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  • Commented on Test Case
    Re, US Law in "Murder by Auto" A Recent Case in New York City https://nyti.ms/2G9CLyj (March 9, 2018 article about "Reckless Driving" from the NY Times if the link doesn't work) Even when it is DUI, it is vanishingly rare...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Re: Backing out of parking. Not just snow. I find that when using head in parking (shopping), my sight lines from my (Small Pickup) are often blocked by the Jacked Up Monster Trucks (King Cabs are popular around here) and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Smart phone alerts (US); We all had one for "Potential Flash Flooding" here (NW Arkansas) last week; I was in a public place, everyone's phone was going off. About thirty minutes after peak danger, and only applied to a tiny...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re the US RW "Socialism EVIL" "Conservative" Meme When the positive example of the Scandinavian Countries was raised, my Uncle INSISTED that Texas (Population 25 Million?) could not possibly implement the model. these were all countries with populations of around...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    But Bush Jr was in the National Guard (NG) (No Guts, No Glory we used to taunt them in Basic Training) when it was a safe way to avoid Vietnam. And missed the socialization (partying to hard?) based on his...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    And the US "Gift Tax Exemption" is now $15,000; Not sure if that went up with the new tax law, there was (is) some kind of lifetime limit, $1.5 Million or something? On (US) Republicans and Veterans, correct, they did...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    On societies going backwards (up thread), this is exactly the lack of wealth problem Charles mentioned early on; The bottom 40% of the income quintiles in the USA has been moving BACKWARDS for a generation now, as their earning power...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    There was LOTS of Technology transfer and development "aid" (investment) to the Soviets pre-WWII; GAZ (Gorkiy Auto Zavod) was a "clone" of the Ford River Rouge (Detroit) plant. The GAZ AA (1.5 ton truck) is a Ford "under the Hood";...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The problem with a wider rail "gauge" (and the real limitation, loading gauge) is everything has to be wider; More fill/blasting, longer sleepers, bigger tunnels and bridges which use more material. Why (3') "narrow" gauge was popular in the American...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Re: Canals (This may have been covered up thread, but...) North America (and presumably it's analogue, the NAC) has an extensive network of er, "Inland Waterways" The Mississippi Drainage. The Battle of New Orleans, already an (the) important export point...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Shoplifting? Most retail "Shrink" is internal. Like 80% is the stuff that "Falls off the Back of a Truck"....
  • Commented on Excuses
    In the US, If you want to stay out of Prison (Jail is different from Prison), be born Middle Class. Other than various white collar or high profile cases, Middle class (usually "white") communities in the US are policed quite...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Re: Financing Autos in Amurika; yep, it's another profit center for the financial colossi, including a (NASDAQ listed?) outfit called "America's car Mart" (on the Arkansas 20 list); Plan to be the Walmart of Used cars for poor people; Buy...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Actually, the formerly "Middle Class" workers have no clue as to what happened to their jobs, and they really don't want to hears some(probably commie leftist) college boy 'splain about it. It is all the fault of those brown people...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re, Federalization of the (US) National Guard and the "Little Rock 9" is something that still gets a bit of commemorative coverage in the local media (Print) around here (NW Arkansas), IIRC, Eisenhower told Federalized the (Arkansas) National Guard, who...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Not only do Americans not like him, but he was voted OUT last November (The distributed nature of US Law Enforcement) (No one is even sure how many local municipal agencies there are). The Citizens of Phoenix got tired of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: Links to "The Forbidden Weapon" FWIW, please note that the paper was written by a member (student?) of the "Jedi Knights", the American version of the Great General Staff. (School of Advanced Military Studies = Two Year Program...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re: Conscription costs. Yes, and training to any useful standard is at least six months, and really a year or more; But one thing the US Military spent at least an intellectual generation adjusting to, the lack of "Draft motivated...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re: Greatest Album ever, What about Dark Side of the Moon?...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re "Homemade" AK Note he has a forge, grinder and skills; Probably a lathe and drill press, you used to find those in Every High School too. Not necessarily AK's, but I understand there are Sten gun plans floating around...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You have to deal with the world as it is here in Red Amurika, not the idealized possibilities. I see LOTS (more) streaming Confederate Battle flags than I did a year ago; OK, it's still only 1-2% of the vehicles,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Unless the Diesel has been deliberately programed to do so, because you know, "Freedom": https://nyti.ms/2kpozJv Only seen something like this once here in NW Arkansas, but I am sure it will reach the provinces like this soon....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    US Police Depends, it is FAR worse for POC; The standing joke is that "Driving While Black" is a crime in the (White) suburbs. If you are Middle Class and Anglo, or can appear such, they tend to be far...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I don't see the Rural/Urban split being that great; "Deprived" inner city youth can be just as lost in the Undergraduate Jungle as your "Rural" youth, they both have some exposure to the National Media culture (Cable/internet), part of it...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Re British invasion to "Repossess" India. Nah, more like Bismarck's apocryphal response to the prospect of a British invasion; "Send the Police to Arrest Them"....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    It doesn't matter, the last mass E.coli(?) Broccoli(?) outbreak in the US was traced to fecal contamination from the field workers in the California Central Valley. Walmart was recently touting a new, computerized system development (not implemented, just a plan)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Read a claim (where?) that the Russians already broke the equilibrium with a new generation of hypersonic cruise missiles. But being Russian Tech, what is the likely failure rate?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think a horrible new weapons technology is even less likely than aliens. Weapons tech has been pretty linear like, forever; The problem is how the Mil SF crowd perceives it. Examples, the Machine Gun in WW I; It was...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    And have been largely neutered in the USA; Or at least "Management" has so many tools for their suppression, that it is very hard to organize a resistant sector (like Walmart). Walmart frequently does (anti) union things that are ILLEGAL...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yes, but Americun RW/Red State voters are CONVINCED that is what the Democrats do, take their hard earned money and give it to "Those People" lounging in their welfare hammocks. The exact inverse of reality, and when you try and...
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