Most of the cost of paving a road is not the surface material, it's the labour and the equipment.
Agreed, which is why I think solar roadways are doomed to failure. Patching a crack in a traditional roadway involves throwing a patch of asphalt in the pothole by a couple of unskilled construction workers. Patching a damaged solar roadway would necessitate replacing an entire segment of roadway.
In engineering, when combining two functions in one item you're usually looking for complimentary requirements that can be used to provide synergy between the two. The requirements of roadways and solar panels are fundamentally different with little to no overlap. It would be far simpler to construct a roadway and solar panel network, with the solar panels installed in the median of the road, than trying to combine the two into a product that will likely be more expensive and more inefficient than building a separate road and solar panel network.
There are LEED rated buildings designed to maximize air circulation in a building and minimize the use of air conditioning, but still allowing for air conditioning when the need demands it. One can have a building with good air circulation and also have air conditioning - the two are not mutually exclusively. His point perhaps is that some of the buildings built around air conditioning can only exist with active cooling - many of the modern glass buildings constructed would become uninhabitable greenhouses without air conditioning.
This seems similar to the debate centering the role of artificial lighting in buildings. During the heyday of Brutalism in architecture in the 60s, many large public buildings were built without windows in the belief that windows were no longer needed when artificial lighting was ubiquitous. Fortunately architects now realize that maximizing natural light is more desirable, and having a building depend on artificial lighting makes for a poor building design.
Way to prove the GP's point.
Trump has said some stupid and insensitive shit, but can you point to something that was actually racist?
Trump said that a judge should be disqualified from a case solely based on his ethnicity. As Paul Ryan, GOP house leader, said on Trump's statements: "Saying that someone can't do their job because of their race is the textbook definition of racism."
This isn't Democrats and liberals calling him a racist - top Republican leaders are now saying so as well.
If no one gets 270, the election gets thrown to the Republican dominated congress, which would results in all likelihood in a Republican president.
I would say this would make a 3rd party Republican run viable, as a 3rd party Republican only needs to ensure that neither Trump or Hillary gets the 270 votes, as they can count on a friendly congress if the race gets decided there
If those that dislike Hillary and Trump voted for a single 3rd party candidate, they'd probably win.
If a 3rd party candidate get enough electoral college votes to deny Hillary or Trump a majority, the election gets thrown to congress. Given that congress is Republican dominated that would mean a Republican victory,
A 3rd party Republican candidate could conceivably win by taking only a few key states, and I suspect the NeverTrump Republicans may be eyeing this alternative seriously. I'm surprised this scenario isn't being more widely discussed
For every honest businessman who wants to do good by their customers, there's a bunch of shady assholes looking to make a quick buck, and no amount of pretending the bad actors don't exist will actually make them disappear.
"On a recent Monday morning, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, Aubuchon carefully drove a Ford F-250 pickup truck with 324 gallons of gasoline into a hospital parking garage in Palo Alto, Calif."
It looks like the shady assholes are already here. Driving a pickup truck full of jerry cans of gasoline into a hospital is beyond irresponsible, and this type of business needs to be shut down immediately.
Kasich is more likely staying in the game for the same reason that Trump entered it - fame and recognition
Kasich is staying in the game because he sees a contested convention in July, and the more delegates he can get, the more influence he'll have in the convention.
What the article fails to consider is that most pollsters now see that if no further candidate drops out, a contested convention becomes increasingly likely, as not even Trump is likely to pick up a majority of the delegates. If I were to apply game theory to a contested convention scenario, I'd say that each candidates best strategy at this point is stay in the race as long as possible to amass as many delegates as they can. This is probably specially true for a Kasich, as a contested convention is probably his best strategy for securing the nomination at this point.
I get that Star Wars fans get upset over the multitude of changes of the movie since the original release, and the plethora of versions, but how is this different from every other movie released recently? Most movies have at least 5 different versions - US theatrical release, International theatrical release, TV Broadcast release, a director's cut version, and a DVD version. I have 3 different versions of the first Lord of the Rings movie at home, with the extended version adding 30 minutes of material. Blade Runner has both a director's cut version and a final cut version. And just about any blockbuster released more than 20 years ago has gone through a cycle of being remastered from VHS -> LaserDisc -> DVD -> BluRay , with requisite tweakings and touch-ups in sound and visual effects that each format demanded.
I'm not defending Lucas, but it seems like re-touching old movies seems on-par for the industry, including converting movies to 3D and colorizing old classics like Casablanca.
Waste not, get your budget cut next year.