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Comment Re:FAA is barred from legislating by sec 331 (Score 1) 85

So no, they cannot legislate for model aircraft. It isn't that they did not bother to legislate for model aircraft. IT'S THAT THE LAW DOES NOT LET THEM.

As a point of clarity, here, the FAA doesn't legislate anything. They regulate, with statutory authority FROM the legislature. Regardless the law that congress passed to prevent exactly this sort of nonsense is exactly why the Obama administration took advantage of what amounts to a loophole - they didn't use the FAA to require this absurd toy registration - they used the Department Of Transportation, which isn't explicitly mentioned in the law that prevents the FAA from requiring kids to be placed on publicly searchable federal databases for having the audacity to use 10-ounce plastic toys.

Comment Re:I don't think there's much of a case here. (Score 1) 85

The drone community has brought this on themselves entirely.

Please cite the number of tragic injuries and other horribleness resulting per year from the use of 10-ounce plastic mall copter toys that warrants the criminalization of their unregistered use ... compared to, say, the HOURLY rate of injuries in the country that result from, say, bicycle or skateboard use in public spaces. Really: get specific.

There are millions of "drones" in use with hundreds of millions of in-air hours booked. Surely there's a long parade of horrific accidents, injuries and death resulting from all of those millions of devices being operated? I'm carefully tuned into the topic, and no ... it's not real. This absurd toy regulation scheme is completely disconnected from any real-world risk (and we now have YEARS of real-world experience to examine), and the only real risk that people have reason to think about (actual malicious operation) isn't ever going to be impacted by rules anyway - because bad guys think such things are hilarious.

Comment Re:Common sense solution (Score 1) 85

People behave just fine.

Man, you must never leave the house.

OK, since you get out of the house so much, you've no doubt got lots of anecdotes and hopefully at least a few examples of the countless tragedies that have occurred because 14 year old kids with 10-ounce plastic copters from the mall kiosk weren't properly put in criminal jeopardy for failing to appear on a publicly searchable federal database of toy owners. There must be many, many injuries and deaths associated with this activity to warrant such a thing, right? Right?

Comment Re:Toys (Score 1) 85

When you can't play with your toys in a safe manner you get your toys taken away.

There are now many millions of these toys in use, with hundreds of millions of hours in the air. Please cite your long list of examples of these toys being used in such a dangerous way that the long list of injuries and mayhem require a publicly-browsable federal registry of their owners and the criminalization and fining of kids who fail to register their 10 ounce plastic copter with the federal government.

More people are hurt using soccer balls, garden tools, and bicycles in a given day than have been hurt by anyone, ever, using a little plastic toy copter. Why is your first instinct to involve government control, lists, fees, and public databases of toy owners?

Comment Re:Asking? (Score 1) 137

I've never had to ask a doctor to prescribe a generic EVER. If there is a generic it just gets substituted by the pharmacist because that's how things actually work. If there is a generic, you don't really have to do anything.

Why it seems to be case for this particular drug is certainly something worth examining.

Comment Re:The Saudi government is barbaric (Score 1) 201

You genuinely believe that donations to the Clinton Foundation is what keeps them in power and unpunished? rofl

Why would I believe something that you made up in your own head to fight as a strawman? Oh, I get it. Because you're hoping that by distracting with that juvenile rhetorical technique, that people will forget that the Clintons DO in fact rake in millions of dollars for their own family and cronies (only a sliver of their foundation's revenue goes to anything other than internal paychecks and perks/expenses) in exchange for providing political access to those who pile on the cash. Of course you know this, and are trying to wish it away. Especially the part where she was encouraging that while she was in office, giving lots of access to those who paid her husband. But do carry on, and pretend it didn't happen. Feel better now?

Comment It is the economy, stupid (Score 1) 201

Saudi Arabia remains a very rich country. Its subsidized citizens are obscenely rich, but even the non-citizens are doing rather well. It has, for example, a large population of Indians, who, despite having no prospect of citizenship, like their salaries much better there, than in their own reasonably free country.

For another example, it had a large contingent of Arabs from Palestine until 1991 (when the fools celebrated Saddam Hussein's invasion into Kuwait and were summarily expelled by the Saudis over it). They too preferred Saudi Arabia over the more secular destinations (like most other Arab countries).

Comment Re:Power Outages (Score 1) 160

Whenever our power goes out, my wife and kids and I get together and actually spend quality time together - playing board games or something and just talking. It's sad that it takes a power outage for that. When you suggest it at other times, and the kids can be playing games or watching stuff online, they decline, but I do try. My favorite is hiking together... good long time, a lot of good conversation... and a lot of "no" when I ask the kids (and even the wife). It's depressing.

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