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  • NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station

    12/21/2014 3:23:50 PM PST · 35 of 40
    roadcat to Vince Ferrer
    Plastic would be good for the space station, because the plastic can be recycled back into filament easily.

    Recyling filament sounds like a good idea, but I stay away from it. There have been hobbyists giving away plans for making your own plastic recycler to make new filament, for years. Problem is, current 3D printer extruders are very fragile mechanisms if they aren't fed well-made filament. Bubbles, contaminants, moisture and imperfections can cause feed problems and jams. Once a bubble pops (sometimes caused by moisture in the filament), your extruder nozzle can get clogged and burn the filament within, and can damage the feed mechanism. So if astronauts use recycled filament, I hope they carry along extra nozzles.

    FYI - I replaced the feed mechanisms on my printers with 3D printed versions, so no problem there. Jammed nozzles and tubes can be cleaned out with a micro drill, but it's a lot of work. Easier to just use replacement parts. Even better, use only high-quality manufactured filament (and keep it dry).

  • NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station

    12/21/2014 2:54:30 PM PST · 31 of 40
    roadcat to shove_it
    Researchers will be comparing them to identical objects manufactured on the ground to study the effects of microgravity on the 3D-printing process.

    A big plus for 3D printing in space is the microgravity. I've had more than one failure trying to 3D print objects because of gravity's effects pulling down on freshly printed parts. Before printing your designs, you have to carefully plan support structures and decide which way to rotate the object in three dimensions and place it on the build table, to minimize effects of gravity. I hate the work in removing support structures after printing. No such need in space.

  • NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station

    12/21/2014 2:45:47 PM PST · 30 of 40
    roadcat to anymouse
    And I’m sure it will likely strip or break after any serious use. Purely a NASA PR stunt.

    Maybe. I've been experimenting with 3D printers, I own two. PLA is the rage for making toys, but i found it fragile. ABS is better and more flexible, but I still had problems with some parts breaking under stress. I find that nylon is stronger and more durable. I join metal components with the nylon to create very strong tools. The parts are designed with holes and slots for the metal. Then I insert steel or aluminum rivet nuts and bolts. You can twist and flex the nylon and it won't break, unlike ABS plastic. I also use sheet metal, cutting and bending to suit the parts I need.

    In time, NASA will beef up the 3D tools and machines for space, and it will be very successful. The only problem is that the Chinese may get it done first.

  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/20/2014 9:51:48 AM PST · 56 of 56
    roadcat to ansel12
    he told me the eggs were for egging people.

    That's something I haven't seen here! When I was a teen, I hung around with some boisterous kids in the Mission District of San Francisco. We would taunt cops, I remember one time they were in a diner we egged their patrol car, getting the front windshield real good. Nowadays, we'd probably get shot. Back in the 1960s they laughed it off and kidded us, and kept a rapport with us. We knew some of the cops were toting weed. Some of those kids that were the worst troublemakers admired the cops and became cops themselves.

  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 9:36:15 PM PST · 54 of 56
    roadcat to ansel12

    Ah, the 1960’s, when hitchhikers would give you a handful of joints to thank you for the ride, or when you visited someone they wouldn’t let you leave without trying their stash. Anyway, I remember cops freely taking goods from friends when we got stopped, they dumped it in their patrol car trunk, and sent us on our way - we knew that no way were they going to turn it in to anyone.

  • Researchers discover flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls, intercept text messages

    12/19/2014 9:24:49 PM PST · 10 of 18
    roadcat to cripplecreek
    The only real security there is plain old common sense.

    When you can't encrypt, fool 'em:

    Kirk: Kirk to Enterprise.

    Spock: Spock here.

    Kirk: Captain Spock, damage report.

    Spock: Admiral, if we go "by the book". like Lieutenant Saavik, hours could seem like days.

    Kirk: I read you captain. Let's have it.

    Spock: The situation is grave, Admiral. We won't have main power for six "days". Auxiliary power has temporarily failed. Restoration may be possible, in two "days". By the book, Admiral.

