• Social dillemas

    Dangerous Weapons

    When using this product in Illinois, you need to have a license. Some training may be helpful, but overall, operation is not very difficult. Most manufacturers provide common controls, therefore, once you learn how to operate one. you can pretty much operate them all. You may use it every day. Some of you may use it only on the weekends. You may enjoy it by showing off your shiny new toy to your friends. You can upgrade parts on a factory unit, or even build one from scratch.
    You should always watch where this machine is pointed. Two handed operation is recommended. Make sure to adjust all components to your body size. Injuries are common while maintaining or cleaning these machines.
    All operators must understand that these machines could become lethal weapons. You may hurt your neighbors or your own family members with one. It is not recommended that you operate these machines while angry.
    The misuse of one may cause destruction of property, bodily harm, and death. If you’re complacent, tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may cause an accident with unwanted consequences.

     

    This product is an automobile.

  • Social dillemas

    We have a problem

    Fukushima Dai-Ichi Explosion 2011

    Japanese courts this month ruled that any nuclear material that has fallen on private land is the responsibility of the land owner and not of the power company that accidentally released it into the atmosphere. The same rule applies if an apple falls off your neighbor’s tree into your yard.

    The problem with this is that nuclear materials are not as easy to clean up as rotten fruits and that you’d never find out who is in possession of a potential WMD.

    Let’s just say that the owners of the golf club can sell their 200 acres to some investors from a country of communist nature that shall remain unnamed – nuclear waste and all.

    I don’t know how much Cesium, Strontium, Uranium, Plutonium, etc. can be collected from the topsoil of the pristine fairways, but I’d say it’d be enough to fill the parliament hall in Tokyo with a deadly dose of it within a year.

    Japan shouldn’t view this accident as a liability issue. They need to now think of this as a national security issue.

  • Social dillemas

    Survey RC

    I’ve been getting calls from a entity calling themselves “Survey RC” for about a year now, and decided to do some research on them to see who runs this bot.

    Since they always manage to call me on the sub-lines that don’t have Caller ID, I imagine that they are buying specific lists from the phone company’s affiliates.

    Some Googling has told me that Survey RC is a tele-trojan. A classic hook, bate, and sinker. They hook you with a harmless survey, bait you with free hotel stays and cruise tickets, and finally get your personal information. You gotta be pretty gullible or lonely to fall for this, but this country is filled with gullible lonely people.

    Any way, what my fellow netizens say is that, Survey RC is either affiliated with the Ritz Carlton group or Ramada Cruise services. Maybe both hotel groups farmed out their marketing to the same vendor, I dunno. But, wouldn’t it be really crummy to have the label TELEMARKETER sprawled on your flagship hotels in major cities?

    Yes, citizens are free to file for a demonstration in front of your luxe hotels with big banners and chanting at reasonable volume. I mean, if I was the GM at either hotel chain, I’d stop Survey RC from harassing my potential customers even if Survey RC wasn’t my affiliate. They are tarnishing my name.

    So in conclusion, I have no good leads as to who runs Survey RC and how to stop them from calling, but can only hope big money can solve the problem for me and others.

  • International,  Social dillemas

    The Pacific

    The HBO miniseries “The Pacific” starts tomorrow night (3/14) in the United States. I am not sure that this is the right time to come out with a series showing the Japanese being the “supposedly bad-guy”. Of course, I imagine that the creators are going to tastefully insert some form of “they’re just soldiers, just like us” somewhere in episode 9 of 10, but that would be too late.

  • Social dillemas

    Dear China, America Will Not Pay You.

    After a whole year of decline, the US economy is still struggling to stabilize and get back on track. We’ve all heard GM (General Motors) going bankrupt and even the state of California has started issuing IOUs (I Owe You – e.g. Letters of Credit) to its vendors. This is just the tip of the iceberg.