Why Public Email Needs a Police Force
As a <insert identifying interest group>-American, I have a RIGHT to be not offended! I also have the right to punish and/or silence you when you crush my self-esteem by hurting my feelings!
Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line
<quote>Not really. Like most organizations (in fact more so than most organizations) retail establishments don't pay a significant amount of their bottom line toward the employees staffing the store. A single store manager will make almost as much as the combined floor staff and combined salaries are still just noise in the bottom line.</p></quote>
If you make 10 bucks an hour, it costs considerably more than 10/hour to have you on the clock. Even without medical benefits, the insurance, tax, administrative, and unemployment insurance contributions to support this person are substantially more than the simple wage of the employee. The very rough rule of thumb to figure this is double the employee's salary/wage to get the cost of that employee. This does not include benefits.
If a typical Wal-Mart has 20 part-time(no benefits) employees making $6/hr, by your estimation the store manager must be making around $120/hr. I can assure you that Joe StoreManager does not make $230,000+ per year. The combined cost of the employees of a single store is considerable, a far cry from 'noise'.
'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget
Wow, so 25% of the total budget is a drop in the bucket to you? Education spending and Social Security equaled roughly 800 billion in 2009. SS, Medicaid/Medicare, and other legally mandated spending (such as pensions, VA medical benefits, debt service), consumes about 61% of the budget. This does not include the military budget. There isn't a single program in the federal budget that does not deserve scrutiny and a visit from the knife. If you exclude SS, Medicare/entitlements, and DoD from this as 'sacred cows', you exclude 80% of the budget.
As an aside to this, there seems to be a large number of people who believe that SS is running a surplus to it's 'trust fund' (or something similar). Technically it is true, FICA revenue outpaces SS expenditures when the columns in the ledger are compared. The reality is that all FICA revenue is spent every year, in it's entirety, and has been done so since day one. There is no trust fund, no savings account. At best, there is a ledger with 75 years of IOU's in it. The Social Security Administration is required by law to use its surplus to buy US government securities. The treasury takes the money from these security 'sales', and congress spends it. The federal government has been using this shell game to mask deficits for a long time, including Clinton's "surplus" years, which weren't really surpluses at all. The total debt of the United States has gone up every year but two in the last 75 years.
The largest holder of U.S. Federal debt isn't China or Japan, it's the Social Security Administration. It's exponentially worse, financially and morally than the Enron/Wall-Street funny-money greed these politicians moaned and wailed about. It is the Republicans fault, it is the Democrats fault, and it is the American peoples fault for electing them and allowing this to happen.
A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy
The potential three thousand dead you mention wouldn't be collateral, they would be the intended target.
Chicago Using Coyotes To Fight Rodents
This plan is airtight. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
TSA Saw My Junk, Missed Razor Blades, Says Adam Savage
<quote><p>We need someone with some sense running this show. Instead we have Michael Cherthoff.</p></quote>
<p>Actually, we have Janet Napolitano. Barack Obama replaced Chertoff with her as soon as he was inaugurated.</p>
<quote><p>Did you see this story from the beginning of the year: <a href="http://www.infowars.com/chertoff-linked-to-body-scanner-manufacturer/">http://www.infowars.com/chertoff-linked-to-body-scanner-manufacturer/</a> ? Cherthoff, while serving as a key government official, also runs a private consulting company one of whose clients is - the body scanner manufacturer.</p></quote>
<p>Yeah, that's pretty shifty. I'm glad the current administration, if equally incompetent, is at least less corrupt. As far as we know, that is....</p></quote>
You don't know much about Chicago lawyers, do you?
Bacteria Used To Fix Cracked Concrete
"Mommy, I spilled my shake all over the sidewalAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGHGGHGHGHG"
Blizzard Seeking Console Devs For 'Diablo-Related Concept'
Probably a Diablo RPG, with the various warriors, wizards, and rangers replaced with androgynous, spike haired teenagers wielding 10 foot long swords. In all seriousness though, Blizzard would be smart to stay within the zeitgeist of console online multiplayer games. As such, they would (re) implement battlenet and game features (bugs) to mirror the state in the original Diablo games.
