Re: petty power
Is that where politicians gather in the park wearing nothing but a trench coat and collectively expose themselves to anyone who dares come near? Haven't we suffered enough?
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It's worse than that, we're exactly in the middle of that universe. If you could look forward and see the edge of the universe it would be ~13.8 billion light years away and if you turn around 180 degrees and could see the edge of the universe in that direction it would also be ~13.8 billion light years away. The same would be true if you look up, down, left, or right the edges of the universe would all be ~13.8 billion light years distant. Naturally, the same would be true regardless of where in the universe the observer is. Just proof that we're all in that same Barbie boat together.
One big question is how many lives are being saved simply because there are so many fewer folk on the roads. I'm fairly certain there will also be a considerable reduction in influenza and possibly other deaths. Unfortunately there is a likelihood that domestic violence deaths will rise. In the long run, if so many employers discover that working from home is anywhere near as productive as being in the office and continue to allow working from home after the current situation has passed, assuming it does, then there is a real opportunity for this whole mess to have a positive impact going forward.
IIRC the recommended pressure was low to begin with in order to ensure a softer ride and dropping only a few psi to the rollover danger level didn't take long.
That said, I rather like the TPMS sensors on my newer car although they may be better as thermometers than pressure gauges.
The thing is you can legally transport arms in the trunk of your car, back seat, checked in luggage on an airplane where you clearly aren't touching it or even allowed to touch it like on an airplane. Then there is the patchwork of state laws regarding carrying vs bearing vs whoknowswhatelse as some states even allow towns to make their own rules creating a morass of legal foibles which are in theory dampened greatly by 18 U.S. Code § 926A but in practice is often legally expensive if local authorities have a hair across their butt.
The Compact Clause disagrees with you as it seems to specifically prohibit States from forming their own "National Guards".
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
Emphasis added to point out the relevant bit.
I wouldn't go that far. That's largely a parental dogma indoctrination thing. My guess it's the just practice talking to the space people that only small children and dogs can see. The disturbing part may be they have online acquaintances that are real people, probably cops trying to see if they're pedophiles or pedophiles themselves. Sure, there's the blind squirrel who finds a nut every now and again and it could be another child but it's unlikely.
Oh shit! They could be watching reruns of Barney!
If they don't receive enough in tips to bring them to at least the standard minimum wage the employer is required to pay them the difference. Simply put if they make no tips they are still working for the same minimum wage as everyone else. Of course there are several states which don't allow tip credits and have the same minimum wage for all and service typically suffers. For good service personnel working in the right places six figure incomes are within reach.
That could get amusing. Just add a second one, camouflaged naturally, that gets moved every now and again to keep the kids guessing. Maybe go whole hog and set one up on either side in flanking positions of the "out of range" area and all triggered from the same motion sensor to douse their onlooking peers.
I've noticed that happen quite often. I chalk it up to how the market perceives the estimates. If investors thought the estimate was low there's a good chance the value will drop regardless of whether the company misses or beats. Likewise if they thought the estimate was high the company could get rewarded for missing. In this case it seems investor opinion was that the estimate was a pipe dream and they were totally floored by the beat.
Yeah, I took that as just more of the same state power expansionist bovine excreta that I know for a fact he doesn't believe. I'm all for him putting his money where his mouth is so when is he going to start pushing for legislation mandating the release of police body cam footage? I'm guessing he'd start trying to justify that certain "zones of privacy" are more private than others.
The key point is that the individual’s right to privacy and the [police's] right of access are two sides of the same coin
I'm sorry, where is there a police "right of access" written anywhere? There is something about searching and seizing after due process but "access" isn't written anywhere. If police have a warrant and search one of my documents and find they can't read it after nary a glance, there is no obligation on me to translate it for them.
They just redefine the symbols of oppression. To be perfectly fair, I think antifa is just another militant gang in the same vein as MS13, Pirus, etc. Their main goal is control and rule their turf which they do through violence and fear. Really, they don't come off as particularly political at all and if you put any political aspect on their behavior then that only elevates them to being a terrorist organization more closely related to the KKK albeit with a different sociopolitical spin.
Ok, let's just look at the "gun" part of it at the 1:02 mark. There's a bit of barrel, a rail / hand guard attached to the copter and a magic tube coming out the back. There is no place for cases to feed or eject, no bolt, no firing mechanism just the magic corrugated sleeve. In short, his gun is missing most of the bits that would make it a gun.
Bazookas are rocket launchers and very similar to recoilless rifles. Not something you'll find ammo for at the local gun shop. Also not something light enough to be picked up by most cheap drones.
Edited to add that if one wants to do serious damage there are far cheaper options that are just as anonymous. Tim McVeigh was an idiot and could have done far better at concealing his identity.
Ignoring the hypocrite in the story, I say we start a pool. How about the date some congresscritter juxtaposes "private groups" on FB and the "dark web" with all the associated money laundering, human trafficking, gun and drug smuggling, etc. As an adder we can include the legislation they'll introduce to combat this problem and its overly-contrived name like the FACEBOOK Act - Freedom Against Cloaked Evil By Opening Online Klatches. Who's in?
Which brings up an interesting question. How difficult would it be for someone to poison the training data set? I can see lots of state actors interested in essentially playing Jedi mind tricks on such AI systems. Quite literally "these are not the drones you're looking for" type of thing.
I'd wager that historically it's impacted rail a great deal. As mentioned elsewhere in the thread, rail is faster but ships/barges are cheaper. My guess is that North-South running rail lines largely supported passenger traffic but East-West was where rail easily out-competed canal projects for moving cargo as East-West canals would have had to deal with elevations over the Appalachians which would make the roughly 600 feet of the Erie Canal look trivial in comparison.
It causes problems by raising the cost of everything because there are so few vessels that are US built, owned, flagged, and crewed so it becomes cheaper to use trains and trucks which use far more fuel, create far more pollution, and cause more traffic issues either by being on the road in the case of trucks or stopping traffic at crossings while 2 miles of train passes. Additionally the trucks also put more wear and tear on the roadways. All problems caused by the Jones Act.
Also, how is tracking cargo that comes off a US built, owned, flagged, and crewed ship differ from those that don't meet all of those qualifications?
Edited to add that dumping the Jones Act would also substantially lower the cost of living in Hawaii and Puerto Rico since everything is almost always shipped to the continent then back out on those few US ships.
I was specifically referring to long distance transport like Hamburg to Barcelona. Large cargo ships are simply more efficient for long routes but obviously it falters when moving goods inland simply due to the needed size of the waterway to make it economical. Trains catch up rapidly as the size of the cargo ship goes down.
In the US we effectively ship most everything over land even though it shouldn't be the most economical method. As it is a ship will dock in LA and disgorge its entire cargo and bits intended for NY or San Fran will go by truck or train. If a ship could dock in LA and subsequently dock in San Fran or Houston and go on to NY, Boston, etc. it would be more efficient but that is effectively disallowed by the Jones Act. That is also why US trains can run ~3.5 km in length where it's unlikely you'll find a train much over 1.5 km in Europe.
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