that pile of steaming shite and ignoring their partner is just astounding, no wonder no intimacy happens.... Especially, I have to say it sorry, women.

Its a little more than that, but that is certainly a part of it. I blame the smart phone. I thought I had a great marriage right up until my wife got an Iphone. Now admittedly I do spend a little too much time with computers and music gear. So I wasn't that worried about it when my wife first got her Iphone, but 6 months later I was genuinely lonely, felt ignored, felt like I could not a have a decent conversation with her, and its been a battle since. I try to have a conversation with her, she has to check this thing and wont give the courtesy of putting it away for all of it. I try to go places and do things with it -- we could be at an incredibly fancy restaurant sans kids and still has to whip this one (and yes, it might be limited to a brief snap of this to post about it, but its often not), I have sex with her and 30 seconds later that blue light is on. I can't even watch a movie with her without her checking it.

I even took the step of introducing a high voltage static discharge into her prior one. She simply bought another within hours. She is not a morning person, so to see her sprint up even before I did to rush out to the Apple store was disheartening. Coming up upon a decade and I decided to file for divorce now rather than risk my retirement to it.

Some people may have a less intense reaction to it than I do. It depends upon what speaks to you about being loved and feeling loved. For me its no different than choosing crack cocaine over your partner. 16 years together, the last 10 of them married.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 485

Waste disposal issues disappear if they're allowed to make next-gen reactors. Much less waste and much easier to store.

That is like the blind men with the elephant. You have a much larger problem than what you realize.

You've never been on a mining site. Nuclear waste needs to include the stream of unnaturally enriched uranium tillings, the water you destroy permanently to get at it from in-situ type mining, the area contaminated by good ol' wind in the processing, the waste generated during processing and further refinement to actually get a usable product, then you get to the plant itself, the daughter products, the fact that anything that actually runs water through it *leaks*, and everything else down the road.

Insane liabilities that are largely externalized, huge capital costs, higher electricity rates, and the risk of losing say 1/3 of the United States productive capacity in the event of a major accident. All of this for a system that even if it works out right produces hundreds of tons of radioactive waste for every hour that plant runs. Oh, you didn't figure the mining into your equation? Of course not, you think that stuff just magically appears at Wal-Mart?

Comment Re:Thanks anti-nuke extremists! (Score 1) 148

The problem is neutron embrittlement of the containment vessel. There comes a time where it must be replaced and at that point all that's left is the steam infrastructure.

I would mod you up if I had the points.

The neutron bombardment literally causes hydrolysis, and the hydrogen actually penetrates hardened nickel steel! When this steel expands and contracts with thermal changes the steel literally has sections that pop out, sometimes resulting in cracks at joints or even along the entire plumbing -- including the pressure vessel itself.

There is a Swiss reactor that we literally refer to as the Swiss cheese reactor for this reason. The cracks there are not just in the plumbing, but the pressure vessel itself, and the pictures are truly frightening if you think about the age of that reactor and the proposed age of reactors here.

There is another issue though, its the actual concrete that surrounds the plant that is also subject to embrittlement; sometimes this is caused by things like salt water (concrete is porous), but its being seen now that areas near the reactor itself the concrete is breaking down in unexpected ways due to low level neutron bombardment. This is your containment vessel.

Comment Re: Thanks anti-nuke extremists! (Score 1) 148

Three mile island is FAR from the worst case in America, but since you mentioned it.

Three mile island actually suffered a partial core meltdown. A lot of people don't know. Partial core meltdown, think about that for a second, and that only a single correct decision prevented that from becoming a full core meltdown.

Nothing happened? I think the people in the river valley region where they have seen 100-1200% cancer increases and for a few so rare cancers as to be improbable to happen its hard to calculate. Beyond that was it awful? No, but if you lived in the valley, when they vented their radionuclides -- those hung over the valley due to the lack of wind and the way the pressure fronts came together. It could have been a lot worse, and it was mere minutes from becoming a lot worse.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

which is what the guy who just killed 10 people in oregon thought

congratulations, you're not part of the problem, you are the problem

the second amendment references a *well-regulated* militia. in today's language, that means well trained

*according to the will of the founding fathers* therefore, we must institution a policy of knowing how to use a gun, of being regularly tested, and trained BEFORE you get one. like a car

"but it's a constitutional right, not like a car..."

the fucking second amendment says WELL-REGULATED. well trained: our forefathers had a musket since childhood. they used it to catch game to eat, to protect form hostile forces on the frontier, to answer the call of community action in groups. they knew how to use a gun. the forefathers would not support any retard getting a gun just easy like that. they fucking said so: WELL-REGULATED, well trained

in the last century it's become about handguns, individual action, urban environments, and the focus on crime. so now it's about any asshole getting any gun he wants without the slightest fucking clue about how to use one? and we've completely forgotten the WELL-REGULATED (well-trained) part of what the founding fathers knew about guns. it is judicial activism from the last century and we need to get back to our constitutional roots. dirty harry is not the basis of the second amendment. the minuteman is. and he knew how to use his fucking gun!

