• stratocruiser commented on the diary post Robots and Our Future, We Need to Talk by Elliott.

    2014-08-17 12:05:29View | Delete

    The idea of robot drivers scares me hugely, not because they’d be bad at t, but because they will break down. And then the human will have to start from scratch in about half a second. I ride a Sportster. Can anyone not a motorcycler use a standard anymore? We are losing our ability to [...]

  • Anyone else see the connection with the Lockdown in Boston, after the bombing? Many here said that was a test case.
    I can’t see the police having any right to restrict peoples activities on their own property under the guise of a curfew. This is nuts.

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Nixon’s Treason Now Acknowledged by David Swanson.

    2014-08-08 05:22:34View | Delete

    I was born in ’54. I have no reason to dispute the election of ’56. That was the only clean election the Republicans have won in my life. ’60 lost ’64 lost ’68 treason ’72 watergate ’76 lost ’80 treason ’84 Maybe I have to give them this ’88 Iran-contra ’92 lost ’96 lost ’00 [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Just Raise the Minimum Wage

    2014-08-07 12:20:00View | Delete

    I’ve never agreed with the argument that it would lead to lost jobs. If employers can cut payroll by eliminating someone, they will
    If they have ten workers, its because they have the work for ten people.

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Agent of Change

    2014-07-29 05:47:40View | Delete

    A further thought. This is straight out of Management school, that leadership can be quantified into discrete therbligs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therblig
    It is a denial of the concepts of talent and inspiration and love of work and a triumph of the man in the grey flannel suit.

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Agent of Change

    2014-07-29 05:42:06View | Delete

    I don’t know when i have ever read an article as self-contradictory as Nocera’s. He asks why teachers aren’t prepared to teach on Day one. That they have to learn it on the job.
    That’s the way the world works. Aircraft pilots are fully trained when they get their license… by flying planes. Hairdressers are trained and experienced when they get their licenses, because they have cut a bunch of peoples hair.
    The only way to get experience is by doing things. You can’t learn about, study, simulate, drill, practice and train your way past the first day on the job.

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Pol Pottery Barns…

    2014-07-28 03:46:52View | Delete

    Given Bachmann’s history, I had no problem believing that she had.

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Your Mother Needs You! Bristol Bay, Alaska by KateCA.

    2014-07-27 16:24:33View | Delete

    “P” for plunder?
    Oh, wait, a dim fragment of a memory is appearing. Wasn’t it “protection” at one time?

    If the land is so special, any chance it could be turned into a national park. It certainly looks beautiful and quite individual.

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-07-14 20:53:50View | Delete

    “I am more likely to not end…”
    I guess nobody cares anymore about the simple split infinitive, the one that I was taught to never do.

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Louis L’Amour by dakine01.

    2014-07-12 08:09:56View | Delete

    I remember reading once that all of us have one great novel inside. You can start with Hemingway’s advice, ‘First, write the truest thing that you know.” Or his shortest novel ever “For Sale. Baby shoes. Never used.” I don’t know about overrated,which suggests he was highly rated to begin with. Nobody ever called his [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Louis L’Amour by dakine01.

    2014-07-12 06:07:19View | Delete

    I’ve read a great number of his books. They are generally an easy read and fairly easy to get absorbed in. One of the books made into a movie was “Catlow” with Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna and Joanne Phlug. It premiered at the Galleria Cinema where I worked at the time, so I met the [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Laura Gottesdiener: Security vs. Securities by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-06-23 21:14:53View | Delete

    If I might add, because this story really pisses me off. 1. This is what happens when amateurs think they are smarter than the pros. They don’t listen and fuck things up. 2. Due diligence has 4 parts; survey, title opinion, appraisal, and inspection. All 4 are necessary. 3. When a corporation diffuses responsibility, that [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Laura Gottesdiener: Security vs. Securities by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-06-23 20:40:10View | Delete

    Although I read FDL several times a day, I rarely post comments because i rarely feel I can add to the discussion. This is different. I am a Professional Real Estate Inspector, the highest rank licensed by the state of Texas. I deal with exactly this issue frequently. The standards according to the international Residential [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Guilty! by cmaukonen.

    2014-06-13 04:20:56View | Delete

    I would comment on this, but then I’d feel guilty about attempting to impose my views on others.
    Now, I have to feel guilty about allowing myself to be controlled by society’s guilt mechanisms.
    Thanks a lot.

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 16:58:03View | Delete

    I think you all are insufficiently paranoid.
    Any computer-based communications system is vulnerable. If someone is looking, they’re gonna find you.
    I’ll admit to being old-school. What we need are lessons in tradecraft. A website that can be accessed from Starbucks to teach people how to be spooks.

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Trying to make sense of a manic monetary theory by danps.

    2014-06-08 05:37:03View | Delete

    I fail to understand exactly what your objection is. It seems you object to its being called a theory, or maybe that, as a theory, it is being used to make predictions, or that there is no single author (ity), or something else. As far as its being a theory, it is a description of [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Old Days, Population and Extinction by cmaukonen.

    2014-05-31 04:36:05View | Delete

    Here are a couple of numbers worth thinking about; It takes about an acre of land to support a person. There are around 8 billion arable acres in the world and that number is decreasing. There are around 7 billion people in the world and that number is increasing. At some point we will have [...]

  • stratocruiser commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: The Defense Motions to Suppress by lauraw.

    2014-05-10 17:24:05View | Delete

    Colanders?

    This is known to be the headgear of the Pastafarians, a known extremist group

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Enabling higher profits

    2014-04-04 05:23:37View | Delete

    I personally know five people (including my wife last month) who have used guns in the house to commit suicide.
    I don’t know a single person who has used a gun in the house to defend himself.

    Bad odds, I’d say

  • stratocruiser commented on the blog post Two ‘Muricas

    2014-04-01 06:37:58View | Delete

    “would not fare well in prison”
    We just need more of “his kind” in the general population in prison. Then he’ll be okay.

    Win-win

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