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Old 06-04-2006, 07:53 AM   #31
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They came up with an idea for grass streets here for storm water run-off. The plan was to tear up streets in neighborhoods and plant them all with sod, then build a steel frame work like a bridge deck that you could drive on. That would eliminate the need for storm water retention ponds and cars driving over it would naturally keep the grass at the proper level....Apparently someone pointed out to them that wet grass on top of metal grating was probably going to cause some liability issues being slicker than ball bearings on top of oiled glass.....



The only thing I was worried about was the poor designers parents killing themselves when they realized how much money they wasted putting that moron through college...

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Old 06-04-2006, 08:24 AM   #32
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"Let us drill Alaska!"



Yes! And off the Florida coast, too!



They said the Alaska pipeline would be an ecological disaster, and what happened? The caribou fell in love with the thing.



Screw the pu**ies. Let's get drillin'.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:26 AM   #33
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"The corn to ethanol mania is simply the product of the economic self interest of the corn producers , agri bussiness and the states where they live. "



A good rule of thumb is that any government action farmers support is bad for the rest of us.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:41 AM   #34
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General question here - if "alternative" fuel sources (ethanol, sugar cane, biodiesel, whatever) are so goddamn fantastic, why are they "alternative"? In a capitalist economy that rewards efficiency, wouldn't they very shortly become primary fuel sources? Sure , those "greedy" rich people have a vested interest in oil, but not all of the greedy rich bastards are in oil. Surely there are some greedy rich bastards who would love to produce money-making fuels so as to be able to buy really big mansions that make the rest of us feel bad.



Or - and this is really crazy - maybe there are some non-greedy-rich-bastard people, including nice smart caring blue-state diversity-loving advocates for the poor and the furry who could start up companies and secure investments and do R&D and all of that other business stuff, and go into the non-petroleum fuel business themselves, and reap the benefits of these wonderfuels for themselves and their charities and all of the rest of us non-greedy-rich-bastard people.



Just askin'.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:15 AM   #35
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There was recently an article in our local fishwrap with some eco-wacko talking about conserving fuel by getting people to live closer to their places of work through "smart growth policies."



I guess that's when a beaurocrat gets to tell us where we can live and how big our house can be and if we don't the gov't throws you in jail.



We've already got the city of San Diego demanding developers set aside 40% of construction projects for "affordable" housing (meaning they lose money on those units).



So the builders just build the units they can sell at a profit and rather than build the low-cost units they just pay a fine to the city and the city council is perfectly fine with that.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:19 AM   #36
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It's because the gov't "creates" jobs and I guess they haven't figured out how to create those jobs yet.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:31 AM   #37
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Just pass another law. That fixes everything. Bothered by poverty? Pass a law. Bothered by injustice? Pass a law. Things aren't perfect? Pass a law.



The best thing about passing laws is that the proponents of the laws don't have to get thier hands dirty or spend a nickel of their own money. Heaven forbid someone might actually have to do something effective about a problem himself.



No, just pass a law. Then the expertise to solve the problem will magically appear. And since everyone who works for the govt is entirely selfless they of course will always put the public good over their own career paths unlike those greedy rich people. Just look to the Teachers' Unions for a prime example.



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Old 06-04-2006, 01:40 PM   #38
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What we need to do is to stop trying to replicate ourselves by having 6 and 8 kids per family. It does not take a f*&$ing genius to figure out that at the pace that we are going, in 30 to 40 years there is going to be one hell of a huge problem with water, food and space, never mind fuel, that will be the least of their problem, they will have to fight to eat!

What a nice legacy we are leaving those 6 and 8 kids we are having now. I am glad I will not be here to see it. And by the way, my wife and I do not have kids. By choice!
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Old 06-04-2006, 01:44 PM   #39
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Thank you.
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Old 06-04-2006, 01:53 PM   #40
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See you at Laguna.
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