Member since: Feb 5th, 2009
Mar 11th 2011 2:20PM @Candy - if we had the National Guard at the airports we would look too much like the banana republic that we've become.
Mar 11th 2011 1:48PM Muskets and other non-rifled arms are not considered firearms in many states, require no license, if it was a post civil war gun, then maybe.
Mar 3rd 2011 9:44PM Waiting for Zoooey, Katy Perry and Cindy Lauper to do a show together.
Nov 18th 2010 12:34PM I'm waiting for the price of pooled charter flights to come down.
Oct 17th 2010 2:04PM "Ironically, the site was only discovered because of an archaeological survey conducted in anticipation of the dam's construction."That's not irony at all, that is the exact reason they surveyed the area. Irony would be more along the lines of doing the survey and finding the remains of a previous dam.
Sep 17th 2010 11:30PM The Phil Town comment needs removing in a major way. Attitudes like that is what drives businesses overseas. You establish moats, firewalls and whatever other regulatory garbage you want to prevent competition and your line of business just gets more expensive maintaining it. Soon it becomes too expensive to operate your own business, overseas they can meet whatever self serving random conditions you added to protect your business and they can finance it because their labor is cheaper. Also in foreign countries the government helps all businesses more rather than colluding with a favored few against others. This means they also have lower regulatory costs and in cases like Japan there are a lot of technological information and support that they don't have to research and replicate internally.Being stingy and overcharging for patents also hurts all business, it's a protection sure, but if you take it to the extremes nothing becomes of it and nothing moves forward. Look at the technology for CDs, this was patented in 1968, it didn't take off until key parts had expired and other countries benefited more. Overcharged for the licensing of Beta tape tech, nothing took off due to expense, VHS had better licensing terms so it became the standard even though Beta was superior. The list of these types of destruction of business is almost without end.Anti-competition practices just raise costs, block innovation and push profits to other countries. It's comparable to buying kevlar shoes so you can shoot your neighbor in the foot while doing so to yourself.
Sep 8th 2010 3:45AM The BMI was a quick and dirty calculation put together by a sociologist in the 1700s for quickly sorting people into categories. First it has nothing at all to do with health, its simply based on weight distributions in France in the 1700s. Second, it relates to the population in France in the 1700s, people were smaller back then, not just height but build as well. Most that were taller back then were of a much thinner build, like what you see in basket ball players today. Back then it was as rare for someone to be over 6 foot as it is someone to be over 7 today. If it had taken place in Denmark, Germany or Sweden the results would have been entirely different.
Sep 8th 2010 3:31AM My grandfather was 6'1", had a 55" rib cage and weighed 208 to meet actuarial table for insurance. His legs were smaller than my arms at that weight, he lived about 3 years after getting down to that weight. Just 2 years prior to getting down to that weight to keep his health insurance, he was working as a lineman for the railroad and was loading and unloading 3-400 lb spools of cable one handed. when he was in his prime he was doing like with up to 700lb spools and bundles. People comment on how big boned I am as my elbows are larger than most people's knees and I'm barely a shadow of what my grandfather was.
Sep 7th 2010 11:11PM That's your bailout money at work.
Sep 2nd 2010 10:41PM At least she wasn't holding hot coffee between her legs.
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