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Comment Re:so make something like bitcoin but anonymous (Score 2) 388

Apply a little heat to your coins, and presto, they're jewelry and exempt. After the dollar devaluation, your savings would have been intact, while everyone else's savings lost significant purchasing power.

In 1910, 20 troy oz. would buy a new car. Still does, today. Had you obeyed the 1934 dictate, the paper receipts ($20 bills) you received in exchange wouldn't buy much more than the front bumper today.

Comment Re:That'll teach you... (Score 2) 301

The U.S. is going after Germany's top automaker. It's not about the emissions, what does the U.S. really want?

My bet is that Greece needs a bit more bail-out money because Goldman-Sachs would have a bad quarter if Greece exited the E.U. Let me hedge my bet, now. The Bundesbank wants to repatriate gold held by J.P. Morgan and they're a little short on the stuff these days. Can't let them default, can we?

Captcha: circus

Comment Re:The rules are simple. (Score 1) 1111

True enough, but consider things from the ability to pay vantage point.

Individuals are limited to $2,000 campaign contributions. Result: The system crushes them like bugs.
Small corps. yield small donations, if any at all. Result: Crushed at the discretion of the prosecutor handling the case.
Giant corps. yield continuing enormous donations to hordes of politicians and their associated parties. Result: Here's a bailout for your corp. and we could smack-down a competitor while we're at it, too.

Comment Re:Some people seem to forget... (Score 2) 1051

Travel by X is a privilege
Travel by Y is a right

Which ones go where?
Foot
horse
private horse drawn carriage
company owned horse drawn carriage (stagecoach)
train
privately owned vessel
ship
bicycle
privately owned automobile
company owned automobile (limo/bus)
privately owned aircraft
company owned aircraft

The constitution is silent on specific modes of travel. I take that to mean that all modes of travel belong in Y.

Comment Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (Score 1) 599

Jeep, are you serious? Try living with one for a month.
  • Don't get lost. If you need to read a map, the only interior light source is near the fuse block by the driver's feet.
  • My '02 has a soft top and half-doors, everything flaps in the breeze when I'm heading down the road at speeds over 45 mph.
  • On US-50 outside of Pueblo, I ran into a headwind, it could barely maintain 50 mph, in 4th gear, at full throttle.
  • I have to use low range to go up my driveway, partly due to the lack of torque and partly because of the open rear differential. (My 20 yr. old Honda had little problem with the same driveway.)
  • Try putting a picnic cooler in a Jeep sometime, it won't fit under the tension bar for the rear window. You'll have to unzip it. Did you know that dust jams zippers? Here, in the desert, there's no shortage of dust.
  • For a vehicle that may actually go places where the terrain isn't level, why isn't there a way to keep the tailgate open?
  • Don't let the tailgate slam either. The mass of the spare tire will actually cause it to cave-in.
  • BTW, I hope your elbow is starting to feel better, after you smacked it against the mounting peg for the half-window.

There are after-market solutions for most of the problems that I've listed, they simply require you to "Just Empty Every Pocket". If you'll buy my 22 MPG Jeep, I'll go buy that 45 MPG Range Rover that I've recently read about.

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