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National Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale

malilo Re:Public vs. private funding (103 comments)

As I recall we ripped out all the passenger rail or sold it to the freight lines long, long ago. Outside of Amtrak (which has to give right-of-way to freight), and light rail, what infrastructure are you referring to?

As for subsidies, only in America do people think that rail should somehow magically "pay for itself"... the equivalent would be roads "paying for themselves", i.e., all toll roads, all the time. No one (outside of crazy libertarians) thinks that is a good idea. Basically, SOME sunk investment into transportation is necessary every year. Personally, I prefer more rail.

As an alternative, I would be ok with a pay-everything-as-you-go system that the libertarians want, IF we put policies in place to squeeze the income distribution into a much narrower range - say a factor of 100 total difference between richest and poorest. Otherwise, I don't see how such a system is anything but extremely unfair.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

malilo Re:Oh enough with the range whining (998 comments)

Well, as stated above, one option is to rent a car for the occasional weekend trip. Considering the cost of a second vehicle, you'd have to really hate renting to want to pour out the devaluation costs, insurance costs, and other maintenance/fuel just to drive your own vehicle to Auntie Sarah's twice a year. Seriously, it's like people that claim they "need" a pickup truck to move stuff and use it once in 4 years to move a mattress set. You really didn't "need" it, but whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

malilo Re:You are not innocent (410 comments)

It's what the anarchists used to say: "If elections could change your life, they would be illegal."

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

"Appears to be casing houses"... I'm not sure this has been substantiated. I don't find it likely that Trayvon was casing houses in his own damn neighborhood. Like he had a mental to-do list "buy skittles for bro... get a can of tea... oh yeah, rob the neighbors". And you KNOW that if there was a string of break-ins by asians, or white chicks, that you would not report every asian or white chick you saw, because that's a broad-as-hell description. I'm also shocked that people supposedly SAW the thieves in all 8 previous robberies. Probably more like some people got robbed and some people saw black people... and they were associated. Think about it. This is just racist all around and disgusting.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

A 17 year old is legally a child. He lived with his parents. Calling him an adult would be innacurate. Also, Zimmerman outweighed him by sixty pounds. He brought the gun. If you think about it, the person who was going to end up dead is pretty obvious in retrospect.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

True, and a good reason to support proven crime-prevention measures like better education, better social safety nets, well-lit streets, and home alarm systems. However, not a good reason to excuse the shooting of an innocent person... we don't just get to say "oops, collateral damage, oh well"... there should have been an arrest that night.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

If you look at the surveillance tape, it's clear that any injuries must be minor, or extremely unusual, since you can't see them at all. My guess is he did have a few scuff marks, and maybe a bloody nose, from the struggle before he killed Martin. Conjecture, however.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

Yeah bleeding which is totally not visible on the police tape. Also of note, the police did not use gloves while handling Zimmerman, which they usually do if there's blood.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

malilo Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

So... you're saying your racist? How exactly would that call go... I saw a black man, he must be guilty of something? Are you capable of self-examination here?

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

malilo Re:I don't think so. (1128 comments)

Next time just thank me by not sounding like an idiot in the future.

Love and kisses,

malilo

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

malilo Re:The terror threat is low (435 comments)

You are exactly correct. I was on a boating trip with several couples whom I didn't know and people started complaining about TSA. One poor woman ventured her opinion "but I think it's all ok because it keeps us safe"... I pointed out that I could kill plenty of people by wedging a bit of metal into a commuter track. She gave me a horrified look along with "Why would you even think of that?", but I think I made my point.

The problem is, they've already got a huge chunk of the country, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, convinced that we are under constant threat of attack. (It's the lizard brain, I guess). So once they put in place checkpoints EVERYWHERE (which yes, is their plan, the fascisty fucks), it will actually be a bit harder to find the evidence you and I have both noted (once everything is surveilled, it will be hard to argue there's been no attacks because no one is trying). Also, I suspect violence would actually go up, as more people joined resistance/anti-fascist/terrorist groups in response to a crackdown. But I'm just speculating.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

malilo Re:future weapons ? (357 comments)

5.1 million ly is not that far, actually (twice the distance to Andromeda). A galaxy at that distance would be in our local group, and it's redshift will be dominated by it's local motions, not the Hubble flow.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

malilo Re:Converging steps (294 comments)

Ok, meanwhile in reality I would enjoy very much living in "socialist" Germany. You go enjoy your freedom to be poisoned to death by an unregulated food industry and have housing bubbles destroying the wealth of the middle class. We have many socialist institutions here and yet you seem to be alive and well to complain on the internet about it. I won't deny that they US is taking a troubling turn, but this has nothing to do with "socialism". Again, having government-sponsored healthcare, etc., does not require abdication of human or civil rights, unless you think it's your "right" not to obey the rule of law... which is another issue entirely.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

malilo Re:Converging steps (294 comments)

As a socialist-leaning liberal (as in policies, not that I want to emmulate the communists), I am confused how you can describe a police state (aka totalitarian or fascist state) as being a "socialist heaven"... I think it's a good idea for the community to control certain things (health care, social safety nets like unemployment), but I am absolutely uninterested in controlling everyone's behavior. These things do not have to run in parallel. One can be a socialist and an anti-fascist.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

malilo Re:Spending (294 comments)

Hmm. I usually come down on the side of "Goverments, or at least ours, are SLIGHTLY less awful/evil/corrupt that many of the worst corporations (having in mind Monsanto, etc), but I like your argument here.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

malilo Re:Good (356 comments)

I'm also dumping Ubuntu after dealing with the horrible horrible Unity/Gnome3 experience. I'll go use Scientific Linux or something where they don't needlessly change the desktop environment to something shitty just because they think it looks cool.

more than 2 years ago
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Text Message Brands Quebec Man a Terror Suspect

malilo Re:What was it? (451 comments)

As a librarian though, he's probably at least mildy to the left politically. Ever contributed to the ACLU? Attended any Iraq war protests? I'm not kidding. Happened to my boyfriend too, after attending one anti-war protest. The penalty for being brownish, I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation

malilo Re:Successful ? (99 comments)

Troll much? You can always tell a made-up complaint because it describes a situation nothing like reality, and has a tone of venomous contempt that is excessive given the situation. People with no money to buy the item? Ok, maybe some people low-ball you but I have found that is easily curtailed by stating. "SERIOUSLY NO LOW-BALL OFFERS PRICE FIRM" on the ad. As for scams I get about 5% spam response rate on most things. They are super-obvious. Guess what. I click delete. I also get several offer emails usually and can only sell to one person! OMG, the horrors of selling something for free.

more than 2 years ago

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malilo malilo writes  |  about 8 years ago

malilo (799198) writes "The New York Times has a short piece on the work of Dr. Michel W. Barsoum, a professor of materials engineering at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, who has reported possible findings consistent with the use of primitive limestone concrete in the Khufu Pyramid in Egypt.

From the article:

Dr. Barsoum and his co-workers analyzed the mineralogy of samples from several parts of the Khufu pyramid, and said they found mineral ratios that do not exist in any of the known limestone sources. From the geochemical mix of lime, sand and clay, they concluded, "the simplest explanation" is that it was cast concrete."

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