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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2016, 11:56 Mr. Tact
 
Few weeks ago I had a bit of elbow pain -- but it wasn't severe enough to wake me during sleep. I assumed I'd been gaming a bit too much since my retirement. I just tried to take it easy and it seems to have gone away. Fixed!  
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2016, 10:29 Mr. Tact
 
It will be interesting to watch that mess -- especially the financial sector. London was pretty much the banking center of the EU, all those banks are going to have to move their operations. At least, that's what they were saying prior to the vote...  
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 20:17 Mr. Tact
 
There is some validity to that thinking, the problem is the participation issue. When only 50% (at best) of the electorate is voting... this is why the "turnout the vote" campaigns are often effective.  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 17:56 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 15:56:
No. In countries where we don't have proportional representation - America, Canada, England, India, the only 4 countries left in the world that don't and it says a lot - means up to and even beyond half of the population aren't represented and get a say in policy at all. It's the reason we have referendums on major issues like this. They far too important to be left to a handful of politicians and their supporters.
Last I checked the US House of Representatives was divided up proportional to population. It isn't what you meant, but saying half the population isn't represented is about right, because only about half the eligible voters actually ever vote. And when you say the only countries left in the world without proportional representation ... you mean western democracies or something? Because otherwise the statement is insane on its face.

Beyond all that -- even if you were correct right about all that... thinking you are going to get a better decision out of the electorate is lunacy. As I said, all your going to get is the decision pushed by popular talk radio hosts and major media outlets.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 14:07 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 12:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 11:44:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 11:12:
At least the Brits get a vote. Something we never got with NAFTA and aren't getting with the TPIP.
Would you really want the general public voting on matters like NAFTA and TPIP? Even if it was practical, which it isn't, I wouldn't want the ignorant public voting on these things.

Well how very anti-democratic of you. We didn't get a say and look at the result.
The voters got their say, by voting for the people in office. This isn't a direct democracy. It couldn't be even if we wanted it to be. It has always been an indirect democracy.

Like so many other issues, trade agreements like NAFTA and TPIP have so many pros and cons it is difficult to know if it really is good or bad for the US economy. Hell, arguing economics is like arguing psychology -- you never really know. Economists still can't agree on if the New Deal was good or bad for the Depression.

Whatever the case -- the solution isn't to allow a population which mostly doesn't care, and mostly wouldn't have any knowledge of the pros and cons, to decide. If you do that, you're just passing the power to talk show hosts...
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 11:44 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 11:12:
At least the Brits get a vote. Something we never got with NAFTA and aren't getting with the TPIP.
Would you really want the general public voting on matters like NAFTA and TPIP? Even if it was practical, which it isn't, I wouldn't want the ignorant public voting on these things.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 11:00 Mr. Tact
 
Best comment I've heard about Brexit was someone saying (paraphrased): "A lot of the people I've talked to in favor of leaving sound a lot like Trump supporters." I'm sure that caused some laughs and clenched fists.  
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2016, 18:19 Mr. Tact
 
descender wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 18:13:
What is there to not like?
A lack of ability to make the engine run as I want it to. As far as I am concerned, the entire purpose of a manual transmission vs an automatic is that control. I hate it when machines think they are smarter than me.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2016, 16:09 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:26:
And as it applies to the brain you're not adding any new neural pathways anymore. That's it. That's all.
The business is a scam. But I think it is possible for new neural pathways to be created after 25. I'm pretty sure this has been seen sometimes in people with brain injuries who lose some sort of functionality due to the injury but recovery as the brain relearns the tasks...
 
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4. Re: Billion-dollar brain training industry a sham Jun 21, 2016, 12:33 Mr. Tact
 
I am shocked. SHOCKED!  
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2016, 11:07 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 01:07:
with flappy paddles you can downshift. i think about the only thing you can't do vs clutch is rev it in neutral and then drop the clutch and goooooooooo.
That might work, however the CVTs seem to be taking over in automatics too -- so how long before that goes away...
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2016, 00:51 Mr. Tact
 
Creston wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 18:35:
Since the advent of "flappy paddles" (aka column shifters / paddle shifters), I'm firmly in the automatic camp myself. During normal driving to and from work (and standing in traffic twice a day), I just have it in automatic. No having to clutch and declutch and clutch and declutch and clutch etc.

Then, when I feel like driving for fun and taking my car through its paces, I put it in Sport+, and control the gear with the paddle shifters. Works just fine, as long as you can mentally keep up with what gear you're in. Plus, the paddles shift about three times faster than a manual does anyway.
I thought I might be sliding into the automatic camp. Partly because I am getting older and partly because I realize it is just going to be hard to get a manual "next time". Then in 2012 (so four years after buying the Altima) my car needed a ring job -- fortunately under warranty. But they had the car for a week. They gave me an Altima loaner with an automatic transmission. DEAR GOD did it suck. Not being able to down shift drove me absolutely batty. Barring my becoming incapable of driving a manual, I won't ever be switching to an automatic.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2016, 16:12 Mr. Tact
 
I bought a Nissan Altima in 2008 with a manual, it was tough to get. I think that might have been the last year they were available. I don't think there's a car now that costs less than $60k I'd care to own which comes with a manual.  
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2016, 10:22 Mr. Tact
 
Anyone been in one of these things? I was reading about it and one of the things they said was it was an "eight speed electronic transmission". What wasn't clear to me was if this meant the transmission itself was "electronic" in some way, or if the control for the transmission was electronic. Do you actually move a lever to change from park to drive or neutral, or do you just push a button? If it's just button pushing and the recall was for indicating it was in park when it wasn't -- that's a pretty serious problem.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2016, 09:14 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, or a faulty transmission... *sigh* Another great reason to have a manual transmission.  
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2016, 07:15 Mr. Tact
 
According to police the car was on a "steep driveway" -- so, unless the parking brake failed or the transmission failed (allowing it to switch from Park to Neutral), barring better information it would seem he died due to stupidity.  
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2016, 20:31 Mr. Tact
 
Between his car and "a brick wall" according to what I read. I'd be interested to get some more detail...  
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2. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 19, 2016, 13:25 Mr. Tact
 
Hmmm, I assume the two Hearts of Iron IVs are different packages, weird they don't identify them.  
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96. Re: Star Citizen Alpha 2.4 Jun 19, 2016, 09:53 Mr. Tact
 
Thanks for the assist.  
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2016, 08:20 Mr. Tact
 
unix, lin-ix  
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