"but criminals..."

hot heads seek the path of least resistance. if a gun is hard to get, they don't get one. as proven on all of our social and economic peers in the world. they grab a knife. which is far less lethal. they don't build bombs, because that's not a casual effort, that's a far more rare insane maniac. we're not preventing all massacers, we're only preventing 90% of them because guns are so easy to get. and easy to use and kill easily. that's the actual problem

Can insane people buy drugs? Are illegals a problem? Sex slavery? All of those are harder to smuggle than guns and explosives at the border -- especially our southern border! Do you think street gangs end up with fully automatic guns just by robbing FFL holders?!? Really??

Comment Re:Why was he modded up? (Score 1) 1165

John Allen Muhammad & Malvo (DC Snipers), Omar Sheriff Thornton, Aaron Alexi, Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton, Christopher Dorner -- just to name a few!

By capita -- mass shooters end to ASIAN, e.g., Virginia Tech, and they tend to have higher body counts.

By strict definition 4 or more in a short span -- 16% of mass shooters are black. Roughly their equal with the population (a few points higher). However, if we include serial killers and multiple murderers in this -- the numbers skew black per capita in a hurry. Herd of the ZEBRA killings? Yahwey Ben Yahwey?

America has a race problem, not a gun problem. Its not polite to say it, buts its also accurate. Keep in mind for "white shootings" -- until this year hispanics were counted as white if they committed a crime.

Everything I have told you can easily be verified on HIGHLY LEFTIST Mother Jones, and the FBI UCR.

I'm older than many of you, and I have a longer memory.

Comment Re:Google is becoming irrelevant (Score 0) 165

I find Google blocking things to be highly annoying. Try the search of Google shopping for a confederate flag or battle flag of Virginia as an example.

I go to Bing, and the first results are relevant. It makes me wonder how many other things are being Google-Washed away. IMHO Google has hit the tipping point where it will start to drive users away to other search engines because of their corporate behavior.

Comment While greater security is a benefit for some... (Score 2) 30

This is mostly going to be a benefit to cheating spouses who lock their phones constantly. The tech is mildly interesting, but it would suck to get locked out your phone because of a minor burn or a cut while making a hoagie. I can guarantee that this stuff can happen even with that technology. Facial and fingerprint scanners have been notoriously bad, even when they spend the money trying to make a better one.

Now as to beating it -- I'm willing to bet a piece of paper with the print with some clay attached and pressed into the shape (roughly) of a finger) could fool it. They aren't as clever as they think they are.

Comment Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

As to yearly physicals with labs -- the only times I see them here are for certain occupations where you need to be alert to not kill others (truck drivers, crane operators..etc), or when a company wishes to control you actions off of the clock (E.g. Mercy Health System that now tests its people for a variety of things that have nothing to do with job performance and everything to do with lifestyle).

Comment Re:Economy (Score 1) 198

Just for those curious, you CAN get dirt shipped in very big plastic/kevlar bags that are strapped to pallets. This is similar to the way certain heavy (coffee being one that is just starting to move to this) food shipments are being handled. Of course, it does require a heavy loader, flat bed, straps for the flat bed, and roads improved enough (and all year enough if its not summer and dry) to get your shipment to you. These bags can even be air lifted by CH-47 helicopter (I believe it can carry up to 2 of them, but I'm not well versed in this method of transport). These are not the 10-20-40lb bags of toil soil you see for sale at the lawn and garden shop (although the larger plastic bags could just as easily be stuffed with them, and those 10-20-40lb bags can be wrapped on pallets and shipped as well.

The shipping will cost a lot more than buying local, but you will still pay shipping then too, and still need loading equipment.

I've often wondered how northern Canadians tough it out when it melts and during the very heavy drifts when its hard to get supplies in. The latter is probably easier to deal with than the mud though!

Comment Re:So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

but I don't think anyone is (seriously) arguing for getting rid of all prisons or fines.

We probably need prisons to some degree, but all fines, and all profit made off of prisons should definitely be stopped. It should legitimately cost the government enough to put a person in prison so as to discourage its use for petty things.

As a constitutional matter, this should immediately extend to things such as having to pay for pretrial monitoring, anger/drug/whatever classes ordered pretrial, and any other conditions other than some sum of money sufficient enough to compel you to return for trial.

Its bad enough we pick the pockets of those on probation as an alternative, but doing it to the innocent (and under the law they are) pretrial is obscene.

Comment Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (Score 2) 209

Trying to get your health care records changed to only reflect accurate information now is pretty much impossible. Even the doctors cannot retract information -- only make an amendment to it. I had an associate with spinal stenosis. He was on some pretty heavy pain medicines. He ended up having a slip and fall, and went to the ER. The ER doctor was someone he had known in high school, and didn't even remember having slighted him. The doctor put him down as opioid addicted, treatment resistant, and marked him as "DO NOT ADMINISTER NARCOTICS" in the BJC system. He likely wouldn't have found out about that until he was sucked into a hospital stay or another ER visit, except that this guy went the extra asshat step of contacting his doctor. Okay, his GP accepts the call, schedules him an extra appointment asking "Did your pain drugs contribute to you breaking your ... ? Do you have a drug problem ...?" His GP keeps him on his pain medicines until he retires a year or so later. Now he can't find anyone to do pain management for him with anything that has half a chance of working because that flag is still in the system. The best he could do under our current laws is to "add a statement of disagreement" with the record -- which still flags him at nearly every hospital and doctors office as a drug seeker if they actually get a copy of his records.

Worse, he can't just omit X from the records. Once one other party got the records from BJC, they had to include the records from BJC in the transfer. So one asshat can make your life extremely difficult.

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