  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    12/19/2014 1:29:05 AM PST · 26 of 69
    roadcat to BykrBayb

    Oh, I would never advocate any such thing. First off, a poster I was responding to was speculating that if it happened to him, it would be hard to not be tempted to kill some officers. Speculation that would never apply, hence would never happen. By another party. Secondly, those named persons resigned or retired, and are no longer an agent or judge. So there is no case there. Nope, none at all. One thing you learn in this world son, is to never implicate yourself.

  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 10:56:23 PM PST · 23 of 24
    roadcat to Georgia Girl 2

    I suggest that anyone angry about Apple procuring components from China, read up on Lenovo, a Chinese company. Far more scorn needs to be focused on them. Those IBM Thinkpads and servers are made by Lenovo. IBM owns about 5 percent stock in Lenovo. Not just IBM, but Microsoft and other companies as well that have partnerships with Lenovo and own stock in them. Motorola is owned by Lenovo, as is Iomega and other formerly western companies. Lenovo is the largest smartphone producer for China. They’re selling products in the U.S. that have names suggesting a western origin (like Thinkpad and Motorola) but they’re Chinese, and they’re expanding rapidly into the U.S. Why beat up on an American company like Apple, when the real culprits are Chinese companies! Americans are so naive!

  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 10:34:11 PM PST · 22 of 24
    roadcat to Georgia Girl 2
    I would not take an Apple computer if you gave it to me free. But Mr GG2 says HP is doing the same thing. We have Toshiba but I think its made in China too so what to do?

    What is ironic, are all those people who use Windows computers made by Lenovo, pointing fingers at Apple. Lenovo is a Chinese company who bought out IBM's PC division. They are 100 percent Chinese made, where as Apple makes a lot of computers and components here in the USA. Apple contracts to companies in China, but Lenovo owns companies in China. Crickets heard regarding Windows computers and where they are made. The above story is BS.

  • Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet

    12/18/2014 5:22:06 PM PST · 16 of 17
    roadcat to presidio9
    AI will come someday, but is likely decades away. Problem is, computers are still built that think like they did fifty years ago, in ones and zeros. In other words, binary digital computing. We need analog computing. Ironic, since computers started out as analog computers long ago. With 3D printing of cellular structures, we may see attempts at printing biologic material that mimics the brain and computes as analog. It's a lot tougher for humans to program in more than binary fashion. But it will happen. Original memory cores were donut shaped toroids with sensor wires passing through them. They sensed the voltage spike of multiple wires having current. At a certain voltage that signaled a "one" while below that voltage was considered a "zero". However, various voltages could signal multiple values but the programming was difficult for anyone to master. That's why binary computing took hold and is the norm.

    With smarter programmers and biologic materials we may see AI equivalent to human brainpower in a couple decades or more.

  • North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse'

    12/18/2014 9:55:43 AM PST · 22 of 27
    roadcat to Pearls Before Swine
    Oil prices are clearly inelastic—planes gotta fly, houses gotta be heated.

    The majority of over 6,000 products made from a barrel of oil is not for gasoline or diesel fuel for planes and cars. We're talking asphalt for roads and roof tar, fertilizers and animal feed, paints and lubricants, plastics, cosmetics, the list is extensive. Oil gets consumed whether we drive or not. Products need to be churned out daily that are made from oil. There's your demand that needs to be satisfied.

  • Sony “stuck in 1992″ after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones

    12/18/2014 9:44:24 AM PST · 27 of 66
    roadcat to proxy_user
    If you say they must use a locked-down, corporate-issued computer, employees will get upset over not being able to install software and otherwise do whatever they want.

    I used to be an NT/Windows admin over hundreds of computers. There was one supervisor who constantly called my techs to fix her computer after she corrupted it. Problem was she downloaded crap from the internet over and over again, mostly from attaching devices from home. I gave orders to lock it down, no USB, DVD or floppy external access. We already had filters on direct Internet access. Then she had someone revert the changes, and infected her machine again. This went on for a year before she left. Unfortunately, we were a no Apple allowed shop, sigh...

  • Obama To Unilaterally Normalize Relations With Cuba

    12/17/2014 6:34:31 PM PST · 6 of 70
    roadcat to Kaslin

    The idiot in the White House hates our closest friend nations, dumping all over Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel, etc. etc., and just loves to cater to our enemy nations. Can’t get rid of him quick enough to get back to sanity. Enough said.

