Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It sounds, from the conversation, more like they tried Sat Nav when it first came out, and before the bugs were worked out, and had a bad experience. I've been using it since 2008 and had no troubles....
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    You simply have to treat Sat Nav like it was a person next to you giving directions. In other words, don't do anything dangerous, even if told to, and maintain your own sense of what's appropriate while driving. It becomes...
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    Awful show about a ditzy woman, put on by some of the most awesome performers ever to grace a screen, the effect kinda like watching Pavorati singing the latest awful top-forty dance hit. Also, Lucille Ball is one of the...
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    These days I call the U.S. Supreme Court the "Supreme Clown Posse."...
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    On the other hand, most people can get the basics (and need to get them.) Most of us can't be mathematical geniuses, but all of us need to know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, along with some of...
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    Or adjust the rate of the VAT to deal with the lack of deductions......
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    In my books it works like this (and the system will change, negatively, as it ages:) “Tell us, Bunny, what is it like to govern a nation of Orcs?” “As difficult as you might imagine. If you don’t give Orcs...
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    No arguments at all. I think where I break from the conventional wisdom is the idea of a minimum tax payment for each income group, regardless of deductions (particularly for those that make more than a million dollars a year.)...
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    This is a pretty intelligent analysis, but your Type One, Type Two, and Type Threes all need useful/interesting names for it to be possible to follow your ideas....
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    Sorry, that should have read, "...you have no capacity to resist..."...
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    When you don't have the right to privacy, you essentially don't have rights. If the government or your boss can look in your window anytime they want, you have to capacity to resist any demand they might make of you....
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    Not even translation. Consider the heroine of David Weber and Steve White's "Insurrection" who was something like 1.2 meters tall. I don't think they intended her to be less than four feet tall....
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    I think it's essentially a side effect. Once you get rid of the right to privacy (which comes from the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) which was apparently destroyed by Alito's opinion, I think you've set up the preconditions...
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    Thus supporting your point about Jobs and disruption...
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    It's possible I misunderstood what he told me, but it wasn't the usual Mac you'd expect for such work....
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    No Milling? Can't allow the heir to take that chance?...
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    The one alternative might be for Congress to hold hearings, but I don't think that's going to happen. The decision that there's no obvious right to abortion doesn't make the court illegitimate, but Alito's decision to use multiple quotes from...
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    I suspect various people are considering what can be done about it, but unfortunately there are no longer any good answers, only increasingly ugly ones. The least ugly one, and it only works in the short term, is to so...
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    This is my thinking exactly. (One of the things I've worked out carefully for the books I'm writing is how my nobility makes sure this kind of stuff doesn't happen to their kids.)...
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    Fixing public education is very simple: Require everyone to attend a government school and choose within a ten-mile radius by lot....
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    Have you tried to find the sewer clean-out and work from there. (You're pretty handy, so I'd assume you've done so, but it's the first question that came to mind.) In California, at least, there's a hotline for digging and...
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    You want a progressive tax, but you also need a minimum tax that's also progressive, i.e. if you make a million dollars this year you pay a minimum of thirty-percent, if you make a billion dollars this year, you make...
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    A friend of mine is a professional artist, the kind of person who's work you've seen in major advertising campaigns, and he decided that his most economic work platform was an Ipad with 128 gigabytes of memory, so YAY DISRUPTION...
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    Thank you for saying it so clearly and so well!...
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    You're referring to the "turn my Falcon Heavy into a giant fucking kinetic energy weapon" option? I think that runs extra!...
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    I think you're probably right. But my question is whether a declaration of war by Putin will be meaningful in any real sense? First of all, who does he declare war against? Ukraine? If he does that he loses the...
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    Use the preview mode below your post. When you see the spot where your URL stops being a URL, that's where you insert an escape character....
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    You might well be right. At this point one of two things is purely true: The Russians understand exactly how much trouble they're in and they're trying to walk it back, or they're gonna use nukes. There's certainly no middle...
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    Can squeak be run from the command line, or in windows that match the rest of the GUI's windows?...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "The real agenda (as Alito's citation of Hale implies) is to roll back the entire Enlightenment, and as the US Constitution is in many respects an embodiment of Enlightenment thinking, it, too, will eventually have to go (or be massively...
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