The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater
Well, if his Dad, friends, neighbors in that area start inventing shit and altering electronics that are on a killing rampage, there is an alien spaceship buried at the bottom of this thing. Especially so if the name of the town is Haven.
Iron Man Is Another Step Closer To a Reality
"Raytheon is seeking to develop the suits to help the US military carry supplies......and claims that one operator in an exoskeleton suit can do the work of two to three soldiers."
At about 200x the cost of 3 soldiers. It's carrying supplies. It isn't the Bataan death march for christ's sake. You don't go out on a patrol carrying a giant case of ammunition with your weapon on your back.
"It sure was nice the dude in the robot suit carried our rucks for the first 5 clicks before it broke down."
"Yeah. Sucks we gotta hump these fuckers for the next 20"
"Nah, we'll just put them in the humvee that was following him to supply the power for the suit."
Mystery 'Missile' Identified As US Airways Flight 808
You need another layer of tinfoil. If people are knocking off all the people who've 'figured out the lies', why do I still see the people who've exposed it to all us sheeple walking around still screaming their inane bullshit?
Regardless of any logical information presented, it's all dismissed with a wave of the hand and "so they've gotten to you!". I know it's feeding the (paranoid) trolls, but the ensuing wall of text is cathartic to me.
Since monday, I've learned that half the population of the world is an aeronautical engineer, rocket scientist, or has lived their entire life 1 mile from Cape or Vandenburg. "I've seen plenty of rockets in my time, I know a rocket plume when I see one". Well, I'm a brain surgeon, and I've seen enough brains to know an idiot when I see one.
Just apply a small amount of logic and common sense, and you'll be rid of all the paranoid delusions you're suffering from. Once again, You couldn't possibly pick a worse place and time to secretly launch a missile. "No doubt it was launched from a sub or a ship" you say. I'm not sure if you've ever looked at a map, but the Pacific Ocean is a sorta large. Of the 60 some odd million square miles of it, they pick 30 miles off the coast of LA? Seriously? Launched from the ground, then. Once again, why? They have large secluded installations specifically made to do this kind of stuff.
Launching ICBM's 30 miles off the cost of a country with thousands of nukes to 'show your muscle' is idiotic. It'd be like me walking up to a cop and firing a pistol a foot from his head 'just so he knows I've got a gun, too'. We don't need to launch jack shit to show the world we have them, we've had them for 40 years.
The cameraman says he tracked it for 10 minutes after he saw it. Forget all the perspective stuff, a little bit of research about missiles tells you all you need to know. Medium range ballistic missiles and ICBM's only burn for a minute or two. Cruise missiles boosters only burn a handful of seconds, the rest of the flight is with a conventional turbine engine. Deltas are dropping the second stage 4 minutes after launch at about 400,000 feet (it's been out of visual for a bit at this point). The shuttle drops SRB's 2 minutes after launch at 153,000 feet. It's in orbit in 10 minutes. "That flicker at the back looks kind of like a rocket. Yeah, I think it is a rocket. Most likely." There's gobs of dusk and nightime launch videos on the net. Watch a few. It's not a flicker. It's an incredibly bright ball of fire, lighting up the entire sky (for a few minutes, not 10).
As far as the eeeeevil government/military paranoia, "oohhh the military/government took so long to explain it, they must be hiding something!" Right, and if they came right out and said it wasn't a missile, it would be "oooh, they sure answered that quick! It must mean they already had the cover story prepared, since they were hiding something!"
Mystery 'Missile' Identified As US Airways Flight 808
I think that maybe if they wanted to avoid media coverage, they would probably not want to launch a missile 20-30 miles off the coast of LA during rush hour. The only way it could be less inconspicuous is if they announced it beforehand in the newspapers, on TV, and google bombing the time and location. Grand conspiracy theories always want their cake and eat it too. We are asked to believe that insidious organization 'x' is simultaneously so clever and devious it has orchestrated a massive and complex conspiracy, and yet is so incompetent and stupid it's left a string of obvious evidence that any joe schmuck on the internet can find.
The Science of Battlestar Galactica
Agreed. I'm not sure where all this 'everything must be explained in minute detail' thing started with scifi. It sucks.