  • Kansas Court Declares Plastic Bags Suspicious

    12/17/2014 5:48:15 PM PST · 12 of 40
    roadcat to Ken H

    Damn these cops and judges. This guy was cornered and trapped into a conviction based on spurious charges. Meanwhile we have a president, government “leaders”, and illegals breaking laws left and right while they get a free pass. It’s anarchy, and good reason for citizens to say heck with the laws ourselves. Losing respect for “lawgivers”.

  • Officer under investigation for tasering 76-year-old man over vehicle inspection sticker (VIDEO)

    12/17/2014 2:46:19 PM PST · 26 of 26
    roadcat to EXCH54FE

    Sooner or later groups of citizens will band together, find these cops and put a bullet in their head. Just a matter of time, for deferred justice. Cop Nathanial Robinson can be one of the first. Not that I would advocate it, but that’s the direction things are heading while cops become more militarized and don’t serve the public.

  • Cordova teen's jaw broken at school in "knockout game" (Alabama)

    12/16/2014 8:28:18 PM PST · 24 of 28
    roadcat to dfwgator
    It’s not a knockout game, it’s attempted murder.

    No arrests. In other news, a schoolboy pointed his finger simulating a gun and said "bang!"; he was hauled off by cops and suspended. Pain okay, fingerpointing is way worse. What a backwards society the PC libs play!

  • Jury: Apple not guilty of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case

    12/16/2014 8:21:07 PM PST · 11 of 15
    roadcat to Swordmaker
    However, no one had EVER complained to Apple about such a thing happening. . . nor were there such complaints anywhere else in the blogs or help forums.

    I've gotten come-ons from lawyers in the past, for various class-action suits. I may have gotten one from these lawyers. I ignore them all, usually there is nothing for a sane person to complain about. I used several MP3 players around the time this event happened. I used to use Real Networks' music in my Archos Jukebox. It fell into disuse for the superior iPod player, which I ripped a lot of music into. One thing I used the Archos Jukebox for was as a portable storage device, moving up to 20GB back and forth from work and home via the USB port. I wasn't hurt by this lawsuit event, and I doubt anyone really was hurt at all. The popularity of the iPod shows people liked it and iTunes over the alternative players.

  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 9:03:30 PM PST · 8 of 8
    roadcat to Swordmaker
    I get those ads for those as well, and they're are usually for best sellers a year to two or so after being best sellers. . . and I am willing to wait for this kind of pricing to read them.

    Thanks for explaining it to me. I didn't realize Amazon was selling the new bestsellers so far under wholesale. That would certainly get buyers to buy from Amazon and ruin business for all competitors. I like waiting for hot items to cool off and buy them at discounted prices; I don't need that "new car smell" and I wait to save a few bucks.

  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 5:13:37 PM PST · 3 of 8
    roadcat to Swordmaker

    Amazon at $9.99. I went to Apple’s ibookstore and see that they have bestsellers at $3.99 and $2.99. Did the news of this lawsuit influence these low prices for bestsellers at Apple? Anyway, I’ve only bought a few books from Apple, and they were $4.99. I haven’t paid more than that, and prefer downloading free books to my iPads. Lots of places for free books, like Digital Press Publishing app “Free Books for iPad”. I don’t see the point of a lawsuit against Apple, when others like Amazon are keeping prices high.

  • exVive3D 3D Printed Human Liver Tissue Now Commercially Available by Organovo

    12/13/2014 1:19:24 PM PST · 11 of 15
    roadcat to GeronL

    Injecting humor about the possibilities, but I’m both excited and scared about what happens when they 3D print brain tissue. I’ve seen people lose their brain function due to dementia, and fear that happening to me (my mom had it before her passing, and mom-in-law has it now but she’s 90). Someday they’ll print brain tissue to supplement our existing brain tissue and it may unlock higher intelligence for humans. But imagine experiments with animal brains (explored in countless sci-fi movies like the new Planet of the Apes), or cyborg computers with A.I. This stuff is probably decades away, but something to ponder.

  • McDonald's Replacing Cashiers with Touch-Screen Tablets (VIDEO)

    12/13/2014 1:01:33 PM PST · 173 of 188
    roadcat to mylife
    I told my son to learn a trade that cannot be outsourced.

