Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

  • Commented on Story time!
    Yes, I get it and agree. Talking about 'the war' as oh... what was the jargon in Iraq "active combat operations" or something like that? The 'mission accomplished' banner. VS whatever happens after that. I was saying the same thing...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I have a friend who likes to talk about 'handshake failure'. Projects that fail the moment agreement to attempt them is made. US wars are a lot like that. However, the sad truth is that this is looking at them...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "I don't think the U.S. could lose a war with Iran; not if we really made a serious effort." Right, as long as the hippies are put straight into the ovens this time it will be nothing but victory....
  • Commented on Story time!
    No, I don't agree. Refrigeration is nice. And I don't see the energy it uses as being so critical that it will go away. But it could go away. In an 'everyone is on the verge of starving' scenario we...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I think food refrigeration is essentially a luxury, like coffee or chocolate. In terms of overall calories food is stored piled up in huge buildings that keep it dry and make sure rats don't eat it all....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Eastern Washington State has a lot of rich farmland because of vast socialist infrastructure projects from the 30's and 40's (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Coulee_Dam, etc). Grows a lot of fruit, certain vegetables, and potatoes with that water. There is also a bunch of...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    This is getting back to the previous topic, but the home of the future is all electric. However, Gas really is just the best, IMO. Powerful, quick response, you can use the real open flame to quickly roast some things,...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Interesting. I am continually astounded at how Amazon, Google, etc, fail at helping me buy the next book in a series or the next movie in a series. I usually end up going to Wikipedia while they're stupid software tries...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    1) If the leak is small enough that it can't move the meter in half a day or even an entire day or two if you must it certainly isn't worth digging up your home's water line and replacing it...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    To check for a water leak between the meter and your house all you do is close the shutoff valve in the house (usually right where the water pipe comes into the building) and see if the meter is still...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    It's really kind of preposterous how restfully we are resting on the antibiotic laurels. Something like a trillion species of bacteria and other micro-organisms out there, all constantly battling each other to the death. And we are using about 7...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I think there are actually a lot of leads on new antibiotics and alternatives to antibiotics. The capitalist system just won't fund their development so it isn't going to happen until it is enough of an emergency to get governments...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I read recently that tank-in-wall toilets have become big in Europe for new construction. Just to save a bit more space in a bathroom. They are being sold in the US now too, but are still very rare. Residential toilets...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Basically the US now had a national ID card system but implemented in a way that let's some stupid people pretend we don't while costing quite a lot more. And, yes, a couple states were stragglers. That's part of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Re cables branching out spots. Hm, yea that makes sense. I wonder how often the undersea cables actually terminate very near the shore, vs reaching inland a bit to reach some pre-existing nexus. One near me is about a mile...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I don't expect the undersea cables are much of a problem. They aren't really like a continuous fiber thousands of miles long, there are repeaters every (googling) 100km or so for the best. If you need to move the bit...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Ken Clark's permanent customs union motion only lost by 8 votes" Is that a real proposal, or another fantasy that is DOA with the EU?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On Brexit... well i guess. Maybe May wins? Gets labor to vote for the deal?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "I believe (hope, fingers and toes crossed) that the damage he's doing can be fixed in a decade—so long as he doesn't actually get re-elected." The problem is Trump is just a symptom of the modern republican party. And with...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    In the US federal government impeachment and removal from office require only a very vague justification. The real hurdle is that a 2/3 super majority is needed to remove in the Senate. This means you need something like 1/3 of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "direct result of the earlier rule change by D's for the same numbers when approving lower court judges" ... which was a direct result of the Republican plan to take over the courts by blocking nominees to hold open slots...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Admitting PR as a bunch of states probably fixes the referendum issue too. Each city that passed can become a state, those that didn't can stay the territory....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I think the ninja level move with regard to states and the US Senate is for any D majority that does show up to admit DC and Puerto Rico as ten states each....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The Democrats restored a house rule that automatically raises the debt ceiling when the budget passes, so that is less likely to be a problem this year. Of course Republicans are also a minority in the house, which already reduced...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    er, ...quickly pass actual funding bills for......
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    It sounds rather like they will pass actual funding bills for all except (sigh, time to type some fascism) homeland security. Which would make any shutdown a lot smaller. It also severely reduces the hostage count, just one among many...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    OK, something nice in 2019: Seattle has closed its horrid waterfront elevated freeway forever and started tearing the thing down. Most of it will be a park in a few years, but has already stopped pumping freeway noise along the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Juror pay in many (Most? All?) parts of the US is so low as to be roughly equivalent to nothing. IMO that's bad, particularly in that it make jury duty more painful for lower income people. But it is not...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "The main issue I have with the wealth tax concept is that the truly wealthy people won't have to pay it." The truly wealthy spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year lobbying for more favorable taxes in the US....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I ended up with a full size suv rental for a week in Denver and hated it. Driving something so big is a huge pain. Even in it's natural ex-urban habitat it was annoying. Maybe another peice if I get...
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