comments by New Renter

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Fri, 7 Aug 2015, 5:48pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 1

1. Why August 6th? The weather was clear over the target, we had the bomb ready to go, why wait?

2. Why did we drop the second bomb three days later? Because we had given Japan that time to surrender and they had not done so. How long were we supposed to wait? The only reason we waited as long as we did was likely to gauge the amount of damage the first one had done to properly drop the second..

3. Germany was defeated by the time we had the first bomb ready. Japan on the other hand had not.

Did Russia even have a Pacific fleet up tot the task of mounting an invasion?

Operation Olympic, the invasion of Kyūshū, was to begin on "X-Day", which was scheduled for 1 November 1945. The combined Allied naval armada would have been the largest ever assembled, including 42 aircraft carriers, 24 battleships, and 400 destroyers and destroyer escorts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall

That's what our planners thought it would take. Also long range bombers which Russia did not possess. Russia was simply not up to the task of invading Japan.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Fri, 10 Jul 2015, 11:08am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 2

Anyone worried about getting gouged at the pump is free to scrap their 8 MPG '75 Lincoln and buy a 50 MPG Accord Hybrid. Probably never make up the $30k in capital costs though.

Even better, dust off the old Schwinn. Or walk.

HydroCabron says

Once you factor in the externalities, such as frying planet Earth in a greasy, crackling skillet of carbon, and the 58,000 annual premature deaths from vehicle emissions each year, plus 25,000 from coal emissions, and add back the taxpayer subsidies to coal and gasoline, the fossil forms of energy don't seem so cheap.

Yes they do, damn cheap. Once all the numbers are in fossil fuels are still king.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Fri, 10 Jul 2015, 10:55am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 3

HydroCabron says

One way to emulate Greece is to become a tax-cheat culture.

Done and done.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Fri, 10 Jul 2015, 10:51am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 4

Patrick says

a few majors are still clearly worth the debt, mostly engineering majors.

Which engineering disciplines are you thinking of? Last I heard there was still a surplus of excess EE, ME, and AE engineers.

Dan8267 says

College is worthless for anything except things you can't legally or safely do without professional training like practice medicine or maintain a nuclear reactor.

And for that there are online courses:

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 4:13pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 5

dublin hillz says

you can't have a situation where students spend at least half of their career "finding themselves"

I thought most kids did that at just after puberty...

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 4:11pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 6

Jeez, whatever happened to the days when a kid could:

Spend his adolescent summers just screwing around with bottle rocket and frogs and spend every Saturday morning planted in front of the TV;
Spend his summers at the pool as a lifeguard, nights smoking weed and getting laid;
Graduate with a B- average and be accepted to a "good" school;
Graduate in four years with a liberal arts degree and no debt to speak of...
...And still be mobbed by multiple lucrative offers of employment;
Buy a well sized home and provide for a stay at home wife and 3-4 kids
Work for 40 years at the same company at a 40-45 hr workweek steadily rising through management.
Put those kids through college
Retire comfortably at 65 with a nice nest egg and then some to spoil the grandkids with.
Die at 95 without ever having to have eaten cat food.

Was that EVER real or just TV?

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 3:24pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

Dan8267 says

Yeah, but it wasn't Islamic foreigner killing white Christian Americans. If it were, I have little doubt that a third of this country would be calling for the nuclear option.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-fan-club-teen-girl-following_n_3275653.html

Yes, so I see.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 10:15am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 8

Dan8267 says

Just imagine if a terrorist attack killed over a hundred children in America. We would be demanding the nuclear annihilation of the country behind the terrorist attack. Well, when America attacks civilians and kills 200 children, America is the terrorist and its victims want blood every bit as much as we would and for the exact same reasons.

I don't have to imagine it. There have been roughly 300 school shootings since the invention of the atomic bomb with 281 fatalities since 1990 alone. Not a single nuke has been dropped, not even a figurative one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 12:31am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 9

Strategist says

We don't want to hurt anyones children, because children are innocent. We just want to hurt the terrorists. The terrorists, obviously want to target and hurt our children.

What is wrong with you? To even suggest we want to hurt children is sickening.

Do yourself a favor then. Don't talk to veterans who served in front line combat. Don't talk to anyone who was in Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere children are weaponized (which is pretty much anywhere.)