    Excellent advice. I taught my daughter how to do drywall and plastering, among other fix-it skills. While she attended university, she got a paying job repairing dorm buildings, fixing walls, caulking and plumbing. She knew more than the guys. She's now working for a publisher but knows she can get work if necessary. Plus she gutted and remodeled her own bathroom. Teach your son plumbing, no robot can do that and it pays well. Young gal next door has a black boyfriend who was a punk but got into plumbing. He started by borrowing a van, within five years he owned several trucks and expanded the business, very impressive and it changed him to a nice guy.

  • exVive3D 3D Printed Human Liver Tissue Now Commercially Available by Organovo

    12/13/2014 10:46:16 AM PST · 9 of 15
    roadcat to GeronL
    They need to start working on making kidneys now

    Exciting times, good news as they mature this technology. Someday, I'll see the Wizard, to see if he'll give me a brain!

  • Deep Space Industries - Mining The Universe For The Future

    12/12/2014 7:55:06 PM PST · 20 of 33
    roadcat to WhiskeyX
    Imagine what the discovery of a gold asteroid within reach of a space mining company on the Earth could do to the Earth’s gold market.

    You're right. I read that all the Earth's gold found so far is smaller than an olympic sized swimming pool, or something to that effect. I imagine there is much gold on the Moon, as it probably is made of many of the same minerals as the Earth. Asteroid hits on the Moon may have scattered gold around the surface.

  • Sacramento deputy on leave after video shows beating

    12/11/2014 4:37:26 PM PST · 13 of 14
    roadcat to Leaning Right
    Many cops take any minor noncompliance as a personal insult.

    I read the story. The fellow wanted to read the ticket. The cop took that as noncompliance. But the fellow turned out to be correct. The lawman had incorrectly read the truck log hours of a couple days earlier, and mistakenly wrote up a ticket for too many hours driven, which was not true. Then the cop escalated the incident with accusations of drug use for having (shudder) table salt in the truck. The cop (trained as a fist boxer) clearly wanted to do a beatdown and got his wish. He should be sued for every penny he's got.

  • The School Lunches Malia And Sasha Eat Vs. The Crap Michelle Obama Has Foisted On America

    12/11/2014 4:13:48 PM PST · 44 of 67
    roadcat to 2ndDivisionVet
    It's worse than your image. Here's one from the article: "Healthy hamburger... Yummy!"

  • Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged

    12/11/2014 2:25:52 PM PST · 65 of 93
    roadcat to longtermmemmory; Swordmaker
    odd many people consider an ipad the same as any other tablet.
    (ipad is a tablet but not all tablets are an ipad)

    It's funny how how all these non-Apple companies are missing the point of what Apple is doing. Apple is making products that work well with each other, to provide a seamless experience accessing your data no matter what you're using. A hybrid product misses the boat. The iPad is different than a laptop computer, and that is different than a desktop tower. Microsoft trying to push a hybrid Windows Surface tablet/laptop is like Detroit pushing the Simpsons Car - does any one thing poorly while trying to provide multiple options.

    Look at the automobile industry for a comparison. The most popular sports cars are limited in those features offered in SUVs, and vice versa. You combine them and you get a lemon. I own a truck, sports car and a sedan, and enjoy each for what it does and does well. Surface will go the way of the Zune - used by declining numbers of MS fans.

  • Toddler vs. Apple iPad Air 2: Stress Test — with Video

    12/11/2014 10:32:15 AM PST · 15 of 15
    roadcat to Fresh Wind
    I drove my parents nuts that way!

    That's the difference between young boys and girls. Supposedly boys are harder to raise because they're more destructive. When I was a kid, I took apart doorknobs and devices for the heck of it. I had one of those 3-speed bicycles with gears and brakes in the rear wheel hub. Put it back together, took a ride down a hill and discovered I had no brakes (where you pedal backwards to engage the brake). Lucky I didn't die when I crashed! Then there was the time I was a young teen of 14 and took apart my dad's carburetor in his Chevy. It had to be towed to a shop and my dad wouldn't talk to me for weeks. One of my granddaughters seems to take after me. Two and a half years old and she plays with my socket wrenches taking apart bolts and nuts and putting them back together. She'd rather do that than play with dolls. She took apart her Etch-a-Sketch with a screwdriver, and put it back together. Good thing an iPad has no external screws.

