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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Jim Sadler The Parents Are To Blame (244 comments)

If those parents had left well enough alone and never taught the kid not to pee in his pants the kid never would have done this. If it was a young girl I wouldn't bother to dump the water.

yesterday
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Jim Sadler Sick Society (202 comments)

Suspending a teacher over such nonsense borders on drooling idiocy or insanity. Any decent science class unavoidably teaches students to build devices that might be used to do harm. If you teach a kid in chemistry class how not to make an explosion you are also telling him exactly how to create an explosion. That does not imply that teachers should not teach chemistry.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jim Sadler Re:Militia, then vs now (1585 comments)

You have assumed that the theater shooting was a bad shooting. That shooting may well have been within Florida law. The retired police chief is over 65 years of age. In Florida a threat by voice, by demeanor or posture against a senior is a crime. Further the retired police chief had popcorn thrown at him (the entire box). That constitutes battery of a senior which is a felony. An older man who is being screamed at and has a box of popcorn thrown in his face may honestly believe that punches or worse are sure to follow. At that point he has the right under law to use lethal force in Florida. What you saw in the Zimmerman case was a complete, political, witch trial. Mr. Zimmerman never should have been brought to trial. There was never a cause for arrest. A court hearing is used correctly when proof of a crime exists to be presented. There was zero proof that a crime took place at all. That is why he was not arrested at the scene. The meaning of the law is clear. People in Florida do not have to accept being threatened, bullied, struck or intimidated. In other words if you want to get drunk and ball up your fist and step forward you can be shot dead on the spot. Thank God we have this law in place. Think how easily a senior can be killed or crippled by a single punch. Think of the expense to the tax payer when some grandma is pushed down in a purse snatching and snaps a hip sending her to a nursing home permanently. Florida simply declared real war on crime.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Jim Sadler Begs for Change (370 comments)

As we already have too many folks begging for change how about we get smart and really beg for change. That is to say let's get real and admit that we nee to do a basic change in the way the economy works. The old ideas and methods do not fit into modern realities at all. A redistribution of wealth is in order as well as the simple fact that we will have less and less jobs available every year. That spells disaster as we clearly will have more and more people available every year. Here is a demonstration of why the economic model does not work now. Picture seven hundred coal miners per shift going down into the mine and producing coal. Now picture modern mining equipment being delivered and instead of seven hundred workers only twelve are now on each shift to produce even more coal than the seven hundred men used to do. But here is the snag. The price of coal keeps going up and up. Coal is less affordable despite getting rid of almost all of the workers. Then we start to understand just how severe the effects of burning coal really are and we start to restrict the use of coal sharply. Meanwhile we flood the labor markets with ever more immigrants seeking work. But other effects kick in. In the bad old days a man could go catch a fish if he was short on food. But almost no fish in W. Virginia or Kentucky are at all safe to eat because coal has left heavy metals in almost 100% of the rivers, streams and ponds in those states. Meanwhile we really don't want the public to be aware that crops also pick up those nasty pollutants and if the water is not fit to drink chances are the tomato or corn or spinach grown on that land is also unfit for food. Then we turn around and feed that stuff to beef, to chickens or make pellets to feed fish on fish farms. After all who will really blow the whistle on pollutants in the food supply?

yesterday
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DARPA Developing the Ultimate Auto-Pilot Software

Jim Sadler Improved Aircraft (73 comments)

The most promising method of creating advanced, military aircraft is getting human out of the craft completely. Human life requires, bulky, heavy, complex, life support considerations and limits the G forces that the craft can accept. Without people more weapons, more fuel, and more risk can be carried into battle without fer of human life being lost. We are at a tipping point at which any plane that has a pilot on board will fail to win in a conflict with an automated aircraft.

2 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Jim Sadler Re:Interstate Commerce Clause (381 comments)

Do any of the animal products raised on this fuel cross state lines? Is public safety an issue?

