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"However the disease finally got to her and she fell fatally ill. In the Sick Bay as she breathed her last, she was surrounded by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Scott, all weeping unashamedly at the loss of her beautiful youth and youthful beauty, intelligence, capability and all around niceness. Even to this day her birthday is a national holiday of the Enterprise."

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kleinbl00  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Beauty Shots Of Retro Machines

How I enjoy no longer owning so many of those computers.

The belt buckle I didn't buy at a pawn shop years ago

That would be a Smith & Wesson M&P 15. It is very much like what you'd use in Call of Duty, where you'd probably be using an M4 Carbine, which is basically the evolution of the M16, which is the select-fire version of the semi-automatic version of the AR-15, of which the M&P 15 is Smith & Wesson's version (for "military & police").

US gun culture is insane. Going over previous discussions on Hubski, it's a killing field of user-inactivated's and shouting matches.

Much like the United States.

That's an LA Airport cop.

Parked in front of a chicken place down the street.

Having lunch.

They've been armed like that since the North Hollywood Shootout.

    Hughes made other pitches, including a plan to fly over Texas in a “SkyLimo.” But he complained to Ars Technica last year about the difficulty of funding his dreams on a chauffeur’s meager salary.

    A year later, he called into a flat-Earth community Web show to announce that he had become a recent convert.

    “We were kind of looking for new sponsors for this. And I’m a believer in the flat Earth,” Hughes said. “I researched it for several months.”

    The host sounded impressed. Hughes had actually flown in a rocket, he noted, whereas astronauts were merely paid actors performing in front of a CGI globe.

    “John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes agreed. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.”

I'm having a hard time imagining a contingent that will be easier for a rocket enthusiast to disregard after the fact.

"Of course I told those morons I thought the world was flat. They gave me eight grand!"

It's also worth noting that he didn't make the Washington Post the last time he launched himself across the canyon.

kleinbl00  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Let Them Eat Cake

I remember in 2004 or so NPR's "Marketplace" observed that clearly, the recession was over because Gulfstream and Learjet were posting record earnings.

I switched off NPR and never listened to them again.

kleinbl00  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Let Them Eat Cake

I know people who don't brag about how their jeans fit. They don't brag about how their jeans look. They brag about how much their jeans cost.

The Republican party, at its core, believes that a freer market is better for the economy and all of its participants. This has metastasized into a belief that the participants should be told whatever they need to hear in order to get the freest market possible.

The Democratic party, at its core, believes that the people need to be protected from the excesses of its participants. This has metastasized into a belief that those participants should be given whatever they want because fuckin' hell the people ain't got no money and elections are expensive, yo.

We used to have Democrats and Republicans. We now have Republicans and Plutocrats. You may fear a Democrat hegemony but you'll have a tough time convincing me we'd suffer much were every (R) to suffer immediate, painful and lasting extinction.

And that second graph I linked shows it pretty clearly - US traffic deaths are clearly not declining at the rate of everyone else which is why the line crosses over Britain and Sweden in like '93 and Japan and France in 2005. My argument hinges around why.

The linked article says exactly what rd95 and goobster want it to say - "because Americans are assholes." I have never not seen that sort of argument be overly-simplistic at best and wrong at worst. The Brits, the French, the Swedes and the Japanese are assholes, too but that's just motive. It's not method, means and opportunity.

Newsweek, of course, is happy to oversimplify the issue. If you get a little more rigorous on it you discover that there isn't even a lot of consistency of how many drivers are tested for drunk driving, which skews the accident statistics. Here's what I know:

I dated a Serbian girl who every year would make a big road trip to the coast with her family. They'd pack up the car, buy snacks, get the maps out and settle in for a mind-blowing three hour drive. In Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larssen has his hero travel from Stockholm to the "back of beyond", an island an hour north of Gavle. That makes it two hours by car.

here in the United States, you can drive about a thousand miles a day. Two hours? I have friends that commute that to work every day. and back.

IF: Driving is inherently dangerous

AND: American culture simply involves more driving

THEN: it's entirely possible that the reason our death rate is going down less fast than the rest of the world is we're closer to the asymptote. And I don't think it's fair to wave hands and say "it's because Americans are assholes."

I suspect, like roundabouts in general, it's maddening and/or frustrating until you use it and then you go


And then you feel silly for getting so worked up about something that's actually really fucking effective.

I really hated the shit out of those things until I started dealing with them regularly.

kleinbl00  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: A new high in uselessness

The appalling thing for me is that when Vacheron Constantin wanted to make a splash, they made the 57260.

When Van Cleef & Arpels wanted to make a splash, they made the Automate Fee Ondine.

IWC? A fidget spinner. Now granted - it's not on their website, and they've only shoved it down their social channels. And VC&A spent millions on Automate Fee with no buyer in mind (the V&C watch was a bespoke project). So from a dollars-to-pageviews standpoint, IWC wins.

But fuckin'A.

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