  • Toddler vs. Apple iPad Air 2: Stress Test — with Video

    12/11/2014 1:15:12 AM PST · 3 of 15
    roadcat to Swordmaker

    My several toddler grandkids have been playing with iPads the past couple years. No damage... yet. But if I see one dropping one from a balcony then no treats for her! The highest I’ve dropped mine is five feet, no damage, but that’s the limit for me.

  • Jackson gathers tech leaders for frank conversation about diversity

    12/10/2014 6:17:00 PM PST · 8 of 21
    roadcat to Mears
    The lack of “diversity” in their ranks is because they can’t find qualified blacks—they are too busy looting or protesting.

    They're looting liquor stores, electronic stores, and shoe stores. But you never see them looting book stores. Now if Asians were to riot, they'd loot the book store first.

  • Apple's discontinued iPod Classic fetching mega-bucks as hot Christmas gift

    12/10/2014 3:13:22 PM PST · 43 of 43
    roadcat to kevkrom
    (Large internal hard drives still exist for Mac and Mac Mini models, but those are being phased out with SSD/platter fusion drives or just larger SSDs.)

    I just upgraded my Mac Mini 2010 server a couple days ago. I had a 240gb SSD that I bought for $230 in 2012 to replace the platter drive. Now I bought a 480gb SSD for the same price with double the storage and a faster speed, keeping both drives internally. A 3tb external drive is connected for large storage, but SSD is the way to go to give speed to older models. That's computers. As for music, I have a 30gb iPod, which contains more than enough music on the go. Does one really need 160gb of music?

  • Watch The U.S. Navy’s New Laser Weapon Take Out Two Ships

    12/10/2014 2:58:15 PM PST · 30 of 34
    roadcat to BBell
    When will the Navy come up with a smaller version that can be fitted on sharks?

    Heck, I want to see those lasers deployed on our southern border. Arm them and watch the pops like "popcorn" on night vision video cameras. A dollar a shot is cheaper than giving them benefits as illegals here.

  • Apple trial may have new plaintiff

    12/10/2014 10:37:17 AM PST · 9 of 10
    roadcat to John O
    There are tons of MP3 players out there and there are CDs available for purchase at just about every big store (not to mention on line).

    I have several MP3 players, including non-Apple players. Although I filled my 30gb iPod with many thousands of songs, very few of them were bought on iTunes. Most of them were ripped from CDs. And that is the way most people filled their MP3 players back in the day. And I had every one of those songs stored on my computers, because that's how you copied the songs into the iPod back then. No songs were ever lost. If you didn't like how iTunes sold songs, you didn't have to buy them. I rarely did. Now I'm reading that the old iPods are selling for more than they cost because Apple discontinued them. People clearly like them. Rather than sue, she should sell hers and make some money honestly.

  • High-Speed Rail Strategy: Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    12/09/2014 3:14:34 PM PST · 34 of 35
    roadcat to pepsionice

    I would argue with you on several points (while agreeing with you that this bullet train is a bad egg).

    You’re talking fares of $250. It’ll probably be somewhat cheaper, because the government has a penchant for subsidizing fares. All the buslines and trains around here are two-thirds subsidized, with the farebox only covering one-third of actual costs. We taxpayers take a constant daily hit in taxes to subsidize operations beyond the costs of building it. (People gripe about paying $2 for the Muni busfare in SF, when actual costs should be $6 a ride.)

    As for parking, political idiots are doing everything to discourage parking at bus and train stops. A lot of that goes on here, with neighborhood permits required for parking excluding commuters, to no garages permitted or to jacking up parking fees for garages that were built at some stations (as you indicated, high garage fees). The trains don’t go to where people are, so you lose customers who can’t easily get there to the stations.

    As for DC to New York, don’t they already have trains? I haven’t used them on that route, but have from Philadelphia via Trenton, New Jersey to New York. I thought they were very efficient although crowded. I drove from Philadelphia to DC and the drive was easy, I imagine it isn’t too bad from DC to New York.

    All in all, I think the need for high-speed trains is overblown, and would benefit very few people while hurting taxpayers who don’t use it.