2 days ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Jim Sadler Saving Face (220 comments)

Obviously N.Korea is a communist economic horror story. Russia has zero chance of getting paid back anyway. This method of presentation saves face for the Russian government as it was foolish to loan money to N.Korea in the first place and it also saves face for the concept of communism. This can be pushed as an image of one wonderful communist nation doing a good thing for another communist nation. N.Korea is an open sewer deserving the disrespect of all people, everywhere. And most wonderful fat, midget, leader, with really bad hair cut, is the icing on the cake.

2 days ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Jim Sadler Re:Economic Threat (256 comments)

Or we could just let people in the drug trade murder each other and let it be known that we will turn a blind eye to such murders.

3 days ago
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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

Jim Sadler Bet On Vikings (34 comments)

The age of the remains makes them about perfect for Vikings exploring the area.

3 days ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Jim Sadler Allow Me To Translate That! (353 comments)

What he really should have said is all automakers are frightened to death by Tesla and embarrassed beyond all bounds that they did not create Tesla's products. Obviously there is a conspiracy afoot to stop Tesla in its tracks as every state that Tesla sells in has suits claiming that they should not be allowed to exist. The industry is reacting as if Tesla had invented a car that could run for free on a drop of water. The powers that be see the handwriting on the wall and they are have a fit.

3 days ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

Jim Sadler Maybe Not (135 comments)

The future is very difficult to predict. Quite a few people place faith in the notion that science and technology will offer a bail out for our pressing issues. At this point I doubt that will be true. What we do have is an over abundance of available labor but no means to pay for all that labor. That is going to continue and get much worse. Immigration, women working, working two jobs due to a bad economy and finally displacement of workers by technology is ganging up on us big time. What that really means is that we must change our theories of economy and assign the cost of operating society quite differently. It is now a given that most people will never have a really decent job. We will move to a system where pay checks are issued for not working by the government and oddly they must be decent sized pay checks. It is vital that all people have some arbitrary spending power in order to support businesses. In turn those businesses will assume the tax burdens formerly shouldered by the public. The reward of a business offering a very competitive product will be that people actually vote for them when they choose to spend their money at those businesses. They vote with their bucks so to speak. As far as care for the elderly folks that may remain one of the last tasks to be taken over by robotics and computers. It is harder to build machines that can deal with a huge number of random, trivial tasks, than it is to build the robot to deal with complex but repetitive tasks. The surgeon may be replaced faster than the aid that cares for the disabled or elderly.

5 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Jim Sadler Smack the Sponsors (76 comments)

If a few million people stop supporting a company because they spend ad dollars at Fox News we might see serious changes at Fox. The powerful do understand a punch in the wallet rather quickly.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Jim Sadler Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

It is vital information in that if there is proof that GM tried to deliberately cover up the issue by not allowing a new part number to be assigned then punitive damages are in order. If it was simply bad practice the simple liability for the consequences is sufficient. Not only could the potential fines and suits run into the billions but a string of executives might be looking at serious prison sentences. Do we even know if the engineer had anything to do with assigning the part number?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Jim Sadler Re:Times have changed (195 comments)

Americans may eat a lousy bunch of fast,junk food, but at the same time we seem to be living a lot longer than my grandparents generation. We just might be overly focused on diet in relation to health and longevity. If we took a teen off of all forms of junk food and measured his health over time and compared him to a similar teen who simply had to complete 45 minutes of controlled exercise every day we just might find that exercise trumps diet. And then there are things like clean air that might have more impact than diet. My personal bet would be that crowded, urban environments predict doom far more than either diet or exercise. Eventually we will see the light and realize that all the factors are vital. Diet,exercise, clean air and water, and lack of crowding are all required for a good outcome for most people.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

Jim Sadler Can't Afford It (94 comments)

