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Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 76

The real reason not to tax income of anybody for any purpose of-course is the moral one: slavery should not be authorized even for government to engage in.

Economically speaking it is also the worst thing that can be done, you get less of what you tax, so if you tax income you get less income because production is more expensive.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 166

no, *I never moved the goal posts*, my position never changed, it is the same for the last 20+ years, the government uses collectivism ideology to oppress the producers, the business owners, the earners to subsidise the lazy, the incompetent, the jealous. AFAIC the *only* oppression that matters and needs to be abolished is the oppression where the oppressor has the so called 'legal authority' to oppress an individual, all these other ideas that the employer has more power than the employee are garbage, always were garbage, always will be garbage, all used to create the system of oppression I am talking about.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 166

What I mean by that is that insurance should be used as insurance and not as 'care management package'. *Maybe* there is space for a product like that in a free market but we don't know about it, do we? We are not allowed to have free market.

My point is that health care should be done similarly to car care, when you need gas you don't use insurance to buy it because insurance does not exist for gas. You use insurance when your car gets into an accident and then it has to be a big enough level of damage for you to get insurance because of a large deductible. This is important to prevent overuse of insurance for basic maintenance.

Becoming a beggar becomes a possibility in the *current* USA system that is nowhere near being a free market. It used to be that USA had the free market including in health care and health insurance, people paid doctors out of pocket, it wasn't an issue. It was possible to buy insurance for a few bucks a month that would cover extremely expensive things like cancers, heart surgeries, large traumas etc.

People started becoming beggars when socialism destroyed free market in the USA.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 234

Literally never seen another stuck signal, and that was a temporary kit pulled from the trailer of a work vehicles. What makes you think this is a big problem?

Having seen several stuck signals in my home town. But then I guess a lot more signals are stuck for bikes than for cars.

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 191

and I have some of the best dark skies in the country. Most people have never seen a dark sky, and underestimate its value.

Oh man, I envy you there.

I'm wanting to try my hand at some astral photography, but I dunno when I'll get a chance to find somewhere to go that isn't trashed with urban light pollution.....

It was just before Katrina, when I went with a girlfriend to a little beach house type thing in Mexico, well away from the large cities, that I last saw a nice, unpolluted nighttime sky.

I'd forgotten what a beautiful display a black night full of stars and planets looked like.

We got there and just sat on the deck with a couple beers that first night (and most nights afterwards) just staring into the night sky and marveling how wondrous it was...

Comment Re:Complain daily (Score 1) 234

They don't need me to tell them it's a bad intersection

They do if the city uses citizen reports as a metric to prioritize allocating budget for improvements to its intersections.

Another thing... are you suggesting that my lack of reporting this makes my analysis of the issue less valid?

No. But in my opinion, one analyzes an issue in order to find a solution.

Or are you simply trying to gently redirect the conversation

Yes. The conversation went in one direction, namely clarification of the problem with this particular approach. Once I realized the problem was an underprovisioned LTYOG, that direction concluded, and I redirected it toward what can be done about the problem.

from pointing out that your counterpoint isn't very good to a conversation about my poor citizenship?

I'm trying to be helpful, suggesting measures that have a chance of getting a problem solved.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 234

How is a motorist stopped at such an unresponsive signal expected to recover the use of his or her vehicle?

Technically, you don't.

So in other words, all motorists using British roads are subject to having their vehicles seized at any time for any reason through deployment of a red traffic signal. Or what am I missing?

We turned around

That would work in theory except for a one-way street or an intersection with a no U-turn sign.

rang the police

Using what? Are all motorists using British roads required to keep a valid subscription to mobile phone service?

In addition, I tried ringing city services in my own (U.S.) city when facing a red light that would not respond to my bicycle stopped making a chord of the induction loop's sensor, and representatives blew off the report repeatedly. Or is government attitude toward reports of stuck traffic signals a difference between Britain and the U.S.?

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 191

Right now, as a retiree, urban suits me because we don't need or want a large footprint and we don't want to be driving into town for most of the things that we need and want to do.

I can see your point on this for sure.

However, with SO many things now being able to be delivered at a reasonable price to your home door....even living out more suburban, you don't have to drive quite as much for shopping, etc....and with things like Uber, you can cheaply let someone else drive.

So, things like that might make living out of the urban areas even more attractive to some.

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 191

If you like your car/motorcycle/doctor, you can keep your car/motorcycle/doctor. Just because there will be more options in the future doesn't mean you have to give up your motorcycle.

The reason I ask..is that I'm foreseeing that if self driving cars become the norm, they will then be mandated and human driver vehicles will not be allowed to occupy the same roads as driverless.

IMHO, a very real possibility and I'd hate to lose that option....

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