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Comment Re:And after 200,000 people had to flee because of (Score 0) 240

Yup, thats all hes done.

As well as sacking an acting-AG that wouldnt support him without question.

As well as taking a combative stance toward the judicial system that threw out his EO.

As well as positioning himself in opposition to all the mainstream media, and siding with a horrific shit of a news outlet.

As well as dumping 90% of the experience of the National Security Council, and putting the former chairman of that shit of a news outlet onto the Principle Committee of the NSC.

As well as pissing off major foreign leaders.

As well as inviting un-vetted guests, including foreign nationals, to stand over him while he reads top secret intelligence on North Korea and south east asia.

Those are just some of the other things he has done in his first not-even-a-month in office.

And lets not talk about his child-like attitude on Twitter...

Comment Re:propaganda headline (Score 1) 240

A good opportunity to replace the sewer as well. Its not like this isn't done all the time - in my city they just replaced the south bound mainline railway bridge overnight with no disruption with a complete new bridge (and not a second bridge build alongside the first). Why? Because of the bridge strikes that had weakened the old one.

These sorts of things are done all the time - railway bridges over motorways, replaced in one night due to the disruption a longer replacement would take.

Comment Re:Political fallout (Score 1) 457

The high-speed rail was also funded by a state bond measure (which I voted against, back when I still lived there). What it got from fed money I don't know. Regardless, CA is always whining about no money for critical stuff, then spending it wildly on stuff no one needs... not the best way to get my sympathy as a taxpayer.

Per aerial view, it doesn't look like the dam is really in danger -- the washed-out part is a good ways from the dam proper. What might be getting undercut or supersaturated due the breach and suddenly slump is another matter, but assuming it was built from the local rocky ground, probably not a big risk.

Comment Re:Hello, China! (Score 1) 74

Yes, because US companies were so on the ball and utterly ethical in that area before the EPA came into being in the 1970s... or rather, who the fuck knows what happened to the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of PCBs manufacturered in the US between the 1930s and 1970s.

It doesnt take much to list hundreds of sites where US companies took a "typically Chinese approach" to much worse chemicals than PCBs.

Comment Re:Political fallout (Score 1) 457

In California, not exactly. The money that's been used so far for the high-speed rail to nowhere could have rebuilt the dam from scratch. And what's their latest wacky idea? Build beach cottages for low income vacationers, at taxpayer expense, I shit you not. But budget to maintain critical infrastructure, like a dam? Nope.

CA dams have had 30 years of neglect, because 1) they had decided the drought was permanent (apparently having forgotten the last time CA had floods, in the 1990s) hence dams are no longer needed, and 2) the envirowhacks want all the dams torn down anyway, so why bother to maintain them?

You want critical infrastructure maintained, pass state legislation requiring funds to go there FIRST, not as a maybe-afterthought like it's been done in CA for the last several decades. And unless you want lots of graft and corner-cutting, don't let the work out to private contractors (watched that become a debacle there too).

Comment Re:They fucked up their own shit? (Score 4, Insightful) 56

You can say that again - in 2013, roughly a third of all Indian MPs (158 of 543) were under investigation for serious criminal charges, a third of all lawmakers (1,448 of 4,835) were also under investigation on serious criminal charges. Nearly half of those MPs were under investigation were being investigated for crimes such as murder and abduction.

Its one of the most corrupt governmental systems that also calls itself a democracy...

Lets not forget that a caste system is still extremely prevalent in India, so some people have utterly no hope of being elected or being represented in government.

Comment Re:Hello, China! (Score 1) 74

Why focus on China - Chinese PCB total production compares as just 2% of US production, and 4% of European production and less than 1% of total PCB production overall, with many unlicensed factories producing in eastern Europe after WW2. As mass production generally started in the 1930s in the US and Europe, where did all that early stuff go...?

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