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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

antifoidulus Re:"Contrary to what we were sometimes taught" (205 comments)

We were taught that in high school physics where I grew up too(the US, though admittedly a richer part of the US). The weaker gravity is the reason space missions are launched from places that are close to the equator, Florida in the US and French Guiana for the ESA. Though granted the reason for this discrepancy(distance to the center of the earth is greater near the equator due to the earth not being a perfect sphere) is different than the reasons for this most recent change

yesterday
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

antifoidulus Simple(x)st explanation (65 comments)

It's planetary herpes

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

antifoidulus Re:Completely Contained? (445 comments)

My advice is not to tongue kiss people who just got off the plane from west African countries and you should be fine.

The terrorists have already won.

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

antifoidulus Re:If Ebola cross-mutates with the (445 comments)

So you mean I can continue to make sweet, sweet love to rats without worrying about whether or not doing so will cause the apocalypse?

yesterday
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

antifoidulus Re:About fucking time. (81 comments)

Well, speaking from experience in the Japan 2011 earthquake, you are kind of on the mark kind of not.

b) it won't really work in major natural disasters, because, well in order to maintain the density of devices, a large number of people need to have continuous access to power, which is unlikely if a disaster is so severe that communication infrastructure is offline (I imagine celltowers are less fragile than power lines).

After power was turned back on, I, and a lot of other people, went out and bought a hand-cranked USB charger(also doubles as a flashlight and radio, a handy device to be sure). It doesn't take that much energy to power a cell phone.
As for the tower issue, the towers where I was at(Tsukuba, which is about halfway between Tokyo and Fukushima) all kept power even after the quake but since so many people were using their phones to either call people or check the news it was almost impossible to get through(the bandwidth of the tower may have very well been degraded as well). A mesh network *might* have been useful there, but it would have had to have enough density to work. Really the biggest problem with using a mesh network for disaster is that anywhere you have enough people to support a mesh network, you could probably just as easily use a bullhorn to communicate.

yesterday
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

antifoidulus Obligatory Dave Attell (191 comments)

" A lot of people think if you get struck by lightning you will get magic powers. Like the ability to read minds or shoot lightning from your hands. Not me. I got the ability to shake on the ground and shit my pants. Will I use these powers for good or for evil?"

2 days ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

antifoidulus Player Piano by Vonnegut (139 comments)

Kurt Vonnegut had a chillingly accurate prediction of the economy of the future in "Player Piano". While of course it contains the standard 1950s era scifi references to huge computers filled with vaccum tubes and it doesn't accurately predict what will happen with sending work abroad but his point about what we do with the now "useless" people is spot on.

In the book you are either one of the lucky few who have the skills and opportunity to become an engineer or else you have meaningless work found for you, either in the army or one of a large number of mostly pointless public works projects. This is eerily similar to the economies of a lot of the rich world, especially the U.S. while the rabid flag waivers don't want to admit it, most soldiers in the U.S. army today are only there because becoming a soldier was their only real chance to live something resembling a middle class lifestyle. We also have huge numbers of menial jobs whose only real purpose is to create busy work selling chinese made goods to each other. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to see the downside of the "maker economy"

about a week ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

antifoidulus Re:US investors don't have shares in Alibaba ... (122 comments)

My understanding is that Chinese law doesn't allow foreigners to own a Chinese strategic asset.

Yes, which is exactly why China's campaign to make the yuan a major world currency is laughable. People aren't going to buy a currency just so they can buy consumer goods from you, they are going to want to invest it, and current Chinese law pretty much makes that impossible to do in any sort of meaningful fashion. China is trying to "have it's cake and eat it to" by throwing it's weight around like one of the big boys but still being ultra-protectionist like a developing economy. Sooner or later this is going to catch up with them, and it's not going to be pretty.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

antifoidulus Re:correlation vs causality (270 comments)

Um, COLBOL is probably one of the few languages out there that DOESNT have a dedicated fan-boy following. Seriously, watch this thread and see which of the following statements gets the most hate:

Ruby, as an untyped language, is incredibly slow and thus should not be used for large scale systems

Node.js encourages unmaintainable code because of "callback hell" and prototype inheritance is an abomination

Java is way too verbose to be useful, and the JVMs gc sucks

Python is a fractured environment and should only be used for small-scale projects

COBOL is a dinosaur language that is only useful for maintaining crufty legacy code.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

antifoidulus Re:Easy solution (348 comments)

Except for most of that "debt" was actually accrued by GW Bush resolving his daddy issues, Obama simply stopped playing games with the debt. The deficit is now lower than it was at any time under Bush..... but silly me, debating a Republican with facts. We all know Republicans are immune to them.

about three weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

antifoidulus Re:Easy solution (348 comments)