  • Poll: Maybe America is Ready for Hillary? [She leads against all potential GOP candidates]

    12/08/2014 12:59:33 PM PST · 40 of 72
    roadcat to SeekAndFind

    It’s bad enough seeing Obama in mom jeans. Now imagine Hillary in jeans. Yuck! Now imagine her on booze and someone trying to wake her at 3AM for a crisis. This woman is wrong on so many levels. A leader? Of what? At least Biden gets something right once in a great while. Hillary gets it all wrong.

  • High-Speed Rail Strategy: Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    12/07/2014 10:48:41 PM PST · 18 of 35
    roadcat to george76
    Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    I laid a row of bricks in my back yard. I'm hoping other bricks will show up and make a house some day. Lib logic is so dumb. That bullet train will not be built between SF and LA, at least for another 75 years. Meantime, we really need that money for other critical needs, money that is being poured down a useless hole right now (useless for 95 percent of the people).

  • Oops, no plaintiff! Apple iPod judge asks if lack of plaintiff dooms trial

    12/07/2014 12:09:41 PM PST · 34 of 41
    roadcat to Bettyprob

    Not a cult. I’m on Swordmaker’s ping list, because I happen to own Apple products and am interested in articles about such. I also own many other manufacturer’s products, which in my opinion are not as good as those made by Apple. And my job was supporting those other products, as an IT systems engineer. Early on, I had several MP3 music players. Best one was an Archos Jukebox, had it around 2001. The OS sucked so I installed a 3rd-party Rockbox interface. But the Jukebox was clunky and the interface was so-so, like other MP3 players of the day. Then the Apple iPod came along and I bought one. It’s streamlined design and elegant thumbwheel design simply blew other players away. It’s not a cult when someone builds a better mousetrap, it’s progress. I still have the Jukebox, but it fell into disuse. No one runs a ping list about it.

  • Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux

    12/06/2014 5:37:15 PM PST · 41 of 152
    roadcat to muggs

    Two teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar, and some honey, added to a cup of hot water. Works for me.

  • My Idea of a Hybrid Automobile

    12/06/2014 5:15:53 PM PST · 32 of 36
    roadcat to C210N

    I’ve got one of those Simpson cars - really. My kids gave it to me as a gag toy model back in the 1990s, as I like modifying cars. I’ve been thinking of putting a hydrogen powerplant into it. I also have a solar/fuelcell toy car that converts water to hydrogen and back to generate electricity to power the car (a really inefficient way to power a car) - this will go into the Simpson car. The perfect car will become more so perfect!

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 7:14:55 PM PST · 23 of 24
    roadcat to thackney

    I’ll give up; we’re talking two different languages and can’t persuade the other. Will just say that my father could support five kids on a low paying job, without my mom working, bought a house fully furnished for $6000, and fed us well. That was the 1950s. He didn’t make $10,000 until 1970. Now young couples with good salaries can’t afford a house, have only 1 or 2 kids (if at all), and both have to work. The dollar may have become stronger this summer, but its value depends on how you look at it. There are quite a few products that went up in price, not just a few. Costs are rising faster than our ability to deal with them. That’s where we are losing value. You can have the last word. Cheers, my friend.

  • It's official: America is now No. 2 (to China)

    12/04/2014 4:32:19 PM PST · 13 of 67
    roadcat to etl lll

    China’s currency has gone up an average of 3 percent a year for the last decade (7 percent in 2008). It appreciates in value, while the dollar doesn’t. China pays higher interest rates than most countries, and has a high credit rating. You know the story about the U.S.A. under Obama’s rule. Gee thanks Obama for screwing us and helping China.

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 4:25:32 PM PST · 21 of 24
    roadcat to thackney

    Think of it as a bucket with water in it. You’re pouring water in, but a leak at the bottom is causing water to be lost. Water is being lost at a certain rate, and the level of the water gets ever lower. If you increase the flow of water being poured in, you’re still losing water from the leak at the same rate, but the level is declining at a slower rate. The dollar can grow stronger to slow the decline in value. But it is still losing value. As you pointed out, it is gaining strength against other nations’ currency (except for the most part China, which is growing faster every year except this one). Value of currency is falling everywhere due to debt. The U.S. is in better shape than most, because others aren’t growing stronger. I know, it’s strange. Thanks for the good comments.

