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Comment Re: Taste Score (Score 1) 67

Liver tastes like something that spent a lifetime filtering out crap for a reason, kidneys taste like they've been marinated in piss, etc).

Organ meats contain the highest nutritional value, actually.

These statements are not mutually exclusive. Organ meats have a high chance of contamination from environmental sources because of their function. If clean, they are highly desirable. If not, you should leave them to the sled dogs. They have shorter lifespans, and are less likely to suffer the effects of bioaccumulation.

Comment Re:The sharing of table scraps economy not viable? (Score 1) 314

Done it on a few cars, Civic, Mustang. The worst are A arms. Two bushings, in line.

Yes, that sounds like a massive PITA. I have no experience with such things. I actually let someone change my Dana 50 ball joints, the same guy doing the alignment on my F250. On my 240SX, all the suspension links were just simple stamped steel items with one thing on each end, maybe a bolt attachment in the middle (e.g. radius rod to the front suspension arm.) The bushing in the radius rod is about the size of a subframe bushing on a german luxo barge, i.e. massive. So that's going to basically last forever. On my A8, it's all cast Aluminum members, and it's all multilink so they are all simple except the main one on the bottom to which the goodies attach. So there are just no situations like that. On the other hand, there's also not a complete kit of poly bushings available for either end of the car. There's only one poly bush shy in the front, but I think there's only one bush available for the rear. On the 240SX at least you could go full-poly, except maybe the subframe where people tended to go Aluminum anyway. And I lost track of the number of Integras I blew off due to handling differences, so meh to Honda :) I went full poly front and full spherical rear, though... And kept rubber subframe bushes for street comfort.

Comment Re:The sharing of table scraps economy not viable? (Score 1) 314

I love my polyurethane. But they aren't for everyone and they don't last forever. Life is actually shorter than stock,

What? Shorter than stock? That's goofy. That outright shouldn't be happening. Did you forget to grease the bores before installing the inserts?

the ride is much better IMHO. Some people like mush...different bores and strokes for different folks. In a cab, some people would claim the car's ride was 'harsh'.

You can design the bushing for different characteristics. Right now all the offerings are solid bushings designed as ultra-durable replacements for the OE bushing, but if you design the car to use poly bushes from the beginning, you can design as much squish into them as you like.

Bushings are a bitch of a job, even with a hydraulic press. You'll need some steel stock, a band saw and welder to make a custom drift before you are done.

I use a miter saw with a grinding wheel to chop metal stock. It has kind of a wide kerf but it's not really a practical problem. You can use sockets to push poly bushings (they come in a variety of sizes and have a nice rounded edge which won't chew the bushing) and I have a pretty comprehensive set all the way from the itsy bitsy ones up through 3/4" so that provides for installation of most bushings. I also have the HF 4x4 ball joint kit, which can be used in a pinch, if clamped into a vise. My vise is mounted on a pedestal made from a Chevy astro axle shaft and brake drum. And I do have a hydraulic press. The only poly bushes I ever pressed in, though, were big ones from whiteline for the radius rod on the 240SX S13 front suspension. Maybe those were easy.

Comment oh no! (Score 0) 47

Oh no! All the people whose job description is to be 6 feet tall, to lift 100 pounds, to jump 4feet into the air and to be able to travel at 9 miles per hour are no longer economically viable...

Time to upgrade that resume.
Skills: can lift up to 101 pound jump 4 feet 5 inches into the air. Can travel at 9.5 miles her hour. Will cost no more 10% of a robot doing the same thing a year. A bonus feature: can travel at least 30 miles on a single charge!

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 520

The Social Security Wage Base is $118k, so someone making between about $38k and $118k actually pays 31%-34% on the upper portion of their income, and someone making $119k pays 28% on the upper portion of their income (the part above $118k) until they hit the $192k (33%) bracket (at which point they're still paying less). It isn't until you hit $417k that you enter a tax bracket (35%, with the 39.6% bracket at $419k) above the total Federal income tax (OASDI+general) imposed on the middle-class.

