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vt_investor 356 posts  |  Last Activity: 31 seconds ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
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    Leftists lower the bar

    by springer_1994 Aug 15, 2014 8:02 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 15, 2014 10:04 AM Flag

    As long as we are shooting people in games - and even in real life, who gets to chose who gets shot?

    If it were my choice, I'd say that no one is shot. Are you now saying that you agree with me on that?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Leftist Municipalities' Common Problems

    by excpqhper Aug 14, 2014 4:50 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 15, 2014 2:06 AM Flag

    And there are lots of other cities in a similar strong situation: Cambridge, MA Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Burlington, VT, Portsmouth, NH, Austin, TX, Madison, WI, and many more.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 2:27 PM Flag

    He probably forgot to bring any clean underwear. Either that or he's just returning to appoint a few judges, ambassadors, and committee members while Congress is not in session.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Three cheers for the EPA

    by w.heinlein Aug 13, 2014 7:12 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 2:23 PM Flag

    Springer: " I said Aviation gasoline - not JP-5 jet fuel."

    Springer, again, you miss the point. I showed that you were wrong when you sand, "we burn quite a bit of that." when referring to leaded aviation fuel. Leaded aviation fuel is now a very small part of the aviation fuels that we use, and an even smaller part of all the hydro-carbon fuels that we use. Leaded fuel use in the US has dropped by close to 99% over the past 30 years - and pretty close to that worldwide.

    Pollution levels are dropping more and more as we change the various engines that we use, and the fuels that we burn to make them work.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 2:01 PM Flag

    Companies are doing what they can to maximize their profits, and to reduce their costs. That's what companies do. That's how they work. We can't expect them to do anything else, because they don't do anything else!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 11:52 AM Flag

    That's about a perfect list of the options that we have to chose from, Lang! I expect we will need to pick a few of them, and probably the sooner the better for us all. One other option that you missed is education - training to do jobs that are being developed now - creating wearable technology and writing apps for them, for example. (Apple's iWatch, and HP's flexible memristor electronics may lead the way here.)

    I learned long ago that when faced with a technical problem, politics is by far, the worst way to solve it!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Three cheers for the EPA

    by w.heinlein Aug 13, 2014 7:12 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 11:30 AM Flag

    Lead remains in the avgas used in aircraft engines with pistons - not jet engines. Jet fuel (A-1, etc) in normally unleaded.I'm not even sure that 1% of a barrel of oil is made into leaded avgas. About 2/3 of each barrel of oil becomes (unleaded) gasoline and diesel, while another 10% is made into aircraft fuels, most of which is unleaded jet fuels.

    Back when we were kids, when leaded gasoline, and leaded paint were in use, in many, if not most front yards (where kids played nearly every day), toxic levels of lead could be found. That toxic front yard lead is now mostly gone (washed away or hidden below new layers of dirt) with the cleanup of our fuels and paints.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 11:05 AM Flag

    Stubba, you make a good point. The GDP has been growing at about the same rate as inflation and population growth. At the same time, our companies have increased their productivity by huge amounts over the past couple of decades. Unfortunately, the 90% of us who do the work are not share in the productivity increases. Most workers have seen about no income growth in decades, and employers don't need to hire anyone either. Improved productivity keeps the profits growing, without the need to hire anyone else to do the work.

    So, the bottom line is that CEOs and stock owners are doing very well, reaping the rewards of higher productivity, and fewer workers to pay. But, the big problem is that when we are paying fewer working to do all the work, there are fewer people to buy the goods and services that grow the economy.

    The big question that we still need to answer is how do we keep millions of middle class Americans working, when employers don't need then to keep production and profits high? We just don't need as many middle managers, factory workers, or retail clerks now. And it's going to get worse before it gets better. Over the next couple of decades more jobs, including truck drivers, janitors, and painters will begin to go away, as well.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Three cheers for the EPA

    by w.heinlein Aug 13, 2014 7:12 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 10:29 AM Flag

    So, then how do you explain the fact that when looking at the thousands of annual workplace deaths, that the states with the highest workplace death rates are, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, N. and S. Dakota, Montana, and Alaska. At the same time, the states with the lowest workplace death and injury rates include California, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, New Jersey, and Connecticut. OSHA regulations apply and are enforced equally in every state.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Three cheers for the EPA

    by w.heinlein Aug 13, 2014 7:12 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 2:05 AM Flag

    Workplace safety is regulated by OSHA, not the EPA, at the federal level.

