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Comment Especially in Sacramento, CA (Score 1) 150

In the Central Valley of California, we have a long dry season and (generally) a short cold wet season. Squirrels rip the insulation off of buried power cables during the dry season. Then when the rains come, rain water shorts out the systems causing power outages. This used to be exceptionally common, but has been less so during our 5-year drought.

I'm actually surprised that we haven't had more power failures in the last month's "Pineapple Express" storms; my power hasn't even flickered in several months.

Comment Because Some People Don't See the 3D (Score 1) 435

Neither my wife nor I can't wear 3D glasses; me because I have a hefty prism correction in my glasses, and her because she doesn't perceive 3D in two flat pictures. A substantial minority of people have difficulty seeing 3D movies or 3D television, meaning that they won't purchase 3D TV sets. And even for those who DO see the 3D effects clearly, there isn't that much difference in picture, but a substantial difference in price.

Comment IF ONLY This Were True! (Score 1) 241

"We avoid voter fraud by requiring verification of ones name, age and address."

Certainly that's the CONCEPT behind voter ID, but the reality is that voter fraud is easy, substantial, and sometimes decisive. For any election decided by less than 1% of the vote, voter fraud could easily have flipped the election.

Comment Will Starship Troopers Follow Heinlein's Book? (Score 5, Interesting) 457

No. Not only no, but HELL NO! Hollyweird will implode into its own singularity before that happens.

  "Starship Troopers has been decried as promoting fascism and being racist in its creation of a society where democracy has been severely restricted..."

Democracy severely restricted? Nothing like that in the book; separate states have their own governments, and ANYBODY can get Federal citizenship by putting in a 2-year tour of Federal service. You can't buy a franchise, you have to EARN it - but it's open to EVERYONE. If you have one eye and one hand and an IQ of 80, they'll find something for you to do for two years.

Comment Mike Pence for President (Score 1) 857

I live in California, and California is going to go for Clinton, of course. I _DETEST_ Trump, but Clinton is a traitor and would be a disaster in office. So, since it doesn't matter who I vote for, I voted for Gary Johnson.

If you live in the USA in any states other than Illinois or California, and if you detest both candidates, then vote for Trump. Hillary will never be impeached no matter WHAT she does or might do. If Trump is president, on the other hand, every Democrat senator would vote to impeach Trump and so would half of the Republicans. That would leave Mike Pence as President, and most people would rather have Pence than Trump anyway.

Comment Re:Using the law to give himself an unfair advanta (Score 5, Insightful) 310

This is actually known as "rent-seeking"; a businessman uses the power of government to attack other businesses. Because it's easier for a big business to get the government to attack small businesses (because small businesses don't have a gross of lawyers on retainer) than it is for the big business to actually do BUSINESS in an efficient way.

Comment Re: Straight From Greenpeace Agenda (Score 0) 275

To paraphrase Instapundit Glenn Reynolds: "I'll believe that it's an emergency when the people who are TELLING me it's an emergency star ACTING like it's an emergency."

"Climate change" conferences have the unfortunate tenancies to be scheduled in far-flung exotic locations like Bali, rather than on Skype. When 500 environmental activists each charter THEIR OWN private jets to take them to their vacat/////conferences, they dump as much carbon into the air as hundreds of thousands of average citizens like me.

The fact is that there has been NO warming in the last 15 years, and the Earth is colder now than it was in 900, when Eric the Red named the place "Greenland" because it was green. The climate is always changing, in cycles that are a thousand years long. Al Gore (the failed preacher who has invented his own "religion" of Gaia worship) is like the mayfly trying to pass a law to ban summer.

Comment Re: just one thing to say (Score 1) 612

The real problem is government itself. When the Federal government was small, it couldn't do too much damage, even when it was badly administered. Now that the Federal government is enormous, overarching and omnipotent, all of the nasty people want to take control of the Federal government and use it for their own purposes. And they do.

The solution is to reduce the size, cost and power of the Federal government. Never re-elect anybody; it takes some time for each generation of crooks to learn how to line their own pockets effectively. Impose term limits; for example, no person shall be allowed to run for any government office if more than 50% of his working lifetime has been spent working for the government. That would clear out the functionaries who have NEVER held a job - like Bernie Sanders.

It'll never happen; the people who would be affected are the very people who currently run things. It may take a second American Revolution.

It's not so much that "power corrupts"; it's that corruptible people are drawn to power. Reduce the power, and reduce the corruption.

Comment Re:could != would (Score 2) 80

Yes, and there has been plenty of FOOD for over a century. Since 1900, "famines" have been entirely politically generated. In Somalia, when the US and Europe sent food, the food would rot on the docks because the warlords were using all the trucks. When the USA and France sent the Army into Somalia, the warlords stole the food AND the trucks.

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