But hey, Bush was able to work out his daddy issues, doesn't that count for something?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

antifoidulus Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

You are also oh so conveniently ignoring one tiny little fact, year over year DEVICE SALES ARE GOING UP! Yes, market share is going down, but that's largely because the smartphone market has been growing so fast, Apple's share of it hasn't been growing as fast as the market has. You want to know whose sales have been dipping recently? Samsungs!. But don't let those silly facts get in the way of your baseless ranting!

about 1 month ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

antifoidulus Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

Which is part of what drives the radicalism of the Islamic clerics. They have a perverse incentive for keeping things as fundamentalist as possible. They look to what happened to the clergy in Europe, who in roughly a 100 year span went from being basically on top of the social hierarchy to near the bottom, and are scared it might happen to them. In their eyes the situation in Europe was brought around both by the clergy actively supporting reform, but perhaps even more importantly the clergy not fighting back against reform hard enough(read cutting the heads off of reformers). In a society where your social status not only dictates the amount of property you have, but also your access to women, it's not surprising that the Islamic clergy are scared shitless of modernization and are doing everything in their power to stop it.

about 1 month ago
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The Evolution of Diet

antifoidulus Re:There's something to it (281 comments)

That's why I only eat the meat I catch using nothing but a club. Chasing those damn deer through the parking lot does really help keep off the fat, and keeps the neighbors talking.

about a month ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

antifoidulus Re:But but... (74 comments)

Well, in the future here is a handy rule of thumb that has helped me throughout my life: if someone offers to have sex with you in exchange for a bucket of fish, run.

about a month ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

antifoidulus Re:See what happens when you whine enough? (99 comments)

That's not entirely true, you have to have a 64 bit boot loader to be able to run the latest and greatest OS X. The first generation of Intel Mac Pros had a 32 bit boot loader and are thus officially unable to run anything post Lion(there are workarounds however)

about 2 months ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

antifoidulus Re:Prostrate Testing (97 comments)

So who does a prostrate exam? Sticking your fingers in your own ass?

Well, if you fork the feed then you may just be able to pay for the medical exam while performing it.

about 2 months ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

antifoidulus Re: I think this means (255 comments)

I was about 100 km from Fukushima when it happened, the reason they didn't flood the reactors with seawater right away was that the president of TEPCO, who before the earthquake was famous for being a cost cutter, wanted to save the reactor because if they flooded it it would never produce power again. He only reluctantly agreed to have it flooded after it was clear not doing so would result in an even bigger catastrophe. The dude should be hung for what he did.

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

antifoidulus Not just NSA (75 comments)

Apparently employees at Apple are required to don something similar when working on "top secret" projects....

about 2 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

antifoidulus Re:..but we won't give any more doses to anyone el (390 comments)

Yeah, because the dude was there volunteering in Africa because he just hates black people. And of course, drug manufacturing is just SOOOOOOO simple that anyone can do it, it's just those greedy bastards(who cares who they are, anyone but you is a greedy bastard, right?) who are preventing it. Here is a clue dipshit, if developing drugs is so easy, why don't you be the hero and do it? Or would that interrupt your self-righteousness time?

about 2 months ago

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Japan arrests woman for making a printable 3d model of her vagina

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about 2 months ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "The BBC is reporting that a Japanese woman has been arrested for making a 3d model of her vagina that can be printed using a 3d printer. Megumi Igarashi had sent the printable model to people who sent her money to create it. A police spokesman told AFP news agency she had distributed data that could "create an obscene shape". While giant phalluses are a common spectacle at Japanese fertility festivals, apparently vaginas are still considered "taboo". Ms. Igarashi is fighting the charges."
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How can I increase cooperation between the QA dept and (test) engineers

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about 5 months ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I was recently put in charge of my company's newly formed test automation group after nearly quitting over the sorry state of the tests. While we have been making progress in getting engineers excited about automated testing and actually using the tests, we haven't been able to really get the QA department to cooperate. Currently the QA department just runs through manual test plans and then reports any bugs without verifying whether what they are testing has been automated or not. I have been tasked to fix this problem, but don't really have any experience working with big QA departments so I'm turning to /., does anyone here have any experience with increasing cooperation between those who write automated tests and QA department testers? How did you overcome the political and technological hurdles and actually get QA to not spend most of their time just verifying stuff that has already been verified?"
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Japanese branch of the BSA likens piracy to subway groping

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about a year ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I saw this recently while I was riding on a train to Tokyo and just had to share. In this commercial, the Japanese branch of the BSA likens pirating software to being a chikan(a man who gropes women on the subway).(Sorry about the spammy link, but since google is making this "real name" push, I would rather not post it on youtube). The rough translation is as follows:

To all the commuters out there
Chikan is a crime
Making illegal copies of software at the office is a crime
Both hurt people dear to us
If you see anyone pirating software at work, please report it to the BSA

Insert your own "groped by DRM" reference"
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Transitioning from "hacker"(positive sense) to "en

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So I'm about to get my masters in CS and start out (again) in the "real world", I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since my academic work has focused almost solely on computer science and not software engineering per se, I'm really still a "hacker", meaning I take a problem, sketch together a rough solution using the appropriate Computer Science algorithms, and then code something up(using a lot of prints to debug), do some basic testing and go with it.... Obviously something that works quite well in the academic environment but not in the "real world" obviously. Even at my previous job, which was sort of a jack-of-all-trades(sysadmin, security, support, and programming) the testing procedures were not particularly rigorous and as a result I don't think I'm really mature as an "engineer"

So my question to the community is how do you make the transition from hacker(in the positive sense) to a real engineer. Obviously the "Mythical Man Month" on the reading list, but anything else? How do you get out of the "hacker" mindset?"
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Are there any scientifically-verified ways to impr

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So after missing the date of a lifetime due to a killer cold(doesn't help that the country I live in bans Nyquil), I have become interested in ways to potentially "boost" my immune system, but most of what is out there seems like pseudo-science at best. Are there any actual ways to boost the immune system that have been published and peer-reviewed out there? Has anyone actually had any success using these methods? Or should I just give up and try smuggling some Nyquil into the country :P"
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Fox news confirms it: /. is dying

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Fox News, obviously out of better things to talk about, has a list of 8 websites that are dying. The list includes Gawker, digg, blogging sites, and last on the list, this site. However their stats seem to be questionable as they report less than 100k users in April before bouncing up to 500k. Something tells me that such a wide variance is more the result of bad statistics than a dying site, but I could be wrong."
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Rinderpox virus has been offically eliminated

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that Rinderpox, a disease that affects cattle, buffalo, and related animals, has been officially declared eliminated. The disease is only the second ever to be totally eliminated, and the first non-human disease to get that classification. Could polio be next?"
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How "clean" do GPL-BSD translations have to be?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

antifoidulus writes "There is a (relatively) simple library that I would like to convert from C++ to C, and then incorporate into a BSD licensed project I am working on.

Am I allowed to look at the GPL code, convert it, then release the result as BSD? Or do I have to go more "clean room" and totally re-implement the algorithm without looking at the GPL code.

Yes I know the standard "get a lawyer" answer, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this."
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Is not having Windows skills a blemish on a resume

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "After spending the past 6 years practically Windows free, I have become accustomed to how advanced other operating systems(such as Linux and OS X) are compared to Windows. Whenever I use Windows I am shocked and frustrated with how primitive it is, for example no NFS or SSH out of the box, an insanely stupid file structure etc. I would prefer to never have to touch the thing again, but I do like being employed. Is not having any Windows experience on your resume a problem nowadays? How do you handle the inevitable questions about not using the World's Worst Operating System? Should I just have to suck it up and learn how to deal with it?"
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Sysadmin job interview tips for a coder?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I'm currently employed as a software developer who has been migrating more and more towards system administration work. While I like programming I think that I would like to keep it as a hobby(such as contributing to Open Source projects) rather than a job. However, since bills still need to be paid, I am looking into positions as a sysadmin. I have an interview with a company in a really cool part of the world, but I'm a bit concerned. I have never really interviewed for a sysadmin job before. How different are they from say your typical software engineering position? Can anyone who has done both give any advice on what to expect during the interview? How can I convince them that a background in software engineering is applicable to system administration?"
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Women dig EcoGeeks

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! reports that Eco geeks get all the girls. While I am a bit wary of the methodology of the study, it may show that becoming environmentally aware may also be chic. Some highlights include girls preferring the latest fuel-efficient vehicles to the latest sports cars , auto buyers finding talking fuel economy isn't a bore at parties, and more and more people no longer consider fuel efficient cars to be unfashionable. However, the article notes that it is probably more energy efficient to keep driving your current vehicle than it is to buy a new one. Alas, as a cyclist I didn't see any mention of increased lovin' for bikers. The study was conducted as part of the GM Challenge X competition, in which college students compete to make GM cars more fuel efficient."
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Urbanites produce less CO2 per capita in the US

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! is running a story that claims that city residents produce less carbon emissions than their rural counterparts per capita. The study used the emissions from residential electricity, heating/cooling, and transportation to calculate that the residents of the 100 most populated metropolitan centers in the US emit an average of 2.47 tons of carbon per year per person, whereas the United States average is 2.87 tons per person per year. While these cities account for more than half the total US carbon output, the increased population density and use of mass transit significantly reduced their average output. Cities in the east, which depend more on coal for electricity when compared with other parts of the country, emitted the most greenhouse gasses the study found."
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CNN website targeted by DoS

