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Posts by roadcat

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  • We’re probably not going to find anything by “listening” for extraterrestrials

    03/17/2018 7:31:25 PM PDT · 71 of 85
    roadcat to CharlesMartelsGhost
    After all, there are many intelligent species on our planet, including dolphins, octopi, apes, parrots, and elephants, but only once in 4.6 billion years has a technologically advanced species evolved.

    This is the reason why a quest for other intelligent life in the Universe will fail, at least in the short term for perhaps 100,000 years. Isaac Asimov and other science-fiction authors have written stories of humans seeking intelligent life out there, and failing. The odds are truly against it. Not just life, but intelligent life existing elsewhere (and discoverable) at this mere sliver of time. We're casting fish hooks into rain puddles seeking big fish.

  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 7:09:27 PM PDT · 48 of 51
    roadcat to ProtectOurFreedom
    They are in love with 1840s tech - trains. We are WASTING $100 billion on one that nobody wants or will use.

    Reminds me of when one of my daughters wanted to take a train with friends to Southern California. This was just after she graduated from high school. They thought it would be so glamorous and exciting. They came back after a couple weeks or so, non-stop complaining about the trains and how they sucked! Too slow, noisy, uncomfortable, too much shaking, having to hook up to other transportation away from the station, etc. After that, it was hard to pry her away from driving her car everywhere in the state. Car gets her point-to-point, on her schedule.

    Between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you either fly or drive. Period. Trains suck. Not knocking Caltrain, it's okay for short hops on the peninsula. But even that has problems as compared to driving a car. Highly subsidized by taxpayers, millions are being spent to electrify the trains in the name of zero-pollution. Except the old hybrid electric/diesel locomotives are already electric, as the diesel engines create electricity for the electric motors. The newer trains will use overhead wires to transport electricity from afar with loss due to resistance, and that electricity will be created from fossil-fuel sources. All these train changes are a waste of taxpayer money.

  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:14:20 PM PDT · 10 of 51
    roadcat to dforest
    We do have to admit that Obama infrastructure spending was a darn joke. A few bike paths for a trillion bucks! Wowza

    During the Obama era, lots of infrastructure spending on walls along freeways. Billions for freeway walls to block sound, nothing to block illegal invaders. Misplaced priorities, the hallmark of democrats.

  • Florida International University Bridge Collapses, Cars Underneath

    03/15/2018 9:23:56 PM PDT · 553 of 567
    roadcat to ProtectOurFreedom
    I do everything I possibly can to never stop my car under a bridge, especially here in Northern California.

    Same with us, friend. My wife and I get nervous under an overpass, look for a way out if it should collapse. In 1989, one day before the Loma Prieta Quake, we had driven on the same freeway overpass in Oakland that collapsed and squashed cars. The what-if scared the heck out of us, but for one day difference. We try to stop short of overpasses, then scoot through quickly. As you say, extremely remote chance, but it's human nature to think of what could happen.

  • Why IS the Pentagon looking into time crystals? Darpa launches program to study (trunc)

    03/15/2018 5:58:12 PM PDT · 17 of 37
    roadcat to ameribbean expat
    Particles in a quantum state are very sensitive to their environment.
    With the slightest disturbance, they can lose their predictable and measurable properties, DARPA explains.

    Just like democrats in a blue state are very sensitive to their environment. With the slightest Trump tweet, they become unpredictable and unmeasurable. Maybe this technology can be applied to democrats to create equilibrium in our society. Darpa will probably be successful with these time crystals long before we can stabilize democrats.

  • Florida International University Bridge Collapses, Cars Underneath

    03/15/2018 3:32:02 PM PDT · 464 of 567
    roadcat to Java4Jay
    Point of failure, minimal support.

    That pillar wouldn't be allowed here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, I think they're additionally reinforced with a steel cladding tube around the concrete with embedded rebar and cabling, to resist earthquake stresses. Probably few earthquakes in Florida, hence the substandard pillars there.

  • Florida International University Bridge Collapses, Cars Underneath

    03/15/2018 3:25:52 PM PDT · 458 of 567
    roadcat to MagUSNRET
    Good GAWD these people dont have the IQ of a common earthworm!

    Even people with higher IQ have the thinking skills of an earthworm. Then again, even an earthworm tries to evade danger.

