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Comment To be fair (Score 1) 102

most of the US hates it when the US does it too. Our political system is, like most, set up to protect the rights of our ruling class. The working class, by and large, has little or no say in such matters. Poll Americans and outside of Jews who want us to keep protecting Israel there's very few who want us dabbling in the rest of the world's politics. Isolationism plays well and in a country as wealthy as ours would probably work. We'd have to give up cheap iPhones and beef up our Nukes (We'd need something like the hammer if Israel where we'd nuke the world into perpetual winter if China or India invaded. No, Russia's never going to have the resources to invade. Christ, we've got twice as many people...).

Anyway, point is we'd love to put a stop to this B.S.. If you wanna tell me how I can get my ruling class to do what I tell them (and maybe get my working class to stop caring about guns, gays & abortion long enough to notice economic issues) I'll get right on that...

Comment From Glassholes to snapholes (Score 1) 65

Um... didn't we learn something from the abhorrence of google glass. I'd tolerate being in the room with someone wearing these as long as I knew ti was painful for the wearer to use them and put them in visible agony when they were activated. I'm thinking something like glass shard ear pieces and a 50Kv electro shock to the brain when turned on for ten seconds.

Comment My goodness, those are fugly (Score 3, Informative) 65

I was picturing something more like Oakley's MP3 glasses, but with a super-flat little camera between your eyes. Instead it's a child's toy. They got the button on the device right (because it makes it obvious when you're recording) but they seem to have everything else wrong, including the price. That's too much for something that goofy.

Comment Re:OMG (Score 1) 123

There is no shortage of algae, it is overgrowing waterways worldwide. The stuff that falls towards the ocean bottom is often eaten before it even gets there, and there is life in the bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean working to turn the remainder of the waste into life again.

On the other hand, oceanic algae (which "produces" most of our breathable oxygen) has been driven subsurface by UV, which reduces respiration.

Comment Re:It's the cost of the labor, stupid (Score 1) 134

And you don't need two outlets on an 8'1" wall....you need an outlet at least 12' (measuring baseboard length, i.e. skipping doors) and on any wall greater than 24".

This is a local code thing. Because after the NEC you still have local bullshit to deal with. Some of it makes sense and some of it is just there so that they can slap you with a fine of some kind if they want to. If a wall is longer than 8' then you need two outlets in it. Whee! I'm all in favor of things like seismic codes but the building codes are just stupid anyway. For example, all wire must be sheathed specifically in PVC, which releases dioxin when it burns. Or how about people being allowed to install homes with flammable roofs and siding when they live in forest fire country? Hello? Here's another good one, in a fire propane tanks become bombs. In theory they can release their goods without exploding, in practice that's not what actually happens. But we're not required to have a blast-deflecting wall around them, which could be made out of earth bags for basically nothing in materials and a couple of Mexicans' labor for a day. Arguably, in most of California we should only be allowed to build homes out of stacks of shipping containers or similar so that they have both quake and fire resistance :P

Comment Re:It's the cost of the labor, stupid (Score 1) 134

Well, if it makes you feel better about yourself, good for you. But don't kid yourself: you don't really stick to that most of the time.

I do when it's reasonably convenient to do so. Many devices are now prohibitively difficult to repair. Sometimes I still try, and fail for one reason or another, at least learning something in the process. If it's out of warranty and it's broken and it costs too much to have someone else do it, I've got nothing to lose.

If you repaired and maintained your home and your car the way people used to, you wouldn't have any time for anything else.

I do everything vaguely within my skillset. That means all of the plumbing that's not underground (by which I mean the pump, I don't have a crane for pump fishing) and all of the electrical, and most carpentry-type repairs. If I don't know how to do it, I learn. There is one other exception, which is the roof. It is old and crappy and I am huge and clumsy. I don't mess around with the roof. That includes the part of the chimney that goes through it, but doesn't include the part inside the house, which I replaced. But this place is a rental, so I have relatively little motivation to climb up there. Electrical is easy, so I just do it. Plumbing is something you need right away, so I just do it. If I knock a hole in the wall I don't call a drywall guy, I just patch the hole. If I need an appliance installed I don't call the movers, I get out the blankets and dollies.

In spite of this, home maintenance takes up less than 1% of my time. Maybe this house is just less shit than average? It certainly seems to be made out of the same crap, though.

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