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-child-soldiers

Never, ever talk to special forces sharpshooter who while covering an explosive ordinance team were under orders to eliminate ANYONE with a cellphone, man, woman or child. Or a veteran who was faced with a child rushing toward his squad screaming "help me GI!"

Seriously. DON'T.

I'm sure the Soviets were thinking the same thing - after all they love children too - when they dropped millions of these on Afghanistan against the taliban mushahadeen:

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-06-22/news/mn-4643_1_million-land-mines

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PFM-1
Note this soviet landmine was a copy of our own BLU-43 Vietnam era mine
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLU-43_Dragontooth

So if the Soviets targeted children in Afghanistan we would have been guilty of the same crime in Laos. Officially this mine was not targeted towards children but its design was purely dictated by aerodynamics.

IMO it does resemble a maple leaf which would have the desired aerodynamic properties. It also looks like something a poor third world kid might think to play with.
I'll let the conspiracy theorists here mull that one over.

Regardless, war sucks.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Tue, 19 May 2015, 12:04am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

Back to the OT.

Fun fact. You can have remains of a loved one made into a diamond!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_diamond

I wonder what the resale value is on those...

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 9:44pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 11

Sure and that's a good policy. Still its helps develop a case later when you have the evidence at hand.

speaking of evidence...

curious2 says

And, btw, many medical malpractice deaths have been proven to result from deliberate murder, not the 'mercy' or voluntary' type but malicious premeditated murder, i.e. with malice aforethought.

That person confessed to 16 murders and is estimated to be responsible for up to 300 murders over a 16 year career which works out to 0.9-18 or so a year. That's not even a blip in the face of 195,000/yr total. Do you have any evidence of further malfeasance here or was this an isolated event?

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 9:22pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 12

curious2 says

I haven't heard back from @bob2356, who never admits mistakes anyway, so I plan to delete his comments because they're patently false and serve no purpose other than to incite combat over the obvious failures of his narcotic addled memory being unable to keep track of who said what, or to remember "San Diego" and "Davis" are separate UC institutions located 1,000km apart.

IWOG has been successful in quoting such posts and using them as proof of trollishness later. I see you use a similar tactic but use hyperlinks to the original quote. It would be easier for an interested observer if you would quote the original offending remark and then delete the original. It was IWOG's methodical quoting (which can't be edited or deleted) and citing of hard evidence which helped me convince others here on PatNet that Renting For Half The Cost was a pathological liar, not to be listened to.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 8:50pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 13

sbh says

New Renter says

sbh says

New Renter says

How about not driving like an ass?

THIS is AMERICA, dude, DON'T YOU DARE!

Dude I live in California. Driving like an ass is a way of life here.

Then you should know better than to blaspheme.

Blaspheme? Hell they make entire movies based on our crappy road manners:

$1.04 for a gallon of regular. Those were the days.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 6:05pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 14

Dan8267 says

curious2 says

CIC didn't actually state that, and the image doesn't either. It says, "You are SIX HUNDRED TIMES MORE LIKELY to DIE by using your OBAMACARE, than by a semi-automatic rifle."

Actually what the chart says is you are six hundred times more likely to die by what presumably is an AR-15 (323 deaths). According to the FBI the total number of homicides in the USA by firearms for 2011 was 8,583

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8

And that's just the homicides. That puts homicides by firearms just below drunk drivers. Wonder what happens when you add in accidental deaths - a fair comparison considering few drunk drivers or doctors intend to cause death

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 5:36pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 15

Pretty much says it all.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 5:28pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 16

iwog says

Bay Area is perceived as the most desirable place in the United States to live, then there really isn't any ceiling to how high prices can go.

OK so short term how do we destroy the perception that the Bay Area is the most desirable place to live?

Riots?
Crazy high taxes?
Forced desegregation of uberpoor and uberrich kids?
Rampant antibiotic resistant bubonic plague?

Maybe it'll just take an act of nature. We are overdue for a massive earthquake after all.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 5:07pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 17

Reality says

1. I did not read the brochure at all. The SUV is a requirement because towing requirement and I often have 6-7 people in my car, 1-2 days every other week. Keeping another dedicated car for each purpose wouldn't make any sense: 3 cars (a daily driving sedan, a minivan and a pickup) would cost far more, plus parking and insurance costs. A used passenger van would be getting 9-10mpg instead of the 27mpg that I'm getting with the MDX.
2. Given SUV is a requirement due to towing and passenger count, having Torque-Vectoring AWD is a huge plus. It turns out to be able to corner with much less lean than conventional sedans. Also, given the rapid growth of CUV sales at the expense of coupes and sedans, riding in a sedan may not be a wise choice in the near future due to risk posed by other drivers and their higher riding vehicles.