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 2:22:34 PM PST · 19 of 24
    roadcat to thackney

    I won’t go that far. I’ll agree with your point that the dollar is growing stronger. Okay, good arguments. But I stated “The dollar is still losing value, as seen by rises in food and other costs.”. That much is true.

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 11:21:42 AM PST · 17 of 24
    roadcat to thackney
    Cost of many thousands of products is cheaper due to lowered oil costs, and exported more, thereby increasing strength of the dollar.

    Mark Finley, BP America's general manager of global energy markets and US economics, said in an e-mail reply to a question from CNBC that "oil prices are primarily driven by oil market supply and demand fundamentals, rather than movements in the dollar—as is evident by the recent decline coming amid weak global demand and strong growth in US production."

    Some analysts already see a shift underway in the traditional relationship between crude and the dollar. In a March research report, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said with the U.S.'s growing energy independence was causing the negative correlation between the dollar and oil to ease.

    "If you're producing more and more here and you're doing exporting, the strong dollar effect is reduced quite a bit," said Richard Hastings, a macro strategist at Global Hunter Securities. "You could look it as a hedge or a buffer…but it avoids the import/export currency effect that brings into focus the stronger dollar."

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 11:07:06 AM PST · 15 of 24
    roadcat to thackney

    Here is an interesting take on oil refining, not all of which I agree with, but has some truth. That oil companies don’t make money on gasoline, but make their money on all the other products made from oil. Which in turn helps drive the economy (my take). The author says oil companies are charging us to take gasoline off their hands as a by-product and gettiing large revenue from it. My take is that its the government that gets large revenue from gasoline sales. All those people who think shifting to solar power or wind turbines would get us off oil are full of crap, because taking us off oil would be a disaster for the economy.

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/04/2014 10:49:53 AM PST · 11 of 24
    roadcat to thackney
    Strange, for months they have talked about the strengthening dollar helping to lower oil prices.

    "They". Maybe "they" have it backwards. Fracking led to a boom in oil supplies, causing oil prices to drop. Many folks think of oil in terms of gasoline and diesel. However, thousands of products are made from oil. A few are plastics, fertilizers, animal feed, lubricants, makeups, asphalt for roads, roofing materials, paints, etc. A drop in oil prices drops the cost of ingredients in products, leading to a strengthening of profits and employment, and the drop in fuel prices eases transportation costs. The dollar is still losing value, as seen by rises in food and other costs. But that is temporarily offset by lowered oil prices for reasons I stated.

  • ST. LOUIS MAN PULLS GUN ON PROTESTERS After They Jump on Hood of His Car (PHOTO)

    12/03/2014 8:47:41 PM PST · 11 of 90
    roadcat to gaijin
    Notice the way that the chore of keeping peace is being left to CITIZENS:

    Reminds me of another freeper saying cops have their jobs to protect the citizens. I corrected him by saying they're hired to keep law and order. Looks like I'm wrong as well.

  • S&P 500, Dow register record closes [48th Time this year]

    12/03/2014 8:16:01 PM PST · 6 of 24
    roadcat to Repeal The 17th

    The rising DOW is a reflection of the weakening dollar. It isn’t that stocks are fantastic, just that the intrinsic value of companies is the same when translated to weak dollars; it takes many more dollars to reflect the same intrinsic value now versus years before. Or as another poster said in one word - inflation.

  • The New American Civil War

    12/03/2014 8:02:47 PM PST · 10 of 24
    roadcat to INVAR
    The "Progressive" (Marxist/Socialist) ideology is at war with Conservative/Regular American heritage and principles and they will never leave us alone until we are subjugated or exterminated.

    Boehner and his friends are not listening to the warnings, and the subjugation is near. Unless we have a civil war in the open, screw this cold civil war. Only way we survive.

  • Boyce Watkins: If America Turns A Blind Eye, We Will Have A Race War

    12/03/2014 6:25:43 PM PST · 4 of 85
    roadcat to Biggirl

    I’d have to agree somewhat, that if America continues to turn a blind eye on thuggish blacks assaulting innocent white victims, we will have a race war.