Note that payroll also has to fork out an additional 6.2% of OASDI, meaning the price of products must factor in the employee's base wage as the stated wage plus 6.2% to include Federal income and OASDI taxes. Executives tend to make $20-$50 per employee, so those high-powered salaries represent $0.01-$0.025 per hour; whereas the hidden portion of the 12.4% OASDI tax represents $1.674/hr for the median $54,000 income worker.

You can deduct contributions to your 401(k), IRA, and HSA; you can't deduct OASDI, and you can't deduct from OASDI. You also pay for OASDI and income tax out of production--you work some labor hours, you make wage for those hours, that represents wealth (things are made), and a portion of those things (the buying power of your income is things made for that income, essentially) is taken to build roads or pay welfare. OASDI is itself also taxed as income, yet isn't tied to production; instead, that portion of income is double-taxed, once when a good or service is produced via labor (income on wages), and again when that money is handed out to retirees (income on money not applied to any productive work). The same is true of welfare. Money isn't magic, and is directly backed by the productive output of the labor for which wage is paid; that representation is distorted when welfare is taxed as income. Obviously, if you paid tax-free into 401(k), that wage came from labor but wasn't taxed (yet), so should be considered income when taken as distribution.

Tax systems and monetary policies are complex. I constantly argue for a Universal Social Security as an untaxed benefit fed by a dedicated flat tax in parallel to a general fund for the above reasons. Besides that such a system would necessarily take and distribute a percentage of the per-capita buying power (takes it as a USS tax alongside the general progressive income tax; redistributes it flat and untaxed), it also allows us to flatten out that middle-class tax peak without raising taxes on anyone.

The very-poor can't live the high life in NYC or SF on that, and they don't really do that today; they'd have a minimum income on which to live, and any work would dramatically improve their quality-of-life without the threat of losing their welfare income as in today's system. OASDI is easy to grandfather, easy to replace with savings (the people who can't save also don't receive OASDI today), and eventually overtaken by the growing purchasing power of the USS (trade and technical progress means it grows in buying power). Minimum wage loses its importance because everyone has an income which automatically adjusts for actual buying power--which means it grows faster than inflation--and can refuse to work for unfairly-low wages, since life sucks living in a tiny apartment with meager comforts, but life is also stable and doesn't involve freezing to death in the winter while fighting over trash with the rats.

By the by, sales tax is complete trash. Sales-taxable-income represents a smaller proportion of an individual's income when he buys services and securities than when he buys tangible goods; thus the rich pay the same tax rate on less of their income, thus pay what amounts to a lower proportion of their income in taxes. The poor pay a greater proportion of their income in sales taxes. That makes it analogous to an income tax in which the poorest pay the highest rates and the richest pay the lowest. On top of that, it directly raises the sale price of goods without raising incomes, thus reducing the number of goods purchaseable across the entire consumer base, reducing the number of jobs supportable from the revenues of those sales. Fire your representatives, and keep firing them until they repeal that horse shit.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 2) 520

The "traditional limit" assumes all expenses scale across all income levels and that technology sits at a standstill forever.

Even in the Bay area, I can feed an individual human pretty decently for under $100/month (I can actually feed a human passably for $25/mo, but that's a grueling exercise in finances). This is because it still costs $5.83 for 50 pounds of bread flour at Sam's Club no matter what city you're in; the same goes for beans, various meats (although beef is cheap in Wisconsin--still expensive as all hell; pork is cheap everywhere), and a lot of other things. Vegetables are universally-expensive--even frozen--although I don't put much stock in vegetables; I put more vegetables in stock.