3. "Driving like an ass" sometimes is a necessity due to the need to avoid people suddenly cutting into your lane. I considered the Toyota Land Cruiser, but it was crossed off the list precisely because the risk of roll-over in collision avoidance situations.

4. Autonomous driving techs are helpful for reducing driver fatigue during long distance driving. I have been able to stay alert for about 3x longer driving the MDX on long distance trips compared to previous cars.

5. The rear seat entertainment package was a mandatory combination at the time when the full autonomous driving suite was selected. I would not have otherwise bought the rear entertainment. However, it turned out to be very popular with the kids, along with the rear shades, extra thick acoustic glass, etc. That mandatory combination was actually the biggest hold-back for me during the purchase. However, considering the economy of scale Acura was achieving by making all the "Advance" packages alike, the overall combination was a good deal, probably cost a lot less than would have been if production had to be carried out separately for individual custom orders. I'd probably have lost the rear entertainment system and then some, and still pay the same if not more at the BMW or Porsche dealers with their individual options; that is, hypotehtically they had a comparable car to sell.

I dunno, still seems like a lot of overkill. At least your not here trying to rationalize a corvette Z06 as a daily commuter.

sbh says

New Renter says

How about not driving like an ass?

THIS is AMERICA, dude, DON'T YOU DARE!

Dude I live in California. Driving like an ass is a way of life here.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 5:01pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 18

zzyzzx says

Dan8267 says

CIC, you ignorant slut. In a homosexual relationship between two men, both are men. Neither wears a skirt unless he wants to. And if they get married, both are called husband.

More important to this thread, if two men marry each other, is a diamond ring involved?

Apparently yes:

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 4:10pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 19

Reality says

That 0.1% to 0.01% of the driving time when collision avoidance and crash worthiness are put to use, that's when I'd regret not putting in the other $53,000. Torque-Vectoring AWD is quite a step beyond conventional AWD. It makes vehicle much more stable in rapid turns, a very helpful technology when driving an SUV. Unlike conventional cars relying on the suspension to generate the centripetal force, Torque-Vectoring drives individual wheels at different speed and use the outside rear wheel's extra accelearation to turn the car! The result is a completely flat cornering! No roll-overs.

Wow, did you memorize the entire brochure? How about not driving like an ass? That'll turn that 0.1%-0.01% to damn unlikely, if ever. Or how about not buying an SUV with an inherently high center of mass?

Reality says

Besides, I can't fit 7 people in the used Subaru or tow 5000lbs with WRX.

How often are you hauling 7 people? If that's the case just buy a used delivery van and spend 1/10th the extra money soundproofing the front compartment to keep out the whining.

Reality says

Also, about $12k of that $57k was put into the autonomous driving tech and audio/visual entertainment for the kids

autonomous driving tech just another incentive to nod off behind the wheel. Unless that tech is good enough to safely take over completely after the driver chugs a six pack its just an expensive toy.

audio/visual entertainment for the kids Get a kindle for $80 bucks and tether it to your cellphones data line. Or better yet just tell the kids to quiet down or else.

There, I just saved you $12k.

New Renter   befriend   ignore   Mon, 18 May 2015, 3:39pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 20

Reality says

New Renter says

How about anyone who bought a Lexus when a Toyota with a nice trim package would have been the exact same car for thousands less

Sure, I'd buy a Camry instead of an ES, a Highlander instead of an RX (actually did that a decade ago); however, there are some models like the LS, GS and IS that have no comparable Toyota models in the US market. I'm currently driving an Acura MDX because the new generation Pilot sharing the platform was/is not out yet, and I was in an urgent need to replace a car last summer. Lexus and Acura do still deliver decent value.

Yet you can still get 90% of your daily needs out of a $1500 used Subaru, or 99% out of a $4000 used WRX. Both will have the AWD you probably don't really need (I've known plenty of Swedes who did just fine with sub 100 HP RWD Volvos) and the WRX will have far more power than you can possibly use on a day to day basis.

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