theFu's past comments

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    theFu

    I remember the days of "California Emissions" - which were different from everywhere else. People moving to and from CA usually sold their cars. It was a hassle.

    But, Californians seem to have different priorities than most other states - gotta love them for that. I'm a "states rights" guy and think the Feds should leave them alone to do this. The citizens want it. They are willing to take the hit. And it could be good for everyone in the world and the rest of America too.

    Posted in: California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

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    Can't say that I'm unhappy they didn't rush the other bill they were pushing through. Sorry they aren't going to revisit the ACA before I go bankrupt. ;( Seems I have to be unable to pay for my home before help will come.

    Posted in: Trump, GOP leaders pull bill to repeal 'Obamacare'

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    Shouldn't be allowed. Employee or not.

    Posted in: Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

  • 2

    theFu

    Happy this wasn't rammed down our throats, so quickly. Let's work the problem and forget the politics. Please.

    Sadly, another bill was passed that lets internet providers sell all data they see was passed.

    Posted in: Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

  • -1

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    HSAs are helpful for people with planned medical expenses. They provide pre-tax money for those expenses. They aren't useful for poor people, but they are useful for middle-income earners, the backbone of the US economy.

    "Subsidies" is a bad word in the conservative realm. That explains why "tax credits" are used.

    Every measurable way? Guess I'll agree to disagree. I wasn't trying to show how much better the new bill is. Was trying to show how 1-sided coverage has been and the comments here reflect that. Did I mention democrat? No. Did I mention Obama Care/ACA? No. I wasn't trying to be political. But you clearly are. Quite inflammatory comments.

    I'm seeking a solution. ACA wasn't it. This isn't it either. If we remove the politics, perhaps there is a solution? Being ultra political just makes weak arguments unheard.

    US health care isn't about making more Americans healthy. It is about providing more consumers of pharmaceuticals. Seeks that needs to be part of any solution - removing the profit motive.

    My main concern for any plan is costs. Neither of the recent plans were as good as what I had before. My costs are 3x higher now than they were just 4 yrs ago - for less coverage.

    Posted in: Trump fights for support ahead of healthcare vote

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    Online viewers might think this was a stunt - some sort of viral marketing. How would anyone watching know that a real crime is being committed? Commercials with bad taste are shown all the time.

    Reporting a false crime is also a criminal offense across the USA.

    Posted in: Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

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    I don't believe that candidate or pres-elect Trump's phones had a legal wire tap. That's just crazy.

    But ... all sorts of "signals" data is captured all over the world, all the time. Nothing special to President Trump. Just SOP for intelligence gathering. Around NYC and Washington DC, it happens much more often and with wider captures, obviously.

    We probably will not be told all the details ... no warrants required, currently, in most locations when US spy agencies (yes, plural), use next-gen devices. Last gen-devices: http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-hi-tech-police-surveillance-the-stingray-cell-phone-spying-device/5331165

    Posted in: Spying claim by House intelligence committee chairman renews fight over Russia probe

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    theFu

    Haven't seen anything good about this legislation, only the bad. Where's the media showing both sides?

    Found one source that seems even - showing the good and the bad. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/08/republican-health-care-bill-facts/98917660/

    Pre-existing conditions still covered.

    If you aren't insured continuously, there is a 30% extra charge for 12 months to get "back in."

    Costs are based solely by age, not health status and raise every decade. This seems fairer.

    There are 10 mandatory coverages still - this bothers me. I shouldn't be forced to buy coverages that I'll never need.

    Tax credits are used rather than govt subsidies. This makes it harder for non-working people to have any coverage.

    Medicate expansion continues until 2020, but states have to opt-in before 2019.

    No extra taxes for NOT being insured.

    HSA are expanded - higher savings allowed plus use for OTC needs, not just those prescribed by a doctor. That will help me with my $20/yr sudafed habit. Ok - maybe not. But $500 glasses.

    Kids under 26 get to stay on their parent's plans.

    So - there are things to like and things to dislike. Wish it would have made nationwide groupings, so that larger risk groups are possible.

    Wish they offered a single-payer option, for people to choose. Let me pay into a plan and be covered anywhere in the USA when I move. Americans in my field/contracting tend to relocate every few years, so the hassle of getting different insurance based on location is that - a hassle. Just because I cross a state line shouldn't matter. IMHO.

    Posted in: Trump fights for support ahead of healthcare vote

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    theFu

    Trump team 'incidentally monitored' after election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39358363

    Nothing startling here. "Signals" are captured all the time by the NSA. That's code for "save all voice and data traffic we can, 'cause we may need it later."

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    theFu

    So the truth comes out -

    Trump team 'incidentally monitored' after election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39358363

    Nothing startling here. "Signals" are captured all the time by the NSA. That's code for "save all voice and data traffic we can, 'cause we may need it later."

    Posted in: Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

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    theFu

    So the truth comes out -

    Trump team 'incidentally monitored' after election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39358363

    Nothing startling here. "Signals" are captured all the time by the NSA. That's code for "save all voice and data traffic we can, 'cause we may need it later."

    Posted in: Skeptical U.S. lawmakers pressure Comey on Trump wiretap claim

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    theFu

    In Kathmandu, people wear masks to filter all the particles from the air - zero emissions controls in Nepal. They are cheap there - like US$0.50 - US$1.

    I have a similar mask, just all black, from the time I spent in Nepal. It isn't needed outside KTM, but it is common to see police and military wearing the masks around the street there - while directing traffic! I have photos. Kathmandu is in a valley surrounded by mountains, so smog doesn't flow out without big winds and rain.

    Posted in: The new look

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    Change for the sake of change isn't necessarily progress. Forcing "change" without progress, is likely harmful and will require more change later.

    Posted in: Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

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    theFu

    The old adage fits - if you aren't paying for a service/product, then YOU are the product being sold.