Hai guyz, it's not the force, it's just those wacky midochlorians!
The Right Robotic Stuff
JINX PUT MAX IN SPACE
New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued
But running around is what 4 year old children do. I think pretty much everybody has noticed that young children have some problems with fine motor control and are ocassionally running into people while playing. They're children, they haven't completely figured it yet. What are the parents supposed to do, keep them on a leash?
I recall my bike-training days. Steering? barely. Breaking and/or controlling speed? ehhh, not really. Ability to gather information of what is ahead, potential problems, and decide a course of action quickly? No way. The ability to do these things simultaneously? Bahahahahaha!!! yeah, right.
HULC Robotic Exoskeleton MK II Undergoing Tests
I don't know how much this thing is projected to cost (didn't RTFA of course) but it definitely needs to carry much more than 200 pounds. I'm in the military, in the Infantry no less, and I'm having a hard time seeing why this is better than a pallet and a forklift. This thing, http://www.defense.gov/DODCMSShare/NewsStoryPhoto/2005-01/2005011205a.jpg , can lift a pretty considerable load, maybe some AF guy can clue in, but I'm guessing you could probably buy 10 of those things vs. one set of this exoskeleton thing, easy. As far as combat applications, I can't see what this thing can offer, given the cost, potential maintenance issues, and a person to operate. 200 pounds is a .50 cal with spare barrel, and 3 cans of ammo (300 rounds). Or, a Mk 19 and 2 of the big cans of ammo (96 rounds). An up-armored humvee will carry this, plus a whole lot more ammo, plus my (and everyone's) stuff, plus give me a ride. It might be able to go places the humvee can't go, but what it brings isn't worth it vs. the cost. It would give the gundham crowd boners though.
UAV Helicopter Flies 12 Hours Charged By Laser
..phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range
Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge
Do you currently fill up at home? No. This car will not require you to charge it at home, it can probably run 400+ miles before it needs a recharge, then it will get charged at an Electric Station, just like a Gas running car. 6 minutes is a bit more than what everyone spends at the gas station.
No, but where I live, there aren't any places to charge other than my home, which in case you aren't following, means that I have to charge at my home. A quick check of my electric bill, and using the numbers others have put up here, each charge of this car is going to cost me about $75. Given the distance I drive to work, and need to drive for other essential things, it will add $375 to my electric bill each month. This is much more than my gasoline bill. Even if you limited a small percentage of people to using this type of recharging, it's going to be huge problems for the grid, since most people will be charging at roughly the same time. So, have some kind of capacitor/battery/phlebotinum device to spread the load throughout the day? That's not going to be cheap. Didn't RTFA, but usually these electric vehicle pressers don't mention price, due to them typically being significantly higher than a comparably performing gasoline vehicle. The additional costs for the whole package are very significant compared to what we already have.
I'm not saying the whole endeavor is fruitless or a waste of time. But like so many of these green projects, the 'green' qualities only means the pollution generating portion gets pushed from the end user higher up the line. Great for your conscious/pretentiousness I suppose, but the net result is status quo.
The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale
The Battle for Endor is a masterpiece compared to the prequels.
The Hobbit To Be Filmed In New Zealand After All
I agree with most of the changes/omissions in the LoTR films. Why people can't grasp that the manner in which you process and enjoy books vs. films is beyond me. Enormous portions of the entire LoTR book series were spent on poems, songs, and verbose descriptions of the flora, fauna, and culture of Middle Earth. Engrossing while reading , but none of these things really translate at all to a movie. I think the Barrow Downs could have been included without disrupting the flow of Fellowship, plus it would explain why the sword could kill the Witch King, despite his boast of "No man can kill me". Jackson would probably still have Eowyn kill him though. Long before I saw the movies (Jackson's or Bakshi's) I thought the scouring of the shire felt odd and out of place. It was interesting for sure, but didn't really fit the flow for an epilogue. In the movies, it would have been 20 minutes + of another ending. I laughed when I saw them as people continuously got up and then sat back down.
As an aside, I was pleased with Zack Snyder's complete revision of the ending of The Watchmen. Even as a young lad of 13 reading the book, I thought it's ending was simplistic and quite frankly, stupid.
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