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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Tailhook Re:Predicted... repeatedly. (176 comments)

Just shut up and send them some bags of grain right?

We send them our industrial base. We also send them signed trade agreements with MFN status.

They send us finished goods made safely outside the Environment. And sans any OSHA EPA NLRB costs, tariffs or the slightest customs impediment. Thus, we are free to pad our regulatory nest however much we need to gratify our environmental virtues.

And this scheme works ok until you create a huge cohort of former-middle-class-now-subsistence-worker voters. Those folks have no patience for hypocrite climate warriors.

The GP is dead-on correct. Cold, hungry people don't count carbon molecules while sitting in the dark.

The above might eventually make sense to the common mope — after enough of his wealth and liberty are outlawed. But I am far more cynical. You see, our elites don't actually work with this calculus. To them, "environmentalism" is a means to power, because nothing is beyond the scrutiny of their green tyranny.

about a week ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Tailhook Re:How much is that in F-35s? (121 comments)

For all budget discussions, any program, should always couch the monetary amounts in terms of how many F-35s it equates to.

Ok.

Since 2008, NASA's annual budget has been cut the equivalent of 7.3 F-35's in nominal dollars. 18.8 F-35's in inflation adjusted dollars.

The 2015 NASA budget increase is about 2 F-35's, at $132 million per low-rate production F-35.

The unit cost of a Eurofighter is $112 million. I wonder if Europe has malcontent little punklets demanding everything be priced in Eurofighters.

about a week ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Tailhook Anti-science Republicans (121 comments)

There they go again. Killing off science in the US by defunding NASAs science programs. Guess they want a theocracy where everyone worships the sky daddy in a 2000 year old universe.

Oh.

Wait.

Time to start hating on NASA I guess. I mean if those racist bible thumping warmongers want to fund it it has got to be wrong. So, lets look in the playbook and see what we have..... Ah ha! That money is better spent here on Earth to hep the poor. We need to fix our own planet before we worry about others!

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Tailhook Re:in other news... (225 comments)

One tiny spec of dust on the lens would be disastrous.

No. That's a myth. A tiny speck absorbs a tiny amount of energy before ionizing. These lasers are made of a large mass of tough material and they don't explode or whatnot when a tiny piece of matter ionizes on a ruby or YAG crystal surface.

Powerful cutting and welding lasers are used all day long in manufacturing environments around the world. They don't go haywire when a tiny speck of foreign material vaporizes in the beam. The laser degrades over time as damage accumulates.

Cracked lenses or lenses with significant contaminants on the surface can be damaged or even explode when the laser is activated. A speck of dust won't get you there.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Tailhook Re:Justice (767 comments)

Pointless Senate rehash. There is nothing new here; just more hyperbolic outrage over "waterboarding." It's good for about 18 more hours of Bush Derangement Syndrome news cycle. Red meat for libtards.

Fortunately Feinstein et al. won't be running Senate committees starting in January, so that will be the end of the agitprop for a while. Al Qaeda will have to go elsewhere for recruiting material.

about a week ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Tailhook Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (1128 comments)

The fact he killed someone should have generated a public trial.

A trial of what charge? First Degree Angering Minorities? We don't accuse people and put them in jeopardy "just because."

didn't meet the public's demands

First, who the fuck are you speaking for the "public?" As a member of the "public" all of my demands have been met. Other segments of the "public" can't be satisfied; they won't be satisfied until every white cop in MO has been flayed to death.

Sorry, we're not doing that either. So you go on being disappointed, and we'll go on ignoring you. Go burn some part of your neighborhood down if you don't like it.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Tailhook Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (1128 comments)

You know, I wish your little fantasy actually came to pass. Persecuting innocent and honest people would fail badly and put the stink where it belongs; on DOJ race baiters. Among others.

