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  • On Fri, 1 May 2015, 9:49pm PDT in California lawmakers want motor oil to last 10,000 miles, turtledove said:

    I get the feeling that there's a huge "expiration date" conspiracy out there. Food expiration dates are getting shorter and shorter, have you noticed?; Yearly pap smears are recommended whether a person is at risk for HPV or not; even read recently that it is now recommended that you should change your heating/air conditioning units every seven years... If they cannot engineer the obsolescence then they will instill fear that something terrible will happen if you don't keep buying the same shit over and over again.... whether you actually need it or not. I'm sure Valvoline and Jiffy Lube would say you should change your oil every 50 miles if they thought they could get away with it.

  • On Tue, 28 Apr 2015, 9:39am PDT in Welcome to Ferguson - East (Baltimore), turtledove said:

    Call it Crazy says

    Nice job Mom!! Unfortunately, it's about 10 years too late... She should have been doing this a long time ago..

    His father should be kicking his ass, but sadly, the odds are 50/50 he even knows who his father is...

    Teenagers ALWAYS do what their parents have taught them, because they live in bubbles that allow only for parental influence. Peer pressure is just a myth, as is individualism. We are all just carbon copies of our parents who do nothing but watch us 24/7 -- from their two-parent households.

    Give this woman a break. All I see from the video is a woman who is shocked and deeply disappointed in her child. I assure you, no mother gazes upon her new baby and hopes that he/she grows up to be a thug. Some of us just have more help than others ensuring that our children's sphere of influence is limited to other people who hold similar values to us.... and even then there are no guarantees -- because you are dealing with individual personalities. Kids are like people that way.

  • On Sat, 18 Apr 2015, 7:34am PDT in Solar panels are the Internet of electricity, turtledove said:

    bob2356 says

    I don't find subsidies to solar any more egregious than the huge subsidies that have been larded on electric utilities both currently and in the past. Why does one disturb you and not the other? Building a diversified electric generating system that is not as subject to the politically volital price of oil is a good use of subsidies if they must exist.

    I'm not arguing one subsidy over another. I'm arguing about what the companies are allowed to do with the subsidies.

    I'm actually a fan of solar. I own panels, plan to collect my subsidy, and pay on a net-usage agreement with the utility (though it didn't cost anywhere near $53k, so I'm not sure what kind of system this guy has...). I think it's pathetic that net-usage might disappear because the utility companies want their profits. My understanding is that this summer, net-usage arrangements might disappear in California if the utilities have their way. They are voting on something, for sure. Clearly, this is also an abuse. I'm not saying that there aren't other abuses going on. But the subsidies are something that every single one of us pays for. These are your subsidies. Did you know that your subsidies, the ones you intended to promote solar in one capacity or another, is actually going to profitable, tax avoiding companies that have nothing to do with alternative energy?

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