Food in home basically doesn't scale, while food out of home scales linearly: a 16-inch pizza will cost you $12 in Baltimore and $30 in Seattle. Chain fast food might hold about the same price--McDonalds doesn't charge $4 for a hamburger anywhere--and everything else tries to play up to the area's income spread. Likewise, you can get the same clothing (and you can order it online for the same price--size yourself in Sears if you want), electronics, and cars, at the same price, anywhere in the country; people like to use cars as a metric because the most commonly bought car in rich areas costs $38k, and the most commonly bought cars in poor areas costs $12k, and then they can say an "affordable" car in San Francisco is $28k and so people "can't afford a new car" and thus complain about rich people and salaries again.

With all that in mind, food has fallen from 40% of the median-income household spending in 1900 to 33% in 1950, and then to 12.5% today as agricultural technology advanced rapidly up to the 1980s (and continued more-moderately since). Clothing has fallen from 12% of expenses in 1950 to 3.5% today. We spend 6% to buy more and better healthcare than we got on the 4% we paid in 1950; and we spend an utter assload (about 40%) on entertainment, luxury, and other discretionary spending, versus about 25% in the 50s.

While that suggests that spending more than the traditionally-prescribed amount on housing is viable, your financial management plans may suggest it's less-sustainable than you'd like--you still have a smaller proportion of your income to pull from if you get into a pinch. That would be sound finances, but every single person in America has ignored that as the median new single-family home size increased from 978sqft in 1950 to 2,300sqft in 2010, and the percent of income spent on housing (shelter plus utilities, maintenance, etc.) increased from 28% to 33%. People can buy more stuff, so they spend a bigger proportion of their income to buy much larger houses in which to keep all this stuff; if they had just stayed with 978sqft homes and the 400sqft 1-bedroom apartments of the 1920s, they'd only spend 14% on housing today, as a national average--New York would still rape you for renting a 395sqft studio.

So yeah. Maybe grow up a little and get your head out of the 50s. Technical progress happens.

Comment Re: No surprise... (Score 0) 209

collectivism isn't theft. property is an illusion anyway

- so is collectivism not theft *or* is property an illusion? AFAIC property is a fact and it starts with your own body, so this nonsense is just that - nonsense:

you belong to nature and it will reclaim you one day.

- the chemicals, molecules and atoms I am made of are as much 'me' as any number of notes thrown together into a hole in a ground is an opera.

*You* are not just water and trace chemical elements you are made of, you do not belong to anybody. You are an entity that was organized into existence via a complex procedure that took billions of years + 9 months and whatever your age is and everything you have experienced since you were conceived and until the moment you die.

Once you die the corpse that is left after is no longer *you*, it's an empty vessel that can no longer be you, you are gone and definitely are not a possession of anybody.

You may want to rethink that dumbass ideology of yours, it's idiotic.

Comment Re:The benefits of Single Payer (Score 0) 108

Single payer in Canada costs about half as much than multiple payer healthcare in the US,

- let me put it this way: I do not care what it 'costs', the real question is *who pays*. Nobody should be *forced* to pay for anybody else.

while yielding better overall outcomes.

- let me put it this way: I do not care about 'overall outcomes', I only care about 1 outcome and that outcome is related to myself. The 'overall outcome' never comes into the picture, it's irrelevant and it's completely misleading.

The only question that matters is this: if you need healthcare can you get it by paying for it without anybody else forcing you to do anything else or to pay for anybody else. All these other considerations are destruction of individual freedoms and destruction of quality in healthcare and they are *not* reducing the cost to those who are paying the large share of it. Nobody should be forced to pay for other people's healthcare and nobody should be prevented (as is done in Canada) from buying healthcare out of pocket.

Comment Re:So 9 billion robots ... (Score 1) 205

Not sure where the "outnumber" in the title of TFA came from. The link never bothered to mention the number of robots, though it might have been sorta implied by the comment about our sneakers having more intelligence than us by then...

If I were guessing, I'd guess someone mistranslated a word, and out "editors" didn't catch the mistranslation....

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