The reality is the feds know this and aren't even entertaining the idea. You're just too delusional to understand that.

about three weeks ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Tailhook Re:that's because (376 comments)

we just mindlessly build technology

In building the Internet we appear to have created the most effective conceivable means of disseminating "Blame America..." memes.

To do better you'd have to put it in the water.

about three weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Tailhook Bigots (316 comments)

Shouldn't there also be `Racist' and `Sexist' "public reporting buttons" as well?

Did I actually just type that?

Holy shit.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Tailhook Re:Solar? (223 comments)

That's the closest thing to honesty I've heard on this matter. That scientist has no future at all in government work.

In fact, I don't believe that actually happened. Got a link?

about a month ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Tailhook Re:The providers (127 comments)

Why should the providers shoulder this burden?

Because their customers are paying them to shoulder this burden. Directly. With real money. These paying consumers expect their bytes to be relayed at the rate and volume they pay to send or receive. Whatever other business arrangements a providers customers may have with any other party is none of the providers @$%&*+! business.

Simple. Straightforward. And entirely incompatible with our government's monopoly protected cable and phone companies that have decided they'd like a big juicy piece for themselves.

about a month ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Tailhook Re:The more things changes... (401 comments)

I hope

Don't look to hope. Despite liberal rhetoric claiming shutdowns hurt the Right, Republicans are doing well this cycle; the 2013 shutdown has done them no harm. Listening to the MSM one might think we had sent all Republicans to gulags after two shutdowns in '95-'96, but in fact they held majorities in both houses for another 10 years.

As Federal debt mounts you should anticipate more frequent and severe disruptions and develop alternatives for yourself. The odds of more shutdowns in 2015-16 are high.

about a month and a half ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Tailhook Re:Flamefest (401 comments)

I bet the popcorn is popped and the drinks are being poured at Slashdot headquarters right now.

I think the headquarters amounts to 2-3 cubicles in a Dice property somewhere, and those are empty.

about a month and a half ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Tailhook Re:Climate porn (495 comments)

People must like feeling afraid.

When humans lack sufficient drama they make more. Alleviated of hunger, war, plague, etc. we create and indulge new "problems" to fill the void.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Tailhook Re:Wow $100 Million (143 comments)

More tax money will merely inflate teacher and administrative pay and pensions further. On the other hand, whatever costs these donations offset will end up in the same teacher/admin/union pockets, so it's a wash.

The schools will continue to cry poverty, the `students' will continue to attend their glorified daycare and you will go on farming your groupthink mod points.

Enjoy.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Tailhook Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (384 comments)

Reid has 55 (D) votes and it only needs 51 to confirm, so put the blame where it belongs.

Why is there no surgeon general?

Short answer: Obama's nominee is a political disaster; a highly partisan anti-gun obamacare cheerleader that the Dems know better than to expose to the confirmation process in an election year.

about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Tailhook White people problems (342 comments)

Seriously.

Trust fund rebel white people problems, in particular.

about 2 months ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (334 comments)

AK-47, that swedish FNC variant, RK-62

Replace .303 British with an intermediate cartridge? For bear and moose?

Dude. Shut up. Stop typing stuff. Just stop.

about 2 months ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

about 2 months ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

Tailhook Re:Makes sense (87 comments)

Reagan

Here we are, discussing a story about the developmental damage measured in the brains of the victims of Ceausescu's communist hellhole, and this fucking freak starts bitching about Reagan, the one president in my lifetime that made a point of illuminating the plight of people subjected to that nightmare.

In actual fact the ratio of working women has been steadily increasing since the end of WW2. Reagan's time in office didn't influence that trend one way or the other.

But keep knock'n back that Daily KOS kool-aid. No sense in allowing reality to impede on that fucked up worldview.

about 2 months ago

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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 2 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"
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Drones reveal widespread tax evasion in Argentina

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 3 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines."
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STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 5 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'"
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Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 6 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; flag@whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up flag@whitehouse.gov to irrelevant mailing lists."

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