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  1. Young mentally unstable man blames progressive government for society's problems, also rumored to be disgruntled re: immigration; thinks blowing away a bunch of government figures is the answer...


    ...how exactly is that 'left-wing' again? Sounds a lot more like a McVeigh or an Andrew Stack to me. You guys are seriously delusional, and doth protest too much.


    Please let her pull through, and let this be a wakeup call.

  2. Short summary:


    -Wasp injects cockroach's abdomen with venom A, paralyzing its forelimbs.

    -Wasp injects paralyzed cockroach's brain with venom B, reversing the original paralysis but turning it into a zombie.

    -Wasp bites off cockroache's antenna, drinks a bit of cockroach's blood to revive itself.

    -Wasp bites antenna, and pulls on it to lead cockroach back to its den.

    -Wasp lays eggs on 'roach, then seals roach in den.

    -Wasp larvae eat their way into the living zombie roach, then selectively feast on its organs to keep the zombie roach alive while they grow.

    -Larvae hatch, roach dies.


    Clearly this is God's way of giving us His metaphor for how corporate lobbyists infiltrate the government, incapacitate its normal function, and slowly plunder the country's natural riches through privatization.


    Or MAYBE He means that the cockroach is the poor innocent average joe taxpayer... wait here a sec I'll go have a chat with Him, and report back to you, His beloved sheeple.

  3. It's not at all surprising that most snowboarders feel awkward in hard boots, since nearly everyone learns in soft boots. Only the rare hardboot racer/carver would feel comfortable in hard boots right away outside of the ski area. Most of the rest of us struggle to figure it out over only a handful of days each year, usually without ever riding hard boots at the resort to dial in the foot positions and technique, both which are different than for soft boots.


    A mountaineering style boot with hardback bindings is an okay compromise, although it does sacrifice some edge control in climb mode, and can result in calf fatigue or chafing/soreness when edging for extended periods (many popular mountain routes). A velcro shin strap on the highback might be useful to control this. I'm not sure how much a new 'snowboard mountaineering specific soft boot' would differ from this option.


    There are some advantages with skis (see Tony's post for one :grlaf:), but like you say, we love snowboarding for that dynamic surfy feeling, and skiing really isn't the same. However, there are certain conditions, frequently found above treeline, in which you can't really open it up and surf anyway--sometimes it's hard enough just to manage that single, deeply sidecut edge on firm slopes.


    Then again like I said I think a pro hardbooter might not have so much trouble. So while I agree that the non-lift snowboarding technology should improve, it's also true that most riders will need to adapt to what is almost a completely new sport. There are a lot of mountaineering situations where it is questionable whether one should really expect to obtain a surfy softboot feeling like you can get on mellow slopes, or bombing powder lines out of a helicopter.

  4. Atypical restraint on compensation increases has been evident for a few years now and appears to be mainly the consequence of greater worker insecurity. In 1991, at the bottom of the recession, a survey of workers at large firms by the International Survey Research Corporation indicated that 25 percent feared being laid off. In 1996, despite the sharply lower unemployment rate and the tighter labor market, the same survey organization found that 46 percent were fearful of a job layoff.


    The reluctance of workers to leave their jobs to seek other employment as the labor market tightened has provided further evidence of such concern, as has the tendency toward longer labor union contracts. For many decades, contracts rarely exceeded three years. Today, one can point to five- and six-year contracts--contracts that are commonly characterized by an emphasis on job security and that involve only modest wage increases.

    Nothing like a rate-cut inspired/fueled asset bubble bomb on the economy to shatter workers' despicable demands for higher wages and job security eh? Bravo maestro! Shock and awe

  5. ps. people in the US do not go hungry because food is too expensive. There are far larger forces at work in these cases.

    But they do seem to have a lot of food-related health problems. The argument that producing the cheapest food possible, no matter what the 'external' cost, is somehow automatically the best possible food system is not one that I can take very seriously.

  6. As always you have a good argument JayB although I think at least a couple of my items could be construed as 'food health issues' even though they are outside of a simple and easy accounting of vitamins and nutrients. Also let's not forget many studies are conducted with a forgone conclusion, in many cases in conflict of interest to appease some benefactor, or even for honest science, that the conclusion is often predetermined by the experimental design. A problem for science and the consumer alike is that it is hard to know what is really in the food except under rare circumstances. Either assayed or 'official' ingredient lists can leave out a lot of things, trace chemicals resulting from synthetic inputs or contamination being one, biological contaminants like E. coli another.


    For a time, when organic meant something (namely natural and local), it was less likely for crazy shit to get into this food either intentionally or unintentionally. Now that Big Industrial Food is into Organic all bets are off. One bad cow kills hundreds of people who ate his CAFO neighbors, even if the the industry finds a way to label them 'organic.' Expect to see the standards loosened/manipulated and to pay more for the same old product of the quantity over quality philosophy.

  7. Potentially carcinogenic additives whose effect work on a decade time scale... untested/disregarded.


    Number of people suffering from/dying of foodborne illness epidemics that are a direct result of industrial food systems... ignored.


    Percentage of 'industrialized' (a.k.a. fossil-fuel addicted) population likely to die of starvation when oil supply can no longer sustain a food system critically dependent on cheap abundant oil... anyone's guess...


    aggregate long-term environtmental cost of unsustainable practices... WHO CARES RIGHT? RIGHT?

  8. As uncool, stupid, annoying, or unfair some urban bicyclists may be, just think of how stupid it would feel to get charged and sued for assault, while at the same time contributing to even more public sympathy for those whom you feel already enjoy special treatment. nice one. :rolleyes:


    The cycletwit who is determined to embarrass or sacrifice him or herself in public is no more your concern than the SUV driver on the cell phone or the trucker who thinks he belongs in a passing lane. Get over it. You will live.

  9. The "democracy" in this is people willing to get their asses kicked to have their voices heard.
    Now I'm confused as to whether this reference was a mockery of the Seattle WTO demonstrations (initial assumption) or in support of both incidents.

  10. I'm not sure that you can make a logically consistent case for keeping climbing legal if you want to keep the consumption of cocaine, etc illegal on that basis.
    But there is a critical difference between keeping something legal, and legalizing something, even disregarding the nature of the subjects. A "laissez-faire" mentality sounds perfectly fine for something that is already an equilibrated aspect of society, but I am wary of the inductive argument that this must also be the best way to liberate a currently restricted behavior. When deliberately changing conditions 'we' probably have a responsibility to buffer the inhumanities of the transition to this greater freedom. Of course nobody here is advocating instant deregulation of drug legalities and markets, but it is obviously more interesting to find something to argue about.


    Also, as much as social darwinism offers a perfectly cruel and simple solution to problems like overeating and addiction, I'm not convinced that it's the best that we can do. And I find it particularly unsettling that the selective pressures that are weeding people out at present are not natural circumstances but rather highly engineered industries by which a few disproportionately wealthy deceitfully prey on their own society. Society may be perpetually ill because this is a necessary side-effect of (largely) private profits.

  11. When the only publicly acceptable means of political expression is whether you are rooting for the D team or the R team, then yes, we are all pretty much a silent majority. But you are welcome to cheer and wave a flag if you want. It is more fun that way, and you get to feel like you are part of the political process. If you're lucky, a guy from your hometown might even get called up to the big leagues ( he probably wont remember you though).