    One time I was working with my young idiot brother-in-law to remove a large downed tree across my mother-in-law's backyard fence. He thought he was smart, working towards a university degree and being a smart-ass. Told him I would work the chain-saw, he said he knew how to work one, etc., but probably never handled one. Cut away a lot of branches into mil's yard. Anyway, I used a couple come-along winches and cables to pull the tree up off the fence, to drop it into mil's yard before cutting it up. Before it reached the upright point of dropping, I went many yards back and away with a pull rope. Told him he might want to join me. Looked at me puzzled, but then came. Tree trunk dropped right where he was formerly standing. Sheepishly looks at me says "thanks...".

    Sometimes you can't teach common sense, you just need to keep some people from doing any dangerous work. (And many of those idiots then become reporters.)

  • Florida International University Bridge Collapses, Cars Underneath

    03/15/2018 1:50:37 PM PDT · 370 of 567
    roadcat to JoeRed
    The shoring should not have been removed until the suspension cables were installed.

    You called it. At the very least, no traffic should be allowed until after suspension supports are in place and tested. Someone should go to jail for this! Allowing traffic to sit under an incomplete span? Criminal!

  • New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster (Title)

    03/14/2018 12:12:17 PM PDT · 24 of 63
    roadcat to CptnObvious

    I have an idea to fix the problem. Cut all state department budgets by 10 percent across the board. All state departments must also trim personnel positions by 10 percent. Put a hiring freeze in place. These three moves are easily accomplished by trimming waste, unfilled positions and not hiring new employees. Negotiate a new contract for new hires that lowers the pension formulas or outright bans them; the hiring freeze not to be lifted until a new contract is in place. And trim overtime use by 50 percent. All this can be done, but democrats never want to do it, preferring to bleed taxpayers dry.

  • Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

    03/13/2018 11:15:07 PM PDT · 114 of 173
    roadcat to Night Hides Not
    Can you imagine sitting there being cognizant but can't say or do a damn thing?

    You just described the average life of a married man.

    Lol! You are far wiser than that overrated physicist!

  • Fox News Host Jesse Watters Divorces Wife After Affair with 25-Year-Old Employee

    03/13/2018 2:44:12 PM PDT · 136 of 198
    roadcat to Rome2000

    Relationships are weird for some folks. I'm no longer surprised at all the crap that goes on in relationships. Currently, I'm helping a friend to finalize his divorce from a woman. When they filed over ten years ago, she took him to the cleaners, got alimony by having half his wages garnished for five years, a big cash settlement, he paid for her attorney fees, and she got other stuff as well. He never finalized the divorce, because she wanted medical coverage under his plan. Yes, he was a fool.She hooked up with another man and sponged off him for ten years, never marrying him. If she had, then the original divorce would be finalized. Anyway, the other man died leaving her with nothing. So she goes begging to my friend to take her back. Now he wants to finalize the divorce and she says no because she wants the medical coverage (plus perhaps half his pension when he retires this year).

    I have a former co-worker friend who allowed his ex-wife to live in his home, along with her new boyfriend. Weird. And another who divorced and they live in the same home, while dating others. Another who was okay with her husband having multiple affairs, including the next-door teenage neighbor who he had a child with. Nothing surprises me anymore. As for me, going on five decades with my wife, we're boring and like it that way!

  • Fox News Host Jesse Watters Divorces Wife After Affair with 25-Year-Old Employee

    03/13/2018 2:22:45 PM PDT · 125 of 198
    roadcat to Pravious
    ... and, while that could be the case, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    In all these responses, you're one of the few who are not judgmental. Everyone has their sins, but would point at the sins of others. As you say, no one knows what really happened. I know someone who cheated on his wife. She had no idea, didn't suspect any women. He was fooling around with another man. Devastated, she divorced him and it was sad for their children. It's not always another woman. Then there are the wives who don't satisfy their husbands, refusing to give them sex for years, and the men can't deal with it and look elsewhere. Many men are pigs, but not all. Some may have their reasons for straying. Anyway, it's his ordeal to deal with it now.


    03/13/2018 2:01:28 PM PDT · 28 of 37
    roadcat to colorado tanker
    As the ice core data also shows, CO2 levels are a lagging indicator, not a leading indicator.

    Yup, CO2 levels rise after warming, and are not the cause of warming. Additionally, think what 400 ppm means. That's a few parts per 10,000 parts. Essentially nothing, miniscule, far below tiny. 1/25th of one-percent. As if that would cause the world to die. CO2 ebbs with rises and declines, affected by animal and plant life. The Earth knows how to deal with it. If mankind attempts to reduce it, then plants die and you have a bigger problem than perceived problems that just aren't so.