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that they were the target of a Denial of Service attack yesterday. According to the article, there have been reports on Asian tech sites that Chinese hackers were targeting CNN for their coverage of the unrest in Tibet. One has to wonder if this hacking attempt was government sponsored or not. The Chinese government hasn't been very happy with CNN, in fact Beijing Bureau Chief has been summoned about a day before this happened."
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How automated is your daily routine?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As many perl hackers can attest to, computers can easily automate almost anything. I have been thinking about ways to automate the drudgery of daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning etc. There are products such as roomba which help, and of course the inevitable wife/girlfriend/mom jokes, but I was wondering what do slashdot users do to help automate the less than pleasant daily tasks that life requires? What can one do for less than $1k? And, why aren't networked appliances more common?"
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Cyclists in US 12x as likely to die as drivers/km

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "A blurb from the freakonomics blog points out that in the UScyclists are 12 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as drivers are per kilometer. The study was done by a researchers in the United States and The Netherlands. While the odds of dying in a collision are relatively high, other studies have found that the overall morbidity rate from commuting via bicycle versus car is actually lower. An interesting from the paper cited, "American pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to get killed than Dutch and German pedestrians and cyclists, both on a per-trip and per-km basis. They are also far more likely to be injured." Yet another reason why SUVs(which are very rare in Europe) need to banned ASAP."
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "At work we occasionally have to pull shifts to support our application, and we divide each day into a day shift and night shift. However, the married people at my office have all coopted the day shifts and because there are more of them than there are unmarried people, they not only force the singles to work nights(including weekends), but force us to work almost 2x as many shifts per person. I guess they assume that since we aren't married our lives are pointless and should be spent at work, but I don't see them eager to dole out the raises in the same fashion. Is this type of behavior prevalent in the IT world? In the US, is it even legal to so blatantly discriminate against a group of people? What are some of the worst things slashdotters have seen in regards to this type of behavior?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo finance is running an article detailing how the EPA is changing fuel efficiency standards for 2008 models. This seems to be the first overhall of the miles per gallon(1 mpg=.42 kpl) since the 1980's. Previous tests assumed that drivers did not exceed 55 mph(88 kph), that drivers never used their air conditioner and heaters. The new tests push cars up to 80 mph(128 kph) and drive them in hot and cold weather conditions. Naturally the reported MPG number has dropped, for example the Prius' reported mileage dropped 20%, but the new number reflects what most drivers see. And as always, your mileage may vary. (Your kilometres per litre may vary)"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As an avid cyclist but someone who gets lost frequently, I have always wanted a GPS system like some of my friends have in their cars. But I wasn't sure that I could find soemthing that was accurate enough for cyclists as well as something that wouldn't tell me to go on a highway when it was obviously unsafe. However, as always technology has marched forwards and there seem to be several handheld units that are accurate enough for cyclists. Some seem to be a very fancy(and somewhat expensive) bike computers without much navigation aid, others seem to be navigation aides with a bit of bike computer tacked on. Have any slashdotters ever used a GPS on their bike? If so, what kind? My ideal GPS would have maps for both North America and Europe(and maybe Japan as well). Any suggestions?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "The NY Times is reporting on how Indosnesian farmers are cleared huge tracts of rainforests to make farms for palm oil. Demand for the oil surged as many European governments subsidised it in order to attempt to reduce emissions. However, to quote the article, "But last year, when scientists studied practices at palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, this green fairy tale began to look more like an environmental nightmare." In addition to clearing rainforests, the farmers also cleared large tracts of peat that sent huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. So much that Indosnesia is the world's 3rd largest carbon producer. In response, some governments, such as that of the Netherlands, are suspending palm oil subsidies and many environmentalist groups are saying that biofuels are not automatically considered to be renewable sources of energy."

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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 8 years ago After reading the news everyday in the US, I was suddenly hit with a realization, the Simpsons predicted the response in 1996, 5 years before 9/11 in the episode Much Apu About Nothing. Basically a bear ends up in downtown Springfield and the town goes nuts and spends tons of money on things such as stealth bombers despite the fact that Flanders stated that this is the first bear in over 30 years. Of course the people get upset about the cost but refuse to get rid of the over the top protections, so the mayor decides to placate them by shifting the blame to illegal immigrants.
Remind you of the American response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11? It was the first time it happened in a long time, we went way over the top to prevent another attack, and of course when that all inevitably went south, the government shifted focus towards illegal immigrants who of course, like Apu, tend to work harder than your Homer Simpsons.....

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