9 posts • joined 20 Feb 2011
Re: Six tenths of a kilometre?
Do you really want to listen to an announcer that talks fast enough to give accurate position fixes on an object moving that fast?
Which 'football' are we referring to; real football or the American spectacle of the same name?
Ah. You said 'field'. Everybody knows football is played on a 'pitch'. That resolves that confusion. Carry on…
It doesn't make sense from a practical standpoint — but then, the reason 'Murricans still use Imperial weights and measures has nothing to do with practicality and everything to do with emotional symbolism.
By pig-headedly sticking to Imperial units, and forcing all the companies that want to sell their products both in central North America and the Free(r) World to spend Saganesque billions of dollars in redundancy (labelling, packaging, inventory management and so on), 'Murricans are doing their considerable best to ensure that their products have a hard time being sold outside their borders, accelerating the out-of-control trade imbalance and hastening the demise of what once was the United States of America as a meaningful player in world trade. Maybe when world trade moves away from the US dollar as the global reserve currency, people will finally begin to understand how badly they've been screwed and why; my guess is they'll keep on lapping up the corporate propaganda that's replaced American news reporting and continue to blame every imaginable outside influence that scapegoats them having to take actual responsibility for and control of what in living memory was our country.
Things are going to keep accelerating downhill, and this is a poster-child-level reason for "why".
Paris for her corporately-groomed, information-free symbolism of what's wrong with America.
Re: Good luck with that
Mage, they've spent the last almost 40 years dismantling what had been one of the finest education systems in human history and replacing it with creationism, gossip, No Child Left Behind, and the Kardashians. (You may quibble about which of the four is more devastating to young intellects.)
As an American, I would be very surprised if there was any large-scale social, political or philosophical leadership coming out of the midsection of the North American continent for some years, if not decades. We're falling into the abyss of our very own Cultural Revolution, and we haven't yet even conceived of a 'bottom', let alone come within a parsec of hitting it. Things will get unfathomably worse before they start getting better, which is one reason why I'm no longer physically there.
Hmmm… have you ever thought…
that that "who needs computers, anyway" idea fits in awfully well with the know-nothing-or-even-less attitude being pushed as a replacement for intelligent discourse and debate these days in what used to be the United States? Wouldn't surprise me at all to read some future historian in a few decades paint a convincing case that the Kochs or other corporate minders of the "Tea Party" useful idiots were heavily invested in this sort of thing.
There hasn't BEEN a democratic government…
…in the US, in the sense that the high-school textbooks indoctrinate subjects to believe since at least 1974, and you can make an excellent case for 23 December 1913.
Back when the world was a collection of agrarian/subsistence economies that were each effectively governed locally, people could do something about that.
But concentration of power and wealth scaled a LOT faster than accountability or education, and that was pretty much the end of such charmingly quaint notions as "democracy" or "rule of law".
Law of averages meets "maintaining appearances"
And good luck getting a tech this week if you're a GS-14 or below, by the way…unless you're in a corporate-welfare-oriented DoD or security-theatre role, of course
What kind of idiot?
What you're describing is known as the Osborne Effect (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect). I had direct personal experience with the original... and now feel like a pole is being stuck backwards up the posterior of all (former) friends of Nokia.
When megaphones and keyboards are banned…
…they can pry mine out of my cold, dead fingers. Though I expect they'll more likely use black Suburbans than black helicopters.