  • Hillary and 'What Happened' in India

    03/13/2018 12:18:42 PM PDT · 57 of 66
    roadcat to SparkyBass

    I doubt she was drinking before the trek down the stairs. As for the two men carrying her down the stairs, it’s a safe bet that they were hitting the bottle afterwards! Holding her is like carrying a nasty crocodile, she’ll snap at you in a second for no reason. Probably blamed them to no end at the bottom of the stairs.

  • High Speed Rail project cost jumps to $77 billion, opening delayed [CA]

    03/12/2018 5:53:19 PM PDT · 102 of 102
    roadcat to MeganC
    Or finish out what they’ve started and just make it a local rail service.

    The problem with that, is that untold millions will be spent into the future without end. And will probably cost as much as originally estimated for the entire line. If you read between the lines, it was government's intention to lure people into the Central Valley, and have them commute into the cities for jobs. If it's local rail only, then no jobs, not enough funding from ticket sales, resulting in massive subsidies to run. Current mass transit has huge subsidies from taxpayers with only one-third funding coming from the fares. If this becomes local rail only, it will probably only have one-twentieth funding from fares, resulting in huge subsidies from taxpayers. A project doomed to failure as the state goes broke (more so than now).

  • 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel

    03/12/2018 3:32:29 PM PDT · 63 of 84
    roadcat to RushIsMyTeddyBear
    Per Wikipedia:

    Strategically, Israel's long-range missiles, nuclear-capable aircraft, and possibly its submarines present an effective second strike deterrence against unconventional and conventional attack, and if Israel's defences fail and its population centers are threatened, the Samson Option, an all-out attack against an adversary, would be employed. Its nuclear arsenal can also be used tactically to destroy military units on the battlefield.

    Quite an array of Israeli options, employing suitcase bombs, artillery pieces, submarine launched missiles, EMP bombs, ICBMs with Mirvs, neutron bombs and nuclear land mines, all of which the Israelis have on hand. Supposedly, they have hidden nukes deployed at the Golan Heights and the Sinai in order to destroy an attacking enemy army on land.

  • 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel

    03/12/2018 2:03:02 PM PDT · 5 of 84
    roadcat to Lera

    I read somewhere that Israel has over 300 nukes on hand. Many of which can be delivered by their submarine fleet. 57 muslim nations divided by that, is 5 or more nukes each. No doubt that Israel would use them in defense from a joint attack. Bye-bye muzzles.

  • Florida’s other new minimum age law has nothing to do with guns

    03/10/2018 7:08:47 PM PST · 7 of 16
    roadcat to lastchance

    It does say it was a recent marriage. But I think parents are doing their daughters wrong by not instilling normal ideals in their kids. As in, if you’re 16 and marry a 90-year-old guy, and you have a child then will the dad be around to play ball with the kid, see his accomplishments or be around for grandchildren. I mean, can you imagine going out with friends your age as a teen or twenty-something and introducing your 90-ish husband? Bizarre! I had concerns about my oldest marrying a guy almost ten years older, but they’ve been together almost 15 years now and their marriage is solid with two kids (and she made more than him to this day so money was not a factor). But for others to marry 70-plus years apart?!

  • Visa Refuses to Cut Ties with Semi-Automatic Rifle Manufacturers

    03/10/2018 5:16:49 PM PST · 12 of 44
    roadcat to CurlyDave
    If you ever have a dispute with a merchant over any item at all, or over any service that was not up to par, you will find that credit cards offer much more consumer protection than debit cards.

    True, that. We had a dispute going with Overstock for the last several weeks, sent us the wrong goods but charged us, despite us refusing to take delivery (we intercepted the drop off) when they said they fixed the problem but sent us the wrong goods again, which sat outside for a week waiting for them to have UPS retrieve it. Credit card refunded our money, because we never received the goods we ordered. Doubt a debit card would have gotten our money back. They finally retrieved the wrong item, soggy box sat in the rain outside for a week! Credit cards give you protection.

  • CNN Hasn’t Updated Its ‘Trump Jobs Tracker’ Since The Beginning Of January

    03/10/2018 5:08:52 PM PST · 5 of 18
    roadcat to blueyon
    This is how the Fakenews media keeps it's viewers ignorant of my opinion

    Your opinion is my opinion, and of millions of other folks across the country. Pisses off CNN that their dwindling viewer base are the only ones believing their fake news. Fake news, fake views.