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Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 371

Please tell us when a consumer firearm is needed?

How about when some crackhead or tweaker thug is breaking into your home, and the police are 5 minutes or more away?

Tweaker breaks in, you shoot; tweaker is dead. Then you call the cops and have them dispatch a hearse to haul the dead tweaker away.

Other scenario...

Tweaker breaks in, you call police, tweaker kills you and your family because you had no defense, tweaker flees. Cops arrive and dispatch a hearse to haul off you and your family's now lifeless bodies. Tweaker repeats the process the next night with the next unarmed family.

Comment Re: Of course (Score 1) 207

So, we just recruit the most skilled classic video gamer in the world, zap him with a laser to digitize him and send him to the Game Grid, where he can then throw a magic Frisbee at the Master Control Program and teabag its "lifeless" avatar's corpse before it de-rezzes.

End of line...

I think, judging by most vanity boards of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, that would be either the mighty warrior ASS or FUK (or AAA in a pinch).

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 261

Paying money every month for a couple of sine waves coming out of a cheap tinny Chinese speaker.

Paying money to paypal for the privilege of paying. Paypal fees are f**ing ridiculous

Buyers do not pay PayPal anything for the privilege of paying. The sellers pay a transaction fee to PayPal as their payment processor. For a standard account, it is 2.9% of the total amount plus 30 cents. And for a Micro Payments account, it is 5% plus 5 cents. The wash point is $12 (that is where the cost is pretty much the same no matter what type of account).

And PP's rate for a standard account is pretty much in line with other payment processors. It is just a cost of doing business, and those fees are simply written off on the business's taxes.

That said, with PP being down, I can make it mostly a light day for me on the 'bay and elsewhere. Because if my buyer's can't pay, they are not going to shop. So that means just a little prep work for the next batch of listings, and then giving myself an early weekend.

Comment Too Many Other Things to Do (Score 1) 198

What with Netflix; both streaming and DVDs, YouTube, 4 different MMORPGs I alternate between (Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Champions), weed being legal for recreational use in this state (including being able to grow up to 4 plants at a time), a huge backlog of totally free classic books sponged off Gutenberg; getting into various little projects that we have talked about doing all our lives, enjoying engaging in unimportant discussions on forums like Slashdot and elsewhere, and even coming up for air frequently in order to go out and about in the real world and interact in person with others; the TV industry will have a long road ahead of them to get people like me interested enough to take the bait.

And yes, I am aware that the above is an exceptionally long run on sentence. As an envoy of the Duchy of Don't Give a Shit, I do not give a shit. :D Now off to go get today's shipping and shopping done and grab a bite to eat, then come back for an early 4:20 and work on photos for my next round of Etsy, eBay, and eCrater sales.

Comment Re:Status quo can not be the answer (Score 1) 270

You are proposing a fantasy "do this" plan with no consideration of actual logistics or any costs. I think you need to review a lot of economics and geography, if not also the basis of the humanities. Beggars existed in Pompei in the same conditions, and the rich and well off were compassionate enough to donate rather than ignore them.

And in the end, everyone in Pompeii ended up truly equal, rich and poor alike. And despite the wealthy showing compassion to the less fortunate, the city was still destroyed, just like that one city from Christian and Jewish mythology that was destroyed due to the wealthy being hostile to their most needy.

At least Pompeii's destruction was due to genuinely natural causes (and truly fair across the board due to nature not knowing anything, let alone the concept of fairness) that could not have been prevented (other than not building your city at the base of a volcano), and not due to some supernatural cosmic horror.

Comment Re:Not fully legal in Washington DC (Score 1) 255

In Washington DC you can legally use marijuana in the home only. You can grow 2 plants (I think it's 2)

Here in Oregon, it is 4 plants per person (though technically, I think they meant 4 per household). Although that doesn't really get enforced in the Eastern half of the state here, 4 is really enough once you know what you are doing. Once you get your growing and cultivating techniques down, a 4 plant harvest can conceivably provide enough bud to last an individual or small family a year, and perhaps even give the grower some significant "influence" in the growing C-G-A* based economies.

* Cash-Grass-Ass

Comment Re:Good for him (Score 1) 255

I don't know what delusion enables you to maintain your world view, but weed is *cheaper* at the retail store, not more expensive. The local store near me has grams for $6, and everywhere else you'd be lucky to get it for twice that price.

If my calculations are correct, $6 for a gram comes to approximately $168 per ounce. When I buy, it is $100 an ounce, and that is from a grower who primarily grows for the medical industry, but is more than happy to sell to individuals as well.

Hopefully, once I get the hang of growing consistently, I can reduce my per ounce cost down to whatever the potting soil and the cost to run the LED grow lights in the basement would be.

Personally, I think learning to grow ganja is a valuable skill to pick up on, especially as the off the beaten path C-G-A based local economies become more prevalent. That G will become the most important of the three letters.

Comment Re:...what about the drafthouse?.. (Score 1) 342

Unfortunately they are no longer vape friendly.

Well, that is pretty standard for pretty much any type of theater. That is why I now have a personal policy of going ahead and filling my tabletop vaporizer with a fresh bowl of feyleaf (aka wizard weed, aka ganja) an hour and a half to 2 hours before making the 8 block walk to the theater. By showtime, the buzz has faded enough to where I can totally focus on the movie and actually tune out any outside distractions. I'm good until I get home. :D

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 2) 342

I've got the big screen and surround sound at home which I like just fine, but there are at least a dozen movies each year that I'd like to watch on a 60 foot screen rather than a 60 inch screen - I don't because per movie it's not worth the expense.

Right now I go see maybe 1 movie per year in theaters (consistent since 2010). If I drop $20 each time I go, then "Big Screen" is only getting $20/year from me.

If they were to cut the cost per movie in half I would probably go once per month on average. I used to go twice per month before the costs tripled in my early twenties. That would increase their yearly revenue from me by 600%. Seems like a good business decision to me...

Guess we are lucky in my small town of under 10,000 (possibly a tad over 10K countywide).

We have what they call Tightwad Tuesday, where all shows are $6. And since a movie's first night showing here is always on Friday, that gives us a weekend plus change to check reviews (the Rerolled forum is often pretty accurate) to determine if we want to spend the $12 for two of us to see it on the big screen, or wait for either Netflix or Redbox (the latter of which we need to start using soon before all these coupons for free RB rentals that I won in the Safeway Monopoly game earlier this year expire...mostly been using them as gifts so far).

We seem to be averaging one movie at the Eltrym per quarter, with our most recent being Miss Peregrine this past Tuesday. Our next for certain one will be Rogue One in December. No telling if there will be any spur of the moment movie nights before then though.

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