At a certain point, after much testing and fussing, and deciding that such treatments are safe for humans we will be confronted with a simple fact. We can not afford the medical technology that we already have. How can we get these breakthrough treatments for the people that need them? Almost all seniors would need quite a few items repaired. Check out the price of testosterone gels for senior males. That stuff runs $1,400 per month and they would be on it for years, Imagine the price of getting some good stem cells customized for your heart or brain or kidneys. The multimillion dollar medical patient is about to become the norm.

about two weeks ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Jim Sadler Huge (143 comments)

3D printing is a huge game changer. It may be the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel. A 3D printer that can build a home apparently already exists. A canoe or a camper might be rather easy to generate. Combine 3D printing with robotics and the handwriting is on the wall. On top of all of that we now have tiny computers that are surprisingly capable. What might a 3D printer do with material to build a robot powered by a Raspberry Pi?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Jim Sadler Better Yet (151 comments)

By covering the top of the Tesla with solar cells the cars could gather solar energy, store it and sell the excess to the power companies. Social chaos will soon follow. Just wait until the power companies have to hop scotch over homes that provide their own energy and the price of energy for homes on the grid goes through the roof. Big oil, coal, the nuclear industry as well as traditional car makers and associated trades could sink below the waves. The shifting of incredible amounts of money from those industries alone could generate financial chaos. Combined with breakthroughs like 3D printing we are entering an era in which we have no economic model to apply to this new way of life.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Jim Sadler The Price of Responsability (163 comments)

Frankly i dislike oil companies a lot. I'll say that up front. But what I do see in regard to spills and leaks is the same issue that invades many other industries. Frankly people and companies simply can not afford to be responsible. Your car insurance is a great example. Most drivers have insurance that is a joke when compared to the real harm that is often done. I saw one rare recovery in which a woman was ruined for life and in a nursing home permanently at a young age. Somehow her lawyers got her a 30 million dollar settlement. But after court costs and legal fees she had a bit over 20 million and the fear was that with 20 million dollars she would run out of money as she might live a very long life requiring a lot of medical care in a skilled nursing facility. Obviously every driver could easily cause such a horror and there could be more than one person in the car that they hit. And people unlikely to be hurt often suffer serious harm. I saw what looked like an ankle that was almost sprained turn into a near death situation for a salesman. When he arrived at work and got out of his car there was a tiny surface crack in the pavement. His shoe caught a bit and he had a bit of an ouch but did not fall down. What he did not know was that he had a minor break in the leg bone. Infection was not obvious and after about four days he suddenly collapsed and went unconscious. He was at death's door. The hospital brought him out of it and after the usual fifty thousand in expenses he could go home and rest until the cast came off, If he had died that little stumble would have been enough to bankrupt most small companies. So society cheats and Workmans' Comp would step in and his family would have been cheated out of everything. If the business could be held responsible it could not exist.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Jim Sadler Re:trees have branches (1037 comments)

Perhaps being an atheist requires blind faith as well. If you are an atheist you have a belief that all hell won't be applied to you for adopting your belief system. Even science itself rests upon articles of faith. For example assuming that the laws of physics are the same all over the universe is irrational and arbitrary. That being the case the entire cosmology presented by science becomes very fishy. Quantum mechanics hints that physical reality is not actual and quite an illusion in itself. We can postulate that all science does is falsely attempt to decode segments of the illusion. It suggests that a rabid, backwoods, Baptist, in a fever of religious excitement and an atheist are as far as logic goes equals.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Jim Sadler Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Obviously free speech does mean some pain and suffering as part of that freedom. America is supposed to be a melting pot so we ignore the screams when the lobster hits the boiling water. South beach in Miami has hundreds of topless girls on the beach and about 20 miles north of that is a nude beach. Obviously some women would strongly object to being filmed or photographed naked or topless . But guess what! It's a public beach and they are in public view. It is none of their business who films them. Silly as it sounds some girls get upset if the wrong guy looks at them. We all have to be willing to take credit for what we do.

about two weeks ago

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