    And more importantly, workplace safety is regulated by each state, with their own laws. With recent budget cuts, the feds now don't have enough funding to inspect companies like that Texas fertilizer plant even once ever 25 years. Because of the lack of funding, OSHA safety regulations often become recommendations, as enforcement, without regular inspections is difficult, if not impossible. It's no surprise that the states with the strongest, and best enforced state workplace safety regulations have the best safety records.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 14, 2014 1:43 AM Flag

    Now we just need to figure out who forged MY birth certificate. I asked for an official copy of my birth certificate from the town where I was born. And I'll be damned if they didn't send me something that looks like it was printed on an HP printer last week!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 13, 2014 5:08 PM Flag

    Springy already excluded that one, La ng. He doesn't seem to have any desire to keep suicides from happening.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 13, 2014 2:17 PM Flag

    So by your own figures, about half of all murders are caused by guns. The other half are done with fists, feet, swords, hammers, knives, rocks, baseball bats, crow bars, cars, rope, axes, and more. Which do you think would be the most effective to work on if we really wanted to reduce the murder rate as much as we could?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    A question for the leftist posters.

    by ndfirstsection Aug 13, 2014 9:23 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 13, 2014 9:34 AM Flag

    Silly question.

    If a conservative terrorist Christian group were to attack the United Sates, do you think we should fight back?

    The answer is exactly the same in both cases.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Since when is llooting a "wake up call"?

    by springer_1994 Aug 12, 2014 10:29 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 13, 2014 9:21 AM Flag

    It looks like we are holding a wider national discussion about what kind of a nation we really want to be.

    Are we a nation that operates under the rule of law? A nation where we settle disputes and make decisions in our courts and voting booths.

    Or are we a nation where the man with the biggest gun makes the decisions and settles disputes?

    It's a discussion that we have been having for most of our history. It probably is not going to stop now.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Since when is llooting a "wake up call"?

    by springer_1994 Aug 12, 2014 10:29 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 12, 2014 2:43 PM Flag

    Thanks for the clarification. I was not aware of that diagnosis or discussion about Jackson.

    But, there are still thousands, if not millions of Blacks who seem to want to lighten or whiten their skin. That was the reason for my original response - to show that few whites could be paid to turn their skin black, many Blacks will and do spend a lot of money to make themselves whiter.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 12, 2014 2:29 PM Flag

    Yep. the wage gap has been getting worse over the past decade or two at least. What are we going to do about it?

    I know that Obama has made a few speeches on the subject. But there's not much more he can do until Congress gets off it's #$%$ and does something about it, too. Change the tax laws; hire more people to repair the roads; raise the minimum wage; Help the poor get a good education. All of those things, and more, would help. Obama has asked Congress to do some of those things, but, until Congress get's off it's #$%$ and does something, nothing will change.

    Write our Congressman and tell him to get of his #$%$ and do something for the huge paycheck he's getting!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    New Blus State Statistic

    by springer_1994 Aug 12, 2014 10:25 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 12, 2014 2:18 PM Flag

    Why not be proud that we are willing and able to take care of our own? That's something that everyone should be proud of .

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Since when is llooting a "wake up call"?

    by springer_1994 Aug 12, 2014 10:29 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 12, 2014 2:12 PM Flag

    That experiment has also been done. I can't find anything about it immediately, but the results were just the opposite. Many Blacks would change their skin white without any payment at all. In fact many of them spend a lot of money to lighten and whiten their skin. Michael Jackson must have spend 10's of thousands doing just that, as one famous example. A simple Google search will find discussion of dozens of ways and chemicals to use.

    There must be some reason that so many of them would rather be white - and so few want to be black!
    .

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    New Blus State Statistic

    by springer_1994 Aug 12, 2014 10:25 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 12, 2014 1:57 PM Flag

    They're a little slow then. I think nearly all of our farmer's markets here were taking food stamps 5 or 10 years ago. local, fresh fruits and veggies are always better then bags of chips and boxes of mac&cheese.

    Sentiment: Hold

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