    Posted in: Private info leaked from smartphones being bought, sold online

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    theFu

    Can you imagine the outrage if Japan tried to have a commemerative [sic] flight to honor its pilots and crew lost in the war?

    Sure. Actually, I bet the US and Hawaii would get involved so that proper respects could be show to the military men who did the actual fighting. In the US, we differentiate between a soldier fighting in a battle under orders and the government who ordered it.

    All soldiers who didn't do something thought despicable at the time deserve our respect. I don't have any ill will towards the Japanese pilots that flew the mission at Pearl Harbor or the Japanese sailors on the carriers who supplied them.

    I also don't think Pearl Harbor was a "sneak attack" - the USA forced Japan to do something as a way to get the American public behind the war. Our politicians knew we needed to enter the war, but without some attack against US interests, the population wouldn't allow it. FDR knew this.

    We shouldn't forget the ways wars can be fought today is very different then the capabilities of fighting them 75 yrs ago. Taking out infrastructure is part of war. Back then, that was done by destroying as much as possible. These days a GPS guided smart weapon would be used to take out power generation plants, destroy runways, and all heavy machinery factories. Taking away the ability AND the will of the enemy to fight is what war is all about. The Japanese people have a very strong will.

    Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan

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    The human mind is very powerful. If someone believes it will help, there's a 50/50 chance it will get better. Of course, for most health issues, there is a 50/50 chance that it will go away over time if nothing is done anyway. That's the only way I can explain 80% of what chiropractors do. Certainly, there is a small set of ails where a chiropractor CAN help and I know going feels good when I've left. But I figure most of it is like getting a massage - which always feels good on the way out too, without the insurance paperwork and deductibles to track.

    For a non-believer, I prefer to go with proven, scientific, no-juju needed, methods. Sadly, people don't always know how to eat right and exercise daily.

    I don't want to say that acupuncture isn't helpful in "some" situations, but claiming it is a cure for all the things I've seen claims for is just bunk.

    But ... if someone believes some odd treatment will work, maybe it will, for them? I just don't want my taxes going for unproven therapies.

    Posted in: What do you think of alternative health care methods such as homeopathy, indigenous medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine and so on?

  • -2

    theFu

    There are bad drivers everywhere and scams everywhere. Plus, I gotta wonder how many years of driving experience the SDF folks have since 90% of Japanese live in urban areas and probably don't drive daily.

    Posted in: SDF peacekeepers got in about 50 road accidents in South Sudan: ministry

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    theFu

    As any engineer can tell you, L-Ion batteries aren't hard to make into incendiary devices. Just need to break the barrier between the cathode and anode, then wait - 10-60 seconds. Build quality has been fairly good for most devices, so this doesn't happen accidentally very often, but there are lots of online videos which show what happens - it is fun to watch, if you are far enough away. Think they burn really hot too - 1,110 degrees F (600 degrees C).

    Even a camera battery can put on a good show.

    In the cabin, at least someone would see it, assuming the goal wasn't to have 5 of them going off in different parts of the aircraft to aid in the confusion.

    Pretty much anything can be a weapon, in the wrong hands.

    Posted in: Most electronic devices being banned on certain U.S.-bound flights

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    theFu

    While I agree that the FBI didn't wire tap Pres. Trump's phones, that doesn't mean that the NSA (and other TLA world-wide) weren't capturing all the data and voice from his phone using known SS7 insecurities, which are available from any telecom in the world to any phone in the world.

    Few cell phones have protection against these methods.

    The FBI would use a different method than the SS7 hacking and there would be paperwork, hence, they didn't do the deed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/19/ss7-hack-explained-mobile-phone-vulnerability-snooping-texts-calls

    Given that the vulnerabilities and the possibilities of spying on users relies on systems outside of user control, there is very little you can do to protect yourself beyond not using the services.

    I'm just happy that I'm boring and nobody has any reason to listen to my conversations about veggie bowls.

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    theFu

    From the US point of view, the Doolittle Raider attack was the first counter strike against an enemy who was previously untouchable at home. It happened about 4 months after the Pearl Harbor attack. The effect was largely symbolic with little real damage caused to the enemy. We are taught in the US that this turned the tide of war in the Pacific, casting doubts about the Japanese military ability to protect the home islands and showing Americans that the enemy wasn't untouchable. None of the aircraft made it back home. Most crashed in China with 1 landing in Russia where the crew was imprisoned for a year. Compared to the Japanese military at the time, the USA military was outdated. All the crews of the aircraft knew this attack was a 1-way trip.

    The USAF Museum at WPAFB is amazing. Spent 5 days there a few years ago looking at everything they have on display and speaking with the different museum workers. If you love aircraft, it probably has the best examples of all US military aircraft in the world - from a replica of the Wright flier through to predator drones with everything in-between. One hanger of missiles and space-based monitoring systems as well.
    During my visit about 5 guys were gathered around the SR-71 talking. As an aeronautical engineer, I was curious and joined the group to listen. They had been maintenance crews for this type of aircraft an were sharing a few stories. None of them knew how fast or how high the plane could go. That was secret even from them.

    Dayton is also where the Wright Brothers lived and worked. There are a number of other National Park Service locations around town protected for their work. I've walked the field where they flew in circles about 4-6 meters off the ground to learn aircraft control. Their bicycle shop is also saved as a national landmark. We always hear about Kitty Hawk, NC as the place they first flew, but that is where they did the first real testing, not where they lived and perfected flight, such as it was.

    Doolittle created aircraft flight instrumentation in the 1930s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Doolittle#Instrument_flight which is the basis for how aircraft are still flown today. No longer would pilots have to flight only when visibility allowed, thanks to his introduction of the artificial horizon and directional gyroscope.

    Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan

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